Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Patriotic Picnic

I am red, white and blue... how bout you?

Patriotic Picnic



Simple entertaining is what it is all about. Using what you have and making it work.  I have used the base of my Flair Exchange garland for SO many parties...restringing and added some color all the time. I love how it's held up! 


Self serve drink station - less muss and fuss on the host!


It does not have to be all red, white and blue - you can throw some yellow in there for good measure. I love to mix and match patterns also. 


A HUGE Hit with the children.  When dusk comes they grab an insect container and have at it.  The backyard is lit up like a Lite Bright at night.







I hope your Fourth of July Entertaining is fuss free and fun!  Making memories for all!


Until next time - Party On Friends!


Linking to these fabulous blogs:

SNAP Creativity
Craft O Maniac
Skip to my Lou


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fourth of July Tablescape Ideas Easy DIY



Only 1 month until we celebrate the Fourth of July!  

 I am over at Catch My Party sharing my easy DIY Ideas for taking your Fourth of July Tablescape from Adult theme to the children's theme in no time and within a tight budget!

Adult Tablescape and Light Menu



Using a vintage linen tablecloth that I picked up on one of my off-the-beaten path antique excursions was a no-brainer for this party.  I have been dying to use it and thought it was great with this theme.  It adds that little "old fashion" inspiration I was looking for. 

A simple setting with layered plates and tin patriotic buckets kept this red, white and blue theme going throughout the party. 


The star tin buckets not only hold their cloth napkins (which I love to use in small intimate gatherings) but they also hold their eco friendly wooden utensils and a flag fan to help keep them cool on the hot day.  

For the adult menu:  I would be serving a light fruit parfait with a green salad with slices of skirt steak with a balsamic reduction on it.  Dessert would be a cool sherbet.  

Children's Tablescape and Menu



First order of business is to get those plates out of the way and replace them with some disposable fun colored plates. 

 The only thing I did to the tin bucket is put some strawberry licorice in there to give it that childlike flair. 


Adding a fun and festive centerpiece of dollar store gumball holders filled with color coordinated gumballs did the trick.   

I love the patriotic buttons for the children.


Besides the fun cupcakes, I would serve the children cold watermelon wedges on sticks, assorted veggies with dips and sandwich wraps, sliced thin. 
 

Affordable Fourth of July entertaining is easier than you think! 

Until next time - Party On Friends!


Linking to:



Credits: 
Party Styled and Photographed by: Melissa Newell
Flag Fans: Oriental Trading
Patriotic Pins: Dollar Tree
Star Plates: Dollar Tree
Star Tins: Dollar Tree
Gumball Holders: Dollar Tree



Friday, May 30, 2014

Sowing the Seeds of Love Party


Most of the time it's one small object, picture or pattern that gets my brain full of ideas for a celebration.

 For this Sowing the Seeds of Love party for my children, it was these Breeve Gable Boxes from Pamela Smerker Designs.  

I knew I had to use these colors and her custom boxes!  

Just look at the colors and pattern...aren't they beautiful! 



Adding some coordinating bakers twine and a hand stamped tag complimented these goodie boxes!



Our youngest could not wait to get her hands on these yummy cupcakes!



The backdrop was our backyard. Just as the bushes were starting to pop with color I took advantage of it!

You can see more pictures and an article over at the Summer Issue of Polka Dot Balloon magazine!

Until next time - Party on Friends!

Linking to:  A Pretty life

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rainbow Party: Real Party

I am so excited to finally share some exciting news!  In April, our middle child turned 7 and she wanted a Rainbow Themed Birthday.   This party not only made it into the Summer Issue of Polka Dot Balloon Magazine but it also made the COVER!  




I am not sure you can really grasp how exciting that is for me. I am just a mom who loves to celebrate with her children.  I don't make money at party planning or sell any products or services.  I do all my own set up, take all my own pictures and edit all those pictures.   



I invite you to click on over at check out the FREE viewing copy of the issue.  There are wonderful parties showcased in this issue.  See if you can spot two additional parties of mine that made it!



I had so many talented vendors help me out on this party.  Be sure to check out their shops - they are all listed at the end of the party! 

More to come...including what did not make it into the party and some photo funnies! 

Until next time - Party On friends!

Linking to: A Pretty Life


Friday, May 16, 2014

Ladies Night - Moments to Celebrate: Sponsored Post


It's a Ladies Night Party. 

Thanks to DIXIE and Houseparty.com we celebrated in style.  The new DIXIE Ultra Moments line is very feminine and durable.  The colors are bright and perfect for a bbq, birthday or ladies night. 

(sorry the pictures are not the best - our family room is real dark)


How pretty are these cups!  Perfect with some of my straws!


Each woman received a goodie bag that I threw together with a DIXIE Coupon, magnet frame, note pad and a few other goodies I threw in there. 


Of course we had to try out the new DIXIE Ultra Moments line with some yummy food! 




Aren't these so pretty!  











Everyone had a great time - chatting, play games and enjoying each other's company! 

Thanks DIXIE and Houseparty.com

This party was sponsored by DIXIE and Houseparty.com   The DIXIE Moments plates, napkins, cups and goodie bag stuffers were all supplied by DIXIE. No other compensation was received. These opinions are my own.

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Golden Birthday!



It's Cinco de Mayo today!  

More importantly, to me, it's our youngest 5th Birthday.

May 5th and 5 years old - it's the Golden Birthday! 




We had two celebrations over the weekend - Saturday with our family and Sunday with her friends! (more on that party to come!)


I hope you have a chance to celebrate this week!  

Enjoy the week and Party On Friends!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Easter with my Peeps

The weather could not have been more perfect last weekend for our Annual Family Easter Egg Hunt. This is the first year it has not rained and we were thrilled!  We hosted over 75 people, 40 of which were children.  We stuffed and hid over 500 eggs and ate until we were stuffed like peeps!


I used NEON Colors with the cute bunny peeps as my muse. 
(big peeps from this Etsy shop)


We hid signs in the woods for the children encouraging them!


We feasted on salads, pulled pork, chicken and so many desserts! cookies from Dessert by Dawn



This year we split it up into the 9 and older children hunting in the woods and 8 and under in the yard. It worked out great!  

  


Of course some crafts were ready for the children when they were done hunting. 



When the children were done hunting I set up an Egg Cracking Station for the children to crack open the eggs, and put their loot into these adorbs Peep bags from The Purple Pug.





A wonderful time was had by all!  

Looking forward to next year already! 

Until next time - Party on Friends.