july 4th sweet treats :: better homes and gardens

With the 4th of July right around the corner, our friends over at Better Homes and Gardens sent over some delicious sweet treats they are sharing in the July issue. I just can't decide which one I am going to make. Which one looks good to you?




Go pick up your own copy of this month's issue and start cooking!

happy family :: cookie jar contest


I was recently invited to participate in a friendly design competition for the Happy Family company. The competition is between myself and three other talented bloggers. We were asked to design cookie jars for our little ones and one of their friends. We were all sent a package including two plain cookie jars and a couple of bags of Happy Family's newest product, Happy Tot Best Friends toddler cookies.  In addition to being allowed to use anything I already owned, I was also given a gift card to shop for additional decor, fabric and/or food to make the display complete.


My design process started with a memory. I remember having a best friends necklace when I was a child with one of my neighborhood playmates. The ones where two friends each get a half of a heart necklace bearing the words "Best Friends". Since this competition related to best friends and cookies, I thought why not use the same idea! I made a faux cookie (out of cork and mini chocolate chips), split it in half and used each half on the cookie jars. And, what pairs well with cookies? Well, milk, of course! So that got me thinking... "we go together like milk and cookies". Perfect!






My girls are the best of friends - What makes a better best friend than a sister!? Here are my little ones enjoying their new cookie jars and yummy cookies! And mom loves that the cookies are organic!




The other bloggers participating need no introduction - they are amazingly talented and I'm honored to be included in such great company - but just in case you don't know one of them, here is the list.

Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs
Lauren Borquez, Capes & Crowns
Toni Roberts, Design Dazzle

Okay, so go vote for your favorite design!
(Insert shameless plug here - I would love for you to vote for my design!)


Go Vote!

FTC disclaimer: I was not paid to participate, but did receive product on behalf of Happy Family.

{All design, styling and photography by A. Party Style, LLC}




















feathers and fedoras :: wedding shower

My sister-in-law recently hosted a couples wedding shower with a perfect theme to encompass men and women - feathers and fedoras! Here are a few quick pictures from the day.





fore :: golf party



As I prepare for my daughter's birthday party in a couple of weeks, I realized I never posted her party we had last year - And it was one of my all time favorites!  Because she was turning four and we are a family who loves golf, we ran with that theme... FORE! For the invitation, I made mini pinwheels to attach to a miniature golf scene.



Green is obviously in any color scheme for a golf party, but since it was for my daughter we also incorporated pink (her favorite color). Then orange was added when I found a pair of pink and orange argyle socks - so perfect!  Those socks, a pink golf shirt, a visor and Aubrey's party outfit was complete.

We made our own putt-putt course in our backyard. I loved how it turned out. We created the "holes" by mowing the grass extra short. I bought plastic golf sets from Walmart and used the bag part for the hole signs. I am planning on doing another post about each hole and it's hazard - coming soon! My favorite hole was #2 - river bed of rocks and a popsicle stick bridge!


This was the "Pro-Shop".  Each guest picked up their own visor customized with their name, a ball, a tee, a club and their score card. My husband and I really enjoyed drawing the "course" on the score cards.


The dessert table included cake, rice crispy treats as "sand traps", blue jello cups as "water hazards", chocolate pudding cups with gummy worms as "worm burners", donut holes as a "bucket of balls" and cake pops with a "putting green" on top (hole #4 of course!).


The cake!


We made a version of Pin the tail on the Donkey for our party - "Get a Hole-in-One". Each guest got a paper golf ball to put on the board while they were blindfolded. The kids got smart and just started feeling for the "hole" cut out of the astroturf.


 What course would be complete without a 19th hole watering hole... ice "tee" and lemonade.


During course play, we took a break for ice cream. The guests piled on the toppings! For favors, I made little bags of golf related trinkets with a tag saying "Fore" you.






inspiration :: out and about

I always try to keep my eyes peeled for inspiration. Whether it's the season teaser (like here) or displaying merchandise, one place you are always sure to find some good eye candy is at department stores. 

Recently I was in NYC to celebrate my mom's birthday and we did some shopping. While at the original Macy's on 34th, I noticed this cute display for simple trays. I loved the idea of turning these trays into mobile concessions. I snapped a couple pictures for selfish reasons. My daughter wants a circus/carnival party and I thought this would be a perfect way to walk around and serve treats in the middle of the party. Look how simple the construction is - they just hot glued the ribbon! 


During the same trip, we went into FAO Schwarz so my aunt, who had never been to NYC, could experience it. That store makes us all want to be a kid again. In the candy department, I spotted these fun topiaries made out of Peeps. I think they are so cool! They would be perfect for a candy party or an Easter display. 


And lastly, this window display treasure from my local babyGap.  Again, selfishly I was thinking about my daughter's party, but this simple and cheap display could be used for so many themes. I know it's hard to tell from the cell phone photo, but it is simply paper cups embellished with paper straws and paper lemon cut-outs attached to a white display board. So clever! Hello, future backdrop!



baptism + first communion cakes

Whew! I almost forgot how to post, it's been so long. Not that any of you are waiting with bated breath for my ramblings, but I just thought I should at least acknowledge my absence. Things have been moving right along here at A. Party Style, which is awesome, it just means less time for posting. The good part in all of this, I have a line up of great stuff to share!

First off, I've put together a few cake photos I've done this spring. With spring, comes all the religious celebrations for little ones - Baptisms and First Communions. I thank all the parents of these children for letting me create something for their special day.




 

nautical wedding :: rope details

Last fall, I helped style a wedding with a nautical theme. The event was held at the Boston Harbor Hotel, which is located right on and overlooks the Boston harbor. (My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the amazing Bostonian community.) The bride picked a navy and coral color scheme and we incorporated a monkey fist knot graphic thought out the wedding. This graphic became the wedding "logo", if you will. The following are the invitations, seating chart and a few shots of the other wedding elements we designed. 




Rope details have long been a staple of nautical design inspiration and decor. Pottery Barn's new summer collection has some great examples of this.  You can view all of the rope items here. Some of my favorites are below...


Disclaimer: I was not paid/compensated in any form for writing this post.  Pottery Barn representatives directed me to the products which reminded me of an event I worked on. 
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