Sweet as Honey Housewarming {REAL PARTY}

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011

Late last summer we made the move to a new town and in a whirlwind found a home we fell in love with and moved. Luckily we were only an hour from our old home, so our friends could still come and visit. We decided to organize a housewarming/open house so our friends could come and visit. I began looking for inspiration and choose one of my favorite aspects of my new home, the warm honey yellow color of the outside. I wanted something that looked warm and sweet, and was more “family oriented than child”…so I illustrated a honey pot and a small vintage looking bee instead of cartoons. I loved the way it turned out and I used it as inspiration for the rest of the party!

As it was an open house, I didn’t need to set up true activities (other than showing people around the house and taking runs down to the neighborhood boat dock) so I focused on the decor, favors, and food. One of the “activities” we did, however, revolved around food and was a lot of fun! We had a “honey tasting station”!
All of the food was focused on honey. In our new town, you can find farmer’s markets on every corner, so I started collecting different flavors of honey and learning a lot about the amazing benefits of it as well! For fun, I set up a honey tasting area on the food table…this had variations of honey, from Blueberry Honey to Wildflower Honey, in individual glass “honey pots” with honey wheat pretzels and breadsticks to taste them with. I also had a cheese tray with real honeycombs for people to try. There were treats for the sweet teeth as well. I had the most beautiful sugar cookies, Renee from Bees Knees Creative made honey pot cookies and bee cookies which matched my invite perfectly and Better Bit of Butter made BB minis with yellow stripes. In place of cupcakes, I chose to make mini Harvest Honey bundt cakes (and a large bundt cake), which I decorated with fondant honey pots from Two Sugar Babies.
For decor, I bought a burlap table runner for the food table and a roll of burlap which I used to wrap around different accents, such as favors and decorative boxes. I used brown twine to accent the glass pots which held honey samples, and to tie up silverware and attach tags to the favors and silverware rolls. I used my lanai wall as the “backdrop” as my home was the inspiration for the party, and I found yellow fabric that matched perfectly to cover the tables.
For favors, I wanted to offer something for the adults, and something for the kids. I decided to give honey sticks and spoons for the adults to use in tea, or as a sweet treat. They were wrapped in burlap, then twine and a tag saying “thank you for making our home Sweet As Honey”. The kids favors were by far my favorite thing of the entire day!! I found an amazing Etsy shop that was selling hand carved tiny wooden honey pots for children to play with. They came with small honey sticks and spun wool inside for “honey”. They were the sweetest things and the kids loved them!
At the end of the day, the weather was perfect, the company was amazing, and we really began to feel at Home!

Now enjoy the multitude of photos taken by the amazing Courtney Vickers Photography!

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A special Thank You to Oh Hello Friend and Hostess with the Mostess for featuring our housewarming!

– Party Printables: Paper & Pigtails Printable Party Designs
– Photography: Courtney Vickers Photography
– Kids Honey Pots: BlackbearyMountain
– Honey Sticks: Peace Blossom Candles
– Burlap Table Runner: Straight Stitch
– Honey Pot and Bee Cookies: Bees Knees Creative
– Honey Pot Fondant Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
– Square Striped Mini Cookies: Better Bit of Butter
– Handmade Honey Marshmallows: Oh Yum


0 thoughts on “Sweet as Honey Housewarming {REAL PARTY}

  1. Super cute party!! Love, love the little bee knives…where did you get those? And oh so perfect!! Also so sweet (no pun, ha ha) re: your gift of time. good luck without the www lol!! =)

  2. Super cute party!! Love, love the little bee knives, where did you get them? Also, super sweet (no pun intended, ha ha) re: the gift of time. Good luck with no WWW. lol…

  3. Hi Kori! I absolutely LOVED this “Sweet as Honey Housewarming” party. Photos are wondering and the theme is executed so perfectly!! I was wondering if I can also feature this party on my blog called “Pretty Tasty Things.” It’s relatively new, but I want to incorporate ideas for theme parties at home. I thought this would be perfect. I look forward to hearing back from you!! Beautiful work!

  4. LOVE all your ideas, and links!! Thanks!

  5. Hi! These photos and party are amazing! I’ve been trying to find small mini wooden honey combs like the one you used with the invitations. Was wondering where you were able to find some?

  6. lovely u have been pinned! I want the recipe for the lemon cookies please Bee Party Cookies

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