I realize that I have not offered many tips as of late here on Event Lucky. I enjoy looking at inspiration pictures, so that is where I have been focusing. But nothing beats a well planned party. The devil is in the details, as they say!
My husband is celebrating a milestone birthday at the end of the year, and I am planning a party for him– long distance. So rather than just share the outcome, I thought I could update you along the way, work through my process with you. Every Thursday, check in here to see the progress. I’ll still have inspiration and other cool ideas the rest of the week, but Thursday will be dedicated to the planning process of my husband’s birthday. I hope that it will be fun– and that you all will share and give feedback along the way!
My husband spent the majority of his adult life in Los Angeles. Most of his friends and family live there, so when we started talking about celebrating his big day, traveling there kept coming up as an option. His birthday is early December, so it usually falls around Thanksgiving, which would give us some built in days off if we chose to travel. Of course, hosting a party over a holiday weekend has its pluses and minuses– some people are out of town, but others come into town to visit family. Not to mention, having a party is a great way to see a lot of people at once. After checking in with a few close friends, we settled on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Nov. 27th.
This took some time, as we had to figure out the scope of the party. Did we want to have cocktails at a bar? Or a sit down dinner at a restaurant? Or a house party? You may have seen this post where I was lusting after a food truck. This took a couple of weeks of discussion. We sat down to make a guest list (as well as a “likely to come list”– again, parties around the holidays have their drawbacks!). We decided that 20-25 people were likely— which ruled out the food trucks (most require 50 people minimum). We checked into some restaurants, but nothing was really clicking. We felt limited by not being able to check them out ourselves.
When we mentioned to some friends that we were going to L.A. over Thanksgiving, they seemed interested in coming along, we started looking into houses to rent. We use airbnb.com to rent out our apartment when we travel, so we looked there first. I quickly found a place that would be perfect– both to house us for our stay, as well as for the party.
I love the indoor/outdoor space, with great flow for a party.
Or, you can close it up, if it is too cold.
And a great backyard, with an outdoor kitchen, firepit, hammock and air-stream. Cool!
Of course, the bedrooms and bathrooms are nice too– 2 of each, making it comfortable for our entire visit. It almost seemed like it was meant to be!
So we booked it! We got our flights and booked the house– and planning a party! Los Angeles, here we come!
Next Step: settling on a theme…