Archive of ‘Celebrate’ category

Wizard of Oz Birthday Party

Does your little Dorthy love the Wizard of Oz? Why not think about planning a Wizard of Oz birthday party for her? Here are a few ideas I think she would love. With a little planning, she’ll definitely be calling you the Good Witch of the North!

I like this rainbow invitation. Of course, you can also include your actual address- however I still like the idea of including the text: “somewhere over the rainbow” and “just follow the yellow brick road.”

Speaking of the yellow brick road, you can paint a path leading to your door using sidewalk safe paint, or a make a yellow aisle runner using felt fabric from your local fabric shop. If you don’t have a path this would work on, you can plant yellow flowers in oblong flower boxes to line your walkway.

For other decor (or just for some fun) set out this themed game: The Wizard of Oz Yellow Brick Road Game. This can even be set out as entertainment if parents will be in attendance.

Perhaps my favorite idea, is to have each girl remove their shoes at the front door and slip on a pair of adorable ruby red slippers. These can double as party favors, as each girl can wear them home and continue her play once the party has ended.

These wicked witch cupcakes are perfect for a Wizard of Oz party! Serve them with these black and white striped napkins and ruby red paper goods for a complete look.

Need more dessert ideas? How about “somewhere over the rainbow jello?” Or these “wicked witch hat cookies?” For drinks, display a rainbow of Jones Sodas, and let each child choose their favorite.

Hope you have some inspiration for your party, have fun in Oz!

Hay! Have a Seat

I am really loving the concept of creative wedding ceremony seating. Below show hay bales being used in place of your typical folding chairs seen at most wedding ceremonies. What a simple way to add a bit of whimsy and playfulness to your special day. A little country chic anyone?

Here, you can incporporate your wedding colors by using solid throws and fabric throughout the space.

Or, simply gather mismatch quilts which creates a very homey feel. You could even borrow family heirloom quilts (say if your granny has some) which would add a touch of meaning to the seating.

All white covereings are an option too- although this look is a little bland for my personal taste.

What are your thoughts? Could you see hay bales at your ceremony?

{photos via The Knot, Tec Petaja, and Martha Stewart}

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 evite.com 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).

Beer-garita

Ingredients
1 (6-pack) light beer
1 can frozen limeade
1 lime, sliced in half
Directions
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!
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We’ve given you some sporty inspiration, now let’s hear your football ideas!

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