Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Why I love Target...

There really aren't enough words....

All this today...
Poker Chips and Playing cards for my Casino Party. Small plastic containers that I can use for both Jungle Book AND Super Mario parties. Solid colored plates and napkins for the Mario party. Two acrylic plates that I plan to use as dessert stands on PVC pipe for Mario. And of course, some cute gingham plates for our little Labor Day gathering this weekend!
Target, let's make out!

Monday, August 30, 2010

October, where are you?

I am really, really ready for Fall. It is hands-down my favorite part of the year. There is nothing more that I want to do than have a Pumpkin Spice latte, put on tights and boots, and watch my sweet boy go to the pumpkin patch. October is the most amazing weather in Memphis, and I love it more because it also happens to be my anniversary month!

There is some amazing fall decor and entertaining inspiration out there, but here are some of my very favorites...
A pumpkin wreath for the front door, I am TOTALLY doing this.

 

Martha's monogrammed pumpkins.
I did these two years ago, and I LOVED the way they turned out!


(Kristy, I know you'll like these!)

The Southern Living Pumpkin Cheese Ball. I made this EVERY year.

Love this! Candy corn as vase filler! I would totally eat it all though.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blog Love!

Want to know how I made those crepe paper pomanders?
Head on over to Catch My Party's blog, where the lovely Jillian was gracious enough to ask me to do a tutorial on them!
Jillian--you.are.the.best!
PS--those pink and purple pomanders are for sale in my shop!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Casino Time!

I've got a few new parties in the works for October, and one of them is a Casino-themed 40th birthday!
 I love a good casino party, because people love to let loose and party at events that are themed like this!
They are just fun!
I worked up an inspiration board for the client last week, and thought I'd post it here too!
My color scheme is of course; red, black, white, with a touch of green.

Sources:
Giant Dice:
Shindigz
Party Favor Centerpiece: Etsy Seller: JensPaperParties
Bottom Invitation: Etsy Seller: FrameWorthy
Black, Red, and Gree Dessert Buffet: TexasMonkey
Casino Cupcakes: Crumbs and Doilies
Personalized Playing Cards: Favors and Flowers
Casino Cake: Takes The Cake
Suits candles: Wedding Collectibles
Grooms Cake Poker Table: Cakes by Mom and Me--who I ADORE and will be doing this cake.
Top Invitation: Etsy Seller: DesignSerendipity
Poker Chip bistro tables: Setting The Mood
Dessert Table (middle): Simply Creative Insanity
Poker Cookies: Whimsy Cookie Company--who will also be doing cookies for this party!
Poker Chip Cake Balls: Cake Ball Addiction
Dice Lollipops: Candywarehouse.com


There are SO many fun ideas for this party that I am thinking about, but here is a little sampling:
  • Signature drink: The Poker Face
  • Buffet of red and black sweets
  • Savory buffet to include "club" sandwiches and Clams Casino, and BlackJack Chicken
  • Large vases of poker chips and dice
  • Ostrich feather centerpieces
  • Custom playing card bunting behind the dessert display
  • Buffets covered in green felt
I'm also open to your suggestions! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pomanders are the New Black.

Like my pomanders? Want some of your own?
Message me on my Etsy Shop for pricing details on custom orders!
OR, you can buy these!
They are for sale on my shop right now!

Party of the Day!

Diamonds and Damask is in rotation for Party of the Day on Catch My Party!
Thanks so much to Jillian, who is such a big supporter of mine!
I appreciate it SO MUCH!!
Also featured in rotation on Party of the Day is Kristy's (aka The Purple Pug) Monster Jam Dirt Fest!
If you haven't seen this party, your must have been living under a rock, but it is SO adorable!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

{My Parties} Diamonds and Damask Engagement Party

My "Diamonds and Damask" party has come and gone and I am pleased to say that it turned out beautifully!
My client, Leanne, was a pleasure to work with and so, so sweet!
I love how this party turned out. I think it's a great fusion of fun and elegant.
I even got to meet the engaged couple and see their reaction to everything too!

I gave Leanne a couple of ideas for a theme, one being Summer Sunflowers, and the other being Diamonds and Damask. She chose this theme and wanted to add red to the mix, since the bride had chosen red as her wedding color. Red and black and white damask is a timeless combination, and it really popped off the tablescape.

First up, the dessert display.
I DIY'd the damask cupcake stand out of two different sized hat boxes that I got at Hobby Lobby. I took a short cylindricaal vase and filled it with plastic "diamonds" and used that as the stand in the middle. I topped everything off with some red ribbon and a rosette for some finish. The cupcakes were homemade by the hostess' mom, and the looked and smelled delicious-red velvet of couse!
We used Hershey's Kisses, Swiss Cake Rolls, Creme Puffs, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and Chocolate Covered Marshmallows for our dessert display. I really wanted desserts that everyone would like and that looked appetizing.
I handmade the cupcake toppers using scrapbook paper and my computer. These are for sale on my Etsy shop too!
The marshmallows were dipped in black sugar for that final detail to make them look a little shinier and glitzier. I used gumballs for the containers to make them look a little more full. A favorite trick of mine is to cover pieces of foam in wrapping paper to set into containers. It carries on the theme, but also is functional to take up space in a too-big container and hold the sticks into place.
I alternated the colors for the wrapped boxes and the gumballs, to give it some contrast. All the menu cards were handmade, also by using my computer and photo paper. Another good tip is to use photo paper on menu cards because the glossiness looks clean and crisp. The font is Honey Script-which I looooove.

I found these dessert stands at Marshalls' several months ago for my Feather Her Nest party, and they are so multi-functional because you can interchange the ribbon in the fluting. This time, I used zebra print crepe paper.
When I initially proposed this party, I thought we might use all "black and white" desserts, so I immediately thought of all things "Little Debbie." Swiss Cake rolls really aren't black and white, but they give that contrast that I wanted. I asked the hostess to cut them in halves and place the middle out, to give that look.
I'm going to go ahead and declare Crepe Paper Pomanders as the new Tissue Paper flowers. When they get huge, I will take credit for telling you first!  HA!
I got this idea from this tutorial by Danielle at Homespun with Heart, and I am IN LOVE with the way they turned out. They were the perfect addition to the buffet table. 
I wrapped them in damask ribbon that I got at Hobby Lobby and they looked adorable! 


For the favors, I proposed that we use Ring Pops, since this was an engagement party!
And let me tell you, finding a favor packaging that was big enough to fit an entire ring pop was a challenge!
I ended up finding an extra large pillow box template on-line and then printed them out onto cardstock. Then I flipped the paper and printed the other side with a full page of damask that I made using paint.net.
Then, I put them together with red silk ribbon and some DIY favor tags.
I printed out the signs for the favor table and the buffet using paint.net also and they were the perfect finishing touch.
The savory buffet had an Italian-themed menu. We went with an antipasti display, pizza dip, spinach dip, toasted ravioli, mozzarella/tomato/basil skewers, and pork tenderloin sandwiches/

I thought it would be cute to bring in the red through a skewer of vegetables and cheese, so I thought that these mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomato skewers would look so adorable!
I loved these skewers and thought they looked so cute in the foam covered in wrapping paper. The hostess and her mom did a great job on making these!

It is hard to see in the picture, but the pork tenderloin is on a damask tray that I also found at Hobby Lobby. Did I mention how much I love Hobby Lobby?
All the plates and napkins on this buffet are from there as well. The plates and napkins on the dessert display are from Factory Card and Party Outlet.
Did you notice the "diamond" votives? They were the perfect touch!
For beverages, we used a card table, covered in this great damask that I found at Joann.
Then beer and wine were on a separate table, with these great galvanized buckets that the hostess already had. I might need to steal those! :)
Hope you enjoyed my Diamonds and Damask party!
On to the next one!
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's a Dora Party!

At the request of my friend Mollie, I have put together a Dora the Explorer inspiration board for her daughter's birthday. Since I have a boy, we don't watch a lot of Dora, so I had to do my research on this one! 
Dora is so multi-cultural, that you can really have fun with this theme.  
Sources:

Dora Oreo Cookies: Couture Parties
Dora Dress: Etsy Seller-Amacim
Backpack Favor Bags: Etsy Seller--Jettabees
Dora Invitation: Etsy Seller--InviteDelightTOO
Dora Cupcake Toppers: Etsy Seller: Sagga02
Dora Favor Table: Tickled Pink 2 Be Me
Dora cake: Flickr User--CakeSpace
Dora Stickers: Etsy Seller--PolkaDotPaperShop
Dora Cookie Lollies: Whimsy Cookie Co.
Tissue Flowers: Etsy Seller--789Design
Candy Buffet Top: HWTM
Candy Buffet Left: Flickr User--kmjdepalma
Candy Buffet Right--Kentucky Candy Buffet

Decor Ideas:

Color scheme: Purple, Pink, Lime Green, and Orange
Centerpieces made from red rubber boots filled with flowers
Cut large tree shapes from butcher paper and affix to the walls
Mexican tissue flowers atop colorful vases
Create Crocodile Lake by putting inflatable crocodiles in a kiddie pool.
Use butcher paper to create Rainbow Road in the entrance to your home
Use fans and crepe paper to create Windy Valley


Menu Ideas:

Swiper's Sweets Station
Dora's Chips and Salsa
Boot's Banana and Strawberry Skewers
Backpack's Bean Dip
Diego's Cheese Quesadillas
Tico's Tacos



Activities:

Find Swiper (Hide and seek. Designate one child to be Swiper. Give that child a swiper mask).
Dora Treasure Hunt using "Map" to help
Dora pinata

Walk the Puzzle Bridge
Via Amazingmoms.com

1.Before the party, make a "Puzzle Bridge" using stone shapes cut from felt.

2.Write large numbers or shapes on each stone with a permanent marker.

3.At game time, form a circle using the stones.

4.The children will walk from stone to stone while music is playing.

5.When the music stops, call out a number.

6.Whoever is standing on the stone with the corresponding number, will receive a small prize (sticker or candy).

7.Repeat this game until all of the children have received at least one treat.

Hope this gives you some good ideas Mollie!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Peanut Butter and Jelly!

I love peanut butter a little too much, and obviously purple is my favorite color, so what else would I come up with but a Peanut Butter and Jelly party?
This theme could work SO adorably for a casual wedding shower ("they go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly", a twin's birthday, or a twins' baby shower, or really anyone who loves a good old Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

I was totally inspired by this Cakewich cake pan. This was featured in Food Network Magazine recently and I just about died over it. Think of the possibilities!!!
Sources:
All candies: Candywarehouse.com
Cakewich Mold: Perpetual Kid
All Poms: Etsy Seller: PomLove
Purple Polka Dot Fabric: Michael Miller via 44th St Fabric
Milk and Cookies bottom middle: A Party Style
Cookies and Milk bottom right: Brides.com
Purple and Gold Candy Buffet: Sweet Chic Events
PB & J Pillows: Etsy Seller: Diffraction Fibers
Purple Drink: Flickr
PB&J Paintings: Etsy Seller: Motherofthree7515
Felt PB&J sandwich: Etsy seller: Pickle Things
PB&J Rings: Etsy Seller: Charlie Carter
PB&J Invitations: Invitation Plantation
Purple Dessert Buffet; The Sweetest Occasion
Purple Macarons and Votives: Wedding Decor Ideas