This past Sunday was our housewarming party! I could not be happier with how everything turned out! My decorations worked just like I planned, the food was a hit and the trail mix bar was an even bigger hit. Even the weather was perfectly Fallish to match my party. And we got the whole house done in time! That's the best part!
I was really bad and only got photos of the decorated trail mix bar. I completely forgot to get my camera out during the party. I know, horrible blogger. But before we get to the few photos I did take, I'll recap super quick!
I just did my invites via Facebook. It was the fastest and easiest way to communicate with everyone. For any other party I would probably mail invites, but since this was just a fun casual get together, I thought Facebook would do the trick. I made this cute header in Gimp for my event:
As far as food, we served hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch. We offered standard buns, pretzel buns, and some healthier sandwich thin buns (I knew my parents loved those, so we just bought enough to go around). Were three bun options necessary? Definitely not. But people loved all of them, so it was money well spent. We just had one side dish: pasta salad. I may have been overly excited that my tri-colored noodles matched my fall party theme. We did standard condiments for the entree and, of course, theme matching plates and napkins. :)
We had football on inside, so I also set out chips and salsa on the coffee table for the guys. The real fun was outside though. We had a few games set up and a campfire, so this was where most people spent the day. I set up two tables and had a trail mix bar and a Soda Stream station! (Sources to everything I bought / ordered / made at the bottom of the post.)
The second table was a last minute thing or I would have done two brown table cloths and two tassel garlands, but the second table WAS brown, so good enough. I didn't realize I had quite as much as I did to put out.
On the left was the Soda Stream station. I made this decision last minute (like Thursday night I think). We bought our Soda Stream on our honeymoon as a little wedding gift to ourselves. We used to use it a TON, but lately we haven't used it as much. In lieu of buying a ton of pop and bottled water, we chose a few flavors (5 out of the 25,349 we own) and put those out. It was a decent hit. Not everyone used it, but the kids really liked it.
We bought some wide mouth mason jars for the beverages and some fall paper straws. We also put out large mason jars and a sharpie for the "extra". The Soda Stream makes liters, so if someone didn't want a whole liter of pop, they could pour the extras into a large mason jar and seal it up for someone else (or for later). That worked out really well!
On the right we had my trail mix bar! This is the part of the party I was most excited for and everyone really liked it too! I think everyone at the party had at least one bag. My brother-in-law may have had like 6. :) It was so much fun!
I tried to make everything both adult and child friendly so I served cheerios, popcorn, pretzels, almonds, chocolate chips, yogurt covered raisins, and m&ms. And, yes, I had to make sure I got bags to match my theme! :)
I used streamers to make my backdrop. I wish both tables had fit in front of the cute background, but it worked out ok. I also made tissue paper poms and my tissue paper garland. Both were cheap and super easy to do. I spent maybe three hours on the whole thing (putting together, making everything before hand, etc). I'm really happy with how fun and festive it was.
I failed to take photos of inside the house or the front yard. You can see those in my house tour (which I'm working on. No ETA just yet.). None of the local orchards had pumpkins out yet, so I just bought a few overpriced ones at the grocery store to use in the front yard. I had all my fall decor out in the house and some gourds (like the ones on the tables above). I felt like the whole house was pretty festive and fun! Above is a garland I hung in our kitchen though. I loved the way it brought some color to an otherwise neutral area. It tied everything together nicely. And it's still hanging there. I think I'm leaving it up all Fall. :)
So there you have it! Links are below to my sources and inspiration for everything. I haven't thrown a party in foreverrrr (several years at least). I had forgotten how much work and how stressful everything is, but it was so worth it. And we had so much fun hosting all of our friends and family!
Facebook Event Header Background | Fall Paper Straws | Fall Garland | Trail Mix Bags | Bulk Tissue Paper | Brown Paper Table Cloth | Party Streamers
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