Posts Tagged ‘Party Decor’

FREE Holiday Printables with HP

This week is all about last minute holiday prep (are you in this same boat?). One way to add some quick style to your holiday season is by incorporating holiday printables. What I love about printables is that they are an easy (and often free) way to give some style to your table setting, food display or gift wrapping. Simply print and you’re ready to go — simple! Look at this darling table setting by The Party Dress.

The addition of a simple printable name tag puts the finishing touches on the tablescape. I suggest using printable name cards (like the ones shown here) to direct guests to their seats. Place them on the napkin, directly on the plate or even attach them to the  chair backs. Be creative!

 

Download these FREE holiday printables from The Party Dress here. There are several holiday printable you can incorporate. Like these straw flags (perfect for holiday cocktails!).

And these gift tags that are perfect for holiday favors and gifts.

For more FREE holiday printables, see these cute milk & cookies printables  I shared last week.

 

 

This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care. Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list. Make it memorable. Make it meaningful. Make it matter. Go to hp.com/holiday for inspiration and ideas.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

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Milk and Cookies Party + FREE Printables!

I love the idea of hosting children’s’ holiday parties. Little ones are so excited this time of year that I think it brings out the kid in us all. From treats to gifts, crafts, fun gatherings and traditions — what’s not to love about holiday time?

One darling children’s’ holiday party idea is to host a milk & cookies party. You can go all out and invite several children over or simply set a little milk & cookie station up for your own kiddos like I’ve done here.

Milk and Cookies Party

I started with these darling Milk & Cookies printables designed by Jenn of HWTM. Printables are a simple way to incorporate a theme into your party or desert table and these paper printables can really tie it all together.

milk and cookies party

I filleed glass bottles with milk and added festive wasi tape to add a little flair.

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Simple stacks of cookies tied with baker’s twine and embellished with a printable tag make for cute presentation (and also simple take-home favors!).

Snowmen cookies

Homemade or store bought cookies are easy to display on cake stands or solid colored plates. Just use what you already have in your kitchen.

To adorn these red velvet cookies, I hot glued a couple of jingle bells to a lollipop stick. Super simple and a fun way to add a little jingle to the party!

Be sure to check out the complete Milk & Cookies printable collection over on Hostess With The Mostess (you can even download for FREE!).

 

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   This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care. Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list. Make it memorable. Make it meaningful. Make it matter. Go to hp.com/holiday for inspiration and ideas.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

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How to make tissue paper pom poms

I’m a big fan of using tissue paper pom poms in my party decor. What I love about them is that they are inexpensive and can be used in a wide variety of events. I’ve used them for birthday parties (like this candy party) and baby shower (like this spring shower) + many other events. I often get asked how I make them — so today, I thought I would share my tips for making and also for buying tissue pom poms.

how to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms. They aren’t difficult to make, but I’ll be honest and say they are time consuming. If you have a couple nights to dedicate to making them while watching your favorite TV show, I say go for it. Here are the simple steps I follow:

how to make tissue paper pom poms

Aren’t those finished pom poms gorgeous?! They were used in a first birthday party I spotted over on The Sweetest Occasion.      The DIY method looks like this, not too much to it. It’s a pretty simple method and you can check out the full details and how-to here. Remember though to give yourself some time (and extra tissue for mistakes)! Also, I recommended finding a little higher quality (aka thicker) tissue than what you might typically use for gift wrapping. It’s easier to tear and the thicker paper tends to hold up nicer.

If I’ve scared you or the DIY method just isn’t your thing, I suggest just ordering your tissue pom poms.  They are inexpensive and this will save you from having to trek to 8 different stores in 3 cities to find the perfect shade of teal tissue paper (not like I’ve done that or anything).

Whether you make them, or buy them … these tissue poms are a great way to add some flair without breaking the budget. My daughter even re-purposed her poms from her recent birthday party into decor for her bedroom — love that!

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Photo party decor + UPrinting GIVEAWAY!

 
Photo party decorations are a thoughtful and popular way to spruce up your party or wedding. You can incorporate photos of the guest of honor (or couple) which will make the party feel intimate and personal. I also love the idea of incorporating photos of close family and friends throughout your party space. This is especially meaningful for weddings and holiday gatherings.
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 photo party decorations

sources :: clothes line / cupcakes / soda

You can incorporate photos simply by displaying them with twine or ribbon or (with a little more planning) do something unique like photo cupcakes or personalized jones soda bottles (these make  great favors)!

But my ALL-TIME favorite way to incorporate photos into my parties is definitely by displaying one large prominent photo of the guest(s) of honor. I typically place the photo where it will be seen the best — think dessert table, guest book table, or gift table. Having one “statement” photo is a great way to add a personal touch to your party, plus it makes a great gift to send home with the guest of honor.

Because this is one of my favorite party decorations, I’m thrilled to share that UPrinting.com offers fabulous canvas prints and they make it super simple to upload your image and order online. Their canvas printing is great quality and will last well beyond your main event. Soooo … want to WIN one of their signature canvas prints? Of course you do!

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TO ENTER:

Complete at least one of the following entries, then come back here and leave a comment telling which one you did. Up to three entries per person.

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Contest ends Friday April 20, 2012 at 11pm PST. One winner chosen randomly. This is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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Entertaining: small space & savvy budget

I entertain in my home a lot — most often it’s the my go-to venue for hosting events. In fact, you can see that my home was the venue for parties here, here, here and here (just to name a few). One of the biggest challenges in hosting a party in your home can be lack of space. When I’m planning a party, I start out by thinking how I will break down the space in my home and let that lead me in deciding on other party elements like decor, food stations, activities, etc. By utilizing your space and also items that you already own, you can plan a great party — and stick to a smaller budget (a bonus!).

I’ve partnered with Apartment Guide to bring you party planning tips for hosting a pint-size party in a small space and on a savvy budget.

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Here are  3 tips that have worked for me when planning a party at home.

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1. Don’t be afraid to move things around. Shuffle couches, tables, chairs and take pieces of furniture from one room to the next to accommodate your party needs. For this birthday breakfast party, I wanted to rent a small child-sized long table but had no room to have it in our home. So, I temporally put our dining room table on the patio and placed the small table inside. It worked perfectly!

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2. Utilize your space. Whether it’s setting up a bar, food station, or place to do activities — just move stuff around a bit and use the space to have, you can make it work! For this baking and craft party, I turned our kitchen island into a cupcake decorating station. After the activity was over, I cleared the mess and used the same space to set out the party food. Simple!

party planning tips - space

3. Think outside the box. Turn “dead space” into a functional space. Use your mantel as a place to set arranged flowers or photos of the guest of honor, turn your porch into a decorated entrance to your party — just be creative! Here, we set up a DIY photo booth on the landing of our stairs. No one was going to be going upstairs during the party so we used this dead space to set up this photo booth. It was perfect and out was out of the main traffic areas of our home.

Want to find even more entertaining tips for your home? Apartment Guide has budget-friendly ideas for people in any sized home on Moving Today and the Apartment Guide blog.

Get more:

  • Whether you’re living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for entertaining and making the most of your space on a budget.
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PLUS: Stay tuned for more party planning tips for living & entertaining in small spaces and a fun giveaway from Apartment Guide {coming soon!}

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What’s your tip for entertaining in small spaces and on a savvy budget? I’d love to hear them!

 

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It’s all about the COLOR

I get asked a lot, “How do you come up with ideas for your party themes?” Most of the time, the first glimmer of inspiration I get comes from a color or a combination of colors.

 

Pinterest Wedding Planning

My Pinterest board for a Blush Wedding

I’m not a big fan of character parties or most novelty themes — but color… now that’s something to plan a party around. You’ll notice I typically credit the color of the party first (in my mind it’s the star and where my planning all begins) like in our purple cowgirl party, white spring brunch and this purple & yellow dinner party.  However, coming up with that perfect color for your party or to paint home entertaining space,  can be tricky.

 

My Colortopia - Thoughtfully Simple

 

I often scour the web looking for inspiration so I was thrilled to learn about a new community created by Glidden Paint called MyColortopia.com which is full of inspiration, tools, and advice from the Colortopia Team (a few of my favorite design bloggers have teamed up there!) to help you simplify choosing that perfect color. They’re making it simple (and fun) to select colors, buy paint, paint your space and be thrilled with your choices.

 

 

I’ve been using MyColortopia.com in planning something I have in the works (more to come soon!) and am pleased to have teamed up with Glidden/Akzo Nobel Paints to share this new tool that helps you discover colors that suit your personality and lifestyle (so you can decided what color to paint your kitchen or the color for your upcoming wedding).

Be sure to check it out — take the My Life My Colors Quiz (use the above widget) and leave a comment telling me what colors pair with your lifestyle.

 –I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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