Posts in the ‘Entertainment’ Category

My Sauza Tequila Ladies Night Shoot

I'm so excited to share this video, because if you watch it, you might notice I'M IN IT!

A few weeks ago, I headed down to LA to be part of a Sauza Tequila video shoot with Jennifer Sbranti from Hostess with the Mostess, Candice Kahn from Fashionably Organized, Jenny Wu from Good, Bad, and Fab, Christi Johnstone from Love from the Oven, and Marisa Guerrero from Margaritas in the Rain.

I was nervous about it. It just seemed weird to pretend I'm having a Cinco de Mayo ladies night in a rented house with a bunch of women I don't know. My daughter even made me this sign back at the hotel to give me strength.

lainey-dont-be-scared

But then I got there, and I met the women, and we started hanging out...

If you've ever been to a video shoot, you know how long they take. We got there at 2:00pm and weren't going to be finished until 10:0pm. So what did we do to fill the time?

We chatted about our lives, our families, our kids, our blogs, our husbands. We talked about food and fashion and business. We got our hair and makeup done, took photos of each other and posted them on Instagram. We ate a ton (a real dinner and a staged dinner and we ate them both). And we even almost froze to death because it was 50 degrees outside when we shot the last outdoor scenes.

But the truth was, it turned out to be a blast!

You see, I spend so much of my time at home alone in my sweatpants in front of my computer, and people in my everyday life don't quite understand what I do. So to hang out for a day with these interesting women who know exactly what I do because they're doing the same thing, made me feel like I belonged. It was an instant bond!

Thanks Sauza Tequila, because by the end of the night, we really were girlfriends at a Cinco de Mayo party enjoying delicious margaritas (recipe at the bottom of the post) in an awesome house with a great view of LA. And I was so glad I did it!

SOME PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS...

Here's the insane house with the swimming pool in the living room, no joke.

photo (7)

Jenn and me posing for the camera.

photo (2)

The gorgeous dinner table. It really did look like a fiesta!

sauza-tequila-shoot

Candice, Christi, and Jenny goofing off between shots.

sauza-tequila-shoot

Marisa pouring more yummy margaritas. This will definitely be my go-to margarita recipe from now on. It has beer in it!

photo (6)

And here we all are posting photos and then commenting on them. Thanks, ladies, for the good times!

photo (4)

SAUZA-RITA RECIPE

  • 1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 1 can frozen limeade
  • 1 can water
He's equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He's ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun - with Sauza Blue, of course. Check us out at http://facebook.com/SauzaMargaritas.

SauzaLogo_50

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sauza® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sauza®.

Add a Cool Cardboard Playhouse to Your Kid's Party

How cool are these cardboard playhouses from Way Basics, and how great would they look at a your kid's next party?

Throwing a tea party, add a play cottage...

Throwing a princess party? How about this castle and carriage...

Throwing a rocket party or Toy Story party? How about this rocket ship...

These playhouses are sustainably made from 80% recycled cardboard, and come with a set of four markers for decorating.

What fun!  Sure you could make your own out of an old refrigerator box, but if you don't have the time or inclination, $35 a playhouse seems worth it to me.

TRENDS: Fun with Picture Frames

I'm a big fan of homemade photo booths at parties.  I think they're a great activity for guests, plus the host gets some nice memories out of it.

I also really like props.  Props instantly get people to relax and have fun.  Ask yourself, who doesn't love getting their picture taken in a big pink boa?

In fact, I've already written about my love of photo booth props here and here, but a photo booth trend I'm also a big fan of is the "empty picture frame."  Not only are they easy to make (just empty out a big framed picture, and you're in business) but I also think you get some visually interesting shots.

Take a look at these picture frame photos from some parties on our site and see what you think...

Tiffany N's Cupcakes + Cocktails Party

Kristy's Super Grover Rave

Mattie B's Roaring 20th Birthday

Need Fun Photo Booth Props?

Then Little Retreats is the photo booth prop shop for you!

How great would these mustaches, glasses, and lips look as part of your next party photo booth?

The great thing about these ones is they're no only fun, they're classy and gorgeous too.

A Sprinkler Party Theme

My daughter finishes school this week so I definitely have summer on the brain.

I saw this sprinkler-themed party idea on Martha Stewart and had to blog about it.


Sprinkler themed party

For anyone with kids but no pool, what a fun way to have an outdoor party in the heat.  The key is to have a lot of sprinklers so the party starts to feel like a water park.  You can even add a Slip N Slide for more fun.


Slip N Slide

And it's easy to tie in a water/fish theme with invitations, food, and favors.

I like the idea Martha Stewart has of DIY fish towel favors.  Cute and functional.


DIY towel favor

My Favorite Twilight Saga Cakes

With "Eclipse" about to open at the end of the month, and being the cake lover that I am, I thought I'd honor the movie with my nine favorite Twilight saga cakes.

Aren't they just beautiful?


Courtesy of fanpop.com


Courtesy of Miss Catty Cakes


Courtesy of Annie's Eats


Courtesy of Kell's Kreations


Courtesy of Cre8acake


Courtesy of Salt Cake City


Courtesy of Tantalizing Treats


Courtesy of Tara's Cupcakes


Courtesy of cakecentral.com

SPOTLIGHT ON: An Insanely Awesome Picnic Engagement Party

I fell in love with Morgan + KTs Picnic Engagement Party the first moment I saw the pictures.

What speaks to me about it is that it's homemade, low key, beautiful, fun, and all about love.  What could be better?

[caption id="attachment_1817" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The party theme."]

I asked Katie, from NSW Australia, how she created it, and here's what she said:

What was your inspiration for the party?

I can't remember my exact inspiration for the party but I know it was just coming out of winter and I wanted to get outdoors and into the sunshine! Also a lot of our friends were also having night time engagement parties and we wanted to do something a little different.

We wanted to create a laid back picnic feel, where people could dine on the grass, enjoying the sunshine and where we could spend a lazy Saturday afternoon with our friends and family. Unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate for us and we ended up having to bring in shelters and no-one really 'picnicked' on the grass (instead on chairs) but we had fun just the same.  I created a mind map for the event and starting listing all the ideas that came to mind when I thought of a picnic party - and it kinda grew from there.

Here is what i wrote on my blog: “simple a little country (to compliment our wedding which is being held in the country) picnic style a red & orange colour theme and a M+K= <3 theme (which many of our guests cleverly used too!)

[/caption]

Can you describe all the different things that went on during the party? You can find a lot of info on this on my blog: www.alittlebirdtoldmeso.blogspot.com (under wedding) I have listed all the things we did in seperate posts.

Food: Morgan's cousins acted as servers and brought out trays of yummy food. For mains we served chicken ceaser salad and anglo-asian lamb salad in noodle boxes (which were left over from another party) It was YUMMY. Also yummy was the home made lemonade which was drunk out of straws with flags which guests were asked to write their name on.


Homemade lemonade in jelly jars.

Games: We set up lawn boules on the grass, random balls and I'm pretty sure Morgan put some cricket equipment out too. The homemade twister quilt was also a fun game for kids and adults alike.


Homemade Twister sign


Homemade Twister game in action.

Another easy 'game' was leaving buckets of chalk on the driveway to help keep our littlest guest occupied. They loves it and created a whole 'hopscotch land' and covered the rest of the driveway in M<3 K!


The kids played with sidewalk chalk

Photo booth: We hung a sheet between two palm trees, put our camera on a tripod, created some felt mustaches from an online tutorial and had guests take silly photos of themselves. It was a lot of fun and we got some of the best shots of our guests from here. I plan on scrapbooking them with notes from the guestbook.


Homemade photo booth complete with mustaches.

Guestbook: We hung some twine between some palm trees and cut simple squares out of scrapbooking paper which were pegged onto the twine. We also used the line to display some of our favorite engagement photos.


Wishes were strung on clothes lines.

Quiz: We gathered everyone together and made a silly quiz of our relationship. The idea was that at least one guest knew an answer to each of the questions and guest had to mingle to find the answers they didn't know. The answered were then read out and lead into the speeches. (there was also a small prize for the winner)

Speeches + toasts: Speeches were a special part of the day. Also a very special was the part where Morgan's dad prayed over our marriage, relationship and wedding preparation while all of our friends and family joined in.

What were the most fun things to design and create? I had a lot of fun sewing up the twister quilt. And love the idea how this can one day become a family heirloom and picnic tradition - we have used it a lot for picnics since!


Homemade Twister quilt

Also fun was making the chalkboard signs and flag straws, cupcake toppers, framed signs and any paper related crafts.

What activities were the most fun for your guests and you during the party?

The guests all commented on the food actually, particularly Morgans mum's berry pie. :)
And I guess the photobooth were a lot of guest had fun hanging around and being silly.

And for the kids it was the chalk on the driveway!

And we really loved getting to sit down together the morning after the party, at breakfast, and reading over all the guestbook notes from family and friends. There were some really funny responses!

What was your budget?

Hmm wow. As our party was about 7 months ago I can't really remember that one.

But I do know some hints as to how we kept costs down.

Having a party at home was definitely a money saver because it meant no hire costs. We were also lucky enough to borrow all the chairs from church and the 'circus' tarpaulin from a friend. So don't be afraid to ask friends and family if you can borrow.

Instead of buying an 'engagement cake' we opted to make our own cupcakes, which were actually just simple packet mixes (although we made our own icing) - they took about 5 hours worth of icing but were worth it.


Homemade cupcakes and cupcake toppers.

We also made all our own food - a joint effort from my mum, Morgan's mum and aunt, sister, cousins and myself. It was a lot of work but meant we didn't need to hire a caterer. And cousins helped serve so Morgan and myself could enjoy the party.

Signs were made from scrap wood and left over chalk board paint from another project. And other objects, frames, tables, glass jars were brought in from around the house.

We made the invitations ourselves and found lots of free tutorials online for eg. the envelope labels, mustaches, Martha Stewart banner:http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/click-print-banner so keep a great eye out for free printables and ideas.


Homemade invitations.

How long did it take to put together?
I can't quite remember this one either. I think a 2-3 months?
What's your wedding going to be like?

We are having a Spring time wedding in the Hunter Valley NSW with an outdoor ceremony followed by a garden party and then a reception at a closeby vineyard. We want to day to be fun and a reflection of us and most importantly our relationship with Christ and his plan for marriage. So you can expect lots of handmade touches, fun music, games and untraditional twists.
We are also planning to keep our friends and family (they mean a lot to us) quite involved - we will be getting married by Morgan's uncle and close friends will play music etc.
Morgan and Katie's wedding is in November and she promises to share her wedding photos on Catch My Party.   As soon as she does, I will add them to the blog so you can see them!
Can't wait, Katie!!

Top Chef Masters Wedding Wars

I love "Top Chef Masters," so how psyched was I to watch last week's episode and see that it was "Wedding Wars."

I wish I could have tasted the food.  How many times have I been to a wedding where the food was just adequate, or not even that great.  What would it be like to be at a wedding and eat food prepared by awesome chefs?

The desserts made by Govind Armstrong where quite impressive, but I have to say I was happy when Jody Adams won the challenge.  She seems modest and hard working, no showboating, which I like.

But I've got a couple questions... How do they pick the couple to feature on the show?  Are they foodies, because based on the episode they didn't seem like it.  And what's it like to have a reality show filming at your wedding?

Even though I think of myself as a slight foodie, I'm not sure I'd welcome the cameras, even for the free food.  Any thoughts?

How to Throw a Sex and the City Themed Party

Now that Sex and the City 2 is premiering on May 27th, I thought it was time to write about how to throw your own Sex and the City 2 themed party.

First off, you can always start old school.

  • For drinks serve cosmopolitans, Manhattans, Long Island ice teas, or appletinis
  • For food, Chinese food and sushi are two show favorites
  • Send fancy invitations and ask your guests to dress as their favorite character
  • For atmosphere, put out boas, scarves, gloves, sunglasses, flower pins, and jewelry
  • To create a NYC backdrop, hang twinkle lights and blow up some pictures of the New York City skyline
  • Play the show DVDs, the first movie, or the movie soundtrack during the party
  • Play the Sex and the City trivia game

But now to make it more current, add some Middle Eastern flavor.

  • Serve some middle eastern dishes like hummus, tabouleh, falafel, baba ganoush, and kebabs
  • Decorate with sand, blow up palm trees, and toy camels
  • Provide colorful scarves for your guests and have a belly dancing contest
  • Create a game to see who can point to Abu Dhabi on a map
  • Get "Team Aidan" and "Team Big" t-shirts made to give out as party favors
If you have any other ideas, please share.  And if you have a Sex and the City 2 party, let me know.  I'd love to write about it here in my blog.

Just 21 days until opening day... but who's counting.

Birthday Party Bash - A New Game for the Nintendo Wii

We've been getting a lot of new birthday parties on the site, so I thought this was a good time to write about Birthday Party Bash, a new game for the Nintendo Wii.  I have not tried it yet, but since my husband is big gamer (and is trying to turn my daughter, who just turned three, into one too), I'm sure we will own it soon.

It's exactly what it says, a virtual birthday party for up to twelve people.  It has party games such as Pin the Tail, Hot Potato, Present Frenzy, Balloon Popper, Musical Chairs, and Sack Race.

There are also ten different girl and boy themed party rooms including: pirate, glamour, sports, princess, construction, stuffed animals, monsters, magical forest, army men and music to choose from.

And when it's time to cut the cake, guest can enjoy a lively rendition of  "Happy Birthday" with a virtual cake on screen.

According to one reviewer on Amazon: "This is basically a series of mini-games for kids with a birthday party thrown in as a way to connect everything. It's certainly cute, but definitely not a 'birthday party in a box' as is suggested.  I would not advise chucking out all your big party plans and inviting some of your kid's friends over to celebrate with this game."

Sorry parents, the planning continues...

I Blog for Spoonful
Paper Papel Shop
Party Plan-It Designs
Maple Craft
Piggy Bank Parties
FrogBlossoms
Jes Parker Events & Celebrations
Smashcakeandcompany
The Party Fairy
Cutie Patootie Creations
Via Blossom

Categories

Close Follow Catch My Party