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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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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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How to Host an Easy Clean Up Play Date

I’m back again today with another parenting focused party post.  Play dates are pretty much the regular party around here.  If you’re in the same boat but feel that hosting a play date can be intimidating I can help.  Play dates may seem difficult to host because you have people in your house, there are lots of kids, and the clean up can be daunting sometimes.

I wanted to give a little advice on ways to make cleaning up from them a lot easier.  As for the other reasons, those have fairly easy solutions too.  Don’t invite too many kids, and don’t worry about having people over.  The adults will just be thankful to be around other adults and the kids don’t care what your house looks like at all.

So back to cleaning up from your play date.

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Easy Clean Up Play Date Ideas

1. Use a Baby Gate to Section of a Play Area

Containing the play date is key to a quick clean up.  Block off certain areas of your house with a baby gate, closing doors, or just telling the kids to stay in one area.  This is also great if there are actual babies at your house to keep them safe.

Only having a mess in one area makes clean up a lot faster.

2. Use Paper Table Runners

Plan to do a craft or activity at your play date?  Be sure to get a roll of kraft paper beforehand to cover your table or work space.  Once the craft is done all you have to do is roll up the paper and toss the mess in the trash.  This is also a great way to protect your table for any major spills or messes.

3. Only Use One Play Space

Over the holidays we had several parties where kids played with toys in the living room, the play room, my daughter’s room, and the basement.  So, there were toys everywhere, mismatched with where they were supposed to go.  Keeping the play date in one area or room really cuts down on how many places need to be picked up.  Just see number 1 for how to keep kids in one space.

4. Only Use Big Toys

You know what’s not fun?  Cleaning up a million tiny little toy pieces.  So that’s why I suggest when you host a play date to break out some of the bigger toys.  Things like big blocks, play tables, climbers, and all in one toys are great for play dates.  They may seem cumbersome, but at the end of the play date you won’t have to find a bunch of little things everywhere and clean up will be super quick.

5. Corral the  Snack Zone

Providing a snack for the friends at your play date is a very hospitable.  But cleaning up that snack may not be very fun.  The best way to cut down on the mess is to choose a less messy snack.  Things like fresh fruit and veggies are great.  You can also make everyone eat their snack in one spot.  Doing so will keep crumbs and the mess in one area to clean up.

I hope some of these tips encourage you to ask your friends to come over and play.  Well at least your kids’ friends.  With a little preparation it will be really easy to clean up after the play date.

If you’re still not convinced then just plan to host a play date at a local park.  Super easy clean up and the best part is that it’s not in your house 😉

Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!!

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Party Plan: At Home Date Night

It’s Valentines week!  Are you excited or dread this day?  I’m grateful to have my husband in my life and his love, but we don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day.  So I thought it would be fun to just do a little at home date night.  Thanks to some much earlier bed times for our kiddos we have more time to spend together in the evenings.  While most of those evenings are spent falling asleep next to each other on the couch, maybe for Valentine’s Day we can manage to stay awake and enjoy a nice meal together?

If you’d like to celebrate with a special someone, it doesn’t take much.  Share a delicious meal together, add in some quality time just the two of you and it we be the perfect evening.  I hope this party plan gives you the inspiration you need.

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At Home Date Night Tablescape

I set up this pretty tablescape that is all things red, pink, and love.  Thanks to a kind neighbor I was able to just borrow the red chargers and not have to buy them for myself.  To complete the place setting I used my new gold flatware.  I’m in love with this set, it’s really heavy duty and so pretty.  I love it more because I waited (with fingers crossed it wouldn’t be sold out) until it was 66% off after Christmas at Hobby Lobby.  Such a steal!

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I used some champagne glasses we already had on hand and some pretty purple water goblets.  A quick bunch of flowers from the grocery store in some pink vases and the table was set for a pretty date night.

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At Home Date Night Menu

Now moving on to what to make for dinner.  Several years ago after almost a year apart from each other (thanks dual deployments), this entree was one of the first meals I made for my husband once we were reunited, and it was so good.

Plus, the man loves him some baked brie, so I found a really yummy looking recipe.  It only has three ingredients so it’s easy too.

For our date night dessert, something simple.  Some brownies and strawberries with a little whipped cream.

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You can find all of the recipes below.  Just click on the links and get the full recipe.

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to celebrate with your special someone or do you normally just consider it another regular day?  I at least hope you take a minute and show some love to those that are special to you.  And if you have the time, make a special meal to share with your spouse and have an at home date night.

 

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Party Plan: New (ish) Year Detox Party

Hi there, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  I don’t really have an excuse either, other than lack of motivation.

So I’m back today with a post that I’ve wanted to do, but the timing is off a bit now.  This works great for all those New Year’s resolutions, but now that we’re a month into the year I guess it’s more of a reminder to stick to your resolutions.

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How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution?

If you do need  a little kick in the pants to keep up with it, try hosting a party.  It’s one of the best ways to get things done.  Want to clean your house? Host a party.  Want to eat better and workout more?  Host a detox party.

A detox party is a great way to set the reset button, get you on a healthier path, and a jumpstart to getting rid of all the stuff that’s not good for you.

Gather all of your friends and work together to get healthier by sharing healthy recipes, motivating workouts, and ways to cleanse your body.  Check out my party plan below for lots of things to incorporate into this detox themed party.

Detox Party Decor and Atmosphere

Set the mood for your party by keeping it simple, fresh, and clean.  No need for a lot of decor.  Get people in the mood to workout by setting up a couple yoga mats and light weights.  Be extra thoughtful and provide a few towels to wipe any sweat.  Turn on a yoga channel on youtube and you’ll have a permanent instructor throughout your party.

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Get everyone in the mood for an easy workout by diffusing some essential oils.  It not only will smell nice, but if you diffuse lemongrass it will help with thermogenic activity in the body.  Be sure to remind everyone to wear easy workout wear.  Check below for the most loved workout pants!

If you want a more laid back, spa like detox party provide your guests with simple robes and slippers while diffusing some lavender.  It will help everyone relax.  Remind everyone to wear something casual and comfortable.  Provide a few tools to help everyone give themselves massages.

The foot massager listed below is an easy way to relieve any foot tension.  You could also ask guests to give each other hand massages. Or if you really want to get fancy, pay to have a masseuse come to your house to provide chair massages.

Detox Party Refreshments

To help everyone reset and stick to their resolutions provide some healthy snack options.  Anything with lots of fruit and vegetables is a great idea.  Here are a couple recipes that look delicious:

For drinks, I highly recommend providing some fruit infused water for everyone to sip. A really simple recipe is lemons, cucumbers, and mint.  Cut them up and let them steep in the water for a few hours before serving.

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A cut cucumber makes the prettiest garnish!

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Another really great idea is to set up a juice or smoothie bar with a powerful blender like a Vitamix.  Let your guests mix up their own juices and smoothies by providing a variety of fruit and mixers.

Party Favors

Send your guests home with something that will continue to help them detox after the party.  Bath bombs are a great way to get even more toxins out of your body while relaxing in a hot bath.  Try setting up a station at the party for everyone to mix up their own bath bombs to take home with them.

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I think this is such a fun, unique party idea.  It’s only more perfect depending on when you host the party.  The beginning of the year is a great time to detox and get resolutions off to a great start.  But you could also host this after a bachelor/bachelorette party, after a night of celebrating a milestone birthday, or for Mother’s Day.
I hope this detox party plan helps motivate you to stick to your resolution and if not, then throw this party and I’m sure you’ll be motivated again!

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10 Ways to Make Hosting Easier in 2018

Hey friends!  Like I said in my last post, this New Year has started off quite slow.  Along with slowness, it always feels nice for things to be easier, right?  One way I’m making things easier is by saying no to various things this year.  You can see the full list here.

But to help you all, I’ve put together a quick list of ways to make hosting so much easier this year.  After being rushed and a bit frantic before several of our last parties, you can bet that I’ll be using some of these tips all year long.

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How to Make Hosting Easier in 2018

1. Have a party decorating tool belt

Having all of your party decorating tools handy makes getting ready for a party a breeze.  I use this chef’s tool belt to pack away scissors, tape, twine, and other goodies that help to hang decor quickly before a party.

2. Only do a quick five minute clean up before people come over

Focusing just on the areas where your guests will be keeps the pre-party cleaning to a minimum.  I promise you can clean the main areas of your house in about 5 minutes with this checklist.

3. Have your pantry stocked to always be able to throw a party

Soon, I’ll be showing you how to have your pantry stocked to be able to throw a last minute party.  Stay tuned for that!  But the basic idea is to have a few food items to be able to make a quick appetizer or dinner.  And keeping your most used party gear handy.

4. Streamline serving ware by only using white dishes

Make hosting any party, any time of the year easier by streamlining your serving ware.  If you invest in simple white servingware and dishes you’ll be able to throw any kind of party.  No need  to buy serving ware for every different occasion this way!

5. Use decor you already have to decorate for your party

Along the same lines as streamlined serving ware, using what you already have as home decor cuts down on all that one time use party decor.  So, using things like tables from around the house, various holiday decor that fits your party’s theme, or use artwork from other parts of you house as a party backdrop.

Click here to see how to use home decor as party decor. Decorate a party with what you have.6. Ask the floral department at the grocery store to arrange flowers for you

how to make hosting easier in 2018, easy hosting tips, easy party tips, signature drink ice mold, party punch ice mold, bundt cake ice moldThis is a great tip if you’re pressed for time, but want to include flowers for your party.  Pick a bouquet of flowers and ask the floral department at your grocery store to arrange them for you while you shop for party food.  Most grocery stores are more than willing to do this for you.  It’s one less thing you’ll have to do once you get home.

7. Use easy to put together food

Party food is sometimes overwhelming for some, so I suggest just doing really easy party food.  My go to easy party food ideas are frozen appetizers from Costco, ready made cheese trays from the grocery store, or precut veggie and fruit trays.

8. Decorate one area to create a party focal point

Only decorate one party area.  It’s less to buy, less to hang up, and less to take down.  Plus, it creates a really nice party focal point.  Try a photo booth backdrop or a dessert table background as a focal point.  Use this area to include your color scheme and party theme.

9. Have one signature drink

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10. Keep the guest list limited

I mean when two or more gather it’s still a party right? Jesus even said that when two or more gather in my name I am with them.  Less people makes party hosting a lot easier.  It’s great to have a big party occasionally, but having fewer people attend means less food, drinks, and less clean up.

I hope this list encourages you to keep hosting simple and easy this year so you are more inclined to open your door and celebrate with others.

Do you have any special tips and tricks to make hosting easier?  If so, share them in the comments, I’d love to hear them!

 

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Celebrating everyday!