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10 Ways to Make Hosting Easier in 2018

Hey friends!  Like I said in my last post, this New Year has started off quite slow.  Along with slowness, it always feels nice for things to be easier, right?  One way I’m making things easier is by saying no to various things this year.  You can see the full list here.

But to help you all, I’ve put together a quick list of ways to make hosting so much easier this year.  After being rushed and a bit frantic before several of our last parties, you can bet that I’ll be using some of these tips all year long.

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How to Make Hosting Easier in 2018

1. Have a party decorating tool belt

Having all of your party decorating tools handy makes getting ready for a party a breeze.  I use this chef’s tool belt to pack away scissors, tape, twine, and other goodies that help to hang decor quickly before a party.

2. Only do a quick five minute clean up before people come over

Focusing just on the areas where your guests will be keeps the pre-party cleaning to a minimum.  I promise you can clean the main areas of your house in about 5 minutes with this checklist.

3. Have your pantry stocked to always be able to throw a party

Soon, I’ll be showing you how to have your pantry stocked to be able to throw a last minute party.  Stay tuned for that!  But the basic idea is to have a few food items to be able to make a quick appetizer or dinner.  And keeping your most used party gear handy.

4. Streamline serving ware by only using white dishes

Make hosting any party, any time of the year easier by streamlining your serving ware.  If you invest in simple white servingware and dishes you’ll be able to throw any kind of party.  No need  to buy serving ware for every different occasion this way!

5. Use decor you already have to decorate for your party

Along the same lines as streamlined serving ware, using what you already have as home decor cuts down on all that one time use party decor.  So, using things like tables from around the house, various holiday decor that fits your party’s theme, or use artwork from other parts of you house as a party backdrop.

Click here to see how to use home decor as party decor. Decorate a party with what you have.6. Ask the floral department at the grocery store to arrange flowers for you

how to make hosting easier in 2018, easy hosting tips, easy party tips, signature drink ice mold, party punch ice mold, bundt cake ice moldThis is a great tip if you’re pressed for time, but want to include flowers for your party.  Pick a bouquet of flowers and ask the floral department at your grocery store to arrange them for you while you shop for party food.  Most grocery stores are more than willing to do this for you.  It’s one less thing you’ll have to do once you get home.

7. Use easy to put together food

Party food is sometimes overwhelming for some, so I suggest just doing really easy party food.  My go to easy party food ideas are frozen appetizers from Costco, ready made cheese trays from the grocery store, or precut veggie and fruit trays.

8. Decorate one area to create a party focal point

Only decorate one party area.  It’s less to buy, less to hang up, and less to take down.  Plus, it creates a really nice party focal point.  Try a photo booth backdrop or a dessert table background as a focal point.  Use this area to include your color scheme and party theme.

9. Have one signature drink

how to make hosting easier in 2018, easy hosting tips, easy party tips, signature drink ice mold, party punch ice mold, bundt cake ice moldLimiting the options of beverages you offer at your party cuts down on how much money you’ll spend, how much work you need before the party, and how much clean up is to be done after the party.  It’s always a good idea to have water available to your guests, but if you are wanting an alcoholic option, try serving just one type of drink instead of a full selection of beer, wine, liquor and all the mixers.  A seasonal cocktail or punch is a great idea.

10. Keep the guest list limited

I mean when two or more gather it’s still a party right? Jesus even said that when two or more gather in my name I am with them.  Less people makes party hosting a lot easier.  It’s great to have a big party occasionally, but having fewer people attend means less food, drinks, and less clean up.

I hope this list encourages you to keep hosting simple and easy this year so you are more inclined to open your door and celebrate with others.

Do you have any special tips and tricks to make hosting easier?  If so, share them in the comments, I’d love to hear them!

 

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Winter Solstice Party Ideas

Happy December!  It’s crazy how fast time has gone from October until now.  November was a blur with my birthday and Thanksgiving.  Now it’s onto all of the fun and celebrations that the Christmas season brings.

Because it’s the first of the month, I’m bringing you another round up of all the great parties and celebrations this month.  Some are pretty typical for Christmas time while others are quite a bit different.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

First up is the cutest gingerbread house decorating party.  Design Improvised created this super fun play date for her preschool aged kids and it’s the cutest play day I’ve ever seen down to the kids table table runner!

Winter Solstice Party Decor Ideas

Another big day this month is December 21st, the winter solstice.  One down side is that it’s the shortest day of the year, but the upside is there will only be more sunlight from then on.  I love the idea of throwing a winter solstice party because it’s still perfect for this time of year, but not another holiday party.  This article talks all about the history and traditions of the winter solstice.

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Throwing this party is easy with a lot of natural elements.  Pine cones, holly berries, greenery, and wood make excellent decor and are very easy to find this time of year.  Check out the tablescape I put together inspired by the idea of a winter solstice party.

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Winter Solstice tablescape ideas, winter solstice party ideas, December celebrations

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Winter Solstice Party Food and Drink Ideas

  • A pine cone cheese log appetizer.  Get the recipe here, it’s almost too pretty to eat.
  • Gingerbread cookies for dessert, but not in the shape of a man.  Something more wintery like a snowflake shape.
  • For the feast I’d include large cuts of meat, like big steaks or a tenderloin.  Plus lots of roasted vegetables, like winter squash and parsnips.
  • To drink, a hot mulled cider is perfect, especially in those copper mugs. Anything with cranberries is also a great idea.

Pre-Christmas Clothing Swap Party

Now for something a little different this time of year.  Do you think you would want to host a clothing exchange party to clean out your closet in preparation of getting new items for Christmas? If so you could also make it a way to “shop” for new items without spending any money. This article has a lot of great ideas for this kind of party.

A few tips to make your clothing exchange be a big hit:

  • Be sure to set a price range or worn range.
  • Provide areas to hang things up by size and be sure to label those areas.
  • Provide shopping bags for all of your friends.
  • Some light snacks and drinks will keep everyone sustained for more shopping.
  • Invite a variety of people to get a variety of clothing types and sizes.

These three party ideas will definitely have you celebrating all month long.  I know there are already a ton of events this time of year, but hosting something a little different will excite you and your guests.

What celebration are you most looking forward to this month?

 

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The Anatomy of a Dessert Table

Once again, I feel like a “real” blogger today with my good friend and photographer snapping all of these dessert table photos for me. Check out her contact info at the end of this post.

I recently put together a dessert table for a party and thought, there is definitely a bit of a science behind this so I wanted to share some great tips with you.  I think there are four main things you need when designing or setting up a dessert table.  Keep reading to see all four of them and a ton more ideas too.

How to Set Up a Dessert Table

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1. Height

Be sure to vary the height of your desserts.  A good rule of thumb is to put the things in the back higher so they can be reached.  A variety of heights also adds a ton of interest to your table. I used some wood slices, different height cake stands, and a variety of candy jars to differ the heights of my table.

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To tie the whole table and party together use a backdrop.  Having a backdrop at your dessert table makes it a focal point of the party.  It also allows you one big area to go overboard with the theme.  And it makes all of your desserts pop.

For this dessert table I simply used some kraft wrapping paper as a backdrop and added some paper flowers and a super quick banner.  I’ll be doing a tutorial post on that banner soon.  I love that I could just write whatever I needed on the wrapping paper backdrop.

Other great ideas to make an easy backdrop are to use tablecloths, shower curtains, balloons, or streamers.  I love the use of decorated pallets at this rustic wedding as a backdrop.  Flowers, banners, and lights are also really great options.

How to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdrop3. A Table and Tablecloth

So this may be a no brainer, but to make a dessert table, you will need a table or something similar to set all of your desserts on.

Instead of just using a table think outside the box and use what you have around your home.  Try using a dresser, a collection of side tables, a bar cart, wine barrels, or a vanity as a dessert table.  Using something unexpected really adds dimension to your dessert table.

Obviously a tablecloth is a great way to tie into the party color scheme.  I highly recommend investing in a plain white linen tablecloth.  You’ll be able to pull it out for so many occasions and it looks so much better than a plastic, themed, throw away tablecloth.  I promise you’ll get your money’s worth out of it.

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You can’t have a dessert table without the dessert!  I love all desserts, but having a variety ensures your guests will find something they like.  Mix it up with cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers, candy, cupcakes, or macaroons.  Not a baker?  No worries, your local grocery store has plenty of options for you.

I didn’t bake a thing for this dessert table, but picked everything up at the grocery store and didn’t break the bank.  I was excited to see so many options too.

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Do you have any other ideas that you feel need to be part of a dessert table?

Photos courtesy of the talented Tricia at Tricia June Photography.  Email for info at tjephotos@gmail.com or visit her Facebook page here.

 

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October Party Round Up

Typically at the start of each month I like to do a round up post of ideas for parties all month long.  I’ve gotten out of the habit, you know, because I had a baby and all!  Well I’m back to it this month with lots of ideas to celebrate all month long.

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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To raise awareness for breast cancer while also celebrating, try hosting a fundraising party.  Host a party, bonus if it’s a pink theme, and donate what’s raised to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

So how do you host a fundraising party?  There are so many ways!

  • Put gift baskets together and have people buy them as their party favor, donate the proceeds to your charity
  • Pass around a basket and take a collection, just be sure to include that you’ll be doing so on the party invitation
  • Do any of your friends have a talent?  Painting? Singing? Ask them to perform and charge for tickets
  • Sell memorabilia at the party and donate the proceeds to your charity

October: Opal Themed Party

October’s birthstone is Opal.  Opal is a fun gemstone full of sparkling ice blue and blush pink colors.  If you have a birthday in October it’s a great idea to throw a party with an ice blue and blush pink color scheme to celebrate your birthstone.

These are great inspiration boards for your color scheme.

Get your invitations here to carry the color scheme through from start to finish.

October 11th: International Day of the Girl

There are so many ideas to celebrate this day.  Be super girly and host an in home spa day.

Have a girls sleepover where you watch girl themed movies like Wonder Woman.  Complete the evening with a popcorn bar.

If you want to have an adult celebration of International Day of the Girl, host a “Glitter and Glam” party.  Ask all of your guests to wear something sparkly, have sparkly decor, and even add sparkles to your drinks and food.  Try this method to make your ice glitter!

October 16th: Bosses Day

You may not have a boss that you love to work for, but if you’re so lucky to enjoy your boss, why not celebrate them? Here are several ideas to give them a little treat with a fun twist on them.

Free printable donut labels are the perfect way to jazz up bringing donuts to the office and for your boss.

Or if you’d rather give your boss a little thirst quencher, try this lemonade printable.

Oct 31st: Halloween

There are so many ways to celebrate Halloween besides just dressing up in costume on the day.  Make it a party all month long!

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Set up a Halloween bar cart for happy hour throughout the month.  You can get all the details on the one I set up last year here.

You can also spread the celebration to your neighbors by giving “boo baskets.”  If you’re unfamiliar with what that is or how to do it, stay tuned because I’m going to be sharing all the information you’ll need in an upcoming blog post.  Plus, I’ll be offering a free printable to label your boo basket.

What else are you planning on celebrating in October?  Did any of these ideas inspire you to throw a party or spread some celebration?  Tell me in the comments below!

I can’t wait for you to see all we have planned this month here at The Daily Hostess!

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10 Kids Birthday Party Entertainment Ideas

Kids birthday activities, kids birthday entertainment, kids birthday ideas, how to entertain kids, birthday party ideasThis is a quick post today, but it’s full of ideas and inspiration! I’ve realized more and more as my daughter has gotten older and we’ve had and attended more and more kids parties, that kids, especially young kids, need something to entertain them at a party.  To help I’ve put together a list of 10 kids birthday party entertainment ideas.

I’ve broken the list down by age range to make the activities geared towards what they would be interested in.  If you’re planning a kids birthday party anytime soon I hope this list gives you some inspiration or ideas for entertainment.

10 Kids Birthday Entertainment Ideas

Age 4 and under

  • Sand/Water table, dumping, digging, and splashing
  • Indoor obstacle course, think jumping pads, crawling under things, and slides

Age 5-8

  • Art station with easels and paints set up
  • Minute to win it games

Age 10-12

  • Neighborhood scavenger hunt
  • Field day games

Age 13-15

  • Video game tournament
  • Start a band at home with school instruments

Age 16-18

  • Car wash for charity
  • Make-up party and photo booth

Kids birthday activities, kids birthday entertainment, kids birthday ideas, how to entertain kids, birthday party ideasDo you think your kids would like any of these ideas to keep them busy and having fun at their next birthday party? What kinds of entertainment and activities have you done in the past that were a big hit?

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Celebrating everyday!