mini champagne bottles hand painted with flamingos and pineapples for galentine's day
Let’s Flamin-GAL! A Flamingo-Inspired Galentine’s Day

This year, I am hosting a virtual Galentine’s Day celebration with all of you! I wish we could gather together in real life for a party, but this will work for now! Please consider this adorable card by Dixie Designs your Valentine card from me…

valentine card that reads we flamingo together

I am so excited to greet you with these incredible cake pops made by Pop Pedler. I can’t get over how beautiful they are. The flower details are so perfect.

cakepops made to look like flamingos

To set the mood for the party, flamin-gals directed your path for you as you arrived…

flamingos lining the sidewalk into a party

With this spritely lady busying herself right by the front door!

doorway entrance decorated with plants watermelon and flamingo

This bashful beauty welcomes you to fill your drink with choices of pink lemonade or a pink grapefruit cocktail…

flamingo bottle topper with straw on glass bottle

And, of course, sparkling water is always available…choose your glass bottle with these whimsically wonderful fondant flamingos made by Sachiko at Mimi Cafe Union

glass drink bottles with fondant flamingos on top tied with blue bow

OR, help yourself to one of these adorable hand-painted mini bottles of champagne. I ordered these just for us for our Flamingal- and Sarah T. Moore Designs painted them just like I was hoping! So cute and fun!!

hand painted mini champagne bottles with flamingos and pineapples
mini champagne bottles hand painted with flamingos and pineapples for galentine's day

I’m passing around caprese appetizers made by Courtney at Pizzazzerie...how delicious! And, that mozzarella heart on each one is the perfect touch!

caprese appetizers with mozzerrella hearts

We are serving Strawberry Grilled Chicken Avocado Spinach Salad from Cooking Classy for lunch. Dig in!

strawberry grilled chicken avacado spinach salad

For dessert (because none of us could bear to actually eat the beautiful flamingo cake pop and saved it to take home), we have chocolate cake and vanilla cake…decorated in shades of pink!

pink tulle ruffled table skirt with desserts displayed on top
pink dessert table with pink cake chocolate cake with pink roses and pink cake pops

We all like to flamingle, and so why not host a Flamin-GAL for your next Galentine’s Day theme? I think the theme adds a little sun to February – and you can re-use your decorations in the spring and summer. Not to mention, flamingo pink works perfectly for Galentine’s Day!

supper club love you pho real galentines day cookies
Supper Club ~ I Love You Pho Real ~ Galentine’s Day

My daughter and I love Pho and have had some funny experiences on our mission to find the best. From being offered forks to use to eat our soup (we stuck with the chop sticks) to watching well-prepared mamas use tiny food scissors to cut the noodles for their toddlers, we have learned a lot about the art of eating Pho. We have endless ways of making ourselves laugh as we substitute the word “pho” for “for”. It felt only fitting to host a Galentine’s Day Supper Club with her friends with a pho theme…

supper club love you pho real galentines day cookies

“I love you pho real” was a fun way to tie in Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day- and introduce friends to pho who may not have tried it yet. If you are unfamiliar with pho, it is a Vietnamese soup with rice noodles, broth, herbs. You can add a choice of protein like chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, etc.

supper club love you pho real blue and white ginger jars with tulips on table

To decorate for the dinner, I found the most perfect designs from Susan on Etsy…her shop is called When I Was Your Age. Susan was so kind to send placemats and cups as a gift to us to use for Supper Club.

supper club asian inspired love you pho real chinoiserie cups

The red and pink chinoiserie patterns in her shop were the inspiration for the table setting. I wanted it to be casual but really beautiful.

supper club love you pho real table setting

Adding blue and white to create the table centerpiece was an easy decision to pull in Asian accents. Tulips and orchids were the flowers that I chose for the colors and look. And, then I contacted Tara at Bambella Cookies and asked if she could make a set of cookies to match our theme… needless to say, Bambella Cookies made each one an edible work of art!

supper club love you pho real galentines day cookies

My daughter and I also hung icicle lights on the dining room walls so give the room a warm glow. It created a nice little ambiance- I think we kept them up long after the party! 🙂

supper club i love you pho real table set with red and pink chinoiserie and tulips

I set the tables with a plate and a napkin on top- just like the restaurants do when they serve pho. Instead of making the soup, I left it to the professionals and ordered from a Vietnamese restaurant in town called “Just Pho”. I had the tables ready so that we could serve it directly to the girls as soon as it arrived at the house. I had the girls choose chicken, beef, or veggie before the party, and my husband picked up the order from the restaurant.

supper club love you pho real table set with tulips and galentines day

I also ordered several dozen egg rolls- and should have ordered several dozen more. The girls loved the egg rolls! I wasn’t even able to get a photo of them before they were gone.

supper club i love you pho real cup with straw and orchids

The miniature orchids and the cut tulips came from Trader Joe’s. They were perfect for the party!

supper club love you pho real table centerpiece with ginger jars tulips and orchids

I took lots and lots of photos of the cookies…they were amazingly detailed and so pretty.

supper club love you pho real set of cookies in pink and red

We added helium-filled balloons to the dining room and let them float randomly on the ceiling. It was an easy and really pretty way to add some color to the room.

supper club love you pho real dining room with red balloons on ceiling

For drinks, we served water and also offered sparkling Welch’s apple cider. I found it in pink and so was happy to have it match the party! I added it to my drink bucket with ice and hung a party garland behind the drink bucket.

supper club love you pho real sparkling cider and glasses

I really love the red, pink, green, and blue together. The patterns are so pretty together, too!

supper club love you pho real blue and white ginger jars and tulips overhead shot

Here is a quick picture of the pho that we served. If you would like to try making it yourself, I recommend this pho recipe from Homemade and Yummy.

supper club love you pho real soup

As usual, I loved taking photos of the cookies. I am always amazed at the precision of Bambella Cookies. That chinoiserie pattern is stunning. The pagodas are gorgeous, and the trees and figures are perfect!

supper club love you pho real chinoiserie cookies

I think an Asian-inspired Galentine’s Day is a really fun way to try something new and enjoy food and conversation. I could happily host this theme every month!

supper club centerpiece from above ginger jars and tulips

“I love you, pho real” is a fun sentiment and a fun party theme! I hope you are inspired to create a Galentine’s gathering. I am always happy to answer questions or offer tips! I turned my comments back on after having them off for a long time. You are welcome to leave me a message below in the comments! I would love to hear from you!

Have a great week!

supper club love you pho real three cookies

Cheers xo,

Lydia

halloween cakes on 3 round tables with balloon garland in the background
Supper Club ~ Sweet Sixteen Halloween Party Ideas

Sweet Sixteen and Halloween aren’t the typical party ideas that come together for one theme! Ha! But…I went for it for our Supper Club because we had to skip September’s Supper Club. Our dog had surgery and needed constant care, and so we postponed the Sweet 16 theme and rolled it into the next month. That is how Sweet Sixteen Halloween came to be! It was actually really fun to plan. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to do, and I feel like this theme could be expanded in so many ways.

halloween cakes in pink orange yellow

I wanted to do a grouping of 16 somewhere at the party. I thought about doing 16 candles down the center of a really long table, but I always get a little worried about flames and lots of teens around one table. Even though they are old enough to drive, I still feel like too many candles could be a problem. 🙂 Maybe I just still think of them as 6 instead of 16? I don’t know, but I picture long hair inadvertently ending up too close to a flame.

pink halloween cake with black spiders

Instead of candles, I decided to go with 16 cakes. I wanted the colors to reflect the “sweet” and then I wanted to add in Halloween decorations to the cakes. Originally, I wanted to have only 4-inch cakes but then changed to a mixture of 6-inch and 4-inch. I liked the variety of sizes, but I really loved the size of the 4-inch. The girls liked the smaller cakes, too. They were really cute and miniature.

orange halloween cake with candy bones and candy eyes
sweet sixteen halloween cake with gold letters
halloween cakes in a grouping on a round table

I ordered the cakes from Emilee Hain, of Keelime Culinary. Emilee used to own a restaurant in town and now she is a personal chef and baker. I was so happy when she agreed to give this idea a try- I knew I needed help to pull off 16 cakes all at one time. Emilee baked and frosted the cakes- I sent her photos of the colors that I wanted to use. I also wanted to use separate tables for the cakes. I used 3 round tables and set them all out before I decorated them.

pink yellow orange peach colored cakes in a group on round tables

And, then I just started decorating based on height and colors. It was fun trying to make each one a little different.

halloween-cake-ideas-witch-spiders

I added a balloon garland to the wall before I set up the cakes. The colors were a unique twist for Halloween, but I like how the black touches bring out the holiday vibe.

halloween cakes on 3 round tables with balloon garland in the background

I have mentioned on Instagram that watching your daughter learn to drive (and being in the car while that learning takes place), can be a little nerve-racking. For me, it has been the hardest milestone yet. It is tough not to be the one driving her and to trust that she is ready for so much responsibility. Because of that, I jokingly nicknamed this party, “Driving me Batty”. I had a little drawing at the party to commemorate this phase of parenting. 🙂

illustration of a pink car with blonde teen girl driver with pumpkins and bats

For the “supper” part of Supper Club, I set the tables with 9 girls at each table. I used Halloween napkins, cups, and straws and put fresh flowers in the center.

halloween party table set with flowers plates cups and napkins

I also added Sweet Sixteen headbands and candy sticks to the table.

Halloween party table setting with headbands and flowers

My daughter chose the menu and asked for Chicken Enchiladas. My husband made the enchiladas, and then I added a veggie tray, a bowl of fruit, chips, salsa, and avacados.

front porch halloween decorations with blue door and clay jack o lanterns

I set up the front porch with pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns for a warm welcome. The jack-o-lanterns are made of clay and are from a shop in northeast Georgia called Craven Pottery. They doubled as party favors for the girls to take home at the end of the night…

halloween front porch with jack o lanterns glowing on each step
group of teen girls sitting on front porch steps holdling jack o lanterns

One of the most fun parts of the night was that Supper Club happen to hit on the date of one of the girls’ actual 16th birthday! It was so fun to be able to celebrate it with her! It was a fun time and I enjoy hosting with my daughter each time! Feel free to ask me any questions about our Supper Clubs- or anything else that you see that you would like to know! Click to see last year’s Halloween Supper Club. You can also find our Spring Supper Club ideas or browse the entire category of Supper Club Ideas. Thanks for being here!

sweet sixteen party with 16 cakes

Cheers xo,

Lydia

Supper Club ~ A Summer Shell-a-bration

One of the best ways to welcome summer, or to simply celebrate its wonderful existence, is with a Summer Shellabration themed party! Saying Shell-o to Summer has never been more fun! I had a great time creating and styling with this theme and using a different mix of colors…I wanted to use coral and blue and add in pastel pink. I think it turned out fresh and fun!

Supper Club

I hosted a Supper Club for my daughter and friends using this theme at the end of school and adapted it to “Shell-o Summer” as we were celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer! My friend, Susan, at the shop “When I Was Your Age” (on Etsy) designed party paper products for us, and they were the perfect way to tie it all together. I love the combination of the blue placemats with a coral design and the coral-colored nautical rope design on the plates. The shell in the middle with the writing was just what it needed to play off the party theme. The plates are clear with the design in the center and so it also showed off the placemats even more. I really loved this all together on top of the pink and white striped cabana tablecloths.

Supper Club

“When I Was Your Age” also designed cups and stir sticks to use for the party. The stir sticks double as cupcake decorations, too- you can simply ask for a shorter stick! See farther below in this post for how I used them in the wine carafes. They are versatile and always add a little extra touch of design to a party!

Supper Club

I really wanted to mostly use shells for the table decorations and let the ocean treasures speak for themselves…I purchased shells and poured them into white bowls with ruffled edges. I like the shape of the edges of the bowls and how they add to the texture and movement of the table since I was using shells instead of lots of flowers. I love to use big groupings of small items so that they don’t look lost on the table.

Supper Club

For a small touch of greenery or florals, I used air plants inside pink sea urchin shells. I really loved how pretty these turned out and how they added just a small amount of green to the mix- kind of like seaweed in the ocean but in a good way! The urchin shells with air plants also doubled as party favors for the girls to take home with them. Caring for the plants is simple (just water every once in a while) and it was a unique way to add a little summer to their homes.

Supper Club

I purposely ordered shells in shades of pink, coral, and white so that they would blend and complement the stronger shades of blue and darker coral. You can choose the darker tans and browns if you want to add an earthier tone to your party. I truly love the crisp, white tones and the serene feel that the softer colors give when paired with the strong ocean blues.

Supper Club

For this Supper Club and beginning of summer party, my daughter and I hosted the girls and their moms. I enjoy having a chance to connect with the moms before we all head our separate ways for summer. I wanted to have a shell-themed party favor/gift for the moms, too. When I saw Pippa Goetz’s oyster shell art, I felt like the shells- in combination with her incredible artistic skills- would be the perfect fit for our party! I asked Pippa to make a shell for each mom with the first initial. We chose blue and white for the letters and gold for the outside of the shell. A coral ribbon literally tied it all together to make it match the party.

Supper Club
Supper Club

I could have used these beautiful painted oyster shells a million different ways and had a hard time deciding which way I liked them best. Tied to the mini wine carafes was so beautiful, and then I also loved them tied to the napkins. Which way do you like better? Tied to the mini carafes or used as napkins rings?

Supper Club

And, can we talk about this amazing cake that the sisters at Emmie June Cakes made to coordinate with this theme?? When Emmie June and I talked about what the cake should look like, all I told them was a beach theme with an emphasis on shells- and I asked that we incorporate the sea urchin shells with air plants. Emmie June Cakes went to work and created this masterpiece of a cake! I was wowed when I picked it up! And even more wowed when I tasted the cupcakes they sent along!!! Their buttercream frosting and cake are incredibly good!

Supper Club

The back of the cake was a beautiful watercolor effect and was so pretty to see from all sides!

Supper Club
Supper Club

It was such a show-stopping cake, I couldn’t stop taking its picture! I was like a cake paparazzi and wanted to capture it a million times over! Lol! I even put it on my bar cart to just let it have its moment of glory all by itself! 🙂

Supper Club
Supper Club

Emmie June Cakes also sent cupcakes with ocean blue frosting and pearl sprinkles. I made candy shells using pink and melts and a candy mold that I bought at Hobby Lobby. The candies were so easy to make! I put them in the refrigerator so that they would hold up better in the warmer temps of summer before I put them on top of the cupcakes…

Supper Club

I love serving the cupcakes nestled in the big bowls of shells. Of course, they look (and taste) fabulous all together on a tray or platter too! I just really like the way they look with the shells and the contrast of the blue frosting…and, again, I couldn’t stop taking pictures! 🙂

Supper Club

The cake and cupcakes look so pretty together. I can’t say enough about how fabulous it was to work with Emmie June Cakes. I really am looking forward to the next reason to order a cake from them (or maybe I just won’t need a reason and should order one for no reason at all.) Anybody else ever do that? 🙂

Supper Club

I also added a balloon garland in pink, blue, green, yellow, and white to tie together the color scheme and play off the colors of the the table setting. The best part about these particular balloons is that they are from illoom balloons and they have lights inside of them. When the sun goes down, the balloons glow. It is such a surprise for the guests and adds a playful and pretty vibe to your party!

Supper Club

I think the cupcakes would also look so cute served in smaller, individual bowls of shells at each place setting. I love the options you have when setting a table, and I am all for making each place setting extra special for each guest! Maybe I will try that next time!

Supper Club

What’s a summer party without something frozen to cool you down in the heat? To go with the cake- or for those who prefer a lighter dessert- I also served Mango Passion Fruit Sherbet. Individual clear containers let the pretty colors of the sherbet shine through and then I topped it with blue pearl sprinkles and more of the pink candy shells…

Supper Club

Add a miniature gold spoon (found in the party aisles at craft stores) to each cup of sherbet and your guests will appreciate how easy it is to pick up and enjoy! Just have a few extras on hand in case one or two break as they dig in to the sherbet!

Supper Club

It’s a perfect way to say hello to summer and all of the fun that goes with it!

Supper Club

I have shown you all of the pretty details and you may be wondering what we actually served for dinner. I wanted to continue with the shell theme and so we decided on serving paella for dinner. It was a good fit to meet different tastes for our guests…I ordered seafood and chicken paella so that it would accommodate different likes. We also ordered gazpacho which suited our friends who don’t eat meat- and was a huge hit among the moms! I contacted The Spanish Paella in Suwanee, Georgia and arranged for him to cater the meal for us. With the giant pan, it was fun to watch dinner being prepared and to be excited to line up to try it when it was ready. I highly recommend him if you are in the area. He catered a party for one of my friends and so it was the second time I had a chance to enjoy it. It was a nice way to have a hot, delicious dinner and to be able to enjoy chatting with our guests rather than having to worry about cooking and serving! Here he is…

Supper Club

Supper Club

I do wish I had taken a group photo of all of the moms and daughters together. I snapped a couple of shots but then put my phone down and enjoyed everyone’s company. I am making a note for next time to remember to get a group shot- I know we will treasure those as our girls get older!

Supper Club
Supper Club
Supper Club

I did have a little glitch when I was preparing for the party and that was that I ordered 2 tablecloths in the wrong color. I decided not to let that be a problem at all and just put two coral-colored cloths outside for the girls (they loved that color) and the pink striped cloths inside for the moms. It worked out well and I ended up liking it. I would prefer that they all were the same, but sometimes you press “checkout” too quickly and end up with something you didn’t mean to order! 🙂

Supper Club
Supper Club

I enjoyed hosting this party and celebrating the season of summer and this season of life! I hope you find ideas to use for your own summer celebrations! Cheers to more flexible schedules, a slower summer pace, and the company of friends- there are so many reasons to shell-a-brate!

Here are the sources for the items I used for this party…the Amazon links are through my Amazon Associate program. I receive a small compensation (at no extra cost to you) for purchases made through this link. I only link the items that I buy myself and want to share with you!

Party Paper Designs (plates, cups, stir sticks, placemats) – When I Was Your Age

Pink Cabana Stripe Tablecloths – Amazon

Coral Cabana Stripe Tablecloths- Amazon

Cake and Cupcakes- Emmie June Cakes

Painted Oyster Shells- Pippa Goetz

Gingham Napkins- Amazon

Shells and Air Plants- Etsy Shop

Balloons- Illooms

XO,

Lydia

Easy Mermaid Summer Frose’

A hot summer day is made better with something cool- whether you need this for a mermaid party idea or just a cool treat while you hang out poolside with your friends! There’s nothing quite like combining the flavors of Rose’ wine with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams sorbet. Of course, it is perfect on its own… but I love to add a little something extra. Garnish it with something fun and summery, and it becomes the easiest treat with very little effort!

Isn’t that so cute and easy? All you need to “make” this Frose’ Fun is

1 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Frose’ Sorbet

2. Sprinkles of your choice (I found mine in the baking section at Hobby Lobby). I mixed confetti sprinkles with pink and blue sugar pearls.

3. Sugar Mermaid Tail (optional) – I found these mermaid tails at Hobby Lobby in the baking section.

4. Mini gold spoons- I find the mini spoons at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s Craft Stores, or Party City.

5. Serve on a pretty platter! Prissy Plates sent me this bright and happy platter (as a gift) to use for my summer parties, and I LOVE IT! The bright yellow is a like a dose of sunshine, and the ribbons are inter-changeable. Prissy Plates sent me the pink ribbon with a starfish print on it and also the same print in royal blue! The platter makes summer serving easier and prettier! I also. love how, with a change of ribbon, I can use the yellow into fall and then again for spring. And, one of my very favorite parts about the ribbons is the fact that the bow comes pre-tied for us! All you have to do is weave the long ribbon through the spaces on the platter and then use the ends to secure the bow in place. They make it so user-friendly. You can find this exact serving platter here (plus several other styles and colors)!

So, I have to tell you this is one of the easiest dessert ideas for summer- and the sorbet is sooooo good!! It is a grown-up version of the Cherry Berry ice creams I remember getting at Six Flags Over Georgia when I was a kid! Lol! Those were my favorite treat in the summers- how nice to find one that makes us feel like a kid again while having Jeni’s signature natural flavors and colors.

If you aren’t able to find the mermaid tails, simply use your favorite sprinkles. And, one of my best tips for keeping it frozen in the summer heat… garnish the Frose’ Sorbet ahead of time and place back in the freezer to let it all set.

If you take the sorbet out of the freezer, decorate, and serve right away, it may start to melt on you. It really depends on how many you need to make at one time. If you have several to make, I would suggest making them ahead and putting them back in the freezer! If you’re only making one or two..go for it! It is the best sorbet I have ever had! I hope you love it, too! Here’s to making a splash at your next bash!

For more mermaid and “Under the Sea” party ideas, check out this fabulous party!

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xo,

Lydia

Pots de Creme

If you love a rich and creamy chocolate dessert, then this one is just for you! The name alone- Pots de Creme- sounds very fancy, but you will be surprised at how easy it is to make this decadent and delicious dessert! My college roommate and forever friend gave me the recipe after she impressed me with her fancy dessert on one of my visits to see her and her family. Her husband is half French and so he suggested this treat. She knew me well enough to know that it would be a big hit, and that we would basically eat all of the servings in one night just like our college days!

For this recipe, you only need a handful of ingredients. It is quick and easy to make- you only need to allow time for it to chill. You can find more elaborate recipes- I know they used to add in a step called a “water bath” to finish the recipe, but it just isn’t necessary to achieve the same result. I have also used a double boiler to melt the chocolate and mix in the cream, but I have found that letting the heated yolks and milks melt the chocolate in the blender is the best method for keeping it simple. As you can see in the photo below, it whips up to be so thick and rich… and so small serving sizes are ideal. I use 4-ounce ramekins and a small amount of homemade, fresh whipped cream to top the chocolate goldmine. Of course, you can use larger serving sizes and add more whipped cream plus any other topping you like. Raspberries and strawberries are always a perfect way to up the delish factor, but I am a purist when it comes to chocolate pots of cream.

Chocolate Pots de Creme

Ingredients

12 oz. bag of Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can also go with darker chocolate if you like)

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups whole milk

6 large egg yolks

5 tablespoons of granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions to Make…

  1. Whisk the egg yolks, 1 cup of the cream, the milk, granulated sugar and salt in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking and stir constantly for about 5 minutes until it is almost boiling. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the spoon or spatula.
  2. Place the chocolate chips into a blender and then pour the milk mixture over the chocolate chips. Use care with the hot milk mixture. If using a food processor, cover the open spout with a cloth to prevent the hot mixture from contacting skin. Blend until smooth– scrape the sides as needed to be sure it is all mixed smoothly.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture into ramekins and place in refrigerator to set. The pots de creme should be chilled in 2-3 hours.
  4. When ready to serve, whip the 1/2 cup of heavy cream with confectioner’s sugar until soft peaks form. Fold in vanilla. Spoon a dollop of whipped cream on the top of each ramekin. Top with berries, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

If you would like to be more authentic in the way you serve this dessert, look for antique pots de creme serving dishes at antique or vintage shops. You can also find sets or individual pots online. The sets are tiny cups with one handle and a lid. A small spoon is used for eating from the small pots- usually a demitasse spoon. If I were to buy a set for our family to have, I would choose these…


Aren’t they so pretty? I also love the new set made by Mottaheda. The neutral color works for every occasion. But, clearly the decadence of the dessert itself stands alone no matter what you choose to serve it in- a simple ramekin works just fine, too!

I always love to hear how you like the recipes that I share! Leave a comment below and give me your thoughts. Also, if you have egg whites that are left over from making this dessert, you can use them to make this Pavlova! Sometimes it is helpful to be able to make 2 easy desserts at once for special occasions. Happy Baking!

fiesta party ideas table setting for cinco de mayo
Best Cinco de Mayo – Birthday Party Ideas Decorations and Recipes

How fun is a fiesta? There is something about throwing a party for Cinco de Mayo or for a birthday that makes this theme just so perfect! These party ideas that I am sharing today were made even easier by Party Hat Paper Company and the huge box of fiesta party supplies they sent me! It was such a welcome surprise to open this fiesta party box, and I loved how easy it made it to plan and decorate! Because I had so much to work with, I am going to share ideas for a kids’ party table (shown below) and show you how you can also use these ideas for a teen fiesta later this week. Then, I will share ideas for adults… and add in fiesta recipe ideas that are a hit with (most) everyone! So, check back often this week to see all of the fun happening over here! First up, a bursting-with-color tablescape for a fiesta!

With all of the color that was a part of party box, I added a white tablecloth to ground everything and let the decorations shine. The traditional Mexican serape made a bright cloth table runner – I loved how the colors looked so vivid on the white and then worked well with the brown Kraft lunchroom style trays that were included in the party box. I have never used those trays before, and so I had fun deciding how to dress them up!

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The fiesta party plates were perfect to place under the mini pots that I used for the main dish. I also used the matching cupcake holders for salsa- totally testing the theory that they will hold liquid! Guess what? The cupcake holders were perfect for serving salsa! They really did hold up and they looked so cute on the tray.

sombrero-spoon

Something else I had never used before that was in the fiesta party kit box, was the colorful taco holders. They are designed to hold tacos while you add the filling and prevent the tacos from breaking- but I used them for napkin and utensil holders. I really like how they kept the wooden knives, forks, and spoons (that were included in the kit) bundled in the napkins (also provided)- and it added color to the serving tray. I could stand them up or lay them flat and they worked so well. I added a couple of decorative food picks just for fun. The food picks are perfect for holding soft tacos together, too! So many uses for so many of the party supplies.

Speaking of the wooden forks, I added the tiny sombreros to the tops of the forks that were in the burrito bowls. I think the sombreros are my favorite little detail from the party box kit! They are so cute and can be used in several ways. I think they were originally intended to be cupcake toppers, but I think they are perfect for the forks and for the straws!

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The orange cups and the yellow striped paper straws were also a part of the fiesta party kit from Paper Hat Party Company. They thought of so many details and really considered what you would need and how you could use the supplies. I am impressed! And even if you decided to use the mini sombreros for cupcakes, the cups and straws look great with a simple slice of lime! Also, notice the confetti sprinkled on the table…it came with the party box, too! I love how something so simple can be so pretty and easy to use…

cups-with-limes

For the center of the table, I used the luminaries that came from Party Hat Paper Company and added vases of flowers to them. I bought flowers at Trader Joe’s and arranged them in a short container. I folded the luminary bag down so that the white showed which helped show off the colors of the flowers. I love luminaries at night, but for a party during daylight, the luminaries can be used in several ways…

flower-centerpiece

They would be perfect for

  1. holding chips
  2. party favor bags
  3. flower holders with a container dropped inside
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I also never met a party that didn’t need some cute cookies to serve, and so Melissa of Dough & Batter came through with the absolute cutest cookie designs! Tacos and Pinatas – you can’t get more perfect than that for a fiesta! I displayed the taco cookies in the taco holders that were part of the party box kit and loved how they stood up! The cake stand of cookies looked so cute in the middle of the flower arrangements…

I could have taken a million more photos of them- the cookies were just so cute with their polka dot backgrounds and their icing transfer images. Dough and Batter is so fun to work with and so talented and creative! And, you guessed it- those cute cactus plates came as part of the party kit from Paper Hat Party Company! I loved having the plates to use for serving dessert!

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Here’s a quick shot of the table as I was building it and before I added the plates, trays, food, etc. I enjoy the process of seeing what works well together and taking photos of it along the way as I am designing it. It helps me to see it better and from a different perspective. Anybody else do this?

tablescape

I can tell you the the key ingredients for making patterns and colors work well together is first, not to be afraid to mix them! Definitely remember to mix large scale with small scale rather than having the patterns all the same size. You can repeat patterns of different scale to bring a cohesive feel- such as the tiny polka dots on the cookies work really well with the polka dot effect that the strewn confetti gives. The same works with the smaller diamond pattern on the plates paired with the bold stripes of the serape. And- remember to add texture to the table top with flowers and even the cut out on the luminaries. I love the motion of both of those, too! The height is always a tougher one for me because I love to have taller centerpieces for the visual appeal, but mostly, I want guests to be able to see each other and to chat– so I keep it lower especially for a kids’ table. The cake stand of cookies was as tall as I let the table get but added visual height with the wall behind the table!

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I will share more about the fabulous wall decorations that I used from Party Box Paper Company coming up! Let me know what your favorite part of the kids’ tablescape is and remember to check back all week for more fiesta fun!! You can also see another of my favorite fiestas here– a party for my daughter that was full of good times!

XO,

Lydia

table set with green and white gingham placemats flowers in blue vases and favor boxes
Best Buds/Spring Supper Club

My teenage daughter’s Supper Club has become something I look forward to each time that we host it! Each one has a different theme and different menu, but the friendships and fun grow every time! For this Supper Club, the theme was “Best Buds” and we went with a flower theme. We hosted it on the Thursday before Easter- which was the night before a school holiday began. Many of the girls were already traveling for Easter break, and so we had a smaller group than we usually do- but it was not small on chatter and laughter and all of the things that make each one so much fun!

Favor Boxes by Loralee Lewis /Vases by Parker Kennedy Living/ Styling and Photo by Lydia Menzies

Doing something different each time is always fun, and setting the table around the theme is, too! My friend David, of Parker Kennedy Living, showed me some vases they had just gotten in at their shop and offered to let me use them for the flower themed party. The colors were perfect, and I could picture them with pink, orange, and yellow flowers. We loaded them all into my car and they became the focal point of the Supper Club table.

I found ranunculus at Trader Joe’s and bought all they had in the colors I needed. The blooms were stunning and I loved the way the stems curved and swayed. I formed a “table runner” with all of the vases down the center of the table and ended up using around 50 vases. The blue and green milk glass vases are gorgeous on their own and then even more so when you pop in all of the flowers. I especially like the different shapes and sizes of the vases. When I put them on the table, I didn’t overthink the order of the vases but instead just varied the colors and heights to make it look eye-catching. I used more blue than green simply because that is what I had. Here is an overhead view…

For the placemats and favor boxes, I ordered from my friend Loralee Lewis. I loved the mix of green and white gingham with the floral print in pinks, yellows and greens. Inside of each of the favor boxes, we put a gold foil bunny from our local chocolate shop, Condor Chocolate. The favor boxes looked pretty at each place setting. This collection by Loralee Lewis is called Happy Floral and has lots of other pretty pieces in this design. I fell in love with the green gingham and Loralee printed the pattern on placemats for us.

I played around with the table setting a little- I loved the layer of yellow that the Kate Spade plates added to the white and pink glass plates…which way do you like better? See below for just the white with the pink depression glass plates. I found Rose Lemonade at Target and loved that it was a mix of lemonade with a flower- a perfect drink for our flower theme! Not to be confused with Rose’ Lemonade- this drink is made with Rose Water and is non-alcoholic, of course – serving to teens and all! But the cashier at Target asked to see my ID because she thought it was wine lemonade… and then my daughter thought I had made a mistake and bought them Rose’ too! I definitely drank one myself just to check and to be on the safe side. 🙂

And, in keeping with the “Best Buds” theme, each girl had a bud vase with a flower at her seat. I was lucky enough to meet Maizie Clark at The Southern Coterie Summit in February, and we teamed up to create these custom bud vases for the girls. Maizie send over 2 flower designs that she hand drew, and my daughter chose the flower that she liked best. They were then printed onto the vases and shipped to us to use as gifts for our guests. The girls seemed to love the thought and sentiment of the vases, and I can’t thank Maizie and Michelle enough for creating such a sweet gift for us to share with friends!

Custom Bud Vases by Maizie Clark

We decided on the white flower (or Camille did and I agreed) because that way, no matter what bloom you put in the vase, it would always show off the beautiful flower. We love the “best buds” inscription on the vase!

The bud vases were such a hit and so were the fabulous paintings that were created for the girls by Mary Sams. Mary is the mom of one of the girls- she is so talented and was so kind to paint one for each of the Supper Club Girls.

The girls loved being able to choose the girl and color scheme they liked the most- and they look so pretty all grouped together! I love that the girls have some special treats to remind them of their buds- and that they know the artist personally!

For this Supper Club, I kept the menu very easy! Because I hosted my website re-launch party earlier on the same day, I ordered croissant sandwiches and a fruit platter from Chicken Salad Chick, salads from Maepole in Athens, and had pigs in a blanket from Home.Made in Athens. Some of the menu was the same as the luncheon earlier in the day- I just ordered enough to have for both parties. We did have an extra-special dessert for Supper Club…

Aren’t these cake pops soooo cute??? Bunnies holding bouquets of flowers?? I couldn’t love them more, and they couldn’t be more perfect for our spring Supper Club that was held just before Easter! The cake pops were made by Pop Pedler in California and shipped carefully across the US to make it Georgia in time for the party. You can see they made the trip well! Pop Pedler was and is so wonderful to work with- she is just the most talented and most thoughtful!

The details are just so cute and sweet! From the bows in their “hare” (sorry) and their tiny pearl feet…there is also an adorable bunny tail on the back made of a pearl sprinkle. Pop Pedler has won me over with her creative treats, and I can’t wait to order again soon! And, I ordered extra so that I could have some for Easter lunch with my family. I just put them in the refrigerator and they were perfect for dessert on Sunday!

I also attempted to make the bunny cake pops stand in the Dirt Cup desserts that my daughter and her friend made for Supper Club. I needed a taller container or a shorter stick, but you get the idea!

It was such a nice Spring night, we took the party outside and the girls enjoyed hanging out on the porch. They also got into the leftover cooler of sodas (with permission, of course) that we had earlier in the day at the website launch lunch. They are always a joy to have over and I can’t wait to see them all again soon!

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES FOR THEIR BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS!

CUSTOM “BEST BUDS” VASES- MAIZIE CLARKE

BLUE AND GREEN MILKGLASS VASES- PKL-THE CELLAR

FAVOR BOXES & GINGHAM PLACEMATS- LORALEE LEWIS

FLOWER GIRLS ARTWORK- MARY SAMS

BUNNY CAKE POPS- POP PEDLER

Easter Supper Club

With Peter Cottontail getting ready to hop down the bunny trail soon, I wanted to show y’all the Easter Supper Club that my teenage daughter and I hosted for her and her friends!

I often share about our Supper Clubs on Instagram, and it is the most asked about topic I get! Hosting a Supper Club is a fun way to get the girls together and let them enjoy just hanging out, eating, chatting, and sometimes some really loud singing. I truly love seeing them come through the door each time and look forward to coming up with new ideas for each time. I try to keep the menu different every time- but I do pay attention to the things that go over really well and sometimes repeat those certain dishes.

The very first question I am always asked is, “how many girls do you host each time?”. The answer to that is that we have about 24 girls and we range each time from around 18-24 gathered together! My daughter and I typically choose a theme and then go from there with planning. This Easter Supper Club is one of my favorites because Loralee Lewis spoiled us and sent us gorgeous paper designs made especially for us. Loralee has a beautiful selection of designs ready in her shop, but she let us design our own for this one which was such a treat! We gave her our vision for a preppy, springtime meal and she worked her design magic and shipped it all to us.

For a springtime dinner, I like to serve lighter fare and lots of fresh produce. The menu for this Supper Club was sandwiches, gazpacho, veggie platters with hummus, a big bowl of berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries), pita chips, and dessert. I made my favorite gazpacho recipe that actually happens to be one of my daughter’s all-time favorites. We served the gazpacho in the soup containers that you see above. I love serving gazpacho because you can make it a day ahead and the flavors get better overnight. I will share the recipe soon as it is one of my go-to recipes for spring and summer. I feel really lucky that my kids actually love it. It was even one of their favorites when they were babies!

When I was deciding how to set the table, I really wanted to use the bold green and white stripes to coordinate with Loralee’s quatrefoil design on the placemats and soup containers. The green stripe matched perfectly to the green top on the container. I also wanted to pull in the navy blue that was used and so I found a larger quatrefoil napkin print in navy that I loved and went with it. I also layered the dinner plates and dessert plates in green and pink, and as you can see, repeated the pink and green with the straws and cups. For flowers, I really wanted to use pink tulips- and when I saw the tulipieres (tulip holders) at Parker Kennedy Living -The Cellar, I knew those would be the perfect pieces for the center of the table. The tulipieres are pieces that I use all spring and summer, and they make flower arrangements so easy to create. And, they don’t have to be just for tulips!

Did you notice how the little favor boxes and straw flags from Loralee Lewis say, “Egg-stra”? Those were a fun nod to one of the girls’ favorite things to say at the time- “you’re so extra” was the inspiration for that little detail, and we just adapted it because it fit perfectly with an Easter theme!

Speaking of extra, I always love making the dessert table a little extra! And, no one ever seems to mind! Ha! Loralee sent over these carrot boxes with customized tags on them and I filled them with Lindt chocolate carrots and put them in a basket with grass. I bought the grass at Lowe’s and potted it in the basket, and then placed the tips of the carrots in the grass.

I really love how the chocolate carrot candy fits perfectly in the carrot-shaped boxes! They were made for each other! I think these carrot boxes with candy would make adorable teacher gifts or neighbor gifts for Easter, too.

We are lucky enough to live close enough to the amazing Mac Lab and are able to pick up their super cute and so delicious macarons often. For this Supper Club, we ordered their specialty macarons and were so happy with them! The bunny macs are too cute and the girls loved them!

I displayed them using egg cups that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I poured sprinkles in the egg cups so that I could nestle the bunnies in them and help them stay up.

The bunny macarons are the kind of treat that is just so cute, you really hesitate to bite into them. And, then you want to save a few because they’re just fun to have~ and they make everyone smile. (As a side note, Mac Lab now offers shipping- which means you can have some even if you aren’t in the Atlanta area.)

I also made some bright Easter Peeps topiaries for the dessert table- they were really fun to make and were actually pretty easy!

To make the Easter Peeps Towers/ Topiaries, I started with styrofoam cones that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I broke toothpicks in half and used them to attach the marshmallow bunny Peeps to the cone. As I was making them, I perfected the pattern a little better as I went. The tallest tower is the last one that I made and you can definitely see the improvement. So, if you decide to make one too- use the tall one as your guide. 🙂 I tied big pink bows at the top to cover the small space that is not covered by the marshmallows. I attached the bows with a straight pin and then used the topiaries on the dessert table. And, yes, the girls asked if they could eat them! Lol

I encouraged them to try eating these instead. My daughter loves chocolate pudding and so she made tiny jars of pudding for everyone and we topped them with edible grass and adorable cookies from Tara at Bambella Cookies.

While the girls were enjoying dinner and dessert, I secretly arranged a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. It was so much fun! I asked two college girls that we know and love to help us put battery tea lights inside of several hundred eggs. My son was in charge of pulling out all of the tabs in the lights that you have to remove so that they will turn on- and then my daughter, our college friends, and I loaded the eggs with lights- and then they hid them all over the yard. When the girls came outside after dessert, the yard was glowing with eggs every where. It looked so pretty to see all of the eggs lit up. The photos don’t begin to do it justice, but it was really pretty. If you ever have a chance to do a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, I say go for it! It is especially perfect for older kids.

When the girls found all of the eggs, they met me at the front porch where I had set up a couple of stations with candy. They could trade their eggs for candy and that way I was able to get all of the eggs and lights back so that I can do it again sometime! We had one prize egg and we had a basket of goodies for the friend that found the golden egg…

It was such a fun time! I love these girls and already can’t wait for the next one!

animal themed party with felt hats
Colorful Birthday Party Ideas

Have you ever felt stuck when trying to choose an idea for a theme for a birthday party? Sometimes, the best option is to NOT choose a theme, but instead choose colors that the birthday boy or girl loves. That way, you can make everything coordinate beautifully without being tied to one thing. It kind of opens up the options and makes planning even more fun! Today, I am going to show you how to use a colorful combination- and these party ideas could also be used for a rainbow theme or animal theme if you prefer to stick with a that…it’s like 3 in one!

The inspiration for this party started when I found these adorable hats- they are made of felt and have the cutest animal faces on them. I fell in love with the color combo and the whimsical design of the party hats- I love how each hat is a different animal and I love those ears!

Admittedly, I am a little obsessed with the cuteness and wanted to replicate the animal faces for the cake and other sweet treats for the party. Brenda, of Sugar High Inc., created the fondant cake toppers. I told her how I would use them on skewers, and she was able to make them so that all I had to do was just assemble the skewer and the topper when I was ready to use them. They were perfect! For the cake, I bought a cake at my local grocery store and added pink sprinkles to it. I knew I wanted a simple cake so that the fondant hat toppers would stand out. Next, I even used the animal faces for the drink toppers…

Sachiko, of Mimi Cafe Union, made these darling drink bottle toppers for me. They look exactly like the little hats in fondant form! They had holes for the straws to slide through and were perfect for keeping a lid on it!

When I saw the colorful rainbow plates from Oh Happy Day Party Shop, I couldn’t believe how perfectly the colors matched the hats I was using. Don’t be afraid to mix in an unexpected pattern (or rainbow) when you are planning the details- it’s amazing how something small can bring it all together.

Another of my favorite party tips is to find a way to use the birthday number and celebrate it. Decorated cookies with the number 4 were beautiful in bright pink, yellow, and blue. My sweet friend, Terri Graham of Sweet Goosie Girl, made the cookies and they really couldn’t have been more perfect or delicious!

When I am planning a party with a lot of strong color, I always like to find a way to temper the bright with a little bit of pastel. For this party, I used pastel pink napkins on the table and it sort of acted as a neutral for the table. I love a fun, vibrant setting but also realize that visually you need a little balance!

Another way to balance out strong colors is to use cupcakes with white frosting- it makes “plain” cupcakes even better when they are surrounded by all the colorful options. I topped the cupcakes with printable toppers from Anders Ruff Design Co. – I loved the funky little font Maureen chose for this design! If you love a more colorful topper, add in candy or fondant. I asked Brittany of Edible Details to make these super cute cupcake toppers and then mixed them in with the printable toppers. It is a way to have more economical options mixed in with the more expensive options…

The invitation and place cards were also designed by Anders Ruff Design Co. And, the oh-so-cute Oreos were made by Maria at Love and Sugar Kisses. It amazes me how Maria can make an Oreo look so fancy!

Once again, fondant toppers for the win on the Oreos! They are just the cutest! Kind of like these cuties!

There’s nothing quite like turning 4 and being with your favorite people to help celebrate!

What’s your favorite non-themed way to throw a party? I vote for colors- and the best part of that is that the choices are endless!! Tell me what you think in the comments below and have a beautiful, colorful day!!

XO,

Lydia

P.S. A funny side note about this party…many years ago (as in 2013), I was asked to design a party for Twinkle Twinkle Little Party’s first online magazine. At the time, there was no deadline, and it was a very laidback request that I accepted. And then, I became inundated with other work and had to place this idea on the back burner…and then TTLP moved and took a short break from the magazine…and, needless to say, this party idea never was seen or shared. Because I had purchased all of the gorgeous work from the vendors and it was too fabulous not to share, I boxed it all up and saved it for when I could actually put these ideas together. And, so…6 years after the original orders were made and plans were set, I finally had a chance to put this one together. So many things have changed over these past 6 years, and many of these talented ladies are no longer providing bakery work for purchase. I feel so lucky to have been able to share the skills and talents of Brenda, Sachiko, Maria, and Terri throughout the years, and I am thrilled with the paths that they have taken in their creative endeavors. I just wanted you all to know that they have taken their amazingness in different directions, but, wow, they have an incredible way with fondant and cookies! Cheers to them all and to growth! I celebrate you ladies!

PANDA-MONIUM BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

Ahh! I love this adorable Panda Party so much!  If my daughter had not outgrown themed parties, this is exactly the party theme I would wish to host for her!  This is the first year that she has not requested a certain type of party, and so I will just share with you these fabulous party ideas from Jenny, at Bloom Designs!  I don’t mind living vicariously through someone else’s fun, how about you?  Jenny makes “Pandamonium” look so cute!

The party decorations are so much fun- I love the set-up on the porch around the fireplace…and I love the panda balloons and place settings that are on the party table!

The design of the panda and the light pink plate color is such a great mix.  I think these are adorable!

Of course, I love a beautiful dessert table and this one is just fantastic!  The Oreo cake and all of the panda desserts are so creative and very fun…

The white chocolate mousse in glass dessert cups decorated to look like panda bears is my favorite on the table!

The cake pops are beautiful in blush and white…and then look how sweet the doughnuts are with the simple, but oh-so-cute panda picks…

And, the panda bear macarons are pretty darn cute themselves!

For acitivities, Jenny says “..during the party the girls ate panda pasta and panda dogs- the birthday girl’s favorite on the dinner table set with our custom panda plates and party like a panda cups. The girls entertained themselves at the panda polish station and went on a panda hunt. Once it got dark the girls settled into our little movie lounge area and watched Kung Foo Panda where they ate panda popcorn and panda puffs. To make the movie aspect a bit more unique, I wrapped the candy boxes in custom wrappers and decorated the space with panda posters and honeycomb balls.”.  I love all of the details that Jenny included to make them whole party panda perfect.

Pin the Nose on the Panda was also set-up for the guests~ and everyone was able to Adopt a Panda to take home!

How fun is that?  I think the party ideas are just fantastic.  I encourage you to let me know if you host a Panda Party- I would love to see your ideas, too!  Cheers to all of the fun ways to celebrate your favorite people!

XO,

Lydia

 

Birthday Party Ideas for a Teen- How to Celebrate a TEEN

Wow! My daughter turned into a teen!  Sometimes it can be tricky to decide what to do to celebrate this milestone.  I wanted to share with you some ideas that may help if you want to mark the occasion but also keep it low-key.  At first, my daughter wanted to have a very large sleepover to celebrate.  I loved it that she wanted to include everyone she knew, but laughed at the thought of trying to corral close to 30 tweens and teens! So, I told her she could have a little, bitty, teeny sleepover and her “real” party could be bubble soccer (which she had been begging to do at this huge sleepover she was planning ).  So, realizing the play on words with a “teeny” party, we went with the TEENY theme and used as many miniature things as we could.  It was such a fun theme and the ideas could go on forever…but this is what we decided on for her teeny, little sleepover. 

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