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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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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: Cynthia Martyn Events April 10, 2011

One of my favourite wedding magazines is WedLuxe Magazine.  Their gorgeous photo shoots and real weddings are out of this world.  Time and time again, I noticed that events styled by Cynthia Martyn were popping up in the magazine and online.

Cynthia Martyn is a Toronto-based event designer with an exquisite style sensibility.  Cynthia and her team touch on every element of each special event, from the initial budget planning, venue selection and vendor management, to the styling and design of stationery, flowers and decor, and then expertly manage the dozens of suppliers, family members and friends to ensure the big day proceeds flawlessly.

Cynthia’s style is lush, romantic, and vibrant yet soft.  Her events are distinctive and magazine-worthy.  Just a few selections of beautiful event styling from Cynthia Martyn Events:


Breathtaking Table Setting


Fun, chic styling


Golden Goddess




Creative (and tasty) Centrepiece

You can follow Cynthia’s work on her blog or Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Cynthia Martyn Events.

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The Latest: Interactive Refreshment Stations March 27, 2011

One of the trends that is gaining quick popularity this year is the presence of interactive food and drink stations at special events.

Not only can these stations add visual interest to an event, they also add a participatory element to your guests’ experience, inviting them to “make their own” cupcakes, fondue, bagels, cocktails, etc.  Interactive refreshment stations allow your guests to customize their food/drinks to their own personal tastes.  And who doesn’t love that?

Some fabulous examples to inspire you:

Custom Bagel Bar (via Luna and Chloe Weddings):

Bagel Bar: Guests can make their own breakfast bagels

Fondue “Fundo” Party (via Amy Atlas Special Events):

Fondue Party: Fun and tasty for your guests

Smoothie Bar (via Hip Hooray Blog):

DIY: Smoothie Bar


Art Birthday with DIY Food Palettes (via Hostess Blog):


Art Party: Make your own food "palette"

Brunch Birthday (via The Sweetest Occasion):

Interactive Pancake Station

Customized Pancakes

Baking Party Birthday (via Amy Atlas Events):

Baking Party: Fun for all ages

S’Mores Spectacular (via Cookie Creatives):

Decadent DIY S'Mores Station

DIY Ice Dream Parlour (via Eat Drink Chic):

Pink & Pretty Ice Cream Parlour

Choose your own toppings!

Champagne Bar (via Eat Drink Pretty):

DIY Mimosas & Bellinis

These interactive food/drink stations are so much fun.  If you plan to try this concept at one of your events, make sure you have the time/staff to clean up the station periodically, as guests can often be very messy.  It would also be wise to have a helper nearby to assist small children and older guests who need help with the station.

I can’t wait to see the new ideas that come with spring and summer entertaining this year!

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Brilliant Bash: Night Owl Pajama Party February 27, 2011

Anj Snow of the Snowy Bliss blog recently designed an out-of-this-world birthday for her daughter.  The theme of the bash was “Night Owl Pajama Party” and the amount of creativity and detail in this party is outstanding.

Check out this fabulous, functional table setting, the remarkable cake and decor, and the warm and fuzzy guest favours that Anj made all by herself.  She even created “adoption” cards for each of the pet owls she made for the guests – adorable!

Dream Birthday Table

Dreamy Details

Handmade Chandelier Ornaments

Vibrant, Personalized Table Settings

Owl Theme Cake

Fabulous Favours

Owl Adoption Cards

Movie Time with New Friends!

What Anj says about her party planning process:

I start with an idea about three or four months ahead.  I don’t make any specific plans at first; I just stick the theme in my brain and let it marinate for awhile.  Eventually, I work through the problems and new ideas start to come. I keep a folder in my car, in case inspiration suddenly strikes and I can jot it down.  When there are about two months to go before the party, I write down a party plan.  I give myself deadlines, etc.  I started the owls for this pajama party about three weeks before the celebration.  A big portion of the time was spent just coming up with the 13 different owls, their designs and what to write on the adoption cards.  I was even picky about the felt color combinations.  But that is the fun part of the creative process for me.

Way to go, Anj!  Your daughter and her friends are very lucky girls.

For Anj’s full blog post about this bash, including a link to a tutorial for the felt owls, please visit her blog here.

Photos Courtesy of Snowy Bliss

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