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Chic and Casual Dinner for friends

A dinner party does not always entail elaborate, over-the-top plated meals or super formal surroundings. Sometimes it's as simple as pizza, wine and a slew of candles. A really gorgeous yard helps as well! Have a look at how designer Paula Portet uses these key ingredients to throw an al fresco dinner for friends that's heavy on the chic and light on the hard work.

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20 Inspiring Spring Party Themes

If you're anything like me, now that spring is officially in the air, you probably can't stop daydreaming about hosting a festive, fun-filled gathering, to celebrate the changing seasons. Lucky for you (and your future guests!), we've rounded up some of the best party themes for the upcoming season, so you can start planning your first spring fête ASAP. Check out the gallery below and get inspired!

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Botanical Meets Bohemian Baby Shower

Organic florals and greenery matched with a bohemian, mid-century flair look amazing all dolled up for this baby shower. And can we talk about the little leading lady? Those Cheeks! She certainly steels the show but the hand stitched heirloom seed favors are a close second. Design and styled by Rook & Rose with photography by ...

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DIY Donut Bar

We've seen many a cookie, pie, and cupcake bar but rare is it to stumble across a top your own donut bar and it's pure sweet genius. Kelsey Rae Designs  and Plum & Oak Photo came up with the idea of grabbing simple glazed donuts and laying out all the accoutrements for guests to gussy up. Sprinkles, coconut, oreos –...

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10 Tips for an Effortless yet Elegant Cocktail Party

I love a good cocktail party. Like in a big way. The mingling, the mixing, the excuse for that extra glass of bubbly - it's kind of my happy place. Since I adore them so much, I'll find any excuse in the book to host them, and I've learned a few things along the way. So it's time to share the secrets with all of y'all. It's my effort to bring the cocktail party back, because there really isn't anything better. xoxo Abby Capalbo...

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A Golden 3rd Birthday

When your mom owns a luxury bridal store and knows all the best vendors in the biz, you best believe your third birthday is going to be stunning and awash in gold. From a golden party dress for the birthday girl to monogram invitations and gold details on that pretty cake too, this is a party that incorporates gorgeous girly details and...

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French Tea Inspired Surprise Baby Shower

This Ma Petite Chérie baby shower is a pretty display of delicious treats, high tea and a surprise celebration for a mama to be. All crafted by a talented group of party mavens including florals by Quince Fine Florals, sweets by Soirette and festive decor by ...

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25 Party Foods You Have to Try Right Now

The perfect party food should have great presentation, be easy to eat and, of course, taste delicious! We've found that if it's bite-size or served on a stick, it'll likely be a crowd-pleaser, and bonus points go to anything covered in rainbow sprinkles. Get inspired by 25 of our favorite ideas for party foods, including some unexpected twists on comfort food favorites! If you're looking for more party perfect treats, check out these...

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Brooklyn Carousel First Birthday Party

Tucked inside this celebration is a vintage carousel with a Brooklyn waterfront view and quite possibly the yummiest, most festive dessert bar ever. We're talking popcorn, cotton candy and sprinkle cupcakes galore. Grab a front row seat to this cute-as-can-be first birthday for sweet baby James all captured by Nicki Sebastian. And there's even more...

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Narnia 1st Birthday Party

Kids dream of exploring the enchanted land of Narnia, which is why we're bewitched by this birthday bash inspired by C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Featured on 100 Layer Cake, this party for lucky birthday boy Finn brings the pages of the classic fantasy books to life, with details like vintage lettered map invitations, pretty floral crowns and fun animal masks. Get swept away in the gallery...

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Santa Cruz shopping tour + A Giveaway

Shopping and eating your way through Santa Cruz is a day well spent. This tour de force crafted by Beijos Events and Carlie Statsky is inspiration for a girl's day spent shopping at local boutiques, pit stops at a brewery and later for ice cream and all finished off with a bonfire on the beach. Get inspired to hit the streets ...

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Whimsical Unicorn Baby Shower

This unicorn baby shower just might be the best thing we've stumbled upon today. Spotted over at 100 Layer Cake, it's a whimsical celebration held for mom-to-be and photographer Taylor Lord that features quirky invitations, sparkly pom pom balloons and a dessert dreamland. Take a peek at the full party captured by ...

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Elegant, Parisian Inspired Baby Shower

This elegant celebration for a sweet baby on the way has too many pretty details to list. But the overall feel is all girly, with a classic Parisian Cafe atmosphere crafted by RDT Events + Beauty, along with florals by Sweet Woodruff  and photography by ...

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French Inspired Baby Shower

This shower embodies all things Spring and as I stare out my window at 7 foot snow drifts, this is exactly what I need to get me to March 20 when it is officially springtime. Feast your eyes on a gorgeous french inspired celebration for a sweet baby boy on the way crafted by A Good Affair along with photographs by KLK Photography.

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Flamingo First Birthday Bash

We've seen a lot of great party themes in our day, but few match the pink- hued perfection of a flamingo bash. When you're a mom in the wedding industry and life hands you a precious baby girl, you know what you do? Throw her one heck of a gorgeous 1st birthday where guests are encouraged to flamingle and that is exactly what Brooke Images did. See even more captured by ...

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Wine and Painting Party Inspiration

I am all for any excuse to get together with my favorite people but especially if it involves wine and cheese... and painting. Tami O'Malley crafted just such an event - a coming together of friends to do something creative with photography by Sabrina Nohling and ...

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Woodland Animal Themed 1st Birthday Party

Having a birthday in the middle of winter doesn't mean you can't throw a bash that is whole-heartedly Spring. In fact, we encourage it. The warmth, the soft, pastel colors and the bevy of gold animals all make for the dreamiest of woodland themed birthdays – perfect for little miss Emerson Belle. Have a look at the full party captured by Feather + Light right...

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17 Fun Party Themes for Any Ocassion

Parties are not the time for basic and boring. It's a celebration that calls for a really good theme; the kind that will leave your friends and family in awe of your total awesomeness. These 17 themes fit the bill no matter the occasion. Sprinkles, neon, glamping... you name it, there's probably a party in this collection just made for your next bash.

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Organic Rabbit Baby Shower

I've attended and planned many a baby shower in the past few years, but I must admit, this might take the cake as the most adorable. Beautifully planned and styled by Kelly McWilliams, this organic rabbit-inspired fête has a wonderfully intimate yet elegant vibe, and the soon-to-be daddy, Cody Hunter, captured...

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Spring Dinner Party in Brooklyn’s Private Dining Room

Being a guest at this intimate dinner party at the Private Dining Room would basically be my dream come true. It has all the necessary elements for an absolutely perfect evening. Mouth watering dishes from Naturally Delicious, florals from ...

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