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C’est L’Hallowe’en! October 18, 2012

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C’est l’Hallowe’en! Hey! C’est l’Hallowe’en!

Many of my Canadian friends will recall this fun, French song from elementary school. Gotta love it!

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning gorgeous colours, the air is crisp, the boots are back in the porch, and indoor pursuits are starting to gear up. And Hallowe’en is just around the corner. I’m trying to hold off on hosting a Hallowe’en party this year, but it may be an unavoidable inevitability. I do love this particular celebration so!

What are you sources of fall party inspiration this year? I enjoyed the pumpkin crafts in the latest issue of Chatelaine. Pretty, pretty pumpkins…

DIY Pumpkin Craft via Chatelaine

Or, you could always go the cute route and affix some facial features to a standard orange pump, like so…

Spider Pump via BHG

Thus far, I’ve stayed the modern traditional course (surprise, surprise), and scattered some pretty white mini-pumpkins throughout my home.

Modern Traditional Autumn Table Top

If I was to plan a fall dinner party, I would love to incorporate these silver DIY lovelies:

Silver Place Card Pumps via Jenny Stefans Blog

What about you? What sort of look are you going for this fall?

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2011 in Review: Blog Stats January 4, 2012

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Brilliant Bash Blog 2011 annual report:

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Party Planning: A Bachelorette Bash October 4, 2011

One of my best friends is getting married in less than two weeks, and I am hosting Part II of her bachelorette festivities.  Part I took place in August, and we rented a cabin for the weekend.  It was quite the time.  Now, on to the sequel!

Her wedding colours are red and brown – or chocolate and cherry as I like to say –  (I shared some wedding inspiration Bash Boards with you a while ago) so I’m going to incorporate that palette, as well as white, into the party atmosphere.

This is the Bash Board for the event:

Lots of fun ideas and pops of colour.  I can’t wait!  I’ll be sure to share some images from the partay afterwards.

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FACEBOOK CONTEST: Win a Custom Party Plan! October 3, 2011


Are you hosting a party in the near future, but you’re uncertain about all of the details? If so, you’re in need of a Brilliant Bash Blueprint.


The winner will receive a Brilliant Bash Blueprint, which provides detailed suggestions for the event, including:

– Theme
– Colour Palette
– Décor
– Refreshments
– Entertainment
– Guest favours
– Bash Board
– Overall feel of the event
– Suggested preparation timeline
– Shopping sources for event preparation

I give you the party plan and you take the credit for the fabulous results.


Please “like” Brilliant Bash on Facebook , and then post on our Facebook wall the type of party you need some help planning for.  On Friday, October 7, I will select the post with the most “likes” and the winner will be announced.

Party Time!

The winner’s Brilliant Bash Blueprint will be featured on this site, and the winner will be given the opportunity to have his/her photos of their event featured in a future blog post.

I would love to get started on your personalized Brilliant Bash Blueprint!  Enter the contest now!

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

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Brilliant Bash: Ladies’ Afternoon Tea September 30, 2011

A friend of mine recently became a Mary Kay consultant.  To help support her in her new venture, and to find a fun way to get us girls together on a weekend day, I planned a Ladies’ Afternoon Tea.  And who am I kidding?  I just love entertaining!

This was a low-key afternoon affair, so I didn’t go all-out with decor and such.  I kept it simple with some tasty treats and colour coordinated flowers and napkins (pink, for Mary Kay, of course).

I set up my butler’s pantry with tea mugs and assorted teas.  The dining room table was the place to be, with tea biscuits, jams and spreads, cucumber sandwiches, fancy cupcakes, and buttercream dipped doughnuts (coloured in pink food colouring to go with the Mary Kay theme).

Tea Time

Assorted Delights

Tea for Five

Cupcakes and Tea Biscuits

DIY Dipped Doughnuts (Easy!)

Mary Kay Magic

Sunday Afternoon Splendour

It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon with friends: treats, makeup, lots of hot tea, and sun pouring in through the windows.  Maxin’ relaxin’.

Cupcake liners and napkins via Brilliant Bash.

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Vendor Spotlight: The Bridal Suite August 22, 2011

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A new wedding boutique has recently opened in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  The owners of the ever-popular and stylish  Twisted Sisters Boutik have entered the wedding world with an accessories-focused shop located just upstairs in their 175 Water Street location in downtown St. John’s.

The Bridal Suite specialises in wedding fascinators, veils, jewellery and personal adornments of all sorts.  The atmosphere in The Bridal Suite is intimate, calming, and oh-so-exquisite.  The decor is crisp and chic, and evokes the feeling that you’ve been invited into a glamorous lady’s dressing room.  The only oddity is the “no shoes” policy – perhaps they should suggest you bring along your slippers?

For more information and to book an appointment, please visit the Bridal Suite blog, and check out their Facebook page here.  Welcome to the wedding world, Twisted Sisters!

Photos by Nate Gates

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Featured in Occasions Magazine: Our Wedding! July 12, 2011

Wow!  I am so pleased to share with you that our wedding is being featured in Occasions Magazine.  So exciting!  You can check out all of the details here (mind a few typos).

I must say, it is a lovely way to celebrate our first anniversary!

Woo hoo!

Photo by Aaron Vincent Elkaim

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