With the Fourth of July approaching, I thought I'd share some of the things from the impromptu cookout we hosted this past Memorial Day. It was a quick, low-stress event but also had some cool DIY elements you may consider to help make your Independence Day memorable!
We focused our efforts on good food - Hubbs was on the grill, Mom brought the cold sides, and Munch and I were in charge of the drinks and sweets (and hot sides). Munch said she wanted to make a cool drink so we hunted for recipes. We tweaked what we found online based on what we could find in the store and it was really a fun experiment!
Red, White and Blue Drink
White Powerade (flavor unknown)
Sugar-free blue Powerade
1. Pour a little (very little) Cran-Apple juice into the glass
2. Fill glass with ice and insert straw
3. Pour White Powerade
4. Top with blue Powerade
Voila! A simple fabulous and YUMMY drink! Munch was so excited and our guests were really impressed!
Red, White and Blue Cupcakes
1. Bake Red velvet cupcakes according to package instructions
2. Frost with cream cheese icing
3. Place 3 blueberries on top
VOILA! A delicious and FESTIVE dessert!
They looked awesome in our cupcake display on the table. While the cupcakes were on the table, my cool whip cake chilled in the fridge.
Bake the cake flavor of your choice according to package directions. Let cool for at least 20 minutes. Top with cool whip, use fresh strawberries and blueberries to create a flag on top. Place in the fridge until you're ready to serve and VOILA! An easy and fabulous treat!!
We used extra Christmas wrapping paper (red and white striped) to make a simple table runner. I hung a simple banner from the centerpiece, purchased red and blue napkins, and served all food on white platters. The uniformed platters and simple decor made a subtle statement while also allowing my inner event planner to do what 'she' does best.
Time with family, specifically surrounding holidays, is not meant to be stressful. The focus should be on creating a laid back atmosphere where your guests can enjoy themselves.
So, pour a yummy drink, cook up some easy and delicious food, and (oh, come on! Just one more for the road!!) VOILA! Enjoy the great company!
"I am convinced that most people do not grow up... We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias." - Maya Angelou
Since the celebration vault is wide open, let's play a round of catch-up, shall we?
I worked with a friend's hubby recently to create a chic lounge feel in their home for a semi-surprise birthday party for his wife, and my dear friend, Deb. She chose the theme and colors and he passed along the information to pull together a cool Cotton Club themed party. The Cotton Club is a movie set in the roaring 20's and is the epitome of Hollywood glamour - feathers, sparkles and layers upon layers of accessories!
After the chalkboard-themed graduation party, I returned home to change my clothes and load the car for the wedding later on that day. It was a lovely day. I'm sure I'll have 'to die for' images from the photographer because her same-day teasers were awesome!!
The day was great. It was a lot of work but it all came together fabulously.
I knew it was a good time when guests were dancing during the meal!
Did you recognize the above image from the Proof I Survived post? Of course you do! Well, I was super excited for that picture because it's my personal reminder that my new services have exceeded my clients' expectations. OMG! I designed that table number up there! Actually, I designed all signage and programs for the wedding!
My bride decided to hang tulle poms from the gazebo as her ceremony decor. I designed the above "poms" for the top of her programs and, in Microsoft Word, I added gray lines above each one(feel free to borrow! You can change the color and size in Word too). It was the perfect way to tie in her ceremony decor. I then used the pom design to unify all signage. Oh, and guess what!
I'm sharing all of the signage with you below. I know! I know! Simply print the table numbers as 4X6 photos and the other signs as either 5X7 or 8X10!
I've even included a blank sign that you can personalize for whatever you need (candy buffet, photo booth, favors, thanks, bathroom signs, etc.). Why?! Because you guys have supported me along this crazy journey.
I posted a teaser for the graduation party hosted last Saturday, June 13th, in last week's Wordless Wednesday post.
Those yard stakes set the tone for an awesome event!
I made a simple wreath using graduation caps, yarn and a mini chalkboard. I love the simple and chic design.
The guest of honor has a great sense of style and, according to her stylish mama, cheesy decor was not an option. When I saw the party invite, I decided to move forward with a chalkboard-themed event. Our grad is headed to school on a basketball scholarship, she maintained great grades, and she is as breathtaking as a super model!
This week, we're opening the celebration vault to discuss events - both past and present. Buckle up, Islanders, this is going to be a bumpy ride! First up? Last week's football baby shower.
I was asked to help with a former office cube neighbor's baby shower during last week's event bonanza. He and his wife are expecting a baby girl and, because this event was for the dad-to-be, the coordinators chose a football theme. As you know, I recently coordinated a football-themed baby shower for Hubbs' cousin. In the case of the office event, plans were finalized before I was involved - they determined the theme (Dad is a Dallas Cowboys fan and Mom is a Redskins fan), they decided on the decor and the overall set-up. It really made my life easier so I volunteered to provide a sweets table and that was going to be my only focus for the event. We know that weekend was crazy for me (with four events) so I was GLAD to play a minor role in the event!
As the shower neared, I realized the invite wasn't sent and volunteered to make one. I used the theme to create an invite. Do you remember the football shower invitation?
I took that design and tweaked it for the shower.
It turned out super cute and set the tone this would be a fun baby shower for the guys and girls. I really like it and I decided to incorporate pink because it's for a cheerleader. I wanted the sweets table to be classy, elegant and girl-y but clearly be a football-y (another word I made up... you're welcome!) table. Mission accomplished!