February 22nd, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Farmhouse Chic

farmhouse chic trend

Farmhouse Chic is a huge trend that I am seeing this spring in home goods.  With it’s light colors, and focus on flowers and natural elements, it’s an ideal way to transition your home from winter to spring.  It is also great inspiration for spring parties!  Can’t you picture a bridal shower with a kitchen theme, featuring natural linens and fresh flowers?!  Perhaps a linen napkin tied with burlap, and accented with fresh vegetables?!  Or a baby shower, with a “feather-her-nest” theme, complete with small bird’s nests at each place setting?!  You can take this trend and really run with it to create a shabby chic-like, spring event!

Stay tuned for our take on hosting a “Farmhouse Chic” spring brunch (perfect for Easter, by the way!)…..

Images: potted centerpiece (customeventgroup.com), cabinet, white place setting (countryliving.com), basket of flower vases, living room (potterybarn.com), radish place setting (inmagine.com)

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February 17th, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Purple Passion

purple party ideas

Although blue may be the big “fashion” color this Spring, people still have a huge passion for purple when it comes to planning parties!  Ranging in shades from lilac to burgundy, purple is the perfect compliment to a range of colors.  (My personal favorite is a combination of different shades of purple mixed together!)

Images: ice cubes, iris centerpiece, cake (brides.com), vases (matthewmeadstyle.com), purple arrangements (floralartla.com)

February 11th, 2010 |

Valentine’s Day Wreath

I came across this darling wreath on the blog, Tater Tots and Jello.  I thought it was so cute….and then I realized what it was made out of….then I thought it was SOOO cute!  It’s made totally out of cupcake liners!  Head over to Tater Tots and Jello for the full how-to.

February 4th, 2010 |

Flowers Dress Up Everything!

It’s true.  Flowers really do dress up everything.  Use this idea for Valentine’s Day or just as a simple way to dress up your dinner table.  Instead of putting the flower inside the vase, tie it to the outside of a votive candle, or a vase full of candy hearts for Valentine’s Day.  The result will be a charming, inexpensive, centerpiece!

Image via The Knot

January 29th, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Accents of Coral

coral accents for your home and party

Accents of the color coral are popping up left and right this season!  It’s such a strong, happy color….perfect for accenting your home and parties.  I found some darling invitations with this pop color too….

Images: cakes (theknot.com), stripe tank (katespade.com), centerpiece and pillows (wshome.com), table setting (jldesigns.com), tulips (brides.com), aqua and orange invitation (wh hostess via etsy.com), baby shower invitation (minted.com), circle invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com)

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January 21st, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Citrus Colors

citrus color trends for parties and weddings

This citrus color palette would be perfect for ANY type of party!  Bright, festive, and oh, so Spring-y looking!

Images: centerpiece (countryliving.com), outfit (nordstrom.com), napkins (hwtm.com), table setting (brides.com), dishes (jonathanadler.com), party favor box (theknot.com), candle centerpiece (gradinroad.com)

January 13th, 2010 |

Flexible Centerpieces

rubber vase centerpiece

Have you ever had one of those days where you thought life would easier if everything wasn’t breakable?  You question putting that glass vase of flowers on a coffee table….grit your teeth, just waiting for your toddler to waddle right over to it and smash it into the ground?!  Here is a fun, little product that is sure to brighten your day (and keep your stress level to a minimum!)….

This rubber vase is both fun and useful… it is an amazingly stylish product made from a unique material.  Cutting-edge design for those seeking something completely different and modern, or just an extremely practical vase to have where there are small children around. The vibrant hues of these vases almost fool you into thinking they’re ceramic. But give them a little squeeze and the truth bounces back…they’re rubber! Totally kid- and clutz-proof, these vases by Danish product-furniture designer Henriette Melchiorsen can hold everything from flowers to kitchen utensils to paint brushes. Fold the neck in and you have a new vase shape. Utterly modern. Utterly yummy.  Utterly perfect for entertaining children, I say!  Available in 5 colors thru A + R Store, this rubber vase is going to be your new best friend!

January 8th, 2010 |

DIY: Fabric-Covered Ball Centerpiece

fabric covered ball centerpiece

I’m constantly on the search for a unique centerpiece idea for my home or upcoming parties.  On any given day, you can find a large bowl of something on one of my coffee tables….depending on the season, it could be full of lemons, apples, moss balls, ornaments….but boy, do I have a new idea!

This concept of making your own fabric balls first entered my radar when I saw Eddie Ross make them to decorate Kathie Lee Gifford’s house this holiday season.  He tore up old plaid shirts and wrapped styrofoam balls with them, filled bowls, hung them off garland.  Darling!  I love that it’s a new idea, but still kind of looks cozy, like something you would find in a country home.  Check out Eddie’s full post for directions on how to make them here.

Love the idea for Christmas.  But now, I have found inspiration all over….3-5 inch balls covered in bright, spring-y fabric (a bowl full of these would make the perfect centerpiece for a baby shower or birthday party!), 1-2 inch balls covered in fabric and used as vase filler for an apothecary jar, or tall vase.  You can keep the edges looking frayed, you could cut them with pinking shears for added detail, or you could created textured balls like the ones pictured above.

I love the look of these, and you can’t beat the price point for a centerpiece!  Head on over to your local craft/fabric store for some inspiration!

Images: plaid balls (eddieross.com), pink and zebra balls (bhg.com), mini balls (partyoffive.com), textured balls (knittygrittythoughts.com)

December 16th, 2009 |

Welcome Lights

Holiday LanternsHave you ever heard of “welcome lights?”  A fairly new concept to me, but my husband’s grandmother explained to me that the candlestick lights that people place in their windows at night (predominantly during the Holiday season) are a sign to your “callers” that your home is welcoming visitors.  Although a very traditional concept, a lovely one at that.  The more I drive around looking at Christmas lights, the more aware I am of these now.

I love the idea of taking this concept and adding a modern spin to it.  Instead of placing candlestick lights in your window, decorate the front of your house with lanterns.  Hang them, line your front path with them……the more you have, the more impact you will make.  You can get creative with your “lanterns” too.  Instead of using traditional ones, trying using clear glass vases, or hang square vases full of candles on strands of ribbon.  The effect will be stunning, your home will truly glow…..and your guests will certainly know they are welcome!

Image via Brides.com

December 11th, 2009 |

Pretty Paperwhites

Pretty Paperwhites

I am always looking for something new and different to hang on my front door.  This paperwhite basket from Southern Living looks so fresh to me.  It would be lovely for the Holiday season….but it also would be a perfect decoration for a bridal shower or wedding.  What a lovely way to welcome your guests!?

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