our housewarming party!

This post is in partnership with World Market.
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As well as the thousand other goals I made for this year, I also made the goal to spend more time with friends. We all live so close to each other but somehow always end up going long stretches of time without hanging out. A housewarming party was the perfect excuse to start the year off right, get everyone together, and of course, show off the new place. The timing also worked out absolutely perfectly as I was able to team up with one of my all time favorite companies, Cost Plus World Market, to throw a game night / tasty snack themed house warming party. I guess that kind of sounds like a weird theme, but when I think Cost Plus World Market I think of all the fun sodas, and unique snacks they carry. I seriously never leave there without at least one new thing to try! It’s also where I discovered chocorooms for the first time many years ago so it obviously holds a special place in my heart! I really really love gourmet soda so I was super excited to share this love of my mine with my friends, and have a solid excuse to come home with a ton of pop! Plus who doesn’t like board games?!

I’m SO happy with how my little set up turned out! The area I placed all the drinks and snacks on the counter is in view immediately after you walk in the door so it was the perfect way to welcome our friends into our new apartment. I wasn’t a hundred percent sure the direction I was going to go with this party, other than buying all the snacks and pop, but quickly found a theme with gold, black, and white. Actually, as I was checking out the cashier commented on how cute everything I was buying looked together which was super reassuring and a perfect segue to tell her about my blog.

Neither Jeff and I drink but I couldn’t resist grabbing this bottle of wine that comes in a cat shaped container. I’d been eyeing it up for the last few years, thinking what a cute vase it’d make but felt bad buying wine just to dump it out. It made the perfect centerpiece on the counter, my friends enjoyed drinking it, and now it’s gonna look perfect with some flowers. Win/win/win!!!

For games I picked up Sorry! and Yahtzee to play (and to start mine + Jeff’s game collection. Awww!) We
quickly realized that out of the six of us nobody actually knew all the
rules for Yahtzee but gave it our best shot anyway. I lost so hard that
I declared house rule was lowest score was actually the winner. We didn’t get around to playing Sorry! since Yahtzee took us an incredibly long time (because of course we were taking turns picking weird videos from Youtube to show each other) but we did find time to play my all time favorite game, which to our knowledge doesn’t really have a name. I’m not all that awesome at explaining things, but I’ll give it my best in case you want to play…

How to play the best game ever!
Everyone gets a piece of paper, and a writing utensil. You write down a sentence which ideally should include a noun and an action verb. For example “A rollerskating raccoon.” After everyone writes down their sentence, you pass your paper to the left and the next person tries to draw your sentence. When they’re done they fold the part that has the original sentence and pass it to the next person who writes down what they think the original sentence was based on the drawing. They fold over the drawing and pass it again. This goes on until you get the paper back that you think has your original sentence. When we’re done we go around in a circle and show off everyone’s drawings and sentences. Nobody wins or loses, the point is just to laugh at the whole thing evolves. Sometimes it’s amazing how accurate it stays, and other times it’s just hilarious how off track it gets. Our group tends to write some ridiculous sentences, that sometimes don’t even make sense to draw but that makes it even more fun.

I was a little nervous to commit to throwing a get together, no matter how small, the same week as we moved in but it ended up being the perfect push for us to get settled in quickly. Obviously the apartment wasn’t fully decorated yet, it still isn’t, but I loved breaking in the new place like this. Here’s to more nights like this, with tons of snacks, and even more laughs!

Special thanks to Cost Plus World Market for helping make this party happen!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio! A collector of weird things. Plant Enthusiast. Wanderer. Beachcomber. Forever longing for the desert.

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  • The game is called "eat poop, you cat"! No joke! Or, the modern marketed version (with dry erase pads) is called Tellestrations. But I prefer the other title.

  • I'm so impressed with how quickly you got your apartment set up! We were still hanging stuff on the walls, like last month, haha (& we moved in in March). I bought that cat-shaped wine for my fiance as part of our birthday celebration for him… in part because I wanted to use it as a vase, too. It looks great!

  • My guys play Yahtzee a lot…I just hang around doing other stuff. I have the same kitty wine bottle in black for the same reason. I don't even remember how the wine was, so I guess it was average..? It has a couple feathers in it now. All the best in your new place! Cheers from Carroll

  • Ahhh I wish we lived close enough to come to each others' parties! This one looks right up my alley. I miss wandering through World Market, sampling new snacks and buying a ton of things I don't need 🙂

  • I LOVE World Market! It's an addiction. I don't usually buy their food items, but my parents swear by their coffee and I love literally every single home item they have in there. Looks like a lovely party!

  • Your game sounds just like Scrawl! (only for that it's preselected options in the same vein of Cards Against Humanity) . It's so much fun! We played it during Christmas eve. We laughed so much we were all ugly crying.

    Seeing your cat wine bottle makes me wonder what happened to mine. My dad bought me a black one as a house warming gift years ago. I must have lost it in a move.

  • This looks like a super successful and more importantly FUN housewarming party! It's so funny, I was just talking about how I miss playing boardgames last night — I'm such a big fan of board games but don't own any nor anyone in this city to play with for it to make sense buying any for my home. And your Best Game Ever™ sounds like the best mashup of Pictionary and Telephone, I may have to borrow it sometime.

  • The game you described is called Scribblish. I have a love/hate thing for this game 'cause I can't draw AT.ALL. It does get pretty hilarious though!

  • Aw man, that cat wine! If it was available in the UK I'd be all over it! The party looks like it was a big hit – and I definitely want to try out your game… Sounds like a pictionary meets Dixit kind of affair! (If you haven't heard of/played Dixit, you should look it up!!)

  • I love that game too! We played it to practice writing in my high school Spanish class and our teacher called it "Write, Draw, Pass" which isn't exactly accurate sequentially but does encompass the three main actions 🙂

  • i'm wildly impressed with you two throwing a party right after moving in. i bought my house in 2004 and STILL have not had a housewarming party. ha!
    your gathering looked like a lovely time for all. yay for fun with friends!

  • That game is called telestrations! It's the best for sure. Perfect for small parties. That cat wine bottle is AMAZING! I don't drink either, so I may need to find an excuse to have friends over to drink it, because I definitely need it in my house. I know root beer is your favorite, but creme soda is mine. This year for Christmas my fiance went to a novelty soda shop and bought every kind of creme soda they have as a present. I try every new one I can find, but he managed to get a ton I've never had before. It was magical!


  • Your game sounds very similar to "Exquisite Corpse!" It's a surrealist game that Dali & Co. used quite often at their gatherings to inspire. It's a little different, but it sounds like you might have fun playing this one, too! You can do it with words, or my favorite, folding up the paper so you each draw on a single section, and seeing what you come up with together!