Party + Wedding Ideas

You've got a party to throw? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find our favorite party ideas. Showers, Birthday parties, Anniversaries, and Weddings all in one spot! Ideas we came up with and links to the best ones on the web.

Last-Minute Party Tricks

I always joke that the better the party I throw, the worse I look when I show up. I’ve gotten better at getting ready way in advance so I don’t look like I just ran a marathon but we do have a little routine we go through before the party starts. I usually make sure the house is pretty clean the day before but right before the guests begin showing up I will do a “walk through.” Basically, I pretend I am a guest in my own home. I try to think about what would make people more comfortable and then go around sprucing things up. Here are my three basic steps:

1. I start at the front door and do a quick once-over with fresh eyes. I clean up the entryway, tuck mail away. I check the bathroom to make sure it is guest-ready and there are fresh hand towels out.
2. Make it smell good! I open windows for a few minutes to let in fresh air. I light candles to set the mood and even use sprays if something is smelling unpleasant. I’ve been trying Unstopables (our new sponsor.) The new line includes everything you’d need to make your house smell awesome before guests arrive: air fresheners, candles, pluggin refills, fabric refreshers.
3. Music! I always put on music right before the party. I am a big fan of Songza. They have handpicked playlists (instead of algorithms) and are really good. I usually use Sunshine Indie Rock or my friend Rubi introduced me to this playlist Sally Draper’s Secret Dorm Room Party which is great for a dinner party.
I loved all the great party tips in yesterday’s post. I’m taking notes and am going to try some of them. I’ll report back!
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This post is sponsored by Unstopables: Smell like the lifestyle you deserve. 

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

52 Dinner Parties

One of my goals for the new year is to throw more dinner parties. The goal is actually more specific, I want to throw 52 dinner parties. I’m not actually holding myself to a weekly goal but I want to do 4-5 a month. I’m not planning on all of them being big and fancy, I read this article about this woman who does a weekly casual dinner with her friends. I found it completely inspiring. I have two main motivations for this goal. The first is, we finally have a dining room. I spent the last decade of my life without a real dining room and now we have a nice big one! I still feel really inexperienced cooking for lots of people and I want to get really good. I want to be a professional-dinner-party-thrower. The second motivation is I always meet people and think “we should have them over.” But then I never make time to actually make it happen. If I have some dates set on the calendar I think it will be more motivation to spend time with friends, make new ones and make our community bigger and stronger.

The pictures below are from my Instagram. I hosted a “Serial” Dinner Party last week. I asked my friends on Facebook who wanted to come and discuss the Serial Podcast and the next thing I knew I had 14 people coming over to my house! It was a really fun evening. For dinner we had parsnip soup, spicy meatballs, lemon pasta, salad, roasted carrots and chocolate cake. I foraged some olive branches to decorate the table and used my pretty Mud Australia dishes and West Elm gold silverware. We had a great time and I’ve been trying to keep notes about what worked and what didn’t so I learn and get better each party. I would love to learn what your tricks are for dinner parties? Please leave tips in the comments below!

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Beehive Cloche

by Ashley Page Norton 

So many of my friends are having kids these days that I find myself working on baby showers all the time. Here is a cute idea for a party with a honey bee theme – perfect for a shower or a kid’s birthday. Making this beehive cloche is super simple, as it uses items you probably have on hand. They’ll be a great handmade touch to a bright, sunny party!

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Favorite Party Ideas This Week

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1. The cutest gift tags I’ve ever seen.
2. So pretty!
3. Nailed it! These decorations are perfection.
4. For special occasions (or just because…)
5. Hang this up at your next dinner party!

Valentine’s Day Mini Cakestand

by Ashley Page Norton 

I love all things miniature, and this tiny cakestand is an adorable addition to a Valentine’s Day party. Make these individual cupcake stands for all your Valentines – they look so cute topped with treats like doughnuts, chocolates, cookies, or whatever you’re serving! (PS – More Valentine’s Day ideas right here!)

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