Fabric daisies, American flags, and stoneware. Pippin berries in a mason jar. These things call out Americana. You can further set the mood with some country music, bluegrass and blues as they all have their roots in America and lend themselves nicely to patriotic themed event.
Columbus Day, which is observed on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas in 1492. This year, we observe Columbus Day on October 12.
We’ve created a board filled with Americana (and some educational activities related to Columbus Day) .
Boo! Did we scare you? Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s on a Saturday this year which makes it perfect for a Halloween party. But, what to wear, what to serve, how to decorate?
Dressing Up is Fun!
Haven’t got a costume yet? Halloween costume stores are popping up on every corner at this time of year but you can show your creativity without breaking the bank (unless you want to) simply by thinking outside of the box a little bit. We particularly enjoy costumes that are pun-ny. Stick a stamp on your forehead and be Mail or put nametags all over your clothes and be the Identity Thief.
What’s Your Poison?
One of the most delicious parts of Halloween is the abundance of tantalizing treats for your taste buds. Witches Brew, Candy Corn Punch, Vampire’s Cocktail are just a few of the chillingly refreshing beverages you can color coordinate with your décor at your October 31st event.
Creepy or Cute?
Do you think Halloween should be scary? So do we! Or, do you think Halloween should be funny and cute? Wait, so, do we! Sometimes it’s hard to choose between ghastly and ghoulish and pleasing and pretty. Let your audience be your guide.
Whether it’s a big bash or a small féte, we’ve got a Pinterest board filled with ideas to help you pull it off. Are you ready?
Looking for inspiration? This weekly series focuses on finding great ideas for all of the events in your life. Whether it’s a gala or a kids’ party, a traditional holiday or a wild and wacky one, if it’s event or tech related, we’ve pinned it.
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
If it seems like cake has been around forever, that’s because it practically has. The Ancient Egyptians were the first to show evidence of baking. Even though their cakes were more like what we consider bread and were probably sweetened with honey, rather than sugar, cake was certainly a nice change of pace from all of the gamey meat they were used to!
Let them eat cake!
Modern cakes, especially layer cakes, are usually made up of a combination of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter or oil. Depending on your taste and the occasion, the insides of the cake can vary greatly. There are so many flavors to choose from! Chocolate, carrot, black forest just to name a few. Cakes were, and still are, a way to show someone you care. In a time when nuts and dried fruits were considered a luxury, a cake that contained those ingredients symbolized the value of the recipient. Nowadays, those items aren’t as expensive but our more ornate cakes are still often filled with fruit preserves or pastry cream as well as more decadent ingredients such as champagne, figs and even diamonds!
It’s a piece of cake!
We are truly inspired by the art form that cake decoration and design has become. We hope that the beautiful cakes we’ve pinned on our Pinterest board taste as good as they look!
An apple a day will keep anyone away, if you throw it hard enough! In all seriousness, while we like our doctor, we don’t want to see her more than once a year if we don’t have to.
So, why wouldn’t we indulge in something that whitens our teeth, decreases our risk for diabetes and, possibly, helps prevent Alzheimer’s?
Apples really are just about the most perfect snack food. They are portable, full of fiber and biodegradable. Apples can be baked, boiled and smushed into a sauce, dipped in caramel, fried up into a fritter and pressed into cider.
Whether you choose Macintosh, Golden Delicious, Gala or Granny Smith, eat one a day, in one of the many ways we’ve pinned on our Apple board, and maybe it will be a while before your next doctor’s visit too.
Vintage adjective vin·tage \ˈvin-tij\
– used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc.
The word “vintage” means different things to different people. For some, it evokes images of lace and slightly tarnished silverware. For others, it recalls elbow length gloves and kitten heels. For us, it means a great theme for a party! You can decorate your table with a runner fashioned out of lace (or paper) doilies and use black and white photos inside metallic frames to add an authentic touch.
So put on your pearls and pull out your china place settings – it doesn’t have to all match. Take a look at our board filled with vintage images to inspire your next dinner party.
Sometimes it starts with a color. You like blue? Suddenly, you have visions of glowing blue lanterns, hanging delicately from branches in a courtyard. Other times, it starts with a scent and you find the smell of the ocean replicated in starfish shaped soaps that would make perfect favors for a beach-themed wedding. Sometimes it’s simply timing, and there’s a holiday or a new product that dictates the theme of the event. And, sometimes, let’s face it, it’s beer!
The point is, whether you’re planning a large event or a small one, you have to start somewhere. So, let your senses be your guide. What inspires you?
All the leaves may be brown but, more often than not, the sky is blue, the air is crisp and the apples are ripe for picking. Where there are apples, there’ll be cider. And, where there’s cider, there’ll be cider donuts. Not in the mood for a corn maze? Perhaps a visit to a pumpkin patch where you can sample some freshly bakes pie. Fall tastes so good!
Fall… in Love
September and October are two of the most popular months for weddings. Why? In most parts of the country, the weather is predictably pleasant and the foliage makes for gorgeous wedding photos! Also, who doesn’t love using elements of nature to decorate for your special event? Colorful leaves and pumpkins in every shape and size can be fashioned into some pretty terrific centerpieces, and bales of hay can be used for either decoration or for some creative seating at an outdoor, rustic wedding.
It’s the oldest fashion rule in the book. Don’t wear white after Labor Day. Unless they are jeans. And you’ve paired them with tall, cognac colored boots. Oh – and, a beige sweater. With a leopard print scarf.
So, rules change. You can wear pretty much whatever you want, and you can cook whatever you want to too. We are paying tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country! However, after a bar-b-q filled summer where burgers and dogs were the norm, Labor Day might just provide the perfect opportunity to up the ante a bit. Cedar plank grilled salmon, anyone?
Let’s kick back and relax today for tomorrow, we go back to work!
The days are longer and the air is warmer and, so, entertaining tends to shift from small intimate indoor fetes to larger, outdoor gatherings. Backyard parties are the cornerstone of summer entertaining.
Fun and Games
If you’re hosting a party with kids, you’ll want to have plenty of toys and activities to keep them occupied. A great way to keep them entertained, and outside, is a nature scavenger hunt. We don’t think there need to be prizes for every game but if you feel it’s important, handing out ice pops or glow sticks is a nice way to keep it simple.
Grown ups like to play games too, and life size Jenga or Twister circles spray painted onto lawn are great ways to get even the shyest guests involved.
As day turns to night, think about setting up an outdoor movie theatre by hanging a sheet or a drop cloth from some two by fours, or even the side of the house. Your older guests can enjoy their after dinner drinks and conversation under soft lighting, or by a fire pit, where everyone can roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Who doesn’t love summer?