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?

Modern Orange and Citrus Summer Party

It’s hard to believe that 3 years ago I shared my “Lemon and Lime” summer dinner party on my original blog, A Sparkly Life for Me. I almost had forgotten about it until I was scrolling through my master wedding and party ideas Pinterest board. When I saw that original post, I was drawn back to when I was dreaming up all the possibilities. Originally, it had crossed my mind to do a general citrus party, with all sorts of varieties and colors included. I shortly thereafter realized that there were far too many ideas out there that I wanted to incorporate, and not enough time in the world to narrow down my top choices for just one board. I’m sure at the time I thought I would do the other citrus that didn’t fit the lemon or lime ballot later….. but I’ve just had too many other good ideas I wanted to share it seems!

Now, years later, I’m pleased to share with you this modern take on a citrus inspired summer party. I did not want to use TOO much of the expected orange slices, but rather, keep them as accents to the overall look. Here’s what I had in mind for this modern orange and citrus summer party idea board:

Modern Orange and Citrus Summer Party

Modern Orange and Citrus Summer Party

Be sure to see where I found each of the images in this week’s party inspiration board:

Modern Orange and White Tablescape with Orange Citrus Fruit – spotted on Pinterest

Clean White with Pops of Orange Cabana and Party Lounge – shared on Style Me Pretty

Tequila Sunrise Mimosa Signature Drink – recipe shared by Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Crate Paper Backdrop in Citrus Hues – featured in a roundup post by Babble

Orange Slice Cake – recipe shared on MyRecipes

Vibrant Orange Flower Centerpiece with Orange Slices – spotted in Pinterest

Orange and White Modern Tablescape Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Citrus Dots Invitations and Request Cards – created and sold by PrettilyPrintable on Etsy

Need more citrus themed party décor ideas? You’ll love my board on Pinterest dedicated to all things Citrus Party. Check it out HERE.

What citrus hues do you gravitate to most?

Magical Midsummer’s Night Wedding Ideas

“Fairy dust is like love, it creates magic whenever you give it away.” I found that quote on Pinterest the other day, as I was browsing some stunning centerpieces. It inspired me to create a magical midsummer’s night wedding idea board to share with you this week. There are oh so many takes on a midsummer’s night wedding out there, filled with over grown foliage and floral blooms. I’m sure you’ve seen them all if you spend more than 5 minutes a week on Pinterest. To add my interpretation of this popular wedding theme, I opted for an ever so slightly more modern take. Instead of having blooming flowers and green vines everywhere, I decided to incorporate more aged and woven vines. You’ll see in a number of the inspirational images there are rich dark vines, often shown woven into unique shapes. And no garden party is complete without an abundance of fairy lights! Combined, I think these elements make for a spectacular evening wedding and reception.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Magical Midsummer’s Night Wedding Ideas

Magical Midsummer’s Night Wedding Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each of these images:

Overgrown Garden Wedding Altar with Vines and Greenery – shared in a roundup post on Huffington Post

Fairy Light Wedding Bouquet Ball – spotted on Tumblr

Midsummer’s Night Vine Wrapped Swing – shared in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Fairy Twinkle Light Arbor over Garden Estate Table shared on Bodas Y Weddings

Vines and Hanging Lights Tablescape – spotted on Pinterest

Hanging Vine Spheres with Fairy Lights – spotted on Pinterest

Hammock Swing Surrounded by Vines and Fairy Lights – spotted on Pinterest

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Do you like garden inspired parties and weddings?

For more garden inspired event décor, check out my Garden Party board on Pinterest.

Jungle Animal Print Celebration – Themed Party Ideas

I’m not sure what the most appropriate greeting for this jungle themed animal print party would be: rawr or meow. Either one could work, but I’m going to go with rawr!

Rawr! Welcome to my jungle animal print inspired party idea board.  This animal print party inspiration board is all about incorporating animal print in a more classy and modern way. I like to think there is no gimmicky jungle props involved here. And there’s no plastic animal props here either!

When I was putting this party idea board together, I was envisioning a soiree for one of three events: a ladies luncheon, a birthday party for the modern woman, or a super sophisticated baby shower. The tropical hints found in the green foliage help balance out the mixed animal prints…..and help make this a perfect theme for a summer soiree!

Oh, and if you need even MORE inspiration, I’ve got you covered! Stop by this board on Pinterest to get more ideas for all my favorite jungle, safari, and zoo party ideas. And if you are looking for more animal print party ideas, I’ve pinned all of my favorites here on this board. I know, so many boards. Is my OCD’ness showing?

On to the leopard and animal print party I’ve been promising you. Here’s what I had in mind:

Jungle Animal Print Celebration – Themed Party Ideas

Jungle Animal Print Celebration – Themed Party Ideas

Stop by where I found each of these images for more information:

Glitter Glam Funky Hot Pink Watercolor Flowers with Leopard Print – Printable Invitation – made and sold by SimplySocialDesigns on Etsy

Safari Animal Print Fan Place Settings – tutorial available on Oriental Trading

Animal Print Popcorn and Food Display – shared by A Small Snippet

Animal Print INSIDE the Cake – recipe and tutorial shared by Sweet Dreams

Tropical Foliage Print Photo Booth – shared by Green Wedding Shoes

Tall Giraffe with Animal Print Balloons – shared by P is for Party

Tropical Tall Centerpiece with Palm Leaves with Yellow Flowers – shared by Elizabeth Anne

Jungle Animal Print Napkins – spotted on Pinterest

Leopard Print Cake with White Flower – spotted on Pinterest

Do you like this animal print idea board more for a ladies luncheon or birthday party?

Ideas for National Chocolate Cake Day for Two….with wine.

What are the odds, that not only is today both Wine Wednesday AND National Chocolate Cake Day? As if we needed a reason to consume either! This year they both line up perfectly into one glorious day. Maybe it’s because it’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, or maybe I’m a fan of date nights that involve a good red wine and a luscious cake, but I feel like this week’s idea board should be an ever-so-lightly romantic evening for two. And you guessed it: chocolate cake and wine are on the menu. Here’s what I had in mind:

Ideas for National Chocolate Cake Day for Two….with wine.

Don’t you think that card is adorable? How cute would it be to write a little love note and ask if your other half will join you for a little wine and chocolate and mail it to them? I would be thrilled to get that in the mail! Here’s where I found all of these great images for this week’s inspiration:

National Chocolate Cake Day Greeting Card – created and sold by NeedAHolidayCalendar on Etsy

Swarovski Crystalline Red Wine Glasses – available on Swarovski

Wine Decanter – featured in a post by Food & Wine

Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze – Recipe shared by Bon Appetit

Double Chocolate Cake Truffle Cake Balls – baked and sold by SugarpopBakeshop on Etsy

What would you do if we created a National Wine and Chocolate Cake Day holiday?

I’d insist I had to take the day off.

Modern Gold and White Holiday Dinner Party

Are you a fan of modern Christmas decorations? Or do you prefer the more traditional look?

When I saw this beautiful dining room the other day, I just KNEW this week’s inspiration board would be centered on it. It’s beautiful, modern, elegant and simple. All the characteristics I like in a design. I was envisioning a modern holiday dinner party. Here’s what I had in mind:

Modern Gold and White Holiday Dinner Party

Be sure to check out where I found each of the photos in this week’s inspiration board:

Gold Christmas Ornament Hanging Sphere Sculptures – spotted on Pinterest

Gold and White Christmas Ornament Modern Tablescape – shared by Cuckoo4Design

Modern White and Gold Winter Ornament Display – spotted on Pinterest

Mini Dessert Shot Glass Station Display – shared by Brooklyn Bride

DIY Gilded Glass Tutorial – shared by Heels and Sunkissed Curls

Gold Snowflake Holiday Party Printable Invitation – created and sold by pinkdahliaprintable on Etsy

Festive Christmas Table Place Settings – shared on Better Homes and Gardens

Are you a fan of modern Christmas decorations? Or do you prefer the more traditional look?

Frozen Icicle Holiday Party Ideas

It’s SNOWING!

Hah, I wish! Here in Florida we can only dream of snow. There is no snow in sight for us, but there is PLENTY of sun to go around. I’ve never even seen snow, but that’s part of the deal of being born and raised in Florida. I hope to see it someday. I have heard it can be absolutely magical when it is lightly drifting down from the sky.

Until I get to see snow, I will continue to dream about snowy, winter wonderland party scenes. This week, I’m imagining a snowy icicle inspired holiday party. Here’s what I’m dreaming of:

Frozen Icicle Holiday Party Ideas

The fiery sculptures really add an element of surprise to it, don’t you think?

 

Check out where these images were found:

Glitter Icicle Candle Holders – shared in a roundup post on Candle Making

Giant Icicle – tutorial shared on Better Homes and Gardens

DIY Garden Party Wedding Lights – shared on Studio DIY

Icicle Ornament Cookies – shared by kimsmom76 on Flickr

DIY Dip-Dyed Coffee Filter Backdrop – tutorial shared on Style Me Pretty

Glitter Ice Printable Holiday Party Invitation – created and sold by SunshinePrintables on Etsy

Let It Snow Cupcakes – tutorial and recipe shared on Not Your Momma’s Cookie

Fire Displays in Ice Sculpture Columns – spotted on Pinterest

How cold out do you think it would have to be to pull off a party like this?

A Rustic Foodie’s Dessert Party – Fall Edition {with salted caramel and lace}

On most days, I would not consider my style anywhere along the descriptive terms: chic, country, or rustic.

But this week I make an exception for that. This week I am sharing with you my idea of a rustic, foodie’s dessert party. A party that is farm-to-table fresh, cooked and prepared with love, and boasts great company and delicious wine. I love the emphasis of salted caramel desserts lining a lace and burlap table, allowing guests to graze on delicious treats as they mingle with other attendees. The only thing that’s missing would be a handful of accent candle lights, in mason jars, of course, scattered around.

Keep in mind as you are enjoying this party idea board, that this set of inspirational images could easily translate to a birthday party theme, or even a wedding.

Here’s what I had in mind:

A Rustic Foodie's Dessert Party – Fall Edition {with salted caramel and lace}

Take a look at where I found each of these images for more information:

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake – shared by Half Baked Harvest

Rustic Dessert Table – shared on Style Me Pretty

Fig Almond Tea Cake with Coconut Honey Glaze – recipe shared on Hungry Rabbit

Rustic Burlap Lace Birthday Invitation – created and sold by SunshinePrintables on Etsy

How To: Candy Feathers – tutorial shared on About.com

Lace and Twine Kraft Paper Favor Boxes – created and sold by AnnaLouAvenue on Etsy

Caramel Dipped Pears – recipe shared on Just Between Friends

Rustic Shabby Chic Pom Pom Décor – created and sold by pomtree on Etsy

Are you a caramel fan? Or do you prefer something more along the lines of chocolate to satisfy your sweet-tooth?

Taco and Tequila Tuesday Party Ideas

Who loves tacos? Let me rephrase: who DOESN’T love tacos? And really, what could go better with tacos then tequila?

Did you think of anything yet?

Fresh made guacamole was a close second in my mind… but that’s just the healthy one in my talking.

This week’s inspiration board is all about color, fun, and yummy food inspired by the always loved, taco Tuesday celebration. I’ve included the best taco bar, nacho bar, salsa bar AND tequila bar I could find on the internet in this inspiration board.

Here’s what I had in mind for this week’s party idea board:

Taco and Tequila Tuesday Party Ideas

See where I found these fantastic ideas at:

Colorful Fiesta Tablescape – shared on Be Lovely Events

Colorful Fiesta Tablescape – shared on Be Lovely Events

Colorful Taco Bar Printable – created and sold by SunshineInkStudio on Etsy

Colorful Taco Bar Printable – created and sold by SunshineInkStudio on Etsy

Textured Succulent Place Setting – shared on Ruffled

Textured Succulent Place Setting – shared on Ruffled

Acrylic Drink Dispensers and Display – shared on The Kitchn

Acrylic Drink Dispensers and Display – shared on The Kitchn

Colorful Food Display – shared on Street Scene

Colorful Food Display – shared on Street Scene

Felt Taco Party Banner – created and sold by Tastefully Mismatched on Etsy

Felt Taco Party Banner – created and sold by Tastefully Mismatched on Etsy

Salsa Bar Station – shared on Paper and Party Love

Salsa Bar Station – shared on Paper and Party Love

Chalkboard Menu – shared on SaveOnCrafts

Chalkboard Menu – shared on SaveOnCrafts

Taco and Tequila Fiesta Invitation Printable – created and sold by TownleyDesigns on Etsy

Taco and Tequila Fiesta Invitation Printable – created and sold by TownleyDesigns on Etsy

Tequila Bar Station – shared on Wedding Chicks

Tequila Bar Station – shared on Wedding Chicks

Taco Bar Food Spread – spotted on Pinterest

Taco Bar Food Spread – spotted on Pinterest

Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips – recipe shared on Cooking Classy

Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips – recipe shared on Cooking Classy

Mini Taco and Tequila Spread – shared on Pinterest

Mini Taco and Tequila Spread – shared on Pinterest

What’s your favorite kind of taco?

Milestone Memories Birthday Celebration Ideas

Do you have someone in your family that has a milestone anniversary or birthday coming up, who doesn’t really need anything in regards to presents, doesn’t really want anything in particular, but you still want to do something special for them?

I’m going through that right now. I’ve been doing my darndest to think of something, but really there is not much in way of options. Having said all that, I think the effort and time of putting together something special and unique, like this week’s inspiration board shares, is a great idea. It’s personal, it’s meaningful, and it’s something you can’t just buy off the shelf. Here’s what I had in mind:

Milestone Memories Birthday Celebration Ideas

Milestone Memories Birthday Celebration Ideas

Get all the details where these inspirational images were found:

 Photograph Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared on Ruffled
Photograph Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared on Ruffled

60th Black and White Photo Birthday Numbers – shared by Sarah Dawn Designs
60th Black and White Photo Birthday Numbers – shared by Sarah Dawn Designs

Photo and Chalkboard Milestone Birthday Party Invitations – made by nowanorris on Etsy

Photo and Chalkboard Milestone Birthday Party Invitations – made by nowanorris on Etsy

Black and White Photo Birthday Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Photo Birthday Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Photo Background – shared on Scrappy Sugar Girl

Black and White Photo Background – shared on Scrappy Sugar Girl

Ages to Perfection Milestone Birthday Cupcake Picks – made by simplifiedlivingshop on Etsy

Ages to Perfection Milestone Birthday Cupcake Picks – made by simplifiedlivingshop on Etsy

Custom Personalized Wine Bottle Label – made by LushLabel on Etsy

Custom Personalized Wine Bottle Label – made by LushLabel on Etsy

 

Candle Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Candle Cake – spotted on Pinterest

How would you want to celebrate a milestone birthday in your life?