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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!

Artsy Partsy! Get Inspired and Create Your Own!

Do you have a little art lover in the family? Check out this art inspired party idea!

Set the tone for your colorful party, with these fun art party themed invitations! They are a perfect fit for this party theme, right?

Let your little artists decorate their own edible art using food coloring and sugar cookies, Martha gives you the how-to here. Cover table tops with white butcher paper, and then provide a rainbow selection of crayons. The party guests will be able to create multiple masterpieces and your table will stay clean too. Is there a birthday girl? I think this crayon apron would be the perfect party attire!

Keep party guests occupied (and intrigued) by having them help make crayons from broken pieces. You can even ask guests to bring broken crayons to the party. Check out the scoop on safely making your own crayons here. Once they have cooled, wrap crayons in small plastic bags, tie with a bow and send home as party favor! Aren’t they cool looking?

Don’t want to make them at the party? You can buy them premade and still have adorable favors.

art party theme

Another favor idea is to gift guests with their own personalize smock when they arrive to the party (bonus: this will make for darling photos of the party!)

Don’t forget the cake! This rainbow cake is the perfect addition to any art themed party. Yes, you can make this! Get all the instructions over at the Omnomicon Blog and get started!

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.

5 Ways to Keep Your Party Guests Healthy

Guest Post from our friend:

Sally Strebel of BestPartyEver.com

Indulgence ensues at many parties but why not indulge in maintaining the healthier aspects of life. Sounds unexciting right? Well hold on, there are many ways to spruce up the healthy event and your guests will appreciate it. Listed below are 5 ways to keep your guests healthy.

1. Cater the Event
For large events hire a caterer that is licensed to handle food. Professional caterers understand the heating temperatures for preparation of large amounts of food and how germs spread. If undercooked foods are served, your guests and you are more likely to experience food borne illness. By hiring a licensed caterer you have greatly reduced the risk of food poisoning, maintained your guest’s health, and reduced your stress.

2. Eat Healthy
Instead of hamburgers and potato chips serve your guests grilled chicken and fruit salad. This exchange is more nutritious and adds sophistication. Also consider water and 100% juice instead of sodas. For dessert, angel food cake with strawberries and light cool whip make a healthy alternative to traditional cakes.

3. Asking Sick Guests to Stay Home
Asking sick guests to stay home is like telling someone they have bad breath. It’s awkward but it needs to be done. Hopefully your sick guest will call and tell you that they’ve decide not to attend the party on their own and then you’re off the hook. However, if you find out they are sick less than a day before the party, politely tell them this, “I heard that you weren’t feeling well. I know that you’d rather get better at your own house and not get anyone else sick but I really wanted to see you. Do you have a day next week, when you’re feeling better, that we could have lunch together?”

4. Physical Activities
Make exercise part of your party’s itinerary. Consider dancing, yoga, a walk, soft ball, or other physical activities for your party.

5. Continue the Health
Send guests home with healthy party favors. Ideas include personal hand sanitizer, sports bars, music CD with your favorite workout songs, individually packaged vitamin packs, smoothie recipes, or whatever else you find healthy.

Hope you found these tips helpful! Everyone has more fun when they are healthy!

Check out more of Sally’s great articles over at BestPartyEver.com!

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