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November 15, 2011

Dinner Party Decor & DIY

 I successfully threw my very first dinner party on Saturday {I feel like such a grown-up} and had such a lovely time planning the decor and set-up. With the help of Bourbon & Bleu and Mint Love Social Club, I created a fabulous board on Pinterest to gather all of our inspirations and food ideas for Aaron's dinner.

Here are a few of our ideas that came to life:
Aaron Profile Toothpick Toppers
  • The oh-so creative Sarah Hearts has an amazing template for these babies
  • I used  Fotoflexer to remove the background from a profile pic I had of Aaron and  Pixlr to black out the image
  • Add the images to the template, print, cut and then glue to the toothpick... ta-da!  
  • Bacon wrapped dates never looked so awesome and Aaron loved them
Mason Jar Center Pieces 
  • Michael's Buys: Mason Jars, Raffia, Clear Beads and Floating Candles
  • Tie raffia bows around mason jar tops
  • Add beads to the bottom and fill water just below the jar lip
  • Top with floating candle and you have a simple and easy table decoration 
 Dirty Martini Bar & Apps Table
  • I was beyond inspired by Sunday Suppers Martini Bar for Aaron's birthday. He hearts dirty martinis so it only seemed natural to have a special cocktail section for him. Plus Dirty 30 just worked so well!
  • Ikea Buys: 3 Decanters and 6-12 Martini Glasses
  • Cost Plus World Market Buy: Chalkboard Stickers
  • Add chalkboard stickers and dirty martini ingredients to decanters: Vodka, Dry Vermouth and "Dirty" {Olive Juice}
  • I also added the martini recipe to a mini chalkboard for our guests. I think chalkboards and raffia may be my favorite decor items ever!
  • Don't you love the balloons and the tin bucket?!
  I can't wait to throw another shindig... Holiday party countdown begins now!


  1. Wow! Looks great! Congrats on your first successful partay!

  2. Looks great! So glad you used the template :) I didn't know Cost Plus had chalkboard stickers. So cool!


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