March 5th, 2010 |
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!
March 4th, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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)
March 1st, 2010 |
Are you craving Spring parties?! My post over at Project Nursery was so colorful and festive…I just had to share it with you too!
What little girl doesn’t dream of a birthday party full of beautiful flowers?! With Spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning a party with tons of cute flower details. This colorful invitation from WH Hostess sets the color palette as pink, yellow, blue and green…perfect for Spring!
Set your table with a few key details that when put together are sure to impress. Create a centerpiece using metal pails full of felt flowers. Cover the table with a solid tablecloth, colorful melamine tumblers and these DARLING, do-it-yourself flower placemats. These placemats are simple to make…..use foam circles from your local craft store and embellish with a silk flower head and ric rac to look like a flower. Add a large, round crystal in the center of the flower to add a touch of bling! Give the birthday girl a special touch at her placesetting – a personalized melamine plate with a big flower on it.
Carry the flower theme into your food, as well. You could arrange veggies and dip to look like flowers, or use lollipops and sugar candy on cupcakes to resemble flowers. Get creative….the more you tie together your theme, the more cohesive the party will be. No party would be complete without party favors! I personally, LOVE this idea! One of my good friends, Melanie, designs a darling line of hair bows called Mel-Belles. She has adorable bows for just about any occasion….and now, she has party favors! She designed these flower bows with our party in mind – the set includes a big bow for the birthday girl to wear, and 4 small bows that come presented on a card, ready to be placed in a goodie bag. How cute is that?!
Images: bold flowers invitation (whhostess.com), lollipop flowers (bhg.com), paper lanterns (stylemepretty.com), felt flowers (landofnod.com), personalized flower melamine plates (whhostess.com), lollipop cupcakes (howstuffworks.com), melamine tumblers (katelandersevents.com), flower dip (parents.com), flower placemat (bhg.com), flower hairbows (mel-belles via etsy.com)
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February 26th, 2010 |
Happy Friday, Everyone! Hope you all had a great week and are going to have an even better weekend! I am headed up to the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado today for a fun-filled weekend with my husband! So I am taking the day off!
BUT…..get excited! We have a fabulous week of posts lined up for you next week….and a HUGE announcement on Monday that I hope you will all be very, very excited about!
February 25th, 2010 |
Looking for a way to entertain your kids this weekend?! Seeing as though half the nation is covered in snow, this is the perfect time to plan a snow day party! Invite your kid’s friends with this charming invitation from Tiny Prints. Get your kids involved in decorating the house by cutting out tons of paper snowflakes. Don’t they look darling hung by the window, mixed with balloons?!
Entertain the kids outside by playing snow games such as tic tac toe, host a hula hoop contest (it’s so much harder when you have a ski jacket and snowpants on!) and decorate snowmen with colorful candy. When it’s time to head inside to warm up, serve the kids snowflake cookies, snowman heads (embellished powder sugar donut holes), and milk shake shooters. What a fun way to spend a cold, snowy day!
Images: paper snowflakes (finelittleday.blogspot.com), snowflake cookies (allyou.com), milkshake shooters (theknot.com), snowman treats (veryheatherly.blogspot.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), girl (gap.com), snow games (parents.com)
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February 24th, 2010 |
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!