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End of Summer Soiree! Let’s Flamingle!

As seen in IBB at Home Summer 2017

Summer is winding down, so it’s time to throw your final end-of-summer shin dig with the perfect themed dinner party! The rooftop or patio is calling for a stylish celebration, but no matter where you choose to host your party, you’ll be able to create the perfect summer setting with this year’s hottest trends! I’m in love with the flamingos, palm leaves and pineapples that are popular this season, and coupling them with a bold and chic color palette of hot pink, bright green and gold just screams summer. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to pull off this summer’s hottest party theme that will make a lasting impression on your guests!

Guest List and Invitations – Every dinner party starts off with a well-designed invitation. It’s the first chance to sweep your guests off their feet, so make sure your invitations help portray the experience you want to create. For your tropical party, I love friendly and colorful invitations. These “Let’s Flamingle” invites from Pink Bay Designs are a wonderful way to portray a festive, trendy, yet sophisticated soirée. Bring out the bright tones and don’t be afraid to incorporate a flamingo or pineapple in there! After all, these are two of the hottest trends right now!

Decor – Between flamingos, palm leaves, pineapples and bamboo sticks there’s no shortage of decor ideas for you to completely transform your space into a modern and classy tropical paradise! Try to pull in some details from your invitation to give the party a cohesive and intentional look by complementing the centerpieces with some fun signage that matches the wording you used on the invite. 

Set the table – The best part about summer is that it’s always a great excuse to go bold with your color scheme. Take the aforementioned decor, and don’t be afraid to give it a burst of color! I kept the natural feel of real palm leaves for the placemats, but spray-painted the pineapples gold and paired them with bright, fresh blooms for vibrant centerpieces. A bright pink table runner and matching napkins are a vivid, summery contrast to the white tablecloth, and really makes the tablescape pop! Optional but exceptional: use gold flatware to pull the whole thing together.

Menu – So you’ve wowed your guests with eye-popping color. Next up, wowing their tastebuds with a menu of delicious, seasonal dishes. A festive menu of fresh pineapple salsa, Hawaiian chicken kabobs, pineapple shrimp skewers, and BBQ meatballs is the perfect spread for your luau. 

Also don’t forget to create a self-serve bar for your guests to enjoy! This helps save you some time and allows your guests to interact. Plus it’s another great way to pull in some additional decorative elements into your party! Consider serving fresh watermelon mojitos for the adults and pineapple pink lemonade soda for the kids to rehydrate!

Finally, kick back and enjoy the end of summer with your guests. You’ve worked hard and deserve a cocktail or two!

Photography by Lindsay Davenport Photography |

Calligraphy by JB Script |

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Summer Party Trends: Cactus Decor

Move over, flamingos and pineapples! There is a new player in town! Cactus and succulents are the new rage this summer and they are all over the party scene. And thanks to my friend Shelby with BerryPom and James, DFW’s newest online party goods and gift shop, your next cactus-centric celebration is at your fingertips too!I’m loving the cactus theme because it’s fun and summery, plus it brings in a natural feel to your party that is refreshing, light and airy. It’s also a great way to put a spin on a traditional fiesta so you can mix up the party style but still get to indulge in some tasty chips and guac!

BerryPom and James has a passion for party planning and has filled her shop with gifts and decor for all the cutest party trends, but her cactus decor is on point! From the plates and cups, to the balloons, to the candles, I can’t get over her adorable ode to the prickly plant!

To further help your party go off without a hitch, we’ve put together the perfect inspiration board to help guide you as you plan your next fiesta gathering!

You can also play with the color scheme a bit too! I personally love the bold greens and blues with pops of gold as shown in our inspo board, but you could also highlight the lighter greens and use more of a pastel palette and bring in light pinks (especially for a girl’s party)!

Loving the cactus and wanting more from BerryPom and James? I have great news for you — she does custom orders! So if you have a specific theme in mind for your next event that she doesn’t currently carry, she will work with you to find the perfect products at no additional charge!

Wanting to learn how to to incorporate BP & J’s adorable products into your next dinner or birthday party?! Just check out how some of my favorite party stylists did it! I’m on pins and needles waiting to see how you all design your succulent-themed social!

 Michelle’s Party Plan-it

 Twinkle Twinkle Little Party

 Kara’s Party Ideas

 Laura’s Little Party

 Inspired by This

This post is sponsored by BerryPom and James but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Decor:

Flowers: The T Shop || Garland: Martha Stewart  || Honeycombs: Amazon   || Wooden Crates:   Distressed White Wash Boxes || Burlap Table Runner: Amazon  || Mason Jars: Ball Canning Jars  || Paper Straws:  Amazon || Paper Plates: Amazon   ||  Napkins: Amazon  ||

Menu and Recipes:

Snacks: Cheese Platter || Caprese Bites || Garlic Hummus || Chicken Salad Sliders || Buffalo Chicken Sliders || Potato Salad ||

Sweets: Cream Cheese Cookie Fruit Cups || Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake || S’mores Cookies

Sips: Strawberry Basil Infused Vodka and Jalapeno Cocktail

There is nothing better than a summer party with good food, good friends, and an outdoor patio to enjoy a wonderful cocktail. Because of the Texas heat in July and August, my roommates and I decided to wait until it cooled down a bit  to host an end-of-summer soirée and take advantage of the outdoors a little more.

We went for a classy, casual, summery theme with lots of bright and vivacious colors. Between the flowers, the table runner, paperware and pom pom banners, we were able to incorporate different shades of pinks, purples, yellows and greens. Our amazing flower arrangements came from the T Shop and completely tied all of our decor and colors together perfectly! The shop worked with us in advance to make sure that the flowers and vases coordinated with the purple gingham styled table runner and burlap overlay. It is all about the details, my friends!  Keep Reading!