Friday, February 26, 2010

Spring Champagne & Sweets Cocktail Party

I love this idea for a Spring Champagne & Sweets Cocktail Party. This post was originally an idea for a wedding reception but I think this would be great for a Spring Cocktail party with friends.  The simplicity is beautiful.  You could also add more Spring colors too with flowers, etc.  Turquoise anyone?  My favorite parts are the champagne glass tags and the pink flags in the strawberries.  Cute pink decorated mini cupcakes for a final touch would be perfect!  Love!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vintage Postcard Place Cards

What a great idea for unique place cards that can also double as party favors.  Postcards are so colorful.  This would work great for an outdoor Spring party or wedding reception!  Check out the tutorial here at Project Wedding, so easy to make.  Hmmm....a Country Chic theme comes to mind.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spring Party Dress Cupcakes Toppers

Seriously, how cute are these?  They would be perfect for a little girl's Spring Tea Party or a Spring Bridal Shower!  You can find them here at this Etsy shop.  Or it could be an easy DIY project.  Okay, maybe not so easy but it would be worth a try:)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring Tablescape

Here's a Spring Tablescape I created on Saturday.  It was a pretty calm and lazy weekend.  Oh, and very gloomy outside here in Chicago.  So, why not make a colorful Spring tablescape to forget about the Winter weather.  I also wanted to enter something into the Maddycakes Muse Tablescape Contest and didn't have an entry to submit:)  Anyway, here is what I came up with.
Chair ties with gerbera daisy.
I hung ribbon and flowers over the table.  Colors were lime green, coral pink and turquoise blue.

I found the cute glitter egg stickers at the Dollar Tree.

I was trying to get a pic of what the whole thing looked like together but it came out really dark.  Also, there is too much going on in the background (bookshelves).  I had lime green fabric for a background but for the life of me could not get it to stay up (sigh).  Oh, well you kinda get it.

I used glue dots and glitter for the small votives and food coloring for the votives with the floating candles.

Ribbon on the tablecloth.

Friday, February 19, 2010

DIY Spring Votives

This is a cute idea for a Spring table or to place around a party as part of the decor'.  Gerber daisies come in so many different colors so you can definitely mix it up. See directions here.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring Color Inspiration

I love lime green, coral and turquoise together for a Spring look.  I found a book of scrapbook paper with these colors incorporated into different patterns today at Home Goods.  The patterns are from the Penny Lane Collection on  Check out the website.  There are some great paper patterns.  A cute idea would be to make paper birdies out of the different patterns and colors and glue them onto white spray painted branches and put into a glass vase for a center piece look.  Tie lime green, coral and turquoise ribbon around the vase to add detail.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sigh...Thoughts of Spring Dancing in my Head

I can't wait until Spring.  The pastel colors, flowers blooming and trees becoming green again.  Unfortunately in Chicago we won't see signs of Spring until late April or so....ugh.  Oh well, I can dream for now.  Below is a cute place setting for a Spring/Easter table from Better Homes and Gardens.  I love the pink and blue and the monogrammed egg used as a place card.  The napkin ring tag is made with vellum and an embosser is used to press a message into it.  Very sweet....and there are so many Spring messages that can be used.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's Fat Tuesday...

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!  If there were ever a holiday more appropriate for throwing parties and decorating with colorful glitz and glimmer it's Mardi Gras.  Eat King Cake, gumbo, jambalaya and drink lots of hurricanes.  "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll)! 

centerpiece: prop factory

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pink and Orange Valentine's Day Inspiration

Instead of the typical color pallette of red and pink try changing it up by having a pink and orange Valentine's Day for your sweetie!

Rose Petal Cupcakes - Woman's Day
Flower Lollipop Cards with Names and Treat bags - Martha Stewart

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I Heart these Mardi Gras Cupcakes...

I love, love and love these Mardi Gras cupcakes I found here.  These would be perfect on a Mardi Gras themed dessert/sweets table in the colors of purple, green and gold of course.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Conversation Piece

Cute Valentine's Day arrangement.  I love the pastel colors.  So soft and pretty and tulips are one of my favorite flowers.  Check out the instructions at Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Throw Me Something Mister!

One of the best things about Mardi Gras is all of the trinkets you can get by just going to one parade.  The parades are put together by Krewes which are social groups that practice and celebrate all of the traditions of Mardi Gras.  Every year a King and Queen is selected to reign over the Krewe for the parade and Mardi Gras ball.

A few things you can rack up on when you go to a parade are pictured above.  Doubloons are aluminum coins with an imprint of the Krewe's logo or crest on them.  These come in so many different colors and designs.

Cups are thrown from floats.  These are also designed with the Krewe's logo on them or they come in different Mardi Gras colors.  Another unique throw is painted coconuts.  These are only thrown in New Orleans for the Krewe of Zulu parade.  They're very creative
And of course Mardi Gras beads.  There are so many different types of beads.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  If there is a certain theme you enjoy I'm sure there is a Mardi Gras bead that reflects that theme.  Beads are the most prized possessions during Mardi Gras.  The bigger and shinier, the better!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Party

The Hurricane cocktail is a signature drink of New Orleans and Mardi Gras.  The drink was invented by Pat O'Brien's bar (great website) in New Orleans during World War II and was named after the shape of the hurricane lamp.  It's also served in a glass that resembles the hurricane lamp.  Pat O'Brien's is still open today in the French Quarter.  It has an awesome courtyard.  To make this cocktail you can use a Pat O'Brien's mix and just add rum and crushed ice or here are the ingredients.

- 2 oz light rum
- 2 oz dark rum
- 2 oz passion fruit juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp simple syrup
- 1 tbsp grenadine
- Garnish: orange slice and cherry

Shake all the ingredients into a hurricane glass with crushed ice and garnish with a cherry and an orange slice, umbrella and mardi gras beads. 
It makes a pretty presentation to center a mardi gras party around.  Love it!  And they are so yummy too.