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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Ways to decorate for the holidays outside of a Christmas tree…

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I didn’t put up a tree this year but I did do some tabletop decor, a wreath and garland. I also have lights around my tv stand and towers. There are so many ways you can still be festive without putting up a tree and this post will inspire you. First up, if you have a mantel, you can easily buy garland. The fresh smell of real greenery will give your home the holiday aromas.

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Next you can still use your favorite ornaments just put them in clear vases, apothecary jars, bowls etc. Use shoe boxes to create presents and leave them around. Bonus points if the wrapping matches the color scheme…

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I just think the mannequin was too cute and clever. .
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Simple wreaths hung by ribbon can make just as much of a statement as one adorned with ornaments and less work…

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Happy Thanksgiving! My tablescape with Sparkle & Dine…

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Hello. I hope you all are enjoying the aromas and good food in the comfort of your families and friends. Today I share some decorating that is a collaboration with Sparkle and Dine, a company that creates themed parties in a box. I used items I had on hand and added Sparkle and Dine’s faux croc table runner, mercury glass candle holders and napkin rings (which I used to hold votive candles)…

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I wanted to create a glam centerpiece idea along the length of the runner. I added candleholders at different heights, layered different textures with a tall vase full of branches and feathers for drama.

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I wanted a color scheme that had the bright orange you see in the fall but with muted tones like gray and black and a little sparkle with silvers….

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Styling with Susty Party….

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Good morning. Ever wonder why some foods are marketed as breakfast when it’s so sweet and feels more like dessert? Donuts, most pastries and cheese danishes all feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.  This is some of my styling featuring Susty Party‘s straws, napkins and utensils, fun items to jazz up a table and make everything festive. You can purchase this brand at my beloved Target or sign up for up to $50 off at SustyParty.com. yes, up to fifty bucks off.

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Making Life’s Occasions Fun with Big Dot of Happiness…

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That is the tagline for a new-to-me party supplier called Big Dot of Happiness. I am swamped with a lot of junk in my inbox but this was a pleasant find. Not only are they also Wisconsin based (whoo hoo) but they have a huge selection of party themes that will probably make you stop going to local party stores. I’m talking comic book themes, dog party themes (more on that) and more.

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Not only are the themes cute but they are affordable and delivered quickly.

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I love this Woodland Creatures theme for a birthday party or baby shower…

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The banners are already cut, you just have to attach it to the ribbon….

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They have all sorts of ways to personalize favor bags and containers…

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Now for the pampered pooches : they have several themes to celebrate your furry friends. Still waiting on one for cats but dog lovers are covered…

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Now that winter is around the corner (and present for you Buffalo New Yorkers), there are really cute themes to jazz up your shindigs.

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And guess what….yours truly had a package of goodies delivered and I will soon be showing you a fun themed party. It will include one of my state’s sporting teams. So stayed tuned.

{fox theme shower, dashing reindeer, thanksgiving}

Have a Spooktacular Halloween…

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Have any plans for tonight? It’s cold and super windy here and the leaves are high in the sky like tornado debri. It really is a perfect setting for Halloween. I will be someplace warm and engulfed in the first home game of the season for the Bucks. I love nba season and it’s one of the few things I look forward to when the seasons change…

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I just love these edgy and glam pumpkins via the Life Styled Blog. They are good enough for Halloween but even better for Turkey day. Just use carvable faux pumpkins from Michael’s

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Glitter and feathers and printed napkins? Sounds like a pretty festive affair for a masquerade dinner party. See the rest on Formal Fringe. Whatever you do, be safe and have fun. You might as well indulge in all the goodies because the rest of the year is pretty much downhill from here, sweets wise…

{Other images black and gold party & white pumpkins via BHG}

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Tiny Tot Thursday: end of summer backyard cinema party

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Can you believe it’s back to school season? Crazy right. I can’t believe how fast the summer is going. Next week is my Arizona trip and though I am very excited, I’m also sad. Soon the weather will turn crisp so we have to enjoy the last few weeks of the season. Why not celebrate with a backyard movie party. This is a great way to let the kids get that last late night hang out with friends before school starts. It works too for teens, college aged adults or even grown ups. Here are some ideas to inspire you…

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If you want to stick with a budget friendly option, use a white sheet…

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No movie is complete without popcorn stations. Have an assortment of gourmet flavors or simply have different salts and seasonings so moviegoers can create their own…

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Lastly, you want to create the most relaxing seating arrangement so everyone has a good view. Create a “floor” level using picnic blankets then elevate some on wooden palettes. Comfy pillows, cushions, and blankets are a must. Also think about string lights, lanterns and tiki torches so everyone can see.

{Images styke me pretty, 100 layer cake}