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How to Dress up a Store-Bought Cake

How to Dress up a Store-Bought Cake

As much as we’d all love to be one of those party hosts that can whip up a bakery-worthy cake from scratch, reality doesn’t always work like that. The rest of us can take pleasure in knowing that you don’t actually have to spend hours in the kitchen to create a gorgeous, party-perfect cake. With minimal effort (and a few easy tricks!) you can completely transform even the gaudiest of store-bought cakes into stunning masterpieces. Keep scrolling for tips and inspiration!

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Galentine’s Day Party Ideas for the Crafty at Heart

Today’s post is brought to us by Brynn of Dandy & Fine Parties

Galentine's Day Party Ideas

Gal pals are the absolute best (and I have a feeling you would agree!) Who else can you hang out with in your pjs—gabbing about anything and everything that’s on your mind? I appreciate my girlfriends more than they know, which is why I want to throw them a little extra love this Valentine’s errr, Galentine’s Day! This official holiday takes place on February 13 (and it’s way more fun than Valentine’s Day!) So, in honor of my lovely lady friends, I am hosting a little shindig where we will eat, drink, be merry, and craft together! Continue reading to learn more about my festive tips on throwing your very own Galentine’s Craft Party!

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DIY Gift Wrap Essentials

Today’s post is brought to us by Brynn of Dandy & Fine Parties

DIY Gift Wrapping Tips

I am a big time believer in pretty gift wrap. I’ve never been one that can just use store bought paper, stick a bow on it and call it good. No judgment here if that is your cup of tea, I totally get the efficiency factor of it! I personally just like to make my gifts a little extra special for the recipients 🙂 Today I thought I would share a few of my essential tips and supplies to inspire you this holiday season!

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4 Halloween Parties You Should Be Having

It’s time to hit the thrift, craft, and costume stores – Halloween parties are right around the corner. If you are feeling in a rut and looking for a little out-of-the-box inspiration, we are here for you. Particularly if you are looking for something more stylish than spooky (or at least a little bit of both), these four themes are for you:

Gothic Dinner Party

To set the scene for an equally elegant and eerie dinner party, combine Victorian Gothic Period style with lots of dark colors, dim lighting, and some subtle scares. Some of our favorite sinister details include: play menacing sound effects in the hallways, limit as much lighting as possible to candlelight, and place skulls, bats, and spiders in apothecary jars or on tables throughout the house.

Gothic Dinner Party
1. Candelabra 2. Sleepy Hollow invitation 3. Black Skull Candle with Crystal Eyes 4. Williams-Sonoma Halloween Moon Plates 5. [DIY] Black candy apples 6. West Elm X-Ray Glassware 7. Feather Wreath 8. LED Orange Light Twig Tree 9. Table runner 10. Inky Skies invitation

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DIY Hostess Gift Basket

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Have you soaked completely into summer yet? I hope so! I hope you are kicking your feet up and enjoying a refreshing cocktail on a patio somewhere as you read this!

Summer means a lot of things and one of those things is lots of parties. If you are a good little guest, you will never show up empty handed! Keeping it simple with a bottle of wine or a side dish is perfect manners. But, if you have a hostess that you think deserves a little more, I have just the perfect gift to share with you! It’s part DIY and part curated goods. Follow along, I’ll teach you how! read more…

Cinco De Mayo, Tequila, & Frida Kahlo

Today’s post is brought to us from event & party expert, Brynn Renee of Dandy & Fine Parties.

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A little birdie recently reminded me that Cinco de Mayo was quickly approaching. I sure do appreciate a delicious Mexican meal accompanied by tequila-based beverages! And when you grow up in Southern California, celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a given. So here I am, now a PNW gal, continuing the celebration!

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St. Patrick’s Day DIY: Clover Brooch

Today’s DIY is brought to us by the talented Brandy Brown of Marabou Design

Looking to add a little St. Patrick’s Day flair to your wardrobe without committing to dying your hair green? This quick 5-minute DIY project will show your friends & family how festive and crafty you are! These clover brooches make perfect accessories, gift toppers & St. Patrick’s Day decor.   

St. Patrick's Day Styled Clover Brooch - Greenvelope and Marabou Design

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5 Tips for Throwing a Gorgeous Graduation Party

Summer is coming, and for many of our readers this may be their last summer of freedom- it’s graduation season! Along with the season of course comes graduation parties, a chance for you to not only celebrate with your friends and family, but to mark the beginning of your transition into adulthood. Leave behind the solo cups and kegstands with these 5 tips for throwing a gorgeous graduation party.

1. Bye-Bye Beer Pong, Hello Horseshoes

Welcome you and your friends to the real world by ditching the freshman classics, and take your party activities to the next level. Really get into the spirit by decorating your horseshoes in your school colors, or have your guests take a swing at it themselves. See how with this chic DIY from design.love.fest.

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Say Squeeze! Springtime Citrus Party Inspiration

Forget spring cleaning – we are ready for spring entertaining! And what better way to celebrate the season than with a chic citrus-inspired party from Syzygy Events & Elizabeth Duncan Events?

The pair was inspired by a traditional citrus palette – orange, lemon and lime. This made tying the look together simple – with everything staying within three set colors and playing off of a distinct summery vibe.

Summertime party with geometric details

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Party 101: Stress-Free Party Planning

Party planning takes a lot of energy. It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of perfectionism with everything from picnics to zombie prom birthday parties. We’ve compiled a list of tips to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with hosting the perfect event. read more…