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Inspiration Boards

Independence Day is almost here and if you’re hosting a Fourth of July party here are a few styling ideas and tips to keep your party festive, without spending too much time prepping. After all, summer parties should be about relaxing and enjoying plenty of fun in the sun with friends and family!

Let the grill do the heavy lifting for the food items, and set-up decorative dessert display for all your sweets – plan to have sweet treats that can withstand the outdoors for a bit so you can set-up before guests arrive! If you’ve seen my other parties, you know I’m always a fan of tissue garland and love the raffia ties on the one shown below. And check out the crepe paper tassels…would be adorable centerpieces on top of the red + white gingham table runner (pssst…it’s recycled wrapping paper). And when it’s time for the fireworks show, how cute would be it be to set-out individual popcorn bags and some themed mason jar cups for guests to grab easily before the show? Resource links below, and my free Fourth of July printables are available here.

{Sources} starting at top, from left to right. Sweets Table, image credit Sweets Indeed | Red + White + Blue Tassel Garland ($30), by The Paper Jar | Crepe Paper Tassels ($10), by Gnomes Whimsey | Red + White Gingham Paper Table Runner ($34 for 50 foot roll), Paper Source | Chevron and Star Straws ($5 for 30 straws), The Party Fairy |DIY Fabric-Covered Mason Jar Lids, tutorial by Two Shades of Pink | Brown Bag Popcorn, image credit Sweets Indeed

I’m a mom and with that I wear many hats, one of which is a semi-professional online shopper. Okay, maybe not so much a profession as it is an addiction, but what’s not to love about the convenience of online commerce? Computer, iPhone, iPad…I’ve got the one-handed-browse-and-purchase routine down. Luckily, I’m also a bargain hunter…most of the time.

So in honor of Mother’s Day approaching on May 12th, I put together this board with some of my favorite online items for the mom in your life – whether it’s yourself, your mom, friends who are moms, or a mom-like figure…here are a few things that can show you care – with just a click of a mouse. Easily send a personalized Mother’s Day Card {2} from Treat.com (the newest member to the Shutterfly and TinyPrints family), personalize and buy online and they’ll even mail to your recipient for you – how amazing is that? As much as I love the online world, nothing beats getting a card in the real mail. Speaking of loving things, have you noticed the macaron {3} trend lately? Now these beautiful and delicious treats can be ordered and mailed…fabulous, right? And if your looking for a little freebie, download my Celebrate Mom printable banner for a little festive decor (each letter is individual – so use for other occasions, too!). Resource guide to all the items shown is below the image. Happy shopping and Happy early Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there! xo

Mother's Day Online Guide - Le Partie Sugar

{Resources} 1. Vintage Pinboard. $39.95 | 2. Greeting Cards from Treat.com, $1.99+ :: birthday :: mother’s day | 3. La Petite Sucre Macarons, $22+, photo credit La Petite Sucre | 4. Summer Tote, $148.00 | 5. Free Celebrate Mom – Free Printable Banner, Le Partie Sugar | 6. Ikat Apron, $36.95 | 7. Tiramasu French Toast Recipe, photo credit How Sweets Eats

This morning I was taking a look at my Pinterest boards for some inspiration on some upcoming parties I’m planning, and realized I had quite a few heart products pinned. So with Valentine’s Day next Thursday I put together a quick inspiration board with some of my favorite heart items. Get out your crafting hat on and get happy by making some heart garland, or dress up your cupcakes with these adorable heart toppers (I’ve used these before here)! Resources below the photo, and check out my other Valentine’s Day inspiration board and my free Valentine’s Day Card printables.

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{Resources} :: 1. Heart Cupcake Toppers | 2. Heart Stirrers | 3. 3D Heart Garland | 4. Heart Garland | 5. Heart Magnets

A couple things happened recently, culminating in this inspiration board…first my Serena and Lily catalog arrived last week, and second I came across the adorable Lobster Sugar Cookies from Sugar Lane Bake Shop on Etsy and immediately fell in love! So after dreaming of a Summer Lobster Bake Party all night, I put together this party inspiration board. The bold red, aqua and navy color theme give a nod to the nautical nature of this bash, complimented with neutral touches of natural wood and burlap. Eating lobster is notoriously messy, so use the nautical-stamped burlap bags {2} to store the “lobster bib” and toilettes and place on each person’s plate (or in a basket if keeping it casual). And how cute are those mason jar lidded cups {6}…yes, please! If you’re feeling inspired, check out the resource links below – fun ideas for a wedding shower, rehearsal dinner or just-because dinner party!

Resources | {1} Piazza Outdoor String Lights, serena & lily | {2} Hand-Stenciled Burlap Bags, etsy | {3} Lobster Sugar Cookies, etsy | {4} Lobster Napkins, caspari | {5} Fresco Beverage Bowl, serena & lily | {6} Mason Jar Tumbler, etsy | {7} Riviera Arm Chair, serena & lily | {8} Poppy Awning Stripe Throw, serena & lily | {9} Woven Rattan Lanterns, serena & lily |

How is Valentine’s Day under a month away? I feel like I’m still regrouping from the holiday madness…but with all the adorable red, pink and white stuff out there, it’s time to give in! Here are a few items I’m loving right now on Etsy, all of which would be perfect additions to any Valentine’s Day shindig you’re hosting.

Dress up your cupcakes with these incredibly unique show-stopping pinwheel cupcake toppers {2}, add a pop of color to your dessert table with these beautiful red velvet heart macaroons {4}, and show your drinks some love with these adorable red heart straws {1}. Having an adult dinner party? Bring out the inner-child in your dinner guests with these felt fortune cookies {3}, put them at each person’s placesetting and get some laughs as everyone read’s their Valentine’s fortune at the end of the evening. And don’t forget to send your guests home with something sweet, wrap up these pink and red swirl lollipops {6} with some “be my valentine” ribbon {5} for an easy and pretty favor. Resource links below the photos, happy shopping!

{Shopping Resources} :: 1. Heart Straws, $3.50 for 15 straws {photo credit hwtm.com} | 2. Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers, $6 for 12 Pinwheels | 3. Felt Fortune Cookies, $22 for a dozen | 4. Red Velvet Heart Macaroons | 5. “Be My Valentine” Ribbon, $10 for four yards | 6. X & O Lollipops, $12 for four lollipops