End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Yes, I realize that TECHNICALLY summer isn’t over for a few more weeks. But you know what? It’s hot. It’s realllllly hot here in Florida. Low to mid-90s, high humidity, all sunshine, minimal rain. It’s brutal. So to take my mind off the heat, I thought about what I would do to make the most of this weekend, leading me into this week’s party ideas board. I was thinking how great it would be to have a beautiful patio, with nice rich shades of dark purples and plums. This fairytale patio would be the perfect setting for my end of summer, dinner party soiree.  Delicious berries would be the highlight of the menu. From cool drinks to sweet treats, a hint of berry could be found throughout the evening. Simple centerpieces near a vibrant, living wall of succulents with candlelight shimmering from hanging lanterns, would just make for a wonderful evening among friends and family. While I’m waving my magic wand to dream this up, I throw in an extra swish and flick to get a personal chef who would prepare this meal. Oh and a helpful staff that would help tidy up after!
Here’s what I had in mind for this berry hued summer dinner party:

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Be sure to see where I found each of the different elements from this week’s summer dinner soiree:

Berry and Plum Modern Outdoor Living Room Patio – shared by the Seattle Times

Plum and Purple Party Invitation Printable – created and sold by Time4TeaParties on Etsy

Purple, Plum, and Berry Food Display – spotted on Pinterest

Vertical Succulent Wall (to be used as a photo backdrop) – spotted on Tumblr

Red Wine Berry Spritzer – recipe shred by Aggie’s Kitchen

Purple Plum Submerged Wisteria Centerpieces – shared by Desiree Banka on Flickr

Blackberry Ombre Popsicles – recipe shared by Tutti Dolci, All Sweets

Purple Plum Petal Photo Booth Backdrop – shared by blkbridalbliss on Instagram

What is your favorite end of summer tradition?

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Ultimate Pokémon Party Ideas

Pika Pika!

By now there is no doubt you’ve heard of the phenomena that is Pokémon Go. It’s done more for the US obesity epidemic in one week then what presidential efforts have done in decades. This game is taking the world by storm, with users all over getting up and moving around in hunt for their next Pokémon catch, and I can’t blame them! Pokémon has been a long time favorite game of mine since I was younger. I played up through the gold/silver days on Gameboy. If you’re not sure what that means – well it pretty much means I am a fan of the original 151.

But enough nerd talk, we’ve got an exciting board to get to! This week I’ve put together some of my most absolute FAVORITE party ideas I’ve seen thus far. I’d reckon in the future I’ll have to update this as more and more ideas pop up, but for now, I think kids everywhere will enjoy the Pokémon party ideas I’ve put together for this week’s inspiration board. And to clarify, when I say kids, I mean tiny humans and grown adults like myself that still love their Pikachu. Or Charamander in my case. And Jigglypuff. And Sandshrew. Oh and can’t forget Eevee. You know what, I need to stop or I’ll be here for a while, and there are Pokémon to be caught out there!

Here’s what I had in mind for as ultimate Pokémon party ideas:

Ultimate Pokémon Party Ideas

Ultimate Pokémon Party Ideas

A BUNCH of these elements came from talented designers on Etsy, be sure to see where each item was found by these links:

Tiered Pokémon Birthday Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Custom Kids Pokémon Birthday Party Invitation Printable – created and sold by MinishWorkshops on Etsy

Pokémon Poke Ball Cake Pop Bouquet – spotted on Pinterest

Charmander Pokémon Piñata – made and sold by AbdisPinataShop on Etsy

Team Rocket Pokémon Nerf Gun Game – shared by A Thousand Words

Pokémon Party Photo Opp Frame with Charmander – shared by Debbie M on Catch My Party

Personalized Pokémon Mini Milk Candy Box Party Favor – created and sold by MayCreationsStudio on Etsy

DIY Pokémon Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest

Pokémon Pokeball Girls Costume Dress – created and sold by thegeekgarden on Etsy

Need more Pokémon party ideas? I’ve got some! Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to all things Pokémon party!

Who’s your favorite Pokémon?

Coastal Christmas Holiday Party

I don’t want to alarm you, but there’s roughly 165 days till Christmas!

I know, I know. We JUST had the Fourth of July. How could I possibly be thinking about Christmas?

And you know WHY I’m thinking of Christmas? Because I absolutely love the idea of hosting a Christmas in July party. Being a native Floridian, it’s hard to really wrap your head around the “white Christmas” where everyone is snuggled up by the fire. We’re usually happy if 85 is the high for the day. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a spectacular Christmas with beautiful decor!

This week I’ve taken on a challenge: to improve on my original tropical Christmas from ages ago. Back in 2012 when I was just starting to put together these party idea boards, I shared this Tropical Christmas Dinner Party. At the time, I of course thought it was great, and everything went together. Now, I look at it and see many ways to improve.

My 2016 take on this theme is create an elegant and beautiful coastal Christmas holiday party. Soft hues of blue with creamy whites, textures of shells, and strategically chic accents. What a clarified version of the same thought!

Here’s what I had in mind for the seaside beach Christmas party:

Coastal Christmas Holiday Party

Coastal Christmas Holiday Party

Be sure to stop by and see where I found each of this week’s ideas:

Coastal Chic Designer Christmas Tree –shared by Seahorse and Stripes

Christmas Coastal Scene – shared by Sorted with Style

Beach Inspired Christmas Stockings – shared in a round up post by Indeed Décor

Shell Christmas Trees Décor – shared in a round up post by Designer Décor

Seaside Coastal Beach Santa – spotted on Ebay

Coastal Beach Tablescape – shared by Williams Sonoma

How would you celebrate Christmas by the sea?

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Starry Night Sparkler Wedding

Picture a magical evening wedding under the stars: twinkling lights draping down from a massive oak tree, suspended over the place where you and your loved ones are gathered to witness your wedding ceremony…..sparklers illuminate your reception, taking focus in your centerpieces, your cake, your send off, and even your photo opps. That’s what I envisioned when putting together this starry night sparkler wedding idea board. Something magical, something different, and something truly memorable. I think this week’s wedding inspiration board captures those things and so much more. Here’s what I had in mind:

Starry Night Sparkler Wedding

Starry Night Sparkler Wedding

Be sure to see where I found each of the elements for this week’s starry night sparkler wedding idea board:

Wedding Ceremony Under the Illuminated Tree – shared in a roundup post on Huffington Post

Sparkler Grand Exit – photo shared on Sparklersonline.com

Sparkler Centerpieces with Eclectic Vases – shared by Southern Living

“Let Love Sparkle” Sparkler Send Off Sign – chalkboard printable created and sold by HandsInTheAttic on Etsy

First Dance Surrounded by Sparklers – shared by weddingdream on Instagram

White Tiered Cake with Sparklers – shared in a round up post by Pop Sugar

Magical Starry Sparkler Light Wedding Photo Opp Under the Gazebo – spotted on Pinterest

Have you ever been to an outdoor wedding under the stars?

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