This week I would like to share an exciting opportunity Inspire to Gather was a part of recently. We had the opportunity to present our business to the local community of Wilmington, NC in a informal Pop Up style event. We showcased our talents in interior design, event planning, and DIY at the Sawmill Point Apartment complex in downtown Wilmington.
The evening first began with delicious food provided by a local catering company, Flavors; and a chance to mingle with the residents. During this time we wandered around the beautiful upscale industrial modern space chatting with the residents about what Inspire to Gather offers and getting to know them. We shared both the interior design and event planning sides of our business through the presentation of the food and room vignettes.
Each vignette portrayed a different style through the use of design boards, fabric swatches, and accessories. The residents each gravitated towards a different style which helped us to get to know their design personalities. We found that a lot of the residents are new to the area and/or downsizing and having trouble decorating their spaces. Often times homeowners and renters struggle to make their furniture and accessories work in a new space, which is how Inspire to Gather can help. We are passionate about design and want to relieve the stress and burden of designing a new space. With these vignettes we showed the residents how everything can come together with a few simple pieces, a touch of paint, and a few personal touches.
After we filled our bellies and shared what Inspire to Gather offers, we journeyed into the beautiful conference room to lead the residents in a fun DIY project. At first they were a little hesitant but soon they were all talking, laughing, and having a wonderful time. We showed the residents how to make coasters using ceramic tiles, fabric, and mod podge. From a business stand point this time allowed us to further our connections, showcase our crafty talents, and present another aspect of our business, which is DIY Parties. Inspire to Gather plans to host DIY parties at local venues where we can inspire people from all walks of life. So if you are local to Wilmington contact us to host a DIY event for your friends and family.
In the end this event proved to be very rewarding from both a business and personal standpoint. We had a wonderful time with the residents and would like to thank Sawmill Point for helping us to create this evening and hope to partner with the again soon. We would also like to give a Yummy shoutout to Flavors Catering Co. for providing all the delicious food.
# 1 Classic Board Game Night
Invite the adults over for a night of classic board games. This party theme allows for endless possibilities when it comes to planning and preparation. You can go all out and require guests to dress as their favorite board game characters, provide board game themed appetizers, and decorate your house to resemble your favorite game. Or if you are looking for something more low key then just invite over your friends for an easy breezy fun night of games, snacks, and drinks.
#2 D.I.Y Party
This party theme is for the crafty and creative. Host an evening of D.I.Y projects ranging from painting to sewing to building. This party is perfect for those people who have those friends that are constantly raving about your creativity and always saying "I wish I was creative like you." D.I.Y parties allow you to share your talent with your friends.
But wait. what if you aren't crafty and want to learn something new, then host a party with someone else teaching the craft. There are a number of different types of local sip and paint studios offering nightly classes and in some cities you can even find just a general D.I.Y studio that offers other types of craft classes.
Also, there are different craft kits you can buy online in order to host your own D.I.Y party. Amazon offers a variety of different kits from candle making to string art. Another great place to find craft kits is at AdultsandCrafts.com. This company allows you to purchase individual craft kits and party packs. Each kit comes with all the materials and instructions needed to complete the D.I.Y project. Cost is around $20-$25 per person.
#3 Movie Night
Movie night is another party theme that can be as simple or as elaborate as you make it. You can invite your friends over to watch movies on your big screen tv in your living room while nibbling on popcorn and candy. Or you can invite over your neighbors and friends for a backyard screening of your favorite movie, complete with blankets, pillows, popcorn, and drinks. Or, if you are feeling really ambitious then have a movie theme party where all your guests come dressed as their favorite movie characters and require them to stay in character all throughout the party. Then at the end of the night hand out prizes for best dressed and best character rendition.
A masquerade party themed party is sure to delight guests. This theme usually works best for a larger party, but could also be a twist on a classic Halloween party. Invite your guests to come dressed in their fanciest attire donning a mask to express their personality. Don't forget to provide extra masks for those guests who forget. Decorate with twinkle lights, glitter and gold. Serve savory appetizers, elegant desserts, and a signature cocktail. Then dance the night away!
#5 Murder Mystery
This final party theme is one your guests won't forget. A murder mystery sparks the imagination and thrills the senses. Before the party begins send out invitations and a character synopsis to each guest. Let the guests know they are invited to a murder mystery and must play their part in order for the party to be a success. Once guests arrive the fun begins. The host will explain how the evening will proceed then it is up to the guests to mingle and sleuth. Before long the murder will happen. In walks the detective and the questioning begins. It is up to guests to listen, mingle, and deduce. Finally, the evidence is collected and guests make their accusations. Who will solve the mystery?
I suggest purchasing a murder mystery game/kit to assist with your party. These games can me found on amazon. You can also download puzzles from Etsy or head on over to Night of Mystery to purchase a murder mystery complete party.
What theme will you choose?
Hope your next party is one your guests will remember!
Holy Cow! Parents really go all out for kids parties. When trying to narrow down the perfect theme for your kids party you will probably feel like me, overwhelmed. Should it be an elaborate party pirate themed party or a simple backyard barbeque with a few balloons and how much is this going to cost. With the average kids party costing anywhere from $200 up to a few thousand dollars how do you make something affordable without looking cheap. Well, you are in luck, I have found a great party theme that won't break the bank. You may need to channel your inner crafty spirit, but it will be worth it in the end to save some dough. A rainbow party theme!
All you need to successfully tackle this theme is rainbow colored supplies. Go to the local party store or even dollar store and purchase a few different color plates, napkins, cups, plastic table cloths, balloons, and crepe paper. You can then designate one wall in the house to showcase the theme. Start with a blank wall and table. The table can be any size (long, short, narrow, or round) just as long as it is big enough to highlight your rainbow themed goodies. Then start blowing up balloons and taping them to the wall along with the brightly colored crepe paper. Before long your rainbow backdrop is complete and you only spent about $15.
After the backdrop is done stack your brightly colored plates, napkins, and cups on one end of the table. Then add you goodies and create a buffet style food station. Fill in holes and add some height to the table with a few cake stands topped with plates of fruit (natures food rainbow) and glass jars filled with bright colored candy. These simple additions will pull the whole table together and complete the look.
***If you are feeling very ambitious then try one of these balloon bundles hanging from the ceiling or this cool rainbow and cloud idea for a photo backdrop.
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