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Christmas Birthday Party

Hosting a birthday party in December can be hard. With busy schedules, extra activities and tight budgets it can be easy to neglect your December babies. Believe us we get it. Promise. (5 of our 10 kids were born in December!!) Here’s a few tips we’ve learned over the years when it comes to celebrating December Birthdays!

*If you choose to host a party at your home, choose a theme or colors that can coordinate with your home decor. There are a LOT of possibilities here: Winter Wonderland, Snow Party, Icing on the Cake Party, Christmas Craft Party, Cookie Decorating Birthday, Camping Party, Buffalo Plaid Party, Gingerbread Decorating Party, PJs and Pancakes, Slumber Party or Movie Night are a few ideas. Choosing a manageable theme is priority No. 1!

*Keep decorations simple and concentrate on one area of your home. For example, a dessert table or consession stand is easy to set up and doesn’t compete with your beautiful holiday decorations.

*Consumable party favors are always nice in a season where kids are bombarded with stuff. We love a cookie, box of candy, or popcorn!

*Keep the guest list maneageable. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE a huge event but in December it can be overwhelming especially if you’re hosting multiple parties.

*Have fun, and CELEBRATE! Try not to incorporate too much :).

Here’s a few pics of a Movie Night Party. Easy set up and clean up and the girls had a blast!

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Baylor Party In A Box

Drumroll please…our Baylor Party In A Box is Ready!! Oooooohhhh, Ahhhhhh. All the clapping hands!

Hosting a Baylor party has never been easier. We handpicked and created everything you’ll need to have an amazing party. We handled all the stress and finished all the crafting for you. WIN-WIN. There are some surprise goodies exclusive to this box, reusable items and a yummy recipe too. You could host a Baylor tailgate party, Baylor football watch party, Baylor birthday party or just display the cuteness in your home.

The Baylor Box will be available for purchase Saturday, Nov. 5th at the Gather Waco pop up shop at the Waco Hippodrome {details to come}.

Get excited and Sic ‘Em Bears!

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Hosting A Home Happy Hour

We canNOT believe it’s almost November?! Although it still feels like summer here in Waco, TX, we know cooler temps are coming…yay! We absolutely love hosting friends and family this time of year. Inviting people into your home is a wonderful way to show hospitality and we promise it doesn’t need to cause stress.

Purdy Girl Parties tips for a successful Home Happy Hour every single time.

  1. If you’re stressed, your guests will feel stressed. No one really cares if your home is spotless or if your laundry room is picked up, or if you have your hair in a bun! Our first tip is to greet each guest with a calm heart. Sounds easy right?! You’d be surprised how often this first tip is ignored. Greeting friends and family is SO important and sets the tone for the evening.  It lets them know immediately that you are happy they are in your home.
  2. Set food and drinks out for guests to serve themselves. A sit down meal is awesome but can at times lend to awkwardness.  For a Home Happy Hour it should feel casual. Keep the menu simple and only offer a few drinks. We love cracking open a few bottles of wine and a signature cocktail that is premixed. We always include a non-alcoholic option as well.
  3. Remember to have FUN! The whole point is to relax, laugh, and spend time with loved ones or get to know your neighbors better. Setting a Pandora station on low takes tension off guests when they first arrive.  So recap: greet guests, self serve food and drinks, and have fun! You’ve got this.

(Photography by the wonderful Alison Frenzel…Home Happy Hour Party in a box coming soon!)

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