Mood Board // Trolls Birthday Party

When you love planning kid parties, but you HATE planning character themed kids birthdays, what do you do? My little has requested a Trolls themed third birthday. Upon his request, I only cringed a little, because I knew there was so much other magic in that movie I could pull without pasting Princess Poppy everywhere. I am planning to play up the rainbows, magic plants, flowers and bugs, and incorporating actual Trolls sporadically throughout the decor.  This technique can easily be translated to other parties as well, if your little wants a Superhero Party, consider playing up the city skyline, or a Minnie Mouse party, polka-dots could be the dominating element. What do you think? Do you head to Party City and buy up the section, or do you like to take a character theme to another level?  

Trolls Party Inspiration

Bachelor Finale Watch Party!

It may be March Madness season, but we’re also approaching my personal Super Bowl, The Bachelor finale.  At I Love Love Events we’re not shy to admit that The Bachelor is our guilty pleasure, and just like post football season, when Sundays seem a little empty, that’s how I feel about Mondays without Nick Viall.  The Bachelor ratings are at an all-time high and participation of Bachelor Fantasy Leagues growing, and with all this love for our favorite show, we thought it was time we threw the ultimate Bachelor finale viewing party.  You too can add some excitement to next Monday night with inspiration from our Bachelor Finale Viewing party.  

Bachelor Finale Bingo Game

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Bachelor Finale Watch Party

This event is one part Galentine’s day celebration and one part Super Bowl Party with lots and lots of red roses of course.  To bring the vision to life we hit the flower market and bought up all the red and pink long-stem roses.  We created a garland of roses to set the backdrop and made the arrangements ourselves mixing in spray roses, and greenery to modernize the classic flower.  The best details weren’t in the flower arrangements though, they were in the hand-made buttons we created with our guest’s all-time favorite Bachelors (mine are Ben Higgins and Bob Guiney – old school).  And, the night wouldn't be complete without a little game.  We teamed up with our calligraphy pal, Lana’s Lettering and created Bachelor Finale Bingo game, to create, which you can download for free by signing up for our newsletter! 

Bachelor Finale Watch Party
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Since this celebration was also one part Super Bowl, we needed some good food and drinks.  We opted for a pretty cheese plate, popcorn and other easy snacks and a simple cake covered in rose petals.  Not only will your guests accept your rose, but they will also accept your rosè, so be sure to stock up.  We supplied both regular and sparkling as well as a rosy cocktail with vodka, sparkling water, honey, pomegranate juice and topped with a red rose.

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Bachelor Final Watch Party
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photos by Clare Mullins // styling, coordination: Lauren Koster Creative // hair and make up: Perfectly Polished Faces // calligraphy: Lana's Lettering 

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, two thirds of my life.  I like to pride myself in being an easy vegetarian guest.  I am not picky and am fill up on sides, assuming the stuffing isn't filled with gizzards and brussles sprouts with bacon.  Also, assuming that the veggie dishes are substantial enough to tide me over until second dinner.  I have hosted Thanksgiving, both vegetarian and not, and tried lots of recipes that will please everyone including meat lovers.  Today I'm sharing ten of my favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes (a few are even vegan).  Guests will certainly be asking to take leftovers.  


BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND KALE RISOTTO


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recipe: Naive Cooks


BUTTERNUT SQUASH EMPANADAS 


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recipe: DeSmitten


VEGAN POT PIES


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recipe: Minimalist Baker 


BUTTERNUT SQUASH SPINACH AND GOAT CHEESE PIE


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POLENTA WITH SPINACH AND ROASTED MUSHROOMS


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VEGAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH STUFFED SHELLS


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recipe: Love & Lemons


BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CORN BREAD CROUTONS



SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND SWEET POTATO SALAD


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BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND MUSHROOM LASAGNA


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recipe: Foodie Crush


BRUSSELS SPROUTS, WINTER SQUASH AND QUINOA SALAD


recipe: Grown to Cook