Let’s Taco Bout Love

Let’s Taco Bout Love

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No matter your relationship status, there’s a Valentine’s Day celebration for you. Whether you’re hosting a Galentine’s get-together or an intimate dinner party, go ahead and embrace Valentine’s Day in all it’s pink-and-red glory with these entertaining essentials.

Glassware

{ Acrylic Ruby Goblet// Acrylic Red Pitcher // Gold Champagne Flutes }

Tablescape

{ Pink Lips Canape Plate // Heart Napkins // Neon Cutlery Set }

{ Table Runner // Peony Dinner Napkins }

Tabletoppers 

{ Champagne Bears// Macaron Tower }

{ Brass Name Card Holders // Faux Peonies Arrangement}

Honorable Mentions:

{ Conversation Heart Plates // Hot Pink Foil Heart Plates // Wildflower Heart Plates }

{ Clink! Champagne Flute // Heart Sipper// Pink Cake Stand }

{ Love you.Mean it. Candle // Heart Bowl // Lip Figurine}

{ Love is Love Towels // Valentine Pasta // Pink Striped Plates // 2 Quart Heart Pan }

Love is in the air, party peeps! So start planning your romantic evening with just you and your honeybooboo. Or, if you think Cupid is stupid, invite your friends over for an Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash. Either way, these party items will deliver!

Xoxo,

ArdyParty

Christmas Wish List!

Christmas Wish List!

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I’m making a list and checking it twice for all of these dreamy items. I’ve had my eye on some of these for years, but the price tag has held me back. They’re totally worth the investment though, as they’re all so beautiful and would bring me so much joy every year. So, if you are wondering if it’s time to pull the trigger… ArdyParty votes yes!

Napkin Rings

{ Gold/Silver Bauble // Festive Reindeer// Gem Wreath }

{ Rosemary // Sparkly Dove // Mistletoe }

Run, don’t walk… these Rosemary napkin rings are 40% off right now!!! I included these three napkin rings in last year’s Holly Jolly Christmas round up, and they are still my top faves to this day.

Christmas Trimmings

{ Mistletoe // Leopard }

The red mistletoe Christmas tree skirt is so beautiful and classic. But, how fun are these printed skirts?!

{ Blue Antelope // Blue Dragon }

The blue antelope and blue dragon print would be very unexpected — in the best way.

{ Antelope – similar // Woof Plaid }

Santa loves fur babies too! How adorable would these be for your favorite furball? (This woof stocking is 40% off right now, too!)

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{ Lighted Standing Buck}

Tabletop

{ Rustic Holiday Candle / Glass Christmas Tree }

These beautiful pieces would make setting a table super easy. Set either of these on a table and it goes immediately from drab to fab.

{ Holiday Stemware / Red Goblet Set }

How good would eggnog taste in these holiday vintage glasses, am I right?! I love the deep red shade of the jewel cut goblet set. These would really pop on a table or bar cart.

{ Pinecone Salt & Pepper Shakers // Evergreen Charger }

Last but not least! These salt & pepper shakers and chargers make my heart skip a beat every time I see them. They both are on the top of my wish list! Although pricey, they’d be a showstopper every.single.year… Making it worth every penny!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year! (And that we all find some of these special items under our Christmas trees this year.)

-ArdyParty

 

Rudolph is my Spirit Animal

Rudolph is my Spirit Animal

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Drink Up, Grinches!

{ Rudolph // Llama // Lit // Mistletoe }

Swoozies has the best party cups! (And napkins … and plates … and pretty much, everything!) All of their cups are so cute that I had such a hard time narrowing these down. My favorites are the ‘Rudolph is my Spirit Animal’ and ‘Way More Effective Than Mistletoe’!

Let’s Get Lit // Let it Snow //  Peppermint Shotglasses }

These items would be fantastic gifts for a white elephant/gift exchange party. Not only are they cute, but they’re also entertaining – the person can use their gift right then and there. I have no doubt that if these peppermint shot glasses get broken out, the party will get taken up a jolly few notches!

{ Holiday Sweater // Drink Up Grinches }

It’s the most wine-derful time of the year! These reindeer holiday-sweater stemless wine glasses will give your guests a sense of warmth and coziness before they even get their ‘liquid jacket’ on. They come in a set of four and are made of glass, but are dishwasher safe (top rack!). On the other hand, this festive ‘Drink up Grinches’ stemless wine glass is made of plastic so you won’t have to worry about any party fails!

{ Mr. & Mrs. Reindeer }

These wine glasses are a little classier than the vibe I was going for with this post, but they are too adorable not to include. They would be a great holiday party gift too, especially for a newlywed!

Bring on the Cheer!

Candy Cane // He Sees You // Merry & Bright }

I have a thing for candy canes. Not only are they pretty, but they’re tasty too! All three of these napkins would make the perfect cocktail napkin to stock your bar cart with. Want even more options? Check out last year’s Christmas post!

{ Gold Reindeer // Green Christmas Tree }

The gold and green foil really make these plates pop! They are a great size for a food serving, and if you have kids/nieces/nephews, could also double for an arts & crafts project later. The Reindeer plate is also available in a delightful white and silver version.

{ Cheeseboard Sleigh // Sleigh-tiered Server // Pine Cheese Board}

You can’t have a (ardy) party without a cheeseboard! It’s my favorite appetizer to serve because it’s easy and always where people end up gathering around. (Or, at least that’s where you’ll always find me posted up!)

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{ Fiesta Lights dining set // Fiesta Light Serving Platter}

How fun is this serving set?! I love the simplicity of the design and its fresh take on classic holiday decor. I like the Fiesta Light serving platter in Lemongrass best, as it would be a fantastic pop of color for a table. But, it’s also available in classic holiday colors like red and green, in addition to blue, purple and turquoise. (Consider buying more than one color since it’s under $20!)

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

{ Rose Gold Nutcracker // Crushed Candy Cane Candle // Holiday Pup Cookie Jar }

When I’m welcoming guests into my home, I love to have a candle burning to set the mood and ambiance. This crushed candy cane scent would be really refreshing, while my go-to candles are Nest’s Holiday  and Nest’s Pinewood.

{ Sloth // Peppermint // Lighten Up }

Greet your guests with the Christmas spirit right at your front door with these festive doormats. I mean… what’s more adorable than this baby sloth?!

Need more holiday decor inspo? Check out my Holly Jolly Christmas post from last year.

Merry merry,

Ardyparty

 

Friendsgiving!

Friendsgiving!

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FRIENDSGIVING: (noun) 1. A Thanksgiving celebration of friends as family. 2. An excuse to drink without all the judgement.

The nice thing about Friendsgiving is that everyone brings a dish. So if you’re the host, simply set out your prettiest serveware and you’re set!! (Just don’t forget the booze and your fat pants, too!)

Gobble ’til you Wobble

{ Pumpkin Wine Glasses // Mosaic Goblets }

These pumpkin wine glasses are festive, but not over the top. With the delicate curves and gold rim, this glass doesn’t overly scream pumpkin. Their design also makes them cost-effective, as you can use them all year round– not just on Halloween or Thanksgiving. Plus, I love short wine glasses since long-stem glasses tend to break more easily in the dishwasher, as well as your friend’s hands if they’re wobblin and gobblin!

I am OBSESSED with these red and gold mosaic goblets. The shape is more universal, so you can use them for wine, water, tea, etc. The design is so intricate and beautiful. Although they’re from W&S, they look identical to some I bought in Marrakesh! Wish I bought these instead and saved on that shipping fee…

I am Thankful For…

{ Chocolate Covered Strawberries // Fat Pants Cup // Harvest Placemat }

… Decor made EASY! Especially when it comes to holiday parties. Thanksgiving and Christmas are such crazy times of year, they always coming up so much faster than you think. This is why when it comes to Friendsgiving, I make it easy on myself. These boozehounds that I call friends can enjoy the plastic cups and the paper placemats … I’ll wait to break out the fine china for my in-laws, ok?!

#Blessed

{ Turkey Platter // Wood Dip Bowl // Pumpkin Cocotte }

If you aren’t planning on hosting your Friendsgiving and are just an attendee, it’s always nice to bring your dish already prepared on a nice serving platter (covered with saran wrap or tin foil for the ride over). Or, you can bring a serving platter and your dish in its plastic container, then transfer the food onto your nice serving platter once you arrive. (I promise, the host will greatly appreciate it.)

{ Pumpkin Medium Bowl // Leaf Appetizer Plates }

Speaking of keeping it easy, this pumpkin bowl is dishwasher, microwave, freezer AND oven safe!!! The perfect vessel for serving your Friendsgiving dish — whether you are hosting or attending, you can have your dish ready to serve at a moment’s notice in this bowl.

I love these plates that come in a set of four. Nothing screams fall like the changing color of leaves. I also love that you can use them all season long and are just a sweet touch to any table or cocktail bar.

 

Enjoy your Gobblefest and get stuffed,

ArdyParty

A Holly Jolly Christmas

A Holly Jolly Christmas

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What a bright time, it’s the right time, to rock the night away — with holiday-themed decor!  If you’re looking to mix and a-mingle and get your jingle bell rock on – do it festively with these very merry items.

Wreaths

{Poinsettia Wreath / Berry Pinecone Wreath}

A beautiful wreath is the best way to jump start the holiday season at your home.

Serveware

{ Twas’ the Night Before Cheese Knives // Santa Striped Candy Bowl // Snowflake dipping bowls }

These snow flake dipping bowls would be perfect for serving toppings for a hot chocolate bar (mini marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate chips) or a salad bar (croutons, grated parmesan, diced pecans, etc.) or for lemons and limes on your bar cart. So many options!

{ Reindeer Tartan Hors D’ourves Set // Tree Tartan Hors D’ourves Set }

Serving a cheese platter is a staple for any gathering I host at my home, so breaking out one of these adorable platters or a set of themed cheese knives (as seen above) is an easy go-to for me when wanting to be festive.

{ Merry Tartan Cable Knit Dip Bowl // Falala Tartan Cable Knit Dip Bowl }

I never thought I’d be describing a platter or a bowl as “cozy,” but the cable knit detailing of these hors d’ourves platters and matching dip bowls somehow are just that.

{ Red Tartan Plaid Square Tray // Black Watch Plaid Square Tray }

Not sure if it’s my Scottish heritage, but when it comes to Christmas decor … trays, chargers, napkins, tree skirts, table cloths … you name it, I want it in tartan plaid!

Tabletop

{ Gold & Silver Nutcracker // Gold Mason Jars // Rose & Holly Arrangement }

Nutcrackers are one of my favorite Christmas holiday decorations. I currently have one on my bar cart, a nutcracker soap in my guest bath and a huge 3-foot nutcracker on my front door step. Can’t.stop.won’t.stop.

{ Vintage Santa Die Cut Paper Placemat }

I meannnnn…. how adorable is this table setting?! Children and adults alike will enjoy this nostalgic santa placemat.

Dinner Napkins

Reindeer // Holly Leaf // Wreath }

If you have a lot going on decor-wise on your dining table, these white linen napkins with just a small embroidery detail are ideal.

Cocktail Napkins

Oh So Merry // Peppermint Swirl // Leaf & Berry }

The Leaf & Berry napkins and the Peppermint Swirl napkins are available in both a cocktail napkin and a larger dinner napkin size! The Peppermint swirl design also comes in a small dessert plate and a large dinner plate, which I love (they don’t photograph well, but they look awesome in person).

Napkin Rings

{ Brilliant Napkin Rings, Red // Constellation Napkin Holders, Red & Gold }

What’s nice about these red and gold napkin rings is that you can use them year-round since they don’t scream Christmas. I could see myself reusing these for other holidays too, like July 4th.

Sparkle Dove // Rosemary // Mistletoe }

I am making a list and checking it twice and you better believe ALL three of these napkin rings are on it. The sparkle dove and the mistletoe napkin rings give me all of the holly jolly feels, and the rosemary napkin rings are perfectly simple and elegant. (If you share my love for napkin rings, check out my post dedicated to napkin rings!)

Paper Plates

Gold Star Reindeer // Merry Everything // Leaf & Berry  // Gold Birch }

I am in love with these Leaf & Berry paper plates! The metallic foil is very eye-catching and are not cheesy or cheap-looking. They’re also a great size for an normal dinner portion of food… I hate when plates are too small for actually eating!! My second favorite are these gold and white birch plates. They are unique, wintery and on-theme for the holidays without being overtly Christmas-y — allowing you to use them for parties all winter-long.

Dinnerware

{ Christmas Tree Dinner Set // Holly & Berry Dinner Set // Ribbon & Berries Dinner Set }

If you’re looking for a formal holiday dinner set, here are a few that caught my eye. I love the Holly & Berry set, but beware that the set is in cream not white. I love the warmth of the cream, but this can make it a bit harder to mix and match with other sets.

{ Twas’ the Night Nutcrackers // Holly Leaf // Woodland Cardinal }

Salad plates are great statement pieces. I like to use a simple dinner plate, perhaps a white dinner plate with a gold rim, and then have more fun and exciting salad plates. This way you can mix and match with your salad plates or use them as dessert plates.

Scalloped Tartan Plaid  // Aspen Plaid }

Sorry to overload you with more tartan plaid options, but I can’t get enough and hope you agree because these plates sleigh me.

{Loving the plaid, but not the price point? Here’s a less expensive version.}

Have your elf a merry little Christmas! Xx

 

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

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You can’t go wrong with an assortment of spooktacular Halloween decor –  as seen on my BOO Y’ALL roundup. But, if you are looking to be a bit more creative, you can throw a Dia De Los Muertos party. I love the idea of such a specific Halloween theme and, if you really want to take it up a notch, request that your guests come in themed attire with amazing face paint and florals to boot. (Also, skulls are cool – so you may be purchasing for Halloween, but a lot of these items will be chic year-round!)

 

Plastic Plates

There are tons of cute options this year for Day of the Dead plastic plates. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below:

 

 

 

{ Scalloped turquoise plates // Spooky Floral Skull plates // Pink+Blue Sugar Skull Set }

 

 

{ Orange floral Skull plate // Citrus Colored Skull plate // Square Skull plate // Mini Skulls Square Plate }

Serveware

Instead of using disposable plates, these long-term options for Halloween serveware are ghordeous.

 

{ Black Day of the Dead platter // Set of 4 Day of the Dead Salad plates // Novelty Shape Sugar Skull platter }

This black platter and matching salad plate set from Williams Sonoma are skele-fun! The quality is top-notch and I love the color scheme. These items are definitely ones you will want to pull out every year.

I actually own this novelty shape Sugar Skull platter – it’s 11 inches and perfect for serving cake, assorted desserts or as a charcuterie board.

 

 

{ Sugar Skull Plastic Bowl // Sugar Skull Decanter // Day of the Dead Serving Bowl }

This candy bowl and serving bowl might be my two favorite items on this entire list. And the decanter would look wicked on my bar cart.

Dinnerware Set

For those dinner party-loving fools, this Day of the Dead set is faBOOlous! It’s clean and pretty, while managing not to be cheesy or cheap-looking. I could definitely see myself breaking out this set year-round.

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{Ceramic Dinnerware Set}

 

Cocktail Napkins

Similar to the paper plate options, the paper napkin options are endless. Narrowing it down was tough – but here are a few that caught my eye:

 

{ Sugar Skull with Floral Border // Turquoise Sugar Skulls // Scalloped Edged Sugar Skulls // Large Sugar Skull }

 

Tabletop Decor

From centerpieces to tablecloths and candles, ArdyParty has you covered on tabletop decor:

 

 

{ Day of the Dead Mariachi Band // Day of the Dead Mr. Skelton // Day of the Dead Mrs. Skeleton // Day of the Dead Animals }

My favorite centerpiece is this mariachi band – it’s spooky, but there’s also something endearing and comical about them. I also love that the animals are unique and allow for some variety in the decor.

 

 

Sugar Skull Table Runner // Sugar Skull Placemat // Day of the Dead Coasters }

These coasters are bad-ass. Regardless of the theme, I would be breaking these out every Halloween!

 

Fiesta Flower Tissue // Purple Sugar Skull Centerpiece }

If you feel like you are overloading your shopping cart with sugar skulls, a great way to diversify your decorations are these fiesta flower tissue pompoms. They would be great to scatter among your tables or tape on the wall. The nice thing about the Day of the Dead theme is that it invites color versus the typical black/white/orange Halloween color scheme.

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{ Black and White Dia De Los Muertos Tablecloth //  Blue Caramel Dia De Los Muertos Tablecloth }

I guarantee you won’t find better Dia De Los Muertos tablecloths than these. If not using them on a dining or buffet table, I would hang one on the wall or in a doorway.

 

{ Metal Tin Candle Holders // Mini Sugar Skull Candle Set // Day of the Dead Ceramic Skull with LED Candles }

You can’t do Dia de Los Muertos without candles. I love this set of minis, but the assortment of colored candle holders would be the better long-term option.

Hanging Garlands

 

{ Floral Day of the Dead Fans // Black and White Sugar Skull Paper Lanterns // Day of the Dead Hanging Garland }

While I really love these black and white lanterns, there’s something especially eerie about the floral skull fans that I am particularly drawn to.

Tea Towels

 

{ Black Skull Tea Towel Set //  Los Muertos Tea Towel Set // Floral Skull Tea Towel with Orange PomPoms }

I always like to offer some options for those who aren’t planning on hosting a party, but still enjoy getting into the holiday spirit. A tea towel is a great and easy way to add a touch of festive flair in your home. (Another fun touch are salt + pepper shakers or a spoon rest.)

Door Signs and Welcome Mats

As I mentioned in my BOO Y’ALL post, Halloween brings a lot of action to your front steps. So even if you aren’t throwing a big monster bash, a themed entry way can go a long way.

 

{ Enter if You Dare // Dia De Los Muertos // Day of the Dead Wreath }

Who says Christmas is the only time to rock a wreath? No one! And this Day of the Dead Wreath boasting more flowers than skulls won’t scare any little trick or treaters away.

 

{ Colorful Day of the Dead Welcome Mat // Mr. & Mrs. Skeleton Welcome Mat // Sugar Skull Black Welcome Mat }

I am always on the hunt for a good welcome mat, and this Mr. & Mrs. Skeleton mat would be perfect for Halloween. Welcome mats are not only long lasting, but super easy to store and pull out the moment October hits. Plus, as mentioned above, it will get the most use!

Until the next post… Boo Felicia! 

Boo Y’all!

Boo Y’all!

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My favorite month of the year has finally arrived! October brings two of my favorite things… fall AND Halloween!! There is no possible way for me to do a single round up of Halloween decor – so expect a few coming your way throughout the month.

This round up is a spotlight on one of my favorite party stores: Swoozies. Their product selection is top-notch and a perfect place to find adorable party gear for any occasion or a hostess gift. My round up only includes the items being sold online, but their in-store selection is way more extensive and very spookilicious.

Garlands and Banners

 

{ Happy Halloween // Haunted House // Halloween Party Fans }

 

Plastic Party Cups

 

{ Drink Up // Resting Witch Face // Sheet Faced // ‘Sup Witches? }

One of the scariest villains of all time is the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz … just thinking of that green-faced cackle sends chills up my spine… so these “Drink Up My Pretties” cups are a must-have for me. (Awesomely enough, I received them as a B-Day gift way back in August – my friends know me so well – and are already sitting on my bar ready for use!)

Stemless Wine Glasses

 

Witches’ Brew // Treat Yo’ Self // Hocus Pocus }

 

Die-cut Cocktail Napkins

 

{ Black Cat // Ghost // Spooky Witch}

I heart die-cut napkins and plates! They are so fun and festive, and add more dimension to your table or bar cart. The witch and cat are super cute, but the sweet simplicity of the ghost is my favorite.

Classic Cocktail Napkins

 

{ BOO // Boo Y’all // Skull // Here for the Boos }

 

Paper Plates

 

{ Assorted // BOO // Pumpkin }

The assorted Halloween plates would be great for a kid’s party as they are festive, but not scary. The pumpkin plates are great for practical reasons: 1. a wider surface that can actually hold  a good amount of food (very important) and 2. reusable for the rest of fall and Thanksgiving.

Accessories

 

Party Picks // Skeleton Straws // Bat Swizzle Sticks }

Warning: I have not used these before, but the Skeleton Straws are probably a pain in the you-know-what to put together. If you aren’t as lazy as I am, then lucky you ’cause they’re awesome.

Serveware

 

{ Spider Stand // Bone Appetit // Ghost Dip Bowl }

This “Bone Appetit” plate is a perfectly pun-y serving dish for a Halloween bash. If looking for a creepier vibe, check out this “Take A Bite” version.  The metal spider stand is cute for pumpkins, but I also think it could possibly be (better) used to hold a chip bowl??

Although adorable, I am not sure how practical this “Ghost Dip Bowl” is. It’s pretty small and the overhanging of bats seem inconveniently placed – potentially blocking easy access for your guests to dip in.

Home Decorations

 

{ My Pretties Doormat //  Witch Feet Doormat // Killin’ It Tea Towel }

Regardless if you are the Halloween party-throwing type, Halloween still brings a ton of visitors to your home … at least to the entry way. For those kiddos coming to your door to get a handful of treats, these doormats are the perfect company while they wait.

For those of you that don’t want to commit to a plethora of party decorations – but still want to add a little festive fun to your home – this sassy Tea Towel is for you!

Party Decorations

 

{ Bat Cups // Mini Witch Hats //  Honeycomb Spider }

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but these amazing bat cups are actually a **party fail** in the decor department. I bought these cups for my Halloween party last year and it was a disaster. First off, the cups and bats are not pre-made like the photo – you have to put every single cup together yourself. Secondly, the adhesive doesn’t stick well and the bats fall off the cups easily. Thirdly, the wingspan takes up so much room and you can’t stack them. So not only are they time consuming and poorly made, they aren’t practical for serving. I ended up just taping up the bats to my chandelier as added decor.

I was given the Honeycomb Spiders as a gift and haven’t used them yet, but hopefully they will be easier to use than the bat cups!

I LOVE these mini witch hats. They are ideal for table decor or guests can wear them as party hats!

There’s many more round ups to come from ArdyParty, so stay spooky y’all!

Mermaid Party

Mermaid Party


My niece (and namesake) Arden and her best friend Piper celebrated their birthdays with a mermaid themed pool party. One of my favorite themed-parties of all-time is a Mermaid party. I collaborated with my sister Bianca and Piper’s mom Kate to help decorate an easy, in-expensive and activity-filled afternoon at the pool for about 30 kids.

Wanting to keep the party decor simple but on-theme, we decided the majority of the decorating budget would be allotted to the customized and bejeweled treasure chests{similar option}.

Metal wire baskets {similar option} were filled with goldfish for a snack (which felt very nautical), white beverage tubs contained waters and juice boxes, and a chicken nugget platter from Chick-fil-A was served for dinner.

P.S. How adorable is the mermaid balloon?

The turquoise and gold mermaid scale tablecloth was the perfect table runner for the party. The scale lining looks a lot more metallic gold in-person {it looks kind of greenish online} and it’s only $2.50!

I am **obsessed** with the metallic shell dessert plates, which were perfect for cake and for the chicken nugget’s dipping plates for the ranch and BBQ sauce. I also love the colorway of the mermaid sparkle beverage napkins and dinner plates {similar option}, which perfectly matched our cups and forks.

Growing up, my sister Bianca and I’s favorite activity at the beach was “playing mermaid,” which entailed swimming for hours and whoever found the biggest and/or prettiest shell at the end of the day was crowned winner. Our many years of mermaid practice inspired this birthday celebration’s treasure hunt.

After the adults distributed tons of “treasure” into the shallow end of the pool, the girls grabbed a pair of goggles, lined up and on “ready, set, GO!” went diving for the coveted jewels and treasures that awaited them below the surface. Whatever they found they could keep in their custom, bejeweled treasure chest {similar option}.

 (All the mermaids lined up to hunt for treasure.)

Treasure included pink pearl necklaces,  star beaded necklaces {in neon metallic} and large diamond gems {in pink and light blue}.

(My niece in awe of her newfound treasure.)

Each birthday girl had a cake dedicated to them. This worked out perfectly for the guests who got to choose between chocolate (the flip flops) or vanilla (the mermaid.) They were equally delicious 🙂

(Cake by Teri Ware)

(Cake by Teri Ware)


 

Let’s Flamingle!

Let’s Flamingle!

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I know summer technically begins on June 22nd, but in my mind it starts Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day is first and foremost a day to honor our veterans and give them thanks for their service. Remembering how lucky I am to live in this country makes celebrating this weekend even more enjoyable.

To kick off unofficial summer right, I rounded up some of my favorite decor for *the* theme party of the summer…. pineapples, flamingos and palm trees! Whether you’re throwing a birthday party, a bachelorette/engagement party, baby shower or a good ole’ fashion summer shindig just for the heck of it… you need to own these items.

PALM LEAF DECOR

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These palm leaf placemats come in a set of 4 and are very versatile. You can use them as placemats for a sit-down dinner, you can use them as decor and turn them into a hanging banner, or you can use them as mats on your buffet table underneath a water pitcher or cake stand. I own them myself and can tell you that they are great quality – made of thick material, a vibrant green color and large enough to see on your table even when using a charger.

More of my Favorite Palm Finds:

I love to give my guests a few options – whether that be plates, napkins or glassware. The variety also doubles as added decor to your tablescape! These metallic foil palm leaf plates in gold and green, plus these gold/green palm tree plates and scalloped dessert plates are the perfect four-some for serving cake.

If you’re a fan of the scalloped dessert plate, check out the rest of what this Tropical Wedding Collection has to offer – I’m a big fan of the tablecloth. {For being paper and cheap, it’s one of the chicer palm leaf print tablecloths I’ve seen lately. Probably due to its simplicity.}

FLAMINGO DECOR:

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This adorable sherbet-colored plastic cup design is also available in small plates and dinner plates.  The turquoise and pink napkin design also come in a dinner plate as well. I **love** these pink metallic plates and would use these just as much for an adult party as I would a kids.

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How adorable is this stuff?! A charcuterie board is an ArdyParty must, so these flamingo cheese knives are too good to be true… {and the price ain’t bad either… 4 for under $10}!

These wheelbarrows are UNREAL. {And come in every color of the rainbow!} You can do so much with them! I would use them as condiment bowls for ketchup + mustard, salt + pepper, or for dessert toppings like sprinkles + chocolate chips. You could also use them as serving dishes for candy, nuts, lemons/limes or even to hold a few cookies.

The Flamingo Basket is going fast, so if this isn’t available online anymore try hunting one down at a local store. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, I’d use it to serve chips or flatware wrapped in napkins at a party. On a day-to-day basis, perfect for fruit!

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I have used these flamingo food picks to serve cheese, lemons/limes for cocktails, olives and fruit.

This melamine flamingo bowl pictured is only $5, but it’s pretty small (about 6″ wide and 2″ deep). So I found an identical version of this bowl in a larger size (14″ wide and 4″ deep) for $15 – both are great for serving dips.

More of my Favorite Flamingo Finds:

You can get this entire flamingo party set, which includes these large and small plates, these cups, plus straws and napkins all for $30!!!!

This flamingo set has tea party or baby shower written all over it!! For a tea party, I would integrate my real china with this set. For example, you can use your real china for buffet items and have these plates for dessert and/or these napkins near the bar for cocktails.

I like to use serveware to make a statement. You could soley buy these three pieces for your party and you’d be set… no other decor needed!

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I love this collection by Martha Stewart! The bright colors are perfect for Summer outdoor entertaining. The striped pattern of the bowls are the perfect amount of preppy. The pineapple bowl is actually pretty large and deep enough for fruit or chips.

More of My Favorite Pineapple Finds:

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It’s all about the layers!! If the budget allows, I would buy both of these banners and layer the glitter cut-outs on top of the tropical tassel banner!

 

Pineapples, Flamingos and Melamine … Oh My!

Pineapples, Flamingos and Melamine … Oh My!


Nothing screams summer quite like pineapples and flamingos! Although it was a very dreary day in Dallas, I created this tablescape to embody all the summer feels. I recently went a little nuts on outdoor dinnerware to prepare for backyard dinner parties this summer. Lucky for you, that means everything you see is available in stores *NOW*!

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These melamine bird plates (which I also included in my golf theme round up) are my newest obsession. Although they’re melamine, they look antique and are the perfect balance of elegant and fun. Actually, if they had been porcelain/stoneware, I’d probably be too afraid to use them as often as I plan to use these… which is *zero* fun!

The amount of color the plates have also make it super easy to match with any other dinnerware or serveware. With the colors I chose for this tablescape, the plates perfectly tie in the greens, blues and pinks. I can’t wait to bring out the orange and turquoise colors of these plates with some different decor later this summer!

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I love the royal blue color of these Sonoma outdoor wine glasses, which I also own in turquoise and use them year-round. I’m so glad this new color is now available because after two years of going through the dishwasher on a weekly basis (my husband and I drink a lot of wine…) the light turquoise color on some of the glasses have started to wear.

The clear goblets look like glass in-person and are the perfect shape for a variety of uses including water, iced tea or alcoholic beverages such as margaritas or bloody mary’s.

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You may be wondering why I have these flamingo straws (albeit super adorable) in my water glasses. Well, outdoor dining has it’s pros and cons. One con is that the wind carries things (small flower petals, leaves or little nats) that often land in drinks. (If you’re like me, you will probably keep drinking your beverage full-speed-ahead regardless, until you get to the end and can more easily fish the debris out or finally clean out your glass before refilling.)

Although not the perfect solution, straws can help m