Happy Mama’s Day…

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Hope you mothers out there are enjoying your day. Here is an absolutely gorgeous tablescape and party by Lillian Hope Designs. See more of the deets and free printables over on Karas Party Ideas.

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Don’t forget to enter the flamingo pool float giveaway simply by telling me your pool party must have in this post. Picking the winner tomorrow.

{Photos by Heather Carpenter Photography}


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Happy a cinco de mayo peeps!

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If you have a colorful scarf or blanket, just fold it like a table runner…

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You can tie bandanas together to create easy colorful banners…

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Create a nachos, taco or burrito bar…

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Pool Party Essentials plus Flamingo Pool Float Giveaway

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This weekend the weather was beautiful and we hit our first 80 degree day yesterday. Since Memorial day is in a few weeks I figured I would compose a list of pool party essentials.

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Keep guest entertained by renting a projector and showing a movie at night…

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I think it’s a cute idea to use sand buckets or small baskets as favor bags. For kids you can include water guns, outdoor sidewalk chalk, bubbles, bug repellent, sunscreen etc and for adults you can have mini alcohol bottles, beach towels and sunglasses. Give their favors to them upon arrival so they can use the items at the party…

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The music has to be a good mix of upbeat and party classics so spend time creating a playlist that doesn’t repeat for hours and save your favorite streaming stations…

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I think the perfect pool party should have temperatures in the 90s. The reason I like it hot is because nights at 80 degrees are my absolute favorite. Just ensure you have a fire pit if it drops to the 70s…

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Even if your pool is smaller, a giant float is dramatic and pretty…

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Have pool toys and a number of beach balls littered in the lawn for a festive look…

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I think a fabulous kimono sheer coverup has to be on hand…

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Every outdoor space needs string lights or lanterns..

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Have floaties for your drinks, festive straws and drink stirrers, & dispensers of a siganture drink so you don’t have to play bartender the entire time…

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You can always use children’s pools filled with ice to keep beer, wine cooler bottles, soda and water cold…

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So to kick off pool season Big Mouth Inc is offering one lucky United States resident a flamingo pool float! From rubber duckies to pink flamingos and classic candy and video games, these floats are perfect for the summer! I also love their donut tube float. It just really livens a pool up. All you need to do to enter is tell me below in the comments one thing you have to have for a great pool party experience. Winner will be picked at random next Monday May 11th! For one additional entry, share this post using the share button below 👇and make sure you hashtag #flamingofloatfun so I see it. Thank you & good luck!

{Images via hostess blog, karas party ideas, oh happy day w/ Photos by Tracy Layne Photography & random pinterest finds}


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Tuesday’s Tips: gift wrap storage ideas

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I know what you’re thinking….a gift wrap storage post in April….where were you in December!! Well with wedding season here, there are a ton of showers to go to, engagement parties and even baby showers and birthday parties. It’s Spring cleaning time so now is as good of a time as any to get organized with wrapping paper, tissue, ribbon and bows. Some ideas require minimal purchases while others are using things you probably own already.

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If you are blessed with a counter and a bit of wall space, you can put one of those inexpensive shelves on top and drill little holes for rods. Or simply use tension rods (no drilling needed).

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I like how this Ikea shelving unit is perfect for blueprints, posters and wrapping paper all stored in the brackets. You can always just buy decorative circular brackets  for rolls of gift wrap and have the shelf store all of the smaller items…

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Wedding Season is here…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Wedding Sweetheart Tables…

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I love the idea of sweetheart tables for receptions because weddings make it very hard for the bride and groom to have any lone time. It all flies so fast and you want to mingle with everyone so you don’t get many moments to yourselves. Sweetheart tables allows some time for intimate moments. You can also do something like this for an engagement party or anniversary party.

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: circus and carnival themes

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I am so in love with vintage carnival and circus themed parties, showers and themed bedrooms. This one is so adorable and rustic with bales of hay, wooden crates, etc…

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I am a sucker for marquee lights and I think the flowers out of the popcorn boxes are genius for centerpieces. There are so many fun ideas you can do for this type of party or shower like hiring a magician, clown, face painter or caricature artist….

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Lovely roman shades and pretty hot air balloons give a whimsical yet classy carnival spin for this themd nursery….

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Wants and Wishes Designs offers a pretty softened palette of circus party supplies. How cute is this clown  lollipop holder?

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I love this centerpiece idea to give a food display or table some height. Using tickets and boxes of animal crackers or cracker jacks to make a pyramid can also double as favors for kids at the end of the party. Buy plastic animals to paint or sprinkle with glitter to top the centerpieces and cakes…

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Use fabric to form “curtains” around backdrops for a photo booth or against the wall….

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Pt 2 of Holiday Party Ideas: Casino Board Game Night

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I love a good old-fashioned game night. Throw in cocktails and dress up attire and you’re on your way to a fun filled Vegas themed party. I am buying a condo and one of the first things I want to host is a game night. It would be awesome if I knew a blackjack dealer and bartender but even if the drinks are self-served, it’s sure to be a hit. This post has some party inspiration for your next get-to-gether or New Years Eve bash… If you haven’t read it, you can read Part 1’s wine & cheese tasting party idea here.

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The decorations are virtually things you may have on hand. If not, go to the Goodwill and grab a few games to complete the look. Dominos, puzzle & scrabble pieces, cards, poker chips are all great for centerpieces.
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Fill martini glasses, Dollar Tree vases and mini fish bowls with the items. Plan on having kids present? Then use battery operated candles that flicker. This is also a way to get use out of a board game with missing pieces or an incomplete deck of cards…

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Set up a signature drink or two in dispensers or pitchers and encourage guest to pour it up themselves, freeing you of bartender duties and allowing you to enjoy the party…

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Happy Christmas Eve!

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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.

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