September 23rd, 2009 |

Happy Birthday, Cowboy Cassidy!

When I think of Fall parties, one of the first ideas that comes to mind is a cowboy theme!  You can have so much fun putting together retro western details….perfect for a little boy’s birthday, but also darling for a baby shower!

 

If you are thinking about hosting a western themed birthday party, boy do I have ideas for you!  Invite your guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints.  Welcome them at the door with a bandanna to tie around their neck, a sheriff’s badge, and a cowboy hat.  Start the party off with a quick game of pin the tail on the donkey, and then move into horse races.  Looking to create your own horse corral?!  How cute are these?!

Cowboy Cassidy Horses

Make your table setting festive by using bandannas for napkins, and tin cans full of wildflowers for your centerpieces.  Make sure order those bandannas in bulk!  Instead of buying store-bought goodie bags, why not make them out of the bandannas?!  A quick run through the sewing machine, fill them up with goodies and tie with a ribbon….totally simple, and really cute!

There is so many cute western/cowboy theme stuff out there right now….I would love to see someone take these ideas and throw a vintage cowboy baby shower, too!

Cowboy Cassidy Supplies

Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), popcorn cones (countryliving.com), pony corral and little cowboy (creativepartiesandshowers.blogspot.com), bandanna napkin (theknot.com), daisy centerpieces (brides.com), bandanna goodie bag (bhg.com), horse 1 (amazon.com), horse 2 (amazon.com), horse 3 (amazon.com), cowboy hats, western party blowers (birthdayinabox.com), bandanna paper plate (amazon.com)

September 22nd, 2009 |

Candy Apples

Candy Apples

Aren’t these just about the prettiest candy apples you have ever seen?!  A perfect treat for any Fall party, candy apples can be customized to any flavor.  Country Living has a great basic recipe, as well as an updated version called the pistachio chocolate apple.  Yum!

The added touch of the ribbon-wrapped stick truly make this a very special dessert.  I would love to see this done with mini-apples for a kid’s party or a cocktail party (easier for guests to eat as they mingle!).

What do you plan on decorating your candy apples with this season?!

September 22nd, 2009 |

Napkin of the Week: Vegetable Embellishment

Radish Napkin

One of the easiest ways to dress up your place setting is to add a simple embellishment to your napin – such as a vegetable!  A bunch of radishes tied with twine offer a pop of color, an apple with a tag stuck in it serves as a place card, the possibilities are endless….just take a spin thru the produce section of your local grocery store or farmer’s market for inspiration.

Image via Inmagine.com

September 21st, 2009 |

The Party Dress: Fall 2009

party dresses fall 2009

1) Planetary-Print Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim 2) Tulla Bow Dress by Milly 3) Belted Silk Tie Dress by Robert Rodriguez 4) Hammered Silk Dress by Elizabeth and James 5) Asymmetric Shoulder Dress by Milly 6) Black Sweater Dress by Alice + Olivia 7) Wool Ribbon Ravine Dress by J. Crew 8 ) Plaid Knit Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim

September 17th, 2009 |

Centerpiece Idea: Dressed Up Pumpkins

Pumpkin Centerpiece

I know, I know…I might be rushing the season a bit.  But Halloween is just around the corner…and I need to give you girls some time to plan, right?!  I have so many cute Halloween ideas for you this season, I figured best to start passing them along!

Looking for an easy, yet stylish centerpiece for your kitchen table?!  You can bet you will find a big bowl of these “dressed-up” pumpkins on mine come October 1st!  This is so simple to do – simply find a bunch of different patterned ribbons at your local craft store, wrap around the small pumpkins and adhere with double sided tape.  I love projects like this where it involves little effort and your get a lot of style!

Image via Good Housekeeping

September 17th, 2009 |

Rustic Placecards

Wood Placecard Holders

Looking for a few rustic touches for your Fall parties or weddings?!  Look no further than these darling wood placecard holders!  Charming, rustic and I don’t know about you….but they are perfect for my next dinner party!

You can find these at GoodGuest on Etsy.com – and she has plenty of coordinating wood items (if you plan to use them for a wedding).

September 16th, 2009 |

Bridesmaid Luncheon

 

When planning your wedding, consider thinking outside of the box when it comes to thanking your bridesmaids for their support during the planning process.  I suggest hosting a Bridesmaid Luncheon the week prior to the wedding – an event that is full of pretty things, kind words of appreciation, and some quality girl-time before the big day!

Images: invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), candy buffet (josevillablog.com), rose centerpiece (toddevents.com), place setting (instyleweddings.com), mini champagne bottle party favors (brides.com)

September 15th, 2009 |

Pancake Brunch

pancake brunch

We don’t talk about Brunch enough around here, in my opinion!  Brunch is a great form of entertaining.  It’s an easy, one course meal, typically pretty casual, and it’s held in the morning – so your guests come, they eat, and then you all go about your day!

Welcome Fall with a casual brunch with friends.  Set a table full of autumnal colors and seasonal accents.  Start with beautiful runner, layer on woven charger plates, and finish with your everyday white dishes.  To add a decorative touch to your place setting, fold your napkin into a “pocket” and insert a mini bottle of maple syrup.  Finish by writing your guests names on a silk leaf.  It’s a festive placecard and party favor for your guests to bring home!

To create a simple, yet Fall-like centerpiece like the one pictured above, take a low bowl and place a large pillar candle in the center.  Fill in the space around the candle with seasonal fruits or nuts.  Fill a variety of small bowls with different nuts, small fruits and berries to place around the main centerpiece.

Everyone has their favorite pancake recipe.  But if you are looking for something new, try making mini filled-pancakes.  Williams Sonoma has a bunch of great recipes, and they sell the pancake pan too!  Offer a couple of side dishes, such as maple-glazed bacon, and ham and egg breakfast tarts.  Add in some mimosas…..and you have the perfect brunch!

Images: place setting (matthewmeadstyle.com), dining room (potterybarn.com), centerpiece (bhg.com)

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September 14th, 2009 |

Decorate with White Pumpkins

white pumpkins

When it comes to Fall decorating, I have one very specific love….white pumpkins.  Every year, I anticipate the arrival of these darling little gourds and I can’t wait to find them!  I just love them; it’s like inviting the sophisticated sister of the orange pumpkin into my home.  You can fill a basket full of them, stack them on top of silver candlesticks….if you walk into my house on any given day during the Fall, you will find a large, green bowl full of them on my dining room table.

White pumpkins read “Fall” more than they read “Halloween”.  Their shelf life is much longer, in my opinion….and it’s a great way to incorporate some Fall decorations into your home or party during September and October (when you just aren’t quite ready to pull out the Halloween decorations!).

Do any of you have a creative use for white pumpkins?!  Please, do share!

Images: white and black pumpkins (eddieross.com), long tray of pumpkins (inmagine.com)

September 11th, 2009 |

Children’s Birthday Party: Monkey Mania!

My god-daughter was nick-named “Monkey” basically from the day she was born…..so I am always looking for cute monkey-themed party ideas for her.  This Monkey Mania party would be perfect for a little boy or girl!

 

Invite your guests to join in on the Monkey Mania with this adorable invitation from Minted.  It would be perfect for a carnival theme party, too.  When the children arrive, adorn them with their very own monkey mask and send them on a scavenger hunt throughout your backyard.  Hide small monkeys (in fairly obvious places), and see how quickly they can find all of them!  Make sure there is at least one for each child to find…you don’t want to start the party off with any sad monkeys!

Decorating for this party is easy!  Use a color palette of yellow, royal blue and green.  Use potted grass plants or cake plates full of bunches of bananas as your centerpieces.  Here’s where the cute part comes in…. place a tiny monkey at each child’s place with a name tag placed between the arms.  An adorable placecard and a precious party favor all rolled up into one!  After the kids are done sitting at the table, place their monkey into this cute bag full of candy and of course, a banana!  You know me, it’s all about presentation!

I have two ideas for you for dessert (of course, it is my favorite course!).  Individual cupcakes adorned with these darling cupcake toppers I found on etsy.com, and…….a banana split bar!  Too cute, right?!  Now, if you prefer to bake a cake, can I recommend you use this darling cake pan from Birthday in a Box?!  It’s the perfect tool to help you make the perfect monkey cake!

Monkey Mania Banana Split Bar

I love all of the bright colors, and cute monkey details….and hey, if the kids get a little antsy, you could always play a game of “monkey in the middle!”

Images: placecard (partyspot.com), invitation (minted.com), cupcake toppers (etsy.com), banana onsie (bodenusa.com), drinks (brides.com), grass centerpiece and banana (inmagine.com), banana split bar (midwestliving.com)

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