Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive with This Signature Drink!

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We love soaking up as much holiday spirit as humanly possible! That’s why we’re keeping the spirit alive with this delicious eggnog drink. While some consider eggnog more of a Christmas beverage, we think that you can (and should) enjoy it all winter long! That being said, we love this drink and it’s perfect for large gatherings -- think New Years Eve and beyond. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Stout Eggnog

  • 3 quarts Eggnog

  • 1 quart Chocolate Stout (we recommend Samuel Smith)

  • ¼ cup Chocolate Syrup, or to taste

  • 6 oz Bourbon

  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

If you’re looking to go really fancy, try making your own eggnog instead of using store bought! We love this recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch! Cheers!

Keep the Conversation Flowing This Thanksgiving with These Starters!

Does the idea of coming up with things to talk about at Thanksgiving give you severe anxiety? Between the charged political atmosphere and dodging questions about your personal life, it can be a stressful environment. That’s why we’re headed into the holidays fully prepared with a list of fun, non-controversial conversation starters that are sure to get the whole table involved! If you want to get really fancy, check out some of these great options for festive, free downloadable prompts!

  • If you could eat only one food on this table for an entire year, which one would it be?

  • You just won $5 million! What would you buy first?

  • Who at the table do you wish you knew better?

  • Who at the table would make the best news anchor?

  • If you had a uniform that you had to wear every day, what would it be?

  • What’s your favorite way to have your Thanksgiving leftovers?

  • Do you prefer a summer or winter vacation?

  • What’s the most amazing hotel you’ve stayed at?

  • What’s your favorite travel experience you’ve ever had?

  • What’s the best surprise that you’ve ever received?

  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

  • What is your favorite kind of cheese?

  • If you could have any job in the world, what would you do?

  • What are your thoughts on Black Friday?

  • What are you most thankful for this year?

Mix It Up with a Festive Murder Mystery Dinner Party This Week

Halloween is just over a week away and we’re in full-blown spooky mode! This time of year seems to fly right by on the way to more major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we love to take a little extra time to stop and enjoy the Halloween festivities. This year, in lieu of a standard Halloween party, we’re all about hosting a fun mystery themed dinner party… a murder mystery to be exact!

Perfectly in sync with the season, a murder mystery party is a great way to try something new with a group of friends. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will give you tons of great ideas and even some free downloads for your storylines to follow! Host the night as a potluck to keep costs to a minimum. Once you decide on your murder mystery storyline and theme, carry that theme throughout the whole evening with your decor, dress, and even food! Say you pick a tropical vacation theme. You can decorate with palm trees, serve grilled pineapple, drink pina coladas, and wear a grass skirt. Assign each friend a character ahead of time so they can dress specifically for their role.

When it comes to a murder mystery, you can really go as crazy or as basic as you want. As you can see, we love to get into the spirit, but if you’re on a tight budget or just not really that into the theatrics, you can eat, wear, and drink whatever you want while still playing the game. Ultimately all the extras are up to you, but we love this as a fun and festive alternative for the Halloween season! Happy entertaining!



Summer Mocktail: Cherry Limeade

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Image Source: Pretty Providence

Relaxing with a cool drink in the midst of the extreme summer heat is perhaps one of the most satisfying feelings ever. But however yummy lemonade is, sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. That’s why we’ve found a fresh recipe for you to try out! This cherry limeade is a nice change from the regular lemonade. Plus, not only is this recipe insanely delicious, but it’s also super simple and easy to make!

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Image Source: Pretty Providence

For this Cherry Limeade you’ll need:

  • 1 Lime
  • 1 can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 10 ounce can of jar of maraschino cherries with juice
  • 1 2 liter bottle of Sprite

Now to make this refreshing drink you need to start by refrigerating all of the ingredients until they are cool. Then pour in the Sprite, limeade, and cherries into a pitchers and slowly stir (so it remains fizzy)! Pour this into a glass with some ice, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

Mix it Up: Our Favorite Ways to Style Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

Summer is basically synonymous with outdoor entertaining. But it’s easy to end up with your space being that same old style as everyone else’s. Today we want to share some of our favorite outdoor spaces to help you dream up ways to switch up how you have your space styled! As always, it doesn’t need to be a huge, expensive change in order to make a big difference. You would be shocked what a little bit of decor or some new paint can do to really give a space a new feel!

Entertain Your Friends with This Unique DIY Party This Summer

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Image Source: Style Me Pretty

Summer entertaining is one of our favorite activities, but the same old BBQ can get repetitive pretty quickly. Today, we’re switching it up with a great creative and fun option that will have all your friends talking for weeks to come: a DIY at home sip and paint party! Yup, you read that right. There’s no need to go drop a ton of money to paint something at a studio that you may not even like, plus buy drinks and snacks on top of it all when you can recreate the evening for a much more budget friendly price tag at home. Where do you begin in the planning? No worries girl, we’ve got you!

What You’re Painting

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Image Source: Kery B.

There are so many options when it comes to a paint night. The most commonly selected items are either canvases or wine glasses. Once you pick what you want to paint, head to the local craft store to pick up all your supplies. Check with a sales associate to make sure you’re getting the right kinds of paint! Pinterest is another great resource for picking designs and gathering material lists. Make sure you have a good variety of colors -- or at least base colors that can be mixed -- in case people want to put their own spin on things! If people still want to attend but are somewhat creatively-challenged, supply some adult coloring books and markers as an alternative to the painting. Still crafty and fun, but less of a production!

What You’re Eating

Finger food is where it’s at for this event! Stick with easy apps and desserts. No need for real heavy main meals when your hands will be busy painting. You basic spread of dips, veggies, fruits, etc. will do just fine. Add in some yummy sweet treats for later in the night too. We’re suckers for a good assortment of cookies and brownies. Once again, think easy to grab and pop into your mouth between brush strokes.

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Image Source: The Chunky Chef

What You’re Drinking

Obviously this is catered to what you and your girls usually partake in. If you’re looking for something fun and new, we love these summer cocktails, but our drink of the summer has to be this delicious twist on lemonade! These give you options for alcoholic and non-alcoholic, so everyone can enjoy a fun drink regardless.

Set the Mood

Don’t forget to create a fun playlist to paint to and proper coverings for your tables. No need for over the top decor, this is about having a fun time with your friends without breaking the bank. Let the art create the bright and fun atmosphere!

Make Sure You're Prepared for Your Summer Entertaining with These Essentials

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Image Source: @sgardnerstyle

We’re excited it’s summertime and we love entertaining! The beautiful summer weather creates the perfect atmosphere for a gathering, whether it be with family, friends, or a significant other.

If you’re hosting outside, create an ambiance with some fairy lights strung around the yard and a comfy blanket thrown on the patio furniture for when it gets a little chilly after sunset. To stay out all night stargazing with no worries, we love this DIY Bug Spray.

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Image Source: Etsy

DIY Bug Spray

The smell of bug spray is almost as pesky as bugs, so here’s a DIY recipe for some spray that’s more enjoyable!

You’ll need:

  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops of citronella essential oil
  • ½ cup of water or vinegar
  • ½ cup of natural witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional)

Once you have all your ingredients start by putting all the essential oils in a spray bottle with the rubbing alcohol and shake. Next, add the witch hazel and shake again. If you decide to use vegetable glycerin add it now, if not no worries! Finish it off by adding the water and shaking once more. Voila! You have some homemade bug spray that smells lovely and is chemical free- just remember to shake the bottle before each use!

Even if you’re entertaining outside, that doesn’t mean your inside can’t be just as nice! In your bathroom you can create a little assortment of goodies for your guests to use when they have to make a pit stop. Include some room spray, mints, and individual face cloths rather than just one towel. These DIY summer soaps add the cutest touch to your bathroom!

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Image Source: Baby Center

DIY Summer Soap

These individual soaps are great to give as gifts or to keep for yourself! Plus, they’re 100% customizable.

You’ll need:

  • Cute soap molds (we think these flowers are perfect for summer!)
  • Clear glycerin soap
  • Soap colorant of your choice (can easily be found on amazon or your local craft store!)
  • Soap scent or essential oil of your choice

All you have to do is melt your glycerin soap in a glass container. Once it’s melted you want to mix in the colorant and scent you chose, then pour it in a mold. Once it hardens, your soap is ready!

Everything You Need to Know to Design the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Spoiler Alert: Charcuterie boards are no longer just for meats and cheeses! We love these beautiful appetizers that create a real statement and beautiful focal point on your table. But where do you start? If you’re in unfamiliar territory, it can be a little overwhelming. But no fear, we’re going to share our tips to create a beautiful set up. Here are some guidelines that I like to follow to create a well rounded board.

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Image Source: Lonny

Balance

If you have something smokey, have something sweet. For example, pair a smoked meat with some honey.

Keep it Rustic

We love the idea of having items that are natural or rustic. It really gives the board some depth. For example, if you are adding bread, think things along the lines of hand ripped pieces as opposed to sliced. It just adds that little extra touch!

Variety

We are so beyond just simple meat and cheese board. Instead, provide a healthy variety so everyone at the gathering has something to munch on. Some of our favorites are thinly sliced meats, 2-3 cheese types (we usually pick three different shapes of cheese to add visual variety- think wedge, round or log), nuts, olives, fruit, honeycombs, etc. We could go on and on all day with variety!

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Image Source: Vine Pair

Spreads

It is all about the spreads! We love adding things like a grainy mustard or a take on a chimichurri sauce.

Have a Funky Layout

Be creative with how you lay out the ingredients to make the board look interesting.

Finishing Touch

Once the board is complete, we always add a finishing touch of some flowers to really make it stand out as the piece of artwork that it is.

BBQ 101: The Complete Guide to Your Summer Outdoor Entertaining

School’s ending and those summer feelings are starting to hit us… hard! We’re so ready for the warmer weather and all the outdoor entertaining over the next few months. It’s easy to fall into the same routine with your outdoor activities, which is totally fine, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and try something new. In the spirit of trying something new, we’re sharing our favorite ways to switch up your summer barbeque for you to try this year.

Food

If you’re hosting a BBQ, it’s pretty much assumed that there’s going to be grilling going on. While we love the classic combo of burgers and dogs, there are tons of other great meal options you can test out, too. Try some smokey ribs, or grilled shrimp! We love having a variety of sides too. Whip up some pasta salads, a nice garden salad, some corn on the cob and baked beans. Depending on the size of your crowd, make it into a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite summer side dish to take some of the burden off of yourself.

Entertainment

It’s not all about the food, you need activities too! We loooove activities. There are so many things you can do, even if you’re confined to a smaller space. We love yard games. Things like corn hole and ladder toss are classic favorites. Or go old school and throw around the football or frisbee. If you have plenty of space, play a little game of wiffle ball! There are so many options when it comes to the great outdoors. If you have a fire pit, get that fire started around dinner time. Not only does it give off some great ambiance, but who doesn’t love making some s’mores?!

Setting

An outdoor backyard event can still be set nicely. Maybe you don’t want to go all out with table linens, which is totally fine, and you can still set a nice spread without them! How about an upscale picnic feel? Set up some blankets in a general eating area for your guests to lounge on while they chat and eat that delicious food you’ve worked so hard on.

Our Favorite Ways to Keep Kids Entertained at Your Next Dinner Party

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Image Source: Oriental Trading

Hitting that point where your friends are bringing their kids to dinner parties and you have no idea how to keep them entertained? We’ve got you covered. While it’s easy to just throw Disney channel on the TV and plop them down, there are so many more fun way to keep them entertained that don’t involve technology! In the age of iPads and tablets, use this as an opportunity for kids to be unplugged -- especially if they’re younger. Think back to all the fun things you did as a kid to play! Here are some of our favorites:

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Image Source: Buzzfeed

Paper Tablecloths

This is just too fun! Lay out a paper tablecloth and some crayons and let the kids go to town. There’s more than enough space for them to fill and they can make their own creations, or work together for larger pictures. This will keep them going for hours.

Silly Putty and Play Doh

Two classics. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make your own for them to play with. Have these out in addition to paper tablecloths and you’ll really create some fun. If they don’t know already, show them how silly putty can pull up the colors from their drawings! How cool?

Coloring Books

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Image Source: Fresh Mommy Blog

A little more conservative than a full table cloth, coloring books are also a viable option to have at the table. This also means you can put them away when it comes time to eat if you so choose and also allows each child to bring their drawings home with them, which a full tablecloth makes difficult.

Legos

Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy playing with Legos? Not just for boys, we all love building little buildings and things with Legos. Put some buckets overflowing with Legos on the table and the kids will be busy in no time! Leave them with some instructions or suggestions of things to build, or just let their imaginations run wild.

DIY Food

Why not involve the kids in their meal prep, too? We love make you own dinners! Whether it’s make your own pizza, building tacos, or sundaes for dessert, this is a really fun way to keep the kids entertained but also have them help out a bit. Didn’t you ever want to help make pizza when you were a kid? Imagine getting to decorate your own personal sized pizza with toppings… yum!

How to Throw an Unforgettable Bachelorette Party On an Everyday Girl Budget

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Image Source: Two Twenty One

Throwing a bachelorette party is just one more step in the expensive to-do list that comes along with wedding planning, but it’s a crucial one - the bride needs to celebrate with her closest girlfriends before the big day! It doesn’t have to be some giant, glamorous Vegas getaway that you need to spend every last penny on, but it can still be glamorous - just on a budget!

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Image Source: StyleMePretty

First thing’s first: as always, set a clear budget. Be transparent with the entire bridal party and the bride - what’s everyone comfortable spending? This step should always come first, because it really helps you narrow down your options for the celebration! Once your budget is set in stone, organize a Google Docs sheet to keep everything as transparent as possible. Group texts and email chains can get confusing fast, so write out itinerary plans and expenses in a shared document so everyone can stay on top of things!

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Image Source: Brit + Co

Now’s the big question: what to do? The possibilities for a bachelorette party are endless, because the point of it all is to spend time with your girlfriends; chances are, you’ll have the time of your life together no matter what it is you’re doing!

                                                                          A great idea to save some money is to keep the celebration limited to one day or night. An entire weekend may sound like fun at first, but it can get drawn out fast and the costs really add up. Choose quality over quantity!

Instead, head out for a day trip with the bridal party or a one night stay somewhere relatively local. Some of our fave ideas are visiting a local winery for brunch over some rosé, renting a gorgeous suite in a nearby hotel for the night and opting for their spa package, having a slumber party girls’ night at home, or doing a bar crawl of all the places you frequented when you all first turned 21 - you could even add in a scavenger hunt for some added excitement! For the adventurous bride, a glamping trip could be the perfect girls’ night mixed with a little bit of outdoorsy fun, and for the artsy bride, a Paint n’ Sip night could be a relaxing celebration. Plan your event around the bride’s personality for a super unique party.

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Image Source: Something Turqoise

Bachelorette parties wouldn’t be complete without the classic tiara and sash, but keep the other personalized gifts to a minimum to save some money in your planning. An adorable monogrammed wine glass or tumbler for each guest with the date would be a small but memorable gift, or save even more with some budget-friendly flash tattoos or hangover kits - you don’t have to go all out with expensive personalized t-shirts!


 

The Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party Guide

Break out your fascinators, it’s the Kentucky Derby! The over-the-top event creates the perfect party atmosphere for men and women alike - it’s one of the biggest sports and fashion events of the year. We’re here to break down the basics to throwing the perfect Derby party!


INVITES

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Image Source: Ashlynn Eliff Designs

Your party impression starts with your invitations, especially for such a formal event. Make sure you really nail the Derby aesthetic with those invites! Etsy has a ton of adorable print-off downloads you can buy on any budget. We love this set in particular - the roses are the perfect Derby touch. If you’re looking for something feminine with a soft charm, these invites from Ashlynn Eliff Designs are gorgeous. Be sure to let your guests know your dress attire expectations in your invite, too. Fascinators are a classic Derby party staple, but you don’t have to have a formal event if that’s not your style!


FOOD

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Image Source: Tea Time Magazine

Don’t feel pressured to go all out with extravagant meals for your guests. This party is about the overall experience (and the endless Mint Juleps!) so focus on that instead of a sit-down meal. Serve up tons of Southern comfort food to keep with the Derby feel, but do it through fun and unique appetizers. Try making horseshoe finger sandwiches as a nod to the theme! The Kentucky Derby official site has a ton of recipes you can follow if you’re not sure where to start, too. We’re drooling over the Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn, which would be the perfect favor for your guests!


DRINKS

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Image Source: Pizzazzerie

This one’s a given: it wouldn’t be a Kentucky Derby party without some old fashioned Mint Juleps. Highlight this as your signature drink with a Mint Julep bar!

Or just serve up some of the classic drink in some shabby chic mason jars, complete with paper straws. If you want to add a little variety to the classic Derby drink, experiment with some fun infused flavors, like this gorgeous Lavender Mint Julep!


DECOR

It wouldn’t be “The Run for the Roses” without flowers, so don’t be shy with your florals! Whether they’re fake or fresh, decorate with tons of roses in various springtime tones to really capture that Derby feel. Accessorize with charming touches like mason jars, gold accents, and some greenery to pull everything together.

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Image Source: Evite


ENTERTAINMENT

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Image Source: Little Legel Designs

The main race is only two minutes, so make sure you have plenty to keep your guests entertained! Start the party off well before the race starts so you have time to mingle and get in the spirit. Set up some trivia for your guests with these fun print-offs from Etsy, or take the party outside with a game of horseshoes! Don’t forget betting games, either - it’s part of the excitement!

 

Top Tips to Successfully Throw an Intimate Engagement Party on a Budget

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Image Source: Mod Wedding

Engagement parties aren’t supposed to empty your wallet; they’re supposed to be an intimate celebration with your closest friends and family to honor you and your fiance - don’t forget that in the midst of all the planning! We’re here to help you save money for your big day, so we put together a list of the most important things to consider when you want to throw an engagement party on the everyday girl budget.

Stick your budget - it’s not the time to go overboard!

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Image Source: Zazzle

Save the extra cash for the ceremony and reception - it’s inevitable that you’ll overspend along the way, so don’t blow the budget early on with the engagement party. Check out different vendors, price out different food, drinks, and rentals, and add everything up ahead of time. Factor in some unexpected and hidden costs so you don’t get blindsided by a surprise fee. But most importantly, come up with a figure early on in your planning, and remind yourself how crucial it is to stick to it!

Keep the invite list small.

The best tip to keep an intimate engagement party low-cost is to simply keep it intimate. Don’t go crazy with the guest list - you can do that later! Keep it low-key and personal, since the whole point of an engagement party is to bring the two families together ahead of the wedding. Not only will you save money on food and drinks, but you’ll also have a much more special affair, since everyone will be able to mingle and get to know one another before the big day.

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Image Source: @manduhmichelle

Skip the open bar.

No matter how fun you want your celebration to be, there’s nothing fun about the price tag that comes along with an open bar, so keep the drink menu simple. Select a few signature drinks beforehand, and avoid over-the-top cocktails that are more hassle than they’re worth. Forget the fussy ingredients and go with something classy that everyone will enjoy like a fresh and fruity sangria!

Skip the three course menu, too!

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Image Source: Simply Recipes

Simplify your food just like your drink menu! You should have a little something for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to offer a fancy sit-down meal of everyone’s choice. Go with something effortless like finger foods that you can keep dishing out throughout the evening. We just came up with an awesome list of fresh new apps here.

Save the florals for the big day.

You don’t need vase upon vase of fresh flowers at your engagement party, so save the flower budget for the ceremony. Instead, thrift some fun centerpieces for a shabby chic vibe. For a really romantic look, use soft string lights and simple wood accents. You can totally DIY your engagement party decor, too! But remember - for an intimate party like this one, you don’t have to go over the top in your decor or in your budget.

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Image Source: Etsy

Throwing a Jack and Jill The Everyday Girl Way

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Image Source: Wedding Chicks

Weddings are already a major hit to the budget, but once you factor in all the extra traditional events - engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor parties, you name it - it’s easy to overspend. That’s why our favorite new trend in the wedding scene is going the non-traditional route. Skip all the extra planning, and condense all your pre-wedding celebrations into one big event with a Jack and Jill wedding shower! Jack and Jills are unique because they don’t leave anyone out; think of them as a bridal shower, but for the bride and the groom - and yes, men are invited! Tons of brides nowadays are opting for a combined, single celebration that brings all their loved ones together, and we’ve got the low-down on how to throw a fantastic Jack and Jill party under even the tightest of budgets!

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Image Source: Brit + Co.

First thing’s first: the guest list. Jack and Jills will inevitably have more guests than a bridal shower would, as both the bride and the groom get to invite their friends and family. The best piece of advice for a bride planning on a budget is to keep your guest list small! Don’t over-invite guests just because you feel like you have to - they can always make an appearance on the big day. Make your Jack and Jill a small and intimate celebration with the people closest to you and your soon-to-be hubby! Less people means more personal mingling, less food and drinks to pay for, and it gives you the freedom to play fun trivia games or pass out adorable favors to every guest. Our favorite favor idea is super simple and easy: create DIY pressed flower coasters. We love the idea of picking out some of the same florals you plan on using at your ceremony and tying those into fun arrangements for each coaster.

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Image Source: Curb Alert Blog

With a Jack and Jill party comes one major obstacle: most bridal showers just have finger food and tea time since they’re traditionally elegant and feminine events. Amping up your guest list to include men may seem a bit intimidating, since they’re likely to eat a good dozen of each of the hors d'oeuvre you spent hours slaving over. Consider approaching your menu differently to save time and money. An outdoor venue is not only free - backyards make a gorgeous event space, and you can play up the greenery and incorporate it into a beautiful spring party - but they’re also the perfect excuse for a classic barbecue! Make a packed topping bar, grill up some burgers and veggie skewers, and serve classic cookout food for a casual and relaxed event.

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Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

If you’re looking to save even more money and your gathering is on the smaller side, ask each guest to bring their best family recipe and style the event as a potluck. You’ll just be responsible for the drinks, and you can focus your energy on less daunting parts of the planning! We love the idea of creating one signature, personalized cocktail to serve up for guests and having a little bit of beer and wine available on the side. This cuts down the cost of alcohol substantially, and adds a touch of creativity and originality!

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Image Source: Wedding Wire

The key to decorating for a Jack and Jill on a budget is making sure there’s some personalization involved. Grab some customized disposable dishes with you and your hubby’s initials, search for some old thrifted picture frames and fill them with photos of you and your fiance, and incorporate your wedding colors into the decor. Romantic touches like a customizable date mason jar add some adorable decor, but they also function as a fun way for your guests to get involved! Have each guest suggest a date night and toss it in to reference when you’re inevitably stuck somewhere down the line, or even incorporate some classic trivia. Because both the bride and groom’s loved ones are involved, couple’s trivia is even more personal and is sure to be entertainment for everyone!

The everyday bride doesn’t have to settle for less just because she’s working with a smaller budget. With a Jack and Jill party, you can actually have more for less. It’s economical, easy to plan, and it’s so much more memorable to get all the guys and girls together to celebrate! The key is to set a budget, leave room for expenses, and stick to it. No one ever said a bridal shower had to be an exclusive, ritzy event, so make it more your style, involve more of your loved ones, and save some money while you’re at it!

The Ultimate March Madness Party Guide

March Madness is the perfect opportunity to throw a unique and exciting get-together: there’s some friendly competition, the games are beyond intense (and the commercials are even better), and it’s the perfect excuse to snack on some tasty food and drink some delicious drinks with your friends! If you want to throw a March Madness party but you’re feeling a little lost and don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help!

Invites

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Image Source: Nola Lou Lou Designs

There are so many cute and clever options for March Madness invitations that it’s hard to narrow it down, but we’ve got a couple ideas that’ll definitely have your guests RSVP-ing yes. Depending on how early on you throw your party, sending out personalized brackets is a super cute way to extend the invite. Have your guests fill them out and send them back if they’ll be attending, and see who makes the best predictions!

If you’re looking for something that involves a little less work but is still something original and interesting, make custom tickets for your party and send them out!


Food

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Image Source: Worth Pinning

A lot of people go to a sports party for the big game, but the food is probably the most important part of a March Madness party. Your guests will want something to snack on during the game, but they won’t want to tear their eyes away from the screen, so make more appetizers and finger-foods as opposed to big dishes. Set up a fun buffet-style table next to the TV with tons of themed snacks and treats, like basketball quesadillas, cake pops and whoopie pies!
 


Drinks

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Image Source: Brit +  Co

Don’t forget to add a sporty twist to your cocktails, too! It can be as simple as garnishing your drinks with a small basketball accessory, or as elaborate as making these 3-Point Jello Shots, which will definitely have everyone impressed. You could even make cocktails inspired by the teams still in the running. We love the recipes that Brit + Co came up with last year, each one inspired by a team in the Sweet Sixteen!


Decor

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Image Source: Love the Day

The decor of your party mostly depends on who your guests are rooting for! If you’re all cheering for the same team, go all out and decorate with that team’s colors and throw on your favorite jersey. If there’s going to be a little more friendly competition at your party, center most of your decor around basketball-themed items, orange, and black. We also love this giant, printable bracket poster from Love The Day on Etsy - it’s perfect for throwing on the wall in the living room, and having your friends fill out as a group before the big game!


Tablescape

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Image Source: Divine Party Concepts

It’s easy for the March Madness decor to translate a little like Halloween, so break up the black and orange in your tablescape with some white details. Toss some flowers in adorable centerpieces filled with small basketballs to glam up your party! Small touches like this are effortless and can be inexpensive, but they add a feminine touch and break up the tablescape for a super adorable look!