Enjoying The Journey · Holidays

My Best Party Planning Tip: Develop A Theme!

This post is sponsored by Hostess With The Mostess

A well executed theme makes a party feel extra special. A theme can be a color scheme, a phrase, a collection of things the honoree loves or anything else that drives the decisions for most of the party elements.

The theme can be reflected in the invitations, the decorations, the type of food that is served, the plates and napkins that are used and in extra touches like a guest book, games or photo booth props.

One of my favorite ways to wrap up a party theme is in the party favors! For my twin nephews’ adoption party, we gave away Doublemint and Twix wrapped in ribbon (in the party’s theme colors, of course!).

For my dad’s 60th birthday party, I made party favor bags on the theme of Dad’s favorite things. Everyone received a bag filled with a pair of crazy socks, flavored coffee, nuts, orange life savers and a handkerchief. Bow ties are part of Dad’s signature style, so I incorporated that into the gift tag.

For my parent’s 35th anniversary party, my sister and I made Oreo truffles that doubled as both place card holders and party favors (we used the dark chocolate version of this recipe – they were simple to make, delicious and a huge hit). Our theme of “I Love Us” was printed on the tags.

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I explored the “Confetti Bridal Shower” theme as an example to share today.

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You can easily customize the text to fit your party’s details. I purposefully didn’t read the instructions before using the customizer, just to see how intuitive it is. I had no issues and was done in a few minutes! I downloaded and printed the items I wanted on card stock.

For these signs, I used some washi tape to attach them to Dollar Tree skewers. Mason jars from my kitchen hold them perfectly!

Adding in a few of my go-to Dollar Tree party supplies (cellophane treat bags, paper shred, candy and ribbon) made these party favors so quick and easy! I included some wedding bubbles and Hershey kisses for the occasion.

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What parties are you planning for this summer? I have a couple fun ones planned, and I can’t wait to share the details with you!

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