11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

Hold on tight! The holidays are going to be in full swing in less than 12 hours. To me, it’s always Thanksgiving day that kicks off the mode of full on Christmas mixed with holiday spirit and mayhem. To help keep your holiday season fun and exciting, and maybe mix up some of your traditional parties, I’ve put together 11 Christmas party stations that your guests will love. From food to activities, each of these fun stations will offer your guests something on both an interactive and a personal level. From customizing their own unique wreath, to creating the ultimate more, you really can’t go wrong. And to those of you with little ones, not to worry! I’ve included a few ideas tailored specifically to children. Better yet, many of these stations can be adjusted slightly to fit both your adult and child demographics.

Here they are:

See where I found each of these great ideas on the links next to their name:

Holiday Wreath Making Stations – as featured on BizBash

Merry Mail Table Station – as shared by Craft Fabulous

Christmas Gift Wrap Station – as shown on The Handmade Home

Christmas Tree Play Dough Kit Station – as shared by the Mustard Seed Family blog

Cookie Decorating Table Station – as explained by Oh Meaghan

Deck the Halls Ornament Making Station – as shared by the Scrappy Geek

Hot Chocolate Bar Station – as shared on Liz Marie Blog

Holiday Gingerbread House Decorating Table Station – as shared by Stephanie Lynn

Kids Holiday Card Making Party Station – as shared by Sugar Aunts

S’mores Bar Food Station – as featured in a roundup post by Tulle and Chantilly

Children’s Ornament Making Station – as shared by Frog Prince Paperie

Need more party activity ideas? I’ve got a whole board dedicated to them on Pinterest, check it out!

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

What are you favorite Christmas and holiday party activities?

 

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Modern and Clean Thanksgiving Decor in Maroon and Turquoise Blue

As we find ourselves in that final stretch before Christmas madness takes over, it’s important to remember that all of the stress we put on ourselves during the holiday season is not as significant as who is around us. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and forget that all these get togethers and parties are there for us to connect with our friends and family, not to show off or one-up someone’s pumpkin pie. With that mindset at the forefront of your thoughts, allow me to present to you the concept and idea for this week’s Thanksgiving decor idea board.

For this week’s theme, I choose to create a calming but welcoming effect with this modern and clean styling Thanksgiving decor. Maroon and turquoise blue are the heroes of this color palette, with crisp whites and silvery greys accent in the background, merging with the inevitable orange hues of natural autumn decor. Creating such a warm and inviting environment for you and your guests to share can help foster a relaxed and more intimate visit, with the focus on each others company, and not overwhelming decor. Why not try it in these shades?

Here’s what I had in mind for a modern and clean Thanksgiving decor in maroon and turquoise blue:

Modern and Clean Thanksgiving Decor in Maroon and Turquoise Blue

Modern and Clean Thanksgiving Decor in Maroon and Turquoise Blue

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

Turquoise Blue Macaron Tower – featured on OPRAH

Turquoise and Fuchsia Rustic Tablescape – shared in a roundup post by Happy Wedd

Teal, Turquoise, and Maroon Thanksgiving Dinner Printable Invitation – created and sold by inglishdigidesign on Etsy

Modern Thanksgiving and Autumn Table in Grey, White, Blue, and Maroon – spotted on Pinterest

Blue Front Door with Modern Autumn Wreath Decor and Pumpkins – shared in a roundup post by Brit+co

Vibrant Blue Pumpkin with Sequin Details – shared by Squirrelly Minds

Looking for more modern takes on Thanksgiving decor? Or perhaps you find you’re looking for more traditional decor? I’ve got plenty of suggestions for both! Take a look at my Fall party inspiration gallery. Or better yet, pin along with me on Pinterest to see more inspiration!

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

With Halloween just behind us, and Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about what your Thanksgiving dinner is going to look like. If you are looking to mix up the traditional rustic orange color palette and go for something more modern, you’ll love the Thanksgiving party decor idea board I have put together for this week. Shades of light blue, mixed with a dark navy blue and hints of taupe and ivory combine to create this modern Thanksgiving dinner styling. To me, having lots of pumpkins in various sizes and colors help make this a cohesive look. I’d love to see the buffet have a few pops of blue or a gentle metallic accent, perhaps in the plates. To add just a touch of freshness, the pumpkin succulent planters have been incorporated. A fun dessert display is always in good taste, and this hanging dessert buffet stays within the color palette, but brings that modern touch with its clean lines. Beyond Thanksgiving, this is a great concept for transitioning from the end of summer into the fall season.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Décor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Décor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

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

Light Blue and Navy Blue Pumpkin Centerpiece Tablescape – shared by casadeperrin on Instagram

Modern Pumpkin Food Buffet Display for Thanksgiving – shared on About.com

Blue, Taupe, Metallic, and Ivory Pumpkin Display – spotted on Pinterest

Blue Ladder Hanging Dessert Display – shared on The Knotty Bride

Modern Ivory Paper Wreath – tutorial shared by HGTV

Modern Pumpkin Centerpiece with Succulent – shared by A Shade of Teal

Have you incorporated blue into your Thanksgiving décor?

 

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Rockets and Ribbons – Patriotic 4th of July Party Ideas

Can you believe that the 4th of July is less than a month away?

With all of the tragic events that have occurred in our country in the last week, especially in Orlando, I felt as if it was necessary to create an inspired, red white and blue themed party. As our country mourns the deaths of countless individuals from the Orlando shootings, I think it’s important to highlight our ability to come together as a community, and as a nation.

This week I have created a party idea board for Fourth of July celebrations, with an emphasis for family friendly festivities. It’s so important for our country to come together and rejoice in the many freedoms we are fortunate to have, especially in times like these. This family-centered patriotic party idea board has two elements I’m quite fond of: rocket fireworks and free flowing ribbons!

I loved seeing so many great takes on fireworks as party décor, that I just knew I had to incorporate them in this week’s party idea board. To balance out their straight, rigid lines, I’ve brought in free flowing ribbons in red, white, and blue to soften the design.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Rockets and Ribbons – Patriotic 4th of July Party Ideas

Rockets and Ribbons – Patriotic 4th of July Party Ideas

Be sure to stop by and see where I found each of these elements in this week’s patriotic party idea board in red, white, and blue:

Fabric Rockets for the Garden – shared by HGTV

Patriotic Tissue Paper Tassel Garland – tutorial shared by Landeelu

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Centerpiece with Fireworks and Rockets – found on Pinterest (no link working)

4th of July Candy Rockets – tutorial shared by All Things G&D

Firework Photo Outdoor Stand Photo backdrop – available on Lemondrop Backdrops

4th of July Bike Parade Décor – spotted on Pinterest (link not working)

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Ribbon Garlands with Market Lights – shared in a roundup post on Babble

If you need more ideas for Independence Day, or any red, white, and blue patriotic party, check out my board on Pinterest lots of inspiration.

How do you like to celebrate Independence Day?

Sweets for Your Sweetie – Valentine’s Day Dessert Soiree Ideas

What is it about Valentine’s Day that makes everything have to be sugar coated? Fruit? Muffins? Exchanged words? EVERYTHING just has a sweetness to it, which –don’t get me wrong- it’s welcomed, but it can sometimes borderline on TOO much. And I’m sure for some people, at some point, it is too much. But sometimes, everything is just perfect and that extra sweetness just works perfectly and is welcomed with open arms.

Enough about sweets……yeah who am I kidding. That should have read: SO BRING ON THE SWEETS!

Sweets are the hero of this week party idea board for Valentine’s Day. This soiree can be scaled up or down in size for all sorts of events, though my favorite would be a stay at home bake-a-thon with your sweetie, whipping up one scrumptious dessert after the other, and enjoying the creations that you made together. But hearts are universal, and are easily included in themed baby showers, bridal parties, girl’s night, or even a festive family and friends gathering.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Sweets for Your Sweetie - Valentine's Day Dessert Soiree Ideas

Sweets for Your Sweetie – Valentine’s Day Dessert Soiree Ideas

If you find yourself in need of some clever Valentine’s Day inspired breakfast ideas, check out my post covering what I believe to be the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to all these great sources of inspiration and tutorials for this week’s idea board:

Strawberry Hearts Valentine Snacks – tutorial shared by Modern Parents Messy Kids

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Heart Cake Surprise Cake – tutorial and recipe shared on Mom Loves Baking

Red Sugar Rimmed Cocktails – shared on Bird’s Party

Sweet Cherry Pie Pastry Envelope – recipe and tutorial shared by Liz Bushong

Valentine Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apples – created and sold by BigBearChocolates on Etsy

Candy Hearts Table Décorspotted on Pinterest

Valentine’s Popcorn White Chocolate Popcorn – recipe shared by Gimme Some Oven

Red Hearts Valentine’s Day Décor – shared on Advice from a Twenty Something

Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – recipe shared by Life, Love and Sugar

DIY Valentine’s Day Table Candy Décor – tutorial shared by The DIY Dish

Valentine’s Day Balloon Heart –tutorial shared by The House That Lars Built

Red and White Valentine’s Day Place Setting – shared by Pier 1 Imports on Pinterest

Candy and Tulips Table Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

Valentine’s Day: do you love it or hate it?

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?