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Celebrating Color and Decor Ideas with Shawn Rabideau

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I love a good celebration - the chance to kick-back relax and have a great time with friends and family members. The planning process can be stressful - deciding on the right colors, look and feel for a celebration without feeling to overdone. I recently learned more about party decor and the vast array of invitation options at a fun party hosted by and

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At this event, Shawn Rabideau, founder of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design, a full-service event production & lifestyle company, used themes from the runway to feature five separate parties, around five celebrations including Mother'??s Day, an Engagement Party, a Bridal Shower, a 40th Birthday and a 4th of July to remember. Drawing on the fashion trend, I loved how Shawn utilized some of our favorite looks of the season including color blocking, country chic and accenting with deep purple.

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The room at the Westin was stunning (to say the least) as Shawn told me how to have with decorating by "using what you have." Adding, "parties should be fun, and not expensive." He noted that using everyday items like glassware can "transform a table" and that people shouldn't be afraid to use seasonal items like fruits, plants and vegetables as a part of their table decor. Walking through the various tables, I loved the use of color and pieces from nature like fun flowers and plants. One of my favorites was the Summer-Tablescape complete with a DIY banner and cute stripy straws. There was also the fun birthday party theme for a 40 year old bash. Shawn first picked a colorful floral piece from with its gorgeous pops of color that added inspiration for the rest of your party. Great tip - start with the invitation and then pick your theme and colors from there! For this mini-party this included a lot of florals and bright colors.

While looking through FineStationary I loved checking out their gorgeous line that included invitations that can be used for any event from weddings to baby showers. They also have a fun stationary including a cute line for kids with fun symbols for any interest.

Parties don't have to be a lot of work - you can easily use what you have in a fun and creative way that starts with inspiration from playful and colorful invitations.

To throw a celebration that your guests will remember Shawn also suggests the following:

1. When decorating, take advantage of seasonal flowers, fruits and vegetables.

2. Create a simple but well-rounded bar with premade signature drink, white wine beer, soda and juices.

3. Have a readily accessible summer amenities basket for your guests. Fill it with towels, bug repellent, sunscreen and bandaids.

4. Lighting is a must! Hanging lanterns, string lights and votives create the perfect mood. Consider candles if you have a pool.

5. Keep your guests cool by periodically walking around with trays of refrigerated, rolled wash clothes scented with eucalyptus, rose or lavender.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We received a gift bag at this event.

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