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Holiday Party Outfits To Get You in the Stylish Spirit

Tis the season for caroling, cookies and gift wrapping galore but you know what really gets me giddy when the holidays roll around? Putting together some fabulously festive party outfits! From sparkly dresses to chic jumpsuits, there's no better time to deck yourself to the nines. All of us here at SMP are already in the stylish spirit and sharing some of our favorite finds for your next holiday party!

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Blogger Bride: Boxwood Avenue’s Napa Bachelorette Party

Hey SMP friends! It's Chloe here from Boxwood Avenue, I am so excited to share photos of my bachelorette party with all of you today! A few weeks before my wedding, my girlfriends and I had the opportunity to traveled to Napa to celebrate my final days as being a ‘Miss'. We stayed at the Westin in downtown Napa, dined at some amazing restaurants, and of course...

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Parisian Inspired Bridal Shower

This, loves, is what we call a dream day.  A beyond breathtaking bridal shower crafted by a talented group of vendors, all set against the pretty backdrop known as Colette Grand Cafe.  Think gorgeous florals from Secrets Floral Collection, ...

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Blogger Bride: Margs + Maids with Dressed By Jess

Hello SMP brides! It's Jess from Dressed By Jess and I'm so excited to share the very special story of how I asked my bridesmaids to be a part of my big day. I really wanted to create a memorable moment for the girls to enjoy. There are so many ways to pop the question, but I ultimately decided to surprise them with a fiesta-inspired lunch themed, ...

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Blogger Bride: Politics of Pretty Parisian Inspired Bridal Shower

Kara Manos here from Politics of Pretty to share my Bridal Shower! It’s not every day you enjoy a Parisian bridal shower brunch. My maid of honor, my sister, along with my bridesmaids hosted the lovely affair. The décor was on point — think soft pink hues, black and white stripes and all tied together with fragrant roses galore. Sticking to the...

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DIY: Bachelorette Party Goodie Bags

When it comes to wedding festivities you know we're all about the details big and small. So, when my newly engaged friend celebrated her “last fling before the ring,” I knew some adorable DIY party favors were in order. From pint sized bubbly from Sofia Coppola Champagne, to adorable "Hello Pretty" Tote Bags and...

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Blogger Bride Boxwood Avenue’s Dalmatian Themed Bridal Shower

Hi SMP friends! It's Chloe again, visiting you from Boxwood Avenue. I think it's safe to say a good party incorporates a fun activity, good food, and great friends, which perfectly sums up my bridal shower! It was a beautiful day held at the Depot Distillery in Reno, Nevada. Their house-made vodka was used in my...

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SMP Blogger Bride: City Tonic’s Palm Springs Bachelorette Party

Jessye of City Tonic here, and when my best friend first asked me what I wanted to do for my bachelorette party, the streets of my neighborhood in South Boston were covered in about six feet of snow. I told her I didn't care, as long as it was somewhere warm. Since many of my closest girlfriends have migrated to the West Coast in recent years, we decided on a relaxing weekend in Palm Springs! As a designer, I’ve always wanted to...

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All-White Welcome Dinner in France

If you're doing a wedding weekend, I highly recommend throwing a welcome dinner. My Mr. and I did and we absolutely loved seeing face after face arriving to celebrate us—a truly special feeling. If you're planning one, might I suggest taking a cue from this charming evening captured by...

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Al Fresco Rehearsal Dinner In France

We're officially dubbing this a day o' Jose. Jose Villa, that is. You might have noticed he captures some of the coolest weddings in the world, and this time he's taking us to the Luberon region of France. It's a dreamy little spot with hilltop villages and ...

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Citrus Inspired Couple’s Shower

If you're one of those people hanging on to the last bits of summer before pumpkin spice everything takes over, this couple's shower is for you. It's sweet as can be with bright pops of yellow plus playful nods to the bride and groom's home states, and it has everything to do with the vendors behind it. ...

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Flower-Filled Garden Party Bridal Shower

It's not at all surprising that this bridal shower is completely stunning, after all, the bride-to-be is a wedding planner: Lotta Alexandersson of  Mint Design! With a beautiful eye for details—the Champagne drink station, dreamy flower arrangements, and adorable cookies—this bride's shower, captured by Mariel Hannah, has us dying to see the wedding! See all the...

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Dorothy Draper-Inspired Bridal Tea at The Greenbrier Resort

My love affair with the 1950s started with the poodle skirts of "Grease" and continues now with this charming 1950s-inspired bridal shower tea designed by Strawberry Milk Events and captured by Abby Jiu. Fluffy pink peonies, bowls of bright lemons, charming linens from La Tavola, trays of sweets and the Dorothy...

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Stylish Miami Art Deco Anniversary Session

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this anni-sesh from Cody Hunter Photography has earned a spot at the tippy top of my favorites list. Bold statement, I know. But once you set your sights on this gallery, you'll be ready to pin your heart out, too. From the...

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Southwest Inspired Rehearsal Dinner at The Historic El Chorro Lodge

Margaritas and merriment are the ultimate pairing and this rehearsal dinner shot by Brushfire Photography has got me wishing for another round. With Victoria Canada Weddings And Events behind the scenes crafting every colorful moment, the evening was complete with cinnamon churros and a Southwestern sunset. It's a...

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14 Totally Fun Alternative Bachelorette Parties

Don't get me wrong, I love a girl's weekend in Vegas, but when it comes time to have my own bachelorette party, I want to spend some quality time with my best friends, instead of hitting up a crowded club. If you're anything like me...

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Ontario Anniversary Shoot in High Park

My hubby and I are closing in on our five year anniversary (how in the world did that happen so fast?!), so this sweet little anniversary shoot captured by Injoy Imagery of these two love birds (see their wedding here) has me itching plan just a session. Because celebrating love...

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11 Elements Of A Perfect Party With Bob Gail Events

Ever wondered what the secret to throwing the perfect party is? After all, that's really what a wedding is at its core, right? Wonder no more, lovelies, because our friends at Bob Gail Special Events shared their eleven-step recipe for success with us, so you have all the entertaining information available to plan, execute, and...

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The Perfect Party Flow + 12 Tips To Make It Happen

Whether you're a party planning pro, or throwing your first ever bash this summer, chances are you've thought about timing and flow, and wondered where to begin. Lucky for you, we asked one of the sweetest event planners we know -- Ashley Culicchia Cash of The Graceful Host -- for some essential do's, don'ts, and things to remember for keeping your party on track...

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14 Outdoor Party Games For Your Next Summer Bash

With the days getting warmer and the nights getting shorter, you're bound to soon be hosting an outdoor bash to celebrate the season—and why not make your next fete extra-fun by including some party games in the mix? We rounded up a group of our fun-for-all-ages favorites right here, so click through, and let the games begin!

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