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The perfect invitation {+ sneak peek!}

It’s no secret that the invitation sets the tone for the party, baby shower, wedding — or whatever the event may be. Making or finding the perfect one however can be tough. For me, it’s my favorite part of the party planning process. Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it’s a long process, but once I’ve found “it” I get extremely motivated (and excited) to plan the rest of the event!

Once in a while I’ll make my own invitations (it’s that former stationery-designer in me) like I did here and here. Other times, I know right away that I need to turn to a pro. My go-to? Kori from Paper and Pigtails. She hit it out of the park with this sports party invitation and these spring brunch printables and I knew for my next event she would be my only choice.

For this upcoming engagement party, I had an exact vision of what I wanted the invitations to look and feel like. Kori (as she always does) was able to jump into my crowded mind and deliver — the. perfect. invites.

Classy and sophisticated …. yet a little whimsy and fun. Black with a touch of orange and bright pink, great fonts and (my favorite part) an original pattern designed just for this party. Here’s a look!

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Β You can see the pattern in the picture above, it covers the entire reverse side of the invite and was meant to bit a bit of a “surprise.” I LOVE how they turned out. What do you think?

Many more professional photos to come of this event so stay tuned (I snapped this with an iphone real quick because IΒ just couldn’t wait to share!)

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Hanging on to summer

summer crafts

If you are like me, then you are in a bit of denial that summer is nearing an end and before we know it fall will be here. My daughter heads back to school (hello 5th grade!) in less than two weeks, which is way to soon if you ask me. It’s still summer! So, in an effort to squeeze in a little more fun before the early bedtimes and packing of lunches resumes — I decided to put a little canister of summertime together for her today.

summer crafts

Think of it as a can of happy, ok … well if you’re 10.

Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?

Spilling over with happy (and fun), just like summertime.

I think she’ll smile when she open this.

yo-yo and jump rope — ahhh summertime fun.

I couldn’t resist picking up this cute watermelon note pad. Perfect for writing down those last minute summertime to-do’s. Thinking lying in a hammock and making smores would be on the top of mine!

What about you? What would you put in your “canister of happy” or write on your summertime to-do list?

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DIY party decorations {Signs}

This past weekend, I helped host a very special gathering — it was for my brother and was more of a trifecta of celebrations. He turned 18, graduated high school and is heading off to boot camp to become a Marine (how’s THAT for milestones?). We kept the decor simple (he’s a guy after all) and created some DIY party decorations using his high school colors. I used several signs throughout the party to tie in the color scheme — here they are.

DIY party decorations

These sign holders are my new absolute favorite! They hold TWO 4×6 photos each (yep, they are double sided!). They are from Ikea and only $.99 each! Thank you to Jen of HTWM for sharing these with us, great resource.

Free party printables

Thirsty? One sign on the drink table …

free printables

And one for the snack table. Simple, just how I like it!

Free printables

Here are both signs. You should be able to right click + save if you’d like to print them for your next party. Enjoy!

Thanks to HWTM for both the tip on the sign holders and the inspiration for the sign design!

Signs | Ikea

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Summertime place setting

Whether you are having a BBQ, picnic, or pool party — entertaining outdoors should be kept simple! Here is an easy DIY idea that can double as a place setting and a favor (depending on what you place inside!). This place setting would be great for any occasion but very festive for those Fourth of July party ideas.

fourth of july party ideas

DIY Place Setting Boxes

-Small white box, gingham print tape (around box), cotton candy bubble gum, bandanna print plate, bandanna print napkin, plastic cutlery and party poppers (all from Michael’s Craft Store).

-Your favorite individual bag of chips

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.

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DIY – end of year teacher gift

While looking for homemade gift ideas to make and send with my daughter to give her teacher today on the last day of school (already?! how did this happen so soon?), I stumbled upon this idea on simple seleta and loved it! I incorporated a few things in this “carry all” that I thought the teacher would enjoy while kicking off her summer — but the possibilities are endless.

I started with a green soda bottle carry from IZZE. I covered the box with cheery yellow scrapbook paper, but you could leave as is (especially the IZZE boxes because they have a nice colorful, modern look).

homemade gift ideas - teachers

Here is what I used to create the gift:

homemade gift ideas - instructions

- IZZE soda box plus I left in one of the lime sodas

- vanilla frappuccino bottle

- bundle of striped paper straws

- small glass bud vase ($1.99 at Target) filled with yellow mini button flowers

- Starbucks biscotti and package of fruit and nuts trail mix (not pictured above)

- $10 Starbucks card

After covering the box, I printed out a paper that read “enjoy summer” and glued it to the front.

Thanks simple seleta for the inspiration! I can see so many variation of this idea. What about you? What could you make one of these carry all treat boxes for? I’d love to hear your homemade gift ideas!

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Spring Brunch Free Printables!

Did you catch our recent Spring Brunch feature? If not, be sure to check out Part I & Part II. If you want to host your own crisp, fresh and cheery Spring brunch — we have great news! Kori from Paper & Pigtails is generously sharing the menu, food cards, and place cards she created for us — with all of you!

free printables

For your own Spring brunch, download these free printables from Paper & Pigtails! All files can be edited with your own menu and names! Thanks Kori!

Download files here.

*Please note that these files are for your personal use only. They are being generously shared with you all, please use for your personal parties only. Thanks!

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