Drunk on Love

When one of our favorite couples, Rocky and Kassie, recently got engaged, I jumped at the opportunity to host an Engagement Party for them!  These two love birds are a young and fun couple, so naturally, I wanted the theme to fit their personality!  With the help of a few other hostesses, we decided it would be a “Stock the Bar” party!  We set the party date for October and the decor inspiration was “Fall Glam”
imageI LOVE the Custom Coaster Invitations that we sent out!  They turned out so cute and set the tone for the theme!image

First Impressions are important!  When the guests first walked in, we had a “Pumpkin” Guest Book for them to sign!  I just spray painted a faux pumpkin and the guests used white paint pens to write.imageThere was also an opportunity for guests to write a “message in a bottle” for the couple to enjoy on one of their wedding anniversaries!
imageimageWe were expecting 60-80 guests and the party started at dinner time so the food was very important!  I hate to brag, but the food all turned out AH-MAZING!imageimageimageimage

  • Smoked Salmon w/ Dill Sauce
  • Pork Tenderloin w/ Hawaiian Rolls
  • BBQ Cocktail Weenies
  • Spinach Dip
  • Vegetable Tray
  • Olive Cream Cheese Ball
  • Cheese Bake
  • Pasta Salad
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
  • Kettle Corn
  • Caramel Covered Grapes
  • Hand-Painted Cookies
  • Apple Cider MimosasimageI filled an old canoe with beer and iced it down.image

How cute are these “Drunk On Love” cocktail napkins?!imageNo party is complete without a party favor!  The mini Jack Daniels liquor bottles were a huge hit!image

And of course a photobooth complete with a personalized hashtag #kassgotrocked

imageimageIt was such a fun party!!!  We had a blast celebrating Rocky and Kassie!  Special thanks to Claire and Keeley for all the help!

 

One Happy Camper


After my son turned 7 months old, it hit me that his 1st Birthday was right around the corner!  I immediately began brainstorming ideas for my little summer baby.  One day someone commented that he was a “happy camper”!  And there you have it, THAT was my inspiration!  He IS a happy camper and love the great outdoors.  It turned out to be such a precious party!

When planning a party, I almost always start with the invitation….imageI love the simplicity and all the colors of this one from I Heart to Party!  She kindly customized it for Krewe’s birthday party!  Not only did she design the printable invitations, but a whole collection including thank you cards, food signs, banners, and more.  Using the collection, gave the party fluidity and tied it all together.

After I picked the invitation, the next order of business was finding the perfect tent!  How can you camp without a tent?!  I thought this one from Land of Nod was perfect!image

And of course I had to get the Campfire Set to go with it!imageIt made for the perfect photo opportunity with all the babies!  They went crazy over it!imageOf course Krewe had to dress the party in this personalized t-shirt from Sew Cute Just 4 U and organic camping themed leggings from Paisley Pear Designs.

The food went with the camping theme too!

  • lil smokies (BBQ cocktail weenies)
  • bug bites (pieces of chicken and jalepeno wrapped in bacon)
  • smoked salmon with dill suace
  • rainbow trout (goldfish crackers)
  • live bait (gummy worms)
  • dirt cups (oreo pudding)
  • wild berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • campfire flames (Cheetos)
  • veggie tray
  • BLT bites
  • Teddy Grahams
  • sleeping bags (tortilla roll ups)
  • bug juice (See recipe below)
  • campfire cookies
  • canteen water
  • s’mores
  • trail mix
  • and a fabulous campfire cake made by my best friend, Kriss!imageI coverd the tables with burlap and used lots of galvanized metal serving pieces.  I decorated with red lanterns, pinecones, framed pictures, a toy fishing pole, and even a plastic snake!  The tackle box was filled with gummy worms for the “live bait” and I served the “wild berries” in actual berry flats that I found at Hobby Lobby!  I put soft drinks and beer in an old canoe and iced them down!

One of my favorite displays was the bar area where I put the hand painted “Campfire Cookies” and “Bug Juice”!  It was one of the first things that guests saw as they first walked in and I felt it really set the tone.imageI dressed the bar with a plaid tablecloth found at Hobby Lobby.  I hot glued plastic bugs to the beehive shaped drink dispenser and filled it with punch.  To add the extra touch, I used the circle tags from the collection at I Heart to Party to make straw tags and food signs.

BUG JUICE

  • 2 64 oz. Dole Pineapple Juice
  • 1 2 liter Sprite
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 cans frozen limeade
  • Neon green food coloring

I made my own trail mix and served the different kinds in metal buckets with these awesome FREE Printable Lables!  The trail mix bags were handstamped by With Love and Ink!  They also made napkins that said “Camp Krewe”!imageFor Party favors, I found these small colorful flashlights for $1 at Walmart.  Perfect for tiny hands!imageI ordered this highchair banner from Raw Edge Sewing Company , balloon with tassel from Iris Blingtique, and chalkboard sign from Chalk Full of Grace!

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