If you’re reading this, then you already know…we launched! Our site is live, our social media is in place, we’ve got our google analytics set up, I got a good camera and we are ready to go. Sigh….What a feat. Seriously.
My close friends know that I wavered on the idea of hosting a launch party because as I’ve said before, people launch blogs every day, but in the end, I decided to go for it. After all our mission is to help people become the best host or hostess they can be so that they can create lasting memories from gatherings of their own creation and well, what better an opportunity than to celebrate the launch of a journey and a dream.
In retrospect, I probably should have staggered the website launch and the launch party by at least a day to give myself some breathing room. Friday was a blur of making sure the site was working, responding to so many kind words and notes sent my way from friends and strangers alike, cleaning and setting up for the party in 90%+ humidity, all while still working my day job. By the time 6 o’clock rolled around and my hair was basically dry from my speed shower, I was ready for a cocktail.
The party was mostly my close friends and family. The people that have supported me along the way and that I knew were as excited, if not more in many cases, as I was about the launch. The invite was for a cocktail party at 6 pm so that people could come from work and start their weekend right but still leave if needed for other plans. We had a cocktail bar that you can read all about on our blog “How to Host A DIY Cocktail Party,” that ended up carrying us into the wee hours of the night.
The decor was relaxed and casual, meant to be inviting and conducive to unwinding from the week. I strung outdoor lights and had flickering votives and tapper candles throughout the deck, as well as sprawling flower arrangements. I laid out rugs with a low set table and pillows and poufs to sit on. I even repurposed these straw, fringe outdoor placemats as seating mats for the floor. They were quite large, so it worked. You can shop the look of the whole party on our site here!
For the food, I wanted easily grabbable items that wouldn’t force people to hover by the spread, although that kind of happened anyway haha. I put bags of popcorn out with DIY toppings of Sarah’s Sea Salt and olive oil. Along the same note, I put bags of tortilla chips with individual pre-scooped guacamole cups, so people could grab and walk away to eat. I had the cocktail party staple, charcuterie, along with strawberry and whip cream cups and assorted cookies as a party favor. It was just enough of salty and sweet to complement my thirsty guests!
In the end, it was such a magical and perfect night! Everyone was in good spirits, thanks to the cocktail bar, and I will remember it always.