WAID Holiday Party Prep: Final Decor and Budget Overview

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To finish off the year and my slew of holiday-specific posts, I’d love to share my photos from the holiday gathering I had with my girls.  I put my own advice into practice and selected affordable decor pieces, budget-friendly food options, and made sure to repurpose holiday and event trinkets I already owned.  The end product was a festive event that set a calm, cozy mood and provided an endless amount of treats and season-inspired drinks for my guests to enjoy.  In terms of budget, I stuck to my goal and only spent $158.90 for the whole event– I splurged a bit for this amazing, gold velvet I used as an accent texture in my fabric backdrop (…only $8.90 over!). Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep Part 2: Festive Food Selections

Holiday Party Pizzas

A party isn’t a party without a great food selection.  Whether you choose to throw a cocktail affair or a five course meal, variety is key.  To continue our holiday series, I am going to dig into the menu portion of my party planning process and show you how to have a wide variety of options, while still sticking to our overall $100 to $150 total party budget. Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep Part 1: Festive Beverages

Holiday Centerpieces

The holidays are approaching quickly and if you’re anything like me, you’re already making plans for your annual event.  I love a good party — tons of food, striking decor, adorable gifts for the guests, and unforgettable memories with loved ones.  As I’m sure you’re aware, these items can add up and do so QUICKLY.  After stressing about party funds for a couple of years in a row, I’ve finally figured out how to throw a great holiday bash without breaking the bank. Continue reading

Beyond A Photograph

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“A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.”–Roland Barthes

The above quote by Roland Barthes couldn’t be any closer to the truth. Pictures truly do say a thousand words. When we look at a photograph, we not only see the subjects in the picture, we are transported to a single moment in time–a memory. We’ll remember events that occurred on that day, what the weather was like, what hilarious instances arose, and what emotions we were feeling at that time. I believe that photographs can be one of the most important decor elements when creating a customized event. Continue reading