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February Party Round Up

It’s the first of the month, and time for another round up of celebrations to take you through the entire month.  February is chocked full of fun days, events, and holidays, but you can never have too many reasons to celebrate, right?

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First up is the Superbowl.  It’s February 4th, this Sunday!  If you haven’t put much thought into what you’re doing, don’t worry. To Have + To Host has one of the simplest, throw it together at the last minute party ideas for you.  Check out all the details here.

I love this season leading up to Lent, and this year it’s extra special because Valentine’s day falls on Ash Wednesday.  So much to celebrate in one week!

Before Lent starts is Mardi Gras!  I’m from St. Louis, and did you know that St. Louis has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration next to New Orleans?  There’s a big parade and everyone comes out in their purple, green and gold drinking green beer.  Since I’m not in the area to celebrate, and life looks a little different, I wanted to include this cute and simple kids craft to celebrate the occasion.

Happy Hooligans uses paper plates to make cute and easy Mardi Gras masks.  Paper plates are so versatile, and if you have kids, you probably have a bunch at your house already.

Take your Mardi Gras celebration a little further and make purple, green, and gold pancakes for breakfast too!  I love blending spinach up into the pancake batter to make them green, and add a few hidden vegetables!  You could use purple carrots or beets for the purple pancakes.

Right after Mardi Gras, not only does Lent start on Ash Wednesday, but it’s also Valentine’s day.  And a friend of mine at church said the best thing about them being on the same day.  “It’s the perfect time to fall more in love with the Lord.” How true!

Try sending out funny Valentine’s cards to keep the day light and not overly mushy.  These funny printable cards from Printable Crush have the cutest little sayings.  Pop one in your kids’ school lunch or your spouse’s work bag for a funny little surprise.

I’ll be showing you a fun Valentine’s kid’s craft and a Valentine’s themed playdate party in the next week or so too.  Be sure to come back to check those out.

Lastly this month, is a really special day.  February 22nd is National Margarita Day!  Now that’s a reason to celebrate a random Thursday.  If you’re trying to stick with your resolution and looking for a healthier margarita alternative, give this recipe from 40 Aprons a try.  It takes out all the sugar and replaces it with honey.

Whew, so many things to celebrate this month.  There are even more I didn’t mention like February being Black History Month, American Heart Month, or the Chinese New Year starting.

With all of these special days, there’s a reason for everyone to celebrate this month.  What do you plan on celebrating?

 

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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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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

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

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

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

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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Neighborhood Fall Festival Party Plan Checklist

Well, the days have started turning more crisp and you can feel fall in the air here.  It’s such a nice change from hot weather, but I’m not looking forward to what comes next. Good thing I’ve got an area to keep winter out of my house.  To celebrate fall I created this fun party plan checklist to host a neighborhood fall festival.

Fall neighborhood block party ideas, neighbor gift ideas, neighborhood parties, neighborhood fall partyWe have a pretty active neighborhood and have started having neighborhood gatherings a few times a year.  Fall is a great time to get together and celebrate. Use this party plan as inspiration and to gather your neighbors and celebrate the cooler weather. Just click on the picture and download the checklist to start planning your party today!

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For your party you first need a theme.  There is nothing more synonymous with fall than plaid and pumpkins. Let those things be your guide for your party theme and decor.  Use plaid blankets as tablecloths and over hay bales for a fun seating area.  Set hay bales up in the street around a fire pit or bonfire to help you stay warm during chilly evenings.

Decorate the party with multi-colored mums and pumpkins. Create table runners from pumpkins for the dining area. The best part is that it will be heavy enough to hold down the tablecloths.

Guest List

Be sure to design an on theme invitation to send to all of your neighbors with all the details of the party. You can easily make one yourself with these tips and it’s free.  Walk them door to door or send them out via email. Because you’re inviting your neighbors there is no need to stamp an envelope.

Food and Drinks

Feeding a large group of people is hard, so don’t take on the task yourself.  Plan the neighborhood party as a pot luck.  I highly recommend assigning people a different dish or having categories that people sign up to bring.  Doing so assures that a full menu is covered and that there will be enough for everyone.

A delicious and on theme menu for any fall party revolves around soups, chili’s, and stews.  Start with that and then expand to include fall themed sides dishes.  Things like cornbread, stuffing, vegetable casseroles, and fall salads.  Check out my Pinterest board for lots of inspiration.

For dessert, you can’t go wrong with smore’s, especially if your party is set up around a fire pit or bonfire.  Another on theme dessert would be caramel apples.  You could make these ahead of time or set up a buffet station where guests could dip their own apples and cover them with a variety of toppings like nuts, chocolate, sprinkles, or crushed cookies.

Fall neighborhood block party ideas, neighbor gift ideas, neighborhood parties, neighborhood fall partyDrinking apple cider is kind of a must at this time of year so offering an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version will allow everyone to enjoy it.  You could also offer hot cocoa or mulled cider.

Activities and Games

If your neighborhood is like mine and full of kiddos, you’ll need some activities to keep the kids occupied so the adults can enjoy conversation and a bowl of chili.

There are so many fall themed activities you could include at your festival.  A pumpkin carving contest is a great way to get people excited even before the party since they’ll have to carve their pumpkin beforehand and then have it judged at the party.  You oculd elect judges or just do a simple voting system for the best pumpkin.

Bobbing for apples is a great game for the kids. Just be sure to regularly change out the water or have individual buckets for bobbing to keep things a little more hygienic.

Fall neighborhood block party ideas, neighbor gift ideas, neighborhood parties, neighborhood fall partyOrganizing a neighborhood hayride would be so fun.  If you don’t have a tractor and trailer, try making hayrides in wagons for the little kids or the back of a pick up truck for the older kids.

Other go to party activities would be to have someone talented do face painting or organize a fall themed neighborhood scavenger hunt.  Bike races for the kids are fun, and what toddler doesn’t love a bounce house?

Be sure to click the here or the image below to download and print your own Neighborhood Fall Festival Party Plan Checklist to start planning your party.

Fall neighborhood block party ideas, neighbor gift ideas, neighborhood parties, neighborhood fall partyA neighborhood party is such a great way to get to know your neighbors.  It helps to break from the monotony of just waving hello when you see your neighbors out.  It forces you to work together to put the party on, and get to know each other over a bowl of chili.  Who knows what you might find you have in common or what kind of friendship can be built.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Real Life Party: #GirlPower Themed Baby Shower

It seems like literally everyone I know is pregnant right now!  At least it seems that way when I’m practically past my due date and this baby won’t evacuate!  I digress, to celebrate one of my friend’s new baby girl, I recently hosted a baby shower for her.  I wanted to do something a little different since my friend is such an advocate for women’s rights.  So this #girlPower themed baby shower came about.  Keep scrolling to get all of the details.Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchLike I said, the guest of honor at this baby shower is a great friend and one of the qualities that always stands out to me is her passion for women’s rights and equality, but yet her femininity.  I wanted to incorporate a pretty, feminine element of a typical baby shower while also showcasing a powerful woman.  I tried to do so through lots of florals, a pink, black, and white color scheme, and female empowerment books.

#girlPower Party Decor

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchThe tablescape centerpiece is the perfect example of using flowers and women’s books to set the theme. I used my favorite floral source, Costco, and was able to make four floral arrangements out of two bunches of flowers.  Two arrangements sat on top of female authored books with empowering messages.  I also used some #girlpower onesies for baby shower decor.  It became a great focal point while our guest of honor opened gifts.

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Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchIt’s so easy to decorate for a party when you use things that you have from around your house.  This chair came from my husband’s office and the garden stool from my master bedroom.  I challenge you to look around your house and think of things outside the box to use at your next party.

I set up a welcome station for guests’ to write a note to the baby girl in a copy of Dr. Seuss Oh The Places You’ll Go.  It was a great memory for the expectant mom to take home and I know the baby girl will love reading encouraging notes from her mom’s friends about how capable and empowered she is.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchThis was also a great place to set out party favors which were #girlpower themed bookmarks and chocolates.  The bookmarks said, “She Believed She Could So She Did.”  I don’t know a woman that doesn’t love an inspirational quote and chocolate?

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchYou can also see the balloon arch I made.  I made it for the baby shower, but it was the finale of balloon week here on the blog too.

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#girlPower Baby Shower Menu

I stayed pretty true to a typical baby shower when it came to the menu.  The shower was hosted at brunch time, so there were typical brunch foods provided.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchFor the breakfast portion of brunch I made a french toast bake, sausage and pepper hash, and the cutest mini chicken and waffles.  Everything was delicious!

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchAll you have to do to recreate these mini chicken and waffles is to use some frozen waffles that break apart and some chicken nuggets.  I used some nuggets from Chick-fil-A.  Just toast the waffles and pop the nuggets between two waffles.  Simple, cute, and yummy!

For the lunch part of brunch I set up a sandwich bar with lunchmeat and chicken salad.  I also made some anti-pasta skewers.  I highly recommend assembling the skewers a day in advance to save yourself time.  Or enlist the help of a friend, spouse, or child to help you make them.

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#girlPower Dessert Bar

No party is complete without a dessert bar, am I right? I love using the bar in our dining room to set up a dessert bar.  It’s the perfect size and the blank wall behind it allows me to make a large focal point.  The dessert bar was the perfect place to showcase the party’s color scheme of black, white, and pink.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchWe had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and I couldn’t help but incorporate a donut tower since we were having brunch. I diyed the large crepe paper flowers and absolutely love how they turned out.  I used this tutorial to help me make them.  It didn’t take too long and they make a big impact.

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I also set up a great little beverage station.  Too bad the majority of the drinks were alcoholic and almost everyone at the shower was pregnant!  Literally 7 out of 10 guest were pregnant!  That’s crazy.  If you know someone that’s pregnant, check out this post and send them a little care package.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchThe Moscato lemonade I made was delicious!  I may have taken a sip, don’t tell my doctor.  Get the recipe here.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunch What was your favorite part of this party?  Did you like the somewhat unconventional theme?   I enjoyed picking out the empowering books used in this party.  

Have a happy weekend, and the next time you hear from me on the blog, I’ll probably have a new baby myself!  Fingers crossed!

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Celebrating everyday!