Thoughts :: My {party planner} bucket list

A recent blog post got me thinking about bucket lists. You now, the list of wildly, unattainable adventures and goals you want to accomplish before you, well… kick the bucket. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of creating a bucket list  (really, I love any type of list) — but what I like more than creating a list is crossing items OFF of a list. So, instead of creating some extravagant list of things I’m dreaming of seeing or doing (but likely never will), I thought I’d focus a bit. I’m creating a list of party planning specific (and mostly attainable) things to see and do. Let’s hope I can get to crossing things off soon!



15 things this Hostess wants to do {soon}!

1. Make a ruffled cake

2. Host a pretty bake sale and donate proceeds to a great cause

3. Help with an Operation Shower event

4. Purchase this dining room table and host an intimate dinner party just to celebrate the table

5. Have another party-girl meet up with my amazing blogger friends

6. Host an intimate dinner party on the beach (as in tables on the sand with lanterns a-glow)

7. Convince my tween that a “tie dye” themed birthday would be totally cool

8. Go propping (prop shopping) in NY

9.  Have a Reese’s Peanut-tini with my new best friends (they have no idea we’re best friends btw)

10. Make my own cheese and then serve it at a wine & cheese party

11. Take a floral arranging class

12. Find a new and cool (local) photographer to capture my events

13. Plan a Mother’s Day brunch this year (muffins and mimosas anyone?)

14. Blog more about our lovely parties

15. Somehow legally change my 2 daughters’ birthdays so that they are NO LONGER December 22nd and December 23rd – it sure would be easier to plan parties (and yes I am serious)


I hope to start crossing off this list, sooner than later! I’ll come back and cross them off as I complete them (wish me luck with #15, I’m going to need it!).


What would be on your party planning bucket list?


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14 Comments on Thoughts :: My {party planner} bucket list

  1. Coryanne Ettiene
    October 19 at 11:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Well it is sorted Tori, we need to arrange number 5, 8 and 11 , kill 3 birds with one stone….how about May? As for 15, my son has his birthday over Thanksgiving, so we have a small gathering on his ‘birthday’ but a party in the spring, sometimes in the early fall, depending on what he wants to do. So far, it is working for us….maybe you can try that? Great bucket list, Coryanne

  2. Hazel Schreiner
    October 20 at 2:49 am (6 years ago)

    Oh I love this list, it got me thinking about my 101 goals in 1001 days, I haven’t looked over my list in a while, I’m sure there are a number of things I can cross off now, so much has happened since I last went through it all. Love your blog, I need to make time to pop in on my favourite blogs more often… Mmm should add that to my list!!

    :) Hazel

  3. Heather
    October 20 at 6:28 am (6 years ago)

    I love your list!

    I want to host a cupcake tasting party, host a bake sale, learn how to decorate cakes, make it possible to host a party every weekend…..i think my friends would get so tired of me!!

  4. Not Just A Mommy!
    October 20 at 11:48 am (6 years ago)

    What a great list! I’m with you on the birthday dates, my boys’ are summer birthdays that are a week apart, with one of them on the 4th of July.

    My bucket list items include taking a class on working with fondant, owning a milk glass cake platter (those bad boys are pricey!) planning a fabulous 40th birthday/vow renewal ceremony (for 3 years from now), and convincing one of my sister in laws to move closer so I can throw any of my nieces a big, over-the-top girly, frilly birthday party (since I only have boys) :) I totally want to help with Operation Shower too!

  5. Julia
    October 20 at 5:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I love your list~! Absolutely fantastic! I’m currently doing my own bucket list (not nearly as focused as yours though! :P) on this really cool website I came across – very nice and easy to share ideas with friends, add stuff and more importantly, cross things off! =) Highly recommend it, especially if you like lists! The site is still in it’s beta stages though.

  6. Tori
    October 25 at 10:59 am (6 years ago)

    Love all of your lists too! Thank you for sharing your links as well :)

  7. Simon
    October 27 at 5:41 am (6 years ago)

    I love this list! Number 15 would be pretty tough though! Unless you could persuade them to have a different, “official” birthday like the Queen does here in the UK? Good luck with it anyway :)

  8. Christine
    January 18 at 11:21 am (6 years ago)

    I am laughing hard about your # 15. My kids have birthdays March 25 and 31 (my husband’s March 23rd). They are 3 and 6 years old this year so this year might be the last year I can host a double birthday party.
    I usually however, give them separate themes. Last year it was Princess and Pirates. This year it “might” be Hello Kitty and Legos…Totally unrelated themes but I dont mind. I am sure they’ll tell me pretty soon, that this approach is not kool.

  9. Tori
    January 18 at 12:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Christine, I hear ya’! You just made me think of something my youngest got for Christmas — it was a set of Hello Kitty Legos (you should look them up!). Happy planning :)

  10. Melissa
    January 22 at 9:19 pm (6 years ago)

    Such a great idea and awesome list!

  11. Christine
    January 24 at 11:13 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks Tori, I’m on that right now.

  12. gina
    April 29 at 6:34 pm (6 years ago)

    three out of my four daughters birthdays are in the summer. You would think easy – and for planning outdoor parties, sure, our problem lies in finding a date when people can actually come to the parties. We have a June, a July and an August.

    For June – if we schedule too early, we hit graduations, mid – june runs into father’s day and end of school stuff. Wait to late… and people are gone for the 4th of July.

    My tip for summer parties? Celebrate them on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – midweek if you can. This is your best chance of a good amount of guests.

    And for classroom celebrations? We do half birthdays – we did an actual party like that too. Did them in school on the 6 mo. anniversary of their birthdays. And my daughter REALLY wanted a weekend party with a sleepover once, so that year we did a 13and1/2 year party. Making it clear they weren’t going to get invited to another party in August.

    Maybe you could do that with your December Birthdays.

    Or , as my friend did with her little girl’s December birthday – let her pick a Spring date for a party – she picked May 5th this year.

    THEN start a birthday tradition – something you do every year on their actual birthday so they don’t feel they are being given the run around.

    For my oldest (August 4th) when she turned 13, my sister started the tradition of taking her and 1 friend to Hampton Beach , New Hampshire – every year on her birthday. When she turned 16, it turned into and overnight trip, THIS year (18th) it’s a week long trip to the Bahamas.

    then they don’t mind waiting for a party.

    For Brielle? (June 12th) She has autism and CAPD and is overwhelmed with party settings anyways. So she started just asking for a shopping trip on her actual birthday with the amount of money I would have spent on a party. Then I celebrate with a cake at home with a couple of her friends after school if her birthday falls on a week day, otherwise , it’s our family on that night!

    And for my youngest…. Mackenna. She is still just 7. She will be 8 on July 22. She INSISTS on a birthday party in JULY. So I give SAVE the DATES in the favor bags of the current party. And we do themed parties (two years ago a carnival, last year it was a talent show, this year it’s a tie dye theme, with lots of fun projects and food ) the whole family can enjoy – and do an all day party with her friends AND THEIR FAMILIES… So it ‘s still a great summer weekend for everyone coming.

    As for your number 2? Last June we did a bake sale / lemonade stand for Alex’ Lemonade Stand Foundation :

    and it was fun! That foundation makes it RIDICOUSLY easy to host one – offering and online donation site, allof the paperwork, signs, coupons for free lemonade and more. Seriously ALL you have to do is the fun part – bake, decoirate, mix and serve!!!!

    I have a whole pinboard of inspiration :

    that the organization follows and they pinned my (and other!) real lemonade parties too – ended up driving lots of traffic to my blog and boards. Unexpected benefit of having fun while doing GOOD!!

    As for me?

    I share your number 1 and 12.

    I have just created a cupcake catering business and now that is expanding into a party planning service too!

    The best part isn’t even that now I get paid.. it’s that now I have tons more opportunities to plan parties – instead of just my own girls!!!

    So I am sure my list will be growing… and getting checked off. ;)


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