Paint it Black : Press Play and Party

summer night party inspired by The Rolling Stones 'Paint it Black'I’m SO ready for summer!!  I mean, we really didn’t have a winter this year but still.  Don’t long, warm days sound fantastic?  There is something about a warm, sunny day that makes me immediately turn on classic rock.  I think I grew up in the wrong time period.    Gah, the music and fashion?!  LOVE!  So as I was sitting on the computer the other day, as close to a window as I could without actually being outside so I could still see the computer screen, The Rolling Stones ‘Paint it Black’ came on.  Boom.  Such a good song (is that a sitar?  One of my kids is probably going to have to learn how to play that).  A little dark maybe but perfect for outdoor entertaining at dusk.  All you need is a rustic wood table, some great vintage glassware, simple flowers and candles and pretty girls in hippie clothes.  I think my summer entertaining is going to be all about ease and going with the flow.  No stress.  Last minute invites to keep myself from over thinking everything.  Maybe trying out new cocktails or recipes but not getting worked up if they don’t work out.  Anyone think I can pull that off?  Maybe with a lot of rose…

Gorg lowball glass  .  pretty white flowers  .  rustic wood table  .  candles and flowers  .  girl in the desert


Stay Wild Party Playlist

urban jungle party inspiration - plus party playlistSo I’m sure you are all over all the Alt Summit posts but I have one more to share.  The music.  The party playlist – any party really – was really important to me.  We had the urban jungle theme and I wanted to make sure that the music added to the atmosphere.  Don’t laugh.  But the sound I wanted for the party was based on the funeral scene in Zoolander.  If you don’t remember it, which is totally possible, it had a great beat, it was instrumental, it was overly cool and felt a little urban.  But I’m pretty sure that Pandora would’t have had a channel for that so I went through my own music to see what had a similar feel.

These songs are some of my favorites right now and both the Phantogram and the Lorde nailed the sound.

And I LOVE mashups so I spent a little time researching indie/hip hop mashups.  I’ve listened to The Hood Internet before and they kill it every time.  Here are some of my favorites from the playlist.  And while Step by Vampire Weekend is not one of The Hood Internet songs, I can’t get enough of it.  And don’t even think of skipping French Montana over Beach House (!!!!)

Press Play and Party {St. Vincent . Cruel}

I am a music lover.  Certain songs prompt me to plan a party based on the mood the music gives me.  This party inspiration board is based on St. Vincent’s song ‘Cruel’.

02 Cruel  {Click the link to the left to hear song}

When I hear the song, I think of Disney princesses.  But in a grown up sort of way.  Why should little girls get all the fun? Wouldn’t it be cool to throw your friends a princess party? 
This party would be a mix of fancy and totally casual.  Of course the color pink would be the driving force throughout the party but other colors would be more than welcome.  Especially royal blue.  Oh NO you didn’t!

images: {clockwise starting from the top}

girls at dessert table . Graffiti Champagne . cupcakes and teapots . pink ropes . cotton candy . pink heart forks . balloons and champagne . head pieces . cake sparklers


How decadent do these perfume bottles look when styled as cake?  My friends would not hate going home with one of these as a party favor.

image:  perfume Of course there would be nods to the Disney classics throughout the decor.  Apples are a must {Snow White}.  And yes, I glittered an apple because I wasn’t happy with any of the images I could find online.  Crazy, party of one, your table is ready.

image:  Cupcakes and Cutlery

A glittery, mirrored garland would look perfect over a food table and some colorful wall art that a reminiscent of a spinning wheel would help bring the color {Sleeping Beauty}.


mirrored garland . hoop rug

But I am all about comfort.  So the dress code would be a mix of fabulous and chic with absolute comfort.  Absolutely no heels allowed!  Just about anything by Wildfox Couture or Haute Hippie would work.  And of course, can dress your head like nobody’s business.

outfit 1:  crown . dress

outfit 2:  stiped pants . bow headband . lace sweatshirt

outfit 3: pink and gold tiara . sequin blazer and leggings

outfit 4:  sweats and fur . black and gold headband

I am hoping to make this a recurring post category.  What songs make you want to party?