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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our First FBU Party

Last week, our own Jennifer celebrated her birthday on the same day as her husband, Stephen.  So, we decided to have a little dinner party at our house to celebrate!  I wanted to design the party around a tv show, so I asked Jennifer what show she & Stephen both liked, and she said The Bachelor.  So, since The Bachelor Pad is on right now, we decided to have the shindig on a Monday night, enjoy dinner, and then watch the show together. 

 I was at a slight disadvantage because I had only seen The Bachelor one time, but with Heather's help, we pulled it off without a hitch!  We ordered Chinese (Jennifer's fave) for dinner & I made "Secret Kisses" (peanut butter Hershey's kiss cookies) and "Love Bites" (cheesecake bites) for dessert.  

We also wanted to prove that a chic soiree can be achieved without spending an incredible amount of money!  I made all of the paper goods, the BACHELOR PAD Party Collection, which is now available in our shop!  Take a look at the photos.

The Door Sign
I hung our door sign on the front door & tied red and black balloons on the porch sconces.  We also had a red candle burning in a black wrought iron holder next to the door (sorry, I forgot to take photos of that part).

The Tablescape
I found black tulle on sale at Jo-Ann's (1 3/4 yards was perfect to make a table runner).  We used Heather's china (for the 1st time), and we added votives down the center of the tulle.  I bought 2 black taper candles at Michaels ($1.99 for both) & anchored them in my crystal candle holders.  The table looked stunning with the lights dimmed!

The Place Setting
At each place setting, we had a black place mat (scrapbook paper from Jo-Ann's - $1.99 each), a red napkin wrapped with our BACHELOR PAD napkin ring, Heather's China plate, my Ikea glass, our BACHELOR PAD menu card, and the guest's name attached to a red rose as a place card.

The Appetizer
While we waited on the Chinese, Heather made an appetizer called "Mingle & Mix."  Click the picture to enlarge & read about the ingredients in our mix.

The Dessert Table
I finally got to use my new buffet table from Ikea (i love it)!  I found black sparkly beaded fabric on sale at Jo-Ann's & I used it as a backdrop for my table.  With the leftover fabric, I draped two boxes to make stands for my two desserts.  In the center, I put my black wrought iron chandelier with red candles.  I made a pennant banner with scrapbook paper and added our tent fancy labels for the food names.

Picture Frames
We, of course, had to have pictures of our guests of honor just like on the show.  We used red glittered scrapbook paper as mats. 

The Birthday Couple - Jennifer and Stephen

Heather and Matt

Me and Sam

So, if you're planning a Girl's Night, Bachelorette Party, Birthday Party with The Bachelor Pad theme, we have the collection for you!  It includes 9 printable PDF files listed below.

Order yours today & have it ready in time for the finale of the show ~ a perfect party time!!!
To celebrate the introduction of our collection, it will be on sale for one week only! {until Sept. 15}.  Regular price is $25, but during our Introduction Sale, it can be yours for only $15.  
Click here to purchase!!!  


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