Posts in the ‘Party Themes’ Category
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- Kori Clark - Summer Bucket List
- Catch My Party - Summer Party Printables
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- NoBiggie - Root Beer Float Printable
- Pen N' Paper Flowers - Fill in Summer Bucket List
I thought it would be fun to throw a party where the main activity was to let my friends create their own pizzas. I love activities at parties, especially if they involve food. I think it creates a playful vibe, easy conversation and lots of laughter.
I printed out this awesome set of pizza party printables from our site, with every topping label imaginable, plus a whole host of other decorative goodies. You can download the whole free pizza party printables collection here.
The DESIGN A PIZZA kits come in three varieties:
- Pepperoni and Sausage with Peppers & Onions
- Chicken, Green Peppers & Red Onions with Pepperoni
- Spinach, Tomato & Red Onion with Pepperoni
Here are the pizzas right out of the box, with all the ingredients in separate pouches.
Here's my invitation.
I held the party on my back patio. I covered my big table in white butcher block paper to make it feel like a work space.
I put the two frozen pizzas on upside down disposable cookie trays. Then I put out all the toppings in little glass bowls with their corresponding tented labels. I printed out some of the other decorations, and of course, didn't forget the beer and wine.
I was so excited when my friends arrived.
They loved the set up, and it didn't take them long to find their creative spirits.
Voilà, a beach ball pizza and a... sort of abstract pizza with lots of meat and very few veggies. :)
And here we all are enjoying our pizzas. They were super cheesy with a thick crunchy crust, and the toppings added a nice mix of salty, smoky, crisp, and fresh flavors. Plus, I think the fact that we created them ourselves made them extra delicious.
And because you can't throw a pizza party without cupcakes, here are the chocolate ones I served for dessert.
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I love summer parties! This weekend I got to throw one, and I have to say, summer parties are my favorite. It's the casual, easy feel of eating outside, the delicious summer fruits and vegetables, the long days and warm nights, and even the flip flops (and yes, I wore them)...
We invited over some old family friends and their children, and thanks to Pier 1, I got to really style it up (I call my theme "colorful boho"). I also used our new free retro summer printables to help set a playful mood!
The welcome sign was a huge hit with the guests, they all commented on it."Fred's Steak" that we get at our local butcher. It's got this weird black exterior, but tastes amazing on the inside!
We were asked by Hebrew National to share a recipe using their famous quality franks, so we decided to make a grilled hot dog sandwich topped with some delicious spicy habañero chimichurri!
Originally from Argentina, chimichurri is a marinade usually made from parsley, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice that adds a zing of flavor to all kinds of meat.
We decided to add some heat to our chimichurri with habañero peppers. We love spicy and we thought it would balance the smoky, salty flavors of the hot dog well!
We sliced our hotdog in half, grilled both sides to get a good char, toasted up some whole wheat bread from the farmer's market, placed our hot dog on a bed of arugula and mizuna (I love greens that add a little bite). Then we topped our hot dog with our spicy chimichurri sauce and added some heirloom tomato slices for acid and crunch.
The whole thing was so easy and yummy! This sandwich is a great way to take your hot dogs to a whole new level this summer.
SPICY HABAÑERO CHIMICHURRI RECIPE
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced or pressed
- 1 tablespoon onion
- 2 teaspoons of finely diced habañero pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
Combine olive oil, parsley, red wine vinegar, garlic, lime juice, and salt and habenero pepper in a bowl. Mix and taste. Two teaspoons of habanero should be medium spicy. Add another teaspoon or two if you like it hot! Let it rest for an hour or two to let the flavors combine.
When entertaining in summer, I love putting food out and giving my guests lots of choices.
For a BBQ, I recommend putting out a plate of grilled hot dogs, some sliced bread, some lettuce and tomato, and an array of condiments including ketchup and mustard for those old school flavors. (You can see my Hunt's Tomato Ketchup and Gulden's Mustard here which I served right next to my chimichurri).
I'd give no instructions to my guests on how to make their sandwiches, but let them do the creating. It's more fun that way, and if you can get people talking about food -- their likes and dislikes -- you have a party. In my opinion, there's no better ice breaker!
With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It's all about what makes the cut (and what doesn't). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.
“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.”
This fabric garland is a fun and easy way to decorate for the 4th of July. I love its rustic look!
- 1/4 yard fabric in assorted colors
- Rotary cutter or scissors
2. Knot a fabric strip around the twine.3. Pull both ends of the strip towards you.
4. Repeat in a pattern of your choice.July 4th party ideas and free July 4th party printables from our site!
1. ChanelNothing says classy like Chanel. Check out the party and you'll see why you'd be celebrating in style.
2. High HeelsAnother way to celebrate your love of fashion, is to show off some high heels and bring a sexy, stylish, feminine vibe to your party!
3. Pink PartyIf you're looking for something more demure, how about throwing a party all in pink!
4. SuperheroWhat woman isn't Wonder Woman in her own right! Shouldn't you celebrate that way?
6. Fiesta FortyIf you want to add lots of bold colors and flavors to your 40th, think about hosting a 40th fiesta! Wait until you see the leche cakes with 40 candles. Click through.
8. BollywoodIf you want bright colors and a taste of the exotic, host a Bollywood party. You can even include dancing!
9. BurlesqueLooking to turn up the sex appeal? A burlesque themed 40th birthday leaves just enough to the imagination but is definitely interesting! 40th birthday parties on our site!
If you need last minute Father's Day gifts for your kids to make, check out our two free printable solutions. The first is printable Father's Day coupons you can put in a jar or Father's Day card and... voila! There are pre filled out coupons ("a hug," "sleeping in," etc.), and blank cards your kids can fill out themselves.
The second is a "Hands down... Best Dad Ever!" printable your kids can personalize with their own handprints. Just put the image a frame and you've got a great keepsake for Dad!Free Father's Day party printable collections you can use to decorate.
When I'm planning a party, the first thing I think about is the mood I want to set.
With the help of Pier 1, I get to throw a fantastic dinner party this summer. Because we'll be inviting friends with kids and it will be outdoors, I know it's going to be casual. But how do I keep it casual and still add style?
When I think about setting a great "mood" at a party, I always think about my friends' mom. Her parties always had the best food, they were always beautiful, but they never felt fussy. I always looked forward to going to them, even though they were usually filled with lots of adults I didn't know.
Years later, I realized she was able to accomplish this because she was never fussy. She had this casual, effortless, confident way about her as she breezed through the party serving her freshly grilled salmon or home baked pie. It was genuinely fun for her to play hostess and it showed.
I try to internalize this lesson. The best way for me to guarantee a successful party is to not sweat the small stuff (something I'm prone to do), but to relax and have fun at my own party. Happiness is contagious after all.
So, for this party, my goal is to keep it casual, and for style, to worry less about whether the table cloth matches, but instead to add a touch of whimsy and fun... I was inspired by this silly cat planter I found at Pier 1.
And my third inspiration is this lantern. It's not something I would normally gravitate to because, to be honest, it's a little busy for my taste. But it reminds me to step outside my comfort zone, to be okay in not nailing down every detail, but instead to just let things sparkle in their own right... as we eat good food, share some wine and laughter, watch our kids play... and mostly just be together.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1.