Tuesday’s Tips: fun ideas for toddler parties

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Here is a small round up of cute 1 year old and toddler birthday party ideas. 

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The lemon theme is so cute with wood crates and mason jars, beverage dispensers and pretty straws…

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Make sure you have activities for small children that makes sense to them. An inflatable pool filled with balls is sure to be a hit…

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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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{Photos by Heather Carpenter Photography}


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

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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.

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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).

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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…

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

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Use chalkboard platters or paper…

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

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

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Figs, blackberries and nuts round out the platters…

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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…

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

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My Packers Party Decor….

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Remember when I introduced you to Big Dot of Happiness? Well here is the custom party decor I used to decorate a small Packers Party gathering last weekend….

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So the plates, napkins, cups, banners, confetti and table top decor all came from Big Dot of Happiness from their football themed collection and you can pick the colors to fit your favorite team’s colors.

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Anytime you have a football party, you have to have cupcakes that reps your team!

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