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Party Plan: New (ish) Year Detox Party

Hi there, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  I don’t really have an excuse either, other than lack of motivation.

So I’m back today with a post that I’ve wanted to do, but the timing is off a bit now.  This works great for all those New Year’s resolutions, but now that we’re a month into the year I guess it’s more of a reminder to stick to your resolutions.

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How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution?

If you do need  a little kick in the pants to keep up with it, try hosting a party.  It’s one of the best ways to get things done.  Want to clean your house? Host a party.  Want to eat better and workout more?  Host a detox party.

A detox party is a great way to set the reset button, get you on a healthier path, and a jumpstart to getting rid of all the stuff that’s not good for you.

Gather all of your friends and work together to get healthier by sharing healthy recipes, motivating workouts, and ways to cleanse your body.  Check out my party plan below for lots of things to incorporate into this detox themed party.

Detox Party Decor and Atmosphere

Set the mood for your party by keeping it simple, fresh, and clean.  No need for a lot of decor.  Get people in the mood to workout by setting up a couple yoga mats and light weights.  Be extra thoughtful and provide a few towels to wipe any sweat.  Turn on a yoga channel on youtube and you’ll have a permanent instructor throughout your party.

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Get everyone in the mood for an easy workout by diffusing some essential oils.  It not only will smell nice, but if you diffuse lemongrass it will help with thermogenic activity in the body.  Be sure to remind everyone to wear easy workout wear.  Check below for the most loved workout pants!

If you want a more laid back, spa like detox party provide your guests with simple robes and slippers while diffusing some lavender.  It will help everyone relax.  Remind everyone to wear something casual and comfortable.  Provide a few tools to help everyone give themselves massages.

The foot massager listed below is an easy way to relieve any foot tension.  You could also ask guests to give each other hand massages. Or if you really want to get fancy, pay to have a masseuse come to your house to provide chair massages.

Detox Party Refreshments

To help everyone reset and stick to their resolutions provide some healthy snack options.  Anything with lots of fruit and vegetables is a great idea.  Here are a couple recipes that look delicious:

For drinks, I highly recommend providing some fruit infused water for everyone to sip. A really simple recipe is lemons, cucumbers, and mint.  Cut them up and let them steep in the water for a few hours before serving.

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A cut cucumber makes the prettiest garnish!

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Another really great idea is to set up a juice or smoothie bar with a powerful blender like a Vitamix.  Let your guests mix up their own juices and smoothies by providing a variety of fruit and mixers.

Party Favors

Send your guests home with something that will continue to help them detox after the party.  Bath bombs are a great way to get even more toxins out of your body while relaxing in a hot bath.  Try setting up a station at the party for everyone to mix up their own bath bombs to take home with them.

Feel free to shop any of these recommended products to help you throw a detox party.  Affiliate links are used, but all opinions are my own.

I think this is such a fun, unique party idea.  It’s only more perfect depending on when you host the party.  The beginning of the year is a great time to detox and get resolutions off to a great start.  But you could also host this after a bachelor/bachelorette party, after a night of celebrating a milestone birthday, or for Mother’s Day.
I hope this detox party plan helps motivate you to stick to your resolution and if not, then throw this party and I’m sure you’ll be motivated again!

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Bachelorette Series: Brunch recipe

Here’s the last post in the Bachelorette Series before I head out to attend a bachelorette weekend for my best friend this weekend!  It’s going to be a really fun weekend, and weekends are synonymous with brunch, right?   Brunching is one of my favorite activities.  Here’s a great recipe for any brunch that you plan on hosting.

Funnily enough, my husband found this recipe, and loves it.  There are a ton of variations and additions you can add to make it your own, but the base of it is pretty easy.

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast CasseroleIngredients

Meat: sausage, bacon, or both

4 scallions

10 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

1 16 oz. refrigerated biscuits

Breakfast CasseroleDirections

  1. Mix eggs and milk in a bowl, I like to add a little salt and pepper as well.
  2. Cut up biscuits into fours using kitchen scissors.

Breakfast Casserole3. Add the cut up biscuits to the egg and milk mixture.  Add scallions here too, but I didn’t have any on hand.  They do add a little color to the casserole though.

4. Brown up bacon or sausage.

Breakfast Casserole5. Once meat is brown and drained, add egg/biscuit mixture to an 11X13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.

6. Sprinkle meat on top of egg/biscuit mixture.

Breakfast Casserole7. Add cheddar cheese on top.

Breakfast Casserole8. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Make sure the middle isn’t runny when you take it out.

Breakfast CasseroleThis casserole is super easy and equally delicious.  It’s also easy to add a ton of other things to it, onions, vegetables, more meat.  The options are endless.  It’s also nice because you can make this the day before your event so you have less to stress about on the day of your brunch.  Make a couple of these to feed a crowd for a bridal shower, baby shower, bachelorette brunch, or a random Sunday brunch, just be sure to add mimosas!

Enjoy your weekend and let me know if you plan on whipping up one of these breakfast casseroles.  Be sure to follow me on instagram to get behind the scenes pictures of the bachelorette weekend I’m going to this weekend!

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Bachelorette Series: Welcome Bag and Survival Kit

Good morning, and I hope your week is starting off on the right foot.  If not, be sure to whip one of these up for happy hour tonight, or for your next bachelorette party, bridal shower, or girls night!  Which brings me to today’s post, we’re continuing in our mini-series about hosting bachelorette parties, for this post we are talking about welcome bags and survival kits.

Anytime you walk into a party, attend a wedding, or go to a conference doesn’t free swag just make the whole thing a lot better?  So why not apply the same principle to bachelorette parties?  Getting a welcome bag with necessities that are going to get you through the weekend or the morning after is just plain helpful!  Below is an example of a welcome bag I put together with a lot of great ideas for other things you can include.

Bachelorette Welcome BagEverything is always better with champagne in my opinion, so including a mini bottle in your welcome bag is a great way to get the party started!  And to stay hydrated a bottle of water is absolutely necessary.  Other things that are helpful for a bachelorette weekend with a bunch of girls is definitely hair ties.  You can never have too many of them, right?  Bonus points to the hostess if they are color coordinated with the wedding!

Bachelorette Welcome BagChapstick, hand sanitizer, shower gel, shampoo, and lotion are all great additions to a welcome bag for guests at a bachelorette weekend away.  Plus if guests are flying, it helps to cut down on the things they have to bring with them.

Bachelorette Welcome BagTo make the hair tie holder coordinate with the theme of the weekend I added a little saying, “To Have and To Hold Your Hair Back” onto some card stock and then slid the hair ties onto the paper.  Such a cute way to add a special touch to something that’s so ordinary.

Of course you need a great bag to hold all of your goodies for your welcome bag, for the upcoming bachelorette weekend I’m hosting I chose a tote bag that will help us remember the fun city we visited long after we leave.

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There are a ton of options that would be great to corral the swag in your welcome bag.  A fun gift bag with some tissue paper is perfect or a beach bucket if you’ll be by the shore for your weekend.  Keeping it consistent with where the party is or the theme of the weekend or even the wedding really shows that extra touch of thoughtfulness.

So many things would be great in a welcome bag for a bachelorette party or weekend away:

  • Snacks (granola bars, trail mix, crackers)
  • Gum or mints
  • A coozie to keep your drinks cool
  • A beer bottle opener if your bride is into craft beers
  • A wine bottle opener, especially if you attend a wine tasting or host the party in wine country
  • If you want to help avoid anyone having issues from partying a little too hard, be sure to include water and some headache or pain relieving medicine in your bags as well.
  • Stain removing pens
  • Band-Aids, or a mini first aid kit
  • A T-shirt from the area you’re visiting
  • A luggage tag, perfect for a weekend away where guests are flying, or for a bride that loves to travel
  • A map of the city, or schedule of events for the weekend

Welcome bags and survival kits are a great way to give something back to all the ladies that are coming to honor the bride, and there are so many ways to make them personal and useful.  Plus, again everyone likes swag!  What would you include in a bachelorette weekend welcome bag?  What’s your favorite free swag to get?

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Bachelorette Series: A Flirty Cocktail Recipe

There’s nothing better than enjoying a fun cocktail with girlfriend’s, right?  They are tasty, make an event feel special, and usually get the party started.  Today I want to share with you a flirty cocktail recipe from Ultimate Bar Book The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails that would be perfect to make for a bachelorette party, bridal shower, or you could even make it alcohol-free for a baby shower.  Then there are also the time’s where you invite your girlfriend’s over to watch Bravo and want a little zip in your sip, this recipe is perfect for that too.

Raspberry Cocktail/Home BarMy husband and I picked up the Ultimate Bar Book after a day of brunching and drinking mimosas BK (before kids, haha) and it has come in handy more times than I can count.  I like that it’s little so you can store it away in your bar with plenty of room for everything else.  The book is broken up by types of alcohol so if you only have one type of alcohol on hand it’s easy to find a ton of recipes using just that.  Plus, it goes into the history of drinks, types of bar ware and glasses you’ll need to stock a home bar, and cocktail terminology.  If you want a complete cocktail book, I highly recommend it.

Raspberry CocktailHere is the recipe to make this fruity, flirty concoction.  It just includes a few ingredients and mixing them all together, nothing easier than that!

French Kiss Cocktail

2/3 ounce raspberry puree

1ounce ginger beer

Dash of apricot brandy

3 to 5 ounces chilled champgne

2 fresh raspberries

Pour all liquid ingredients but the champagne into a chilled champagne flute, and stir.  Slowly top with champagne. Garnish with the raspberries.

Raspberry CocktailTo make the recipe alcohol free just substitute club soda for the apricot brandy and champagne, the ginger beer is alcohol free.  You’ll still have a fruity taste from the raspberry puree and fizziness from the club soda.

This is such a pretty drink that I think most girls would love, first of all it’s pink!  Secondly, it’s fruity but not overly sweet, and it involves champagne, everything is better with champagne.

Rasberry CocktailThis cocktail is really easy to make for a large group or even as a punch.  Just mix all of the ingredients together in a punch bowl or into individual glasses and top with champagne as needed, either when your guests arrive, or after filling up from the punch bowl.

If you have any bachelorette parties or bridal showers coming up, be sure to keep this cocktail recipe handy, because all will love it.  There was no way I was going to waste two perfectly good cocktails so my husband and I enjoyed them after our daughter went to bed!  Nothing like a little late night happy hour!  Have a great weekend everyone, and be sure to relax with a cocktail at some point!

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