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Superbowl Party Ideas

I love any excuse to gather some close friends and host a little shin-dig. Hence my current excitement for this year’s Superbowl. Since the results of playoffs are in, I am now able to brainstorm some Superbowl party ideas. Here is what I have so far:

Festive plates and cups to represent both teams. Set out equal amounts of Colts party supplies and Saints party supplies and let your guests choose who to root for. Use chalkboards throughout the party space. Use them to label your food table, identify drinks, point guests toward the restroom…get creative! This centerpiece from InStyle Parties will be a perfect addition, I plan to replicate this in some fashion for my party.

I have not yet finalized my Superbowl menu, but I know that these jalapeno-bacon thingies are making the cut! In fact, I can tell you several or PW’s recipes will be selected. A variety of beers will be supplies and perhaps even a beergarita or two for the ladies. Team colored Jones Soda will be a hit with the younger attendees as will these fun referee cupcakes. We will just have to make sure they play with those whistles outside :).

Need more? Here are 8 additional Superbowl Party Ideas.

School Themed Graduation Party

We recently asked our Facebook Fans to share any party planning questions they may have with us. Kim, shared that she was having a combined 30th birthday party and grad school graduation party and needed help with party ideas. We jumped at the chance to brainstorm with her…. Kim is a Kindergarten teacher, so what better theme than an elementary one?

Remember this school themed wedding we featured? I love their use of books as centerpieces. You can stack up an eclectic group of books and place them anywhere you would like some decoration. For a more streamlined look, cover the books using solid red paper which will really make them pop. Use the books alone or top them with flowers or even a framed black and white photo of the guest of honor. For a buffet or dessert table, use the stacks of books as cake stands and pedestals to give your table height.

Here, black paper was used as table runners. Use chalk to draw placemats if it is a seated meal. For a buffet table, use chalk to write the names of the dishes that are set out. You can also just use this paper on tables throughout your space leaving chalk for others to have fun with and doodle you graduation (or birthday) wishes.

I love this mini candy apple buffet for a dessert table!

Themed drink? Serve Washington Apple Martinis.

I can never get enough of the chalkboard photo booth idea. Start of by drawing a big 3-0 on the board!

Let guests leave you graduation and birthday wishes in a yearbook styled guest book. This will be loads of fun to look back on. If you don’t wish to do the photo booth, ask guests to bring their favorite picture of you two together and let them add them to the book when they arrive.

*I like the red color scheme that flows throughout this party but if you prefer, swap out the red for green. Use green apples for the buffet and make a green apple martini.

*For invites, a mock report card would be really cool!

{additional images via The Knot and The Bride’s Guide}

For more school themed  graduation party ideas, check out this party and this party favor.

8 Simple Ideas For Your Super Bowl Party

Football fan or not, Super Bowl Sunday is a great reason to grab a few friends and have some fun! Here are few simple ideas to inspire you to “kick-off” your party planning now!

#1 Invites

One simple detail about Superbowl is how informal it is….so go ahead, send out an invitation straight to every one’s email inbox! Check out for a fun selection of football-themed evites!

#2 Table Top Decor

This is the perfect occasion to ditch your old linen table cloths and let loose! Pick up a few yards of astro-turf from your nearest home supply store and cover your table tops with this fake field! Go the extra “yard” and create yard lines using white masking tape!

#3 Toss Away Plates/Napkins

Don’t waste time washing dishes, grab some simple solid plates and napkins. Buy green or brown to tie into the football theme or buy the team colors of that particular game.

#4 Food: Serve it up Simple!

Serve an array of appetizers that can be eaten using your hands. This will make for easy snacking throughout the game day. Buffalo wings and sliders are always a favorite among crowds {and are simple to prepare and serve}. We also love this recipe for these chicken and cheese empanadas from Paula Dean! For dessert stick with the hands-only rule and make a platter of cookies, brownies, or cupcakes.

#5 Sporty Decor

Superbowl doesn’t require too much fluff, but you might still want to decorate a bit. I like these football paper lanterns. You can hang them on your front porch, from your back patio or even inside from the ceiling. Bonus: They can be taken down, stored and reused!

#6 Football Fun

These inflatable Goal Posts and Football make double as decor and entertainment for little ones not so interested in the actual game. Check here for more great #7 Sporty Hostess Attire

To tie the whole party together {and add a little party flare} wear referee attire. You can find black & white striped referee attire at most sporting good stores, if not you can always check your local party store this time of year. What a unique way to be a fabulous {dressed} hostess!

#8 Beverages With A Twist

Most Super Bowl parties will call for beer, but why not offer this twist on the average beer (your female guests will love it).


1 (6-pack) light beer
1 can frozen limeade
1 lime, sliced in half
Pour beer into a large pitcher. Add still-frozen limeade and stir to combine. (Stirring with a metal utensil can reduce foam.) Allow foam to settle. Squeeze half a lime into pitcher. Finely slice the other lime half and place into pitcher, for garnish. Pour into chilled glasses and serve cold. Enjoy!
We’ve given you some sporty inspiration, now let’s hear your football ideas!

Sweet Shoppe | Candy Themed Party

This candy themed party was created with a classic sweet shoppe feel. Designed exclusively with Kate Landers Events, LLC this party was extra special because it was thrown to celebrate my own two little girls’ birthdays. Born just one day apart- Taylor celebrated her 9th birthday while our youngest London, celebrated turning 3. The party theme was selected because they agreed- they both loved candy. Taylor chose blue as her favorite color and London selected purple —  there you have it, a party theme was born!

Who doesn’t love lollipops?

And what is better than a gumball, really?

Handmade giant lollipops lined the walk where guests where greeted with a chalkboard “OPEN” sign.

A gumdrop wreath adorned the front door {inspired from this candy wreath via Let’s Entertain}.

These classic {and darling} party hats were designed for us by Kate. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavender color scheme. Each paper hat was adorned in a classic pattern that just had such a charm. What I loved most about these hats was the ability to create a mix-n-match assortment. They were all in the party’s colors but we had several unique patterns which lent a playful feel to the party.

In addition to the playful paper hats, each birthday girl had their own personalized Festoon Trimmed Party Hat. I have never seen anything like these hats, darling doesn’t even begin to describe them. Double satin ribbon ties under their chin- oh so fabulous! After the party, these were still in perfect shape–I know they will be worn and cherished for years. Here are all the party hats together:

Fun, right?

Party decor consisted {in part} of:

-A  homemade candy shop awning:  poster board and paint

-Lavender and white flowers

-Wooden lollipop centerpieces

-Hanging pieces of candy. We had three giant candy pieces hanging from a tree outside, blue, white, and purple {shown}. To make them, I used paper lanterns (I get mine here) and simply wrapped them with colored cellophane. Tie the ends with ribbon to make it look like wrapped candy.

tissue pom pom decorations

Tissue pom poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch. Here’s how to make tissue paper pom poms (I just did them the week before the party).

This designer fabric table runner was also create by Kate Landers Events and really pulled the candy table together. The lavender stripes atop the soft cream background felt so elegant and classic- Sweet Shoppe feel for sure!

The main event: The candy buffet table. All candy was chosen for its color; blue, purple, or white. From Rock Candy to Sixlets- Old Fashioned Taffy Wands to lollipops… this candy buffet was so sweet.

Each candy jar was labeled using printable labels that I discovered over at Eat Drink Chic. See them used in this Ice Cream Parlour Sundae Buffet and download them for yourselves.

Candy themed games kept little ones entertained. “Pin the gumball in the machine” was made exclusively for this party {via Kate Landers Events}. Each child’s gumball was hand stitched with a number so they knew who’s-was-who’s. I loved this take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey. Lollipop Toss was played outdoors. We also played musical squares to the song “Lollipop, Lollipop.” In fact, we had “candy themed” music playing the entire time- over an hour of music!

Polka dotted party napkins added a nice color element, a paper-pennant flag banner (my go-to decor item), treat bags filled with scoops of candy, and so much more!

Each guest left with a mini gumball machine in addition to a bag full of candy.

Believe it or not, there were so many more photos of this wonderful candy birthday party. Thank you for taking the time to browse these ideas and I hope they inspire you to host a candy party of your own!

A special thanks to Kate for helping to pull off one sweet party! I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about this fabulous company here on Thoughtfully Simple and elsewhere in the near future.


Tissue Pom Poms | Make them here

Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

You Asked: Tiffany Blue Wedding Invitations

A wonderful reader left this comment the other day on our Tiffany Blue Wedding theme post:

“Hi, I’m just starting to plan a wedding with Tiffany Blue and chocolate brown as my colors. I need help finding invitations.” –Kia

I love it when readers ask for suggestions so Kia, here are a few of my favorite tiffany blue themed wedding invitations:

tiffany blue wedding invitation

Swirl Wedding Invitations

tiffany blue wedding invitation

Lush Leaves: Paradise

Dotti Invitation in Sky

Winter Flourish

Simple Dots

Above: Lush Leaves via Wedding Paper Divas. Swirl, Dotti, Winter Flourish, and simple Dots via Minted.

Hope that helps you Kia {and everyone else out there planning an event with this color scheme!

Photo Booth Props | Smitten Sticks

If you read this site often, you know I am currently obsessed with photo booths at parties and weddings. My last favorite version was using a chalkboard in your photo booth shot (remember that?), but alas I have a new favorite version! Check these out:

They are called Smitten Sticks and if you tell me they don’t make you smile I’ll call your bluff!

Add these adorable paper expression to your next photo booth and I guarantee they will be a huge hit!

Smitten Sticks would be a great addition to any party photo booth and even more adorable for a wedding photo booth! Can you even imagine? Adorably witty and fun (and you can quote me on that)!

Be sure to visit Smitten Sticks for yourself….enjoy!

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