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How to Host a Going-Away Party That Your BFF Will Never Forget

You might be mourning yet another one of your besties moving on to bigger and better things (we hear ya), but at the same time, you’re so proud of her for taking this huge leap that you want to throw her a literal party to show it. Whatever she’s accomplished to bring her this far, she’ll know how excited you are for her next great adventure (and your new place to crash for a weekend). The clock’s a-ticking, so while your friend’s packing for that move, start the planning with a travel-inspired theme. Though it’s tough losing a Blanche to your Dorothy, with a few small details (and maybe an amazing going-away gift), you’ll make sure she gets sent off in style!


1. DIY Bon Voyage Party Invitation: These adorable invites are so unique that guests almost can’t RSVP no. Make a few versions that are larger and you’ll also have the perfect party decor. (via Oh Happy Day)

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2. PortSeventeen Going Away Party Invitation ($20): If she’s moving states, get these customized invites to spread the word about the farewell bash. Or, if you’re planning a more casual bar crawl, have these personalized to work as a moving announcement, and follow up with a less formal e-vite.

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3. Home State Cutout Sugar Cookies: Serve sugar cookies shaped as the state your bestie will be leaving behind. They’ll know you’ll always have a sweet spot for them. (via Whisk Kid)

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4. Map-Themed Wall Decor: Your guest of honor will never forget home with map-themed wall art. Bonus: Your party decor will also serve as a farewell gift! (via Look What I Made)

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5. Personalized Photo Wine Glass DIY: Serve vino in glasses that feature photos of your squad. Choose pics of your favorite memories, and she’ll not only have a reminder of home, but also one less thing to buy when she’s moving into the new place. (via Brit + Co)

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6. PaperSupplyStation Bon Voyage Banner ($11+): A glittering banner is a *must* for photo ops at a going-away party. This version has various color and size options, including the largest “holy moly” size if you want to seriously get the message across.

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7. KacyBeckDesign Hand Lettered Globe ($50): This brass base globe is fully customizable and can be painted with whatever quote you’d like. Select a phrase that wishes your bestie well on her next adventure!

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8. Topper and Twine Bon Voyage Cake Topper ($11+): Add some sparkle to your dessert table with a glittery cake topper.

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9. FancyThatLoved Kiss the Miss Goodbye Print ($5): If she’s moving because she’s getting hitched, commemorate the occasion with a gift that has double the meaning. Collect kisses from guests and find a photo with the entire crew together.

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10. Crafted by Lindy Bon Voyage Card ($5): A cute goodbye card is a sweet send-off with a personal note. Choose a print that’s relevant for her soon-to-be new home!

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11. DIY Mini Accordion Scrapbook: For a thoughtful gift, take a handful of your bestie’s Instagram photos and turn them into a mini scrapbook. (via Club Crafted)

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12. DIY Vintage Map Votive Candles: Map votives make for perfect table decor at a small dinner party or brunch. When it’s time to say goodbye, send one home with each guest as a daily reminder of your BFF. (via The Knot)

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13. ContagiousEvents Bye Felicia Glitter Banner ($17): Need we say more?

Brianna Haag
Brianna holds court in San Francisco and has built a career in marketing and events. When she isn't hosting a cocktail or dinner party (or her annual male beauty pageant fundraiser) you can find her training for a half-marathon, rocking out to Hamilton or finding time to travel somewhere fun.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*