Going for Gold… Oscar Style

If you didn’t get your gold fix over the last few weeks with the Olympics, fear not, The Oscars are coming. This star-studded evening is one of my favorite nights of the year. I love seeing the fabulous dresses and jewelry… oh and celebrating the cinematic arts.

Watching the awards with friends is much better than watching it solo, so here are some party ideas for you to host your own golden evening.

A Feteful Life: Going For Gold Academy Awards

Paperless Post Invitation – No need to send out formal invitations for a tv watching event but that doesn’t mean they can’t be classy.

West Elm Table Runner – The combination of black and gold just screams Oscars to me and this table run will be a beautiful base to set food and drinks.

Gold Glitter Garland – Garland is a necessity for almost any event – they instantly make the space more festive.

Glitter Stemless Champagne Flutes – I love these glasses so much but if you don’t want to buy new stemware for the night you could always add some gold to your glasses with washi tape or  gold dot stickers.

Popcorn and movies – you can’t get a more classic combination. While the good old-fashioned butter kind is always a crowd pleaser but I highly recommend you give our bourbon caramel popcorn a try. Serve up the popcorn in these cute gold cups.

Think you know how the evening will play out? Print out these fun ballots by Studio DIY so you can your guests can guess the results.




Party like it’s the… 1920s

Side Car Bar Cart

Happy Birthday, Jim! What do you do for a guy who is the best husband and dad for his birthday? Why, you throw him a party of course! A party inspired by his favorite drink, the Old Fashioned. Not the Old Fashioned of the Mad Men era but back to its popularity in the speakeasies of the 1920s; thus converting our house into the Shipe Juice Joint for the evening. In addition to the Old Fashioned, we served a couple of other prohibition era drinks like the Side Car and the French 75 (believe you me, that one packs a punch). Add a few good friends, some canapés and a little Jazz music and the night was made.

I know what you’re thinking, you want to throw a speakeasy party of your own. Well, lucky for you, we have our very first party pack at our Etsy store where you can buy a lot of the paper decorations from the party! Check out the invitation here and the party pack here and fete on!

Bar Cart OverheadTinsel StirrersBubble FireplaceOld Fashioned CartFood TableChampagne Jello Shots





Black & Gold

Happy Black {and gold} Friday! What better way to detox from a day dedicated to eating {and, um… giving thanks} than with some retail therapy. Whether you do your holiday shopping at the store or on the internet, you’ll be seeing black and gold everywhere. I love this trend and here are some of my favorites. Happy shopping!

Black and Gold Roundup


1. This pillow is from Nate Berkus’ fall collection for Target. Not only do I love the black and gold but I also love the dynamic pattern {not to mention the price}.

2. This mirror from Jonathan Adler is just gorgeous! I need to find a place for it in my house, although it may put me in the Red rather than keep me in the Black.

3. How adorable are these little candle holders from Crate & Barrel? They will be making an appearance at my house this Christmas.

4. I’m always on the hunt for cute Thank You notes. These faux leather and gold foil ones are from Paper Source.

5. Looking to add something sparkly to your LBD for this season of holiday parties? This beautiful necklace from Madewell is a perfect choice.

6. You may be beginning to notice a trend with me – I love everything from Madewell. These black and gold shoes are no exception.