Earlier this month, our west coast community threw a fantastic Halloween themed housewarming party with spooky foods and creepy decorations they made themselves. Micah, of our Minna home, has his own delightful blog with his wife Dianna called Sparking Young Duo! Read his recap of this great night.
I’m Micah, your average twenty-two-year-old, homeschooled, married, professional, South Texan, Bay Area transplant. I spend my days helping small business owners thrive and my free time with my wife of two years, Dianna. We moved to the Bay Area in early 2016 and went through the housing hunt for 9 months before we found our safe haven, Minna.
We naturally decided to throw a combo housewarming and Halloween party with Halloween just around the corner. Kamilah (our lovely house leader) piloted the ship, destination: “The Warming of the House: A Costume Party.”
It was a casual Friday night when Dianna, Sana, Kamilah, and I were in the kitchen, chatting, making brownies, and enjoying a glass of wine when Kamilah brought up that it was time to start some serious planning. Some of my favorite moments living with others are the random collaborations that happen just because we see one another so often.
Kamilah quickly assigned Common members to party items that fit their strengths and hobbies:
Chief Pastry Officer: Joel
He is always baking delicious and creative cakes and pies for our home.
Chief Decorations Officer: Dianna
Check out these cupcake creations!
Chief Drinks Officer: Sana
Her collection helped us create frighteningly delicious beverages
The community came together and knocked it out, Slack channels were started, Facebook invites went out, and a perfect party was imminent!
It was finally the day of our party. A small band of my suitemates and I set off on a march of greatness to collect all of the party’s necessities. On the list: bacon, wings, potatoes, chips, dip, pounds of butter, and all the goodness you’d need to have an epic menu. But wait, there’s more.
Ana, one of my suitemates, just happens to be an actual pro. She and Joel whipped up the best brain cupcakes while I tossed together some brownies. Ana and Joel put some spooky on the brownies by adding little marshmallow ghosts.
I then joined Zack and Flynn in the third-floor kitchen where the wings, potatoes, peppers and dip all came together. Like magic, Dianna and Kamilah got decorations up, while the lights, music, and movies somehow came about from Hari. Everybody slowly changed into their costumes throughout the day, I was probably the last to slip into my costume right when guests started to arrive.
Dressed as Mr. Grey I escorted my lovely lady, Anastasia Steele, around the party enjoying conversations with people in costumes ranging from mummies to Captain America, random T.V. show characters, and Waldo, who we succeeded in finding more than a few times. Besides my suitemates, we invited many friends to our new home. Everyone enjoyed drinks, new friendships, games of Cards Against Humanity and giant Jenga until around 4 AM. Clearly, it was an ultimate success!
What I discovered from throwing this party was that a house of people became a home of friends. The community came together and we threw the best housewarming imaginable. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the next Common experience.
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