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These posts cover all the ephemera of having people in your offbeat home.

“Thirty Going on Ten!” Throw this throwback to childhood birthday party

I love throwing parties, and a theme makes any party better. For my 30th birthday I wanted to do something simple, yet festive. I picked the theme “Thirty Going on Ten” — a throwback to childhood birthday parties. My guests really embraced the theme and we had so much fun!

Here’s how I did it…

Put the fun back in funeral: I threw a surprise birthday funeral for my metamour

Kitty is my metamour — Chris’s other partner — and a passionate devotee to all things dark, grotesque, and twisted. As her birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, so she very rarely has a birthday party of her own. I decided to remedy this with a surprise birthday party (no, a surprise birthday funeral!) two weeks before her birthday to really catch her off-guard. Here’s how we pulled it off…

Offbeat Bride has 5 tips to impress the asses off of your house guests

This post over on Offbeat Bride has some killer tips for making sure your house guests feel RAD about staying with you. You’ll look like a hosting pro with these ideas. Here’s one to get you started, but head over to Offbeat Bride for the full list.

Play this quote-matching game at your next movie-themed party

Yeah, this particular movie quote game was invented for a wedding shower, but this could be fun for any movie-themed shindig you’re hosting — birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, baby showers, etc.

Create instant mood lighting with a cake dome

Cake dome + LED string lights = easy mood lighting!

Then our sister site, Offbeat Bride, took it another step further with pickle jars and dinosaurs. Check these out…

How to host a large dinner party in a small space

Last November I threw a potluck Friendsgiving. What made it a little tricky (and very nerve-wracking up until) is that I share a one-bedroom apartment with a platonic friend where I live in the living room. I was worried that we wouldn’t fit, or that we wouldn’t be comfortable, or that the pole would get in the way, etc. Here’s how I made it work…

Throw this party: The Pollinator

I’m throwing a party that I’ve named “The Pollinator.” The basic idea is that I want to widen my social circle, so the price of admission is that every single attendee bring a guest that I either do not know or do not know well.

Making your community events more eco-friendly is as simple as organic, gluten-free, apple pie

At some point, you may become involved in a school or community event. As part of the planning team, you have a say in the small details of planning for the big day, naturally. Even for an established event, there are so many areas in which you can green your event to success.