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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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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

 

SHARE WITH ME: What do you think of this modern and vibrant tea party bridal shower? What other creative ideas  can you think of for a tea party bridal shower?

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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 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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Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Board

Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Boards

 
Today’s post provides inspiration for throwing a bumble bee baby shower for the Mother to Bee and the soon arrival of the new bundle of joy that is as Sweet as can Bee! Typically most people will utilize a black and yellow color palette for this popular bumble bee theme, however I wanted to show you a couple inspiration boards for different color palettes: yellow and gray & yellow and brown!  You can even get fancy and use a variety of shades for each color i.e. charcoal gray and mustard yellow or dark brown and light yellow; add accent colors such as ivory, white, tan, gold, and silver; and/or add patterns and shapes such as chevron, circles, stripes, and floral. (Please bee kind and leave me a comment below letting me know which one is your favorite.)

 

Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Board – Yellow & Gray

Bumble Bee Baby Shower

Bumble Bee Baby Shower
(Gray & Yellow Color Palette)

Photo Collage Credits: Bumble Bee Baby Shower Invitation by Its A Fine Time | Tissue Poms by Sweet and Savvy Designs | Yellow Chevron Favor Bags from The Tomcat Studio | Circle Paper Garland from Randi Elise | Sweet As Can Bee Honey Pot Favors from Beau-Coup | Bumble Bee Cupcake Toppers from Dream Party Paperie | Lovely Tablescape with Chevron Aisle Runner (Featured by The Every Last Detail & Photographed by Brandi Welles Photographer)

 

 Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Board – Yellow & Brown 

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Bumble Bee Baby Shower (Brown and Yellow Color Palette)

Photo Collage Credits: Bumble Bee Baby Shower Invitation by Inviting Design Studio | Beehive DIY shared by True Love Ideas Blog | Bumble Bee Cupcakes by For The Love of Sugar | Bumble Bee Banner by Parkers Prints | Sweet As Can Bee Honey Favors from Beau-Coup  | DIY Spice Bee Cookies by Martha Stewart | Yellow Tablescape (Featured by On To Baby & Photographed by Amanda Bevington Modern Photography)

 

SHARE WITH ME: What did you think of these 2 inspiration boards for a Bumble Bee Baby Shower? Which one is your favorite? Any other color palettes you can think of for this theme that would be fun and doable?

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE BLOG: You may have realized by now how much I LOVE weddings, but that is not the only decor that I am in love with. This year I have decided that as a reflection of all my event decor love that the blog will feature more than wedding decor and will include creative event decor from special occasions such as baby showers, bridal showers, dinner parties, birthday parties, etc – after all this blog is about sharing lovely inspiration for event decor & design, weddings, & DIY projects. So this year my promise and commitment to you is to share more resources, tools/tips, DIY projects, and inspiration for a variety of events because I truly believe that “beauty is in the details” and LOVE it all! In return I have one little request to ask of my readers – let me hear from YOU! I want to hear more from you in comments, ideas, feedback, submissions, emails/notes, social media – whichever format you prefer, I want to hear from YOU. Hearing from my readers not only keeps me motivated to share amazing eye-candy with you, but it also inspires me to continue come up with creative content to share and let’s me know if I am providing you with what you are looking for when you come to my site. Deal?

My goal is to share creative themed event decor inspiration boards such as this with you every Inspiration Board Tuesday, continue with amazing Etsy wedding finds every Etsy Thursday, and share DIY projects/tutorials, tips & resources every DIY Friday. Of course, you can expect to find additional wedding inspiration from my guest blogger (Gail) twice a month and if anything else amazing comes up you can expect for me to write about it and share with you!  With this being a new year and my goals set on growing the blog and offering even more amazing content, I want to start with committing to these 3 posts a week and hope that you come back 3 times a week to check out these posts and share with your family and friends. Can you guys do that for me?

NEW SUBMISSIONSI 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! :)

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Holiday Inspiration Collection

I’ve shared some amazing eye-candy over the past month and I thought I would do a recap of these amazing posts for those that loved them and for those that may have missed them. Bon appetite!

 

New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration

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Holiday Dinner Party – Menu Options for Food & Drink

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DIY Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party – DIY Decor 

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Christmas-Inspired Wedding – Etsy Thursday post

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Winter Wedding – Etsy Thursday post

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SHARE WITH ME: Which was your favorite post? Which was your favorite item? Will you try any of the recipes or DIY decor I shared?

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3D-MEMOIRS IS LOOKING FOR IDEAS: Do you have an idea for an Etsy Thursday post? I’m always looking for new ideas, so please email me at 3DMemoirs@gmail.com! I look forward to hearing from you!

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy New Years! There are so many things that I am thankful for in 2012 and I am so excited to see what is in store for 2013! 

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DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Food & Drinks

DIY Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party – Menu Options for Food & Drinks

Yesterday I shared a couple amazing decor ideas for a DIY Holiday dinner party that are guaranteed to have your friends talk your fabulous party for months! Now that you have the decor, it’s important to decide on a delicious menu – food and drinks – to WOW your guests. I am always looking for new recipes and I have found a few great ideas for a tasty holiday menu – try not to drool as you check out these creative recipes!

{MENU – Holiday Appetizers}

If you are having a large gathering you may want to offer appetizers and easy to make finger foods for your guests. Some health-conscious menu options include:

Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto (add Neufchatel cheese if you want the extra calories and flavor)

Asparagus wrapped in proscuitto

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Balsamic Roasted Red Potatoes

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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Double Tomato Bruschetta

Marinated Cheese & Crackers

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Fruit Skewers (pineapple, melons, grapes, strawberries)

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, crutons, diced red onions, feta cheese crumbles, and toss in a low-calorie balsamic vinegar salad dressing.)

 

{MENU – Holiday Dinner}

If you have a more intimate dinner with a few friends or family, here are a few menu options to enjoy around your dinner table:

Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Shallots

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Neely’s Short Ribs

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Chicago Italian Beef (Pot Roast)

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Risotto (Vegetarian Option)

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As side dishes feel free to use any of the recipes above along with these hearty main dishes. I would also recommend the following sides:

  • brown rice,
  • vegetables (green beans, broccoli & cauliflower, carrots, asparagus, etc),
  • salad,
  • bread (corn bread or rolls),
  • baked sweet potato slices (rubbed in olive oil and sprinkled with cinnamon).

 

{MENU – Holiday Drinks}

In addition to tasty food, you will definitely want to have some delicious drinks to offer your guests. Here are some wonderfully unique drink options I have collected on Pinterest that you can WOW your guests with:

Cranberry Mojitos (alcoholic)

Apple Cider Sangria (alcoholic)

Sparkling Punch (non-alcoholic)

Iced Chai Tea (non-alcoholic)

 

{MENU – Holiday Desserts}

Last but NOT least – Dessert -my favorite part of the meal! Here are a few scrumptious dessert options:

Peppermint Bark

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Pecan Pie Bars

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Pumpkin Better Than Sex Cake

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Knock You Naked Brownies

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**I have an absolutely amazing collection of food, dessert, and drink recipes on Pinterest – please visit my board for more menu inspiration!**

SHARE WITH ME: Did you enjoy my 2-part DIY Holiday Dinner series?? I hope you received a lot of creative, beautiful, and delicious inspiration!

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DIY Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party

DIY Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party + Giveaway

With the holidays being upon us I figured why not do a special DIY Friday post with inspirational ideas for hosting a holiday dinner party. I am a huge DIY’er and DIY fan! (Side note: I can’t wait until we buy a house next year so I can DIY-myself crazy with holiday decor and dinner parties!) When it comes to hosting an awesome dinner party there are a couple must-haves to create the perfect ambiance = great company + amazing food + beautiful ambiance/decor + awesome music! Pull this off and you will have your friends talking about your amazing party for weeks.  (Don’t forget to join the holiday spirit and buy a Christmas tree.)

Whether you are planning a large Christmas holiday get-to-gether or an intimate dinner, after you decide on your guestlist, you’ll want to plan the decor & the menu (food & drinks/libations). Due to all the wonderful ideas I have to share with you, I have decided to split these two elements {Decor & Menu} into two separate posts – make sure you come back tomorrow for some amazing food and drink inspiration and recipes for a tasty dinner party!

 

{DIY DECOR}

You will definitely want set the tone for your Christmas dinner party, so it is important for you to utilize the decor to create the perfect ambiance for your guests.  To get your creative juices going, here are some decor ideas (with photo examples):

  • Votives & Candles (make sure to distribute them throughout the entire event space) – I would recommend Mercury or gold glass votives in various sizes, heights, and shapes. You can also use clear votives and wrap them with a piece of your favorite ribbon, twine, or fabric.
Candle Votives

Candle Votives

 

  • Pine Cones – Scented pine cones would be an awesome selection if your guests are not sensitive to scents. You can use frosted pine cones, brown pine cones, or choose to paint your pinecones, dip them in glitter, or string them to make a garland. (Check out these pine cone crafts!)
Frosted Pine Cones

Frosted Pine Cones

 

  • Christmas Tree Branches – Cut some bottom hanging Christmas tree branches from your tree and use them as decoration around your centerpiece, on your mantle or dinner table, or as part of a centerpiece.

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  • Gold chargers and gold decor accents – Use the gold chargers for intimate dinners at your table. Make sure to include gold decor accents (bulbs, ribbon, candleholders, ornaments, figurines, etc) on the table and around your event space.
Christmas Dinner Party Tablescape

Christmas Dinner Party Tablescape

 

  • Christmas Wreath – Here is an awesome decorative DIY gold leaf wreath – {Find the DIY instructions on 100 Layer Cake}
DIY Gold Wreath

DIY Gold Wreath

 

  • Decorative Bulbs Centerpiece – fill vases or decorative bowls with various bulbs or combine bulbs, candles, or other decorative elements (sequins, crystals, artificial snow, tree branches, etc) together for a lovely centerpiece.
Christmas Bulb Centerpiece

Christmas Bulb Centerpiece

 

  • White Christmas Lights – Use white lights on the mantle, intertwine with garland, use them to decorate your table, fill several vases with white lights, hang them in sheer curtains, string them up high or run them along the floor base.
White Lights Decoration

White Lights Decoration

 

  • Color Palette – Choose a festive color palette for your linens and decor such as shades of brown, red, tan/ivory, burnt orange. Here is an example:

 

(Find more wonderful Christmas color palette inspiration on Design Seeds!)

  • Linen – Depending on your color palette, select your tables linen and/or runner that will complement your decor elements.

Ever thought that you could never afford to buy linens for a dinner party or event? Me too! At $20 a linen, it could be very expensive to purchase several linen table cloths that you can use over and over again, so most of us will either rent linens that we have to return or purchase plastic/paper linen for our events. Well I am happy to share that I have come across an online company that sells linens at ridiculously low and affordable prices – Linen Tablecloth! I like their prices and products so much that 3D-Memoirs is giving away a $40 gift card to Linen Tablecloth to one of our lovely readers – interested? Good – you will definitely want to win this!

 

Here are the simple details of the giveaway:

1. Go to Linen Tablecloth’s website and leave a comment on THIS POST sharing what you have your eyes set on to purchase with the $40 gift card! 

 

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1. Become a fan of Linen Tablecloth on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest – Leave a comment on THIS POST for EACH one you are a fan of. (3 additional entries possible.)

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The giveaway will end on Thursday, December 20th at 8 am PST. The winner will be announced Friday, December 21st at 10 am PST via Twitter & Facebook. Make sure you check Twitter & Facebook to find out if you are the lucky winner of an awesome $40 gift card to Linen Tablecloths!

 

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  • You must be a fan of 3D-Memoirs on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest to win.
  • Gift card code cannot be combined with other coupon codes and promos on LinenTablecloth’s website.
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  • US & Canada residents only.

 

I am so excited about this – you have no idea!! Good luck to you all!!

Don’t forget to come by 3D-Memoirs tomorrow to see the second part of this DIY Holiday Dinner Party post  featuring inspiration & recipes for the MENU – Food & Drinks

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DIY Summer Wedding

Summer is the most perfect time of the year for a wedding–I LOVE summer weddings! To kick off this summer, 3D-Memoirs featured a DIY Summer Bridal Shower Inspiration post including some awesome DIY ideas and lovely Wedding Paper Divas eye-candy! (If you missed it, please check it out!) Fast forward a couple months and wow, can you believe that summer is almost over? Before summer becomes fall, I thought I would share some creative ideas and unique concepts for a DIY Summer Wedding!  You are in for a real treat! I can’t take all the credit for this wonderful post, as you will see below I have two wonderful ladies that have contributed to the amazing content in this post!

 

The color palette that I chose for this DIY Summer Wedding post is SHERBET (like the ice-cream):

Based upon these bright summer colors, Sara from Burnett’s Boards (inspiration for bright-minded brides), was so kind to develop a special Sherbet wedding inspiration board just for this post! After I shared with her that the inspirational vibe for this DIY summer wedding post was “fresh, fun, and romantic using vibrant sherbet colors with a touch of elegance (gold accents)”, this is the lovely board that she came up with:

 (Make sure you stop by Sara’s blog, Burnett’s Boards, to check out all of her unique and creative inspiration boards–you will definitely find the wedding inspiration that you are looking for! I am a personal fan of Burnett’s Boards and I am sure you will become one too!)

 

Based upon this amazing inspiration board, I created 3 DIY items to share with you for a DIY summer wedding. (For the step-by-step DIY instructions, please click on the titles below.)

Wedding Favors

   

 

Wedding Escort Card

                                          

 

Wedding Centerpiece

Individual Components

  

Collective Components 

 

 

In addition to this creative DIY collection, Rebecca from Lady B Paperie, has contributed a lovely and unique sherbet-inspired Botanical DIY Printable Invitation Suite (includes the invitation, RSVP card, insert, & Thank You card)!

 

How lovely is this invitation suite?! Rebecca is so awesome and loves 3D-Memoirs so much that she is giving our readers a FREE printable DIY “Thank You” card! Before downloading your FREE Thank You card, please make sure to stop by and purchase the rest of this beautiful DIY invitation suite for your wedding!  (Rebecca is so talented, if this style doesn’t fit your wedding theme, stop by Lady B Paperie to check out all of her other beautiful invitation suites–I’m sure you will find a perfect match!)

Is this your first time purchasing a DIY printable invitation suite? If so, no worries! Rebecca has provided easy instructions on how to print these lovely invitations, along with DIY printable tips!

 

THOUGHTS: What do you think of this DIY Summer Wedding inspirational post? What did you think of the sherbet color palette? Which one of the DIY projects is your favorite? How much did you love Sara’s inspiration board? Rebecca’s invitations suite?

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Ideas for a Vibrant Summer Bridal Shower

Everyone LOVES weddings & so does 3D-Memoirs, but before you take the most anticipated walk down the aisle there’s a little celebratory event with close friends and family called the BRIDAL SHOWER!  Today, I have the honor of sharing some amazing invitation “eye-candy” from one of our favorite sites: Wedding Paper Divas!! I hope you are as excited as I am to see some of the creative & lovely bridal shower invitations that Wedding Paper Divas offers–a perfect personal touch for those DIY Bridal Showers!

To add to this “eye-candy”, I will be sharing a couple of DIY ideas (found across the web) to incorporate with these lovely Bridal Shower invitations! Ready for some Bridal Shower inspiration?

 

Bridal Shower Invitation from 

Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive : Basil}

Back of Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive: Basil}

 

Lovely vibrant punches of color makes this invitation perfect for a late Spring or Summer Bridal Shower. I am loving this fresh color scheme of soft mint punctuated with bright orange, yellow and cherry. A potential theme that comes to mind is “Summer Love” (or “Spring Love In Bloom” if you have it during the spring) and here are some DIY ideas to help you put this bridal shower together.

 

Bridal Shower Food & Drinks

For this “Summer Love” Bridal Shower a simple, light, & refreshing meal would be ideal. Here are some wonderful menu & drink options, courtesy of some of my favorite Pinterest pins!

Here is a sample health-conscious menu: finger sandwiches (pick your favorite meat(s) & bread(s) or offer a variety), veggie tray, mixed greens salad (add blueberries, strawberries, blackberries/raspberries) tossed with a light fruit vinaigrette, and these lovely fruit kebabs!

Fruit Kebabs

Below you will find some of my favorite Pinterest pins for drinks & libations. Whether you choose to add alcohol or not, these tasty drinks will go perfect with your “Summer Love” Bridal Shower theme!

Pineapple Sangria

Low Country Lemonade (lemonade, peach schnapps & blue curaçao)

Sweet Basil Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler (Rum is optional)

 

To add to the summery charm, don’t forget to add colorful straws wrapped with the bridal shower details.

Colorful Paper Straws

 

Bridal Shower Decor

Make a crepe paper backdrop, perfect to display behind the food/dessert table or as a funbackdrop for photos with the Bride.

Crepe Paper Backdrop (featured by DIY Weddings Magazine)

 

Hang colorful paper lanterns and/or honeycomb tissue balls (see below) around the house/backyard/venue to decorate your event space with color. Use varying sizes, shapes, & patterns of orange, yellow, pink, white/creme, red, turquoise, & mint green to match the Wedding Paper Divas invitation!

 

Orange Paper Lantern

Yellow Nylon Hanging Lantern

Begonia Red Paper Lantern

White Honeycomb Ball

 

It would be amazing if you could score mint green tablecloths to compliment the Wedding Paper Divas’ Bridal Shower invitation, but I realize that it is probably a difficult color to come across. Whether you rent linens or buy paper/plastic tablecloths I would recommend white, yellow, or ivory and utilize your decor to bring in the colorful elements.

 

For your table centerpieces, a simple touch of flowers will add a elegant element to this summer Bridal Shower. Here are a few simple yet beautiful examples of centerpieces that you can incorporate:

Colorful Gerbera Daisies

This lovely centerpiece combines colorful Gerbera Daisies in a tall vase lightly filled with rocks. The pop of color from the flowers and simplicity of the centerpiece definitely adds an elegant touch to your bridal shower decor.

DIY Floral Centerpieces {Featured by Hostess With The Mostess}

This beautiful DIY centerpiece by Geranium Lake (featured on Hostess with the Mostess) is a simple and lovely centerpiece for a “Summer Love” Bridal Shower. Select beautiful & colorful wrapping paper to wrap around cylinder vases and/cans and add a beautiful trim with a complimentary ribbon. (You can probably substitute the wrapping paper for colorful fabric or layered tissue paper.)

Fruit Centerpiece

Pick bright fruits that compliment this Wedding Paper Divas Bridal Shower invitation–strawberries, lemons, oranges, cherries–and fill (at varying heights) a couple vases for each table and add a few colorful flowers, rocks, gems/beads to the vase and VIOLA!

Succulents

Loving the look of these mint to light green succulents in silver dishes as a centerpiece!

LOVE Flower Centerpiece

These monogrammed mugs filled with flowers make for beautiful centerpieces. Use bright and colorful flowers, or stick with white flowers if you have enough color infused throughout the room. If you don’t have these crafty mugs to use, simply substitute them for colored/painted pots, tin cans, or bark wrapped vases.

 

Bridal Shower Favors

For your guests favors, you can either fill a mini pillow pack with red hots (hearts) or a daisy favor box with colorful candy and personalize the label with “Summer Love is so Sweet” or the Bridal Shower details (date, bride’s name, etc)!

Mini Personalized Candy Pillow Packs

Gerbera Daisy Favor Box

 

I hope you didn’t overdose on all the sweetness from the *eye-candy* provided above! What are your thoughts on Wedding Paper Divas lovely Bridal Shower invitation, the “Summer Love” theme, and the DIY details that I’ve shared with you? In addition to this lovely bridal shower invitation, Wedding Paper Divas offers a variety of several other creative and beautiful bridal shower invitations for you to choose from, here are a few of my favorites:


 

No matter what your bride’s style or the theme for the bridal shower, you are guaranteed to find a lovely Bridal Shower invitation from  to match. Also, don’t forget about your thank you cards, you can find the perfect Thank You card here.

I would love your feedback on today’s post! Do you have any creative bridal shower themes that would go perfect with any of the other invitations shown above?  I’d love to hear some of your ideas! (Comment below the post or send me a note at 3DMemoirs@gmail.com.)

As an Event & Wedding planner, I absolutely adore distinctive details, which is why I can’t help but share amazing posts on creative DIY projects, event decor, & lovely wedding touches with my readers! 

 Please take a look around and comment on your favorite post(s) and feel free to share them, and this site, on your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and plain ‘ole email).) 

Exciting happenings on the 3D-Memoirs blog: 

10 Hot Wedding Trends for 2013 – Every Wed by guest blogger, Gail Oliver (OliverINK Etsy Shop). We have already revealed the first two trends, so catch up here and come back next Wednesday for #3.

Etsy Thursdays – If you LOVE Etsy, handmade goods, and/or weddings, then you’ll LOVE Etsy Thursday–every week I select a theme and show you my best Etsy finds!

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