Chic Painted Pumpkin Centerpiece | Fall Party Planning

Chic Painted Pumpkin Vase with FlowersChic Painted Pumpkin Centerpiece | Fall Party Planning 

We love this painted pumpkin vase with fresh flowers that showed up on our Facebook feed from Beau-coup, one of our favorite party favor merchants.  Yes, flowers always look great in pumpkins but an orange pumpkin with fall flowers is very predictable.  All they did in this photo was spray paint this pumpkin white and add a chic contemporary floral arrangement to create a fresh centerpiece look for fall.  We love the painted pumpkin displayed on the acacia cake stand also!

We also think this idea would translate well to an intimate dinner party or could even be used at each place setting as a place card / party favor (one per couple is just fine!).  Simply use a miniature painted pumpkin and add a handful of freshly picked ombre flowers...

We are definitely adding this to our We <3 Fall Pinterest board as we gather ideas for this year's Thanksgiving festivities.

Update

Last night we happened upon a carved pumpkin display with some stunning pumpkin art but we were particularly taken with a pumpkin that had a rectangular cut out specifically designed for inserting an iPad. It was genius and could make for a spectacular Thanksgiving centerpiece especially if you insert your iPad filled with home movies and family photos into this chic painted pumpkin centerpiece. We highly recommend spray painting the cut-out too!

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Discover Your Wedding Style >> Take the Quiz

Discover Your Bridal Style Quiz, Discover Your Wedding Style

Discover Your Wedding Style >> Take the Quiz

One of the most difficult parts of planning a wedding is figuring out the bride's style. We often recommend to our brides that one of the best ways to discover your wedding style is to join pinterest, set-up a pinterest wedding board, and just start pinning looks you like.  Sometimes, the your style is clear almost immediately but more often today's modern bride has a very eclectic style and prefers to incorporate lots of different aspects of her personality, the groom's personality, and family traditions and preferences. If  you, or a bride you know, are still in the self-discovery stage of wedding planning, we highly recommend taking these discover your wedding style quizzes.  Again, we are offering 2 different style quizzes – the first, the Knot's classic written What's Your Wedding Style: 10 Questions To Ask Quiz and the second Beau-coup's more visual discover your bridal style quiz.  Everyone in our office took both quizzes and universally found the Beau-coup discover your wedding style quiz more informative.  What do you think?  

Tell us about your bridal style.  Are you a bohemian rustic bride or is your style more like that of a classic modern bride? Are you planning to incorporate lots of different styles and looks into your wedding or do you prefer a more uniform visual? Do quirky touches add to a wedding or do you find them annoying, silly, or distracting?  Leave us a comment.

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Snowman Theme Girls 1st Birthday Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Snowman Theme Girls 1st Birthday Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Today we received an email seeking ideas for a snowman theme girl's 1st birthday party.  We loved the idea and once we started searching, we had trouble reigning ourselves in.  Although we gained inspiration from some of our other  Winter Wonderland  party packages, this party needed to be different – we wanted it to be pink!

We always like to start with the invitations because to us invitations are like the title of a paper – they set the tone for the entire party. We particularly like the wording of the light blue and pink card inviting guests to join them for Winter Onederland Fun!  How adorable is that for a January winter birthday party!

Next we searched for paper party goods.  We could not find anything particularly girly so we decided this might be the perfect occasion to create your own party kit. All you need to do is peel and stick an adorable pink snowman label / sticker onto a solid pink paper plate and cup. Best of all most of the stickers can be personalized to wish a happy day to the birthday girl!

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Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts >> Cupcakes in a Glass Bell Jar

Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts - Cupcakes in a Glass Bell Jar

Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts >> Cupcakes in a Glass Bell Jar

We recently stumbled upon a DIY gift idea involving baking mini banana breads in  ball mason jars (lightly oil the jars and only fill batter about half way up).  We liked almost everything about the project except the bedraggled cloth tied to the lids – it cheapened the entire look and not surprisingly, we believed we could find a way to make a good idea even better >> hence, Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts – Cupcakes in a Glass Bell Jar !

As usual, however, when we begin obsessing about a project, we never quite know the direction our research will take us.  This time we got sidetracked and quickly became enamored with these featured wonderful Miniature Glass Bell Jars with White Fluted BaseHoliday Cupcake Wrappers, Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts - Cupcakes in a Glass Bell JarHow great would it be to add an adorable holiday cupcake wrapper to create a festive, chic and expensive looking little gift of thanks.  It would be especially cute if you used the Merry & Bright Cupcake KitThe Nutcracker Cupcake Kit, The Twelve Days of Christmas Cupcake Kit, or create more of a non-denominational winter wonderland look using the damask light blue patterned cupcake wrappers (perfect for teacher gifts!)

OMG – now that we are thinking of it these would make fabulous party favors for just about any celebration.  For Thanksgiving make pumpkin cupcakes and decorate them with the Turkey with Hats Cupcake Kit. For baby showers think Peter Rabbit, Animal Parade, and vintage baby cupcake wrappers.  And how perfect are these glass bell jars for a chic Paris Party!

Buy the glass jars in bulk (they are cheaper that way) and store them away for whenever you need a cheap but chic little gift of thanks.

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