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housewarming: armelle party …

September 30, 2014

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I’m excited to share with you some pictures of my recent housewarming party!
I was able to partner with Wayfair and Bing to put together this party, and it was a lot of fun!  I don’t know if I would recommend moving and throwing a big party a month later, but it definitely motivated me to get things unpacked around the house, and adding a few extra details like this black Savoy House hanging lantern
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I love being the hostess, it gave me great pleasure to welcome my friends to my home. Putting together parties has always been a lot of fun for me, and I love to see my vision come to life!  
I have the Bing App on my phone that really came in handy while trying to search for some party inspiration.
I loved searching the images for black and white party inspiration, while I am earning free stuff from the Bing rewards program.  You can see more about my party planning process, tips, and party inspiration on my black and white party inspiration post.
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I wanted the porch to be welcoming to my guests, and a little festive.  So, we hung up some bright tissue balls, and threw a few around the landscaping.
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I added a few items from Wayfair, like these cute black and white striped pillows, a black and white striped poof, and a yellow garden stool, all that went perfectly with the theme of my party (black and white stripes and jewel tones)!
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white house, wayfair, party, yellow door, black and white stripes, black and white dress, white exteriors
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white house, wayfair, party, yellow door, black and white stripes, black and white dress, white exteriors
white house, wayfair, party, yellow door, black and white stripes, black and white dress, white exteriors
white house, wayfair, party, yellow door, black and white stripes, black and white dress, white exteriors
white house, wayfair, party, yellow door, black and white stripes, black and white dress, white exteriors
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I set up this cute croquet set in the front yard.  I love to have things for my guests to do that helps them interact in a fun way.
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white house, wayfair, party, yellow door, black and white stripes, black and white dress, white exteriors, croquet
The colors of this Lion Sport croquet set from Wayfair were so bright and colorful and perfect for my party!
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My guests were greeted down the driveway with a swag table full of goodies to bring home, with the perfect touch of a Black and White 6ft parasol Italian Patio umbrella.  
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Elenis cookies sent over some cute black and white striped cookies with jewel tone borders for the party guests as favors.
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Another one of my favorite treats is the sea salted caramel brownies from Harmons Grocery.  So, I made sure there were plenty for my guests to grab a treat.
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Taipan Trading was so nice to provide some cute goodies for my guests including the yellow and white striped bowls and canisters.
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The swag goodie package for my guests were quite the hit, and went fast!
Swag Contents:
Yellow and white striped bowls: Tai Pan Trading
Yellow Canisters with chalkboard labels: Tai Pan Trading
Spatula: Orson Gygi
Black and White striped cookies: Elenis Cookies
Black goodie bags, Striped straws, and Fry boxes: Bake it Pretty
At the end of the driveway was the highlight of the night for me and my guests, The Waffle Love truck, and a drink cart from FIIZ drinks.
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It was kind of a dream come true to have an entire Waffle Love truck come hang out in your driveway!
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Leige waffles during Utah peach season is basically what dreams are made of!
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Fiiz drinks set up their fully loaded beverage cart with all of their specialty flavored soda combinations, or dirty drinks that the kids are calling it these days. The Cocalatta (pineapple, coconut, and cream) was a huge hit!
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wayfair, party, black and white stripes, white exteriors, blogger party, fiiz drinks
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You may noticed that my guests are all wearing black and white.  I thought it would be fun to incorporate the theme of the party into the dress code.
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We set up an area to lounge along with the tables to get comfortable and eat the amazing food!
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I put together this amazing cheese plate with the help of the amazing cheese mongers at Harmons Grocery (more on that coming soon!)
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I always love putting together a candy table at all my parties.  This Pub table from Wayfair was the perfect height to house the goodies for my guests to snack on during the party.  Orson Gygi provided a variety of fun candies for the party matching our theme and colors!  They have just about every color of jelly belly and gum balls making it easy to match the theme and colors of the party.
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I love having something interactive at the party.  With a party full of such creative gals, I thought it would be fun to have an area to decorate some cute Elenis cookies with their food coloring markers!  It was a big hit!
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My friend and calligrapher extraordinaire Melissa Esplin pulled off some amazing cookies!
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The beautiful flower arrangements were from Harmons Grocery store.  I was so pleased with how they turned out.  Their floral department really did an amazing job.  I just sent them over the colors I was using and they came up with some amazing floral pieces.
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Another must at a blogger party, is a photobooth, of course!  I was able to set one up using a black and white curtain from Wayfair and some brightly colored tissue balls!
It was so great to be able to mingle with some of my favorite friends, and get to just have a really fun time together!
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A special thanks to Wayfair and Bing for partnering with me on this event, and making my housewarming party a success!
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#armelleparty was so much fun!  I was so thrilled with the results of all the hard work, and so grateful for all of my amazing friends who helped me plan, execute, and attend the party!  Love you all, and wish all of you my readers could have attended.  Thanks for all your support over the years!
And, last but not least (I know, longest post I have ever done, hang in there.)  A fun video that captured the fun night by my amazing friend, and videographer Shelby Osmond.  For more information on her work in photography, and videography, be sure to check out her blog!  Photos are amazing, but there is just something about videos too for an event, or even just to capture your family!

Special thanks to LC Photography Utah and Jessica Kettle for coming out and photographing the night, and to Aubry of Hello Maypole for doing all the handwriting for the chalkboard signs!!


To see more about my housewarming party, click here.

black and white striped party inspiration …

September 15, 2014

As you may have seen on my Alt Summer re-cap post in June, I had a really fun opportunity to pitch an outdoor party idea to Wayfair, and Bing!

My new home was suppose to be finished much sooner than it was, so it has been kind of crazy getting ready for this housewarming party when we just moved in about a month ago.  There’s nothing like inviting 60 bloggers to your home to give you the motivation to get things unpacked and settled.  So many projects, but it all doesn’t come together that fast.  Things are still a work in progress with the house, but I am excited to throw a party!

When I throw parties I like to have some kind of a theme.  For my housewarming party, I thought about my home which is white with a yellow door and black accents.  I immediately thought it would be amazing to incorporate black and white stripes.

I originally was going to go with black and white stripes with yellow accents, but then I thought that jewel tones would make it pop even more!

I like to make up a little color inspiration one stop spot in photoshop like the one above.

Once I decided on my colors and theme, I searched images using Bing of black and white striped parties and weddings for some inspiration.
I collected the images from Bing, and piled a ton of them into this Pinterest board.  The cool thing about using Bing as your search engine that I recently discovered while browsing around, it that with the Bing Rewards program, you can search Bing and earn rewards to redeem for gift cards, merchandise, or discounts to some really cool sites!  All you have to do is sign-in and search and it racks up your points in the top right corner that you can redeem.  Pretty cool to get free stuff for just searching the web!

I also have this fun party planning notebooks I like to use while planning my parties.  This one is from knock knock books.  It helps me organize the menu, grocery list, and even check off some of my party prep items I need to get done.

Next, I like to send out an invitation that reflects the theme of the party.  I really enjoy mailing out physical invitations, but with the amount of people I invited to this party, I decided to keep the budget for the good stuff like party supplies and food.  So, I sent out this digital invitation with details and an opportunity for my guests to RSVP on a site called whoozin.  I found this site while researching RSVP sites, and I really liked it!  I think it’s important for your guests, and especially bloggers to know who else is invited to the party, and who has already RSVP’d.   It’s always nice to see who is invited and coming especially for bloggers so you don’t accidentally ask if they are going to a party they may not be invited to… awkward.

I have been able to pick out a few fun new things that Wayfair sent for my party.  I have been using some of the items to decorate my front porch with some seating areas for my guests, and to help make the front porch cozy.

We were lucky to inherit some of my husband’s grandmothers white patio furniture that we dressed up with some of the black and white striped pillows from Wayfair.  The black and white striped pouf and yellow garden stool really helped make it have a sit down and relax feel.

These striped pillows were a fun addition to the bistro set that we spruced up with a little spray paint.

I’m excited for my guests to make a grand entrance with new and improved front porch!  I have big plans to decorate the porch with some fun tissue balls and things during the party, wish me luck!

One of my absolutely favorite things about the front porch is my hanging lantern.  When we made plans for the house, I fell in love with the idea of having a hanging lantern over the front door, so we made sure to have it wired for one.  I found the perfect one on Wayfair that went with my other existing lights.

It will be pretty exciting to see the Waffle Love truck parked down my driveway, as well as a cart serving up some FIIZ drinks.  It should be a fun party!  Can’t wait to show you more, and of course, the pictures of the actual party soon, so be sure to check back!  Cross your fingers for no rain this week!  

To see more pictures of the housewarming party, click here.