Tag Archives: party planning

November 6

Eye Candy: A Sweet Vintage Shower

We love when bridesmaids and party planners get creative with their bridal shower themes, and this event we spotted on Hostess with the Mostess is no exception. We simply adore all the vintage props, thoughtful little touches and of course, the chevron that ties everything together. Isn’t it lovely?

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January 14

DIY Swizzle Sticks

Hosting a bridal shower or looking to add some style to your reception cocktail hour? This DIY project could be our cutest—and more importantly, easiest—yet. May we present (drumroll please…) swizzle sticks three ways!

What You’ll Need

  • Glue gun
  • Embellishments to play up your style or theme (we used scrapbooking letters, washi tape and sparkly little pom poms)
  • Wooden skewers

Pom Poms

Put a dot of glue on the pointed end of your skewer. Spear it into the middle of the pom pom (just don’t poke it all the way through). Voila! One swizzle stick created.

Flags

Washi or fabric tape will work for this swizzle stick style. Cut a piece large enough to fold in half, and then do so around the skewer so both sides match up when you stick them together. Cut a “v” shape into the end of your flag. Instant oohs and ahhs.

Initials

This is a really cute way to play up you and your honey’s initials. Find scrapbooking letters at your local craft store. Glue the base of the letter to the skewer and you’re done. We chose to put letters on both sides of the skewer to give it a 3-D feel—but it’s perfectly cute single-sided too!

If  you try this craft idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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September 22

Festive Invitations for Fall Celebrations

Fall is upon us and with so many reasons to celebrate, you’ll need an invitation or two (and we don’t mean wedding invitations!). Put your hosting hat on and start planning a get-together for your favorite people using these exclusive party invitations from our sister company, Tiny Prints.

Potluck

Set the stage for an adventurous evening of food with this playful potluck invite.

Football Sunday

With fall comes NFL football. Make it a fun day for the guys and girls with this cute design, and play up the theme through your food, drinks and decorations!

Birthday Party

All of these invitations can be customized to your liking—so you can easily switch out the text “holiday party” for “birthday party,” or whatever your celebration entails. This design is so chic, it will work for anything!

Dinner Party

Spiced lattes, butternut squash and pumpkin-flavored things… fall flavors are definitely worth celebrating.

Halloween

This sophisticated design proves that Halloween parties aren’t just for kids.

Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving as a couple for the first time? Get guests excited for the day with this modern invitation.

What types of parties are you planning for the coming months? Leave us a comment below!

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September 14

Laura’s Top Five Party Planning Tips

Planning a party is no easy feat. But rest assured, Wedding Paper Divas knows how to host a soiree of any style. Our co-founder and design guru Laura is one for entertaining, and here are her top five tips for your next get-together.


1. No party is complete without an element of surprise. Is it a special theme? A darling party favor? Or my personal favorite? An over-the-top dessert bar.

2. Give guests something to look forward to. A potluck with a certain genre… a specific dress code… getting your guests involved ahead of time is the easiest way to build excitement.

3. Let your invitations inspire your party. Carry out a theme or specific color scheme throughout your decorations, food and party favors to make a polished statement.

4. Make a list and check it twice. Think through each element of your party from start to finish and create a game plan. Do you need to book an outside vendor? Do you have the right serving platters? Have you picked out music to set the tone? Try to think of all the little things ahead of time so you don’t forget a thing.

5. Last but not least, never show up to a party empty-handed. Toast a host with a basket of goodies or something thoughtful you know they’ll enjoy. My go-to gift? Personalized stationery, of course!

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May 19

Party In a Box from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

While engulfed in the hectic pace of shooting I Do Over, I was blessed with my first ‘party planning’ feature in People magazine. I was tasked to provide tips and a stash of entertaining goodies that every woman should keep at home so she is prepared to host an impromptu gathering at any moment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and it didn’t hurt that I was in the same issue that my favorite Kardashian graced.

So you know I need to hear from you. Please share with me some of your secret supplies that you keep on hand for an unexpected at home bash!

Keep spreading the love,

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April 10

Recessionista Shower Planning Tips: Easy (Cheap!) Ways to Dress It Up

If you’re a bridesmaid on a budget and helping to plan a friend’s shower (like many of the staffers here!), this post is for you. We know you love your friend and want them to have an unforgettable shower—and we also know that being a bridesmaid isn’t necessarily a cheap endeavor. So, we’ve gathered some of our favorite (dare we say, effortless?) ideas to help you throw a chic and thoughtful shower, without breaking the bank.

1. Use your leftover bridal shower invitations as centerpieces and decor.

2. Ask guests to bring a dish from home. This way, your fruit platter from Costco will get a little makeover. And, hodgepodge can have a sweet, shabby chic look when done right!

3. Make your own favors. We absolutely adore this DIY mason jar favor idea. Use the bride’s favorite cookie recipe as for a cute personal touch. Plus, you can decorate the jars with a personalized gift tag that matches the invitation or shower theme—they are just $7 for a set of 24!

4. Stack books or wrap styrofoam in fabric to stagger food and add depth to your display table. Really, it doesn’t get easier than this.

5. Use photos as decor and hang them with clothespins or display them in jars like we did during this fun DIY shoot.

Do you have any recessionista shower planning tips to share? Leave us a comment below!

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April 1

How Many Bridal Shower Guests is Too Many? Rant or Rave

With so many brides-to-be, bridesmaids and future grooms working in the Wedding Paper Divas headquarters, it’s no surprise that party planning is a regular occurrence around here. And, since spring is such a popular time for bridal showers, there’s been a lot of back and forth over wedding shower guest lists—specifically, how many is too many? Some argue that more than twenty is a crowd, while others say the more, the merrier.

Where do you weigh in?

What do you think is the appropriate amount of guests for a bridal shower? Do you think showers should be kept to close friends and family or opened up to bigger groups? What size bridal shower are your friends or family planning for you? Rant or rave!

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November 23

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips from Our Favorite Chef

Much to my tastebuds’ delight, my significant other makes his living as a chef. This year will be our first to host family Thanksgiving, and as it quickly approaches, a million lists are forming in my mind.

What can we prepare beforehand? Need to borrow an extra table from a friend. Forgot to pick up a tablecloth!

Him? Cool as a cucumber. I asked him what he does to prepare for a big meal like this, and aside from the know-how of cooking for 100+ people five nights a week, here’s what he had to share for a successful feast.

1. Work ahead.

  • Peel potatoes the day before and store them submerged in water in the refrigerator. The water will keep them from turning brown.
  • If you’re making stuffing, chop the onion, celery and other ingredients the day before and store them in the fridge.
  • Do as much as you can on Wednesday. Make your pies, sweet potatoes and anything else that will reheat well.

2. Make sure your turkey is ready.

  • If using a frozen turkey, make sure it is completely thawed by Wednesday. If needed, run cold water over the bird to speed the process.
  • Make sure the turkey is at room temperature before you start roasting it. Remove it from the fridge at least one hour before cooking.
  • Invest in a meat thermometer. Check the temperature on the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone.
  • A turkey is considered fully cooked at 180.° Dark meat takes the longest to cook, so always check the thigh. He recommends taking the turkey out of the oven when the temperature reads in the 175° range, as the temperature will continue to rise internally once removed from the oven.
  • Don’t wait until it’s too late to test the temperature of the bird. Start checking around the 2.5 hour mark.

3. Get as much help as you can.

  • Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned entertainer, don’t take on too much. Leave time to enjoy the day!
  • Order rolls and perhaps even dessert from your local bakery to save time and hassle.

4. The turkey is in charge.

  • Most likely, the turkey is going to take up all of your oven space for most of the day, so have anything that needs to be cooked in the oven ready beforehand, and reheat it once the turkey is resting.
  • On that note, always rest the turkey at least a half hour before carving. If the turkey is done well in advance, it can be reheated at a low temperature.
  • If you have a small dinner planned, a turkey breast is large enough to serve 2-3 people.

Above all, have a happy Thanksgiving!

Do you have any tips or comments to add? Leave us a note below!

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October 1

Destination Bachelorette Party Etiquette: Today’s Diva Dish

Here’s an email from a bride-to-be who has found herself in a party planning pickle…

Dear Divas,

My maid of honor really wants to throw me an out-of-town bachelorette party, but I’m a little concerned that not everyone can afford it. From airfare to hotel accommodations, food and entertainment, I know it’s going to get pricey. What’s the best way to navigate the situation?

Thanks,

The Bachelorette

Dear Bachelorette,

This is one of those tricky wedding situations when honesty is the best policy. Be upfront with the guests about exactly how much they are expected to chip in, and then let them know that you won’t be upset if they can’t attend.

Talk with your bridesmaids about how much they are comfortable spending as well—often the bridesmaids will take care of food and entertainment costs as long as the guests pay for their own airfare and accommodations.

If it sounds like a lot of people are struggling with the cost, you might want to consider making your trip a weekend getaway with just a few friends and changing the bachelorette venue to somewhere nearby. After all, your bachelorette party doesn’t need to be a big vacation—it’s simply supposed to be a celebration with your friends!

Good luck!

The Divas

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May 31

Colorful Cocktails for Memorial Day and Beyond

Today marks the unofficial start of summer! Whether your heading to a barbecue or putting your feet up poolside, you can bet you’ll be in good food company— and what better way to wash down the holiday provisions than with a celebratory cocktail? These creative and colorful drinks are perfect for any warm-weather occasion and promise to quench your thirst all summer long.

Stars and Stripes

Compliments of Drinkhacker.com


Apple Raspberry Mojito

Compliments of The Mojito Company

Smokey Grapefruit Margarita

Compliments of Well Fed

Summer Nights Sangria

Compliments of Gulf Coastal Living Online


Limoncello Lemonade

Compliments of The Noble Pig


Yum! Which one do you find most intriguing?

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