BOO!!!! We are back!

Holy smokers friends, we have been busy birds lately, but we are back and want to share with you some of our favorite tips and tricks for a last minute Halloween Bash!

So, Halloween is only a few nights away and you now decide you want to host a party! No worries. We have you covered as last minute celebrations can ultimately be the best!

First and foremost, you need to get the word out. There are so many great digital invite options and one of our local favorites is Red Stamp.

Keep your overall vibe simple and fun, and choose an invite design you can play off of for your entire party.
We love black and white (maybe a pop of gold) and recommend choosing two, maybe three colors to focus on for your overall party look. TIP: To keep the cost down host a party later in the evening. Let’s face it, everyone loves desserts and yummy cocktails!

While some people love dressing up, others not so much. Make it easy for your guests, and include a “theme.”

Modern Snow White

Welcome to “Fairy Tale Forest.” We were inspired by the modern day Snow White + the Lovely Cinderella. These lovely ladies were all donned from our own personal wardrobe and Shop Peacock Alley. Guests love when you give them a direction, so don’t be shy about picking a theme.

Here are some last minute tips when thinking about “anatomy” of your party:

Everyone loves a great glow and Halloween is the perfect time to get your glow on! Ambiance is everything friends!

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LIGHTING:

  • You can never have too much glow!
  • Your entry is your first look of the actual party. Dress up your porch with candles, candles, candles! Goodwill or your local thrift store is a great place to find vessels of all sizes. Add different groupings (Odd number groupings look best) to your front porch and voila! Your guests will know they are in for a fabulous time!
  • If you have dimmers on any of your home lights, now is the time to use them! TIP: If you are building a new home put a dimmer on every light! Seriously, you will thank us later.
  • Use items that you already have in your home. Just dress them up a bit for the holiday. TIP: add a bit of moss to your candlesticks
  • Always have extra votives on hand. Our go to is Target or Michaels
  • Sprinkle them on window sills, by your dessert bar, in your restrooms, (a scented one is nice) etc. Just remember to double check that they are blown out before you retire for the night.

 

SCENT + TUNES:

Who doesn’t love walking into a home that smells yummy and has great tunes when they arrive! TIP: Simmer apple cider and cinnamon sticks on the stove for about half an hour before your guests arrive. And, don’t forget to have your playlist bumpin. Pandora has some great Halloween stations or we have a select list we love here. PS. REMEMBER turn your cider off once guests arrive.

Decor

DÉCOR:

We love adding simple pieces that are festive, inexpensive, and reusable! These are just a few of our favorites. TIP: Cheesecloth (bought at Cub foods! Yep!) is an easy way to dress up a table and add that perfect amount of texture. Adding some simple greenery also adds that pop of life to any tablescape. Just look outside your window as you’ll be surprised what you can clip from your back yard.

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Don’t have time to carve a pumpkin? This is a simple and fun way to dress your pumpkins up! Simply, cut the neck of a balloon off and stretch over the body of pumpkin. Trim more if needed depending on how much of the pumpkin you want to cover.
Who knew pumpkin decorating could be so easy + pretty darn cute!

 

DRINK:

We are firm believers that every party needs a signature cocktail! We loved “The Poisoned Apple” and it went perfectly with our “Fairy Tale Forest” theme. Add a few chips of dry ice (Kowalski’s grocer (for MN peeps) sells it) to add that extra pop of fun! TIP: This is a fun welcome cocktail, as you will want to make sure you add the chip of dry ice so your guests don’t get frostbite. After the first cocktail, create a mini bar with a pitcher of the mix and then your guests can pour their spirit “at their own risk.”

 

BITES:

So, we are all about the “bites,” but let’s face it, who has the time to spend on labor-intensive treats. TIP: Invest in some white platters (Target or Kohls has a great selection.) It’s visually more appealing to have your platters match and white goes with any holiday or party theme. And, they make your food pop!

Here are some tips and a few of our favorite “semi-homemade” loves:

Mummy Booorownies

Mummy Brownies:
Just wait until you serve these beauties! We promise your guests will be begging for this recipe!

Booorownies!

Ingredients:

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix

¾ c. butter

1 can of evaporated milk (5.33 ounces)

1 bag of caramel bits (in baking aisle. Little caramel bits so you don’t have to unwrap them).

1 bag of chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Stir together the cake mix, butter and 1/3 evaporated milk
  3. Press ***HALF of the batter in an 8×8 (greased) square pan
  4. Bake for 6-7 min. and then let the crust cool 10-15 min
  5. While crust is cooling, add ¼ cup evaporated milk to caramels in a bowl. Microwave and melt caramel in 30-second increments.
  6. Spread melted caramel over cooled crust
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the caramel layer. I DO NOT use the whole bag of chocolate chips. I only use only enough to cover the caramel.
  8. Press the remaining HALF*** of cake mix over the top of the chocolate chips
  9. Bake 15-20 min. Let cool to lukewarm
  10. Refrigerate for 30 min. to set caramel

 

After baking and letting them cool, melt Ghiradelli white chocolate chips and drizzle over in a zig zag motion. TIP: add 2 big spoonfuls of melted white chocolate to a ziplock bag. Cut the corner of the bag and squeeze onto brownie. Last but not least, add fun candy eyes (found in your grocer bakery aisle.)

ENJOY!

 

Coconut Eyeball Cake

Found in your freezer section at your local grocer: “Pepperidge Farm Coconut Layered Cake” danced up with some simple candy eyeballs! TIP: turn a bowl upside down and add your plate on top. Having platters at different heights adds dimension and interest to your table.

 

Caramel Apples

Candy apples shopped at our local Cub Foods. We dipped them in melted @Ghiradelli white chocolate chips, added some black sprinkles and BOO! TIP: Don’t forget to add some cute napkins and plates that coordinate with your color theme.

Last but not least, hosting a bash is all about bringing your friends together and celebrating! Be sure to join in on the fun. If your guests see you having fun, they too will have fun! Happy Halloween babes!

Xo
N+J

spooky and fun!

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hola amigas! Cinco de Mayo is here and we are ready to celebrate! Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May is a regional holiday in Mexico that has become a holiday celebrated in many places beyond just Mexico. It originates where descendants have moved and come together as a group, or people have gathered to celebrate and indulge in Mexican food and beverages. And, yes, we simply can’t resist joining in the fun!

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And did you know, special observances are held around the world in many different ways for Cinco de Mayo? Most celebrations include Mexican food and drinks, but there are some that are quite different in how they choose to commemorate the day.

For example, there is a sky diving event near Vancouver, Canada. In the Cayman Islands there will be an air guitar competition. In Phoenix, Arizona, there are plans for face painting, pony rides, bouncy houses and many arts and crafts. In other cities there will be members of a Mexican ballet, a Mariachi band as well as Mexican artisans flown in to show off their beautiful work. And, we too love celebrating Cinco de May in Minnesota!  Check out our local events here.

Minneapolis | St. Paul Fiestas

So, thinking of hosting your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Check out our “Fiesta” Pinterest board as we have collected all of our fiesta favorites!  There is no right or wrong way to host your celebration, so have fun with your decor. We like to find one image that inspires us and then we use those colors to set the party tone. And, have fun with it!

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We love having plenty of fresh salsas, guacamole and margaritas. Quesadillas are great for people moving around as they eat and you can fill them with a variety of ingredients. Have bowls of chips alongside different dips for quick munching.

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Bake up some enchiladas and burritos for fun, or even an easy taco bar! Again, your fillings can be as authentic or outrageous as your personality and those of your guests. We encourage having a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options. We just love the jarritos soda, so colorful and fun for all ages.

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And of course, what’s a good Cinco celebration without margaritas? We love the idea of having pitchers of yummy margaritas, so that guests can help themselves and you can enjoy your fiesta! When your guests see you having fun, they will too! We have collected some of our favorite drink recipes on our Cocktail pinterest board, so pop on over!

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Last but not least, what are you going to wear? We love keeping it simple and adding a pop of color statement piece. Whether its a fun floral headpiece, great piece of jewelry, or a fabulous heel choose something you are comfortable in.

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And don’t forget the music and to HAVE FUN!  It’s all about the ambiance when entertaining and having some sort of music is a must-have in our eyes. It doesn’t have to be loud and crazy (thats for late night ;), but adds that extra touch of revelry to your party. We love creating fun playlists and this is perfect opportunity to bring your fiesta to a whole new level.

Happy Cinco!

Cheerfully yours,

Nicole + Jenn

Celebrate | Entertain | Lifestyle

Spring is in the air…windows are down, music is up, and we’re over the moon excited to celebrate the warm air! What feels bigger then the season change, is our re-brand and all our fun additions we’ve been working on!  So, here’s the scoop…

White Peacock is entering its 5th year of celebrating + entertaining so we’ve decided to celebrate with a fresh new look, while staying true to our simple and fun aesthetic and style. We would love for you to visit our BRAND NEW website as there have been so many new additions.

Chicks that Mix just got better. Gals, we’re adding workshops.. stay tuned! We are passionate about our social events and are so grateful for all of our past clients that have given us the opportunity to shine. Today, we celebrate you.. xo! Take a peek at our portfolio to see what we’ve been up to.

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You asked. We listened. We Launched. (drum roll please…) Introducing our new wedding division,  White Peacock Weddings! Check out our new website to get all the details. Services are available from design + styling to full service planning, gaining full access to our network of uber talented wedding professionals.

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Let’s entertain with our new fabulously fun online Shop Frilloon, store. It doesn’t get any easier to order awesome frilly big balloons (aka… #frilloons) that are directly delivered to your special someone (think of a floral delivery, but something fun + different) or for your upcoming event. They are happy makers that dance up any celebration!

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All too often clients have asked where to source some of our favorite finds. Shop Peacock Alley has you covered. Stay tuned every month as we update our online shop, view, click, and buy. These items are featured on our @whitepeacockstyle instagram feed. So, be sure to follow the fun!

We are a lifestyle brand. We were just getting started and decided it was perfect timing to be ALL IN! By growing our team and adding some amazing talent, we’ve added Creative Consulting to our services. What exactly does that mean? Have a new brick and mortar business and need some design or styling direction? Or, need help coming up with fun details for your next celebration? Maybe you just wanna hang and pick our brains about collaborating on a styled shoot? These services are a la cart and by the hour so lets chat and see how we can assist you!

So, what’s next? It’s a secret, some details have been leaked, but promise to tell soon! Excited is simply an understatement and let’s just say we are always coming up with ways to compliment our style and this one won’t disappoint. Stay tuned for something sweet!

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We would be remiss if we didn’t introduce our newest members to the White Peacock team! We are honored and thrilled to be a part of something bigger, so many good things ahead.

Cheerfully,

Nicole + Jenn

We Are Bunny Brunchin’!

Happy Spring friends! The smell of Spring is in the air and we are busy chicks preppin’ for our Easter  “Bunny Brunch!” And, who knows, this might be a perfect opportunity to start a new Easter tradition!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas and hoping you’ll find them to be a one stop “hop” as you’re planning for your upcoming Easter celebration.

Our motto has always been “simple, yet significant” which is what inspires us when designing celebrations or entertaining friends and loved ones. Everyone loves a pretty tablescape, and for our bunny brunch we’ve decided we are in love with grasses! There are so many different varieties and they’re usually a bit more budget friendly, as floral can get spendy. But, if you’re looking for pops of floral, little blooming plants are perfect! Some of our favorites include lavender, daffodils, hyacinths, + tulips… We love using them at each place setting as name cards in which your guests can then take them home as a party favor. PS… WP party tip…We love doubling up on uses when throwing parties (pretty name cards and party favors..win! win!)

grass tablescapes

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potted lavender

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And, it wouldn’t be an Easter celebration without pretty eggs! We love this display of ombre eggs and are perfect to add to your tablescape or perhaps your “Boozy Bunny Mimosa Bar!

 

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We found the cutest and very easy DIY for folding bunny napkins and decided we will let the kiddos think the Easter Bunny left them behind.

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Next, we add, one (or two:) of our fun and frilly Frilloons! to finish off the space. They add so much joy and believe it or not, they last for weeks!

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All this decor is making us hungry!
One of the easiest and let’s not forget an overall crowd pleaser are the bunny pancakes. I mean seriously.. who could pass these up? A small stack of pancakes, dollup of whipped cream, bananas and chocolate chips and you’re ready to serve. YUM!

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Lastly, it wouldn’t be a party without our little bunnies at the table. This DIY printable is the perfect activity to print off and have your kiddos work on, while you’re setting your bunny brunch. Plus, they are pretty cute and perfect for some photo fun! And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @whitepeacockstyle and tag your bunny photos #wpentertains !

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Cheers + Hoppy Easter friends!

Xo
Nicole + Jenn

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NEW YEARS EVE PARTY IDEAS

New Years Eve is less than two days away and we couldn’t be more excited about all the things to come in 2016! What better occasion to throw an amazing party than New Years Eve? All of your invitees are dying for the opportunity to bust out the one or two sequin covered items they own and have a place to wear them! Today we’re sharing 10 ideas to make your party sparkle whether you have an intimate group or go big!

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Make a festive backdrop for photos and provide a special #hashtag!

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Get to know your guests best of the year with this free, printable game!

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Wow your friends with a Champagne tower!

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Glitter Champagne bottles as takeaway gifts.

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Wear sequins because, duh – everyone else is going to too!

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Go all out with your decor! Cover the bar in tassel garlands, put Photo Booth props on the table and maybe even confetti on the floor!?

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Ring in the new year with confetti in the air, make these DIY poppers at home!

Most importantly – have a wonderful, joyous start to 2016! We wish you a very happy New Year!

Need some last minute ideas or help getting your event off the ground – give us a ring!