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Friday
Jul082016

elegant lingerie shower

I am finally getting to post these images from a shower I co-hosted last year. It was a gorgeous lingerie brunch, complete with a mimosa bar. So fun!

The shower took place after the bride returned from her Portugal wedding. Not all her local friends could make it to the wedding so we printed an image to incorporate their love story. 

The main activity of the shower was a "dessert menu" that corresponded with all of the gifts. Each guest titled their outfit and it was printed on a menu card. The bride chose the order to open gifts off of the menu. AND she took the menu home to her husband so that he could order off the menu too! Lots of blushing and laughter...so very memorable.

Another activity was that each guest brought their own bra, and the bride had to guess which bra belonged to whom.

Food selection included a BYO fruit pizza bar, mini caprese salads, and chorizo stuffed dates. YUM.

Naked cake—gluten free of course. My favorite recipe is from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. The topper belonged to my co-host, purchased from Etsy but I'm not sure which shop (there are a ton just like it).

Most of the decor was lace, babies breath, and then wood texture elements. Most everything we had on hand.

Lastly, we gave out succulents as favors. Who doesn't love a good succulent?

Showers don't have to be over the top to be meaningful and pretty! We worked with what we had, along with adding in a few sexy ideas of course. All to show our friend that we celebrate this exciting change in her life...and stock up her boudoir. ;)

Photography by Me  // Signage & Menu from My Etsy Shop 

Monday
Apr252016

itzza pizza party

My first baby turned 2! While he loves almost everything, pizza is his ultimate favorite—so that's theme of his birthday party. It was soooo fun.

The littles at the party were given chef hats, tutorial from Anders Ruff.

Then the toddlers got to play at the pizza dough station, which was conveniently located outside on the deck.

My best decision was to outsource the pizza crusts to a local pizza shop, Pizza Carrello. This not only saved my sanity but they were super tasty.

Birthday treats were tiramisu cups. I used this recipe for the mousse and this recipe for paleo cupcake layers.

The most time intensive detail was the party favors. I designed a custom "coloring placemat" that I put into a mini pizza box along with crayons. Pretty much adorable.

Those are all the party details! It was such a blast for me to plan & execute—I just love kid parties!

Sources: Wall confetti decals from Luxe Loft, Mini pizza boxes from CM Party Supplies, and Wood banner from Target

Photography and design elements by me. More inspiration on my Pinterest board.

Wednesday
May062015

party animal birthday party

It's all fur and fuzzies at this party! My handsome little fella turned one and we partied like animals to celebrate!

Party activities included picking out an animal outfit and face painting to match. I bought the ears from Partyears and made corresponding tails. For the face paint, I used the homemade recipe from Mommypotamus. Agh I just loved how stinking adorable the animal outfits turned out!

A highlight of the party was our second guest of honor, Louie the rabbit. Do not be fooled—this rabbit is as big as a medium sized dog. He is sooooo amazing and a huge hit with the kiddos! Also, there were two sets of twins at the party. They make the best cute party accessories.

The food table was not complete without animal crackers & cake batter dip. I tried to limit the sugars and unhealthy foods, so I tried out this recipe by Desserts With Benefits—it was DELICIOUS.

It was such an amazing day celebrating our little man with family & friends. He had a ball and devoured his smash cake. And I, of course, had a ball putting this all together. Nothing I love more than a fun party concept coming together! Don't you agree?!

Thursday
Jan162014

rustic baby shower

Today I get to show off MY rustic {gender neutral} baby shower! Such sweet details!

Birch straws + real birch wood = my favorite.

LOVE my invitations & party signage designed by the with-us-in-spirit, Mekala (who just updated her lovely website). 

Burlap accents & handmade paper doll garlands. To drink we had hot cider and punch, along with an array of amazing foods.

Super fun & delicious party favors of caramel popcorn.

Ahhh, so wonderful! My sweet girlfriends did such a great job, I felt so honored that day and couldn't have hoped for a better celebration.

Invitations and signage by Tie That Binds Weddings

Friday
Oct112013

blood vile ::: halloween invitation

Here's the follow-up invitation that accompanied the Halloween Save-the-Date. These little 3" boxes were mailed to potential party guests.

I still love them so much! Fun packaging is the best. And don't forget you can download your own version of this invitation! Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday
Oct092013

halloween invite {free download}

So last year I hosted a small Halloween bash. It's one of my husbands' favorite holidays, and I love an excuse for decorations & food. Like many (nay—nearly all) projects, I hardly had time to pull it off let alone document with photos. 

But now I get to show off the fun invitations that were sent out!

The photos are of a save-the-date (more elaborate invite coming soon!), but the printable is for a fill-in-the-blank halloween party invitation. The red drip/splash isn't part of the design, it's actually a drop of food coloring. Each invite was unique with its own runs and splotches. How haunting!

Above is the link to download your own invitations. Be sure to add the splash of blood!

Wednesday
Feb202013

neon surprise party ::: 30th birthday

Soooo one of my many flaws is good intentions combined with a bit of forgetfulness. Namely, not posting projects because I intend to submit them to other blogs someday...and then forget that was my plan.

I now present to you a party that was styled a while ago.

Remember these amazing party invitations I posted? (No, of course you don't because that was forever ago.)

Neon. Confetti. Subtle Mexican Fiesta nuance.

The food served was a nacho bar and a gorgeous chevron cake. Yum.

 

One of the activities was that each guest filled out a favorite memory with the birthday girl, totalling 30 envelopes of memories.

And a incredible, ginormous, teal, pentagon piñata. Full of more confetti!

And a paper chain photobooth backdrop with metallic balloons and playful props.

A mess to clean up means great times were had. Yay friend collaborations to celebrate a friend in style!

What do you think, is this a fun way to help a friend over the hill?

Photography by Chase Oros

Friday
Dec142012

let your heart be light {holiday party}

This is the theme of the Holiday Party I worked on last weekend! We wanted the event to reflect all things "merry & bright". (Which is surely on target with large glitter letters)

Luminaries led you to the door, where you walk in and were greeted by the entrance below.

The canopy of candy cane & lights was one of my favorite elements.

Then you'll run into another large undertaking (with volunteer labor)—two large "curtains" of snowball garlands. The two curtains helped to separate the dancefloor space from the seating areas.

Simple centerpiece above: gold doilies with hurricane vases of snow & branches.

A festive bar area.

To incorporate polka dots into the party, I found these great straws. And we also created a large wall of hanging bulbs—totally mimicing polka dots!

So fun, right?! Hopefully my near-instagram-filter-looking photos are still able to give you an idea of all the details at this holiday party. It was a blast planning & making such festive decor.

Happy Weekend to you! I'll be plowing away on making Christmas gifts—we're attempting all handmade this year. It's taking far more time than we'd hoped. Fingers-crossed the payoff is worth it! How about you? Plans for the last weekend before Christmas break?

Thursday
Dec132012

starburst drink labels

The last few weeks I've been obsessively using gold starburst labels.

My favorite idea is using them as drink labels, but I've also used them in holiday packaging and other random projects recently. I found these at Office Max, and it's probably good they come in packs of 100 because I love them.

Wouldn't this be perfect at a party...perhaps with a large batch of winter sangria?

Thursday
Nov152012

classy dinnerware on a budget

With Thanksgiving a mere 7 days away, I wanted to share a tip for purchasing elegant dinnerware at an affordable price. Even better is that this look is more tailored and unique (which I love).

The average place setting costs around $25 each, totalling $200+ for a table of 8. I was able to get a 8 placesettings (with napkins) for nearly half that cost—at just under $125. Here's what I did:

I used these standard white plates from World Market for the main dish, then added character using fun salad plates. I wanted two different salad plates for even more variety so I chose this one and the birds were on clearance at Dilliards. For napkins I went with these affordable buffet napkins and also bought latte bowls to match my color scheme (not shown).

Together they all look so good! And you can mix & match for any style you want, which is much more fun than having everything the same.

Do you like the variety? Does this make you want to rethink your dinnerware?

Pst...that middle image shows a peek of my Thankgiving garland. It turned out SO lovely—I'll have more on that tomorrow!