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Skinny Poolside Dip & Party Invitations

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

This sounds so good! I’m making it this weekend to enjoy around the pool!


1 red pepper
2 jalepenos (unseeded – leave seeds in if you want spicer)
1 can of corn
1/2 can diced olives
16 oz fat-free cream cheese (softened)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip seasoning mix.

Mix ingredients together. Serve with crackers or raw veggies.

Then dive right in!

Skinny Pool Dip Recipe great for Parties!

Invited to a party or throwing one, this dip is perfect as an appetizer guests will love. Feel free to add your favorite ingredients. I left out the olives and added green onions and cilantro for a more fiesta style dip.

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White Party Invitations and Inspiration

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A “White Party” is a popular way to celebrate summer whether you title your party “Beginning of Summer” or “End of Summer,” having invited guests dress in all white is an invitation that gets them excited and takes some planning on their part to come up with an awesome outfit. Our Beige Patio Umbrella Invitations or Summer White Party Invitations are a perfect way to invite your guests to your celebration.

Summer White Party

Along with the all white attire required, your party decor and food served should also follow the all white theme.  Dressing your tables is fairly easy as you can find white table cloths, plates, utensils, flowers, and candles almost anywhere.

Palm Tree All White Party Invitations are perfect for birthday party invitations, summer party invitations and more. See all our designs at

For you Tables, dress them up and add some flair with candles in hurricane lamps filled with sand and scatter white starfish or sea shells around the table top with white votives.

Another beautiful idea is to find wrapping paper with a white on white embossed or shimmer pattern and use it a table runner for all your tables or only your serving table.

Add white paper lanterns or white balloons among white twinkle lights in your trees or strung from your house to a tree or post to provide light as well as a beautiful design element.

Beach Shoreline Summer All White Party Invitations

If you decide to stick with the white theme for the food you will be serving, we have a list of ideas in our article Labor Day White Party.  Cupcakes are wildly popular for single serving desserts and can be dressed up with our Shimmery White Cupcake Wrappers.

Chic Palm Trees Summer All White Party Invitations

White wine, white sangria, champagne, or our favorite for the taste as well as the price, Roederer Estate Brut Sparkling Wine $23 or under, would be good choices to serve for cocktails.  For appetizers, set out white platters of white cheeses, cucumber sandwiches and hummus and chips.

For favors, some white chocolates shaped as sea shells wrapped in a white favor box with a bow is a nice way to show your guests you appreciate them attending your event.

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If the Broom Fits – Halloween Witch Ideas

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Witches are a fun theme for Halloween for all ages. They can be scary, funny, humorous or even whimsical. I love all the fun ideas that you can find with witch themes for Halloween.

If the Broom Fits - Halloween Witch Ideas

Put Down the Knife: 10 Halloween Painted Pumpkins

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Put down the knife! Once you’ve tried painted pumpkin decorating instead of carving, you’ll have a hard time putting down the paint brush. Handing your child a paintbrush to create their own Halloween pumpkin art is also safer than letting them use a knife.

10 Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Grab a bunch of mini pumpkins and turn kids’ creativity loose with paint, glitter, jewels or other embellishments and watch the fun. Another fun idea is to use glow-in-the-dark paint to over the designs for an added night time glow.

If you want your creations to last longer than a few weeks, try using fake pumpkins!

Painted Halloween Pumpkins: Cinderella's Carriage

Painted Halloween Pumpkins: Cinderella’s Carriage

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Polka Dot Pumpkin

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Polka Dot Pumpkin

Painted Pumpkins Pink and White Color Blocking

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Pink and White Color Blocking

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Gold Glitter

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Gold Glitter

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Ivory Jeweled Pumpkins

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Ivory Jeweled Pumpkins

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Edgy Chic Pumpkins

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Edgy Chic Pumpkins

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Black and White

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Black and White

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Hand Painted

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Hand Painted

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Black on White Designs

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Black on White Designs

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Turquoise Pumpkins

Halloween Painted Pumpkins: Turquoise Pumpkins

Once you’ve started decorating for fall or Halloween, why not have a party?  It can be as simple as a small get together with the neighbors or a trick or treat romp with the kids. 

Have guests bring their favorite side dish to go with a big crock pot of chili and dinner’s served.

If you’re going for a full-blown Halloween costume party, you’ll want to invite guests early enough to get your date reserved on their calendars. For the best turnout, mail Halloween Invitations that set the tone for your party and get guests excited to attend. Skip their inbox if you want a great response for your event.

Let us know if you’re going to try painted pumpkins this year! 


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Halloween Costume Contest Categories

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Halloween costume contests inspire guests to get into the spirit of the evening. Add the phrase “Halloween Costume Contest Prizes” to your Halloween party invitations and get ready to have a blast.

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Vote by secret ballot, have the hosts only vote, or create a runway for guests to strut their stuff for votes.


Two Sombreros Cinco de Mayo Invitations and Inspiration

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Two Sombreros Cinco de Mayo Party Invitations and Inspiration | Come see our entire collection at

Cinco de Mayo is more of an American tradition than Mexican. It’s a fabulous time to get friends and family together – just add food.

Create your party with colorful tableware and cocktails and don’t forget to mail your guests party invitations if you want a great turnout.

Sources: Sombreros Invitations, Blue MargaritasTablescape, Bottles in Trees

Radiant Orchid Mason Jar Invitations and Inspiration

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Radiant Orchid Inspiration Board

Tree of Mason Jar Invitations in shades of Radiant Orchid are perfect for bridal shower invitations, birthday party invitations, a backyard barbecue, summer party and more.

The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, you will find Radiant Orchid popping up in everything from jewelry and handbags to makeup and paint colors.

Sources:  Purple Mason Jar Invitations, Purple Chandelier, Mac Vibrant Grape Eye Shadow, Amethyst Single Pendant Necklace Accent, Orchid Nail Art, Radiant Orchid Paint, Macaroons

Invitations also come in blue or green.

Purple Party Inspiration and Floral Diecut Dress Invitations

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Purple Floral Diecut Dress Party Invitation Inspiration BoardOne of the most popular colors for parties is purple whether it’s for a bridal shower, sweet sixteen birthday or a wedding.

The party invitation is a die cut dress of shimmery white paper with a “printed-on” floral pattern and belt set on top of a shimmery purple basecard. Our exclusive dress invitations also come with shimmery white envelopes to complete the look. You can change the wording to match your special occasion.

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Kentucky Derby Fashions Head-to-Toe

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Kentucky Derby HatWhen it comes to Kentucky Derby fashions, what is appropriate to wear to Churchill Downs race day will also work for Derby parties you have been invited to.

The Kentucky Derby Hat
It all starts with the hat, or at least it did for me. My trip to the Derby was a birthday surprise from my husband and friends gifted me my Derby hat. I think starting with the hat made dress shopping easier as it was much harder to find a hat than I imagined.

If you’re lucky enough to be at Churchill Downs race day, don’t think you can skip the hat and not be noticed. Whether custom-made or off-the-rack, if you’re a woman, you’ll feel out of place without a hat. If a big frilly confection is just not for you, try a fascinator that you can secure with a headband or a comb.

The Dress
The Derby is an event where you can dress to feel like a Southern belle even if you’re a Yankee. A dress is a must, but the style is up to you. As the weather can be anything the first Saturday in May, a sleeveless or strapless dress with a sweater or coat you can remove as temperatures change will be the most comfortable. (While terribly unfashionable, you will want to stuff some plastic rain ponchos in your bag in case of rain. You’ll thank me if they’re needed.)

The Shoes
Be prepared to walk and walk and walk while at Churchill Downs. I thought I had chosen comfortable shoes, but by the end of the day, the cobblestone pathways and time on my feet made me wish for a comfy pair of flip flops. If you choose to wear heels, you might want to carry a handbag large enough to hold a pair of sandals or Foldable Ballet Flats for the after-the-race walk and wait for transportation.

The Jewelry
Keep it simple. Your Derby hat will be your statement piece so you might want to go with simple gold or silver hoops or studs or pearls and a simple necklace.

The Bag
Remember our advice to carry a bag large enough to fit comfy shoes? You might want to carry a cute hip bag or over the shoulder clutch to keep hands free for your Julep, racing program or to go place your bets and a larger tote bag in a style your date won’t mind carrying that could hold binoculars, rain ponchos and your souvenir Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glasses (yes, they are glass!) home after the race.

The Men
If your man likes to wear hats, you can go with anything that is a throwback to yesteryear or sporty fedoras that compliment his outfit. Seersucker suits are always in fashion for the Derby paired with the bright hues of spring. We love the ties from Vineyard Vines made for the Derby – Mint Julep Tie and the Run for the Roses Tie.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep TieKentucky Derby Run for the Roses Tie

Sunscreen never crossed my mind until about an hour after I’d been in the sun and my shoulders started turning pink.  They don’t sell it (or they didn’t) at the track but I found a vendor nice enough to share some of his with me. Just throw it in that big tote your date will be carrying and you’re all set for a fabulous day at the races.

Blue and Brown First Communion Party Ideas

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Blue and Brown First Communion Invitations and Party Ideas

Blue and brown are popular colors for a boy’s first communion.  Adding in hints of green and white with your party decorations creates a beautiful soft and elegant look to your event.  The Brown Cross invitation is printed on shimmery paper and comes with matching shimmery envelopes (available in other colors.)

We love these dessert ideas and the mints with bible verses printed on the packages are a nice touch to your tables.

Sources:  Swirled Brown Cross on Shimmery Blue Invitations, Strawberries, Cross Favor Bags, Hydrangeas, Cross Cupcakes, Bible Verse Buttermints, Party Decor, Blue Organza Tote Favor Bag 

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