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We had some friends come to visit us the other weekend. The night they flew in, we invited them over for cocktails to welcome them them to the city.
Since our friends came in a bit late, we kept it simple. We drank prosecco (bubbly is so festive!), ate some antipasto and, of course, had something sweet.
It was a great way to catch up!
What do you do to welcome guests? xoxo Event Lucky
Along with the new look of Event Lucky (have you checked out the new design?), I am changing the direction slightly. I want to highlight special, thoughtful moments as much as the larger parties and events. You've probably noticed these quieter moments creeping in-- because those times can be just as memorable as that big party. It's about celebrating every day (just like the tagline says), and that means everything from announcements to gifts, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and everything in between. I love the thoughtful, creative ways that we make every day special-- and I'd love to see the ways you do that at home. So feel free to send in your submissions-- from the notes you put in your kids backpack, to his grand birthday party-- send it in!
I love the way Holly from Nothing But Bonfires celebrated her father's 60th birthday. She sent a note to friends and family (you can read ithere) asking them to send memories of her dad. They could send more than one if they wanted, it just had to be on separate pieces of paper. Here's how it looked:
I love the adorable airmail envelopes she used. They look so cute. Oh-- you want to know how he reacted? Well, these pictures tell it all.
It's safe to say he loved it.
What do you think? Have you ever done anything special for someone's birthday? xoxo Event Lucky
photo from This And That Creative
I know, you are still trying to get your Halloween plans together, with the costumes and the parties, much less looking ahead to Christmas. But the craft stores have had their holiday wares up since the summer, so someone, somewhere is planning. Here are ten holiday tips to help get your Christmas motor running! Not Just A Mommy!
Make A List And Check It Twice
Grandmas the kids need to make gifts for...the White Elephant gift for your office party...the cookies for your neighbors...all those cards you need to send...there are a ton of things to keep track of during this time of year. Create a list so you can be picking up things while you are out and about instead of fighting through crowds in a few months.
Create A Budget
No one wants to start the New Year with a hefty credit card statement. Many of us tend to be generous when shopping for holiday gifts. Keep in mind that it is very easy to succumb to "impulse buying" and go all out on your holiday shopping.
Creating a budget will keep you mindful of your spending. Keep an eye out for sales on your big ticket items; I haven't done the madness of Black Friday shopping, I'm still in a food coma from Thanksgiving. This is where your list comes in handy. If money is an issue, consider giving homemade gifts instead of store-bought items. Baked goods, handmade crafts, or personal services you can provide are great ideas.
Order Your Christmas Stationery Now
Now that you've your list, cross one thing off, ordering your cards, party invitations, and mailing labels. Storkie has a fabulous selection of stylish Christmas cards, from photo cards and magnets, to my favorite, the Christmas Card Inventation featuring a gorgeous assortment of outer wraps and inner card styles. You choose the color combinations to create the design that perfectly fits your style and tastes.
Send Out Save The Dates For Holiday Parties ASAP
Calendars fill up fast during the holidays, let your invitees know your intentions now so they can put your party in there. Nothing sours your holiday mood like having people already committed to other functions. In fact, now is the time to send them out.
You Are Not A 4 Star Restaurant, Your Holiday Menus Need Not Be
From Thanksgiving through New Year's, there is al ot of eating going on. I love Thanksgiving because I can cook. I dread Christmas because I cannot bake. If it were only about cupcakes I would be a rock star. So I buy my cookies. Nothing wrong with that. Have a friend who bakes like Paula Deen? Ask her to make an extra batch of her world-famous rum cake for you. Can't cook at all? Host a holiday potluck! Plan the menu and ask everyone to bring what you need. Otherwise, you WILL end up with 10 trays of brownies.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate!
Do not become a holiday martyr doing all of the cooking, cleaning and shopping. Is there a child at your elbow asking to help? Is there a friend hovering near by? Did your mother-in-law ask for the umpteenth time to bring her Yam-a-loaf? Take the help.
The Secret To A Kick A** Holiday Party...
Make the guests do all the work. Every year, I have a Christmas party with an awesome theme that secretly takes all the work off of me. Why put up crazy decorations when your guests come in festive wear (Ugly Sweater Party), store bought treats, (Santa's Mustache Bash) and bring all the gifts? (Ugly Sweater Party 2009)? Want them to help you decorate your tree? Have a Tree Trimming Party! Need treats for the season? Have a Cookie Exchange Party. This year, I'm planning a Gift Wrapping Party...no, they aren't wrapping my gifts...I wish. Have everyone bring over a few unwrapped gifts and make this Christmas chore a social event.
Just Say No
Don't holiday-party burnout. You do not have to attend every single event. Close friends and family, yes. The work party, yes. The weird couple down the block who you've hardly spoken to all year's open house, no.
After-Christmas Sales Are A Goldmine
Want to take stress off for next Christmas? Reserve a little money for those after-Christmas sales. Getting prepared now can save you a lot of time and money, which can be added to your Christmas budget next year. Stores want to move the Christmas items to make room for the Valentine's Day and Easter items, which I swear comes earlier and earlier every year.
It's All About Me
Holidays are a high-stress time and is all about goodwill towards others. But don't forget the most important person, you. Don't skip yoga class for a One-Day-Only-Sale. They lie. There will be another one. Don't neglect your weekly lunch break with Susie. She will cross you off her Christmas card list. Afterall, the holidays will pass, and they'll be back next year.
Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine
I mentioned my friend Liza, who likes to make everything from scratch, including her own butter. So when I saw this idea of having your guests help make the butter, I thought it was a great way to get them involved with her cause.
Just put some cream, salt and marbles in a jar and pass it around. Everyone can participate in shaking the jar, passing the burden around and getting to know each other. Then everyone gets to enjoy the freshly made butter (hopefully with some freshly made bread!).
I love it!
Until Next Week! xoxo EventLucky
Summer parties have their pros and cons...gorgeous weather vs. pinning people down to attend since they flee to enjoy said weather. Every year we have a I Scream, You Scream ice cream party but with our finicky weather here in Seattle, we are bypassing it so I thought my loss can be your gain. Here are some great ideas I came across...
How much fun is this invite from Parenting.com, featuring a free tag download from The TomKat Studio.
Charming downloads from One Charming Party for invites and thank you cards.
Check out this ice cream social from Buckets of Grace via Celebrations At Home; she shares lots of doable tips like sugar cone wrappers and using printable sets.
Yes, it's a popsicle but how could I resist this invite from Martha?
Also from One Charming Party, this sugar cone party hat is a must!
A tissue-pom + ice-cream cone = easy party decor.
These balloon ice cream cones from Martha Stewart have been all over the web, but it's a classic.
I will never tire of these banana split mini bites from Bakers Royale.
These cotton candy cones from Living Locurto make a great party craft or packaged in a clear bag for a fun favor.
They look just like sundaes, right? Guess what, they are cupcakes! We made these for Teacher Appreciation, but just swap out the tags for a fun party treat! Skip back to Living Locurto for the tutorial.
A paper cone will work just as well for this candy-filled thank you.