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Blast from Birthday Past

24th July 2013

Incase you haven’t noticed, it’s my birthday week so we’re celebrating all week long on the blog!


 today we’re taking a look back at one of my favorite birthday celebrations of all time… my mad hatter tea party brought to you as part of my party planning segment: hopeless hostess!

 
we were in no short supply of sweet treats the party, i whipped up a pound (or pick one up from the store), frosted some cupcake (or substitute mini brownies) and surprised guests with mini fruit pizzas (Sugar cookies, frosting & fruit). Finger sandwiches are a tea party must! Try crustless cucumber & fancy cheese spread (or mix whipping creme with italian dressing), their fun & filling! 
Sweeten the deal with candy that doubles as decor! Try dropping fresh fruit in the water for refreshing citrus drinks that tastes as good as it looks.
What’s a party without games? The hopeless hostess plays bingo with buttons, charades and the plate game for her most peculiar tea party.
My party was a blast, but the finishing touches were my fabulous & fashionable friends who always dress the party-part! They showed up in theme with character costumes or over-the-top, yet absolutely necessary, tea attire.
Oh, and since this was my 21st birthday, candles and cupcakes were a must! not just for the birthday girl and hostess herself, but also for all of the guest’s celebrating their un-birthdays. Make a wish… 
I hope you enjoyed looking back at one of my favorite birthday celebrations!
Want to keep the party going? We’re celebrating all week long on CMC including a birthday earring giveaway! Enter here, and goodluck to all! Stay tuned, the celebration continues tomorrow!

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birthday give away!

22nd July 2013

it’s my birthday week, so we’re celebrating all week long on color me courtney, yay!

i love to plan parties and give gifts… to other people! but when the tables are turned, it’s hard for me to sit back and receive (i think it’s a weird controlling thing!) so i’m kicking off this week by celebrating all of by giving away one of my go-to earring styles!
the lucky winner will get to pick their gift from two kate spade options: a new pair of coral gumdrop studs or a fresh pair of gold “all wrapped up” bow studs!

 

and guess what, i have a special connection to both of them!
the gold bow studs we’re my first pair of kate spade earrings, actually my first kate spade jewelry piece in general! they were a gift from my good friend Katrina, and resulted in my boyfriend, paris getting me the all wrapped up bow ring that i have worn almost daily for almost four years. I wear my gold bow studs just as much and am even wearing them in my drivers license photograph!
“all wrapped up” ring that matches earrings in gingham girl // full post
the flo coral gumdrops are also very special to me,
they were the first pair of gumdrops i invested in, while starting my career with kate spade out of san francisco! I also wore them to a very special tea with two of my favorite ladies! Oh and did i mention they are no longer making this color in this shape?
“coral gumdrops” as featured in tea attire // pop by the full post
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leave me a comment and you’ll earn one free entry :] !
increase your chances by being entered into the drawing
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if you already follow via insta && bloglovin‘ or have already liked cmc on facebook, then i love you already! please just include that you have in the comment and i’ll enter you accordingly! oh and no cheating… i check :] !
i’ll announce the winner on saturday the 27th… a day after i’m another year older and probably none the wiser! then winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing me at courtney@colormecourtney.com! 
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make a wish

20th July 2013

next week is my birthday week (yay?) i’m not super excited because i’m turning 23, and it’s kind of a lame-ish birthday but i am excited to celebrate all week long on color me courtney, starting with sharing my bday wish list…
i’m dying for a pair of tortoise karen walkers (i have the black but keep wishing they were tortoise for summer!) a new camera (mine’s an oldie, i’m looking at the cannon rebel eos! any thoughts,opinions or reviews on this guy? please share!) and a record-player/turn-table for my living room!

i’ve also been lusting for a few other things lately…
1. modcloth 2. gorjana 3. nordstrom << i love this little nyc necklace, and would wear it daily! 4. bardot << i’ve been dying for a lucite clutch! you can also find amazingly affordable ones on ebay, i need to just pull the trigger and get one! 5. charles albert 6. michael kors 7. modcloth << you know you’re an adult when you ask for home decor for your bday! my apartment will thank me… 8. nest dallas << 9. stella && dot << been admiring this one for a while, i think it would add some edge to my arm party! 10. harvey Nicolas << my love for coffee books continues (see more here) 11. c.wonder << elephants always remind me of my grandmother, this ring would be an awesome way to always carry some of her with me! 12 coach. << i really want a celine, but that will have to wait a while! 13. c.wonder << need these because they’re gold, amazing and from my new favorite home decor store (cwonder)! oh, and because broke two glasses this week… oopsies!
so the big day is friday the 26th, yikes! but until i strike another year older, we’ll be celebrating all week long with a giveaway, look at past birthday celebrations and some of my favorite things… so stay tuned!

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she’s feeling twenty two

8th June 2013

yesterday, one of my favorite people turned 22!
so of course we celebrated in style…
little miss channing pickett is a darling superstar in the making. i’m constantly in awe by her beauty, charm and poise and i cannot wait to see her name in lights where it most certainly belongs! so here’s to you chan, i hope 22 treats you like the queen you most certainly are!
photo cred: claire eliza
photo cred: claire eliza

in kate spade ( dress // ring // similar bag // coin purse )
photo cred: claire eliza
photo cred: claire eliza
photo cred: claire eliza
channing in kate spade (dress [similar on sale] // bag [similar]) & michael kors.
p.s. these’s fabulous pictures were taken by the crazy talented claire eliza, one of the most inspiring and fantastic people around. thanks claire!
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tutu .. twenty two

24th August 2012

cue the confetti, it’s time for another hopeless hostess celebratory post! && this post is long over-due, for it reflects my twenty second (tutu) ballet birthday breakfast
the hopeless hostess knows no occasion is too small to celebrate, so of course when her special day comes around she starts the day of right… with a tutu inspired ballet birthday breakfast. she also doesn’t like to break the bank so she whips up a quick pdf invite, and includes it in an email to her ballerina’s to be.

the hopeless hostess knows invitations are only half of the party’s first impression, and the table decor serves as the second. she hangs a few balloons at various heights to create a colorful backdrop and uses pretty pleated tissue paper for tutu trays.
the hopeless hostess lets drinks serve as decor, by choosing colorful options like orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice and pretty pink champagne!
drinks are just the beginning, the real stars of the table are the fabulous food, the hopeless hostess uses fun sized food for a fancy feel. she picks up small pastries, donuts and cinnamon rolls from the store, serves strawberries and raspberries with cool whip for dipping and whips up ity bitty pretty pancakes (just like normal pancakes, but use 1/3 the amount of batter, if you are a perfectionist planner, use a cookie cutter for perfect circles. pile on three, secure with a toothpick and garnish with raspberries, before serving with syrup, butter & jams).
and the hopeless hostess attends her extravagant events in style, wearing ballet-esque birthday attire with a little bit of sparkle!
i hope you enjoyed my second hopeless hostess post, be sure to check out all of my party planning posts. until next time, stay fabulous!
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We’re all a bit mad here…

14th August 2012

“You’re entirely bonkers, but let me tell you a secret: all the best people are.” 
Today the hopeless hostess takes on a most peculiar tea party, inspired by mad hatter’s “un-birthday” tea extravaganza as featured in Alice in Wonderland! 

The hopeless hostess knows that invitations serve as a party’s first impression and have to be taken seriously. With just a an image & a color scheme, she’ll whip up her custom evites online to wow her invitees without dropping a penny. 
This hostess also uses an entree way display for maximum impact. Cover a table in cards, add on-theme hat boxes & front door signage for easy & affordable details.  
The details don’t stop at the door, let a thin, long, over-the-top table serve as the decor focus. Mix your matches with piles of patterned napkins and endless amounts of tea cups. Forget about perfect pairs, the wild and carefree aspect of the table adds a level of whimsy that every mad tea party requires.
The hopeless hostess is in no short supply of sweet treats for her tea party. She whips up her favorite pound or coffee cake (or picks one up from the store), frosts cupcake or mini brownies and surprises guests with mini fruit pizzas (Sugar cookies, frosting & fruit). Finger sandwiches are a tea party must! Try crustless cucumber & fancy cheese spread (or mix whipping creme with italian dressing), their fun & filling! 
The hopeless hostess sweetens the deal with candy that doubles as decor. She drops fresh fruit in her water for refreshing citrus water that tastes as good as it looks.

What’s a party without games? The hopeless hostess plans bingo with buttons, charades and the plate game for her most peculiar tea party.

The hopeless hostess has fabulous & fashionable friends who always dress the party part by coming in character or over-the-top, yet absolutely necessary, tea attire.
Oh, did I forget to mention that once upon a time this un-birthday tea celebration occurred on this hopeless hostess’s actual birthday? Imagine that. In that case, candles and cupcakes are a must, not just for the birthday girl and hostess herself, but also for all of the guest’s celebrating their un-birthdays. Make a wish… 
I hope you enjoyed the first of many hopeless hostess post! Want to keep the party going? Well stay tuned, there is much more to celebrate on the way… 

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