Dinner Party Hosting Tips

1

This is the perfect time to hold a seasonal summer dinner party, but hosting your own party can cause a lot of stress. Make sure all of your bases are covered with these tips! e1957243fba2ed0935f350e6c4b7712f

Eating by Candlelight – If you want to introduce candles into your party decor, keep them unscented. The focus should be on the delicious food, not the coconut vanilla scent of your pillar candles, as delicious as it is!

Keep Them Short – Centerpieces should be small and short so that guests have the ability to see each other over the table. You can always showcase taller arrangements on separate tables.c8bed08de87a1c7cc2b4d761c39110f5 (1)

All You Can Eat – Buffet-style dinner parties are all the rage. Why? Everyone gets just what they want, and it’s easy to do!

In the Know – Make sure you check to see if your guests have any serious dietary restrictions. eda8c54d547f92d72e7d75bc34ceffb2

Savory Seasonals – Try to base your menu off what is in season. The ingredients will be at their most flavorful, and the least expensive.

 

 

Summer Party Inspiration

2

The nights are bright and light, the weather is warm and the kids are out of school. Summer is one of our favorite seasons because it’s the perfect time of year to get together with friends and family, and enjoy the good weather. So why not throw a summer party to celebrate the season? These photos are all the convincing you need.

Summer Party Paper LanternsBrighten up the summer nights with strings of  lights and paper lantern.

weddingdetails_2Take advantage of the best summer fruits with a berry topiary.

Sea Glass TablescapeSavor your time by the sea with a sea-glass tablescape.

Watermelon LemonadeCool down with a glass of pink lemonade.

smores-stationSummer is nothing without s’mores! Make a s’more bar to create customized confections!

 

Memorial Day Weekend Party Inspiration

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us which means we’re busting out our grilles, and getting ready for even warmer weather! Memorial Day is a wonderful patriotic holiday where we honor our fallen heroes, and enjoy the freedoms that we have in this country. It’s also a great time to get together with friends and family and celebrate! Whether you like to go all out and be as patriotic as possible, or go with the subtle approach and integrate the three colors of our flag in different ways; we have some party ideas for you.

Chic Memorial Day Picnic TableThis picnic table is a beautiful way to add color to your party without making the theme too obvious. We love the blue of the hydrangeas paired with the gingham red table runner.

Drinks for Memorial Day

 

Refreshment Table Styled by Pottery BarnBoth of the drink stations above have a rustic Americana vibe, but the one above gives a day of patriotic personality with the themed ribbons and flags.

 

flag jars verticalMason jars are a classic way to give your party a classic country vibe. You can use them as vases, or as glasses for sweet summer drinks!

Beautiful Memorial Day Glasses with Striped Straws and Blue Bottles

Cinco de Mayo Party DIYs

5

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, however, in the United States and around the world this day celebrates the rich Mexican culture and history. It’s a joyous day filled with games, vivid color, and delicious food. If you would like to plan your own Cinco de Mayo party, these DIYs will definitely take your festivities up a notch! 

Mini Pinatas from One Charming PartyEverything is better when it’s mini, right? Make these personalized pinatas from One Charming Party, and avoid those misguided bats!

Confetti Pop Fiesta Napkin RingsIf you want to infuse a little bit of Latin flavor into your party, make these fringed napkin rings from Confetti Pop!

Maracas from There Is Beauty All AroundMake music with these beautiful maracas from There Is Beauty All Around!  Made out of paper mache, these little instruments are also works of art!

IMG_1120

Punched Paper Fan from Oh My CreativeWhen it comes to paper crafts, Jordan of Oh Happy Day is a pro. We included not one, but two of her festive paper DIYs that are certain to cause celebration this Cinco de Mayo!

How will YOU be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year?

 

 

 

Garden Party DIY Roundup

7

The early spring flowers have finally emerged in all of their glory, making us forget all about our love of comfy, cozy socks and hot soup. Now we want to play in the great outdoors! We’re ready to entertain outdoors, and happen to have beautiful spring flowers on the brain. Here are a few ways to make your next gathering into a garden party that can’t be missed!

Moss Coaster DIYThese coasters from Sincerely Kinsey are a simple way to add some garden greenness to your day when the April showers are still in full effect.

mothers day yfffk (37 of 42)Make a big balloon even MORE magical by wrapping the string with floral trim. It’s a simple, but effective way to make any fairy princess smile.

Spring Nest Napkin RingsThese napkin rings from Scissors and Spatulas are great for Easter, and for your garden party!

Flower VotivesMood lighting is essential to any good party. These floral votives from Hello Bee are just the thing to give your party that special glow.

Flower Party BlowersThese flower party blowers from Oh Happy Day are sure to excite everyone! They’re so beautiful that we would probably stick them in a vase after the party and call it a day.

Easter Decor DIY Roundup

4

Easter is merely days away, and if you’re like us then you love getting your home decorated for upcoming holidays. Here are a few inventive ways decorate your home for this fun spring celebration!Bunny Pallet ArtThis bunny pallet art piece from Design, Dining, and Diapers is ideal for a rustic, country home. Pallets are a staple in DIY furniture, and it’s nice to see how you can use them in smaller ways around the house.

Easter Tablescape with Carrots
This fun little centerpiece from Love Grows Wild uses the Easter bunny’s favorite veggies to bring the holidays into your home, and the unexpected orange adds a fresh pop of color.

Burlap Bunny RunnerAn average table runner gets an unexpected Easter upgrade with some cute cotton tails! Find out how to make your own at Eclectically Vintage.

Dip Dye Tulip SettingIf you need a DIY that’s great for spring, try these dip-dyed napkins from Trendenser! They look like beautiful tulip petals, and go well with almost any arrangement.

Wrapped Easter WreathThis great wreath stays cute without the use of plastic eggs. We love the beautiful felt flowers used, and you can find out how to make your own at Very Truly Me!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Three: Buttoned Up Bottle Stoppers

We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons! 
Materials for Button Bottle StoppersWhat You’ll Need:
3 Corks
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank
E6000

Creating Hole in Cork with Button1. Push your button into the top of the cork.

Placing Glue on Shank of Button2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.

Adding Button to Cork3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.

Buttoned Bottle Toppers

It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!

Tassel Decor Inspiration

7

We don’t think we’re alone here when we say tassels are just the best. They can be used for anything from home decor to fashion accessories, and everything in between! We’ve been playing with a lot of tassel as of late because it’s such a fun material fun, and adding it to clothes can instantly make them more funky! Here are some of our favorites. We’ll go as far as to say they’re fan-tassle-stic!

Dipped Neon Tassels

Two loves marry in this photo of dip dyed tassel. We love the pop of neon on an otherwise neutral tassel.

Purple Tone Tassels

The cool purple palette of this tassel garland keeps it from being too bold, with the silver accents adding just the right amount of festive fun!

Assorted Tassels from Ceiling

A ceiling of tassels would be such a cool installation in a craft room! We would be endlessly inspired by just looking up.

Tassels for Party Decor and Weddings

These paper tassels are a huge trend for weddings and party decor. They add whimsy and color to any event, without going over the top and looking childish.

Fringe Wall at M&J Trimming

We obviously couldn’t make an inspiration post about tassel without displaying our giant wall of tassel fringe! In a rainbow of colors and an assortment of shapes, the tassels we have are incredible and varied.

Superbowl Party DIYs

10

It’s almost Superbowl Sunday, and we know you’re probably stressing out thinking of all of the things you need to do before the big game! We’ve put together a list of our favorite decor DIYs for the big day to make your party go smoothly, and your guests wonder how you did it. Paper Football Banner from the Krazy Coupon LadyGet your scissors out because this perfect paper banner from the Krazy Coupon Lady is both simple to make, and so sweet!

Football Field Part Table from A Night Owl Blog

This fun party table from A Night Owl Blog will get anyone into the spirit of the game!

Pigskin Menus for Beer Menu from Camille Styles

Planning on having an impressive beer selection at your next gathering? Showcase it with this “pigskin” beer menu from Camille Styles!

Football Mason Jars from Flamingo Toes

Take your mason jars from hipster to sports enthusiast in ten seconds flat with this super simple DIY from Flamingo Toes!

Super Bowl Bingo from Studio DIY

These fun bingo boards are made especially for Sunday’s big game by the uber-talented Kelly of Studio DIY!

What are your plans for the big game? Are you hosting, or venturing out this weekend? Let us know below!

Award Show Party DIY Roundup

3

The Golden Globes just passed, the Oscar nominations have been announced, and the SAG awards are this weekend. We’re in award show season people! Which means everyone will be huddled around the television screen to see who wore it best, who came with whom, and who won the awards! If you’re all going to be together anyway, why not make it a party? Here are some fun DIYs to create just in time for your award viewing party!

DIY Award Themed Photo Booth from She Knows

Feel like a star with this award-themed photo backdrop from SheKnows! Are you ready for your closeup?

Rhinestone Necklace from Glitter n' Glue

Award season is when stars bring out the BIG bling. Although it may not be Cartier, this rhinestone necklace from Glitter n’ Glue is most definitely red carpet worthy. The best part is that you can rock this neck ice while wearing pajamas and you’ll still look fabulous!

Drink Charms from HMH Designs

These drink tags from HMH Designs are perfect for making all of your guest feel super special! We’ll take a handful of the Mrs. Clooney ones please, and hope for the best.

Confetti Dipped Balloons from Studio DIY

These confetti dipped balloons from Studio DIY are one of our favorite DIYs when party time swings around. We LOVE them! They aren’t specifically for awards shows, but you can customize the colors and confetti to fit whatever theme you’re going for! Swag Boxes from Kristi Murphy

These little Swag Boxes made by Kristi Murphy are the cutest sendoff for party attendees. Why should celebs have all of the fun? Fill each box with delicious treats, and tie them up with a satin bow!

Which of these crafts will you be including at your viewing party, or will you be watching the award shows solo while DIYing? We would love to see your ideas for the upcoming events!