friday favorites: best event & entertaining ideas of the week

Happy Friday! I don’t have gladiators this week to offer you (those gems only come around so often!) but I do have some lovely and mostly easy to accomplish ideas for your events and parties from fellow bloggers and event planners. Enjoy!

5 British Birthday Party with London Tube DIY Decor

British Birthday Party DIY decor

What a unique idea for a little boy’s birthday party! There are lots of fun details, including “fish and chips” – goldfish and potato chips! – but my favorite part is the DIY London Tube sign. The grandmother of the birthday boy made this by hand with styrofoam, ribbon and vinyl letters. It’s a fun statement piece that helps tie the theme together – I’ve personally never been to London but I know what the Tube signs look like! See more party details over at Between the Sheets.

4 – 4th of July Beer Bottle Printables

4th of July Beer Bottle Printables

I know we just passed Memorial Day but it’s not too early to start making 4th of July plans – I don’t know about you, but my summer seems to already be flying by and it’s not even technically “summer” yet! These printable beer bottle labels would be a fun addition to a backyard bbq. My personal favorite is the “Sweet Liberty” one, as that actually could be the name of a craft brew! Learn more about the printable set over at Smart Party Planning.


3 Nature-Inspired Tabletop with Men in Mind

Father's Day Nature Inspired Tabletop

Tabletop design – linens, chargers, centerpieces, etc! – seem to skew pretty feminine. That doesn’t mean they are necessarily girly, but it’s not often masculine. That’s why I love this tabletop design by Celebrations at Home, which manages to pull off something that men (who care about this sort of thing and aren’t event designers themselves) would enjoy. There are lots of great details, like the faux antlers and the greenery centerpiece in lieu of flowers, but my favorite is the table runner which is actually wrapping paper. So clever!


2 Kraft Paper Place Mats with Fun Messages

Wedding decor - messages of love

This is such a fun idea – for a museum wedding, event designer Juli Vaughn used kraft paper as decor. It made up the backdrop and aisle runner, but my favorite part was how it was used on the tables. The paper was used as place mats or table runners, and at each place setting an inspirational saying about love was written in stylized script. How fun is that! You could easily recreate that for other types of events. I want to try that out at a dinner party on a smaller scale! Maybe the next book club…. More images at Ruffled.


1 Best Food to Bring to A Party

take store bought food and repackage it to bring to a party


While I mostly talk about hosting parties and events, it’s just as important to be a good guest when you are invited to other people’s homes. Rachel at The Chic Site posted a fabulous video on what type of food is best to bring to a party, particularly store-bought food that you can repackage so it looks homemade. Hey – we’ve all been there! There’s nothing wrong with bringing something store bought – it’s the thought that counts, remember! I love Rachel’s ideas – watch the video here.

Happy Entertaining!