friday favorites – best event & entertaining ideas of the week

In this week’s edition of Friday Favorites, I continue my s’mores obsession, share a way to make haybale seating even easier (it’s possible!), have a cute DIY and more. Enjoy!

(5) DIY Drink Umbrellas

DIY Drink umbrellas [best ideas of the week]

How much do you love those cute little tropical drinks with the umbrella in it? Does it remind you of sitting under a palm tree, watching the ocean or pool? Well there’s nothing wrong with popping one of those bad boy in any drink and pretending that you’re beachside, but to make it even easier, Parties for Pennies has shared a really easy DIY version of the drink umbrellas. I can’t wait to try them!


(4) Salad Bar Cart

Salad Bar Cart


Everyone is obsessing over bar carts right now. I’ll admit it, I’m obsessing too. But what to do with that bar cart if you don’t want to fill it with booze and all the accoutrements? Put a salad bar on it, obviously! What a cute little display that would be perfect for backyard parties, or could be a fun display option for catered events. Catch the details over at Pizzazzerie, including ideas on how to style your salad bar (cart).


(3) Free Cheers Printable Invitation

Cheers Printable Invitation

If you are hosting a summer soiree, why not use these adorable invitations by Sarah Hearts? I love the design, and of course, anything that says, “Cheers.”


(2) Hay bale Seating

Hay Bale Seating

Hay bales are a fun alternative for seating at country and rustic themed events. But if you’ve ever taken a hay ride or otherwise sat on hay you know it’s not exactly… comfortable. (And you know I’m a stickler for comfortable seating after the plastic folding chair incident of June 2014).  I love the idea of covering the tops of the bales with sheets… but even better, I love the idea of asking hotels for their old sheets. What a great way to save money! Wash the sheets first, of course. This idea was featured over at Lemon Thistle, check out more photos there.


(1) More s’mores

Life Changing S'Mores

I know I’ve been getting a little excessive with my s’mores posts this summer, but Buzzfeed beat me to the punch and made a list of 39 ways to make s’mores event better. The possibilities are pretty extensive. Visit Buzzfeed for the list.

Happy Friday!


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