Day 18: Working Party Time

Yesterday I talked about the parties you have with friends during the holidays. Today it is about those parties that are thrown by your workplace. In my experience, these are more often cocktail-hour parties, so dress appropriately, and drink in moderation! After all, you don’t want to make a fool of yourself. Personally, I love when Santa comes to visit at these parties.


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If the party is at the office, bring some goodies for everyone to share, and let your coworkers know you appreciate them! Little gifts go a long way (ornaments, coffee mugs, etc). Although, if it’s a White Elephant or Secret Santa gift exchange, ignore that- just give gifts to your work BFF’s another time.

Also, expect there to be only snack food, so plan on dinner before or after.


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What are your office holiday parties like?

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Party Like it’s 1776

It’s been a little while since I’ve last posted- graduation and moving, and trying to find a job has kept me busy over the last month or so. But now I am finally getting a little down time as I get to head back to my hometown for the Fourth of July.  This holiday is a big deal back where I come from: art festivals on the town square, dances in the middle of the street, parades, and a weeklong celebration of the World’s Oldest Rodeo.

This weekend is also a time to hang out and spend time grilling/barbecuing with friends and family, and celebrating the freedom that this country is founded on. In honor of all of these parties that are going on, here is what I would use as inspiration.


Of course the decor is going to be red, white, and blue. The stars and stripes make great accents, and I love the use of mason jars as the containers for utensils (or as vases or drink cups). As the lights go down, fire up the firepit and twinkle lights for some ambience.

Make sure there is plenty of shade during the day, and blankets at night, because it can be a pretty severe shift, especially in Arizona.








Go for the classics on this one: burgers and hot dogs, but step up the game to wow all the guests. This cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped dog will do the trick, as well as these spicy black bean burgers with guacamole, and a nice juicy classic burger  with a buttery grilled bun all make great impressions. Grilled/roasted veggies, twice-baked potatoes, grilled corn on the cob with cilantro butter, and juicy patriotic fruit salad compliment them all perfectly.

Drinks should be kept icy cold for a hot day outside: toss them into a nice bin full of ice to keep them chilly, easy to grab, and more sophisticated than an ice chest. Throw in some sodas, lemonade, and (for those of legal drinking age) beer and cocktails.

To end the night, go for some star shaped cookies with sprinkles or fruit, tarts with berries, or a s’mores dip by the fire.


black bean burger



4th of july cookies



it’s the Fourth of July, so celebrate! Get some sparklers and fireworks and (if it’s legal) light them up! Or go to one of the millions of displays across the country.


Happy Independence Day, and God Bless America!

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Valentine’s Day: For the Single Ladies and Gentlment

While Valentine’s Day is usually a day for romance for all of those people who have a significant other come February 14th. All of the singles out there deserve a little love on this day, too, though. The best way to celebrate being single this is, of course, a party! While of course it can be a great excuse for a wine night with a heart-shaped pizza with the girls, or grabbing a few brews with the boys, I think that it should be a little more eventful.

I’ve been hearing about lock-and-key, or shackle parties, around this time of year for awhile now. The basic concept is that two single people are randomly paired together, either through the use of keys for one gender, and locks for the other, or picking names out of a bowl and then being tied to or handcuffed to that person for the night. I like this idea, because it gets people who might not normally talk to one another, to break the ice and get to know each other.



In these parties, have a more romantic air is a good idea. Lots of champagne, chocolate strawberries, cupcakes, and other finger foods that can be eaten with one hand are essential. Hearts everywhere, and gold bright vibrant red also set the mood. Don’t forget about a cute photo taking station with a fun background, and colorful invitations!


valentine party invites







If you and your friends are single on Valentine’s Day, instead of sulking and watching 50 Shades of Grey, have a party and get to know some new people.

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