I had already started planning a little housewarming party when Glad approached me to participate in their one-bag challenge. I really loved the concept and agreed right away. The idea is to reduce the waste from your party down to one garbage bag or less. They asked me to put together a party kit of everything you would need to throw a party.
For our housewarming party I just wanted a chance for friends to stop by and see our apartment and chat. Since our house is so small I realized it might be tricky if I invited everyone we know over at the same time. So to prevent a crammed apartment I decided to have an open house for people to stop by throughout the day. I’ve thrown parties like that before and I love that no one feels rushed and you actually get a chance to visit with everyone. I also love that there isn’t the same kind of pressure when you entertain for an hour or two. The items I chose for my party are reusable pieces that you can invest in and some compostable and recyclable one-use items. I’m a big believer that a party doesn’t need to be complicated. You usually just need a few unexpected elements that make the party feel special and that your guests will remember. I am so excited to host a party in our small apartment. I’ll be sure to share pictures afterwards.
Inspiration photo from Kinfolk Magazine. A. Glass Beverage Dispenser B. Striped Tablecloth C. Single Use Veneerware Plates D. Compostable Cups E. Dipped Pitcher F. Slate Cheeseboard G. Blocked Dot Napkins H. Clear Globe Lights I. 3 Tiered Stand
One thing we’ve come to appreciate is playing together as a family. Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in our work, but Paul and I have found that being silly with our kids helps us de-stress and connect as a family. That’s why we’re so excited for our Epic Playdate Weekend in late April with a few of my blogger friends like Oh Joy, Dooce and Yes to Hoboken and their families. For two whole days, we’ll all get to share some epic fun together in Santa Barbara. Each blogger is responsible for hosting activities for the kids. I’ll be hosting a crafting class and I hear there’s also going to be an ice cream sundae bar, an epic paint fight, a hula-hopping workshop, a kids’ photography class, and more!
So, what are you waiting for? Come play with us! (ps: the photo below was taken by Heather Zweig -thanks Heather!)
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I am so happy to be working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. If you don’t know about the Relay for Life it is a special event where communities can celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. There are over 5,000 events in the US and another 850 internationally. I actually have participated in the Relay for Life program three times. We put a team of 8 of my friends together and then during the 24 hour event each team member took turns running their shifts. It was a great experience and I have very fun memories from it. It is an important program that helps raise money in the world’s biggest fight against cancer. There are lots of ways to participate including walking the event, donating, making a luminaria, or even hosting a tent for the participants. Have you ever participated in a Relay for Life event? Please share your experience in the comments!
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