November 2011 archive

Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this engagement party, the entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.”

Here is a reminder to what started it all … the perfect invitation.

engagement party ideas

Designed by the very talented Kori of Paper and Pigtails, the invite was the source of inspiration for the rest of the event details.

 If you missed Part 1 be sure to take a look. We shared lots of bright florals and details. Here’s a peek back:

engagement party ideas | decor

And at last …  more of the event:

In addition to the fully stocked bar, we served up two signature cocktails. We took classic traditional drinks and gave them a twist by using some fun candy. More details on those below! The tray-passed appetizers were classy but a little playful.

Throughout the night, servers passed trays of veggies and hummus, dirty martini skewers (recipe coming!), caprese turkey meatballs, crackers with pesto tapenade, spinach & feta puff pastries, spicy stuffed mushrooms, chipotle mayo beef sliders and french fries served in a cup with spicy ketchup. The food was a hit!

engagement party drinks

The two signature drinks were both inspired by candy from CandyWarehouse.com — a Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail and a Vodka and Orange Cream Club. Both recipes to come soon!

Paper cones were filled with gourmet cotton candy adult could appreciate. The flavor? Strawberry Jalapeno (it was GOOD!).

The dessert table could not have been more perfect, really. Not over the top — but SPOT ON with the design (just how I like it). Custom cookies by Allyson Jane were a perfect match. She incorporated the logo I designed with a pop of orange and the custom print from the invitaions. She hand decorated our “chevron with a twist” pattern and they were perfect!

engagement party ideas

Matching custom cupcake toppers were made by the talented Edibtal Details. The monogram and custom pattern showed off beautifully here.

engagement party cake

Also, designed by Edible Details were the GORGEOUS sugar flowers that adorned our cake — just so lovely. They mimicked the fresh florals we used throughout the party.

Thank you to all the very talented and helpful vendors who helped me pull this party off. And thank you to the darling couple (Courtney & Dave) who gave me the honor of coordinating this amazing evening for them! Now, let’s plan a wedding shall we? :)

Our Amazing Vendors

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Cupcake Toppers & Sugar Flowers | Edible Details

Custom Cookies | Allyson Jane

Candy | Candy Warehouse

Vases for centerpieces | Blumebox

Cotton Candy | Daily Grommet

Cake | Jodee’s Bakery

 

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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

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If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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GIVEAWAY! Soup Tasting, Bertolli Style

It’s fall and that means cool breezes and chilly nights. What I love about fall are the evenings — a warm fire and a hot dinner! Soup is a go-to this time of year and everyone in my family loves it. The best soups seem take half a day to simmer and cook … which can be fun, but for us there just isn’t a lot of time for that process. Good news! Bertolli has recently came out with a line of gourmet frozen soups that can be made in minutes but taste like you cooked them all day! Since we already love Bertolli’s pasta meals, I was pretty optimistic about trying these out. Yep – love them!

Soup can be a wonderful meal when it’s done right. Bertolli uses fresh ingredients in these delicious and easy-to-prepare meals. The restaurant-quality soups are full of crisp vegetables, cooked chicken or beef, and pasta that leaves you feeling satisfied. – Bertolli

Want to try them out yourself? Enter to win our Soup Tasting Giveaway!

Bertolli Giveaway

This soup-tasting giveaway set includes:

  • 2 Tasting Certificates for Bertolli Premium Meal Soup for 2 (yum)
  • Stainless steel soup ladle (oooh it’s nice!)
  • Woven oval bread basket (gorgeous!)
  • Bertolli reusable freezer bag (it’s huge and comes in handy at the market!)

To Enter:  Contest Closed

1. Leave a comment here telling me who you would share your soup with!

2. For an extra entry (optional) Like Thoughtfully Simple on Facebook and leave a separate comment here telling me you did.

One winner will be randomly selected, open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends Novemeber 13, 2011 at 11pm PST. *This is a sponsored post. Thoughtfully Simple may have received compensation and/or product however all opinions are those of your Hostess.

 

 

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Thoughts :: Having a party-plan B

I read a lot about having a “plan B” for your wedding day in terms of having an out door wedding. It’s true — you need to have an “indoor” backup area in mind if there’s a chance that the weather might not cooperate with your outdoor plans. But what about having a plan B for your outdoor birthday party, BBQ, or other event? No one really talks about that. Of course, most things you can schedule around the weather (like BBQs, reunions and other celebrations) but what about birthday parties?

I know a thing or two about trying to plan an outdoor birthday party during rainy season (not that we really have a “season” here in southern, CA). Both of my daughters have birthdays in December (the 22nd & 23rd to be exact — yes, really). And given that the weather could be freezing and raining one day and 80 degrees and sunny the next,  it’s really hard to plan.

We prefer outdoor parties — and luckily last year our cowgirl party fell during a warm spell (getting the horse inside would have been difficult). But sometimes it does actually rain here and we are forced to move indoors (like for our zebra party) which was just a week later. If you are planning a party an worried about the weather here are some tips that have helped me:

  • Make a decision that morning. Even if you really want to have the party outdoors, at some point you’ll need to call it. Give yourself enough time to rearrange things and get set up indoors. You don’t want to be running around stressed out at the last minute.
  • Make sure your decorations can be used outside AND inside in case you need to relocate.
  • Make sure your party games and activities can be played inside if needed. Think about having to put down newspaper or push furniture out of the way. Pinata? Might need a back up plan if you’re moved inside.
  • Can you move your seating indoors to accommodate all of your guests? This is good thing to consider before inviting the entire class!

Have you had to alter your outdoor party plans? Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear them — we have 2 winter parties coming up after all!

image via wehearit.com

 

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Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 1

Since sharing this engagement party invitation with you, we’ve been super busy gathering all of the fabulous photos from this classy + whimsy engagement party we hosted. We had so many wonderful vendors help us pull off this amazing night to celebrate a very special couple (hello Courtney & Dave!) that we are going to break the party feature into 2 parts. So, let’s just jump in to some eye candy, shall we?

engagement party invitation

The entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.” I took her wishes and ran with them. I knew I wanted to use one original pattern throughout the party (think invite, decor, desserts) and that bright pink and orange would be perfect for an end-of-summer cocktail soiree. I turned to my go-to girl Kori from Paper and Pigtails and together we brainstormed the PERFECT invite!

The reverse side of the invite was printed with a custom pattern – I’m calling it “chevron with a twist.” You’ll see much more of the pattern in Part 2!

 engagement party

 The event took place at the home of dear friends of the couple in Old Town Murrieta, CA. The property offered a gorgeous backdrop for cocktails, appetizers, friends and family. We strung market lights which transformed the yard once the sun set.

pink and orange centerpieces

All the linens and chairs (from Allie’s Party) were black which looked really chic in the bright and vibrant outdoor space. The Blumebox vases used to create the centerpieces were also black and were meant to blend in to the table top. Then each was filled with vibrant flowers that “popped” right off of the tables.

decor -- engagement party

Photos and flowers were used throughout the party space.

pink and orange flowers

The main decor for this party were the pink and orange flowers — stunning flowers.

Roses, baby Dalias and Gerber Daisies in shades of oranges and pinks. They were all grown and picked by my favorite grower at our local farmers’ market (more on him soon!).

We have much more to show you in Part 2 including food, cocktails and amazing desserts. See Part 2 here.

Vendors mentioned above:

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Vases for centerpieces |  Blumebox

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