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Party Color Scheme: Copper and Green Themed Desert Party

Congrats!  It’s Friday and you made it to the weekend!  Today is another Party Color Scheme post.  I have been so hot being pregnant in the middle of summer, so thinking about the desert was natural for me.  This copper and green themed desert party color scheme is so great for this time of year.

Party color scheme with copper and green, cactus party, desert party, party colorsI’ve included an inspiration party and some ideas of how to incorporate the colors into whatever kind of party you’re planning to throw.  This color scheme would work for so many things.  A dinner party, a birthday party, a baby shower, an end of summer party, or a business luncheon are all great ideas to incorporate these colors.

Copper and Green Party Inspiration

This desert cactus bridal shower is the image of perfection when incorporating the copper and green color scheme.  Be sure to click the link above and check out the entire party.  It’s pretty amazing.  Those copper chairs are seriously swoonworthy.  I also love the floral arrangements and how even with using cacti they seem soft and pretty.
The key when using metal as the primary color in a color scheme is to mix various shades of the color.  The chairs, glassware, vases, and napkins are all in the copper family, but not exactly the same.

Here’s another great way to incorporate this color scheme.  Do it in cake form!  This cake is so pretty dripping in copper frosting.

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via Brides

Just be sure to remove the cactus before biting into this beauty.

Copper and Green Party Decor and DIYs

If you’re looking to incorporate these colors in a super simple decor DIY, try using this copper vase.  The tutorial is super easy, but it’s so chic.  I’d venture to say you’d want to leave the vase out long after your party.

Make several of these in different sizes and group them together in the center of your table or run them the length of your table.   It will look awesome.  To bring in the green all you really need is some leafy branches, a great way to forgo getting flowers for your party.
This is the perfect idea to incorporate copper and green into your party favors.  Terra cotta pots work so well as the copper, add in some green ribbon or even a small cactus, and you’re set.

You could even use terra cotta pots as your centerpiece and decor.
Now here are some resources to round out your party color scheme.  Simple ways to bring in the copper and green without being too over the top.  Try using these utensils, these straws, or these napkins.

If you want to recreate the look of copper chairs, but don’t want to splurge on renting actual copper chairs, try a diy.  Use this ribbon and tie it to the back of your chairs.  Use the below picture for some inspiration.

Is this a color scheme you can see planning your next party around?  If so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with #thedailyhostess

I hope you have a great weekend and do something to beat the heat.  I’ll be pulling together my husband’s birthday party with a fun guy’s only theme that you’ll get to see next week so stay tuned for that.

 

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Real Life Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party

Happy Friday friends!  I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and have since recovered.  Today I’m giving you all the details on my daughter’s third birthday.  We hosted a picnic themed birthday party and it was so fun!  You’ll get to see lots of picnic ideas, picnic food, and fun!

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We hosted the party at the park in our neighborhood.  It had been super hot all week and then randomly we had a really cool, windy day.  It was kind of a blessing because I didn’t have to worry about keeping cupcakes and food cold on a hot summer day.

The kids all played at the playground for awhile and worked up an appetite.  It helped to bring some outdoor toys to the park.  Things like buckets, shovels, and balls kept them entertained.

Picnic Food

To keep all the food together and individually packaged for the moms and kids, I picked up some great cardboard lunch boxes from Hobby Lobby.  I also got some chalkboard labels from my local party supply store to label all the boxes.  This is a great way to keep special dietary restrictions separate, and no fighting over who gets what.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyFor the kiddos lunch, I tried to keep the menu pretty kid friendly with Chick-fil-A nuggets, baby carrots, chips, and a picnic staple watermelon.  I was able to prepare all of the food the night before and kept in the refrigerator. The morning of the party was pretty relaxed since all I  had to do was load up the lunch boxes and get everything to the park.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyThe little plastic cups pictured above were great to keep all the food separated.  I also just about fell down when I spotted that red gingham washi tape at the dollar spot at Target.  All the other red gingham decor and party gear was from Hobby Lobby.  It was on clearance, so that was even better!

For the moms, I tried to keep the menu similar, but felt like we needed something a little more grown up than chicken nuggets.  Although, Chick-fil-A nuggets are pretty delicious.  I made a large baguette sandwich and was able to slice it up into equal portions for all the adults.  It’s a great way to make one big meal to feed everyone.  All you have to do is make one big sandwich on any loaf of bread you enjoy, then cut up into however many portions you need.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI wrapped up the sandwich portions in parchment paper to hold all the sandwich fixings inside, then tied it with red and white twine.

It seemed like everyone enjoyed their picnic lunch and were full enough to carry them through until dinner.

For dessert and to celebrate the birthday girl, I ordered cupcakes from my local Safeway store.  If you live near a Safeway, I highly recommend getting cupcakes from their bakery.  The icing is delicious, the cake is always moist, and a dozen cupcakes are only $6.99.  You can’t beat the price for what you get.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyTo dress up the cupcakes, I found these small rubber ants at a local farm store for about .50 cents a piece.  It was the perfect little decoration to add to the picnic themed birthday party.  It was also nice that it didn’t take a whole lot to just plop these onto the tops of the cupcakes.

Note to self though, never order red icing on a cupcake again!  The kids were a mess after eating these, haha!

Picnic Birthday Party Set Up

As far as setting up the picnic, it was a pretty easy way to throw a party.  All you really need to do is throw down a bunch of blankets.  Thankfully, everyone that came also brought a blanket so we had plenty.  I also had a small pop up tent because I was expecting blazing sun.  It ended up serving as a semi-private potty station for all of our potty training toddlers.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI used some more red gingham pinwheels and banner party supplies from Hobby Lobby to denote our picnic area.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyHosting a picnic themed birthday was pretty easy.  I highly recommend it if you are in need of an easy party on a small budget, or for a last minute party.  Other picnic ideas could be to have a theme, like a sandwich themed picnic party where everyone brings their favorite sandwich to share.  A wine themed picnic party with wine and cheeses sounds amazing! A picnic themed party is a great way to make the normal pot luck a little more interesting too.

I was pleased with how our picnic themed birthday party turned out. Most importantly, I think my three year old enjoyed it.  She likes to throw blankets down on the floor at home all the time to have a picnic.  This seemed was the perfect way to do a quick and easy party for her.  I had planned on not doing much for her birthday this year, but am glad I put in a little effort and did something special!

I hope you all have a great weekend and maybe get outside to enjoy a picnic!

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4th of July Front Porch Decor Inspiration

It’s almost time for the biggest celebration of summer, the Fourth of July!  Do you love celebrating our country with some red, white, and blue, bar-b-que, and fireworks? We live in a great little cul-de-sac where most of our neighbors spend summer evenings outside in the front yard hanging out.   So, I decided to focus my Fourth of July celebration on my front porch this year.

Here’s a bunch of inspiration and a little DIY on a super simple 4th of July wreath.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasFirst up is my Fourth of July front door.  I diyed this simple flag wreath and added a huge Boston fern.  It’s so big it’s blocking our doorbell.  Eventually we’ll be building a custom plant stand that’s a little shorter to allow guests to see the doorbell.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasHere’s how I made this simple wreath.

  • I took a wreath form
  • Wrapped an extra flag around it, so that the stars were around the wreath, and the stripes are hanging down.
  • For the remainder of the wreath, I used some leftover burlap and hot glued one end around the wreath, then wrapped the rest around the wreath form and secured it with more hot glue
  • I hung the wreath using some burlap ribbon

Like I said, it’s super simple, you’ll just have to play around with the flag to get the positioning that you want.  I specifically used this style because our front door is so tall.  I wanted something that would take up a good portion of the door.  This does just that!

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasJuly Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasNow for the rest of the porch, I added some flower boxes to the porch railings then tucked some flags into them.  I wanted to make sure that the flags stayed put, so I zip tied them to the flower boxes.  Can we give a collective high five to the inventor of zip ties?  They work for so many things.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasJuly Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasIt’s been so hot here, my flowers are a little droopy.  Thankfully, it’s cooling off this weekend so I’m hoping they perk back up a bit.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI just love the ferns that I’ve added to my front porch.  I got them at my local grocery store for guess how much…..$12!!!  Isn’t that crazy cheap?!

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI put them in galvanized dairy buckets I picked up at a farm store.  This is a great way to let the plants drain but not have water running all over the place.

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July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI hope some of these ideas give you a little inspiration to start incorporating some red, white, and blue onto your front porch.  The front porch is such an important space to show some attention.  It’s the first thing that people see when they come to your house, or even when someone just drives by.  A lot of times the front porch is an underutilized entertainment area.

Use your front porch to invite a neighbor over and have a cool, refreshing beverage while enjoying the decor and work you put into your front porch!  I hope you have a great weekend!  We’ve got several parties to celebrate this weekend, so you’ll get to see all of that fun in the upcoming weeks.


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Party Color Scheme-Summertime Lemonade Stand

It’s another round of Party Color Schemes on this Friday.  Today it’s more of a fun summertime tradition for kids than a party.  However, using some party accessories you can take this lemonade stand to a whole new level.

Did you ever set up a lemonade stand in the summer time when you were growing up?  I remember doing it when I was in second grade during my mom’s yard sale.  I made $46.00 from that lemonade stand and thought I was so rich!

Coming across this color scheme instantly screamed lemonade stand to me.  It may have helped that there were actual lemons in the picture, but I just love the combination of colors to jazz up a basic lemonade stand.

I also love the addition of the green color in this color scheme.  It gives you a great option to offer a limeade drink at your lemonade stand.

Now that you have a great color scheme to center your whole lemonade stand around, try one of these custom lemonade stand DIY’s.  They are super cute and not that difficult to make.  Plus, they are customizable to whatever your lemonade stand needs are.  You could also use this idea as a place for pretend play, costume parties or puppet shows with the kids.  I’d recommend busting it back out again in the winter and setting up a hot chocolate stand.

 

I love that these stands just use a few simple things like paint, crates, and few pieces of wood.

Here’s how I’d accessorize the lemonade stand.  Doing so will really take it over the top and tie in all of these great colors.  Who knows putting in a little party decorating effort might get you more sales and increase your income.

  • Add some garlands in the blue signature color like this, this, or this
  • It never hurts to accessorize with real lemons and limes to bring in the yellow and green colors
  • Add some fun cocktail napkins for your patrons, bonus if they have lemons on them
  • In addition to lemonade offer a sweet treat like lemon cookies, candies, or cupcakes
  • Serve lemon or limeade in these awesome lidded clear cups.  There’s even a size perfect for kids.
  • Use green straws to tie in the green from the color scheme.  These from Shop Sweet Lulu are on sale right now!

Now you have the color scheme to get started, inspiration for making your own lemonade stand, and sources for all the decor you need.  Your over the top lemonade stand is going to make you some big bucks.  And look cute while doing so.  We have a community garage sale this weekend, and I’d love to set one of these guys up in front of our house.  Will you?

 

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Summer Party Inspiration for Your Backyard

It’s been so long since I’ve been here with you!  I’ve been doing a little traveling, gearing up for a baby, house projects, and settling into summer.  This month my daughter is in a preschool summer camp, so I’m hoping to be here with you a lot more!

Let’s kick off summer together with some summer party inspiration shall we?  Don’t you just love summer?  I think casual get togethers that last longer into the night are so fun and create that special memory of summer.  Give any of these parties a try and put your backyard to use.  Here’s a round up of inspiration to get you started.

Picnic Party

I love the idea of doing a mid-day playdate picnic party.  Invite all the friends over for a backyard picnic.  You’ll be amazed at how much less of a struggle it is to get kids to eat when having a picnic outside.  Here are some great ideas and inspiration to host this red an white gingham filled party.

Theme ideas:

  • Use a red and white gingham paper as your invitation
  • Package food in individual boxes for each guest.  Wrap in red and white twine to tie into
  • Ask everyone to bring a picnic friendly food (that way it’s less work for the host)
  • Have kids make an ant themed craft project
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Use to go boxes for individual picnic lunches. via Paper Mart

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via Etsy

Backyard Field Day

The kids don’t get to have all the fun during summer!  If you don’t have kids, I highly recommend hosting an adult only field day.  The biggest tip to make this party go smoothly is to be organized and put one person in charge.  The person in charge should be a neutral party so there isn’t any favoritism.  Here’s how to host this fun, competitive summer party:

  • Organize guests into teams
  • Have them compete against each other with backyard games and classic field day competitions
  • Have the neutral party or referee keep track of points to see which team wins at the end of the party
  • Award prizes to the winning team
  • Be sure to provide refreshments to keep your competitors fueled up.  I’m sure adding a summer cocktail will make things even more interesting!

I love this blog post from The Creative Bite.  The games they used for their family Olympics would be perfect for an adult field day party.

Camping Sleepover Party

This is such a great idea for summer time when the weather is warmer and the sun stays up until 9 pm.  If you have a kid’s birthday in the summer, try a camping sleepover birthday party.  Kids will think they are so cool sleeping outside in the yard in tents.  A few pointers to hosting a camping sleepover party:

  • Set up tents with plenty of blankets, cushions, and pillows
  • Provide some late night activities for guests like telescopes for star gazing or flash lights for ghost stories and shadow puppets
  • I’m pretty sure that s’mores are a requirement for a camping sleepover party.  Be sure to stock up on chocolate and marshmallows, then break out the fire pit.

I hope these three fun Summer party ideas will get your creative juices flowing and help to put your backyard to use.  Which party do you want to try?  What’s your favorite way to celebrate summer?

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Celebrating everyday!