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!

broadway birthday party-8

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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! }

graduation-party ideas-9

This post is a part of a campaign with Shutterfly and LooksiSquare. All opinions are entirely my own.  Parties always start with a little bit of inspiration from somewhere, whether it's a theme, a favorite shirt, or in this case, a celebratory graduation stationery piece from Shutterfly. I just loved the glitter and bold colors in the invite; it just screamed party!  I took the colors of the { Read More! }

new years eve #newyearseve #party

New Year's Eve 2013 is approaching quite quickly! Whether you're throwing a huge bash, or a small get together, you can celebrate in style with a few simple DIY decorating ideas. I developed this sophisticated and glittery New Year's Eve party idea shoot in gold, silver and black for Celebrations.com, where you'll be able to see: Tissue Paper Fringed Garland Decoration tutorial Glittered { Read More! }