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.

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March 1st, 2010 |

March 1st, 2010 |

A Blooming Birthday Party!


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?!

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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 |

Snow Day Party!


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!

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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 24th, 2010 |

Modern Cupcake Design

I wanted to share one of my new product obsessions with you: Ticings, thin sheets of edible icing printed with contemporary designs using food-grade inks.  They are made in the u.s.a., gluten-free, FDA approved and kosher certified.  Best when applied to fresh buttercream frosting; just peel and press to give your cakes and frosted desserts modern decorations in minutes!  They are offered in multiple designs (for large orders, you can also request a custom design!) – and are such a simple way to dress up your cupcakes!

Tip: They would also be darling on round sugar cookies!  Wrap them up in a cellophane bag, and voila!  You have yourself a pretty cute party favor!

February 23rd, 2010 |

A Classic School-Themed Baby Shower


I think one of the cutest trends right now is giving any party theme a vintage twist.  And to really make a party shine, don’t forget all of the fun details:

The invitation sets the mood for this classic school-themed baby shower. Pencils, chalkboards, and tons of letters are an absolute must!  Also, try experimenting with different things for banners, like these vintage flashcard (purchased on Etsy).  Scatter the extra flash cards and some alphabet letters on the tables to spread the theme to the guests.  Always think outside the obvious for a party!  For this theme, alphabet cookies and a pile of apples (since everyone knows that teachers love apples) carry the theme through.  Order personalized pencils to tie onto party favors or mix into your centerpieces.  And find different uses for common party items. With all of the cute cupcake liners out there (find an amazing selection at Bake it Pretty), why not use them for food instead of saving them for just cupcakes?

This is a baby shower that one of my creative directors, Sara Westbrook [], planned and photographed (I got to help a tiny bit). Invitation image by Veer [].

– Brittany, One Charming Party

February 22nd, 2010 |

Farmhouse Brunch

farmhouse brunch

When it comes to incorporating the style ideas from our trend alert (Farmhouse Chic) earlier today into entertaining, there are a few key elements: a relaxed, natural decor, spring-like colors, and comfort food.

This invitation from my stationery line, WH Hostess, sets the tone for a cozy brunch, and also gives us some warm colors to use for decor.  A pale grey and soft yellow are the perfect backdrop for delicious breakfast foods!  When setting your table, opt for a more casual look.  Perhaps placemats instead of a tablecloth, or a use a runner down the center of your table with woven charger plates.  Incorporating linens with natural elements, such as birds or greenery on them will also help you to achieve a lovely, light and casual look.

One of my new favorite products from my OpenSky shop is this etched juice bottle.  It’s classic, yet modern-looking to me, and I love that it helps to “dress-up” my table or buffet.  There are also matching glasses, which would be darling on our brunch table!

No brunch would be complete without mimosas and eggs, in my opinion!  But I always try to find something new to try….top on my list for this party would be mini crepe cups, praline pancakes and bloody mary’s (which are sure to keep you warm and cozy on these cold, winter mornings!)

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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!)…..

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