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How to throw a Bill Murray party

If you follow Offbeat Home & Life on facebook, you may have seen that I was creating a Fantastic Mr. Fox costume for a Bill Murray-themed birthday party. Many of you asked to learn more about throwing a Bill Murray party. So I asked the birthday boy himself to let you in on the secrets to throwing a kick-ass Bill Murray party (is there any other kind of Bill Murray party?)…

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How can I release my inner neat-freak and enjoy having people over?

My guy and I work from home — well, I work from home, he works from the shop in the barn behind our house, and it's SUPER awesome. People drop by all the time, and it's not unusual to have folks over 3-7 nights a week (people stay over 1-3 nights a week).

I come from a pretty traditional background and a clean freak mom so having an open house like this REALLY stressed me out, because I wanted the house to be clean and have snacks out etc. I've relaxed my standards significantly and now I'm wondering what kind of life-hacks I should be using to be prepared for guests?

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Turn your wedding anniversary into a yearly party

Sometimes your wedding goes wonky, and you're left feeling less-than-stellar about the whole event. Which really sucks, because you put a lot of effort into that damn thing. But Offbeat Bride Christine (of Christine & Derek's misadventurous rainbow hodgepodge of freaks & geeks wedding) has a great idea about how to turn that frown upside-down… every year on your anniversary!

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The Shark Attackiversary: We use a brush with death as an excuse to throw a yearly party

In 2007 that guy I married was attacked by a tiger shark and survived! So every year, on the date of said attack, we throw Aaron a "Shark Attackiversary" party. It's much like a birthday party, except we celebrate the day Aaron didn't die instead of the day he was born. Since then I've really fallen in love with the idea of throwing a party that celebrates a traumatic life experience that you've overcome.

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Throw this party: A Midsummer night's shindig

In the Northern Hemisphere, we're nearing the summer solstice. Balmy nights, cheerful crickets and dewy grass beg us to head outside and celebrate the season. Midsummer has its roots in Northern European cultures, though it's celebrated all over the world in some form or another, whether as a religious or secular holiday time. Some of the celebrations happen on the date of the actual summer solstice while others fall anywhere between June 19 and June 26. Want to host a Midsummer celebration? Here's some tips: