Super Bowl Party Inspiration

So here’s the deal. Me? Not a huge football fan. (Or, really, I’m not a fan at all.) With that said, my husband is a massive football fan and so is most of my family, making the Super Bowl a bit of a national holiday in our world. Naturally, I love these cute football themed party ideas from Spaceships and Laser Beams. All of these cute paper details are available in their shop as inexpensive printables, so you’ve still got plenty of time to add a little flair to your Super Bowl party this weekend. Or, tuck this away in your inspiration files for a great birthday party  or a kick off party next football season. In my world you can’t go wrong with little paper bags of pretzels and football helmet cupcake wrappers.

{Photos from Spaceships and Laser Beams.}

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What To Wear: Red Carpet Style

All of the Golden Globe and SAG Awards buzz has me thinking about red carpet style and what I would wear if I were to walk the carpet. I always love the stars who look effortless and timeless, with subtle references to current trends. For me I think I’d keep it simple. A long dress in a beautiful rich shade, a stack of two-toned bangles, and touches of sparkle with sequin pumps and a coordinating clutch picking up on the yellow and rose gold of the bangles sounds just about right. I wear my hair cut in a bob, but if it were long I’d tie it back in a simple low chignon. Sweet and chic. What would you wear for a spin down the red carpet?

Dress – J.Crew
Bangles – Brooklyn Arts
Sequin pumps – BCBG
Sequin clutch – BCBG

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Buenas Noches Fiesta Dinner Party

Friends Emily and Hannah recently hosted a buenos noches fiesta themed dinner party as a part of their dinner club. (Basically an excuse to get together, host a great party and then cook, decorate, and photograph to their heart’s content. Love this, don’t you? We should all start a dinner club.) For this dinner party they either thrifted or handmade all of the party decor and served up lots of sangria and Dos Equis.

The place settings were particularly fun with cool glass Coke bottles filled with small plastic pinwheels, DIY Shrinky Dink mustaches Emily crafted the afternoon of the party and little pennants with each guest’s name in silly Spanglish to assign seating for the party. They then used bangles and bracelets of all different styles and colors as large napkin rings, and included sparklers at each seat for a little after dinner fun.

Leaving no detail to chance, each seat was covered in a brightly colored shawl or South American inspired vest and a sombrero. The gentlemen were gracious enough to lend the ladies a hand and strung lights and DIY tissue pom-poms above the tables, as well as stringing a bandana bunting (tied-together bandanas) around the back patio door. After dinner there were sparklers, a pinata, a big bonfire and blankets to cuddle up.

A huge thank you to Emily and Hannah for sharing their fabulous party with The Sweetest Occasion and inspiring me to start a dinner club. Anyone else feeling like sangria about now?

{Photos by Emily O. Photography.}

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Groundhog Day Cupcakes

Originally spied on Hip Hip Hooray, I thought these groundhog cupcakes were too cute not to share this morning. Meredith of Lily Jane Stationery made these awesome little cupcakes – some with shadows and some without – to celebrate Phil’s venture outside today. Visit Meredith’s blog for the how-to and for a printable groundhog so you can make your own cupcakes. Adorable, right?

{Photos from Lily Jane Stationery.}

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DIY Arrow Cupcake Toppers

Hi! Jenny again from Hank + Hunt. My two little guys are finally old enough to really enjoy celebrations so this year will be the first that we will really decorate and have a little party for Valentine’s Day.  For a second little topper treat (see my ruffled cake toppers,too), here is a cute little Cupid’s arrow.  A shot to the heart with some serious sweetness. I’m so excited to share these goodies with you – thank you so much, Cyd, for having me! xo

Supplies:
felt
lollipop
sticks
hot glue
scissors

Cut two pieces of felt into a small rectangle, about 1.5” by 2.5” (about 3/4″ by 1″ for toothpicks) Layer them on top of each other, and trim the corners off one end, to create point. Cut opposite end at the same angle, cutting a triangle out of the end. Open and separate the felt pieces. Run a line of hot glue at the end of the lollipop stick. Glue to one piece of felt. Run a second strip of hot glue and press top piece of felt down. Press all around stick to secure down, open and add more glue as needed to cover stick and secure. Once cool, cut two diagonal lines on each side, stopping short of the stick, following the lines of the point. Now, cut a line straight into the center to the top of the diagonal lines. This creates a small triangle notch, when finished you will have two on each side. Enjoy! Use these in cupcakes, as drink stirrers (on a bamboo skewer) with cherries or in a heart shaped brownie bite (on a toothpick.)
{Photos by Hank + Hunt.}

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