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Party Fabulous: Hosting a Party For (Almost) No Reason

Who says you need a birthday or anniversary to throw a fabulous party? Recently a friend hosted a welcome back party — for luggage! She attended a wedding on the East Coast and on the return flight her luggage was lost. After waiting nervously for three weeks, it was finally returned. It happened to be a Friday and she decided a celebration was necessary. She sent out a last-minute email inviting friends over for a party.

Trader Joe's catered and she stopped by the party supply store for a welcome back sign and balloons. The suitcase served as a centerpiece and when guests arrived they were asked to wear a luggage tag as a bracelet. I supplied the cocktail and voila, instant fiesta! It ended up being a fantastic night and reminder that one can throw a party for just about any reason.

Have you been to a party that celebrated something out of the ordinary?

I made the cocktail: sour cherry gin slings.

Everyone who walked in was told to wear a United luggage tag.

Me, posing with my tag!

To ensure that she wouldn't miss the arrival of her luggage, my friend left on her front door. Then, she displayed the note at the party.

Roasted almonds were jazzed up with chopped rosemary.

The luggage.

Welcome back balloons served as decoration.

A welcome home sign hung in the kitchen.
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