Saturday, 26 November 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's Shower - On a Budget!

My best friend Dani got married a few weeks back and I needed to send her off in style! Here are a few pictures from the party...and I did it all without breaking the bank!

Party favor Something Blue Tiffany's Candles displayed on a cupcake holder.

Advice hearts made with simple construction paper and a borrowed vintage popcorn machine. Similar and inexpensive one here on Ebay.

Collected Tiffany's boxes and bags from friends
Thrifted Tiffany's blue wine glasses (whole set for under $8 and the bride got to take them home as a party favor.)
Those diamonds were found at Michaels, around 6 bucks for 2 bags and they added sparkle to all the tables.
Glasses from thrift stores
Borrowed pearls in Zurchers giant plastic margarita glasses

The Breakfast Spread
(Orange juice in a Target container, Pink lemonade in Zurchers Party Store plastic cups, homemade thrifted stands - see this post - and all toppings are displayed in cute cups are bowls)
Zurchers Ice Bowl (Brandy Snifter)

She got her "something blue" from the hostess. Her very own Return to Tiffany's heart tag charm.

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Thursday, 28 July 2011

CRAFT: Vintage Party Tray

I used this idea a few years back when planning a Scandinavian party for my school's performing group and they turned out to be the perfect little touch to all my table settings. This is an easy little craft project that you can use over and over again.

All you need to do is go to DI (or any local thrift store) and search for a few cute plates and different candle holders. Any style, make or color works - use your creativity! Simply hot or super glue the bottom of the plate to the top of the candle stick. It's literally that easy.

Paint the plates or add ribbon around the candlestick holder for a little pizzaz and voila, you have the perfect trays for any occasion at little cost and effort.

(Photos Courtesy of The Cottage Home)

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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Pinwheel Pandaemonium

Okay, so I LOVE Pinwheels. Love, Love, love! Take a look at some Pinwheel ideas that will spruce up any fun, summer party!
(Photo courtesy of my girl, Kate Spade)

These "Oh-So-Perfect" Pinwheel's are a courtesy of Heather's Bailey's Blog.
You can learn how to make them yourself by clicking that link above.

Hostess Blog featured a Pinwheel themed birthday party for a 1-year-old girl. I love it!

These Pinwheel Planters are adorable for a summer party. You can learn how to make them at this website: The Celebration Shoppe

The Knot features these Pinwheel Centerpieces. And wanna know a secret? That cute jug/vase is from Ikea! I love a good Ikea find.

A pinwheel bouquet! Check out The Sweetest Occasion to find out how to make your own. I may need to keep this idea on hand...just in case I may need a bouquet of my own one day.

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Happy Pioneer Day!

One of the coolest things about my home state of Utah is that we get two July 4th-like celebrations. In addition to Independence Day we also celebrate the arrival of the Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24th. Fairs, parades and fireworks make for second go at a fun summer holiday. So here are a few fun Pioneer ideas to help you celebrate, whether you live in Utah or not!

Doesn't a sunflower centerpiece fit the pioneer theme perfectly? It add's a happy country feel to the whole event. Thanks Hostess Jo!

This Pioneer Day treat comes from The American Homemaker.

Swedish Jam Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs, separated
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 cup strawberry jam

Cream butter and sugar; add egg yolks and salt. Mix in soda and buttermilk. Add flour and spices and beat well and add jam. Fold in beaten egg whites. Bake in greased and floured 9x13 pan at 375° F. for 30 to 40 minutes.

Milk Frosting

1 c milk
1/4 c flour
1 c butter at room temperature
1 c granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine milk and flour in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Cream butter and sugar until very fluffy. Add vanilla and cooled flour mixture. Continue to beat at medium speed until frosting is very fluffy and sugar is completely dissolved.

You can have a blast playing pioneer games. Check out this website, for a few fun game ideas such as sack races, blind mans bluff, jacks and cats cradle.

Happy Pioneer Day, Everyone!

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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Finding Neverland

Our first featured themed party is a real gem. I stumbled up Lynlee's adorable blog the other day where I found this brilliant "trip to Neverland" that she planned for her daughter Anabelle's 4th birthday. So look no further, we've found Neverland!

J.M. Barrie's classic tale of the "boy who never grew up" provides an ample source of inspiration to make the perfect event.

The invitations are relatively simple, made from scrapbook paper with British backdrops, Peter silhouettes and sparkly lettering, children are invited to “…come with us where dreams are born and time is never planned… just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings forever in Never, Never Land.”

Lynlee's adorable fondant cupcakes make the perfect centerpiece to the dessert table, while these simple picture frames with an added butterfly add the perfect touch.

Lunch Boxes - to go! Whispering Pines sells these cute lunch boxes that are filled with treats such as sandwiches, cheese sticks, green grapes and Pirate Booty popcorn! Also decorated with a cute frame and a quote from J.M. Barrie.

Pixie Juice! A drink that's also an adorable centerpiece. The vases are from Ikea.

Nana, pirate hooks, a treasure chest and our own ticking alligator make for some adorable decorations that double as entertainment. More then that, pirate, mermaid, lost boys and indian costumes make for a fun PHOTO BOOTH!

After reading the story of Peter Pan and learning how to fly, the kids were sprinkled with fairy dust, given wings and jumped on the trampoline! Other activities included sinking pirate ships with cannonballs at Skull Rock, jumping over the crocodile, swimming through the Mermaid Lagoon with bubbles and a pow wow at the Indian Camp.

Another hit with the kids was a table set up at the Mermaid Lagoon with plastic bubble bottles they could fill up with colored sand. Glass jars were found at Joann's with small metal spouts to facilitate the pouring. It provided another fun activity with very little supervision required!

Framed quotes and black silhouettes of Peter Pan characters make adorable decorations and a simple, but bold statement.

Children's bed's were used as one of the focal points of the parties. Fabric from Joanne's was used to compliment the color and time period of the party. The same fabric was also used as table cloths.
Jars were filled with Pixie Dust and a little tag was added to symbolize Tinkerbell.

This popular Ikea frame was decorated with a cute butterfly and displayed the ever pressing question, "do you believe?"

A creative party filled with imagination and a whole lot of fun, Neverland will inspire even the oldest guest to keep Believing.

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

The last birthday that's any good is 23 ~ Andy Rooney

Call me narcissistic, but today's post is inspired by ME! It's my BIRTHDAY and I am turning an undisclosed number (I'll give you a hint, last year I was 23. Thanks a lot Andy Rooney)

I had a marvelous day where I spent some time on the Nordstrom website, ate Japanese food with my family and hung out with my favorite wizard (though he always tends to steal my birthday thunder). But, alas, there was no party and there was no CAKE! So here I'm compiling a few of my favorite things into dream party. Happy 24th to me ( you know)!

I sometimes wish it could always be valentines day. You heard right, a single girl who LOVES Valentines. I love the colors and the style. Here we see an adorable dessert table originally used at a Valentines party. Don't you love the picture frame idea?
(photography credit Catie Ronquillo)

True Confession: I'm not a huge cupcake person. But, these flower cupcakes are so adorable, I just might make an exception. And I love these simple, yet elegant pink water balloons.
(Photo credit to Courtney Jade Photography)

How could I not incorporate a taste of Japan into my "dream birthday?" Having lived in Tokyo for 6 months, I consider myself an honorary Asian. Here we have some delicious dessert sushi!

Want to make your own sushi? Check out this website for recipes and ideas:

Peonies. It wouldn't be my dream birthday party without my favorite flower! I love the vintage class they give to any situation. And don't you just love the use of the scrabble letters? Of course, it's a little premature for me to be using the phrase "bride to be," but you get the idea. (Photo credit to Courtney Jade Photography)

This adorable post from hwtm features the cutest table settings with records as the place mats. What an adorable, retro idea - I love it!

And to top it all off, we have a Broadway inspired cake made brilliantly by Quaint Cakes. Topped with a rice crispy treat Bruiser, I couldn't imagine a more perfect cake.

So happy birthday to me and hope you all enjoyed your own July 15th festivities!

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Ice Cream Fortunes

This adorable idea featured on is an affordable and memorable party favor. Originally featured as a Valentine's concept and inspired by fortune cookies, this versatile treat can be used at any occasion by changing the color of the meringue and the messages inside.

All you need are some sugar cones, meringue cookies and chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate chips and use as a sugar "glue" to place the "ice cream scoop" on top.

For the message inside you can add candies, quotes or even turn it into a game with questions about the guest of honor. Sky is the limit with this show stopping party treat!

Credit (photo) is also due to the insanely cute hostess blog.

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