NYE Black + Gold

Gold is one of my most favorite colors and has become a staple in my every day. From home decor to party straws, I can’t get enough!  This elegant and metallic hue pairs beautifully with nearly every shade there is, and right now I’m loving it next to black and even a bit of silver, especially for the holiday season.

Speaking of holidays, today’s post covers all of the above. With NYE only 1 day away, I’m totally feeling inspired! Do you have plans for the New Years? I’m having a small celebration with my sister and girlfriends with my favorite picks for a quaint and fabulous girls night in below, featuring pretty tapas plates and a stunning crystal jug from
Chairish
, the online vintage furniture shop.

NYE Black + Gold | Party Inspo | Posh Little Designs

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Mixing the old and new with prints is one of my favorite techniques when styling a table. I relied on the gorgeous vintage pieces found at
Chairish
to balance and complete the look.

Loving croc print place mats in silver and black alongside gorgeous black and ivory Moroccan Tapas Plates. Easy to style, with a touch of elegance and perfect for enjoying holiday friendly french macarons (my fave) and sweet treats.

Dress up bakery or home-baked cupcakes with pretty chevron paper baking cups, and fitting gold 2015 cupcake toppers. Hello new year!

Trendy bottles of champagne from Chandon’s limited edition collection are currently all the rage! Pour into a beautifully shaped crystal jug and mix in your favorite fruits for a quick celebratory punch.

Serve in onyx glasses and garnish with black chevron paper straws from the posh shop.

For a final touch, decorate the space with tissue poms & confetti in shades of gold and offer party hats to guests to round out a festive holiday evening.

What are your favorite ways to style black and gold for a holiday? I’d love to hear them!

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Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday last week and a Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to 2015 and all that’s in store.  Much more to share soon!

xo

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Real Parties: Hello Kitty Lemonade

Happy Friday all! It’s been a nonstop few weeks for me but I’ve finally had a bit of down time, and the opportunity to edit photos from my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My sweet girl has had her heart set on a Hello Kitty party for the last 5-6 months, but to make it a little more summery we tied in the Lemonade theme for an sweet sunshiny twist.

Our party location this year was completely different from any of the parties I’ve done for her in the past, at a local water park, which the kids absolutely loved. It was quite an experience to get everything transferred and setup under such a short time-frame but it all came together beautifully and just in time!

I began with the invitations.

Hello Kitty Lemonade Invitation | Posh Little Designs

Then 1 month before the party, started gathering all of my supplies for the celebration. I’ve got a good amount of odds and ends on hand from previous parties that I’ve done, so it was nice to be able to  re-use! Such a great way to save money!

For most of my character parties, I choose to keep the details a bit more subtle. I usually start with a white backdrop because I love having a blank canvas to work with. I tie in my colors from there. We went with a pink and yellow scheme, with Hello Kitty hand printed designs throughout. I put an emphasis on hello kitty’s silhouette and bow and centered the prints around those 2 components. Everything from the invitations, to the bunting for the dessert table, lemonade stand and cupcake toppers and labels were all created and printed in photoshop using these details.

I’m kind of obsessed with oversized balloons these days as I love the look and feel they add to a parties, so I made sure to incorporate those in pink, yellow and white, along with a few Hello Kitty character balloons. We had plenty of mismatched mason jars that I filled with loose stem blooms in shades of yellow and white for a bit of a shabby feel. Many of the flowers I was able to use from my Mother-in-laws garden. Another great money saver!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The kids had their own table in the center of the room with color coordinating placemats and a favor bag filled with themed goodies.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We chose to keep the menu as simple as possible but still a bit gourmet. We had a build your own sandwich station with plenty of options to choose from and my mom made her homemade fried chicken. We served it all alongside fresh fruit, side salads, and fresh chips and crackers with dips and antipasto.

We had a designated location for homemade lemonade which I made by hand squeezing what I think ended up being nearly 40 lemons with homemade simply syrup and purified water. We had mix-ins for the kids – fresh fruit puree’s and for the adults–homemade lavender syrup, rosemary and mint, in addition to other assorted beverages.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

For dessert:

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We served homemade lemon sugar cookies with royal icing, shaped like lemons, hello kitty’s face and hello kitty’s bow. I’ll have the lemon cookie cutters available for purchase in the etsy shop within the next week!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cookies were decorated with the assistance of my two lovely sisters! I also made homemade lemon bars using the recipe I found on Bakers Royale which turned out amazing! I highly recommend the recipe. I chose to make the crust dairy free and they were still so great…definitely worth trying!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Cupcakes were homemade with a strawberry lemonade buttercream frosting. Each cupcake was lined with a Paper Eskimo baking cup and then garnished with a pink paper straw and a quartered strawberry for a finishing touch! They turned out so pretty!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the desserts, we had fresh lemon jelly wedges, yellow and pink sixlets and lemon drops displayed for our guests to enjoy. The candy was displayed in vintage milk glass dishes, miniature wood crates from Michael’s and mason jars.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cute little miniature lemonade stand decoration seen on the dessert table was hand-made by yours truly. I’ll have DIY instructions up soon!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

I also  made a special bunting specifically for the birthday girl’s cupcake!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Here she is blowing out her candle! Happy birthday to our sweetheart!!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

and here’s baby sis enjoying her cupcake! I made a few dairy free for me, her and a few other guests to enjoy!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We finished the party with pin the bow on hello kitty and gift opening. All of the kids seemed to have a great time and after the party was over, my daughter came to me and my hubby and told us that it was the best day she’s ever had!

Ahh, I so love these moments, and the fact that she’ll have the memories to look back on for a lifetime. It is truly a blessing to have such special daughters. They are my main source of inspiration and the reason I do all that I do. Seeing them happy is what life is all about.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Thank you all for reading! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific Hello Kitty Lemonade invitation and party design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Real Parties – Ombre Minnie Mouse

On Mother’s Day weekend we celebrated my baby girl’s 2nd birthday! Ah…I can’t believe she’s officially two now! I’m still amazed at how fast she’s grown. It’s difficult to grasp and most certainly bittersweet, but I’ve loved every moment of watching her blossom and reach new milestones. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Her actual birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year (such a special gift), so we planned the Minnie Mouse festivities for the day prior. It was a quaint little party, with tons of pink, and ombre accents, but not too over the top in terms of character details. Definitely more subtle and understated, but just perfect for our sweet mimi.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Decorations included everything from hand-made tassel garland, made with white tissue paper and minnie inspired letter prints in different shades of pink. A simple DIY pink ombre glittered #2, a banner of bows to capture the bowtique feel, glittered mouse and bow confetti, a dress up station with headbands and jewelry and plenty of balloons.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

I made the floral arrangements using roses in 3 shades of pink and white from Trader Joes, carnations also in 3 shades of pink, and all white hydrangea. I finished each arrangement with Minnie prints, which I attached to wood skewers.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

All of our lunch plates were adorned with the most adorable minnie mouse ears, which I was delighted to find via a free printable from Chickabug! Visit Heather’s shop for fabulous prints and paper designs for your upcoming celebrations. Seriously…how cute are these?! Just cut them out, attach with tape and you’ve got ears! I would recommend printing them on a thicker quality paper.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

We kept the menu simple, serving barbecue, teriyaki wings, a fresh quinoa salad, my mom’s famous potato salad and many of my daughter’s favorite things…chicken sausage, olives and fresh fruit and veggies cut into mouse shapes, using a minnie mouse cookie cutter.

The beverage station featured my homemade watermelon lemonade, and sparkling berry lemonade from Trader Joes. Mix-ins included: Perrier, fresh lemons, mint and raspberries.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

For dessert I made gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes with vegan icing so they were suitable for my daughter who has a dairy and soy intolerance. I actually bought the cake mix (Bobs Redmill) but made one batch of cupcakes and the vegan buttercream homemade, using freeze dried raspberries and strawberries to color and flavor the icing. I topped the cupcakes with royal iced sugar cookie rounds that I cut using a shot glass to mimic the mouse ears, and used a shaped mold to make colored bows out of white chocolate with a little gel food coloring in two different shades to finish each cupcake. The white chocolate bows were the only component that weren’t dairy free.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

On the dessert table were the Minnie Mouse cupcakes, as well as colored jelly bellys, 3 shades of sixlets, pink ribbon candy and strawberry popcorn. I also made sugar cookies with royal icing which were decorated with the help of my dear sister and good friend the night before! Thanks so much fabulous ladies!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

The birthday girl’s mini cake was made using the same technique as the cupcakes. I baked 1 cake and cut out 4 rounds using a water-glass. Stacked them, and then my hubby iced them with two different colors of vegan buttercream for the ombre effect. I topped the mini cake with homemade bunting made from minnie inspired prints, ribbon and paper straws, which can be found in the Etsy shop!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs
Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

A little help from dada to blow out her candles.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the gift opening and adorable minnie mouse blankie from auntie, other highlights included the little ones sneaking their way over towards the desserts and dessert table. Caught them in the act! How cute are they?!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

and here’s beautiful big sis! Always ready for the camera.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

As the afternoon came to a close, guests were sent off and thanked with Trader Joes brand white Oreo cookies, dipped and white chocolate and topped with sugar pearls aka posh sprinkle mix. So delish! Find the toppings in the Etsy shop with more coming soon!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

It absolutely made our day to celebrate with our loved ones and close friends. Our sweet girl couldn’t have had a better time! She’ll thoroughly enjoy looking back on these moments in the years to come!

All of the details from this special party were handmade with love by yours truly. 5.11.14. We love you to the moon and back sunshine!

Lastly, a mama-daughter shot to celebrate both me and her on Mother’s Day!

Ombre Minnie Mouse | Posh Little Designs

What a wonderful gift she is!

One party down, now one to go! My oldest will be 5 this summer and has her heart set on a Hello Kitty celebration. Check back soon for more relating to that, as well as the recipe for the homemade delish watermelon lemonade seen in this post. Instant summer favorite!

Thanks for reading and Happy weekend!

xo

This specific Ombre Minnie Mouse celebration was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Ombre Minnie Mouse

As we enter Spring, I ask myself where has the time gone? Although I’m thrilled for the new season’s arrival, I find my self wishing there were not only more hours in the day, but that my girls would stop growing so fast…(sigh) It feels like just yesterday that we brought our youngest home from the hospital and I can’t believe she’ll actually be turning 2 in less than two months. Eeek! That means a very special party for a very sweet and always smiling 22 month old will be taking place soon, and so surprise what theme she chose! She’s all the sudden grown very fond of minnie mouse, which is actually funny because when my oldest turned two, she wanted a minnie mouse party as well! So…..Minnie Mouse it is! But, not your typical Minnie Mouse party. I’ll be adding some unique touches to make this one extra sweet and chic! And now that the clock is ticking, no time like the present to begin the planning process, starting of course with some posh inspiration to get the ball rolling.

Here’s what’s inspiring me right now. It’s all about the ombre!!

Ombre Minnie Mouse | Posh Little Designs

Shades of pink, with many hints of minnie mouse throughout. From colored balloons to baking cups, to sweet treats and floral arrangements all within the color story. Keeping the hues super light and airy this time around. I don’t plan to use a lot of black like a typical minnie mouse party, but there’s nothing typical about my almost 2 year old, so this will suit her perfectly!

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I’ll be sharing many of the DIY projects and details I create for her Ombre Minnie Mouse party over the next several weeks. Now onto the invitations, party decor and menu planning. I’ll have much more to post soon.

On another note, temps actually made it to the 60s today! Can’t wait to get some work done in my garden and begin spending more time outdoors in the sunshine! Happy Spring!! How have you spent your first few days of the new season?

xo

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Hemlock Green

Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, I’ve got St. Patrick’s day on my mind. Of course when I think of St. Patrick’s day, hues of green immediately come to thought, but not necessarily the classic St. Patty’s Day green. I’m definitely not that traditional of a gal, so I’ve picked a green from the Pantone Spring 2014 color report, known as Hemlock for the upcoming holiday. I know…the shade may remind you much of the mint that made a huge debut in 2013, but I personally couldn’t get enough of it last year, so it makes sense why I’m adoring this color so much! What I love most is that it’s a little bit richer, and deeper of a green, yet is still considered a pastel which means it’s just perfect for Spring and Summer’s arrival, with a bit more versatility. I can easily envision this color appearing in weddings, and parties over the next few seasons, and I can’t wait to incorporate Hemlock into my own personal style and party planning palettes, starting first with some inspiration for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Hemlock Green-Pantone-Inspiration | Posh Little Designs

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Are you as inspired by this green as much as I am? If not, what’s your favorite pick from the Pantone 2014 Color Report? Of course I will attempt to create something for upcoming St. Patty’s Day in Hemlock green, so please stay tuned!

Visit the sites for all of the fabulous items seen in the Hemlock Green Inspiration Board, by clicking on the links above.

More to share soon!

xo

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Make: 12th Man Mojito

I know this may sound crazy to some, but I LOVE football! If you’ve only been following me on Posh for a short period of time, I’m sure this isn’t what you’d expect from a girl who writes about all things sweet and chic, but it’s true! I’ve been an avid fan since before my hubby and I got married and every Sunday, we enjoy watching all the games together as a family. Since I’m local to Washington State, of course the Seahawks are my team and you have to admit they deserve some recognition this year! Breaking records, going 13 and 3, home field advantage and the NFL division championship game, yes finally some love for the Pacific NW!

And since the Mayor of Seattle has declared the Friday before each hawks game, “Blue Friday”, and about 90% of the State of Washington is already in celebration mode, I’ve got the perfect cocktail to complete your weekend of football fun. This bevvy is inspired by the Hawks colors, in shades of blue and green and features a homemade Blueberry infused Rum (yummy!), fresh mint leaves, lime juice and raw sugar. Oh yes, it’s a true winner…. just like our hawks!

12th Man Mojito - by PLD

12TH MAN MOJITO

In honor of our Seahawks, and the fans, I’ve appropriately named this cocktail after the “12th Man” (aka Seahawks fans,) Mojito. The blueberry infused rum adds a subtle twist of fruit and a touch color to tie in the Seahawks hues.

Fun fact: The fans in the hawks stadium are known to be the loudest in the entire NFL, causing multiple false starts and making Century Link field one of the most difficult stadiums in the league to play at. They recently registered a reading of 137.6 decibels during a game against the Saints back in Dec., setting a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records. We are serious about our football in the PNW!

Ingredients

3 fresh mint leaves

1 to 2 tablespoon raw sugar (or equivalent simple syrup)

2 – 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

4 to 6 fresh blueberries (washed)

1.5 shots Blueberry Infused Rum (see recipe below) If you don’t have time to make the infused rum. Regular light rum will do!

Seltzer water

Ice.

Instructions

Muddle sugar, lime juice together.

Add in mint and lightly bruise the leaves, but be sure not to over muddle them.

Top with rum.

Finish with seltzer water and ice.

Garnish with blueberries, mint leaves or the 12th Man Garnishes (instructions below) and these babes are ready to enjoy!

12th Man Mojito - by PLD

BLUEBERRY INFUSED RUM

The flavor and color of the blueberries infuses the rum adding a subtle hint of fruit, making it choice addition to any cocktail recipe!

Ingredients

1 Bottle of your favorite light rum. I used Bacardi.

1 cup washed Blueberries.

1 glass bottle with secure lid.

Instructions

Rinse blueberries and place in the bottom of the glass bottle.

Pour the entire bottle of rum into the blueberries and seal with fitted lid.

Place in a cool dark place and allow 1 week to sit.

I actually ended up using mine after 4 days, but you could already taste the flavor of the blueberries in the rum.

Blueberry Infused Rum - PLD

12TH MAN GARNISH – DIY

This garnish is great as a drink topper, but can also be used as a simple fruit skewer or to be served alongside snacks at a tailgating event this weekend.

The triangle flag was made in Photoshop using the colors and numbers that represent the 12th man flag. I simply cut the shapes out and threaded them through clear plastic cocktail skewers that I found at bevmo (starting them with a thumb tac).

12th Man Garnish - By PLD

Then I took slices of kiwi, and cut them into football shapes using my mini football cookie cutter.

I skewered 1 blueberry and 1 kiwi below the 12th man flag to create a garnish in green and blue to rep our hawks..

12th Man Garnish - PLD

 I then placed one garnish on the top of each cocktail glass for the finishing touch.

12th Man Garnish - PLD

You could certainly have fun with these skewers, using alternate fruits and colors if there’s another team you’ll be celebrating this weekend.

Oh and for those of you who play fantasy football, I haven’t had the chance to mention yet that I played in an all girls Fantasy league this year and won the entire season! I actually did way better than my husband this year, finishing at 11-3, but with running-backs like Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy it was difficult to go wrong! I plan on doing a little bit of shopping this upcoming week with my much deserved winnings!

I have to say, It’s been a really great season and I hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as we do this weekend! Happy Blue Friday! Seahawks for the Superbowl!!

Cheers!

This specific recipe for the 12th Man Mojito is a Posh Little Designs original. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Pop Fizz Cheers Posh

With so many highlights from 2013, I’m ready to start celebrating early! It really has been a great year and I have the perfect way to bid farewell. This perfection I speak of is in the form of a cocktail, because a New Years Eve celebration just wouldn’t be complete without em! Specifically bubbly (of course) and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.

If you’ve never tried St. Germain, you must! It’s a french liqueur that features floral notes and tropical fruit flavors that quickly became a favorite of mine. It tastes delicious on the rocks, but also adds a fun twist to a simple glass of champagne! And….how gorgeous is the bottle in black and gold?!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You most definitely don’t need to be a bartender or mixologist to make this cocktail. Just a few ingredients is all you’ll need to get the celebration started:

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Posh Sparkling Cocktail

This cocktail is most commonly known as the Hummingbird, but I made mine omitting the seltzer water and using fresh squeezed lemon juice, lastly adding a sugar rim and blackberries for garnish.

The combination is sweet, bright and aromatic.

Ingredients

1 bottle of quality grade sparkling wine or champagne. (I chose Michelle Brut which is affordable and quite versatile. The sparkling wine is not too dry and has citrus notes pairing beautifully with the floral liqueur.

1 bottle of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

Fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Blackberries for garnish.

Gold sugar for the rim and posh. This is certainly optional, but I couldn’t resist!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Instructions

Rim the edge of each champagne glass with lemon wedge and dip in gold sugar.

Pour each glass 3/4 of the way full with chilled sparkling wine or champagne.

Top the remainder of the glass with St. Germain Liqueur and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Garnish each cocktail with blackberries.

And there you have it! A quick NYE cocktail, taking just moments to make and simple to replenish.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Pop, Fizz Cheers!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Now that you’ve got the cocktail down, I’ve noted a few tips to add the Posh element to your Pop Fizz Cheers NYE.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You can never go wrong with black and gold. Items like sequins and spangles, transform into sparkly confetti when combined.

Color coordinated print cards displaying simple words add an element of whimsy to any party. These cards can be made with your home computer and printer in just seconds. All you have to do is type, print and clip.

Other sparkly details like glittered clothespins that I made over the holidays add a touch of glam.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Use mix and match glass and serving ware for a signature look.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You can find the gold chevron paper straws in my Etsy Store.

This year for NYE my hubby and I will not be hosting or staying in. Instead we’ll be celebrating with a group of friends over a late night dinner at a restaurant and casino. What do you have planned? I’d love to hear!

Cheers and Happy New Year friends!

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