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Make Waves at Your Next Beach Bash!

One of the wonderful things about living in Southern California is being able to go to the beach all year round.  I’ll say it time and time again, we’re pretty spoiled with great weather and great scenery around these parts.  While I enjoy having the crashing surf provide a soundtrack to whatever book I happen to be reading, braving the waves and attempting (and usually failing) to body surf, and moseying down the pier or into quaint little stores, my favorite part of the beach has to be the bonfires.  A good beach bonfire can beat the winter chill and can cook up some of summer’s best BBQ — an amazing activity for all year round.  So if you love the beach just as much as I do, you’ll also love throwing beach themed parties.  And the perfect companion to every seaside bash: our Beach Party Mod Party Kits

 beach mod party kit

My perfect beach party would start when the sun rises, end long after it sets and include a very specific list of things.  Components I deem necessary for a beach party:

  • Body board
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Something to read
  • Football (I WILL learn how to throw one properly, someday)
  • Sunscreen
  • Firewood and all things to start a fire (including someone else to do it for me)
  • Lots of water
  • Good friends
  • Good food

Nothing too fancy or complex.  I’ve gone to the beach completely alone and on a total whim plenty of times and still managed to enjoy myself; if you haven’t already gathered, I don’t require much to have a a good time.  I know what you’re thinking, “so why would you need a mod party kit?”  Well, because despite the few needs I have in order to pull off a fun day at the beach, when you throw in a big group of people, organization and planning is your best friend.  Also, not everyone shares my let’s-just-go-and-see-what-happens philosophy especially when they don’t know whether or not they’re going to have something to eat.

A great teacher of mine (and the school’s activities director) used to quote a clever fellow named John Heywood, “many hands make light work.”  It applied to my life when I was on student council helping out with campus events, and it still applies years later in my adult life — especially when it comes to planning events.  In my opinion, nothing beats a potluck when it comes to making “light work” of a party.  With proper planning, a potluck ensures that there’s enough food for everyone and that no one person has to break their small (tiny, in my case) budget.  The brand new mod party kit you received can help you get all the pieces organized. Here’s how:

  1. Each Beach Mod Party Kit comes with twelve menu cards with four different designs: palm tree, seashell, starfish, and seahorse.  Break down your menu into four categories represented by each of those four designs.  Include these cards with the invitations you send out.  The categories I use are: snacks, appetizers, side dishes, and dessert.  Yes, there is a difference between snacks and appetizers.  Snacks are things you can eat on the go and usually grab by the handful, like chips or pretzels.  Appetizers are still bite-sized, but a little more substantial like pigs in a blanket or deviled eggs.  The snacks will stay out as long as they last while appetizers usually go out when we start cooking dinner.
  2. As the host, I usually provide the main course, plates/cups/utensils/etc., ice, and drinks (or ask everyone to bring their own beverages).  I always like to let everyone know this in the invite as well.
  3. Invitations should include all the important stuff plus the potluck information giving everyone a key for the different menu categories.  If you feel it’s necessary, add in a note about using disposable and covered food containers.  The disposable part is optional but a cover is definitely a must-have at the beach.
  4. When your guests RSVP, ask them what they’re bringing and create a master menu list.  This way, if there are any duplicate dishes, you can call and ask if they have an alternative item to bring.  This would also be a good time to ask your friends to bring umbrellas, coolers, and folding tables if you don’t have any/enough yourself.

I mentioned earlier that when I host, I usually provide the main dish.  When it comes to bonfires, I stick with the classic hot dogs and veggie dogs (with their own a separate skewer — this is important!) for my vegetarian friends.  I also make sure to bring all the fixings.  After all the details practically sort themselves out, you can focus on which pair of sunglasses goes best with your newest swimsuit.

Usually, I am so excited to take pictures of my creations, but this week’s project turned out to be me just writing things on the menu cards with a permanent marker.  Good idea? Yes.  Interesting picture?  Not so much.  So I did something a little different…Here’s a glimpse of what I see when I go to the beach, just for you, Blossomers!  Photos taken one lovely morning in Laguna Beach, compliments of my iPhone.

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my new friend, Mr. Seagull
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wearing a long dress didn't stop my from getting my feet wet!
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taken right before those very waves somehow managed to splash me in the face.

Other ways to use your mod party kit at the beach:

  • Decorate the volleyball net with the pennant banner or mark off an endzone for football.
  • Top your masterpiece of a sandcastle with the party icons
  • Keep up the summer theme and make these Margarita-Flavored Cupcakes by Sugar Therapy and dress them up with the cupcake wrappers and toppers.  These zesty and refreshing cupcakes make a great summer dessert for all ages!

beach mod party kit

Until next time,  I’ll be at the beach.



A Welcomed Ray of Sunshine

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

That is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw these classic mod party kits:

Something Blue Mod Party Kit

After daydreaming about beautiful diamond rings and New York City for a good minute, the next thing that came to mind was that little phrase:

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Sound familiar?  Well, that’s probably because I’ve already mentioned it in a previous post…Or, maybe it’s because this is a pretty popular phrase around weddings.  Who knows?  Either way, this phrase inspired the name for this week’s featured mod party kit.  As for this week’s project, I was inspired by Pinterest.  I could go on for days about Pinterest, so I’ll save all of that for another post.  Long story short: it’s addicting fun, has the potential to be a very good business tool, and it’s a great place to find/share creative ideas.  I also watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s during the brainstorming period of this project to try and spark some ideas.  It’s one of my favorite movies and favorite theme idea for everything from special events to home decor.  How could I not watch it?  It wouldn’t be fair to say that I didn’t get any ideas at all, but oddly enough that lightbulb over my head never went on while immersed in the world of Holly Golightly.

The funny thing about that little lightbulb is that no matter how hard you try, it just won’t turn on until it’s good and ready.  That time came at 6:30 am one sunshine-y morning while I was relaxing before I got out of my PJ’s.  Recently, “me-time” has become my morning ritual.  Sometimes I read, sometimes I write, and sometimes I’ll even clean or do laundry.  On this particular morning, I decided to spend my coveted completely-alone-time on Pinterest.  Believe it or not, this precious little poster that a friend had pinned was the switch to my lightbulb:

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After I saw this, the image I had in my mind became clearer and clearer and all of the ideas I had gathered came together.

The diamond ring in the party kit.  The ending scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I won’t ruin it for those who haven’t seen it, but I will tell you that in this particular scene it’s raining.  Rain falls from sky.  Sun is in the sky.  Sky is blue.  Party kit is blue.  Sun is yellow.  Yellow would go great with blue.  So on and so forth…

Now, the moment you have been waiting for.  The final result of all my brainstorming:

something blue mod party kit

Here’s how I incorporated all of those elements I mentioned into these bright, yet simple centerpieces perfect for your upcoming engagement party or bridal shower:

I wanted the yellow to stand out (easy) but not overwhelm (not always very easy), so I picked out about five full yellow flowers to create a sun-shaped bundle at the top.  I am not a florist and have no idea what I’m doing as far as real flowers go, so forgive me for not knowing the names of these fake flowers.  I added in the smaller white blooms to accent the bouquet and to make it look a little fuller.  Also, don’t forget the party icon from the mod party kit!

something blue mod party kit

Using florist tape, I taped the stems and the party icon together then wrapped it in a strand of fake pearls allowing the excess to hang freely.  Before putting the bouquet in the vase, I put in a couple of our medium sized diamond paperweights and added water for effect.

something blue mod party kit

The paperweights aren’t as visible as I would have liked them to be, so I would suggest either a lightly tinted vase or having some colored linen underneath the centerpiece.  The final touch was the aqua blue bow around the vase and placing some extra white blossoms at the base.  *Note: tie the bow before you put anything in the vase.  All supplies not Event Blossom brand were purchased at the local craft store, except for the vase.  The vase was borrowed from my home.

This sky, rain, and sunshine combo also comes to mind when I think about weddings and marriage.  At the risk of sounding totally cheesy, allow me to express one little tidbit I have on the people we choose to marry.  I’ll sum it up in this one question: Shouldn’t this person be there for you through all the stormy weather and be the sunshine that comes after?  The short version of my complicated answer is absolutely, yes.  Call me a hopeless romantic, that’s just me.  But the people who are the sunshine in your life aren’t limited to spouses or significant others.  Family, friends, pets, that stranger who smiled at you, the neighbor who wished you a good morning — any of these folks can bring those warm, fuzzy rays into your life that make it just a little brighter even if only for a few seconds.  You know what else can brighten up your day?  A cupcake.  Especially this cupcake:

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this refreshing cupcake made me so HAPPY

 You know where to find the recipe for these little blue and yellow presents…Sugar Therapy!

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a little burst of sunshine for your special day!

Who or what brings sunshine into your life??  Don’t be shy!

Until next week,




Go Bananas for a Birthday!

I remember this one trip that I took as a kid…I was on a raft in the middle of a crocodile infested river.  Either side of the banks was a dark, dense jungle teeming with dangers I couldn’t wait to face.  I was on a mission to get a picture of an elusive jungle cat found only in the darkest cave right in the heart of the jungle.  As my partner and I made our way down the river, I scanned the banks ahead for a good place to go ashore while he kept a lookout for danger that may lurk beneath.  Out of nowhere,  there was a big BOOM!  Before I knew it, I was scrambling beneath a layer of bubbles trying to reach for the surface of the water that would be my sanctuary!  My partner, a dashing fellow who (if my childhood memory serves) had an uncanny resemblance to Harrison Ford, was grappling with a monstrous croc looking to turn us into a meal.  After making a narrow escape, the grueling hours that followed were spent swinging from vines, running from wild animals, and scaling treacherous cliffs…

Sorry, I got a little lost in my memories.

If you didn’t already guess, that wasn’t a real memory.  The reality of the situation was that I filled a backpack with the necessities (plastic binoculars, a hand drawn map, and a pb&j sandwich), piled other “supplies” on my raft made from couch cushions, and began my journey down the river at the faraway town called “My Living Room Floor.”  As for my “dashing fellow” of a partner, now that I’m thinking about it, he had more of the teddy-bear-look than the Indiana Jones one.  What can I say?  I was a very imaginative child, just as I would expect every child to be if you let them.  Which brings me to this week’s featured Mod Party Kit: Jungle Safari!

A  safari themed party is cool at any age.  What adult wouldn’t be ecstatic to transform their home into a jungle and invite all of their friends over to dance the night away to songs like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Jungle Boogie?”  I would totally do something like that!  But since kids are so great at making an adventure out of anything, I wanted to focus on using these kits for a child’s birthday party.  As soon as I realized my focus, I realized that I was totally stumped; with the entire contents of the mod party kit in front of me, I spent a good minute racking my brain for an idea of what to do with it.  After I spent a couple of frustrating moments  writing down ideas only to cross them out, I settled on a plan of action: I would take a trip to a couple of stores and walk the aisles until inspiration showed its face.  It did!  Even better — I felt like a kid again, outfitting myself for my next big adventure into the great unknown.

Here’s some of the loot that I picked up on my own shopping safari:

jungle safari mod party kit
goodies, goodies, goodies!

It probably looks like another pile of random stuff.  Well, that’s because it is a pile of random stuff!  However, with a little creativity and some handy Mod Party Kit supplies, your future jungle guides will have all the necessary supplies to navigate their way through the deepest parts of any jungle:

jungle safari mod party kit

Safari Pack Supplies:

  1. Drawstring Style Bag – they’re festive, practical, and durable
  2. Spyglasses for spotting those faraway creatures
  3. Jungle Animals because no safari would be complete without them
  4. Event Blossom Notebook to record all your findings in
  5. Candy.  Even the most seasoned explorers need sustenance

You can find all of these supplies at the craft store, party supply store, and of course, Event Blossom.  The spyglasses came with a different label on them so I just wrapped them in wet paper towels and peeled the labels off.  Then I used the mini decor stickers from the Mod Party Kit to re-decorate them.

If you can’t find similar bags, another great way to package these goodies is in a Jungle Safari Sweet Shoppe Candy Boxes.

jungle safari mod party kits

Hand these out at the next kid’s party you throw, let them loose in the yard, and watch their adventures unfold right before your eyes.  I even encourage you to join in on the fun!  When your little explorers are ready for a snack break, give them some of these awesome Banana chocolate chip cupcakes.

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the safari gang's all here!

Yes, Kate over at Sugar Therapy has done it again, click the pics for the recipe!

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Deliciousness of ELEPHANTINE proportions!

Don’t forget to save a cupcake for yourself.  If you forget to eat it, don’t worry — being an adult means you can have cupcakes for breakfast, and these are perfect for breakfast.

Yes, I ate one for breakfast.  I won’t tell if you don’t!


It’s a Boy — Now Throw a Party!

So you  found out that your little bun in the oven will soon be a bouncing baby boy and you can finally place that order for the Blue Baby Shower Mod Party Kit!  It’s got everything you need to decorate your baby shower in style and that brilliant brain of yours is bursting with creative ways to use it.

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click here for more info about this mod party kit!

Now take a moment and visualize this scenario with me:

There’s a knock at the door…You open it and discover that your Mod Party Kit has finally arrived!  You tear open the box and dump its entire contents onto the floor before you.  As you excitedly go through all of your shiny new toys, you pick up the invitations… After those first few seconds of thinking, “Ohmygosh, these are so cute!” one tiny, little detail begins creeping into your head:  “how am I supposed to print anything on these?”

Does this sound familiar?  I have to admit, this has happened to me…a lot.  Not necessarily with our party kits, but I can’t even begin to count the number of times that I have bought labels or custom designed paper only to realize that I have no idea how to print them out.  Addresses would print out halfway on one label and the other half on the label next to it; my message would print out on the border of a decorated sheet of paper; or my printer ate it (I swear, the printer was out to get me!).  That being said, I completely empathize with those of you who have been inquiring about how to print your invitations.  Here’s what I did:

  1. Open up Microsoft Word
  2. Go to File > Page Setup
  3. Under the Margins tab, input the following measurements:
    top: 2.75″, bottom: 1.25″, left: 1.25″, right: 1.25″
  4. Under the Paper tab, change the paper size to:
    width: 5″
    height: 7″
    orientation: portrait
  5. Press OK
  6. Type your message, my example is aligned in the center
  7. When you’re ready to print, go to the print menu (File > Print)
  8. Click Properties
  9. Change the paper size (either to 5″x7″ or just “custom size”)
  10. Press OK
  11. Print! (make sure you know which way to feed the invitations — this varies amongst printers)

And then…

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Ta-da! Custom printed invitations!

These directions were created using Microsoft Word 2003, however they should be easily translated to fit newer versions of Word as well as other word processors.  Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get right, and definitely do not hesitate to comment with any questions you may have.

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Sometimes I Fail...

I know that you have a limited supply of these per kit, so here’s a simple technique to avoid wasting all of your invitations:

  1. Take a plain sheet of cardstock (regular paper will work just fine too)
  2. Trace an invitation onto the cardstock (you can fit two of them per 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet)
  3. Mark off where the borders are located (approx. 2″ from the top and 1.25″ from the bottom)
  4. Cut out and use as “test invitations”
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No need to use up more invitations than you need to!

Now that you’ve got the invites out, it’s time to dig into the rest of the party kit supplies and get creative.  I know that Kate over at Sugar Therapy sure did and members of our Event Blossom Team were the lucky guinea pigs for these treats:

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SO Good.

Click on either of these images to check out the full recipe for these Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes on Sugar Therapy!

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Boys are allowed to be sweet too!

Check back next Friday for a new Mod Party Kit post!  Until then, I’m always up for some fun conversation — leave your comments below!