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Purple & Yellow Dinner Party

I was brainstorming 30th birthday party ideas last month when I began planning a very special party for by best friend, Sarah. Nothing was jumping out to me so I decided to start with her favorite color (purple) and pair it with a bright yellow. Yellow just screams Spring and well, I am ready for warm weather and bright sunshine! Hope you like!

30th birthday party ideas

A simple invitation. I designed the invitations, printed at home and then finished off by rounding the corners.

spring party ideas

A spring wreath welcomed guests (it only cost $5 to make and really adds a nice touch!). White candle holders (a HomeGoods find) were topped with mini yellow plant pots and tucked inside were purple candles. An eclectic group of purple and yellow flowers were put together for centerpieces. Bright yellows and shades of purple worked well together.

dinner party

I ended up tucking a few faux flowers (disclaimer: I sort of despise faux flowers) into the fresh arrangements. It ended up being an inexpensive way to get that deep-purple color I was looking for. Plus, the centerpieces still smelt good because of the fresh blooms!

30th birthday party ideas for a dinner party

Purple damask (paper) placemats and yellow linen napkins added the vibrant color to the table. I created these placemats with scrapbook paper (remember when I showed you how to make placemats?). I also tied several shades of purple ribbons to the back of the birthday girl’s chair. Even 30 year old birthday girls want to feel special, right?

dinner party

To complement our Italian dinner, we had some great wine (of course!). Here is a fun sign I created (more to come on that soon!).

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the purple & yellow color combo? What other color combos are you loving for Spring?

A Carnevale Celebration and Giveaway!

Looking for an excuse to host a get together or searching for some Italian party ideas? Today we are teaming up with Bertolli Frozen Meals sharing a few easy Italian party recipes along with your chance to win a GRAND Carneval celebration giveaway!

You know Bertolli, right? Their frozen Italian dishes offer luscious Italian experience in the comfort of your own home- simple, just how I like it!

As you may have already heard, Bertolli Frozen Meals recently launched a new series of webisodes titled “Into the Heart of Italy: Six Adventures, Three Celebrities, One Mission… To Unlock the Secrets of Italian Passion for Food and Life.” In this episode, celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito and actors Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese celebrate the Italian festival of Carnevale, ride a shrimp boat, and cook a Garlic Shrimp, Penne and Cherry Tomato dinner. Check it out:

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Since none of us are likely to be setting sail for Italy, we thought we would bring the Italian Carnevale to you! We are giving you all the chance to host your own Italian celebration inspired by this episode. We have all the goods you’ll need to host your ow party. We will send one winner a gift valued at $115. You can enjoy your Bertolli Frozen Meals for dinner then finish the celebration in true Italian style with homemade gelato, Italian espresso and the sounds of contemporary Italian music.
One winner will receive prize valued at approximately $115:

· Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

· Bialetti Espresso Machine

· Two Crate & Barrel Espresso Cups and Saucers

· iTunes Gift Card with Suggested Contemporary Italian Playlist

· Two VIP coupons for a Bertolli Frozen Meal for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes

To Enter:

Watch the webisode (above) and comment about your favorite scene in the video and answer the episode’s clue.

For additional entries:

Follow @Bertolli and @HostessTori on Twitter and tweet:

I’m going to host an Italian Carnevale celebration once I win the @Bertolli giveaway from @HostessTori http://ow.ly/1EXTO

Contest is closed. Thank you for entering!

Good luck everyone! Contest ends May 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm PST.

Rules/Disclosure: All entries for the giveaway must be located in the US. Thoughtfully Simple did receive a prize package to review for this contest.

Sweet Shoppe | Candy Themed Party

This candy themed party was created with a classic sweet shoppe feel. Designed exclusively with Kate Landers Events, LLC this party was extra special because it was thrown to celebrate my own two little girls’ birthdays. Born just one day apart- Taylor celebrated her 9th birthday while our youngest London, celebrated turning 3. The party theme was selected because they agreed- they both loved candy. Taylor chose blue as her favorite color and London selected purple —  there you have it, a party theme was born!

Candy Themed Party

Who doesn’t love lollipops?

Candy Themed Party

And what is better than a gumball, really?

Candy Themed Party Decoration that you can make

Handmade giant lollipops lined the walk where guests where greeted with a chalkboard “OPEN” sign.

Decor for Candy Themed Party

A gumdrop wreath adorned the front door {inspired from this candy wreath via Let’s Entertain}.

Candy Themed Party Hats

These classic {and darling} party hats were designed for us by Kate. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavender color scheme. Each paper hat was adorned in a classic pattern that just had such a charm. What I loved most about these hats was the ability to create a mix-n-match assortment. They were all in the party’s colors but we had several unique patterns which lent a playful feel to the party.

In addition to the playful paper hats, each birthday girl had their own personalized Festoon Trimmed Party Hat. I have never seen anything like these hats, darling doesn’t even begin to describe them. Double satin ribbon ties under their chin- oh so fabulous! After the party, these were still in perfect shape–I know they will be worn and cherished for years. Here are all the party hats together:

Candy Themed Party

Fun, right?

Candy Themed Party Decor

Party decor consisted {in part} of:

-A  homemade candy shop awning:  poster board and paint

-Lavender and white flowers

-Wooden lollipop centerpieces

-Hanging pieces of candy. We had three giant candy pieces hanging from a tree outside, blue, white, and purple {shown}. To make them, I used paper lanterns (I get mine here) and simply wrapped them with colored cellophane. Tie the ends with ribbon to make it look like wrapped candy.

tissue pom pom decorations for Candy Themed Party

Tissue pom poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch. Here’s how to make tissue paper pom poms (I just did them the week before the party).

This designer fabric table runner was also create by Kate Landers Events and really pulled the candy table together. The lavender stripes atop the soft cream background felt so elegant and classic- Sweet Shoppe feel for sure!

The main event: The candy buffet table. All candy was chosen for its color; blue, purple, or white. From Rock Candy to Sixlets- Old Fashioned Taffy Wands to lollipops… this candy buffet was so sweet.

Candy Themed Party

Each candy jar was labeled using printable labels that I discovered over at Eat Drink Chic. See them used in this Ice Cream Parlour Sundae Buffet and download them for yourselves.

Candy Themed Party Party Games

Candy themed games kept little ones entertained. “Pin the gumball in the machine” was made exclusively for this party {via Kate Landers Events}. Each child’s gumball was hand stitched with a number so they knew who’s-was-who’s. I loved this take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey. Lollipop Toss was played outdoors. We also played musical squares to the song “Lollipop, Lollipop.” In fact, we had “candy themed” music playing the entire time- over an hour of music!

Candy Themed Party

Polka dotted party napkins added a nice color element, a paper-pennant flag banner (my go-to decor item), treat bags filled with scoops of candy, and so much more!

Each guest left with a mini gumball machine in addition to a bag full of candy.

Believe it or not, there were so many more photos of this wonderful candy themed party. Thank you for taking the time to browse these ideas and I hope they inspire you to host a candy party of your own!

A special thanks to Kate for helping to pull off one sweet party! I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about this fabulous company here on Thoughtfully Simple and elsewhere in the near future.

Supplies:

Tissue Pom Poms | Make them here

Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

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!}

Miniature Golf Party Theme

Check out this miniature golf theme, perfect for little tykes to grown golf fanatics. You will feel like you are on the mini golf green- and you don’t even have to leave your home!

Get them excited for you mini golf party with these adorable windmill golf course invitations (only .59 each!).

Transform you party space into a mini golf course with a few basic ideas. Ditch the traditional table cloths and opt for this grass tablecloth which will bring the green indoors. You can also get creative with golf balls which can double as decor. Stack them (like above), fill vases with them or even place floating golf balls in your backyard pool.

Make sure your birthday dessert is golf themed as well!

You don’t have to rent out the mini golf course to have golf activities at your party. You can set up a make shift mini golf course in your own backyard. Get as creative as you’d like or buy one of these Step 2 Mini Golf Courses ($44.99), which are perfect for little ones. Depending on the age of the party goers, this Golf Monopoly game would also be a fun addition to the party activities.

Clever Table Top Decor

Want to create a unique and trendy table top- but want to skip all the fuss? Check out these three fresh ideas for decorating your table top place settings.

Use individual beverage containers as a centerpiece. Gather colorful drinks like lemonade bottles, juice boxes, or soda cans. Place a few drinks and place them in the center of the table on a serving platter where guests can reach and grab them for themselves.

This is a great table setting idea, especially for a children’s table. Chalkboard place mats, chalk and an eraser will keep them entertained throughout the entire meal.

I love the idea of using items that you already have on hand to decorate your table top. Above are limes transformed into place card holders- though you could use any type of fruit like lemons or even apples.

See more trendy ways to dress up your table over at Real Simple.

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