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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.

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 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!

Fall neighborhood block party ideas, neighbor gift ideas, neighborhood parties, neighborhood fall partyParty Theme and Decor

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.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchDIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloons

#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.

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 brunchWhat I would give for one of those donuts right now!

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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Real Life Party: Bourbon and BBQ Birthday Party

This past weekend I had the privilege of celebrating the birth of my favorite person, my husband!  He’s kind of funny when it comes to birthdays.  He’s not like typical guys because he absolutely loves his birthday.

This year was kind of a milestone birthday (I’ll keep his actual age to myself ;)) so I wanted to celebrate in a bigger way.  We had a fun guy’s only bourbon and bar-b-q themed birthday.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barI took a lot of inspiration from this party that Pizzazzerie hosted.   Pizzazzerie’s Father’s Day party also gave me a lot of charcuterie inspiration.  My husband enjoys a good bourbon based old fashioned and more times than not he will order BBQ no matter what restaurant we’re at.  So this theme was perfect for him.

I had planned on catering the food so all I had to do was set up the bar, make a charcuterie, and bake a pie, but then my husband decided he wanted to smoke a brisket and ribs for the party.  You can see how he does that here.  It required a bit more work, but he enjoys the process of doing it and it always turns out super tasty.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barI started the party with this bourbon themed charcuterie board.  After a quick google and Pinterest search I found several items that would pair well with bourbon.  Things like walnuts, dark chocolate, parmesan, and dried fruit were best suited for bourbon.  This is probably one of my favorite charcuterie boards I’ve ever put together. Surprisingly, the guy’s pretty much tore it up. I’ll take that as a sign that it was good.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barUnfortunately, the weather wasn’t super cooperative and we had to move the food buffet indoors.  In the long run, I think it turned out for the best.  As I said earlier, my husband smoked brisket, ribs, and beans.  I rounded out the menu with a family favorite side dish of corn casserole and a couple cole slaws purchased from the deli department at my grocery store.

I also made my husband’s favorite, pecan pie.  He’d eat that over cake any day.  This is probably one of our biggest areas where we don’t agree, but if that’s it, then I’ll take it.

Adding in a few rustic elements like wood slices and an old whiskey crate made the set up more masculine for this guy’s only party.  Using a couple leafy plants instead of flowers was a way to add some life to the tablescape without being overly girly.

I even found the exact fabric for the table as was in my inspiration party.  The classic red, white, and blue plaid will come in handy for a lot of different events throughout the year.

Bourbon Bar

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy'sBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barFor the bourbon bar, I again used some wood slices to highlight the bourbon choices and included a garnish bar.  Including a recipe was helpful to the guests when they wanted to mix up the specialty cocktail.  You can get your copy of the Old Fashioned recipe card here, or by clicking the picture below and downloading it.  It makes a great addition to any bar.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barTo tie into the theme, I brought some more plaid fabric out to the bourbon bar.  This classic cocktail look so sophisticated with a skewered cherry and orange peel.  Probably the only time my husband will drink a cocktail with fruit in it.   Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon bar

If you’re looking for a great theme for a guy’s party this will surely be a hit.  You can even mix it up a bit based on what type of drink the man in your life prefers.  I know my husband enjoyed having a guys only party where he got to eat and drink something manly.  And I enjoyed setting up the party and bringing my inspiration to life.

Another great birthday in the books!  What was your favorite part of the party?  Don’t forget to download your own Old Fashioned drink recipe.  Just click the picture of the recipe above.

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Party Color Scheme: Copper and Green Themed Desert Party

Congrats!  It’s Friday and you made it to the weekend!  Today is another Party Color Scheme post.  I have been so hot being pregnant in the middle of summer, so thinking about the desert was natural for me.  This copper and green themed desert party color scheme is so great for this time of year.

Party color scheme with copper and green, cactus party, desert party, party colorsI’ve included an inspiration party and some ideas of how to incorporate the colors into whatever kind of party you’re planning to throw.  This color scheme would work for so many things.  A dinner party, a birthday party, a baby shower, an end of summer party, or a business luncheon are all great ideas to incorporate these colors.

Copper and Green Party Inspiration

This desert cactus bridal shower is the image of perfection when incorporating the copper and green color scheme.  Be sure to click the link above and check out the entire party.  It’s pretty amazing.  Those copper chairs are seriously swoonworthy.  I also love the floral arrangements and how even with using cacti they seem soft and pretty.
The key when using metal as the primary color in a color scheme is to mix various shades of the color.  The chairs, glassware, vases, and napkins are all in the copper family, but not exactly the same.

Here’s another great way to incorporate this color scheme.  Do it in cake form!  This cake is so pretty dripping in copper frosting.

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via Brides

Just be sure to remove the cactus before biting into this beauty.

Copper and Green Party Decor and DIYs

If you’re looking to incorporate these colors in a super simple decor DIY, try using this copper vase.  The tutorial is super easy, but it’s so chic.  I’d venture to say you’d want to leave the vase out long after your party.

Make several of these in different sizes and group them together in the center of your table or run them the length of your table.   It will look awesome.  To bring in the green all you really need is some leafy branches, a great way to forgo getting flowers for your party.
This is the perfect idea to incorporate copper and green into your party favors.  Terra cotta pots work so well as the copper, add in some green ribbon or even a small cactus, and you’re set.

You could even use terra cotta pots as your centerpiece and decor.
Now here are some resources to round out your party color scheme.  Simple ways to bring in the copper and green without being too over the top.  Try using these utensils, these straws, or these napkins.

If you want to recreate the look of copper chairs, but don’t want to splurge on renting actual copper chairs, try a diy.  Use this ribbon and tie it to the back of your chairs.  Use the below picture for some inspiration.

Is this a color scheme you can see planning your next party around?  If so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with #thedailyhostess

I hope you have a great weekend and do something to beat the heat.  I’ll be pulling together my husband’s birthday party with a fun guy’s only theme that you’ll get to see next week so stay tuned for that.

 

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Celebrating everyday!