March 11th, 2010 |

Dress Up Your Cocktails

 

Brides.com has a great feature on “dressing up” your cocktails for Spring.  Simple ways that add a special touch to any occasion, here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Tie circle tags on to the bottom of a champagne flute or wine glass with each guest’s name on them.
  2. Anything is better with a monogram!  Try these personalized tumblers for your next event!
  3. Dress up a plain cocktail with an orange-peel lollipop (roll up an orange peel and secure it with a wooden stick)
  4. Add stickers to plain tumblers to jazz them up for a party (love that you could customize the colors for each party, too!)
  5. L-O-V-E the sleek look of these flutes!  Perfect for a cocktail party, have a waiter (or your husband!) pass these around in this cool, clear tray
  6. Tie a simple flower around the stem of a wine glass – the perfect touch of Spring!
  7. Serve a cocktail in an unusual glass – such as an ice cream soda glass.
  8. Garnish your cocktails with fruit!  Pineapples are a sign of hospitality – the perfect way to welcome your guests!

 

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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March 9th, 2010 |

Vintage Glam Barbie Birthday Party

 

Thrift store finds and a sophisticated color palette come together to make this Vintage Glam Barbie Party a hit. Pull out your old Barbies or find some vintage reproductions for your daughter’s birthday or a girl’s day out.

Black and pink are always fun paired together but keep things light by using two colors of pink to outweigh the black. And every girly party need lots of flowers.  To keep costs down, use flowers from your yard.  To really glam up your party, have a three tiered cake (with transfer sheets from Fancy Flours , pink lemonade and all pink ice cream sundaes.  Scour your local thrift store for vintage glass luncheon trays & cups and pull out your often under-used silver spoons to add a little extra wow.  And sparkly monograms add just the right amount of bling!

- Brittany, One Charming Party

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

March 8th, 2010 |

Giveaway! Kate Landers Events

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I can’t think of a better way to start out our week than with this darling giveaway from Kate Landers Events.  Remember Kate?!  She’s one of our fabulous sponsors…..she creates the most darling parties, and sells some fabulous party supplies!

Today, she is offering all of you a fabulous giveaway!  Here’s how to enter: simply head over to her shop, look around (drool over all of her cute things a little!), and then leave a comment here with your favorite item.  Want a second chance to enter?  Blog about it, tweet it, scream it from the rooftops – just send me an e-mail with the link!  Entries will be accepted until Thursday at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Friday.

On to the good part….the prizes!  The randomly chosen winner will have her choice of the following two prizes:

A preppy, spring-inspired pink and green paper party set for 4. Includes 4 assembled classic paper party hats, a package of spring green beverage paper napkins, a package of white dessert paper plates (perfect size for cake!), a package of pink paper cups, a package of bright pink plastic flatware, AND a large custom birthday girl ribbon!

A darling red, light blue and white sailboat-themed party hat and table runner set for 4. A custom hand made felt heirloom sailboat party hat, with 3 coordinating hand made solid felt party hats for guests. All in coordinating colors of white, red, light blue and navy–each features velvet ribbon to tie under the chin for a more luxe look. In addition, a custom red felt table runner to keep the “eco-friendly” theme and help the table and hats to coordinate together well.

So what are you waiting for?!  Go check out Kate’s shoppe, and come back to comment on what is your favorite item.  Let me guess?!  Is it the custom monogram wrapping paper?  or the handmade fabric party hats?  or the to-die-for fairy wings?  Can’t wait to hear!!  And if you are looking for more inspiration, check out Kate’s blog while you are over there too!

March 5th, 2010 |

A Quick Note of Thanks!

March 5th, 2010 |

Spring Treats: The Perfect Party Accessory

spring treats from williams sonoma

In trying to “relax” last night, I put the computer away and sat down with my brand new Williams-Sonoma catalog.  As I was “oohing” and “ahhing” over every page, I realized that they have the perfect food accessory for so many of our party ideas!  So, check these ideas out:

These little animal brownies would be so cute for a farm-themed birthday party or Noah’s Arc baby shower.  The chocolate robin’s eggs are the perfect accessory for a “Feather-Her-Nest” shower.  The Easter egg and chick sugar cookies are perfect for an Easter egg hunt or brunch, and could you die over these bunny s’mores?!  Mini cupcakes are the perfect accompaniment for any party…especially if you are putting together a dessert table for a birthday party, baptism or bridal shower!  I adore these tiny little penguin brownie pops….wouldn’t they be perfect for our snow day party?!  And last, but certainly not least….macaroons!  This season’s hottest dessert, right?  Did you see Sharnel’s post this week about this hot new trend?

So many darling treats…great for ideas, perfect for any party!

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

March 4th, 2010 |

Birthday full of Butterflies

 

Butterflies scream SPRING to me!  Every party should contain 5 main components: a stunning invitation, decorative details, a signature cake or cupcakes, a statement centerpiece, and decorative napkins.  Pull those main ideas together and you too can have a cohesive party that is sure to get “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from your guests!

For our butterfly theme party, let’s break down each idea:

Invitations: When it comes to children’s parties, I love invitations with bright colors and bold patterns.  This butterfly invitation from WH Hostess has both of those things going for it!  It’s colorful, playful and even has matching cupcake toppers, and gift tags!  The colors set the color palette – orange, hot pink, and lime green.

Decorative Details: It’s the little details that really pull a party together.  Accents that leave your guests saying “wow…you really thought of everything!”  Some ideas?!  Place colored ribbons or rubber bands around the pitchers and glasses.  Hang felt butterfly garland from tree branches or around windows. (how darling is this, by the way?!)

The Cake: A signature cake like this makes a statement that this hostess means business!  I love the “banner” (I believe it’s chocolate) draped across the cake….unique and playful, perfect for a child’s birthday!  If you are more of a cupcake-kind-of-girl, check out the coordinating butterfly cupcake toppers.  These would be darling atop cupcakes frosted with our three signature colors: orange, hot pink and lime green.

Centerpieces: Typically your table centerpiece is one of your “wow!” details that you put a lot of time and resources into.  Flowers are common, but when it comes to a child’s party switch things up a bit.  You don’t need to have a traditional centerpiece…try something a bit lighter, a bit more whimsical.  I love the look of this centerpiece.  Simple bud vases, filled with only one bloom each.

Napkins: You know me….I love a festive napkin!  This is an easy way to add a special touch to your table.  Tie each napkin with a grosgrain ribbon, and hot glue a silk butterfly to the top.  It will add a darling touch of whimsy to your table setting.

I just love this inspiration board!  It’s so happy and festive!

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), balloons (josevilla.bigfolioblog.com), glasses (bhg.com), birthday cake (eatcakebemerry.com), napkins (parents.com)

 

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March 4th, 2010 |

Unique Shower Centerpiece

I literally gasped in excitement when I saw this centerpiece on The Knot.  It’s a beautiful, unique spin on a traditional “shower” theme, and I think it would be perfect for either a baby or bridal shower.  Using a small umbrella, hang crystals from clear fishing wire from each point to look like rain drops.  You could insert the embellished umbrella into just about any sort of floral centerpiece.  And think how creative you could get with the umbrellas!  Polka dots, stripes, floral patterns….so many options to take this concept and give it your own look!

Image via The Knot

March 3rd, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Mouthwatering Macaroons!

macaroons

Macaroons are crisp on the outside and smooth and soft in the middle, and are on the hot list of what to serve at your next event. Available in so many different colors, you can customize your desserts to coordinate with your party.   Ladurée is famous for their assortment of macaroons, and with each new season they pays tribute to their most famous creation by creating a new flavour.  (see the list below for mouthwatering flavors!)

Feel like whipping up a few of these petite cakes yourself?  Head over to Bakerella for step by step instructions.   If you’re not up for making them yourself, you can purchase them at Williams-Sonoma, Sugarbloom Cupcakes, and Holy Sweet.

-Sharnel, My Life My Loves

Images: macaroon pops (bakerella.com), orange macaroons (amyatlas.com), pink macaroons (cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com), macaroon favor and wedding cake (marthastewart.com), box of macaroons (laduree.fr)

March 2nd, 2010 |

Spring Engagement Party

 

I have decided that I have seen ENOUGH snow for one season.  It’s time to move on to Spring!  Bright colors, cocktails on the patio, gathering friends to celebrate a special occasion.  I get requests all of the time for engagement party ideas…..but this inspiration could also be used for a birthday party, bridal shower, or just a good reason to throw a cocktail party!

The missoni-style invitation from WH Hostess provides a great color scheme for the party.  Decorate using pops of orange, green and blue.  These fluted vases from Crate & Barrel mirror the zig zag pattern of the invitation, and are perfect to place on the table as a centerpiece or on side tables for an added decoration.  If you are throwing this party outside, fill your space with lanterns (different sizes add interest) to add some mood lighting!

A party this colorful deserves some delicious appetizers!  I would serve something like brochettes of melon, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella, or peppered tuna skewers with wasabi mayonnaise.  Pretty, sophisticated….and easy to eat!  Towards the end of the party, put out platters of sugar cookies embellished with the words “thank you!” and cellophane bags – people can bring them home as party favors.

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), vases (crateandbarrel.com), table setting (theknot.com), appetizers (socialdesign.com), patio (cocomale.com), thank you cookie (inmagine.com)

 

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