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.

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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!

Modern Placemats for Kids| Modern-Twist

Keep little hands busy while they are waiting for their dinner (or just busy in general), with these fabulous placemats from Modern-Twist. Playful, hip, and just plain fun… kids will love coloring these fun designs over and over. They wipe clean and roll to store easy- could it get any better? I think the brilliant minds at Modern-Twist thought of it all when they designed these placemats. They are really unique and useful.

This design is Kat in the City (my personal favorite).

and here is Major Damage- so fun!

You can use any washable markers to color these placemats or you can purchase a Kidz Box and have a complete gift ready to give.

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New Year’s Day Brunch Ideas

Whether you are hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, or looking for New Year’s Day brunch ideas, check these out.

Nothing above is too fancy, in fact I suggest gathering items you all ready have in your home to create a little festive New Year’s Day brunch.

Assemble a collection of clocks for instant decor. You can even place them atop a cake stand and use a table centerpiece. If you don’t have any clocks but want to pull off this eclectic look, your local thrift store would be a great place to check out.

Prepare these French Market Doughnuts for a morning treat. Or how about a healthy version of an old favorite: french toast? Serve your champagne or morning mimosas in fun numbered glasses {via Martha Stewart}. You can achieve this look by rubbing on scrapbook embellishments directly onto your glasses. Not to worry- they come right off with a soak in warm water (really, I’ve done it).

I also love the idea of creating a tablescape using only white like this one above from Olivet. White is a symbol of a fresh start which is very fitting for rining in the new year!

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Dress up your Wine Bottle: Drink Me Tags

Gifting a bottle of wine? Add a little pizazz to your wine bottle with Drink Me Tags. With several collections, you can choose the perfect tag to complement your wine bottle and fit the occasion.

I like the idea of skipping the traditional wine bag and instead, placing one of these tags on your wine bottle.

This would be a great collection of Drink Me Tags for New Year’s gifts. Or really, just to have on hand for random occasions and hostess gifts.

If you haven’t already, check out Drink Me Tags and take a look at all of their lovely designs.

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Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

This oh-so simple peppermint bark recipe is a must try. Easy steps to create a festive dessert to have on hand for holiday guests or to take to take over to the neighbor!

What You’ll Need:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped (do not use chips)
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 bag (7.5 ounces) hard peppermint candies, unwrapped
  • Directions:

    1.Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; line with a piece of waxed paper. Crush candies (see note below).

    2.Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal.

    3.Transfer mixture to prepared pan; with a spatula, spread to edges of pan.

    4.Sprinkle with crushed candy; with a piece of waxed paper covering the entire surface, press in gently (paper prevents hands from sticking to candy and chocolate). Chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes (no longer, as candy will begin to soften).

    5.Peel waxed paper off. Break bark into 2-inch pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

    Recipe originally from Martha Stewart

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