Category Archives: Party Printables

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!

Fall Color Scheme {with a splash of green}

Green is a fall color, too…

fall table setting

…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.

It’s Time To Celebrate Fall!

This year, I’m celebrating Fall by sharing simple, colorful and inexpensive ways to decorate your home and yard for upcoming parties!

All of these ideas feature our new printable ‘FALL Color Craze Labels that come in six colors for mixing and matching…and you can download them for FREE at the end of this post!

First, is a look I call Autumn Global Glam.  Lately, I’ve been so inspired by the colors of India, especially the color combo of orange and fuchsia.  With the addition of orange pumpkins, this look is seasonal and a bit exotic, too.  Love that!

{I found the Asian candle tower at HomeGoods.}

…And how about some Jack-O-Lantern Love? For this sweet display, I used candy corn but you can use any type of candy that fits your theme, colors, etc.

The mini jack-o-lanterns were $1 each at — where else — the Dollar Store.  I used the yellow and burgundy FALL labels {you can get the scalloped edge by using Fiskars 2 1/2″ scalloped square punch}.

Moving on…here is a very easy way to create a Woodland Wreath with just a little splash of color:

Grapevine wreaths are filled with natural beauty and texture so you don’t have to over-embellish them.  For an organic look, all you need is a colorful wreath hanger and you’re in business.

For this design, I layered orange and brown ribbon, and added FALL labels {no scalloped edge…just a straight cut to keep things simple}.

Next, create a gorgeous glow in your yard with a Colorlit Pathway:

  This is a nice way to greet your guests and add warmth under an evening autumn sky.

To make these luminarias, place small votive candles in clear glass containers and place them in colored bags {you may also want to weigh down the bags with a little sand or pebbles}.  I used crimson bags and tagged them with brown and burgundy labels.

Last but not least, here is my bonus idea for using those small pumpkins:

This is also a great idea for place card holders at the dinner table.  Slit the pumpkin stems with a sharp knife and insert your label…very easy and your guests will think you are so clever!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas, and I’d like to see yours, too!  You can download the FALL Color Craze Labels HERE!

Fourth of July Dessert Table

Be sure to check out our free Fourth of July Party Printables!

I also want to share my Dessert Table.  I think you and your guests {especially the little ones} will love this.

Welcome to Sweet Street {aka Interstate July 4} — a street lined with red, white and blue cupcakes topped with road signs and pinwheels.  My “street” is actually a black tablecloth…and those lines in the road — electrical tape {more on that later}.

On this street, the main attraction is the construction truck that delivers gumballs to the nearby town…

..but occasionally the truck spills it’s contents on the road — to the delight of nearby pedestrians — but this incident always causes a traffic jam.  Once the road is clear, cars get moving again…

…and on the 4th of July, you’ll see some cars decorated with red, white and blue stripes {more electrical tape} to mark the occasion.

…And once again traffic comes to a halt when more roadblocks appear, such as buckets of kettle corn:

Fortunately, sometimes things will appear in the center of the road which allows the cars to keep moving {at a slower speed, of course}.

All in all, it’s been a good day on Sweet Street/Interstate July 4….and I had a blast sharing this idea with you!

To create your own street-inspired Dessert Table for the 4th, here is my shopping list to get you started {Have Fun!}:

Interstate Sign Printables:  Download HERE

Construction Truck & Model Cars:  Toys-R-Us

Gumballs:  Bulk Candy

Tablecloth and Pinwheels:  Wal-Mart

Electrical Tape:  The Home Depot

Cupcakes, Popcorn, Bottled Soda & Carnations:  Your Local Grocery Store

Plastic Popcorn Containers:  The set I have is no longer available, but here is a similar product at

Recipe for Kettle Corn: (note: I like to add cinnamon to mine)

Dessert Table design and photography by Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs

Fall Dessert Table Ideas

Attention Fab Fall Party People!  In this post, I’m sharing photos of my Autumn and Thanksgiving Dessert Tables!

Not only are these tables infused with a surprise pop of blue, but they also feature my new Autumn Printables.

The hues were inspired by a vintage quatrefoil pattern.  I digitally enhanced the print and used it to design the printables.  I love the unique variations of the pattern, and blue is a fun, unexpected color to use in autumn decor.

Orange burlap makes a great backdrop and tablecloth, and you’ll see I displayed cupcakes two different ways:  on a cake plate with a mini-pumpkin tower in the center {above}, and…

on a small bale of hay {which you can get at the craft store}.  The candy corn topiaries are a take on my baby shower topiaries. This does take a huge dose of patience and hot glue…but since Halloween candy is now on sale, why not try it?

For the base, I used those gorgeous colbalt-blue Saratoga water bottles.  LOVE the way they turned out!

These Dessert Tables are perfect for Thanksgiving or Autumn birthdays.  I hope you were inspired!

Design and photographs by Porter House Designs.