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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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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A Modern Tropical Beach Wedding in Orange

Would you say “I do,” on the beach?

Come get away with me today! We’re going to the beach for a fabulous destination wedding, with a modern vibe and LOTS of vibrant orange accents. All the traditional elements of a beach or destination wedding are included in this week’s wedding idea board, just with more of a modern twist. I opted for a perfect shade of orange that pairs well with the tropical foliage leaves that I’m including sparingly on the tables. Adding dark wood elements on the tables helps to ground the wedding decor, and helps keep it from getting too south beach colorful. Maybe another week!

It’s not a destination wedding to me if there isn’t an abundance of tropical flowers! This week, I’ve made sure to include a variety of flowers with all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. The simple but modern arrangements are all so different, but still highlight the textures and natural beauty of each flower’s natural shape.

Here’s what I had in mind for this week’s modern tropical beach wedding in orange idea board:

Modern Tropical Destination Wedding in Orange by Unique Pastiche Events #thisisUPevents

Modern Tropical Destination Wedding in Orange by Unique Pastiche Events #thisisUPevents

Be sure to see where I found all of these fantastic inspirational images:

Orange Boarding Pass Invitation with Bird of Paradise – created and sold by SproullieDesigns on Etsy

Modern Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding Bouquet – by Kathy Wright and Company featured on Junebug Weddings

Beach Wedding Aisle with Palm Leaves and Vibrant Flowers – shared by Olivera Rusu Photography

Submerged and Clustered Tropical Orange Flower Arrangements on Escort Table – shared by Karen Tran Florals

Modern Tropical Place Setting with Leaf and Wood Accent – spotted on Pinterest

Bird of Paradise and Bamboo Tropical Centerpiece – shared on Bride.com

Orange Ombre Modern Cake – created by Eat Cake Be Merry

Modern Orange Outdoor Lounge with Dark Wood and Palm Leaf Accents – shared on this blog (translation needed)

Minimalist Modern Dessert Buffet Table in Orange and White – shared on Hostess with the Mostess

Would you say “I do,” on the beach?

Beach-side 4th of July Party Ideas

Is there a better way to celebrate Independence Day then on the beach with sparklers, cold drinks and evening fireworks? I don’t think there could be!

Here’s how I’d like to celebrate:

Beach-side 4th of July Party Ideas

Beach-side 4th of July Party Ideas

See where I found all of these fantastic ideas:

Red, White and Blue Starfish Tablescape – shared by Starfish Cottage

Red, White and Blue Starfish Tablescape – shared by Starfish Cottage

Red, White and Blue Starfish Tablescape – shared by Starfish Cottage

Nautical Starfish Beach Sign – made by MeetMeByeTheSea on Etsy

Nautical Starfish Beach Sign – made by MeetMeByeTheSea on Etsy

Nautical Starfish Beach Sign – made by MeetMeByeTheSea on Etsy

Let the Sparks Fly! Sparkler Holder – shared on Raenovate

Let the Sparks Fly! Sparkler Holder – shared on Raenovate

Let the Sparks Fly! Sparkler Holder – shared on Raenovate

Beach Chair Set Up – shared by Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

Beach Chair Set Up – shared by Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

Beach Chair Set Up – shared by Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

I Dig the USA Shovels – made by HappyLittleArt on Etsy

I Dig the USA Shovels – made by HappyLittleArt on Etsy

I Dig the USA Shovels – made by HappyLittleArt on Etsy

Patriotic Drink Cart – spotted on Pinterest

Patriotic Drink Cart – spotted on Pinterest

Patriotic Drink Cart – spotted on Pinterest

 

How do you celebrate Independence Day?

Seaside Summer Birthday Party

As we get closer to ending the summer season, I thought it would be nice to share some final inspiration boards that would be perfect for summer. This week I was envisioning a birthday party (though I was torn between turning this into an anniversary party!) around sunset by the sea. The waves are crashing as the sun is setting. The temperatures are cooling down and the drinks are chilled. Relaxing music plays in the background as people mingle barefoot in the sand. Here’s what I had in mind:

Seaside Summer Birthday Party

Seaside Summer Birthday Party

See where I found all of these beautiful images for this week’s inspiration board:

Starfish and Sea Glass in the Sand – shared on Farmhouse 38

Starfish and Sea Glass in the Sand – shared on Farmhouse 38

Starfish and Sea Glass in the Sand – shared on Farmhouse 38

Rock Candy and Sea Inspired Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Rock Candy and Sea Inspired Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Rock Candy and Sea Inspired Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Edible Sea Glass – Recipe shared on Make Life Lovely

Edible Sea Glass – Recipe shared on Make Life Lovely

Edible Sea Glass – Recipe shared on Make Life Lovely

Rock Candy Cake – made by Sweet and Saucy Shop

Rock Candy Cake – made by Sweet and Saucy Shop

Rock Candy Cake – made by Sweet and Saucy Shop

Seaside Elegance Tablescape – shared by Designs by Hemingway

Seaside Elegance Tablescape – shared by Designs by Hemingway

Seaside Elegance Tablescape – shared by Designs by Hemingway

What are some of your favorite memories at the beach?

 

Beach Themed {Poolside} Birthday Party

You know what’s NOT fun? Back to school anything. Every year it seems like kids summers are getting shorter and shorter. This year I saw “back to school” ads as early as June! Some kids are still IN school in June. That is just crazy. I ask you, what is the world coming to?

So what does that have to do with anything? Well, moral of the story is we need to help make summer last! I’d make it a national campaign if I had the funding…… Now I get it, not everyone lives beach side, or has beach worthy weather year round, I get it I do. BUT if the weather is right, I think you could host a beach themed birthday party (or end of summer party) up through August, maybe even early September. And why shouldn’t you really? Think of it as a grand finale, a final sunset if you will, to summer.

Here is my mood board for hosting a party such as this:

Beach Themed {Poolside} Birthday Party

Beach Themed {Poolside} Birthday Party

Make sure to check out all of the lovely places I sourced these images from:

Beach Ball Cake Pops – by Bakerella

Sand Cups Party Treats – shared by Rebecca Mealey

Sunburnt Punch – shared by Jaclyn D

Sand Dollar Cookies – seen on Diamonds For Dessert

Palm Tree Straws – seen on Country Woman

Palm Tree Backdrop (with tutorial) – shared by Mimi’s Dollhouse

Summer Cake Pops – by Sweet Whimsy Shop on Etsy

Beach Themed Cookies – by LovinOvenCookies on Etsy

Flip Flop Cookies – shared by Kara’s Party Ideas

DIY Beach Ball Garland – shared on Studio DIY

Crab Sandwiches – seen on this pin

Beach Invitations – by NHACreatives on Etsy

If you could have any one part of summer year round, what would it be and why?