Now, although he is almost 9, the boy has never had the pleasure of watching a movie in 3D, since the only theater I knew was the IMAX at Seattle Center, and you have to mortgage off a kidney to afford that place. Now, thanks to Avatar, everyone is all jumping on the bandwagon, and we saw it at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. Oh, FABULOUS place by the way, I had never been there, tricked out theater on the fourth floor and tons of shopping on the previous three.
OK, so I digress...I totally give the movie 4 stars, because they did an amazing job on not just the storyline, but man, the 3D really enhanced it. Sure, it was predictable and full of cliches; the son trying to please his dominant father, bitter rivalries, the unattainable chick, fight scenes, and a happy ending. But that is the magic movie-formula and if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But there are a few surprises were thrown in for good measure. So I was totally engrossed.
Since I grew up on those tacky red-blue lensed cheapo-flimso glasses of the 80's, I was down for the black sunglasses they gave us. The boy oh'd and ah'd through the whole thing, and thought it was pretty awesome. I'm not sure if we would have liked it as much in regular vision...much like I'm sure Avatar isn't all that without the 3D. Or as my friend calls it 'Ferngully meets Romeo and Juliet meets The Smurfs meets military propaganda'. Her words, not mine, I have no intention of seeing Avatar.
If you have colored paper bags that the color goes all the way through, they would look just as amazing. If you are like me and have tons of lightweight patterned paper because you keep buying those scrapbooking packs and only use 2 sheets, how pretty would it be to mix and match the patterns and make beautiful decor elements for your spring table!
Check out Food Network's very inspired treats; the bagel with lox and cream cheese is actually a cake doughnut and other sweet treats, fried ice-cream and white chocolate sauce perfectly mimics crab cakes with tartar sauce, and a banana pudding cake disguises itself as lasagna.
Check out the nachos from I Eat Yucky Stuff ; flour tortillas are baked with cinnamon and sugar, and then topped with candied cherries, mini chocolate chips, grated fresh mango, and condensed milk.
Need more inspiration? Check out my (Not) Food For Thought post.
And speaking of stuff that looks like food, I just had to share this absolutely amazing spread from one of my favorite crushes, Nonpareil Magazine. I've blogged about them before, their pictures are breathtaking, and although they are wedding-centric, just about all of their ideas are adaptable for any party. Case in point, check out their spin on the always-hot dessert table, using bath and body goodies instead. Yes, you are thinking wedding shower, but how about a GNO, Sweet Sixteen, baby shower/sprinkle, fundraising for a Pink Party.... They have graciously shared all their fab tips and downloads for the printables, I'm swooning!
OK, I have to start with my favorite; Swanky Tables' design elements are fabulous, down to the peanut filler and display case cakestands. Just more ideas for me to ah-hem...borrow for our soccer party.
Pottery Barn Kids know how to throw a party; popcorn, hot dogs and cake, what more do you need?
Parties by Hardies' printable downloads have everything you need to swing your own party.
Dimple Prints' baseball party is perfect for celebrating a 4th of July baby with lots of ideas you can use for the holiday.
I love BHG's slugger party invite that doubles as a favor; Inchmark Journal shares her friend's very lovely party...how cute are those invites?
More peanut filler and astroturf that makes the perfect tablecover at Couture Parties' Red Sox party, and even more peanut decor from How Does She?
Super cute favors that match those cute invites.
I love to see personalized favors, it's that special little touch...check out the die-cut figures with jersey initials on Almeda Family's popcorn favor bags. And aren't those cookies just amazing?
UPDATE!!! Since I have party OCD, and can't stop obsessing, I tweaked the bags again, and like this version much better.
I'm also dedicating this post to Smokey, my friend's dear family pet who passed away last weekend...pouring a little water out for you homie!
I never get tired of Mix Mingle Glow's 'Dog Party With A Purpose'; several animal shelters allowed homeless pups to join the celebration in hopes of a future adoption and all of the decor elements like the dog food, went to back to the shelters.
Instead of presents, consider asking for donations to a local animal shelter. Get a list of needs from the shelter and include in your invite. If you receive a thank you note from the shelter, include a copy of it in your thank you notes.
Would You Like A Treat?
Arg!!! Aren't these puppy pops from Bakerella just the awesomest? She's graciously shares the tutorial. This puppy has a bite much greater than it's bark; layers of blondie and brownie never looked so good. Adorable puppy cupcakes from the queen of cupcakes herself that would be a fun project for guests to make.
A perfect way to show off your cupcakes, with Meri Meri's cupcake set.
A lovely pink dog party from LuLu & Co. Do you see the dog biscuits hanging from the tissue pom flowers? Love it! Speaking of biscuits, a few coats of spray paint can turn them into table confetti, a la our Monster Mash party. Ours are silver but feel free to match your decor and use them as vase filler, place cards, whatever!
Who Let The Dogs Out? - Baha Men
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Who Am I? (What's My Name?) - Snoop Dogg
Atomic Dog - George Clinton
A Hard's Day Night - the Beatles
the theme song from Underdog
If you haven't noticed 'The Gospels' in my left column, they are my 'go-to' reads; they are constant sources of inspiration. I've read every single one of them, and either own a few or constantly check them out. My latest discovery is Pottery Barn - Dining Spaces and I may have to get my hands on a Borders coupon and own this one. As usual, anything PB does never disappoints, and this book is awesome, it's about entertaining spaces and how to coordinate by the type of space, color, texture, lighting, furnishings, even storage ideas. It breaks each design down by color palette, room plan and materials showing how every element harmonizes. Of course, it is PB, so every page looks like a catalog spread, but their tips are invaluable and not snooty or expensive to duplicate! Definitely worth a few read-throughs.
1. Make your table a great focal point; balance out the amount of candy and cookies you will need with the size of your table. Lots of empty space or half-filled jars take away from the table. Oversized items can balance out a small table and give the illusion of fullness. The lollipop trees here from Chic Sweets are a great way to display items and add a layer of depth.
2. Incorporate something that the party inspires...a design element, the guest of honor's favorite color or dessert are great ideas to base a table on. This baby boy blue shower table features the clothesline motif from the invitation; the birthday girl's ice-cream love inspired her amazing ice-cream parlor dessert table while the birthday boy's monogram set the table's tone, down to the cookies.
3. Your color palette is key...check out sites like Color Combos to help you perfectly coordinate your colors for the most harmonious blend! If you can keep it to 2-3 colors, you're set! High contrast colors are definitely eye-catching; for example, Pearl Events's table in navy and yellow, Celebrations At Home in chocolate and red and Maddycakes Muse in black and yellow.
4. Don't forget your backdrop; think of it as an extension of your table...Amy Atlas excels in this department. Her space table uses a signature goody board and other wall details while her Moroccan-style table's backdrop has a motif mimicked in the dessert designs.
5. Layers, layers, layers! This is the most important not specified in the article, but is crucial to any tablescape. Having different heights to your table is an dynamic element; keep your guests' eyes moving and you'll notice many more 'oohs' and 'aahs' rather than keeping everything in one row.
You'll notice all the tables have elements of heights and depth such as the tall towers and cake centerpieces, long rows and uniform balance centered around the table's showpiece. Note the navy and yellow table doesn't have a showpiece, but the table is still symmetrical to the layer of flowers.
I love patterned napkins, so you can imagine how I am at a place like Plates And Napkins, they are my favoritest! So imagine my delight for their giveaway another awesome place of get-lost-in-them-ness, Half Baked!
Two lucky readers will win a $50 gift certificate towards any of their products...and they are so much more than plates and napkins. They carry everything you need for your party, including invites, balloons and even placemats, so go take a gander!
Speaking of decorating fun, Room Remix is hosting a fabulous giveaway for a $25 gift card of your choice towards one of these stores. All of these places are just gold mines of inspirations for every type of project you can imagine! Even your local hardware store holds treasures; I keep thinking about this garden themed party every time I'm at Lowe's. And of course you must spend some time at Room Remix so you can be inspired for your next project or two, I love hanging out there.
Remember my post on rainbow pasta and pom-poms? Here's what we did...
We made rainbow clings! The kids had so much fun, and everyone really focused on making them very pretty. In fact, even those who are notorious for not doing crafts were completely engrossed.
Oh yes, rainbow kabobs! I always try to somehow balance out the sugar rush.
I got a bargain deal for the lip cookie cutter and candy mold. I couldn't wait to make the cookies and the candy lip cupcake toppers. Some of the kids couldn't believe the toppers were edible and thought they were plastic, until they bit into them!
Another Valentine's Day score...gummy lips and green M&Ms along with extra cookies went home with our friends! I made the stickers from both TomKat Studios and Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams downloads. Thanks to all our friends who came and the poor moms who had to take home very sugared up kids!