Party Ideas + Decor

10 Best Red, White + Blue 4th of July Party Ideas

10 Best Red, White + Blue 4th of July Party Ideas

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Have I ever told you guys how much I love July 4th? It seems pretty ridiculous if I haven’t, because after Christmas it’s absolutely my favorite day of the year. There’s just really nothing like fireworks, ice cream cones and loads of red, white and blue to make this lady happy. Really absurdly happy. With the big day coming up tomorrow, it’s time to talk about 4th of July party ideas! Specifically some of the best red, white and blue …

20 Fresh DIY Ideas to Make Your Backyard Party Shine

20 Fresh DIY Ideas to Make Your Backyard Party Shine

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[DIY + photo by Almost Makes Perfect.]

Knowing that many of us are probably planning or attending backyard parties this weekend, I’ve rounded up 20 fresh DIY ideas perfect for barbecues and patio parties over at Momtastic! From this awesome patterned picnic blanket to pretty candles and backyard games, I’ve got every aspect of your backyard bash covered. Pop over to Momtastic for all the fun and get ready for one awesome holiday weekend!

10 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

10 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

Who’s excited about the official start to summer later this week? I know I sure am! With the solstice just a few days away, I am finding myself pretty hardcore about making summer plans at the moment. Our big annual family camping trip goes down in late August and we’re already hard at work planning what we’re doing, who’s bringing what and how much fun we’re going to have. Summer! It’s kind of just about the best thing ever. So …

5 Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Graduation Party

5 Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Graduation Party

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With graduation season quickly approaching it’s the perfect time for us to talk about celebrating the graduate! Today I’ve teamed up with Tiny Prints to bring you my 5 tips for hosting the ultimate graduation party, inspired by Tiny Prints’s amazing collection of graduation party invitations. I’m all about using your paper goods to inspire your …

An Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Party

An Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Party

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St. Patrick’s Day being next Monday and all, this weekend is the perfect time to gather your friends and indulge in a little Irish inspired bash! This stunner of a St. Patrick’s Day party was designed by our friend Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker and I’m loving the gorgeous kelly green and navy color combination. Another collaboration with Samantha Sanford and Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, Andrea layered the table with eyelet and sequins, and doused little mason jars in gold spray paint and …

10 Glitzy DIY Oscars Party Ideas

10 Glitzy DIY Oscars Party Ideas

Is anyone else pumped for the Oscars this weekend? Because I always find myself really excited for all the glitz and the glam. I’ll be real upfront with you and admit that I’m a sucker for the red carpet perhaps most of all. Academy Awards fashion is always awe-worthy and completely inspiring to me. So today we’re talking about Oscars parties! How you should absolutely host one and how you can make your shindig completely glam with just a few …

A Valentine’s Day Girl’s Night

A Valentine’s Day Girl’s Night

I make no secret of the fact that I love putting a non-romantic spin on Valentine’s Day. Remember how in elementary school Valentine’s Day was all about passing out little notes and candy to your friends? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. After sharing my take on a girlfriend-friendly Valentine’s Day with pretty DIY mini bouquets last week, today I’m construction paper heart happy to share this Valentine’s Day girl’s night from our awesome friends Andrea, Samantha and Jade and Matthew. (With the amazing talents of Dollface …

10 Festive Ideas for Decorating with Honeycomb Balls

10 Festive Ideas for Decorating with Honeycomb Balls

Whether you’re newly engaged (congratulations!) and planning your upcoming wedding or simply want to add an extra dose of merry to your next birthday party or celebration, one of my favorite go-to party supplies are classic paper honeycomb balls. My favorite place to get them is from long-time sponsor Luna Bazaar, because they also have a plethora of amazing tissue paper pom poms, paper lanterns, honeycomb fans, and candles, all color-coordinated and waiting to jazz up your festivities in fine …

10 Favorite No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

10 Favorite No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Truth be told, carving pumpkins every year is something I really look forward to doing. In fact, this past weekend we did just that. We poured big glasses of apple cider, cranked up the volume on Monster Mash and set about carving and hacking away at our pumpkins. (See evidence here on Instagram.) But more and more this year I’m finding myself drawn to really amazing no carve pumpkin ideas. Kind of like my black and white painted pumpkin from …

10 Black + White Halloween Ideas

10 Black + White Halloween Ideas

It seems that across the board, this year is definitely the year of black and white for Halloween. I guess maybe we’re all a little tired of the traditional black and orange? (Not that I don’t love me some kitschy Halloween decor, because I do.) Personally I’m loving the whole black and white love affair because it somehow manages to feel spooky, chic, modern and graphic all at the same time. Because I seem to have Halloween on the brain …

A Graphic + Ghoulish Halloween

A Graphic + Ghoulish Halloween

I’m sure you guys know Maddy Hague of Confetti Pop, but if by chance you don’t, today is your lucky day! Maddy is a blogger and designer with an incredible eye for those little details that make a celebration one of a kind. She and her partner-in-crafting-crime Shauna are always dreaming up with the best DIY projects for parties and weddings. And today, Maddy is sharing her picks for Halloween entertaining essentials! Specifically, a graphic and ghoulish Halloween party in elegant …

A Summery Ladies Night

A Summery Ladies Night

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Remember last week when we talked about hosting a party for your best ladies? Well, recently I put that inspiration to work! This summer Skinny Cow is challenging me to take on three missions, all with the intention of helping inspire you to unplug, tap into your inner lady and define for yourself the ways you can introduce a little more you …