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Inspiration~ Easter Centerpieces

20 Apr

A centerpiece will set the mood for your event and add life to your table.  This Easter I am bringing “fun” to the table.  Here are some clever ideas to create a cheerful centerpiece for your Easter table.  These centerpieces incorporate all of the things we love about Easter: Peeps, jelly beans, and carrots.

Carrot Centerpiece
I was smitten with this centerpiece the moment I saw it over at Wants & Wishes.  You can get the complete how-to here and order adorable Easter printables from their Etsy shop.

Jelly Bean Topiary
I love Jelly beans and these topiary are great!  You can get the tutorial over at Oddlekadoodle Primitives.

Peep Show
I must admit that I don’t love Peeps but they will always be an Easter tradition.  Here are a couple of good uses for Peeps.

From Good Housekeeping

From Mix Mingle Glow

Smiles, Arianna


Inspiration~ Bird Baby Shower

8 Apr

Spring is in the air and it seems to be baby shower season amongst my friends.  A couple of my friends are hosting bird themed baby showers, independent of each other.  Here is some bird inspiration for the showers and for spring in general.  These ideas can be used for Easter as well.

These are a nice touch to use for decorating a fitting for a bird themed party.
They are often free as well, I just noticed my neighbor pruned their trees and have piles of branches that would be perfect for this.  Photo from Rebecca Thuss.

Cute Kraft paper garland~
I love all garland and this sweet garland is perfect for a spring time bird baby shower.
You can find this garland and many other adorable ones at Red or Gray Art’s Shop.


Bird Cage Centerpieces~
Using bird cages as decor seem obvious for a bird themed shower and they can be done so many ways.
This one is from Hostess with the Mostess blog.


Pulp party Favors~
These cute bird favors are pulp paper with wildflowers seeds in them.  Your guests can plant the bird watch as their garden blooms with wildflowers.
You can find these and other pupl products from Pulp Art.

Tiny Bird Nest Boxes~
How cute are these tiny bird nests?
They can adorn a gift box and add that special touch to the party.
These nests are from Craft Zany.


And now time for dessert.
Here are some inspiring desserts for a shower or Easter.
These Martha Stewart bluebird cupcakes have been around for awhile, but they are still very cute.


Bird cake~
this cake comes via Pink Cake box.

Other Bird Showers
Still want more? These Bird Themed parties are fantastic, take a look.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower via Hostess with the Mostess






This Let’s Feather Their Nest Couples Shower is simply stunning. I love it.  Again, via Hostess with the Mostess.







Love at First Chirp bridal shower from bliss.







Smiles, Arianna

April Fools’ Day

30 Mar

April Fools’ Day is in a couple of days and here are some great ideas to fool those around you.  There are tons of recipes for foods that look like other foods (a personal favorite of mine) as well as other innocent and fun pranks to play.

How to make your own Spilled Hot Chocolate from Being Crafty

Family Fun
Family Fun site has a great section on all things April Fools including crafts, Foolproof Food Pranks, jokes, and printables.

This grilled cheese sandwich is over at Family Fun.  It is actually angel food cake and frosting!

Silly Cupcakes from our Best Bites

Meatloaf Cupcake
These cute cupcakes are actually meatloaf with mashed potato frosting from Unfork.

Fake Parking Ticket
If foolish food isn’t your thing here is a Free Download for a Fake Parking Ticket from Prudent Baby.

Happy Tomfoolery, Arianna

Fire Truck Party~ Inspiration Board

23 Mar

Ring the alarm my son is going to be 3!  Last year we celebrated with a Monster Truck Party.  This year will be a Fire Truck themed party.  The party is just days away and here is some Fire Truck Inspiration for  his big day.

Handmade gift bags by CherishedBlessings

Firetruck Cake and Cupcakes via Heather Drive


Check out this great Fire Truck Party at Imprintables


Invitations by JM Collections

Hand Painted Glass Gems from Glass Gems by Christine

Smiles, Arianna


Ninja Party ~ Inspiration Board

22 Mar

Ninja Party Inspiration. Here’s a little sneak peak of some of Brayden’s party details…..

Origami Stars @ Origami Joy ~ Origami Cranes @ Made by Jo ~ Ninja Cake Pops @ wanted a monkey blog ~ Ninja Cupcake toppers (free printables) @ Zakka life ~ Ninja Stars @ Anytime Costumes



Made by Jo is donating 100% of her proceeds to the Red Cross to help with the tsunami and earthquake relief. I love when people give back. Thanks Joann!

Modern St. Patrick’s Day

11 Mar

We are seeing green over here at Modern Hostess with St. Patrick’s Day less than a week away.  Here’s some inspiration and resources  for a modern St. Patty’s Day.

Wants and Wishes has put together this amazing dessert table.  I love the rainbows, gold tree, horse shoes, candy wrappers, I love it all.  They offer a Printable St. Patrick’s Luck o’ the Irish Collection at their Etsy shop to make your St, Patrick’s Day complete.  This printable collection offers everything you see here!

And look at these Carmel Rice Krispy Treats at the same site.  Yummy.  The complete recipe and how to is available over at Wants and Wishes.

Check out our other postings for St. Patrick’s day inspiration.

Luck of the Irish Menu Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

St. Patty’s Day freebies

Inspiration~ Mardi Gras

2 Mar

My Aunt is turning 60 and having a Mardi Gras theme birthday bash.  With Fat Tuesday right around the corner this is the perfect time for some Mardi Gras inspiration.  Because of the milestone celebration I figured an elegant Mardi Gras would be fitting and the peacock feathers add a modern flair.  Here is a look at some Modern Mardi Gras Inspiration.

Mardi Gras Cupcakes:   It’s My Party by Ashley

Earrings: Blue Lovebirds

Purple Cow Truffles

Mardi Gras Beads: Oriental Trading

Gold Jester Mask: Nokturnel Eclipse

Peacock hairpiece: Creative Bands

Invitations: Clever Hands Press

Recipe: Drink Swap
Image from The Party Dress

Peacock Feather Floral Centerpiece: Wedding Channel Flickr