Candy Apple Dipping + Decorating Party Ideas

Are you ready for autumn? I know here in Florida we don’t really get  the full effects of the season, and sometimes it’s just hard to have pumpkin flavored everything when it’s still 90+ degrees out you know?

Last year on my original blog, I shared a really fun post about hosting a pumpkin decorating party. I love those types of parties because literally ANYONE can go and participate. And there doesn’t have to be a birthday or wedding reception to happen.  Just a party for the sake of a party!

Today you will see my favorite ideas for hosting an apple dipping party. As always, anything I could find an original recipe, shop or tutorial for I always share below, so check them out!

Candy Apple Dipping + Decorating Party Ideas

Candy Apple Dipping + Decorating Party Ideas

See the homes of all of these pretty pictures in their links below:

Give Thanks Caramel Apple Card – created by Penelope Poppy on Etsy

Apple Pie Caramel Apples – recipe shared by Miss Candiquik

Homemade Caramel Apple Dip – recipe shared on Betty Crocker

Candy Apple Dessert Bar – shared by A Peach of a Party

Mini Apple Dips – seen on this pin here

Chocolate Covered Caramel Apple Slices – recipe shared by Chocoley

Chocolate and Bacon Covered Apples – shared by Little Chief Honeybee

Apple Wedges Dipping Station – seen on this pin here

Caramel Apple Dip – recipe shared on Big Oven by Amandahamblin


 What is your FAVORITE type of topping on a covered apple?



How to ROCK Your Wedding Thank You Notes

Do you know what goes into the making of a good thank you note? Let me give you some pointers…

How to ROCK Your Wedding Thank You Notes

How to ROCK Your Wedding Thank You Notes

Get the tools. Actually get thank you cards. Cards that actually say “thank you”. They don’t have to be the super fancy handmade ones, though they are nice; just find some that fit in your budget. Just make sure they come with envelopes! They could be simple or super detailed, just make sure there is room to write! Oh, and invest in a good pen, you are gonna need it!

Spelling. Get it right, and keep checking. It is going to take away anything positive that comes from receiving a thank you note if your spell the recipient’s name wrong. Go online, check and make sure you got it right, or make some phone calls just to double check. Check the card, the address, all of it!

Keep track of everything! You will more than likely have a pretty solid guest list whenever your invites go out. Make a copy of it, and use it to keep track of who gave you what, and the date you sent your thank you note. This can be done digitally or on a paper copy, but just make sure to stick with it. Here is a sample I made to show you how simple your table tracking can be:

My sample table for keeping track of wedding gifts and thank you notes

My sample table for keeping track of wedding gifts and thank you notes

Speaking of that, consider following this rule: you DON’T get to use the gift until the thank you note is written, sealed and out in the mailbox! Seriously, it may sound like a pain, but it is going to help motivate you and your honey to get them done!

If you get gifts from your registries (or anywhere really) pre-wedding, try NOT to wait to get those thank you notes out, actually scratch that: DON’T WAIT. People who are sending you those gifts early will likely not be attending the wedding, and will want to know that you got your gift safely. Plus, if you wait to open/write the thank you note, you could be past the return/exchange dates if there is something wrong with the gift. Just saying!

Mean what you say, and say what you mean! And while we are at it, don’t be vague. Specifically thank your friend (or weird aunt whoever!) for the item. List it out. Say what you are going to do with it, or why you are so excited to have it.  If people gave you money, you shouldn’t really say just HOW much they gave you, but you should say what you are planning on doing with it. Are you saving it for something special? Treating yourself to a special dinner? Or putting it towards your honeymoon splurges? Let people know.

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Things you may think you can do, but CAN NOT:

  • You cannot send a thank you note in the form of text, or email, or on Facebook.
  • You cannot just say thank you, even with your bestest of thank you’s in person, and skip the written card.
  • You cannot wait six months to do all this. The thank you notes should be out no later than 1 (ONE!) month from the return of your honeymoon. Don’t try and be clever: if you are having a later honeymoon, well there is really no excuse to not get them out sooner!
  • You cannot just make mass generic cards that say “thank you for this special/generous/thoughtful gift.” You just can’t. See above about being specific!
  • You cannot just talk about the gift. Thank your friends and family for being part of your lives and ultimately, celebrating this new chapter of your life. That is what is all about after all.

Things that will make people smile:

  • Enclose a picture of you and your other half from the wedding, or a picture of the two of you on your honeymoon. 4×6 prints are usually pretty cheap to print, and you can usually get them printed in less than an hour! Extra points if you have a shot of you two and your thank you note recipients! They will LOVE it.
  • Send a thank you note to your vendors and wedding planners! They (more than likely) helped contribute to your magical day and would love to hear that YOU loved their hard work.
  • Make an extra special addition to people that were in your wedding party for, well, being in your wedding party. Those roles are not cheap, and not always the easiest job! Thank them for standing by your sides and helping you get through it all!
  • While you are at it, be sure to let guests know how glad you are they came. ESPECIALLY those who traveled long distances just to make it; they will definitely appreciate it!

Just for the record, I do think that both individuals should have to be involved in the process. Not just one of you! Unless you are not sharing the gifts that is! But seriously, split up the work, it will make it fly by. And that excuse “oh I just have the worst handwriting” is not going to cut it. How often do any of us actually hand write out anything anymore? I struggle writing out a check. People will love your thank you note all the same, and if anything, maybe get a chuckle out of how crazy your handwriting has gotten. Just suck it up and DO IT!


Be specific, make it personal, don’t forget to sign it, and be genuine! The most expensive of thank you notes cards out there cannot save you from a poorly written note!

Eggplant Purple and Flowers Wedding Ideas

I feel pretty, oh so pretty…….

Pretty would be the one word description to explain the direction I was going in when putting this design board together for you. I didn’t want anything TOO girlie, but I still wanted the wedding to be elegant with a light touch of femininity with all of the flowers.

Personally, I really love that guys are getting out of the “black, blue white and grey” color mentality for their wardrobes and trying something new with colors, but that is a whole other topic!

For this particular wedding, I envision it most likely happening in an enchanted garden, late summer or early fall. Maybe with some twinkle lights… Yeah, definitely add some twinkle lights. Twinkle lights make everything better!


Eggplant Purple and Flowers Wedding Ideas

Eggplant Purple and Flowers Wedding Ideas


Check out where I got all of these pretty pictures at the links below:

Floral Purple Tablescape – seen on this pin

Purple Wedding Ceremony Arch – shared on tumblr here

Purple Reception Dance Floor – spotted on Keith J Laverty

Flower Balls with Rhinestones and Crystals – by Elegant Wedding Décor on Etsy

Spring Peonies Table Numbers – by Sarah Coats Designs on Etsy

Purple Wedding Favor Box – by Sweetywedding on Etsy

Purple Pom Pom Wedding Cake – seen on this pin

Is this wedding pretty in purple or what?

Orange, Grey and White Wedding

Light, fresh, and modern. Those were the words that I had going through my mind when I created this inspiration board.

I love the floral accents throughout the wedding design. At one point I thought about substituting silver instead of a matte regular grey, but I really grey is the best choice to go with. The silver just gives it a very heavy feeling, wouldn’t you agree?

Make sure to see where I found all of the pretty pictures:

Orange and Grey Napkin – shared on Decor4All

Orange Rose Place Setting – seen on this pin

Fiesta Flatware Set – seen at Kohl’s

Orange, White and Grey Paper Lanterns – shared by Jet Fete

Orange Parasols – shared by The Bride’s Café

Orange Floral Invitation – by Brena Bee Designs on Etsy

Orange Floral Wedding Cake – seen on this pin

Orange Drink – shared on Hostess With The Mostess

Orange, White and Grey Lounge – shared on Mindy Weiss

Orange Centerpieces – shared on Green Wedding Shoes

What time of the year do you think this color scheme would work best?

What exactly DOES Unique Pastiche Events mean?


Well let’s start by breaking it down:

Unique – I think you already know what this means, but to me it means like no other. Unparalleled and incomparable.

Pastiche – often referred to as a combination of materials from different sources. A little of this, a little of that. Think “eclecticism in art.”

Events – any type of social gathering or activity. Social events, which are my favorites, include everything from weddings and birthdays, to engagement, retirement and holiday parties, and even helping plan the most perfect proposals. That list doesn’t even begin to cover the range of options in between. Anything where there are people in a place, for a purpose, is the most basic form of an event.

Unique Pastiche Event Design and InspirationUnique Pastiche Event Design and Inspiration

Unique Pastiche Event Design and Inspiration

So if you combine them all together, you get Unique Pastiche Events! Events that are fresh and new, with personalized touches, and elements sourced from unusual and nontraditional places. It is the extra details that are incorporated and mixed into these events from start to finish that wow not only your guests, but your own imagination.

My goal for Unique Pastiche Events is to become a leader in event design. I’d like to be constantly pushing the standard and blowing away minds, party after party, with the latest and most amazing designs out there.

Ninja Birthday Party Ideas (DIY Friendly)


That’s right. You’ve just been ninja chopped. I bet you didn’t see me coming with my stealth like ninja skills!

In case you haven’t guessed yet, ninjas are the theme of the week! This week’s inspiration board is focused on a boy’s birthday party – ninja style!

Ninja Birthday Party Ideas

Ninja Birthday Party Ideas

Make sure to check out my Ninja Party board on Pinterest. I’ve got tons of ideas and activities there as well.

All of the images I’ve used in this inspiration board have a home! See where they were originally shared at:

Ninja Party Bags – Shared by Haven’t You Always Wanted A Monkey?

DIY Ninja Piñata – Shared by Roe and Lee

Ninja Cookies and Sushi – Shared by Anders Ruff

Ninja Training Cards – Shared by Blonde Designs

Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies – Shared by I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Martial Arts Twister Game – Shared by Party Planning Now

Ninja Birthday Invitation – by Sprout My Party on Etsy

If you were a ninja, what would your enemies know you as?