Nov 3 2016

TGI Parties: The Gift Insider Turns 30!

I celebrated the big 3-0 on Saturday October 15th this year (I lucked out with the Saturday, right?!) I wanted to do something a little different than your typical dinner party, so we decided to throw a loft party for 50 of our friends in downtown Detroit. We were going for a chic yet casual cocktail party vibe so we rented a raw industrial space and had apps, desert, plenty of cocktails and music. Thanks to the amazing crew who came out, and my hubby for making it all happen.

Below are some photos and links to where we found all the party goods!

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The event space we found was Orleans + Winder in Eastern Market. We loved working with them and highly recommend if you are looking for a raw space downtown. It was chic from the start, so no matter how we decorated the space had exactly the vibe we were going for.

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We found the tassel balloons at ConfettiHaus on Etsy. The raw wood tables and gold mirror we rented from the event space and the striped table clothes we had from a past shindig.

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I know, I know the mylar number balloons are getting a little overdone…but I couldn’t help myself. I added little tassels on the bottom to make them extra special.

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The gold glitter Sweets, Drinks and Eats signs we reused from our engagement party a few years ago. Turns out it’s a great investment to have if you throw lots of parties! We’re big fans of the “naked cake” trend and loved trying one out for the first time.

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The man who kept the drinks going all night long, Glen! Highly recommend splurging on help if hosting your own party so you can relax and have fun with your guests. Spotted! One of our favorite wedding gifts, our Lindsay + Jon champagne bucket. We have used this countless times.

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We found the perfect gold plastic silverware on amazon (obsessed!) and art decor plates from Target. We served mediterranean style apps and a Brushetta bar and the most-loved last-minute decision by hubby, boxes on boxes of Supinos pizza.

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The 30 Pinata we got from ThePerfectPinata on Etsy and used for decor and as a Photobooth prop later in the night.

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A party ain’t a party without the perfect photo backdrop! We have been obsessed with these grown up Pinatas from Chiciata and finally had the perfect party to use them for. We used the raw wall and framed a perfect photo-opp spot right when guests walked in.

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Here’s a shot of the photo backdrop, we also had a few triangle garlands to fill it out.

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We had photo props and a refurbished Poloroid Camera with polaroids for guests to take and take home.

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I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate this milestone! We’d love to hear some of the creative ways you guys have celebrated your milestone birthdays in the comments below!

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Jul 15 2014

Gift Guide // Summer Party Gift Ideas to Get You Invited Back

We’ve rounded up our favorite Gifts to Bring Your Host or Hostess for a Summer Party.  We’re highlighting them on Fox2 Detroit on July 16th and Fox 32 Chicago on July 18th. (view video clips below)

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*Enter here to the win the Fiesta Private Island above ($599.00 Value!)

DIY BBQ Basket With a Healthy Twist 
Summer parties are a dangerous time to stick to your good eating habits, put together a basket of goodies for your next BBQ with some healthy alternatives.  Fill with BBQ popchips, (gluten-free and half the fat as regular BBQ Chips) add some fun napkins, a mit, special spices and favorite condiments and put in a reusable container.
Read the full DIY Post Here

DIY Summer BBQ Gift Basket

Hardsoap Dispensers
Fun, functional, eco-friendly and a perfect gift for your male host, these recycled booze bottles made into soap dispensers are a fun gift to bring your Jack or Captain loving bud.
Buy Here, Use Code “HARDSOAP” for 20% off 

 

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Gift of the Month Clubs from ClubsGalore
Even after the party or the weekend stay is over, let your hosts enjoy a little gift every month on you.  Send them a Home Spa Gift monthly, a Cocktail Party of the Month Club, Bacon of the Month or one of ClubGalore’s 36 club options. Use Code: INSIDER for 10% off any order + free shipping

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Electric Bug Zapper from 13Deals
This Electric Bug Zapper is the fastest, cheapest and actually fun way to get rid of bugs while out in the summer. Low output power constitutes no real hazard, just hold up the racket & say goodbye to bugs.
Buy Here, HUGE FLASH DEAL – Pack of 2, was $29.98, now $4.99

 

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“House Wine” in a Box
The very popular “House Wine” bottles now come in a cool, hip and cheeky House Wine Box.  It’s the perfect affordable hostess gift with a little more personality than your usual bottle of wine.$24.99  Buy Here

 

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Wine Sak Purse 
This vacuum wine bag looks great on your arm, has a spout and keeps your wine from going sour for up to 6 days. It’s great for the party animal who knows how to bring wine with class!
$69.95, Wine Sak

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Parachute Hammock from 13Deals  

Lightweight comfortable parachute silk hammock is perfect for camping or backpacking. Comes w/ travel bag all weighing just a pound & comes w.2 hanging hooks & rope. Huge deal! Retails for $69.99, now $19.49

 

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The Fiesta Private Island from Skymall (WIN IT!)

The Fiesta Private Island is an 8 person raft that will make any pool party, lake day or boating adventure into one for the memory books. We’re giving one away on TheGiftInsider.com ($599.00 Value)FiestaPrivateIsland_2 

View The Gift Insider chatting about all of these gifts on Fox 2 Detroit news below! 

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