Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fourth of July favorites!

Fourth of July is just around the corner and I've been busy pinning ideas for my family's celebration.  I thought I'd share my Top 10 ideas with you (in no particular order).  Click on the picture to go to the pin source...

1. Let the sparks fly...

What a fun and festive way to hold all of the sparklers, without having all of those sparkler boxes blowing around.  Just be sure to keep any flames away from it or the sparks really will fly!

2. Patriotic Wands...

I have little ones and sparklers make me edgy.  These are a perfect way for kids to run and flail around without all the worry.  Plus they look easy and the kiddos can help make their own so it doubles as a fun craft, BONUS!

3. I scream, you scream...

...we all scream for patriotic cones! My kids will love these.  Oh who am I kidding, I'm going to love them too!!!

4. Layered (non-alcoholic) Drinks...

I tried these last year and they actually worked!  My kids loved them and they are a must for this year too.  Be sure to follow the directions though and pour very S-L-O-W-L-Y!!

5. Patriotic Popcorn...

This fun and easy treat would be perfect for munching on while watching the fireworks.

6. Fruit Flags...

I'm always looking for "healthy" treats for my kids to indulge in and I was so excited when I found these.  What a perfect idea for 4th of July!!

7. Edible Star Wands...

Here is another version of a ribbon wand, but this one is edible and super cute!

8. Stars & Stripes and paint chips...

I absolutely adore the paint chip letters... very patriotic and cheap!

9. Firecracker Shots...

Adult and kid versions... Need I say more?!

10. Lighted Garland...

What a great idea, and since it's made with plastic table clothes it's weatherproof and durable for repeated use!  Oh and the lights make it perfect all day long!!!

If you're looking for more inspiration be sure to check out my 4th of July board on pinterest!

Have a safe and happy holiday!!

Pardon the dust...

Four years ago when I started Party NV I had no idea the roller-coaster ride I was about to board (and I'm terrified of roller-coasters), but I've loved every single minute of it.  Since then I've grown not only as a woman and mom, but also as a business owner.

When I started this adventure it was a way for me to stay home with my 2 little boys, while still working in an industry I love.  I can't say that it wasn't challenging and that I haven't been pushed to my limits... and "busy" now has new meaning to me.  My little boys are growing up so fast {tears} one is going to be a 1st grader and the other is starting pre-school this fall and for the first time in almost 7 years I will be home by myself.

I've decided that it's the perfect time to take Party NV to the next level.  Over the next few months I will be working on rebranding Party NV to reflect the woman, mom and business owner I am today.  This will include a new look and blog, so stay tuned and pardon the dust as we remodel!

I absolutely adore anything Vintage Glam and want to reflect that... Here's a look at a logo and colors I'm playing around with.  What do you think?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Storybook Pooh Baby Shower

This Storybook Pooh baby shower was so much fun to work on... I mean seriously who doesn't love Pooh?  He's classic!

When styling a table I like to pick a focal point and start there, in this case it was the cake.  I  remember seeing the quote used on it and thinking, "Wow, wouldn't it be cool to have a cake shaped just like an old storybook where the characters are literally jumping off the one page and this quote is on the other." So that's exactly what we did!

One of the biggest challenges involved with styling a table is when the hall doesn't allow you to hang anything on the walls or from the ceiling!  The backdrop is essentially what frames out the whole table and in this case I envisioned a forest, or at the very least a large willow tree (since Pooh and his friends seem to always hang out under such a tree).  This particular place had a very strict "no hanging" policy, so I decided to create a single, free-standing tree as the backdrop for the whole table.  I used craft paper, a 4 x 4 and hangers to shape the trunk and limbs, then found some green silky material from the discount bin that I tore into thin strips and tied to the limbs so they would hang like willows.  I also made a bee hive that hung in the tree (where else would Pooh get his hunny from?) and using cardboard I made the "Hundred Acre Woods sign, that is attached to the trunk.

With the craft paper tree in place I decided to pull in some actual outdoor elements by using real tree trunks for displaying the sweets.  I just used wood from my parents wood pile, but make sure if you use your own wood that everything is level and put a clear coat on it so you don't get bugs!  Also, don't set food directly on it, cupcakes are fine if they are in wrappers.

Having fun with the food and names is one of the best parts of designing a dessert table.  For this particular theme I decided to go with none other than... HUNNY!  

I absolutely adore the idea of wishes & prayer cards for babies at showers, but I often wonder if the cards just get thrown into a box after the shower, never to be looked at again.  I mean let's face it moms (we are busy, busy, busy)... when's the last time you even opened your baby books???  So, when I came across these cute little books I decided to have people put a wish in there instead, then mom-to-be can carry it around and read it whenever!  

I framed pages from various Pooh stories and hung them from the tree.  

This seems to be an ongoing debate... how to keep people away from the dessert table, until it's time for dessert???  In this case I just created a sign that looked like a page from a story and put it front and center!

And the final detail???... Why a single, red balloon of course!

I hope you've enjoyed the Hundred Acre Wood adventure as much as I enjoyed pulling it all together!

 For more photos and ideas be sure to follow Party NV on Facebook & Pinterest!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Best Wedding Present, Ever!

This past Saturday, on the eve of our 6 year anniversary, my husband and I con-validated our marriage as a holy sacrament.  It was a small, private ceremony that was followed by a haunted cocktail party with our closest friends.  Since we're already married and have more than we need I told everyone "no gifts please... just come and share a fun night with us."  Alas, we are blessed and our friends are generous.  Which brought me to share with you the best wedding present ever!

Now I like to think I'm on the forefront of creative, unique and thoughtful gifts, but my friend Melissa has outdone herself (and me) this time!  And I just couldn't resist sharing this awesome idea with the world.  I'm sure some of you have seen this before, but for those of you who may not have, you're going to want to remember this one.  It really could be used for so many occasions...  College Graduation, Baby Shower/New Baby, Wedding, New House, etc.

Here it is!  Isn't that a beautiful basket?  And check out the pretty ornament.  She of course chose a cross to signify the holy sacrament of our marriage.  If you were doing this for another occasion you could choose something more significant, like baby's 1st Christmas, 1st Christmas Together, Keys, etc.  We are going to write the date on the back of it and will be reminded of this day, and gift, every year we hang it on our tree!

So what's inside the basket you ask?  Well, let's open it up and see...

As a disclaimer Melissa had everything wrapped in pretty tissue paper, but the paper was thrown away before I was able to take photos so you'll have to use your imagination for that part.  The first thing I unwrapped was this beautiful frame, which by the way goes with my decor perfectly.  She printed on some pretty paper, that also happens to match my decor, "Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Valenti... Love, Jerry & Melissa McGrain".  Here's a closeup...

WOW!  A beautiful basket, ornament and frame... but wait, what's that hiding under the frame?  There's more... And this is where the gift gets really fun!

Do you see what I see?  Yep... that's a whole basket full of cheer!  No wonder the basket was so heavy.  The first bottle I pulled out was a bottle of Menage a Trois (which is one of my favorite wines... it's tasty and affordable). Attached to the bottle was a handmade tag which read, 

"Wedding Night

The night you have dreamt of is finally here,
The future surrounds you with hope and yet fear.
You both have found your perfect mate,
Enjoy this wine while you toast this date.
This night is meant for you to share,
Enjoy each other, a perfect pair!"

The next bottle was called "Pink Truck".  To give you a little side note, the McGrains own McGrain Land Services and they are known for the pink truck they drive, so this bottle was representative of them.  It too had a handmade tag attached that read,

"First Dinner Party

You open your home to entertain and to eat.
A place for old friends, and new ones to meet.
When everyone leaves, share your bottle of wine.
Then roll up your sleeves, it's clean up time!"

The next bottle was 100 Proof Hot Damn!  The tag on this bottle read,

"First Fight

When your first fight occurs and your tempers are hot,
Pour a shot, take a sip, and recall what you've got!
Enjoy this pint after your first fight,
Better yet, enjoy making up all night!"

Just so you know... this next bottle my husband and I wanted to pour down the drain as soon as we read the card (insert chuckle here).  It was a bottle of Sparkling Pomegranate Blueberry Juice and the tag read,

"First Child

The news that a baby will soon share your life,
will make you a mother not only a wife.
You'll see your sweet baby through good times and bad,
Jodie - The Loving mother
Joe - The Dearest dad
There is no more alcohol here, so both raise your glass,
And relax, how quick nine months will pass!"

The next was a bottle of champagne and the tag read,

"First Christmas Eve

A wise man turned to a friend and said, 'Wine is better than beer.'
And now is the season for friends, and fun, and lots of holiday cheer!
So pop the cork, relax a bit, and when the night is through,
Kiss goodnight and close your eyes and Santa will be good to you."

The final bottle was chocolate wine and the tag read,

"First Anniversary

You've been married a year, how the time goes,
No longer newlyweds, you are old married pros!
We hope this year has found you in good health and good spirits,
Keep saying I LOVE YOU, you'll always want to hear it!
Now toast this first, it won't be the last,
And as you build your future, always cherish your past!"

So there it is... the best wedding present ever!  You can always add to it for other first's, such as New Years, Valentine's, birthdays, 4th of July, Halloween, etc.  Really the ideas are endless, but hopefully this will give you a good starting point.

Thank you again to Melissa and Jerry for such a thoughtful and generous gift.  We will enjoy and cherish it all year long!

Friday, October 19, 2012

{Freebie Friday} MSU vs. U of M Printables

In the spirit of "Freebie Friday", the fact that I feel guilty about not having posted all summer and that tomorrow is the big Michigan State vs. University of Michigan game... I've decided to add a couple of extra FREE Printables today.

Just visit and "LIKE" my facebook page to download them from the "FREE PRINTABLES" album.

And incase you missed my post from earlier today, here are some ideas for using these!

(1) Cupcake/Food Picks - Punch or cut and glue to sucker stick or tooth pick. Stick into food!
(2) Banner - Punch or cut and attach to ribbon, hang.
(3) Napkin Rings - Punch or cut and attach to a strip of paper that is taped around the napkins.
(4) Drink Tags - Punch or cut then using a single hole punch put a hole at the top and attach to drinks using ribbon... name can be written on the backside.
(5) Favor Tags - Punch or cut then using a single hole punch put a hole at the top and attach to drinks using ribbon.
(6) Water Bottle Labels - Remove the existing label then cover with a strip of white paper. Punch or cut the circle and attach to the white label.   Cover the entire thing with a strip of clear packing tape to seal.
(7) Confetti - Punch or cut and spread around your party display.
(8) Cake Pop Tags - Punch or cut then using a single hole punch put a hole at the top and bottom.  Slide over the cake pop stick.
(9) Party Wear - Punch or cut, attach to hats, ribbons, buttons, etc.
(10) Decorations - Punch or cut and frame or attach around the house using double sided tape.

Most important... HAVE FUN and GO GREEN!!!

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