Superbowl Party Fun

Depending on who you were rooting for, you are either basking in glory or scratching your head and asking what happened???  Well this year’s Superbowl hit an all time record with viewers an estimated 114 Million viewers.

Well I don’t know about you but I sure did have an awesome time decorating and getting things together for the big day. Below are pictures from the Superbowl celebration.



I love crisp clean lines and love the look white picture frames add to any event.  I created this sign that was placed near the beginning of the food line.

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Created these signs in the team colors.  Which door would you choose?


Had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Lesley of 5K Nutrition for this event.  Her and her team cutely wrapped the dinnerware for the guests.  These turned out so cute.

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Created these cute little signs for all of the food items.  I love how the yellow and green pair together.


No party would be complete without dessert.  Served mini chocolate cupcakes on this created cupcake tier which is actually three individual cake stands.  And the focal point of the day was the snack table.  I so love how it turned out and everything was created with supplies from your local craft store.

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Overall I’d say that we made a touchdown with the day’s event.


Well football season is officially over.  Here’s to next year’s party ideas.

Take Care and have a great day!



Are You Ready for Some Football???

Tomorrow the Seattle Seahawks will take on the New England Patriots in which some are predicting to be the “television event of the year.”  The International Business Times estimates “this game will draw higher ratings than any show this year and will have a good chance to exceed the number of viewers this year versus last.”  Per Nielsen there was an average of 111.5 million viewers.  Can you say WOW!!!

That’s a lot of people, a lot of parties, AND a lot of creative party ideas.  So what does one do to get ready for a Superbowl party?

I think there are four elements that are sure to make your party a hit; a comfortable and laid back atmosphere, great food, great drinks, and the game which is really the highlight of the party.

The Atmosphere…People want to enjoy the game and all the antics that go with it, like talking smack about your favorite team, enjoying the half-time show, and even looking at the replays.  As the host, you want your guests to be comfortable and relaxed.  I’ve been to parties where everyone just sat around and watch the game in silence.  So not fun.  The game is about energy after all it is not only the game that will announce the best team of the year, it is the last game of the season, no more football until the end of the year.  So you want your guest to feel this energy.

You can set the atmosphere with fun decor.  I love the idea of setting your food table up to look like a football field.  In fact this is one of the ideas I’m working on for my Superbowl decor.  We found this cute table from A Night Owl’s Blog.


Great Food…you want to have great food that your guests can easily go back and forth to grab.  Why not create your menu on options that are often found at concession stands???  Some food suggestions are:

  • Chicken Wings
  • Popcorn (Why not provide different flavors for your guest to try)
  • Spinach Dipdrinks
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Chili Dogs or Corn Dogs for the kids
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Nachos and Cheese

Great Drinks…are a must.  You want to have a variety.  Try providing fruit infused water which is always refreshing, some fresh lemonade, and a variety of beers would be great.

The Game…well that should be a given right? :).  I am so excited about tomorrow’s game and I have been designing decor for tomorrow’s shindig.  I’m excited to see how everything will turn out.  I can’t wait to show you pictures next week.  So, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???  

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I’d love to hear your party ideas for tomorrow.  Please leave a comment so we can join in on your celebration.

Have a great weekend and go Seahawks………or Patriots :).

Take Care,


Happy Birthday to You Party Ideas!

Sunday, I shared with you that it was my mother’s birthday.  I got to join the celebration via Face Time. Last year I actually got to celebrate with her in Saint Louis and boy did I have a ball planning her surprise party.  My sister and I decided that since it was a milestone for her, and we had just unexpectedly loss our dad a few weeks before, we wanted to make this an extra special birthday for her.  This was going to be a challenge though, my mother knows everything and it is very hard to pull the wool over her eyes.  So we decided to host the party at my sister and brother-in-law’s house and invited her closest friends and family.

I  immediately kicked into party planner mode, who wouldn’t with an opportunity like this, doing something you  love to do AND for the girl of my heart?  It was a win-win situation and an opportunity for me to design and create some cool stuff to add a special touch for her day.

It was excited to see my entire family kick into event planner mode with me and we got all the planning and decor done in a week AND she was so surprised!



I wanted the party to focus more on the celebration versus the décor, so I created just a few focal points and allowed the love in the air create the atmosphere.

Black, cream, and gold was the color scheme.  I wanted classy colors to complement a classy woman.

 I created this custom birthday sign with a diagonal pattern and used a pearl paper to give it an elegant touch.


I love to add contrast to things when I’m creating so I created this tissue paper pom-poms in a polka dot pattern.  I added a little twist in how I cut the paper to give it a more contemporary feel.  My mother was actually the one who taught me how to make these when I was a little girl.  Tissue paper flowers are one of those old decorating ideas that will never go out of style.  I placed these on the cupcake table and around the home.


The main focal point was the cupcake table.  I must say I was very proud of this creation.  I wanted to give the table a WOW factor so I created this awesome back drop by making paper rosette flowers to create this masterpiece.  Well it may not be a real masterpiece, but my mother loved it so much she has it hanging in her home to this day.


My sister’s home had a wonderful furniture accent piece that paired well with the decor.  I love the hutch the cupcakes sat on.

Another DIY idea I used was making the cupcake stands.  This was done by attaching plates to candle stick holders and spray painting them in black and gold.

This is something you can definitely keep for serving items at any dinner party.


Lastly I asked several of my mother’s friends and family to describe her and what it meant to celebrate her birthday.  I used those saying to created these custom cupcake tags:  “It’s Your Party”, “Diva Lady”, “Happy Birthday”, “We Love You”, “#1 Mom”, and “You’re Special.”  And I created these water bottle labels and gave guests bottle water as they left.  I got so excited I didn’t take a picture of them but here is the label design.

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I hope you enjoyed some of the Birthday Party Decorating Ideas I presented.

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Thanks for sharing more time with my family.  I hope you have a great day!

Take Care,


Happy New Year

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been since last year that we last connected.  Well Happy New Year to you!  I am so excited to be back in California.  I went to my home town of Missouri and was able to spend three whole weeks with my family.

It was super awesome.  I am a huge family lover and always revel in the time I get to spend with them.  I was able to spend a lot of quality time with my mother and aunt, something I really value especially with the year we had in losing my dad, and my cousin during the Christmas holidays.

I also got to spend time with my nieces and nephews and boy are they getting big.  And lastly I got to spend time with my sissy poo, my brother, my little sisters, cousins and friends.  Well enough about me, I feel like I have so much to tell you!!!

Well during my visit, I was also able to really put some time into looking at my business and what will come this year for Erika’s Elegance Weddings and Events.  This is where you come in!

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What do you want to see from Erika’s Elegance this year?  Are there questions about Wedding etiquette that you need advice on?  Are you planning a kids birthday party and don’t know where to begin?  Or do you want to know what colors pair well together to make a fabulous color scheme for your event?

Your opinion matters to me and I would love to hear your feedback.  I believe this is a year for us to grow and I want you to be a part of that journey.  Well here’s to an awesome year and I look forward to connecting with you soon.


Take care,



On the Move – Sacred Heart Festival

I am having such a good time today.  It has been a crazy busy past few weeks with a couple more to go but I am so grateful and thankful and wouldn’t have it any other way.  I absolutely love what I do.  Today I am hanging out with the Disney Princesses at the Sacred Heart Festival in Covina, CA.  If you’re close by you should come out and hang with is.  Who is your favorite princess?


I think I love them ALL! :).

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  Take care and see ya soon.