This past month has been busy and a lot of fun! When Jay and I moved into this new apartment we knew we wanted enough space to be able to entertain and have people over.
The very first party we hosted was a Game Night inspired Housewarming Party. To prepare, Jay and I sent out texts to friends and co-workers about two weeks ahead of time. Then the night before we went to Target and got cards and board games that were on clearance. Our favorite purchase was a classy wooden version of RISK that we got for a great price. Overall, the night was so much fun! I ALMOST won Exploding Kittens and I got to meet some of Jay’s friends, Biz and Brandon.
For food, we made baked mini-meatballs from Kate Hudson’s book, Pretty Fun. They were delicious and the hit of the party! Additionally, we asked everyone to bring a drink or finger-food to share. We ended up with Krispy Kreme donuts and homemade sangria. We will definitely be hosting another game night in the near future!
The next party I planned was a Harvest Moon Gazing with just the girls! Truth be told, I’d never heard of a harvest moon, but I saw the idea in Pretty Fun and I decided to try it out.
What is the Harvest Moon? The Harvest Moon happens each year in the fall. It is traditionally celebrated in Chinese culture with games and the eating of Mooncakes. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is at its brightest twice a year, in the fall and the spring. This time is celebrated as a time for renewal and excitement for the season to come.
About a week before the event I got the Gmail addresses of my friends and sent them an Evite to the party. Evite’s are pretty cool because you can choose from a variety of templates as well as specify every piece of the invite. Here is what the Harvest Moon Gazing party invite looked like:
Once I received word on who was coming we all decided who was bringing what. I made vegetables and soma milk. This recipe is also from Pretty Fun. Soma milk is a traditional Vedic drink meant to be drunk while basking under the full moon. It is made up of almond milk, honey, vanilla beans (or extract), cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I can honestly say that it wasn’t bad…but I won’t make it again.
After we ate, we went out to the pool area of the apartment complex. We all laid down on the lounge chairs and spent some time moon-bathing. Basically, we spent 15 minutes in the silence mediating. Yes, it was a hippy-dippy as it sounds but it was also a wonderful experience to share with my best friends. After the 15 minutes of quiet time, we shared some of the thoughts and feelings we were having. We then wrote things we wanted to “get rid of” on post-its and lit them on a candle. It was therapeutic to share and release thoughts that have been causing anxiety.
If you want to plan your own Game Night or Harvest Moon Gazing party, I recommend buying Kate Hudson’s Pretty Fun ($6.75).
These parties were so much fun to host. I loved decorating and setting up my home to share moments of laugher and joy with friends. I can’t wait to continue hosting parties in the future!
Next month I have quite a few more events planned so… Stay Tuned! Perhaps you hate parties? Perhaps you hate the fall? You do you, boo.