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Sweet As Can BEE Housewarming Party

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“Bee” prepared to be swept away by the sweet details of this honey-themed housewarming party hosted by Kori of Paper and Pigtails! She did an absolutely “bee”autiful job welcoming friends and family into her new home.

By using a simple theme inspired by the various types of honey that are readily available at the abundance of farmer’s markets in her new town and choosing a color palette based on the color of her new house, Kori was able to keep things warm and sweet – everything a home should be! And although this open house was hosted in the Fall, this theme transitions easily into a spring or summer housewarming by simply replacing the wheat bundles for bouquets of fresh daisies.

The photos that follow are buzzing with inspiration“BEE” sure to read on for all of the sweet-as-honey details…

Honey Bee Housewarming Party

Honey Bee Housewarming Party

Honey Bee Housewarming Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kori

“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 for our friends. I began looking for inspiration and chose one of my favorite aspects of my new home; the warm honey yellow color of the outside. Looking at inspiration photos, I kept coming back to food…specifically honey and wheat.

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. As it was an open house, I didn’t need to set up true activities (other than showing people around the house) so I focused on the decor, favors, and food.

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 of course “sweet” treats too. 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. I also found Handmade Honey Marshmallows which were as pretty as they were tasty!

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 inspiraiton 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 of our friends was amazing and everyone from large to small had a wonderful time!”


– 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

POSTED BY:Jessica K.JESSICA KIRKLAND is a designer by nature and is always engaged in something artistic.

21 responses to “Sweet As Can BEE Housewarming Party”

  1. HiLLjO says:

    So cute! Cannot get over those knives with bees on it! And Honey Lager… awesome!!!

  2. What awesome ideas! Thank you for sharing! So Springy :)

  3. Kori Clark says:

    Jenn, Thank you so much for posting my party!! I am so thrilled to see it here, and Jess, what a wonderfully sweet write up! Thank you!!!!

  4. teresa white says:

    I am very honored that you mentioned the table runner I made for you.
    I enjoyed the theme of your housewarming, very inspiration for ideas, just wish I could have been there. Thank you!!!

  5. Nelly says:

    Lovely! Can you tell me who made the Meringue? Thanks!

  6. Adorable! I love this idea, so sweet :)-Forever Lovely

  7. I love unprocessed virgin comb honey, especially the non runny type, the flavor is like white chocolate, but is totally natural! Your honeycomb on the cheese platter is a real eye pleaser – like a work of art about to be eaten! Great idea!

  8. Dorota says:

    Hi,I have been following your blog for a while now and I have to say I enjoy to visit it.I have started my own blog recently,where I am trying to mix the pictures of my creations with fashion pictures.
    I would be delighted if you could visit me:

  9. Angela MIN says:

    This former interior designer loves your website. Gathering up these ideas for future parties for my little girl. :)))

  10. Ella says:

    This is a great theme and, you’re right, with a few changes, it could “bee” perfect for spring!

  11. I absolutely LOVE this Kori! You did a phenomenal job!! Congrats on the new home and the party feature!

  12. Sarah (A Paper Proposal) says:

    I LOVE this concept. Cute, but still sophisticated!

  13. Caroline says:

    Great ideas!

  14. Amber-Lee says:

    I love this party theme so very much. I’m moving this year and have favorited it in my google reader. I’m hoping to use it in August!

  15. Sarah Smith says:

    I love the first pic of the honey pots but I wish I could read what the tags say?! Can anyone read it?

  16. Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New says:

    This is just too cute! Those honey marshmellows sound delicious :)

  17. Lasairiona says:

    I wonder if you could tell me where you got the cake stand that you thread ribbon through? I’m trying to find one for a baby shower!

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Lasairiona –
      I’m not sure where this particular one was purchased – but I saw a bunch of them at HomeGoods recently! :)

  18. Ashley J says:

    Love this party! And I love the photos! May I ask what “action” you used in post processing? It’s such a simple haze & stays true to the color tones, LOVE it!

  19. samantha says:

    I love the butter knives. Where did you find those?