March 29th, 2016 |
Custom parties are our favorites over here. 1) it’s always fun to create something new and 2) when they turn out THIS cute, they also tend to turn into our best-selling/most-pinned/most-cherished-parties. I’ve been holding this one in the hopper for quite a few months now. Not because I couldn’t wait to share it with you, but because I was hoping to share it once the new (and improved) shop was up and running and we could link to all of the paper goods. But, alas, perfection takes time. We’re counting down the days until that new shop launches, but for now…..for now, we are going to wow you with the details from this stunning Mermaid Under the Sea party!
I worked with one of my favorite little clients and her Mama to create the ultimate Mermaid party for her 6th birthday. You may remember her Monkey 1st Birthday, her Girly Elmo 2nd Birthday, her Hello Kitty 3rd Birthday, her Princess 4th Birthday or her Fashion Show 5th Birthday. It’s always a treat to work with these ladies and this party is so full of sparkling gorgeous details, I’m mostly going to let the photos do the talking.
A few details to look out for:
- The invitation was a folded invitation with an oversized foil-stamped mermaid on it. It was packaged in a clear box with crinkle paper and a mermaid sugar cookie, and tied up with a bow and personalized name tag. DARLING!
- The front yard featured lots of “bubbles” floating in the yard (balloons in shades of aqua and blue) along with two oversized mermaid cut outs on the front door. Note that these mermaids were decked out with a “statement necklace” of ribbons and shells.
- The entry way and hallways boasted green streamers and fish cut-outs on the walls to look like you were walking thru the sea, and it lead you into the family room where the kids table and bar was set up.
- The kids table was festive with a sequin tablecloth, custom fabric runner made from our Under the Sea pattern, and unique centerpieces in shell vases. Each placesetting held one of our bubble tins, and had a chair plaque featuring different shells. Jumbo balloons soared above the table like bubbles!
- The “bubbles bar” was set up on the kitchen island and featured fun drinks like “octopus punch” and “strawberry mermade”. We spray-painted shell photo holders a bright pink to hold our drink signage. “Sea Water” was served in bottles with matching labels, and all of the cups were dressed up with mermaid stickers and striped straws with our foil-stamped straw flags.
- The buffet was set up with gorgeous florals and hanging “bubbles” from the chandelier with roses in them. Napkin ties, food tent cards and wood stir sticks used for fruit kabobs helped to brand the table, and A Fare Extraordinaire created sea-worthy bites, such as crab croissants, starfish pizzas and more.
- Guests mingled outside in their outdoor living space, and we jazzed it up with throw pillows, florals, and created a focal point around the fireplace with colored lanterns, banners and themed posters. The show-stopper was the giant balloon arch leading out into the backyard!
- Kids enjoyed a bounce house, face painting, creating sand art, and more in the yard. My favorite activity was the dolphin ring toss game. This little (inexpensive) gem was dressed up with a floral wreath around the base to embellish it. I just LOVE how it turned out!
- The dessert table was a stunner! White cake stands popped on an aqua sequin tablecloth, and our fabulous mermaid backdrop sat center stage. Themed desserts included cupcakes with mermaid tails, starfish parfaits, sugar cookies, macarons with pearls, polka dot chocolate-covered oreos, bags of jelly “bubbles” and lots of purple candy.
- The tiered fondant birthday cake by Cakes by Gina was gorgeous with so much intricate detail!
- For party favors, Alexandra gifted her friends rhinestone swim goggles and a starfish wand. They were wrapped up with ribbon and a foil-stamped gift tag.
Stunning photos from Goodlight Photography.
January 18th, 2016 |
The New Year means a shift in my daily routine. The craziness of the holiday season is behind me, as are the constant demands of looking pulled together and fashionable at all of the trunk shows and holiday parties I attend. January brings a new sense of calm to my daily schedule (is that possible with a 2 year old?!), yet I don’t want to fall into the oh, so easy habit of pulling my hair into a ponytail and bopping around town in my yoga pants. Just because it’s a studio-focused design month, doesn’t mean it should be a frumpy month, right?!
This weekend, I picked up a copy of PEOPLE StyleWatch® and InStyle® at my local Jewel-Osco for a little inspiration. I carved out a little “me time” Sunday night to enjoy some relaxation, get inspired and do a little primping. One of my New Years resolutions is to make sure I do this on a regular basis!
These magazines are filled to the brim with stylish ideas, but here are a few of my takeaways and simple tips I am going to do my best to follow everyday:
- Update my hair. It was time for an update. The fastest, simplest way to do that this season?! Long bangs, and some slight wave to your hair. So, I did it – I took the plunge and cut bangs. I do this about every 10 years when I need a change. They will hang around for awhile, and then I will grow them back out. But for now, I’m enjoying the change.
- Apply a couple basic make-up items a day, to look fresh and like I put a little effort into my appearance. For me, that includes under-eye concealer, blush, and a massive dose of mascara. My two-year-old son has eyelashes for days. Mama needs to at least try to keep up! 😉
- Incorporate the 2016 fashion colors into my shopping list for Spring.
- Keep my nails and toenails well-groomed at all times. A little red nail polish goes a long way!
- Accessorize more. Throwing on a gorgeous necklace or pair of earrings is a simple way to quickly elevate your everyday look. I am going to make it a point to pull out my baubles more often. I am also going to keep my favorite go-to pieces out on top of my dresser so it’s a quick grab in the morning. I pulled all of my favorite, oversized stud earrings into a little bowl on my dresser.
And as I mentioned above, I am going to make it a point to carve out a little “me time” more often! It’s good for a busy Mama’s soul! I encourage you to carve out a little time for relaxation and inspiration too.
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December 9th, 2015 |
Creating a little Christmas magic for the little ones in my life is always a goal for the holiday season. This year, I want to host a “Breakfast with Santa” party – complete with our darling Santa party invitation, festive tablesetting, a donut breakfast bar, and Santa mug party favor.
A classic red and green color palette looks fresh against a crisp white backdrop. Here are a couple of my favorite details to look for in the photos:
- Our “Santa” party invitation is one of my all-time favorites. It could be used for a variety of Christmas events, and I love the simplicity of it and the preppy stripes on the back. You will see we play off the stripes in a few different places, like on the kids plates, and on the banner hanging above the donut bar.
- Our tablesetting contained a couple of festive elements: a personalized melamine plate that also served as a party favor, and a white napkin tied up with a red bow and big red jingle bell.
- The theme dictated a breakfast menu, so a donut bar was in order! I used my white cake stands to serve up different types of donuts, many of which were basic store-bought donuts I embellished myself with a little frosting and sprinkles!
- I used a red and white stripe banner from Target as the backdrop for the donut bar, and used 2″ silver foil letter stickers to spell out “believe” on the pennants.
- My favorite item on the donut bar were the cello bags full of powder sugar donuts with our santa sticker labeling them “snowballs.”
- We sent guests home with a charming Santa mug from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s, tied up with cellophane and our big “special delivery” foil-stamped gift tags.
December 1st, 2015 |
The holiday season is the perfect time to gather friends and family for themed celebrations. This year, I am hosting a chocolate tasting with some of my favorite treats from See’s Candies. Inspired by our “fretwork Christmas tree” party invitation, the party is infused in classic red, green and white with classic tree silhouettes popped throughout the decor.
As you scroll thru the photos for inspiration, take note of these special details:
- The Christmas tree silhouette from my party invitation is repeated on custom fabric napkins for the tablesetting, on the darling sugar cookies from Sweet Nelsons, and on our lucite serving tray. I love using one icon to pull a look together!
- The table was set with my Kate Spade china atop a crisp, green tablecloth. I had napkins made from my Christmas tree pattern fabric, and tied them up with a red satin bow and a chocolate Santa Claus from See’s Candies.
- For dessert, I styled a chocolate table full of my favorites from See’s Candies. Tall chocolate Santas, mini chocolate Santas, white chocolate wreath truffles, peanut butter treats, and a variety of chocolates (that come in a darling wreath box, by the way!). I used all white serving pieces and added red and white striped bows to add to the festivity!
- Foil-Stamped cocktail napkins featuring our red reindeer were the perfect compliment to our festive cocktails, and looked darling served on our lucite tray.
November 20th, 2015 |
Thanksgiving to me is more than a big meal shared with family and friends. It’s time to reflect on the things for which I am most thankful and also the official kick-off to the holiday festivities.
My parents host a big Thanksgiving dinner, so I love hosting a smaller intimate “friendsgiving” with my nearest and dearest a week or two before the official turkey day.
This year, I decided to set a gorgeous table featuring mixed metals to highlight my favorite “Country Estate” dinnerware from Juliska
. The plates are a gorgeous ivory with shades of grey, so I layered the table with a grey and white greek key patterned table runner, pewter chargers
(featuring a darling message across the top), ivory napkins, and bronze wishbone napkin rings from Pottery Barn. To add a touch of glam, I pulled out my favorite Waterford crystal goblets
I decided against the traditional floral centerpiece, and created a “looks elaborate, but was really so simple” centerpiece of hurricanes filled with mini white pumpkins, and faux persimmon branches and greenery. The candlelight added a gorgeous warmth to the table!
My Thanksgiving menu is pretty traditional, and includes:
- My grandmother’s stuffing
- Pureed cauliflower (vs mashed potatoes this year!)
- Roasted vegetables (including brussel sprouts, butternut squash, mushrooms & bacon)
- Creamed Corn
- Apple Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce
I have so much to be thankful for this year: a loving husband and adorable 2 year old son, a supportive family that all lives within 5 minutes of us (and a new niece to love on!), friends I adore, and a thriving business. This is the good stuff! And I’m especially thankful I get to take the time to cheers! to all of these things and spend time with those I love over Thanksgiving.
Speaking of cheers’ing…. Since our Thanksgiving meal is fairly “heavy”, this year I will be serving up two staples in my house: a crisp white wine, and Mike’s Hard Lemonade
. It’s light and refreshing, and makes for the perfect accompaniment to the meal. I will be accessorizing my bar cart with our foil-stamped “gobble gobble” cocktail napkins
to add a touch of whimsy to the evening.
I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving and look forward to celebrating the holiday season with all of you! Cheers!
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October 28th, 2015 |
One of the challenges we face when planning custom birthday parties is the location, and what they will allow in terms of decorations. If your planning a party at home, the sky’s the limit when it comes to decorations. But at a restaurant, play place, farm, museum, etc. that’s not always the case.
One of our favorite clients asked us to help plan her son’s Under the Sea/Finding Nemo birthday party this past spring. The catch was, he wanted to have it at the Houston Aquarium. There was a restaurant, where they could decorate a table, but they could only get in 30 minutes prior! So….we had to plan smart, and come up with a few key details that would make the space look festive, yet that could be set up quickly!
A few fun details to take note of:
- The colorful tablesetting for the kids – we dressed up basic linens with a table runner made from our custom fish patterned fabric, and then popped it with paper plates, napkins, cups, and bubbles.
- We used turquoise foil accents throughout all of the paper goods, from the invitations, to the straw flags, to the party favor gift tags. It added to the look of bubbles!
- The adult guests were served a themed cocktail….blue, of course!
- The tiered cake by Cakes by Gina was spectacular!
- After the kids went on a fabulous tour around the aquarium, they took home a sand pail full of goodies, including a stuffed Nemo, and tied with a foil-stamped gift tag.
October 5th, 2015 |
Fall seems like a season of crazy, am I right?! Whether it’s back-to-school craziness, or for us, jumping into the holiday season with two feet – I find it’s tough to manage to squeeze in a little “Me Time”. You know, a few totally un-interrupted minutes where you can sit down and relax.
I try really hard to find a few minutes a day to sit down and flip thru one of my favorite magazines. And maybe enjoy a few bites of chocolate, too. Magazines, such as Real Simple, and InStyle Magazine are a great source of inspiration for me. Flipping thru them inspires me to try a new recipe for dinner, or pull together a new Fall outfit for that next night out. I would love to tell you that I make it thru a full magazine un-interrupted, but the reality with an (almost) two year old, is that my “Me Time” quickly turns into “we time”……
But, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
My girlfriends are just as crazed as I am, so I thought it would be fun to surprise them with a little “Me Time” care package – complete with the season’s newest magazines, and of course, a chocolate bar! I stopped by Jewel-Osco to pick up my favorite magazines, and I tied a cute green ribbon around the stack of magazines, and then used letter stickers to personalize the ribbon. Cute and what a fun surprise!
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