Game Night

Game Night

I don’t know about y’all, but this self quarantine has me breaking out all the stops to keep entertained. And, Netflix and chilling can get old quickly. One of my favorite activities is playing games —  board games, cards, Mah Jong, chess, ping pong, Catch Phrase, Cards Against Humanity, Charades — you name it, I’ll play it! My recent indoor gaming activity with my husband has me dreaming of an epic Game Night party with all of this tablescape decor:

Has this decor created a domino effect and you’re looking for more? See below!

Game on!

Xx,

ArdyParty

 

 

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!

PINEAPPLE DECOR

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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:

Banners & Balloons

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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!

 

Mastering the Golf Theme

Mastering the Golf Theme

The Masters are in full swing (no pun intended… ok, fine… it was very much intended) and while I could care less about golf, I love any excuse to host a party. (Also, I very much respect, and relate to, obsessing over a green jacket.)

I absolutely love themed parties to the point that if my mom had let me, I would’ve probably done a 90’s themed wedding and had Lisa Frank design it.

When it comes to themes, I like to take a balanced approach. I try to not go overboard on themed-decor in hope of avoiding coming off as cheesy or that guests will assume I’m actually hosting a kid’s b-day party. My goal is to have just enough themed-decor that it’s cute, but also stylish (which means it’s reusable for non-themed parties!).

I’m obsessed with #8 – these plates are melamine, which are perfect for entertaining. (I don’t know about your friends, but when I’m entertaining – whether that’s indoors or outdoors – I just feel safer using nonbreakable products.) I typically have more than one pattern of plates and napkins for guests to choose from. Plus, it makes the tablescape more visually pleasing to the eye.  {i.e. #s 6, 8 and 11}

I already own these copper mugs (which are perfect for sipping on mint juleps while watching the snoozefest that is golf) and I own #2 in pink/orange.

#16 is part of the new AERIN collection and I am about to spend an arm and a leg to buy every single item from it … obsessed!! And you better believe I already have #15 in my cart. I will be using this bad boy all.summer.long.

Pro tip: to truly master the Masters watching party, you *must* complete your tablescape with the iconic Masters snack of pimento cheese sandwiches {which I would probably display on #14} and a vase full of azaleas to match not only your TV screen (they’ll be blooming in the background) but also your tablecloth.

Let me know what your watching party plans are for the Masters in the comments below!

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