Saturday, July 26, 2014

Casino 40th Birthday

I recently decorated a 40th birthday party. Some people doubt that your home can be turned into a great party location. It is important to use separate areas of the house in order to accomplish a nice flow of a house party. 

The Fabulous Pictures were taken by one of my favorite photographers, Tim of Action Photo Studio. He did double duty action of the red carpet photos and party photos. I've never seen one person move so fast. Please go check out his Website. If you need a photographer I highly recommend him.

First was the main level. We utilized the eat in Kitchen area for the cake table, photo opts and food.
The cake was from Kake Korner in Laurel Maryland
 I made dice centerpieces to go with the theme. I used the boxes that I brought from Michael's a couple of years ago. These boxes have gotten a lot of use.

 I hung Jumbo size cards over the center island in the kitchen. The Jumbo Cards are from Shindigz
I created Food tent cards to go with the theme. 
We utilized the big wall space in the eat in kitchen for a red carpet and a Personalized Step and Repeat photo backdrop from Bing Banners. I had to join in the fun. 
 Then the party transitioned into a completely cleared out basement level. A private club Vegas styled atmosphere is what we were going for.

The red uplighting, high top tables with spandex table clothes and white leather chairs were rented from Showtime Events. It turned a regular basement into a Las Vegas Night Club.  
I accented the tables with two tiered dice centerpieces and personalized signs. The ceiling and wall decor included black paper lanterns and med sized hanging cards draping down the walls.  

Personalized table signs created by me. 

It wouldn't have been a casino party without Poker and Craps. ShowBiz Productions did a great job with entertaining the guest.

We also had a signature drink and personalized Rum

Hope You Enjoyed!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Egyptian Invitations

I typically only do invitations for parties that I am the planner. I get request to do invitations all the time and occasionally I bite. This recent invitation, I could not resist. I finally got a chance to do an egyptian theme invitation! I love the way they turned out. Even better, I got to utilize some of my new Etsy favorites. 

The gold background digital paper came from Valeriane Digital. She has great digital background papers that are really easy to use. 
The rods came from InkCurves. I worked with Reubena who was fantastic and a pleasure to work with. 
Check out both of their Etsy Stores.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

DIY Custom Monogram

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of developing a Monograms and Mimosas Bridal Shower. I wanted the Bride-to-be new Monogram to hang over the dessert table, but I had to stay within the Hostesses Budget. So ordering one was not an option. On to the DIY. 

So here is what you need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Glitter(how many colors depends on the look you want). I used 5 (very colorful shower) colors for a ombre look
  • White paint(any craft paint for wood)
  • Wooden/Cardboard letters (Small Purchased at Hobby Lobby Large Purchased at Michael's)
  • Fishing wire for hanging
  • 3M Hanging Solution 

1. I started first with the letters that I got from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to make sure that the glitter showed very well, so I painted them white. As you can see, one coat was not enough so two coats did the job.
 I did all three letters separately.  If I had to do it again, I would have hot glued the letters together first in order to make sure the ombre look was cohesive between all three. It worked out in the end, but would have been so much easier (trail and error)!

2. Spread Mod Podge on with your foam paint brush approximately 3-4 inches Stripe (because I had more colors).
3.  Began Glittering. I went from the bottom up Starting with the Darkest color first.  It was easier for me that way. Some began from the top down beginning with the lightest color first. Whichever way works for you.
4. Repeat Step 2 and 3( Paint another 3-4 inches stripe above your darkest color and sprinkle on a mixture of your next color and the one prior).

 After you have finish Glittering. Let dry for 24 hours. 
My letters came with hooks so the hanging was pretty simple. Just attach the fishing wire and hang with  the Command 3m hanging system. This is a very heavy structure, so be sure it is secure. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Gender Neutral Bow ties or Bows Invitations

I love creating new invitations to go along with any theme that I am planning. I will be doing a Bow ties or Bows baby shower in July. I chose the colors Red, Light Blue and Grey. Here is the invitation.

 I got my inspiration from these items found at one of my favorite stores, Homegoods. These items set the tone for the party and I can't wait to incorporate them!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Up Up Away Mint Green, Yellow and Grey Baby Shower

I had the pleasure of developing an Up Up & Away Baby Shower for a friend from High School. 
She specifically requested Elephants and the colors; Mint Green, Yellow and Grey. So that's what I gave her. 
I love to be transparent with the parties that I create and show you that you can always DIY! So check out the details and all of the tutorials below. 

I wish I could take credit for the genius idea of the Hot Air balloons. I got the tutorial from Laura @ Live Craft Love. Check out the tutorial here. It was super easy but made a big impact.
Additionally, the clouds were made via a tutorial found from Andersruff.

 The mother to be is Vegan. Her sister got this cake especially for her from Sticky Fingers in Washington DC. And might I say, it was delicious! I just added a cute mini banner and Viola!
 Cotton Candy from the Dollar Tree. It was so good. I just bagged them up with these tie bags found at Michael's and added a label. 

 My Fabulous friend Heather of Sugar Fairy Celebrations always comes through. She made the delicious elephant cookies and the infamous Oreo Cookie Cake Pops!

 All the candy came from Oh Nuts. Love them!
 Staples did a great job of blowing up the backdrop sign. I just got on there website, uploaded a PDF version of the sign, chose the desired size and sent it directly to the closet store near me. It was ready within 4 hours.  
 Dessert Labels that I created. 

 The Father-to-be's mother and aunt made all of the delicious good. Look how vibrant this fruit is!
 The little grey and white bags, 36" balloon with a Hot Air Balloon netting and mint green polka dot straws(seen in the rice crispy treats) came from BonFortune.
I was so upset that I left the Hot Air Balloon netting :-(  that I got from BonFortune. But I did create this tassel to hang on the balloon.  

I displayed the invitation that I designed and made beside this fringe letter. This was fun and easy. I got this festive tutorial from Tara of One Stylish Party

 Loved how the punch matched the party decor

I also had table Hot Air Balloons. I'll give you a tutorial on how to create these in a later post. 

 Two of the three Hostesses and Friends of the Mother and Father to be.
 Erica was so surprised and had no clue that this was the day of her event. She was in awe of everything. 

 The event was a lovely time and as you can see that Mother-to-be could not be anymore happier. 

The soon to be Big Sister
The Happy Family

Hope you enjoyed!

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