Colors for August Weddings

Colors for August Weddings

For couples getting married in August, colors for your wedding can be chosen from a wide variety for this versatile month. Whether you want a seasonal feel or want to decorate with neutrals, you’re sure to find a color combination that fits your wedding vision. Find tips on choosing the right August colors to match your wedding theme, style, and locale.

Hot Colors for August Weddings

Some of the hottest color trends for weddings can work perfectly for August nuptials. Still considered summer but on the brink of fall, color choices range from vibrant fiery tones to cooler color combinations.

Crazy for Yellow

While pale and pastel yellows are typically better suited to early spring, yellow is in vogue, and there are many shades that work well for August. Consider shades of yellow such as:

  • Goldenrod
  • Sunflower yellow
  • Saffron
  • Dandelion

Yellow is a versatile color and can be used with many other colors in a late summer wedding, such as white, ivory, browns, oranges, blues, and violet/purples. However, yellow with pinks or greens is typically more popular for spring weddings.

yellow Gerbera daisy bouquet

Orange Explosion

Another on-trend wedding color is orange, in every shade imaginable. From peachy pinks to rich rust, orange can be a lovely August wedding color. Shades to consider:

  • Pumpkin orange
  • Peach
  • Tangerine
  • Dark salmon
  • Terra Cotta
  • Mango

Pair orange shades with yellow, brown, ivory, rich pinks, burgundy, or green colors.

 

 

orange, pink, yellow chair decoration

Bold Brown

While chocolate brown continues to be popular, seen in everything from bridesmaid dresses to invitations, dark, serious browns such as seal brown and baker’s chocolate also provide plenty of appeal. Color combinations to consider for August:

  • Champagne and baker’s chocolate brown
  • Deep brown and ivory
  • Cinnamon and orange
  • Black brown and ice blue
  • Brown with mustard yellow and shades of pink
  • Bride and groom smiling in rural field

Neutral Grey

Grey is a hot color, and incredibly versatile! While silver is well-suited to winter weddings, many other grey hues are great for late summer or early fall weddings. Consider:

  • Pearl grey
  • Dove grey
  • Steel grey
  • Slate

Pair grey with shades of blue, violet, or purple. Other hues that look striking with grey include yellow, deep aqua, and medium or muted oranges.

 

gray suit with blue

Choose Contrasting Colors

August is a month that hints at change, and your wedding colors can reflect this sense of the season. Though bright greenery may still be on the scene, in many locations a richening of the landscape may occur with the colors of the harvest season and lightening skies. Use nature’s prompting to come up with a scheme of two or three colors. Consider colors that may not initially seem to complement each other and you may be surprised at the stunning results.

 

vivid blue with bright bouquet

 

For example, take candy red, robin’s egg blue, and black-brown. While you may not immediately think of these shades as typical August colors for a wedding, when you look at the combination together it presents a fresh, modern, and yes – appropriate for August – scheme. Other combinations, like purple and yellow, that utilize unique colors for fresh appeal for this interval month include:

  • Light grey, orange, and cream
  • Medium grey, deep butter yellow, and ivory
  • Deep brown, maple red, and slate
  • Wine or burgundy, wheat, and deep or navy blue
  • Goldenrod, violet, and burgundy
  • Wine with claret accents
  • Chocolate, black, and gold
  • Forest green and brown
  • Midnight blue and orange
  • Jade, maple, and ivory

Colors That Match Your August Wedding Theme

After considering all of the wedding colors appropriate for August, you’ll have to make a choice that fits your wedding vision. Keep these factors in mind before making the final decision.

Seasonal Feel

A large factor in choosing the right August wedding color is the seasonal feel in the locale where you will be saying your vows. If you are planning a destination wedding where bright flowers will still be lending a mid-summer feel even at the end of August, you can easily go with bright colors like pinks, tangerines, and yellows. If you’re getting married in your hometown that experiences an early onset of cool weather, you may want to opt for more autumn-inspired choices like burgundy, gold, or dark brown.

 

Fancy party table

Wedding Atmosphere

Another consideration for an August wedding is the style and atmosphere of the wedding. A formal catered wedding at a reception hall in August may be stunning with dark blue and light grey. A rustic outdoor August wedding, on the other hand, would work well with colors like russet brown and sunflower yellow.

 

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Beautiful August Wedding Ideas

Whether you go with a highly original or classic color scheme for your wedding, remember that if you love the colors and they reflect your style, what is traditionally an August color or trendy for the moment is secondary to creating your special stamp of color on your wedding day. You can’t go wrong with wedding colors that make you happy!

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Social Distancing Games and Safe Activities for Kids to Do This Summer

Social Distancing Games and Safe Activities for Kids to Do This Summer

Summer doesn’t have to be ruined due to continued COVID-19 restrictions. These genius indoor and outdoor social distancing games keep kids 6 feet apart from friends while they play.

No matter which phase your state is in when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing orders aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s the bad news. But the good news? It is possible for your kids to play with their friends this summer and still stay safe.

If you feel ready for friends to re-enter your child’s life, start by talking to a trusted friend in your inner circle to schedule a meetup at your home or in an outdoor space, advises Jaclyn Shlisky, Psy.D, a licensed clinical psychologist in Long Island, New York. Then choose games and activities that will allow social-distancing rules to still be respected. One easy example? Dr. Shlisky suggests a game of charades since only two children are needed to play. Each will take turns acting out a word from a specific category while the other watches (from 6 feet away!) and tries to guess what it is. Keep track of points, or just play for fun!

Worried your kid will not take kindly to directed playtime? Try explaining the “why” behind the need for them to play social distancing games. Experts from The Child Study Center at Rutgers University say kids are more likely to stick with new habits if they understand their importance, so starting off with a simple explanation of how staying apart keeps germs from spreading may help your case.

To keep the good times (safely) rolling, we rounded up dozens more fun social distancing games and activities that will keep your kiddos 6 feet apart and smiling all summer long.

 

Noodle Tag

  • Players: 3
  • Where to play: Outdoors
  • Best ages: Grades K – 2

How to play: Grab a few friends, more than three is ideal, and give everybody a pool noodle. When someone is “it” they have to tag their buddies by using the end of the noodle. Soft and bendy so nobody gets hurt, but also social-distanced approved so no one comes too close!

 

Porch Games

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: When your kid needs a break from the sun, set him up on the front steps or porch with their Nintendo Switch, and let their neighborhood pal set up their chair in your yard. One mom said there’s no need to worry about her son getting too close to his friend, but they feel like they’re doing something together and look forward to these visits.

 

Hello Neighbor

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: One mom in Westchester, New York said her kids play a game called “Hello Neighbor” where they hide an old set of keys and their opponent (the neighbor) needs to find the keys and return safely back to the front door. This is easy to play with two friends, or sets of siblings living next door to one another. (Spice it up by playing “hot and cold” with the hidden keys, which helps little ones practice the idea of opposites and refine their listening skills.)

 

Kick It with Kickball

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: A popular pastime of parents growing up in the ’90s, kickball is a smart way to get a larger group of your child’s buddies together (ideal for more than five). Meet at a local field so there’s plenty of open space and bring your pool noodles to use as bases or for keeping the distance when kids are waiting in line to kick the ball.

 

Fence Freeze Dance

  • Best ages: Grades K – 2
  • Players: 3
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: If your kid’s best buds live next door, meet in adjoining backyards and start a game of freeze dance. It’s silly enough that mom and dad may want to join in, but getting close isn’t in the recipe since each child only needs the spot they’re standing in. In this activity, everyone dances when the music plays and freezes as soon as the music stops—hold that position until the music starts back up again. If someone doesn’t immediately freeze, order them to do something like 10 jumping jacks or five push-ups. (PE teachers will be proud.)

 

Simon Says (Stay 6 Feet Away!)

  • Best ages: Grades K – 2
  • Players: 4
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: A study published in the journal of Early Childhood Research Quarterly suggests that this classic game, Simon Says, is the key to improving kids’ chances of success in the classroom. The study found that children’s ability to self-regulate is a critical element in their language and literacy development. Kids who are good at self-regulating can manage their emotions and behavior in order to achieve a specific goal. Best for kids younger than first grade, asking them to play a variation of “Simon Says” (follow instructions and do the opposite of what’s asked) is fun and educational without them even knowing it.

 

Cookie Decorating

  • Best ages: Grades K – 2
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Even frontline workers, like one New York pediatrician, agree that socially-distanced play dates should take place. She suggests cookie decorating with kids placed at opposite ends of an outdoor dining table. Each child can have their own bowls with sprinkles, icing, and other baked goods so there’s no worry about sharing germs. Then everyone gets to indulge!

 

Field Day

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 4
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: For school-aged kids, their annual field day event is the signal that summer is near and it’s no doubt a bummer to have missed this year. You can recreate this beloved event and make your own field day at home and invite the neighbors to play. Try homemade competitions like the pillowcase potato sack race, “don’t drop the egg” relay with spoons, and bed sheet tug of war.

 

Driveway Chutes and Ladders

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Sketch out an oversized board game of Chutes and Ladders on your driveway using chalk—10 squares wide by 10 squares tall. The numbers of your grid should wrap around as you go from 1 to 100, then let your kids create the ladders wherever they think it’ll be most fun. Add in some fun twists when you step on certain numbers, like stepping on number 10 means you do 10 jumping jacks or if you land on 95 you do five sit-ups. Use a spinner from a board game. Your kids will giggle through the game as they act as the pawns moving from spot to spot (kind of like a game of hop scotch).

 

Scavenger Hunts

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: On a rainy day, you might be tempted to just Netflix and chill with your kiddos. But Dr. Shlisky suggests the ultimate FaceTime fun for little ones by doing a scavenger hunt with an educational twist. Depending on your kids’ ages (siblings on both sides of the screen can play), you can start basic with a clue like, “Find something that starts with an A, B, C ….. Z.” Or you can have kids search for items they are grateful for, like something that’s their favorite color. If you want to up the learning, you can use clues that start with “Search your favorite book for…” and give a list of things to find—two vivid verbs, one thing the main character wanted to do, or two adjectives.

 

Body Bingo

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 8 – 12
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Perfect for a large group of friends the Body Bingo game is ideal for kids in grades 3 to 5 (math skills are required) but as young as Kindergarten level. Parents can print out a bingo board courtesy of the Asphalt Green Recess Enhancement Program (at asphaltgreen.org/REP). The goal is for players to complete the math problems and accompanying exercises across, down or diagonally to get Bingo. Tasks like: 5 multiplied by 3, you do that many squats or 22 plus 10 ankle circles. Your kids are staying physically fit and mentally, too!

 

Bust a Rhyme

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Ideal for more than five players, start the Bust a Rhyme game by having all participants stand in a circle 6 feet apart. Next, choose a leader to say a word (like “cat”), then have the child to their right say a word that rhymes with it. Continue around the circle until it gets back to the leader! The next person is the leader and the game continues. If someone gets a word wrong, can’t think of something or says something not in the dictionary (hey, it happens!) then all participants do five squats.

 

Detective

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 10
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: For this classic game, Have kids stand in a circle 6 feet apart, then nominate a “detective” to leave the area so they can’t hear what’s going on. Parents pick a leader who will start initiating movements (like jumping jacks or butt kicks) that everyone else will copy. Then the “detective” returns and stands in the middle of the circle. They have to figure out who’s the leader of the group in three guesses! Next game, the leader becomes the detective and the game continues. (If the group is really big—larger than 15 —choose two leaders and two detectives.)

 

Storytellers

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Think of this Storytellers game as Mad Libs in real life. Have players stand in a circle 6 feet apart and select one person to start as the storyteller. The storyteller then kicks off the game by either saying one word or one sentence and players around the circle add on their own word or sentence. When you get back to the storyteller, they have to retell the story and all it’s add-ons! (For an extra twist, once a player says their part, make them do a physical activity like run in place or hold a position like tree pose until the circle is complete.)

 

Sun, Moon, Earth

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: For the Sun, Moon, Earth game, set up cones in a row at least 6 feet apart and designate the cones as the sun, moon, or Earth (kids can draw pictures of each to tape to the cone for added artistic fun). Have all the kids line up 6 feet apart and a parent calls out one of the three sun, moon, or Earth as kids go consecutively one after another at a fast pace. Children have to run to the sun cone, hop on two feet to the moon cone, or bear crawl to the Earth cone. If players make a mistake performing the move they have to step away and do five jumping jacks then rejoin the game.

 

Driveway Snowman Spelling Game

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: A traditional yet interactive game that encourages your child’s spelling and subject knowledge, but also enjoyable—and can be played 6 feet apart! Played with two people or two teams, one side comes up with a word and draws lines in chalk on the driveway to indicate each letter in the word. The other person/team guesses a letter and if it’s in the word, the other team draws it in, but if it’s not in the word, a snowman gets drawn one line or body part at a time.

 

Line Math

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 6
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Split a group of neighborhoods kids into two teams and have them sit in two lines, 6 feet apart. Place cones in the distance in a line in front of the teams and designate a number to each cone (keep it simple with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ). A parent comes up with a list of math problems and asks a member from each time to stand up and get ready to run. The parent calls out a math problem (3+2=5 or 2×2=4), but lets the players guess the answer. They have to run as fast as they can to the correct cone—whoever is first to the correct cone gets a point. Add a twist: make players hop, run backwards, or bear crawl to the cone; for older grades, use multiplication and division.

 

Lawn Letter Scramble

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Prep for this activity by writing the letters of the alphabet on large pieces of paper, and come up with a list of age-appropriate words for the participants. Then have your child and their friend(s) sit in your lawn in 6 feet apart spots and scramble the letters in one of your words in front of them in a line and give them a hint (person, place or thing; or Disney character, sport, name of a state). One child gets up at a time to move one letter to its correct spot. For every word that can’t be figured out, tell players they must do something silly like dance in place for one minute.

 

The Maze

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors

How to play: Use painters tape and crepe paper streamers, construct a zig-zagging maze down the hall. Just attach to your walls from one side to the other in any order variation. The tape or paper should create a maze so the kids playing have to try to get from one end to the other without breaking the tape or paper in a designated amount of time (30 seconds to one minute). One player goes through the maze while the other players wait in a socially-distanced appropriate line until they each get to try it alone.

 

Fence Art

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Leave inspiring messages for neighbors and friends with fence art. Whether your child has one friend or many coming over, create individual art stations around a large outdoor table or sitting in a circle in your driveway. All you need is construction paper, markers, paint, and paper plates for designing “fence flowers”. To make one: cut small slits into the parameter of a paper plate, color your plate like your favorite flowers, and then make a small hole in the middle of the plate. Place a piece of string through the center hole and tie your flower plate to your fence. Everyone driving will look twice when they see!

 

Lab Rats

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Turn the backyard into a science lab! The Awesome Science Experiments For Kids has 105 science experiments to choose from that involve materials you have around your house or can easily and inexpensively find at the store. Your little scientists—as many neighbors and friends that can safely sit 6 feet apart—can help construct their own experiment and see results in minutes.

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Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer

Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer

Spring and Summer – Bridal Shower Themes

While everyone wants to celebrate the bride-to-be, it’s no secret that bridal showers can become a bit of a drag. The same bridal shower themes, bridal shower games, and brunch food can get to be a bit mundane, especially if it’s your eighth bridal shower of the year. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. Spring and summer bridal showers offer endless opportunities for celebratory themes guaranteed to surprise and delight your guests.

Unique Bridal Shower Ideas - Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer
CATHERINE SONG/BRIDES

From fiestas to luaus, these spring and summer bridal shower themes are anything but boring.

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Jump Into a Pool Party

Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer - Pink flamingo floaty in an empty pool at a pool party
JESSICA BORDNER PHOTOGRAPHY

Hosting a poolside party has tons of benefits, not least of which is a relaxed atmosphere in the sun. Pop some fun floats in the pool—we’re partial to the flamingo—and gift monogrammed beach towels for each of your guests. Serve up poolside classics, like daiquiris, cold beers, and Arnold Palmers, alongside light bites including guacamole and ceviche. Just remember to word the invitation properly, so guests know to bring their swimsuits, and provide an SPF bar to avoid nasty tan lines before the big day.

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Rosé on the Roof

Aerial shot of a bouquet of flowers, ribbon, and rosé - Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer
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City dwellers know that spring and summer entertainment involves rooftops, so what better place to throw a bridal shower? Stock the ice buckets with Domaines Ott rosé wine (a French seaside classic) and Louis Roederer Rosé Champagne—it’s time for Rosé on the Roof. Deck out the terrace or patio with floral arrangements and comfortable seating, then serve up wine-friendly fare like crab-topped salad, shrimp skewers, and veggie wraps.

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Throw a Chic Garden Party

Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer - Vintage-style greenhouse in a verdant setting
KE-LI PHOTOGRAPHY

Instantly transport your guests to the English countryside with a sophisticated soirée in a manicured garden or greenhouse; it will be your very own garden party. Think floral-print dresses, lavender-garnished cocktails, and plenty of blooms alongside a farm-fresh menu. A string quartet will further set the mood as well as classic entertainment like archery. For a modern upgrade, host a make-your-own flower crown bar or a workshop on how to arrange freshly cut blossoms.

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Host a Black and White Bash

Black and white party tablescape with rose gold silverware and greenery garland - Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer
OLIVIA RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY, DESIGN BY BARI ELEXA EVENTS

Make like Truman Capote and host your own black and white masquerade ball—or, at least, a dinner party. Ask guests to don their best black or white formal attire, masks preferred, for an elegant soirée at your home. Hire a chef or caterer to handle the food and a bartender to keep the champagne flowing; bonus points for building a champagne tower. It will be a night none of your gals will forget, just like the guests of the famed 1966 party.

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Fiesta, Fiesta

Cocktails served in mini patron bottles with straws - Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer
TIM WILLOUGHBY

Move over, Taco Tuesdays. For the bride with an affinity for tacos, tequila, and all the guac (ie. all of us), throw a fiesta complete with colorful papel picados and a mariachi band. A margarita bar is a necessity, as is a selection of spicy salsas for dipping chips. You can have this party inside or out, making it flexible in case of inclement weather, and well, does anyone not like a taco theme?

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Sip on Mimosas

Mimosa bar with fruit juice selections in labeled pitchers - Bridal Shower Themes Hot Enough for Spring and Summer
EMILIE WHITE

Nothing goes better with brunch foods than mimosas. Put a spin on standard OJ and prosecco by offering a lineup of fruit juices, including grapefruit, cranberry, and pear, along with brut bubbles and festive garnishes such as strawberries, herbs, and edible flowers. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try something like Fluffpop, gold-flecked cotton candy you can place on top of a glass of bubbles. Talk about a party in a glass.

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Attend a Tea Party

Gold Tea Cart at Outdoor Reception
SALLY PINERA

Skip the Mad Hatter theme in favor of a modern spin: a make your own herbal tea bar. Guests can mix their own blend of loose leaf tea, by scooping everything from black tea leaves to star anise and rose petals into a strainer; brew and ta-da! It works for iced teas, too, and we’re not opposed to a spiked version to get the party started. You can also bring in an ayurvedic expert or certified tea blender to help lead the class—you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t, especially to help cure ailments and boost things like libido.

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Get “Leid”

Tablescape with flowers and gold pineapples on palm print runner
JESSICA BORDNER PHOTOGRAPHY

Cue the hula dancers, it’s time for a luau. Though this is a time-honored party and bridal shower theme, it never fails to excite guests, especially in tropical summer weather. Have guests wear their best floral prints and bright colors, deck the space out in tiki torches and orchids, and of course, “lei” all your friends and family as they arrive—no pun intended. For food and beverages, think Polynesian classics: kalua pork, poke bowls, fresh pineapple, and tiki cocktails.

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Taste Lots of Wine

Dessert tabled with barrels in the background
MICHAEL STEPHENS PHOTOGRAPHY

Spend the day tasting white and red wines, learning how wine is made, and of course, sipping a glass on a patio with a giant cheese plate at a destination bridal shower at a local winery. Producers like Napa Valley’s Charles Krug and New York’s Macari Vineyards are great for groups since they have indoor and outdoor seating, scenic views, and amazing wines. Look for a local winery with lots of options to make it the perfect outing with your favorite ladies.

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Tour a Brewery

Beer flight
LACIE HANSEN; PLANNING BY CALLISTA & COMPANY

Beer more the bride’s thing? Never mind the winery; hit a local brewery instead. Tour the facilities to see how the brews are made and taste through different styles and flavors before ordering some pitchers and food for a celebratory affair. San Diego’s Stone Brewing, central Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Independent Brewing, and Boston’s Harpoon Brewery are all great destinations, but so is the brewery closest to you.

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Support a Charity

Bride with dog
REBECCA YALE PHOTOGRAPHY

Share your passion for philanthropy with your nearest and dearest by hosting a charity-focused bridal shower. This can be everything from a day volunteering at a soup kitchen to throwing your fête at an animal shelter or sanctuary. Even if you have a traditional party, you can still honor a foundation. Ask guests to donate to a nonprofit of your choice in lieu of gifts, and invite a representative to share all of the amazing work the organization does during your soirée.

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Sail Away

nautical wedding décor
CYNTHIA CHUNG

What’s better than a party on a boat? Basically nothing, which is why a nautical theme is the perfect way to celebrate a lady of honor who loves the water. Charter a spacious sailboat, yacht, or catamaran for a few hours of sailing along with plenty of seafood and beers. Set a dress code that requests nautical stripes and sun hats and decorate with anchors, ropes, and paddles.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fairytale-like reception décor
REBECCA YALE PHOTOGRAPHY

Is the bride a literature lover? If so, she just might adore a Shakespearean-themed shower, celebrating “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Think lush green florals, glowing lanterns, and twinkling lights for décor musts, while flower crowns of baby’s breath can help with the magical vibes. For final touches, incorporate quotes from the tale as centerpieces or decorative accents to tie it all together.

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Have a Grilling Party

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Cooking classes are nothing new for bridal showers, but put a summer spin on the idea by hosting a grilling workshop. Nothing says a dude has to “man” the barbecue. Invite a grilling pro to teach your ladies how to sear, grill, and smoke your favorite foods. You can even go with lighter fare, working with marinated salmon, fruit kabobs, and oysters instead of red meat—obviously, all paired with wine.

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Play It Up

bride and groom playing croquet
OLIVIA RAE JAMES

Throw your own lawn games tournament as an unexpected bridal shower theme. You’ll enjoy the outdoors while partaking in some friendly sporting as you go head-to-head over corn hole, bocce ball, and croquet. You can even class it up by having your guests don their “croquet whites” and serve herb-infused cocktails alongside elevated stadium foods like bite-sized chicken and waffles and shrimp corn dogs with mustard aioli. Game on!

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Elevate a Backyard Barbecue

BBQ spread at an outdoor reception
MARION BRUNEL

Forgo the standard burgers for an at-home affair that feels a bit more celebratory. Set long farm-style tables with pretty plates and seasonal blooms, and be sure to tell guests to arrive hungry; it’s going to be a feast. For the food, hire a catering company or chef to handle the preparation while you focus on a lemonade bar—possibly even spiked with vodka. To take it up a notch, have a folk band play some jams while guests mix and mingle, drinks in hand.

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Observe the Summer Solstice

Outdoor Lounge Area with String Lights and lanterns
ANGELA PHAM

The solstice, an astronomical occurrence defined by the earth’s tilt toward the sun, results in the “longest day of the year,” coined due to the maximum number of hours of sunlight on that day. Honor your closest star by throwing the shindig outdoors, with seasonal dishes and drinks and a colorful dress code. Since the holiday also praises Mother Earth, give your party an eco-friendly spin. Reduce waste by renting glassware, plates, and linens; decorate with potted plants, and donate to an environmentally-focused charity as your party favors.

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

star wars inspired cocktailsBy now many of us have already seen the newest Disney Star Wars movie.  You know Solo: A Star Wars Story.  And we’ve been bombarded with Solo merchandise from Solo Movie cups at Denny’s to action figures at the toy stores.  As expected the latest installment of the Star Wars saga has renewed the movie’s popularity.  We’re watching Star Wars movie marathons and hosting Star Wars themed parties.  Last week I posted a list of Star Wars inspired recipes, so it’s only fair that I post a list of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks.  Believe there is no shortage of these drink ideas!

I’ve decided to divide my roundup of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks into non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  But if one of the alcoholic cocktails catch your fancy but you want to serve it at a kid’s birthday party, just make it a virgin.  You know leave out the booze!  Or you can spike the kiddie version and serve it at an adult party.  However the force inspires you I’m sure your Star Wars inspired cocktails will make you the host or hostess with the mostest this summer!

Whip some up for your kid’s Star Wars birthday party and you’ll rock!  You’re sure to be the parent of the year, or maybe the summer anyway.

star wars inspired cocktails

Han Solo Churro Cocoa

Since the movie is all about Solo I’ll start with My Crafy Life’s Han Solo Churro Cocoa.

I know it’s a bit hot for cocoa, but the kids will love if for breakfast anyway.  Serve it the morning after a summer sleepover.

Click here for recipe!

 

star wars inspired cocktailsBB-8 Punch

Whip up this BB-8 Punch by The Joy of Boys.  It’s a refreshing party of any Star Wars themed event.

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star wars inspired cocktailsYoda Float

Now here’s cool Star Wars drink from Sugar and Soul.

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star wars inspired cocktailsFrosty Bantha Milk

Oooh blue milk!  Awesome!  This is perfect for your next Star Wars movie marathon!

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star wars inspired cocktailsRebel Alliance Chocolate Covered Strawberry Float

Wow!  The name’s a mouthful, but it paints a yummy picture!

Here’s the recipe from Nerdy Mama!

 

 

 

star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Party Drink

 

Now this looks yummy in a sinister sort of way.  The kids and adults will love Midget Momma’s  recipe!

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Now let’s move on to the fun party drinks, alcoholic cocktails!

star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Cocktail

Here’s the adult version of the Kylo Ren drink.

Get the recipe from Redhead Baby Mama![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired cocktailsFloating Yoda Cocktail

Kahlua, milk, and mint ice cream, what’s not to love?

After a couple of these you’ll be floating with Yoda!

Here’s the recipe from Homemade Hooplah! 

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star wars inspired cocktailsChewbacca Cocktail

This spice whiskey based cocktail by Midget Momma is sure to grow hair on your chest just like its namesake Chewbacca the very hairy Wookie!

 

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star wars inspired cocktails

The Dark Side Martini

It’s actually a Black Widow Martini by Eclectic Recipes, but it works if you’re planning on setting up a Star Wars Cantina!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Darth Maultini

Check out this martini by The More You Nerd Podcast!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Han Solo

This list wouldn’t be complete without a drink named for the hero of the lastest Star Wars movie.

Coffee liquer, Irish Cream, and Vodka, this drink packs a punch!

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star wars inspired cocktailsJyn & Juice

Here’s a Rogue One Cocktail with pineapple and orange juices.  Yummy!

Get the recipe from Whiskey and Sunshine!

 

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Star Wars Party for All Ages

Star Wars Party for All Ages

star wars partyThanks to the popular Star Wars saga series the Mandolorian on Disney Plus, Star Wars Themed parties are popular again.  I have to admit if we had to host a grandkid’s party I’d probably persuade him to pick Star Wars as a party theme.  And you do know that May 4th. is Star Wars day every year right?

So in preparation for this year’s Star Wars day here are some ideas on how to plan a Star Wars themed party for May the 4th. or any other day!

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Star Wars parties are not exactly limited to kid’s parties, many adults love theme too.  In fact I’ve even heard of a Star Wars themed wedding.  Now that might be going a bit too far for me, but hey a grand entrance thru a tunnel of light sabers would probably be pretty cool!

Having said that here are some fun ideas for a Star Wars Party!  Hope it inspires you to throw one too!

Star wars invitationInvitations

You’ll need invitations, so check out the free printable templates from Drevio.com

They have several styles to choose from.  The kids will love them and so will adults!

Click here for the free printable templates!

 

 

star wars partyReception Table

I found this sign on Pinterest.  It’s basically letters pasted on to a project board, you know the one you used for your child’s science project.  Really easy to do with stick on letters and stars.  You can customize it with your child’s age and name!  I’d use at least 1″ letters and 3″ stars in gold or the color of your choice.

star wars partyDecorations

Party decor is only limited by your imagination.  Think of the possibilities!  Lots of characters to choose from to make centerpiece cutouts or standing cutouts for your dessert table.  You can DIY or order from Etsy.

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star wars party I I Just love all the things you can do with paper lanterns!  You can add Yoda ears, turn a couple into BB8, Tie Fighters and more!

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Photo Booth

I love Photo Booths and so do guests of all ages!  Doesn’t take much to add a Photo Booth to your Star Wars Party.  You can tape a black plastic table cloth to a wall and use it for your background.  Stick on a few stars, you have some leftover from the reception table sign don’t you?

Add a few Star Wars related props and voilá you got a photo booth!

Order photo booth props here!

 

 

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F & B

No party is complete without food and drinks.  Here are some fun recipes and ideas for Star Wars themed food!

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star wars partyFavors

Can’t send guests home without a party favor.  I love these bubble wands, they’re very budget friendly, everyone loves bubbles, and they easily become lighsabers!  Just add a favor tag that says thanks for coming to the party and you’re done!

 

 

 

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Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

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star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

If you don’t want to make the cupcakes then just make the marshmallow pops!  It’s made the same way as the cupcake toppers using the food writer pens, just stick them on lollipop sticks instead![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie RookieClick here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.

 

star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

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