{Brunch} at Tiffany’s

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick…I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in miracles…I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe tomorrow is another day.”

-Audrey Hepburn

If you could go back in time and have lunch with anyone, who would it be? I would choose to dine with Audrey Hepburn. She was classy, kind, and had impeccable style. Her legacy of elegance and glamour lives on through the movies she starred in; one of the most iconic being, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

For my 19th birthday, my parents planned a sophisticated “Brunch” at Tiffany’s themed party for family and friends to come and enjoy. It was a delightful celebration complete with a life-size cardboard cutout of Audrey herself (who now lives in my apartment haha!). The party was so much fun that I decided to re-create it for my college gal pals.

The decorations were easy thanks to Pepper Avenue, for creating the perfect “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” party package, and mom, for saving all of the leftovers from the original party. All of the paper cutouts you see in this post came from Pepper Avenue. Look at how cute these photo booth props are!

The tablescape, although simple, was my favorite feature. I adorned it in a ‘little black dress’ and accessorized with chunky crystals. My mom made the framed Audrey quotes which double as great party favors. If you look closely at the plastic-ware, you can see that I added a little touch of bling by hot gluing a rhinestone to the bottom of each utensil.

You should have been a fly on the wall for this comical set up. I borrowed a neighbor’s table and chairs to double the seating because my table only seats four. Once Tori (my roommate) and I had the tables and chairs all situated in the middle of our living room, I didn’t like how crowded it looked because of our other furniture and the room is small to begin with. So what did I do? I made Tori help me move the tables and chairs again so we could shove our upholstered chairs in the laundry room. It was so worth it though!

The spread was especially fun to put together because it meant trying new recipes. The menu included:

Dishes:

Beverages:

  • Pineapple Orange Juice
  • Coffee

To add extra Tiffany’s flare, I played the movie on mute while the record player sang.

Happy Brunching!

B @ T

Let Confetti (& Kindness) Reign

“Throw kindness around like confetti!”

There are two things that you have probably figured out about me by now: 1) I love celebrations and 2) I love confetti. These two facts + cupcakes = Confetti Day.  I declared this past Thursday “Confetti Day”. I baked “Funfetti” cupcakes, grabbed some confetti poppers from my arsenal and ran around campus with my roommate to surprise our friends. We had a blast watching the startled reactions of our unsuspecting peers…and the leftover cupcakes weren’t too bad either. 😉

Don’t be bummed if you missed out on Confetti Day this time around. I give you full permission to celebrate Confetti Day whenever and however often you’d like. As I have mentioned before, I believe that no occasion is too small to make it special-even if it is made up.

Not only did Confetti Day give us the chance spread some kindness, it also allowed us to have good conversation with friends we don’t get to talk to everyday. As cliché as this is about to sound, our day was brightened just as much as we hope theirs was. With that said, get out and “throw kindness around like confetti”. Take the time outside of school and work to speak to your classmates, co-workers, and neighbors and don’t forget the confetti!

 

 

Backyard Movie Night

Spring has sprung, y’all! This means that it is time to get outside…if you are willing to brave the pollen smog, that is.

I have swooned over drive-in movie theaters since the first time I watched ‘Grease’ and John Travolta serenaded me with ‘Stranded at the Drive-In’. What is more fun than parking your car in front of a gigantic screen and watching cinematic magic unfold under the stars? You can create the same endearing atmosphere in your own backyard! Plus, it’s a fun excuse to kick start your spring cleaning by ridding your yard of that pollen film that leaves nothing untouched.

First thing first: you need a screen and projector. I suggest using a white sheet for the screen and borrowing a projector.

Next you are going to need seating. If your seating is limited make it BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) or BYOQ (Bring Your Own Quilt)  ;).

Finally, what’s a party without food? You can, of course, cater to a theme; for example, serving oceanic treats if you plan on showing ‘Finding Dory’ (one of my personal faves). Or reinvent a favorite outdoor dessert: s’mores. I found a fabulous s’mores dip recipe  on…you guessed it…Pinterest. (I recommend serving immediately and having a spreader available because the chocolate does harden.) To wash down the gooey yummy-ness and add to the retro vibe, serve soda in glass bottles.

You might also want to:

  • Hand out glow-in-the-dark glasses
  • Doll up your water bottles with a little duct tape and a few tickets
  • Set out yard games to entertain guests before the big show

Shhh, the movie is about to start!

 

 

Calculate Pi & Eat it Too

Did y’all know that there are wacky holidays to celebrate almost every single day of the year?! As you can imagine-I’m a big fan this. You can view calendars of these fun, unofficial holidays online (I like Time and Date.com). Although I am not sure who gets to decide these dates, I am sure that I love the idea of celebrating something each day. As I peruse the different holidays, I find that my favorites are those that highlight food. Haha!

Coming up on March 14th is Pi day (because Pi=3.14…get it? 3/14/17 😉 ). For all of you math geeks out there you might choose to spend the day using Pi to calculate circumference. I however, will celebrate by eating the circumference of a pie because Pi and pie are basically the same thing, right?

You can throw a Pi palooza for all your math-loving peeps that is as easy as pie! All you need is whipped cream, sprinkles, and pie! This time I cheated a little and bought my pie from the grocery store but you can have your guests help you make the pie using your favorite family recipes. Another suggestion is to have a pie competition. Have each guest bring their best pie and let the winner give the loser a pie in the face.

Be sure to keep a lookout for all of the nutty, daily holidays and don’t be the one caught with pie on your face!

Take a Hike!

Is it just me or have things been super fast-paced lately? Amidst all of the go, go, go, I am trying to take more time to stop and smell the roses. All too often, I tend to let busyness rule my life. When busyness is my master, I become weary and lose the zest that life should hold. This is why it is so important to savor and celebrate the little things. I fully believe that no occasion is too small to make it special. This post is less party and more celebration because I feel like we all need a little reminder that life should be celebrated.

A couple weekends ago, some friends and I ended a long school week by enjoying sweet sunshine and each other’s company. We packed a picnic lunch and went on a revitalizing hike. Sometimes you don’t need fancy decorations and food; sometimes all you need is a PB& J sandwich and the sound of birds chirping as your playlist.

Maybe nature isn’t your thing. Maybe reading a captivating book or trying a new recipe is your means of escaping details and deadlines. Whatever it is for you, I encourage you to join me in celebrating all of the joy that life brings. Stop and savor!

I would love to hear in the comments how you are choosing to celebrate this week!

Think Inside the Box

Do you have a friend’s birthday coming up but they live out of town? No problem! This post is all about how to send a party in a box.

Y’all know that I love all celebrations but birthdays take the cake for me! Birthdays are my favorite because celebrating people is my favorite. Just because you can’t physically be there to party with your friend, doesn’t mean you can’t make their day special.

Step One:

You are going to need a box (no brainer, right?). Fill the bottom with bubble wrap, tissue paper, and crinkle paper.

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Step Two:

Add goodies that your friend will love. I am including a bracelet, candy, a birthday crown, confetti poppers, and fun socks that will remind her that it is her day so “treat yo self”!

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These socks were less than $2.00 at Target!

Step Three:

In my opinion, this is the best addition-number balloons. If you can’t tell, I am obsessed with them! Seriously though, how cute are they?! And I had fun adding a little DIY tissue tassel touch.

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  • Supplies: tissue paper, scissors, & decorative tape
  • Directions: Fold tissue paper & cut to desired height. Fold horizontally & cut fringe up to an inch away from crease. Wrap around bottom tab of balloon & secure with decorative tape.

Step Four:

Fill in box with more bubble wrap & tissue paper as needed.

Step Five:

Top it off with a confetti-filled card because what is better than being showered by surprise colorful bits of paper & sparkles?! Two of my new favorite products featured in the pictures below are Love Note Stationary & The Confetti Bar. LNS has the most adorable & well-crafted paper products-but I my be biased because a friend is one of the designers ;). Mom just recently found & introduced me to TCB and let me tell ya-it is magical! (Click on the pictures to visit their websites!)

Don't forget the card!

Love Note Stationary Birthday Card + Confetti Bar confetti

Confetti Bar confetti

Confetti Bar confetti

Now you are ready to ship & send the most fun birthday in a box! Don’t just send a gift, send a party!

*Side note: You can obviously customize this to best fit your friend’s favorites &/or the occasion. You can center it around that movie they watch all the time or their unique hobby. Play with it & have fun. In fact, you can send a boxed party for any occasion. One of my favorite care packages from mom was a Taco Tuesday kit. She sent all the fixings for a fabulous fiesta. I have also seen tons of other cute ideas on Pinterest-another obsession of mine!

Lights, Camera, Party!

Extravagant gowns, dapper tuxedos, and golden statues. It’s time for the Academy Awards! For one night, we get to be a part of the dazzling Hollywood scene as we watch some of our favorite actors and films honored for their extraordinary talent.

Movies have the unique power to challenge our thinking, transport us to places we have never been, and invoke feelings in a way that can’t be matched. I am fascinated by the glamour of Hollywood displayed on screen and the behind-the-scenes work that is poured into each production. I love living vicariously through the stars on Oscars night and can’t wait to gather with my gal pals for the star-studded event!

Since we are only a week away from the big night, I am having a dress rehearsal to share my Oscar viewing party ideas with you. Upon arrival, guests will enter through a red curtain sign that my talented friend created. Since the Oscars is a red-carpet soiree, it is important that my company have a runway to strut across as the paparazzi snap photos. I am setting up a photo booth complete with a red “carpet” (aka butcher paper), golden balloons, and glittery Oscar props.

To make the night more interactive and special, I am holding an awards ceremony for my friends. I created a simple ballot (Oscar-Award-Ballot) that my guests will use to nominate each other for various awards inspired by the academy categories. Once all the votes are in, the winners will receive a glittery Oscar cutout.

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To make awards: trace Oscar template onto gold glitter paper and cut. Print and glue award name onto base of cutout.

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Can’t forget the snacks! Celebrating movies calls for movie snacks. I am all about DIY so I am setting setting up a popcorn bar where my guests can be the directors of their own refreshments.  The buttery popcorn will be the main attraction of course, and I have put together some flavor shakers to spice things up. On the savory side, I poured one packet of Hidden Valley ranch seasoning into a salt shaker for easy addition to individual popcorn servings. For your sweet tooth, inspired by a Pinterest recipe, I mixed together about 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (also poured into a salt shaker) to create a cinnamon sugar option. I have also picked up my favorite candy to be used as popcorn toppings. To wash all the sugary, salty goodness down, I will be serving ‘Shirley Temples’ (ginger ale & maraschino cherries) to honor everyone’s favorite Hollywood sweetheart.

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Cut out stars for simple & cute decoration!

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Add a gold, glittery star to a clear cellophane bag for cute way to serve the popcorn!

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Serve Shirley Temples in a clear glass to display the pretty color of the bubbly drink & add a paper straw!

Places everyone! It is time to take center stage! Practice your speech because the Oscar for best viewing party goes to…you!