Parents magazine recently featured this cute way to display and serve drinks as part of an outdoor camping type gathering.
Jelly jars filled with a juice or punch and sliced fruit! These would be great as part of your labor day celebration (add some blue to play off the red/white lids) or with football season coming up, these would be cute for your tailgate! Make your drinks ahead of time!
Jelly jars are easy to come by. You can buy them by the case next to the canning supplies. It's prime canning season right now! Stock up on jars!
Join me today on Blog Talk Radio as a guest as Celebrations.com's premieres their new radio show! DIY Network's Jeanne Benedict will be hosting myself and a few other bloggers in discussing end of summer and back to school party ideas.
The show will air TODAY (Tuesday) at 3pm EST for 20-30 minutes. Also, there is a chat feature included so drop in and join the conversation with other listeners. The show will air on Blog Talk Radio. Just follow the link to the page and turn up your speakers.
Already have plans for this afternoon? Don't worry. The show will be archived and available for podcast!
Have you ever sent someone flowers and given the florist specific instructions as to what you wanted sent and then always wondered what exactly WAS sent? Or maybe you didn't tell them what you wanted, but just wondered what that $50 got you? LOL And who wants to ask the recipient, "hey, what DID those flowers look like, anyway?"
I heard this suggestion on the radio and thought it was a great idea and wanted to pass it along.
If you RECEIVE flowers, enclose a photo of the flowers inside the thank you note. Sounds so common sense, doesn't it?
If you received flowers for having a new baby, take a picture with your baby beside the flowers. A) Everyone wants to see the baby and feel like they got a special first look at him/her and B) they get to see the flowers they purchased and C) you're taking care of a thank you note!
So easy and the receiver will love seeing the flowers that were sent in their name.
_____________________________________________________________________________________ Speaking of hearing suggestions on the radio... Celebrations.com (a member of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands) has invited me to be a guest on their radio show tomorrow. This show is hosted by the TV Host Jeanne Benedict of the DIY Network's Weekend Entertaining. I'll be talking about end of summer party centerpieces! It's a 30 minute show airing at 3pm EST on Blog Talk Radio and we'd love for you to join us. If you're not familiar with Blog Talk Radio, it includes a chat feature where you can ask questions and meet other listeners. Note: you do have to log in to use this feature.
Even now, that my son is WAY into the toddler phase, I still love perusing Project Nursery.
My friends over there, Melisa and Pam, have a beautiful site and I love looking at what TALENT people have in creating beautiful rooms for children.
And not only that, I find inspiration in these rooms for other events. Case in point. The room above is one of my absolute faves because of the incredible mural on the wall. The mural was created on the computer and projected onto the wall and hand painted. Every time I see this photo, I smile. I love the contemporary look of it.
Of course, the Dwell Bedding underneath probably has something to do with it too. LOVE Dwell! But moving on... this mural could be created on a smaller scale for a party with the all the rage now.. vinyl letters. Vinyl letters are coming out now as not just for home decor, but for temporary party decor as well. Why? Because they create impact and are EASILY removed.
Like one of these behind the gift table at wedding:
or one of these to tie in with a space theme boy's birthday placed behind the food table:
As you probably would've guessed, I was one of those brides that made my own wedding invitations. This was back when that wasn't popular and there wasn't a lot of ideas to go by on the internet. That was back when Crane's still ruled and you went searching over books and books of "eh" invites.
One of the hardest tasks of my involved invitation was the map.Luckily, I'm pretty good with publishing software, but still, it was a chore. Just getting it to some kind of scale, etc, was awkward and difficult.
But today, there are plenty of amazingly talented people that you can hire to just design your map! Like the ones above from Go Against the Grain.
For $35, they'll create a 2 sided design that you can print yourself. WELL worth the money, let me tell you!
And you can have one designed for any type of occasion. Not just weddings. Believe me, your guests will thank you!
Ragu generously sponsored one of the lunches at BlogHer and that's no small feat considering there were close to 1,400 attendees and this was not a luncheon that required RSVP.
I want to share with you a few of the photos of the set up because it was extremely well done. The fabulous folks at Larry Abel Designs get all the credit for the event design. Even though the event was branded, it wasn't overdone or in your face.
Tables/chairs were covered in one of my faves - spandex linens. Sculptware provides a great video on installation if you're wondering how they work. So easy and striking!
The best part... the edible centerpieces! Large pasta bowls filled with tomatos, onions and "flowers" made from bell peppers and mushrooms!
Second best part, this amazing, huge jar of Ragu made entirely out of vegetables! Oh and that's my good friend, NakedJen posing clothed. She would normally pose naked, however, I did remind her that people were eating. LOL
Go visit NakedJen. She's fabulous and you should know her. Everyone else at the conference did. I linked to her post about BlogHer for those interested. :) However, I must warn you that her blog does contain nudity. Duh, right? NakedJen?