holiday parties and pre functions

by Kristina Sloggett

in Happy Hour at Home, holiday

During the holidays our schedules can get crowded – multiple events on the same day, friends and family in town while those multiple events are going on, and the want to do all of the things.

That is where the pre-party comes in.

Back in college we would “pre funk” – get together before the function of the night. This is kinda like that – more grown up and most definitely more toned down. Probably.

This past weekend we had a friend in town, had plans with another group of friends, and there was a show we wanted to see. We had a pre-show party at our place and did not not miss a thing.

Just because it is a pre-party doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with it. There are quick and easy things I did to make our little pre-funk every bit as cool as one of our normal shindigs. We had several small bite appetizers and sweets, pitchers of homemade Irish cream, and I even decorated!

The night before our pre-party I printed out some fun party decor pieces, then sat on the couch cutting and assembling them while watching a movie.

The printables I chose were from two different sources:

fun designs in pink, red and light blue from Hostess With The Mostess

more traditional red and green decor from The Party Dress.

There are toothpick labels, lettered garland to hang, large and small signs, even wrapping papers.

I also used some gift tags for some holiday gifts – they look great on my classic spabettie hounds tooth wrap, yes?

I will be using other pieces from these printables for upcoming events and gifts throughout the holidays – there are many labels and signs I will be adding to my cookie gift platters too. If you need some fun gift tags or party garlands for the holidays, visit the links above to print yours!

This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care.  Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list.  Make it memorable.  Make it meaningful.  Make it matter.  Go to for inspiration and ideas.

Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caroline December 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

Very cute! I wanna come for the pre funk and stay for the funk!!


2 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

haa! you are welcome for the whole thing!


3 lindsay December 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

i’d hire you in a second to be my party planner and chef. Pre party and all. Adorable!


4 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

and I would ROCK that job for you, dear! 😀


5 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

You are so creative, I want to come to one of your pre-parties! :)


6 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I want you too also!! :)


7 Lisa December 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Love that term…. pre-funk! I’m adopting it into my life :-)

You’re so crafty… and love the hounds tooth. Gonna adopt that too!


8 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

houndstooth is my favorite… one of my house painting projects involves houndstooth 😉

pre funk away, my friend!


9 Shirley @ gfe December 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

If everyone who wanted to be at your house for ANY event, pre-funk or funk, could be there, you’d need an absolutely GINORMOUS house. It would be bigger than any celebrity’s house. Well, you are totally a celebrity in my book, but you know what I mean. Your friends must feel sooo loved when they get to attend these events!!



10 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

aww, thanks Shirley my friend – you are too sweet! and how great would it be if I could have everyone over?? oh so fun! XXO!


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