March 24th, 2010 |

Everyday Decorations

We are in that funny time of year – some days it’s snowing and feels very much “winter” – and other days, it’s hitting 60 degrees, the sun is shining and my Spring fever is definitely blooming!  I start to crave fresh flowers, and colorful decorations – and I look for creative ways to make my house look festive (even if there is still snow on the ground!).

Yesterday, I was the guest-host over at Creative Party Place.  I  showed  a darling do-it-yourself project from The Purl Bee, and I thought I would share it with you too!  These colorful garlands are simple to make, easy to customize to any party theme/color palette, and are a fresh addition to any party!

Head over to The Purl Bee for the full instructions on how to create these colorful garlands.  It’s amazing how some colorful circles can end up looking like this:

Darling, right?!  And here’s a thought…..instead of using felt circles, you could cut out ovals and make the garland look like colorful eggs for an upcoming Easter brunch!

March 18th, 2010 |

WH Hostess + Preppy Plates

preppy plates melamine plates

I thought I would take a moment to introduce you to one of the very exciting new categories of WH Hostess: Preppy Plates.  They are an amazing company that produces adorable melamine plates, trays and coasters, and lucite trays with removable inserts.  Stylish patterns, beautiful colors – and they are all customizable!  They make a perfect gift, a perfect accessory to any party and I am literally obsessed with them!  If you are like me and you love to entertain outdoors, these products are perfect for you!

So check out our Preppy Plates section on WH Hostess – and keep them in mind for future gifts and parties!  P.S. Check out the cute Easter plates – they would be so cute on your Easter brunch table!

March 12th, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Daffodil Yellow

trend alert daffodil yellow

I love the first signs of Spring.  Especially the bunches of tulips and daffodils I see on my weekly spin thru Whole Foods!  It’s amazing how one little vase of flowers sitting on my kitchen table can brighten the entire room!  The color yellow is the epitome of Spring to me – and here is a little inspiration on how to incorporate it into your day.

Images: cupcakes (theknot.com), urn of daffodils, bouquet, and lemonade (stylemepretty.com), yellow wall art (bhg.com), centerpiece and chair covers (brides.com), green vase of daffodils (floralartla.com)

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

March 10th, 2010 |

Inspirational Reading

I have had multiple people e-mail me lately asking if there are certain books that I pull inspiration from regularly.  Instead of respond to each of them, I decided I would share them with all of you!  Whether it’s weddings, parties, food, or just an updated floral arrangement I am looking for – these are my go-to books:

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February 24th, 2010 |

Teeny, Tiny, Mini….Darling Mini Cupcake Stands

You all know my obsession with cupcakes….I mean, what’s not to like?!  Bite-size cakes decorated to the nines….nothing beats that!  A special cupcake deserves a fabulous presentation.  If you agree, then these will be right up your alley!  Mini cupcake stands by Rosanna….they come in 4 colors (pink, yellow, mint and white) and are beautiful alone or grouped together.  (so cute for Easter, by the way!)  By far, my new favorite product in my OpenSky shop!

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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