summer garden party essentials

Where is the summer going? Although the booties at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale were so pretty and my feet were drawn to them, I held onto my flip-flops tight. I can’t even think about a colder season right now – we are loving summer too much.

Before the summer is over, we really need to embrace all the bright colors, smells, outside play and parties and bare feet. So, we challenge you to either…

1. Complete numbers 1-10 on our Fun in Summer Essentials list below, inspired by photos from the fantastic Alt Summit garden party.
or
2. If there’s a fab hostess inside of you, throw a summer garden party like Alt Summit did {see photos below for inspiration}.

Alt Summit knows how to throw a fabulous party, so there is no greater inspiration for you. I was fortunate enough to witness it first hand this year. Not only was every detail well thought-out and executed beautifully, but their parties were really fun!

BIG THANKS to Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit photos

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alt summit_garden party

alt summit_garden party

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PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit photos

throw some glitter make it rain…

OK, so maybe I jinxed our weather by adding, “throw some glitter make it rain,” to the shower invitation {as it rained the entire evening of our festivities}, but the shower/bachelorette weekend was still a blast and time spent with the ladies was rejuvenating.

Lovely shower details included homemade Margarita’s so appropriately titled, Kimbaritas {after the bride, Kimi}, homemade appetizers, stiletto cupcakes, custom water bottles, CD favors and a kissing/lipstick activity {amongst others} that created pretty artwork for the bride to keep.

And sparkly bachelorette details included DIY sequins menu {sold here}, a gold sequins runner, DIY ribbon chair covers/decor and nail polish favors and place cards for each guest.

The pretty invite by Jenna at Fleur de Lis set the tone for a fabulous, sparkly party. Now available here.

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VENDOR LOVE
Invites and Menu: Fleur de Lis
Linens: Apres Party and Tent Rental
Photography: Amy Forness Photo
Marque G sign: Saddle Shoe Signs
Dinner Venue: Coup d’etat, Minnesota {gorgeous restaurant/bar and wonderful to work with}
Shower details: courtesy of the fabulous Kelly

the starts, the eats & the sweets

sequin menu

I am just in love with this menu Jenna from Fleur de Lis made for our recent Bachelorette Bash for Kimi. All photos of the party {thanks to the talented photographer and bridesmaid Amy Forness Photo} to come. Wouldn’t eating be more fun and just overall fabulous if we all had sequins menus like this for every meal?

Jenna printed the menus, then I used Elmer’s Craft Glue to glue sequins to each menu…sequins starting heavy in the corner, then scattered. If you need a menu like this in the future, e-mail us at hello@jsorelle.com. We can do it for you.

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DIY sequin menu

DIY sequin menu

DIY glitter menu

{top and bottom images via Amy Forness Photo, and images in the middle from my cell phone}

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I love this song by Alicia Keys. It’s one of those amazing songs by a truly talented artist. And, if you’re in a place where maybe you’re having a hard time, especially financially, this song can help put things in perspective. Take the time to listen to it.


This
is Jenna’s kind of party…and if you’re a shoe lover, you would desire it too.

I’m so ready for spring and warm weather. This party is stunning and makes me want to celebrate spring…and make a tissue flower wall to brighten my home.

Lisa {With Style and Grace}, you always amaze me with your yummy recipes. This GF Cranberry Almond Granola is no exception. We’ve made it twice and it’s a family favorite. Yummy!! Even if you’re not GF, you will love this.

Oh fellow mother’s of young children everywhere – have you been listening to Frozen’s hit song Let It Go 500 times a day for a couple of months? I understand. Me too, with my 3.5 year old daughter. Well, a mom did spoof on the song, that had me laughing out loud. Here I stand saggy boobs and all – post three kids – I hear ya sister.

Have a great weekend!
xoxoxo

DIY sparkly bar

Here’s one of the details from our Sparkle from Head to Toe photo shoot we told you about Fri {the one featured on Hostess with the Mostess}.

We created the perfect party for women to kick off the holiday season and really SHINE. The sparkle party gave women a chance to gossip with friends over cocktails and cookies, try on and shop for jewelry by local artists, and paint their nails at a OPI nail painting station. Women deserve to Sparkle from Head to Toe…and this party let them do just that!

As you know, every good party needs a bar. With a small space, and a tight budget, we created a DIY bar from a tray. It’s a great accessory for any holiday party, bachelorette party, birthday party, or just a night with the ladies. Here’s how you can do it too.

DIY Black and White Striped Bar Tray

You’ll Need
Tray
Paint
Paint brushes
Painters tape
Wood letter from your local WalMart, Hobby Lobby or Michaels
Gold Glitter Spray Paint

How To
Clean and sand the tray if necessary.
Spray paint the whole tray with white primer.
Once primer is dry, paint entire tray white. Repeat once for two coats.
Add Painter’s Tape where you want stripes. My tray had the perfect lines carved into it, so I just lined the tape up with those.
Paint the non-taped parts black. I used a brush to paint for more control, instead of spray paint. Repeat for a total of 2 coats.
After 24 hours, pull the tape from the tray.
If you have any touch ups to do, use a small brush and paint to fix.
For the letters, it’s best to use the primer to spray paint so you don’t see the wood grain under the glitter.
Once the primer is dry, spray paint with glitter spray paint.
Accessorize the bar with champagne, Izze drinks and fresh fruit.

Labels printed and sparkled by FLEUR DE LIS, custom paperie.

{via Tutto Bella}