Best Gift for the BBQ Lover!

I have been meaning to share this {fab} find with you for some time now. Grill Charms are the only gift you need to give that BBQ lover in your life! Grill Charms offer the perfect solution to identifying your grilled items. If you have ever found yourself cutting into four different steaks in an attempt to find the one cooked rare, or mixing up the spicy chicken with the teriyaki…Grill Charms are your new best friend.

Trying to BBQ and make sure everyone receives the right steak while simultaneously “flipping, grilling, drinking, watching the kids run around the back yard and maybe catching the score through the patio door” is a daunting tasks, so just put a charm in it!

How they work:

“Grill Charm your food prior to cooking to indicate steak temperature, food seasonings and spice, or to address health or allergy concerns. Your food is personalized before, during and after it’s cooked.
The way you want it each and every time!”

Grill Charms come in multiple designs and collections, check them out!

Oh and check out this fabulous tip: Enter code “FBT” at checkout & receive $5 off your order!

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Chocolate Brown Bridal Shower

Do you remember that chocolate brown bridal shower I posted last year? Well, I just came across more pictures from that fabulous fall bridal shower and could not resit posting a few more pictures. If you are planning a fall shower or any event with the chocolate brown color scheme, I hope you find a bit of inspiration in these images. This was such a memorable event to both coordinate and attend (as was their fall wedding)- I just had to relive it one year later!

The wine barrel was found at the garden section of the local home improvement store.

I made these table runners from fabric I spotted and just loved.

I also made these wine glass charms. Really simple to do, found supplies at the nearby craft store. I placed them on the napkin so guests could choose to either place them on their martini glass or water goblet.

You can see the “Bridal Sweet Martini” recipe in the original post.

Our fabulous caterer set up the food table, lovely!

The dessert table, yum!

We built this trellis stand which was backed with a romantic fabric padding. Guests slipped in personal notes to the bride, tucking the cards in the trellis itself.

The favors were set up pool side (which also had floating candles in it). The soft glow from the water looked great when the sun went down on this evening shower.

Guests were given individually potted fall flowers. The little white tins were inexpensive and I made little tags that read “Falling in Love” and “Let Love Grow.”

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You Gotta Love this Photo Booth!

Having a photo booth for parties is one of my new favorite ideas! Not hat it’s a new idea per-say, but it is not one that I had done before. Recently having set one up for a child’s circus party, I got to see first hand the pure FUN this brought to the event. Setting up a cool photo booth is really simple and the experience {not to mention the great photos} is well worth it! I recently spotted this photo booth over at Style Me Pretty that was set up during this whimsical wedding. A bright fabric backdrop + a chalkboard = my NEW favorite version of the photo booth idea!

Yes, that last shot is the father of the bride, too fun! Next time you are planning a birthday party, anniversary party, reunion, wedding, or really any party at all- set up a photo booth. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

photography by Jeremy Lawson {simply gorgeous work!}

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Candy or Cowgirl?

It’s almost that time, my little girls’ b i r t h d a y s! I have two girls, they are six years apart, and their birthdays are one day apart. Did I mention they are in the same week as Christmas? Yes, December is one giant party in our family, which means I MUST begin choosing a party theme and get-to-planning! So far, I am considering two birthday party themes that I find adorable, Candy and Cowgirl. How ever will I choose?

The napkins alone are a toss up- candy or cowgirl? Which do you like best? Please help me decide!

Candy napkin via Family Circle & Cowgirl napkin via Country Living

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Hip Finds for Entertaining

I recently stumbled upon this adorable online shop {completely by accident} and knew I had to dish about it…meet Monkey See Boutique. I immediately began crushing over several items, from trendy organization finds to a posh pettiskirt I know my littlest girl would love… with every click I found more stuff to love! A bit overwhelmed with what to share, I decide to choose a few of my favorite items for entertaining.

Harlequin napkin and tray gift set {perfect for a hostess gift}, Peace-Love-and-Cocktails {one of many stylish personalized serving platters}, and a Fleur De Lis Bottle Topper.

These serving platters are so fun! Look at the details on the handles of the martini tray and the birthday cupcake tray!

Yes, I do. I love bows. And now, I love this stripped bow drink tub and this pretty cake stand.

See, if I hadn’t been procrastinating browsing around the inter world I would never have found this adorable little shop. Aren’t you glad I did?

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Colorful Fun! Centerpiece for Kids Table

Whether you need a centerpiece for a kids table at a wedding, birthday party, or a formal dinner party, this idea will be perfectly fitting. Combining colorful flowers for decor and crayons and markers to keep their little hands busy, this centerpiece will serve double duty; provide decoration and offer little ones an activity.

Remember the childhood fun of turning white carnations and daisies onto blue and green blooms? A day or two before you need the centerpiece, cut a few white flowers and place them in a vase of water colored with food dye. This is also a fun “experiment” to get your kids involved in. Then, use any bud vases and small glass dishes you have on had to put your kid table centerpiece together. Group flower vases in the middle and small glass bowls or glasses around filled with crayons and markers. You can put blank paper at each place setting for their masterpieces or {my favorite} cover the table itself with butcher paper they can doodle directly on!

This would also be a great centerpeice idea for an Art Party. Check out this article for more ideas on throwing an Artsy Partsy.

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