Archive of ‘Other Occassions’ category

Cinco de Mayo Centerpieces

Looking to add a little festive flair to your table top? If you’re looking for Cinco de Mayo centerpieces these little guys are easy to make and they look really interesting on any table.
Simple cinco de mayo centerpieces

You can even make them as favors to give guests after the party, or bring along as a hostess gift if you are invited to a fiesta.

Gold and Terracotta

I picked up some inexpensive terracotta pots in various sizes, marked off some interesting shapes using painter’s tape, and spray painted them with gold metallic spray paint (I’m obsessed with this stuff and keep finding reasons to spray paint things!). You can use any color you’d like but I am a fan of mixing the terracotta with the gold. Let them dry and you have the perfect centerpiece vessel!

Fill the newly painted pots with different varieties of cactus and you have yourself a simple Cinco de Mayo centerpiece. I told you all it was easy.

CCinco de Mayo Centerpiece

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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.

Spring Brunch {Part I}

About a week ago, I posted my Spring Brunch inspiration board and a sneak peek a recent shoot I styled. Today, I’d like to share more pictures with you {Part I}! I was honored to be asked by Aleah & Nick Valley of Valley & Co. to style a shoot for the second edition of their fabulous e-zine and share my Spring brunch ideas! With sunny thoughts flooding my brain, I just couldn’t resist. For the full story behind my inspiration, be sure to check out their e-glossy pages here.

{Part 1} The Table

white party ideas

The setting was a bright green field. The perfect backdrop for an all-white, crisp table.

spring brunch ideas

When I think of Spring, images of fresh clean linen hanging from a clothes line in a big green field dance in my mind. That is what the table felt like to me — just perfect.

white wedding flowers

Six white vases of different shapes and sizes were grouped tightly and lined the center of the table. The all white flowers were gathered from the local farmers’ market and included hydrangeas, ranunculus, spray roses and wax flowers. These centerpieces could also be great inspiration for white wedding flowers.

Whether you are looking for your own Spring brunch ideas or just white party ideas in general, I hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

**Check out Part II of this feature! I’ll show you the Spring Brunch menu and great pops of color added by our talented vendors!

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…

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!

A Nostalgic Graduation Party

If you’re looking for a a simple theme for a graduation party, this is it! This young man 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:

theme for a graduation party

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.

graduation party decorations

Those old yearbooks came in handy as centerpieces. Placed in stacks of three on each table. The yearbooks offered not only nostalgic decor but a fun activity and conversation 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.

theme for a graduation party

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.

Grad party ideas

Red velvet cupcakes (his favorite) for dessert and mini lunch sac favors offered as favors for the taking. I told you all, this theme for a graduation party is super simple to pull of yourself (and on budget).

DIY favor bags

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/.

What do you think? Will this work for your grad?

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