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Party Decor Idea: Brown + White

This week I get to host a really fun concert in my living room. I am terribly excited and also slightly overwhelmed? The first thing I did when brainstorming possible party decor themes was to run off to Target and Michaels to see what would inspire me. I needed to find a color scheme that was vaguely wintery but not too wintery, and easy to pull off on a budget.

I find sometimes that browsing through a big store with a lot of options is a great way to get an idea (oftentimes I’ll get an idea from a throw pillow or book cover art, and then off I go!).But strangely I was coming up with absolutely nothing (what gives, Target?), until I happened upon the shipping supplies aisle and suddenly found myself terribly excited by all those shades of brown (what gives, me?).

Brown isn’t a terribly festive color, but somehow I am set on this idea and can’t let it go. So I did a little Internet search to see what brown party inspiration I could find. And what I found was pretty inspiring, I’ll tell you!

After the jump, it’s the party I’d love to throw, from invites on down to the decor and snacks, cobbled together from images of parties already thrown! By … other people!


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    Party Invites
    I just love these invitations. I love their simplicity, I love their texture, I love that pop of red against the neutral brown, and I love the envelope color choice.
    Image Credit Oh So Beautiful Paper
  • Party Decor 2 of 9
    Party Decor
    This image reminds me of a particularly lovely shipping supplies set up. Used in this case for picnic decor, I would say that this subtle color scheme is perfect for both indoors and out. The emphasis here is going to be on the texture the colors provide, rather than on the colors themselves.
    Image Credit BBB Craft
  • Party Decor 3 of 9
    Party Decor
    Those giant hanging pom poms are so ubiquitous these days, but these guys are such a wonderful spin on the ho hum usual, and inexpensive to boot! Try throwing in coffee filters, cardboard, paper doilies and tissue paper to really give these guys heft and visual interest.
    Image Credit Jenny Cookies
  • Party Decor 4 of 9
    Party Decor
    What this decor really nails is the mix of darks and lights. Finding the right balance can be tricky--too few darks and you'll have visual holes. Too few lights and you won't see any distinction. Mid tones, such as those found in the suitcases and in that delightful mini pom on the cake, are what will ease the balance if you're finding it tricky.
    Image Credit Jenny Cookies
  • Party Food 5 of 9
    Party Food
    The best part of a party is always the food, and one of my favorite details is when a party planner or caterer provides labels for the finger foods. I love the simplicity of these little brown flags with the straightforward type.
    Image Credit BBB Craft
    Image Credit XX
  • Party Food 6 of 9
    Party Food
    When you stop to think about it, all white foods are delicious.
    Image Credit Jenny Cookies
  • Party Food 7 of 9
    Party Food
    Tiny wooden spoons. Smart.
    Image Credit Jenny Cookies
  • Party Food 8 of 9
    Party Food
    This is me being nitpicky but I would opt for something all white and textural, like a coconut macaroon, over the too-dark chocolate cake. But the unexpected pop of silver in those cupcake liners is pretty brilliant.
    Image Credit Jenny Cookies
  • Party Food 9 of 9
    Party Food
    Who says cupcakes don't need skewers? Such a fun little touch.
    Image Credit Jenny Cookies

Would you throw a brown + white party?

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