How to Get Ready to Party >> 5 Home Entertaining Essentials

How to Get Ready to Party >> Home Entertaining Essentials

1. Set the Mood with Enchanted Lighting

2. Freshen & Stock  Up Your WC

3. De-Clutter

4. Flowers & Plants Everywhere

5. A Well Stocked Bar

How to Get Ready to Party >> 5 Home Entertaining Essentials

This morning we were inspired by an article we stumbled upon an article on PopSugar addressing how to get ready to party and what exactly guests notice in your home.  All of us who entertain at all know that one of the most stressful aspects of home entertaining, whether you are hosting a dinner party or your child's first birthday party, is getting your house in shape for your guests.  Yes, you do need to clean but focus your time and efforts on making your bathrooms and kitchen spotless. Otherwise, shut the doors to rooms your guests do not need access to.  As for the rest, we sorta agree there are generally just a handful of things your guests will notice about your home.  No one will say – wow she so needs a new sofa or her carpet really deserves a cleaning.  Your home decor is almost irrelevant so long as the rooms your guests see are tidied up and lack clutter.  You can transform any room from drab to fab by implementing a few of these simple home entertaining essentials.

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FREE Cake Decorating Guides & Tutorials

Cake Decorating, Not so basic buttercream decorating ideas

Cake Decorating >> Free Guide | All Buttercream Decorating Classes

FREE Cake Decorating Guides & Tutorials!

Based on our last post about assembling Edible Teddy Bear Race Cars, you can tell it is time we stretch a bit and not rely solely on a cut and paste approach to party treats & desserts.  We think it is time to finally hone our cake decorating skills by at least brushing up on the tricks experts use to create  incredible & unique buttercream cake designs.

YouTube is overflowing with FREE cake decorating guides and tutorials. Enjoy!

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PIP’s Tip >> Reusable, Customized Party Plates

Customized Party Plates

Customized Party Plates

PIP's Tip >> Reusable, Customized Party Plates

Update! So sorry – Create UR Plate has closed their partner program and has no items listed for sale in their Etsy Shop. And we have not even been able to access their website.  If anyone comes across an equivalent merchant, please, please let us know!

In May 2013 we wrote about  “the best party idea we have come across in eons — create your own reusable, customizable glass (or clear plastic) party plates! These plates will transform your table from drab to fab instantly!” PIP’s Pick – Customize Glass Party Plates  The only issue was our complicated rather clumsy solution to creating the look of customized party plates.  Well today we are so excited! We finally found an easy, affordable way to change your table and create customized party plates with Create Ur Plate reusable decals.  Not only do they have hundreds of customizable designs from which to choose, you can also buy the plates which fit the decals exactly, right on the site. Check out how easy it is in this Create UR Plate – How To Video Continue Reading →

Rent Sorority Rush Dresses – Fabulous, Budget Friendly Outfits for Every Round of Rush

Rent Sorority Rush Dresses - Fabulous, Budget Friendly Outfits for Every Round of Rush

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Co-eds across the country are deactivating their Facebook pages. It is that time of year – sorority rush season is about to swing into high gear. Depending on your college or university you will need between one and 5 different outfits, each one progressively more fabulous than the next.  It might not be that hard to find one great dress but how do you find four perfectly appropriate dresses and not break your budget? Our recommendation – check out Rent the Runway to rent sorority rush dresses!

Rent the Runway has transformed the retail industry by making the designer dress and accessory experience more accessible. Browse their online selection of designer dresses available to rent (dresses by Vera Wang, Opening Ceremony, Narcisco Rodriguez and more) for everything from Conversation Days to House Tours to Slideshow Day to Preference Day, or just pick out that special one-of-a-kind jewelry piece to take your own little black or white dress over the top. Dresses are tailored to fit all shapes and sizes (available in sizes 0-22), and you can even select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost. Rent the Runway also has more than 25 stylists on hand available as consultants to help women find the perfect look, wear it and send it back with no dry cleaning, no shipping costs, no hassle. Check out Rent the Runway's cute dresses for every round of rush all featuring the hottest styles and the coolest trends. 

So this year actually stick to your budget and rent sorority rush dresses from Rent the Runway, your new best friend with the ultimate closet.

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Kids Community Service Activity – Clip Coupons for Coupons Help!

Coupons Help Fight Hunger

We are so excited to introduce our visitors to Coupons Help, a non-profit organization started by a 10 year old thoughtful, inspired, creative angel.  Basically, Chloe was at a family dinner when a friend of her father's mentioned that the food pantry he worked with could use coupons in addition to food to help those in need purchase food and essentials. Chloe began collecting coupons from the Sunday paper that would have otherwise been thrown away and mailed them to the shelter. It made a difference and so she thought she would build a website and try to collect coupons from people all over the world, especially kids like her. Chloe's goal is to get 3,000 coupons by the end of year!  We are here to support her in her efforts.

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Take Advantage of Our FREE Wedding Essentials Sourcing Services!

Wedding Essentials

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Attention Brides!

We want to remind you PartyIdeaPros.com is here to help you with anything you might possibly need for your big day.  We receive hundreds of promotional offers each and every day and do not want to litter the site with banners and short lived deals that don't apply to where you are in the wedding planning process but we do want you to know that when you are ready to purchase your invitations, favors, cocktail napkins, escort cards, table numbers, welcome bags, bridesmaid and flower girls gifts, or any of the many other  little details that taken together create the perfect celebration, drop us an email asking if we know of any current deals.  Seriously, we will search our databases and call our contacts to see if there are currently any deals to be had or if anyone is planning to offer significant discounts in the near future.

For example, next Tuesday and Wednesday, The Knot Wedding Shop is hosting their annual napkins event.  For 2 days only The Knot will be offering their customers the following deals so even if you aren't currently thinking about ordering your cocktail napkins next week you might decide to take advantage of the savings now.


Similarly if you are in the market for thank you notes, PartyIdeaPros.com will have access to an exclusive Tiny Prints promotional code for  40% off Thank You Cards all day Monday, February 24, 2014.  If interested, email us and we will email you back a link to the promotional code. Not to be beat, Wedding Paper Divas currently is offering up to 20% Off Wedding Invitations and Reception Stationery with Promo Code: FEB20WED (thru Feb 25, 2014) and for a limited time is also offering 10 FREE invitation samples

Wedding Paper Divas Free Samples Coupon

And finally, if you are planning your honeymoon, we are constantly being barraged by our travel merchants with amazing limited time deals on fabulous getaways.  Email us if  you would like us to forward you offers on any particular destinations.

We are also more than willing to source your Pinterest Board.   Although we do ask that you edit your board to include ideas you are seriously contemplating – i.e. Harry Winston diamond engagement rings are probably not in your budget (are you listening Izzy?).

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Gingerbread + Yoga = Happy Healthy Holidays!

10 days of Yoga Gingerbread Cookies

Our partners over at Gaiam posted this cute 10 Days of Yoga graphic to Facebook today and we had to share since we have so many visitors interested in both our Yoga Party ideas and our Gingerbread Delights party package.

#Too cute!

Today's PIP's Tip – The holiday season can be stressful.  Remember to exercise, eat healthy (avoid sugars as much as possible), drink plenty of water, and take a deep breath whenever you feel yourself starting to stress or spin out of control. Yoga really does help!

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PIP’s Pick – Customize Glass Party Plates

Customize Glass Party Plates

The best party idea we have come across in eons — create you own reusable, customizable glass party plates! These plates will transform your table from drab to fab instantly!

Last year my good friend and colleague, Vicki, came up with the most innovative party idea I have seen in eons but it seemed too difficult for even a fairly advanced DIY maven to tackle without spending hours and hours on each project – reusable, customized glass party plates.  Vicki originally created these plates for our 4th of July Celebration party inspiration photo shoot but I have not been able to easily re-create the idea until today.  This morning I finally found the solution.

Customizable Square Glass Plate

Libbey Crisa Tempo square dinnerware is made of solid glass that is dishwasher and microwave safe. Sold 12 per case.

What you need:

This  8″ square dinner plate from Libbey.  Not only is it perfect for this project, it is the new hot look in dinnerware. Popular for appetizers, tapas, salads, entrees, and desserts. The possibilities are endless!

Dimensions:
Length and Width: 8″ x 8″
Eating Area: 4″ x 4″

The highlighted information is the operative fact here.  The bottom of the plate is exactly four inches square which means it is the perfect size and shape to apply clear custom window clings to the outside bottom of your plates.  These decals are sometimes referred to a clings since they adhere with static to smooth surfaces and are removable & repositionable with no residue.

So checkMothers Day Lobster Dinnerware Removable Decals this out — we customized these 4″ x 4″ decals by clicking on the  “animal clear decals” button and then adding our text and changing the colors. Originally we thought we would create decals and then found the static clings.  Since the static clings would not allow us to change the background color, we simply saved the image we created to our computer and then uploaded the image (feel free to do the same). Wouldn't these make fabulous plates to serve that fabulous lobster & filet Mothers Day dinner from Lobster Anywhere?  Perfect for lunch too – just serve lobster rolls!  Yum.

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Minted’s Anniversary Sale – 15% Off Entire Site

Minted's Anniversary Sale -  15% Off Entire Site
Some of my favorite things came to be on April 2nd. It is the day the first egg roll took place on the White house lawn (1877). It is the day the first motion picture theater opened in LA (1902). It is the day of birth of one of my closest and most admired friend, Cynthia, of music legend Marvin Gaye, of our favorite Law & Order SVU alum, Chrisopher Meloni, and of our go-to company for the freshest, most fabulous paper products (including stationery, invitations, and announcements for any and all occasions), wall art and party décorMinted!

Today, April 2nd, is Minted's 5th Birthday and they want everyone to celebrate with a week-long promotion of 15% off the entire site! You definitely don't want to miss out on the celebration! The promotion starts today and ends midnight PST on Monday April 8th.

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K.I.S.S

K.I.S.S. (Keep It Stylishly Simple)

Keep it Stylishly Simple, Lightbulb Vases

Keep it Stylishly Simple >> Light Bulb Vases

 

K.I.S.S

Today’s economic circumstances require hosts to be sensitive to the times. Over the top glitzy is out. Simple, meaningful, and elegant is in. Think understated! Bigger invitations are not necessarily better. Giant floral masterpieces can be replaced with smaller tasteful florals or even single flowers. But remember understated does not mean austere. It is still ok to have fun — in fact, it may be down right patriotic. So don’t skip your next celebration, instead remember to KISS (Keep It Stylishly Simple!) Continue Reading →