Trend: S’mores

I love the rustic look and feel-good nature of a s’more dessert. I love, even more, that party & wedding planners across the nation are bringing s’mores to their events. It is not just a delicious idea, its also an interactive one for guests (what could be a better activity?!). I see this trend almost daily and wanted to share some of my favorite inspiration.

Dinner Party S’more from Minimally Invasive.

S’mores in a Jar by Cookies & Cups.

Baby Shower S’more Station featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

Wedding S’more Station featured on Style Me Pretty.

Chai S’more featured on Design*Sponge.

S’mores & Hot Cocoa from One Charming Party.

S’mores in a Basket from Salt Harbor Designs.

S’more Party Favors from A Litte Cuppa Tea.

S’more Bar from Sweet Designs.

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Bridal Shower: Karly and Shaun

We threw a couple’s shower for Shaun and Karly back in June. It was meant to be outside but the 104 degree weather we’ve been experiencing in the Midwest changed our plans a bit. However, things went smoothly despite the heat. We ordered amazing cupcakes from Lush Desserts, they were the perfect addition to our party. Come back on Friday for more details on this fabulous baker.

Images by Becca Murdaugh

Table Setting Etiquette

Setting a table seems like a simpl task, but can often be confusing. Sometimes you are so focused on the centerpieces, linens, and other decor that you might miss the mark on how a table is to be properly set. When I think of table etiquette, my mind goes to good ‘ol southern charm and tradition. After living in the south for a few years, myself, I realized that these ladies know how to do it right. Saved by Southern Charm posted the perfect diagram for any party, formal or informal. Make sure to bookmark this for your next big night of entertaining!

DIY: Shower Invitations

I decided to add a special touch to The Kayser’s baby shower invitations. I was able to download these invites (for FREE) from The Wedding Chicks, click here to see their options. I realize these are wedding invitations but they work great for showers as well. Below is the invitation I used.  I picked my color scheme and filled in the blanks with my shower information.  After that, all you do is hit print!Image found here

Next, I made a bunch of these fabric flowers, instructions found here.  I matched the color perfectly to the invitations.
Then I picked a ribbon I loved and cut strips that fit around the invitationsNext, I hot glued all the ribbon to fit around the invitations then glued a flower over the seam.
Once you are finished, slide the ribbon over each invitation and your work is done! 

Shower: Pretty Pink Baby Shower

We threw a sweet shower for a friend of ours. We decided to make it a couples shower; what you don’t see is burgers and hot dogs being cooked in the background. However, Ian and Harper were expecting their first baby girl so I wanted to make the decorations as feminine as possible. We threw the shower exactly a month before she was due, and good thing we did. Baby Ruby came a few days later and had a room full of goodies waiting for her.

Images by Becca Murdaugh

DIY: Ice Cream in a Jar

Todays DIY is from Monday’s featured Poolside Party.  It is such a fun party favor for any summer party and incredibly easy to put together.

This DIY comes from Subtle Revelry

Materials:
DownloadsOne large label for the front of the jar and two side labels. One side label is blank to be personalized and the second is directions for your guests to make their own ice cream.
Printer
Glass mason jar (Use larger sized jars, not everything fits in the small mason jars)
Ribbon
Small zip-lock plastic bags
Half & half individual packets
Rock salt
Sugar & Vanilla powder (For Springfield locals, I found vanilla powder at MaMa Jean’s)

Instructions:
1) Print out the labels for your jars, cut out and personalize the side label to say what you would like to your guests
2) Pour 1 cup rock salt into the bottom of each jar
3) Pour 1 tablespoon sugar & 1 teaspoon vanilla powder into a small (quart size) zip-lock bag and seal

4) Combine the bag of powder and 8 of the half and half packets in each jar
5) Tie on your front label with twine
6)Tie on your side labels with ribbon for your guests

Photos by Jackie Wonders

Party Recipe: Pineapple Mango Salsa

The recipe that completely won everyone over at Zac and Kristin’s shower was the Pioneer Woman’s Pineapple Mango Salsa.  It is a great salsa for any summer party.

Images by Ree Drummond

  • 1 whole Pineapple, Peeled And Diced
  • 1 whole Mango, Diced
  • ½ whole Medium Red Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Seeded And Diced
  • Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 whole Lime, Juiced
  • Dash Kosher Salt
  • Dash Granulated Sugar (optional)

Combine diced pineapple, mango, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Squeeze in lime juice and add salt and sugar if needed. Stir to combine. Serve within an hour with tortilla chips or on top of chicken or fish.