Tropical times ahead! We’re clearly still not over flamingos or pineapples, and these cute paper plates by Meri Meri have helped us merge the two into one for a summer party your guests won’t forget! When your backyard does the work for you, it doesn’t take much to set the scene, but our little leaf banner is the easiest DIY of paper plates that are way too cute to ever eat off of taped onto baker’s twine! So easy and helps to bring those tropical, summery vibes! Besides the cute paper goods, the talk of he table is another easy DIY—this flamingo cake!!! Target Dollar Spot has had these plastic flamingos around the past couple of years and I have stocked up every time. They’re so cute!!! All you have to do is frost your cake with a grass tip (Wilton 233) and exchange the wire legs for food-safe bamboo skewers which you can cut to any length. It definitely is a show-stopping centerpiece! Enjoy looking through all the details of this pineapples & pink flamingos party and be sure to tag me if you create a plastic flamingo cake of your own—I’d love to see it!
Who else can’t wait for season 3 of Stranger Things coming upon us so quickly?!?! And we all know binge-watching sessions are better with food so grab your friends and invite them over to the Hawkins, Indiana Starcourt Mall!
Solely based off of the season trailer, it looks as though we’ll be spending this season at the pool, the fair, and the mall (sounds like a perfect summer to me!), so the food court it was! The faux-neon sign was made with puffy paints and black paper and really sets the scene! (But please don’t zoom in too close or you’ll see all my flaws >.< haha) Mall food is easy enough, but I went with classic Hot Dog on a Stick vibes with corn dogs, big ‘ol lemonades, and the primary colors of blue, yellow, and red. And what mall visit is complete without a pretzel? Scroll on for all the details and enjoy season 3!
Ah, Cinco de Mayo, the party that unlocks the door of all summer parties to come! It’s finally time for bright colors, cool drinks, pool days, and partying until long after the sun has gone down. This year’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta features THE CUTEST piñata plates, pom poms in place of confetti, and a whole slew of patterns and colors! Scroll on for more details so you can throw a fiesta of your own!
Lay your straw across the top of your glassware for a different look. And pom poms are basically confetti that give your table a little more dimension!
Are these not the cutest?! I got them at a local party supply store but I’ve seen them floating around Etsy!
Mini sombreros all around!
What food should we serve? I love a good taco bar, but I feel they’re so overdone! What are you serving up this Cinco de Mayo? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for visiting and happy fiesta-ing!
This Friday is National Pretzel Day and so of course we’re celebrating with a soft pretzel bar complete with toppings! Did you jump on the donut board craze? Well pull it back out because it works for pretzels too! We dressed our board up with the easiest DIY balloon pretzels—no twisting involved! We blew up 160Q mocha-colored balloons, attached glue dots at the center crossover and each end of the balloon (3 in total per balloon), and used puff paint for salt! We didn’t go too overboard with the toppings, but there is so much potential! We’ve got a few sweet options, a few savory, and my personal favorite was butter with cinnamon sugar—SO GOOD! Scroll on for all the details!
Easter is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to plan an egg-stra special Easter morning meal, and how fun would it be to wake up to this as a pre- (or post if you just can’t wait) egg hunt breakfast! This simple setup is all about the paper goods. Not all the pictures captured it, but the orange is highlighter-bright and such a fun pop of color! The tablecloth is a piece of fabric that looks enough like grass to me, a pom pom banner makes a simply chic runner, tulips are a fun and simple backdrop, and a breakfast spread will help complete the table! Fuel up and get hunting for those eggs!
This one’s for my fellow 90s kids! When your friend tells you she wants to spend her birthday watching Hey Arnold, you channel your childhood for party foods and a school cafeteria lunch spread is born! This would also be really fun inspiration for a back-to school party! The backdrop was made out of square notebooks that look like colorful composition books. Lunchboxes and pencil boxes are perfect for keeping snacks, and did anyone else fold their notes they passed into triangles? Because that’s what the banner is! Scroll on for more colorful nostalgia and let me know in the comments if I left out one of your favorite 90s snacks!
How sweet is this blue and pink Easter bunnies party? It all came together through the insane amount of Easter paper party goods I found myself buying, and with two sets of plates that fit the theme perfectly, one became an easy DIY backdrop. A backdrop adds so much to your theme and it doesn’t need to take a lot of effort or money (but sometimes a lot of tape!) Scroll on for all the details and easy snack ideas!
When you love cute little egg cups, but hate hard and soft-boiled eggs, it’s easy to find other things to put in them! Here are some easy mini cupcakes with frosting in-between each layer.
Dirt cups get an Easter pick-me-up with edible wafer grass, Peeps, and a candy egg!
I found these cute, scalloped baking cups at my local HomeGoods/T.J.Maxx and they are amazing! You can go ahead and put your cupcake in them OR they are coated enough to hold much more, like ranch or other sauces.
Thanks for looking! Tag me in your own Easter party creations on Instagram @designorganizeparty and see more Easter fun below!
Italian sodas, a classic party go-to, gets a Valentine’s Day upgrade! I know there are “recipes” out there for Italian sodas, but I honestly don’t believe there’s a set way to make them—it all comes down to taste preferences! So you simply need syrups (I’m a Torani fan, and since it’s V-Day themed I tried to stick to pinks and reds like strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, and peach), half and half, and club soda. But to take it to that next level, you need toppings! Whipped cream is a given, but we’ve also added Sixlets, candy hearts, raspberries, strawberries, and cotton candy bits. Scroll on for more details!
Forget drink charms, how about coating each glass in different sprinkles so your guests can keep track of whose is whose?
It’s always about the little details! The covered glass dish holds our heart-shaped ice cubes which you can see below. They’re a perfect size for the small opening of the milk bottles. I purchased a silicone heart mold from Walmart—it didn’t make very many at a time, but I started early and just stored them in a container in the freezer until we were ready for them.
An easy way to keep everything on theme and photo-ready is to cover pre-existing labels with other paper. The whipped cream got a shiny, polka-dot scrapbook paper makeover while the club soda was simply covered in plain pink cardstock.
All those fancy toppings and mix-ins are sure to leave you and your guests with some Insta-worthy Italian sodas!
BIG REPUTATION, BIG REPUTATION, OOOOH DO YOU WANNA HAVE A BIG REPUTATION? Then you have to throw a Taylor Swift “Reputation”-Inspired New Year’s Eve Party for you and your friends! The lights, sparkles, glitter, and silvery blue colors make for a magical evening! And all the lyrics references are perfect for the occasion (let me know if you think of any more good ones in the comments!) Of course we’re spending the night in our “forts undercover” listening to records, playing games, snacking, and watching the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix! Scroll through for more details on this cozy yet fabulous NYE party!
“Here’s a toast to my real friends.” These sparkling ciders covered in glitter are such a fun detail for any New Year’s party and how fitting that there will be “glitter on the floor after the party!” haha
And our party favors are little blank notebooks reading, “hold on to the memories they will hold on to you” so your guests can fill them with the best photos and memories of 2019 to share together at next year’s party!
Christmastime is here! I am a firm believer that you can never have too many parties—it’s a celebration of life! So go ahead, throw one more Christmas party. This North Pole Letters to Santa party was inspired by these adorable Santa plate and napkin sets I found at Marshalls. The Target Dollar Spot made it easy to pull together the rest of the decor and Meri Meri straws and hats finish up the fun!
Again, OBSESSED with these little Santa face plates and hat napkins! Unique paper goods always help set the theme!
These fake snowballs were also in the Target Dollar Spot ($3 for a bag of 10!), and they are a simple but festive way to add to that North Pole feeling!
Thanks for reading, and Merry Christmas!
On Thursday night I had the opportunity to host a group of friends for a birthday dinner, and what better theme than colorful skulls as we were right in the middle of Dia de los Muertos celebrations?! Between work all week I didn’t have much time to prepare, so it’s helpful that I am a hoarder of all things party decor :D The only items I purchased were the plates and napkins! Colorful scrapbook paper helped to brighten an otherwise dull white tablecloth and black runner. We served enchiladas, flautas, rice and beans, and of course, Jarritos! Scroll on to view more party details!
Help your friends quench their thirst this summer and make their day by giving them an emergency thirst aid kit!
You just need a few things to get started: personal Simply Lemonade bottles, trial size Torani syrups (I got mine at World Market), a fun straw, baker's twine or string, craft glue dots, and my printables found below!
These thirst aid kits are the best combination of simple and so so cute! The syrups and printables are easily attached with glue dots. I would recommend printing them on photo paper and leaving the lemonades out long enough that they no longer sweat. Be sure to tag me in your thirst aid kits @DesignOrganizeParty - I can't wait to see them!
One of the best weekends of the year is upon us--Memorial Day Weekend--the unofficial start of summer! And even if you're not one for real camping (me!), you can still have the fun of being outdoors with all the comforts of home by throwing a backyard campout!
Have you been to Bullseye's Playground/Target Dollar Spot lately? Once again, they're rocking summertime. Target's newest selection includes camping-themed goodies like this plush faux fire, a canvas rug turned sign, and these oh-so-cute vintage lantern string lights.
I am OBSESSED with these tiny milk jugs from Hobby Lobby--they're perfect in every way!
If you're making a sheet tent and you're adult-sized, it's only big enough for two so be sure to invite someone worth cozying up with! (Dogs makes great people substitutes in this case:)
Enjoy your long weekend, spend as much time outside as possible, snap a few Instagram-able moments before putting the phone down , and make memories worth remembering. I'd love to hear your plans for this weekend--drop them in a comment below and thanks for reading!
So I was only slightly late to the party and just saw The Greatest Showman last week, and let me tell you, I was hooked. Instantly. Hugh Jackman, Zach Efron, Zendaya and the whole cast and crew did an amazing job to create this story, film, and songs filled with wonder and amazement. I was in awe the entire time and saw it two more times within the week. Now, as we ready ourselves for it to be released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, I've created a Greatest Showman themed party, complete with our very own circus tent. Read on for ideas to throw your very own Greatest Showman viewing shindig!
In my opinion, a circus tent is a must for a Greatest Showman movie night. There are lots of different ways to make it happen, and it doesn't have to be perfect. Any tent will add to the theme and magic of the evening! Collect all those sheets and blankets, maybe some fishing line and tape, and make it happen--your guests will love it!
A pair of elephants pass a top hat to one another as they carry a frosting dip for our Barnum's Animal Crackers.
What kind of circus party would be complete without popcorn and peanuts?
I am IN LOVE with these circus themed tattoos from Flash Tattoos! Scroll on for more temporary tat cuteness!
A tiny banner of vintage circus posters helps set the scene!
These ringmaster soda bottles are my all time favorite DIY detail from the party! Look at those tiny top hats!
As the light begins to dim and the movie begins our circus tent lights up with rows of fairy lights creating a magical, ambient glow.
Guests can grab a snack tray to fill so they can keep their snackage close throughout the night.
So are you as obsessed with the Greatest Showman as much as I am? Tell me your favorite song in the comments and be sure to tag me in your Greatest Showman party @designorganizeparty ! Thanks for reading!
Popcorn boxes: World Market
Striped Snack Cups: Hobby Lobby
Movie Snack Tray: Hobby Lobby
Miniature Top Hats: Amazon
Temporary Tattoos: Fun Tats by Flash Tattoos
It hasn't felt much like spring here thanks to a giant snowstorm we got yesterday, but with Easter less than a week away (yay!), it's time to hop to it! This simple color block Easter table is easy to recreate and is so eye-catching and fun! Scroll on to see all the details.
Easter grass is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to create a runner-effect on the table and really help solidify the color palette!
Ribbons and washi tape were great to wrap around the top of each glass to add in a touch of even more color!
As always, thanks for reading, and happy Easter!
These adorably colorful Oreo Peep Easter shakes are seriously the cutest! I'm not a Peep eater, but they're such an Easter icon and so cute (even though their sweetness give me an instant toothache). I was roaming the aisles of Hobby Lobby and saw these Peep-colored krazy straws and thus, the Easter Peep shake was born.
You will need:
Breyer's Oreo Blast ice cream (I got 4 shakes from 1 tub)
Limited Edition Oreo Peeps
Food Coloring (I used neon)
First, crush up your Oreos and put a nice layer on the bottom of each glass. Mix up ice cream, milk, and food coloring for each respective Peep color. Fill the glasses and top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a Peep! Easy enough, right? And they're such a cute addition to an Easter party or just to be festive throughout this spring season as we move into the warmer temps!
Thanks for reading! Tag me in your Easter Peeps creations @designorganizeparty
Because Valentine's Day falls on a Wednesday this year, we're kicking off the day with an ultra-festive pink, white, and red Valentine's breakfast, but let's face it, breakfast is good anytime of day so if you're celebrating in the evening, breakfast it up! Breakfast foods and puns go hand in hand so scroll on to see how parfaits, muffins, and milk make for the best valentines <3
Schitt's Creek Season 4 is nearly upon us, and if you're not watching, hop on Netflix and get on it because it is SO FUNNY! But maybe if you're here you already watch the show and you're looking for some inspiration for your very own Schitt's Creek party for you and your fellow Schitters so scroll through because we've got everything from Bob's Bagels to Herb Ertlinger's Fruit Wine. Take a look and let me know how you'll be celebrating!
We went with David Rose's favorite color scheme--black and white, and one of Alexis' signature "David!" phrases to showcase our excitement!
We've got Bob's Bagels with assorted cream cheese. You could even do an entire pastry table with muffins, cream puffs, croissants, etc. all baked by Ivan, of course.
These coasters are a fun addition to the party and were printed from CBC's site. You can find them here.
Can't forget the "on-chiladas"! We used street taco-sized tortillas so they were just little bites and they were very easy to make once we figured out how to fold in the cheese. ;)
We made our own custom bottle of Herb Ertlinger's Fruit Wine (aka Martinelli's) in our favorite flavor, Dazzling Peach Crab Apple.
A little (illegal) raw milk to wash down your pastries!
It's no secret that all the best parties have favors, so each guest will get to leave with their own personalized Allez Vous Starter Kit!
Best wishes and warmest regards--thanks for reading!
Two of the best thing about winter are warming up with a cup of hot cocoa and spending time with family and friends, so why not combine the two and host a hot chocolate party for your loved ones! If you have a big group I recommend making your hot chocolate in a Crock-Pot to keep it warm all night long and you could even have a BYOM (bring your own mug) or supply paper coffee cups if you find yourself short on drinkware. I also love to use little Christmas teacups so guests can try different flavors throughout the night!
Our first stop at the hot cocoa bar features some adorable little hatted snowmen from Williams Sonoma. Grab one and fill up!
I've chosen in other hot chocolate bars to include a "Flavor It" section where I include either International Delight coffee creamers (special shoutout to my personal fave, Irish Creme), but they have everything from Reese's to Almond Joy to hazelnut or Torani syrups in peppermint, vanilla, chestnut praline, and gingerbread. Your guests are sure to love adding a little twist to their beverage!
Next we're onto my favorite stop--Top It! Of course we have Christmas sprinkles, whipped cream, and marshmallows. Other favorites include chocolate shavings, toasted coconut, butterscotch chips, and crushed candies like candy canes, butterfingers, and Andes mints.
And finally we've reached our last and most important stop, Enjoy It! Throw in a cookie exchange, game night, or white elephant gift exchange and you've got the perfect evening!
We originally threw this party on July 31st to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday, but Halloween is also an excellent time for some magic! Especially since it's so easy to find costume pieces--you could have a whole house of witches, wizards, Death Eaters, and elves! Rather than go with the 9 3/4 brick wall entry that you see at so many parties, we went with a Marauder's Map theme, because honestly, what better time to be up to no good than at a party?
Our guests were greeted with some Ferrero Rocher golden snitches and these terribly cute temporary tattoos to add some flash to the evening!
The Marauder's Map theme continues with tiny sets of footprints all up and down the hall.
Our second entry table becomes a potions lab--this is where the Halloween decorations really come in handy!
The kitchen was filled with flying keys!
The restroom paid tribute to The Chamber of Secrets with snake details, our very own tiny whomping willow and flying car, and resident guest Moaning Myrtle in the toilet!
Our Hogwarts treats included Hagrid's birthday cake, chocolate frogs filled with peanut butter and chocolate mousse, and these adorable potted mandrake dirt cups!
Seriously, how cute are these?!
Our Great Hall was filled with over 70 homemade floating candles.
Follow the spiders!
Annnnnnnd mischief managed! Another successful evening--what was your favorite detail from this magical night?