Thursday, April 28, 2011

Throwback Thursday: Asian Fusion Night!

Time for another edition of Throwback Thursday: Country Club Style.
In 2006, I styled this Asian Night party for the club's members. The theme was an Asian Fusion of Japanese, Chinese, and a little Thai. 
I stuck with a very traditional color palette of red, black, and white. 
The chair sashes are tied to resemble a Japanese obi sash, which I thought made the look a lot more modern and also brought in the traditional Japanese style. 
This was the the height of the hanging lantern craze, and these are gorgeous because they have a bright gold tassel hanging down from the middle. 
For the speaker's platform, I rented this enormous Pagoda prop from a local party rental store. It made the perfect focal point for the room. 
I covered our ratty old podium in a Chinese dragon print fabric to make it blend. One of my favorite tricks is covering large pieces of obnoxious furniture in fabric to match the theme. Otherwise, you would have been staring at a scratched maple podium from 1981. 
All the table settings were very simple, because the club members' biggest pet peeve were centerpieces that they could not see over! So, I used a cylindrical vase filled with colored marbles and an Asian inspired silk floral. Every table also had a red sash running down the middle with Chinese takeout boxes and fortune cookies spread out around the centerpiece. On the table in the back, you can see a standing black metal votive arrangement as well. 
Of course a Tiger had to make an appearance right?
For the food buffets, we kept it simple, using those Chinese dragon printed linens for extra interest on the buffet lines. 
The live stations had wok-prepared entrees. The simple use of a green vase with large red sticks of bamboo brought height to an otherwise flat table. 
The chef even carved a dragon out of ice!
And what's a good Asian night without a live sushi-rolling station?
Hope you enjoyed Asian Fusion Night, circa 2006!
Sayonara!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chic Hawaiian Luau Inspiration Board

A few weeks ago, a sweet reader named Jennifer emailed me about doing a custom inspiration board for her birthday party this summer. She wanted a Hawaiian theme, but without the kitsch associated with luau parties. 
When I think of a chic Hawaiian themed birthday for an woman, I think of three colors--hot pink, orange, and lime green. 
There are so many ways to keep this party elegant and fabulous!
I can't wait to see what Jennifer comes up with for her party in June!
And, why does Hawaii always remind me of that episode of the Brady Bunch where they go to Hawaii and they are cursed by the Tiki? 
Sources:
Hot Pink and Orange Paper Backdrop Joyful Weddings and Events via HWTM
Invitations: Tiny Prints
Luau Cookies: Etsy Seller LorisPlace
Edible Sugar Surfboards: Etsy Seller SweetCrescendos
Dotted Bunting: Polka Dot Birthday
Pink, Orange, and Yellow Candy: F8 Kids
Orange boxes and Manzanita branch centerpiece: Talking With Tami
Bottom Right Tablescape: Weddings by Color
Orchid Centerpieces: Flower Girls Hawaii
Pineapple Centerpieces and Printables: Love the Day
Umbrella with Lanterns: Pepper Design Blog
Hibiscus Flower Cupcake Toppers: The Purple Pug
Beach Tablescape: D'Licious Catering
Napkin Design: Platesandnapkins.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bun in the Oven Crafts

I've been MIA the past few days working on some projects for my upcoming Bun in the Oven baby shower!
I had a vision one night while lying in bed (where I do my best work) to make cinnamon rolls out of felt!
So, for all of $10, I bought a yard a half of tan felt, and a 1/2 yard of brown felt and some glittery white yarn at Hobby Lobby. And, some hot glue gun and an hour later....giant cinnamon rolls!
These would also make great play food for the kiddos. And since it's so true that there are no original ideas, I found almost the exact same thing on Etsy after I made them. Oh well, c'est la vie.
And, with some help from my cute husband with the spray paint (pregnant + spray paint = bad), we made this cute as a button OVEN to serve cupcakes from!  It's made from a cardboard file box!
Thank you MARTHA, for serendipitously having a tutorial on how to do this Here.  Of course! Only Martha would have a cardboard oven tutorial!

I can't wait for you to see how cute this shower is going to be!

Monday, April 18, 2011

{Real Parties} Macy's Rainforest Diego Party

I got a super sweet email from one of my readers, Sneha, last week. 
She and I had spoken a few months back about her starting her own party-planning business. I am always so honored that anyone would ask my humble opinion about how to get their business off the ground! And I really do love to help other ladies get started. I love seeing creativity from others--it's always inspiring!
Well, Sneha told me this week that she had finally taken the plunge and that she was now knee-deep in parties!
She even said that my most recent Jungle Safari party had been inspiration for her Rainforest Diego party. *Blushing!*

She did an awesome job with this party. I LOVE the color scheme and the little pops of animal print!

 Love the healthy snacks instead of a candy bar! And those leopard print bowls are ADORABLE. 
 What a cute food display, right?
 And, a super sweet wreath for the front door sets just the right tone for the party!

Fabulous job Sneha! Thank you for following me and I am so honored that one of my parties could inspire you and this adorable party!
So, please go visit Sneha here at Party Pretty Design and add her to your blog roll!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Red Devil Reunion Inspiration Board

Earlier this week, one of my sweet friends Melissa emailed me about helping her with some ideas for her upcoming high school reunion. She and my husband have the same alma mater...Germantown High School.
Their mascot is the Red Devils, so I knew this could be a really fun board to put together for her.
Red, White, and Black are such a classic color combination, and so easy to work with. 
Whereas, my alma mater's colors; orange, black, and white, always end up looking like a Halloween explosion!
Melissa, I hope this gives you some ideas about some afforable centerpieces and decor!


Sources:
Vases with red water, carnation centerpiece with books: Wedding Bee Boards
Candy Buffet: Creationz Studio
Crepe paper pomanders and Marshmallow Pops: GreyGrey Designs
White and Red cupcakes: The Cupcake Blog
Red Devil Cupcake: All Things Cupcake
Filled Hurricanes: The Party Girls
Red lantern tablescape: Martha Stewart Weddings

Monday, April 11, 2011

{Real Parties} Colin's Vintage Woodland Bunny 1st Birthday

Get ready to gasp, party girls!
I love showing off my friends and family and their parties on this blog. I just happen to have some really creative ladies in my life and Miss Meredith is one of them. Meredith has always been known in our group of friends as the hostess with the mostess. You might remember her as the honoree from my Feather Her Nest Sip N' See. 
She's been blowing it out for years with her kids' birthday parties and throwing my girlfriends gorgeous showers for their weddings and babies.  Witness HERE, HEREHERE, and HERE. 
But, this one might be her crowning achievement!
Her youngest son, Colin, turned one last week and she put together the most stunning hand-crafted Woodland Bunny 1st birthday party for him! 
Everything at this party was made by Meredith. No vendors at all. 
Yeah, she's got three boys. I always tease her that she must tie them up at night! LOL. 

The man of the hour!  Could you not just squeeze him?
Mommy and Daddy with the birthday boy.
Meredith made this moss number one for the entrance to the party. 
The gorgeous cake on a wooden pedestal. 
Stunning Dessert table. 
I love the idea of a head table for a birthday party. I've done tons of them at weddings, but I've never seen one at a birthday. So creative! Also love the monogram C!
Handmade cake bunting for the smash cake. 
Love this touch on the beverage station! The menu listing and vintage serving pieces really send it over the top!
And, HELLO. Is this not gorgeous?? She texted me a picture of that branch chandelier the week of the party I almost died. How creative and unique! I also adore this backdrop. 
She scoured Goodwill and Habitat stores for these vintage cups and also used family heirlooms to give it that antique feel. 
Adorable centerpieces that bring in the woodland animals. 
Each guest got a hair-bow or a bow-tie that were all handmade by Meredith. I know, she makes you puke right? Me too. LOL. 
I love this display board. What a fun, gorgeous way to show off her hard work!
She also handmade all these birthday hats for the guests. Don't you love this color scheme? So fresh and modern. 

One of my favorite details is the use of the Reader's Digest Condensed Books. LOVE. After I saw that three tier galvanized display, I totally had to know where she got it, and I went right to Hobby Lobby to get my own. 
What a gorgeous family, right? Don't you love how they all color-coordinate? 
Can you believe that party was held in their church's rec center?
Yeah, you certainly can't tell from the pictures!
To see more, and here the details from Meredith, you can visit her post about the party here
Also, huge shout-out to Meredith's BFF and my dear friend Kari, of Wright Image Photography, for the GORGEOUS photography!
Are you guys jealous that Meredith is one of the friends hosting my baby shower at the end of the month? 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Throwback Thursday: Italian Night

If you know me, you know I LOVE a good theme party. One of my previous positions was the Catering and Sales Manager at a local country club. That job also included planning all the decor for the annual Member/Guest golf tournaments and banquets. Each night had a theme, and there wasn't much decor budget to speak of. At least, when you are planning a party for 400!
So, as always, I got crafty and stretched my dollars by shopping for supplies at Garden Ridge and Hobby Lobby.
One of my favorite nights was the Italian Night that we did in 2005.
My vision was for it to be as kitschy as possible. I wanted it to look like an Italian restaurant under the Brooklyn Bridge threw up in that country club.
Sorry about the photo quality--our camera was not awesome.

So, in order to have the guests have a grand entrance, which you know I love, I had our on-site carpenter construct a raised walkway, which he painted to look like cobblestone, a la Venice. I wanted it to be like they were walking down an Italian Via with storefronts on each side.
 Alongside of the raised walkway, I created some "water" with blue cellophane. The perfect touch was the roping on each side. The huge backdrops were rented from a local party warehouse, Hicks Convention Services.

 For the roughly 50 tablescapes, I went with the classic red and white gingham tablecloth. Each centerepiece was under $20. I bought baskets at Garden Ridge and filled them with faux breads, dried pasta, and hankerchiefs. For the podium backdrop, I rented pipe and drape in three different colors to mimic the Italian flag.
 For the food rooms, the chef and I collaborated on a Leaning Tower of Pisa ice sculpture. It was decorated with jars of dried spaghetti, grapes, and Italian flags.

 And what's more classic Italian than some fresh grapes on a Corinthian column?
Hope you enjoyed this blast from the event planning past!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blog-o-sphere love!

This post is simply a THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers who have featured my work in the past few weeks!
I am incredibly humbled by it and it thrills me to know that I can inspire other mommies and/or party planners!   I just love being creative and I hope that it shows through this blog.
I also love being inspired by others and there are so many awesome, talented women in the blogosphere who are doing incredibly amazing work. To be included among them is just insane to me.
So, THANK YOU, fellow party girls, and especially my readers.
When I started this blog on a lark, I never thought I would have over 400 Facebook fans!
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

Greyson's Burger Party has been featured on:

 The Children's Party Network

 Wendy's Hot Pink Glamorous Casino Party has been featured on:

 Children's Party Network


My collaboration with Kristi at Kristi's Printable Panache was on:

Martha Stewart's Dreamers into Doers
And Children's Party Network

Brett's Jungle Safari 1st Birthday was featured on Pizzazzerie 

And, if you wouldn't mind....
If you are a reader of this blog and you have an extra few minutes today or the next, could you do me a huge favor and vote for me in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Party Planning Moms contest?
I would love you forever!
You can vote here.