Category Archives: Entertaining

Fourth of July Picnic Idea

By popular demand, our ‘Interstate July 4′ cupcake toppers are available again this year!

These are free printables that you can use to create a fun Fourth of July dessert table like this one:

Our ‘Sweet Street’ dessert table is featured over at for the second year in a row {and some Color Sizzle readers have used this idea for their kids’ birthday parties}!  You can download the printables right HERE!  Enjoy!

Party Idea: Sweet and Citrus

I haven’t posted a party idea in a while…

…so today I’m featuring this gorgeous ice cream soda station created by  This is such a fun ‘warm weather’ idea for outdoor celebrations.  I love the citrus colors, pops of hot pink, and the casual feel of the design.

{Aren’t these straws adorable?}

I was also amused by the colorful paper chain:

I don’t think I’ve made paper chains since I was in elementary school!  But I love the simplicity of them.  Making a paper chain is a little labor intensive, but it’s a cheap and wonderful way to bring color, texture and a little retro vibe to your party.  In this featured design, similar (analogous) colors were used to create a warm color scheme:

And, of course the best party set-ups are all about the details…such as coordinating napkins and colorful candy.

For more juicy details about this party idea, visit

Red Winter Centerpiece

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!  My holiday guests were greeted with this winter centerpiece that I designed using roses, carnations and sprigs of holly from my yard.  The ceramic vase was made in Italy, and it belonged to my husband’s grandmother.

  By using such hardy flowers and greenery, this arrangement will last through New Year’s Day.

Red is a wonderful {and very romantic} color choice for winter floral displays.  This type of centerpiece is perfect for winter parties, weddings and Valentine’s Day.

You can usually find red roses and carnations in the grocery store, and if you don’t have access to a holly shrub, any type of evergreen will do.  Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Crimson and Cream Christmas

Are you ready for the Holiday season?  This year, I’m gearing up early and looking for inspiration…

…So, today’s post features a tried-and-true traditional Christmas color scheme — Crimson and Cream.  {The photo above is from}

{I love the simplicity and whimsy of this festive space from}

{For the cupcake display shown above, I purchased red velvet cupcakes and added the peppermints on top; then I arranged them on a red cake plate.  Quick and easy!}

Delicious dessert table ideas from}




{These pretty ornaments are available from}

Fall Color Scheme {with a splash of green}

Green is a fall color, too…

…Think Granny Smith apples, pre-ripened berries, gourds and foliage.  Some trees even drop their leaves while still in a green state.

This is the perfect time of year to discover a new color palette for your home or party, and if you love green, rest assured that this hue is not just for summer!

Green, brown and gold combined create an earthy, comfortable color palette that never grows old.

{Granny Smith apples and Holly berries}

Click Here to download the free FALL Printable Labels featured in this post.