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.
by Alix Sorrell
I recently returned from a trip to India where beautiful paper stars (leftover from Christmas) were hanging everywhere! Even though the holidays are over, I loved how fun & versatile they were. These printable stars can be printed on any color paper which makes them the perfect addition to any party you were planning. Hang them from a centerpiece or string them together to make a banner. Fold one into an envelope and sent as a birthday card to let a special someone know that they are a super star!
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Did you know that there is a specific material assigned to each year of marriage? I thought it would be fun to use the list as inspiration for DIY anniversary gift packages. For this post I focused on paper (1 year), wood (5 years), and silver (25 years) but wouldn’t fruit & flowers (4 years), cotton (2 years), and lace (13 years) be fun to do as well? It’s a lot of fun coming up with creative and affordable ideas to fill each package – let us know if there are any other cute gifts to include!
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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:
Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
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!
photos by @ohhappyday