New Saturday Series: DIY Party Diva!

I've decided, for however long it takes, to replace The Pinterest Report with my new series, DIY Party Diva!  It's similar in that it shares projects that (usually) I've found on Pinterest, with pictures, instructions, and my thoughts.  It's different in that it focuses on parties I've planned/hosted and will not include a focus on the pins and original links, although I'll do my best to link back to original sources of everything.

To kick things off, next week I'll share projects from a Rapunzel Slumber Party I planned for two sweet little girls I used to babysit.  :)  Meanwhile, check out this post from a year or so ago explaining my party-planning process.  It'll make things a bit clearer as I share my party skills throughout the series.

A Talent of Mine {originally posted May 2012; edited here}

Planning a party really isn't that hard.  All it takes is a theme - a favorite movie, book, activity, or color.  Most of my own parties come from movies or movie characters the guest of honor loves, like Rapunzel from Tangled.  My own sweet sixteen came from my love of the new Alice In Wonderland movie.  My brother's party was inspired by Jumanji and a board-game party featured in a magazine.

Time eras make great themes, too.  Victorian teas, 70's-themed sleepovers, and Wild West birthday parties can all be lots of fun.  Keep in mind the number and age of guests, where you're having the party, and the type of party: all-day, an afternoon, a sleepover.

Once you have a theme, all you really need is Google.  Just type in your theme (example: Tangled Rapunzel party) and list all the ideas you find that would work for your party.  I usually make these lists: food, decorations, activities, entertainment, invitations, and favors.  Make sure to bookmark any tutorials or photos you might need later.  Narrow your lists down to one invitation, a few activities, one or two 'entertainment' ideas, a few favors if you want them, and a reasonable amount of food and decorations.

Now you're ready to actually get started.  Most of my parties are very DIY - and, yes, you can tell that many things are homemade.  But it saves money and makes the party more fun and personal for me.  Make a list of everything you'll make and another of everything you'll buy.  Then make a separate list of the supplies you'll need for homemade stuff.  I generally make everything over the course of two weeks, working in the evenings before bed.  Often I play a movie or an audiobook on my computer while I work, although some more involved projects may require full attention (and/or Internet help.)

If your party involves a lot of people, you may want to recruit some friends to help prepare.  The first thing you should focus on is the invites, so you can send them out a couple weeks in advance.  Once everything is made or purchased, make a schedule for the party.  It doesn't have to be set in stone - just some basic ideas of when things need to happen to ensure you get to do everything you have planned.  Sometimes I don't even write down times, just the order of events.  Plan to arrive at the party location early enough to set up the food, decorations, and anything else that needs setting-up.  Again, a few friends will make this go a lot faster.

When the guests arrive, relax and enjoy your party!  Make sure someone's around with a camera so you'll have photos of the party.  Try to follow your schedule, but don't stress if problems arise.  Remember, parties are intended for having fun!


  1. This sounds like a blast! We haven't had a themed party around my house in a pretty long time, but it sounds like something my sister would want to do, so I'll be sure to point her toward this point. Wizard ideas!

    1. Thanks Jenna! I looove doing parties and have been wanting to share them here for a while :)


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