Wednesday, June 15, 2011

True Blood Party

My hubby and I LOVE Trueblood. We have been addicts since season one. For all of you Trueblood nuts out there don't forget that season 4 starts in just 1.5 weeks and what better way to kick off season 4 than to throw a party??
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I have come up with the perfect invitation for the event. I have also listed it in my etsy shop for purchase. Since time is limited to get these "suckers" out I am only offering a digital file at a discounted price $4. These can be e-mailed to your guests or even posted on Facebook. You will find the listing for purchase HERE.
Here are some other ideas to pull your party into full vampire mode.
Bottle Labels:
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Hostess with the Mostess has some great printables you can download for free. These are actually for a Twilight Movie party but I think they would work perfectly for True blood too.
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Here is another drink idea from Hostess with the Mostess: Vampire Martinis.
Etsy has a awesome video on how to make Bleeding cupcakes. Yum!

You can also play off the deep south theme and include menu items such as Po'Boy sandwiches or gumbo. So relax, invite a few friends over for some good food, good drinks, and one awesome show.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Incorporating the Mason Jar

I have always had an obsession with mason jars. I even used them as inspiration for my wedding way on back in 2008. I will never forget checking out a venue before my wedding and telling the venue owner that I wanted to use mason jars at the reception. Can you believe this guy looks me dead in the eye and says..."what is this...Redneck Wedding?" I was appalled- who says that? So that venue was quickly marked off my list.

For the past week I have been trying to figure out a way to use the mason jar in an invitation design. I kept thinking firefly's and girly stuff and then out of the blue I thought about how awesome mason jars are as beer glasses and thus my mason jar as beer glass/ thirsty thirty party invitation was born. I loved the "Thirsty Thirty" quote and it's genuineness {I am sure someone has thought of this before me but for now I am claiming it}.

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Purchase this invitation at my etsy shop
Even though this invite is for a birthday party it can be so versatile too. It could be transformed into a bachelor party invite or even a save the date. I like the concept of printing this invite on a textured paper such as paper bag paper or butcher paper- heck you could even print these on paper bags!

To go along with the theme these s'more mason jar deserts would be perfect. You can find the recipe on the blog how sweet it is. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it- YUM!

Another genius idea is to use chalkboard paint so each guest can label and keep up with their mason jar. You can find the tutorial on Emmaline Bride's blog.
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I hope I have convinced you how awesome Mason jars are and you will find a reason to throw a party just to incorporate them. I know I will...darn hubby will not be 30 for another year.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Party Spotlight! A Tailgating Shower

Typically wedding showers cater to the bride and the poor groom is only allowed to stop by at the end of the shower to lug the endless piles of gifts home.
Well move over ladies- times are changing! The latest trends not only includes the bride but also the groom in the matrimonial bliss of wedding showers and yes the opening of gifts. Your guy may moan and groan at the ideas of attending a wedding shower so the goal is to have the host create a theme that the groom will enjoy along with his buddies. So without futher ado I present to you A Tailgating Shower!

What guy's-guy doesn't LOVE football or better yet tailgating? Heck- what girl doesn't like a little booze and a game of cornhole(you know the game where you throw the corn bags into the hole-don't think dirty). This type of shower is not only fun for everyone but it is also a breeze to throw together.
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Start the event with a ticket stub invitation to set the playful mood. Is their house divided between teams? Even better- create the invite with the rival teams playing against each other. You can find these invites here.
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Next plan the decorations:
For a cute centerpiece use metal buckets (these were borrowed from a local bar but you can purchase them at most hardware stores)and fill them with several bottled beverages- don't forget- not everyone drinks so be sure to include some bottled non-alcholic beverages too:) A piece of burlap was used under the buckets along with a colorful piece of wrapping paper. Image Hosted by

The atmosphere should be relaxed and fun therefore the set up does not have to be fancy yet simple touches like paper lanterns add a bit of charm. I think the best part about this shower is you can use what you have making it a little more cost effective. Differnt table sizes and tableclothes add to the tailgating feel.
The food is easy peasy- hotdogs, hamburgers, brauts, pasta salad, baked get the idea.

So now that your guy is included in the wedding "pre-game", don't you think he should also be included when it comes to writing all of Thank-You notes