A Cozy Fall Home Tour

This Fall is a little different around our house. We have an additional child, our basement is being completed, we have a lot of travel planned, and not many free weekends.  Because of those things, I haven’t done as much seasonal decorating.  Mostly, all of our things are piled up in the corner of our basement while it’s getting completed.  It’s going to be so good, I can’t wait for you all to see it!

I focused on a few areas and tried to just make everything cozy, while adding texture and fall colors.  I’d love to switch out my living room pillows since they are summery blues and yellows.  However, the more fall-like pillows are under a massive pile of boxes and sawdust in the basement.

I’ll leave you to look through our living and dining rooms all cozied and warmed up for fall.

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The dining room is really lacking in decor.  I was able to add a few fall wine colored napkins and make a table setting using gold painted twigs.  I plan to add some cinnamon scented pine cones and candles eventually.  You know when the basement is accessible.

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How do you decorate for fall? Are natural elements from outside like twigs and leaves part of your decor?  Do you add cozy blankets and pillows?  Do you put pumpkins everywhere? What colors do you gravitate towards?

Happy Fall Y’all!

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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.

October celebration round up, opal themed party, October party ideas, opal party ideas, blush and ice blue party ideasI think October is thought of for two reasons, Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  So to start lets kick it off with one of those events.

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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Follow Friday: Party and Celebration Instagram Accounts

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday!  Please tell me you also sang that when reading it? If not, I hope you have a great Friday anyway and have fun plans for the weekend.  My husband and I are actually going to have a date night tonight to celebrate our anniversary and I’m pretty excited!

Before we can get to that though, we are going to talk social media, specifically Instagram.  While I personally spend more time on Facebook, Instagram is such a great place for inspiration.  My biggest problem, however, is that I don’t know where to look.  If you’re in the same boat, I rounded up a few accounts that I follow and thought I’d share them with you.  They are mostly party and celebration accounts that I’m loving right now.

I’m loving this new IG account and her blog. You have to check it out!  To Have + To Host is not only fun to look at, but the hosting tips she provides are so on point!  I also love her tradition of a “Grandma’s Dinner.”

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Party and celebration instagram accounts, confetti, party, hosting, and cake instagram accountsWho knew fake cakes were such a big deal?  I love the inspiration from all of these designs.  Take this idea a step further and invite friends over to decorate fake cakes.  It’s a great way to practice cake decorating techniques.  Confection Deception’s feed will have you wanting to eat even the fake cakes.  You can even purchase them here.

Party and celebration instagram accounts, confetti, party, hosting, and cake instagram accountsParty and celebration instagram accounts, confetti, party, hosting, and cake instagram accountsI couldn’t love the name of this blog and Instagram more!  Just Add Confetti is such a fun place for party ideas and free printables.  Her Instagram feed is full of color and her kids are the cutest!

Party and celebration instagram accounts, confetti, party, hosting, and cake instagram accountsThis last feed isn’t necessarily party or celebration related at all, but it’s so fun to scroll through.  I can find myself on this feed for waaaaaaay longer than I need to be.  If you like anything on HGTV then you’ll want to buy up all of these old houses and start renovating.  Cheap Old Houses is such a unique idea for an account.  How could you not want to buy them all?

Party and celebration instagram accounts, confetti, party, hosting, and cake instagram accountsI hope you found some eye candy and fun new accounts to follow.  If you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram here.  I post a lot of things there that aren’t on the blog so it’s a fresh, new, fun place to look through.

Have a great weekend celebrators!

 

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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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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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Celebrating everyday!