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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Not Flowers Again! Try Giving a “Practical” Moving Gift

It seems that the more people you know, the more often you are buying cards and presents. For each friend or family member we have, we add a wide selection of special gift-giving occasions such as Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, getting married, having a baby, going to college, or moving into a new home. Some holidays like baby showers are designed for the gift giver to offer practical gifts that can be used for that purpose. Other special occasions like weddings make it easy for us to buy practical gifts with registries that tell us exactly what our friends would like the most. Then there are those “unusual special occasions” that we never know what to buy. You know which ones I am talking about, the ones that you usually end up giving the “old flower” standby. My latest quandary is what to give someone who is moving. (other then flowers!)

  • Moving to college?
  • Moving because they are getting married?
  • Moving because they bought a new house?
  • Moving because they are having another child?
  • A realtor giving a gift to a person who bought from them?

So that led me on a search to find a very thoughtful yet practical present to give to someone who was moving. My idea stemmed from being practical. I though, hmmm what do they need? After all, we give baby clothes to people having a baby (because they need them), so why not give moving boxes to people who are moving, right? That was my “aha” moment. Moving boxes…practical……thoughtful….and simple.

Why not give moving boxes and moving supplies to someone who is moving? Not particularly impressive, but oh so needed and appreciated. I came across a fabulous web site that offers moving boxes and moving supplies in a “moving kit.” You click on the size of home you have and they recommend the right number of moving boxes and supplies with FREE SHIPPING. Yes, free- very cool if I say so myself. For example, for only $88, you can buy all the moving boxes and moving supplies a person needs to move a 2 bedroom home or apartment. All of the sizes are there, if you need a larger size or a smaller one. Then, have them shipped right to the recipient’s door.Thoughtful and simple. I know if I was moving, I would totally appreciate this gift.

Go to http://www.movingboxdelivery.com for more information.

Flowers are nice, but remember, sometimes practical gifts are the most appreciated. Have you ever given or received something “practical” as a gift?

Try this gift out and be sure and let me know how your friends and family like it! I’m sold on this idea. Some times it’s the little things, you know?

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