DIY Baby Shower Candy Buffet

DIY Baby Shower Candy Buffet

Oh sweet baby! This past weekend I put together the most vibrant and gorgeous candy buffet table for a baby shower. Filled with DIY projects, this creative candy buffet was a hit with the guests! I loved the final product so much that I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I hope that it provides you inspiration for your next baby shower or candy buffet.

The inspiration for this candy buffet came from this adorable Pink Safari baby shower invitation from Party City.

babyshower invitation

I loved the invitation because it shyed away from the ordinary by encompassing a fuchsia, pastel pink, white, and black color palette plus 2 different patterns – zebra print and leopard spots. I knew this was going to be a fun challenge for me to combine these various components together cohesively in a beautiful candy buffet.

First I searched around for appropriate “candy jars” and decided to go with a variety of different shapes, heights, widths, and sizes. I purchased vases from Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Michaels since I found them to be the best retail options. (I also purchased some from a wholesaler I have membership to called Shinoda’s.) DIY alert: To add additional height to 2 of the cylinder vases, I simply purchased a glass candlestick holder from the Dollar Tree and glued it to the base of the vase. For added accents, I bought various ribbons matching the theme colors and patterns and hot glued them to the vases. (The best way to do this is to tape one end of the ribbon to the vase, wrap it around and then hot glue the other end of the ribbon to the overlapping ribbon base. This way you can always pull off the ribbon and reuse the vase for a future event.)

Note: remember when you are looking for vases for a candy buffet you don’t want to get anything with a skinny neck that would make using tongs or a scooper difficult for your guests to grab the candy. 

Next, being a big DIY fan as you know, I decided to make a tissue paper tassel garland and make the banner, instead of purchasing one. Thanks to HGTV’s DIY instructions I was able to pull off a beautiful complimentary tissue paper garland tassel for the candy buffet table. It is really easy to make, cost effective, and a gorgeous decoration addition to any event or themed table. I am sure this won’t be the last one you see from me. :)

  tissue paper tassel garland

For the banner I came up with a creatively cute idea, instead of the typical “It’s a Girl” or “Baby Shower”, I came up with “Oh Sweet Baby”, which I thought was the perfect word play to tie together the event and the candy buffet. I made the letters on my computer, cut them, and then adhered them to patterned scrapbooking paper. Then I punched holes in the top and strung ribbon through each letter. It came out beautifully and was a perfect addition to the backdrop for the candy buffet table. Lastly, adding a few paper pin wheels from Party City along with the banner made for an amazing backdrop.

baby shower banner

A huge plus for this gorgeous candy buffet were the fitted white rectangular linen and the fuchsia table runner from Linen Tablecloth. The quality of the linen was amazing and elegant plus it just looked so much better than a paper or plastic tablecloth would have. The satin table runner had the perfect brilliant fuchsia color making everything on the table pop! At only $2.39 it is a steal of a deal! I really do recommend purchasing linens from Linen Tablecloth because they are really affordable (usually cheaper than renting) and they provide quality linen that you can re-use over and over again. If you don’t believe my raves then head over to their site www.linentablecloth.com – read the reviews and try for yourself!

Last but not least, in addition to the candy I added elements like fuchsia boa’s from the Dollar Tree, extra tissue paper tassels, a picture frame, small vase with carnations, candy scoopers, and matching favor bags from Party City with Thank You stickers. Take a look at how it all came together beautifully! (Make sure you check out my tips for pulling off a beautiful candy buffet table below.)

 

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DIY candy buffet

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DIY candy buffet

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For my first candy buffet table I was really blown away with the results once I was able to visually see everything blend together beautifully. I encourage you, especially my DIY readers, to do a candy or dessert buffet and share the photos with me, I’d love to see your creation and I’m always looking for beautiful content and DIY projects to share on the blog! Please contact me if you have something you think would be perfect to share on 3D-Memoirs!

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Here are a couple of tips for a successful candy buffet table:

  • Add height and depth by utilizing various vases/jars, staggering on the table, and/or adding decorative boxes or crates for some of the vases to sit on
  • Make sure you buy enough candy to fill the vases/jars at least 3/4 of the way
  • Add fillers to the table that matches the theme of your occasion (i.e. crystals, toys, flowers, feathers, etc) 
  • If you have a 6 ft table you’ll probably need 12-15 vases/jars for it to look full and complete
  • If you can get candy that fits your color palette it always looks awesome but it is not a requirement
  • Don’t forget the scoopers, tongs, or favor bags for your guests 
  • If it is going to be outside and it’s a hot day, it is best to avoid having chocolate
  • Use a table runner, garland, backdrop, banner, tags, or decorate the vases to add beautiful touches to your table

If you love my work and would like to see more, please check out my portfolio. If you are interested in hiring me to plan or make decor for your next event, please email me at 3DMemoirs{at}gmail.com!

 

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Elephant Baby Shower

Elephant Baby Shower Inspiration Board

For this week’s Inspiration Board Tuesday I decided to put together an inspiration board for a lovely elephant baby shower! I love the use of elephants as a focal piece for a baby shower because they are super cute and not overused – they can be made to look cute and cuddly in various colors and patterns as you’ll see below. The awesome thing too is that this theme can be used for a boy or a girl!

When it comes to selecting a color palette it is most common to go with pink (for girls) and blue (for boys), but with summer around the corner I thought it would be creatively thinking outside the box plus more fun to go with a vibrant blue and orange color palette for this elephant baby shower.
Elephant Baby Shower Collage

{Photo Credits: Table Setting featured on On To Baby | Fabric Rag Tie Garland featured on Kara’s Party Ideas | Elephant Invitation featured on Chic & Cheap Nursery | Elephant Cake by Rachel’s Cakes | DIY Elephant Favor Bag by Plain Jane | Elephant Banner by Paisley Greer}

As you can see from the inspiration board the decor can be simple yet beautiful. Buy or make some sort of banner or garland to hang, use simple centerpieces such as flowers/plants, bring out the color palette with the linen and paper products, tie in the theme with the cake and favors, and line up some fun games! It’s always nice to add some decor elements such as elephants in a picture frame or elephant cutouts on the table to add to the overall theme.

Some other creative color palette options for this elephant baby shower theme would be gray and blue, charcoal gray and white, yellow and gray, light green and turquoise blue, fuchsia and pink, yellow and pink, green and white, green and charcoal gray, red and turquoise blue, black and white with gold accents, and purple and gray.

SHARE WITH ME: What did you think of this elephant baby shower inspiration board? Do you have any creative ideas to add that would make this an awesome party?

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Garden Party Kid’s Birthday

Garden Party Birthday for Kid’s

Planning a kid’s birthday party? Let them have fun in the dirt while teaching them about plants and flowers – let them connect with their “green thumb”. Can you tell that I enjoy and appreciate Spring and all that it has to offer? I think that this is a very creative and fun birthday party theme. For fun, why not let the kid’s plant seeds or a potted plant in your yard; show them some of the good and bad garden bugs, pass out planting pot favors filled with a shovel, seeds, gardening gloves, and other goodies; show them various flowers or fruits and vegetables in your garden – explaining the process from seed to growth and how to care for them; let them paint flowering pots for fun; and develop a light menu full of healthy and creative bites like the samples you see below!

Garden Party Collage

{Photo Credits: Fruits & Veggies featured on Pillow Thought | Earthworms & Flower Pot Place Settings by Frog’s Prince Paperie | DIY Cake Batter Bark featured on Delaney Family Blog | DIY Potted Pinwheels featured on Better Homes & Gardens | Happy Birthday Banner featured on Hostess with the Mostess | DIY Garden Party Invitations featured on Pottery Barn Kids}

 

SHARE WITH ME: I hope you found some awesome inspiration in this post for a kid’s birthday party! What did you think of this creative kid’s birthday party idea? Do you have any ideas to add that would be perfect for a garden birthday party for kids?

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Copywritten – Elvira DeCuir

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DIY Friday: DIY Spring Wedding Tutorials

DIY Wedding Tutorials

For today’s DIY Friday I decided to share some of my favorite Spring wedding DIY projects and tutorials featured on one of my favorite DIY sites – DIY Weddings Mag!  These DIY wedding projects are PERFECT for a Spring wedding! (Click on the photos below to be taken to the DIY tutorial.)

 

DIY Billy Button Centerpiece

DIY Billy Button Centerpiece

 

DIY Terrarium Place Cards

DIY Terrarium Place Cards

 

DIY Tin Can Table Numbers

DIY Tin Can Table Numbers

 

Persian Cotton Candy Favors

Persian Cotton Candy Favors

 

DIY Personalized Signature Drink Escort Cards

DIY Personalized Signature Drink Escort Cards

 

DIY Flower Wrapped Favors

DIY Flower Wrapped Favors

 

Here is a creative way to ask your Bridesmaids to be a part of your special day:

Will you be my bridesmaid?

This week I kept it short and sweet! What did you think of these DIY tutorials? Anyone else excited that it is Spring and Summer is around the corner? What would you like to see for future DIY Fridays?

Don’t forget to stop by in 2 weeks for the next DIY Friday post – you’ll love the DIY inspiration I’ll be sharing with you! 

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DIY Friday: Spring Dinner Party

DIY Spring Soiree – Dinner Party

Want to have a Spring soiree with a few of your close friends perhaps in the comfort of your home or undeneath the beautiful stars? Today I am sharing a few DIY projects and tips for an intimate springtime evening dinner party! For this post I am going for grown and sexy, simple yet elegant!

1. Dinner Guestlist

Decide on your guest count and put together your invitee list.

2.DIY Invitations

Decide on the dinner party details – location, date, time, and theme, if any. Then find a creative way to share the deets about your event – here are a few examples:

Be “old-fashioned” and personally handwrite invitations to each of your guests on lovely paper like this from the Paper Source:

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Or you can use some creative fonts that fit your theme and simply print your invitation on lovely paper!

Another inexpesive option that I am a HUGE fan of is buy a lovely personalized printable DIY invitation (jpg) from an Etsy vendor like this one from Trinity St. Studio:

invitation

3. DIY Decor

Decide on the ambiance and your decor for your dinner party. (In the DIY examples below I am going for a romantic spring-like ambiance.) Take a look at these inexpensive DIY projects for decor:

Save your wine or beer bottles and buy candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. DIY instructions from Happy Mundane here:

Candlelight centerpiece

DIY Flowers & Candlelights Centerpiece : DIY Instructions from My New Place here:

flower-centerpieces

If you wanted to add a little bit of color, then try something like this wear you either buy color vases or paint your own and add flowers and succulents as shared on Little Miss Momma:

colored vases

For decor you can buy elegant premium plastic dinner ware products from Party City or from the Dollar Tree:

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Buy affordable beautiful table covers from Party City or elegant linens from Linen Tablecloth! Buy or make your own table runners to add some pizzaz or use your favorite scrapbooking paper as a place mat for each dinner set.

 

4. Personalized Favors

Do something simple or even something grand, this isnt required but a special touch. You can offer something edible or useable that you make. Here is a lovely creative idea I found on HGTV – infused sugars (you can find these containers at Michaels and choose to personalize them with your guests name):

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Or how about a beautiful personalized “green” gift like this one featured on Design Sponge:

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5. DIY Food and Drinks

Food – go for a food bar like taco bar, sandwhich bar, burger bar, baked potato bar, chili bar, grilled cheese bar, etc. You just want to pick something that is cost effective for the quantity of guests but is also fulfilling and offers a lot variety – this is the fun part for your guests, to actually pick their toppings! Here is an example of a baked potato bar shared on Lucy Dylan Weddings:

potato bar

Dessert – since you are going with the food bar, you can also add a dessert bar with a myriad of desserts or focused on one particular item – cheesecake bar, ice cream bar, fruit bar, fondue bar, cookies bar, cupcake bar, etc. If you want to keep the dessert simple – make your favorite dessert – cake, cookies, pie, brownies, etc or if you aren’t a great chef opt for some awesome bakery or store bought desserts and put them on lovely plates for your guests to choose!

Drinks – if you are in the mood for libations, share your favorite wine, beer, or make a creative signature drink for your guests! Or you can go bar crazy and go with a drink bar – i.e. a Margarita, Mimosa, or Mojito bar.  If you and your guests do not drink, make a yummy and refreshing drink to share, such as this Pomegranate Spritzer shared on White on Rice Couple:

drink

*For more food and drink ideas and recipes, you will definitely want to check out my Food & Libation Pinterest board of over 500 delectable pins!*

I hope you found amazing inspiration and ideas in today’s dinner party Spring soiree post, enjoying this week’s DIY Friday! As always, if you LOVE this post – please LIKE IT, TWEET IT, PIN IT, and SHARE IT! If you have any ideas for a future post, I’d love to hear from you!

*Please note: Due to my current hectic schedule, I will be doing DIY Friday posts every other Friday until things settle down a bit for me. For now you can still expect Inspiration Board Tuesdays & Etsy Thursdays every week!*

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Beach Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

Beach Bridal Shower

 
You are in for a real treat – with Spring here and summer around the corner -this week’s Inspiration Board Tuesday pick is a beach themed bridal shower! Living in southern CA I must admit that I am pretty spoiled with all the lovely  local beaches to choose from + the lovely weather we usually have year-round! For those brides that love the beach and may not have one nearby or have the weather for a beach celebration, why not plan a beautiful beach bridal shower – a perfect theme to host at a venue or a private home. For this week’s beach bridal shower inspiration board I decided to stay with the blue and tan hues with white and brown accents, however depending on the season and your creativeness you can definitely change the color palette. For a beach bridal shower you will want to collect seashells, seahorses, starfish, sand (in vases/centerpieces), coral, and anything else that is representative of the beach and sprinkle around the venue to create the perfect beach decor. This theme is so simplistic yet serene and beautiful – check out my inspiration board below!

 

Beach Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

{Photo Credits: Beach Bridal Shower Table Setting by SC Events by Jennifer | *Beach Bridal Shower by Weddings* | Seahorse Cake featured on Customized Cakes by Jen | Seashell Acrylic Favors on Beau-Coup | Cream Cheese Seashell Mints featured on Smellin Coffee}

* 3D-Memoirs Sponsor – Lovely Invitations for Weddings*

 

In addition to the beautiful inspiration board above, here are a few lovely DIY projects I found across the web that would go perfect with this beach bridal shower theme!

Beach Party Fabric Garland

Beach Party Fabric Garland featured on Real Simple

 

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece featured on Celebrations

 

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece featured on Celebrations

 

DIY Shell Candles

DIY Shell Candles featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

 

DIY Seashell Bouquet Confetti

DIY Seashell Bouquet Confetti Day Dreams

 

SHARE WITH ME: Which color palette did you like the best? In addition to the two color palettes above you could also do pink and white, pink & ivory, & pink and fuchsia pink for a girl. For a baby boy you could do baby blue and gray, blue and ivory, gray and ivory, blue and white, gray and white, or black and white.

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NEW SUBMISSIONS: I am looking for new submissions! If you have a DIY project/tutorial, creative ideas, or decor for an event you did, I’d LOVE to hear from you! It’s easy – find the details here! Remember, sharing is caring!

Make sure you come back next Tuesday for the next Inspiration Board Tuesday, where I will share inspiration and amazing finds around the web for a new theme and event.

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Parisian Baby Shower Inspiration Board

Parisian Baby Shower

Ooooohhhh Lala! Today is Inspiration Board Tuesday and with the beginning of Spring and my love of pink, I thought a Parisian Baby Shower theme would be a wonderful idea for this week’s inspiration board. In the past I shared a Parisian Etsy Wedding post and not only is a Parisian theme amazingly beautiful for a wedding but also a creative idea for a baby shower!

 

Parisian Baby Shower Inspiration Board – Pink & Black

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{Photo Credits: Parisian Cake from Cakes by Nathalie | Parisian Invitation from Ann Lee Designs | Printable Wine Glass Name Card from The Posh Event  | Parisian Favors Table featured Paisley Petal Events | Printable Parisian Passport Invitation from Paper Candee | Parisian Dessert Table featured on On To Baby | Parisian Umbrellas featured on Hostess with the Mostess}

 

Parisian Baby Shower Inspiration Board – Pink & Gray

Parisian Baby Shower Collage - pink and gray

{Photo Credits: Parisian Dessert Table featured on Chickabug Blog | Parisian Centerpiece featured on Hostess with the Mostess | Head Band Station for the Baby featured on Hostess with the Mostess | Parisian Table Setting featured on Goosie Girl Cards | Parisian Invitation from Paper Candee}

 

SHARE WITH ME: Which color palette did you like the best? In addition to the two color palettes above you could also do pink and white, pink & ivory, & pink and fuchsia pink for a girl. For a baby boy you could do baby blue and gray, blue and ivory, gray and ivory, blue and white, gray and white, or black and white.

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NEW SUBMISSIONS: I am looking for new submissions! If you have a DIY project/tutorial, creative ideas, or decor for an event you did, I’d LOVE to hear from you! It’s easy – find the details here! Remember, sharing is caring! :)

Make sure you come back next Tuesday for the next Inspiration Board Tuesday, where I will share inspiration and amazing finds around the web for a new theme and event.

 

 

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DIY Event & Party Planning Resources

DIY Fridays: Event & Party Planning Resources

Grab some paper and a pen and get ready because for this week’s DIY Friday I will be sharing some of my favorite DIY planning go-to retailers for planning your next event! Welcome to my Little Black Book of retailers and make sure you make through the entire post because I have some awesome planning tips for those of you that may not know where to start!

 

DIY Vendors & Stores for Party Supplies, Favors, & Decor

Michaels: one of the largest, not to mention my favorite, online and brick and mortar crafts retailer that sells arts and craft supplies, scrapbooking materials, framing, baking materials, baskets, party supplies, decor elements, framing, and a lot more! They also offer a variety of wonderful classes – check out their website for details. They always have coupons, so make sure you grab one before you go shopping and be prepared to spend a few hours in the store!

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Dollar Tree: LOVE the Dollar Tree! You wouldn’t believe how many amazing decor and party planning supplies that I have snagged from this retailer from vases, candles, decor items, candlesticks & plate for a DIY cake stand, silk flowers, foam, children books, and so much more! This is definitely one of my go to retailers and each store may have slightly different inventory so you may have to hit up a few. Hint: If you need to buy in bulk you can purchase from them online, usually in cases of 24, and have it shipped to a nearby store for FREE for you to conveniently pick up!

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Etsy: online retailer that offers a ridiculous amount of amazing handmade goodies from talented people around the world. Any and everything handmade that you can think of is available through Etsy  - invitations, banners, signs, clothing, jewelry, etc. (For an example check out my Etsy Thursday posts – every Thursday I pick a unique and creative wedding theme and then search Etsy for the best handmade finds to fit the theme.)

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Amazon: this retailer is known for the awesome shopping experience it provides to its buyers and sellers, with great accountability, ease of purchasing, and wide variety of products. For unique party decor items I can’t find in store, I always search Amazon for the product and have had nothing but wonderful purchasing experiences!

amazon

Save-on-Crafts: online crafts retailer with a amazing variety of craft and decor items that at times it is just overwhelming to look at all of their decor goodies. You will find a lot of wonderful items at great prices – so have fun and be prepared to spend a few hours looking!

save on crafts

 

Party City: online and brick and mortar retailer of party supplies like paper goods (plates, cups, silverware, tablecloths), serving dishes, themed party supplies, balloons, and more!

party city

 

 

Joann: online and brick and mortar retailer that sells an amazing variety of fabrics plus some decor elements! If you can sew or work with fabric, this is the place to shop. I recently bought burlap and fabric for a pirate flag from Joann’s for my son’s 2nd birthday party that I did.

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Linen Tablecloth: offers a variety of quality linen for purchase at amazing low prices (less than rental rates)! Why rent linen when you can buy it for your next event?

linen tablecloth

Beau-coup: one of the largest online favor and party supply retailers with creative items for a variety of events – weddings, baby shower, bridal shower, birthday parties, etc.

beau coup

 

Hobby Lobby : online and brick and mortar retailer selling arts and crafts supplies, party supplies, silk flowers, and more! (Make sure to keep an eye out for coupon codes and see if they have one available on their site.)

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Oriental Trading Company: the largest online US direct merchant of  party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties – all at great low prices!

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Event Planning Advice

Once you know the event you are planning, whether birthday party, bridal shower, intimate dinner, baby shower, etc., you will want to decide on the following:

  • Budget – Decide how much you can afford and are willing to spend for the event. If you are on a tight budget try to solicit the help of a friend or family member to help and contribute in order to maximize your budget without uncomfortably stretching your pockets.
  • Theme & Decorations – Use online resources like Google, Pinterest, & Kara’s Party Ideas to find inspiration and come up with a creative concept. It is ok to take a popular theme and add your own twist, unique color palette, or creative addition to make it your own! Or try to come up with something different that hasnt been done over and over again that is outside the box and most importantly relates to the person(s) you are celebrating! Once you have your theme start searching in local stores and online for decorations – if you are as detailed as I am you will make a few trips to a variety of stores and then search online (using the retailers I mentioned above + Google) for the items you can’t find in stores, compare item and shipping prices, and then purchase. It is ok to do a little comparable shopping before purchasing and feel free to search the web and vendor’s website for coupon codes, coupons, and deals! If you are crafty, then incorporate DIY projects into your decorations, thinking of creative elements to add to the decor.
  • Number of guests you plan on inviting
  • Invitations – Depending upon the event, theme, and person you are celebrating, you will want to decide whether to use an online invitation site like Evite or go the traditional route and mail invitations. Try to make a creative invitation that fits your theme or search online (i.e. Etsy) for a unique invitation to share the details of the event. Nowadays you can buy invitations, paying someone to personalize, make, and print them for you or on Etsy you will find alot of stores will sell you a customized pdf invitation that you can print on your own. If you purchase an invitation that you have to print on your own, buy some colorful or textured paper to print on at home or if you want to save your ink, just order it from an online print shop like VistaPrint or Overnight Prints. Recently, I used UPrinting and had a wonderful experience – they had the best pricing & shipping options, timeline for print and delivery, and I found their process really easy to use.
  • Timeline for the event – It is important to have a basic outline of the activities for the day, sequence of events, and a rough time schedule for each activity. You definitely want to plan in advance so that you don’t run out of time to do all the activities you worked so hard putting together.
  • Location – You will want to decide if it will take place in a private home or if you will rent a space.
  • Date & Time
  • Menu (food and drinks) – Keep in mind your budget, theme, type of event, time of the year, and your guests when developing a menu. It is always a lovely touch when it compliments the event. (For example: for a Super Bowl party you will probably want to serve delicious finger foods, bbq, chips & dip, and mini desserts.)
  • Games/Activities – Search the internet for creative games and activities that relate to your specific event and theme.
  • Favors/Gifts/Keepsakes – Although this is optional, it is always fun to give your guest a parting keepsake. Try to find something that represents the person you are celebrating and/or fits your theme.
  • Entertainment & Photography – Based upon the event and theme you will need to decide if you will have entertainment at the event – clown, balloon artist, caricature artist, character, vocalist, DJ, etc.  Also, you may want to hire a photographer to capture the decor and special moments or if you are lucky enough maybe you can enlist the help of a friend or family member that is a photographer or takes great photos with a quality camera to help you out.

Here are some party planning resources that I found on Pinterest and think you might find of interest! (Click on the link below, which will take you to the Pinterest pin and then you can click on the pin to get to the original resource and information.)

The Perfect Party Planner from Studio 5

The Chickabug Guide to How Much to Serve at a Party

Party Planning Guideline shared on Kara’s Party Ideas

 

Now are you ready to party? I am! Just waiting for the next event I can plan! If you are not the party planning type, don’t have the time to do it, or just don’t have a creative or DIY thumb, then call/email me! I am available to help plan your next event and/or develop the creative decor that will give your event the WOW factor and keep your guests talking for months! (Check out my most recent event that was featured on one of the largest party inspiration blogs – Kara’s Party Ideas!)

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Bridal Shower Tea Party

Bridal Shower Tea Party Inspiration Board

 

It’s Spring, which makes it a perfect time for a tea party! For this week’s inspiration board I decided to come up with a bridal shower tea party inspiration board. I love Spring, flowers, tea, and all the creative options available for a tea party inspired bridal shower. If you would like to plan a tea party bridal shower you could creative in using any of the following inspirational themes: modern & elegant, vintage, or Alice & Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party (which I did for my baby shower). I chose to go with a lovely modern & vibrant spring inspiration board!

Tea Party Bridal Shower Collage

{Photo Credits:  Tea Party Place Setting featured on The Pretty Blog | Tea Centerpiece featured on Hostess with the Mostess| Cupcake Stand featured on Plan Your Perfect Wedding | Tea Cups Decor featured on Engaged & Inspired | Unique Rhyme Book Game & Hat & Accessory Dress-Up Station featured on Ever Ours | Table Decor by Shannon Nicole Smith }

 

Decor Ideas: Books, tea cups, tea pots, lace, floral arrangements, pearls, table runner,porcelain/china, tassel garland,

Menu Ideas: small sandwiches, light finger foods, potato salad, danishes, tea cookies, cupcakes, scones, muffins, vegetable tray, fruit display, variety teas, lemonade, ice water.

DIY Favor: Lovely Tea Cup Candles by Hey Gorgeous Events

 

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Make sure you come back next Tuesday for the next Inspiration Board Tuesday, where I will share inspiration and amazing finds around the web for a new theme and event.

 

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DIY Fridays: Amazing DIY Wedding Projects

DIY Wedding Tutorials & Projects

Today officially kicks off the start of my new DIY FRIDAY’s series where I will be sharing amazing DIY wedding projects and tutorials that I find across the web and on Pinterest. This series will include DIY ideas for weddings and a variety of events, DIY advice, resources, vendors, and tools, DIY tutorials & projects, DIY printables, and anything else DIY I can find and think you will love!

This week’s DIY wedding projects are a reflection of a few of my favorite things – I hope you enjoy this collection!

 

Pinwheels make me happy….

DIY Ombre Pinwheels featured on Wedding Chicks

DIY Ombre Pinwheels featured on Wedding Chicks

 

Colorful & Artistic – always favorite elements of mine….

DIY Tissue Paper Lanterns featured on www.curbly.com

DIY Tissue Paper Lanterns featured on www.curbly.com

 

Flowers + Garland = Beautiful and Timeless….

DIY Fresh Flower Garland featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

DIY Fresh Flower Garland featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

 

I love the creativity and beauty of these napkin flowers…..

DIY Napkin Flowers created by and featured on www.danamadeit.com

DIY Napkin Flowers created by and featured on www.danamadeit.com

 

The reminds me of my love for the outdoors combined with a favorite sweet – cake ………

DIY Tree Cake Stands featured on www.oncewed.com

DIY Tree Cake Stands featured on www.oncewed.com

 

Mmmmmm…who doesnt love S’Mores? Fire, chocolate, gooey mess – definitely a favorite…..

DIY Smores Kit featured by www.TwigandThistle.com

DIY Smores Kit featured by www.TwigandThistle.com

 

Oh, I just love these tassel garlands – a new obsession – so creative and cute……

DIY Tassel Garland featured on www.PrudentBaby.com

DIY Tassel Garland featured on www.PrudentBaby.com

 

I truly LOVE Butterflies – even included them in our wedding – adorable idea…..

DIY Butterfly Rice Tosser

DIY Butterfly Rice Tosser featured on www.stylemepretty.com

 

Silver & Glitter are a great combination, especially for beautifying a plain ‘ole charger…..

DIY Metallic Glitter Chargers Featured on www.DIYWeddingsMag.com

DIY Metallic Glitter Chargers Featured on www.DIYWeddingsMag.com

 

I LOVE flowers – they truly put a smile on my face – I can’t stop staring at this lovely bouquet….

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DIY Mum Wedding Bouquet featured on www.WeddingChicks.com

 

What do you think of these DIY wedding projects? Do you have any themes or suggestions of what you would like to see next week for DIY Friday? Leave me a note below and share your feedback. If you try any of these projects, send me an email with your finished product – I’d love to see it!

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