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DIY large paper tissue flowers

This weekend I’m hosting brunch for Mother’s day for my mother in law (hopefully she’s not seeing this yet…). I’ll show more photos later but I wanted to share these beforehand. This is such an easy and inexpensive craft to do for a party. I got all of my materials from the dollar store! I found this great tutorial from A Blissful Nest and only slightly changed it.
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Wouldn’t these be pretty for a baby shower or even left in a bathroom like this at a party. It reminded me of a water lilly and I just put it here so I could see what it looked like (#craftinginbedproblems)

DIY large paper tissue flower

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sip, sip HOORAY! engagement party

Throwing themed parties is one of my favorite things to do. We had decided at brunch a few weeks ago to throw a chambray and champagne party…and then Susan got engaged so it obviously became her engagement celebration…but we all still showed up in chambray!
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diner en blanc in the rain

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I was so excited to go to diner en blanc in philly this year with andrea (my soul sister and former philly roommate, bridesmaid, coworker…you know she’s basically everything to me). In case you don’t know, Diner en Blanc occurs across the world and is basically a chic white pop-up picnic thats an all night party! It’s invite only and tickets are coveted. You bring everything from your table & chairs to your picnic feast and are shown to an undisclosed super secret location where everyone lines up table after table for a massive picnic and party. Diner en Blanc occurs rain or shine and they mean it. We were absolutely soaked but had a great time. I’ll walk you through the night and what we packed. Continue reading


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nautical party snack bar

This week we are in the Outerbanks for vacation and our first day of vacation happened to land on JPS’ birthday. Unfortunately most of his actual birthday was spent in the car from NJ to NC but we had a birthday breakfast and a nautical themed snack bar!
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It was really fun to think about some snacks that everyone would like and that we could have a nautical spin on…nautical party snacks

fish & chips – potato chips
fishing bait – gummy worms
crab legs – pretzel sticks
seaweed – sour punch straws
nautical party snacksnautical party signs - wholesome to the partynautical party sailboat sugar cookiesBecause traveling with food can be beastly I tried to think of some simple things that could be made ahead and travel easily. I baked sugar cookies, decorated them and froze them a couple of weeks ago. I transported them in a cooler so the icing wouldn’t heat in the sun and smudge. I also made glazed donut muffins and added the sweetest anchors to them.

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planning the perfect lilly pulitzer party!

I recently held a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired party. Here are some tips for you to have the perfect Lilly Pulitzer party! (or how to plan the best flamingo party!)

lilly pulitzer partyBe sure to theme your party to a print! I chose a flamingo print and based all the decisions on the print…but I had to add some gold! The gold balloons above can be found here, for just $1.50/balloon. They are a little hard to blow up so you’ll need a little bit of patience (and a flat iron to seal the balloon!).

flamingo cookies

Homemade sugar cookies / cookie cutter (similiar here) I made the tent signs on photoshop.

crepe paper photo booth wall | as GOLD as it gets blogI bought crepe paper streamers (yes the .88 ones at Party City!) I also made the banner and will do a DIY soon!

photo booth ideasLife’s a party. Dress like it!

shop sweet lulu balloons

These balloons were so fun to play with! I love getting party supplies at Shop Sweet Lulu! They don’t have these balloons anymore but I’m really like these and theselilly pulitzer party

I set up a little bubbly bar on a small table we have with flamingo straws, napkins, cups and three hot pink bottles from home goods ($2.99 each). You can’t see the cups well in this picture but they say clink and drink.

lilly pulitzer party

 She lived like every hour was happy hour.

lilly pulitzer party lilly pulitzer partyI loved sneaking these flamingo picks into the strawberry cupcakes. Isn’t that the cutest flamingo? He was a gift from my mother-in-law, and hes actually a watering can so he can be on our patio all summer long!

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I also had chocolate frosted donuts (recipe here) and cake pops (recipe here). And in case you find yourself also needing a gold sequined table runner, you can find it for a steal here.

We had such a fun time and Lilly Pulitzer makes for a perfect party. To see more of this party check out #27lillydresses on instagram!