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Bring Back the Art of Holiday Hosting with the Latest Fall Releases From Event Planning Experts at Bluebird in A Box

The prospect of holiday travel may seem daunting this year, due to COVID-19 safety measures. Luckily, Bluebird in A Box takes the effort and overwhelm out of planning a home-based seasonal gathering for friends and family right where you are – no travel required.

After spending more than a decade planning events for the nation’s most elite social circles as the founder of Bluebird Productions, serial mompreneur Virginia Frischkorn and her expert team take everything they know about successful hosting and deliver it straight to consumers through bluebirdinabox.com.  

Now, discover the latest fall digital box releases, each providing everything necessary to create a stress-free, transformational seasonal experience for guests and hosts alike in an accessible, done-for-you downloadable kit with optional service add-ons. 

The newest Bluebird In A Box holiday-themed packages celebrate the most beloved aspects of the season, setting the scene for connection, wonder, and delight.

Each offers a complete party hosting package in a convenient, environmentally-friendly downloadable kit, including clever conversation starters; downloadable menus (including vegan/ gluten-free options); cocktail recipes/wine pairing suggestions; links to tasteful decor, paper or paperless invitations, and party favor ideas; table setting how-to’s; pre-made soundtrack playlists on Spotify; and a timeline/ checklist to take you from step one to success.

Plus, get hands-on help by purchasing The Little Blue Book option ($500, available in select locations). Check out the following holiday gatherings now available: 

  • Trick or Treat (Kids Halloween): Inspired by sweet tooths and pumpkin patches, this curated box reminds party-goers that Halloween is about more than dressing up and eating candy – it’s about creating an atmosphere of whimsy and true connection among both children and parents.

  • Spooky Supper (Adult Halloween): This Bluebird box gives adults the excuse they need to revisit childhood costumes and experience that scary-movie-adrenaline-rush in the eerie glow of dramatic candlelight. Roll out the red carpet with horror flick recommendations, along with suggestions for spooktastic touches like bat sculptures or an Ouija Board. Enjoy killer cuisine like Black Magic Cake, Cider-Glazed Chicken Breast, or Taste of Fall Salad. Create creepy cocktails like The Cauldron, The Spooky Negroni, or Hocus Pocus Punch.

  • Friendsgiving: Create a new tradition, gathering with your besties and brothers-from-another-mother to give thanks without the obligatory side hugs and awkward conversations. Get the party started with movie recommendations and links to activities like Thanksgiving Bingo or Family Gathering Table Topics. Bring people together around delectable dishes inspired by Martha Stewart, Chrissy Tiegen, Ina Garten, and David Lebovitz. Browse wine pairings and soul-warming cocktail recipes like the classic Apple Toddy, Maple Manhattan, Hot Mulled Cider. Plus, get inventive decor ideas that set the scene for gratitude and sharing. 

  • Pumpkin Spice: Settle in for a spirited event inspired by warm cider, crackling fireplaces, crisp autumn air, flannels, and cozy candlelit meals. Kick things off with our classic fall film recommendations and soulful guest gift ideas. Encourage collaboration and laughter with fun-filled activities like a murder mystery dinner or pumpkin carving kit, plus creative conversation starters. Set the mood with signature sips such as Fall Sangria, a Ginger Pear Snap, or Caramel Apple Pie Mocktail. Plus, get styling accents, wardrobe ideas, and more!

The founder of Bluebird in a Box Virginia Frischkorn sat down with AZ Foothills Magazine for a brief interview on hosting holiday-themed events!

How should we approach planning a party with COVID-19? Is there a guest limit to make everyone feel comfortable?

While our entire world has taken a drastic step away from large social gatherings in the wake of COVID-19, Bluebird in a Box be still strongly believes in the basic need for in-person human connection and interaction.  With that said, to plan a party now and to do so safely is essential. The first step is to take a look at the guidelines for your town, city, and/or state to make sure you are following guidelines on permitted numbers to gather. In general, I think a safe rule of thumb is 25 guests or less (many states are higher though). 

Second, assess your guest list and the risk tolerance for each guest. Many social groups have been socializing in pods. If your guest list covers a few pods, most guests should be comfortable. Communicate with the guests about who is coming and encourage them to speak up if they do not feel safe. If you find that your guest list will be bringing together new and old friends and those in different pods, it may be wise to suggest a COVID-19 test a few days prior to your gathering, or suggest wearing masks to those who would feel more restful.  

There is also the small touches that can be added to your planning, such as hand sanitizing stations and disposable bathroom towels. As like so many, we encourage entertaining outdoors and multiple mini tables as much as possible as well! 


– Virginia Frischkorn, founder of Bluebird in A Box

We’re a big fan of candles here at Bluebird in a Box. Tall and drippy taper candles and pillars inside hurricanes are a great way to make the dark nights brighter but add to the vibe. Burn them for a while in advance or buy “drippy” candles to up the ante. We love getting creating with the color of wax: black, purple, ivory, deep reds, wheat, and more! Most people often think of white wax but the darker and moodier waxes feel more appropriate to the holiday season.

Hiding spiders and mounting bats in unexpected places is a fun way to decorate for a holiday party! We love making something like a mantle or bookcase or banister a focal piece for decor. 

We love incorporating food into the decor and styling your food like tombstones, mummies, ghosts, bats, and more! Whether your party is for children or adults, this type of approach to food will always delight. 

Lastly, we’re a big fan of lanterns inside and outside. They can be transitioned across the fall and we find the wax color of the hurricane inside, applying decals to them (or spiderwebs) can make them Halloween party appropriate. 


– Virginia Frischkorn, founder of Bluebird in A Box

For us in Phoenix, who don’t have seasons, what are some ways to incorporate a desert fall-themed party?

The traditional fall colors that the desert lacks in October-November, will be the true dynamite in throwing the ultimate fall-themed party!  

As so many say, your environment sets the tone! Let’s start with more neutral fall florals paired with an abundance of pampas grass. Dried floral is having a huge moment right now so embrace it. 

Also, be sure to use the warmer temps to your advantage and utilize the outdoors – bring in some hay bails for your seating at your next outdoor gathering. Cover them with pendleton (or pendleton style) blankets! 


– Virginia Frischkorn, founder of Bluebird in A Box


Bring back the art of holiday hosting with all-new environmentally responsible seasonal boxes from Bluebird In A Box

Choose from three-tiered pricing options tailored to suit event novices and experts alike: The Blueprint ($48 or $38 with monthly subscription), and The Little Blue Book ($500). Shop now at bluebirdinabox.com, and follow @Bluebird.in.a.Box on Instagram for style ideas, planning tips, and more. 

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