Posts Tagged ‘Celebrations’

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.

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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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Neon Volleyball Party!

I love that inspiration from a party can come on a whim. While playing volleyball lakeside recently, by husband mentioned it would be fun to have a volleyball party. Just so happens he has a birthday coming up — so …. why not we thought?

I had to throw in some NEON and make it a NEON volleyball party (you know, for good measure).

Thinking of hosting a neon party? I hope our invites and inspiration board inspire you. Because ….. if it isn’t NEON, it shouldn’t BEON.  :)

Neon Party

Nothing fancy here. Kraft paper cardstock and envelopes are a nice neutral contrast to the neon (and they reminded me of the sand at the volleyball court). A simple invite design for the “KCT UN-PRO Tour 2012″ and some party details. I used neon washi tape to give the envelops a fun neon pop.

Here is the rest of the items I bought for he party. Since it will mainly be a bunch of adults playing beach volleyball …. there really isn’t much else to decorate. So, we thought we’d have fun with our outfits :).

For links to purchase the items check out my Neon Pinterest board. I’ll post picks after the party, they should be fun ones!

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celebraTORI by Tori Spelling | GIVEAWAY

If you follow Tori Spelling at all, you’ll already know that this actress, mom, and entrepreneur is one fierce party planner. What I love about her style is it seems to be a lot like my own — all about the thoughtful touches and details while being mindful of budget and of course she has  some great DIY flair. Check out two of her stunning parties:

Tori Spelling's Party | Celebratori

This yellow and gray party (Tori’s favorite color combo) was designed to celebrate her and husband Dean’s, vow renewal. I love how she so thoughtfully combined elements that represented her interests (think  jewelry and shoes) with items that are dear to Dean (hello fabulous yellow motorcycle!). See more pics & lots of dessert details over at My Sweet & Saucy!

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Hello pink cuteness! Tori designed this Hello Kitty party for her darling daughter Stella. The desserts by Jenny Cookies look almost too cute to eat. See more here.

And what I’m loving about Tori Spelling’s new book, CelebraTORI (besides the name of course) — is that she keeps it real. She shares her tips and tricks and really wants to help you become a great hostess too. A bonus for me: she shares how she learned to plan a great party from her mother — awe, just so sweet. Maybe one day my girls will dedicate a book to me?! Or perhaps they’ll simply think I’m just one crazy party planning mommy….. time will tell!

Want your own copy of CelebraTORI?

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To enter:   Contest Closed

UPDATE: Congrats to Claudia!

Leave a comment here sharing your all-time favorite party. It could be one someone planned for you, something you hosted or even one you simply read about. and admired. I want to hear about it!

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Contest ends Friday, April 13th at midnight PST.

Don’t want to wait and see if you win? celebraTORI wention sale this week! You can get it here.

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Pool Party Inspiration + Carter’s GIVEAWAY

The sun is shining and the weather is warming up and all I can think about it throwing a pool party! There is nothing that screams “summer” more than a pile of flip flops, the scent of sunscreen and cute little kiddos running around in their darling swim suits — am I right?

Today, I’m teaming up with Carter’s to bring you some pool party inspiration and a fun swimwear SALE + GIVEAWAY!

Whether poolside, beachside or just backyard bound, it’s time to get swimming with Carter’s big selection of swimwear. Don’t forget all of our matching accessories including sunglasses, hats and shoes – to complete your little one’s sunny look.

Carter's Giveaway

Protect your little ones from sun and sand with a made-for-summer rash guard shirt, swimsuits and swim trunks with UPF 40 sun protection. These are a must have for my girls who love soaking up the sunshine.

Pool party ideas

Plan a fun pool party: Beach ball invitation // ice cream cupcakes // sand pail favors. Plus darling swimwear of course (these are my three favorites, but check out the complete collection here).

Want to dress your little one in cute new swimwear this summer? Our friends at Carter’s are giving one of you a $50 gift card to do just that!

What is your favorite girl’s swimsuit in the Carter’s Swim Shop?

Tell us and WIN a $50 Carter’s gift card!

WINNER: Jennifer Marie

To enter: Contest Closed, thank you for entering!

Visit the Carter’s Swim Shop and come back here to leave a comment telling us what your favorite swimsuit is.

For additional entries:

Share this post on Facebook, Tweet about this giveaway and/or share on Pinterest. Be sure to come back and leave a link to any extra entry you completed in a separate comment. Up to 4 entries per person, good luck!

Contest ends April 8, 2012 at midnight, PST.

Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote their swim shop. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

 

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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!

 

Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in their monthly blogger programs. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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Sunshine Safari Theme Baby Shower

Well, it’s been over a month since I helped out with the Operation Shower Sunshine Safari theme event in San Diego and I’ve been dying to share photos with you! The experience was AMAZING and I was honored to be asked to join in showering such deserving military moms. The baby shower was hosted by Operation Shower, Birdies for the Brave and the Farmers Insurance Open  — who all came together to honor 40 deserving moms whose spouses are deployed while serving in the military. Pottery Barn Kids donated a ton of goodies not only for the new moms and babies but also for us designers to use in our tablescapes.

safari theme | decorations

Here’s a glimpse at my table. Inspiration came from the cheerful safari printables created for the event by paper and cake [you can get them here] and I selected a few Pottery Barn Kids items that I thought would work perfectly. I used elephant pillowcases from PBK in the large vases and their glass pink and yellow bottles to hold flowers at each place setting.

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Here’s a close up {images above courtesy of Jackie Culmer}. And see that little orange monkey above? The SUPER talented Edible Details created the most adorable fondant animals to match the safari printables. They were SO cute!

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 I played with layering a combination of textures (burlap, grass mats, charger plates, ribbon and florals) and also combined the earthy colors of brown and green with bright & vibrant pops of pink, orange and yellow.

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Fresh flowers are my staple. You can make any table look gorgeous with great flowers.

safari theme table

My centerpiece was my favorite element! This giraffe was a Hobby Lobby find (I spray painted it white) that I made the focal point of the table. I added the pink single rose to the bed of moss at the last minute and just loved how it all turned out.

A warm thank you to Operation Shower for inviting me to participate in this event, I can’t wait to help with another.

A little bonus was meeting up with party gal friends (old & new!)

entertaining bloggers

From left to right: Shannon of Cupcakes & Cutlery, Rebekah of A Blissful Nest, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations, Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess & Kim of The TomKat Studio.

There was so much talent amongst all these designers, I want you to see each table they did — they were each so unique. Check out this post on A Blissful Nest for a great photo-recap.

I’ll leave you with a gorgeous image of the dessert station styled by the super-talented Marie of Sweets Indeed.

 safari theme party

Be sure to check out Marie’s post for all of the dessert details and sweet vendors!

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