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.

We are back!

And we’re finally back! Thank you all so much for your love and support while we were out of the office for our wedding and honeymoon!

We had a beautiful ceremony and reception in Vail, CO and we can’t wait to share more photos and details with you soon!

Our honeymoon in St. Lucia was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed a relaxing stay up in the Pitons at Ladera followed by some quality beach time at Sugar Beach! Full reviews will be coming soon, but here are a few pics from the past few weeks!

Now back to party planning and hosting!

 Let’s do this thing!

Rehearsal dinner ready!

  We’re married!

 Mr. and Mrs.

 Can we stay forever?!

 

 

Out of Office!

Thank you all for your love and support! We are currently out of the office while we get married and enjoy our honeymoon! See you all soon! 

xoxoxo

Kate

Wedding Wednesday: Fitness

To all our future brides out there – this one is for you! We are thrilled to be partnering with Katherine from Bells and Barbells again for this edition of Wedding Wednesday! (PS- If you missed your last couple posts about the power house over at B&B, be sure to check out our posts here and here!)

Today we are talking all about the Top 5 Overall Full Body Exercises to help you crush your wedding day fitness goals! So if you have a wedding coming up or are looking for a little variety to your current workout, jump right in with us! So without further ado, take it away Katherine!

Bells and Barbells Top 5 Overall Full Body Exercises:

1) Thrusters – If you are looking to tone your shoulders, define your mid-line while torching calories and building a bodacious booty and quads, this exercise will become your new best friend!
 
Instructions: You can use a SandBag, Barbells, KettleBell(s) or DumbBells which makes adding this workout into your routine a breeze although it won’t feel that way about 5 reps in BUT it’s totally worth it! #crushitladies!
 
You are basically performing a proper squat (make sure to stay in your heals and push knees out) while holding weighted object(s) at chest and then driving that object(s) overhead using the momentum generated from coming out of the low squat position. #weddingdressgoals
 
2) Burpees–  A girl’s best friend!  This exercise is great because you can literally perform it anywhere and anytime. The beach, your apartment….get after it mama! You only live once and you’ve got once gorgeous body to rock! Tip* Do a set of 5-10 after each set of weights you perform in the gym to keep your heart rate up and add an extra challenge. 
 
3) Rowing- This is a great cardio movement if you can find access to a rower at your local gym or Bells and Barbells studio.  It’s important to keep your each stroke/pull long and to use your legs in combination with your arms. Rowing is 60% Legs which most people aren’t aware of and it really makes a difference in the efficiency of your stroke.
 
4) Turkish Get-Up- This movement can be tricky to learn at first but once mastered, it can really take your coordination and core game up a notch! Most important thing to keep in mind while performing the movement is to make sure your arm stays locked as you hold the weight overhead and to pause at each change in the movement as you gradually go from a laying to a standing position.
 
5) Kettle Bell Swing- This is another one of my favorites because it does a fabulous job of challenging your booty along with the above exercises but can also help you strengthen your back, core, glutes and hamstrings. Most important thing to know when performing this movement is to make sure you only hinging at the hips in order to gain momentum with your swing and not squatting. I have seen so many incorrect variations of this movement so make sure you are keeping the bell close to your groin when swinging and to never over extend your back by engaging your glutes properly. 

Easter Dessert Table with Swoozies

 Happy Easter! My goodness Easter sure has snuck up on me this year! Between all of the wedding planning for both me and my best friend, my holiday preparation has, unfortunately, taken the back seat. Whether you’re like me and short on time or have a big sweet tooth (also like me!), join us in setting the perfect Easter dessert table this year!

I partnered with my friends over at Swoozies to put together this adorable, bright, and festive Easter sweets display that’s the perfect addition to any Easter brunch or is also bold and beautiful enough to stand on it’s own! Check out all our fun details below!

      

Every Gal’s Favorite Easter Basket

Easter is just around the corner, so you know what that means! Time to start decorating, picking out your favorite Easter recipes, and putting together your Easter baskets for your loved ones!

So often, we think only our littles would enjoy an Easter basket! I mean what else can you put in a basket besides our kids favorite, candy, toys, movies, and stuffed animals?! 

Well if you ask me, everyone deserves an Easter basket this year, no matter what age! You just need to be a little creative about what you put in it! To help spur a little creativity, Swoozies and I have partnered up and I have put together the perfect Easter basket for the 20 or 30 something year old gal! This basket is centered all around you and what the ladies want this year! So check it out!

Wedding Wednesday: Our Couples Shower

Couples showers are one of my favorite wedding trends these days! Traditionally, wedding showers are just for the bride; however, modern day weddings are now incorporating couples showers into the festivity mix!

Couples showers are more like a cocktail party and include both the bride and groom, and of course, their male and female friends! While the party may still incorporate the traditional games and presents, the themes are usually more co-ed friendly. There are numerous ways to celebrate the couple, but the theme should represent their personalities including stock the bar, the hunt is over, Mexican fiestas, outdoor BBQs, and of course, my personal favorite Colorado mountain theme!

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How to Host an Oscars Party!

It’s Hollywood’s biggest night, but it doesn’t have to put a big dent in your wallet. I mean let’s be real, it’s easy to spend oodles of dollars on a glitz Oscars watching party — but we’re here to show you that you don’t have to!

Here are some tips and tricks on how to throw a party worthy of a trophy!

First, what goes better with the year’s biggest films than popcorn?! It’s the quintessential movie snack… and it’s also easy on your bank account and on your party planning anxiety. I chose a popcorn bar with a variety of seasonings — aptly named after some of this year’s Best Picture nominees — and displayed them in glass jars of varying heights. Frequent visitors of my blog know I love me some clear, light and airy party spaces!

Now, no party is complete without desserts, and I just happened to get the most ADORABLE Oscar-themed cookies from my good friend Briana with Just Call Me Cookie! Our “cookie wardrobe” was complete with dresses, tuxes and even the envelopes for award announcements.

But the big winner? These Oscar statue cookies that STAND ON THEIR OWN! I’m in love with these cookies, and the reasons are endless. They are a delicious treat, but also double as cute decor or party favors for your film-loving friends.

Okay, so you’ve got your treats taken care of… But how do you pull your party together?? I’ve written it once, I’ll write it a thousand times: It’s all about the details! The printables made especially for this event by the lovely Linda from Sprinkled Designs were the perfect touch to tie everything into the Oscars theme.

From the invitations, to the labels for our different popcorn flavors, to the Bingo cards for the guests, Sprinkled designs was the ticket! The little things at a party like this are what your attendees will remember, and it’s an inexpensive way to go the extra mile.

This party is all about the stars of the big screen, but it was special for me because I got to make an appearance on the small screen! My good friends at WFAA-TV were so kind and had me talk about hosting an Oscars watching party on News 8 at 4!

It was a blast being at the studio and meeting some of the WFAA on-air crew!

Valentine’s Day Bar Cart

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Hooray! No matter what your plans are this holiday, an intimate dinner with your guy or a stylish party with your gals, it’s time to start decorating in all our favorite holiday reds and pinks!

This year, I am bringing out the brightest and boldest shades and having so much fun making my Valentine’s day decor pop, starting with my bar cart!

I’ve partnered with my sweet friends at Swoozies to decorate a festive and stylish Valentine’s Day bar cart. They have the absolute cutest Valentine’s Day party decor (well, really party decor for everything!) but I am just loving their adorable selection of products this year!

Check out all the details and be sure to swing on over to Swoozies online or your local store to create a stunning party!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
xoxox

Kate