Celebrate the new school year with a special celebration

Back-to-School Cupcakes and Canvas Party Celebrate the new school year with a special celebration that’s sure to get them excited about heading back to the classroom. By Jamila Watson Photos by Kourtney Marie Photography   It’s back to school time. Summer is winding down, parents are taking their kids back-to-school shopping and kids are looking forward to seeing their friends. This year, why not throw ...

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Local chef Stephanie Green offers her tips on how to host the perfect barbecue party

Fire Up the Grill Local chef Stephanie Green offers her tips on how to host the perfect barbecue party. Barbecue season has arrived and it’s time to dust off the grill and get cook’n. The universal appeal of barbecue has to do as much with the food as with the mindset of relaxed entertaining for the cook and the guests. The most important aspect is the gathering of friends and family to enjoy time together ...

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These cool ideas for seasonal revelry are fun for the entire family

Summertime Celebrations These cool ideas for seasonal revelry are fun for the entire family. By Jamila Watson.   It’s summertime and that means more time to celebrate with family and friends. Here are three fun activities to try this summer. Pineapple Party A really cool theme to try this summer is a Pineapple themed party. It’s a fun way to put a trendy twist on a summertime gathering. I purchased two ...

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Celebrate a milestone with an event to remember

First Birthday  Celebrate a milestone with an event to remember.   By Jamila Watson Photos by Ushna Khan Photography   I love first birthdays! They are so much fun and they always remind me of when my kids where younger. It’s truly a milestone event and everyone gets invited. In this article, I want to give you a few fun ideas for putting together a first birthday to remember. The guest list… Kids ...

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How to host an awesome graduation party

Class of 2016! Host an awesome graduation party with these tips. By Jamila Watson Photos by Kourtney Marie Photography Both of my daughters are graduating this month and I can’t even begin to tell you how the years have flown by! My oldest daughter is graduating from high school and I’m so proud of her but I know I’ll be fighting back the tears on graduation day. My youngest daughter will be graduating as w ...

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Make an impact with party balloons

Up & Away Party stylist Jamila Watson makes an impact with party balloons.   What’s the one item that can make an impact at your next party? Balloons! Balloons are usually one of the first décor items I purchase for the children’s parties we plan for our clients. They can make a huge statement and can easily complete your party’s décor plan. This month, I decided to show a few fun balloon ideas tha ...

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Delight your kids and their friends with a sweet party

A Valentine’s Surprise Delight your kids and their friends with a sweet party. By Jamila Watson Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. What I love about this day to celebrate love is that it’s such a meaningful holiday. This year, why not surprise your kids and their friends with a party that’s sure to make your sweet tooth happy! The Invitation Invite your kids and friends with a fun Valentine’s invit ...

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A fun themed birthday party makes children and their families feel special

Circus Fun A fun themed birthday party makes children and their families feel special. By Jamila Watson Photos by Kourtney Marie Photography Happy 2016! Some months ago, Julie Read from Juju’s Tutus and I had the pleasure of throwing a circus-themed birthday party for some amazing kids whose families didn’t have the resources to throw them a party. With the help of some talented and cause-driven vendors, we ...

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Local party stylist Jamila Watson goes mad for plaid

Mad for Plaid  Photos by Kourtney-Marie Photography It’s time to celebrate! The weather is beautiful and it’s the perfect time to rejoice in the season with family and friends. Plaid is so hot right now and is the perfect accessory for the holidays. This season, I decided to go plaid and decorate for Christmas, using different takes on this traditional pattern. Decorate your Table I wanted lots of festive c ...

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Hostess with the Mostest

A lovely Thanksgiving tableu is all about preparation. Do your best to shop ahead of time. Many stores start their holiday sales one to two weeks before Thanksgiving, so check the ads. Create a menu. Don’t hesitate to add something new to a traditional banquet—it will make such a statement at each place setting. Here, we made a special pear dessert that’s absolutely delicious as well as beautiful. Consider ...

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