Monday, June 14, 2010

Inspiration Board: Jillian's College Party Housewarming

When you think "college" you can't help but think of red cups, keg stands and needing quarters to do laundry-- at least that was our experience! For Jillian's housewarming we've come up with a fun, festive college-feel for food, decor, and even games.

Here are a few thoughts to inspire and get you in the mood to party: kegs, chips, Animal House, beer pong, Jell-o shooters, quarters, Top Ramen and Tylenol. Lots and lots of Tylenol.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Melanie's Housewarming

This weekend we celebrated Melanie's new home! Friends and family helped christen the new house and we were thrilled to get to be a part of the party.

As guests entered the home they got to see "before" pictures of the rooms when Melanie purchased the home. She replaced flooring, painted, added baseboards and more. Having the "before" pictures there helped highlight the hard work Melanie put into the home.

As part of our Burlap and Barbecue inspiration we had custom burlap banners made for Melanie's entry way and mantle.

We do our best to use decor that is functional after the party and Melanie will be able to use these as decor in the future.

To brighten up the kitchen and draw attention to the food, we lined the large kitchen window with vases of sunflowers. Each vase was wrapped in burlap and secured by twine.

The menu included fruit skewers, Caprese sticks, Swedish meatballs, grilled pineapple and grilled chicken.

Of course we couldn't forget something sweet. These chocolate dipped marshmallows with graham crackers went fast!

Melanie's kitchen island served as a drink station, dressed with a burlap table runner and loaded with Mexican sangria, sparkling lemonade and a variety of Hansen's sodas. We used pineapple wedges to garnish the glasses.

Frisbees, soccer balls and foot balls were available outside for guests to enjoy the yard and it was a perfectly beautiful afternoon! Melanie's friends and family enjoyed themselves so much in fact, that the party lasted long after the time scheduled on the invitation.

Melanie, we are so honored we could share in the "warming" of your new house. We hope you have many, many years of happy memories there to come!
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