Rustic Sunflower and Navy Country Sunset Reception

“Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower.” This quote resonates seamlessly with this week’s wedding and party idea board. Picture a rustic country soiree, with lots of lanterns filled with candles, and vibrant sunflowers everywhere you look. Hints of navy help balance out the bright yellows in the sunflowers, and add pops of color to the rustic elements.

I’d love to see this summer celebration take place outside on a beautiful country property, perhaps with rolling hills and a vintage barn a little off in the distance.  If you felt so compelled to, this party idea board could easily transform into a rustic country wedding filled with the same sunflowers and navy blue elements. A natural branch altar adorned with sunflowers and navy ribbons would be all you need to add. And I’ll be the first to say I’m not normally one to choose country anything, but sunflowers have always been a favorite of mine. They have such a happy energy that they seem to radiate out, naturally making them the perfect flower to be at the center of this event design. I can only imagine what the ambiance would be like after the sun sets, as the candles are all flickering and enhancing the glow of the sunflowers that are everywhere you look. I bet it would be magical!

Here’s what I had in mind for this summer soiree idea board:

Rustic Country - Sunflower and Navy Soiree at Sunset

Rustic Country – Sunflower and Navy Soiree at Sunset

Be sure to stop by and see where I found each of these images for more information:

Rustic Brown Weathered Wood and Metal Candle Lantern – sold by LittleBitMyStyle on Etsy

Yellow and Navy Summer Centerpiece and Tablescape with Sunflowers – shared by Southern Bride and Groom Magazine

Country Place Setting – shared on Burnett’s Board

Popcorn Bar – available by Grand Rapids Popcorn

Country Lanterns with Candles and Sunflower Vignette – spotted on Pinterest

DIY Sunflower Save the Date Printable Postcard – created and sold by VGInvites on Etsy

Rustic Sunflower Cupcake Dessert Bar – shared in a roundup post by Deer Pearl Flowers

What is your favorite summer flower?

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A Garnet Inspired Birthday Party for the January Princess

Happy Birthday to ME!

This inspiration board is fantastic, if I do say so myself. I made it completely centered on my birthday. I’m a January baby, who loves her garnet birthstone. If I had excessive amounts of money to spend on a lavish birthday, this would be what I would want this year. Luxury, rich jewel tones with fabulous floral and cases of delicious wine. What more would a princess want on her birthday?

Oh- I know! The perfect dress to wear to such a party! Check!

Here’s what I had in mind:

A Garnet Inspired Birthday Party for the January Princess by Unique Pastiche Events

A Garnet Inspired Birthday Party for the January Princess by Unique Pastiche Events

Check out where I found all of the elements in this idea board:

Burgundy / Garnet Edible Sugar Jewels Candies – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Burgundy / Garnet Edible Sugar Jewels Candies – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Burgundy / Garnet Edible Sugar Jewels Candies – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Conundrum Decanter – sold by Firebox

Conundrum Decanter – sold by Firebox

Conundrum Decanter – sold by Firebox

Floral Jewel Tone Tablescape – spotted on Pinterest

Floral Jewel Tone Tablescape – spotted on Pinterest

Floral Jewel Tone Tablescape – spotted on Pinterest

Red Decorations and Cake Table – shared on 9WeddingWebsites

Red Decorations and Cake Table – shared on 9WeddingWebsites

Red Decorations and Cake Table – shared on 9WeddingWebsites

Garnet Envelope – sold on Envelopes.com

Garnet Envelope – sold on Envelopes.com

Garnet Envelope – sold on Envelopes.com

Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Cocktail Dress in Red Velvet – shared on Net-A-Porter

Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Cocktail Dress in Red Velvet – shared on Net-A-Porter

Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Cocktail Dress in Red Velvet – shared on Net-A-Porter

What is your birthstone?

Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas

Hello! And Merry Christmas! As Christmas Eve is drawing nearer to completion, and everyone is getting snuggled up in their comfiest of PJs, why not gather the family together and have a little midnight par-tay? Ok, maybe not AT midnight, but late night, when it is dark, and cold out and it’s about “that time” to get everyone to bed.

What if you had a little family PJ party, with some warm milk and a few cookies? A few cookies mind you – you’ve gotta leave some for Santa! This would be such a fun bonding opportunity for your family or just your other half, and a great new tradition. You don’t even have to open presents. Just get some cookies, your PJs and sit around the lit tree with all the other lights off. It’s a pretty magical moment. Plus, you can get some uber cute pictures of the little ones!

Here’s what I had in mind: (and yes – paper plates and small servings are PERFECT for this last minute get together!)

Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

 

I found these fabulous elements here:

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

What type of family traditions do you share with your loved ones on Christmas Eve?

Comic Book Party Ideas

So it turns out tomorrow, September 25th, is National Comic Book Day! Who knew? I didn’t know they had this holiday, but apparently it’s been around for a while. Did you know it was an official day?

I thought I would put together an inspiration board to help get your creative juices flowing if you were throwing a little get together to celebrate. This could also be a helpful resource if you were having a super hero party, a hero party, a villains party….or really a lot of kid party ideas. Here’s what I’m thinking:

Comic Book Party Ideas

Comic Book Party Ideas

 

See where these fantastic images were found:

Superhero POW! Comic Book Piñata – made and sold by LaLasParty on Etsy

Superhero POW! Comic Book Piñata – made and sold by LaLasParty on Etsy

Superhero POW! Comic Book Piñata – made and sold by LaLasParty on Etsy

Comic Book Favor Tags – made and sold by cakeadoodledoo on Etsy

Comic Book Favor Tags – made and sold by cakeadoodledoo on Etsy

Comic Book Favor Tags – made and sold by cakeadoodledoo on Etsy

Superhero Photo Invitation Printable – made and sold by DigiGoose on Etsy

Superhero Photo Invitation Printable – made and sold by DigiGoose on Etsy

Superhero Photo Invitation Printable – made and sold by DigiGoose on Etsy

DIY City Skyline Photo Backdrop – shared on the Evite blog

DIY City Skyline Photo Backdrop – shared on the Evite blog

DIY City Skyline Photo Backdrop – shared on the Evite blog

 

Super Hero Comic Book Food Labels – my and sold by DizzyDesignStudio on Etsy

Super Hero Comic Book Food Labels – my and sold by DizzyDesignStudio on Etsy

Super Hero Comic Book Food Labels – my and sold by DizzyDesignStudio on Etsy

 Want even MORE ideas for a super hero or villain party? Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to this theme HERE.

Easy Memorial Day Picnic Ideas

Do you have big plans for Memorial Day weekend? If you still aren’t sure what you want to do, why not get a bunch of family and friends together, and have a great backyard picnic?

This week I’ve put together some easy to make ideas for you to try out. Make sure to click the links below to see where each of these fantastic ideas came from:

Easy Memorial Day Picnic Ideas

Easy Memorial Day Picnic Ideas

Get more information via the links below:

Memorial Day Wind Yard Décor – shared by Multiples & More

Memorial Day Wind Yard Décor – shared by Multiples & More

Memorial Day Wind Yard Décor – shared by Multiples & More

3-D Paper Star Decorations – shared by Martha Stewart

3-D Paper Star Decorations – shared by Martha Stewart

3-D Paper Star Decorations – shared by Martha Stewart

Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries – shared by For The Love Of

Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries – shared by For The Love Of

Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries – shared by For The Love Of

Glittery Jar Candle Craft – shared by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Glittery Jar Candle Craft – shared by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Glittery Jar Candle Craft – shared by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Star Spangled Apple Pie – shared by Annie’s Eats

Star Spangled Apple Pie – shared by Annie’s Eats

Star Spangled Apple Pie – shared by Annie’s Eats

Lawn Stars – tutorial shared by Sunset

Lawn Stars – tutorial shared by Sunset

Lawn Stars – tutorial shared by Sunset

Fresh Fruit and Watermelon Cake – shared by Apron Strings

Fresh Fruit and Watermelon Cake – shared by Apron Strings

Fresh Fruit and Watermelon Cake – shared by Apron Strings

Jean Bean Bag Toss Game – spotted on Pinterest

Jean Bean Bag Toss Game – spotted on Pinterest

Jean Bean Bag Toss Game – spotted on Pinterest

Layered Patriotic Drinks – shared by In Katrina’s Kitchen

Layered Patriotic Drinks – shared by In Katrina’s Kitchen

Layered Patriotic Drinks – shared by In Katrina’s Kitchen

How do you celebrate Memorial Day?

High Tea Lunch {With the Girls}

First there were the holidays, then New Years, back to work, back to school, Easter…you’ve probably been running around like crazy keeping busy! When was the last time you had a great lunch with you girlfriends where you could just nibble on some great food and chat and catch up?

I bet it has been too long!

Why not get them together over at your place, and have a cute high tea luncheon! You only need to invite a handful of ladies. Make sure to have a selection of teas and sandwiches, and some pretty sweets to nibble on. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up some lovely fresh flowers for the table!

Don’t worry, if you don’t have enough tea cups, a quick trip to your local thrift shop can fix that problem.

So pencil in a date with your girlfriends and start searching tea sandwich recipes. Here’s my inspiration board for a high tea lunch with the girls:

High Tea Lunch {With the Girls}

High Tea Lunch {With the Girls}

See where all of these images of inspiration were found:

Tea Cup with Cherry Blossom – spotted on Pinterest

Tea Cup with Cherry Blossom – spotted on Pinterest

Tea Cup with Cherry Blossom – spotted on Pinterest

Sweet Rose Tea Cup Cupcake Wrapper Printable – made by EdesignGraphics on Etsy

Sweet Rose Tea Cup Cupcake Wrapper Printable – made by EdesignGraphics on Etsy

Sweet Rose Tea Cup Cupcake Wrapper Printable – made by EdesignGraphics on Etsy

Tea Pot and Cup Cookies – spotted on Pinterest

Tea Pot and Cup Cookies – spotted on Pinterest

Tea Pot and Cup Cookies – spotted on Pinterest

Watermelon Tea Pot (plus instructions) – shared on Watermelon.org

Watermelon Tea Pot (plus instructions) – shared on Watermelon.org

Watermelon Tea Pot (plus instructions) – shared on Watermelon.org

Gold and Crystal Cookie Display – spotted on Indulgy

Gold and Crystal Cookie Display – spotted on Indulgy

Gold and Crystal Cookie Display – spotted on Indulgy

Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches – spotted on Indulgy

Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches – spotted on Indulgy

Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches – spotted on Indulgy

Regal Tea Sandwiches – shared by My Little Review Corner

Regal Tea Sandwiches – shared by My Little Review Corner

Regal Tea Sandwiches – shared by My Little Review Corner

 

What would your go to sandwich be if you could only have one?

 

A New Year’s Eve Party in Black and Gold {with a hint of stars}

Happy New Year!

Did you have fun last night? I hope so!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet, but I wanted to share with you one of my “someday” party ideas for my own home. I would LOVE to host a glitz, black and gold New Year’s Eve party with lots of shimmery little star accents.

Here’s what I have in mind:

A New Year’s Eve Party in Black and Gold {with a hint of stars}

A New Year’s Eve Party in Black and Gold {with a hint of stars}

And I would award myself extra points if I could work this into a yard somehow:

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Click through these links to see where I found these pretty pictures at:

New Year’s Party Invitation – made by FallForDesign on Etsy

Black, Gold and White Tablescape – seen here on Northern Light

Gold Side Table Display – shared by The Guardian here

Black and Gold Spiky Decorative Ball – made by kissadesign on Etsy

Gold Table Setting – seen here on 100 Layer Cake

Gold Star and Black Sphere Garland – sold here on Big Cartel

Gold Glitter Cake Pops – made by ChasingPinkFireFlies on Etsy

 

Would you host a New Year’s Eve party in this theme?