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Spring Tea Party

Posted in DIY, FAMILY PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on March 22, 2016

 

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Oh, Spring! Glorious Spring! How I love thee!


Seriously, though, we’ve been talking about Spring a lot these days, what with the recent Spring Home Tour, various Spring pies and cakes and crafts. But, do you know what we haven’t talked about in what seems like forever? Parties! And what better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a Spring Tea Party!

 

Of course, it starts with the invitation. Unless it doesn’t start with the invitation, which was the case here! Ha! In this case, all of my inspiration came from a salad plate. This lovely, vintage style salad plate from Pioneer Woman’s new dinnerware line to be exact. I was busy buying paper towel and laundry soap and came home with 6 of these plates for my table as well! I love the colors; I love the floral pattern and scroll work. And, I live for the red border. These salad plates scream warm and sweet tea afternoons. Spring Tea Party swoon-worthy – they were just perfect!

 

Pioneer Woman Country Garden Salad Plates

Armed with inspiration, it was time for invitations and to visit my go-to guest list management site, Evite! Evite has a wide variety of invitation options for tea parties, but my heart was set on the vintage floral look. There were a few options that came very close, but I was determined to have a near exact pattern and look to my inspiration plate.  Luckily, Evite offers not only free designs but also offers a Premium invitation that allows you to upload your design. Perfect.

I created my design, loaded it up to the Evite site, added the party details and my guest list and pressed send! It was THAT easy. I love that I can go on about my planning and just wait for the RSVPs to roll in. Evite has other fun features that allow you to select gifts and interact directly with your guests through the list. Fantastic.

Tea Party Image|Invitation Created in PicMonkey and Evite

 

Decor was up next, and I kept it simple.

Although I would have loved to be sitting in the middle of a garden, wearing an amazing Fascinator and sipping mint juleps, the weather isn’t quite up for that yet. So, I brought the garden inside.

Flowers were a must for this party, and I found all of these at my local grocer. Mixing a matching a few bouquets, and bringing in a few daffodils from my yard gave me the look and color I was going for.

 

A practical centerpiece, the teapots were labeled with the selections of the afternoon and placed on a pedestal.

 

My favorite accent had to be the paper doilies I picked up on clearance at my local grocer – they are also available at Amazon.com. The doilies up the vintage-factor for me for next to no cost.

 

I used my grandmother’s silver and mismatched serving dishes to take away some of the formality. This party was supposed to be fun after all!

These cute and inexpensive clip-on butterflies, which came in a perfect pack of 6, were ideal for place markers!

Butterfly Clips
Tea was obviously an important component to this party. Because I like to offer a cocktail choice at my parties, I decided rather than go with the usual tea flavor favorites; I would offer those that complemented cocktails that included tea. The teas I found that were a natural fit for this were a fruit sangria by Adigio teas,  a citrus green tea, also by Adigio teas, and a hot cinnamon tea by Harney and Sons which had the distinct flavor of red hots candy – this would be great in the fall or winter!

 

 

To complement these I offered prosecco, sparkling water and sparkling fruit juices and my guests and I enjoyed testing the different flavors!

 

 

Make sure to have both sweet and savory food options for your party. I kept the food fairly simple. For savory, I went with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini croissant chicken salad sandwiches, and devilled eggs.

On the sweet side, petite fours, various other cookies, and other sweets finishing off with a lovely lemon cream cake. I mixed homemade with store bought – don’t feel you have to hand make everything.

White Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

 

 

 

I always like to plan a game or activity – there are a million (who knew?) well loved favorites for tea parties. Our favorite “Spill the tea”, where each guest writes a tidbit of information about themselves anonymously and puts the slip of paper into a teapot. Everyone passes the teapot around the table, pulling and reading a sheet from the teapot. The players then try to guess who wrote the slip. It’s a great icebreaker for when not everyone knows one another, and great fun for when everyone knows each other well!

 

 

My favorite part of the afternoon by far – hanging out with these crazies. I couldn’t ask for more lovely ladies in my life!

 

 

 

At the end of the afternoon, each guest left with a linen drawstring bag filled with sachets of tea and cookies and a cute little teapot thank you for spending their time with me!

 

As my gift to you, feel free to download the label file by clicking on it!

 Teapot Favor Labels

Great memories were made – Thank you to Evite for helping me make this, and all of my parties, a complete success!

Links:
Invitations: Invitations and Premium Designs http://www.evite.com
Dinnerware, placemats: http://www.Walmart.com
Butterfly Clips http://www.WorldMarket.com
Flowers, Italian and sugar cookies, scones: http://www.thefreshmarket.com
Cake, cookies and all other food: http://www.knockitoffkim.com
Party Design, Decor, and Styling: http://www.knockitoffkim.com
Linen Bags: http://www.Target.com
Teapot Favor Labels: http://www.knockitoffkim.com
Photography: http://www.knockitoffkim.com

Pin for later: Spring Tea Party

 

 

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Bollywood Inspired Party

Posted in KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on June 17, 2015

No, there isn’t a glitch in your system, I am writing a blog post. I know you’ve been hearing the crickets chirping instead of my fingers flying on the keyboard!

I’d bore you with the details of the past few weeks, and the reasons why my beloved blog has had to take a bit of a backseat, but let’s just summarize, shall we? Here’s the skinny:

  • End of school
  • Fifth-grade graduation – is that even a thing?
  • Dance recitals
  • Adult children are moving in. And repeat.
  • The 21 Day Fix – I’m eating out of containers.
  • Autism, autism, autism
  • Mandatory (and much needed) family time
  • Three parties! 

Are you exhausted yet because I know I am? The show must go on. Today, I clawed my way back to share one of the three parties with you! If you know me, you know I love a party!

Our lovely girl, Bekah, was turning 12, and the celebration was at our house this year. We threw a fun party for family and friends, followed by a movie/sleepover for eight tweens-bordering-on-teens. The theme – Bollywood!

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places – in this case, a mini-card stock book that I can’t for the life of me even remember when or why I picked up. Add to that Bekah’s love for her favorite reigning Disney princess.. Jasmine, of course.. It was a unique theme that was easy to execute. Bright colors, mixed patterns and an over-abundance of a glittery gold set just the right mood and tone.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Invites created with Picmonkey. My inspiration came from here and here.

The party starts at the front door. For the entry way, I used various pieces from around my home, and from different projects. Click the links below to see how I’ve used some of these items in the past!

Mirror draping – Walmart party table cloths, the most versatile party decor! Check here and here for other purposes.
Peacock feathers – Peacock Halloween costume.
Gold beads – Christmas decor.
Table covers – Mine, drapes, curtains and a scarf embellished with gold washi tape. 
I like to start the party with an interactive activity – it’s perfect for that time in between the first guest arriving and the last and it’s a fantastic icebreaker. This embellished bud vase craft was inexpensive and simple enough for even the littlest guests. Gold puffy paint works it’s magic while homemade glass paint adds just a hint of color on what seems a personal genie bottle. You can find a full tutorial at Creme de la Craft.  
Dinner (Pizza – I wasn’t up for authentic cuisine cooking!) was on the floor! We made the table using our Ping Pong table top and 6-7 milk cartons in a row. 
When decorating for a Moroccan/Indian theme, think layers of color. We laid down thick golden-colored drapes as the base, followed by an orange cotton sheet as a runner. Layers of quilting fabric, fat-quarter size, in various jewel tones layered on top. A roll of gold organza ribbon lay down the middle. 
The table sat 12 comfortably – if sitting on the floor is your idea of comfortable!

Houndstooth Pillows
Plates – Party City.
Chargers – Find them at Walmart during the holiday season for cheap. See here for other uses.

Dessert, of course, included cake – coconut is Bekah’s favorite and her request every year – as well as a selection of other yummy sweets and treats. The decor was made up of various items from around the house, as well as a no-sew simple table runner, gold spray-painted elephant toys and my favorite go-to, vinyl tablecloths. 
Best OMG Cheater Coconut Cake
Other no-sew table runner ideas
Gold Votives – Target Dollar Aisle

The key to a successful sleepover is keeping everyone busy! Other activities we enjoyed included DIY Mendhi tattoos using paint brushes dipped in gel food coloring. 

The faux henna recipe:

  • 2 drops orange gel food coloring
  • 1 drop green orange gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup water
Design printables – Yoga DoodleArt 

Another favorite activity – Photo booth fun with our new Fuji Instax Mini! We love, love this thing!

DIY Photo Booth with props and a Fuji Instax Mini 8

Props by The Quirky Quail

There might have also been a bit of belly dancing, movie-watching and snack-eating going on.. but I promised not to post ALL of the photos. All in all, I think everyone had a nice time!

The next morning, each sleepy lady received a gift bag full of the following:

  • Gold bangle bracelets – Target Dollar Aisle
  • Bead ring – Pier 1 Imports – check them out for clearance items for this theme! 
  • Beaded Mirror – Pier 1 Imports
  • Finger cymbals (these might have come out for belly dancing!)  – Amazon.com
  • Tamborine – Amazon.com
  • Candy – Rollos rock! 

I hope you’ve found some interesting and useful ideas for your own Bollywood/Moroccan themed party, and I hope you’ll come back and visit us soon! 

For more ideas on incorporating a Bollywood/Moroccan theme, check out my Pinterest board.

Looking for more party fun? You might also enjoy: 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Pin for later – Bollywood Party Ideas

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Somebody shut this thing off- April musings

Posted in DIY, PARTIES
on April 15, 2015
It never ceases to amaze me, the randomness of my thoughts. Sometimes, I can be so focused that I’m almost single-focused and other times.. well.. I think my thoughts look a bit like this.

Breakfast Energy Smoothie @ Deliciously Sprinkled

After it’s been mixed.

It goes without saying that there are a whole lot of great things inside, but it’s hard to tell one thing from another when it’s all mixed together. My brain, that is, not the smoothie. The smoothie is supposed to be like that!

Anyway, it certainly makes for good conversation. So, here, in no particular order, are the things currently swimming around this head of mine. Enjoy!

April is the start of birthday season. You might remember my mentioning that we have a birthday season in our house. It’s already started really, but April is where it gets freakin’ ridiculous. Starting at the end of April, we will have five birthdays, along with Mothers Day and Fathers Day, to celebrate. In an 8-week period. Two of those will be in the same week. Anyway, obviously I’m thinking parties. Here are a few of my favorites. That gumball garland? Amazing. The Yo Gabba Gabba drink station? Love it. Especially the DJ Lance-esque labels!

Mario Cart Party @ the purple pug
Yo Gabba Gabba Party Drink Station @ The Celebration Society

Inevitably, when searching for parties, you come across parties that you may love, but just don’t apply. I just fell in love with this Gender Reveal Book themed Party at Ice Cream Off Paper Plates. No, I’m not pregnant – I have five kids already; bite your tongue! – and everyone else I know who may be pregnant already knows their baby’s gender, but, with any luck you know someone for whom it might be fun. If you do, send me pictures of your execution. I’m just madly in love with the idea!

Gender Reveal Book Themed Party @ Ice Cream Off Paper Plates
Despite the lack of posts showing you all the work we’ve been doing around the house, there has been some, just not a lot of time to share it! I’ll get to the posts soon. Part of the problem is that there is fair amount of dreaming of other people’s houses going on. My Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law recently bought a big, beautiful house near us – congrats to them! I come across ideas for their new house daily. I’m wishing and obsessively waiting for them to call me so I can help with the decorating! Does anyone else do that or am I just crazy? Wait, don’t answer that. 
My friend April also just bought a big, very cool and unique, house. She has a pool. I know other people have pools, but I don’t have a pool, which means I automatically think she’s way cooler than I am. She updates us regularly with progress of making it into a home at Uncookiecutter.com. Her latest project had me literally swooning and thinking I need to move to a house that has a wide fireplace. I especially love the efforts she puts in to making it her own So fun. 
DIY Faux Industrial Shelves @ uncookiecutter.com
Last week was Spring Break for us and we took off for a short camping trip. It was so nice to get away and I’ve really grown to love camping. As anyone knows, there is always some crazy shenanigan that happens.. more to come on our latest, but what is really nice is forced family fun. I know that sounds terrible, but when we’re home, and all running in different directions, it’s easy to sort of.. not see one another. Not communicate. Being locked together always starts out a little rocky, but in the end, we’re all a lot closer and we’re back to laughing together instead of just passing each other in the hall. 
We have two tweens, and they are lovely.. inside and out. But. As with any tween, sometimes what they say isn’t as lovely. Sometimes, what they say makes your left eye twitch ever so slightly. Sometimes you have to grit your teeth. There was a teeny bit of eye twitching and teeth gritting going on. It was teeny.. but it brought to mind this article by my fellow blogger Thea, at Supermom?, on instilling kindness in our children. My children are kind, and they are polite, but at the age they are, it’s easy to forget how far kindness goes. Reminders are important. As is my not having a stroke before they actually become teens.    
Ooey-Gooey Caramel Peanut Butter Bars @ Creative Kids
When I think of strokes – not a fun thing to think about obviously – and stress and eye twitching and teeth gritting I think of chocolate. It would be better if I thought of going to the gym or running, but it is what it is. Anything with ooey-gooey, caramel AND peanut butter in the title has my vote. This particular recipe is part of a series of recipes for kids to make their Mother’s for Mother’s Day. Yes, please! 
How to grow herbs @ Jillianastasia.com
Back at the ranch – I wish – we’re running around like crazies trying to get our yard back into shape after the long, long winter. It’s almost time for these babies to make an appearance on my deck! With any luck, they’ll fare better this year than last. It was not a good herb season. Jillian has some great tips to ensure your success both during and after the growing season, not to mention gorgeous photos of what you’ll for sure want your herb garden to look like! 
Spring wardrobe transition @ HiSugarplum
And, last but not least, this time of year always has me trying to figure out what to wear. Cassie @ HiSugarplum to the rescue! This woman is like my personal stylist.. only she’s a stylist to everyone. If you are struggling with the winter/spring transition, she has you covered here and here. And, before you see me out and about in the next few week, I have this outfit.. minus the sandals.. but I really, really want them.

How’s things in your neck of the woods? 
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