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The Secret Dinner: A Night to Inspire

The Secret Dinner party table setting

It’s hard to believe that this evening- The Secret Dinner– was almost two weeks ago already. After months of preparing and planning, the evening celebrating the launch of the Captured In Squares website (the photo styling company I run with friend and blogger, Janette of Ava to Zoe) came and went in a flash- don’t the best kind of nights always go by too fast? A lot of love and time went into planning what Janette and I hoped would be a creative way to launch our website and we’re sharing some of the details on our blogs.

The catch of The Secret Dinner was that hostesses and location would be kept a secret until the last minute (hence the name), but hints were dropped on the event’s Instagram page so guests would have some idea of what to expect. I had the task of taking Janette’s idea of a secret dinner (all credit goes to her for the idea) and bringing all the details together while she hustled away on getting the website ready for the launch. Inspired by a wall of dreamcatchers, we wanted to go with a style that was a little bit boho/ rustic/ vintage with a white, gold, green colour scheme with accents of dark red for drama/ contrast. Let the pinning marathon begin! 

The theme of the evening was ‘a night to inspire’ and we wanted to use it as an opportunity to bring together some of our supporters and clients since starting Captured In Squares as a way of saying thank you. It was a chance to enjoy an al fresco meal in good company while swapping stories and experiences from being in business. Hose d’oeuvres from Fork & Knife Catering and flatbread from Rocky Mountain Flatbread were served alongside wine from Evolve Cellars, followed by a show- stopping naked cake by The Cake Mama.

We wanted the dinner to be outside to make the most of the last of the late Summer nights and our date in August didn’t disappoint. As a final way of keeping everything a secret until the last minute, guests had to walk down a path to enter the dinner area, turning a corner to see the set up. We opted for a low- lying palette table set with white and gold, vintage wine glasses, and wooden cutlery; menus were placed at each setting topped with a fresh sprig of greenery from my parent’s garden. Pretty finishing touches included a table- length runner of fresh seeded eucalyptus (Budget Blooms) from placed on top of sheet music and fabric, tea lights (Canvas Candle Co), the words ‘inspire’, ‘ignite’, ‘achieve’ in gold calligraphy (Paper + Parties Co) at each place setting, and a notebook topped with a mini dream catcher (Shop Ava to Zoe) for each guest. Since it was a low table, piles of cushions and blankets surrounded the table so the ladies could lay them out as desired and sit comfortably. 

We kept the decor simple, using a palette to display a selection of the photos from Impressed App we’ve taken since starting Captured In Squares, and decorating the food table in a vintage lace tablecloth and fresh flower bouquet provided by Budget Blooms. Fresh greens and a dream catcher (another Shop Ave to Zoe piece) served as a backdrop, with a vintage magazine wrack as a wine holder on the table. The cake made for a pretty focal point, finished with fresh flowers from Budget Blooms and a gold ‘Captured In Squares’ calligraphy cake topper from Paper + Parties. 

We ended the evening with prize bags contributed by some of the event’s sponsors: The Handpicked Home, Canvas Candle Co, Kristina Benson Art, Marsh&Mallow, and Budget Blooms, and a heartfelt thank you to the ladies in attendance. The notebooks and mini dream catchers from the table were sent home with the guests along with a swag bag of goodies as our way of showing our appreciation for everyone who came. And just like that, the evening was over. Janette and I couldn’t have been happier with how everything came together and how we marked the milestone of launching our website. It was a heart full moment and we are both so grateful for everyone who helped us bring it together and attended. For more details about The Secret Dinner, see below and visit this post on the CIS website. 

The Secret Dinner party table setting

The Secret Dinner party table setting

The Secret Dinner fresh greens table runner

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The Secret Dinner party table setting

The Secret Dinner Shop Ava to Zoe mini dream catchers

The Secret Dinner white flower bouquet

The Secret Dinner party decor Shop Ava to Zoe dream catcher

The Secret Dinner Evolve Cellars Wine

The Secret Dinner Fork and Knife Catering appetizers The Secret Dinner Fork and Knife Catering appetizers The Secret Dinner Rocky Mountain Flatbread

The Secret Dinner flower bouquet by Budget Blooms

The Secret Dinner naked cake by The Cake Mama

The Secret Dinner Paper + Parties gold calligraphy cake topper The Secret Dinner naked cake by The Cake Mama

The Secret Dinner palette photo wall

The Secret Dinner palette photo wall

The Secret Dinner fresh greens decor

The Secret Dinner fresh greens decor

The Secret Dinner swag bags from Essential Packaging The Secret Dinner guests with balloon garland from Paper + Parties Co

Thank you to these sponsors for helping us bring together The Secret Dinner 2017!

#SecretDinner2017

Photos & Styling by Captured In Squares

Food & Refreshments

Appetizers: Caprese Skewers, Lemon & Garlic Chicken Skewers, & Prosciutto and Mint Wrapped Melon Skewers- Fork & Knife Catering | Facebook | Instagram

Selection of flatbreads: Fig & Brie, Parma, Classic, & Tomato Basil- Rocky Mountain Flatbread | Facebook | Instagram

Naked Cake- The Cake Mama | Facebook | Instagram

Wine- Evolve Cellars | Facebook | Instagram

Decor

Balloon garland, gold striped plates, cake topper + gold words (on cutlery)- Paper + Parties | Facebook | Instagram

Florals & greenery garland (on table)- Budget Blooms | Facebook | Instagram

CIS photo prints (displayed on pallette)- Impressed App | Facebook | Instagram

Invitations (emailed to guests)- A Little Love Creative | Facebook | Instagram

Swag Bags + Prizes

Bags & tissue- Essential Packaging | Facebook | Instagram

Gift tags- A Paper Life | Facebook | Instagram

Prizes

$30 Gift card- The Handpicked Home | Facebook | Instagram

$100 e- gift card- Kristina Benson Art | Facebook | Instagram

$50 candle gift pack- Canvas Candle Co | Facebook | Instagram

Floral bouquet- Budget Blooms | Facebook | Instagram

Gourmet marshmallows- Marsh&Mallow | Facebook | Instagram

Swag

$10 coupon codes- Kristina Benson Art | Facebook | Instagram

Set of free photo prints- Impressed App | Facebook | Instagram

Mini white dream catchers- Shop Ava to Zoe | Facebook | Instagram

Individual gourmet marshmallows- Marsh&Mallow | Facebook | Instagram

September 7, 2017
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Sparkling Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

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Last week I posted about the Lemonade Stand Party that a group of us got together and organized and I wanted to follow up this week with the lemonade popsicles I made. These popsicles are super simple to make and you can either make them with homemade lemonade or use a mix like I did (I used a Lemon Lavender cordial from The Handpicked Home). For a pretty finishing touch I added a fresh sprig of lavender from my garden and used sparkling water instead of regular to make them bubbly.  We’ve still got a few weeks left of Summer and these are a perfect sweet treat to cool down with, or serve them up as a refreshing addition to a dessert bar at your next party.

sparkling lemonade popsicles 3

Ingredients

Homemade lemonade or a lemonade mix made with sparkling water instead of regular water or

Fresh sprigs of lavender

Optional: slices of fresh lemon 

Directions

  1. Mix up your lemonade to your desired sweetness, using sparkling water instead of regular
  2. Pour into popsicle molds, leaving a little extra room at the top so you can add lavender sprigs and/ or lemon slices, plus the popsicle sticks
  3. Freeze overnight, pop out, serve, and enjoy!

That’s it, told you these were easy to make! 😉

Tip: serve in a container with ice to keep them from melting as fast 

Sparkling Lemonade Popsicles 2

Sparkling Lemonade Popsicles 4

Sparkling Lemonade Popsicles 5

See more from the Lemonade Stand Party here.

Popsicle flatlay photo- OHP

Party photos & styling- Captured in Squares

Meyer Lemon Lavender Cordial- The Handpicked Home

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August 17, 2017
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Cheers! A Grown Up Lemonade Stand Party

Driving around in the Summer, you can’t go too far without seeing a lemonade stand with kids offering up cups to quench the thirst of passersby. It’s a staple for many a childhood and most of us probably set one up as a kid. It’s what inspired this Summer collab, and together a group of us had a great time sipping, eating, and spending some quality grown up time together as we shot the photos. Just because we’re not kids anymore doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun and put a grown- up twist on this Summer classic, right? 

We took things a step further than the classic lemonade stand and added some lemony treats and a grown- up lemonade mimosa to accompany the classic drink, plus added some pretty details to finish this lemonade stand themed party. The stand was made from upcycled pallets and is as simple as it gets to make (note: also a fun excuse to use a hammer and tools 😉 ), and the rest of the furniture we used was from my thrifting adventures.

For decorations we went with pops of pinks and yellows to build on the lemonade theme- think the classic + pink lemonade- included fresh flowers to add a grown- up feel, and fun decor like the pink ‘party’ balloon and flamingo ring toss (I had been eyeing up the flamingos at the dollar store all Summer and thought this was the perfect excuse to finally buy them). This theme would be perfect for any number of celebrations, and easy to adapt to set up indoors (ahem, pallet bar anyone?). Just grab some lemons, a splash of vodka, and a party straw and sink in for some citrusy party fun with friends. Hope you like this idea for your next party!

 

        

  See below for bloggers & brands involved in this party:

Photos & styling- Captured in Squares

‘Party’ ballon, paper cups + plates, treat boxes (used for candy boxes)- Joonie & Joe

Florals- Sophie’s Flower Shop

‘Lemonade’ sign- Pacific Coast DIY

Lemonade stand print- Love Designs

Watercolour lemon candy tags- Emily Cuthbert Designs

Lemon Squares- The Lemon Square

Lemon marshmallows- Marsh&Mallow

Wine (in lemonade- Evolve Cellars

Meyer Lemon lavendar Cordial (used in popsicles)- The Handpicked Home

See the other blog posts from this collab:

Sparkling lemonade lavender popsicles- OHP

Lemonade Mimosas- Ava to Zoe (coming soon)

Pink Lemonade + Lemon stamped bunting/ napkins- Discovering Parenthood (coming soon)

Candy Treat boxes- Claire Krista (coming soon)

Lemon Ice Cubes- Raising Jay and Abel

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August 10, 2017
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Canada Day Bunting Printables

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Want to add some patriotic decor to that Canada Day BBQ or party you’re having this weekend? I’ve got you covered with these printables! Hang inside on a wall or outside above a patio to add that pop of red and white. Just print, cut, add some string, and hang! Oh Canada? Oh yes! 😉

I’ve got a few options to choose from, so you can pick your favourite: red with white lettering, white with red lettering, a combo version, and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine/ string for a smaller garland). There has definitely been a patriotic theme here around OHP this week and I couldn’t resist sharing something to help celebrate day- of! Big or small, I hope your Canada Day celebrations are full of fun! See below for instructions. T- minus 2 days until Canada Day!

Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).

 

     

TRIANGLE ‘HAPPY CANADA DAY’ BUNTING

Here’s a sample of what the different styles look like:

 

  

Click on the option you’d like to print below:

Canada Day Bunting- Red with White Letters

Canada Bunting- Red & White

Canada Bunting- White with Red Letters

‘HAPPY CANADA DAY’ LETTERS + BUNTING TEMPLATE

Here’s a sample of what the letters look like:

Click below to print:

Canada Bunting- Round

 

  

Looking for more ideas to celebrate Canada? See the links below!

Canada Day Strawberry Chia Parfait

#RedandWhite Pop Up at The Local Space: Post a Photo to Win!

Oh Canada: 10 Ways to get Your ‘Eh’ On for Under $75

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June 29, 2017
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Easy DIY Tissue Paper Backdrop Under $20

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DIY tissue paper backdrop

If you saw the Cinco De Mayo party post that went up earlier this week then you probably noticed the backdrop that was behind the table. The idea was to create something that was reminiscent of a piñata, with layers of tissue paper to add a pop of colour. This backdrop is perfect for so many things and you can create one in any combination of colours/ patterns you like using just a few basic materials and a little bit of patience (and Netflix! 😉 ). 

I love how the ombre version turned out, but how pretty would an all- white one be for a wedding? Or maybe a floor- to- ceiling ombre? Or stripes? Or…? Ok I’ll stop now… The options are endless, and about as easy to make as they come, you just need to give yourself plenty of time. The one I made was 7′ * 7′ and I made it over two nights with Netflix on in the background. It’s not hard to make, just very repetitive and if you can wrangle some help to make the process a little faster I’d definitely recommend it. If you want to add a wow factor behind a party or wedding table- or want a fun photo backdrop idea- but don’t have a big budget, this is the perfect project (this cost me less than$20 in materials!). See below for the instructions.

Materials

– tissue paper

(To help you estimate how many sheets you’ll need: 1 standard size piece of tissue paper will get you 4 strips approx 25″ * 4″ or 6 strips approx 25″ * 2″ if you prefer a smaller fringe)

– scissors

– tape- regular and clear packaging tape

-glue stick

-craft paper

Directions

DIY tissue paper backdrop supplies

Directions

  1. Decide on the size of backdrop you want to create. If you have a certain space in mind, measure how much area you want to cover and add half a foot on each side (for a total of one foot for extra coverage). 
  2. Roll out the craft paper and measure the length you need, again adding half a foot in length. Cut the pieces and tape together using the clear parcel tape.
  3. To add durability to hang the backdrop, add a layer of the clear parcel tape along the top of the craft paper so the it doesn’t tear under the weight while hanging.
  4. Fold your tissue in half lengthwise twice, so that the fringe strips will be approx 4- 5″ in height (if you’d prefer smaller, fold in half a third time so the strips will be approx 2- 3″ in height).

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

5. Cut along all of the folds to separate the tissue strips. 

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

6. To create the fringe, make cuts that are roughly 1/2″ wide, leaving about half an inch along the top. To make this go faster, fold the strip in half. Cut as much tissue as you think you’ll need in the colours you like, separating them once cut.

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

7. Starting at the bottom of the kraft paper, attach the fringe strips using a glue stick or regular tape (I used tape every 10- 12″ or so). Trim the fringe to length once you get to the opposite edge. Tip: try and keep the strips as straight as possible, but if they go a little wonky, it’s really hard to notice when the backdrop is finished. Add an extra strip to an area to even it out if necessary.

 DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

8. Add the next layer of fringe approx 1- 2″ above the top of the strip below. Tip: for fuller coverage and better colour saturation only leave about 1″ space or less between layers (see what I mean in the photos above and below). Repeat (and repeat and repeat!) until you’ve covered the entire surface area of the craft paper. (This is the step you’ll probably want some company or Netflix on in the background). 😉

 DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial  

9. When it’s finished, use push pins or heavy- duty tape to attach to a wall. Just add some friends and a camera and enjoy!

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

See more photos from this Cinco De Mayo party here.

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DIY tissue paper backdrop

April 27, 2017
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Easy Homemade Tablecloth/ Photo Backdrop

I’m just going to say #sorrynotsorry right now for all of the Valentine’s Day posts that will be coming your way in the next week or so. I’m not necessarily that girl who goes all- out for Vday, but I love any excuse to try a new recipe or DIY and with all the hearts and cute things that come with February 14th I can’t resist the chance to try out some things I’ve had on my to- do list. Whether you’re looking for ideas for date night or a Valentine’s Day party, I’ve got some good stuff coming your way!

And before you think ‘girl I don’t have time for that’ I’ve got you covered: this project only takes 15 minutes to make and can double as either a tablecloth or photo backdrop. With 2 kids running around a lot of my projects usually end up with that ‘nailed it‘ moment at the end (you know that feeling when you try an idea on Pinterest thinking it’ll be easy and it fails miserably with you laughing the whole way ;)). But I promise this DIY is super quick and easy (the drying time is the longest part of the process), so even if you leave it to the last minute, you can whip this up the night before and still have it ready in time (just make sure you pick a design that’s simple enough to paint on fabric). If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch for a party table or a cute photo backdrop, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

oxox KP

Materials

White fabric (cotton or another natural fibre is best)

Black fabric dye

Sponge brush

Large plastic garbage bag

Directions

1. Lay down the plastic garbage bag underneath the fabric. Mix up the fabric dye according to the instructions (we only used half a box) making sure you mix it well. It’s better to add a little water at a time so it doesn’t get too diluted.

2. Using the sponge brush, paint on the fabric the design you like- I went for Xs and Os for Valentine’s Day but the options are limitless. Repeat the pattern as desired.

3. Allow to air dry before using. If you need to wash the table cloth, follow the instructions on the fabric dye box. Add all of your party treats & have fun!

Details

Photos: Ava to Zoe

Marshmallows (pops, on straws, mini heart s’mores & hearts)- Marsh & Mallow

Heart pizza- Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Love envelope cookies- Que- T Sweet Treats

Sparkling rose wine- Haywire Winery

Paper flowers- Blooms and Paper

Cupcake toppers (used in marshmallows)- Paper + Parties 

For more Valentine’s ideas from the styled shoot visit this post on my friend Janette’s blog:

Cheers to Good Friends! A Valentine’s Day Part Tutorial (+ Free printable)

February 2, 2017
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Potato Stamp Treat Bags {DIY}

This DIY totally brought back memories for me- who else remembers using potato stamps when they were kids??? This craft might have a Valentine’s Day theme, but it’s great for any occasion or party when you want to send guests home with a little favour. Just pick a design that matches the theme/ occasion and that’s simple enough to carve into a potato. I love how these turned out and how simple they are to make- it’s the perfect project for little hands to help with (once the potato is cut of course!). The hardest part is deciding what to stash inside them. 😉

Materials

For the bags

1 large potato

tempura paint

cotton bags (find these at the dollar store or craft store)

sharp pairing knife

cutting board

paper towel

For the treat bag inserts

clear plastic bags

twine

candy/ treats of your choice

Directions

  1. Slice the potato in half and cut out the shape you like (Bonus: ‘X’ and  ‘O’ are nice & easy). If you prefer, use a toothpick or the tip of the knife to etch the design into the potato as a guide to cut along.

2. Blot the potato on a piece of paper towel to help remove some of the moisture.

3. Pick the colour(s) of paint you want to use and blot off a little bit of the paint on the paper towel.

4. Press the potato stamp down on the cotton bag and repeat until you’ve completed the design you want.


5. Add other colours if using to finish your design & allow to air dry.


 

6. Pop the treats into a clear plastic bag and tie- off with some twine. Insert into the cotton bags and pull closed.  Optional: tuck in a little Valentine’s Day card or add a name tag to personalize.

 

  

January 31, 2017
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Glitter Champagne Flutes DIY

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If you saw Monday’s NYE party post, you would have seen these pretty gold glitter champagne flutes. This is a quick and easy way to dress up your glassware and is the perfect finishing touch for that signature cocktail you always serve. If you’re hosting a NYE party this year, this is a simple DIY that can be done the day/ night  before, with the supplies easy to find. And if you don’t want to add glitter to your favourite glasses, just pick up some inexpensive ones from the grocery (or dollar) store. Now all you have to do is decide what to serve in them. 😉 Cheers to the new year!

Supplies:

– glasses

– dishwasher- proof Mod Podge

– glitter

– rubbing alcohol & cotton swab

– sponge brush

Directions:

1. Start by cleaning the glasses in hot soapy water. Once dry, flip them over and wipe the bottom with rubbing alcohol.

2. Use a sponge brush to coat the bottom of the glass with dishwasher- proof Mod Podge. Try to get it as even as possible.

3. Tap your glitter over the surface until evenly coated. Tap to remove any excess.

4. Optional: If you want a little bit of extra coverage, press the base of the glass into a pile of glitter. Tap to remove any extra loose glitter.

5. Remove excess glitter from the rim of the base by spinning the glass in one hand and using your  other index finger to clean the edge all the way around.

6. Allow the Mod Podge to dry based on the instructions on the bottle.

7. When dry, follow up with a second coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter & allow to dry.

8. When dry, whip up your favourite batch of cocktails or pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy! To clean, you can simply put the glasses in the dishwasher, or wash by hand with warm soapy water. Don’t leave submerged in water as this may damage the seal.

Want to see more great party ideas for NYE?

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NYE Photo credit: Ava to Zoe & Paper + Parties

December 28, 2016
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Hello 2017: NYE Party Ideas

HOW are we at the end of another year??? 2016 seemed to fly by and now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about NYE & welcoming in the new year. I’m not sure if you’ll agree, but I feel like we get so caught up with Christmas (and rightfully so, it’s a special time of year), we don’t think about new years until after the turkey has been packed up in Tupperware and we recover from our eggnog hangovers. In the space of a week you have to pull something together, and whether you like to go all- out or keep it simple, there isn’t much time to get things organized.

I got together with some party partners in crime to share ideas to help you pull off the perfect NYE celebration, complete with some simple food & cocktail ideas that will have your guests excited to ring in the new year without leaving you stressed out with the prep. Just pick up some fun decor like balloons, a banner, maybe some photo props and you’ve got it made. Full details below along with links to the food & cocktail recipes we included.
While planning this, my friend Janette from Ave to Zoe mentioned she had a great appie idea: ravioli pops topped with cherry tomatoes. Done! I think with parties like this finger food is a great idea, and there are plenty of quick/ simple recipes plus pre- made options if you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen before the party. I also picked up some spring rolls from the grocery store for another easy savoury option, plating them with cocktail skewars for easy party noshing. You just have to pop in the oven for a few minutes and they’re party- ready (if only our outfits were that easy to organize! 😉 ).

For drinks we whipped up a tasty white wine sangria and poured pretty pink bubbly from Evolve Cellars into DIY gold glitter flutes (sangria recipe & how- to to come later this week!). As a fun finishing touch we popped in gold star swizzle sticks and topped the bubbly with some cotton candy from Cloud Nine (tip: if you do this, try to place the cotton candy on the rim of the glasses instead of touching the champagne, as it’ll dissolve really quick once it touches liquid). As another pretty detail we tied some little black tassels to the wine glasses- if you get different colours this would be a great idea so guests know which glass is theirs.

For sweet treats- because you can’t ring in the new year without treating yourself!- we had jars of cotton candy in a variety of flavours and mini doughnuts from Cloud Nine, whiskey flavoured gourmet marshmallows from Marsh&Mallow, and champagne cupcakes baked & decorated by Janette (link for that recipe coming soon!). We topped them with pretty gold ‘2017’ & ‘cheers’ toppers from Paper + Parties and arranged them on a tray for a pretty display.

And what party would be complete without decorations? Michelle from Paper + Parties had all the details covered, from the ‘It’s About To Go Down’ banner, new years party balloons, and finishing touches like the swizzle sticks and cupcake toppers. She also makes a variety of photo props, which are perfect to have fun with as you count down to midnight. I had these left over from my ugly sweater Christmas party and they’re perfect for pretty much any occasion when you want to goof around.

Ringing in the new year is supposed to be fun, and I hope these ideas help you plan the perfect NYE party without the stress/ panic that often goes with the territory. Everything we included is quick and simple to track down, whether for NYE or any other special occasion/ party throughout the year. I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of 2016 and that 2017 is an AMAZING year for you!

See the recipe for the ravioli bites & champagne cupcakes over on Ava to Zoe:

Ravioli Pops- click here

Champagne Cupcakes- click here

Paper + Parties

Facebook: Paper and Parties Co

Instagram: @paperandparties

Cloud Nine

Facebook: Cloud Nine Cotton Candy Co.

Instagram: @cloudninecottoncandy

Twitter: @CloudNineCC

Marsh&Mallow

Facebook: Marsh&Mallow

Instagram: @marshandmallow

Evolve Cellars

Facebook: Evolve Cellars

Instagram: @evolvecellars

Photo credit: Ava to Zoe & Paper + Parties

December 26, 2016
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Ari’s Frozen Luau Birthday Party {Part 2}

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Last week I shared some of the photos from Ari’s Frozen Luau party, (see that post here), and today I wanted to share how I mixed the Frozen theme in with a luau. Originally I planned on blending all the pinks and blues together but thought it was too busy when it came time to decorate. Instead, I created a Frozen corner that had all the blue and snowflakes, etc that come to mind when you think of a typical Frozen theme. This worked out perfect for when Elsa paid the birthday girl and friends a visit! This is where she sat down to spend time with the kids and where I set up activities such as colouring and tattoos that tied in with the Frozen theme. Our little guests also got to choose a crown just like Elsa’s from Paper & Parties Co to take home in their goodie bags. See below for some Frozen party inspo! 
To tie the Frozen side of the room in with the luau, I made a mini balloon garland and hung it with a ‘Let It Go’ banner from Paper & Parties Co and a giant tissue snowflake and honeycombs from Turkey’s Party Makers. I also set up my dining room table with a pretty snowflake table runner (also from Paper and Parties Co) and a variety of Frozen- inspired items such as colouring and tattoos, along with the crowns the little partygoers got to take home (I’d hoped to get a photo of them all wearing them, but wrangling that many toddlers for a photo is pretty much impossible!). 

Probably the highlight of the party was when Elsa paid the kids a visit and seeing Ari’s face light up. I pretty much melted me on the spot. Instead of shelling out money on gifts for Ari, we decided to put the money towards a visit from Elsa and had a great experience working with My Little Birthday Princess to arrange for the surprise. Since we knew Ari would be receiving gifts from friends and family, Will and I thought gifting her and her friends this experience would be a fun way to spend our birthday gift budget, and we weren’t disappointed. Not only was Elsa great with the kids, organizing games (again, wrangling a group of toddlers takes patience and talent, even for a Frozen Queen!) and makeup, she also sang her famous song- ‘Let It Go’- and gave each of the guests a little gift before she left. As a special gift for the birthday girl, Elsa gave Ari a snowflake ornament, which will always remind us of Ari turning 3 and this special experience. We chose the ‘My Little Princess Party’ package and I’d absolutely say this was money well spent. 

I think every birthday for parents tugs at your heartstrings; your child is one year older and you always find yourself saying ‘where is the time going?!”. I’ll admit, the party was a bit of work to organize, but I enjoyed planning it and, most importantly, the birthday girl and her friends seemed to enjoy it. Whether you like to go all- out, or just like to include a few fun ideas when it comes to party planning, I hope you like how I pulled together this mashed- up Frozen luau theme. Parties don’t have to be stressful or cost a tonne of money to be fun and I tried to keep that in mind as I planned this one (I hit up the dollar store many times for things like the goodie bag items and miscellaneous decor and items such as paper cups/ plates, which have become party necessitates of mine to keep clean up to a minimum). 
Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of this post to check out all the fun I had with the tropical/ luau part of the theme and see how I brought in the Frozen theme with a luau party. See below for sources info for the party from both posts.

SOURCES

Cake
The Delighted Baker 
Instagram: @thedelightedbaker
Opening for orders soon!

Popcorn
The Popcorn Bar
Instagram: @the.popcorn.bar
Twitter: @the_popcorn_bar 

Decorations
‘Let It Go’ banner, glitter tiaras, &snowflake table runner
Paper & Parties Co
Instagram: @paperandparties
Facebook: Paper & Parties

Gold glitter cake topper, pineapple and flamingo glitter garlands, flamingo & pineapple confetti (used to make frozen ice bucket)
Dixie + Twine
Instagram: @dixieandtwine
Pinterest: Dixie + Twine 

Balloons, Olaf balloon, tissue honeycombs, plastic wine glasses, party straws, drink umbrellas, faux tropical leaves
Turkey’s Party Makers
Instagram: @turkeyspartymakers
Facebook: Turkeys Party Makers Ltd

Misc decorations: Grass table skirt, faux grasses (on wall), ice cream cups & spoons, basic balloons, flamingo lawn decoration
Dollorama

Elsa (see Part 2 coming soon!)
My Little Birthday Princess
Twitter: @mylittlebday

June 20, 2016
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