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I love a good party, especially with a theme where I can throw in a ton of adorable details. My roommate and I had a couple great ones when I lived in Georgetown. I mentioned before that we had a Pumpkin Spice Friendship party. All the food and drinks were pumpkin themed and we all wore our best “basic” attire. Today I’m bringing you another type of Basic that I’m sure you’ll love. Meet Basic Invite.

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In my humble opinion, the art of the invitation should have never dissipated into the land of texts and Facebook invites. I know I have slipped in this department, opting for a mass text rather than a cute invitation. Getting mail is such a novelty now, especially when it’s mail inviting you to do something fun with your friends and family. Basic Invite makes it so easy to customize and add details to your party before it even starts. Do you love a design but it doesn’t really fit the colors you want? No problem. Using my Pumpkin Spice Friendship party as inspo, check out how I elevated this original Basic Invite Botanical Brunch Party design and made it fit our theme:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See how cute!? Just totally customizing the color, I changed the whole vibe of the invite. And just to be sure, you can order a custom sample of your work to see how it really looks on paper before you purchase the lot to send to your guests!  Another cool customization feature? Basic Invite has over 40 colors of envelopes to chose from. (Pumpkin is one of them!) That would definitely make your invite stand out in the mail.

And if you’re like me with such bad hand writing that you were literally not allowed to help make sorority formal awards, don’t fear, because you can use their free address collection service to share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Now, my love of invitations started with a catalogue (I can’t even remember which one) that my mom used to get when we were little. I’d pretty much build my birthday parties around the themes from those invites, so it’s totally fair to say that invitations set the tone for a great party. I’m starting to appreciate those head-to-toe details again now that I’m planning my wedding! Besides your (not so) basic (ha!) surprise party invitations, birthday invitations, and quinceañera invitations, they also stock a myriad of stationary and other paper goods to round out your event. Think stickers, guest books, even business cards! (Hey, blogger and entrepreneurial pals- it’s one-stop shop for your next event!)

Be sure to follow along with Basic Invite on social media to get for inspiration for your next party!

Post c/o Basic Invite: I was monetarily compensated by Basic Invite for this post.

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Planning a party is rarely a simple matter of logistics. Yes, you have to get all the right people in the right place, at roughly the same time. You know you need to provide them with a few pieces of food to nibble on, as well as a selection of drinks. If you’re going to go big on the decor, then that’s something you need to get ticked off as well.

The above are the basics, however. There’s no doubt you can have a successful party if you just do these things, but you’re also going to run into more than a few problems along the way. The true skill of effective party planning is found in anticipating problems, so when they do arise, you already have a solution in place.

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So what kind of issues should you anticipate when it comes to planning your next big event?

The Dreaded Drinks Dearth

Few things will kill an atmosphere more effectively than running out of drinks – particularly alcohol – way before the time you’d thought the party would run to. While it’s conceivably possible that you could buy too much alcohol in the planning of a party, most of the time, more is going to be better. Make life easier for yourself by ordering alcohol online so you don’t have to worry about dragging multiple bottles of clanking bags from your car, as well as giving you the chance to get a variety to suit every palette. If you’ve anything left over at the end of the night, you are well stocked for gifts the next time someone’s birthday rolls around.

The Music Maladies

Finding the right music for a party is never going to be easy. Music is one of those things that everyone has an opinion on, but it’s also entirely subjective. What someone considers to be a stone-cold classic, someone else will turn their nose up at.

Thankfully, the internet has got you covered. There are numerous lists available online of songs that everyone knows and loves. While there will always be a few outliers among your guests, for the most part, a playlist of the all-time favorites is going to get the best results.

The Awkward Arguments

Unless your life is like a TV show and everyone already knows one another, then chances are any party you throw is going to involve bringing together a lot of strangers. They’re not strangers to you, of course – but they are to one another. Forgetting this fact can lead to awkward moments, as a group of people suddenly realize they don’t know how to talk to one another.

Worse still is when two people meet for the first time and it’s immediately obvious that they don’t get on. It happens; it’s not fun for anyone involved. That’s where your hosting skills are going to have to be top-notch. At the first sign that anyone is rubbing someone else up the wrong way, you have to be on the ball enough to interject and separate them from one another. A simple: “could you give me a hand in the kitchen?” is usually enough to make the point, and keep tempers well under control!

By following the ideas above, your party planning will go up another gear – and you’ll all have a lot more fun as a result.

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Weddings can be expensive enough, so when it comes to the bachelorette, it’s no surprise if funds are running low. Plus it’s expensive for guests to attend weddings too (travel, clothes, gifts!) so keeping costs down before the wedding is probably good news for them too. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t still have an incredible bachelorette party! Here are three ideas to consider.

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Party At Home

The great thing about throwing a party at home is it’s convenient, and you can make it as expensive or as inexpensive as you like. If guests each bring a bottle, you will save massively on the alcohol. Alternatively, you could create a cocktail or punch mix in a large drinks dispenser for everyone to help themselves. All you’d need is one bottle of alcohol, some juice, fizzy mixer and chopped fruit. You can buy decorations from Dollar stores, eBay and other inexpensive shops that cost next to nothing but help to get your place looking party ready! Whipping up a few nibbles yourself to create a buffet again needn’t cost much. If you wanted to make, it look a little fancier, set it up as an afternoon tea. Get a couple of mismatched cake stands online or from thrift stores, and display a selection of pretty cakes, pastries, and delicate sandwiches cut into fingers. Pinterest has loads of ideas, you could make it look fantastic and save a huge amount compared to booking a similar thing at a restaurant. There’s no entry fees or queuing in the cold- a party at home certainly has its benefits!

Male Dancers Show

For something fun and a little risque, how about watching some hunks at a male dancers show? At less than $20 a ticket it’s a surprisingly inexpensive evening out, so great if you want to go out but without breaking the bank. Groups like http://www.hunkstheshow.com/ tour different areas, so you could see if anything is available locally when you’re arranging your bachelorette night. It’s something a little different and sure to be plenty of giggles with your group!

Party Bus

You can hire a party bus for two hours for around $350. While this might not sound like a budget option, many can host groups of up to thirty-five people. This means you’d each need to pay just $10! Even a smaller group of fifteen would pay less than $25 which isn’t bad. On board there will be things like lights and lasers, music, a dance pole, karaoke and a bar. You have your own personal, mobile nightclub! If you’re going on a night out for a few drinks for your bachelorette, this could be the perfect way to get there (and will probably be the main event of the night!). Round up your group and book something like this for a night to remember, and best of all it costs each of you hardly anything.

Are you in the process of planning yours (or someone else’s) bachelorette party? What ideas do you have for doing it on a budget?

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I promised yesterday that I would have a whole other post singing the praises of the amazing people who helped make the Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch the smashing success that it was. When I told Dani that I’d love to help plan our March meetup because it’s my birthday month, I was thrilled that not only did she take me up on it, but that  she took my suggestion of hosting at Hawthorne and making the theme Barbie!

Coincidentally, Margo from Fox Fête messaged me that same week asking if I she could provide some of her adorable decorations for an upcoming event. UM. YES. PERFECT! She sent the cutest little care package with a custom banner that said BUBBLES, a decor kit (in pink!), and gold straws. It was the sweetest touch to our brunch.

Planning an event with Hawthorne was so incredibly easy. Kati, their Director of Events and Marketing, was super responsive to all our emails. She even helped direct us to the best way of going about planning for a large group. While I’m not sure how many ladies we actually hosted, our number was originally around 30. For large groups, Kati suggested a family style brunch. The sweet potato waffles with perfectly seasoned fried chicken were my favorite, but I would have happily eaten the french toast all day as well.

When I got to Hawthorne early to set up, Kati had already done most of the work for us with custom menus and adorable mini champs bottles (also customized). She helped me set up the Fox Fête decor and in about 10 minutes, everything was done. The icing on the cake was getting to meet the Hawthorne owner, Fritz Brogan, who I have never met but felt like I knew from his amazing restaurants. He actually used an app to change all the lights in the room to be PINK! How sweet is that?

Hawthorne could not have been more accommodating. Not only did our numbers change several times, but we also had a few ladies with dietary restrictions and/ or who didn’t drink. They were taken care of spectacularly, even straying away from the set menu. Schuyler, our amazing waitress, kept the bubbles coming for those of us who do love a boozy brunch. Fritz put on the 90s jams, and it was a huge party! The space was had was really conducive to moving around and chatting… and dancing. It was an amazing event.

Thank you to Hawthorne for having us and taking care of us and to Fox Fête for giving us that extra sweetness for our decor!

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Let’s talk about something that might make people a little uncomfortable: money. That’s right- dolla dolla billz y’all. Now, we should all know that it’s impolite to ask people about their income, but it seems like bloggers are asked about this all the time! Like, I had some rando at a bus stop ask me how much my blog made. RUDE. But to be honest, I am actually 100% all about the hustle.

I’m not going to lie, my little blog has become a side job and I actually enjoy earning money doing something that I love. It’s been a really fun adventure and if I didn’t love doing it, I wouldn’t try as hard as I do to make carve out this pretty little space for myself. Through affiliate links I’m actually chipping away at bills + hopefully save up for the extra expenses I know I’ll have coming up for the wedding. I think that everyone should have something for themselves outside of their normal day job, and if it happens to give me a little extra income, all the better!


I’m not saying that everyone should be a blogger, but if you are looking to earn that extra income- have you ever thought of being a Stella & Dot stylist? I’m not myself, because I truly think between the blog, my day job at the firm, and my little job helping out at CorePower that I would be spreading myself a littttle too thin. However, I think it’s a fantastic program. Just some of the perks include:

Income & Free Products– Get 25% – 35% commissions on sales, shop at a discount up to 50% off, plus get tons of free products and perks. I personally adore my Stella & Dot jewelry and get compliments on every piece I wear! My favorite piece right now is the Arc Pendant Necklace– I wore it out on New Year’s Eve!

Be Your Own Boss- You choose the hours, you call the shots. How much you work is up to you. No minimum requirements. The women I know who sell Stella & Dot? Teachers. Some of the busiest people I know. A lot of my Christmas presents came from my mom’s team members who sell Stella & Dot.

Training & Support– Extra income is just the beginning. Join a community of strong and supportive women. I have this with my blogging community, but I feel like it’s so important to have a community of strong women who have your back.

If you don’t want to make the jump to become a Stella & Dot stylist, you may want to consider hosting a Stella & Dot party. Have you ever been to a Stella & Dot party (or trunk show)? That’s how I’ve gotten almost all of my Stella & Dot jewelry. The best thing about them is that the hostess can design the night however she wants around the three main elements:

FRIENDS: Picture a ready-made girls night in. Order in or make you favorite snacks, put on some of your favorite girly tunes, and hang out with your girl friends while trying on jewelry.

FASHION: Try it on in person with your very own Stylist. If you’re a hostess, you bring in a stylist to sell the jewelry. You don’t have to do anything but host and shop!

PERKS: Earn $250+ in free accessories and shop at half off. I meaaaaan this in itself would be a great reason to host a party! I could go absolutely crazy with $25o in Stella & Dot accessories!

I think my favorite thing about Stella & Dot pieces is that they range from on trend,  like the Iris Tassel Earrings, to classic staples, like the Signature Engravable Disc Necklace. Let me know if you’ve ever been to a Stella & Dot party, been a stylist, or a host!

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