My DIY semi success semi fail with a tassled geronimo balloon attempt

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So I am obsessed with these ginormous geronimo balloons and the tassles. They are so incredibly fun and festive and so expensive. So I browsed many sites and kind of created my own tassles. See below.

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I can’t take my eyes off of this room….

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I made this my computer background. How gorgeous. The candles and sconces and uplights cast the most perfect glow for this party. I love how the pearls are draped. So simple but luxe. The drapery though…is so regal. I just can’t stop minimizes my screens to stare at this space.

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Now those chandeliers are everything. I want a party like this!!!

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Had a date night in Friday with a Chocolate fountain…

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So I have been craving fondue eating for a while now. Here in Milwaukee we have a restaurant called The Melting Pot that seems like a ball of fun. With a little patience you can have the same experience at home. For a date night in, I used frozen bananas, strawberries, pineapples, ice cream flavored mushrooms, Special K Pastry Crisps in cookies n cream & Ritz crackers with peanut butter filling….

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I like chocolate fountains because it makes people get up from their seats at a party and mingle. It’s a fun idea for any dinner or birthday party for kids and adults and great as a treat during wedding receptions…

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I used YescomUSA‘s chocolate fountain. I hear some come with up to four parts. I like that this one only came into two parts which made for an easy installation. I used gheridelli chocolate which I first melted over the stove top. Once melted I spooned it into the base and heated the chocolate for a couple minutes before turning on the fountain.

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Professional images of the burlesque party I styled…

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By now images of the party pics I took probably came across your feed if you follow me on instagram but here are some of the professional shots by Shotking Photography. See all the party details here.

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My friend loved the photo booth props I made and the backdrop…

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Snapshots of the burlesque moulin rouge themed bday bash I styled

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So as you know I been super busy preparing for my friend’s Dirty Thirty plus 1 bday bash. Hence the lack of frequent posts around here. She was sick on her 30th so she wanted to celebrate with a bang this year. For the tables I used your basic plastic tablecloths but tied them at the base with feather boas like you see for cocktail at weddings. On top I placed legs I made with craft paper and foam board bases that were used to keep the legs upright. The tutus were made from napkins folded and glued with a glue gun. I added adhesive gems for the garder belt and velvet and glitter craft paper for the shoes. The candle holders were covered with fishnets and electronic candles that flickered.
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Everyone were told to wear black and red burlesque or vintage glam. I made my headpiece with sequin border and feathers from Michael’s and 6″ of veil from JoAnn Fabric all for around $4.

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The dessert table lined with wrapping paper in a damask pattern. Her cake was made like a corset and the cupcakes had the legs on them. I also drew and cut out silhouettes of women. What you can’t really see is the large martini glass that is holding up the hoola hoop on the table. I made it look like the girl was perched on top, as you see in moulin rouge performances…

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Backdrop: I used a curtain panel my friend had and hung it with velcro. Then I drapped a satin reddish fabric over it with a boa.

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Photo Booth Props: for the makeshift photobooth, I created a ton of signage simply using sparkly pipe cleaner and skewers along with craft paper glued by a glue gun. Funny sayings like “meow” “I came for the cake” “wasted”. I added funny sunglasses, mustaches and lips.

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For some tables I added wrapping paper and boas, scattered feathers…

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I drew silhouettes of burlesque dancers, cut them out with exacto knives and scissors, and taped them to craft paper that had the official party hashtag. These were placed on walls to encourage guests to share photos of the night…

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Mood-Factory’s red Mood Passion available at Lowe’s were used in the sconces. They definitely helped create a red light special for the vip area. To me lighting does wonders for a space so thanks to Nancy of Verticom for supplying the bulbs.

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Here are other random deets. I made custom banners from craft paper. I also made a really pretty banner that I didn’t get a pic of but I will show you later on a different post.
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I loved how everyone on the dance floor looked like silhouettes. So it was as if the theme came full circle.

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A Pink Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail Recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Sparkling ICE has created a specialty “Sip Pink for the Cure” Cocktail using its Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE flavor. From October 1-31st, Sparkling ICE donates 1¢ per bottle of its Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE to help find a cure for Breast Cancer and the proceeds go directly back to the community where the product was sold.

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They were kind enough to send me some free samples so Saturday I tried the recipe below…

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Ingredients

3 oz.  Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz.  vodka
1 oz. lime juice
Lime wedge
Sliced fresh jalapeño
Chili salt for rim of glass (Kosher salt mixed with chili powder)

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Directions

Use a lime wedge to rub the entire rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip into chili salt mixture. 

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Combine vodka and jalapeno slices with ice in a shaker.

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Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass.

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Top with Grapefruit Sparkling ICE. 

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Garnish with a few Jalapeno slices

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And viola! It was a light tasting drink perfect for afternoon showers and parties but….I’d add more vodka for a night shindig ;-). Sidenote: my martini glasses pretty slick huh? Scored ‘em at the Goodwill. BOOM!

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The chili salted rim gave it a kick that would pair well with Mexican foods. This would also be great as an alternative to a margarita. It’ll save you some calories. A pink drink that’s for a good cause without the guilt?….

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….I’ll drink to that!

{All images by me…..I don’t have a really good camera so don’t judge my phone and filter apps}

Impromptu party and not enough vases? Use drinking glasses…

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You can always run to the nearest grocery store for flowers but buying vases? Costly and expensive. So pull out those glasses and separate the flowers for a quick and easy centerpiece.

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{Via Nycia Emerson for Belle Maison, Style Me Pretty and Mochatini}