Indulge Daily 6.26.12

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{Image via Once Wed}

How romantic to align yard with candles for a pretty backyard wedding ceremony, bridal shower or engagement party. It’s even beautiful for proposing fellas! You can get candles from Dollar Tree but it may be more affordable to buy in bulk
somewhere online…

A cluster of vases, candleholders and jars make for great centerpieces & mantle styling…

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You know why I really like this look? Because one can easily go to a rummage sale, thrift store or the Goodwill and purchase random ones in any style or color. All you have to do is buy spraypaint & viola!

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{Via Style Files, BHG, & Somewhere Splendid}

Graduation Party Ideas…

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I went to my lil cousin’s high school graduation last night (he’s going to the Army) and it got me thinking of ways to decorate these celebrations. What better than using the books you bought (if in college) or get some for cheap at the Goodwill or borrow them from the library. If you buy, tear out the pages & make runners for the tables or stack them up along the wall as a backdrop to a food spread. Use books and ribbon to elevate heights of platters for the tablescape & stream some as a banner. Gather images from childhood to this moment or just the high school or college years and form the year they’re graduating on the wall. In this case it would be 12. It’s a great way to laugh and take a walk down memory lane…
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{Images via Martha Stewart, Tip Junkie & <a href="Bugger Dix Online“>via}

Pamper Party & Spa Shindig Ideas…

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I’ve been wanting to make some easy homemade scrubs & it got me thinking of a spa party. This would be fun for little girls, adults, a great girls day/night in or even for a bachelorette as a gift to her bridesmaids or as a time to destress from wedding planning. Regardless of the reason, here are some ideas I would do if I threw a spa party…

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Evites: electronic invitations are suitable for this type of party (nothing worse than receiving e-vites for something like a wedding or baby shower but that’s another story :-/ ) In the body, prepare the details as if it’s a spa pamphlet. List the services along with time etc.

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A spa party can consist of many things. You can do a mani/pedi station, have a station for facials, a massage party or all of the above. Have a zen like atmosphere. You want serenity, peace and calm so have aromas flowing, leafy plants, tons of white towels (heat them in the dryer before handing out) and robes and comfy slippers. Fluffy pillows and magazines (a variety, gossip, fashion, etc).

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You may want to cover chairs with either large white towels or white sheets. If hosting in a dining room, use white pillowcases to cover backs of chairs. This typically works when chairs are without arms. I seen this design tip on Hgtv w/Taniya Nayak who did this trick to prep a tablescape for the holidays. She simply used ribbon to tie around & look formal.Here you can then cover the seat w/white towels to give the room a cohesive look…

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Edibles & Drinkables: Serve fruity beverages or teas & champagne on a bar cart or tray with spa waters. Have lemons and limes in a bowl for garnishing.

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Finger foods like cheese & crackers, tea sandwiches for guest to snack on. Chocolate covered strawberries or a chocolate fountain with pineapples, bananas and other fruit for dipping would be fun.

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Happy Memorial Day! Here are some fun food presentations for your cookouts…

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I am so glad it’s a holiday because..what else. We’re off work & will feast on good food. One of my favorite seasonal treats is fruit pizza. My cousin would make them for family gatherings and I tried and failed. So the second time I figured I would do cookies vs a whole pizza and that worked out better for me. Now I’m a pro! So displaying them like the above pic is great…

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But we can stand to get a wee bit more creative right? Let’s do a fruit pizza bar. How fun! Pier 1 has the most affordable and stylish displays stands and containers for food. Use them Invest in them because you’ll use them over and over and over again…

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Another way to style a do-it-yourself fruit pizza display. This can also work for veggie pizzas which is basically the same ingredients with cream cheese, sugar cookies just veggies instead of fruit…

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While we’re on bars….ever went somewhere with a champagne bar? Now that’s how you get the party started.
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Tuesday’s Tips: Don’t play bartender while hosting. Have signature drinks instead

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{Grey Likes Weddings}

No sense in spending all of your party mixing and shaking like you’re working for tips. Instead create signature drinks ahead of time. Already have a bit poured in like glasses so guests can grab & mingle. Or have a dispenser where partygoers can help themselves. Bed Bath & Beyond has pretty inexpensive dispensers and you can sign up for their coupons which they’ll send at 20% off or $5 off. Plus, you don’t have to worry about swatting flies because it’s not open like a punch bowl.

Tablescape Gorgeousness: Black & white striped backdrop, pretty pink flowers, a topiary in an urn…

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This is such a pretty tablescape for a food table for any sort of bash whether outdoors or in. This is the first time in a long time I came across party decor that made me gasp. I love everything about it. Using different heights keeps it interesting. I know that’s a point I drive home often when talking about a tablescape but it’s true. You need different elevations whether you do it with boxes underneath the platters or simply use cake stands, plates on top of upside down bowls, etc. Yep…I may be a fan of black and white stripes after all.

{Images via Better Decorating Bible}