Category: party time

Birthday Fiesta!

In today’s world, schedules are packed and time goes by so quickly. So when you get the chance to celebrate with friends and family, take it! Having an adult birthday party may seem silly to some people, but really, it is just an excuse to get together for a night of fun. For my 27th birthday, I decided to have a fiesta complete with a guacamole and salsa off! There was plenty of yummy food, margaritas, and tequila to go around!


The hubby got me this adorable little teapot as a Valentine’s Day gift and my baby cactus fit perfect!

I found this colorful table runner here on Amazon!
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I purchased two of these large plastic papel picado banners here on Amazon for the dining room and photo backdrop.


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For more celebration inspiration, check out the Party Time archives!

♥ miss marlene

Mary Poppins Party

I moonlight as blogger and entrepreneur, but my day job is working in a marketing department with 7 lovely, smart women at Springfield Clinic. We basically run like an in-house ad agency to our organization. This year we sponsored Mary Poppins at The Legacy Theatre and as part of our sponsorship we received a private showing the eve before opening night! I was put in charge of the event details and décor, a task I welcomed with excitement. The night was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

Mary Poppins Party

Above is the basement of The Legacy Theatre with assorted round and cocktail tables.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

I designed these floral arrangements in square vases that were slipped into cardboard boxes that I had Miles wrap in a brick pattern to mimic a chimney. The metallic, spikey floral pick I found at Hobby Lobby was the perfect “chimney sweep” with a touch of black spray paint.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

The photo backdrop was inspired by this tutorial by A Practical Wedding. I put our fluffy clouds in front of some blue curtains I found at Target.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

This is my hilarious cubemate and me…you should follow us. She was a big help that day! Thanks girl!

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Banner

With the paper banner spelling out “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the strips of fabric hanging below, these two banners added the perfect touch of whimsy to the space.

The courtyard had a mix of chimney floral centerpieces and spoon centerpieces.

The courtyard had a mix of chimney floral centerpieces and spoon centerpieces.

These “Spoonful of Sugar” centerpieces were adorable. It was a vase filled with sugar and glitter confetti, with a few spoons tucked in. The pained the spoon handles with enamel paint, like I’ve done before.

These “Spoonful of Sugar” centerpieces were adorable. It was a vase filled with sugar and glitter confetti, with a few spoons tucked in. The pained the spoon handles with enamel paint, like I’ve done before.

I really loved putting this event together and I’m so blessed to have a job where I can put my creativity to use!

♥ miss marlene

Want more party inspiration? Check out the Party Time archives!




Give a Unique Wedding Gift

Wedding season is here. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded with wedding photos and well wishes to brides and grooms! So what does that mean for us, the guests? Scouring through pages of wedding registry to find the perfect gift for the lucky couple (in your budget, of course). Don’t get stuck in a giving rut, give them a unique wedding gift they really want!


Get inspired by the couple’s registry list! I like to pick a few items in the same category to make it feel cohesive and tell a story. My cousin registered for some outdoor items such as this big red cooler. She also had camping chairs on her list, but they were out of stock. Camping chairs and a cooler…that tells me they like to spend time outside, so I decided to go with the outdoor recreation theme.


Give a unique wedding gift that the bride and groom really want!

I put together a custom picnic set that included dinner plates, appetizer plates, cups, plastic silverware sets, a bright picnic blanket all packaged in a red rolling cooler off their registry list. If you decide to go with items not originally on the list, try and keep them at the same place that the registry is hosted. That way, if they don’t need it, they don’t have to drive all over the place to exchange or return. Happy shopping!


How to give a unique wedding gift!

♥ miss marlene

Clueless Party! #angelais26

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so I always take Polaroids.”


 When my hubby purchased the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for my birthday gift, I thought “I am meant to have a Clueless themed party!“. I set up a fun photo area and purchased plenty of film so everyone could snap away.

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I created these custom badges so everyone could protect their pics when taking them home.











#angelais26 lanyards

I also set up a party favor table with fluffy pens (a Clueless staple), party hats, and camera film!

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It was a fun night and a great way to celebrate my 26th birthday!


♥ miss marlene

FREE printable: bite me tags

Happy October! I am kicking off this fabulous fall month with a FREE printable!

FREE halloween tags

Use these fun little tags in different ways…

1. Favors at a Halloween party!

2. Attach them to Halloween candies for Trick-or-Treaters!

3. Attach them to a little Halloween treat for friends, family, or coworkers!

4. SHOW ME how you use them! Shoot me an email at

halloween favors & gifts

For these festive favors, I picked up one clear jar with a cork top in the dollar bin at Target and filled it with candy corn. The other one is a brown craft box from Hobby Lobby. I painted the lid red and the box black. I added a little water to the red and dripped it down each box side.

vampire teeth

I added chrome colored vampire teeth to my candy corn jar. Just pick up a package of inexpensive vampire teeth and coat each side with a metallic finish spray paint for extra spook!

♥ miss marlene

FREE- Halloween Bite Me Tags (PDF)

Bite Me- JPEG sheet

♥ miss marlene


DIY painted feathers

One of my friends and I recently had a craft day; she wanted to paint feathers. I was already working on a DIY burlap placemat project that had a feather theme, so I figured I could incorporate these painted feathers along with them.

The only paint colors I used for the feathers were black, white, gold, blue and neon red; I kept them simple and graphic. The flowers were purchased at my local Aldi for $3.99! I added gold pipe cleaners for texture and to pull in more gold.

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painted feathers, gold pipe cleaners, flowers

painted feathers and gold pipe cleaners

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tablescape with feather decor

This adorable tablescape for two would work just as well in a larger setting: wedding, holiday gathering, or dinner party. You could add warm fall tones and some pumpkins/gourds for fabulous Thanksgiving table decor!

<3 miss marlene

DIY burlap placemats

DIY- burlap placemat

I enjoy using burlap because it is cheap and easy to work with. This is a quick project that will add a little fun to a tablescape. So, let’s get started on our DIY burlap placemats!

1) I measured out my placemats to be 18” wide by 14” tall. Instead of cutting where you measure, select the hemp thread that marks your measurement and pull it out.

2) This leaves you with an easily visible cut line.

3) Cut away!

4) I pulled 3 hemp strings off the edges to create a fringe boarder and put a stitch in the placemat to prevent unraveling.

5) Iron the placemat to remove any wrinkles.

6) I placed my feather stencil on the left side of the placemat. Make sure you secure your stencil with tape and sponge on your color.

7) Carefully peel off the stencil. I added a little gold glitter for a little shimmer!

Plate with feather burlap placemat

See more of this tablescape here.

<3 miss marlene

FREE printable: idea book

Hey guys! I’m going to hook you all up with my first FREE printable! This is a fun little tool that will help you piece together a perfect look for your next event or big day!

FREE printable- idea book

If you don’t have an idea of what you are looking for when shopping, the endless options will overwhelm you. This is where your “Idea Book” will be your guide. Fill it with color swatches, material samples, patterned paper, a piece of your invitation, or whatever you choose! Your “Idea Book” will serve as an inspiration cheat sheet. Keep it in your purse and when you are out and about and see something that might work you have something to reference, because you never know where or when you will find perfect party decor. This will help keep your purchases cohesive with your theme and colors. That being said, don’t obsess over your colors matching perfectly, too matchy-matchy can translate into boring and flat. I say as long as they are in the family or complement each other, go for it!

Party Planner Idea Book- baby shower

(Click HERE to see how this Party Planner Idea Book translated into an adorable fairytale themed baby shower!)

I hope you enjoy this FREE printable! Post your comments here or shoot me an email at

<3 miss marlene

FREE- Party Planner Idea Book (PDF)

FREE- Party Planner Idea Book copy

FREE- The Big Day Idea Book (PDF)

FREE- The Big Day Idea Book copy

oh, baby!

My oldest sister is having her first baby and to no surprise I was put in charge of the baby shower; a task I welcomed with excitement. After some discussion she decided on a “fairy tale” themed shower. The next day she was sending me Pins left and right for inspiration and ideas. She was beyond excited and I knew I had my work cut out for me. I am going to take you through my process of planning a shower, and hopefully some of these tips will help you plan your next event.

 1) Get inspired. Having inspiration and a clear(ish) vision will help the process along immensely. We all know Pinterest is the best place to start! Look, look, and pin, pin, pin…BUT be realistic! You probably won’t be able to execute exactly what you see, so pick out a few elements that you really like and will make the most impact: bright colors, patterns, focal points: cake/food tables, gift tables, etc. Concentrate your efforts there first.

2) Plan ahead! I always try and get my invitations out a month before the event. Some people might think that is too far out, but people’s schedules fill up fast these days. Speaking of invitations, don’t just throw something together and print it on copy paper. Take time to create something special. Invitations really set the tone for the event. You want people to be excited enough by the invitation that they will RSVP yes!

3) Shop! This is the fun part! Remember that clear(ish) vision I mentioned above? That is going to help you make those executive decisions about what to buy. If you don’t have an idea of what you are looking for the endless options will overwhelm you. Try my FREE printable “Party Planner Idea Book”!

4) Upgrade your store bought items with a little DIY. I’m not going to lie; it’s not going to save you time, but it may save you money and be that connecting thread that pulls the whole look together!

5) The details matter; they always matter! Be mindful of what you put on the tables, I even go so far to make sure the table snacks complement the color scheme!

 6) Set-up day! Try not to stress; it’s easier said than done I know, and don’t forget your “Oh Shit Kit”!

7) Enjoy your hard work; no one will appreciate it more than you!





I took plain glass flower vases and transformed them into centerpiece with a little paint and love. I spray painted them three main shower colors: pale pink, light bluish teal, and green. Once they were dry I mixed a little water with gold paint and dripped it down the sides (see my DIY bookend project). Now they are unique flower vases complete with a little, fun tag!









<3 miss marlene


oh shit kit

I am hosting my sister’s baby shower tomorrow and I’m packing up all the décor and my “Oh Shit Kit”. Whenever you are putting on an event, shower, or party, pack an “Oh Shit Kit”! I cannot emphasize how important this is! You never know what you will run into, so be prepared!


1) Tape! A few different kinds of tape are best: clear tape, double stick, masking, packing, duct tape; bring it all.

2) Ribbon! I always pack the extra ribbon I didn’t use and curly ribbon. I also bring fishing wire.

3) Scissors! And more than one pair. People always steal mine.

4) Binder Clips and Paper Clips. This one might seem strange, but I find them helpful if the venue has the tile ceilings for hanging décor with some help from fishing wire.

5) Glue Gun! For those quick fixes.

6) Sharpies! Must have sharpies!