Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Party Like it's (Taco) Tuesday!

A little while back, we had an Instagram poll asking your favorite type of indoor party.  The feedback was so fun to read and share! One favorite was a Taco Party!

Naturally, we decided that would be a party idea to blog about. :)

While looking for fun, simple decor, we came across these adorable DIY Cactus balloons. How cute are these? Put together a few of these for centerpieces and line them up on a couple of 6' tables with our favorite vinyl skirted table covers (easy to cleanup!) and you have a PERFECT simple Taco Tuesday set-up!

Cactus balloons!
Design Improvised

The menu for a Taco Party could be pretty obvious, but we thought it would be fun to find some "out of the box" recipes to go beyond a table full of toppings, chips, and taco shells.

Raise your hand if you've had a Walking Taco at a party or at home for an easy dinner. These look fantastic and simple!  A friend of ours makes these by cooking one or two options of meats, setting out everyone's favorite taco toppings, then handing out snack-sized bags of nacho chips (you could even get various flavors for more options!).  Everyone opens their bag of chips and fills it with meat, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, beans, you name it! Mix it up with a fork and you have a portable dinner (With no plates to wash!)

While we're talking about portable food...Mexican Style Street Corn would be delicious and check out these adorable Individual Seven Layer Dip Cups! We came across them at spendwithpennies.com and think they would be the perfect appetizer for guests celebrating with you.

individual seven layer dip ingredients
Individual Seven Layer Dip Cups from spendwithpennies.com

If you decide to make these Churro Cookies, just make sure you give us a call and invite us to the dinner party because we'll be more than happy to sample them for you! ;)

Churro Cupcakes | Transform your favorite cinnamin treat into a cupcake!
Churro Cupcakes by Lady Behind the Curtain

This Three Ingredient Sparkling Citrus Punch already has our mouth watering. (By the way, this site has SO many delicious and simple fruity drink recipes that would be great for the entire family!)

Add a splash of summer to any party with this delicious Citrus Punch Recipe! Your parties will be extra fun with this yummy new party punch.
The Frugal Girls

Hope you got a couple of fun ideas for your next party! Let us know what you need from us to help make your next event one to remember!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cooling off with a Water Party!

Temperatures and humidity are high, but that doesn't mean we can't stay cool outside!

We're all ready to get outside after being cooped up all winter (and during those stretches of rainy days in the spring), but when there's no air conditioning outside, we have to find other ways to cool off!  Whether you're planning a big outdoor get together or just looking for some ideas to get your family outside this summer, we've got some fun ideas to help you keep cool!

One of the simplest ways to stay cool (without jumping in a pool) is a good old fashioned water balloon fight! We found these fun homemade reusable "water bombs" made with sponges and can't wait to make some ourselves soon!
DIY Sponge Bombs at MomSpotted.com
But if you're going to have water balloons, we think these are GREAT! They fill up so quickly when you connect them to a garden hose over a bucket filled with water. No more sitting in the sun struggling to fill water balloons one at a time. :)

Then, use those handy water balloons to play a game of catch or batting practice...brilliant!
Batting Practice at iCandy Handmade
Another great way to use water balloons is with our Water Wars!
Check out how much fun it is to catapult water balloons at the opposing team!

Of course, we have plenty of other water activities available as well, including water slides, slip n slide, and water obstacle courses!

Check out this cake we found that would be the PERFECT addition to a water birthday party, especially if your cake decorating skills (or the skills of a local cake decorator) could make the make match the water slide you have set up!
Water Slide Cake by Babasuesue
Of course, with the temperature reaching the mid 90s, you'll want some cool snacks to have on hand.  Popscicles, shaved ice, watermelon, and cool drinks are a must!

What do you always have around when you're spending time outside on these warm summer days?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Wedding Fit for Royalty!

Don't you just love weddings?
We do, of course!
We love planning weddings, going to weddings, talking about weddings...you get the picture.

With another Royal wedding coming up this weekend in England, the media is covered with speculation regarding the bride's dress and hair,
details of the newlyweds' carriage ride after the wedding,
photos of the traditionally printed wedding invitations, 
plans for the cake, flowers, and music,
and of course photos of the wedding location: St. George's Castle.

This has us thinking...if were planning a dream wedding fit for royalty, what would we include? 

Simple, elegant entryways to the wedding venue...

Chandeliers as the centerpieces to an overall beautiful lighting set up...

Decorations that remind us of our loved ones...

Crowns on the tables at the reception, to make the guests feel like royalty as well!

Modern wedding stationary with a touch of traditional gold elements

Beautiful in-season flowers...

and plenty of food to go around!

If you're engaged and planning YOUR dream wedding, visit Your Alabama Wedding on Facebook and enter our giveaway for $500 credit towards wedding rentals!  The contest ends 5/18/18 and is open to residents planning weddings within our service area.  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ideas for a Sweet Treats Party!

Valentine's Day has us thinking of all things sweet, so we wanted to pull together some ideas for a SWEET party that could be used in February, or any time of the year! So just what was our inspiration for a theme that's perfect for everything from a birthday, to a baby shower or sprinkle, a class Valentine's Party, or even a relaxed wedding shower? Well, in addition to hearts...
Cupcakes, Ice Cream, Popsicles, Snow Cones
....all the sweet treats we love!!

The theme itself makes picking out snacks easy as pie (another sweet treat!), but the party only gets more fun with the decor, invites, and matching clothes ideas.

Take a look at this gorgeous Candy Bar themed birthday we helped put together for one of our sweet customers.  One of our tents with an added ceiling liner (and balloons in the center to give it a pop of color!) kept the guests in the shade as they snacked on delicious goodies and drinks at our round tables with pink linens and white resin chairs.

The centerpieces carried on the Sweets theme, with candy topiaries and looked good enough to eat!

The candy bar at the side of the tent was truly a hit with a variety of treats for the guests!

If you're looking for more inspiration, we added some great pins to our Birthday Ideas Pinterest Board!

If you have a SWEET theme in mind for your next get together, give us a call. We would love to help make your vision a reality!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas!

Do you start decorating for Christmas before you finish washing dishes from Thanksgiving dinner, after your weekend shopping is done, or do you wait until December 1?  Whether you're ready to decorate now or not, take a look in any store and you know Christmas time is here! Parades, live nativities, red and green yard decorations, wish lists, and long lines to see Santa at the mall....which have you already seen around town?

Need a little inspiration to add to your home, office, or party decor?  Our friends at CornerFarmhouseShop put together this printable for you that you can print at home or at a photo printer and frame to hang (or gift!), use to make Christmas cards, or even print onto iron on paper and make a new shirt to wear while you shop.  Let us know if you find a great way to use it!

If you haven't seen Santa yet, we know where to find him!  He doesn't spend all of his time at the Mall and the North Pole, you know. :)  He loves to visit Christmas parties at work, school, church, and family get-togethers, just let us know when and we'll make sure your event is on his calendar.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Trick or TREAT!

Just in time for Halloween, we have a cute Trick or Treat printable for you to download and display at your Fall Festival, Trunk or Treat, Neighborhood Block Party, or even just next to the candy bowl on your front porch.  It's formatted to print as an 8x10 so it will center nicely on printer paper, or you can print it at your local print shop.

We hope you love it and have a happy and safe Halloween.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bounce House Themed Birthday? We LOVE the Idea!

Picking a theme for a birthday party can be...a challenge! Especially if you have a child who is interested in an array of characters, animals, trucks, or princesses. Of course, we have moonwalks and combos to match those (and many other) themes, but why not consider a BOUNCE HOUSE THEME Birthday Party?? Just imagine how colorful and exciting you could make the decor and snacks! We've done some of the hard work and researched some ideas to spark your imagination in planning your own Bounce House Party. :D

We are loving some of these adorable Invitations that would perfectly coordinate with one of our castle combos or moonwalks!

Whirlibird on Etsy

ReigningParties on Etsy

a6printables on Etsy

These shirts customized for the birthday boy or girl are perfect! (Do they come in our size?)

SunbeamRoad on Etsy
MyBabyLoveOnline on Etsy

EternalAirbrush on Etsy

kitkatbowsandclothes on Etsy

These cupcake toppers make decorating a cinch! All you need is a little icing with these. :)
ThePaperKingdom on Etsy

They pair perfectly with this fun Bounce House banner and treat bags!
ShinySparklyParties on Etsy

LittlebeaneBoutique on Etsy

Putting balloons all over the yard using golf tee and string is a great way to give the entire space a bounce house inspired look! We also found suggestions for having socks available for guests (an especially good idea when the weather is warmer and guests might be walking across a hot driveway to go get a plate of cake and ice cream.

As for cakes, we came across many great ideas, but we THINK this one might be our favorite...

Have you planned an entire party around one of our moonwalks, bounce houses, or combos? We'd love to see your ideas as well!