February 2011 archive

Purple & Yellow Dinner Party

I was brainstorming 30th birthday party ideas last month when I began planning a very special party for by best friend, Sarah. Nothing was jumping out to me so I decided to start with her favorite color (purple) and pair it with a bright yellow. Yellow just screams Spring and well, I am ready for warm weather and bright sunshine! Hope you like!

30th birthday party ideas

A simple invitation. I designed the invitations, printed at home and then finished off by rounding the corners.

spring party ideas

A spring wreath welcomed guests (it only cost $5 to make and really adds a nice touch!). White candle holders (a HomeGoods find) were topped with mini yellow plant pots and tucked inside were purple candles. An eclectic group of purple and yellow flowers were put together for centerpieces. Bright yellows and shades of purple worked well together.

dinner party

I ended up tucking a few faux flowers (disclaimer: I sort of despise faux flowers) into the fresh arrangements. It ended up being an inexpensive way to get that deep-purple color I was looking for. Plus, the centerpieces still smelt good because of the fresh blooms!

30th birthday party ideas for a dinner party

Purple damask (paper) placemats and yellow linen napkins added the vibrant color to the table. I created these placemats with scrapbook paper (remember when I showed you how to make placemats?). I also tied several shades of purple ribbons to the back of the birthday girl’s chair. Even 30 year old birthday girls want to feel special, right?

dinner party

To complement our Italian dinner, we had some great wine (of course!). Here is a fun sign I created (more to come on that soon!).

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the purple & yellow color combo? What other color combos are you loving for Spring?

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Love Birds | Decorating with Birdcages

Considering using birdcages in your wedding decor? I came across these stunning images showing birdcage decor at it’s finest.

The birdcages hung from an old tree seem like an unexpected delight.

I can see decorating with birdcages for weddings, bridal showers and even engagement parties (think love birds or tweet-hearts). These images are from Duet Weddings- well worth a look!

What do you think? Do you see birdcages in your decorating future?

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My Top 4 Recipes for Superbowl

Many of you have asked what is on my Superbowl menu this year, so I wanted to share my favorite Superbowl food with you all. There will be several appearance, but these 4 recipes are the main attraction!

Superbowl food

These are my favorite football-food recipes. I’ve included all the links below in case you’d like to give them a try!

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches topped with Tangy Coleslaw (recipe)
  • Franks Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings (recipe)
  • Chicken, Jalapeno, Cream Cheese Crescent Pinwheels — a HUGE hit! (recipe)
  • Cream Cheese stuffed Jalapenos wrapped in Bacon — Make DOUBLE! (recipe)

We like our game day food spicy! What’s on your menu?

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