For me, the biggest tip I can possibly give is plan, plan, plan! I made a project spreadsheet so I could keep up with what needed to be done and the schedule to get it all done. I also kept a separate spreadsheet for expenses so I could budget accordingly. Both of these things proved to be of paramount importance.
Throwing a party at home has many benefits. The obvious being it is FREE haha, but really, being able to work on the set up over a few days is so helpful vs having to throw everything up in just an hr or two before the event at a rented space.
I designed and produced a handful of elements including:
As mentioned in my previous post we did a little makeover of the lower patio. It's amazing what a little paint and some textiles can do to a space! (For before and afters, see my previous post!)
Another get party idea (thanks Pinterest) is Al's dictionary. We started this tradition at Allie's Welcome Party back in August of 2015 and I wish I had started it sooner!
At special gatherings where she is the guest of honor (such as a birthday party) we ask guests to choose a word from this vintage dictionary that they feel describes Allie and then write her a word of encouragement on that page. I love that by the time she is off at college this sweet book will be filled with kind words from many people who love her and believe in her.
I got it in my head that I was going to display the donut holes in individual cone holders, like something I had seen on Pinterest. Little did I know how complicated this would turn out to be. Darn you Pinterest! Ha! I spent what felt like MONTHS trying to find the perfect wire rack to fit the cones upright and trying to make the perfect sized cone to fit in the perfect (but impossible to find) wire rack. I lucked out and finally found one on Etsy that was going to work. With a minor modification it turned out to be the perfect size and I was so happy with the final product! I'm not sure anyone even noticed the donut holder, but the donuts themselves were a huge hit. LOL
Corn hole competition
The party people :)
Time for sparklers!
It really all turned out so wonderfully- better than any of us imagined, and I am just so so happy Allie had such a marvelous time. Zach and I both are so grateful she has such wonderful friends surrounding her at church and at school. It is such a blessing to see her encouraged and supported by peers and finding her way in this world.
We love you Al and are SO proud of you! Happy birthday my darling! I can't wait to see what the future holds for you. :)