entertaining inspiration and design

Now that October is in full swing, sharing a a few of my favorite No-Carve Pumpkins ideas for fall. I love the Chalkboard Pumpkin {1} and Tangled Yarn Pumpkins {5} to get in the Halloween Spirit without the messiness of carving a jack-o-latern. Or if you’re looking to get longer use out of your pumpkin decor, the Gold Pen Pumpkins {2}, Painted Gold-Stemmed Pumpkins {3} or Painted Address Pumpkins {6} are great options that can be displayed until Thanksgiving as part of your fall harvest decor. Or mix things up entirely and use the pumpkin as your vase, loving the contrast of the white fall pumpkin with the bright pink florals {4}.All these options are easy diy projects, in fact the glam Painted Address Pumpkin just uses gold spraypaint and vinyl address letters available at any home improvement store – but quite a statement piece, right? Resource links to all the pumpkins featured below the image. Happy October!

{Sources} 1. Chalkboard Pumpkins, source and photocredit rachelraymag.com, | 2. Gold Pen Pumpkins, lovelyindeed.com | 3. Painted Gold-Stemmed Pumpkins, chatelaine.com, photo credit Robert Caruso | 4. Vase Pumpkin, chatelaine.com, photo credit Robert Caruso | 5. Tangled Yarn Pumpkins, source and photo credit womansday.com | 6. Address Pumpkin, twigandthistle.com

In anticipation of the last “official” weekend of summer (a.k.a., Labor Day), I wanted to share one of my favorite summertime appetizers – the Grilled Peach + Prosciutto Crostini. Not only do these babies look pretty, but they taste pretty amazing…which shouldn’t be too surprising considering it layers sweet peaches with the salty prosciutto, creamy ricotta and peppery arugula. YUM, right? It’s been my summer staple when entertaining, and this past weekend I finally took photos of the process. Below is the recipe and step-by-step photos. Enjoy!

First things first — get the goods. For 12 servings, you’ll need the following: 1 small French baguette, 2 peaches sliced, 1 cup of ricotta, 12 thin slices of prosciutto, 1/2 cup wild arugula, 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar (reduced), 1 tablespoon olive oil and finishing salt (I like the Gray Sea Salts from Penzy Spices, you can also use a sprinkle of kosher or sea salt).

In small saucepan over medium heat, bring the balsamic vinegar to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes – remove from heat and let cool. Next you’ll move onto the grilling – you can use a grill, or I found it much easier to use my panini pan – either way heat up your pan (or grill) to a medium-high heat. Next brush a little olive oil on both sides of your bread, place on panini pan and let sear for 2 – 3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the peaches. Once the bread and peaches are grilled, start assembling. Place a ricotta on the bread first, then add the prosciutto, peaches and arugula. Drizzle with reduced balsamic glaze, sprinkle with the finishing salt.

Serve and enjoy immediately!


DIY :: Party Pinatas


Nothing says P-A-R-T-Y like a festive piñata! And piñatas are creeping back into the party scene in a chic new way…from gold statement piñatas for wedding decor to cute little mini piñatas perfect for personalized favors or place-settings at a fiesta! The best part about this craze is you can make these fancy little things yourself. I’ve rounded up the best DIY Tutorials (read: lots of great photos and detailed steps) so you can start crafting away, tutorial links after the photo.

DIY Piñatas // 3 Fabulous DIY Photo Tutorials // Le Partie Sugar

{DIY Resources} Mini Donkey Piñatas, photo credit Oh Happy Day, Tutorial Here // Gold Heart Pinata, Photo Credit Mary Costa Photography, Studio DIY Tutorial Here // Mini Circle Pinata, photo credit Ruffled Blog, Tutorial Here // Italic Letter F, photo credit Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day, Tutorial Here

Wow! I cannot believe it has been two years ago since I started Le Partie Sugar. It has been a humbling and rewarding experience, and I want to take a moment to thank you all. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many amazing people through my local event design + styling services, and fortunate to have been part of thousands of events via the Invitations and Partie Kit materials sold on my Etsy Shop. Thank you for letting me be part of your celebrations!

My Etsy Shop started with one order for my Backyard Baby-Q Bash Invitation, and it’s continued to grow each day — with orders from all over the world! As my THANK YOU to you for following my blog and ordering on Etsy I’m offering a 20% discount on all INVITATIONS through August 15th, with the promo code CELEBRATINGTWO.

And another Thank You to all my friends and family who continually encourage and support me. And a final Thank You to all the wonderful entertaining websites out there that have featured my work, I’m very grateful for all the wonderful exposure. Cheers!

I love cute things, and I love cute packaging…so there’s nothing not to love about the Brooklyn-based Etsy Shop, Knot & Bow. From their insanely adorable heart stickers (also available in a perfect blush pink, metallics, whites and more) to the festive Party Confetti Bomb and Party Tissue Confetti, it’s the kind of shop that makes you want to have a sticker book again or have a reason to, well…throw confetti. They also sell Medallion Doilies (looks fab wrapped around a mason jar), Gift Tags in assorted colors, metallic Baker’s Twine and more. Check out Knot & Bow via Etsy out here.

// Photos copyright of Knot & Bow //

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