Top 10 Ways to Ask “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Top 10 Ways to Ask “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Just as proposals have become increasingly romantic and elaborate, asking your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids has likewise become  an opportunity to find creative ways of expressing yourself.  Even any of the simple will you be my bridesmaid stationery featured below are adorable!  Our top 10 favorite ideas featured above include placing a note in a locket or compact, and proposing with a diamond ring keychain or even a ring pop.  We also love the idea of giving fancy flip flops that can later be worn at your wedding,  and how cute is this nail polish adorned with a tiny veil.  Although just pictured with a personalized wine bottle label, you can do the same with a bottle of wine. Samantha recently asked her bridesmaids with a Bridesmaids DVD and Ashley is still deciding between the demure bridesmaid cookies or a get this party going flask.

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Celebrate With Cookies >> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

Celebrate With Cookies- 19 Favorite Designs

Celebrate With Cookies >> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

We always envy our friends who can whip a plate of delicious AND gorgeous cookies that somehow capture the essence of whatever party or event they are hosting. For Ashley's baby shower, Vicki managed to create darling intricately decorated baby carriage cookies and always has a plate of fabulous football field cookies at the entrance to her legendary college football viewing parties.

One day Vicki told me in confidence that she turns to Anne Yorks' The Flour Box Shop videos  for inspiration.

Online Cookie Decorating Classes

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HOW2 Create Stunning Succulent Arrangements

HOW2 Create Stunning Succulent Arrangements

We, like many of you, are obsessed with air plants & succulents. A stunning succulent arrangement can transform a room from fine to fabulous, instantly. Yes, to some extent all plants and flower arrangements add color and life to a room, but succulent arrangements also add a modern sensibility. The muted colors and multiple textures work to create a warmth and serenity whether used in a party centerpiece or in the form of a wreath gracing your front door. So today, we want to introduce you to an online classes on HOW2 make stylish container compositions with gorgeous succulents! Learn to make your own bouquets, terrariums, wreaths and more. on .

Everything you Need to Know to Create Succulent Arrangements on succulent expert Debra Lee Baldwin's YouTube channel!

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Party Pretty with Patriotic Nail Art

Julep Fourth of July Patriotic Nail Art

Patriotic Nail Art

Party Pretty with Patriotic Nail Art

Did you know tomorrow, June 14th, is Flag Day? To get into the spirit we turned to our friends over at Julep. Sometimes we want to party pretty without looking like a walking American flag. So we dress in a solid, usually   reds, whites or blues and then add some patriotic nail art to make a classic Americana look pop.  We are loving Julep's fun patriotic nail art inspiration that is perfect for both Flag Day and the 4th of July and for that matter any other patriotic holiday!

Take a look at these pictures for ideas on how to pretty your nails for the upcoming holidays. What is even better is that Julep is offering a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift when you join Julep Beauty Box. This includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value FOR FREE! Use the promo code FIREWORKS from now until July 5th!  Continue Reading →

Rent The Runway Unlimited & Change Your Closet Forever!

Rent The Runway Unlimited

Rent The Runway Unlimited

Rent The Runway Unlimited & Change  Your Closet Forever!

We asked, Izzy, our very own fashionista to try out the latest and greatest from Rent The Runway >> their Unlimited days option. Just to back up a bit, Izzy has used Rent the Runway to wear high end designer label clothes to special occasions off and on over the past few years. She has tended to use them for what she would call one-time dresses. These are dresses that stand out so much she would most likely not recycle them for another event. For example, she once rented the Herve Lager Citrus Flamingo Dress to wear to a Vegas style theme party. There is no way she would ever consider purchasing a curve hugging bandage dress for $1450 retail but for $40.00 it was the perfect 1x wear dress for that event. Similarly she has rented dresses to wear to luau themed cocktail parties, New Year's Eve, and holiday parties. She even considered renting the Moschino Think Pink cropped sweater and matching bag to create a Barbie look for Halloween one year. But now that Izzy works for a renowned fashion house, she needs to look professional, yet on trend, each and every day. So she decided to give Rent the Runway's Unlimited Days a try and she loves it! It is so much fun having new clothes appear at her doorstep. She tends to wear each of the three outfits once or twice and then sends them back for new options. Izzy's only issue is finding the time to select the new outfits. Not a bad problem to have. (In full disclosure – neither Izzy nor PartyIdeaPros received any discount or compensation for using Rent the Runway Unlimited. The fact is we did not even receive our usual referral commission because we wanted to keep this experiment and subsequent review as impartial and fair as possible. Having said that, if you do end up purchasing something from our RTR link, we should receive a small percentage of the sale. We promise – you will not pay any more.) Continue Reading →

Cocktails are Back! Trending Cocktail Recipes

Trending Cocktail Recipes

Trending Cocktail Recipes from Drizzly

Cocktails are Back! Trending Cocktail Recipes

Many moons ago, back when 18 was the drinking age in Wisconsin, my girlfriends and I would pile into a car and make the hour long drive across the Illinois Wisconsin state border to sip on Tom Collins and Tequila Sunrise cocktails, usually adorned with cute umbrellas or fun stirrers. But by the time I graduated from college, wine had become the “it” beverage and very few of my cohorts knew how to mix even the simplest cocktail. Now that cocktails are once again the drink of choice, many of us early boomers need a refresher. Obviously, today you can google the name of any drink and will receive pages and pages of recipes. The challenge becomes which recipe is the best.  Well Drizzly has gathered the best of the best recipes together in one easy location and tells you exactly what you need for each drink.  Here is the kicker >> once you decide on tonight's cocktail of choice, you can have all the ingredients delivered right to your front door within an hour.  Yes, you read that correctly. So if you have already had a drink or two, no need to drive!!!! All the ingredients you need for that B52 shot you have been craving (or whatever else has tickled your fancy) can be delivered to your door within an hour!!!!  Continue Reading →

Halloween Nail Art Inspiration

Halloween Nail Art Polish Set

Halloween Nail Art

Halloween Nail Art Inspiration

This month we have posted lots of Halloween party looks including some pretty fabulous & unique costumes, accessories, and even make-up tutorials, but somehow we have neglected nail art. Remember to truly party pretty you need to be polished from head to toe (and yes, pun intended.) So when we received this new nail art tutorial from Julep using colors from their Happy Halloween Welcome Boxes, we had to share.  Continue Reading →

How2 Create Holiday Photo Card Messages of Love

Holiday Photo Card Messages of Love, big sister baby sister matching sleepwear

How 2 Create Holiday Photo Card Messages of Love

We once again tip our hat to our friends over at MomMeMatch.com. Not only did they find darling big sister baby sister matching sleepwear, they then took it one step further and matched the outfits to their holiday card counterparts. As astounded as we are by the perfect matches, we are way more impressed with how the folks over at MomMeMatch clearly put a lot of thought into the entire process.  All the elements in their suggested holiday photo cards reinforce the message of holiday love. What a lovely holiday theme! Continue Reading →

Top 10 Home Bar Essentials

Top 10 Home Bar Essentials

Summer seems to be the time of year that many of our young friends are setting up new homes and beginning their adult lives, including entering the wonderful world of home entertaining. Not surprisingly, inspired by the amazing bar carts showcased on Pinterest, one of the questions we are most often asked is what are the 10 essentials for the home bar? We recently discovered this great home bar essentials guide by one of our favorite gift merchants, A Gift Personalized (yes, the very same company we turn to for bridesmaid gifts & groomsmen gifts.) Continue Reading →

You’ve Got Mail!

You've Got Mail Cartoon

You've Got Mail!

Every once in a while we actually laugh out loud at something that comes across our Facebook feed. This morning we laughed ourselves silly over this You've Got Mail cartoon so wittily depicting something we have been harping on for ages >> No matter how formal or informal your party, mail your invitations!  Those email invites not only get lost in all of our inboxes, they fail to elicit joy and excitement and a sense of anticipation in the recipient. And keep this cartoon in mind when you are tempted to email your thank you notes.  A beautifully written handwritten note still makes a more thoughtful impression.

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