date night ideas

Party by Color!

Out of ideas for themed dinner parties?
Try our party by color idea!  Giving a simple guideline for dinner party items narrows the possibilities to a not so overwhelming task of choice.  And everyone loves at least a hint of inspiration.

We started the series with the premiere of Game Of Thrones and the color choice, BLACK.  You can read all about our food and styling choices for that party in our last blog post!

For Week Two, we chose the color, GREEN.  There are so many ways to style with this particular color.  Since it is summertime, we naturally went tropical!  We love everything philodendron leaves this year… pair that with gold and watercolor for a super trendy summer party!  Bonus: this proved to be the healthiest color inspiration with ideas like:

Zoodles in Pesto with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Kale Chips with Green Salsa
Cucumbers and Tuna Salad
Green Curry Chicken
Pistachio Ice Cream
Pistachio & Lime Macarons
V8 Vegetable & Fruit Juice

For Week Three, we chose PURPLE.  A seemingly difficult food color to work with but ideas were abundant!  Light purple can feel like Springtime while deep purple has the feeling of winter.  We blended the two with our tablescape and stationery details in a floral print and modern touches.

Eggplant was the first idea within the group and yet nobody cooked with eggplant!  Here were our purple inspired menu items:

Purple Chips and Dip
Purple Spaghetti with Purple Pesto Sauce
Purple Roasted Potatoes and Onions
Blackberry Ice Cream
Blackberry Macarons
Blackberry Lemonade

Next up, WHITE.  What should our next color choice be!?  You can keep up with the rest of our Party By Color nights on IG!

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Happy Galentine’s Day to all the lovely friendships out there that want to celebrate this lovely February Holiday together <3.  I love this idea, what a great excuse to host a party and have friend time!

This year, I have been obsessed with cookie decorating and all things flamingo.  Why not combine the two and have a flamingo cookie decorating party in your own kitchen!  “Let’s Flamingle!”

For this friendship date, I chose a simple napkin and wine glass combination for the settings dressed up with Champagne+strawberry Popsicles, greens clipped from the backyard, and fun flamingo cookie cutters!

Napkins, cookie cutters, and flamingo measuring spoons: World Market! Have fun creating!!

Donuts in Bed!

Styled for Two ~ Donut Get Out of Bed!
Date night inspiration for the over achiever

Here’s another creative date night idea that’s super easy and totally awesome.  Treat your special someone to a donut tasting experience and coffee in bed!  Better yet, let them sleep in while you go get it all together (extra points if they usually have to get up with munchkins).  I have extras in stock at the studio, check out the FB page for a fun giveaway and you could win one and a Dunkin Donuts gift card!  You will be able to find this super cute invitation note card in the HLP etsy shop after the giveaway.

I put the card in my bedside table the night prior to a morning when my husband usually has to get up with our son.  When the monitor alarmed at 6am, I turned it off so the hubs wouldn’t wake up and left the invitation to -sleep in- on the bed where he would immediately find it.

This is not staged, this is my poor husband actually asleep before I woke him up with the clicking of my camera hours later…

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Head over to the HLP Facebook page and enter to win this cute invitation and a Dunkin Donuts gift card!!

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