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Cinco de Mayo Inspired Bar Cart

Well tomorrow is a fun day.  The combination of Cinco de Mayo and Friday in the same day just calls for a celebration doesn’t it?  So let’s celebrate at home with a little bar cart drink.  Let’s face it, going to any Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo will be crazy.

To celebrate I threw together a colorful bar cart ready for a drink.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeColorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeI found this tutorial on how to make DIY crepe paper picado streamers.  How simple, yet how cute!  I probably should have paid a little more attention to the directions before making mine, but I think they  still turned out pretty fun.

I also love that this kind of party decor is a great way to use all of that extra crepe paper that you probably have lying around after a party.  Plus, the more variety of colors the better!

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeFor a Cinco de Mayo drink I made a quick citrus lemonade.  It’s pretty simple by just muddling some cucumbers and oranges in a pitcher, then I added some lemonade.  Afterwards I dumped in a bunch of club soda for a little fizz and to cut down on the sweetness of the lemonade.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeYou could always add in something alcoholic if you’d like, but thanks to this baby, I’ll be avoiding it.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeHaving the option for your guests is great.  I also highly recommend this Sangria.  We buy it at Costco and it’s the perfect combination of wine, sweetness, and fruit.  Adding a little extra fruit like apples, oranges, or berries makes it even more delicious.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeI hope this little celebration inspires you to whip up one of your own and have quite the party on Cinco de Mayo.  Or even just a little party at home.  It’s just another way to celebrate life’s moments!  Have a great weekend friends!


May Party Round Up

It’s already the beginning of another month.  Can you believe it?  We’re almost half way through the year, time is just flying!  Today is another party round up, this time featuring all the parties to celebrate the month of May.  It’s such a fun time of the year moving into summer, graduations, and the end of the school year.  Let’s party!

First up, is the 5th of May or Cinco de Mayo.  A day that’s often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, but is really a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French during the Battle of Pueblo.  In the US, it’s really just a celebration of Mexican and American culture.

I’ve recently started following a few people on Instagram that have been posting so much Cinco de Mayo inspiration it’s hard to overlook, so I had to check out their full blog post and I love what they’ve come up with for this special day.

This first party is kind of typical in it’s color scheme for Cinco de Mayo, but I love the addition of the cactus.  I mean those margarita glasses with cactus are too cute!  I also love that this party is totally doable with just some simple colored tablecloths and tassels.

On to another cactus theme, this pink and green cactus themed Cinco de Mayo party is so pretty.  I love the unexpected color scheme and the little cactus party favors.

If you’re not tired of margaritas, chips, and dip, then get ready to party again the very next day.  May 6th is the Kentucky Derby.  What a great reason to throw a party?  It’s a chance to get dressed up, wear a fun hat, and drink too many mint juleps.  I attended a Derby party last year, and get to do it again this year.  I’m really looking forward to it and the cupcakes.

I love Celebrations At Home take on doing a Derby party and the fact that her blog post gives you step by step ways to host your own party.  Plus, there are recipes, decor ideas, drink ideas, and favors for your guests to take home.

Who doesn’t love a party filled with red roses?

May 14th is an important day for pretty much everyone.  It’s Mother’s Day!  I love the idea of hosting your mom, grandma, mother-in-law, aunts, and anyone else that has been a mother to you, for an in home spa party.  Let’s be real, spas are great, but man they are expensive!  By whipping up a few homemade spa treatments or asking everyone to bring their favorite you’ll save a ton of money but still have a great time.


Pretty Mayhem does a great job of setting up a Spa Bar with treatments and typical spa snacks.  Plus the decor is simple and calming, just like a spa should be.  Spending quality time with the best women in your life pampering each other sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day.

After all of that fun, it’s the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day on May 29th.  Memorial Day just isn’t complete without a backyard bar-b-que and lots of red, white, and blue.

A bar-b-que with fun lawn games like bocce ball, giant Jenga, or Cornhole, is just the thing to celebrate Memorial Day.

Lastly, May’s birthstone is emerald, so I did a quick search on emerald themed parties, and literally fell in love with the one that I found.  This birthday party is over the top amazing!

There are so many things I love about this party.  The giant emerald balloons with tassel strings, an overabundance of lush green foliage as centerpieces, emerald glassware, and did you see the food buffets?  They were absolutely amazing!  This would be a great theme for anyone celebrating a birthday in May.  I also love the idea of using it for a 40th over the hill birthday because of all the black in the color scheme.  You have to click on the link above and check out all of the party pics.

That’s the end of our party round up this month.  What are you looking forward to celebrating?



Party Color Scheme: Pantone Color of the Year

I’m back to end the week with another round of Party Color Scheme.  This week it’s all about Pantone’s color of the year.  Have you heard of it?  Or do you have any idea what I’m talking about?  Every year, Pantone, the world’s leading authority on color picks a color that they see as culturally significant.  This year the color is Greenery.

Use the Pantone Color of the Year Greenery for a Party Color SchemeAccording to Pantone, greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

For today’s Party Color Scheme, greenery is the focal point, and I’ve paired it with some great color combinations.  I’ve included some inspiration photos and have lots of ideas of how to incorporate these colors into a party!

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Greenery +Black & White

The first combination is a classic black and white with greenery. You can never go wrong with black and white as a base for anything really, a party, an outfit, decor, etc.  Here are some party inspiration photos to get your creative juices flowing.

I love the idea of black and white decor or furniture and using plants to incorporate the greenery color.  There are so many ways to use this color scheme for a party.

  • Tablescapes with this color scheme would be great for a dinner party or adult birthday party
  • Wrapping paper with green ribbon
  • Balloons
  • Black and White gift bags with green tissue paper

Greenery + Blue & White

Again, blue and white is a classic color combo, but mixing in the color of the year gives a fun, new, twist.

I’ve started to use more blue and white in my home decor, because I feel like it’s classic and will last the test of time.  With this color scheme, it’s so easy to mix in the color of the year through foliage, like on a mantle, in a vase, or even a throw pillow.  Try using these three colors for a party too.

  • Any nautical themed party usually includes blue and white, so mixing in some greenery in the form of foliage is a great idea.
  • How about a joint bachelor/bachlorette party with a Stripes and Plaid theme?  Women wear blue and white stripes, while the men wear green plaid.
  • A graduation party is a great time to use these colors especially if your school colors are blue and white.  Use blue and white balloons in front of a greenery inspired dessert table or picture backdrop.

Greenery + Pink & Gray

Another really fun color combination is mixing greenery in with pink and gray.

I think this may be my favorite color combination because it’s more unexpected.  Here’s how I’d use it in a party.

  • Gray table linens, with large green foliage and pink flowers in vases like the first inspiration photo
  • As a photo backdrop with gray fabric and faux flowers in pink and green similar to the second inspiration picture
  • As a Mother’s Day brunch.  Ask all of your guests to wear pink, then make a table scape using gray linens and green dishes.

Sometimes all you need to start planning a party is a great color scheme.  Taking a cue from the color of the year is a great place to start.  Then mixing in a few other coordinating colors becomes really easy.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We have snow in our forecast, boo!  But I’m celebrating a big milestone today and throwing a fun party that you’ll get to see later.  For all the behind the scenes details be sure to check out my Instastories and Facebook page.




April Party Round Up

Welcome to April!  It’s the beginning of the month again, and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you to set some goals!  Also, I love reminding you about all of the upcoming holidays or special events this month that are a great reason to celebrate.  Here’s April’s Party Round Up.

April 16th: Easter

The big holiday this month is obviously Easter.  There are so many great ways to celebrate.  I’ll be showing you lots of Easter inspiration over the next couple of weeks.  Including tablescapes, recipes, and crafts.  So stay tuned for that!

April 17th: Patriot’s Day

If you’re from the Northeast or live in New England, you know all about this day.  However, if you don’t, Patriot’s Day is celebrated in New England to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  Both were fought near Boston.  To celebrate, and maybe educate your family, why not have a New England Clam chowder night and read all about the battles?  I think this recipe looks delicious.  Putting together a lantern centerpiece is a great way to remember Paul Revere’s ride to warn that the Redcoats were coming.  You know, “one if by land, two if by sea.”

April 22nd: Earth Day

I remember Earth Day being kind of a big deal growing up in school.  But as I’ve gotten older, it doesn’t seem like it’s celebrated as much.  I love these two Earth Day parties and how they really tried to incorporate the ideals of reduce, reuse, and recycle into the party.  It’s a great day to do some volunteering and then celebrate with a party!

I love the use of washi tape covered bamboo utensils at this party.  And those potted herbs make the perfect centerpiece or party favor.

After looking at this party, I want to go there and play around on the tree house that is the backdrop for this party.  So much fun!  The use of furniture outside is great, and I love the globes that were used.

April 27th: Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Unfortunately, I never really got to do this when I was growing up because school seemed to be more important.  However, I love the idea of celebrating this day with your daughter or son!  A few ways I’d recommend celebrating the day:

  • A special picture to commemorate the occasion
  • Creating a personalized work space for your daughter/son to “work” at while in your office
  • Matching outfits, or a more professional outfit for your child
  • A special work lunch with coworkers and their children

April 28th: Arbor Day

This day is probably not on many people’s radar, but it’s a great day to help educate your family or teach your children something.  There are typically a lot of volunteer opportunities throughout different communities to help plant trees.  If that’s not an option for your area another great idea is to go on a nature walk to collect tree branches or sticks and then complete a craft using them.  I love the idea of making a hanging picture display like the one below.  Pictures could be switched out for your child’s art or inspirational quotes in your work space.

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That’s April in a nutshell, I hope you decide to celebrate some of these occasions.  If you do be sure to tell me in the comments, or on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see how you interpret each holiday.  Like I said before, stay tuned the next couple of weeks for a lot of Easter inspiration!


March Party Round Up

Happy Hump Day, Ash Wednesday, and the day after Mardi Gras!  So much to celebrate today!  Because it’s the first of the month, I’m doing a quick round up off all the potential celebrations coming up this month.  It’s a big month, so let’s get to it.

First, the whole month is dedicated to women’s history, and International Women’s Day is on March 8th.  You know I couldn’t really find a party that celebrates this day or month, so I may just have to throw one myself.

How fun would it be to host a girls day with a historical flair celebrating strong women in history who’ve done great things?  I’m thinking a ladies lunch where each place setting is named after a women in history with some interesting facts about her.  Or you could have a spa day with all of your girlfriends.  Or have a sleepover with your girl friends and watch some historical movies about women.

Next up is of course St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th.  It’s such an interesting holiday for all ages, right?  Adults get to drink a lot of green beer and kids wear green to school and almost have permission to pinch anyone who isn’t in green.  Weird!

This St. Patrick’s Day party speaks to both the adults and the kids with just the right amount of green.  I love the ideas on dressing up the cupcakes and desserts with gold coins and shamrocks.

Shortly after St. Patrick’s Day is the first day of Spring on March 20th.  Who isn’t ready for spring and warmer temperatures?  I know I am, unfortunately, we had snow yesterday.  Oh Colorado!

I found two really fun Spring Fling parties that would be a great reason to celebrate spring.  They both have a ton of bright colors and fun ideas.

This party has a lot of little spring details that are great, and I’m loving that spring fling banner.  How about that faux grass to really dress up this food station?  It totally screams spring!

This brightly colored party is perfect for spring.  That Spring backdrop is entirely made of jelly beans!  How cool, and cost effective, right? I also love that this party incorporates flowers by planting some in those little terracotta pots.  That would be the perfect favor for your guests at your spring fling party.

Lastly, this party isn’t technically in March since the finals are scheduled for April 1-2, but March Madness is a great thing to celebrate this month.  I love that this party is geared towards girls with plenty of orange colors, basketball themed snacks, and the most adorable EOS lip balm party favor.  Be sure to click the link to get the download and make your own favors.  How great is that chalkboard bracket too?

I thought I’d throw in a monthly recipe for March too.  Green onions and leeks are really in season now, and leeks are something I’ve only cooked with one time.  They were really good when I did, so I’m excited to try this recipe too.  Click on the photo caption to get the full recipe, but I love that it’s a one pan meal that only takes about 30 minutes.

What do you plan on celebrating this month?  I’d love to hear so post in the comments or let me know on Instagram with the hashtag, #thedailyhostess, on leave a comment on my Facebook page.



Celebrating everyday!