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It’s all about the COLOR

I get asked a lot, “How do you come up with ideas for your party themes?” Most of the time, the first glimmer of inspiration I get comes from a color or a combination of colors.

 

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My Pinterest board for a Blush Wedding

I’m not a big fan of character parties or most novelty themes — but color… now that’s something to plan a party around. You’ll notice I typically credit the color of the party first (in my mind it’s the star and where my planning all begins) like in our purple cowgirl party, white spring brunch and this purple & yellow dinner party.  However, coming up with that perfect color for your party or to paint home entertaining space,  can be tricky.

 

My Colortopia - Thoughtfully Simple

 

I often scour the web looking for inspiration so I was thrilled to learn about a new community created by Glidden Paint called MyColortopia.com which is full of inspiration, tools, and advice from the Colortopia Team (a few of my favorite design bloggers have teamed up there!) to help you simplify choosing that perfect color. They’re making it simple (and fun) to select colors, buy paint, paint your space and be thrilled with your choices.

 

 

I’ve been using MyColortopia.com in planning something I have in the works (more to come soon!) and am pleased to have teamed up with Glidden/Akzo Nobel Paints to share this new tool that helps you discover colors that suit your personality and lifestyle (so you can decided what color to paint your kitchen or the color for your upcoming wedding).

Be sure to check it out — take the My Life My Colors Quiz (use the above widget) and leave a comment telling me what colors pair with your lifestyle.

 –I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Thoughts :: Humbly ringing in 2012

Believe it or not, 2011 has come to an end. I hope this past year was a great one for you and I’m wishing that 2012 is full of beautiful surprises and lots of laughter.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you … all of you reading this. Thank you for reading Thoughtfully Simple, supporting the blog, the posts, and the goal of simple entertaining. From the virtual support on Twitter and Facbeook — to those real life mentions, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to bring you a lot more in 2012.

For now, I’m eager to wrap up the work day and join my family in some simple celebrating. Here’s a glimpse of my New Year’s spirit:

Photo credits + more New Year’s eye candy here.

Simple festive & touches, great food, family fun (puzzles and board games!), good conversations and ringing in the new year (with bubbly of course) … this is on my to-do list for the weekend.

How about you? How will you be celebrating?

P.S. Anyone else upset that the Rose Parade in on the 2nd this year? No, just me?

Well, have a great & safe weekend!

Cheers friends,

Tori

 

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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

thanksgiving ideas - table

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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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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Thoughts :: My {party planner} bucket list

A recent blog post got me thinking about bucket lists. You now, the list of wildly, unattainable adventures and goals you want to accomplish before you, well… kick the bucket. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of creating a bucket list  (really, I love any type of list) — but what I like more than creating a list is crossing items OFF of a list. So, instead of creating some extravagant list of things I’m dreaming of seeing or doing (but likely never will), I thought I’d focus a bit. I’m creating a list of party planning specific (and mostly attainable) things to see and do. Let’s hope I can get to crossing things off soon!

 

 

15 things this Hostess wants to do {soon}!

1. Make a ruffled cake

2. Host a pretty bake sale and donate proceeds to a great cause

3. Help with an Operation Shower event

4. Purchase this dining room table and host an intimate dinner party just to celebrate the table

5. Have another party-girl meet up with my amazing blogger friends

6. Host an intimate dinner party on the beach (as in tables on the sand with lanterns a-glow)

7. Convince my tween that a “tie dye” themed birthday would be totally cool

8. Go propping (prop shopping) in NY

9.  Have a Reese’s Peanut-tini with my new best friends (they have no idea we’re best friends btw)

10. Make my own cheese and then serve it at a wine & cheese party

11. Take a floral arranging class

12. Find a new and cool (local) photographer to capture my events

13. Plan a Mother’s Day brunch this year (muffins and mimosas anyone?)

14. Blog more about our lovely parties

15. Somehow legally change my 2 daughters’ birthdays so that they are NO LONGER December 22nd and December 23rd – it sure would be easier to plan parties (and yes I am serious)

 

I hope to start crossing off this list, sooner than later! I’ll come back and cross them off as I complete them (wish me luck with #15, I’m going to need it!).

 

What would be on your party planning bucket list?

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This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to TodaysMama.com to get the details.

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Party like it’s a Wednesday (on Twitter)

I like any reason to celebrate or put something thoughtful together — especially if it’s for something unexpected (say like a Wednesday night). So when PF Chang’s reached out to me to help co-host their Twitter party (tonight!) I was definitely up for it. PF Chang’s has launched a new line of great home meals that are meant to “ignite the night,” LOVE that! I can’t wait to share more at the party tonight on Twitter. Will you join us?

There will be AH-MAZ-ING prizes and lots of noodle-loving tweets flying (did you know tomorrow is National Noodle Day? Yep). I’m whipping up some tasty blog posts before the party but here’s a peek at what I’m cookin’ up. Plus, all the party details are at the end of the post. Hope to “see” you tonight!

Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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