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Spring/Summer Dinner Party Tips with Julee Ireland on Sonoran Living

How to throw a Spring/Summer dinner party like a Pro without breaking the bank!

Julee Ireland and Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living ABC15
Julee Ireland and Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living ABC15

Every party starts with a theme, guest list, and most importantly an invitation. So I would like to cordially invite you to my Sonoran Living Live Dinner Party segment with an All Access VIP Pass. Be sure to check this DIY invitation out at Papyrusonline.com How cute are they? Perfect for a sweet 16 or milestone event or birthday party. Do you agree?

An invitation is so important because it sets the tone for your party and gives your guests a glimpse of what lies ahead: so have fun with designing the perfect party invitation and learning more about the other fabulous products that I found to make planning your next party a huge hit!

Papyrus now offers DIY printable invitations!

  1. A variety of designs to choose from for every occasion.
  2. Simple and easy to design yourself online. Select your design. Select your font and font color. Type in the details of your party. Select the quantity, print process and your envelope. Preview your design and place your order!
  3. Affordable and first class all the way! A fraction of what a custom designed invitation normally costs.
  4. Your papyrus DIY printable invitations are sent directly to your doorstep within 5 to 7 business days for most vendors. Check with Papyrus custom invitations department for exact lead times.

Sold in sets of 25…Prices start at around $3.50 each

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.papyrusonline.com

It’s not just the invitation, guest list, and decor that makes a great dinner party; it’s also the food and entertainment.  What could be better than combining food with entertainment through an interactive experience? Personally as a designer, I can figure out a way to make something look beautiful but when it comes to cooking my family and friends will tell you that I need all the help that I can get! That’s why I LOVE these simple Award Winning DIY Dinner Party Pack Kits that make cooking and entertaining a snap! Simply Genius!!
Style and Entertaining DIY Dinner Party Pack Kits.

  1. Now, you don’t have to be a master chef to create a masterful meal. Each Style & Entertaining DIY Dinner Kit comes complete with an easy to follow step-by-step guide that includes recipes, ingredients, decor, music and wine pairing suggestions.
  2. Spice up a healthy life! Each kit contains organic herbs, spices, whole grains, beans, dried fruits and nuts to complete each recipe.
  3. Supports buy fresh and local with a grocery list for ingredients that makes gathering your cooking supplies fast and easy.
  4. Learn the fundamentals of selecting the perfect wine to serve with your meal.
  5. Find your inner celebrity chef by learning celebrity inspired cooking techniques.
  6. Set a stylish table scene with votive candles, menu cards, napkins and more included in each kit!
  7. Makes a great gift or fun evening to create together with your family or friends.

DIY Dinner Kit for 8 $49.95  DIY Romantic Dinner for Two Kit $29.95

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.styleandentertaining.com


Now that the invitation has been sent and the menu is decided we need to think about setting the perfect table scape to compliment your dinner party. Like most working moms I don’t have a lot of extra time so I am always seeking out simple solutions for everday living. Simply Baked makes baking and setting a beautiful table a breeze!
Simply Baked!

  1. Simply Baked tableware can go straight from the oven to your table. Yes, you can bake and serve directly in their beautifully decorative cups, bowls and more!
  2. Simply Baked is available in a variety of pretty patterns, designs, sizes and colors. They have something for everyone and every party scene!
  3. They have festive accessories such as straws, spoons, appetizer trays, plates and sticks, cake stands and more making it quick and easy to serve your guests with style!
  4. Allows you to have fun and get creative! Simply Baked is not just for baked goods. Use their decorative cups to create individual fresh veggie cups or to serve candy, nuts or fresh fruit. The ideas and possibilities are endless!
  5. They offer simple premade party packs in a variety of coordinating party themes making planning your next dinner party stress-free!

Prices start at $3.50. Party Packs start at $199

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.simplybaked.us

Now that the invitation, food, entertainment and serve ware is in order we need to add a little ambiance and I have the perfect solution!
Di Potter Wine and Champagne Shades

1.   Create a custom chic look for any party or event with Di Potter translucent Wine and Champagne shades.
2.  Over 32 different fabulous themes and patterns available in a variety of trending color combinations.
3.  Made of paper and easy to assemble.
4.  Reusable and Made in the USA
5.  Made for use with any traditional Wine or Champagne glass and a flameless candle.
6.  Di Potter also makes beautiful paper candle bands, placemats and charger plates to further enhance your table scape.
7.  Simple, Affordable and Unique making you the hostess who is sure to be the talk of the town.
Price $22.99 for a set of 6

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.thepapertable.com

DIY on the Fly™ under $25-How to create amazing last minute centerpiece using stemware, glasses, mugs, candle holders, glass bowls, vases and more right out of your kitchen cabinets!

Step 1: Assemble a variety or glassware from the list above in varied shapes and sizes.

Step 2: purchase seasonal flowers at your local market or cut flowers, fruits, veggies and succulents straight from your garden.

Step 3: Group 3 or more of varied pieces in varied heights together creating a triangle shape or a look that is appealing to your eye. Remember, to consider the height. Keep your tallest pieces below eye level if you are sitting at your table so your guests can see over your centerpiece while dining.

Step 4: Fill with water, add a drop of food coloring to create desired color and add your desired fresh cut flowers, fruit, vegetables or combination thereof. Turn Wine glasses upside down and place candle votive on top to create mood lighting. Repeat to desired taste throughout your room and on your table.

Prepare to amaze your guests with your creative, charming, and affordable centerpieces!

For more information and design tips visit Julee Ireland’s blogs at: www.itsaglamthing.com or www.juleeirelanddesign.com

DIY Dinner Party Tips on Sonoran Living ABC15
DIY Dinner Party Tips on Sonoran Living ABC15

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