June 2010 archive

A Vibrant Bollywood Inspired Party

This party was submitted by Bird Crafts and was designed in honor of a wedding anniversary. I immediately was struck by the vibrant colors ans Indian flair. This Bollywood party theme is very unique and also very bright!

A small “wishing tree” allowed guests to leave sweet thoughts for the couple. From the hostess,

“The ‘wishes’ were small round cards in the same design of the party theme with a picture of myself and the hubs. Our guests were then encouraged to leave well wishes or ‘word of wisdom’ hehe and hang them on the tree.”

Also, favor boxes (with the perfect coordinating design) were set out so guests could scoop up some sweet treats for later.

Aren’t you loving the bright Indian party decorations? Check out the banner above- love it!

“And more party favors (bangles, paper machΓ© elephant and watercolours for the children, Indian tea personalised with the celebration date, scented candles and soap for the adults) were displayed in clear bags and small kitsch boxes I found at the oriental store for just $1 each! The boxes looked as though they were made for this occasion, in the party colours and even had a blue elephant on them!”___

Thank you to Bird Crafts for sharing this bright and bold party with us — and Happy Anniversary!

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{$100} Creative Cupcake Contest!

Are you a baking “queen?” Do you make the cutest cupcakes in town? If so, this contest is for you! Thoughtfully Simple has launched a search for the most creative cupcake! Enter this cupcake contest by uploading your cupcake photos (up to three cupcakes!) on our Facebook page.

Then…. get the VOTES! Ask your friends, family, coworkers, random strangers- who ever you want to vote for your entry. You might want to even bribe them with cupcakes (just sayin’).

Once the voting period ends, the three submission with the most votes will move on. Our three judges will then test all the cupcakes select the winner! Who are our judges? Glad you asked!

Myself, along with Amy Atlas (Amy Atlas Events), Kim Stoegbauer (The TomKat Studio) will judge the final three cupcakes.

When I decided to launch this Creative Cupcake contest I immediately new these were the best ladies to judge such a sweet event. Amy Atlas creates the most amazing dessert tables and Kim designs adorable cupcake toppers– a winning combination!

So what are you waiting for? Submit your Creative Cupcake now. Good luck!

The prize?

The winner will receive $100 Visa gift card. Use it to bake up a storm (or shop for that new apron, your call). Plus: 24 custom designed cupcake toppers courtesy of The TomKat Studio. Design the perfect cupcake toppers to jazz up your dessert table at your next event.

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A Nostalgic Graduation Party

This graduation party was special to me for a couple reasons. This grad party was not only for my best friend’s son– but he also graduated from my old high school (which made it super nostalgic to plan). If you are looking for a theme for a graduation party, be inspired by the school itself. School colors, plus old class yearbooks (we were able to gather editions from 20 years back!), then throw in real “school” stuff like chalk boards and lunch sacs. Here are a few pictures:

theme for a graduation party

A chalk board else greeted guests at the door to introduce the “school” theme. My favorite DIY paper pennants decorated the party space– school colors of course (Go Big Red)! I LOVE paper pennant for a simple and inexpensive decoration. If you read this site regularly, you might have seen them here, here, or here.

graduation party decorations

Those old yearbooks came in handy as centerpieces. Placed in stacks of 3 on each table– the yearbooks offered not only nostalgic decor but a fun activity and converstaion starter.. By mid-party, guests just couldn’t resist opening up the old books a reliving old memories and laughing at long gone styles. I even got to read the message I left in my boyfriend of 5 months (now husband’s!) yearbook. TOO FUNNY! Placed on each stack of books was a simple red apple with a congratulatory message placed in it.

theme for a graduation party

Before leaving, each guest was asked to “Sign in.” The grad’s parents made a heartwarming book of photos from his school days. Each guest signed throughout the book just like signing a yearbook. This was my favorite element of the party.

Grad party ideas

Red velvet cupcakes (his favorite) for dessert and mini lunch sac favors offered as favors for the taking.

DIY favor bags

A close up of the favors. For the DIY instructions on these mini lunch sac treats, see this post.

Fonts used in this party:

School Script Dashed and Octin Sports Free

*School Script Dashed font and Octin Sports Free font are free to download from http://www.dafont.com/.

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Vintage Wedding Inspiration

This vintage themed wedding offers delightful photos that will certainly have you feelin’ the love of this couple. If you are looking for some great vintage wedding inspiration- here it is!

Love the use of lace here- just a touch here and there really create a vintage feel.

Teal and a pale yellow feel chic yet warming– a great color palette for a vintage theme.

Remember my love for using typewriters as guest books? Nice touch here as well.

Here is the gorgeous wedding party. The couple Catie + Ben look amazing!

These vintage-feeling cane stands make for the perfect dessert table!

Too see more of this amazing vintage themed wedding, visit Dana Grant Photography. She has many more stunning photos of Catie and Ben’s vintage styled wedding. It was hard for me to choose which to feature.. thus I insist that you visit Dana’s Part 1, Part 2. and Part 3 of this wedding.

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Garden Party Inspiration: Booze & Berries

While browsing one of my favorite blogs, The Sweetest Occasion- I stumbled upon a fabulously styled wedding shoot. The theme was “Al Fresco California Bohemian Wedding” though I instantly felt that this would make perfect inspiration for a garden party. Now that my garden is really beginning to blossom and produce yummy treats– I can’t stop thinking about hosting a garden party at my home.

This shoot gave me great inspiration. Take a look- you’ll see why!

I can see this table set up in our back yard right outside of the garden gate.

Fresh cut blooms from the yard would make simple and fragrant centerpieces.

Booze & Berries, LOVE this as the theme! I could see darling invites sent out to all my girl friends… perfect!

Here is a decanter of blood orange punch, I am thinking sangria would be a great option as well. You could do lemonade or any other citrus you have in your garden.

I love the use of votive to illuminate the table at night. The glow totally transforms the garden party feel. I can imaging sitting out in the evening in good company, on a warm summer’s night.

For more amazing photos of this shoot- stop by The Sweetest Occasion and check out this Bohemian Wedding.

Credits: Courtney Cole of White Flower Boutique, Jenna Kageyama of flutter glass Photography, Emilia Keene-Kendrick of Sweet Emilia Jane and Erin Lepperd of Erin Ever After.

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DIY favor bags: Snack Time!

Here is a sneak peek at some favors I whipped up today. These are for a high school graduation party– where everything will have a “school” feel. Think chalkboards, old yearbooks, etc. The event will be for all ages- so I thought cookies were perfect. From toddlers, to teens, to grandparents– who doesn’t love a good cookie?!

The supplies:

Assemble:

Ready to give!

DIY Mini Lunch Sac Favors

Supplies

  • Mini Paper Sacs (I used 3 1/2″ x 2″ x 6 3/4″ found at Michaels Craft Store)
  • Printer Paper/Ink
  • Paper Clips
  • Cookies or Treat of Choice

DIY Instructions

  • Print Message (I chose “School” in School Script Dashed font and “SNACKS” in Octin Sports Free font)
  • Place treats in paper sac
  • Cut printed paper to size, attach to sac using paper clip (closing the sac while attaching the paper).

*School Script Dashed font and Octin Sports Free font are free to download from http://www.dafont.com/.

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