poppy birthday-15In the summertime, when the evenings cool off, I love taking things outdoors. When a friend wants a small celebration of their birthday, it’s a perfect time to pull a couple of tables and chairs out onto the lawn to celebrate. Twinkling lights, bright and cheery summer colors and good companionship make for a fantastic adult birthday celebrations, just like in this Summer Poppy Birthday party I created for Celebrations.com!poppy birthday-18I just love the bright colors and contrast of the reds, teal and yellow on the table in a mish-mash of patterns. I made the runner with the help of some hem tape I bought at the fabric store. A couple passes of the iron, and it was finished! I layered the runner on top of a length of fabric also purchased at the fabric store. It’s so easy to create a custom look this way.

poppy birthday-5The paper poppies were my favorite part. You can find the tutorial here on the Celebrations.com site. Floral tape, wire, and a bit of crepe paper are all you need to make these beauties for a poppy birthday party!

poppy birthday-1I used a sharpie to hand-decorate the plates. They turned out so cute! And it all washed off in the dishwasher, so my plates were once again blank canvases after the party was over.

poppy birthday-19The paper poppies are completely scalable–i used them to top the favor boxes.

poppy birthday-10To go along with our dinner, we had some Whoa Momma! Pinapple cocktails

poppy birthday-12…and pineapple strawberry salsa as an appetizer.

Head over to Celebrations.com to see all the summer poppy party pictures and pick up some tutorials and recipes while you’re there!

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My daughter. I love her to pieces. But she's definitely inherited a few (ahem) dramatic qualities from her parents. (Ok, really, just from me...my husband is as undramatic as they come.) Lucky for us, we have a fabulous budding acting school around the corner, The Viera Studio, where we can channel all that dramatic energy! When Maddie's birthday came around this year, there was no question, it { Read More! }

Champagne Bar Engagement Party #wedding

This post is part of a campaign with Shutterfly and LooksiSquare.  All opinions are entirely my own. It's always wonderful to hear about two people meeting, falling in love and making the big leap to marriage. My friend Jackie has been dating a wonderful man for awhile now. They are both huge football fans (of rival football teams), and he asked her to marry him last football season before { Read More! }


Welcome back for some more DIY fiesta fun! See how to make some DIY balloon flags for your CInco de Mayo party that will flutter in the breeze on One Charming Party. Every party needs a centerpiece! Hang out with The Elephant of Surprise and find a fun succulent centerpiece how-to. Fringe and tissue paper make parties more fun, and at Kojo Designs, she's showing how to make { Read More! }


Now for the fun part! Check out all the talented contributors to this Cinco de Mayo Party Hop and get the how-tos on how to make everything. For the inspirational shoot, I made these pretty Papel Picado banners that are a fantastic backdrop for any fiesta. The Mexican folk art papel picado is traditionally made with large stacks of paper cut with a chisel. The colors used in the paper will { Read More! }