May Day Celebration

May is here and it is full of celebrations like graduations, Mother’s Day and end of school parties.  Before the craziness begins, celebrate the first day of May with your girlfriends.  Enjoy this tasty Lemonade Champagne Cocktail from Sandra Lee.

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She also has a recipe for a May Day Centerpiece Cake.

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Martha shares the recipe for this Maypole Cake and Cupcakes.

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An old May Day custom is to hang a basket on a loved ones door.  Martha also shares some great ideas on how to make your own May Basket.

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As we say good bye to April Showers, I hope that everyone has a wonderful start to May!

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Throw a Cinco De Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to throw a party, eat Mexican food and drink margarita’s.  Here are some tips to help you plan your party.

Evite has a variety of invites that you can choose from for Cinco de Mayo.

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Decorate with lots of wonderful colors, and include fun items like sombreros, Mexican blankets and pinatas.

This Cinco de Mayo Table Topper would add great color to your table.  You can make it easily with dry beans.

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Hostess Jo has fiesta items like this one on sale right now!

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Entertain Exchange has a tutorial on how to make these easy and fun centerpieces.

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If you are having a large party, don’t foget to hire a Mariachi band to really get your guests in the mood.

Pinatas are a Mexican tradition so this is always great to have for the kids or the adults.  Martha Stewart has instructions on how to make your own pinata.

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Of course, for food their are so many great recipes to serve.  Have a buffet and serve fajitas with beans, guacamole and queso to go with it.  Don’t forget the margaritas!!

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Toast Mexican culture and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style!!

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 5:55 am  Comments (1)  

Butterfly Party

I am planning my twin girls 2nd birthday right now and  I will share all my ideas for their party soon. For now, I wanted to share what I did for them last year.  We celebrated their 1st birthday with a butterfly theme.  Their room is decorated in butterfly’s so I thought this would be perfect for their party especially since it was in the spring.

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The table is set with a cookie bouquet, the cakes and books for the guests to write birthday wishes to each of the girls.

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Here is a closer look at the cookie bouquet.  It has butterfly garden ornaments that are in the back with cookies cut out like butterflies, flowers and ladybugs.  Next to the cookie bouquet are the girls baby books so everyone could see all that has happened in their first year of their life.

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The cake is make with hand made flowers and edible butterflies.

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This is a fruit display with pineapples cut out like butterflies.  I also served cheese and crackers in the shapes of butterflies and flowers.

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When the kids arrived, I had activities ready for them like decorating foam butterflies.

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We always have a pinata at our parties and the kids love when it is time for the pinata.

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This isn’t a great picture but for party favors I bought butterfly nets and filled them with candy and spring toys for the kids.

Unfortunately, both of the birthday girls were sick during the party with ear infections but I think everyone else still enjoyed the party!

Published in: on April 8, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Get ready for April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day is Wednesday and I am trying to remind myself that it will be here soon because my brother always seems to get me with some type of practical joke.  If you are a prankster and this is one of your favorite holidays then here are some ideas to help you plan your fun for the day.

Start with food that will surprise everyone.  Your family or friends might think they are getting a sweet chocolate cupcake but it is actually a Meatloaf Cupcake with mashed potatoes

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This Hot Dog recipe will have everyone wondering what the odd ingredient is???

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For dessert, serve Baked Potato Ice Cream Sundaes.

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Kids will really be confused when they are served these Faux Fish Sticks.

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Martha Stewart also has some other great ideas for some practical jokes.

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For those of you who love to play pranks to the unsuspecting friends and family, have fun and try to have a little compassion for those of us who can be gullible.

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Outdoor Celebrations

I have spring fever right now and I can’t get enough of the beautiful weather today.  I just want to be outside which leads me to my post for today which is outdoor celebrations.  I came across these ideas from Country Living to take the party outside.

This is a great spring tablescape using bales of hay for seating.

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Sunflowers just make me happy and these sunflower cupcakes would be a tasty spring treat.

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A simple tablecloth with vibrant flowers dress this picnic table up with little effort.

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No matter what your theme is, take the party outside and enjoy some beautiful weather.

Published in: on March 18, 2009 at 6:19 am  Comments (3)  

Pajama Party

Lisa emailed me asking for help with her daughter’s first sleep over.  Her daughter is 6 and she wanted to make sure that all the girls had a great time.  This is a milestone for both the parents and the child as they spend their first night away from the parents to stay with friends.

If you are sending out invitations, Tiny Prints has a great Sleepover Invitation.

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Kids love to have fun foods at sleepovers like pizza, popcorn, chips and sweets.  Make sure that your guests don’t have any food allergies.  Family Fun has some ideas for a great slumber party including a  Sleepover Cake that would make a great dessert.

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Girls love to play dress up so set up an area for the girls to experiment with make up and crazy hair styles.  Another idea is to buy white pillow cases and let everyone decorate their own pillowcase with fabric paint.  Everyone will get to take a memento home from the sleepover.

Get a movie that is suitable for everyone and let them watch the movie surrounded by pillows and blankets.

When they FINALLY get up in the morning, treat them to donuts or pancakes.

Parents.com also has some great ideas for a pajama party.

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Be sure to take pictures and try to get a little rest while the kids have an exciting first sleepover.

Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

“The Final Rose” – Batchelor Watching Party

It has come down to the Final Rose for The Batchelor.  I am a hopeless romantic and hope that he finds true love (even if this is a reality show). Invite your girlfriends over to see what the outcome will be.  Use red as the main color for decorations and make sure that you incorporate roses.

Social Couture has some great designs and items for sale for a Red Dinner Party.

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Use this Rose Ball Candle Set from Wrapables to set the mood at the party. They also have a beautiful Red Rose-Tini Martini Glass that would fit well with the theme.

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Use these Diamond Napkin Rings as decorations and then send them home with your girlfriends as a party gift.

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Be sure to check out The Bachelor party that Kendall had.  I love all the creative ideas that she used for her party.

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Make the most of a fun night with your girlfriends!!!

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Mardi Gras Party

It’s time to plan a Mardi Gras Party.  This year Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 24th.  Start off with festive invitations from Paper Style.

mardigras-paperstyleAsk your guests to come in masks or crazy hats to get in the spirit.  Another idea is to have a costume contest.  Crown whoever has the best costumes as the Mardi Gras King and Queen.

The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold so use these colors to fill your room with decorations.  Plum Party has some great sale items right now for Mardi Gras.

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There is nothing like a great Mardi Gras menu to get everyone’s taste buds going.  Epicurious has some great recipe ideas like Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Crab cakes.  For dessert, you should serve the traditional King Cake.  Make sure to put a plastic baby into the cake and whoever finds it has to host the party next year.

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The Hurricane is the traditional drink served in New Orleans.  Try this recipe from Cocktail Times.

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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 in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Be sure to set the mood with some great Jazz music that can be found on Amazon.

Get in the Mardi Gras spirit and have a great time!!


Published in: on February 18, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (2)  

Host an Oscar Party

If you love the glamour and excitement of the Oscars, try hosting your own Oscar Party.  The 81st Acadamy Awards presentation will be held Sunday, February 22nd.

This Film Canister Invitation is a great way to invite your guests to a night of Hollywood fun.

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Turn your party into a red carpet affair and ask your guests to dress in their best attire.  Don’t forget to lay out the red carpet for their grand entrance and photograph your guests as they arrive.  Use the pictures as party gifts for a night to remember. Provide each guest with a ballot to pick their winners.  At the end of the night, determine who picked the most winners correctly and give them a special prize or award them with their own Oscar oscar-divagirl

Decorate with glitz and glamour by using color schemes with black, silver and red.  silvertinsle-plumparty

Plum Party Supplies has some great decorations to choose from.

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Have a first class buffet set up with items like Parmesan-Stuffed Dates and other great recipes found from Epicurious.

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Serve champagne from this Top Hat Ice Bucket tophat-plumparty or serve The Red Carpet Fizz barsm_redcarpetfizzfrom the Oscars website.

This party will be great to enjoy the glitz of Hollywood, discuss new fashion trends and try to pick the winners of the night.  I hope that your party is an award winning extravaganza!

Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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