The Perfect Pool Party

One of the most fun ways to cool off during the summer is a pool party with friends. Here are some of our must-haves for a great summer bash.

 

Essentials

First thing’s first: you need a way to haul your stuff! This Red Stripe Tote Bag is durable and cute. Even better? It’s got plenty of room for this super cute Beach Radio, because a pool party is nothing without music!  We love this vintage-looking radio because you can plug in your iPod or smart phone to stream your own playlist. And of course you’ll need a pool float! Lounge around and catch some rays on this funny Pizza Slice Float.

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Fun & Games

Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, these games are sure to be a hit. Use the Big Kahuna Bouncing Water Ball or the Orgo Sport Beach Game for group games in the pool. When you need a break from the water, we love this Picnic Activity Mat, which includes three different game options sure to keep you busy on a sunny day!

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Food & Drink

Enjoy drinks poolside with these recyclable and reusable (and shatterproof) Govino Wine Cups.  If you’re going without vino, these cute Jam Jar Juice Glasses are super cute and acrylic, so they won’t break. In need of ice? And of course you’ll need some food! Keep everything chilled in this funky Watermelon Cooler.

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These are just a few of our favorite picks from our Summer assortment. What are your party must-haves?

The Ultimate 4th of July Drink

 

Are you throwing a July 4th bash? Don’t forget the drinks! We love this recipe from mom.me that can be made with or without alcohol. Serve it in this super patriotic drink station for a really festive look.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sprite/Champagne/Sparkling Water
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries/Raspberries
  • Anchor Ice Tray

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To start, fill the Anchor Ice Tray with whole or crushed berries. Pour water over them and freeze.
  2. Use cranberry juice to fill another tray. Freeze.
  3. Once the ice cubes are frozen use them to complement your favorite cocktail (or mocktail). The clear drink dispenser is perfect for displaying these pops of colors. Put the fruity ice in a cocktail, mocktail, or fruit punch and serve!

 

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Happy celebrating!

 

Remember, you must be 21 or older to drink alcohol – and please don’t drink and drive.

“Meteor” Shower (A Paper Source Baby Shower)

One of the great things about working at Paper Source, with tons of creative people, is the ability to celebrate our friends and co-workers’ life moments in meaningful ways. With baby showers, especially, it’s always fun to think of themes that really resonate with the mom-to-be. For this baby shower, we knew we wanted to have a celestial-themed bash that coordinated with her nursery motif. Since we’d already thrown one “stellar” baby shower, we wanted to make this one unique. We started by calling it a “meteor” shower with an emphasis on planets and the solar system.

Invitations

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For these invites we used Night Circle Cards and printed a band to look like a planetary ring on Sunshine Text Weight Paper. Before attaching the band, we made a template with cutouts where we wanted striations to be. We put the cutout on top of the circle cards and used ink pads to rub directly onto the card. Once dry, we attached the middle band. The band was secured on the back with a 4″ round label, which was printed with more shower details.

 

Food

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Since the shower was in the afternoon, we went with a fun “Neptune’s Nacho Bar” and light snacks and desserts. We labeled everything with a mis of place cards and “punny” names.

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Decor

For decor we punched stars out in a variety of solar shades on text weight paper. Then we used double-sided tape to attach them to Blue & White Baker’s Twine with 1.25″ Round Labels for added interest.

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We wrapped the gifts in Constellations Gift Wrap and Silver Stars Fine Paper for a really beautiful gift basket.

We love giving mom something sentimental to take home. We handed out extra star cutouts and asked attendees to write down their wishes for baby. Then we collected them in an A7 Box Mailer that was covered with fine paper; something cute to keep on a bookshelf.

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Have we inspired you? Send us your Paper Source baby shower pictures to press@papersource.com and we might feature you!

 

 

Hello World! (A Paper Source Baby Shower)

It’s probably no surprise that we love celebrating here at Paper Source. When a fellow co-worker is having a big life moment, we see that as a great opportunity to create an event that perfectly matches their character with crafted and personal touches. We recently threw a baby shower for a member of our web team, Kristen, who has been with Paper Source for years. Kristen was expecting a baby boy, but also appreciates a subtle and sophisticated aesthetic. Because of that, this shower theme could easily be used for a boy/girl/gender neutral shower by simply using a different accent color. Here’s a look at some of our favorite touches.

We decided to hold a baby shower luncheon in one of our meeting rooms in the office. In order to make sure it felt intimate and inviting, we got rid of phones and cords, and added a Paper Bag table runner and D.I.Y. floral arrangements for a sweeping tablescape.

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We accented with small bud vases, gumballs, candy sticks and Mercury Glass Candles. We made sure to keep the accents within our neutral palette of kraft, white, and silver. Kristen’s mom added a personal touch by bringing vintage handkerchiefs (leftover from Kristen’s wedding) and labeling them with dates around Kristen’s due date. Each guest took one home as their due date guess.

For each place setting, we used Chalkboard Bracket Cards and calligraphy for a special touch. Each person also had a Hello, World! card on their plate, which carried the theme through and had a game on the opposite side to match popular baby names with their respective countries. (We made the game ourselves with a little research and self-printing on Square Cards).

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The treat table was adorned with a D.I.Y. Tissue Paper Tassel garland (instructions here) that incorporated Silver and Pool tissue paper and Cotton Twine. Special touches were added with a custom chalk sign on a Chalkboard Wallie, a custom Hello, World cake topper made with the Cameo machine and treats catered for Kristen, including mom-to-be’s favorite gourmet marshmallows (which, coincidentally, fit perfectly with our color scheme).

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To serve milk, we used Vintage Milk Bottles and Gray & White Striped Paper Straws with mini powdered donuts on top for a cute little touch and a perfect accompaniment to cake.

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On the other side of the room we filled a table with gifts for baby’s travels both near and far (including the Book of Maps). Before the shower, we compiled our favorite places in the world (along with pictures) as a keepsake for mom and baby.

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Everyone had so much fun, and the shower was made even more special by personal touches and a unique theme. Want more inspiration? Check out some of our past Paper Source baby showers from an ABC Theme, Something Sweet and Out of This World.

Girls’ Night In

 Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be a celebration of love between you and a special someone. Instead, have just as much fun with your girl friends in a festive themed party.

Decorate with hearts and glitter and bake sweet treats while sipping sugary cocktails. What more could you ask for? Here’s everything you need to make your party a hit.

Red and Gold. Create delectable drinks in these charming gold tumblers. Add a festive paper straw and your drink becomes a work of art. We love The Red Valentine Cocktail recipe found at The Stylish Type Blog.

 

Follow Your Heart. Get your home ready with this adorable pillow. Add more cushions and colors to create cozy seating for guests.

 

Inspo. We adore this pillow styling inspiration from The TomKat Studio.

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I pick you. What’s a cocktail party without hors d’oeuvres? Make them special for Valentine’s Day with these festive heart party picks.  Even decorate sweets and cupcakes with this simple statement decoration.

 

Candy Hunk. Laugh with friends over this mini dream man. Who needs a date when you have the “perfect man” candy? Now you’re really ready for a Valentine’s Day themed cocktail party for a girl’s night in!

 

Guess The Name Game. Now that everyone is enjoying the festive decor with drinks in hand you can play the hilarious Charades-like game found at Lifestyle Tweets. The steps are simple, just follow the rules of Charades but the actors can only be romantic characters- like Romeo and Juliet!

Courtesy of lifestyletweets.wordpress.com

Courtesy of Lifestyle Tweets 

Weekend Wants: New Year’s Party

Are you ready to ring in the new year? Here are some of our favorite things to make your party perfect. Pick them up at your local store!

Photo Booth Fun. Brand new for this year, this New Year’s Photo Props Kit will provide tons of fun for a D.I.Y. photobooth. Have everyone take goofy pics as a way to start the year off right!

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The no-hassle tassel. This striking Black, White & Gold Tissue Paper Tassel Garland is a festive party decor piece that couldn’t be simpler. Hang these along a buffet, across a mantel or use it as the background in the D.I.Y. photobooth we mentioned above! Another plus, this color scheme is a Paper Source exclusive that can’t be found anywhere else!

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Colorful confetti. Hand these Confetti Poppers out to all your guests to celebrate midnight in colorful style. An added benefit: they can reused year after year!

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Fun Accents. From glassware to table decor, we have the perfect accents for your New Year’s Eve Celebration. For example, this paper rosette accent piece is the perfect backdrop for guests to take photos. Hang on a wall or use behind your serving table for the perfect festive touch.

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Find pretty pops of color for any style in our Entertaining Essentials category.

Festive and Cozy Thanksgiving Table Settings

Create a welcoming space your guests will love with these beautiful decor ideas. From gorgeous table runners and place mats to thoughtful place cards, we can help you set a memorable Thanksgiving table with style .

A Grateful Gathering

Set the tone for your grateful gathering with this beautiful We Are Thankful Table Runner. An artful addition to any festive setting, this screen printed design features animals, objects, and silhouettes hidden in the branches of an intricately illustrated tree .

The simple and bright fabric will easily compliment your favorite fall decorations. But, it’s not only beautiful, it’s also machine washable- making this table cloth perfect for quick post-meal cleanup.

 

Thanksgiving Trimmings 

Elegant patterned papers create the beautiful fanned feathers of this beautiful decoration. Our Turkey Rosettes Centerpiece is a stunning yet simple addition to your Thanksgiving table.

 

This Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Kit makes a great Thanksgiving Day activity. Fun and easy, this set contains almost everything you need to create your own holiday characters.  Wrap your napkins with these festive bands, then use them for a mini puppet show after your meal!

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Our Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Kit is festive and fun! Just don’t forget your Scissors, glue, and a ruler! (not included)

 

Your little turkeys will love this Thanksgiving craft activity. This kit makes great place cards and will keep the kids busy while you make dinner.

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We love this arrangement from Design Roots featuring our Turkey Place Card Kit.

 

Create these thoughtful place cards to accent your Thanksgiving feast. Embellish one side with a Happy Thanksgiving Escorial Stamp and your guest’s name. On the other side, decorate with our I Am Thankful For Rubber Stamp and encourage each person to write a message of gratitude to share. Our Sketch Turkey Rubber Stamp, Pastel Washi Tape Set, and Glitter Fall Leaves Repeat Stickers also make great additions to any Thanksgiving place card.

 

Make your table glow with these beautiful place mats cut from our Chevron Table Wrapping Paper. This contemporary design adds a personal touch to each seat with a monogram craft letter to specify a place setting for each guest. Finally, keep your beautiful paper settings dry with our Thanksgiving Typography Letterpress Coasters to add a hint of color to your polished look.

 

One 50 ft roll of Chevron Table Wrapping Paper can go a long way in your holiday decoration. After your Thanksgiving celebration, use this elegant paper to wrap your holiday gifts!

Adorn your packages with Gold & Red Double-Sided Satin Ribbon and compliment with our Red Glitter Wrapping Paper. (Oh, and don’t forget the Super Tacky Tape! This double-faced makes wrapping your sparkly packages easy and flawless.)

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Warm & Toasty Dinner Party

Now that the weather is cooling off, warm your home with a cozy dinner party! With fresh table decor and contemporary cocktails, these party ideas just might make fall your favorite season to entertain!

 Simple Settings 

Set the table with this fun place setting idea. Just cut our Chalkboard Wrapping Paper into rectangular place mats or use as a table runner for a unique way to personalize your space. Write your guests’ names above their plates or let your guests doodle their own setting design. Simply arrange colorful chalk in a darling mason jar for a playful pre-dinner activity.

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Fill this trendy  Glass Mason Jar Mug with Colored Chalk or Extra Fine White Chalk Ink Markers for a cute, vintage way to display your creative table design.

A casual get together doesn’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. Set your table with a few fall textures and colors for a truly memorable meal. Cut strips of playful fine paper , wrap into sweet circles and connect with double stick tape for a beautifully simple napkin ring. Add a rustic touch to any candle or vase by wrapping it with a little burlap bow.

Finally, bring the scent of Autumn inside with a Rewined Cider Candle.  This scent features a rich blend of fresh apple, cinnamon and clove, with aromas of buttery dark rum. This premium natural soy wax is poured into repurposed glass for an eco-friendly design.

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We love this Lokta Moroccan White on Yellow Fine Paper for simple napkin rings inspired by rich fall colors. And this Natural Burlap Woven Ribbon adds a touch of rustic flair to any container-even our Rewined Cider Candle.

 

Warm & Toast-y

Your guests will love these inspired cocktails and trendy glasses. Cozy up with company to share an artfully-made refreshment with these contemporary drink ideas.

The beautiful photography and simple recipes in Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails will warm your guests with cool new drink ideas. This book makes mixing cocktails simple, social and fun, so gather your friends and pick your favorite recipe! You may just find a new seasonal favorite.

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If you’re looking for a classic concoction, our Moscow Mule Mugs are a trendy way to enjoy your favorite mix. Our box features the namesake recipe, but these stylish cups will add vintage charm to any cold drink. Plus, we offer our set for the lowest price around- Cheers to that!

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Have a whiskey-lover in the group?  These Whiskey Rocks are the perfect way to keep drinks cold without diluting flavor. Simply freeze, then pop these little stones in your favorite drink for five minutes. These soapstone cubes are milled by the oldest soapstone workshop in the United States- so you know they’re good.

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Fun & Games

Keep the party going with these beautiful game sets. These classic boards are definitely an oldie-but-goody combination. Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, and Backgammon add a little friendly competition to your intimate affair. And after you’re done, these bright and bold designs look gorgeous on your bookshelf.  Bonus points for you!

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Protect your table from those frosty mugs with these Authentic Record Coasters. Re-purposed from vintage records, this unique set is sure to be a conversation starter. Use this blast from the past to inspire your music choices for a fall party that is sure to rock all night.

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Pumpkin Party Inspiration

It’s time to decorate for Halloween! If you’re looking for a fun way to create your spooky decor, why not invite your friends over for a festive pumpkin decorating party?

These easy decorations and creative refreshments will delight your guests as they create their perfect pumpkins. We’ve also shared creative ways to glam up your gourd without the mess.

 

Painted Pumpkins 

Your pumpkin will be the talk of the block with these fun decorating techniques!  No need for the goopy mess- these carving-free ideas add fun flair to any pumpkin.

Add a splash of sparkle or dunk your pumpkin in gold glitz- either way your pumpkins are sure to shine with these decorating tips!

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Boo-tifully simple design: Simply paint your pumpkin with Black Acrylic Paint and let it dry. Next, paint liquid glue on the stem and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter. Shake off any excess sparkle and let dry. Finally, scrawl a spooky message on your pumpkin with a DecoColor Gold Marker.

Glitter-dipped and delightful: Paint your pumpkin from base to stem with Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint. Add an additional coat of paint that only covers the bottom half of your pumpkin and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter for a gold-dipped look.

Shiny Chevron: Create your own chevron-designed pumpkin using Super Tacky Tape. Cut this strong double-stick tape into zig-zag shapes. Then sprinkle your pumpkin with Metallic Glitter for a gold, modern look.

 

Pumpkin Carving Party Invites

Your guests will love these fun pumpkin party invitations. Make your own using our easy DIY guide!

Psst! Here’s a tip! Stamp and emboss pumpkins one by one using VersaMark Inkpad and embossing powders. Doing the colors separately will ensure that the embossing powders do not mix on the card. Print and cut text layer and adhere to card using Chevron Washi Tape.

 

Pretty Pumpkin Décor

Decorate more than just your pumpkins! Spruce up your space with these festive flourishes perfect for your decorating party. These jolly jack-o’-lanterns are sure to inspire your guests as they make they own pumpkin creations.

Use this festive Halloween Rosette Kit to add fun flair to your pumpkin-carving party.

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Pop up these Honeycomb Pumpkins to set your table or hang from the ceiling for quick and cute decoration.

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These jolly Pumpkin Gel Gems are fun additions to any window or mirror.

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Delicious Details   

Decorating your pumpkins outside in the crisp autumn weather? Help your guests stay warm with this sweet treat- hot chocolate paired with festive Pumpkin Peeps!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is.               Just use Halloween Peeps marshmallows in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is. Use Pumpkin Peeps in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!

 

Keep the pumpkin theme going by using a pumpkin to create a cute drink cooler. Just slice  in half, clean, and fill with a clear bowl with ice for a creative way to keep drinks cold.

Refresh your guests with cool drinks using this cute idea from Martha Stewart.

Refresh your guests using this cute cooler idea from Martha Stewart.