Archive for May, 2016

Getting the Ladies Together for a Tea Party!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

When I was a little girl, I never really played tea party or a lot of those girly things. Yes, I was into Barbies, but I was more of a make mud pies, play cars on my grandmother’s fireplace, or even a climb trees kind of girl.  I hung out with more boys than girls, just because sometimes they got kind of boring and I wanted to be playing outside, rather than playing tea party. Now that I am an adult and have a busy life being a mother and wife, I like to take time to enjoy girly things like that now. So, in this article, we are going to plan the perfect tea party!  

The first thing is thinking about how many people and the date to have it and sending out invitations about it, that way people know what you have in mind! Here is a link to our beautiful tea party invitations.  http://www.invitationbox.com/tea-party-invitations.html

tea party

There may be some reasons for planning a tea party. You might be getting married soon and this would be a perfect bridal shower with your lady friends. Perhaps you have a daughter turning 16 and what to throw a Sweet 16 Tea Party, or maybe a little one that wants to have a little tea party birthday with her little friends. A tea party is the perfect party theme for even a baby shower, and it can also be a great excuse for a simple gathering of lunch and a few cocktails with the best of friends. First you have to start planning, so here are some ideas for seating, after you get a head count of who will be there.

table setting

You have to have refreshments and drinks so your guests won’t get hungry and thirsty and I have found some simple food and drinks that will make them happy. When it comes to the food you will serve your guests lighter foods.  Serve something like mini tea sandwiches, cream cheese and asparagus, gorgeously colored pastel cookies, tart fruit bars or a fresh berry or yogurt parfait.  Offer your guests a cup of hot tea, a fresh cucumber water, a fun and light cocktail, ice tea or lemonade

tea party food

tea party drinks

mini salads

Now you have to think about decorations because you need to set the mood so here I have found some cute ideas for indoor or outdoor.

balloons

door

vases

And you have to wear something that goes with the theme!

attire

When it is time for you guests to leave, offer a take home gift such as a bag with a tea bag and sugar cubes, or maybe a little tea cup with plant seeds. Anything to thank them for coming. Thank you cards are pretty common too. Here is a link for our thank you cards designs. 

http://www.invitationbox.com/flatnotecards1.html

Preparing for Your Beach Party

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

 

mermaids

 

Now is the time to start planning on a beach trip!   Whenever I get to thinking about a beach trip, of course the first thing you are thinking about is what to wear! You start tanning before so you don’t get super burned when laying out in the sun for the first time, don’t forget the sunscreen!  And who can forget the awesome new swimsuit to purchase, trying them on is of course the worst part because nothing seems to work when thinking about the waves possibly washing it off, whoops! Or maybe, you are like me and have too many swimsuits already and just want a cover up or something if you aren’t comfortable bearing it all for strangers.

beachwear

 

You might be thinking of having a seafood boil at your beach house, because how can you be at the beach and not eat seafood?! Well of course you will need invitations for that!  Our lovely beach-like invitations have you covered with vibrant colors, which are totally IN this season for summer invitations and decorations!

 

invite

 

You have to set the beach party mood with some awesome decorations. This lantern walkway really makes me want to just sit down on a lawn chair, toes in the sand and chill, watching the boats go by and staring at the bright moon. They are so easy to make with paper bags and battery candles (to prevent fires of course, because let’s face it, nothing makes people run away from a party like an unintended fire). Also don’t forget the hanging lanterns, beach ball decorations, flamingos, etc…

decorations

You want your guests to be hydrated, so it is important to provide refreshments and drinks on hand. At the end of your party, make sure each adult guests gets a refreshing and healthy dessert with fruit-filled popsicles These pops are super easy to make. They are super healthy too! All it takes is 3/4 cup Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion, 3/4 cup Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne, and 8-10 oz of mixed berries, apples and pomegranate arils. Directions: Fill half of popsicles wells half way up with Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion and the other popsicles wells half way up with Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne. Layer each well with a variety of fruit. Cover top of popsicle mold with foil. Create a hole in the center of each well just large enough to insert a popsicle stick; insert popsicle stick. Transfer to freezer and chill until frozen solid, about 2-4 hours (time may vary according to freezer type and how full it is). We will give the kids koolaid ♥

healthy pops

And don’t forget the food and beverages!!

beach drinks

seaweed dip

These towel holders are really cool to have, that way guests aren’t trying to keep up with their towels, they can reuse them and they aren’t just for towels, you can organize your pool noodles and arm floaties too! Wow, how did I not think of this?! All you need is some PVC pipe.

towel holder

At the end of the party, you want to make sure to thank your guests for coming and maybe send the kids home with a special present for the drive home. I suggest something as simple as bubble wands! It isn’t messy and the parents will thank you for giving something that will keep them occupied for a while.

kids bubbles

 

Finding the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Buying for a father for Father’s Day can be tough at times, by the way, it is on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Sometimes buying something like a tie or hat can get pretty old or you just feel like putting more effort into something else.  Maybe you just want something that has more meaning. He’s been with you through it all…from skinned knees and go carts at the putt-putt range, to your first broken heart and walking you down the aisle at your wedding.  He’s the man who you can always count on to never let you down!

Such an awesome dad deserves something that has true meaning behind it. To make your Father’s Day shopping easier, we’ve created a fabulous collection of personalized gifts that will make your dad think of you each time he uses it.  We’ve tailored each collection for each kind of dad out there, whether he’s a family man, an outdoors dad who’s always grilling up something amazing or the sports fanatic.  Take a quick peek at our brand new personalized Father’s Day gift collections and choose what personality your father embodies.  You’ll quickly find the perfect gift to tell him just how much he means to you!

cooking

 

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dad and sun

 

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