Archive of ‘Celebrate’ category

Creepy Chic Halloween

Looking for a more chic way to celebrate this Halloween? Christine of Just Loverly has some great sophisticated handmade designs that will set your Halloween decor apart from the rest.

In her own words, Christine says, “Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean your décor has to be unsightly!” I couldn’t agree more! Check out her great designs:

I love the pairing of traditional Halloween colors and unexpected patterns like the black and white damask seen on the Halloween banner. These creepy chic Halloween napkins are actually hand stamped! The napkins have 2 different images: one with a spider hanging from a chandelier and the other with a Victorian chair hosting black crows. Love them! And of course, no spooky sip would be complete without one of these themed straw toppers to tie it all together.

Be sure to check out these Halloween themed cocktails when planning your creepy chic Halloween party.

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You asked! Our Halloween Party

Today I am receiving so many emails, tweets, and messages asking if I had a Halloween party and email inquires like (as one reader put it), “Why are you starving us of your party pictures?” that I decided to throw up a few pictures from our party. Oh, and of course I had a party, did you really doubt me?

I wanted to do a little something to keep the kiddos (and their parents) busy pre trick-or-treating time.

The Halloween invites sent out to the little monsters.

Some of the simple DIY Halloween decor. The Halloween wine glasses were made by rubbing on scrapbook transfers. They come right off with a quick soak in warm water.

Sweets (of course).

These were a big hit, simple DIY Halloween Treats. Spider web cupcakes (inspired by Eddie Ross), doughnut hole eye balls and marshmallow pops made up a haunting Halloween dessert table.

Simple party favors were made using paper lunch sacs, white shipping labels, and a creepy spider web font. Placed atop a table near a “haunted” tree.

It was a fun time for the kids. A little lunch, a few Halloween games, prizes, and a lot of sugar! What more can a kid ask for?

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Halloween Paper Goods

If you are thinking about hosting a Halloween party (or just looking for a creative way to make the day more festive), here is my advice: start with the basics. A very simple (and non-intimidating) way to create a pulled together party look is to start with printed plates and napkins. I know, simple right? Even though paper plates and napkins might seem… well too simple, they are a great way to create a themed look with out all the fuss or stress. Check out these festive Halloween paper goods from Plates & Napkins. They would be a great base for any Halloween party theme.

Halloween Paper Goods

These festive prints would be great for a Halloween themed party for either kids or adults. The more basic prints like stripes and polka dots, could be paired with more fun elements like candy and favors for a children’s party. The more sophisticated prints like the damask and filigree could easily be paired with candelabras and more formal or classy decorations.

For more whimsical and fun decor, order your Halloween paper plates in a spooky design. These are playful but could easily be “dressed up” by adding solid napkins and a solid table cloth or runner to your table. Above from left to right: Midnight Madness, Bonehead and Batty.

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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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In a Flash! First Birthday Theme

When mom Stacey realized it was time to plan her little Liv’s first birthday, she realized how fast her first year flew by. All parents realize it at one time or another– they grow up “in a flash.” Stacey says, “The bittersweet thoughts about our last baby’s first birthday & the desire to capture this fun time in my little one’s life inspired the theme for Liv’s party: One Year Old in a Flash.”

If you are looking for a first birthday theme, we think this one is so unique. It would work for both boys and girls! Here are some details as told by Stacey:

Invitations are one of the best parts of party planning! They set the tone & get people excited about being a part of the celebration. I’ve worked with Ginger, of Beyond Design, on at least 5 parties in the past, & she always delivers way beyond my expectations! I told her the party would be centered around photos, asked her to make the invites casual & fun, and gave her the color scheme and party details. I couldn’t be happier with the invitation & two inserts she designed! She made some really fun graphics we ended up using for other aspects of the party too, incorporated photos of Liv on the “film strip” band that went around the invite, and even put a little frame on the envelope for the photo stamps that I ordered.

The décor for the party was pretty simple. The Cottage Market made 12 glittery clothes pins for me, in the colors of the party of course, & included some twine which I strung between two 3M hooks (3M hooks are my secret party weapon!) along the stairway. A picture from each month made for a sweet banner & a really neat way to see how much Liv had grown over the year!

*Can you believe this is the first dessert table Stacey has ever done? Great work Stacey! For all the little details, check out this post where she explains this pink dessert table in full detail.

More darling photos from this photography infused birthday. Check out the lips and mustaches that guests used to as props for pictures!

What a simple idea! Paint an inexpensive frame for a fun DIY photo shoot!

Stacey, already planning Liv’s next party ;).

Thank you Stacey for sharing this darling party with us. *For more great details and party pics (via Elemental Image) check out Elle Belle blog.

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Pink & Green Turtle Party

This Lilly Pulitzer inspired turtle party theme is so darling I am almost not sure where to begin. Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails created this custom party for her own daughter who was turning 3. All the elements are perfect. From the pink and green party colors to the preppy turtle details Kori didn’t leave one detail undone. My favorite element of the party is that it was completely toddler proof! No glass vases to break, nothing to worry about except having fun at this pool party!

The kids’ table was set up poolside. This Lily Pulitzer table wear was the inspiration behind this preppy turtle theme. At the table, each child ate their personalized boxed lunch (love this idea- so simple!).

This pink and green themed dessert buffet was a perfect fit. You’ll notice that all the items on the table are plastic and won’t break. Because this party was poolside, it was important that Kori design it to be toddler-friendly.

These donuts are perhaps the cutest thing…. great idea for little fingers to grab.

Kori’s favorite elements? The taffy wands (shown on the dessert table) and these darling fondant turtles that perched atop the cupcakes. Her daughter loved the pinwheels and would often be found mesmerized — blowing them and watching them twirl.

Cool poolside sips.

Cookie favors carried this turtle party theme all the way through and gave guests a little something sweet to take home for later.

*All of the custom preppy turtle printables Kori created are available here.

Thank you Kori for sharing the darling details with us. Head on over to Kori’s blog to check out the rest of the amazing party photos and to browse a list of all the vendors who helped her create this darling party.

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