April 23rd, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Hanging Decor

hanging party decorations

I don’t know what it is lately….but I am just plain obsessed with any type of hanging party decorations!  Whether it’s fabric covered letters hanging on a wall, or tiny votive candles hanging off floral branches – I just love the vertical element it adds to a room! And they would be perfect for just about any type of party – a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, dinner party – and absolutely divine as the backdrop for the oh, so trendy dessert table!

What’s your favorite “hanging” trend right now?!

Images: copper hanging candle (bhg.com), hanging balls (brides.com), chandelier (sdkphoto.com), fabric letters and hanging votive candles (stylemepretty.com), hanging pomanders (jldesignsandevents.com)

April 21st, 2010 |

Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party

cinco de mayo dinner partyCinco de Mayo is right around the corner!  Our missoni-like print invitation from WH Hostess (re-colored in hot, fiesta colors) is the perfect invitation for a Cinco de Mayo dinner party or cocktail gathering with friends.  Set a festive table using bright, hot colors and cluster different sized paper lanterns above the table to add a touch of drama!

Everyone has their favorite guacamole recipe, the perfect chicken enchiladas recipe…..but one thing is for sure, no Cinco de Mayo party would be complete without margaritas!  Kick up the style a bit by serving them in a martini glass instead of a traditional margarita glass.

Images: tablesetting (styleathome.com), invitation (whhostess.com), flags (beautifulpaper.typepad.com), burrito bar (sunset.com), maracas (orientaltrading.com), melamine bowl (potterybarn.com), margaritas (gemmacomas.com)

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April 20th, 2010 |

Real Party: Modern Safari Ladies Night

modern safari ladies night

Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home sent me this darling “modern safari” party she styled for her monthly ladies night.  It’s full of amazing DIY ideas that could be used for a bridal shower or birthday party.
Her inspiration came from the hot pink zebra striped cocktail napkins, and was reinforced after seeing Amy Atlas’ pink & orange zebra dessert table.  She purchased a pink zebra sheet set, and some safari animals from  Marshalls.  Spray-painted the animals white, and added adhesive gems for eyes.  (fabulous!)  Faux palm and tropical leaves, flowers and a few feathers  added to the “modern safari” look.   The colorful dessert table consisted of brownie pops, cheesecake tartlets, lemon bars, and purchased iced cookies and candies.  Hanging flower bud tubes dressed up the zebra-print backdrop.
Fabulous party, Chris!  Thanks for sharing!
April 20th, 2010 |

Earth Day: Dinner Party

earth day dinner party ideasEarth Day is the perfect opportunity to invite a few friends over for a dinner party inspired by nature and your local farmer’s market.  Bring the outdoors inside by creating a table setting full of white dishes and natural elements, such as bark and potted plants.  I love the idea of using coasters of bark under your typical hurricane candles…..and you can add a pop of green in your cloth napkin.

If you haven’t noticed already, I have a true love affair with cake stands.  The different heights add interest to my table and I love using them for things other than desserts!  They are perfect for a cheese plate, or to serve appetizers, for stacking sandwiches for a casual lunch….you can really think outside the box and get creative with them!  This set of three different sizes from America Retold are the perfect addition to your collection!

The fresh vegetables at the farmer’s market (or my local Whole Foods) gets me really excited to start cooking fresh, spring-y meals again after the long midwest winter!  For this particular dinner, I would serve an English pea & ricotta tart, artichokes with bearnaise sauce, a crown roast of pork with rosemary, and fresh limeade to drink.

Images: invitation (minted.com), tablesetting (rebeccathuss.com), butterfly party favor (projectwedding.com), cake stands (the party dress via opensky.com)

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April 19th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower: Pretty Peach & Crisp Celery Green

I have been a busy bee this weekend working on some custom inspiration boards for clients.  Everyone is having showers!  Baby showers, couples baby showers and a few bridal showers thrown in for good measure.  The board above was done as inspiration for my husband’s aunt – so I figured I could share it with all of you!

She is hosting a bridal shower at a restaurant in Ohio – the restaurant has a strong palette of peach and celery green.  So I decided it was best to work with the color palette, instead of fighting it!  The custom invitation from WH Hostess (not listed on the website yet, but if you are interested, e-mail me!) sets the tone for a fresh, summer afternoon.

Keeping the table setting fresh and light, I suggested centerpieces of peach peonies and greenery done in white footed bowls.  A placecard embellished with ribbon is placed on each guest’s placesetting, and pear bellinis are to be served during lunch!  A bridal shower is the perfect opportunity for a dessert table.  Not only does it add a sophisticated “decoration” to the event, but it’s a great activity for the guests to partake in while the bride is opening her gifts.  This dessert table from Amy Atlas is the perfect inspiration for our peach and green color palette.  Fill candy jars, apothecary jars and footed bowls full of green, white and peach candy.  Mini cupcakes, cake pops, sugar cookies, macaroons can be served on white serving platters, plates and cake plates.  Create a “tree” using greenery and some flowering branches to use as the centerpiece for this table.  Have guests write a note to the bride offering advice for her marriage.  The notes can be hung on the tree – it will become a “wishing tree” for the bride and groom.  Make sure to have cellophane bags (with a coordinating sticker on them) and people can fill them up with candy to bring home.

The ideas for this party could be used for just about any type of event – a special birthday party, a baby shower or a bridal shower.  What I love about it is that they are simple, and can be used at either a restaurant or in a home.  Good luck, Aunt Jane….hope it’s a beautiful party!

Images: lattice invitation (whhostess.com), centerpiece (stylemepretty.com), pear bellinis (realsimple.com), candy party favor (brides.com), placecard (marthastewart.com), dessert table (amyatlas.com)

 

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April 16th, 2010 |

Real Party: Birds & Blossoms

 

This darling “birds and blossoms” birthday party was sent to me Dawn, who threw this darling party for her niece’s 2nd birthday.

The color palate was primarily hot pink and orange, with subtle splashes of light pink. The design was based around a fantastic print of paper that Dawn found at her local craft store. The invitations were made by Ink Obsession Designs, and Dawn made all of the flower blossoms out of tissue paper, using the Martha Stewart shredding scissors. She made blossoms for the girl’s hair and boutonnieres for the little boys. For favors, she painted unfinished wood frames from Ikea and filled the frame with handmade bird prints. The children glued rhinestones on the frames as their craft. They played “pin the beak on the bird”, and had a blast during musical circle time. They had a make-shift photo wall, with a fantastic floral print wrapping paper that she found at The Container Store as the backdrop. The desert table and dining tables were inspired by the work of  Amy Atlas. Dawn’s favorite detail was the adorable floral cups she found at The Container Store! She filled them with pudding and Oreo crumbs and placed little flower lollies in the middle…..the perfect addition to her darling dessert table!

April 15th, 2010 |

Estilo Weddings Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone for entering our Estilo Weddings giveaway!  Cori – e-mail me your information and I will put you in touch with the shop to claim your prize!

April 15th, 2010 |

Dessert Divas Cocktail Party

dessert divas partyI’ve been in the mood lately to host a little gathering with my girlfriends.  A chance to catch up and enjoy some springtime cocktails.  With all of my friends having young children, it’s easier to get together after “bedtime”.  Which is the perfect excuse to host a dessert party!  I love the idea of a focused menu – no need to worry about appetizers, dinner and dessert – just pull together a well-edited menu of desserts.  (my favorite part of any meal, anyway!)

I’m looking for a new color palette to play around with and love the tangerine orange mixed with shades of grey.  I’m LOVING the hanging backdrop behind this dessert table from My Sweet & Saucy!  This is a simple and inexpensive way to add a touch of drama to your table, and really define the space for your dessert table.  You could easily craft this project using  scrapbook paper and grosgrain ribbon.  Try repeating the patterns from the scrapbook paper by lining your platters and cake plates with the same paper.

If you want to send your friends home with a little something – I have two ideas that are perfect!  First, prepare individual bunches of tulips (wrapped in kraft paper with a sticker saying “thanks for coming!”) and present them in a big bowl at your front door for people to take as they leave.  Second, these cocktail jelly beans from Beau-Coup are the perfect companion for a dessert/cocktail party!

Images: dessert table and cake (mysweetandsaucy.com), dress (jcrew.com), drink bottles (helennorman.com), tulips (brides.com)

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

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April 14th, 2010 |

Giada Love

I took a little break from my typical work day yesterday to go to a Giada book signing with my best friend and her 5-year-old, Emma.  We both love Giada’s recipes – but Emma, oh, Emma absolutely LOVES Giada!  She watches her show (which has inspired her to cook at the mere age of 5) and until yesterday didn’t actually know Giada was “real”!

She’s “real” alright – and was absolutely darling as she greeted Emma and I.  Gave her a hug, asked her if she liked to cook – couldn’t have been sweeter!  It was a welcome break in my week and I am so happy that I have this wonderful memory with Emma and Teresa!

If you haven’t flipped thru Giada’s new cookbook, Giada at Home, definitely pick up a copy – great, fresh recipes for Spring!

April 13th, 2010 |

Spring Placecard Idea

I’m loving this placecard idea from weddingchannel.com for Spring!  They inserted gerber daisies into a pot of grass, but you could easily take the same concept and simplify it for your next table setting.  Try placing a gerber daisy into a small bud vase at each person’s place….and then pin a circle tag in the center of each flower with your guest’s name on it.  Simple and charming.

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