Posts Tagged ‘Celebrate’

Entertaining: Labor Day

Labor Day entertaining is usually an end-of-summer celebration. With warmer weather on it’s way out and cooler days ahead, Labor Day is known as a seasonal transition marker. If you are entertaining this Labor Day, decorate your party space with non traditional color: w h i t e. White is a “fresh and clean” party theme- a great alternative to the traditional red, white, and blue color spread used for Labor day.

Gather white items from around your house to use as party decor. No need to go out and buy all new stuff.

Decor ideas: White paper lanterns, white candles, white plates and napkins, and white linens. Gather bunches of white flowers and display on your tabletops.

Some white flowers are: Lilies, Carnations, Roses, Daisies, Orchids, Hydrangeas and Gardenias

I also love the idea of making lounge space outdoors. You can group patio furniture together or even drag a daybed or small love seat outdoors for your party. To provide a dramatic touch, hang white linens around your seating area. This is a simple way to make a statement with your decor.

photos via BHG

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Express Yourself with Color on Your Wedding Day

Did you know that every color has a specific meaning or symbolism? Just like horoscopes, some people believe in these symbols and meanings and others do not. Whether you believe it or not, certain colors certainly do exude specific energies (red is hot, yellow is cheerful, etc) and the colors that you choose for your wedding theme can have a big impact on the overall success of your big day. Here is a closer look at what the specific meanings are behind the most popular wedding colors:

The color RED signifies passionate love: Red is the warmest color of all and is the most chosen wedding color for couples (or brides) with outgoing, confident personalities. Be careful not to overuse red or it can come across as garish and tacky. In Asian culture, red is the color of eternal joy and prosperity, and therefore red is a popular color for Chinese brides to wear on their wedding day. In Western culture, red is the color of passion and red roses symbolize passionate love, often making them a preferred choice for table arrangements and bridal bouquets.

The color PINK signifies calm, joyous love. Known as a quiet and soft color, pink symbolizes universal love and is a favorite wedding color for brides everywhere. Pink carnations symbolize ‘forever remembered’ and therefore, are a sweet flower to add to a grooms boutonnière or bridal bouquet. Since pink is the result of mixing red with white, the degree of white dictates the softness or shocking shade of pink achieved. The softer tones of pink, which are most appropriate for a wedding theme color, signifies tenderness, love and acceptance.

The color BLUE signifies true, sincere love. Blue Perfect especially if you are having a tropical, exotic or beach themed wedding, blue is the coolest color of all and represents the sky, ocean and twilight. It is said that in Ancient Egypt, blue represented heaven, and since it is a calming color, blue can be wonderful and symbolic as a wedding day theme color. Blue flowers are strikingly beautiful, such as the blue iris, which symbolizes the importance of a relationship and would be a good flower in a mixed bouquet or as part of the table centerpieces at the wedding reception.

The color WHITE signifies pure love. White is the universal color for innocence and purity – worn by brides at weddings and babies at christenings around the world. Depending on the country or culture, white has many meanings – it can mean kindness, wholeness, completion, openness or truth – all good qualities to include in a wedding ceremony. White daisies are a symbol of loyal love – white tulips, roses, calla lilies and gerbera daisies are all very popular with today’s bride. White can have a cold, stark quality so you need to be very careful with your wedding décor. Balance it out with a second color and use warmer shades of white whenever possible.

The color PURPLE signifies magical, mysterious love. It is said that purple is the color of good judgment and peace of mind – two qualities that are ideal to share with wedding guests to symbolize the couple’s love, feelings and commitment. Of course, all throughout history, purple has been considered the color of royalty and thus has been a very popular wedding theme color for hundreds of years, and remains so today. Wedding flowers in purple such as orchids, freesia, violets and forget-me-nots are a wonderful complement to a bridal bouquet or table arrangements.

The color ORANGE signifies creative, vital and warm love. Orange is truly a color of power, and is chosen as a wedding theme color by the strong and confident couple who loves life and is not afraid to share their vibrancy and energy with others. Orange has always symbolized vitality, endurance, sincerity and thoughtfulness – perfect qualities to showcase on your wedding day. Orange flowers such as daisies, sunflowers, tulips, marigolds, and hothouse roses can create a stunning floral display for table centerpiece arrangements, especially when set against crisp white linen.

The color GREEN signifies healthy and balanced love. Green In most cultures, the color green represents earth, nature, life and fertility. However, it also symbolizes balance, self-respect and overall well-being. Given its restful properties and its ability to harmonize with other colors, green is a common color choice for wedding décor and reception decorations. Since green represents change, life and growth, it is the perfect complementary wedding color, especially in floral arrangements using lush ornamental grasses, baby’s breath, green fern leaves and other greenery. Green is also a very popular color for bridesmaid dresses, with soft sage being the current shade of choice with brides in North America.

The color YELLOW signifies happy and wise love. Yellow is the color of happiness, joy and bliss. Yellow is also a color with high energy so use it sparingly as a wedding theme color. The beautiful yellow daffodil is the symbol of unequivocal love, and makes this flower a poignant wedding flower choice. Other yellow flowers such as tulips, roses, and wildflowers make wonderful flower arrangements and bouquets if you are going with a yellow color palette. For a spring or summer wedding, yellow is the perfect color choice with shades such as buttercup yellow, lemon yellow and soft corn yellow the most popular choices.

Source: Tracey Smith is an expert article writer on the topic of weddings, we hope you found this article on wedding colors useful for your wedding planning.

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Ice Cream Party Theme

Who doesn’t love ice cream? What about an ice cream party theme? Even better I think! Check out these cool ideas to help decorate and pull off your next party- ice cream style!

1. Ice cream pinata $3.00

2. Scoop up the goods in style! Ice Cream Dish Set $2.07

3. Ice cream bubbles $1.59

4. Your favorite ice cream sundaes!

5. Ice cream cone straws $2.49

6. Perfect party favors! Ice cream lip gloss $1.99

Hostess Tip: If you still want to serve the traditional birthday cake at your ice cream themed party, check out these ice cream shaped cake pans! $15.99

Check out this Ice Cream Party and other Kid’s Party Themes.

For another sweet kid’s party idea, check out our candy themed party!

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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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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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Little Bohemian Theme from Social Couture

I adore this party theme! What a perfect fit for all ages, toddler to grown woman- I think it is fitting for all. Check out this Little Bohemian Theme from the fabulous Social Couture.

The colors and textures are amazing and the grass and butterfly centerpiece is my favorite part of this theme! You can host a laid back Bohemian Party yourself because the brilliant minds over at Social Couture have everything you need to pull it off!

Check out the mix and match Bohemian Party Supplies, or make it simple and order the Bohemian Party pack and get your party on! {Fabulous!}

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