Monday, May 19, 2014

BirthdayLISS: My Favorite DIY Birthday Candles

Nothing quite makes a birthday celebration complete like blowing  out some candles!  Whether the number of candles depicts your age or not, this activity is hardly ever met with resentment!  I always try to keep a few different types on hand for birthdays and have been wanting more unique options (not to mention that handmade touch!).  I've listed a few of my favorites below so it can spark some help for any upcoming birthdays in your life!

Beeswax Birthday Candles
via a subtle revelry

Revamp a Dollar Store Birthday Candle
via Dollar Store Crafts

DIY Animal Birthday Candles
via Lovely Indeed

Cutout Letter Candles
via Martha Stewart

DIY Block Birthday Candles

More fun to come this week!
xo, Elissa

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DIY Blanket Tags (Re-visited)

Remember this post when I showed about the blanket tags I made for a recent wedding?


And promised to update with a picture of how they were set out?


The perfect accessory for a wedding that promises a chilly night.
So inexpensive, simple and personalized!  Nobody needs to know they were made in your living room ;)


See-- I always keep my word...
and I promise I WILL be back soon!
xo, Elissa

Monday, May 5, 2014

…Still here!


I never realized how much work blogging was until I stopped.  Suddenly so much free time!  Which was necessary with a cross-country move and all, but I'm back!

Since I'm now residing in Southern Calfiornia, I'm going to be focusing Partyliss more on the items I make, still mixing in Parties/Weddings that I adore and inspire me.  I also noticed during this break that the blogs I keep up most with are ones that share their personal lives as well.  I figured this is a perfect way to let everyone know what's going on with my life out here-- I hope you all enjoy hearing about it more!

Also on the agenda-- decorating our new home.  I'm a huge fan of before/afters of spaces and decor as well (all kind of mixes together with events!) so I'll be showing how we do it all!

Ready for the ride?  Let's do this!
xo, Elissa

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thematic Thursday: Orange You Glad...

Orange you glad...that I'm back?
I apologize for my absensce-- in case you missed my Insta announcement,I've got some news- 
I'm moving to California… in 2 weeks!

It's always been a dream of mine to live in Southern California and the fact that it is actually happening in so surreal.  I've happily lived in South Florida my whole life (including college- Go Canes!) so it's odd to think of living anywhere but there!  California is going to be amazing, but Florida will always be my (first) home.  In homage to that beautiful sunshine state, I wanted to focus on our most widely noted produce- oranges!  If you're like me, a now out-of-state'er, here's some ways to incorporate oranges into your wedding day (pssssst- they make refreshing and cheap snacks in welcome bags!), or even just for your home when your feeling homesick and in need of some citrus--











via Ruffled





My posts may still be more sporadic over the next few weeks, but once settled, I'll be back
(albeit, in a state with less oranges surrounding me)
xo, Elissa

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day!

original image via Rosy Events

Nothing like Pi-Day Friday!
In honor of this glorious date of 3.14, here are a few of my favorite nods to that delicious, circular food:


How cute are these pie cupcakes I saw on Jessicakes?  M&M's under the latticework make you almost believe there are berries underneath!

I've always been a fan of Bakerella's creations and I remember how innovative these were back in 2009  before mini treats were in.

Lots of brides have been turning to pies instead of cakes for their receptions, but why wait til then-- how 'bout a pie tasting in honor of the occasion?  Invite a few friends to BYOPi


Who said it had to be a baked dessert pie?  See who can get the most creative with their "type" of pie:
pizza?  whoopee?  meat?  chicken pot?  The possibilities are endless.

Want it to be more interactive?  Make it a MYOPi (make your own pie!) party and gather the ingredients for your favorites!

Don't forget, we also highlighted monogrammed pies in this post last November!

Have a delicious weekend!
xo, Elisa

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Trend Tuesday: Fresh Floral Runners


Something about spring on the horizon is making me (even more) gaga for flowers.  Usually in Florida it's not such a change from Winter to Spring, but seeing as I've been in the Pacific North West, I understand why people count down the days!  I stop mid step to celebrate any colorful boom I see popping out of the ground!  Fresh Floral Runners perfectly fill my craving with their lush-ness.  Can you imagine the fragrance they would emit as well?  Now budget wise, these wouldn't be the friendliest item due to the abundance of flowers needed to fill it out, but for now, can't a girl dream?












Does it make you want to go pick up some flowers for yourself as much as I do?--
9 days til the official start of spring!
xo, Elissa

Monday, March 10, 2014

10 DIY ideas for leftover Mardi Gras beads

Has everyone successfully recovered from Mardi Gras?
The King's Cake, the floats, the beads… THE BEADS!
What is there to do after Mardi Gras with all those beads?
I compiled my favorite pictures and projects below to be of some inspiration:


1.  Love this Dollar Store DIY, especially with metallic colors.
2. This cake stand could make a festive staple for winter time
3. Perfect to hold all your make up brushes in place from CreateLivity is...!
4. Gus & Lula show how to create an amazing ceiling centerpiece.
5. A colorful fir to add to your holiday decor.
6. Such a cute (& functional!) way to store your wet boots.
7. I could totally see myself copying this lamp!
8. A surprise chair back that is still clean and contemporary
9. A Mardi Gras souvenir ornament for your christmas tree.
10.  People really dig skulls, so why not a multicolored one?

This could go on and on, including covering framed and letters too!  What is really impressive to me, though, are the pieces of art people make out of beads-- the texture, colors and various bead shape/ sizes really make for an interesting composition!


Now how's that for up upcycling?
xo, Elissa