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Hostess with the Mostess & My Lumberjack Party

Last call to enter my giveaway for a free $25 Wagamama gift card!

For the last few years I’ve been reading a great resource for party planning – Hostess with the Mostess – so I was tickled pink (or maybe in this case I should say plaid) that they featured the Lumberjack Party I threw earlier this year!

hostesswiththemostesslumberjackCheck it out here!

I’m currently perusing Hostess with the Mostess for some Thanksgiving dinner decoration inspiration. I’m hosting this year for the first time – so it will be an adventure!

The site if full of inspiration – like these adorable doughnut hole acorn treats.

Loads of adorable inspiration details for fall parties.

And these delicious looking Apple Pie Pops
(when a regular pie just feels too conventional).

And while Harry Potter isn’t exactly Thanksgiving themed (although most fans agree they feel the urge to re-read the series in the fall) this amazing HP themed birthday party looks so fun!

Or this unique Duck Hunting birthday party!

The inspiration is endless! And I’m thrilled to be a part(y) of it.

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL!!

I have three Thanksgiving dinner celebrations this year and the first one is this weekend! Here’s to loads of pumpkin pie, gravy and cranberry! What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

A Vegetable Garden Baby Shower

A few weekends ago my lovely friend Eva, who blogs at La Vie Urbane, and I threw our friend Johanna a baby shower.

Our friend, the mom-to-be, just finished getting her Nutrition degree and is a vegetarian/mostly vegan, and cooks the most delicious and unique dishes! The vegetable theme started as a joke… and it stuck!

We decided to use a yellow and green color scheme to keeps things springy (with the added advantage that I own a lot of yellow and green items already). We also added some blues into the mix since a baby BOY is on the way!

The shower was a luncheon. Instead of using a traditional centerpiece, we were inspired by the decorations at this baby shower.

The cascading circle streamers are made of regular white copy paper and fishing line. They were simply taped on with scotch tape and then hung at varying lengths to the chandelier.

And of course no vegetable shower is complete without lots of fresh goodies! We served quiche, cucumber sandwiches, pesto pasta salad, fruit tarts, yogurt parfaits, lemon bars, carrot cake muffins, and vegetables, of course!

Eva made these adorable soup can vases and filled them with daisies. They were spread throughout the house along with candles in ball jars from her wedding.

Sidenote: I can’t believe it was only a year ago that I threw her a Bicycle Bridal Shower! Seems like ages ago!

The sideboard was decorated with more vegetable seed packet artwork. The BABY frame is made out of letters cut from regular paper and backed with scrapbook paper.

200 points to anyone who noticed we have upper doors on our sideboard cabinets now! Another post for another day.

The mantle was decorated with my wedding accordion wheels (the DIY gift that keeps on giving) and a new bunting (tutorial to come).

In keeping with the seed theme, I purchased a few terracotta pots and straw raffia from the Christmas Tree Shoppe (I like to buy reusable party decor items). I printed out the B-A-B-Y-! circles and taped them to wooden rods. Then I cut out green leaves and taped them to the stick. Nothing fancy here people!

We also made some beloved Tissue Paper PomPoms. We hung them from tension rods that were put inside the window molding. (Anything to protect all my freshly painted window trim! I know I’m not alone!)

We played a few party games, including a Baby Predictions game. And all the guests wrote inside the cover of a children’s book as a memento for Mom and Dad.

On their way home, guests grabbed a bag of Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn. If you didn’t hear me singing it’s praises on Friday, hear me now!! YUM!

The funniest part of the day was while we were making the food. In the bag of carrots we found what appeared to be a pair of legs and a little carrot booty.

We had a wonderful time celebrating!

And why is watching your friends open gifts nearly as exciting as opening them yourselves?

We played the “clothespin game” where you weren’t allowed to say the word “cute”. Let’s just say I wasn’t in the game for long when the gifts started being opened!

Wedding DIY Signage

One way to add lots of personality to your wedding day is DIY signage and printed pieces.

All you need is a creative mind and a printer! (And if you don’t have a creative mind there are loads of graphic designers looking to make some extra moolah.)

For the place settings I made my own namecards and table names. (Our tables were names after locations that were sentimental to us.)

I created a menu that was folded into the napkins by our venue. Having a menu is another way to add some graphic interest to your tablescape. (That’s a graphic design nerd sentence if I ever heard one.)

I bought a Martha Stewart punch and made scalloped edges on our menus.

We also created our own wedding Mad Libs and they were put at each place settings. I put them here in hopes of helping any lag in entrance time or meal time. We had a blast reading them after we returned from our honeymoon!

I also bought some large black pictures frames from the clearance aisle at Joann Fabrics before our wedding. (I also bought them with the intention of using them in our home post-wedding. Stretching the worthiness of the cost even more.)

Then, I made lots of “posters”, that matched our invitations and general aesthetic, and placed them around the room in key places like the favors table, the coffee bar, the namecards table, so on.

I also made lips and mustaches-on-a-stick for our photo booth! (As seen in the image above.)

I added some visual interest to the bar by creating signs for all of our Signature Drinks to encourage our guests to give our specialty drinks a shot.

(My favorite was “The Claymore”, as tasty iced coffee beverage.)

Lastly, I created these “luggage-style” tags to decorate our favors – bags of carnival kettlecorn.

While designing all these pieces took a bit of time, the result was loads of personality infused into our venue at a very low cost. Paper projects are a very easy and inexpensive way to turn a generic venue into somewhere that says “you”.

(I use this general principle at most parties that I hold – not just weddings.)

(And for any other nerdy graphic designers out there – I stuck to the fonts Market Deco and Fling.)

Top 9: Farewell Party to Summer

I am protesting the end of summer.

While grocery shopping this week the stockboys were putting out Halloween candy. HALLOWEEN candy.

Then, I get home and start going through my (shamelessly overstocked) Google Reader. Bloggers are already blogging about fall projects.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s been far too long since I’ve done a Top 9. Today my Top 9 is based on a theme for a Goodbye Summer party. 😦 Wahh.

The theme is sunset-based, because summer should be an eternal sunset. (So poetic. I know.) Why? Well, I only get to see sunsets during the summer. Otherwise I leave work when it’s dark. Sunsets happen at the end of the day, this party it happening at the end of summer. And if you want to get real scientific, the days are starting to get short again, thus a sunset theme.

I’m nothing if not well thought-out. Either that, or I am a champion of meager excuses for a party…

1. First you’d need awesome, summery invitations like these to invite your favorite peeps over.

2. I think it would be fun to decorate my deck with some of these lovely sunset-colored mobiles from LilSproutCreation. With the goldenrod, coral and tangerine hues of this beauty, I think you could even sneak this into your fall decor.

3. I would serve this refreshingly tasty looking Creamsicle trifile by Amy Atlas. The colors are beautiful! Is there anything more classically summer than a creamsicle popsicle?

4. This beautiful necklace by Alyssa’s Gems and Jewels would adorn my neck and add instant “summer celebration” to any outfit. (How is it that I’ve never heard of Maple Turquoise before? It’s lovely.)

5. Ahhh, the quintessential summer activity. Friendship bracelets. I’d love to sit around a campfire and make some chevron bracelets like these babies by LARaised. (I think it’s hilarious that these are a “style trend” right now. I think people just want to dress like they are 12 again and call it a “trend”. Not that I am opposed. I still have one.)

6. A kitschy patchwork tablecloth with hues of goldenrod and pink, like this one from CakeforBreakfast, would help set the tone.

7. I would also serve this Taste-a-Rainbow cupcakes from Family Fun magazine.

8. A pretty orange dress, like one this from AmandaArcher, would help soften the wardrobe blow in the transition from summer to fall.

9. Lastly, I’d thank my friends for coming with these “Cheerio” cards from TheDesignConspiracy. I love the yellow printing and custom screenprinted type.

Around this time of year I am grateful to live in New England. The leaves start turning and we can still go to the beach for at least another six weeks. (Yes! I have swam in the ocean in October before!)

Three cheers for an Indian Summer!