August 31, 2016
Can you feel it? The weather is getting cooler, fall is in the air. What a perfect time to throw a camping themed party. Whether celebrating a birthday or just enjoying the time of year, camping parties are so much fun and can be thrown together on a budget.
Here are our favorite camping party ideas. Be sure to check out our camping birthday set at the end of the post.
Build your own snack with a trail mix station: Find me a kid that wouldn't love building there very OWN trail mix, heck find me an adult for that matter. Such an easy and cheap option. No baking for you and items can be bought in bulk. Use different size and shapes of jars to really make it cute, and serving some items in pots or pans or cast iron skillets add an extra rustic touch. Serve the mix in decorated tin cans or mason jars and allow campers (guests) to take home their mix.
Cute picture found here.
Go on a scavenger hunt: Send the kids out on a fun nature scavenger hunt. Staple hunt lists to paper bags and set a time limit. The kids that returns first with all of the items or has the most items on the list wins! Let all of the kids take out there items and show them off for extra fun.
Get the scavenger hunt file here.
Buffalo isn't just for clothing: Buffalo plaid sure is trendy right now in fashion, but that's not the only place you can use it. Add buffalo plaid as an accent to your decor to truly set the camping mood. Use it as a table cloth or layer it with burlap as shown above to add some rustic fun.
Picture found here.
Items found in nature are FREE and make cute decor: Any time I can find party decor for free count.me.in. One great thing about a camping party is that items found in nature make for great decorations. We are loving this adorable pine cone garland pictured above. (Notice the buffalo plaid!) Using leaves, sticks, dirt, and rocks for decor are other great ideas.
Picture found here.
Walk on over to the walking taco table: Walking taco day when I was in school was one of my absolute favorites. It's easy to make and prep ahead and kids can customize their toppings to make it what they want. Plus, eating out of a chip bag is bound to excite the kid and adult guests alike.
Picture found here.
Pick a party favor fit for the occasion: Send your guests home with an extra treat to remember their fun camping excursion. We love these ideas.
Tackle box favors found here.
S'more take home bags found here.
Hobo sticks found here.
Ready to plan your own camping party? Start with our party set.
Happy Camping :)
August 24, 2016
Can you believe September will be here in a week? It seems like just yesterday we were preparing for summer wedding season and now here we are getting ready to go into fall. If someone finds the magic trick that slows time a little bit please let me know!
I am absolutely loving shades of purple for weddings this fall. Classic, rich, romantic, and versatile, purple just might be the perfect fall wedding color palette. Looking to incorporate purple into your big day? Here are some ideas for how effortlessly do just that.
Keep it Simple: One easy way to include purple into your big day is to add touches of it into your neutral wedding decor. This cake is a perfect example of keeping everything simple and elegant and adding that pop of purple with the floral detail. Opting for whites, creams, and other neutrals and adding purple where it will really pop keeps it from feeling overwhelming.
Find more details about this gorgeous cake here.
Play with shades and textures: Gone away are the times where you had to pick one shade of a color and stick with it. These days it's all about mixing it up. One of the things I love most about purple is that there are SO many gorgeous shades of it. From lilac to plum you really can't go wrong. Don't be afraid to mix them all up together. All shades look great together and when accented by different textures and neutral colors they are bound to look absolutely stunning.
Find this gorgeous bouquet here.
Use it as a neutral: Dark purple, eggplant, plum... they can all be used as a dark neutral. Pop of vibrant fall colors such as orange or burgundy look amazing against a purple backdrop and really set the mood for a fall wedding.
Browse the gallery from this inspiring fall wedding here.
Say YES to metallics: I don't know about you but I am ALWAYS down to add some metallic touches wherever I can. Lucky for you, purple looks amazing with gold silver and even rose gold. Add subtle moments of metallic to your wedding day to really up the glam effect.
Find details for this gorgeous table-set here.
Now take a peek at our gorgeous *NEW* wedding suite
Planning a purple fall wedding? I want to hear all about it! Comment below with your ideas!
august 17, 2016
Hello hello! We are half way through the work week, whew take a deep breath, the weekend is almost here!
Do you love to throw parties? I do! While I *LOVE* entertaining people I am not naive to the stresses that parties can create. I know for me, I have had many times where I have been so stressed about the event at hand, that I haven't even been able to actually stop and enjoy the party.
The more parties I have hosted the better I've gotten at avoiding the stress. Here are a couple tried and true tips that have helped me stop stressing and start enjoying.
TIP # 1: Pre-planning is key:
Planning the party beforehand is everything when it comes to successful party throwing. I am a serial procrastinator myself, so I totally get the idea of waiting until the last minute to get down to party planning business. I can tell you from first hand experience, DON'T PROCRASTINATE here. Seriously, you will regret it. I like to start my party planning by sitting down with a notebook and making a list. I typically start with decorations and make a list of what all I want to decorate and how I plan to decorate each area. Then I make separate lists of food that I'm planning on supplying and of course a guest list of who all will be invited. Start this process EARLY! You cannot plan early enough when it comes to parties. I would advise starting your list making at least 6 weeks before the party. I also like to make a plan of when I'd like to get each thing done. When you're scatter-brained like me keeping a schedule helps to make sure nothing gets missed in the pre-party chaos.
TIP # 2: The smaller the list the better:
I know how you're feeling right now, you don't want to leave anybody out or hurt any feelings. There are occasions where you need to invite everybody but I invite you to really think about it and make your list as small as possible. Cut out those that you (or your party honoree) aren't close with and save yourself the stress of a giant guest list.
TIP # 3: Keep it simple:
Focus on one certain area and don't go over the top with decor or food. Remember this is one day, one event and while it's fun it will all, one day, be forgotten. I like to put most of my attention on one big food table. I like to keep table decor simple and cute with a table cloth and maybe a small centerpiece. Your whole space doesn't need to be completely decked out. It's really overkill. Keep things simple and sweet and allow guest comfortable space to enjoy each other's company.
TIP #4: Take a deep breath:
Everything will not go perfectly, it never does. On the day of the party take a deep breath and think about what the event is really about. Spending time together, and celebrating the occasion. Don't allow small details to completely stress you out. It will all be ok!
TIP #5: Ask for help:
I'm the kinda gal that likes to do things myself, I'm stubborn like that. When it comes to party planning however, the more help the better. Ask for lots of help and map out what you need each person to help with beforehand.
Happy Party Planning :)