** Oh, and Thank You to Rain or Shine for the idea for the post**
My mom, sister and friend Jill really went all out in decorating for this party. My mom created all the paper goods using scrapbook paper and stickers. She even did the little cupcake toppers out of scrapbooks supplies. They used pumpkins, hay bails,fall foliage and even potpourri on the tables to bring out the feeling of fall.
Jill created name tags for all of the guests since our guests were from all different parts of our lives—h.s. friends, college friends, after-college friends and a ton of family. She also created little tissue paper pumpkins (via Martha) filled with candies for the favors.
The food was AMAZING. My step-mom, Teresa, and my mom made all of the food. They decided to do a dessert buffet with coffee, coffee-punch and water to drink. The menu included: pumpkin cupcakes, orange dip and fruit, mocha scones, acorn bites, s’mores pops, chocolate chippies and so much more! It was really, really delicious.
The ladies also put together a little gift table with photos of our little guy and an activity for guests to work on. Each guest got to fill out an advice form that we will keep and save for our little guy as he gets older. Then they would hang the advice from the clothes line above the table. Some guests even put money on the line for us… it was all so sweet.
Thank you to my mom, step-mom, sis and to Jill (and her family!) for throwing us this amazing party. I kept getting questions from everyone asking when I had the time to throw the party or what part of the party I did and it was very fun saying,
“Not a thing! They did it all.”
I couldn’t have done it better myself.
Thank you for checking out our party!
I think a lot of these details would transfer nicely to a very pretty Thanksgiving table!
I’m not in the camp of “dressing up on Halloween is just for the kids.”
Now.. trick or treating is certainly only for the kiddos.
I enjoy the planning of the outfit, the making of the outfit and then seeing everyone’s outfits!
Every Halloween we have an overwhelmingly awesome amount of people dressing up for the occasion in really amazing costumes. (Check out last year’s response to the Alice in Wonderland theme!)
This year we also had a costume contest!
Check out some of the costumes we had in attendance:
(This is only a smattering of the amazing costumes we got…
it would be a terribly long post if I put up everyone’s amazing costumes!)
Me as a clown (I’m pretty proud that I managed to make that costume!)
My husband as a ring leader and my son the lion!
I made my dress but bought a wig, horn, and white gloves to make my costume. For my husband’s costume we bought a wig, hat, and whip. And, my son wore a lion costume that I purchased from Costumes4Less.
Beetlejuice and Lydia (don’t they look amazing!)
The Adams Family— Wednesday even won for Best Overall Costume.
I loved this one… “The Drowning Girl” by Roy Lichtenstein
A Blind Ref
We also had a Mr. Plum, Lana from Archer, Ricky & Lucky Ricardo, Coach McGurk from Home Movies, Border Patrol…. and so many more!
|Sketches of the event with a long to-do list and sketches of my potential Halloween costume!|
|The invites— If you haven’t gotten one yet don’t fret… I got them done and haven’t put them in the mail yet!|
|Apple Upside Down Cake—My Fall version of the popular summer pineapple cake. Recipe coming soon!|
|Cans of Pear Sauce, Apple Sauce, Apple Butter, and Pear & Apple Jam!|
|Each guest got a hand painted bib along with their silverware.|
|The bibs were a bit too small for most guests. But, were cute anyways.|
|I kept most of the decorating quite simple… a few red and white streamers really brought it all together.|
|The adorable printables were found FREE at Hostess with the Mostess!|
|No plates needed for this feast! The buckets were filled with rolls.|
|I wrapped boxes of sparklers up with fun homemade wrapping papers and created Thank You Tags to finish off the favors.|
I put up red and white streamers around the party areas and our porch area.
I also used the Hostess with the Mostess printables to designate the refreshments area.
Using Illustrator I created a few printables of my own
including some wrapping paper and thank you tags for the favors.
My favorite part was the table… To protect the table I put down some wax paper and then covered the whole table with white butcher paper (seriously the best party supply purchase I’ve ever made). I then added the bibs and silverware packs to each place setting. The bibs and silverware wraps I just free-handed earlier that day. I added galvanized buckets of rolls down the center of the table and ramekins of butter and lemon slices at each place setting…. and that is it!
The main attraction happened at dinner time when I dumped the food on the table!
I did a simple crab boil (and, to tell you the truth… at the last moment we decided to save some money and went without the crab and instead did shrimp and clams). I have two really big pots and I filled them with red potatoes, onions, lemons, corn on the cob, sausage, shrimp and clams. They steamed beautifully with a little bit of white wine. I also added in some spices to give it a bit of a kick.
(Check out this recipe from All Recipes or this one from Martha Stewart)
|We are always so happy when having friends over to our place!|
What are your plans for Independence Day this year?
|Photo Credit: Martha Stewart’s Birthday Cakes from Start to Finish|
|A Childhood Birthday Revisited|
|Purple and Pinwheels Birthday Dinner|
|Vegas Themed Wedding Shower|
|Bike Themed Cocktail Party|
|Cheery Summer Wedding|
|The Dynamic Duo ties the Knot Congrats Party|
|Mad Tea Party|
|Baby, Welcome to the Circus Baby Shower|
Twenty Ten was an eventful year for me. I started this year working really hard towards a goal of moving up in the company at which I work. I was traveling with the company doing hiring and training. And, while I loved that part of the job I hated being away from home and hated coming back to the every day grind of the job. The longer I waited for the position I wanted the more I realized that the position was not for me. I guess that all the comments from people telling me that I needed to be in the event planning field finally got through my thick skull. So, in April 2010 I decided to step down from my role in my company and instead step into the event styling field slowly with this blog.
|A Well Crafted Party’s First Post, “Let’s Party” was published on April 26, 2010.|
I fell in love with the idea behind the name “A Well Crafted Party.” I really love crafts and creating items with my hands (or computer). And, I really love parties. I thought the whole idea fit me and my goal to a T.
Since that first post in April the blog has grown to have 30 followers, 136 Facebook Fans and over 11,000 page views. While I know that might seem small to some bloggers out there I am overwhelmed with excitement… I never thought the blog could go this far! It makes me really want to continue to create and share on the blog. It makes me want to improve and expand! Thank you so much to each of you lovely readers. I hope that some of these past 90 posts have inspired you in some way. I would LOVE to hear any feedback you may have for me and the blog.
To look back on this year a bit I thought I’d put together a few of my own “TOP of 2010″ lists.
A Few Resolutions:
When I was younger I would write one resolution for every year I have been alive. I’m too old for that now… It would take forever to remember what the resolutions were much less keep to them! So, I just want to leave a couple resolutions I have for this blog:
Happy New Year to you all!
Thank you for reading A Well Crafted Party!
Okay, I know I’m skipping right from Halloween to Christmas here but I had to share this holiday planner with you! I promise I’ll get back to the holiday at hand as soon as possible (along with some other fun inspiration boards and a circus themed baby shower). But, for now… get inspired for the winter holidays!
When I saw Courtney from Pizzazzerie.com’s post about her Holiday Party Planner for SheKnows.Com I had to go immediately to check it out. If this beautiful 26-page digital wonder packed full of amazing photos and fabulous ideas doesn’t inspire you… well, I don’t know what will!
|image via sheknows.com/holiday-entertaining-planner|
The photos were taken by Kristin Steele Photography. The shots are inspiring alone but then add on all the ideas and you have yourself some winning work. (I obviously liked this thing!)
I really enjoyed that the party ideas were all new takes on the holiday. While I enjoy some tradition I do tire of party after holiday party of mistletoe, candy canes and hot chocolate.
The party that I can’t wait to throw (other than ALL of them!) is the Coffee and Dessert Party. I love all the browns and tasty looking desserts. I can’t wait to try the Gingerbread Latte!
|Image Via sheknows.com/holiday-entertaining-planner|
I love re-purposing items to use in my parties. One of the items that I really like to use in my parties are PICTURE FRAMES! They come in all kinds of fabulous shapes and sizes and can be used in so many different ways. You can use tiny ones on tables to mark place settings or extremely large ones as props in your home photobooth.
So, I thought I’d bring a DIY project using these wonderful multi-use props. Read on to find TWO fun uses for picture frames.
Tools: Prepped frame of at least 8X10 size or larger, fabric or decorative paper, any extra embellishments you might add (I’m using plastic spiders and rhinestones!), a glue if you are adding embellishments
Directions: Take your prepped frame and slide a decorative paper in the frame. Replace the back of the frame with cardboard OR tape down the prop tool on the back of the frame so that the back is completely flat. Add embellishments to frame in an eye catching way. Place frame on side tables, buffets or in your hands for drinks or hors d’oeuvres!
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