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February Party Inspiration Round Up

Good morning, I hope everyone is able to get up and at ’em this morning after the Super Bowl last night!  I was able to attend a neighbor’s party and had a great time eating too much!  But speaking of parties, today I’m going to give you a round up of even more parties to carry you through the whole month of February.

No matter what the event is this month, Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, the Oscars, I’ve got you covered with some great ideas!

The Oscars

First, February 26th is the night all of Hollywood dreams of, The Oscars.  If you want to throw an Oscars watch party, you’ll have to have popcorn.  Just like if you were at the movies.  Try one of these popcorn bars to get everyone excited about the winners.

I love the idea of using brown paper bags to hold your popcorn mixture.  It’s even more convenient for people to take their leftovers home with them.

This next popcorn bar party uses paper cones to hold their popcorn creations.  I never think to add any sort of shaken goodness to my popcorn, so I love the options with this party.  Shakers with lots of different seasonings can help you create an interesting and yummy combination.

A Day for Love

Next, there are so many options to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I am loving the idea of having a Galentine’s Day party for all of your girlfriends.  What a great way to show them how much they mean to you while sipping champagne and having much needed girl time!

Try using some ideas from this Galentine’s Day party that PopSugar hosted.  The row of pom poms as a centerpiece couldn’t be any easier or more genius!  Plus the DIY drink stirrers are super cute.

After your Galentine’s Day celebration, you’ll need to celebrate the love in your life.  The tablescape at this Valentine’s Day party by the Glitter Guide is super romantic.  The DIY tissue paper heart could be used year round for lots of different events too, just by changing out the colors to match your celebration.

If you want an even more intimate celebration with your love, give my sweetheart table dinner party idea a go.

Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 28th is Mardi Gras.  Don’t let it just be a celebration if you’re in New Orleans, but have a great party at home too.  I love the inspiration for this Mardi Gras themed wedding by Ruffled.  It has a great sophisticated twist on everything purple, green, and gold.  Set up a similar dessert table and make a pasta salad with purple onion, green peppers, and pasta then you’re menu is set.

The florals and tablescape are pretty amazing at this celebration too.  Pull out anything gold you have and add in some purple flowers with greenery and you’ll be taking a page from this inspired wedding.

I hope these ideas help you celebrate everything going on this month.  If there is another special holiday you plan to celebrate this month, let me know in the comments!

 

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What I’d Wear Wednesday: Valentine’s Day Edition

According to the title of this post, this was supposed to go out yesterday.  It didn’t, so just pretend it’s still Wednesday when you’re reading this.

Every now and then, I like to put together a post about what I’d wear for various celebrations.  Valentine’s day is the perfect time to put on everything pink, red, and girly.  I’ve put together a little collage of a few things I found that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

More than likely, I’d just end up in the heart pajamas because my husband and I don’t typically do anything special for Valentine’s day.  I think that all started when we were dating in college and decided to make something for each other for Valentine’s.  I made him a photo book and he wrote me a poem.  It was perfect and not over the top.  Since then, no big plans for Valentine’s, and that’s just fine with me.

Take my suggestions and get a great look for whatever you plan to do on Valentine's Day.1-Heart Pajamas (Pants & Shirt)

I was just telling my husband that I don’t feel like a “real” grown up because I don’t have any “real” pajamas.  These would fill that gap in my wardrobe!

2-Striped Heart Shirt

How perfect would this long sleeved t-shirt be to wear to your kids school Valentine’s party?  I like that it’s obvious, but not over the top red and pink.

3-Pink Shift Dress

If you want to eat a big meal when you go out for Valentine’s Day, this dress is for you.  The ruffle details and the under $15 price make it extra cute.

4-Pink Ruched Dress

This dress would work better for a smaller meal, ha.  But the ruching will help to hide any food babies.

5-Red Booties

Pretty sure if I had these booties, I’d be wearing them year round.  How fun is that deep red color and the lower block heel makes me think they would be pretty comfortable.

6-Fringed Clutch

If you add fringe to anything, I’ll pretty much love it.  This pink clutch is adorable with the fringe, chevron detailing, and that tassel!  #hearteyes

7-Red Lace Up Heels

Hubba, hubba!  These heels are super sexy without having to balance on a sky high stiletto.  The lace up is great and the cut outs are super fun!

8-Lace Fit and Flare Dress

I’ve decided a while ago actually that fit and flare is my go to dress shape.  It just seems to work the best on my body.  I love this sweet pink dress and the lace detailing makes it special and a little sexy.

So what are your plans for Valentine’s day?  Do you normally go out and do something fun or keep it more low key?  Which item is your favorite to wear on Valentine’s?

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's DayHappy Valentine’s Day from The Daily Hostess!  I sincerely hope that you get to spend some time with someone you love this weekend.  Either a spouse, significant other, family, or friends, everybody needs love!  If you need some inspiration to spread the love check out my Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Table for two post, or if you’re feeling crafty and want to make some Valentine’s use this tutorial for a homemade hand print Valentine.

What are your plans this weekend?  Do you make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day or keep it low key?  I’ll be making a special dinner for my husband.  In addition to making sure my husband knows I love him, I’ll be shopping for bridesmaid dresses and having some great girl time with one of my best friends.  This is the second Valentine’s Day in a row that we’ll be spending with her so it’s basically a tradition now!

Have a great weekend with whoever you love and be sure to come back next week for another round of What Caught My Eye!

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Hosting a Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone!  Did you see the surprise that I posted on Friday?  I’m still so excited about our new house!  Today is also pretty exciting because I’m hosting my very first giveaway!

All you have to do to win is enter below by visiting my facebook page, subscribing to the blog or visiting me on Pinterest or Instagram.  Be sure to tell all your friends too, because you could win $25 to a trio of stores with great celebratory party and home gear; Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and TJMaxx.

I love these stores because you can usually find quirky little items, name brand products for less, and a plethora of goodies for any party.  I went to my nearby Marshall’s and snapped some pictures of fun things I found.  And yes, I got a few weird looks while I was taking pictures of everything in the store and rearranging shelves to get a decent picture.

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Marshall's GiveawayWrapping paper is one of my favorite things to buy at any of these stores.  I always find really cute patterns and on trend color options.  Right now there were a ton of seasonal wrapping paper for Valentine’s Day and even a green glitter polka dot pattern that would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Marshall's GiveawayThere were also a lot of seasonal cocktail napkins, along with some Easter decor.  These napkins are so versatile you could definitely load up on these and use them for a girls night in, an anniversary dinner party, or heart themed birthday party.

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Marshall's GiveawayAgain, there is a lot of great seasonal and general gift bags and tissue paper.  Obviously you can use these for gifts, but there are so many other things you can do with them too.  You can make a tassel garland or tissue poms with the tissue paper and if you really like the design of a gift bag you can cut it out and frame it for inexpensive decor.  It would look really cool to frame a bunch of gift bags that go with your party them.

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Marshall's Giveaway If you need to stock up on basic serving ware, you can easily put this gift card to use.  If you need suggestions on what kind of basic serving pieces I recommend, check out this post.

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Marshall's GiveawayThis trio of stores is also a great place to stock up on champagne and wine glasses.  You can typically find packs of four or six glasses fairly cheaply.  I love having a stockpile of plain wine and champagne glasses for parties, it’s just so much nicer to drink out of a glass that’s designed for a specific beverage rather than a regular cup.  There’s no better way to celebrate than with a nice glass of champagne!

Marshall's Giveaway I also found these super fun stemless wine glasses with inspiring gold sayings. They say, “creativity takes courage,” “be yourself,” “create your own happiness,” and “get your happy on.”

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Marshall's Giveaway If you need to stock up on note cards, thank you cards, or note pads, you will definitely find some cute ones at any of these stores.  I love grabbing a pack of thank you cards pretty much any time I’m here.  I love that note pad to do list because it’s detachable, how clever.  And those “S” note cards are tags that come with twine, perfect for hanging on a gift.

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Marshall's Giveaway I literally fell in love with these patterned file folders.  The colors and patterns are just so cute, I mean look at those flamingos!  I’m surprised I passed them up because I know it would be a celebration every time you’d open your drawer with these!

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Marshall's GiveawayThere are also a lot of great home decor items at my local Marshall’s and HomeGoods does home decor so well you practically want everything in the store.  I spotted a really nice variety of rugs with current patterns and colors, plus that white fluffy rug felt like a cloud, so soft.  This Kate Spade comforter was fairly priced and I love that Kate even makes sure her packaging is on brand.  The clear bag was trimmed in gold, of course.  I also thought this little bamboo side table could be really fun between two armchairs with some cocktail accessories displayed on it for a little Asian/beachy flair.

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And literally on my way out the door I spotted this awesome bench.  I love the linen fabric, nail head trim, and those lucite legs!  So pretty!

Ok, now’s your chance to enter the giveaway and hopefully find some great items your self at Marshall’s, HomeGoods, or TJMaxx!  Be sure to enter using the drop down menu on the Rafflecopter below, the giveaway will run for a week so be sure to come back and keep entering each day.  If you win what do you hope to find and use your gift card on?

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A Kids Valentine’s Day Craft

Good morning!  Can you believe it’s already half way through January?  I swear it was New Year’s yesterday!  Since time is flying by, we’re already talking about celebrating Valentine’s Day, and you can see how I plan to celebrate here.  Today I’m going to show you step by step directions to making a cute kids Valentine’s craft.  I found the idea for this craft on Facebook but I can’t seem to find who posted it.

A funny story about this craft was that it was made during an impromptu play date.  I had discussed doing this with some of my daughter’s play mates but never confirmed a day or time and then both of her playmates just showed up one morning to do it.  I was confused at first but was so glad to have something fun to do with my daughter and her friends.  Plus, impromptu play dates are so fun!

Here’s the completed valentine!  It’s perfect to give to friends, grandparents, or siblings.

Kids Vday CraftNow, here are all the steps to making one yourself.

All of the tools you’ll need:

  • painted handprints
  • red cardstock
  • a picture of your child
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue
  • markers

Kids Vday Craft

Step 1: Make your child’s hand print by brushing washable paint onto their hand and pressing them onto white card stock, then once dry cut them out.

Kids Vday Craft

Kids Vday Craft

Step 2: Cut out pictures of your child and glue them onto the red card stock.

Kids Vday Craft

Step 3: Tape the cut out hand print over the picture, ensuring to tape the hand print only at the bottom.

Kids Vday Craft

*Note: Taping the hand print at the bottom allows the hand print to be folded down revealing the child’s picture.

Kids Vday Craft

Step 4: Write whatever message you’d like on your Valentine.  Have fun with this part, by personalizing the message, writing a Valentine’s poem (roses are red, violets are blue, etc.), or coming up with a corny message like those themed Valentine’s you can get at the store.

Kids Vday Craft

When your recipient gets the card they’ll have a cute message and a hand print marking how big your child is at that time, then a surprise photo when they fold down the hand print!  It’s a pretty easy craft and gets your child involved in making Valentine’s for the one’s you love.  It only took me about 10 minutes to put together six Valentine’s after the painted hand prints had dried.

If you don’t have any pictures printed of your child, because it’s 2016 and every picture is on your phone, then try the option below.

Kids Vday craft

Just glue the hand print to the red card stock and add a little paper heart to the palm of the hand print.  I had to do this for two Valentine’s because I only had 4 recent photos of my daughter printed out.  Then add your message as discussed previously.

Kids Vday Craft

I hope you give this hand made Valentine craft a try and I’d love to see how creative you get with it.  There are a ton of variations you could use; patterned paper, fun messages, different sizes and shapes of the Valentine, you’re only limited by your creativity.  A hand made valentine is a great way to surprise someone you care about.

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Celebrating everyday!