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The Best Ways to Spice Up your Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving is probably the most popular holiday in terms of food. I think that is pretty much the hype around the holiday nowadays, is it not? However, maybe you are just a tad tired of doing the same things, and you are looking for some ideas to spice up your dinner. If so, we have some ideas to share with you to help make your Thanksgiving celebration even better!

Even if the basis is the same—like a dinner-style type setting—that is more than okay. We just need a few more ways to add some flair and spice to the day.

  1. Forget the Charcuterie Boards and go for a Literal Cheese cake

If you love cheese, this is the way to go. Additonally, if you are not a crazy-talented charcuterie board maker like my sister, this is also something you should strongly consider.

The cheese cake is exactly what it says it is: a “cake” made entirely out of cheese.

Get three different wheels of cheeses you enjoy, stack them on top, garnish them up, and then of course get out the jams, crackers, and bread! Done. Easy. Beautiful. Fun. Different.

  • Candlelight Dinner Anyone?

I know it sounds simple, but really take the meaning of a candlelight dinner literally.

I am probably the biggest advocate for ambient lighting. I legit will not turn on the big overhead lights in my apartment unless absolutely necessary. I love the vibes that exude from candles, lamps, and other warm lights. So, let’s do Thanksgiving simply by candlelight. Spin some smooth tunes on a record player and ooh baby, that is an ideal dinner party to me. Especially for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving? Everyone will surely think you are the coolest cat.

  • Design Some Menus for Your Guests

Again, dare I say the simplest things just change everything? If you want to serve up some elevated Thanksgiving realness? This is absolutely the way to do it. Even if you serve the exact same line up of dishes each year, I think a menu can make or break a table setting. Let’s go for broke on the tablescapes this year and make Thanksgiving a luxurious ordeal.

For all your Thanksgiving decoration needs, checkout or stop by the store any time.

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Fall Fun and Fantastic Foliage

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool down, the leaves are starting to change, and the pumpkins are coming out, it is time for the beginning of the best time of year! What is that you might ask? Well, it is Fall of course.

There is something just so beautiful about the season. As George Eliot once said “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.”

I think that quote just captures the autumn vibe perfectly.

Anyways, this is the perfect time of year to host some chill but festive parties before holiday madness kicks in. Now, trust me, I love a Halloween party, but I also enjoy a nice autumnal party just to get into the whole spirit of it all.

So, here are some of my favorite products from our online store I think you be perfect for any party, charcuterie night, or dinner that you want to invoke the autumnal vibe.

I know when we think of Fall we primarily think about warm jewel-toned colors like deep reds, oranges, greens, and yellows. However, hear me out and think about these Melamine Fall Checkered Chargers that come in a seafoam blue!

They pair perfectly with our Muted Autumn Fall Round Plates that are filled with that pumpkin goodness but truly stunning partyware pieces. Additionally, we have a matching table covers and napkins that can make this set complete. No need to struggle with finding things that match when you can have the perfect complimentary pieces for all of these.

Any fall shindig would be look perfectly perfect with our wide range of décor, but these plates and napkins are definitely my favorite.

Order online, browse our entire web store, or stop by in person to see all we have to offer for your party and celebration needs.

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Monster Mash Bash Party

We are finally in the month of my all time favorite holiday. Yes! It is Halloween. I have loved Halloween for as long as I can remember. I have always loved to dress up, decorate with all the spooky and fun classic Halloween items, and of course, throw Halloween parties.

Some of my fondest memories of childhood are from the Halloween parties my mom would throw for me and my friends from school. She did it all the way up until I graduated high school. It was such a lovely time for me.

It is never too late to start a tradition such as that.

Even if you don’t do it annually, you should consider throwing a Halloween party this year. I find it one of the most fun types of parties to plan and attend.

So, for today’s party idea let’s throw ourselves a Monster Mash Bash!

I think any classic Halloween party theme like this is always a hit. Especially if your Bash is an adults-only party, this definitely will give them that nostalgic feel they so often desire around this time of year.

For a Monster Mash Bash, you definitely need a banging playlist. I find this type of party to be one made for blasting music and dancing your heart out. Spotify and Youtube are both great places to find ready-made playlists so that your party music slays (literally).

Now, for my parties, I always make it a requirement to wear a costume. I do not really care what the costume is or how intensely made it is, but I do care that you have one on. It is so important to be in the spirit I think.

You can set a specific set of requirements for your party or keep it open to interpretation.

Additionally, you need to make a spooky punch. Something that is fun, flavorful, and if you’re into it, has a little zing from liquor.

I find that these ghost-hand ice cubes are always a hit with guests.

Courtesy of DIY Ready

Next, we need to add in the Blood Fondue—otherwise known as white chocolate with red food coloring in it! This is the perfect thing to make a spectacular treat that will sure to give people the creeps in the best way!

Courtesy of Brit Co

Lastly, we need some monster mash treats to go along with our other items. Consider getting monster-themed cookies or brownies with candy eyeballs for example to make it extra spooky.

For all your decoration needs, stop by party Place to see our extensive range of products we offer. From napkins, to props, and even Halloween costumes, we have it all.

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Happy Pumpkin Day!

I love autumn so much! It is definitely the best season ever for so many reasons.

  1. The weather is not blazing hot, and my outfits get ten times cuter because I am not dying from a heat stroke.
  2. Especially during October, it is the beginning of the holiday season. Hello… what is not to love about that?
  3. Halloween!! It is one of my favorite holidays, and I just can’t deny putting it in my list of reasons to love fall.
  4. Lastly, the flavors! Pumpkin. Everything. I couldn’t imagine anything better. That’s all.

Speaking of pumpkin, the best way to kick off the autumn season in my very (not) unbiased opinion, is with a pumpkin day party!

Though it may not be an actual holiday, you can still declare any day you want to be a holiday dedicated to pumpkin anything. The world is what you make it, so if you want to have a pumpkin day, then do it!

A pumpkin day party is easy to do because the limits are well… limitless.

Here are some ideas for a pumpkin day party:

  1. Pumpkin painting or decorating!

This a great one for kiddos and adults alike. You can get lots of supplies to make some fantastic pumpkins. Bring out your inner artist.

  • Pumpkin flavored everything.

Throw a party that only contains pumpkin flavored items! You could have pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cakes, and anything else your heart desires. I love pumpkin-flavored anything, so this is the party I would do for sure.

  • Pumpkin patch outing

I remember as a kid loving the pumpkin patches, and I know I would love to go back to one. So, I propose to do a fun little pumpkin patch trip for a party idea. That way, everyone can get their own pumpkin and have a great time. Hey, might even get some cute Instagram pics!

So, get your pumpkin day on and celebrate fall!

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Back to School Bash

people might be happy to return to school whereas others will be devastated to sit back in the classroom once again (even college students included!). Anyhow, no matter how you feel about school starting, it is the inevitable. I personally think it is a time for new beginnings! Some might disagree with me, but I have different feelings. I always liked to go buy a few new school supplies and decide the vibe for the year. When I was a kid I swear I was going through a different aesthetic to match my personality every year, but I bet everyone felt that way, haha!

Anyhow, a back to school bash would have been such a fun way to kind of “solidify” the aesthetic of the year for me. So, I propose a fun little school supply gathering and decorating party for those starting elementary, middle, or high school! Honestly, you can switch it up a little in terms of supplies and go for something a little more college for those university aged students.

So, my plan is this! Gather up some fun school supplies… pencils, pens, erasers, and other things as such, and make small goodie bags for the party attendees. However! This isn’t any ordinary school goodie bag. You can buy clear plastic pencil cases or the fabric ones that have the clear middle insert. Either way, you will want something you can decorate with stickers and such.

Finally, you can either have people provide their own notebooks to decorate or you can go find some at the dollar store! As long as the cover is pretty plain (get whatever colors you like), you’ll be in perfect shape to do some fun decorating.

Now for the fun part! Feel free to buy any sort of decorations for your bags and notebooks. You can buy what I suggest, or you can go for something different. The goal is to let every party attendee create a super unique set of school supplies that shows their spunk and style.

Things like stickers, washi tape, markers, and even some double-sided tape and paper would be good. Let their imaginations run wild and go for it!

This is a pretty simple party with just a tad of prep work really placed into the buying of materials.

The decorations are simple. Just come on down to Party Place and get some great little supplies.

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Give Thanks! (For Coffee + Tea + Cider)

Give Thanks

Howdy! With Thanksgiving approaching, it is time to slow down, reflect, and give thanks for all things that were good this year. It really is a great time to just relax and be thankful. If you’re a college student like me or just live a busy life in general… coffee is probably something you’re thankful for. I know I am. It sounds so cliché for a college student to say this, but oh boy, I am so thankful for coffee. It has gotten me through many days where I have had to work until dawn on a project or paper or anything of the sorts!

coffee bar
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All that being said, I think it would be a fun party idea to throw a Fall/Thanksgiving Coffee and Tea party! It is getting colder by the second, and those hot and caffeinated drinks became way more than just a way to keep you awake. They make you all warm and fuzzy and keep you distracted from how cold you actually are standing outside.

These types of parties are fantastic for lowkey get-togethers that make the best memories.

The primary inspiration for this party are our Pumpkin Spice Hot Cups. These are so cute and oh-so-perfect for a coffee and tea party. Plus, they make clean up easy with no dishwashing. Anyways, these are perfect for coffee, tea, or even cider if you want to be festive!

Autumn Pumpkin Spice Multipack Hot Cups

The best way to throw together a coffee party is to get lots of different syrups, kinds of milk, and creamers to recreate your coffee shop go-to. Don’t worry about having the fanciest coffee maker in the world. People will love your party regardless because you are taking the time to make great memories and moments with all the important people in your life.

I know this is exactly what I will be doing for all my friends before we go on Thanksgiving break! A simple yet oh-so-fun party. Better yet, throw on a Christmas movie outside on a projector and cuddle up with blankets and your drinks. It doesn’t get better than that!

outdoor movie
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Fall Harvest Dinner Party

fall dinner party

Halloween has come and gone, and it is time for Fall to be in full swing! The weather is finally getting cooler, and it is the perfect time to throw a dinner party with warm drinks and delicious food.

My mom just hosted her own fall dinner party, and it was super cute! I am going to use her party as the main source of inspiration for this post. Trust me… she does it well. This party is a must! Not to mention that all the food was made by my sister as well. You can commission charcuterie boards through her with her business Cheese Wisely. You can find her Instagram here to order.

Anyways, let’s get into it!!

Dinner parties really do not need to be intimidating at all. You just get to throw a great dinner for your friends! They aren’t looking to be completely blown away, they are simply looking for quality time with YOU. That being said, it isn’t all that hard to host a Fall Harvest Dinner Party. You get your decorations, table pieces, dinnerware, and of course, the food.

mini charcuterie

I loved that my mom’s party featured my sister’s tiny charc boards… so that everyone had the opportunity to get what they like! If you’re anything like me, I tend to eat a lot of charcuterie at a party, so this is totally the best option to me. No need to overstuff before dinner when it is portioned out for you!

personal charcuterie board

Now, for dinner, that can be up to you. Soups are great because you can make them in bulk, and maybe even consider a meat dish, side dish, and of course bread! Think of things that wouldn’t be hard to make for multiple people, and things will be much smoother for you.

No need to worry about having all matching dinnerware either. I loved the natural, unsophisticated yet classy look my mom’s party had with the mixed dinnerware. It gives a really cozy vibe that totally gives me fall vibes.

Also, everyone loves a good balloon arch. Besides table pieces and napkins and other such things, decorations are minimal. A good balloon arch will do the trick. Consider even putting this fall leaf garland to add more spice to the arch. Choose any colors you like, and I can guarantee Party Place has all the colors you need.

fall balloon arch

Well, that is pretty much all you need to do to host a good party. Take a look at some of our fall favorites for all the party needs here.

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Let’s Fall in Love!

Fall engagement party

Oh boy! We are coming upon my absolute favorite season of the entire year! I love autumn so so so much, and I truly look forward to this season all year. As soon as it passes, I am already looking to the next fall season! What is not to love? The weather is absolutely perfect, the scent of pumpkin spice and apples everywhere, and all the lovely decorations. Call me crazy, but even more so than pumpkin spice and harvest apple candles, there is a truly distinct fall smell that descends upon the world that is so lovely. To me, this is the perfect time for love. Forget Valentine’s Day, I want to see love stories in the fall! That’s why today we will be talking about the perfect engagement party for the fall!

(Hence the name, Let’s Fall in Love.)

Anyhow, it would be truly adorable to throw an engagement party in September-October or early November. I have already provided three possibly color palettes that really accentuate the fall aspect without going into the Halloween or even Thanksgiving regions. The last thing we want is for someone to think you’re throwing a Halloween party instead of an engagement party (unless you want that of course!).

warm fall color palete
red fall color palette
neutral fall color palette

I envision a lovely little outdoor dinner setting either at a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, or even your own backyard. These are natural elements that I feel are essential to a really fall inspired event that is also classy.

The table below, truly epitomizes the autumn-realness I want to achieve at this engagement party. The incorporate of green leaves, branches with berries, and fall flowers is immaculate! The simply dining placement with large candle sticks also adds an element of refinement as well as adds dynamic levels to the very horizontal dining space.

Look here to view our dining and catering supplies.

fall table
Courtesy of Sylvie Gil Photography

Continuing on the rustic-yet-refinedfall feeling, this cake would be perfect for your engagement party. It mimics that of a small wedding cake that blends beautifully with the table. Call Creative Kitchen right here in Fort Smith to get your engagement cake today! Show them this photo, and they will do you one better!

fall cake
Courtesy of Davy Whitener Photography

Lastly, I love the idea of also including a warm beverage cart at your party as well. People go insane for a good cup of cider or hot cocoa in the colder months! It would be a fun addition to an alcohol cart so that everyone can get that fall feeling and even the kiddos that come can be involved as well.

fall drink cart
Courtesy of Abby Jiu Photography

Even though I am nowhere near getting married, I definitely will be keeping these ideas in the back of my mind! I would love to have an engagement party or wedding in the fall for the weather alone! However, I also have just FALLen in love with all the colors and beautiful natural elements to miss this opportunity.

Happy fall!