hello wild olive friends and fans! i am so excited to be here today to help mollie celebrate. (thank you so much for inviting me to your party!) i love a good party and, in my opinion, a good party makes you feel special. i don't always have the time or energy to plan out all of the little details, but just a few personal touches can make the smallest event memorable.
here are some of my simple tips:
- dress up your food. whether you get a take-out pizza, make a cake from a box mix, or heat up frozen appetizers, everything looks nicer on pretty plates. thrift shops and garage sales are great sources for affordable serving pieces. better yet, borrow from friends and family. and remember, things don't need to match, just coordinate.
- take photos. set up an easy photo booth with a flat sheet hung over a bookshelf or on the wall. take a few minutes to capture some fun shots of your guests. as much as we all love candids, this is a great way to make sure you get a photo of everybody.
- make a banner! i love personalizing parties with a banner. i wrote up an easy tutorial last year that works well for this. or if you can invest in a set of alphabet stamps, they quickly transform punched or cut paper into something sweet and special.
there are so many simple ways to transform a gathering of loved ones to something special. what are some of your favorites? share your party tips in the comments and enter to win a personalized birthday banner of your own from my shoppe. (because i am a fan of a good party favor too.) the giveaway will remain open until sunday night, and we'll announce the random winner on monday.
happy birthday mollie! i hope it is a wonderful day that makes you feel special and loved!
Thank you so much, Annalea! I love all of your ideas, and I truly appreciate that in the midst of being a busy mom you took time out for the party!