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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Modern Rustic Interiors and events…

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I have a thing about rustic design but it has to have a lot of modern and contemporary elements mixed in.

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The lighting in this reception is absolutely stunning & it gives an industrial look to the space. I also like the bails of hay stacked in the background…

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This kitchen space has so much architectural details from the exposed beams to the wood plank ceiling, the arches and the steel windows. There are a lot of textures going on in this open floor plan. I really like the industrial bar stools. You can find similar ones at Target, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Arhaus & High fashion home.

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So much natural light floods this space from the steel windows. The wood beams and exposed brick add warmth to the space…

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Such a gorgeous wedding backdrop. It looks is if vows are written and hung on fabric…

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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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QOTD: Do you dress up for the holidays?

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I think this time of year is great for fashion. No other time can you get away with wearing sequins in the day and extra sparkle. Double statement necklaces? Why not. A tulle skirt? Rock it. However a lot of festivities are casual. For all of the house hopping I do, the atmosphere is comfortable…always but I wish I had a real reason to get super dressed up in a gown or some thing that called for “after 5″ attire.

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Imagine having a calendar filled of parties to attend, friendsgiving, turkey day dinners, Christmas parties and knowing you had to come dressed the part. I think that would make this season even more magical. In the mean time, I’ll add some sparkle, dramatic smokey eyes, sequins and velvet to the mix…

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Wedding getaway car decorating ideas…

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Seeing a newlywed couple exiting the wedding reception in a stylish vintage convertible just isn’t enough. You have to adorn the car in classy fun ways to let the passerbys know you just got married. Here are alternatives to the old can-on-a-string tradition.

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Hang a floral wreath on the grill…

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Attach a banner….

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Tie a huge ribbon in a bow…

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Give the steering wheel a corsage…

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Tissue paper pom pom garland and custom window decals are other cute ideas…

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Wedding horses and flowers….

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I have a love of horses and think incorporating flowers on their manes is such a beautiful idea for rusticnor bohemian wedding photos…

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This above is the absolute cutest thing ever. Which would you decide to decorate: the tail, mane, or create a garland for the neck or a floral halo like the above?

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Practical Wedding Favors Guests Will Actually Use…

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Weddings are fun and recpetions are better but often bride and grooms overthink favors that guests end up throwing away. Careful planning and more attention to other details like reception entertainment and weather can keep guests comfortable and happy. This post has some favor ideas that will actually get used. I like the game station above. This could easily be for kids or adults who prefer to stay off the dance floor. Dollar Tree has board games like Checkers and 2-pack decks of cards and tons of puzzles for an inexpensive way to entertain. Just make sure you dont have too many options because you don’t want the reception to look like a boring bingo hall…

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Most women wear heels to weddings so you may want to keep a basket of cheap Old Navy flip flops so they can stay on the dance floor as long as they want. Maybe have one basket per size ( ex: a basket for size 7 & 7.5’s). This idea is also nice for beach weddings because you’re bound to have someone show up in inappropiate shoes…

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Paper wedding parasols offer shield from a sunny sky in an outdoor ceremony….

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Leaving shades on each seat is another way to ensure all guests are comfortable & if nothing else, they will make for a great photo op…

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Pairing fans with programs is a great way to keep guests cool in a hot venue…

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Who wouldn’t want a nice throw? Have some available in case the temperature drops at an outdoor evening reception…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: babies in weddings

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By now we all heard about that foolishness of a bride with a baby sewn into her wedding train and dragged down the aisle. Well here are some classy ways to incorporate babies and toddlers in weddings: wedding wagons…

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I adore this domed Cinderella wagon so much…

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You could even have the kids in a wagon decorate the cans to really incorporate them…

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Know of a cool way to include a baby?

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As an alternative to traditional flower girl roles, have them hold signs…

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There are so many classy options for kids so don’t drag anymore babies down the aisle m’kay?

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