Archive | April, 2018

Wedding Trend 2018: Lucite

Welcome back from the weekend folks! I hope you had a chance to rest and recharge.  I know now is the time of year where people start thinking about upcoming summer weddings.  Do you have any to attend this summer?  I wanted to give you my take on a few of this year’s wedding trends you may be seeing.

I researched several large wedding sites including Martha Stewart Weddings and found a common trend.  All this week I’m going to be sharing those wedding trends with you, but even better I’ll be showing you how to incorporate them into your home parties.  I mean, I do most of my entertaining at home these days since I got married almost 9 years ago.  Crazy how fast time flies!

First up this week is wedding trend number one, lucite or transparency.  Clear and see through wedding elements are going to be all the rage this year.  Just check out how some of these weddings incorporated them into their ceremonies and receptions.

Lucite Wedding Trend Inspiration

How to Incorporate Lucite into your Home Party

Although it is hard to incorporate the big over the top party decorations from the inspiration above, it is easy to use lucite throughout your party in smaller ways.

Incorporating clear or acryllic into your tablescape is an easy way to use this trend.  I love the idea of using clear chairs at your table.  Most party rental companies have clear chairs available to rent.  For around $5.00 you can get the perfect clear ghost chair.

If you don’t want to use chairs around your table, incorporate clear chargers, plates, or flatware.  I love the options below that you can get on Amazon.  Those dinner plates have great reviews too and are reasonably priced.  These are all things you could have everyday and use for a lot of different parties too.  Dual purpose for the win!


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If you don’t want your table to be the feature at your party but instead want to use clear party decor, there are a ton of ways to do that too.  Just check out the cool inspiration pictures below.

  • Use clear balloons
  • Glass containers to hold party favors, snacks, or treats
  • Clear place cards (link below), these would be great party favors too!
  • Hanging crystals or clear beads as a backdrop
  • Use lots of bubbles for a kids birthday, a bubble machine makes this really easy
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via Etsy

What do you think of this first wedding trend?  Do you like the clear and translucent look of a party?  Would you like to see more of these do it in real life kind of posts where I try to recreate a party look at home?  If so, be sure to tell me in the comments!  And also be ready for two more wedding trends later this week!

 

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5 Ways to make Serving Water Pretty

Howdy, did you enjoy the fun color combos I talked about earlier this week?  Today’s post however was brought on by something that happened at our Easter brunch.  Keep reading for the full story below.

5 Ways to Make Serving Water Pretty

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So today I wanted to share a few ideas on how to dress up serving water at a party.  It’s a basic necessity to have at any party, but making it pretty might encourage guests to stay even more hydrated.

1. Use Dispensers

This is the main way I serve water at any of my own parties.  I have a great glass dispenser and stand that I got several years ago that still works wonderfully.  However, I don’t just fill it with water and call it good.  I like to add things to the dispenser to flavor the water or make it look prettier.

There are a ton of water additions that taste great and look pretty.  Any of these work great:

  • lemon and cucumber
  • strawberries, blackberries, raspberries
  • cucumber and mint
  • orange and lemon
  • lemon and lime
  • mint and lime

It’s also really easy to dress up your water dispenser with fun signs, ribbon, or party decor.  Love the bandana on the dispenser below at a cowgirl party.

2. Pre-mixed Mason Jars

Serving individual glasses of water is great, but pre-mixing them in individual mason jars is even better.  They look so cute with the lids, plus they’re spill proof.  That makes them great for kids parties, especially these plastic mason jars.

3. Pitchers or Carafes

I recently used my collection of carafes to serve water and thought “why hadn’t I done this before?”  I mean I use them for mimosa bars all the time, just not to serve water.  It was such an easy way to keep a reserve of water on the table to refill glasses when needed.

I have open top carafes, but getting some of these would be a great way to serve water at the table.

4. Dressed Up Water Bottles

Water bottles are an easy way to keep party guests hydrated, but they aren’t that pretty to look at.  There are a ton of places to make custom labels for your water bottles, but that seems like a waste of time in my opinion.

I’d rather set up or display the bottles in a prettier way.  Grouping a large amount of like items together is always an impressive way to display something and that’s no different for water bottles.

I love the idea of grouping water bottles together in interesting containers like buckets, crates, suitcases, or troughs.

5. Water Glasses

Serving water in traditional glasses isn’t totally out of style, but there are fun ways to do it.  I love using a collection of party coordinated colored water glasses instead of clear glass.  They can make a big impact and help bring in the color scheme of your party.

Try renting glasses from a party rental company instead of having to buy and store a bunch of glasses you may not use regularly.  But if you want to buy some, I love these, these, and these.

With any of these pretty water alternatives it’s a great idea to dress up the ice too.  You can never go wrong with adding fruit or flowers to ice cubes, or even glitter.  Just be sure to not put ice cubes in drinks with things that aren’t edible.  Love this ice mold I made for the holidays with a bundt pan, fruit and herbs.  It looked beautiful in our punch bowl.

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I hope some of these ideas give you inspiration to use at your next party.  Like I said before serving water is necessary, but making it look pretty is almost as important.  Here’s to no more bland water containers!

 

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Party Color Scheme: Ultra Violet

Hi friends!  How was your Easter?  Ours was pretty amazing between guests, becoming Catholic, and an epic brunch we had a great weekend that’s taken awhile to recover from.  So I’m back today to talk colors.  I can’t believe that it’s taken me practically three months to do a party color scheme post with this year’s Pantone color of the year, ultra violet.

If you haven’t heard of Pantone, it’s the world’s leading authority on color and every year they pick a color that they see as culturally significant.  The color this year is ultra violet.  Growing up purple was always my favorite color so I’m loving this year’s color.

Pantone describes ultra violet as complex and contemplative, suggesting the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.

All I know is that it’s a great color to pair up with lots of other colors and build a party around. I’ve put together some great color combinations for you today that would make any party festive.

Ultra Violet Party Color Schemes

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The first color scheme is pairing ultra violet with gold.  I mean gold and copper are having quite the moment right now and I don’t see it fading anytime soon.  Gold just goes with everything!

This is a fun inspiration birthday party.  Love the idea of using the colors to make large paper flowers for party decor.

Ultra Violet + Navy

This is probably my favorite color combo.  I just think it’s such a chic way to use the ultra violet color.  This tablescape totally embodies the “mysteries of the cosmos” that Pantone describes ultra violet as.  Do you notice how the plates are arranged to mimic a moon?  I thought that was pretty clever.

I love how ultra violet is used in the floral arrangement.  Not typical flowers, but by using succulents and cabbage plants.

Ultra Violet + Turquoise + Green

When I was thinking of other color combinations that already had ultra violet in them, I thought of a peacock’s feathers.  So these colors together would make a great peacock themed party.

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via Etsy

This ribbon banner is a very approachable way to add some party decor in these great colors to your party.  A peacock theme would be great for a birthday or baby shower.  Think “A Pea and a Pod” themed baby shower.  Super cute right?

Tie this ribbon garland on the backs of chairs or behind a dessert table for a backdrop.

There are a ton of ways to incorporate this year’s Pantone color of the year.  Sometimes all you need is a color scheme for a jumping off point to throw a party.

Do you see yourself incorporating this year’s ultra violet color into a party?

 

 

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