Peacock Party

Normally when hosting a party, it goes against my principles to buy special decorations. Not only is there the financial angle, but it’s more fun to be creative with things already owned and to resist the urge to acquire new clutter.

This weekend, however, we are hosting our neighborhood’s winter holiday party – hopefully for the last time, since 3 years in a row seems plenty to me :) .  And because I’m busily getting the word out about my business offerings, I confess, I want our home – and the way a Professional Organizer lives – to look particularly appealing to all my guests, who are surely going to be falling over themselves to hire me!

So, I admit, I fell for the gorgeous images here:

Pier 1 Imports

…and here:

Hostess with the Mostess

…and decided that a peacock theme meets my requirements for being festive but not too in-your-face Christmassy.  Even better, I can drag out some of my regular bits and pieces and hopefully make a display that looks far more expensive than it actually is.  But I did treat myself to some (not all) of these:

Sources: My Paper Shop, Save on Crafts, Crate & Barrel, Pier One.

I should mention, since we are providing the venue, the rest of our neighbors are bringing almost all the food and drink.  That’s the only way I could contemplate putting quite so much thought into the decor.  You might recall, my usual entertaining style is to cheat, by doing the bare minimum that makes the house look OK and still leaves me some energy to enjoy myself.

What’s your view on themed parties?  Are they far too “Martha” for you, or a great way to show your guests you care?

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5 Responses to Peacock Party

  1. Shelley says:

    The only party I still do regularly is Thanksgiving – and believe me, I do all the work. One year I did New Years Eve, Valentines (all the food was pink and we had a quiz; the winner got sexy underwear), Bill’s 50th birthday (a long, long time ago), my 42nd birthday, and Thanksgiving. I didn’t try Halloween cause I knew no one would dress up and I try to ignore the holiday here anyhow. I had fun, but found that people didn’t reciprocate. I think we’re going to work on dinner parties from now on instead of big parties.

  2. Normally I would say that a theme falls into the “trying too hard” category, which I always strive to avoid (even if I am in fact trying too hard — I still want it to look easy!). ;-) But if everyone in the neighborhood is bringing most of the food and drink, then it’s a totally different story, and I say go all out! You want it to look like you put some effort in, and a well executed theme will do that perfectly (with the nice side effect of marketing your business).

    Good luck!


  3. Bromeliad says:

    Generally opposed to themes but love the peacock theme. Guess it depends on the theme.

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