Times a Flyin’

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Whelp, I took the kids to North Carolina for a month in the summer and somehow a month hiatus turned into an endless house renovation and uh… 6 months of no blogging.

I’ve successfully missed some great party opportunities like Halloween and Christmas- my favorites. New Years 2014 has come and gone in all of its glittery brilliance. But I haven’t missed the Chinese New Year, so I say bring it on Year of the Horse!

“At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.”

This tablescape is certain to drive away any bad luck. {image: sistaco.com.au}

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I’ve been looking for a good reason to make these festive fortune cookies. {image: cakeappreciationsociety.com}

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Decorations

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{From top: Good Luck coins, amazon.com; Year of the Horse party favors, luckybugpaperco.etsy.com; Chinese take-out boxes, webstaurantstore.com; Sparklers, topsmalibu.com; Chinese red envelopes, envelopes.com}

Mail Order Cuteness

I got a copy of the Olive and Cocoa catalogue in the mail the other day and was pleasantly surprised by all of the cute party accessories that they offer. Here are some of my favorites:

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1. Sky-high birthday candles Birthday Cake Tapers $28/dozen (other cute colors available)

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2. I’m a sucker for a party hat with a great pom-pom Chapeau de Fete $44 for 6

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3. Milk Bottles $64 for 6

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4. My candy obsession would welcome this assortment any day. Birthday Treats $64/ petite box

School’s Out for Summer!

Well, not here in California- but almost.

I’m busy planning my son’s class end of year party with the other room parents. We have the good fortune of living close to the beach, so we figured what better place to let 52 graduating second graders run around and celebrate for a few hours?!

This is the inspiration board that I put together:Image

1. We’re getting the adult and kid sandwiches & salads from Clementine in West LA {http://clementineonline.com}

2. I’m hitting up friends to make the lemonade and summer themed desserts

3. I’ll be making the DIY decorations {a big thank you to… http://columbia.wedding101.net/blog/2013/01/18/friday-diy-dip-dyed-coffee-filter-garlands/}

4. The icees will be from the delicious Di Dio’s Italian Ice in Santa Monica

The guest list is blowing up, so I hope that it’s a fun day for everyone!

{photo credits: pinterest, martha stewart, cannelle et vanille}

Set the Table

It’s time for a little table setting 101.Here is an adorable illustration that will help with the basics. Image

Of course, most of my entertaining is pretty casual so this is helpful, but don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun with the table. Your guests will feel taken care of even before eating a bite of food when they sit down to a beautifully designed table.

Here are some lovely tables and details. ImageImageImageImageImage

{Credits: Illustration via Sugarandcharmblog.com; additional images via Pinterest}

Make a Plan!

When I set out to throw a party I have to start with a plan. The plan really depends on what kind of event it is and how much is involved. A kid’s party can require a lot of thinking and prep work while a dinner party with friends is generally a lot less complicated. Regardless of the party, I still think it helps to put your ideas and punch list down on paper.

I’m hosting a little birthday party for a friend this weekend. Lucky for me it’s going to be a potluck, so I won’t be spending all day cooking for 10.

Here is what I’ve got for Sunday…

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{Credits: Inspiration image via pinterest, color palette by thesweetestoccasion.com, cake slice photo via maxieb.com}