Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kiddie Car Wash

After this heat wave that has been hitting the northeast, I can't think of a better party idea for kids! Would even be just a fabulous neighborhood activity. Just some PVC, plastic tablecloths cut into strips and sponges. Grab your bikes and go!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cinco de Mastalski Recap!

We have been planning a 10th anniversary trip to Mexico next year for awhile now, so we thought what is better than to celebrate a little Cinco de Mayo party with our friends and family? We sent out invitations inviting everyone over for Margaritas, Mariachi & Mexican Munchies. I really wanted a laid back, colorful & festive vibe to put everyone in the spirit.

On the buffet table, I designed little cards for in front of each dish. I also bought stickers in the scrapbooking section of an arts and crafts store and stuck them onto toothpicks, these gave a punch of detail to little things scattered throughout the house.

I loved the tiny little map of Mexico in the salsa bowl.

We turned our backyard into a little Cantina.

Colorful drinks! This watermelon & tequila drink was a hit! So refreshing on a nice night.

No fiesta would be complete without the Margarita maker!

My living room, dining room & family room decked out in papel picado banners. I know alot of people make and sell paper ones on www.etsy.com but I have to admit I picked these up at Party City for a mere $3.99 each. They are plastic and the colors were so vibrant! I still have them hanging in my backyard!

Our firepit & smores station. Nothing better on a chilly spring night!

I handed out "worry doll" favors that I created when my guests left. They were told to put them under their pillows and their worries would be gone in the morning! I have to admit that I got this idea from our favorite Mexican restaurant, Besito, in Hartford, CT. I thought it was a clever little trinket the first time we dined there.

The legend of the worry dolls.....

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

All-Star Baseball Party Inspiration Week

We are now at T-Minus 5 days til my nephew's big baseball 1st birthday bash! We are tying up loose ends and just trying to get the whole party to come together. Thought I would post a little inspiration this week for anyone also planning a ballgame party!


Baseball seems to be all the rage for parties lately. From Weddings to Baby Showers, check out this upscale baseball wedding! There are more photos on their website, take a look they did a fabulous job!www.blog.smartyhadaparty.com


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Grab and Go....

When I throw a party, I usually don't want to spend the whole night in the kitchen. I would prefer to have mostly "grab and go" items that can be left out either at room temperature, or in sterno's if need be. For my Cinco de Mastalski party this past weekend, I used these take out containers that I stacked with the napkins already in them. The big hit of the night were the "grab and go" shredded beef burritos that I made and kept wrapped in foil.

By keeping them over the sternos, they stayed warm for a good portion of the night.

Keep these ideas in mind the next time you have a party and you don't want to be the boring hostess that has to camp out in the kitchen! You can usually come up with a good grab and go menu for any occasion!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Decorating Inexpensively...fruits, veggies & flowers

Using fruits, veggies and flowers can drastically reduce your cost of decorating for a swanky affair. By choosing things that are in season, or that may go with your theme, you are not only getting a great pop of color, but you are also able to eat them once they have served their purpose!

This weekend was my Mexican Fiesta, I stopped at my cheapest produce outlet and for a mere $20, got bagfuls of fresh peppers, lemons, oranges and limes. I had enough to decorate with them in almost every room of my home.

Just scattering a few throughout some places that needed a little bit of color gave me the look I was going for......

Another thing I like to do is use what nature has in season too! I clipped this branch from a tree in my yard and it served as a lovely backdrop for my bar area.

Just by snipping a few flowers from my azalea bush outside brought a little something extra to the candles I had lined up in my living room.

Behind my sink is an area of blank space that I always try to jazz up according to the season or party we are having. I added three different types of peppers, a vase of lemons and limes and a potted plant to keep the color scheme neutral. My little bit of color that I needed was a picture of the Mexican flag that came with some stickers I had bought, I popped it in a frame & voila!
So by shopping in your produce department as if you were shopping in an extravagant flower shop, you can create some beautiful spaces!

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