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baby shower sneak peek

Happy Monday to you! Wow life is a WHIRLWIND. December is almost halfway gone! It is nearly the year two thousand twelve. Unbelievable.

Remember these invitations? Well yesterday was the shower and the weekend FLEW by (as did the last week of travel + party prep). Not sure I've got enough photos to do this party justtice but I want to show off a few images. The party was a smash hit. So fun.

Well I am back to normal life pace and WILL catch up on posts. Here's to a great week!


bowtie baby shower invitations

Planning and hosting my first baby shower next month!

These sweet baby blues went into the mail today. I can't wait to finalize the party details for this luxe baby boy shower. Right now my head is overflowing with the possiblities of cuteness that will abound soon!

Hope you are also having a great Wednesday!


surprise! party invitation

Super late post for your Monday afternoon. FINALLY I can share a little secret that's been in the works. These are the invitations for a birthday party that went down this last weekend. My friend Annie and I basically split down the middle a collaboration of color explosion. It was fantastic and a fun surprise. The invites were inspired by a more complicated version by Jordan of Oh Happy Day (also a free download!). I do love the vellum envelopes of confetti, a cheerful letter to receive alongside junk mail. Hopefully I will get the photos back soon to show off the rest of the party.

See you back tomorrow!


a smile for a photobooth

Ending the week with a few images from last weekend of me posing with the two lovely ladies in charge of the entire event, whom I could barely drag away from work to spare a moment. It was also a blast working with a local St. Louis photobooth vendor Lloyd + Lady. I would argue this is a party must.


sweet bridal shower dessert table

A few weeks ago I recreated a dessert table originally thought up for a bridal shower. The reason for the re-creation will be made known soon...till then these images must suffice.

The premise of the shower was a classy lingerie shower, with elegant sweets and champagne. No shower games, just the "he says, she says" activity (previously featured in this bridal shower). In lieu of fushia pink, I preferred a soft mint green with lace accents to create an intimate and feminine evening.

Overall the shower was relatively low maintence, yet still an enjoyably sweet celebration for the bride. Don't you agree?


stencil letters banner diy

A fun little tutorial that can be customized in any way. I wanted a fun welcome sign for a party I'm working on tonight, so I threw this together.

Supplies: The only supplies you need are these small (3.5") stencil letters, available at home improvement stores. Usually they are located by the "for sale" signs and house numbers, and they are so great for many many projects. Ribbon and/or string are the only other supply you need.

Tools: A hole punch and spray paint—if you don't want yellow letters.

After spray painting the letters cream, I hole punched the tops and threaded the string through them. Next, I just selected some lace and ribbon to add some color and interest to the banner.

And now we have a pretty guest welcome! Like I said, super customizable and easy to repurpose. Now I must finish up a few items and then on to decorating for tonight's party! Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone.


party planning: bridal shower pt 2

Happy Monday! Today's post is continuing my party planning series with part 2 of throwing a bridal shower (see part 1 here). So much information to fit in, but I'll give a snippet of ideas for decor and games.

So a great simple & cheap big impact item is multiple streamers or bunting. Obviously, there are limiltless options in all varieties, and also in the amount of work in making them. The second big impact idea is a cluster of round objects. Paper poms, balloons or paper mache are just the surface of ideas for making clusters. I just love how they look! Especially to make a visual focal point around the food table. 

There are millions of decor possibilities, so I can only give a snapshot. I recommend searching Pinterest using keywords (like color/theme/etc). It's like the ultimate google image search for all things pretty—like this board by Brittany—such great decor inspiration. Also, here are a couple showers I ran across that used simple decor for an amazing result.

Vintage Garden ::: Lemon Loft

Activities are tricky for me, as I tend to enjoy simple relaxing and conversation. However, some activities do add a special touch in celebrating the bride and her new relationship status. Something that allows the group to learn more intimate details about the couple (ie first kiss/how they met). The bridal shower quiz, bingo or madlib are always straightforward and easy options.

My favorite shower activity idea is to have the group make individual items, ESPECIALLY if it corresponds with the theme of the shower. Some examples include making tea, wine charms, salt scrub, planting herbs, or even making fruit jam or a unique craft. Everyone has local vendors in their area to use as inspiration and generate ideas, like a fruit orchard or painting pottery. Not something you do every day, right? But still fun and enjoyable.

So there are some tips for you! Hopefully if you are in the market for planning a bridal shower, this post will be a good resource for you to bookmark.

For a comprehensive plan, be sure to read part 1.

Image Sources: 1 Oh, Hello Friend // 2 Jessica Claire (Gallery on Style Me Pretty, via Pinterest) // 3 Blue Eyed Yonder (via Pinterest) // 4 Sarah Yates (via Pinterest) // 6 Dave Richards Photography (via Inspired by This) // 7 Natalie Hunfalvay (via 100 Layer Cake) // All other images by me //


party planning: bridal shower pt 1

It's probably obvious that I'm still struggling to get out of my funk, and I truly appreciated your encouraging comments on Tuesday. Because I'm diving into a few random work projects, I'm lacking on purposeful blog posts. SO. Here is my latest idea. I've got a few parties on the horizon, so I thought it might be helpful to do a series of posts on ways to make an event special and cohesive. First on my timeline is a bridal shower, so today I give you my tips on planning an event for the bride-to-be.

Themes can be as simple as the bride's favorite color/wedding colors or as elaborate as this Knotted In Love theme—where every detail revolves around the theme. Factors that might help you determine a theme idea can be based around the location, hobbies of the bride, leftover party decor from another event, or a current trend like gingham or bunting. Even a few simple corresponding details make a theme apparent and really add a cohesive elegance to the shower.

A few beautiful themes that I love and are very well done.

::: Herb Garden ::: Geek Chic ::: Sweeter than Honey :::
::: Pancake Breakfast ::: Simple Romance :::

Food: One idea that makes party planning easier is to limit food by a theme. Examples include fondue, only sweets, all foods of the same color, different variation of cookies, etc. Personally, I think 2-4 different items/dishes is good range unless you have a team of people helping with food preparation.

Drinks: Having a drink that "matches" the theme of the party adds a really special touch and gives an overall classy feeling. Pink lemonade, cucumber water, a raspberry in the champagne glasses, Jones Soda...so many possibilities!

So hopefully this gives an organized starting point for planning a successful bridal shower. There are a few additional topics I will highlight in part 2.

Image Sources: 1 Justin & Mary Marantz (via Style Me Pretty) // 2 Billy's Bakery // 3 Chelsea Victoria (via Pinterest) // 4 Call Me Cupcake (via Pinterest) // All other images by me //


peach cake

Happy Monday! Hoping you had a lovely weekend. I am doing one more aniversary post for you today, highlighting our anniversary cake. Mini cakes are a trend started by the baking talent of Faux Martha. Because it's peach season and I desperately wanted to use peaches as a photo shoot prop, I foraged the interwebs for this beautiful cake recipe by Kiss The Groom. While it sure looked pretty, can't say I'm much of a baker for actual taste. It was amazing straight out of the oven, but after cooling it had compressed to be nothing like cake texture what-so-ever (as pictured above).

But fun and pretty are what's important, right? I'll leave baking edible food up to the pros.


summer party suggestion

Two things I've really enjoyed recently and think you should try.

Arrange your flatware/napkin/drink all together for a grab & go solution. Not sure where I spotted this idea, but love it for all future summer gatherings.

Grill fruit. UM, perhaps I'm the last person on the planet to find out this is incredible. Either way I'm now obsessed. We simply cut up fresh pineapple, mango, and peaches then tossed them real quick in vanilla and cinnamon & sugar right before throwing them straight on the grill. Sure, you could get fancy and skewer them if you so choose.

To dress up the fruit even more, I baked oatmeal cookies and topped with vanilla ice cream. Oh, taste buds rejoice in this heavenly goodness!

Have any of you discovered new summer ideas that you don't know how you lived without? Do share.