Wedding Season is here…

image

Now is the time to get ready for wedding season. Whether you’re planning a wedding and reception or bridal shower, these ideas are sure to inspire you…

image

Arranging tables under a cherry blossom tree or an area of a yard or park with a pretty flower garden, can have an impact on the look of the event without spending a fortune for floral decor. Last summer I went to a backyard wedding and the owner of the home had the yard decked out with water fountains, rose bushes and all sorts of pretty landscaping. The couple really didn’t need to do much for the outdoor area…

image

A live floral runner is a neat alternative to centerpieces and it doesn’t obstruct the view or conversation flow that a larger arrangement can cause…

image

Wedding signage is important, not just for visuals. You want to be able to lead guests in the right direction and make it clear for them so think of neat ways to display table numbers and place seating charts. You can easily save money by thrifting and painting frames and mirrors but hire a calligrapher to do the details…

Continue reading

Happy Christmas Eve!

image

Today I am bombarding you with recent pins and inspiration for the holidays. This is only one post but there will be one on wrapping ideas and tree decorating. Plus I will show you what I done at home and scenes from a party I attended over the weekend. Clearly, your homes are already finished but you can get ideas for next year and color schemes you can shop for Friday when everything is on sale. So if Christmas isn’t your thing….come back Friday for part 2 of get-2-gether party ideas. If you haven’t already, part 1 is about wine and cheese tasting ideas.

image

image

image

image

image

Continue reading

Holiday Entertaining Ideas: Wine and Cheese Tasting party…part 1 of 5 series.

image
I read this article and I like how one of the commenters said that he doesn’t always make time for his friends when his schedule allows. He said he sometimes just stops by if he’s in the area of their work or home. Sometimes he only stays for 10 mins but he puts forth the effort. I think that is important. Not dropping by unannounced but making time….any time to see people you love. Though many people have families and a busy schedule to maintain, it’s important you also maintain those relationships outside of social media. So I’m all for having fun ways to get together with friends or cousins etc. It may be a once a month like having a monthly “happy hour” at home or it could be a weekly gathering.

image

It doesn’t always have be on the weekends, as I think it’s even better to sometimes let loose and have a bit of fun during the week. Who doesn’t want to recharge on hump day and have something really fun to look forward to on Mondays? So this will be the first of a 5 part series where I give you a few fun party ideas to have with friends (or family).

image

There are so many wonderful ways to display a cheese and meat spread and looking at these insanely gorgeous pics makes me want to do one soon. I like this idea of a cake stand stacked to create a tower…

image

Toothpicks and mini labels for the toothpick flags telling guests the kind of cheeses served…

image

Use chalkboard platters or paper…

image

Make sure you have a variety of crackers, olives and grapes…

image

Give height to items further back by placing platters on phone books or sturdy boxes…

image

Figs, blackberries and nuts round out the platters…

image

Labeling is key on case someone is allergic to certain types of nuts. Wine glasses or apothecary jars filled with bottle corks are a nice touch…

image

Continue reading for more inspiration and a listing of what wines pair with what…

Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving! My tablescape with Sparkle & Dine…

image

Hello. I hope you all are enjoying the aromas and good food in the comfort of your families and friends. Today I share some decorating that is a collaboration with Sparkle and Dine, a company that creates themed parties in a box. I used items I had on hand and added Sparkle and Dine’s faux croc table runner, mercury glass candle holders and napkin rings (which I used to hold votive candles)…

image

I wanted to create a glam centerpiece idea along the length of the runner. I added candleholders at different heights, layered different textures with a tall vase full of branches and feathers for drama.

image

I wanted a color scheme that had the bright orange you see in the fall but with muted tones like gray and black and a little sparkle with silvers….

Continue reading

Shopping with PinkLion for the holidays…

image

A while back I was introduced to PinkLion which is a company that curates products from  independent brands to bring you a seletion of modern, crafty essentials. I was gifted a print by Latte Design in my favorite theme: coffee. Anyone who knows me knows I live for my Dunkin Donuts and McCafe coffee beverages.

image

At first I thought I would style it in the kitchen and create a small coffee station similar to these but all of my art in my office/den is black and white so I figured I would place it there.

image

Excuse the quality of pictures. I took them with my Galaxy S5 but the outdoor lighting sucked that day. It was gloomy, either snowy or rainy, for days.

Continue reading

Making Life’s Occasions Fun with Big Dot of Happiness…

image

That is the tagline for a new-to-me party supplier called Big Dot of Happiness. I am swamped with a lot of junk in my inbox but this was a pleasant find. Not only are they also Wisconsin based (whoo hoo) but they have a huge selection of party themes that will probably make you stop going to local party stores. I’m talking comic book themes, dog party themes (more on that) and more.

image

Not only are the themes cute but they are affordable and delivered quickly.

image

I love this Woodland Creatures theme for a birthday party or baby shower…

image

The banners are already cut, you just have to attach it to the ribbon….

image

They have all sorts of ways to personalize favor bags and containers…

image

image

image

Now for the pampered pooches : they have several themes to celebrate your furry friends. Still waiting on one for cats but dog lovers are covered…

image

image

Now that winter is around the corner (and present for you Buffalo New Yorkers), there are really cute themes to jazz up your shindigs.

image

image

And guess what….yours truly had a package of goodies delivered and I will soon be showing you a fun themed party. It will include one of my state’s sporting teams. So stayed tuned.

{fox theme shower, dashing reindeer, thanksgiving}

Tuesday’s Tips: eliminate stress by having a hostess storage cabinet or drawer

image
I think the best thing you can do is have a hostess drawer, china cabinet, or closet that contains everything you will need to host an event. You would include itema like patterned straws, tablecloths and linen, napkins, napkin rings, table runners, unscented candles, gold or fancy flatware, cupcake holders and cake stands, wine glasses, basically all of the things you could use to help create a tablescape on a whim.

image

{via}

Think of it as a junk drawer but a neatly curated area  of all of the things you need for impromptu dinner parties.

Continue reading

4 year blogversary….

image

I logged in wordpress and realized today marks year 4 that I’ve been blogging. I didn’t realize it but gosh time flies. I wanted to take a moment to give thanks to those who continue to read in this little corner of the web world, those who email and leave comments like my girl Style Fragment. I appreciate the pins and likes and all of the support. Thank you.

image

{Keep indulging….follow me on instagram, twitter, & pinterest}