Time for something new

afterparty (af-ter-par-tay) n

a relaxed social event in which people sit and talk after they have been at a larger event.

“after the party, there is always an afterparty.”

I have been writing here on Thoughtfully Simple since September of 2008 (more about how it all began). And I have to start by saying thank you. Thank you for reading, commenting, and emailing. Thank you for your support , inspiration and connections – you all make it possible to keep this site running, so thank you! Over the years, I have realized that although my main intention was to post ideas that will inspire you to get your “hostess on,” the most exciting (and rewarding) part comes after I hit publish. It’s your comments, thoughts and the ability to share and engage with all of you that has become the most rewarding for me. I have decided to carve out a little space here on Thoughtfully Simple where we can do that – like an afterparty. An afterparty isn’t just for rockstars and celebs after a major event. I see it simply as the time after you have greeted, mingled, perhaps even played hostess; when the main event has passed and you find it time to grab your drink, plop down in a comfy spot, kick off your heels and have a nice chat with those close to you.

The most frequent emails I get are from you {my lovely readers} wanting to know more about me – or rather, what I think, what I would suggest for XY and Z or my thoughts on the lifestyle/entertaining industry as a whole. I realized that there is really no place on Thoughtfully Simple for such topics and discussions, so I am hoping the Afterparty will provide that space. I’d like to open up discussions here, and hear more of what you have to say. From what you are working on, inspiration you’ve found, thoughts on blogging, party planning — anything goes!

I’d love to hear what you think! What topics would you like to see discussed here on the blog? Do you have any suggestions or questions you’d like me to get this (after)party started with? I’m all ears!

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9 Comments on Time for something new

  1. Julie Northrop
    June 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you Tori for keeping us inspired with all the wonderful party ideas you share here on Thoughtfully Simple! I love all the photos you include and the “how-to” tips. Do you have any ideas for a 4th of July birthday (17th)?

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  2. homeschoolmama
    June 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Aww, what a sweet idea! I would LOVE to see more DIY posts on some of the sweet little decorations!

    I’m currently gearing up for a Victorian Christmas party – not sure of the details yet, so I’m hunting for inspiration for that. My daughter will be turning 12 this winter as well, and has asked for a Chinese Tea Party because she was born on the Chinese New Year. So I’m also hunting for ways to incorporate petal pink & chocolate brown, cherry-blossoms, and Chinese tea-parties into one cohesive party for about a dozen girls.

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  3. Cindy C.
    June 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Love it, Tori!! Sometimes the best part of a party IS the afterparty. Look forward to see where you go with this. :)

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  4. bird
    June 15, 2011 at 3:35 am (4 years ago)

    Love your blog an d have you on my blogroll for age now!! Love to get to know you better.. :)

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  5. Lisa
    June 15, 2011 at 10:21 am (4 years ago)

    How funny….. I’m throwing a 1st birthday party for my granddaughter. I’m excited for the “after” party!
    Also I LOVE ideas for “girls get togethers”. My gf’s and I usually get together one night a month. Casual, sometimes dressy, at home. nice restaurant. I always like a theme. Different food and drinks. Sometimes we even have a “craft night”.
    I’m SO into favors right now also. With personalized gifts and all. Even if it’s just a small bag of homemade candy.

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  6. Not Just A Mommy!
    June 15, 2011 at 11:12 am (4 years ago)

    What a fabulous idea, Ms. Tori! I would love to see posts on party etiquette, it’s the dirty little secret no one talks about, all the pitfalls of no RSVPs, extra guests, no show vendors, thank you notes, acts of God that derail a party etc. :) I love when party gals share the downside of party planning, it keeps it more real and I know, if it happens to them, it can certainly happen (and has) to me.

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  7. Tori
    June 15, 2011 at 11:12 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you ALL for the kind words! I look forward to getting to know you all better as well!

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  8. SilverMagpies
    June 17, 2011 at 7:11 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Tori -

    I agree with Not Just A Mommy. Planning for the unexpected isn’t as much of a paradox as it should be!!

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