Monday, June 30, 2014

Lemonade.... $0.50!


When life gives you lemons you make lemonade.... and when you have a garage sale you have a Lemonade Stand, right?!  That's what we did anyway.

Of course being a party planner I couldn't just set up a table and give them a pitcher of lemonade, which would have been the easy way to go (considering I had an entire garage sale to set up too).  Nope, we put in a little extra effort on this one.


One of my thrifting crafts... this chalkboard was once a very ugly picture in a very cool frame.  I added a little chalkboard paint over the glass (thus covering up the picture, which was so old it was actually attached to the back of the glass) and now I have this!


I found this super cute (and tasty) lemonade bottle at our local HomeGoods.  It made a great prop for our display during the sale and then we used it to toast to the boys success after the sale was over.  That may have been the highlight for them.


Lemon cupcakes with lemon frosting... YUMMY!


I found this adorable FREE Printable set on Pinterest and thought it was perfect.  I used the yellow and grey from the set and added in some green to make it more neutral for my boys.  While I do love all of the pink lemonade sets out there, not so much for my little guys.


A bowl of lemons is inexpensive and a perfect prop for any lemonade stand.


Lemon cake pops... are you noticing a theme?  We also had chocolate dipped pretzels for those that just didn't want lemon.  Be sure to check out our pinterest board for more lemonade stand ideas.

I'd say all that extra effort paid off big time.  In the form of cash money for my little men.  I was so proud of the amazing sales skills these two developed after their first taste of a sale.  They were working it and ended up selling out of all their goodies the very first day!!!  Don't worry though, this proud mama stayed up and replenished their inventory for Day 2.

I mean seriously how could I resist these faces???


Happy Summer and don't forget to support a local lemonade stand and the entrepreneurs of the future!!  





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beachside 4th of July!



I've always wanted to style a dessert table on the beach and last 4th of July I did just that!  Well, it sort of started with these cute little firecracker shots I found on pinterest and turned into a full on party with treats, favors and fireworks (especially after a few of those shots).


The beach view is amazing to begin with, but to top it off there was this awesome old wagon I just couldn't resist using.





 See what I mean?!  How perfect is that!

Since this was a small gathering I focused on treats that could be consumed while watching the fireworks around the fire pit, such as: water, firecracker shots, s'mores packs, popcorn, pretzels, and of course cake pops.  And YES, that is a cake on there... another pinterest find, but we'll get to that in a minute.



These individual s'mores packs were made using small clear bags... I filled them with a graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallows... then I used some of the scrapbooking paper I had and stapled it to the top.  Each kid got 2 packs, it was a great way to monitor how many s'mores they consumed and to make sure everyone got chocolate... my husband likes to sneak just the chocolate (sneaky, sneaky).   Please be kind to the environment though and make sure the plastic baggies don't end up in the fire... as Grandpa Jack always says, "No plastic in the fire!"



Patriotic pretzels & popcorn... so easy and so yummy!


Some patriotic scrapbook paper and packing tape is all I used to transform these boring old Costco water bottles into this.  You could also use duct tape, as I've seen it comes in an array of colors and patterns these days!


Did I mention how YUMMY those little firecracker shots were?!  I went to the local thrift store and bought various little shot glasses and that awesome silver tray to make mine a little more fun, but you could use the little plastic cups they sell at the party supply place too, if you're worried about glass.

And don't forget the goodies for the kiddos.  For this I used empty veggie cans (I didn't even paint or cover them, although you could if you have some extra time on your hands).  I filled them with various things I found at the dollar store (sparklers, glow jewelry, bead necklaces, mini flags, gum balls, etc.) and made sure each one was the same... you know how that goes!  



A little note about that glow jewelry...  I LOVE IT!!!  If you've ever hung out on the beach after dark, well it gets really, really dark.  And it's not always easy to locate your children when you literally can't see them, but give them some glow jewelry to wear and you'll always know where they are!!!  We do it all year round now... fun for them, peace of mind for mom... it's a win-win!


These patriotic gum ball packs were thrown together simply because I had all of the items on hand... pretzel bags, gum balls, and ribbon... can't get much easier than that!


Fill an old jar (this one is probably a mayonnaise or relish jar) with some sparklers so when the sun goes down everyone can grab one and light up the night.  Plus it helps to eliminate all of the packaging from ending up on the beach.  Just be careful to keep the sparks away from the jar or, well I'm sure you can guess where I'm going with that!


Ohhhh... back to the cake.  I originally wasn't going to do a cake for this, but I came across this awesome pin (of course) and just had to try it.  Oh My Goodness... it turned out so cute and everyone loved it!!!


I hope you all have a very Happy and Safe 4th of July this year.  If you're looking for more ideas check out this post from last year Fourth of July Favorites or visit my 4th of July Inspiration board on pinterest.








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!

www.raenovate.com

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!

www.buggyandbuddy.com

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!!!

www.noblepig.com


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!!

www.inkatrinaskitchen.com

5. Patriotic Popcorn...

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

www.bloomdesignsonline.com

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!!

www.lucilleroberts.com

7. Edible Star Wands...

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

www.seevanessacraft.com

8. Stars & Stripes and paint chips...

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

www.dawnypoo.blogspot.com

9. Firecracker Shots...

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

www.atthepicketfence.com

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!!!

www.funhomethings.com

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!

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