Something Blue Bridal Shower Theme

Even if your Bride’s wedding color is not blue, I think this blue bridal shower theme will be a hit. Every bride needs the “something blue right?” What I love about this color for a bridal shower, is that it is a bit unexpected. We often see this pale blue color theme used for boy baby showers, but not for many other occasions. There is just something elegant and soft about this blue bridal shower theme that I think brides will love.

The elegant blue table setting are so simple. Classy but functional (and inexpensive) with the blue plate actually being a paper plate. These place settings are dressed up with the silver flatware and glass stemware. You can also serve blue cocktails like this Blue Martini to tie your something blue theme together. I love this idea for a bridal shower!

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Saint Patricks Day Craft Idea

Make these simple DIY shamrock drink stirrers {via Martha Stewart} to decorate your Saint Patrick’s day drinks or appetizers. This is a simple and festive Saint Patrick’s Day craft.

Martha’s Instructions on how to make:

Rinse the pink ink from a heart-shaped rubber stamp, and use it (and a green ink pad) to add shamrocks to napkins, coasters, and more. To make a swizzle stick, stamp a clover pattern onto card stock, and draw a stem with a colored pencil; repeat. Cut out with a 1-inch circle craft punch. Glue circles together, back sides facing, onto a skewer.

Hostess Tip: Enjoy this festive craft with your kids and use them to accent your green drinks and Irish appetizers.
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Saint Patrick’s Day Drink and Treat

This Saint Patrick’s Day try this drink and dessert in one! Ice cream and a cocktail? What could be better…

You’ll need Vanilla Ice Cream and your favorite Stout Beer

Scoop ice cream into a pint glass, and pour in enough stout to fill it. One pint of ice cream and one 12-ounce bottle of beer will yield 2 servings.

See how to make these cute shamrock drink stirrers!

{recipe via Martha Stewart}

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Unique Easter Gifts

I have been loving these mini gumball machines for some time now. Anyway, it just hit me- hey..these would make adorable Easter gifts for kids!

They come in three colors {blue, red, and black} and are already pre-filled with gumballs. How simple is that?!

You can tie a little ribbon around each one and make an Easter tag with their name on it.

Shop for it:
Beau Coup for $2.95 each
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10 Simple Steps to Prepare for Your Party

I was so excited when Jennifer Tankersley of List Mama Blog agreed to share one of her oh-so-organized lists with Throughfully Simple readers! Anyone who knows me (just ask my Host… aka Husband) will tell you that I make lists for just about everything. The difference between my lists and Jennifer’s..well hers you can understand and they are fun to read! Here is one of my favorites that you can use time and time again.

List of Steps to a Fun Night of Entertaining Friends

{via Jennifer at List Mama Blog}

I love the idea of having friends over. I like the planning and the scrambling. I think for me it is a bit like running a race – kind of painful preparing, but always worth it! It is easy to get overwhelmed with what may seem like a lot of details in the planning. If you break the planning and preparation up into smaller parts, then you will see that entertaining friends in your home on a Saturday night can truly be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Here are some of the steps to entertaining in your home.

  1. Decide on the menu. This will indicate how formal the evening should be.
  2. Create the guest list. Will it be an intimate gathering or more of a party?
  3. Decide on a date and time.
  4. Invite your guests. The final number will help you know how much food you’ll need to prepare.
  5. Create a shopping list. Don’t forget the beverages, napkins, and even candles.
  6. Make your cleaning list. I love having people over because it is the only time I am truly motivated to deep clean my house. Look at it as an opportunity!
  7. Plan some entertainment. Browse through your favorite tunes to find some appropriate music. Rent a movie for the kids. Dust off a game or two.
  8. Make ahead anything that can be made ahead: dessert, cut vegetables, casserole or soup.
  9. Create a timeline so that you are not preparing up to the minute your guests arrive.
  10. Enjoy! This is supposed to be fun, remember? Relax and enjoy old or new friends.

ListPlanIt.com has many of the pages you need to plan a fantastic evening with friends. You’ll find party planning pages, grocery lists, cleaning lists, and even a timeline to plot your preparation and party. Use promo code “listmama” to get a yearly membership for just $19.95.

Tell me, wouldn’t this list be super helpful? Well, go ahead print it out and use it :).

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Cookie Favors You’ll Crave!

While browsing around Etsy {my favorite way to procrastinate discover fab finds}, I came across Cakebox Cookies. Let me just say, they make fabulous cookie favors that you will crave! Check out a few of my favorites:

Bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, or even just a sweet tooth- it seems to me Cakebox Cookies has got your cookie favors covered! I only wonder if the are simply too cute to eat?!

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