Veterans day this year, we hosted an intimate gathering of family and friends to honor those among us who have served our nation.
Bearing our nation’s colors, we decorated the event with patriotic stars and stripes. Adorable pinwheels, delicate fruit cake toppers and graceful hanging garlands abounded. The stage was set for a fun and respectable evening.
Kate provided us with these wonderful star garlands. They swung in the wind like little flags, creating an air of noble patriotism. Her eagerness to contribute was encouraging and we are so thankful for her support in this event! HookedonArtsNCrafts
The cake toppers were made by Elizabeth. We couldn’t pass by her amazing confetti, cake and cupcake toppers! We chose to use these patriotic creations as our table decor. Using the cupcake toppers as fruit picks, guests had easy access to a refreshing snack throughout the event. We placed the cake garlands in small glasses filled with sand as our backdrop. thePathLessTraveled
The pinwheels were created by Aubrey. These adorable pinwheels not only graced the table, but delighted even the smallest of guests. Petite and functional, they are the perfect addition, sure to bring smiles to any occasion. aubabi78
Sit back, relax and allow a cheerful Pampered Chef consultant bake you a delicious cheesy dip and warm smore’s cake.
This year support local businesses and friends by hosting a simple party that will bring holiday cheer to all your family and friends!
Megan Wakimoto joined the Pampered Chef because she loves their quick and easy meals made with practical and durable cook wear. Not one for elaborate meals, she loves being able to make simple and delicious food for her family, on even the busiest of nights. Visit her site to learn more: mwakimoto
Nothing says Autumn more than leaves changing hue, and here in Phoenix they’re not easy to find! Instead we opted for something a little more practical (and I must say, supper adorable!). A variety of paper fall foliage and tiny pumpkins graced the table. Guests were delighted by the Autumnal spread and cheerful decor and they helped them selves to a spread of cheeses and generous slices of chocolate cake.
Lori graciously offered her gorgeous and colorful leaves in addition to the tiny orange pumpkins to create a fabulous fall feel to our party. She was a pleasure to work with and we look forward to exploring her other holiday collections! Dye cuts by: AsEyeSeeItLal.
Gourmet Cheese would not be complete with out the perfect touch of vintage and hand made flair. This cheese knife is everything a hostess could want for a holiday soiree. Its personally hand-stamped touch would make a perfect holiday gift! Anita was happy to contribute and we absolutely love her vintage silverware shop! From butter and cheese knives to dessert forks and coffee spoons we were thrilled with the chic artistry. See more of her lovely work at her Etsy shop, GertGifts.
As a finishing touch to our night of wine and cheese, elegance met economical with recycled wine bottles filled with holiday cheer. These bottles really lit up the night as guests relaxed in the soft glow and enjoyed a glass with their hors d’oeuvres.
Chelle creates a variety of clear and frosted lighted wine bottles. We love the idea of using them throughout the holiday season and look forward to featuring them in our December party as well! Visit Chelle here: ClassyGarbage.
Elegantly Haunted was the perfect shop for any halloween party, murder mystery, birthday party, or even wedding! Brandy was great to work with, customizing the invitations and promptly delivering them. Made with such perfect detail and featuring a wide variety of products, ElegantlyHaunted is a favorite Etsy shop. ElegantlyHaunted
Paige was such a pleasure to conduct business with, working together to stay in contact until the chandeliers were delivered, assembled and gracefully hanging in the dinning room. I can imagine so many uses for her chandeliers! We give her Etsy shop, NarWall, five stars for sure! NarWall
After falling head over heels in love with these sweet, edible bats, we were provided with a generous and timely supply from SweetDejaVu. Straight forward, down to earth, and with so many options to choose from, we would highly recommend SweetDeJaVu and look forward to working with them again! SweetDejaVu
DaggerVille Games created the detailed and clever mystery scripts we used for our party. Tons of fun and very reasonably priced, these games hold the key to a perfect murder mystery soiree. DaggerVille Games’ passion to create the perfect scripts filled with mystery and awe is evident in every aspect of the script. We can hardly wait to host another murder mystery party! Check out the details on their website and start planning your own perfectly scripted and mysterious event! DaggerVille
In order to transport our party to Medieval times, we turned to lots of fabric and candles, realizing that in that time period keeping warm was a challenge. With cloth on the ceiling and walls, the heat rising from the many burning candles would be trapped, creating a desirable warmth. We recreated this feel with lightweight pieces of long material bought from a bulk store for cheap, and sold either by the yard or pound. Tacking it to the ceiling, we completed the look with delicate chandeliers. The candles cast their flickering light upward from their place on the table, making for an elegant and haunted dinner.
Our dessert was set to commence the evening and ease the guests into the second act. We chose a classic red velvet cake, decorated with tiny golden bats. When I discovered Sweetdejavu’s edible cake decor I fell instantly in love. Made from air brushed wafer paper, these bats are both edible and adorable.
We set the mood with dim lighting, fall decor, spooky outdoor sounds and a slide show of haunted places, which we projected from behind onto a lightweight sheet, which we framed to look like a window.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” – Marcellus
Invitations by: ElegantlyHaunted
The guests arrived in costume with script in hand. After a brief introduction of characters we proceeded to the dinning hall, where the players recited Shakespeare, took on a variety of accents, and revealed their darkest secrets, which made for a shocking evening filled with laughs.
Black chandeliers graced the cloth-draped ceiling, setting the mood for our night of intrigue. The room was lit with candles, which sent their flickering lights upward, revealing the lovely arcs and silhouettes of the chandeliers above.
Chandeliers by: NarWall
The first act complete, guests delved into creating hypotheses, imagining alibis, alliances, motives, and ultimately accusations of murder. All this while enjoying a piece of blood-red cake which swarmed with golden bats and wild roses. But, served by the hand of the royal cook, could this delicate sweet have “envenomed their innards and dazzled their brains?”
Cake toppers by: SweetDejaVu
We ended the evening with further discussion, a casting of votes, surprising revelations, and with a grand finale of the secrets unveiled, this case of a royal murder came to a close.
Each guest was thoroughly pleased with the night, the stage had been set and they felt transported to a time many years ago. The language of the script was added to by some, who identified with their characters so well that they added in their own quips. Still others took on varying accents. With everyone so deep in character, the air grew chill and an eery aura filled the night.
Script by: DaggerVilleGames
The perfect October event, you ask? Why only the grimmest and deliciously scary, of course!
A Murder Mystery Party!
From the numerous scripts available through daggerville games we chose to host a dinner party for some of our most theatrical friends, based around the tragedy Hamlet, the classic royal murder mystery by William Shakespeare.
The characters are cast and the royal invitations have been sent. Haunting and elegant, the invitations were aptly provided by ElegantlyHaunted. These gorgeous hand made cards made us gush, and it was sad to part as we sent them away to bid the players to take the stage.
In preparation for an evening hosted in our “medieval castle,” we will be draping the dining hall with fabric and gracing the ceiling with stunning chandeliers from NarWall. A full three course meal will be served and the evening will commence with a “bloody” red velvet cake topped with delicate gold bats and wild red roses created by SweetDejaVu.
Planning your own murder mystery party? I hope we’ve provided you with some frightful inspiration!
Stay tuned for the full event coming soon!
It’s official. I’ve fallen in love with shimmery golden bats this year.
With my love for fun decor and affinity for elegance I simply couldn’t help myself!
I was inspired by the many “walls of bats” I’d seen on Pinterest this Halloween season, but I wanted something slightly more chic: a smatter of “beautiful” to add to the cuteness of bats – yes, I think they’re simply adorable.
So I hunted down some bat-making tutorials. I copied, pasted, flipped, rotated, printed, cut, traced, and repeated until I’d created my very own colony of gold and black bats.
I started by printing my edited bat page onto regular paper, and then copied it onto a thick piece of cardboard. This allowed me to save it for future bat creations. I then traced as many bats as I could onto 4 sheets of card stock and cut them out.
To achieve 4 sizes of bats (I’m sure you could make even more) I just cut the smallest bat both inside the sharpie lines and outside.
Here is my pdf of the pattern: bat’s printable
Frightful Fact: a group of bats is called a Colony.
Here is the original link from Martha Stewart to print a half bat: Half Bat Print out