Top 9: Farewell Party to Summer

I am protesting the end of summer.

While grocery shopping this week the stockboys were putting out Halloween candy. HALLOWEEN candy.

Then, I get home and start going through my (shamelessly overstocked) Google Reader. Bloggers are already blogging about fall projects.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s been far too long since I’ve done a Top 9. Today my Top 9 is based on a theme for a Goodbye Summer party. 😦 Wahh.

The theme is sunset-based, because summer should be an eternal sunset. (So poetic. I know.) Why? Well, I only get to see sunsets during the summer. Otherwise I leave work when it’s dark. Sunsets happen at the end of the day, this party it happening at the end of summer. And if you want to get real scientific, the days are starting to get short again, thus a sunset theme.

I’m nothing if not well thought-out. Either that, or I am a champion of meager excuses for a party…

1. First you’d need awesome, summery invitations like these to invite your favorite peeps over.

2. I think it would be fun to decorate my deck with some of these lovely sunset-colored mobiles from LilSproutCreation. With the goldenrod, coral and tangerine hues of this beauty, I think you could even sneak this into your fall decor.

3. I would serve this refreshingly tasty looking Creamsicle trifile by Amy Atlas. The colors are beautiful! Is there anything more classically summer than a creamsicle popsicle?

4. This beautiful necklace by Alyssa’s Gems and Jewels would adorn my neck and add instant “summer celebration” to any outfit. (How is it that I’ve never heard of Maple Turquoise before? It’s lovely.)

5. Ahhh, the quintessential summer activity. Friendship bracelets. I’d love to sit around a campfire and make some chevron bracelets like these babies by LARaised. (I think it’s hilarious that these are a “style trend” right now. I think people just want to dress like they are 12 again and call it a “trend”. Not that I am opposed. I still have one.)

6. A kitschy patchwork tablecloth with hues of goldenrod and pink, like this one from CakeforBreakfast, would help set the tone.

7. I would also serve this Taste-a-Rainbow cupcakes from Family Fun magazine.

8. A pretty orange dress, like one this from AmandaArcher, would help soften the wardrobe blow in the transition from summer to fall.

9. Lastly, I’d thank my friends for coming with these “Cheerio” cards from TheDesignConspiracy. I love the yellow printing and custom screenprinted type.

Around this time of year I am grateful to live in New England. The leaves start turning and we can still go to the beach for at least another six weeks. (Yes! I have swam in the ocean in October before!)

Three cheers for an Indian Summer!

DIY: Shake your PomPom


Martha Stewart has started a DIY sensation.

Poms are everywhere. Everywhere I tell you!

Wedding magazines are covered with them. Nurseries, bakeries and bedroom have clusters of them and I like making them! These are deceptively simple and incredibly inexpensive.

Do you have $4 and 20 minutes? Perfect! Try this out:

Step 1. Stack 6-10 sheets of tissue paper. Fold them in an accordion fashion. If you use more sheets you’ll have a fuller pom. I used 6 because I was running short on paper. Don’t use less than 6 or your pom will start to look like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree-pom.

Step 2: Wrap a piece of wire around the middle of the accordian. I used jewelry wire. You could also use a twisty tie. I have also used a paperclip in a pinch.

Step 3: Cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the middle. Trust me. Martha Stewart says to attach it at the end. She’s wrong. Martha is almost never wrong. This is one of those times.

Step 4: Round the edges of the accordion with scissors. Don’t skip this step! Your pom will look a lot less jagged.

Plus then they look like giant flower petals!

Step 5: Slowly peel away the layers towards the middle. Be very gentle because the tissue paper can tear easily. If it does tear, which some of mine did, hopefully it will be in the middle where you can hide it.

Step 6: Fluff and hang!

The best thing about poms is they are always appropriate. Bridal showers, birthday parties, just for fun… And at $1.00 for 10 sheets of tissue paper, you can’t go wrong!

Have you made poms before?

A (Grown Up) Princess Birthday Party

One of my best friends, Abs, celebrated her Princess Birthday recently (Princess birthday = turning the number of years as the day you were born, ex: 24 years old on the 24th.) Neither of us believe you’re ever too old for birthday parties, so we celebrated.

1. “Tiara” cake – Funfetti with caramel frosting
2. Royal Jewels candy
3. “Scepter” wands – Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
4. Polka Dot Dessert plates (from my Mom, Dot)
5. “Fairy Cocoamother”
6. “Who’s the fairest one of all?”
7. “Enchanted” Fudge
8. Golden Spun Ribbon
9. These marshmallows were DELICIOUS!