Outdoor Party Ideas

When you think of summer being outdoors is the first thing that most likely comes to mind. The beach, patios, and pool parties probably come to mind also and we can’t blame you for that. This year, add some fun and creative elements to your summer gatherings with these unique outdoor party ideas. From floral straws, decorative napkins to pretty place cards, the options are endless. You’ll be trying these fun DIY’s in no time!

 Fun Floral Straws

Whether you have a plain or fancy drink, these straws decorated with baking-cup flowers add a summer touch to your delicious drinks.

DIY Floral Straws

Pretty Paper Bowls

Instead of using regular plastic or glass bowls, get creative and use paper plates wrapped with colorful rubber bands.

DIY Paper Bowls 

Decorative Paper Lanterns

Add some style to your table decor with these hanging paper lanterns. Depending on the theme of your party you can either match each color or mix and match for a unique look.

DIY Decorative Lanterns

Preppy Napkin Rings

Take our pretty napkins and give them a style upgrade with cute and dainty silver rings. You can even get your initial in a ring style to add that personal touch.

DIY Preppy Napkin Rings 

Stamped Spoons

Instead of toasting your guests by addressing them, get there spoons stamped with a little sign that reads “cheers.”

DIY Stamped Spoons

Sunflower Place Cards

Give your guests something that is Instagram-worthy with these sunny sunflower place cards. So as to not make it look super busy on the eyes, cut out a petal for each person and write their name on it.

Flower Votive Displays

Flowers and candlelight are match made in heaven and together they create a tabletop that is fit for a relaxed summer evening.

DIY Flower Votive Displays

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Images & Styles Credit To Martha Stewart

DIY Floral Hair Bows

Summer is the perfect season to spruce things up in your home, office, style or just your everyday life. Now that spring cleaning is done, it’s tine to enjoy your friends, family and maybe even trying new fun and creative DIY’s. This week, we came across a fun and super easy craft that you can do with your girlfriends for a fun night in – DIY Floral Hair Bows. Get ready to try new color combos this summer and add handmade accessories to your collection of goodies.

 Materials & Tools

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Fabric Scraps

Matching Threads

Ruler

Tailor’s Chalk

Pins

Needle

Fabric Scissors

Sewing Machine

Instructions

First, measure and draw a rectangle that’s 5 x 2 inches then cut it out.

Next, fold the fabric in half and be sure that the “right” sides are facing each other. Then sew, leaving a tiny gap open.

Cut out the corners.

Turn your bow right side out. Hand stitch to close the gap.

Pinch the bow as shown in the picture below and hand stitch.

Cut out a rectangle that’s 3 x 2 inches.

Fold the rectangle in half, pin and sew all along the edges, but leave a gap open.

Turn it right side out and here you have it: a long, tight strip.

Wrap the strip around the center of the bow and cut out the excess.

Join the starting and ending points of the strip and hand stitch.

 Insert a bobby pin or hair clip.

Once you’ve mastered the technique and steps, have fun making some extra bows for your besties!

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Images & DIY via Brit + Co

Decorating With Cacti

Believe it or not cacti aren’t limited to the desert anymore. These prickly plants have become one of 2017’s biggest home decor and style trends. They have popped up on just about everything and are used in a variety of creative ways. Decorating with cacti is fun because you can incorporate the design into just about anything. You can design with cacti for rooms in your home, office and even on your clothes. Take a look at some of the designs below to get inspiration when decorating your room, office or for your next big celebration.

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Patterned Paper

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via Pinterest

With a small space, cacti wallpaper adds an eye-catching appeal. Cacti wallpaper can work best in a child playroom or to liven up the walls of a small powder room. We love this water-color inspired wallpaper because each portion features a unique shape for a hand-painted appearance.

Party Garland

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via The Original Party Bag

You’ll definitely be party ready in no time with this festive cacti garland. Whether you make them yourself or buy them pre made, they’ll for sure add a fun element to your get together.

Fun With Furniture

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via Oliver Bonas

Furniture really doesn’t get cuter than this. This cactus shaped bistro chair is too darn cute and super stylish. Adding to it a matching table and fresh plants, you can definitely place this set up in your backyard or your front porch.

Southern Blues

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via Pinterest

If you love the southwestern style and cacti, put them together and this is what you’ll get. A cool and fun mix of country and chic! The light blue, coral and cream colored bed sheets match perfectly with the white walls and rustic wood floors.

Office Space

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via Pinterest

Give your desk a little upgrade with small and cute cacti plants. If your office space is very neutral in color like the one in the image above, you’ll definitely add a nice pop of color with these green beauties.

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Images & Cacti Decor Credit To Better Homes & Gardens

Delicious Blueberry Mojitos

One of the ways you can feel refreshed and cool off this summer is with delicious blueberry mojitos. Sweet blueberries, tart limes and a refreshing splash of rum come together to create this yummy drink. This cocktail is perfect to make for a lazy summer afternoon or for a summer celebration you might be throwing. This recipe doesn’t call for a lot of ingredients and is super easy to make. Keep reading to find out how you can make this breezy summer drink!

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Ingredients

1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

4 Ounces Rum

10 Fresh Mint Leaves

2 Teaspoons White Sugar

Juice of 2 Limes

6 Ounces Club Soda

Ice Cubes

Blueberry Mojito

Instructions

First, blend or muddle blueberries until smooth then set aside.

Next, use a muddler or wooden spoon to blend in the mint leaves and sugar.

Stir in the rum, lime juice, and blueberry mixture.

Pour over club soda & ice.

Gently stir.

Garnish with any extra blueberries, lime, and mint if you like.

Enjoy!

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Blueberries are very easy to come by at this time of year. Blueberry patches and farmers markets are overflowing with sweet blueberries. The sweetness of the blueberries pair perfectly with the tartness of the lime. This recipe calls for 2 blueberry mojitos, so in that case double it because they go down super easy.

If you decide to serve them at a party or event, make sure you stock up on all the ingredients and have enough to make for all your guests. Trust us when we say no one will want to miss out on the deliciousness that is this drink. It’s simple when life hands you blueberries, you make a blueberry mojito!

Still feeling thirsty? Check out these other fresh summer drink recipes:

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Copycat Sonic Ocean Water 

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Image & Recipe Credit To Baking Beauty

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Having a cottage gives you that chance to getaway for a few weeks to unwind and relax with friends and family. Decorating and finding new ideas to furnish your beach home can be overwhelming. To go with the theme of summer, enhance the natural beauty of the season with sea-themed accents, crisp whites and splashes of bold colors. These beach house decorating ideas will inspire you to create something whimsical and trendy for your living spaces.

Seascape Wallpaper Even if your space is landlocked, it deserves a scenic view. Try Phillip Jeffries' "Fade" wallpaper, as seen in this room at the Summercamp Hotel in Martha's Vineyard.

Bring the ocean view indoors with this beautiful Phillip Jeffries “Fade” wallpaper. The ambiance of the room goes from dull and boring to peaceful and chic.

Seascape Paintings

Paintings of ocean scenes have been a longtime favorite subject of artists, and they have recently seen an uptick in sales at antiques marts and auction houses. If you want to tell the real thing from a "pirate," look on the back to see if you can find a company name. 

Middle and right seascapes; lasttangovintage.etsy.com. Additional seascapes; magpieethel.etsy.com, greatlakesmodern.etsy.com, and lucksy.etsy.com. Wood frame and brass frame; framebridge.com. Bungalow sofa; serenaandlily.com. Santiago Atitlan Jaspe pillow; archivenewyork.com. Neighboring pattern throw pillow; schoolhouselectric.com. Special thanks to the antiques dealers who loaned us their pieces for this photo, including Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor, Cuttysark Nautical Antiques, and Mate Gallery.

Paintings of ocean scenes have been a longtime favorite for artists. There is something so calming about the water and waves why wouldn’t you put this on your wall. being versatile depending on the picture, you can hang these anywhere in the house.

Breezy Bedroom

In this Seaside, Florida oasis, designed by Tammy Connor, colorful vintage spindles provide a fun and unexpected backdrop that guests will love. To make your guest space feel roomier, install the curtains as high as possible as opposed to window-height. For some extra lighting with a cool, country twist, try hanging some swag lights with nautical rope, sleek shades, and neutral tones. 

If you find that you have an empty wall that needs some TLC, give it a cool and unique backdrop by using nautical themed accessories like nautical ropes and anchors. Using neutral tones for all the other aspects in the room will give the accessories a chance to stand out.

Pastel Trellis Headboards

These mint-green trellis headboards pair nicely with crisp white sheets and pillows for a beach home feel, and small prints of water birds are a lovely added touch. 

These mint green headboards pair beautifully with crisp white sheets and pillows for a nice, beachy feel. The added prints of the birds in the picture frames are a lovely touch to an already stunning room.

Colorfully Nautical

From the rope canopy to the nautical rug, this whimsical kid's room belongs in a breezy summer home with its bright colors and vintage touches, like the oversized plastic E and red-and-blue chair.  

The rope canopy and nautical rug are just two accents in this room that add a whimsical feel to this kids room. The bright colored bed sheets and themed accessories hanging on the wall give off a vintage look that will fit right in as cottage decor.

Sunny Breakfast Nook

This breakfast nook has a beachy, barefoot quality—underscored by a braided rag rug, deliberately mismatched seats, and a pair of oars leaning in one corner and painted a color similar to "Treasure Isle" by Olympic. A crate full of glass bottles offers a foolproof way to arrange flowers.

This breakfast nook gives off that beachy, summer vibe by using some of summers favorite colors – blue, yellow and white. A crate full of fresh blooms brightens up the room and would definitely make us want to never leave the room.

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Images Credit To Country Living

Wildflower Honey Toast

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, avocado toasts have been all the rage this year. They are extremely popular among Millennials and we can see why. Avocado and toast is just like a gourmet version of bread and butter or toast and jam. But, avocados make everything 10x better, at least for some of us.

This Wildflower Honey Toast recipe is a great avocado toast alternative and makes for a delicious breakfast, snack or appetizer! Treat yourself to something new and give it a try while it’s still in trend.

Keep on reading for the recipe.

Wildflower Honey Toast

Recipe | Wildflower Honey Toast

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 thick slices of Sourdough Bread

1-2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil

2 ounces of goat cheese

4 French Radishes, quartered

Edible Flowers

2 Tablespoons of Wildflower Honey, divided

2 Tablespoons chives, roughly chopped

Cyprus Flake Salt, to taste

Directions

Preheat grill over high heat. Brush each side of bread slices with olive oil and toast on grill, 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside to cool slightly.

Spread 1 ounce of goat cheese over one side of each slice of toast. Top with radishes, approximately 2 per slice, and distribute edible flowers between them. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of honey over each toast.

To serve, garnish with chives and a sprinkle of cyprus flake salt.

*Recipe & Image Credit: ILA

Wildflower Honey Toast

Confetti Party Poppers

When a holiday or special occasion comes up, we can’t help but think what kind of crafts and fun DIY’s come to mind. One that stood out to us the most for this summer season are confetti party poppers. The great thing about these party poppers is that they work well for any holiday or celebration that comes up in the year.

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Supplies

Push Pop Containers

Tinsel

Tissue Paper

Tape

Scrapbook Paper or Other Pretty Printed Paper

Scissors

Instructions

First, remove the lid to your push pop container and slide the bottom down. Fill it with tinsel. (You may want to trim the tinsel into shorter pieces prior to stuffing it into the container.)

Next, use a small square of tissue paper to cover the opening and then tape the edges of the tissue down onto the plastic so that the opening stays covered.

Measure a piece of scrapbook paper to wrap around the push pop container. Tape it around the container using a strip of washi tape.

Lastly, when you are ready to pop your popper, simply thrust the stick up in one quick motion using the palm of your hand. Have fun!

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If you’re the one hosting, place these little accessories by each plate so your guests can join in on the fun!

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Image & DIY Credit To Lauren Conrad

Hydrangea Cakes

Hydrangea Cakes
(Via Sugar Hero)

These beautiful hydrangea cakes are everything you have ever dreamed of. Fluffy white cake and colourful sweet buttercream are the highlights of this indulgent treat! If you’re looking to ‘wow’ your guests at the next gathering, these hydrangea cakes are the ultimate inspiration. We love the blossom design on the outside and the multicoloured cake on the inside. Keep on reading for recipe and instructions!

 

(Via Sugar Hero)

Ingredients

For the Cakes:

  • 10 1/2 oz granulated sugar , (1 1/2 cups)
  • 10 1/2 oz cake flour , (2 2/3 cups)
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 fl oz egg whites , (see Note below)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 6 oz unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • Gel food coloring , (I used Americolor electric purple, regal purple, sky blue, and soft pink)

For the Buttercream:

  • 6 fl oz pasteurized liquid egg whites , (3/4 cup)
  • 24 oz powdered sugar , (6 cups)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 24 oz unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 2 TBSP vanilla extract
  • Gel food coloring , (I used Americolor electric purple, regal purple, sky blue, and soft pink)

Instructions

To Make the Cakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line six 4-inch cake pans with parchment rounds, and spray the parchment and pan sides with nonstick cooking spray. (Note that you can make these cakes in different sizes depending on what size pans you have. If you make larger cakes, just extend the baking time and watch them closely.)
  2. Combine the sugar, cake flour, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for about a minute to combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Lightly whisk together the egg whites together with a quarter of the milk and the vanilla extract, and set aside for now.
  4. Add the remaining ¾ cup milk and the softened butter to the large mixing bowl and mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Turn the mixer to medium speed and mix for a minute and a half.
  5. Add the egg white mixture in three batches, mixing for 20-30 seconds after each addition, until you have a smooth batter. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, and give the batter a few more stirs to make sure everything is incorporated. Divide the batter into 4 even portions, and color one purple, one blue, and one pink. Leave one portion white.
  6. Use a spoon to scoop spoonfuls of the batters and plop them in a random pattern in the prepared cake pans. Fill them about halfway full—each pan should have about 7 oz of batter. Bake the cakes at 350 F for 30-35 minutes, until the sides just start pulling away from the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the cakes cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then gently turn them out and let them cool completely. I find it’s easiest to cut and stack cakes that have been chilled, so if you have time, wrap them with plastic wrap and put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, until they are firm but not frozen all the way through. If you are making these in advance, they can stay in the freezer for up to several weeks. Let them partially defrost, until they are firm but not rock-hard, before assembling.

To Make the Buttercream:

  1. Combine the whites, powdered sugar, and salt in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix everything together on low speed, until the sugar is moistened and no dry patches remain. Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula, then turn the mixer to medium speed. Beat on medium for 5 minutes.
  2. After 5 minutes, turn the mixer to medium-low and start adding the softened room temperature butter, 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Once all of the butter is incorporated, add the vanilla extract and mix it in. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bottom and sides once more. Turn the speed to medium and beat the buttercream for 10 minutes. At the end, you’ll have a frosting with a wonderfully light and creamy texture.

To Assemble and Decorate:

  1. Place the cakes on small cake cardboard rounds, and set one on a cake turntable. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut it into 3 layers. Spread a layer of white buttercream between each layer, and cover the top and sides with a thin layer of frosting. Repeat with the other cakes, so they are all layered and covered with a thin coat of frosting.
  2. Divide the remaining buttercream into smaller bowls. Leave some white, and color the rest different shades of blue, purple, and pink. You can do as many colors as you want, but I like to do at least 4-5 to give all the cakes a different look. Fit a piping bag with a large star tip – I like to use a Wilton 2D, but a 1M would also work.
  3. To make multi-colored flowers, lay out a piece of plastic wrap about 16 inches long. Spread a rectangle of frosting on the plastic wrap, about 10 inches by 6 inches. Take a second color of frosting and spread it on top of the first. If desired, add a third or even a fourth color on top. Roll the frosting over itself to make a cylinder. Grasp the ends of the plastic wrap in each hand, and twirl it quickly so the frosting is burrito-shaped and the ends of the plastic are tightly twisted. Snip off one of the plastic wrap “tails” and insert the frosting cylinder into the piping bag, snipped-side down.
  4. Pipe big, messy stars all over the cake. You don’t actually want them to look like stars, so twist and turn the bag as you pipe them to make them a free-form blossom shape. Layer them on top of each other so they don’t look too neat. When you’re finished with a cake and done with that color combination, remove the extra frosting in the plastic wrap, and add a different cylinder of frosting. (It’s an easy way to change colors without changing piping bags!)
  5. Repeat until all of the cakes are decorated. For the best taste and texture, serve them at room temperature.

If you happen to try out these delicious hydrangea cakes let us know how they turned out! We promise they taste just as good as they look 😉

*Recipe & Image Credit: Sugar Hero

Brunch Recipe Ideas

Stuck on what to make for your upcoming brunch celebration with friends and family? Not to worry because we found a variety of brunch recipe ideas for you to try out for your guests. Get a taste of breakfast and lunch like never before, from pancakes, to egg casseroles, crepes and even breakfast sandwiches. Read on to see what you’re options are!

Creamy Fruit-Filled Crepes

End your brunch on a sweet note with tasty crepes. They are paper thin so your guests can munch on as many as they’d like. Just add a spoonful of honey-vanilla Greek yogurt, then finish it off with fresh berries!

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Deviled Egg Croissant-wiches

To serve your mid-morning crowd best, egg sandwiches are convenient and the best way to go – not to mention the easiest way.

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Breakfast Tarts

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast tart? We certainly do! Especially because when you make your own you can customize the filling to whatever flavor you want.

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Granola Cups

Turn granola bars into cute little granola cups for your guests. It’s a tasty spin on a classic made from cranberries, nuts, and coconuts. They turn out to be the perfect breakfast bites that your guests won’t be able to get enough of.

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Danish Fruit & Cheese Pastries

These Danish pastries filled with your favorite fruits looks too good to even eat. The lavish cream cheese filling and fruity toppings will make your guests want to take the recipe and share it with everyone!

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Images & Recipes Credit To Better Homes & Gardens

Cakes For Any Occasion

One of the most important aspects of a party or celebration is the cake. Cake is simply delicious, no matter what flavor or kind. There are plenty of reasons to have cake, either for a celebration or just because. We found cakes for any occasion you’re celebrating whether it be a birthday, wedding, bridal or baby shower and many more. Make ones of these beauties and have your guests wanting more!

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Confetti Cake With Vanilla Frosting

cakes for any occasion

This moist and delicious sheet cake is festive and colorful. It will definitely be the talk of the party, what with its creamy vanilla frosting topped with jumbo sprinkles. Customize the color of the sprinkles however you like or match it with your parties theme.

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Chocolate And Vanilla Zebra Cake

Cakes For Any Occasion

This cake may look difficult to make but it’s actually fairly easy. With its striking stripes hiding beneath a thick coating of glossy chocolate frosting, this dessert will catch everyone off guard.

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Vanilla Sponge Cake With Strawberry-Meringue Buttercream

Cakes For Any Occasion

This vanilla and strawberry mix is light and perfect to make after a Mother’s Day lunch or dinner. It includes three pounds of strawberries (yes, three pounds), equally divided between each layer. To create the vertical stripes, just use a spatula.

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Carrot Cake With White Chocolate Frosting

Cakes For Any Occasion

Who doesn’t love a good carrot cake? Especially when it’s made with white chocolate. The white chocolate definitely adds structure and sweetness to the cream cheese frosting which helps to hold the circular ruffles shape.

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Citrus Mousse Cake With Buttercream Frosting

Cakes For Any Occasion

This cake is perfect for a friends birthday or a bridal shower. This lemon cake is filled with layers of lime mousse and white buttercream frosting. The all white frosting gives you a chance to cover it with whatever you want, like sprinkles, meringues or a scattering of edible blooms.

Get The Recipe Here

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“A party without a cake is simply just a meeting.” 

Julia Child

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Images & Cakes Credit To Martha Stewart