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Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Attention, party-loving fashionistas: this one’s got chic STYLE and girlie FUN all rolled into one! Jen Carver of Banner Events (and her fabulous team of on-trend vendors) dreamed up a fabulously glitzy & glam Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party for her daughter’s 10th birthday. And oh my stripes, polka dots and gold glitter confetti – is it alright that I just want this party for ME!? Pretty sure I’m not going to be the only one either, because this “retro glam meets modern chic” vibe would work SO well for all sorts of ages and occasions.

Scroll down to check out all the cheeky fun… like clever chocolate bar “purses”, black & white striped bathing suit cookies that might just be my new favorite thing, and classic Kate Spade style patterns and icons dressing up every pretty little detail. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bold black & white striped towels, bathing suit cookies & mod table runner
– Glam mini donuts, confetti dusted cake, and black/white Rice Krispie spades
– Water bottles and striped straws adorned with DIY paper bow ties
– “PARTY” marquee letters + jumbo balloons with matte & metallic tissue tassels
– Step-and-repeat inspired photo booth backdrop + matching beach ball props
– Black sequin linen, gold glitter confetti plates & sparkly spade centerpiece topper
– Heart sunglasses + custom black & white striped cover ups for the guests

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

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Modern & Vibrant Geometric Party {Teen Birthday}

It’s often WAY easier to design a party with a theme to help develop creative ideas, activities, and even plan the food. That’s why I’m giving Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online a *virtual* high five today! Her teenage daughter requested a “themeless” party, and she still managed to completely transform her backyard for the occasion. Audrey’s Sweet & Modern Birthday Party featured geometric shapes and elements of a purely celebratory vibe {think confetti, garlands & balloons galore!} – all brought together in a carefully color-coordinated palette of yellow, orange, and PINK of course! 

P.S. With three daughters, Jenny sure has mastered the art of pink-infused parties! See her Pink Flower BLOOM Birthday, Girly Woodland Party and Sparkly Pink Star Party in the archives.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ombre sugar cookie stacks displayed on patterned-paper-covered dessert stands
– Backyard movie seating area with colorful pillows, balloons & popcorn
– Popular movie theater candy boxes completely transformed with custom labels!
– Mini tissue garland cake topper + layers of ruffled crepe paper adorning the mantle
– Honeycomb ball table runner + awesome paper triangle garland table backdrops
– Photo banner with pictures of the birthday girl from each year of her life

Modern & Vibrant Geometric Party {Teen Birthday}

Modern & Vibrant Geometric Party {Teen Birthday}

Modern & Vibrant Geometric Party {Teen Birthday}

Modern & Vibrant Geometric Party {Teen Birthday}

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Lovely & Rustic Keys to Success Graduation Party

This is one of the most beautiful graduation party themes I have ever seen! Inspired by the idea of reflecting on past successes + looking forward to more to come, Valerie & Jen of Charming Touch Parties dreamed up this “Keys to Success” Graduation Party and filled it with personalized banners, gorgeous florals, and impressive sweets to celebrate the grad-of-honor, Mae Elizabeth. Clever ideas like a festive gourmet popcorn bar – set up ON A LADDER! – and individually packed utensils served in mini tin pails earn this party an A+ grade of success! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Class of 2015, key and graduation cap cookies from NatSweets
– “Mae Elizabeth Through The Years” picture banner + canvas collage
– Gourmet popcorn bar with rustic wire & burlap lined baskets and mini wooden scoops
– Mini tin pails with wooden utensils and navy & white polka dot linens + burlap ribbon and iron key
– Lemonade, ripped fabric garland topped pie and mini blueberry parfaits
– Dreamy naked layer cake by Bake It! + stunning florals from Floral Wonders

Lovely & Rustic Keys to Success Graduation Party

Lovely & Rustic Keys to Success Graduation Party

Lovely & Rustic Keys to Success Graduation Party

Lovely & Rustic Keys to Success Graduation Party

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Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

In celebration of their new – and super tasty! – Kentucky Derby® Red Blend, which debuted earlier this year, 14 Hands Winery asked me to come up with some ideas for a “Derby Style” Inspired Viewing Party this year. Fun direction for a theme, right?! I thought so too. :)

Style is such a big part of the Kentucky Derby® experience in general, and there are lots of directions you can go with it as far as colors and patterns. I used the wine label as inspiration for the color palette, and decided to stick with versatile & classic patterns like bold stripes, checks, & a floral pattern… featuring roses, of course! I also designed a “Derby girl” silhouette and little wine glass “fascinators” to represent the ladies, alongside neck tie and bow tie elements for the guys. Last but not least, pops of gold and a hint of glitter to add class and fun!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Wine glasses embellished with DIY Derby Fascinators and printable Neck Ties
– Bourbon-based wine cocktail dubbed the “Twin Spires Sangaree”
– Gold Derby Decals (made from horse stickers & gold spray paint) adorning wood stands & jars
– “Run for the Rose Chips” & Salsa + Mint Julep Fruit Salad
– Neck tie garlands, fabric bow ties, and painted mason jar “Race Horse” table centerpiece
– “Hold Your Horses” napkin toppers + lots more FREE Derby Style Printables

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

Before we get too far into the decor, let’s talk about this new Kentucky Derby® Red Blend real quick. It has a core of darker fruit flavors, lots of depth and complexity, and is a great way to enjoy a taste of the Derby at home. As 14 Hands winemaker Keith Kenison explains, “Our goal when crafting this unique wine was to capture the fun yet sophisticated essence of the Kentucky Derby.

Most importantly, it tastes REALLY GOOD! My parents – who really enjoy wine and can be on the “pickier” side about it, shall we say – came to visit while I was working on this project…  After tasting the Derby blend, my dad immediately asked me where he could buy a whole case. Definitely a good sign. ;) By the way – it’s available in most major grocery stores. You can use this online tool to check availability near you.

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And now, onto the creative inspiration! Scroll down for a few more images that will give you a general feel for the theme, followed by organized sections for  the following: Food + Table , Drinks + Desserts, and Accent Decor + Printables.

Instead of doing a full set table like last year’s theme, I decided to just come up with a fun centerpiece for the table and set the food up on a styled buffet. I’m really happy with how this centerpiece turned out! (DIY tutorial coming soon.)

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

I’m kind of on a kick with silhouettes right now… so I thought it would be fun to design a “Derby girl” graphic for the party’s printable paper collection, and then also bring similar silhouettes to life in 3D form! I ordered 2 wood cut outs of the silhouette graphic from Ten23 Designs, then used paper for the “outfits” to keep things quick and very budget friendly.

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

This Neck Tie Garland is one of my favorite elements from the theme, and could easily translate to other themes too! (DIY Tutorial coming soon.) I used gold horse silhouette stickers to give the neck ties some Derby flair:

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

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