Monday, June 29, 2009
Thanks to the wonderful ladies over at Paper and Cake, our Fourth of July celebration will actually be stylish! I have always had a hard time finding chic patriotic decor...until now. If you are looking for last minute decorating ideas, check out this paper package in their Etsy shop. It is only $8 and you print off the simple DIY project right at home. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it! Get crafting!
Here are two refreshing drinks I plan to make this weekend...
The watermelon wedges on the glasses are what caught my eye. Then, I read the recipe and thought "yum!" I'm not a big fan of watermelon, but this drink recipe from Southern Living sounds good.
image via Taste of Home
I made this non-alcoholic beverage last summer when I was pregnant and it was delicious! Plus, the recipe calls for a sugar substitute (I used Splenda), so that really cuts down on the calories. It's perfect for kids too!
** side note: if you happen to click on the image credit link for the watermelon cooler, you might notice it leads you to a different recipe. The magazine offers two versions and I prefer the one I listed, but liked this picture better. =)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here is a gorgeous first birthday party put on by my friend, Christine, for her little girl. Christine is an event planner extraordinaire who planned my wedding and for whom I worked for as an event and wedding coordinator at Belle of the Ball.
I absolutely love how the decor was centered around a child, but was not too themey. The butterfly accents were placed throughout the house in the perfect spots. Her elegant choices made for an incredible celebration.
All photography provided by the incredibly talented Leslie Gaworecki of Goodlight Photography.
Other Vendor Information:
Event decor - the amazing Rob Smith of Events in Bloom
Cakes - Who Made the Cake
Cookie favors - Paulie's Cookies
Sweet Sadie actually turned two today! I will post those party pictures soon. Be looking for Cirque du Sadie!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
image via paper+cup
image via Cannelle et Vanile
image via Martha Stewart
After reading some of my favorite blogs, I have noticed the rise of souffle cups being used as cupcake liners. What a neat and different idea!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We'll be celebrating the Fourth of July at our ranch with family, friends, and KIDS of course! Here are a few ideas for treats and festive decor to help complete your holiday weekend!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
My eye has always been drawn to these little drink additions. Lately, I have noticed them pop up everywhere...and for good reason. They make a big statement in a small glass. Now I need to find a reason to make some!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I love all things paper and I especially LOVE custom invitations. It's hard for me to send out an online invite, but sometimes a last minute party calls for a last minute invitation. This is where Pingg comes into action. Pingg is an alternative to Evite and I am loving their invitation options and layouts. They have hundreds of photos for you to choose from and also offer a premium line which you can have access to for a small fee. Above are a few samples of the invitation photos they offer which are perfect for your summer celebrations.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
I have a major sweet tooth right now which is nothing unusual for me. My day would be made if an order of Cake Balls magically appeared on my doorstep. These decadent treats are nothing short of amazing! They make perfect gifts (Father's Day!) and they look precious stacked on a small dessert stand at a shower. They have a handful of delicious flavors available, but will work with you if you need something customized. Red Velvet and Birthday Cake are my two favorites...yum!
Friday, June 12, 2009
A dear friend is moving to another city and a group of us want to throw her a farewell soiree. Although the move will be good career wise, she is very sad to go. So, the key is to make the party uplifting and not a somber goodbye. She'll be back in two years! I came up with the idea to base the party around the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." That statement could not be more fitting for her situation! Although she is upset about the move, she will have to make the best out of the situation. Here is an inspiration board to help my friends and I start planning...
Bright and sunny cocktail bar planned by Keely Thorne Events
Gorgeous yellow rose centerpiece by Bergner & Johnson
Lemonade picture from Martha Stewart
Ikat shirt from J. Crew
Lemon cake from Martha Stewart
Summer invitation found at Fine Stationery
More pictures to come from the actual party!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Candy stations are so popular these days, it can be hard to put a unique spin on it. I love the use of the vintage candy shop backdrop! It makes you feel like you have stepped back in time in a land far, far away.
image via Keely Thorne Events
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
image via Wildflower Linens
Is this not the cutest thing you have ever seen?!! I saw this adorable tutu chair cover in a magazine a few years ago and saved it in one of my party ideas binders (yes, I have several!). I told myself that I would rent these or have these made for a party if I ever had a girl. Well, so far, I have two boys! So, please, someone else take this super cute idea and plan a party around it! I can just picture how cute a ballerina party would be!
Monday, June 8, 2009
My friend Amanda threw a doughnut party for her son, Hudson's, second birthday. To add to the fun, she asked all of the kids to come dressed in their pajamas since it was a breakfast party. Amanda is a great party planner, so of course Hudson's party was a hit!
A doughnut cake made by Amanda's mom. Precious!
Coffee for the sleep deprived parents
Orange juice and milk for the kiddos
Doughnuts hanging from the chandelier. I love this!
The birthday boy!
All of the kids dressed in pj's and wearing Krispy Kreme hats
Script and Scribble is one of my favorite go-to places for unique personalized children's items. Here are four of my favorite things that they carry and get my mind going with party ideas!Wouldn't it be fun to throw a painting party and have the birthday boy wear this royal blue smock?! The chef's hat would be a great favor for a cooking party and the crayon apron is too cute for words. The birthday number shirt is perfect for the little birthday boy or girl to wear during the festivities. The shirt comes in several applique options and you can choose any number. Check out Script and Scribble for many other irresistible items!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
To some, this may seem ridiculous, but if you are anything like me and are always thinking of the next party to plan, here is another excuse! Giving birth is not the most glamorous thing you will do in your life, but you can sure make the most out of it. Why not turn that already special day into more of a celebration?! Here are pictures from a friend's hospital stay and what she did to dress up the hospital room. DON'T WORRY...these are only aesthetic shots!
Monogrammed napkins from Hayley Hardcastle.
Monogrammed scrubs from Dear Johnnies. This was the best investment I made during my hospital stay!
Monogrammed bag for the new arrival and his belongings
Precious pink scrubs for the soon to be big sister!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I know I have already featured two cupcake parties, but they seem to be all the rage these days. Cute cupcake ideas keep popping up everywhere and my friend Nesie's party is too cute not to share. The bright colors of the party put a smile on my face!
Polka dot cupcake bin and frame both from The Monogram Shop and made by mudpie.
Colorful bakery boxes are from Hobby Lobby.
Plush cupcake toy from Birthday Express.
Ice cream treat from Cold Stone Creamery