How to Make a Party Guest List

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when trying to keep track of your party guests?  I’m not talking about at your party, but figuring out who’s coming, who’s bringing what, what time they’re coming, and all of those other little things.  

Today I’m going to give you a few tips and details to help you keep track of all of that stuff and show you how I make a party guest list.

Track your party guest list with this spreadsheet, guest list categories, how to make a guest listFirst, I love a good spreadsheet, but doing this with pen and paper works too.  Find whatever method will help you remember to write things down and be able to refer to it often. Maybe keep it in a handy place so it’s easy to get to leading up to your party.

Guest List Categories

Next, here are some column headings that are necessary to track your guests if you are using a spreadsheet.  If you aren’t using a spreadsheet, these categories will definitely help you make a guest list for your party. 

  • Name
  • Contact Information (phone number, address, email, etc.)
    • This is good information to have in case you are mailing invitations or thank you cards.  It’s also great to reference if you need to call a guest before the party to get their RSVP information or ask them to help pick up a bag of ice on the way to your party. <- This always seems to be the one thing we need right before a party. 
  • Invitation Sent
    • I recommend just using a checkmark or X to indicate whether you’ve sent the invitation.
  • RSVP
    • In this column I typically indicate whether the guest is coming with a simple Yes or No.  Does anyone else feel like we’ve gotten away from RSVPing to the host?  I don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to commit to coming to your party or letting you know if they can’t.  A simple text would be fine, it’ so important to let the host know that you’re coming, so just do it!
  • Total Numbers
    • This column is where I like to break out exactly how many people are coming.  Mostly, separating adults and children.  Obviously, young children don’t eat as much as adults, so that plays a key role in how much and what kind of food to purchase and prepare.
  • Food
    • This section of your tracker may be fairly extensive, but it’s flexible depending on the type of party you’re having.  If you are having a pot luck, this is a great way to track what everyone is bringing.  If you’re providing the food, there’s really no need to include this section.  For a wedding or seated dinner, it’s a great idea to ask what choice your guest wants and track it in this area.  Keep in mind to use this section to track any allergies or food restrictions your guests may have to certain foods.
  • Gift Received
    • This section is great to include in your tracker if you’re having a wedding shower, baby shower, bridal shower, or birthday party.  Tracking what gifts you have received will help you to write the proper thank you card.
  • The last category to include in your tracker is a Thank You Card column.
    • This area is where you’ll track if you’ve written and delivered thank you cards to your guests that brought you a gift.  It’s only appropriate to send a thank you card.  Now you’ll be able to remind yourself by referring to the tracker you made.

These are all things that you are probably already doing, but sometimes just tracking people can be overwhelming.  Hopefully, you’ve found a category that you maybe haven’t thought of before.  If so, plan to add it to your guest list tracking system the next time you’re hosting a party.  

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Spring Front Porch Makeover

Good morning, and happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a great Easter and is enjoying spring weather. It’s been nice here, so I’m excited to get back outside and utilize our porch and patio.  Today I’m going to show you our Spring front porch makeover.  Now, full disclosure, these pictures were taken late in the summer last year.  Nothing like better late than never, right?  Well, our porch doesn’t look too different this spring, so I thought I’d share them with you today.  I will however, also be telling you what I’d like to do this year to spruce up the front porch.

Here is how the porch looked before we did anything to it.

Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.Yep, that’s a piece of carpet as a doormat.  It was there for longer than I’d like to admit.  Here is the seating area off to the side.

Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.It’s a narrow space, but enough room for a little seating area.

After a furniture purchase and some plants, this space looks so much better.

Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.I decided to go with some neutral brown whicker furniture, and think it accents the outdoor colors of the house nicely.  However, I chose blue cushions and planters, because we needed some color.  I also chose to do red flowers again this year, just not the same kind.

Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.The front porch is a great little spot to watch our daughter play in the front yard or ride her tricycle in the driveway.  This setting is ideal, but let’s be honest, what mom gets to sit down with a bowl full of berries and enjoy some quiet time reading?  Not this mom!  I do think that even when it starts getting warmer in spring, that a light blanket in the evenings is helpful.

Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.

Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.Even though this is a pretty narrow front porch, these chairs still fit great even with the ottomans pulled out.  I love this feature of the furniture!

Spring front porch makeover with furniture and plants, front porch before and after.I am so looking forward to warmer weather and enjoying this space again this spring and summer.  There are a few things I’d love to add to our front porch.  I think a couple flower boxes on the railings would look great.  And we have a large empty spot on the front wall of the house that I think needs something.  I’m not sure what that is yet, but I’m sure Pinterest won’t let me down with inspiration.  If you have any thoughts please send them my way!

I hope you all have a great rest of your week moving into the weekend.  Are you getting outside to enjoy nice weather?

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Celebrate Easter with a Kid’s Craft

Happy Good Friday!  If you haven’t gotten enough of Easter egg hunts, dyeing Easter eggs, or Easter baskets, then try giving this kids craft a try.  It’s super easy and doesn’t take long at all.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.All you need to complete this craft is a few supplies:

  • An aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
  • Easter eggs cut out of paper
  • Paint
  • A shower squeegee

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.I know that a shower squeegee may sound weird but I promise it makes this craft fun, not messy, and kind of cool to see.  I first saw this craft on one of those Facebook videos that are always floating around my news feed.

So the first step is to put dots of paint onto your paper eggs.  I didn’t take a picture of that part, but just imagine paint polka dots.  I will say that you will need a hefty amount of paint to be able to spread out across the whole egg.

Then get your kids to help you run the shower squeegee from one side of the egg to the other, spreading out the paint dots.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.As you run the squeegee across the egg, it spreads the paint out and lets it kind of run together.  It’s a great way to talk about how to mix colors with your kids if you want to turn this into a learning activity.  My daughter learned that mixing red and blue turned into purple.  She was pretty excited.

After all of your paint spreading you get some really fun, almost stained glass looking Easter eggs.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Once all of our eggs were painted I wanted to actually use them for something so I just punched some holes in them and strung them together to make a banner.  Of course I hung the banner on our mantle because I just love that thing and decorating it is basically my part-time job.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.There are a ton of fun uses for these eggs though.  Use them as a place mat on the kids Easter table.  Or fold them to make an Easter card for someone special.

Wasn’t that a fun, easy craft?  Do you think you’ll give it a try this weekend?  If not, just change the shape of the paper for another holiday and follow the same method.  This may be kind of a regular craft around our house.

I hope you have a great Easter weekend and reflect on the reason for the holiday.  See you all again next week!

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Tablescape Tuesday er Thursday: Greenery and Blue Easter Tablescape

Well, this kind of post is normally reserved for Tuesdays, but things happen.  So it’s Thursday and we’re talking about tablescapes.  Specifically Easter tablescapes.  The Tablescape Tuesday series is all about ways to dress up your tables.  Dining tables, coffee tables, buffet tables, dessert tables, and so much more.  Adding a little extra something to your table makes entertaining guests more special.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placemats

I went a little bit more natural with this year’s Easter Tablescape.  Usually, it’s full of florals, pastels, eggs, and bunnies, but I kept it a little more simple and versatile for the whole Spring season this year.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsGreenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsGreenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsCan we just talk about each of these place settings for a second?  I’m in love with the combination of whicker, green wreath, plate, napkin, place card.  I remember seeing an episode of Fixer Upper where Joanna Gaines used a placemat then put a little wreath on top before stacking a plate on top of it.  I’ll say that my version is identical to hers, but it’s definitely inspired and turned out great.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsI bought the place mat from Hobby Lobby when they were 40% off, score!  Two long bundles of greenery were used for the wreaths.  I just cut a branch off of each bundle, then wrapped them into a wreath form using floral wire.  Once they were done, I placed them on top of the place mat and used the plate to hold them in place.  I saved so much money making them myself instead of buying six individual wreaths.

I also scored the napkins at the Target dollar spot, $3 for a pack of two.  The coasters are being used as place cards and were a gift.  This whole place setting cost me so little, and I love it so much.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placemats.Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsFor the centerpiece I used the leftover greenery branches and added in some fake milk glass vases and little birdies.  To fake a milk glass look, just find glass vases and spray with white spray paint.  You can find inexpensive vases at places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  The little birdies were also a sale find at Hobby Lobby.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsI’m excited to have some friends over for Easter brunch and put this tablescape to use!  Do you have a special table in line for your Easter meal?  Tag me on Instagram so I can see it!

 

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5 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs without Dye

Well, if you are a fan of my Facebook page then you know that I had some camera issues over the weekend.  That has delayed some posts this week.  Thankfully, it wasn’t anything serious and now we’re back in business.

I don’t know about you, but last year was the first year I dyed Easter eggs with my daughter and to say I was nervous is an understatement.  We had just moved into our new house and the thought of colored dye getting on anything was terrifying.  Looking back at some pictures I’m very obviously grimacing in some photos.  If you feel the same way about egg dye, then today is perfect for you.  I’ll be giving you five alternatives to using that splashy egg dye.

I used similar eggs to these, and am absolutely in love!  Love the idea of not having to boil a bunch of eggs.  Love that they are recyclable, so we can just recycle them after Easter.  And love them because they are so easy to use for all of these alternative ideas.  I bought them after Easter last year at Wal-Mart for much cheaper than the Amazon price, so I recommend searching next week to see if you can find any at a discount.  I’ll definitely be looking for more this year.

Alternative Easter Eggs with Crayons

First up, using crayons or markers to draw on the eggs.  Super easy, and way less messy.  You probably already have crayons at home too.  It’s a fun activity for the kids to do on their own without much supervision.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Ribbon

Next up, using ribbon to decorate your Easter eggs.  I used two different kinds of ribbon and the blueish ribbon worked much better.  It’s more of a raffia material so I’d recommend that or twine to decorate your eggs this way.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Washi Tape

Similar to using stickers, using washi tape is a mess free way to decorate Easter eggs.  Using some spring colors they look just as fun as having used dye, but with more variety.  I will recommend putting the tape on in a vertical arrangement, like the gold egg, because it’s easier than having to work with the roundness of the egg.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Glitter

While this may not be any less messy, hello glitter everywhere, it’s one of the prettiest ways to decorate Easter eggs.  Full disclosure, I bought these eggs this way so I didn’t have to deal with the glitter mess.  However, it would be really easy to make them yourself by rolling eggs in glue then rolling them in glitter.  Maybe try tossing them in a sealed container with glitter to contain the mess.  Or you can just buy some here if you really like them.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Tissue Paper

This next way to decorate was by far my daughter’s favorite to help with.  She loves squeezing glue onto the eggs.  All you need is some Elmer’s glue and torn up tissue paper.  Simply squeeze glue onto the egg and press the tissue paper onto the egg.  It’s a super simply way of doing a paper mache egg.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsThere you have it, five super simple ways to avoid the egg dye mess!  Doing some of these are just as fun for the kids and is a fun craft to do.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsWhich is your favorite?

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Celebrating everyday!