Beach & Nautical Theme Wedding Flip Flop Pails

Wedding Flip Flop Pails

Although designed as an entryway repository for sandy flip-flops, these flip flop pails can also serve as ice buckets, planters, and are the absolute perfect accessories for beach theme weddings.  As many of you are well aware, flip flops have replaced socks on wedding dance floors throughout the country.  The issue is not whether to supply flip flops but rather how to display them in a festive, sophisticated manner befitting a wedding. When we found these adorable wedding flip flop bins on Belle & June we just had to share! They are absolutely perfect for beach theme and destination weddings.  And since they are trimmed in gold, we think they would work just fine at just about any wedding.  These wedding flip flop pails will add a needed touch of whimsy to even the most formal black tie affairs.  These flip flop bins will work equally well at a beach theme fundraiser, Bat Mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen, Quinceanera celebration, or any party with dancing!  Continue Reading →

Party Pretty >> Fabulous Affordable New Years Eve Dresses

Rent the Runway for New Years Eve & Party Pretty

**FTC Disclosure Statement: This post contains affiliate links. We will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on our links. Having said that, rest assured, Party Idea Pros only recommends products & companies we <3 & trust!

Look Spectacular on New Year's Eve in  

Fabulous Affordable New Years Eve Dresses

Party season is here – so no matter your size, shape, style or budget you can party pretty for less! Pick your favorite selections from Rent The Runway You don't even have to worry about accessories because Rent the Runway has those too.  We were a bit concerned that the most fabulous affordable New Years Eve dresses were already snatched up by others but good news – there are still plenty of stunning dresses available to rent and wear on New Years Eve.  Be sure to order your dress for delivery no later than December 30th just to make sure there are no snafus.

Here are a a few more of our favorite New Year's Eve looks:

Badgley Mischka
Go Out With A Bang
Allison Parris
Noir Wonderland Dress

One more thing >> don't forget the bling! New Year's Eve is the night to pull out all your fabulous jewelry and if you would prefer something new and fabulous, you can rent accessories too!

Party Pretty! Party Hearty!

The Classic Tuxedo – Men’s Formal Wedding Attire | To Rent or To Own?

Classic Tuxedo  dessy-tuxedo

The Classic Tuxedo – Men's Formal Wedding Attire

The best argument for investing in your own tuxedo!

After hours spent scoping out every tuxedo on the market, I finally chose a designer tuxedo I thought would be perfect for our wedding. I immediately called my husband to have him pass on the details to his dad (his best man), his brothers, and the other groomsmen. In my very own bridezilla moment I completely lost it when my now husband called and said that my tux choice was a “no go” – he informed me that his dad explained that the men in his family do not get married in a rented tuxedo.

At the time, I thought the response was “uppity” and did not see the need for my husband or his groomsmen to own their own tuxes. 30 years later, as my husband dons his wedding tux for the hundredth time, I must admit I was wrong.  Every single time he puts on that very same tuxedo he wore to our wedding it brings me back to that very special day and reminds me of just how much I loved him that day and every day since. Continue Reading →

Card Game Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Card Game Party, deal me in playing cards postcards

Card Game Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Whether you play gin rummy, poker or bridge, you will be proud to show your hand with this delightful card party.  Possible theme names include Deal Me In and Aces Wild. Hail to the Queen would make a fun girls night out theme and every guy we know thinks he is the King of Hearts.

Continue Reading →

Chocolate Ideas, Gifts, Valentine’s Day Recipes and More

Ghirardelli Chocolate Recipes and Tips

Recipes and Tips for using chocolate this Valentines Day

What goes better with Valentine's day than chocolate?

Ghiradelli Chocolate is one of our favorite things in the world and what better time to celebrate and embrace the chocoholic within us all than at Valentines day.  One of our favorite products is this Ghiradelli Chocolate Flavored Sauce.  It is so versatile and easy to use on anything from topping off a homemade treat to garnishing an elegant chocolate martini.  What says happy Valentine's day better than a homemade chocolate treat!

Here is our favorite chocolate martini recipe to get you inspired:

1 1/2 ounces chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 ounces Creme de Cacao
1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
2 1/2 ounces half-and-half
Ghiradelli's chocolate flavored sauce, for rim

Just mix all the ingredients in a chilled cocktail shaker and pour into chilled martini glass garnished with chocolate sauce.

If you are looking for a less labor intensive way to celebrate Valentine's day with chocolate check out the huge variety of Ghiradelli Valentine's Day gifts. This is one of our favorite Valentine's day chocolate gifts, it comes in an adorable red heart case and is filled with a variety of yummy individually wrapped flavors.  Also be sure to check out the Valentine's Day Heart Gift Tin

Chocolate isn't just great for one day out of the year, little chocolates are great for party favors at weddings, birthday parties, showers, and charity events.  And what hostess wouldn't love to get a nice box of chocolates as a gift for hosting a dinner party?  Basically chocolate is the perfect addition to any event on any day of the year!

 

Party Hearty!

 

The Giving Tree Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Monica texted me today and challenged Party Idea {Pros} to come up with a few ideas for a thoughtful yet playful The Giving Tree theme event the school is hosting for Grandparents Day. I didn't have much time to pull it all together but I do believe this is a good starting point to give the committee direction and to get their creative juices flowing.

Any of the trees, real or not, will work well on a buffet.  The least expensive way to approach the event is to fill a large clear vase with red apples and then go into the back yard and gather some tree branches to add to the vase or simply use apples at different heights to decorate your table.  Other options include this artificial apple tree priced at just $33.99  as well as living celebration trees  which you can give away as gifts at the end of the night or plant on campus. We always like bonsai trees since they herald good fortune and happiness. We also think this white cardboard DIY wishing tree kit is really cute  and the accessories are available in many colors including blue and yellow.  Whatever you choose, we would recommend picking up a few The Giving Tree (it's even available in Hebrew!)books and propping them up on the buffet.

Gift choice will vary depending on your budget.  The most economical would be  either the heart shape plantable seeds (grandparent <3) or flower shape plantable seeds.  you could display them in a bucket or hang them from the buffet and/or centerpiece trees.  Simple, thoughtful, cute!  We also like the symbolism behind this miniature watering can filled with plantable seeds.  Personalized plantable magic wishing beans start at just 59 cents each or can be packaged in a cute flower pot or watering can for an additional ~$2.00 each. We also like these chocolate covered pretzel sticks – they remind us of tree branches.

Hope this helps.

Party Hearty!

After Six Classic Tuxedo Now 25% OFF

Classic TuxedoWe just received word from Dessy that from now until October 15th they are offering 25% off their After Six classic  two-button notch tuxedo.  This brings the price down from $275.00 to just over $200.00, including shipping.  Even without this amazing sale we already wax and waned about the importance and value of tux ownership

The details:

  • Made from Italian designed super fine Merino wool.
  • Interior piping designed with the After Six signature ‘Bow-tie & Hourglass 1903' print.
  • Plain front pants are shipped with unfinished hems. Sizes 38 to 52, Regular, Short and Long.
  • Jacket and pants can be ordered separately making for easy fit and alteration.
  • Returns and exchanges on this item accepted within 30 days of purchase (no alterations, please.)
Use coupon code GTUX1015 at checkout for 25% off through October 15, 2012..

Additionally, Dessy is offering 15% off on After Six's formal accessories including tuxedo shirts, ties, vests, pocket squares, cufflinks, and even flip flops and flasks. Use code GACC1015(The fine print – orders must exceed $50.00)

If you are in the throes of wedding planning or hosting or attending a formal occasion anytime in the next year or so (think ahead to holidays parties, proms, and fundraisers!), now really is the time to buy.  Take full advantage of this sale. Remember shipping is free, too!

Party Hearty!

Mustache (Moustache) Bash Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Mustache Bash Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

We admit it — for months we have been dismissing one of this year's hottest fads, Mustache Mania.  The truth is we just didn't get it.  But it is one of those fads that has definitely grown on us (pun intended).  We love the simplicity of design and actually find ourselves smiling whenever we see a “stache bash” invitation. The magnificent mustache theme is perfect for bachelor and fraternity parties, both and adult and children's birthday parties, retirement parties, and even weddings (check out that fabulous Stache + Kiss Wedding invitation below) .

Even if you don't want everything at your next party to be mustached, adding a touch of “stache” whimsy here and there will undoubtedly product quiet chuckles amongst your guests.  We promise, these little touches will not only be noticed but they will be appreciated.  Not sure that any of you noticed, but if you look closely at our new image on our welcome page, you will find a small mustache inserted under the word {Pros} – yes, we put it there just because it makes us smile!

Continue Reading →