Top Party Posts of 2012

Top Party Posts of 2012

I went back and forth about whether I was going to put a “round-up” post up on the blog… but, as I enjoy reading everyone’s yearly round-up posts, I decided to go ahead and put one up. So, without further ado… here are my top 12 party posts of 2012!


In January I featured a Rustic Dinner Party that I threw for a friend’s birthday… my favorite details were the spray painted animal figures that found their way into the centerpieces and, of course, all the burlap. I’m pretty sure that 2012 was my year to use the heck out of burlap!

2. Fancy Pants Party

In March I got around to featuring my 2011 birthday party… a Fancy Pants cocktail party! I had a lot of fun creating cheeky “fancy pants” party elements. My favorite elements in this party was the Eye Lash Bar and the yummy cocktails!

3. Woodland Baby Shower

I shared a Woodland Themed Baby Shower in March… I loved all the cute little forest touches that I gathered from around the web. It remains one of my top Pinned posts!

4. Spring Cocktail Party

In April I help host a super fun, spring cocktail party for the Portland Bloggers! I had lots of help creating some beautiful spring decor. I especially loved the simple, yet catching flower arrangements and the pretty spray painted vases.

5. Pink and Orange Summer Tablescape

May was all about cocktails and summery decor. I think I was really, really ready for summer to finally get here! I created a summery tablescape for the grand opening of my Etsy shop. I really enjoyed using vintage sheets in my design.

6. Portland Bloggers’ Summer Picnic

Because we live in Portland our June summer picnic was moved indoors when the skys opened up and rain poured down on us. But, I loved the pretty summery decor items and all of the lovely people that joined us for the picnic!

7. Portland Wedding

In August I was able to help with a couple of weddings in the Portland area… I have some wonderful, creative friends. It was such a treat to help with their weddings. I posted a sneak peek of one of the weddings that shows some of my favorite details. I’ll be posting some of the party details with the professional photos for this wedding, and one other, in early 2013!

8. You Are My Sunshine 1st Birthday Party

I can’t believe I have a one-year-old now! I had such fun putting together his “You Are My Sunshine” first birthday party and was thrilled with the way it turned out. I also am SO happy that I hired (my now very good friend) Macey of Motormouth Studios to shoot his party. Not only did she do a great job capturing my kiddo, his party, and his friends… but, the package was affordable as well!

9. Pink and Glamorous 25th Birthday Party

I had so much fun helping Suzannah, from Adventures in Dressmaking, with her 25th birthday party. We made the whole party sparkle… It was almost as fabulous as she is! My favorite elements that came out of this party were the sequined flower arrangements and the glitter taped candles!

10. It’s The End of the World

It’s the last year of my 20s… the world is over! 😉 My 12/12/12 birthday party had an end of the world theme in honor of the (then) upcoming dooms day! Loved my glittered dinos the most.

11. Tips on Hosting a Holiday Party

I had a lot of fun writing out some general tips on how to throw a holiday party with as little hassle as possible. The tips are for the holidays… but, many of the tips will serve you well in any party situation!

12. Features/Guest Posts: A Portland Bloggers’ Collaboration, A Modern Pink & Gold New Year’s Party was featured over on Lots of DIY New Years’ Eve goodies HERE!
A Fabulous Fete: I was excited to share 3 mojito recipes over on A Fabulous Feteclassic mojitoblackberry, and honeydew!
Simple Moments Stick: Shared some Tips for Attending a Holiday Party over on Simple Moments Stick
A Crafty Soiree: My Modern Pink & Gold NYE Printables were featured on A Crafty Soiree
Have a wonderful and safe end to your 2012!
I’d love to see YOUR favorite 2012 post on your blog/twitter… leave a link in the comments!
See you next year!

Nice to Meet You: Favorite Things You’ve Made

Nice to Meet You: Favorite Things You’ve Made
Nice To Meet You

I love the idea behind the “Nice to Meet You” linky party that Adventures in Dressmaking and several other awesome blogs are hosting. This linky party’s theme is “Favorite Things You’ve Made” and I thought it super appropriate for a DIY party blog. So, I’m listing the six favorite things I’ve made— Party Edition.

I’d love to know YOUR six favorite things that you have made. So, if you’d like to link up then head on over and link up your favorite things (you can even link up a Pinterest board!) -OR- just tell me about them in the comments section.

Favorite Things I’ve Made—Party Edition

1. Party Dress— I am not the best seamstress…. but, I have always loved the idea of designing clothes. So, one of my all time favorites is the party dress I designed, made out of material I used at one of my other parties, and then wore on my birthday and for my maternity photos. 

2. Newspaper Program—Maybe it is because it was from my wedding. Maybe it is because it was a newspaper. The program had mistakes, it wasn’t perfect. But, it was my favorite detail of our wedding (other than the groom) and I am sure glad I made it!

3. My sister’s wedding. This is a broad one here… but, I’m seriously so proud of every little detail that came to life for her wedding. I did a lot of little handmade details. Her invitations, the ribbon backdrop, the flowers… all favorites of mine!

4. The Mad Tea Party Decor— The Alice in Wonderland Halloween party was over-the-top and nothing like a traditional Halloween party. It was such a blast creating this space and it was so beautiful I didn’t want to take it down for weeks. As a matter of fact one of the party elements stayed up in our home until we moved this past month… that is a couple of years!

5. My Fancy Pants Birthday Party— I had a lot of fun creating the Fancy Pants birthday party with tongue in cheek printables, handmade hats, lots of glitter, and all homemade gourmet food. (And, while the photos are not fabulous… I’m really proud of all the DIY posts that came out of this party.)

6. The Cherry Blossoms Wedding photo shoot that I styled and helped put together. I am over the moon that it was featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

Photography done by Aubrie of Capturing Grace Photography
Now, what have you made that you are super proud of? I’d love to hear about it/see it!

{Real Parties} Activites for a Fancy Pants Party Pt. 3

{Real Parties} Activites for a Fancy Pants Party Pt. 3
Like I said before…. I thought it was fun to do some tongue in cheek type stuff for the printables. I sat out markers and tags what read “Wishes for Jenni” and let everyone put the wishes on the tree. It was so much fun looking through all the wishes later that evening and the next day.
This was my favorite creation… “Flash Me” 
I sat out cards with instructions and a camera and let everyone else do the work. 
The photos ended up being quite humorous!

“have three people pose like the ‘no evil’ monkeys”
“take a photo of the most stylish person in the room”

Thanks for putting up with all my “Fancy Pants” party posts! This was a lot of fun and I hope you get some great ideas for your next party from the posts.

Check out the other posts from the party! 

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