Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Are you the first person to toast to a good time?

I know I try to stay as upbeat and positive as I can, and never really need a reason to celebrate. But when I do, I like to do it in style! Thinking back on engagement party ideas I’ve done in the past, a lot of them seem very…serious. And when I say serious, I don’t mean the parties are happening in the library. No, I mean more along the lines of: the parties seem like more structured events. That are very official, with a specific start and end time. And an MC could direct the event if need be.

Maybe it’s the summertime sunshine that’s gotten into my brain, (or my cup!) but I’d like to see a more laid back, tropical backyard style, out on the patio engagement party. The vibe is relaxed, great music in the background, and of course….. some tiki torches!

Here’s what I had in mind for this tropical backyard engagement party:

Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Be sure to see where I found each inspiration for this idea board:

Curved Patio Bench Around Fire Pit – shared on HomeBNC

Tropical Cake Display – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Vibrant and Tropical Centerpiece – shared in a styled shoot on Bespoke Bride

Green Tropical Palm Leaves and Wood Food Buffet and Display – spotted on Pinterest

Palm Tree Cutlery Display – also spotted on Pinterest

“We love the nights we can’t remember… with friends we can’t forget…” Painted Sign – sold on Etsy

Floating Pool Décor with Tropical Foliage and Tiki Torches – featured on Jet Fete

Tropical Beach Invitation – sold by Nou Designs on Zazzle

Backyard Tropical Patio with Hanging Lanterns and Banana Trees – shared on Traditional Home

Brown Wicker Charger with Green Accents – spotted on Pinterest

To party, or not to party? Are you a fan of engagement parties? Or do you think they are unnecessary?

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2016 – Year of the Monkey….. and BANANAS – Baby Shower Ideas

Did you know 2016 is the year of the monkey?

Well, if not, now you know!

I know it isn’t a literal meaning, as in monkey themed things will just pop up, but I couldn’t help being inspired by cute little monkeys and bananas. I thought I’d put together an adorable baby shower (or birthday party) inspired by cute jungle monkeys and bananas. Lots of brown and yellow elements of course, but I would love to incorporate a banana scent into the party room so it was just subtle enough to be noticed. And of course, if space permitted: large, leafy tropical foliage plants.

Here’s what I had in mind:

2016 - Year of the Monkey….. and BANANAS - Baby Shower Ideas

Be sure to stop by where I found each element in this week’s party idea board:

Banana Baby Shower Invitation – shared in a roundup post on Invitesbaby.com

Monkey Baby Shower Cake Display – spotted on Pinterest

Yellow Centerpiece with Lemons and Bananas – shared on Floret Cadet

Monkey Jungle Diaper Cake Decor – created and sold by PrincessAndThePbaby on Etsy

Frozen Chocolate and Sprinkle Banana Sticks – shared in a roundup post by babycenter.com

Banana Party Favor Box – shared on Oink! The Blog of Piggy Bank Parties

Monkey and Banana Cupcakes – shared by Cocoa Claudia on Flickr

Monkey Juice Drink Dispenser – shared on The Howard Family Blog

Did you know 2016 is the year of the monkey?