Thursday, July 21, 2016

Disco Ball Ice Cream Party!

I love disco balls! Like.... a lot! I love to incorporate them whenever I can. Over the past couple years, I would collect disco balls whenever + wherever I spotted them. I even added them to my Christmas tree, which is why I have such a huge collection of different sized disco balls!

While on Pinterest, I recently spotted a darling Sparkle-Filled Disco Ice Cream social! Genius, right?! They used disco balls in the cutest of ways, and I knew I wanted to do the same! 

I received some darling striped ice cream cups from the Bakers Party Shop, and knew instantly that they would pair perfectly with my disco ball collection!



I don't work with pastels or lighter colors in my parties too often, but I will say that I had a lot of fun working with these sweet colors & pastel rainbow stripes - and of course, the disco balls!

I spray painted my bubble gum machine and used it as my Disco Ball Ice Cream Party centerpiece.
Inside I filled it with shimmery disco balls, rock candy, and delicious macarons from Nicole of Bella's Bakery


I ordered the perfect tissue tassel from My Paper Crush, and attached a few mini disco balls to it. I hung it over my party table to add a little festive & sparkly touch!

I covered my party table in a roll of pink paper and attached a plastic fringe around the bottom - both from Shindigz!  

I added pastel rainbow striped plates, polka dotted napkins, striped ice cream spoons from the Bakers Party Shop, mini party hats, and the most darling Disco Ball drinking cups, from Packed Party


 Sweet treats were also made out to look like Disco balls! I asked Maddi from The Sweet Talk Bake Shoppe if she could create a disco ball cookie for me - and she did! I loved how they turned out, and I made them into disco ice cream sandwiches!

I filled the cookies with vanilla ice cream, and then dipped the sides in sweet sprinkles, from the Baker Party Shop!




 I even added some sprinkles to the side of my treat pail! They really added a pop of sweetness.

I had fun creating a party with two of my favorite things: ice cream, and disco balls! They both made my Summer a little sweeter. 















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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Unicorn Party Ideas| Shindigz

Sweet girlie parties have always been a favorite of mine. My daughter is coming up on 16 soon, so you can imagine how excited I was to create a party that was magical, and super sweet! I had my nieces and friend's daughter over for a unicorn themed party. 



I had so much fun styling this fun unicorn party for Shindigz! You'll be able to see more party pictures, and lots of sweet details by heading to their blog







Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cocktails and Cacti Party| Summer Celebration Ideas

Cacti has quickly become one of my favorite party accessories! I think I love styling with them just as much as I do flamingos, and pineapples! Summer gatherings are still in full swing, so I jumped at the chance to put together a simple gathering featuring cocktails & cacti!

One of my favorite details of the party table was the FIESTA sign I created! I took Styrofoam letters from Shindigz, and painted them with Testors one coat lacquer spray, in Lime Ice. When they were dry, I added little prickly details by hand painting them with a black Testors paint marker.













I started off  with a pink, green, and gold color palette and mixed in touches of paper décor to represent a fiesta-like feel.

My daughter has always shown interest in painting, and for this particular party, I happily asked if she wanted to paint a backdrop, using different cactus shapes. She was very excited to help, and I absolutely love what she did! Thank you, Nina!



I found some darling cactus pinatas from Urban Outfitters, and jumped at the chance to use them as part of my décor!

I created some cacti printables from some lovely watercolor artwork that I picked out on Etsy. I used them for cupcake toppers, and little accents on the favor boxes.



For the menu, I whipped up a couple easy appetizers, and served pink wine, of course. Cheese quesadillas topped with guacamole & pico de gallo were so tasty.


I was able to create a fun touch to some plain white Chinet dessert plates, by hand painting designs with my Testors paint marker in metallic gold.


I also used a stemless wine glass from Chinet, for a fun way to sip cocktails! They were so pretty that you wouldn't realize that they were plastic!

I also took a simple cracker and added a delicious herb spread, and finished it off with chopped onions.

This was such a fun way to celebrate, and I hope you're inspired to gather your friends for a simple party before the Summer ends.

Cheers!






Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pack the Perfect Picnic| With Coca-Cola + FREE printables

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Every year our city likes to kick off Summer with an outdoor concert series! Every week my family and I look forward to attending "concerts in the park". We've been doing this for several years now, and it just gets better every time! You pack a picnic dinner, your favorite beverages, chairs & blankets, and your dancing shoes! While attending a concert in the park, you can plan on spending a few hours with fun people, delicious food, and great tunes. 

I try to keep our dinner menu as easy as possible when heading to the park. And because the evenings are still warm, eating light is always a nice option. How do I pack the perfect picnic? Disposable food containers, fresh fruit, a summer salad, and refreshing Coca-Cola! 

A couple days before heading out to the park, I stopped over at my local Sam's Club to pick up items for our picnic dinner. I found ingredients for my Summer salad, fruit cups, and a family pack of Coca-Cola. And how perfect is the "Share a song" labeling for an outdoor concert?! I almost started belting out, "I'm on top of the world"... 

You can even click here for a convenient way to purchase your own 28 pack of Coca-Cola!

The time had come for me to start prepping for our picnic dinner! First I started preparing the fruit cups. They're super simple to make, and are the perfect treat to enjoy anywhere. The plastic cups & lids make them really easy to travel with. I set out watermelon, strawberries, mini cucumbers, and mango. Mmmm!

First, I cut off the ends of the longer watermelon spears, so they would fit in the cups. Then, I diced up the mini cucumbers and started layering the fruit inside the cups.

Once the cups were filled, I attached the lid securely, and tied a bamboo fork on top. So easy!


Next, it was time to build the salad! My supplies included some disposable food boxes, basket liners, printable tags that I created, and washi tape. 
 

I used a package of salad mix, tomatoes, and mini cucumbers. I lined my box with paper basket liners, and started building our salads. I filled the box with lettuce, added tomatoes, and cucumbers. Just think of all the fun toppings you can add!

Once the food boxes were filled, I poured small amounts of salad dressing into mini cups, and set it inside of the salad boxes. 


I closed up the boxes, and topped them with my little music themed tags.


Coca-cola is taking center stage as our beverage of choice. The Share a Coke and a Song Coca-Cola campaign has been in full swing, and their cans make them perfectly dressed for a night of musical enjoyment! I added some fun paper straws to the cans, and packed them up for our picnic.


It was so fun packing up for our picnic, and we had the best time listening to music in the park! Not to mention, the clean-up was so simple this time around! And when the band started to play, "I'm proud to be an American", let's just say that was the icing on top of a perfect evening out with friends and family! 


Will you be packing up for a picnic or road trip soon? You can print out our FREE printable tags and straw flags, here.

Use this pin for picnic and road trip inspiration!