Sorry about the title...it was just too easy to pass up. February 14 marks the beginning of Year Of The Tiger, and there are so many amazing party ideas for your own Chinese New Year celebration!OK, bits and pieces first....sushi and sake-inspired invite from Madi & Company; Japanese incense kits from Beau-coup would be so pretty as a parting gift; make your own sweet fortune cookies from a piecrust. How about using a silk-brocade coin purse to hold the details of your soiree? Can one ever be tired of making paper fortune cookies? I love how she used coordinated paper; Martha's floral balls. I. am. in. love. with. this. birthday. party! I am drooling over the details of design*dump's absolutely amazing party for her 8 year old daughter, inspired by a purchase made a few years back. That is so my kind of party because I'm always buying stuff thinking 'you never know when you'll need it'. There is just so much eye candy at Bridal Bubbly's bridal shower. No detail was missed, from the stunning bamboo centerpieces to a pond structure with real goldfish, down to the fortune cookie garnishes on the glasses and mini bamboo steamer favors. Be inspired by these two beautiful parties from In Good Company's Good News 13; both spreads feature great party decor, and give lots of tips and ideas for activities and fab favors. Saffron 59's simple white table is elegant with gorgeous flower centerpieces and red lanterns.
We often think that
white is a color for the hot summer months...when it is paired with bright
refreshing colors. Don't forget that there are hundreds of shades of warm winter whites...the kind that feel
warm and cozy. Enjoy the many shades of white all winter long - in your home and
when you entertain.
Live a stylish white life with this collection of
winter white inspiration.
1.Table setting - Better Homes and Garden here.
2.Romantic mantel - Victoria here. 3.Winter
wonderland bedroom - House Beautiful here.
4.Romantic fireplace - Country Living here.
1.White macaroon favors - Martha Stewart here.
2.A gentle white-on-white palette unifies this mix of eras -
Country Living here.
3.Whitewashed papier-mache fruit centerpiece - Martha Stewart here.
4.Incorporate your place card into the fold of this napkin knot - Martha
5.Wonderful white buffet table - Martha Stewart here.
This week I received a desperate party planner emergency email from my reader P. Her six-year old has recently become obsessed with the movie Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and wants to change his upcoming party in a week and a half to reflect said obsession. And he ain't budging. I'm strapping on my utility belt and off to the rescue!
Since this movie is about a scientist causing food to rain from the sky, draw on that for inspiration. How about a Mad Scientist cooking party? Donna Hay Kids' Magazine features a very clever party with a few ideas with scientific bases that you can elaborate on while they are prepared; have them help you make Popcorn Explosions a.k.a. colored popcorn.
Create slimey goo dipping sauce by adding a few drops of blue food coloring to ketchup and mustard. It would go perfect with a for a Build Your Own Burger bar.
Have some fizzy fun with this DIY sherbet from the magazine. Their recipe - take 1 tsp citric acid (can be found in the canning section of grocery stores), 2 tsp. confectioner's sugar, 3 tsp. of any flavor gelatin, and 1 tsp. baking soda and layer in a small bottle or vial before you shake, shake, shake. Set up a Make Your Own Soda bar and let them choose from a few different flavors.
Another direction is a cooking party. Don't be afraid to play with your food; show them how to roll homemade meatballs and mixing sauce for a spaghetti lunch.
Leftovers are plenty for favors. But if you must, how about filling inexpensive plastic measuring cups with food-related candy like candy peas and carrots, gummy fish, etc. Cover them with plastic and tie with colorful ribbon and personalized tags.
Hit up a dollar store or the dollar section of your favorite box store, there is always some form of play food that would also make great favors.
Yes, those infamous 'Cookies In A Jar' that seem to pop up everywhere during the holidays is another great take-home. Feel free to break out of the jar-box; any clear container will do. Acrylic boxes and deli containers are perfect because they are reusable and kid-friendly.
And no matter which way you go, your party's pièce de résistance are these spaghetti and meatball cupcakes from Hello, Cupcakes! Make them yourself or have vanilla cupcakes ready to decorate as a party activity; check out a great tutorial over at The Junk Drawer. Not Just A Mommy!