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A Pretty Packaging Party

Feeling the holiday stress? Wish you had more time? How about carving out a little girl time and getting some of that to-do list accomplished?  My simple tip to sneaking in time with your best friend, mom, sis and neighbors? How about hosting a simple, Pretty Packaging Party?

The plan: set up a gift wrapping station, toss out some supplies and simple snacks, and invite the girls over for chatting and wrapping!

gift wrapping party

Confine your packaging party supplies to one room in your house — a dining room table or an otherwise, “out of the way” spot where you gals can get busy wrapping and catching up.

gift wrap party

 You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand (you can even ask each guest to bring something like tags, tissue, or ribbons to make it easier).

wrapping party

Boxes (I prefer these craft brown ones from thinkgarnish.com), plenty of ribbons of different widths, and festive tags are all a must. Don’t forget the tissue paper, tape, scissors and pens too!

cool packaging

Add those thoughtful touches to your gifts with these little homemade paper flowers. I made all sizes using cupcake liners and coffee filters! Layer, scrunch, and secure the flower together using a brad. Hostess Tip: if you’ll have kids in tow this is a fun craft that will keep their little hands busy!

gift wrapping party

You won’t want to forget some drinks and snacks — but keep it super simple. You’re getting together to get gifts wrapped and sneak in some quality girl time — no working away in the kitchen! Serve water or lemonade in glass jars with cute straws. Serve “packaging peanuts” and candy in these clever clear plastic tubes (so handy).

This entire Pretty Packaging Party idea can be pulled together in a whim — it’s super simple. So, go ahead — call up your girlfriends and invite them over for some wrapping and chatting. After all — good things do come in pretty packages.

Boxes & Clear Tubes |  Garnish

Glass Jars & Paper Straws | Sweet Shop LuLu

Do you like to wrap gifts or is it more of a chore for you? Are you the gift wrap or gift bag type?

 

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Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this engagement party, the entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.”

Here is a reminder to what started it all … the perfect invitation.

engagement party ideas

Designed by the very talented Kori of Paper and Pigtails, the invite was the source of inspiration for the rest of the event details.

 If you missed Part 1 be sure to take a look. We shared lots of bright florals and details. Here’s a peek back:

engagement party ideas | decor

And at last …  more of the event:

In addition to the fully stocked bar, we served up two signature cocktails. We took classic traditional drinks and gave them a twist by using some fun candy. More details on those below! The tray-passed appetizers were classy but a little playful.

Throughout the night, servers passed trays of veggies and hummus, dirty martini skewers (recipe coming!), caprese turkey meatballs, crackers with pesto tapenade, spinach & feta puff pastries, spicy stuffed mushrooms, chipotle mayo beef sliders and french fries served in a cup with spicy ketchup. The food was a hit!

engagement party drinks

The two signature drinks were both inspired by candy from CandyWarehouse.com — a Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail and a Vodka and Orange Cream Club. Both recipes to come soon!

Paper cones were filled with gourmet cotton candy adult could appreciate. The flavor? Strawberry Jalapeno (it was GOOD!).

The dessert table could not have been more perfect, really. Not over the top — but SPOT ON with the design (just how I like it). Custom cookies by Allyson Jane were a perfect match. She incorporated the logo I designed with a pop of orange and the custom print from the invitaions. She hand decorated our “chevron with a twist” pattern and they were perfect!

engagement party ideas

Matching custom cupcake toppers were made by the talented Edibtal Details. The monogram and custom pattern showed off beautifully here.

engagement party cake

Also, designed by Edible Details were the GORGEOUS sugar flowers that adorned our cake — just so lovely. They mimicked the fresh florals we used throughout the party.

Thank you to all the very talented and helpful vendors who helped me pull this party off. And thank you to the darling couple (Courtney & Dave) who gave me the honor of coordinating this amazing evening for them! Now, let’s plan a wedding shall we? :)

Our Amazing Vendors

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Cupcake Toppers & Sugar Flowers | Edible Details

Custom Cookies | Allyson Jane

Candy | Candy Warehouse

Vases for centerpieces | Blumebox

Cotton Candy | Daily Grommet

Cake | Jodee’s Bakery

 

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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

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If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 1

Since sharing this engagement party invitation with you, we’ve been super busy gathering all of the fabulous photos from this classy + whimsy engagement party we hosted. We had so many wonderful vendors help us pull off this amazing night to celebrate a very special couple (hello Courtney & Dave!) that we are going to break the party feature into 2 parts. So, let’s just jump in to some eye candy, shall we?

engagement party invitation

The entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.” I took her wishes and ran with them. I knew I wanted to use one original pattern throughout the party (think invite, decor, desserts) and that bright pink and orange would be perfect for an end-of-summer cocktail soiree. I turned to my go-to girl Kori from Paper and Pigtails and together we brainstormed the PERFECT invite!

The reverse side of the invite was printed with a custom pattern – I’m calling it “chevron with a twist.” You’ll see much more of the pattern in Part 2!

 engagement party

 The event took place at the home of dear friends of the couple in Old Town Murrieta, CA. The property offered a gorgeous backdrop for cocktails, appetizers, friends and family. We strung market lights which transformed the yard once the sun set.

pink and orange centerpieces

All the linens and chairs (from Allie’s Party) were black which looked really chic in the bright and vibrant outdoor space. The Blumebox vases used to create the centerpieces were also black and were meant to blend in to the table top. Then each was filled with vibrant flowers that “popped” right off of the tables.

decor -- engagement party

Photos and flowers were used throughout the party space.

pink and orange flowers

The main decor for this party were the pink and orange flowers — stunning flowers.

Roses, baby Dalias and Gerber Daisies in shades of oranges and pinks. They were all grown and picked by my favorite grower at our local farmers’ market (more on him soon!).

We have much more to show you in Part 2 including food, cocktails and amazing desserts. See Part 2 here.

Vendors mentioned above:

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Vases for centerpieces |  Blumebox

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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!

 

 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 I just couldn’t wait to share!)

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Western Baby Shower

Remember this spring baby shower I hosted for a dear friend a while back? Well that mom-to-be recently helped host (with her sister) a baby shower for their little sister and I have to share it with you. Kenzi (the new mom-to-be) is a country girl at heart and they wanted to make the shower feel put together but relaxed. I think they accomplished that perfectly. Take a look at this western baby shower.

western baby shower - decorations

A homemade burlap banner, old wagon wheel and hay bales offered a casual place for guests to sit and relax in the shade.

baby shower food ideas

Nothing fussy about the food and beverages! Sweet tea & lemonade (no western theme should be without!), snacks and later on guests dined on good ole’ BBQ!

table top - western baby shower

Centerpieces were made of sunflowers gathered from the local farmers’ market and placed in mason jars. Other jars hung on iron garden hooks throughout the space and were filled with other yellow wildflowers.

Placemats were simple – coordinating scrapbook paper (This is my go-to idea! Take a peek at the DIY paper placemat post from a couple of years back). With simple twine used to tie up the napkins and cutlery.

decor - western baby shower

Remember the wagon wheel? Guests filled out little wishing cards for mom and baby and pinned then to the wheel. Such a cute idea!

baby shower favor ideas - western

As guests left, they were sent on “Happy Trails” with a jar of homemade trail mix. The perfect touch to this thoughtful western baby shower!

Great job Kelly and Kaci and a BIG congrats to mom-to-be Kenzi!

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