GNO Party!

Let's Hang Out...Just Because!

Let's have a GNO party, just because!  You don't need a holiday for a reason to get together with your favorite gal pals. Throw an impromptu Girls Night Out Party just because!
Now I tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to designing a party but you can keep your design as simple or as over the top as you like!

I decided on an eclectic modern theme with gold geometric shapes and pops of bright colors throughout.
I wanted to keep this party lovely but at the same time have a casual, laid back kinda vibe, so I kept the table low to the ground and used fun throw pillows for seating.

For the tablescape, I started with a pretty white on white quilted table runner and placed a collection of geometric terrarium vases filled with the most gorgeous
blooms down the center. I'm a sucker for pretty flowers!

For the place settings, I layered a gold charger, a lovely white plate detailed with a geometric pattern around the rim, a scalloped Chinoiserie patterned dessert plate, a fuchsia napkin tied in a simple knot and finally, a neatly placed leaf bearing each guests name in gold sat next to the napkin.  The leaf place card is such a simple detail that adds such elegance to any tablescape.

No GNO party is complete without a yummy cocktail or two!  I chose a Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa! YUMMY!! This cocktail is super easy to make and everyone will love it!


1 bottle Rose Champagne/sparkling wine

1 pint Raspberry Sorbet

Fresh Raspberries and Mint for garnish

Place a scoop of sorbet in a glass, top with champagne and garnish! 

For the dessert bar, I hung a large geometric shaped wreath above a modern white cabinet and placed upon it a gorgeous drip cake, beautiful floral cookies and a fun "Bouquet Bar".

I cannot have a party without always sending my guests home with a favor. 
The "Bouquet Bar" is an interactive alternative to a typical party favor. Simply set up a station with 4-6 different types of flower bouquets in various vases. As your guests are getting ready to leave, let them create their own customized bouquet of flowers! Neatly wrap it up in some pretty wrapping paper, tie a piece of twine or ribbon around it and wah-lah....a customized flower bouquet favor!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you found plenty of inspo to use for your next GNO party...JUST BECAUSE!!!


Styling, Desserts, Printables, Photography: A Lovely Design / Misha

Gold Cake Plate: Amalfi Decor

Plates, Pillows: Home Goods



Valentines Day Celebration!

"Cookies & Cocktails" : 
A Gal Pal Celebration

   I couldn't let Valentine's Day come to an end without one more fabulous party!  Any excuse to get together with girlfriends, is a good excuse for me!

Sweetheart Soiree

Sweetheart Soiree

     What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day, than with your favorite gal pals!  The inspiration for this celebration came from these lovely balloons. There were so many gorgeous colors to choose from, but I ultimately decided on a palette of deep plum, rose gold, chrome gold, blushy magenta and white. If you really want to make your balloon displays POP!... try mixing in different finishes, various sizes of balloons and add in a few confetti filled balloons for a splash of fun!

Noon Year's Eve!

Happy NOON Year!!

      Most kiddos can't hang to the wee hours of midnight to ring in the new year so why not have a NOON Year's Eve Party for the littles instead!  Include all the fun of a New Year's Eve party like noise makers, festive party hats, yummy kid approved food and drinks as well of lots of fun games and activities. Instead of ending the party with a count down, kick off the party with a super fun countdown at NOON!

     I decided on a colorfully whimsical color palette with hints of gold for added glam!

    Nothing says festive and fun like a fabulous balloon backdrop!
To create this look, I first hung a fun ruffled backdrop behind my table.(It's actually a shower curtain.)  I then created my balloon arch using black and white balloons.  I also tucked in some white tissue flowers for added texture.  Stick pins, twine and a low temp glue gun are your tools for this display.
Finally, I hung the sweetest "Let's Party" banner across the center.

     The desserts were a festive collection of chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate cupcakes, marshmallow pops and a yummy powdered doughnut tower.  The centerpiece of the table is the multi colored number candles for the perfect countdown!  Just before the clock strikes noon, light the candles and have the kiddos blow them out one by one!  They will love it!

     The tabletop was whimsical and fun, starting with a white tablecloth topped with a wide black and white striped runner and finally a thinner gold sequined runner down the center of that. Using the adorable party hats down the center made for a super fun yet super simple display! Each place setting was made up of a gold plate topped with a whimsical color wheel plate, topped by a cute clock dessert plate and finished with a darling little "Ring Pop" favor box.  The milk glasses had festively sugared rims and black and white striped straws!  And finally, no NOON Year's Eve Party would be complete without a party horn!

CLICK HERE for the FREE favor tag and sign printables!

     There were so many super simple details in this party, like the tassels on the back of the chairs or the rainbow tissue tassel garland across the beverage cart... It's all in the details!!

     Now, to keep these kiddos entertained....
How about a "Make your own SLIME Station", perhaps a game or two of  TWISTER and to finish off the day, a New Year's Resolution Station!
That one's as simple as some pens and sticky notes and perhaps a white board to attach them to!

Here's a super simple SLIME RECIPE:


     ½ Cup Washable Clear Elmer’s Glue
     1 TBL Saline Solution
     ½ TSP Baking Soda
     ½ cup Water

  1. Mix glue and water in a bowl.
  2. Mix in baking soda well, then add saline solution.
  3. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Knead with hands.
  5. Finally, sprinkle glitter onto slime and knead and pull till it’s mixed throughout.
  6. Store the slime in little plastic jars.
Happy Sliming!!

                    Now let the countdown begin…..5 4 3 2 1!


Styling, Printables and Photography: A Lovely Design / Misha

"Let's Party" Banner:  Sweet Georgia Sweet

Party Hats, Plates: Target




Letters to Santa!

How to Host a "Dear Santa" Party

     Holiday parties are definitely one of my favorites.  In the past, I have stuck with the more traditional gingerbread house or cookie decorating parties.  This year, I decided to change it up a bit and do something a little different.  What little one doesn't look forward to writing a letter to Santa letting him know how ... good?... they've been? HA! So I thought, a "Dear Santa" Party would be a perfect theme! I couldn't wait to see all those adorable letters! 

     My inspiration for the party decor came from a darling MeriMeri plate I came across.  I loved how they incorporated a fresh pop of blue to the classic Christmas colors. and for a little extra pizzazz, I thought it would be fun to add a black and white Buffalo plaid pattern as well.

     After establishing the color palette, I designed the most adorable printables including a sweet invitation suite, a letter to Santa (of course) and a festive Merry Christmas BINGO game!

     The backdrop was fun and easy to create. I simply wrapped a plain canvas with a fluffy piece of batting and added the cutest "Naughty Or Nice" banner along with some lovely felt holly and berries.  I surrounded the sign with a cluster of balloons and festive fans.
I kept the desserts fairly simple. Yummy vanilla cupcakes topped with darling little party picks and some colorful macrons did the trick!

     Along with writing letters to Santa, playing some fun holiday games and adding in a fun craft or two is just the ticket for a MERRY good time!

You can find the whole Party Blueprint at Blacktwine.  You'll find links where you can purchase all the fabulous party supplies and DIY instructions you need to throw your very own "Dear Santa" Party!
CLICK HERE for all the fun deets!

CLICK HERE to download a FREE Merry Christmas BINGO game!


Party styling, Printables, Photography: A Lovely Design / Misha

Garlands and banners: My Minds Eye Inc.

Cake Plates: Amalfi Decor

Party Blueprint: Blacktwine

Happy Holidays!