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Real Party| Bridal Shower Red with Romance

When my best friend asked me to help her come up with a theme for a bridal shower she was hosting, I was so exicted! After all, a bridal shower is a big deal… a memorable day for the bride to be and a great excuses to focus on romance. The bride’s wedding color was was red and her flowers of choice, roses. We had to come up with a plan that did not result in the party space having any hints of Christmas or Valentines Day. I think we pulled it off! Here are some shots from the party itself and wow, did it look romantic!

To set the tone, these red botanical invites were sent out with all the pertinent details. As guests arrived they followed a path lined by white candles and dusted with red rose petals. A handmade wicker and floral wreath greeted guests at the door with the bride’s initial “M” hanging in the center. Vintage chic red table runners topped white linen cloths and each table had simple yet elegant centerpieces. Red roses and floating candles gave off a very romantic feel.

This intimate bridal shower really complimented the bride’s personality; elegant yet easy going. Good food, good drinks, great company- a perfect way to honor a bride and heck, romance itself. Cheers!

Diamond Themed Bridal Shower {Bling}!

Throw a luxury diamond themed bridal shower! Perfect for any bride to be! This is a bridal shower theme that is chic, classy, and still fun! Bring on the bling!

Set the tone with this classy draped diamond invitations.

Decorate your party table top with diamonds! Place these diamond paperweights at place setting or scattered around your table top. Light candles atop these chic diamond candle holders for the perfect bling centerpiece!

I am loving these cocktails! Perfect for your diamond themed shower, the love in bloom cocktail. Elegant and luxurious as well.

Want to serve up some bling in a glass? Check out this new pink sparkling vodka, gorgeous!

June Birthdays and BBQ Celebrations! #FBTbash

Great news! Thoughtfully Simple and Free Birthday Treats are teaming up again, once a month in fact. Our #FBTbash was such a huge hit that we have decided that a monthly birthday bash is in order! Each month, we will be bringing you new topics, a fabulous guest, and some pretty impressive prizes. This is an open party– so bring all your Twitter Friends and let’s celebrate together!

June’s Twitter #FBTbash

Who:

You, Me (@hostesstori), Julie from Free Birthday Treats (@JulieFBT) and our great live guest:

Leslie Haywood (@GrillCharmer), Inventor of Grill Charms and fabulous party girl!

What:

Twitter Party to celebrating all things Birthdays! We’ll be talking BBQ Birthday Celebrations and helping June birthday tweople celebrate as well!

Where:

Where else? On Twitter! Join the party by using hashtag #FBTbash in every tweet! Don’t have a Twitter account? Get one here (it’s simple).

When:

Wednesday June 3rd from 5-7 PST

RSVP:

Let us know you’re coming! Follow @hostesstori & @JulieFBT then copy and tweet the following:

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT I’ll be there! June #FBTbash Twitter Bday Bash! http://cli.gs/nvGs67
Have you entered for a chance to win some of our fabulous prizes?

#FBTBash Door Prize: 16 oz. Honey Bee Vanilla scented jar candle from Serene Moments

#FBTbash Fab Prize #1: (1) White Plasteramic Watch by ToyWatch (Retail Value: $225)

#FBTbash Fab Prize #2: (2) $100 1-800-Flowers Gift Certificates

Also- don’t forget to stop by Free Birthday Treats and see what all the talk is about for yourself! I bet you’re dying to know what you can get FREE for your birthday!

P.S. Be sure to leave your twitter handle in a comment below so others can follow you too!

Twitter Party Dessert!

Not sure why it has taken me this long to share these adorable Twitter cupcakes with you. I guess Twitter party food is on my mind since I just hosted a fabulous Twitter Party with Julie of Free Birthday Treats. It was such a hit that we’ve decided to do this shin dig monthly (details coming soon)! Now if we can just get Bakerella’s yummy and tweet cupcakes to serve each time. Regardless, enjoy this virtual cupcake and follow the baking goddess herself at @Bakerella (you won’t be disappointed).

Lavender Baby Shower Theme

To be honest, I am not a big fan of anything in the purple color family. However, I was creating this inspiration board for a lovely lavender shower and have come to love it. The soft sophisticated color scheme shouts romantic and classy in the same breath. I encourage you to consider lavender as your next party theme- whether it be a baby shower, bridal shower, or even Sunday brunch. Go ahead, try it!

My first thought was this would be a perfect palette for a baby shower. More modern than your traditional pink or blue theme, this lavender color scheme is soft enough for the baby aspect, but classy enough to make the mom-to-be feel really honored.

Above from left:

  • Skip the baby or bridal shower cakes and serve these petite brownie bites from Martha Stewart, iced with a simple purple flower.
  • Simple yet sophisticated table scape featured on The Knot keeps it comfortable and still with a formal feel. Setting a nice table is a great way to honor the mom {or bride} to be.
  • Serve guests champagne with a sprig of lavender for a romantic aroma {Martha Stewart}.
  • A fun treat for party guests, a purple fortune cookie soap favor.

Party: Create a Chic Hawaiian Feel

If you are hosting a party soon {whether it be a birthday or just a get-together}, why not add some Hawaiian flare? Adding tropical touches can really set the mood of your party. Instead of throwing your typical Luau themed party {you know with those plastic leis} try adding just a few Hawaiian inspired touches. This will make your party feel more classy and authentic.

To serve your drinks or appetizers, set up a unique table/bar in a snap! Use a surfboard instead of a table! You can set it atop a small table (for support) or even use two TV trays to prop it up on.

Some simple party food ideas are shrimp skewers, grilled pineapple, and maybe coconut flavored desserts. If you are serving adult drinks, try this cocktail recipe:

{courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess}

Tidal Wave

1½ ounces Malibu (or other coconut-flavored rum)
1 ounce blue curacao
¾ ounces fresh lime juice
½ ounce amaretto
1 tablespoon coconut cream
1 teaspoon superfine sugar lime slice

As for decor, the key here is to keep it simple. No need for tall paper palm trees. You can pull off a Hawaiian feel without crepe paper fish and plastic leis. For table decor, try gathering a few colorful votive candles. Place them on top of random glass cake stands and place a few stemless orchids to add that paradise feel. You can also use items such as sea shells and sand dollars to make your theme come together.

Add simple touches throughout your event space. I love this idea of using a fresh tropical flower to serve as a napkin ring. You can even tie a single flower around items such as a glass pitcher, basket of silverware, or hand towel in the restroom.

In order to have a successful Hawaiian themed party, simple and thoughtful touches really are key. When I think of Hawaii, I think of a natural and easy going flare. If you plan your party with “natural” and “easy going” in mind– you will have stunning results that don’t require a lot of effort!

Photography Credits: Surfboard Bar Karren Bussen, Decor Images The Knot.

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