Friday, August 2, 2013

The Backyard A-List: Creating Celebrity Inspired Parties in Your Own Home!

While I'm at the Haven blog conference in Atlanta (no kids, only blog friends!!!), I'd like to bring you a super fun guest post. I've been doing fewer of these, trying to find my own voice, and keep this blog a true reflection of me, but Arianna is hysterical and I absolutely adore her take on summer. Who doesn't want a celebrity-gossip-loving blog friend?

The Backyard A-List: Creating Celebrity Inspired Parties in Your Own Home!

The rising temperatures and the longer hours in the day signify the start of the most social season of the year. With summer comes the million calorie barbeques, little sundresses and “50 best and worst beach bodies” headlining the cover of every tabloid in the supermarket. While most of us will never have crazed paparazzi chasing us down the street and snapping shots of us looking like drowned rats after spin class, we can actually take inspiration from the not-so-annoying aspects of celebrity life! So read up on a few of these tips on how to have a celebrity inspired summer!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE PREMIERES – The warmer weather of summer acts as a gateway for movie studios to release their big budget blockbusters to the masses! Flying via a pricey, chartered private jet to New York City or Los Angeles is a fantasy of any avid traveler; it is just another day of work for one of Hollywood’s stars. With highly anticipated releases, such as “World War Z” and “300: Rise of an Empire”, everyone's favorite stars will be strutting down more than a few red carpets this season!


REALITY SUMMER: FAMILY TRIP TO THE MOVIES – 3D glasses, Twizzlers, and popcorn? Count me in! While you may not be jet from country to country for movie premieres, you can still create your own movie magic at your local theater! Many theaters now offer rewardsprograms that exchange dollars for points that can eventually earn free popcorn or free movie tickets. With several family friendly sequels being released this summer such as, "The Smurfs 2", "Despicable Me 2", and "Monsters University", it'll be easy to have a laughter filled afternoon with your family!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Coachella has become an annual start to the summer, with a consistent celebrity following in the past few years. The original crowds of Coachella concertgoers were an indie following in search of new and unique bands. In recent years, it has become somewhat of a fashion show, with magazines highlighting the boho chic outfit choices of regulars like Alessandria Ambrosio and Vanessa Hudgens. The grassy fields of Coachella are now more known as a runway for summerfashion than for the music!

REALITY SUMMER: BACKYARD BONFIRE – Strike a match and light up that fire pit! A great way to celebrate the warm nights of summer is with a bonfire in your own backyard. Instruct guests to bring a mix cd or playlist of their favorite songs of summer. Fun camping inspired foods/drinks such as hamburgers, s'mores, or your own version of "bug juice" can really give your party that outdoorsy, camping feel!)

CELEBRITY SUMMER: SPONSORED BRIDAL SHOWER -- The alcohol beverage brand, Hypnotiq, was a big contributor to Vanessa (Minnillo) Lachey ‘s bridal shower and promoted their newest product, Hynotiq Harmonie.  The violet color of the liquor was used as inspiration for the color palette, from the favors to the centerpieces! Guests were also treated to decorating mini wedding cakes with the guidance of Amazing Wedding Cakes star, Marc Gravelle. Cocktails and cakes and surrounded by your best friends? What a great way to start off married life!


REALITY SUMMER: GARDEN BRIDAL SHOWER -- A garden themed bridal shower is a classic yet beautiful and girly way to celebrate your transition from a Miss to a Mrs.! For decorations, fragrant floral centerpieces can double as souvenirs for guests or special helpers of the event. Another unique favor would be to set up a perfume bar and allow guests to create a personalized fragrance that will be a special and useful reminder of your special day!

Arianna is a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. She loves to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with her kids. She’s got a crazy busy life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow her blog at!
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