Friday, February 26, 2010

Ring in Spring with Butterflies!

Have you laid your eyes on anything more beautiful than this lovely spring wreath? It's the newest DIY creation from Elsie Flannigan of A Beautiful Mess. This is a simple project, a yarn wrapped, butterfly adorned masterpiece! Check out all the instructions and other lovely projects here!

Happy Springtime crafting!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hostess Gifts from Fred Flare!

Hostess gifts are something I want to start bringing to the get-togethers that I attend. Just a nice way to say thank you. Thank you for cleaning your home just for me, thank you for slaving over a delicious meal, thank you for the handmade origami crane decorations...I noticed all of that....and it meant a a lot! Plus searching out adorable hostess gifts is just another excuse to shop and purchase! Or you could always make a sweet little something wether it be in the kitchen or in your craft room!....and that's just another excuse to create!

1. ice cream kitchen timer. Everyone needs a kitchen timer for eggs or tea, why not have one that looks like icecream?

2. 5 minute candle pack. Handy for the all the time party maker to have in her purse. A birthday candle match book....perfect!

3. Yes, these adorable ladies are indeed umbrellas! You may not need umbrellas while you are entertaining in your home but those flowers are not going to pick themselves up from the florist rain or shine just in time for the big event!

Find these and other perfect hostess gifts at Fred Flare!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wish List

These are the books! These are the entertaining books that I check out over and over from the library because I just can't stop looking at them! The photos alone are so inspiring, and I like to infuse the concepts into parties that I'm doing now. Give em' a look see..they are fabulous reads!

This book by Tracy Stern is entirely devoted to tea parties..... adorable tea parties! She is so sunny and bright. She was in an episode of Party Girl with Cathy Riva who helped her design a Mad Hatter Tea Party...magical watch here.
Shabby Chic, a book about combining the old with the new for your gatherings! Lovely ideas!
Either one of these books would be a perfect gift for newlyweds, or just those who are new to entertaining and don't quite know what to do. Chock full of adorable ideas and simple recipes.
Oh books, I'm wearing out my library card to read you over and over, when will you live on my shelf?
I know you will love them too!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New blog!

That's right readers! I have a new blog in addition to Party Obsessed.
It's called The Lovely Lemon ,and it is devoted to D.I.Y. projects, crafting, learning to create new things, and everything that inspires me!
Follow along with me as I learn new creating techniques!
Make sure to stop by The Lovely Lemon this week because I'm doing an awesome giveaway!
Thank you all for your amazing support, I hope to have you as readers for the new blog too!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Busy Little Bee

Jenny's (my almost sister-in-law) bridal shower is on Saturday, and my to-do list is a mile long! The creating areas of my home are covered in pink, green, and white right now! I am so excited to throw her a shower, it just feels like an official welcome to the family!
The bachelorette party is next on the party planning list,
but until then here is a list of things to accomplish before the shower in Saturday:

-add custom labels to water bottles
-clean, clean, clean the house!
-finalize guest list and numbers for food
-order flowers
-playlist (no one likes to party in silence!)
-print materials for games
-add ribbons to white lanterns
-wash and dry all serve-ware
-run through serve-ware layout

Wish me luck!
Photos next Monday!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Funny Valentines

I'm not typically a Valentine giver, but this year I decided to make some !
I came up with two different ideas, one for boys and one for girls. Both are super affordable too!
(as they are made out of felt)
For girls: I thought a cute heart headband would be cute!
Plus can also be worn as an eyepatch!
For boys: mustache on a stick! What silly boy wouldn't like a temporary handlebar mustache?
These crafties can be used as Valentines, party favors, or just keep them handy for when a friend is having a bad day! For more on how to make these lovelies check out The Lovely Lemon!

Happy Valentines Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Come Fly With Me

Remember flying paper airplanes when you were in school? They often had secret messages inside.
I would love to incorporate paper airplanes into my party planning, what a fun element!
I came across some super cute ideas online this week!

I found these adorable cards on Squeedle's Shop on Etsy! Cute invitations for a going away party!
Here is a sweet centerpiece idea that I saw in Rachael Ray Magazine that can be adapted for all kinds of gatherings, or jsut as fun home decor!
Rachel at Smile and Wave is using paper airplanes hung on tree branches as sweet Valentines, which is adorable!

Bridal Shower Mood Board

Here it is!
The mood board for the bridal shower!
We chose green , bright pink, and white . We want the decorations and atmosphere to be clean and sophisticated but still young with playful elements.
I am getting so excited!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Design Mom creative Valentines

Look at these adorable Valentines that Design Mom created for her kids! These Valentines are unique and super affordable too!
Check out the cuteness!

She and her daughter made friendship bracelets and tied them to card stock with cute Valentines Day phrases printed on them.

For her son , she wrapped up mad libs with cute scrapbook paper and tied it up with bright colored string. The best part is what is written on the tag!
Hope you like the fun ideas! What are you planning to to for Valentines?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Jenny's Bridal Shower invitations

My mom and I are planning a bridal shower for Jenny ( my brother's fiance). You may remember the inspiration I posted on this party. The shower is in 2 weeks and the planning is in full swing! We have been finalizing menus and flowers and I made a mood board yesterday!
The invites that we found at Target are perfect for the kind of shower we wanted to throw!

Mood board photos soon to come!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Matt's Office Party Details

Matt's party was a success! Everyone had a great time and watched A LOT of The Office!! Step into Dunder Mifflin Tampa and take a look!

I purchased TONS of neck ties at a local thrift store for only .25 each, hung them on the light fixture above the food table and voila! ....instant neck tie chandelier!
Popcorn is Matt's favorite snack ( and it's certainly an affordable snack!) so I added it to some folded down lunch bags and set them out with assorted popcorn flavorings.
The cupcake toppers were so easy! I printed out photos of the cast from the internet , cut them out, and taped them to party picks. I got the word bubble picks here.

Angela and the water cooler.

....this was all for this handsome guy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hello Kitty by Hello Bella!

Hello all! I'm sorry for my short time away from the blog....but I have some back inspired! While catching up on my regularly scheduled blog readings I have stumbled upon a number of fabulously adorable parties and I would love ot share them with you! This is the first of MANY events I want you to see from the Hello Bella Events blog!

When Jen (the principle planner of Hello Bella Events ) was asked to design a pink and brown Hello Kitty Baby Shower she was thrilled! With so many different sides of Hello Kitty these days, she could have gone in a lot a different directions, but she decided instead to take an entirely different approach. She designed adorable labels (inspired by the Hello Kitty Sweets Shop in Japan) in order to streamline the event a bit.
And the result? and brown LOVELY!

Simple clear plastic tongs get a makeover with pink ribbon!
White favor boxes with lovely pink bows hold homemade treats!

Check out more beautiful events at!
(you won't be disappointed!)