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PARTY ideas + decor

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Pink and Orange Little Monkey Valentine Party Theme

little monkey cupcakes

little monkey cupcakes

I’m glad that the New York photographer now based in California Djamilla Rosa Cochran told me about the fabulous “Let’s Monkey Around” sock puppet party that she photographed. You might have seen it featured on the blog of Amy Atlas. Let’s discuss why you should consider a pink and orange color scheme for your Valentine’s Day party.

monkey pop cakes

It is OK to refrain your use of red on Valentine’s Day. Here, the typical red is used sparsely or as a support while the orange and pink steal the show. The result is fresh, bold and playful, just like my Jonathan Alder’s Chevron Pink Toilet Roll Cover for Cottonelle. By the way, I was glad when I saw it inside the swag bag that I received at the Canadian Design Bloggers meetup. The cute toilet roll cover now cheers up my powder room.

monkey sock puppet dessert table for valentine's day

Going back to the party colors, I like the childish elements that would be cute even for grown ups. Tell me who can resist to the charm of monkey sock puppets?

This party is a team effort from California-based vendors. Marjenah of Candy Bar Couture created the dessert table. Jazzy Cupcakes modernly decorated the cupcakes while Cake Pop-in did the cake pops. If you do it yourself, do not be afraid to work with several vendors for a party. Communicating well the colors is key to get a cohesive dessert table. To make sure that everyone is on the same track, rely on colors from paint fans or the Pantone colors to communicate your color choices.

SOURCING:
+ photos by Djamilla Rosa Cochran of The Rose Weddings

 

BABY showers FAMILY

Couples Baby Shower Gift Ideas

couples baby shower party decor and gift ideas

As more dads participate in the baby education, couples baby showers are gaining in popularity. This means that the party décor and gifts must tailored for the mom and the dad. I gathered hip and fun party ideas to get you started.

Party Decor

Inspired by the vintage poster from wartime England Keep Calm and Carry On, the etsy seller Jennysbakeshop designs her own sweet version. Suspend an aqua Keep Calm And Have A Cupcake poster to decorate the party room.

Hanging pennants are always a great idea. You can craft your own with an assortment of paper or textiles.

Baby Bottles

The design of the Green To Grow BPA-free baby bottles is adorable. They are made from PES plastic, which gives them a natural golden color. It comes with a slow-flow nitrosamine-free silicone nipple.

When you buy a baby bottle, look for a brand like Green To Grow who certified that their bottles are phthalate-free and bisphenol A-free. Since it is best to be safe than sorry, avoid polycarbonate plastic baby bottles.

I adored Built NY products. The Built NY Double Thirsty Tote carrying handles snap to strollers, car seats, diaper bags, or whatever else. It comes handy to insulate and protect the baby bottles while you are on the go.

Designed for baby up to 1 year, the Built NY Comfy Bibs, viewed here in the SOHO stripe pattern, has an absorbent, soft and machine-washable surface. The waterproof inner layer keeps moisture out.

Baby Gear and Furniture

Diaper bags are not just for mother anymore. So get the right style for the new dad who does not wish to lose its cool edge. For that, check out the vast collection at Diaper Dude.

The Dad Survival Kit includes a bag, a mini dude and a bottle holder. The sack has sporty messenger styling and many handy features for on-the-go parents. The Diaper Dude Blanket is perfect for a picnic or a day at the beach.

The Offi Nest Bassinet converts to a storage bin on legs. Enhance the gift experience by assembling the bassinet for the parents. Then, place the gifts inside the bassinet at the party. The Nest bassinet looks the best in the walnut finish.

Another way to extend the usage is to convert the bassinet in a play table (a kit is required) and use the nest as a basket. This design of Scott Wilson was formerly known as the Ooba Nest Bassinet.

The Wee Hat is made of 100% cotton with no seams or scratchy tags. The set of 3 hats are available in pink, green and blue.

These gift ideas prove that you keep your style and be well-equipped parents.

SOURCING:
+ BPA-free baby bottle 5 oz wide neck – price: $7.99 USD
+ Built NY Double Thirsty Tote – price: $11 USD
+ Built NY Comfy Bibs – price: $5 USD
+ Diaper Dude Blanket – price: $54 USD
+ Grey Dad Survival Kit – price: $110 USD
+ Offi Nest Bassinet – price: $799 USD
+ Blue Wee Hat Set – price: $35 USD