Tag Archives: Holidays

Why you should celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Before Martin Luther King, Jr. got to the “I have a dream” part of his most famous speech, he said:

“In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


How to get back your routine after the holidays

If you’re like me, the holidays present a good month, or more, of consistent chaos. From shopping for gifts and food, to family visits, to the kids being off from school, your routine goes out the window. Now that January’s in full swing, it’s time to get back into your swing.

DanielleDanielle is a Copywriter in the House Party creative department. Chances are if you read the words on our site or emails, she’s responsible. Danielle is single and a mom to an awesome, sports-obsessed, 8 year-old boy. She lives in Forest Hills, NY, is an avid tennis player, CrossFit junkie, NY Giant fan, trivia nut and budding oenophile. Her life dream is to be on Jeopardy. She is currently accepting applications from eligible male suitors. Danielle's party tip: Wine, wine and more wine. 'Nuff said.

Um, it’s exactly what I wanted (not!)

Now that the stores are (finally) a little less crowded, it’s time for the annual ‘Return Run’ (I’m going to copyright that). Growing up in Canada, I naïvely thought that the best time to do this was December 26th (Boxing Day), but I have quickly realized that in a world of growing customer service values and amazing inventory systems, there’s no reason to rush and dive into a sea of frustrated shoppers and tired retail workers.

SarahSarah is a friend of House Party. Sarah held a few roles during her three years with the company, most recently as our Community Manager. This is a fancy way of saying that she made sure that you were heard, helped and having fun. She also tweeted as one half of the contributors to our @HousePartyFun Twitter handle with Jared. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, but has since moved to the northern corner of New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their sassy chinchilla, Rufus. Audiophiles at heart, they’ve crammed-in five guitars and way more speakers and gigabytes of music than a little apartment should hold. Her party tip: no matter the size or type of party, put on music just loud enough to cover up the sound of chewing (ew!), but not chatting.

How House Party rings in the holidays!

“Can you pass the hummus, please? It’s next to the decorative doggie gnome.” This doesn’t seem like a typical line around the office, does it? But it’s actually one of the many things you’d have heard at our recent holiday party. Besides, we aren’t really the typical workplace, so we’ll need you to leave your preconceptions at the door. “What exactly is he talking about?” you might ask. Well, let me fill you in. Every business, it seems, has some sort of fun holiday function and our 2011 shindig here at House Party was no exception.

To get things started, (and lure empty stomachs) local restaurants catered our office party. Not only was it a great way to support the community, it kept us out of the kitchen and busy having a great time. Beyond simply great food, drink and conversation, you may recall from Sarah’s recent post we had a bit of fun giving each other gifts. From it, we not only received presents, but apparently an unofficial company mascot as well!

BrianBrian is House Party’s Community & Social Media Director, working with both our consumers and our clients to develop more valuable ways to build digital communities. Brian lives in Harlem with his wife, Kimberly, and Madison, an unbelievably cute and sleepy black kitten. When Brian isn’t skydiving or mountain biking he loves to travel, woodwork and peruse an old favorite, Calvin and Hobbes. Brian’s number one party tip is to fire up the grill – no matter what the occasion or the temperature outside, it’s just not a party without some sizzle! (That, and to ensure the makings for a good Manhattan are near.)