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Patriotic Patio Party & Surprise Giveaway!

I recently hosted a patriotic patio party, and with July 4th right around the corner, I hope to inspire you to get all red-white-and-blue too! From my party prep to my signature cocktail… I am sharing all my real party details with you!

After I had planned my menu and gathered all my decor, it was time to get to work! I enlisted my wonderful husband to help me clean and get the party area (backyard) in order and to get the grill going. I had the pleasure of testing out a new line of gloves that Playtex just introduced that help make entertaining much more simpler (and obviously I am a huge fan of that)! Their new line of disposable gloves help with everything from grilling burgers and chopping hot peppers to cleaning up dirty dishes– and boy did we put them to the test! We found many uses for the CleanCuisines gloves.

We cooked up ribs and Rachel Ray’s Bacon-Bit Burgers with Smoked Gouda and Smothered Onions. Yes, they were as good as they sound- everyone loved them! I also served the recent Jicama and Watermelon Salad I discovered along with a few other bbq staples. For a refreshing themed cocktail, we all sipped this Watermelon Cooler which was a great drink to kick off the Summer season!

Here is a glimpse at the Patriotic Party decor:

And the simple centerpieces:

A little DIY patriotic decor:

Simple red, white, and blue touches:

And I even whipped out the Playtex GreatLenths gloves to clean up the party mess (I do admit I did not clean up much until the next morning- my little hostess secret).

This Patriotic Patio Party was so enjoyable not only to plan and prepare but also to attend. Keeping things thoughtful yet simple really is my motto. From the preparations that were made easy with the addition of Playtex’s new gloves, to the budget friendly DIY decor, and even by keeping the menu delicious but not fussy- I wouldn’t have planned anything differently.

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! – CLOSED Thanks for participating!

Not only did Playtex sponsor this fabulous patio party, they are giving YOU the chance to host your own Patio Party! One Thoughtfully Simple reader will not only WIN the new Playtex Gloves for entertaining, but also a $50 Gift Certificate to the grocery store of your choice! Now you can throw your own party, the thoughtfully simple way!

How To Win:

You can gain one entry by completing each of the following for up to four total entries:

1. Leave a comment telling us what you would serve at your patio party

2. Become a fan of Thoughtfully Simple on Facebook

3. Tweet about this party and giveaway. Use the Tweet Meme button at the top of this post or copy and paste the following: @HostessTori has a great Patriotic Party Theme and $50 Grocery Giveaway going on, check it out!

4. Share this post with your Facebook friends by using the Share button above

* Be sure to leave a comment for each entry you have completed. Contest ends midnight 12:00 PST July 1st, 2009.

Watermelon Cooler {Sweet}!

If you’re like me, you enjoy a cool and refreshing drink on those hot summer days. I recently hosted a summer patio party and served these fresh watermelon coolers. The result? Rave reviews! Not too sweet, very refreshing, and festive- they were a huge hit!

What You’ll Need

1/2 Watermelon (seedless)
16 ounces lemonade
12 ounces tequila (vodka or rum can be substituted)

What To Do

-Cut watermelon into small chunks. Place in food processor or blender to make watermelon juice. Strain through a mesh strainer to remove pulp
-Mix watermelon juice, lemonade, and alcohol of choice on a pitcher
-Serve over ice
Garnish with blueberries if desired


Little Bohemian Theme from Social Couture

I adore this party theme! What a perfect fit for all ages, toddler to grown woman- I think it is fitting for all. Check out this Little Bohemian Theme from the fabulous Social Couture.

The colors and textures are amazing and the grass and butterfly centerpiece is my favorite part of this theme! You can host a laid back Bohemian Party yourself because the brilliant minds over at Social Couture have everything you need to pull it off!

Check out the mix and match Bohemian Party Supplies, or make it simple and order the Bohemian Party pack and get your party on! {Fabulous!}


July’s Birthday Twitter Party!

It’s that time! Another #FBTbash Twitter Party has been planned, so get ready to party! 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!

July’s Twitter #FBTbash


You, Me (@hostesstori), Julie from Free Birthday Treats (@JulieFBT) and our great live guest PetSmart (PetSmartTLC)! Be sure to follow us before party time!


Twitter Party to celebrating all things Birthdays. July’s Topic: Pet Birthdays, Pet Treats, Pet Saftey and 4th of July fun of course!


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). You can also learn more about Twitter here.


Wednesday July 1st from 5-7 PST


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

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT I’ll be there! July #FBTbash Twitter Bday Bash!


Fabulous prizes given away live! Enter now and join the party to see if you’ve won!

(2) Savvy Host’s TableTop-in-a-Box *for 6* value-priced gift sets (retail valie $120 each) – one in Red and one in Terra. Enter Here!


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!

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!

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