Category Archives: Summer

Party Concept: Beach/Pool Party

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Now that summer is here, there’s going to be plenty of beach and pool parties to attend.  I’ve compiled some great ideas for throwing a fabulous party, and you can see them all on my Beach Party Pinterest board.

There are really so many fun things you can incorporate into a beach or pool party.  Enjoy!


Party Spotlight: Red, White & Blue 4th of July Block Party


If you’re looking for some inspiration for your upcoming 4th of July festivities, then take a look at this beautiful red, white, and blue block party styled by Paper & Cake, and featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

The bandanna print on the pinwheels and printables gives it a classic feel, and the stars and stripes add the patriotic flair needed to help celebrate the occasion.

Be sure to check out the rest of this fabulous party from Paper & Cake, and get all the details over at Hostess with the Mostess.  Enjoy!

Party Concept: Day at the Fair

The family and I spent a wonderful day at the San Diego Fair yesterday.  We watched the kids go on a million rides, and my youngest was even tall enough now to go on most of the “big kid” rides – which he LOVED even though he told me “they freaked my lights out”. The kids just couldn’t get enough, and only took a break when it was time to eat.

Jace and Katie on the Swings

So in honor of the fabulous time we had yesterday, I put together a pin board on Pinterest with some great Carnival Party ideas.

If you can’t make it to the fair, bring the fair to your own back yard!  Enjoy!

Inspiration: Summer BBQ – Dessert

The last post in our Summer BBQ series (see our earlier posts here and here) is all about my favorite part of any meal – DESSERT!  I chose this 4th of July Pinwheel party styled by Anders Ruff, and featured on Hostess with the Mostess, because I fell in love with the strung lanterns hanging above the backdrop. Isn’t that a great idea!?  Even though it’s a 4th of July party, the desserts and color scheme would fit in just as well with a red, white, and blue BBQ any time.

The cake pretty much speaks for itself {gorgeous}, and everyone loves a great cake!

Cookies are a pretty easy dessert to offer, and displaying them on a stick, surrounded by red hot candies helps raise the fun meter – especially when they’re shaped like pinwheels. You could also put them in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon, and give them as favors to all your guests.

Think of all the fun you could have with these dipped desserts – yummy strawberries, fluffy marshmallows, salty pretzels, and delicious apples.  You could easily make them yourself with some melted and colored chocolate, and the fruit, or sweet of your choosing.

These cupcakes tucked inside a festive wrapper and topped with a colorful pinwheel are a perfect two-in-one dessert. First you get to eat the yummy cupcake, then you get to have fun playing with the pinwheel.

And when your BBQ is winding down, you can pass out these S’mores kits to each of your guests.  They can roast their marshmallows over a fire pit, or a BBQ grill, or even in the microwave.  Since they are individually packaged, if they don’t feel like making their s’mores now, they can take them home and make them another time.

I realize these sparklers aren’t dessert, but seriously, how cute is this idea!? Decorative matchbox covers and a couple of sparklers with a party circle attached is a great party favor.  And I personally think sparklers are fun on 4th of July, or any time of the year.

Be sure to take a look at the rest of this party, and all the vendors involved, on Hostess with the Mostess, and stop by the Anders Ruff shop to purchase the printables at a great price.  Enjoy!