Velvet and How to Plan a Holiday Party

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Happy Monday! Before I even get to the meat of this blog post, I simply must tell you about this outfit I’m wearing. First velvet is sooooooo in right now, so naturally, I’d want a velvet piece haha. However, I like to wear currently trending items, but in case they’re faddish, I don’t like to spend too much on it.

This skirt I’m wearing is from Asos, but I don’t think it’s available anymore even though I just bought it two weeks ago. It would look great for Christmas dinner, a church service, a company holiday function, wedding, etc. I linked similar skirts below that you can buy if you’re looking for a great price on a velvet skirt.

The sleeveless shirt is also not available any longer, but I also just bought it from Kohl’s right before Thanksgiving. It was on the clearance rack. I also linked similar ones below starting at $9.99.

The sweater was also from Kohl’s. I linked the exact one and similar ones starting at $9.99. I really like mine because there are ruffles on the sleeve and going down the part that gets buttoned.

The sunglasses are my Black Friday find. When I say Black Friday, I mean, we woke up, went to run some errands, and bought sunglasses. Not a crazy Thursday evening fighting spell lol. Anyway, I linked a similar pair because mine are sold out. I received such a great deal on them. I believe they were over half off!

Last but not least, my shoes are now $49.99. I have received so many compliments on these shoes and for good reason haha. They are so cute! What I love about them is how comfortable they are to wear, and the strap doesn’t fall down or squeeze my skin.

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  1. Choose date – and choose theme if using one – ugly sweater party, ornament swap, or cookie swap? This is important to know for the invitations.
  2. Make your guest list – decide if you want singles or couples. For smaller parties/spaces, invite people who all get along. For larger parties/larger areas where guests can choose their talk-mates, then feel free to invite anyone lol.
  3. Make, buy, or order invitations. You can also use Evite or send text messages. For more formal events, go with handwritten or ordered invitations. Here are our invitations:dsc_0057-03
  4. Invite your guests. It’s busy this time of year, so don’t wait too long to give out the invitations. For more formal events, give our invitations earlier.
  5. Plan menu – finger foods or a full meal? Depends on the time of day. Parties during breakfast, lunch, or dinner hours will usually require heavier foods.
  6. Decorate – Target, Hobby Lobby, Amazon, DIY Pinterest projects are your friends.
  7. Dessert table – cakes, cookies, hot cocoa bar? This was our brownie bar from last year:DSC_0266and we also have had a hot cocoa bar at another event. Here it is:DSC_0108
  8. Have fun! Take pics – maybe even have a photo booth.
  9. ***If you’re hosting an ugly sweater Christmas party – here are some areas in which your guests can vote and then give an award for each…if you choose:

*All-Around UGLY Sweater
*Most Original
*Best Couple Combo
*Most Likely to get Arrested if Seen in Public
*Most Festive
*Funniest
*Most Likely to go Viral on Social Media
10. If you’re invited to a party – bring a gift for the hostess. An ornament or holiday-inspired candle works well.

Do you have any tips? You can leave them below 🙂

Hugs,

Delaine

 

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