House­warm­ing party

Gather your pals to cel­e­brate your new­found in­de­pen­dence a.k.a your own place!

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Hot & Healthy -

De­cide on a theme. Try an af­ter­noon dessert-and-drinks (or tea!) party— el­e­gant yet easy! Dress up store­bought cup­cakes with col­or­ful cup­cake lin­ers from any bak­ing sup­ply store. Des­ig­nate a dessert ta­ble, but let guests sit any­where for a re­laxed vibe. Ex­tend the venue to your bal­cony if your place has one. Dec­o­rate your digs. To achieve this Kate Spade-in­spired look:

Make a state­ment us­ing a bold pat­tern in black and white. Ac­cent with a bright color. Use a clean, white base. Cre­ate dif­fer­ent lev­els for the food you are serv­ing. In lieu of cake stands, turn over bowls and put plates on top.

Bling it up with pops of gold. In­vite guests. Cre­ate a Face­book event and add friends and fam­ily. Hand out in­vites to neigh­bors as well, es­pe­cially if they wel­comed you to the ‘hood and helped you haul boxes into your new space. Wel­come gifts! Say they're op­tional, but if they in­sist... you'll have some­thing to re­mem­ber them by long after the party is over. Cre­ate a list of prac­ti­cal, af­ford­able sug­ges­tions: a kitchen towel, a plate or bowl, a glass or teacup, a cook­ing im­ple­ment, uten­sils, or a throw pil­low. Don't for­get the party fa­vors! Your guests' take­away from your party? More than in­spir­ing them to be in­de­pen­dent like you, give each one an in­ex­pen­sive ma­son jar and let them raid your spread of sweets to their hearts'de­sire. Cos­mopoli­tan

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