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Superbowl Party | Ideas & Inspiration

The big game is this Sunday! Are you hosting an party or having people over to watch the game? Whether you are expecting a big turnout or just a few family members, make it an  event with a little Superbowl fun!

Each year I host an completely informal gathering so all the adults can get together and enjoy the game and just hang out. (Hostess Tip: Rent a bounce-house to keep all the rowdy kids entertained in the BACK YARD!)

These four recipes are typically on my menu each year:

Superbowl Party

Get the recipes to these Superbowl food ideas. This year I hear my mother-in-law might be bringing some clam chowder — YUM.

Halftime Snacks

I like the idea of having a halftime snack table. The kids can grab what they’d like, adults have snacks handy and the hostess can be off-duty!

Decor is typically very simple. A couple team balloons and maybe a paper pennant banner hung somewhere. I also gather chalkboards and draw out football plays on them (I place them on the mantle near the TV). I also get team colored cups and make each person claim the color they will be cheering for.

I LOVE this chili bar idea from Chris at Celebrations at Home (I just might have to try this out myself!):

Isn’t this perfect for Superbowl? Check out her full post + recipes here.

I’ve also been collecting great sources for printables and decor that would be perfect for a Superbowl party over on Pinterest. Check out my Football board for more recipes, football dessert ideas, and even fun games (like rate the commerial and Superbowl bingo!).

So, what will YOU be doing this Sunday? Have a favorite Superbowl snack? I’d LOVE to know — I’m always eager to try something new!

Homepage featured image from HWTM which is included in the Pinterest source roundup.

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Spring Brunch Inspiration & Sneak Peek!

Here is a look at the inspiration board I created for a recent Spring Brunch shoot. The look was crisp and cheerful, exactly how I envision springtime. Plus, a sneak peek at the actual shoot!

spring party themes

Inspiration above from: TheKnot, Twirlie Whirlies and My Baking Addiction.

Here is a sneak peek at the location where we held the brunch shoot — it was a stunning day!

Spring Brunch Ideas

I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos! Stay tuned…

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A Lovely Vintage Picnic

Lisa Pearson sent me over a link humbly asking me to check out a recent post from her blog. Curious, I visited the link and immediately thought, WOW what a fabulous post – I MUST share it. Lisa and her daughter enjoyed a wonderful vintage picnic lunch in true vintage style with a perfect combination of both girly touches and sophisticated elements. If you are looking for inspiration for a vintage party theme, be sure to check out Lisa’s photos. She has great ideas (hello $10 dresser find!).

From Lisa’s friend (who highjacked her blog to post this feature in honor of Lisa):

“She hauled her $10 dresser and bags of food and boxes of dishes across a very busy public park to the perfect picnic spot, laughing and joyful the whole way. She went all out with the beautiful vintage details, right down to the paper and string she used to wrap the sandwiches. What can I say??? She just rocks!”

We agree! Just look at these lovely photos:

Above, the $10 dresser find!

Simple fixings for a vintage picnic.

Lisa with her college-bound daughter. What beautiful women and such a beautiful way to share a moment with one another before they head out into the world.

What a lovely afternoon!

Thank you Lisa for sharing your wonderful vintage picnic with us. What a well-designed and lovely afternoon to spend with your daughter. The stunning photographs were all take by Lisa’s dear friend Kim (see her work at blubelstudio.com).

To see more photos of Lisa’s afternoon vintage picnic, visit her blog. She has several stunning posts, be prepared to get lost in them like I did.

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Celebrate an old favorite! 90210 Day

No, I am not a fanatic of the show. In fact, I have never watched the new version of the series. I simply have such nostalgic memories of watching this show as I was growing up. Realizing today is in fact, 9/02/10 — I thought a party post was in order. Hey, I’ll throw a themed party for just about anything! Even 90210 Day.

When I think back to the “gang: on 90210, I immediately think about scenes of them meeting at Nat’s Peach Pit. Typically, if it went down — this is where it happened. I don’t remember much eating (as someone pointed out on Twitter last night), but a lot of pushing the food around the plate while they contemplated life. For this party — we are eating and drinking ;).

How about a Peach “Virgin” Donna Martin Daiquiri? Coined by Donna Martin .. uh hum… I mean, Tori Spelling herself.

{Peach Pit} “Virgin” Donna Martin Daiquiri?


60 ml light rum
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup canned peaches
2 sliced peaches

To Make:

-put all the ingredients into blender along wit ha cup of crushed ice
-blend at low sped for 10-15 seconds
-pour into a chilled wine glass
-garnish Frozen Peach Daiquiri with lemon slice

Dessert? Mini Peach Pies!

Yum, pair with vanilla bean ice cream – so good! Get the recipe here.

OR, if cupcakes are more your style check out these Peach frosted delights! Simply use ordinary cake mix (if you want to whip this out quickly) but make this handmade peach icing for fabulous dessert!

Peach Buttercream

¾ cup butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup peach puree (fresh peaches pureed in the food processor)

A few drops of lemon juice to keep the peaches from turning.
Vanilla, to taste
Whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until well combined. Add peach puree and vanilla and beat again until smooth. I added just a touch of yellow and red food coloring to enhance the color. recipe and photo found here.

Now, all you need is some old re-runs of the original 90210 episodes and you are all set to enjoy your 90210 party. So dish, who was YOUR favorite character? I bet you’ll never guess mine!

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A Nostalgic Graduation Party

This graduation party was special to me for a couple reasons. This grad party was not only for my best friend’s son– but he also graduated from my old high school (which made it super nostalgic to plan). If you are looking for a theme for a graduation party, be inspired by the school itself. School colors, plus old class yearbooks (we were able to gather editions from 20 years back!), then throw in real “school” stuff like chalk boards and lunch sacs. Here are a few pictures:

A chalk board else greeted guests at the door to introduce the “school” theme. My favorite DIY paper pennants decorated the party space– school colors of course (Go Big Red)! I LOVE paper pennant for a simple and inexpensive decoration. If you read this site regularly, you might have seen them here, here, or here.

Those old yearbooks came in handy as centerpieces. Placed in stacks of 3 on each table– the yearbooks offered not only nostalgic decor but a fun activity and converstaion starter.. By mid-party, guests just couldn’t resist opening up the old books a reliving old memories and laughing at long gone styles. I even got to read the message I left in my boyfriend of 5 months (now husband’s!) yearbook. TOO FUNNY! Placed on each stack of books was a simple red apple with a congratulatory message placed in it.

Before leaving, each guest was asked to “Sign in.” The grad’s parents made a heartwarming book of photos from his school days. Each guest signed throughout the book just like signing a yearbook. This was my favorite element of the party.

Red velvet cupcakes (his favorite) for dessert and mini lunch sac favors offered as favors for the taking.

A close up of the favors. For the DIY instructions on these mini lunch sac treats, see this post.

Fonts used in this party:

School Script Dashed and Octin Sports Free

*School Script Dashed font and Octin Sports Free font are free to download from http://www.dafont.com/.

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Garden Party Inspiration: Booze & Berries

While browsing one of my favorite blogs, The Sweetest Occasion- I stumbled upon a fabulously styled wedding shoot. The theme was “Al Fresco California Bohemian Wedding” though I instantly felt that this would make perfect inspiration for a garden party. Now that my garden is really beginning to blossom and produce yummy treats– I can’t stop thinking about hosting a garden party at my home.

This shoot gave me great inspiration. Take a look- you’ll see why!

I can see this table set up in our back yard right outside of the garden gate.

Fresh cut blooms from the yard would make simple and fragrant centerpieces.

Booze & Berries, LOVE this as the theme! I could see darling invites sent out to all my girl friends… perfect!

Here is a decanter of blood orange punch, I am thinking sangria would be a great option as well. You could do lemonade or any other citrus you have in your garden.

I love the use of votive to illuminate the table at night. The glow totally transforms the garden party feel. I can imaging sitting out in the evening in good company, on a warm summer’s night.

For more amazing photos of this shoot- stop by The Sweetest Occasion and check out this Bohemian Wedding.

Credits: Courtney Cole of White Flower Boutique, Jenna Kageyama of flutter glass Photography, Emilia Keene-Kendrick of Sweet Emilia Jane and Erin Lepperd of Erin Ever After.

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