Archive | April, 2018

Pinkalicious Party Ideas

Hey friends!  I haven’t been around much this week because I always have a hard time going from working on the weekend to getting blogging done.  I’ve forgiven myself for not getting things done and am back on track with this Pinkalicious party today.

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My daughter received her first Pinkalicious book from her cousin about a year ago and has loved them ever since.  But now that Pinkalicious was made into a TV show on PBS, it’s even more the rage at my house.

Although her upcoming birthday party already has a theme, I couldn’t pass up celebrating her love of reading and throwing a little Pinkalicious party for her.   It’s a great idea to use a book theme for a kids party.  There are a ton of party ideas you can pull right from the pages.

We set up all things pink and of course treated ourselves to cupcakes.  Decorating for this party was a breeze because we had so many pink things already.  This is yet another reason I love color coordinated party decor because you can use it again and again.  No plastic, themed, one use party decorations here!

Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesWe used a combination of pink pinwheels, banners, and pink tissue tassels.  Another great way to DIY easy party decor is to wrap up boxes with party coordinated wrapping paper.  Plus, the box adds height to any dessert or gift table.

Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesTo keep the kids busy during the party I decided to have them make Pinkalicious fairy wands.  I cut out gold glitter stars and just attached them to skewer sticks from the kitchen.  Then I let my daughter tie on all sorts of pink and gold ribbon and trim.

This is super easy craft to let kids do by themselves.  It’s not messy and it will help them work on their fine motor skills tying the ribbon around the sticks.

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Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesWe couldn’t have a Pinkalicious party without the pink cupcakes!  These simple cupcakes came from Safeway, and I will tell you they are the best value for your money.  I was able to get 6 cupcakes for only $4.00!!!  You can’t beat those prices.  Then I added a cherry on top from cherries I already had on hand.

The cupcakes were the only things I purchased for this party.  I will take a $4 party any day.  And if I’m spending that little, there is no excuse not to celebrate all the time!

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I also wanted to provide you with a ton of other ideas you could use at your own Pinkalicious party.

  • Have a short storytime and read a Pinkalicious
  • Make fairy wands
  • Make and decorate crowns like Pinkalicious wears
  • If you’re having a winter party, you can read the Pinkalicious ice skating book and have your party goers paint with ice
  • Play pin the cherry on the cupcake
  • If the kids are older, have them decorate or even bake their own pink cupcakes
  • Ask all of your guests to wear pink

This was a fun (and cheap) little party to put together that brought a smile to this little girl’s face.  And that’s all that matters really, right?

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Ready for her cupcake!

I hope you are inspired to maybe read some of these books, watch the show, or even just to go buy some $4.00 cupcakes!  Be sure to come back next week to see all of my Cinco de Mayo inspiration and ideas!

 

 

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DIY Hanging Floral Installation

Last week we talked all about how to incorporate this year’s wedding trends into your home parties.  You can see all about how to do living backdrops and potted plants, lucite, and saturated colors .  Another trend I keep seeing is a large over the top hanging floral installation.

But, they seem difficult to do, expensive, and a little impractical for a party at home.  However, today, I made a smaller DIY version and I’m loving it!  It’s definitely something anyone can do and still have the same kind of impact of a large floral installation.

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Hanging Floral Installation Inspiration

Here are just a few floral installation inspiration images.  I love how grand they all are and the flowers and greenery are gorgeous.

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DIY Hanging Floral Installation Supplies

Without spending a fortune on flowers and a lot of time building something just like the inspiration above, I was able to make my own version.  It’s much smaller, but it still gives the same feeling as the larger versions above.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own hanging floral installation.

  • a stick, branch, or dowell rod
  • flowers, garlands, or greenery
  • string or twine
  • floral wire
  • scissors

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You first have to think about where you’re going to hang your installation.  I wanted to have the same feeling of an installation above a table like the pictures above, so I hung mine over the dining room table.  To do this I just hung the twine over our dining room chandelier.

If you want your installation above a table, but don’t have a chandelier, there are tons of ways to make that happen.  You can screw a small hook into the ceiling over your table.  Or try tying your string onto a small nail in your ceiling.  If your installation isn’t very heavy you could even try to use a 3M Command Hook attached to the ceiling so it would be easy to remove after the party.

DIY Hanging Floral Installation How To

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It’s not difficult to make this installation at all.  I basically just wrapped the garland around the stick and secured it using floral wire.  As I went I adjusted the garland to get the look I was going for.  To do this I had to stop and hold the garland up to see what it would look like once hung.

You will also have to tie your string or twine to either end of the stick so you are able to hang the installation once it’s done.

I was going for a full look with some greenery hanging down from the stick.  Thanks to a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to use two garlands for the price of one to achieve the fullness I was looking for.

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Another way to hang it would be to tie each end of string or twine to the chandelier individually.  Having the glow of the light above could make the installation look even better at night.

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I kept my table centerpiece super simple because of the impact of the hanging installation.  A collection of lit candles would make a very romantic “in the garden” kind of experience.

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So what do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try at home?  Do you think it resembles the inspiration at all?  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I was able to make this installation, thanks to that sale, for less than $20!  I also had all the other supplies on hand already.

Plus now I have some great spring decor over our dining room bar!  And it would be really easy to change this up with the seasons by sticking in different flowers or leaves for each season.

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That one piece of floral wire is glaring at me! I’ll have to hide that one.

Have a great weekend friends!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Blue and White Spring Tablescape with Ginger Jars

It’s time again for one of my favorite series here on the blog, tablescape Tuesday.  In this series, I give you inspiration and tips on setting up and designing all kinds of tables around your home.  Dining tables for dinner parties, like today’s post, or coffee tables, end tables, and party tables.

If you were around a month or so ago, you saw that for Lent I tried to have a different family over for dinner every week.  This tablescape was for one of those dinner parties.  I got so much pleasure out of putting these dinner parties together.  Some of the tablescapes, this one included, are some of my favorite I’ve ever done.

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blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyblue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI used my super clearanced ginger jars as vases for a spring mix of flowers.  I loved how the blue and white ginger jars tied into my new blue cloth napkins. The napkins are from Homegoods.  It’s a great place to find quality cloth napkins at reasonable prices.

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I definitely think when having people over for dinner that haven’t been to your house before it’s a really good idea to use place cards.  Place cards help alleviate that awkward dance around the table where people are trying to figure out where to sit.

blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI always like setting out serving dishes on the table before any food is done. This helps me to make sure I know how all of them will fit on the table.  It’s a great way to plan out your tablescape.

One of my best tips is to do this and add post-its to the platters.  Labeling the platters like this lets anyone know where to place food or dishes as they are brought to the table or eating area.

blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI was inspired by the menu to make the tablescape my version of what I thought a Tuscan table would look like in spring.  Blues, whites, and texture with wicker.

For dinner I made a beef ragu that cooked in the crockpot all day.  It was so tender and delicious.  I put it atop papparadelle pasta, which is so pretty I’m shocked I haven’t used it before.

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blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI added a super simple arugula salad and some crusty bread to round out the menu. I love how the green of the salad and the green in the florals make the blue and white ginger jars pop even more.

blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyMy goal with a lot of these posts is to inspire you to take something from what I’ve done and have your own celebration.  One easy thing you can take from this post to use at home is to serve dinner from a platter with your family gathered around.

Wouldn’t it be nice to take your typical spaghetti dinner and serve it from a platter around your dining room table?  If you want to add in a nice place setting, centerpiece, and place cards that’s even better.  I hope you feel inspired to do just that the next time you have spaghetti!

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Wedding Trend 2018: Potted Plants

Well friends, we’ve made it to our last wedding trend of the week.  You can catch the other two trends here and here.  It has been fun reimagining how to use these trends in your own party.  Today’s potted plant trend is another that will be pretty easy to incorporate into any home party.

After researching several large wedding websites and figuring out the biggest wedding trends of 2018, I narrowed it down to lucite, saturated colors and today’s potted plant trend.  Now I’ll give you some inspiration and ways to incorporate it into whatever kind of party you’ll be having this year.

Potted Plant Wedding Trend Inspiration

Lining a walkway, like a wedding aisle, is a huge way the potted plant trend is being done at weddings.

Another way it’s being done at weddings is by putting potted plants on tables as centerpieces and table decor.

And lastly, living backdrops for ceremonies, photobooths, and wedding decor make a big statement at any wedding. This succulent backdrop is really impressive.  I’m mostly impressed that the bride grew almost all of the succulents herself!

How to Incorporate Potted Plants into Your Home Party

It’s pretty easy to use this trend throughout your home party if you already have potted plants around your house.  All you may have to do is move some things around.

If you want to recreate the potted plant trend as a centerpiece, this diy from Magnolia is super easy to follow.  I mean Joanna Gaines can basically do no wrong, right? I also love how the candle is in the middle to bring a little more ambiance to your tablescape.

Now if you want to recreate the look of having a living backdrop but can’t make a huge wall of plants, I totally understand.  Most houses don’t have space for something like that.  Give one of these options a try to do it on a smaller scale.

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I love how rustic these options are and that you would only have to grow a few plants instead of an entire wall of them.  Put them near your kitchen and grow herbs for easy access to any recipe you might be creating.  These pieces would also make great decor for your patio or house after the party is over too.

And lastly, instead of lining an aisle at a wedding ceremony, use potted plants to line a walkway up to your party.  This could be along your sidewalk, or through the backyard to get to the main party space.

I love how coastal and inviting this front porch looks.  Who wouldn’t want to go to a party at this house?

That wraps up this week’s wedding trend series.  Did you get any inspiration from the trends to use at your next party?  I’d love to see how you incorporate these trends, so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your party photos!

I hope you all have a great weekend and have something fun to celebrate!

 

 

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Wedding Trend 2018: Saturated Color

Happy Wednesday folks, this week is all about wedding trends because it’s the time of year where people start thinking about all of those upcoming summer weddings.  Do you have any to attend this summer?  Today’s trend is all about saturated color.

I researched several large wedding sites including Martha Stewart Weddings and found some common trends.  All this week I’m sharing those wedding trends with you, did you see the lucite and transparency trend on Monday? Well today I’m talking about saturated colors.  Some wedding coordinators are saying that the classic wedding colors of blush, ivory, and white are overdone and on their way out.

Saturated, deep, and bold colors are going to be all the rage this year and I’ll show you how to incorporate them into your home parties.  This is an easy task to do for a lot of different kinds of parties and there is a ton of inspiration.

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Saturated Color Wedding Trend Inspiration.

These deep orange dresses from an Australian wedding are the perfect example of the saturated color wedding trend.  I think they would look great for a fall wedding, but pretty great for a summer wedding too.  Just mix up the florals to something more tropical and they’d be the perfect summer bridesmaid’s look.

Florals are a great way to use saturated colors at a wedding.  Love the deep burgandy, orange, and blacks of this bouquet.</span>

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Working saturated colors into the accessories on your big day is another way to carry this trend throughout your wedding.  The accessories pictured above can be purchased from Etsy.  I love that you can use them again or keep them as a keepsake from your wedding.

Aren’t these weddings inspirational?  Kind of makes me want to plan mine again!

How to Incorporate Saturated Colors into Your Home Party

There are a ton of ways to incorporate this saturated color wedding trend into any party you have at home. From birthdays to dinner parties, try adding any of these touches below.

Add colored candles to your party decor.  Find some party scheme coordinating saturated color candles and add them to your tablescape, dessert table, or around the room of your party.

I especially like this easy diy candle holder from Sugar and Cloth.  Just click the link below the photo to see how to make one yourself.

Next, who says you can’t wear fun floral crowns anytime of year, they aren’t just for weddings.  Try wearing one with some deep colors to match your next birthday party or promotion celebration.  Buy some at the link below.

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And lastly, I’m taking the floral bouquet inspiration from the wedding above and adding it to the thing that almost every party should have, cake!

Don’t you just love the colors of those flowers?  Even if your party doesn’t call for a three tier wedding cake, just adding a few deeply colored flowers to the top or side of your cake is a great way to include this trend.

Adding flowers to a cake is also a cheap way to make it look more expensive.  Just purchase a plain white cake from the bakery which will save you money, and add the flowers yourself.  Just be sure to thoroughly wash the flowers before adding them to your cake.

That wraps up our second wedding trend this week.  I think today’s trend is so easy to use throughout any party, do you?  One more trend later this week and it’s going to be perfect to use for parties this spring and summer!

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Celebrating everyday!