6 Fabulous Vintage Prom Dresses

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Prom is coming up fast for many schools! This year, old is new, so we thought we’d put together a collection of vintage prom dresses and vintage look dresses for prom. Hopefully you’ll find the perfect dress for you for this year’s prom.

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1. Bateau Neck Floor Length Evening Dress w/ Sheer Skirt Green Lace~ This dress is very different than many prom dresses you see today, it has a satin underneath that is shorter than the sheer outer layer. It has a beautiful beaded bateau top that is not a plunging neck for the more modest young ladies.

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2 .Contrast Lace Mesh Ruffle Long Dress~ This lace mesh dress with the lace in the middle shown in light purple also has a sash that can be worn with the bow in the front or the back. It also comes in different colors. This dress would be a hit a your prom the girls will be asking you where you got your dress.

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3. Satin Black Lace Strapless Mermaid Evening Dress This Satin black lace with purple satin underneath is a strapless mermaid dress with tulle at the bottom to make it fuller. If you have curves this dress is the dress for you to wear to your prom.

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4. Lace Red Strapless Embroidery Gown This lace mermaid strapless dress is shown in red but also comes in black and red. It is a great dress in both colors depending on what color is your favorite. It has a short lining under it so the lace shows at the bottom. Lace dresses are in style this year so this dress is sure to be a hit at your school prom.

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5. Strapless Prom Dress Tiered Mesh Long Gown With Jeweled Lace white with black waist~This lace mesh dress with the lace in the middle shown in white and black, it’s similar to the light purple dress shown above, it also features a sash that can be worn with the bow in the front or the back.

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6. Champagne and Red Mermaid Lace Prom Dress This champagne and red lace dress is a beautiful dress for your prom. It is a mermaid  strapless style dress that will look awesome on. It has a tulle bottom to make it look fuller at the bottom. It will flatter your body

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Do you have a favorite vintage prom dress look this year?

10 Cute Clutch Purse Ideas for Prom

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Spring is here and most proms are coming up fast! If you’re looking for a cute clutch purse ideas for prom check out these fun prom clutches from Modcloth!

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One of these clutches is sure to be the perfect touch for your prom dress this year!


Chic to Chic Clutch from ModCloth – $39.99

The pale pink of this beautiful floral clutch adds a bloom of pure joy to an already exuberant evening! Large enough to hold all the essentials of your big night…

Play the Party Clutch from ModCloth – $44.99

With this silver clutch in your hand, you’ll live up to any evening’s elegant expectations! Whether you’re off to a formal or girls night out, this petite purse…

Cool, Clear Night Clutch from ModCloth – $42.99

Running out the door to a swanky soiree, you grab for this clear clutch’s black lace motif to offset your metallic frock. Trimmed in gold and offering an optional…

Graceful Glamour Clutch from ModCloth – $62.99

Plan the glamorous ensemble you’ll wear to your next formal affair – a gown, glittering jewels, and this purse by Darling! London-based Darling is your go-to…

Betsey Johnson Dance Floor Delight Clutch from ModCloth – $78.00

You’re often the life of the party when there’s music to move to, so you sling the removable strap of this ivory satin clutch by Betsey Johnson over your shoulder…

Sparkling Serenity Bag from ModCloth – $62.99

As a calm and collected gal you maintain composure when accessorized to shine with this Deux Lux envelope clutch! Inspired by art, culture, fashion, and color, …

Sweet Structure Clutch from ModCloth – $49.99

Absolutely fabulous – that’s how you feel when you tote this boxy clutch. Crafted from translucent black acrylic, this gold-framed find is topped with a crystal…

The Finishing Clutch from ModCloth – $44.99

You are a portrait of elegance in your sweeping gown, vintage fascinator, and pop-of-color heels make your look a true work of art by adding this chartreuse…

Cherry Pick-Me-Up Bag from ModCloth – $50.99

Toting this cheery, cherry bag is like hand-selecting the perfect day! From boutiques to Broadway, this patent vegan faux-leather purse is full of juicy vintage…

Sand Dollar Delight Clutch from ModCloth – $45.99

Carry sweet memories of shoreline adventures gone-by with this crocheted clutch! Showcasing rows of ivory designs that resemble your favorite vacation souvenirs…

Jovani Animal Print Prom and Party Dress

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If you’re looking for a unique short prom dress idea, check out this adorable animal print prom dress by Jovani! I love the colors, and the shimmer!

This Sequin leopard animal print Prom dress is super cute!

It comes in sizes 0 to 14 and features strapless beading detail on the bust, sequin animal print throughout, an embellished floral applique at center of waist and ruching on bottom of the skirt.

Here’s the back!

It looks like a no fuss fun dress to dance the night away!

If you’re looking for animal print you should also check out the cute peacock prom dress I posted the other day!

Peacock Prom and Party Dress

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If you’re looking for a short fun prom dress check out this stunning peacock metallic embroidery and beadwork peacock prom dress. It would make a wonderful formal dress for the big dance, or for a fun party. It comes in several festive colors. My favorite is this turquoise.

I love the details in the metallic embroidery, and the ruffles at the bottom! I also love the purple.

The Peacock party dress also comes in:

  • Fuchsia
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Royal Blue
  • Yellow
  • Orange

It’s available in several sizes from extra small to 2x large. They even have a size chart to help you determine what size you need to order.

You could pair it with some peacock feathers in the back of your hair, or some bright colored sassy shoes and you’re ready to go out and have a great time!

You can order the peacock prom dress and check out all the sizes and colors available here: Metallic Peacock Prom Dress

DIY Tropical Party Decoration Centerpiece

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If you’re planning a winter luau party, or you’re getting ready for a pool side gathering next summer, I have an easy tropical party decoration or centerpiece to share with you today. All you need is some fruit, palm  or fern leaves, and some glass jars and you can make a spectacular tropical center piece for your next party or event. Check it out.

This would work great for weddings, prom, a birthday party, or even a baby or bridal shower. I can see this outside on a table by the pool in the summer. Here are the simple instructions to make your own.

Flowers and Citrus Vases

Simply place oranges, limes, or lemons in rectangle, or round clear glass vases. Fill the vase almost to the top with whole fruits, then add fresh water to surround the fruits. Add a few large colorful tropical blooms to the mix for a very bold and beautiful tropical centerpiece or table decoration.

Pineapple Palm Trees

Cut the bottoms out of, or completely core 5 pineapples, then stack them one on top of the other. Insert large palm or fern leaves into the top pineapple to make them look like palm trees.

Have fun!

Cinco De Mayo Tequila Cocktail Recipes

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I can’t believe it’s May already, and just a couple days away from Cinco De Mayo! The year has flown by so fast! If you’re still planning your Cinco De Mayo party, I have some yummy Cinco De Mayo tequila cocktail recipes to share with you today courtesy of Camarena Tequila. Enjoy!

Camarena Margarita

  • 1 oz Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

In a cocktail shaker combine all of the ingredients and add ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Silver Paloma

  • 2 oz Familia Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Splash of soda water

In a cocktail shaker combine all of the ingredients, except for the soda water, and add ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a high ball glass over ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a lime wheel.

Corazón de Camarena

  • 2 oz Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • ½ cup strawberry simple syrup (*see recipe below)
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped roughly
  • Sliced strawberries

Place the basil in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, pour in the tequila. Use the back of a spoon (or muddler) to mash the basil leaves into the tequila. Fill the shaker with ice and add strawberry simple syrup, lime juice and agave nectar. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice. Garnish with sliced strawberries on the rim and ribbons of basil mixed in the drink.

*Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe: Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 5 sliced strawberries in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Cool the syrup, then strain the liquid through a sieve, pressing the strawberries to extract all liquid.

Camarena Santa Maria

  • 1 ½ oz Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz white Port
  • ½ oz Velvet Falernum
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz ginger beer

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except ginger beer. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice, adding ginger beer as you pour. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

For more Cinco De Mayo and Mexican tequila cocktail inspiration and recipes beyond the margarita, visit www.tequilacamarena.com.

Fun Summer Garden Party Recipes and Ideas

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A few years ago a friend of mine planned a wonderful summer garden party. She set up tables in her apple orchard, between some beautiful flower gardens. It was a fabulous setting for a super fun party.

She had everyone bring their favorite garden dish, with a copy of the recipe to share with everyone else. The hostess also served herbal teas, and beverages. It was so much fun to sit out among her beautiful flowers, sip tea, and talk about gardens and food. I came away with some great recipes, and some wonderful memories shared with friends.

We did several fun things during the party. One of my favorites was the garden hat contest. She had everyone decorate a garden hat to wear to the party. When everyone was seated we voted on our favorites. The hostess put together prizes of potted plants, and she used flower pots to hold an assortment of gardening gifts.

If you planned a party in the spring or fall you could also include a plant, or seed swap in the festivities. Or plan to tour several local gardens during the party.

The best part was the food, so I’ve gathered some links with some great ideas, and finger foods to add to your garden tea party:

If you plan a summer garden party, we’d love to hear about it. Please feel free to share your ideas below!

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Low Cost Party Planning and Decorating Ideas

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If you’re like me, you’ve been watching your nickels and dimes a little closer lately. Even if you don’t have a big budget, you can still have a great party, you just have to do more yourself, and start planning early so you can watch for bargains.

If you have a birthday party, shower, graduation, or holiday party coming up, but you don’t want to spend a fortune here are a few tips.

  • Check out the local dollar store, or the dollar section of stores like Target. You can often find tons of really cute party favor ideas, favor bags, and supplies to make centerpieces and decorations for a fraction of the cost of supermarkets.
  • Keep it simple. If you’re planning a themed party like Justin Bieber, everything at the party doesn’t have to be that theme, with licensed merchandise. Use another sub-theme, like music (decorate with cardboard cutout music notes, or decorate cardboard cutout guitars), or use stars and glitter decorations. You can use a solid col color for your plates and napkins, since they’ll be disposed of after using. Better yet, use plates that can be reused or recycled. The children will still get the idea, and your party will cost less.
  • Make your own decorations and centerpieces for the party. You can usually purchase the things you need for way less than you can purchase pre-made table decorations. Even if you’re not crafty you can make some simple decorations and table centerpieces for your party.
  • Check out eBay, it’s one of my favorite resources for unique party items that don’t cost a fortune.

If you planned a party recently on a budget, please feel free to share how you cut costs and still planned a great celebration.

Snack Mix For Your Fall Harvest Party

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It’s super fun to incorporate some of your favorite fall flavors into a quick and easy snack mix for your fall or Halloween party. Just throw this easy snack mix together into a large bowl, and set it out for your guests to enjoy. Here’s the recipe I like to use for a simple harvest or Halloween party snack mix.

Fall Harvest Snack Mix

Mix together:

  • 5 cups of Chocolate Chex(tm) Cereal
  • 1 bag Brachs(tm) Autumn Mix
  • 2 cups of lightly salted peanuts

You can also spread this mixture out on a cookie sheet, or waxed paper, and drizzle it with melted chocolate, or white chocolate. Let it cool, then break it apart.

Yum, I love sweet and salty snack mixes.

Check out more kid’s: Halloween Party Ideas

Using Gourds For Fall Party Decorating

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Today I have some fun ideas for you using one of my favorite (and low cost) fall decorating materials~ gourds. I love using gourds to decorate in the fall, and they make fabulous party decorations and centerpieces. You can use gourds several ways, either by themselves with other fall favorites.

Gourds are inexpensive, and come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. I think that’s why they’re so versatile for fall decorating.


Here are some ideas you can use to make simple party decorations featuring gourds:

  • Scatter them around the center of your tables, with a few miniature pumpkins and colorful fall leaves.
  • Put them in a basket together.
  • Paint faces on them, and make them fun for a kid’s party.
  • Place them around the base of potted mums.
  • Add them to a cornucopia.
  • Dry them and cut them out to use as serving bowls.
  • Mix fall flowers in with them for even more color and variety.

Gourds are so versatile, and since they’re also very affordable, especially if you grow your own.