Five for Friday :: My 5 Party Favorites

What makes a party so fabulous? Well, everyone having a great time of course! But from the design point of view, to get a party to look fantastic and put a smile on everyone’s face, these are a few of my favorite things that I feel every party should incorporate!

ONE :: First Impressions

Creating a warm, welcoming, and coordinated entry is key to a well styled party. It is your guest’s first impression of what the theme will be. You want to create a look that is begging them to open that door so they can see more! A bare door does nothing to get your party goer excited to walk in, so I love styling the front door or outside entry! Below are some of my favorite creative entries!

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Shabby Chic Pony themed birthday party via Kara's Party Ideas KarasPartyIdeas.com Cake, banners, signs, favors, desserts, tutorials, and more! #shabbychic #ponyparty #shabbychicpartyideas #cowgirlparty (29)(Source)

TWO :: Printables

Printables are so important to providing a cohesive and unique look to your party. From the invitation to the thank you notes and everything in between, they are able to tie all the details together. Adorable printables are a must because not only do they provide personalization for a party – which makes the guest of honor feel oh so special while making the host look like they went the extra mile – but the theme is carried throughout when using them with different items, like food, favors and games.

THREE :: Statement Desserts

Dessert is everyone’s favorite part of a party, so it is important that you make yours stand out! Whether you have a custom cake, unique cake pops, or cupcakes with adorable printables, it is a great idea to tie in your dessert. Everyone has different taste, so I always love the idea of providing two or three desserts for people to choose from. Plus, this gives you lots of room to be creative with cute desserts! Farm 1st Birthday Party   Part 2 {The Dessert Table} 

We love the display of different desserts on this table: they compliment the farm theme and give guests adorable sweet options! (Source)

FOUR :: It is all about the linens

If I have to splurge on one item it’s a nice table linen! Sure, a plastic solid color tablecloth is easy for cleanup and there is no worrying about spills, but a statement linen adds so much more. Lovely tableware and adorable decorations need to be highlighted against a gorgeous setting! One of my favorite tablecloths in our packages in the tutu table linen, because it makes a statement and ties in the decor. Who doesn’t love a frilly, girly, tutu table?
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FIVE :: Personalization for your guests

Personalizing the party for the birthday boy or girl makes them feel so special, as they should, but what about your guests? If possible, when throwing a smaller party, I love the idea of customizing favors. Most kids I know get so excited when they see their name on anything! One of my favorite favor ideas was a Superhero themed party we helped design. The mother made all of the children a personalized superhero cape. Talk about impressive! My daughter was lucky enough to receive one and still wears it! She will always have memory of the party when she puts on that cape.

Emily's mother made each personalized cape for a party favor!
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Five for Friday :: New Mom Must Haves

Hello all! I have been so out of touch with the blog since having my baby boy that’s its finally nice to be back! We are starting a new concept with on blog and doing a weekly post called “Five for Fridays”, to share the five current things we are obsessing over so y’all can start obsessing with us too!

Since I am a new mommy again (he’s 2 months old now), my post this week is about my five must haves post-baby! Most of the time after giving birth everything revolves around the baby, and you forget to take care of you.(Sometimes you don’t even have time to shower!) While it is good to dote on your little one, you can’t neglect yourself. When you feel better about yourself you are a happier person, and it is always good to be in a more positive state when dealing with an unpredictable newborn!

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With that in mind, my favorite item at the moment are these elastic waist shorts from J Crew Factory. I was stumbling around the mall one day trying to find shoes for my 3-year-old, when I saw these in the window – and I am so glad I did! If you have ever had a baby you know that you don’t feel good about your body right after, and you fall somewhere in between fitting into your regular clothes and maternity wear. That’s where these come in! I love that they are elastic and fit me now, and will continue to still fit even after I lose a little more weight! To top it off, I love that they AREN’T maternity clothes and that they are extremely comfortable. I am basically living in these shorts right now. They probably weren’t designed with new moms in mind but man did they hit the nail on the head with them!

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Since clothes aren’t my friend right now, I splurged on a new pair of sunglasses for the summer. These Tory Burch navy shades are amazing – durable (which is important with kids), stylish, and I love the touch of color. I will live in these the next few months! It is always nice to be able to treat yourself to an item or two that goes with just about anything.

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Naked 3 Eyeshadow. The light & shimmery colors are gorgeous and it even comes in a durable compact with its own brush. As someone whose life is on the go, I love that I can apply it at home or in the car with ease.

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Behind a sleeping baby is a happy mommy, and that is why I am obsessed with my new CarseatCanopy.com cover. If he falls asleep in the car, I can take him into the stores without any bright lights shining on his face. It also keeps nosy ladies from putting their face in his, which hopefully keeps him away from getting sick anytime soon! The cover costs $49, but I found a coupon online (use code: PJBABY) which gets you the cover for free as it is $50 off!!! (you only pay shipping and handling, and in my case, a very reasonable monogram fee). I would recommend for any new mom! I wish I would have gotten it sooner!

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Back to a sleepy baby again – the Rock N’ Play. This keeps my angel snuggled at night, and at two months I am getting an 8 hour stretch of sleep – which makes a world of a difference from those 2 to 3 mini sleep sessions. Easton had a cold for several weeks, so having him at an angle was a life saver and recommended by my doctor. I love how cozy he is in it, and that he sleeps soundly! I didn’t have this with my first kid (not fair!) and would absolutely recommend for any new mom to be!

While the most current thing I am obsessed with is my new little bundle of joy, these five items are my current favorites for any new mommy! To all you new moms out there – I wish you lots of rest and sleep! Enjoy!