Fab Finds for the Modern Hostess: Loving it!

Part of being a modern hostess is well…. being modern. Staying up-to-date with new items to help you plan your fabulous dinner parties, getting the scoop on hip invites, and of course picking out those new and fresh gifts. Here at Thoughtfully Simple we are always keeping an eye out for “what’s hot” when it comes to entertaining and gift giving. To make your search a bit more enjoyable, we have kicked off our Fab Finds directory where we will list some of our favorite items for you to browse through. Take a peek at some of our must have goods for the modern hostess. We will be updating this often, so be sure to check back!

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DIY Wedding Aisle

Weddings are perhaps my favorite occasion to celebrate, and also my favorite to coordinate. Love, romance, and a plethora of fresh blooms– I mean come on, who doesn’t love weddings? When coordinating a wedding, I tend to favor simple ideas that create a stunning result. This DIY wedding aisle inspiration from Martha Stewart Weddings is one of “those.” Look how simple this idea is. Fresh rose petals and hurricane vases with floating candles? Very simple but oh so stunning, right? I just had to share this!

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Host a Knitting Party {and invite me}!

About four months ago, I read The Friday Night Knitting Club- and I often still think about that story with the cute characters and that charming little Manhattan yarn shop. No, I do not know how to knit- but ever since I read this book I have been dying to learn how! Perhaps I will have the spare time in the future to learn but for know why not just throw a knitting- themed party? This would be a cute party theme for a birthday of someone you loves to knit, for Mother’s Day, or just to surprise Grammy.

Check out this adorable knitting basket cake created by the masters at Cake Journal!

This is just the most adorable cake I have seen! Loving the giant balls of yarn. Visit Cake Journal and find out how to make a knitting basket cake yourself.

For your party decor, the gang at the DIY Network has a step by step tutorial on how to make over sized yarn centerpieces which would go perfectly with your knitting basket cake!

For a look into a real chic knitting party, check out the knitting party plan over at Yum Sugar.

And for a little blog love, I came across this knitting blog Wool and the Gang and can’t get enough of it- even though I am a wanna-be-someday-knitter… I still think it rocks!

Oh and during my knitting party inspiration search, I discovered that there is now a sequel to the book that started my infatuation with knitting- so I will be heading out to pick up my copy of Knit Two and get my “fix.”

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Cocktail Time: Patriotic Style!

Looking for a fun and festive red, white, and blue cocktail? Check out these patriotic beverages put together over at Simply Stated today.

How refreshing and fun do these look? 1. Fourth of July Cocktail 2. Strawberry Sucker 3. Watermelon Mint Cooler 4. Patriotic Margarita 5. red, White and Blue HYPNOTIQ Blue Martini

You can check out the recipes for these drinks over at the Simply Stated Blog… which one will you make? I am eyeing #1 myself.


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Ideas for Hosting a Pet Party

Have you ever thought about throwing a birthday party for your pet? Pets have birthdays too right? I mean, what pet do you know that doesn’t enjoy a ton of attention? Consider celebrating their special day with a pet party!

Host your party at a local dog park or in your own yard. Ask friends and family to bring their pet over for the party. Send out treats in little envelopes for a fun invite- a hand written note is fine accompanied by say, a small dog bone for the invitee. Be sure to ask pet parents to bring a leash. Oh- and you might want to let your neighbors in on your plans- just in case your party gets a bit loud.

Make sure your party space has plenty of food and water for all the party guests. Also- consider preparing pet cupcakes so that each four legged friend can have a little birthday dessert! If you are in need of pet dessert recipes (that are safe to serve), check out Puppy Cake cake mix. And for ice cream, pick up some Frosty Paws (sold at most major grocery stores). I also like this recipe for homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Blondies for dogs. Your pet friends will be in for a treat!

You can even play pet games. If you are having a dog party try having each dog show of their best trick (for a treat of course). You can also play relays and get the pet parents involved which is always fun. For prizes or party favors, pick up some inexpensive pet treats and toys. Oh- and don’t forget the pictures. As thank you notes- send each pet friend’s owner a photo of them at the party!

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