January 2010 archive

Hay! Have a Seat

I am really loving the concept of creative wedding ceremony seating. Below show hay bales being used in place of your typical folding chairs seen at most wedding ceremonies. What a simple way to add a bit of whimsy and playfulness to your special day. A little country chic anyone?

Here, you can incporporate your wedding colors by using solid throws and fabric throughout the space.

Or, simply gather mismatch quilts which creates a very homey feel. You could even borrow family heirloom quilts (say if your granny has some) which would add a touch of meaning to the seating.

All white covereings are an option too- although this look is a little bland for my personal taste.

What are your thoughts? Could you see hay bales at your ceremony?

{photos via The Knot, Tec Petaja, and Martha Stewart}

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Superbowl Party Ideas

I love any excuse to gather some close friends and host a little shin-dig. Hence my current excitement for this year’s Superbowl. Since the results of playoffs are in, I am now able to brainstorm some Superbowl party ideas. Here is what I have so far:

Festive plates and cups to represent both teams. Set out equal amounts of Colts party supplies and Saints party supplies and let your guests choose who to root for. Use chalkboards throughout the party space. Use them to label your food table, identify drinks, point guests toward the restroom…get creative! This centerpiece from InStyle Parties will be a perfect addition, I plan to replicate this in some fashion for my party.

I have not yet finalized my Superbowl menu, but I know that these jalapeno-bacon thingies are making the cut! In fact, I can tell you several or PW’s recipes will be selected. A variety of beers will be supplies and perhaps even a beergarita or two for the ladies. Team colored Jones Soda will be a hit with the younger attendees as will these fun referee cupcakes. We will just have to make sure they play with those whistles outside :).

Need more? Here are 8 additional Superbowl Party Ideas.

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Frugal and Fabulous: A Clothing Swap Party

Hosting a clothing swap party is a fabulous {and thoughtful} idea! Get the gals together and enjoying some budget friendly shopping while you mix and mingle! This party comes from Christi over at P is for Party- and I know you’re going to like it as much as I do!

I love how elegant these invitee look. Create a boutique feel and guests will feel like they are not going to just a thrifty exchange but more like an invitation only affair. I love the purple and fuchsia color combo as well!

convert your home or party space into your very only clothing boutique.

Light refreshments will keep guests entertained while shopping. Head on over to Christi’s original post to get all the clothing swap details and see even more fabulous pics of this event.

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Celebrating Your Wedding Anniversary

Your anniversary is coming up and you’re stumped. What to do….? For many couples, deciding how to celebrate your wedding anniversary can become a daunting task. Stop sweating it, there is good news! One of the easiest ways to show how much you care is to simply remember the small details. Think small and the reaction will be big! Here are a few suggestions on how you can “remember the details,” and make that special someone feel well-special!

  • Place a vase filled with her favorite flowers in an unexpected place like the bathroom counter. Get really cute and attached a small card that says something as simple as “I love you.”

  • Rent that action movie he has been dying to see (you know that one you think looks awful) and enjoy a movie and bucket of popcorn together.

  • Take you other half somewhere filled with meaning like where you had your first date, or where you got engaged.

  • Upload random photos of the two of you from recent years and have a mini flip book made. You can find many online services that make this very easy and affordable.

  • Use your anniversary to plan something together that you both have always wanted to do. Perhaps a scenic drive up the coast or a trip to a local museum.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how you can create meaningful {and memorable} wedding anniversary plans without all the fuss and stress. Just remember the details and you both are sure to have very romantic time.

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Chocolate Kiss Martini Recipe

Serve up some love with this Valentine’s Day Drink! Here is a fabulous chocolate martini recipe.

Chocolate Kiss Martini

Ingredients

3/4 oz. Pallini Raspicello
2 oz. Boru Vodka
1/2 oz. Godiva Liqueur
Instructions


Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings. Garnish with a strawberry.

Recipe and Photo from Bar None Drinks

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Bonjour! A Madeline Birthday Party

Send your little girl to a trip to Paris, even if only for a little while. This Madeline themed birthday party is simply adorable. Inspired by the Madeline books, this party is so unique it will surely bring a smile to your face.

When I was sent these party pics from the fabulous Kate Landers {she helped me with the recent candy party}, I knew I had to share them here with all of you!

There were 12 little girls at this party (which included the birthday girl). As they arrived, they were stepping into a little town in Paris, visiting several little “shoppes” while they were there.

Red, blue and yellow- the perfect party palette for this theme. Check out the classic red melamine plates and tumblers {from Kate’s Landers Events}.

No details were left undone. From a custom desgined felt game “Pin the Tail on Genevieve,” to twelve custom made Madeline-inspired capelets- I am so impressed with this party!

Of course, the candy shoppe! Just look at this, fabulous!

I would love to share all the details and give you the complete scoop on this magical Madeline Party, but I think you would be better served reading it from Kate herself. You will feel like you were there! Go on, read more now!

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