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Make it Fresh for Spring from Staples :: “In the Pink” A Spa themed Bridal Shower

Staples Why not throw an “In the Pink” spa themed bridal shower? Using one color can add a lot of impact!

*Party Tip : Color…Think of using shades of one color at your next party; the power of pink at this shower makes it girly and delicious. 

Try adding a few spa elements, too.  It will surely make the bride feel pampered and loved. The selection of pink invitations on Staples Copy & Print. website was incredible, so it was no wonder I had trouble choosing the perfect one for our friend Mary’s bridal shower. Did you know that Staples Inc. has everything you need for your next party? I even found these pink tissue balls on their site! Tied with Staples blush satin ribbon it made a beautiful girly touch to my decor.

Staples I loved the hot pink chevron wrapping paper. I used it to cover the table which is one of my favorite *Party Tips:  Use wrapping paper as a runner. It’s easy, pretty and when the party is over, you can roll it up and reuse it to wrap gifts.

The custom banner over the table was the perfect frame to the festive pink table setting. I made a small bridal bouquet out of grocery store pink roses and tied the perfect bow with the blush pink ribbon from Staples.

Staples Check out this gorgeous blush invitation! Staples has an extraordinary selection of beautiful, tasteful designs; I was so impressed. I ordered this delicate satin ribbon to tie the guests goodie bags with. It was the perfect shade of rose because it matched our champagne and raspberry cupcakes.


Staples These pretty little wish tags that say Mr. and Mrs. were at the party for guests to quiz the bride about her gift wish list. With the wedding just around the corner, it was the perfect way to pamper the bride with everything I found at Staples Inc.


1. Satin ribbon 2. Invitation 3. Mr. & Mrs. wish card 4. Tissue Ball 5. Chevron gift wrap 6. Banner

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $49.99 (for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.


Photography by : Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn



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holiday office party tips and tricks part deux

By now the holiday season has kicked in and if you don’t have a date on the calendar for the office party… it’s time to panic. Just kidding. Kind of. Regardless, I am here to help plan and tackle any last minute details that may crop up with these quick and easy tips. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In my last Holiday Council post I talked to you about some holiday party organizing ideas (with help from my holiday go-to Staples). You should now have a fully stocked “party pantry” in place, in fact you’re feeling like a pro with stocking plates, napkins, and holiday wrap. You’ve also narrowed down the games and even added plenty of drinks and snacks. Everything you need for your party is at your finger tips!

Here are the final checklist items:

1. Enlist help. Pick 3 people to help set up and another 3 to help break down. (Hint* Pick the more “crafty” bunch for set up) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 2. Make these flower arrangements. Psssst… you can use them as prizes for the games, too! What a pretty way to perk up a cubical and it’s a frugal idea if your budget seems stretched. If you need a refresher just take a piece of wrapping paper, cut to the width of the vase, roll the vase onto the paper and secure with washi tape. Add water and flowers et voila! Drama and decor in 2 minutes flat. _FRJ5228 _FRJ5231 3. Get your beverages organized! Pull together your favorite bottles of wine and use these Martha Stewart for Staples tags as wine markers! Yes please and make mine a white wine. 🙂 _FRJ5230 4. Wrap up any staff presents, prizes, or takeaways (think good chocolate, wine, locally made preserves). Have I mentioned how much I love washi tape?! The perfect accessory for wrapping presents. jingle 5. Make sure you have the playlist queued up on your Pill Speaker System. Poll the office for some of their favorite holiday classics.
snacks 6. Stock up on plenty of sweet and salty snacks. Think popcorn, nuts, peanut butter-filled pretzels, and yogurt covered pretzels.

Dim the lights, turn up the music, start pouring the wine and let the party begin! Happy Holidays from me and my partner in crime, Staples. Let’s Party!

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $19.99 for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.

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Holiday Party Pantry and Tool Box Essentials

_FRJ5221I am known as the hostess with the mostess. As a prop-stylist, producer and entertaining guru, it is essential that I be ultra organized. In the next few weeks, I (along with a little help from Staples) will show you how to be the best producer of your own gatherings during the holiday season.

My stylist secret number 1 is to be prepared. Preparation takes all of the stress out of any party or last minute gathering. Being prepared makes you look like a star and if you’re relaxed so are your guests. Let me walk you through a few steps that will help take the guess work out of being ready for anything. You can start by visiting Staples Holiday Center to pick up your supplies… _FRJ5249 Prepare by stocking a “Party Pantry” using my supply list:

I have broken it down to 3 components: Prep, Party, and Clean up (the full list will be at the bottom for easy shopping!). As a host, being organized means less stress more fun. I like to place all of my supplies in an actual Party Pantry. This means placing all the elements of a party in one easy location to make for effortless entertaining. You just pull everything you’ll need from a central spot stocked with all the items you’ll need to assemble a party in a snap. A relaxed host is a happy host, that’s my motto. _FRJ5233 _FRJ5228 _FRJ5230 _FRJ5231 Here’s how to assemble your “party pantry and tool box” :

  1. Find a central place to put everything. It can be a storage room, spare closet, or even the garage. If it’s a room with shelves… it will work.
  2. Now load up your pantry with the following items according to categories: Prep, Party, and Clean up.
  3. Prep will include invitations as well as a nice notebook and pen for organizing tasks.
  4. Party will include party supplies like paper plates, cups, napkins, and tablecloths. Party will also include wrapping paper and washi tape (perfect to use as holiday runners or for wrapping vases or gift boxes). Utensils and snacks, drinks, wine markers, playlists (check out the portable beats pill for an amazing sound) and party favors for the guests will all live here as well. I like going the extra mile and wrapping candy or popcorn and creating a unique tag, a great inexpensive way to make the event special.
  5. Clean up will include: paper towels and liquid cleaners (I love Seventh Generation) and trash bags.

Being prepared well before the party begins is the key to enjoying your own party. I suggest that you have your party pantry set up year round, make sure to keep it stocked and then you will ready to party at the drop of a hat. _FRJ5238 Staples makes that part easy. Now Let’s Party!

PARTYPANTRY Notebooks – for jotting down guest lists, brilliant ideas, and to-do lists. Here are some of my picks: Pink Patent Leather , Red Damask , Simple Red by Martha Stewart

Pens – I love a good pen like these AvantSyle with SilkScribe. Luxurious!

Scissors – invest in a good pair of scissors like these Wescott all-purpose scissors that will make tireless cutting feel less like a chore.

Washi tape – there are about a million uses for washi tape. I’m loving this variety pack by Scotch Tape .

Invitations + cards – if you are on a budget, this gorgeous black and white damask kit will surely fit the bill. Includes 50 invitations. You can also make personalized holiday invitations, holiday cards and even thank you cards, through Staples Copy & Print Center where they have hundreds of different holiday styles.

Labels – keep your party pantry organized with these chalkboard labels.

Paper Plates – paper plates are a huge time saver and make clean up a breeze. Here is a pack of 50 plates that are stylish and easy.

Paper Napkins – same goes for paper napkins. Easy breezy.

Tablecloth – tablecloths are a total Godsend. Roll up and toss when you’re done with your fabulous party. 

Cups  – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve benefitted from having stocked plenty of SOLO cups in my pantry. Always a winner.

Utensils – make sure to have plenty of plastic utensils on hand.

Wrapping paper – like I mentioned above, wrapping paper has so many uses. It’s a real multi-tasker. Love this reversible polka dot paper.

Ribbon – have a good variety of ribbon on hand. Here are some of my picks for the holidays: Holiday Raffia, Red + Green reversible ribbon, and classic Green Satin.

Tags for wine markers – these large red ElastiNotes tags make fabulous gift tags!

Food items – stock up on snacks like popcorn, pretzels, and nuts.

Drinks – make sure to keep plenty of drinks in your pantry as well. I love a good iced tea with lemon.

Paper Towels – paper towels are imperative to quick and easy party clean-up. 

Cleaner – I love using eco-friendly cleaners like this All-purpose cleaner from Method

Organizing boxes – stock up on great organizing boxes like these Stack + Fit boxes and this home organizer.

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $45 for non-members). This post is in partnership with staples. All opinions are my own.

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