New blog

Well, I should have done this ages, but I have a new blog – Ready, Set, Party! It’s not actually very new any more, but I’m super proud of it. I also started an Etsy shop by the same name – Ready, Set, Party at Etsy. I would love it if you’d click on over and check the new blog and shop out! Thanks!

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Fri-DIY: Fabric Heart Valentines

Easy Valentines

Hard to believe Valentine’s Day is nearly here! I made these cute Valentine’s cards to send out, but I think they would make adorable invitations for a V-Day party, too! Here’s the super quick and easy tutorial.

Easy Valentines

Materials: Blank note card and envelope, scraps of cute fabric, fusible interfacing, sharp scissors, an iron, sewing machine.

Follow the fusible interfacing directions and fuse to the back of the fabric. This will keep the cut edges of the fabric from fraying and make the fabric stiffer and easier to work with.

Easy Valentines

Cut 1″ hearts from the interfacing-backed fabric. You will need 3 hearts per card. Line the hearts along the short side of the note card and using the sewing machine carefully sew a straight line down through the middle of each heart to attach the hearts to the paper.

Easy Valentines

Hand write your Valentine’s greeting (or invitation), tuck into an envelope and mail to a lucky recipient!

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Party Inspiration: A Bittersweet Valentine

bittersweet-valentines-party-e1296833512626bittersweet-valentines-party-shoot31-e1296849272528This bittersweet Valentine’s party cracks me up. I love the pretty pinks offset by the ‘bitter’ signs. Hilarious and just right for a group of special single ladies to celebrate the holiday! PS – how fab is the ‘bittersweet’ banner??

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Tabletop Tuesday: Blue and Red Valentine’s Table

blue red Vday table I just adore this pretty table found over at Beetlegrass (actually I like ALL her tables, but this one is holiday appropriate). I especially like that it’s not over the top Valentine’s, but very subtle. The colors are sweet and unexpected and I love the mix of the different patterns.

blue red Vday table board1. Vintage Playing Cards 2. Blue & White Tablecloth 3. Tea Cups 4. Gold Doilies 5. Vintage Linens

If you are lucky enough to have a vintage linen collection, this table is the PERFECT example for how to showcase them. Go break them out right now! Add in some sweet printable heart vintage cards, gold doilies, and pretty china, and set a lovely Valentine’s dinner table.

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Party Inspiration: Valentine Garlands


From here

I’m not a mushy girl by nature, but this year, I seem to have the Valentine’s Day bug big time. So this week I’ll be featuring some great Valentine’s Day party ideas and a super easy original DIY project Friday for any last minute procrastinators out there!

Let’s kick things off with a trio of awesome V-Day garlands I found via Pinterest. These are all cute, but uncomplicated enough to easily duplicate and would bring a romantic touch to any Valentine’s celebration.


From here


From here

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Anthropologie Inspired Bridal Shower


Hello, gorgeous! I’ve got to give my girl Jackie Fo a huge shout out for this lovely bridal shower! She obviously put a ton of work into pulling this off and it shows! Click on over to see even more pretty details from this party.




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Party Inspiration: Oscar Party from Pajama Party

Pajama to Oscars

I don’t normally post parties for children because I really want to focus on encouraging adults to entertain and host. However, there are so many cute kid parties out there with great ideas that I often find myself pinning images from them for inspiration for grown-up parties. Take this adorable glam pajama party, looks like lots of fun for that group of little girls. Even though it’s meant for kids, a lot of these details would translate into a fabulous Oscar party!

Pajama to Oscars

All the glitz would be perfect for an Oscar dinner party, or as details on a snack and drink buffet. Plus, the colors are very retro glam Hollywood, also perfect for an awards party.

Pajama to Oscars

How great are these goody bags, too! Wouldn’t this be fun to put together with adult goodies, like the ones award attendees get? I’ve never hosted an Oscar party before, but I am totally inspired to give it a shot this year! Time to invite some friends and break out the boas.

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