Valentine’s Day DIY’s with Balloon Time…

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I had so many plans to create fun decorations for Valentine’s day but crafters bought everything well in advance. Target and Michael’s were very picked over by the last week of January. Sooo that’s when you turn to fun Party Stores like Balloon Time.

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They have so many fun ideas to incorporate balloons in a non cheesy way for all sort of celebrations. You can even purchase helium tanks from them…

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I love this DIY fun spin on candy Be Mine hearts…

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How gorgeous is this Valentine’s tablescape?
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They have some fun ideas on their site like making Mini Balloon Love Notes which would be especially fun for kids and a Date Night idea for couples.
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This is by far one of my fav ideas. As an avid wearer of bright lipsticks by N.Y.X. cosmetics, this would be so simple and fun to create if I were having a gathering or doing something intmate at home. What ways are you decorating?

{DIY Projects, Styling and Text by Studio DIY & Photos by Jeff Mindell & Mary Costa Photography and Balloon Time}


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Thanksgiving table and food display ideas…

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Retail Therapy: AtHome Milwaukee is now open!

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So this week AtHome opened here in Milwaukee (Wauwatosa’s old Kmart on Hwy 100) and I am in love. I have been following them on instagram for sometime so when I drove by and saw we were getting one, I was beyond excited. My coworker stopped there this week and told me she spent 2 hours in there. All I wondered is how is it possible to spend that long in a store that’s not Ikea. Then I went….

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Yesterday I stopped in and they had cake slices and coffee since it was their 100th store opening.  I went down 75% of the store bypassing most of the Christmas aisle because….it’s not Thanksgiving yet.

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They had some awesome pieces of furniture like sidetables, plant stands and small dressers…

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It was the art section that killed me. When the lady told us “wait until you get to the art side”, she wasn’t lying.

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So we walked down aproximately 10 aisles looking at art, decorative letters, clocks, metal and mirrors and wrapped canvases for 20 mins…

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I mean….it was overwhelming in the most lovely possibly way. They had every metal whether gold, silver, gunmetal etc and every style you can think of….

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They had art that would make cool headboards. The wood plank one in the upper left would make for a great statment in a rustic room especially if doubled on top for a tall bed backdrop…

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I love skyscrapers so I scooped up this large canvas for only $49. Here I was, walking with mom thinking I scored when I looked around the corner….

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We weren’t done with the art section! There was at least another 12 aisles or so more to browse….

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Then we got to the end and turned the corner to see another 6 aisles or so of smaller pictures, blank frames & kids art. It was insane. It’s impossible not to find SOMETHING. As a matter of fact, you may have a hard time deciding what to put back…

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I went home with one of the pink stylized tables. The black ones were $14 & $19! The prices were so good here…

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You have to go toward the outdoor section too because a lot of the tables there can easily be incorporated inside the home. Tables as low as $39, $49 & up.

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Now these were more pricey but I love the boxwood options for patio privacy…

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I will be going back to get one of these. I have always loved potted topiaries and they look good inside the home as well as on the porch. The best part? They’re faux so no worries about killing them and having to maintain the shape!

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Can we talk about pillows? I love them as much as the next girl but I can’t spend my client’s budget on two pillows for $300. I’d rather go to retail places and mix to create a cool look. AtHome has several color coded aisles of pillows and a lot were only $12.

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The Container Store Opens Today in Milwaukee!!!

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First, I apologize for the quietness around here. The last couple weeks have been busy, plus with updating my Portfolio and being under the weather, I haven’t felt like finishing blog drafts. It was just 90 degrees last week but fall temps and highs of 60 creeped in. I’m not ready. Anyhoo, I was invited to attend a special blogger preview of the new The Container Store Thursday. Insert excited emoji here. So soon as I rsvp’d I sent the request off from work. It was a noon affair with a store tour, free box lunch (I had the steak ceasar which was delicious), and we all were gifted $50 gift cards! This post has a lot of pictures. Sorry in advance…
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Our gift cards came in cute lucite boxes which I’m using now for jewerly…

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Sonja, who was out tour guide, was a great host. She told us how The Container Store really trains their staff with full time workers going through 260 hours and part time workers 177 hours of training. This is the first Wisconsin location to open and it is their 74th store…

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Cuz you know…you have to have an aerial food pic…

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We were sitting on the dancefloor. More on that later…

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When we went on the tour of 16 lifestyle sections, we saw beautiful floral displays that were going to be transformed into 5 food stations for the evening shindig. I liked how creative they were in using items the store sells to create elevations. I think the brown slit crates were actually hampers. This was where the sushi station end up…

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This food station was created with desktop file organizers and baskets.  They used real cabbages and artichokes. So pretty…

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There was color everywhere…
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Yacht and boat wedding decorating ideas…

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I love unconventional wedding ideas and I have searched for two point five days for the right yacht images for this post so I hope you all enjoy. Also please click the links of the sources as there is so much beautiful inspiration for a boat, nautical or beachy wedding, reception, or bridal party.

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If you follow my blog or read my summer bucket list or any of the weekend recaps, you would have noticed a common theme: I love water. I find it incredibly calming to be near water in some capacity. Any body of water is so pretty to me and such a beautiful backdrop for a party. The fact that I am looking into doing a boat ride soon, I started thinking about entertaining afloat. The reflection of the sun or moon would make any boat party that much more magical…
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I think that if you charter a private boat, you should see about decorating it to personalize the space a bit. I find floral garland over the railings a classy look…
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I think having a wedding beachside then boarding a yacht for a seafood dinner cruise is a great alternative to more traditional receptions…

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Have you gone on a private boat party lately or been to a wedding on one?

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Fun Friday: root beer float party

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I love root beer floats and like the idea of having a station at a wedding or summer party. Frankly, it doesn’t have to be a party. They can simply just use a few festive items and make the afternoon chillin at home that much better. For a camping woodsy party, use vintage items like old soda posters, labels and mason jars with tree stumps…

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Serving them in champange glasses on a tray is a really elegant spin for a reception…

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I personally really love the soda shop retro diner ideas. I created a few collages on ways you could decorate for it…

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For a diner feel,  use pink or red with black and white. Make sure to buy a checkerboard tablecloth and if funds allow, scour craigslist for old bar stools and tables. Also go thrift shopping for old records to use as backdrops. Use cupcake stands to neatly store all of the jars or toppings.

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For a pretty pastel spread, use wooden decorative spoons, colorful bowls and straws and vintage china plates and bowls for toppings. Add polka dot napkins or a lace tablecloth for a shabby chic look…

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For a wedding, have a ruffled tablecloth or use a burlap runner. Use glass dessert bowls and keep it simple with stainless steel spoons and straws. I really like the chalkboard labels for mason jars for this setting. Vintage marquee signs and lights or framed soda ice cream posters or string lights would finish it off. You may want to incorporate other chocolate desserts to this table like smores, brownies or warmed cookies so if people dislike root beer, they can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to form their own dessert. Or have sprinkles, chocolate syrup, whip cream and cherries for those that want to jazz up their beverage or make a sundae. Anytime people can serve themselves, it allows for mingling and a form of entertainment without doing much. Now….I’m hungry. 😩😋🍧.

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Secret Garden themed parties…

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Enchanted forests and secret garden themes are wonderful to celebrate nuptials or babies. You can have dinner parties or early brunches in this theme as long as you decorate with some key elements. The super large mirrors is very dramatic for a cocktail hour or reception.

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Ever since I seen rapper Ludacris’ wife’s baby shower set in a secret garden theme, I’ve been wanting to blog about it. They had lit birdcages adorned with flowers, donuts hung from ribbon and a lot of the guest, like singers Monica & Letoya Luckett, wore floral dresses. How beautiful.

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Creating intimate elaborate tables for the wedding party or bride and groom while having simpler centerpieces on the remaining tables can save money…

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Key elements: string leafy garland. Get them bulk or buy from places like Michael’s and use 40% off coupons. If it’s for a kid’s party, use Dollar Tree garland and save coins for other things.

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Use string lights and electric candles to create ambience…

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String together flowers or floral garland for drama. You might want to only do this behind a gift or cake table as this can get quite costly…

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Use mason jars and mismatched china as well as rustic decor like burlap, branches, bark pieces, faux tree stumps, rope and wicker…

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You have to incorporate moss somewhere and covering giant letters or making a grassy centerpiece is a start…

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Adorn a cupcake stand or cake table with flower heads. Just grab a bouquet from the grocery store to jazz up the presentation…

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Lanterns, wood crates, old dressers and empty frames are other decorating options. You want to have a “just thrown together” look without being too matchy. It should feel relaxed but polished. Remember the more you layer the better so play with height and make sure different foods are at different levels. You want to build your food table upward…

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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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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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