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People, Parties and Polaroids!

So friday night was our holiday party and we have been preparing for months to host 20 of our friends with an amazing (if I do say so myself) dinner, drinks and good holiday cheer!

First of all… I’ll start with how we prepared our home with items from Goodwill

So, besides the typical organizing items that I’ve picked up for the last month (shelves, file cabinet, bar, etc.) I also picked up a bunch of holiday items to decorate the tree (or Chanukha bush, however you want to look at it).  So I took the yarn from the Yelm Goodwill and made it into a yarn-ball garland.  You can see a video of how to make them HERE.

I paired the yarn garland with a bunch of blue decorations…

and VOILA!  Look at that beautiful final tree with presents and even sporting a plush-dreidel that I picked up at the Edmonds Goodwill last weekend (brand new!) originally marked retail price of $45.00 and picked up for only $.99 cents!

Of course, once we had all the items up in the house and were doing our final run-through I came up with some last-minute things we needed.  So a quick Goodwill run to the Seattle Dearborn location got us set up with holiday napkins, wrapping paper, a stocking, some MUCH NEEDED serving utensils and I ended up finding some cute outfit items (JCrew skirt for $1.99 and red leg-warmers for $2.99) to make the last bits festive!

During my last minute Goodwill run I wanted to decorate our entry area so guests knew which place to ring the doorbell.   I found full-size Christmas trees, tons of holiday decorations… I mean look at the rows upon rows of holiday items at the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill!

I mean all of this AND a back room just chalked full of Christmas, Chanukah items and toys!!!  But still, nothing was hitting the spot for me until I went through the back sporting goods area and found this pair of old ski poles, PERFECT!  I mean these babies have hand-stiched leather handles and looked great wrapped in lights and topped off with a snowman rug!

Our home was finally ready!  And soon our guests started to arrive, we served hours of dinner and drinks and even one of our Polaroid cameras came out for some fun!

We have a couple more parties to attend in the final weeks of 2011 but as I’ve shown here, you can decorate your home, your tree, yourself and your dinner with items all found at your local Goodwill!

The second of the holiday gift posts is coming up this week were I show you how I’ve taken everyday objects and turned them into the wrapping paper and boxes for the holiday gifts we are giving…helping you to not only save money with your purchases but also helping the environment!

Only 2 more weeks of my challenge are left but check back soon because we might have some exciting news about how the Living the Goodwill Life might continue on after 2011!

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Dinner Parties

Last year I held a baby-shower-benefit called the “Bun in the Oven Benefit” to raise money, diapers, etc. for the Broadview Shelter.  I prepared a wonderful spread with chocolate-cheesecake-truffles from The Confectionary @ Pike Market, we had a local photography studio donate the space and we had numerous friends donate some amazing artwork to give away to our guests!  All in all the night was fabulous!

To prepare for the 30+ guests I started going to the Goodwill stores and picking up white appetizer plates, serving dishes, even extra serving silverware (like salad tongs, olive forks, etc.).  Some of my favorite items I picked up were all the white cloth napkins and tablecloths.  Since I’m pretty “eclectic” in style, it didn’t matter to me if they matched or not… that is part of the charm!

So I held a dinner party this week and we took the entire morning to clean our home from top to bottom.  While organizing the accessories for the dinner I realized that we really didn’t have that many larger, white dinner plates.  I had purchased so many appetizer plates last year that I’ve been using them most of the time (a great way for cutting down your eating portions!) and failed to realize that we now needed at least 10 more plates for all our guests!

So, with a house mostly cleaned and guests arriving in 4 hours… we headed to the Seattle Goodwill to pick up some plates!

I was pleasantly surprised when I toured the plate isle because there were plenty of white dinner plates AND it looked like somebody had already sorted them for me beacause they were all RED TAG plates, which were 50% off at the time, SCORE!  When the cashier rang up all the 18 plates I ended up saving $18.32!  DOUBLE SCORE!

Now I did go off my RAW diet a bit that night.  I just couldn’t help the multiple cheese platter… it was like crack to me!  I also indulged in some gelato… BUT I was good and made a RAW lasagna recipe that turned out FABULOUS as well!

If you’re in need of dinner party items check out your local Goodwill.  I’ve never had a problem picking up anything/everything from dinner plates to Holiday napkins to those vintage silver salad tongs.  Again, the Goodwill never disappoints!

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