host a luau with DIY totems

I love clever and I love crafts, so when I saw these DIY totem poles  from All You magazine I had to build an entire inspiration board around them! These are one of those crafts that I wish I had thought of. So very simple and inexpensive, trademarks of the All You brand. Hop over to All You for all the DIY details and how tos.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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introducing luau

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You’re going to want to grab your hula skirt or your Hawaiian shirt for this one because we’re having a luau! Our new luau collection includes custom invitations, thank you cards, decor, cookie cutters and nine coordinating printables from our normal cupcake picks and wrappers to picture frame mattes to show off the guest of honor.

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We start off with our palm tree and flip-flop dinner and dessert plates. They’re fun and fresh and perfect for summer. We actually have three coordinating napkins with this set. A flip-flop beverage napkin, a palm tree guest towel and a solid fuchsia/hot pink napkin if you want to use our flip-flop napkin rings.

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As for cups, we chose two. We’re offering our hot pink polka dot shatterproof cups and we’ve added a new purple polka dot shatterproof cup. Both go beautifully with our straw slips (come in five designs from hibiscus flowers to stripes). I wish I could offer the bamboo placemats too, but we found these at Target in the dollar section along with the table height tiki torches, actually they were $2.50, but still, right?! 

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And these are the luau cookie placecards that I blogged about a few days ago.

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For this collection I wanted to offer a “Menu” matte for the buffet table (the matte is 5×7 with a 4×6 inset so you can print the design and then overprint your menu),

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as well as a “Frozen Refreshments” matte (5×7) that could be perfect for anything from smoothies to ice cream to frozen daquaris {yum!}.

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These are just scoops of sherbert served in icie cones and serving springs (available right now at Target).

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And this adorable little girl is a friend of mine’s daughter. It was taken at a recent birthday party and I thought it was very appropriate to showcase our guest of honor picture frame matte. A beautiful way to greet your guests and remind everyone who deserves all the attention!

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Oh, and we can’t forget to feed our guests lots of sweets. I blogged about our luau cupcake collection a few days ago, but I thought it worth repeating my hula skirt cake plate again. {wink}

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Here are close-ups of the cupcake picks and wrappers. I admit that I’m planning to have at least a small gathering this summer and use these babies. They are just adorable and will be a great precursor to vacation at the beach!

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We also designed water bottle wrappers, that can double as hurricane wrappers or even as a flat napkin ring/flatwear wrapper.

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And last but not least, your guests can’t go home empty handed. Pack up some goodies in a little cello bag,

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or even a white lunch bag with a nice favor tag (read original post about easy favor bags). Maybe send some of those cupcakes to go!

Stop over at the shoppe and check out the entire collection. As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration!

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easy favor bags

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If you’re in need of a quick and easy favor bag and you don’t want to forgo style, pick up some colored lunch bags. It’s really easy to find red and white ones this time of year. I used these white lunch bags for our new luau collection.

I punched two holes, equal distances from the top and sides, and threaded them with hot pink ribbon. Next, I criscrossed the ribbon, touched it with a little glue to hold it in place and snipped the ends. Finally I attached my favor tags with another touch of glue. You could also cut small straight lines in your tag and thread your ribbon through the top and bottom for easy opening.

More to come on the new luau collection tomorrow!

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luau cupcake table

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We were able to finish up the luau collection photo shoot over the weekend and got some great images of the cupcake table. I wanted to dress up the cake plate from the standard white, so I literally dressed it, in a hula skirt (trimmed to length raffia). I love how it turned out! I also lined the interior of each stacking cake plate with coordinating card stock to add more color.

To the sides you can see a few more of our luau collection components: water bottle/beverage wrappers to the left and cello toppers and favor tags to the right. I’ll share more about the favor bags later this week.

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Here are some closer shots of the new cupcake wrappers and cupcake picks that will go with our luau collection. And if you’ve not seen the invitation yet, “like” us on facebook and you can see it now (posted a few days ago), or visit us later this week when we post pics of the entire collection.

Happy Monday everyone! And as usual, I hope you’re inspired!

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luau cookie placecards

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We shot our new luau collection yesterday. As usual it was a lot of fun and a lot of work. And for those of you who follow me on Twitter or “like” the shoppe on Facebook (links in upper left corner) you know we had a few cookie catastrophes yesterday. This beautiful palm tree cookie on the left took a nose dive off the table just after this shot. I admit that I mourned it for a few seconds before I could move on. And the surf board on the right suffered an attack from my 3 year old. At least that happened after the shoot was over. {Who could really blame him, right?}

This collection is truly beautiful and will be perfect whether for a child’s birthday, an adult summer get together or a destination wedding engagement party. I’m really excited to share all the details with you early next week. Until then, I thought I would share my luau placecard and favor idea. 

I picked up some tin pails at the local craft store (washed them really well) and filled them with brown sugar for my sand. I then iced these fun cookies and piped the guests’ names on. Not only are these a great way to mark your placesettings, but they’re also wonderful as a favor for your guests to leave with. I’ll post a pictorial on how to ice them in a few days with some tips on how to make them stand. (The cookie cutters will be part of the new collection coming to the shoppe early next week.)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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