Easy Weekend Entertaining: Brunch Ideas

The time has come to acknowledge something we all know to be true – brunch blows every other meal out of the water. Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, we love brunch because it is all about choice. In the mood for something sweet? Savory? Alcohol before noon? Brunch does not judge us! Here at Paper Source, we have everything you need to host a brunch right out of the comfort of your own home in three easy steps.

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Step 1: Set the Table. Colorful and chic, these table settings set the tone for an enchanting summer morning. Cut a table runner to fit your kitchen table, and add a hint of  sparkle with our confetti paper placemats.  A must-have are Vintage Milk Bottles – they make charming decorations and are great for holding snacks or your favorite summer flower. Add modern flair to your home by hanging our adorable trend party fans above your buffet or around your windows!

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Set 2: Create a Pretty Place Setting. Continue elegant and warm accents with our trendy gold confetti coasters from kate spade new york.  These shimmery coasters look so cute under our Govino Wine Cups, and both items are reusable! The best cure for a Saturday night out is a Sunday morning mimosa – Sparq Wine Pearls keep your cocktail cold without watering it down, and they are effortlessly classy. We know that preparing brunch is no piece of cake (reminder that cake is acceptable at brunch – another reason why we love it) so save yourself time cleaning up with our stylish gold foil paper plates.

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Step 3: Serve up great food and drinks. Once your alluring brunch scene is complete, fill your plates and glasses with recipes from our favorite summer cookbooks. Bring delicious drink  infusions to the table with help from Infuse: Oil Spirit Water. This book offers over 50 creative drink recipes – including Grapefruit tequila and Cold-Brew Coffee! Get inspiration from The Forest Feast – which provides beautiful watercolor artwork along with yummy recipes for healthy eating, allowing you to indulge in food that is good for your body! (And have more room for that cake, of course.)

Take this yummy treat, which is sure to be your new favorite brunch recipe:

Watermelon Salad, from The Forest Feast

  1. Remove the watermelon rind and cut into 1″ slabs
  2. Top each with 3-5 slices of fresh mozzarella
  3. Add 1 tablespoon each of chopped: mint, basil, almonds and walnuts

What are some of your favorite brunch must-haves? Tell us in the comments below!

A Mermaid Party

Mermaids are a huge summer trend and make a great party theme. We’re obsessed with this Mermaid Party created by Natalie Thomas over at Nat’s Next Adventure. Natalie was throwing a Sprinkle (a baby shower for a woman who already has a child), but many of these ideas (like the paper dolls) would translate well for a kid’s birthday party, too!

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On the inspiration behind the mermaid theme, Natalie says:

The party was for my dear friend Brooke, who is expecting her second child. I planned it with my two friends Amanda and Jessica, and it took place in the Hamptons, where the four of us are sharing a summer rental with our families. 

Since she’s having a little lady and already has a boy, we wanted to go with something girly. After looking at Paper Source’s products, we chose a mermaid theme because of all the cute things we could use, as well as it being summer and our close proximity to the sea out here.

To set the stage, Natalie used a mix of products for layered effect that created an enchanting look. Using a paper table runner (you can also use wrapping paper) gives the party a more polished look. Natalie created a “custom” tissue paper garland by using the Colorful Tissue Garland as her base and adding in the gold tassels from the Black & Gold Garland. We love the way she used Paper Source products as a jumping off point, but continued to craft and ended up with a truly personal fête.

The cake was accented with Vintage Party Number Picks that held meaning for the couple (but could also be used for age in place of traditional candles). Behind the cake (and throughout the tablescape, Trend Party Fans added metallic pops of chic color).

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Metallic Paper Fans were placed around the party and doubled as decor and cooling!

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For the adults, popsicles were served in Prosecco atop a tray lined with Gold Foil Dots Wrapping Paper.

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Gold Dot Napkins, Kate Spade New York Gold Confetti Coasters, Trend Confetti and Gold Confetti were displayed along with colorful accessories to create a dreamy setting.

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Natalie set up a kids-only corner called “Guppies Grotto” where tiny tots could get messy while they stamped, and left out a variety of rubber stamps and ink pads for the kids to go to town.

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She also had the kids make their own mermaids. Using our Paper Doll Kit as the base, Natalie made her own mermaid tail template and pre-cut shapes out of the fine paper included in the kit for the kids to choose from.

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Natalie says, “The paper doll kit is so sweet. My daughter loves playing with it and dressing her “girls”- the options are endless and the paper selection is of great quality. I’m absolutely framing a few. ”

The final touch was spray painting the Craft Letters with gold and using them as a party backdrop. If you aren’t going with a DIY Photo Booth, this is another quick way to make a picture-perfect background (people will always know where the picture was taken).

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Natalie also used the Mermaid Art Print and plans to print the name and birthdate of the baby on it once she arrives to gift the parents as nursery decor (and a sweet reminder of this memorable sprinkle).

Natalie says, “We love the way it turned out! There were so many fun things to do with the theme, the color palette was pretty and we all had such a good time.”

 

What do you think? Does this mermaid shower inspire you? Don’t forget to submit your party or craft pictures to press@papersource.com when you use Paper Source products, and we might feature you on the blog!

 

Natalie Thomas is the Founder and Creative Director of Nat’s Next Adventure, an obsessive party planner and mom to Lilly.

Create a D.I.Y. Photo Booth

Photo booths are one of the most popular party trends – and for good reason, too! They’re interactive, fun and make for great keepsakes. We’ve come up with two great D.I.Y. options for popular summer events.

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To start, you’ll need roll wrap (we used solid wrapping paper, but patterns would be fun, too!) to use as the background. To create our sets, we pinned the paper to a cork board we had in the office, but you can also attach the paper to a ceiling or wall with heavy duty tape.

The first set we created was all about weddings! We love the dark and luxe feel of this gold and black combination, and all it took were fun decor and tape! We used the Gold Glitter Alphabet Letters to spell out Mr & Mrs at the top. Gold Tissue Rosettes were attached to give the look dimension. Then Tissue Paper Tassel and Glitter Mini Banner Garlands were mixed together for a full, finished look.

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Don’t forget the props! Assemble the Photo Props Kit and leave it, plus Reusable Confetti Poppers, on a table or in a box next to the background for people to take silly photos (other popular items could include silly hats, feather boas, and more).

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Another tip: If you can’t afford for a photographer, make the photo booth a Selfie Station! Leave a few Selfie Sticks so people can hook their phones up and snap photos themselves. Ask them to send the photos to you (or use an event hashtag to see them all on social media) so you can create a photo album.

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Seriously, don’t forget the Reusable Confetti Poppers – not only are they fun to use, but they make really great photos.

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Our next set is a background that could be used for everyday parties like birthdays, baby showers, cookouts and more. The great thing about making your own photo booth is you can easily set the mood. Unlike the formal look of the first booth, we made this one fresh and fun.

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To create this look we used Tissue Paper Pom Poms, a Colorful Tissue Paper Tassel Garland and Trend Party Confetti (we taped the confetti to twine). We also used the Painted Celebrate Banner (You Rock is printed on the back) as an interactive prop.

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Which one is your favorite? How will you incorporate a photo booth at your next event? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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.