Theme Thursday – Orange and Black

We are continuing our new Theme Thursday series this week with… Orange and Black… partly because of upcoming Halloween parties, but also because the two colors together can make a stunning theme.  Whether you are planning a Halloween party, a bridal shower, or a themed wedding, I have lots of Orange and Black for you today!

First, from CakesDecor.com – a jaw-dropping Black Damask and Orange theme cake (and she has stenciling AND pleating tutorials for the cake decorators out there!):

I think black damask and orange go PERFECTLY together, and here is a second example in the cake department, from The Couture Cakery:

Want to find more FABULOUS pictures of orange and black cakes? Go to Google.com/Images and type in (for example):

  • orange and black cakes (or wedding cakes)
  • orange and black cupcakes (if that’s of interest to you)

What about centerpieces?  I found a fun FREE printable from Living Locurto – she has several free designs that are geared towards Halloween parties, but I think this one would be perfect for a shower or even a wedding reception.  Included in the post are very detailed instructions for designing a lovely orange and black tablescape.

From Brooklyn Bride, a modern tablescape in orange and black!  Great inspiration, with a list of materials used at the end of the post:

 Interested in see more orange and black centerpieces and table settings?  Once again go to Google.com/Images and type in (for example):

  • Orange Centerpieces
  • Black Centerpieces
  • Orange and Black Centerpieces
  • Orange Bouquets (for inspiration:)

Stepping away from weddings for just a minute… I found this adorable styled 1st birthday party post on The Tom Kat studio blog – it includes pink, but I just couldn’t NOT share it.  It’s a good example of orange and black AND pink. :-)

What do YOU think about Orange and Black as a theme?  We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Theme Thursday – Red and White Weddings & Parties

We started a new series last week, called Theme Thursday, with a tribute to yellow and gray.  THIS week we are celebrating Red and White together.  Birthday parties, bridal showers, and even weddings – red and white as a theme is hot, hot HOT!

To get us started off with a bang, check out this post from the Ruffled blog – a vintage red and white and black wedding:

And Pacific Weddings shares an INCREDIBLE red and white butterfly theme wedding… scroll through the photos and read their description of how this was styled.  The red bridal bouquet is gorgeous and the little touches of black and red throughout the celebration are knock-out!

I know we haven’t even gotten through Halloween yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the Christmas and winter holidays.  From the Hostess blog, a lovely and joyful red and white holiday tablescape for inspiration:

I went back to Living Locurto once again, because she has fabulous printables for $15.95 that are so gorgeous, I had to share!

And finally, from Kara’s Party Ideas, a lovely red and white bridal shower.  Lots of great ideas for pulling reds and whites together… love it!

For more fab pictures and inspiration for red and white parties, go to Google.com/Images and type in, for example:

  • red and white wedding cakes (or ‘red and white cakes’)
  • red and white decorations
  • red and white bouquet

What other ways could you use reds and whites together?  We’d love to hear your ideas!

Theme Thursday – a Yellow and Gray Wedding

One of my most favorite things to do when reading other party and entertainment blogs is to “collect themes”.  It is fascinating to me the color combinations and ideas that are out there for parties, and especially for weddings.  With that idea in mind, I thought we’d share themes on Thursdays for the next few weeks.

Today’s theme?  Yellow and Gray!  Sleek modern gray, coupled with sweet soft yellow.  What a fabulous combination for wedding colors, don’t you think?  Ok, don’t take MY word for it… check out the inspiration I have for you…

From Style Me Pretty, some gorgeous eye-candy full of yellows and grays:


Seriously… look at this table setting!  Love how something so small as a single flower stem elevates the look to something so beautiful and special.

From weddingchicks.com, another fabulous array of yellow and gray.  I’m in LOVE with these yellow wedding shoes! She shares so many lovely little touches such as bud vases, unique place cards, yellow striped straws and more.

From the Hostess blog, a stunning, jaw-droppingly gorgeous yellow and gray dessert table.

And for the DIY’ers, check out this post about making a celebration banner… in yellow and gray, of course!

For further *FAB* inspiration pictures, ideas and sources go to Google.com/Images and type in what you are interested in learning about, such as:

  • yellow and gray wedding cakes
  • yellow and gray invitations
  • yellow and gray wedding centerpieces

 

Are you planning a wedding, and have a fun color combination theme we should check out?  We’d love to hear about it!

Save the Date Ideas

“Save the Date” cards have become wildly popular in the last couple of years, and I’m always running across fun and unique ways to share the exciting date!  Here are a few of my favorites…

From Urban Style blog, a lovely engagement photos post includes (at the VERY end) a really cute idea for “Save the Date” – driftwood with the date painted on!  Shabby chic and perfect!  Create your very own unique and fun “Save the Date” photo, take it to a drugstore (Costco, etc.) and let them turn it into inexpensive postcards or note cards.

From Martha Stewart, a lovely ribbon and cardstock save the date message… I LOVE this one.  And….they actually aren’t hard to make.  A bit time-consuming, but not hard:


From My Yellow Umbrella, a great DIY post about how to make cardboard cut outs… to enhance your photos with a silhouette date!  What a fun and unique idea!

Another unique idea from Martha Stewart.. a compass inspired save-the-date.  The post includes templates and instructions!

I found a GORGEOUS idea on 100layercake.com… a hand embroidered handkerchief!  The credit for these hankies goes to Benign Objects.  Beautiful Victorian wedding inspiration in the post!


And last but not least, a scrabble inspired save-the-date, from cameras and light:

Retro Wedding Ideas!

Continuing with our RETRO theme this week, I have a few fun wedding reception and shower themes for you today!

First, from Elizabeth Ann Designs, a super cute Retro Rockabilly Milkshake Bar:

 

And from one of our favorites, the Hostess blog, comes an amazing Retro 1950’s inspired bridal shower!

Obviously 50’s vintage is super popular… look at this lovely 50’s theme bridal shower from Ruffled blog:

And finally, from Marry You Me, a stunningly lovely Retro Backyard Bridal Shower:

FAB new products in the Diva Entertains Shop – Party Theme Kits

I have some fun new things to show you today… and I’m just giddy with excitement about them.  We’ve recently added several new PARTY THEME KITS to the Diva Entertains shop, and they are SO amazing!  The price is right (about $2 per guest), the kits are FULL to the brim with goodies, and all the effort to create a FAB party is done for you!

First, check out the adorable baby shower kits – we have these in pink and blue (of course).

The kits come with:

  • 1 Pennant Banner- 6 ft. long for decorating or marking off event boundary.
  • 24 Invitations with matching envelopes. Blank, can easily be printed on a desktop printer or taken to your local printer. 5″ x 7.25″.
  • 24 Address Labels – For labeling your invitations. Blank, can be handwritten on OR you may use clear labels (not included).
  • 24 Favor Tags – Use to attach to your own cake pops, lollipops, or favors. Ribbons not included. Size: 2″ x 2″.
  • 3 Party Icons – Decorative die-cut shapes that match the theme. To use just stick them in a vase, cake, cupcake, cup, anything! Approx 10″ tall.
  • 24 Water Bottle Labels – The perfect decorative label for your bottled water.
  • 3 Signs – One is pre-printed with “Welcome”. The other two signs are blank and can be hand written.
  • 24 Mini Decor Stickers – Miniature 1.25″ stickers you can use to decorate your own favors, gifts, etc.
  • 12 Menu Cards – A cute way to display the tasty treats your are serving. Blank and pre-scored, can be hand written on or you may use clear labels (not included). Size: 2″ x 4″.
  • 24 Cupcake Wrappers scalloped edge patterned wrappers. A cute way to jazz up even the simplest cupcake.
  • 24 Cupcake Toppers – scalloped edge toppers in various patterns and designs. Just pop into your cupcake, voila! Size: 1.5″ diameter x 4″ tall.

Aren’t they FAB?  I told you they were!

And we have a JUNGLE theme too!

And a Something Blue Bridal Shower kit for the brides-to-be!

Happy Party Planning!!!

Just a FEW more “little touches”…

It’s been the week for “little touches”, and I have just a few more that I need to share!

First, from Oh Happy Day, a great tutorial for painting baby food jars (and turning them into adorable shabby chic flower vases).  They would be perfect for a baby shower tea party, or even a bridal shower!

How about using twine to make flowers to decorate a table… or turn into a bunting?  Check out this post from Meridian Road for examples of how to use the twine flowers… and THIS POST from the Bug Bytes, with the tutorial on how to MAKE the flowers.

From MarthaStewart.com, I found a simple tutorial for making Flowery Swizzle sticks. Talk about a “little touch” that makes a big impact!

And finally, a simple but FAB “little touch”, we have a variety of Personalized/Customized Wedding Hand Fans in the Diva Entertains shop.

Unique and Fun Wedding Ideas!

Summer weddings… it’s almost time!  If you are still in the last stages of planning, I have a few fun ideas for you today.

First up, check out this FAB DIY Activity Book (and free printable!) from Lovely Indeed created especially to keep the little one’s attending the wedding busy


I saw this Art Nouveau wedding post from Ruffled, and just KNEW I needed to share it with you.  It’s so fresh and fun and unique!  Be sure to click over and check out all the fun inspiration for this wedding theme!

Nothing says “Summer” more than burgers on the grill, and I a “build your own burger bar” would be a fun idea for a small backyard barbeque wedding.  Check it out on Homemade Simple.com:

And the last one for today… another post from Ruffled.  This time, an eco-friendly, natural wedding decor and inspiration post.  I just love the clean look of these photos, and I can imagine all kinds of different parties using this kind of theme.

Peacock Bridal Shower and Favors AND Customer Photo!

We have mentioned this before, but the Peacock theme is an incredibly popular one right now for weddings and bridal showers.  Today I have inspirations for those of you who are planning a peacock event.  (And if you AREN’T planning one… shouldn’t you be??)

So, to start us off, here is an incredibly simple way to decorate a dessert table by using peacock-colored cupcakes, like these from RoseBakes.com.  You could add simple toppers, and even peacock feathers as toppers (as mentioned in her post).  You can also wrap your cupcakes with our Peacock Cupcake Wrappers.

From Giggles Galore, comes an INCREDIBLE Peacock Party post with lots of inspiration.  The party was actually a Peacock Princess party, but I think the ideas could easily be adapted for a bridal shower.  My favorite?  The peacock cups!  You can check out the TUTORIAL HERE.


I found a Pretty Peacock “real party” post on The Hostess Blog, with tons of incredible inspiration.  I could not get over how gorgeous this next photo was… just had to share!  What a great idea for the drinks and dessert table:

 

Also, we are sharing another customer photo today!  Bonnie sent us a photo of some FAB Bridesmaid gift bags she put together, using our Peacock Favor Bags.

Here is a photo of the Favor Bags from our Diva Entertains shop:

And here is how Bonnie dressed them up… gold tissue paper, a peacock feather.  Did I say FAB??!

 We also have an article that can help you Plan a Peacock Bridal Shower!

We also carry the largest selection of quality Peacock Wedding Favors.

Flower Girl Dresses and Accessories

It’s wedding season.. which means so many beautiful ideas for a story-book wedding day.  I was noticing the other day (while browsing pinterest, of course), that there are SO MANY lovely dresses and accessories for flower girls these days.  Tulle, ruffles, sparkle… enough to make the littlest girl in the room feel as beautiful as the bride!  Check out some of what I found!

I was drawn to this post on One Fine Day because of the photo I found below… but you simply must go see the rest of the collection of flower girl dresses.  So much adorable-ness!

And going along with THAT post, check out Everything But The Princess… a shop FULL of gorgeous and fun designs for your flower girl (or your 5 year old daughter Martha… oh wait, that’s me!)  Have you ever seen so many raspberry ruffles??

I mentioned accessories, right?  Check out this FAB Flower Girl Bouquet/Wand, from Petal in Pear Boutique.  What a fun idea, and so gorgeous!


And for the DIY’ers, I have a fun tutorial from Martha Stewart Weddings.  Flower PARASOLS for the flower girl… I love that it’s something she can take home from the special day and use again and again.


What kind of Flower Girl dresses and accessories are you seeing this wedding season?  We’d love for you to share!