Throwing the perfect fall dinner party is much easier than you might think and even better it can be budget-friendly when you utilize your local Goodwill. For the past couple of years, I have thrown my own fall dinner party called the Hunkiedorië Harvest Party, and each year it gets bigger and more fabulous. All the décor at my party I have either made myself or bought/refurbished from the Goodwill. I could make a complete place setting with plates, salad, and soup bowls as well and two glasses all for under $10 per person. The dinner had the most beautiful Bohemian Chic vibe with mismatched dishes and jewel-tone glasses. For years, I have relished the times when I get compliments on pieces of furniture or gorgeous dishes and am able to tell my friends “Yeah, I got that at the Goodwill for like $9 and refinished it. Since I have taken up the hobby of reusing items found at the Goodwill I have been able to get my friends on board and teach them all about re-upholstering, bar-cart decorating and dinner party organizing while all on a very tight budget.
I had around thirty guests at last year’s party and served a four-course meal. All I asked of my guests was that they bring their own beverages and a donation for the Goodwill. I was so impressed by the generosity of my friends. Following the party, I could completely fill the back of my truck with donations. Nothing feels better than having a good time while doing good at the same time. Not only was I able to collect a ton of donations, but I also had a chance to educate my friends on what the Goodwill really does with their donations.
The Goodwill has always been very near and dear to my heart. Goodwill has a more than 115-year track record in providing services that meet critical human needs in local communities in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. More than 87 percent of the collective revenue from the sale of donated goods at Goodwill organizations supports and grows their critical community-based programs and services. Any time I can donate items, round up at the register or spread the word about Goodwill I jump at the opportunity.