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An Inspired Summer Peach Party

Are you ever inspired by what’s around you or in season?  Well, today’s peach party post (#alliteration) was most definitely inspired by it being peach season.  I love this time of the summer where you walk by the peaches in the grocery store and the smell makes you buy them.

I love a good peach and the best ones I’ve ever had come from not too far from us in Palisade Colorado.  If you ever have a chance to try a Palisade peach, do it!  I’m hoping this post inspires you to throw a peach themed dinner party, and if not at least go eat some peaches.

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I really wanted the peaches to be the star of the table, so this centerpiece is all peaches.  It’s also really easy to recreate.  The orange, yellow, and burgundy colors of the peaches are great so I mixed in some plums to bring out that burgundy color.  Just snip a couple of small branches from a bush or tree to add in some greenery to the centerpiece.

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I wanted to add in some more pink and (surprisingly) didn’t have any pink flowers around my house.  So I just made one with some tissue paper and tucked it into the peach centerpiece.

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Peach Party Place Setting

For the place setting I wanted to bring in some texture so I used my woven chargers.  These things have come in so handy.  I use them all the time.

peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsThe gold flatware is also something I use a lot.  I think it totally dresses up this simple place setting.  And an added pink glass brings out the pink colors in the peaches and plums.

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St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

Morning, well it’s still kind of the morning.  Coming in late today, but better late than never. I wanted to give you all some more free, quick, and easy St. Patrick’s day decor.  Yesterday I showed you how to make a quick garland.  Combine that with these St. Patrick’s Day shamrock printables and you basically have a party!

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st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI made some shamrock cupcake toppers and straw labels.  They are super easy to just print, cut out, and use them for your party.  I used some fun gold polka dot washi tape to add them to straws on some juice boxes and on top of the cupcakes.

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st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesThe labels would work great taped around a swizzle stick too if you are having more grown up drinks for St. Patrick’s Day.  Or you could wrap them around the stem of a wine glass to label drinks.

st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI’ve also had these green tins for a really long time and have never used them for anything.  So, out they came for St. Patrick’s day and this little “pot of gold” popcorn.  Using popcorn at the end of a rainbow is such an easy way to include the idea of a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s day.

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Click Below for St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

 

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An Easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland

Is it starting to feel like spring where you live yet?  It’s definitely starting to where I live in Colorado.  It’s getting me so excited for warmer weather and all the celebrating and entertaining that comes along with it.

Today I have such an easy DIY, that I kind of feel silly even posting about it.  But, I just want to show you that party decor, or seasonal decor for that matter, don’t have to be difficult or time consuming.

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I wanted to do  a little something for St. Patrick’s day, but green decor is not something I have on hand.  So I decided to make my own.  Thanks to some after Christmas sales, I found this great solid green wrapping paper.  Knowing I had that, I figured I could make my own St. Patrick’s Day Garland.

I took a tip from the wrapping paper itself and decided to do something with circles, since the paper has polka dots.  Once I had my idea, I knew I only needed a few items to make the garland.

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Supplies

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  • Green Wrapping Paper
  • Glue (I used a glue stick, and so far is holding up great)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Not pictured: pencil and something circular to trace around

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Tutorial

Like I said at the beginning of this post, this is a really easy DIY.  I knew I wanted to make a bunch of circles and fold them in half over string to make my garland.  It’s really simple.

Step 1: Make Circles

I used the bottom of a vase to trace circles on the wrapping paper.  There are so many things around your house that could be used to trace.  Plates, pot lids, vases, a kid’s toy, bowls, really anything that’s circular and the size you’re looking for.

Next, you’ll want to cut the circles out.  I just freehanded cutting them.  And I didn’t take any pictures of this part, but you get the idea right.

Step 2: String up the Circles

After I had cut out my circles, I started adding them onto the string.  I did this by folding them in half, then gluing them onto the string.

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That’s pretty much it.  I did these same couple of steps for all of the circles and just eye-balled the distance between the circles on the garland.

Once all the circles were on the string I hung them up on my mantle.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorI would recommend that once they are hung up to do a little trimming.  Because I just cut the circles out myself, they weren’t perfect.  Some of the white inside of the wrapping paper was showing through, you can see it below.  I just trimmed it off after I had hung it up.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorOnce that was done, I feel like it’s a pretty cute little garland!  The best part was that it took me practically no time at all to make.  Which is why I think it’s so easy to make parties a little extra fancy and pretty.

It doesn’t take much time to make your own party decor.  Your party will look so much more cohesive it you make themed decor and try to make everything looked tied in together through the decor.

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Real Life Party: Up, Up, and Away Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Welcome back everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I’m so excited to share this gold and white gender neutral baby shower with you today.  It means that we’re getting closer to a new niece or nephew!  Recently, my sister-in-law asked if I would help host her baby shower.  I, of course said yes!

It was a bit of a challenge because it was located about 12 hours away from me and it was a gender neutral.  I’m so impressed that they have made it thus far without finding out the gender of the baby.  I am such a planner (shocker!) that I would have to know beforehand.

Because I’m a little particular about parties and how they look (again, shocker!), I ended up taking a lot of party decor with me across three states, haha!  For the other things that I didn’t take or couldn’t fit in my car I ordered through Amazon prime and had them sent to the party location.  What did we ever do before Amazon prime?  And I apologize to my sister-in-law who had to deal with a ridiculous amount of boxes coming to her house before the shower.

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So I really wanted to focus on a fun gender neutral theme for the party.  My sister-in-law and her husband love adventure and exploring.  You can see their wedding here.  I decided to go with an Up, Up, and Away theme hoping that it kind of tied into their love of adventures.  The main colors were a very neutral white and gold.  Plus, gold let me add a bit of sparkle 😉

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I then made these large fringed garlands to hand in front of the shower curtain.  You can see where I made blue ones in this post.  I found a great three pack of large crepe paper at a decent price so I had to share it with you.  You can find it here.  The colors are a true gold, silver, and copper.  I’m excited to use it for other projects too.

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Thankfully a friend let me make this “Oh, Baby” cake topper on her cricut machine.  It turned out so cute.  I just hot glued it to some skewer sticks and popped it into the cake along with a hot air balloon cut out.

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Up, Up, and Away Themed Baby Shower Brunch Menu

Speaking of brunch, we had a great spread of food.  Lots of great breakfast options and lunch options.

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Plus I added in some store bought chicken salad, croissants, and my other sister-in-law is the charcuterie master.  She knows how to set out meat and cheese like no one else!

No brunch is complete without mimosas.  I set up this little drink station and it just goes to show you that you may have to think outside of the box when party planning.  Without an ice bucket we got creative and used a pretty silver bowl to keep the champagne on ice.

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Gender Neutral Baby Shower Decor and Favors

I added some hot air balloons throughout the party to tie into the theme.

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I highly recommend setting up a gift station/favor takeaway area/guest book situation for any kind of party that people bring gifts to.  It keeps everything in one spot.  Having it at the entrance of the party tells people what they are supposed to do with gifts.

The table near the front door was perfect for everyone to leave gifts, sign the guest book, and take a fun caramel popcorn favor for the road.

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That wraps up this gender neutral baby shower. Now we just have to wait about another month to get to meet the little guy/girl.  I was so excited to do this party for my sister-in-law and know that this baby is going to be so loved (because it already is!).

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February Party Round Up

It’s the first of the month, and time for another round up of celebrations to take you through the entire month.  February is chocked full of fun days, events, and holidays, but you can never have too many reasons to celebrate, right?

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First up is the Superbowl.  It’s February 4th, this Sunday!  If you haven’t put much thought into what you’re doing, don’t worry. To Have + To Host has one of the simplest, throw it together at the last minute party ideas for you.  Check out all the details here.

I love this season leading up to Lent, and this year it’s extra special because Valentine’s day falls on Ash Wednesday.  So much to celebrate in one week!

Before Lent starts is Mardi Gras!  I’m from St. Louis, and did you know that St. Louis has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration next to New Orleans?  There’s a big parade and everyone comes out in their purple, green and gold drinking green beer.  Since I’m not in the area to celebrate, and life looks a little different, I wanted to include this cute and simple kids craft to celebrate the occasion.

Happy Hooligans uses paper plates to make cute and easy Mardi Gras masks.  Paper plates are so versatile, and if you have kids, you probably have a bunch at your house already.

Take your Mardi Gras celebration a little further and make purple, green, and gold pancakes for breakfast too!  I love blending spinach up into the pancake batter to make them green, and add a few hidden vegetables!  You could use purple carrots or beets for the purple pancakes.

Right after Mardi Gras, not only does Lent start on Ash Wednesday, but it’s also Valentine’s day.  And a friend of mine at church said the best thing about them being on the same day.  “It’s the perfect time to fall more in love with the Lord.” How true!

Try sending out funny Valentine’s cards to keep the day light and not overly mushy.  These funny printable cards from Printable Crush have the cutest little sayings.  Pop one in your kids’ school lunch or your spouse’s work bag for a funny little surprise.

I’ll be showing you a fun Valentine’s kid’s craft and a Valentine’s themed playdate party in the next week or so too.  Be sure to come back to check those out.

Lastly this month, is a really special day.  February 22nd is National Margarita Day!  Now that’s a reason to celebrate a random Thursday.  If you’re trying to stick with your resolution and looking for a healthier margarita alternative, give this recipe from 40 Aprons a try.  It takes out all the sugar and replaces it with honey.

Whew, so many things to celebrate this month.  There are even more I didn’t mention like February being Black History Month, American Heart Month, or the Chinese New Year starting.

With all of these special days, there’s a reason for everyone to celebrate this month.  What do you plan on celebrating?

 

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Celebrating everyday!