October 20, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

If you want to get in on the fun this Halloween, rather than simply attending an event, why not consider holding your own?

Halloween is the perfect time of year to try your hand at hosting a spooktacular “ghouls” night out. Make use of your DIY skills to create simple, handmade projects with a spooky twist. Trust me, this wasn’t a scary process.

I started out with three different simple ideas to accent my Halloween inspired fireplace.

A simple BOO banner made with cardstock lettering, a glue gun and string.

Hand painted pumpkins that were so easy to do with Martha Stewart craft paints.

And last but not least, some bug boxes which were also so easy to put together with dollar store boxes, paints and a glue gun.

My Halloween shopping adventure started at two of my favourite stores. Pier 1 Imports and Homesense Canada(HomeGoods in the USA). Take a look at the cool, modern wall hanging I snagged at Homesense. As soon as I saw it, I had visions of spiders crawling up and all over it. Speaking of which, I had a tough time finding bugs in the stores. Yes, you heard me right. I was on a major bug hunt for this shoot and guess what? The only place I could find them was at Party City.

Believe it or not, most stores had their Halloween decor items on the shelves in August! Thank you!

I went into the stores, drooled over all the gorgeous items and filled my shopping cart to the brim. One of my favourite items was this “spellbook”, it definitely went hand in hand with my new skeleton friend. Another top pick were these spider and bat reversible sequined mermaid pillows. Quick confession, I was playing with them all day!

The colour theme I went with is Halloween glam. I wanted everything to pop, so I used hot pink, bright orange, black and white.

Once you’ve set up your fireplace mantle with all your wares, why not serve up a signature drink to your guests like this one? First of all, how cute are these? Thanks to Martha you can whip up Boonilla shakes in a jiffy.

See? It’s as easy as 1, boo, 3 !

It may be the spookiest day of the entire year, but I hope your day is filled with no tricks and all treats.

Happy Halloween everyone!

See you next week.

debi @simplybeautifuleating

xx, Debi
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October 18, 2017

DIY Floral Table Runner

If you haven’t seen the photos of Seri’s amazing Rosh Hashanah dinner from last month, you should go check them out. Every detail from the gold leaf apple place cards to the tableware made for stunning dinner her family will never forget. But the real show stopper was the amazing floral table runner.

I know we mention how easy these floral runners are ALL the time, so we figured it was about time to show you how we make them. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Clippers

2.Your favorite type of greenery- we used Italian Ruscus!

3.Floral Water Tubes

4.Flowers of your choice- we used Dahlias

5.Additional accents, like our geometric candle holders

Watch and LEARN!

I hope you try this at home for your next gathering, because you wouldn’t believe how easy and beautiful it is! I can’t wait to dress up my holiday table this year with a stunning  floral runner!

Are there any #LMP tricks you’re dying to see a video of?! Shoot me an email so we can add it to our list: maggie@littlemisspartyplanner.com.

 

xx, Maggie
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October 16, 2017

DIY Hula Party Girl Costumes

If you’ve been following the Little Miss Party Team recently, you’ve probably seen that we’ve been obsessed with all things Halloween. CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP. Until November 1st, at least…

And with this holiday comes the need for costumes. As you all know, I’ve recently been named “crafty Maggie,” so it was up to me to come up with a fun DIY costume. We’ve had these metallic fringe table skirts laying around the office forever, so I figured this was the perfect way to get use out of them. The first thing that came to mind was HULA PARTY GIRLS! What a perfect spin on the traditional Hula Girl costume for a group of sparkle-loving party planners?!

Here’s what you will need: metallic fringe party skirt, scissors, ribbon, large safety pins, hot glue, a pen.

The steps are super simple!

Step 1: Measure out an arm span’s worth of ribbon, cut excess fringe at about 10in long, and then hot glue pieces along the ribbon center. Glue enough fringe to reach around your bust, leaving ribbon on each end for tying around.

Step 2: Use the pen to push the fringe down and secure it into the glue.

Step 3: Trim any excess fringe from the top so it is flush with the ribbon. Cut another piece of ribbon to cover the inside of the fringe. Glue it down to cover the messy parts of the fringe and allow for comfort when wearing it.

Step 5: Wearing a tube top or bralette underneath, put on the fringe top and tie the ribbon in the back.

Step 6: Take the rest of the fringe skirt (ours came sewn into this purple fabric!) and pin it in the back with a large safety pin.

Step 7: Add cute flowers or leis to complete your Hula Party Girl look!

Happy costume making!!!

xx, Maggie
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October 15, 2017

Seri’s Closet: 3 Ways to Wear a Black Skirt

I feel like everyone has a black skirt in their closet. Or…at least you should. That’s how I felt when I found this black skirt at H&M and it was like…20 bucks.  YESSSSS. Now I wear this black skirt with everything! It can be styled so many different ways in a dress up or dress down kinda way.

Here’s three ways that I style this black skirt which you can do with any black skirt because you know how H&M works and if I try to suggest you find it…you probably won’t. They change their inventory over like I change my underwear.

But JUST IN CASE you’re lucky enough…here’s the direct link to the black skirt that I’m wearing in these photos.

Sleeveless Striped Sweater: Club Monaco
Geometric Rose Gold Necklace: Coal Miner’s Daughter
Grey Suede Heels: Christian Louboutin

Red Tube Top: Artizia
Chunky Clear Necklace: Anthropologie
Slouchy Peep Toe Booties: Kristin Cavallari

White Ruffle Bodysuit: Aritzia 

xx, Maggie
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October 12, 2017

A Skully Halloween Party

This is it folks…Halloween is less than 3 weeks away. What are your plans?

Around here we typically celebrate Halloween three times…first with the kids class, then trick or treating in our building and finally an adults-only party where cauldrons of booze are flowing.

However you are celebrating…we have got the Halloween Party in a Box for you!

Check this out for tips and tricks and more inspiration

And don’t forget to watch our fall DIY flower crowns video to make your Halloween outfit perfectly chic.

To your Halloween Party in a Box here’s what you need to add:

-Champagne, wine and beer. Put a bottle on ice in the cauldron and keep the rest cold in your fridge for guests to help themselves. Make sure to also have plenty of water and a sparkling juice for those who are not drinking, on hand.

-SWEET EATS: yesssss. We went with red and yellow macarons from Made by Pauline and a bloody red velvet cake.

(Cupcakes with the same bloody theme could be a cute alternative and super easy to try at home!)

-Take the orange pumpkins in our party box and spray them gold for an updated metallic look.

-Mood lighting: Dim the lights and fire up some candles.

-Get into the spirit with costumes. We went with sugar skull inspired face paint by Sheila Jordan Art.

Happy Halloween planning!

Shop the Little Miss Halloween Party in a Box now.

xx, Seri
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