Butterfly Party Inspiration

There is something so innocent and lovely about butterflies- that I couldn’t help putting together this butterfly party decor post. Adding a little flutter to your typical dinner party is pretty simple- and will surely tickle your dinner guests. A butterfly party theme is also very versatile; birthdays, anniversary parties, garden parties…even bridal and baby showers. For a little inspiration, above: Butterfly Paper Lanterns and Drink Stirrers via Martha Stewart, butterfly cupcake wrapper via the Knot Shop, and gorgeous butterfly table decor from Southern Living.

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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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Bright Idea: Rainbow Cupcakes!

Now this is one bright idea! This rainbow cupcake idea is from Our Best Bites, and this one takes the cake cupcake. Perfect for any child’s birthday or even an art party (remember the rainbow cake and art themed party that I mentioned here).

If this looks like a cupcake you want to dig into, check out Our Best Bites for this rainbow cupcake recipe.

Looking for more cupcake ideas? Check out these easyΒ football cupcakes, or DIY flower cupcake toppers.

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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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