Valentine’s Day is a holiday of love; love for friends, love for family, love for life, creation and all of mankind.
Love is patient & kind,
Love does not envy or boast,
Love is not arrogant or rude,
Love does not insist on its own way,
Love is not irritable or resentful,
Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
Love rejoices with the truth,
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.
With the sweet smell of spring in the air we celebrated our love for our daughters and friends with a ladies brunch. We spent the morning eating muffins and drinking fresh squeezed citrus juice, sitting on blankets in the grass while the little ones chased peacocks and colored in bright red and pink. The hours flew by while we shared an afternoon full of love and laughter.
A backdrop worthy of a professional photo shoot coupled with the scenery of Sahuaro Ranch Park’s palm trees and peacocks made for the perfect afternoon to share our love and joy.
Special thanks to our contributors who made the event bloom with love.
Photos courtesy of Anastasia Campos
Love is in the air! (And in the mail!)
We had a grand time working with our decoration contributors to create the perfect setting for a Ladies Valentine’s Day Brunch.
This LOVEly heart garland swung in the breeze, which carried our laughter as high as the trees (cheesy, couldn’t help it ;). Created for us by Ashley, this is just one among many adorable creations to be found in the GracefulGarlands shop.
Nothing says girly like ribbons and bows, dressed prim and proper right down to the toes. Carly created a whimsical feel of valentines with this white and pink garland of bows. CarlyisInspired provided the perfection of charm and inspiration for our little brunch.
Favorite childhood memories include Doilies, Hearts and… Little Girl Valentines! Girlies and mommies alike loved tapping into their creative side with festively colored doily hearts sent with a note of love by Kennedy from thedestinyofthings.
“A white sport coat and a pink carnation”… though we may have replaced the sport coat with sweet pink dresses, we couldn’t help but follow the traditions of love and Marty Robbins and feature special hand-dyed poms that really looked like carnations! A true highlight of the party, HandDyedPoms created a backdrop for love and friendship to blossom.
Photos courtesy of Anastasia Campos
We celebrated this most festive time of the year with an intimate family dinner.
The decorative highlights of the evening were undoubtedly the personalized chalkboard wine charms, provided by CharlieChalkDesigns.
Pattie, at Charlie Chalk Designs, included a thoughtful, personalized hostess gift for our holiday celebration (picture below), and we are so appreciative of her consideration. Our New Year’s resolution is to adopt such classy etiquette ourselves in this coming year!
We’re very excited about this coming year of joy-filled events and creative party designs. We look forward to sharing every awe-inspired detail with our followers so stay tuned.
We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and we wish you all a Happy New Year!
Veterans day this year, we hosted an intimate gathering of family and friends to honor those among us who have served our nation.
Bearing our nation’s colors, we decorated the event with patriotic stars and stripes. Adorable pinwheels, delicate fruit cake toppers and graceful hanging garlands abounded. The stage was set for a fun and respectable evening.
Kate provided us with these wonderful star garlands. They swung in the wind like little flags, creating an air of noble patriotism. Her eagerness to contribute was encouraging and we are so thankful for her support in this event! HookedonArtsNCrafts
The cake toppers were made by Elizabeth. We couldn’t pass by her amazing confetti, cake and cupcake toppers! We chose to use these patriotic creations as our table decor. Using the cupcake toppers as fruit picks, guests had easy access to a refreshing snack throughout the event. We placed the cake garlands in small glasses filled with sand as our backdrop. thePathLessTraveled
The pinwheels were created by Aubrey. These adorable pinwheels not only graced the table, but delighted even the smallest of guests. Petite and functional, they are the perfect addition, sure to bring smiles to any occasion. aubabi78
Sit back, relax and allow a cheerful Pampered Chef consultant bake you a delicious cheesy dip and warm smore’s cake.
This year support local businesses and friends by hosting a simple party that will bring holiday cheer to all your family and friends!
Megan Wakimoto joined the Pampered Chef because she loves their quick and easy meals made with practical and durable cook wear. Not one for elaborate meals, she loves being able to make simple and delicious food for her family, on even the busiest of nights. Visit her site to learn more: mwakimoto
Nothing says Autumn more than leaves changing hue, and here in Phoenix they’re not easy to find! Instead we opted for something a little more practical (and I must say, supper adorable!). A variety of paper fall foliage and tiny pumpkins graced the table. Guests were delighted by the Autumnal spread and cheerful decor and they helped them selves to a spread of cheeses and generous slices of chocolate cake.
Lori graciously offered her gorgeous and colorful leaves in addition to the tiny orange pumpkins to create a fabulous fall feel to our party. She was a pleasure to work with and we look forward to exploring her other holiday collections! Dye cuts by: AsEyeSeeItLal.
Gourmet Cheese would not be complete with out the perfect touch of vintage and hand made flair. This cheese knife is everything a hostess could want for a holiday soiree. Its personally hand-stamped touch would make a perfect holiday gift! Anita was happy to contribute and we absolutely love her vintage silverware shop! From butter and cheese knives to dessert forks and coffee spoons we were thrilled with the chic artistry. See more of her lovely work at her Etsy shop, GertGifts.
As a finishing touch to our night of wine and cheese, elegance met economical with recycled wine bottles filled with holiday cheer. These bottles really lit up the night as guests relaxed in the soft glow and enjoyed a glass with their hors d’oeuvres.
Chelle creates a variety of clear and frosted lighted wine bottles. We love the idea of using them throughout the holiday season and look forward to featuring them in our December party as well! Visit Chelle here: ClassyGarbage.
Elegantly Haunted was the perfect shop for any halloween party, murder mystery, birthday party, or even wedding! Brandy was great to work with, customizing the invitations and promptly delivering them. Made with such perfect detail and featuring a wide variety of products, ElegantlyHaunted is a favorite Etsy shop. ElegantlyHaunted
Paige was such a pleasure to conduct business with, working together to stay in contact until the chandeliers were delivered, assembled and gracefully hanging in the dinning room. I can imagine so many uses for her chandeliers! We give her Etsy shop, NarWall, five stars for sure! NarWall
After falling head over heels in love with these sweet, edible bats, we were provided with a generous and timely supply from SweetDejaVu. Straight forward, down to earth, and with so many options to choose from, we would highly recommend SweetDeJaVu and look forward to working with them again! SweetDejaVu
DaggerVille Games created the detailed and clever mystery scripts we used for our party. Tons of fun and very reasonably priced, these games hold the key to a perfect murder mystery soiree. DaggerVille Games’ passion to create the perfect scripts filled with mystery and awe is evident in every aspect of the script. We can hardly wait to host another murder mystery party! Check out the details on their website and start planning your own perfectly scripted and mysterious event! DaggerVille
In order to transport our party to Medieval times, we turned to lots of fabric and candles, realizing that in that time period keeping warm was a challenge. With cloth on the ceiling and walls, the heat rising from the many burning candles would be trapped, creating a desirable warmth. We recreated this feel with lightweight pieces of long material bought from a bulk store for cheap, and sold either by the yard or pound. Tacking it to the ceiling, we completed the look with delicate chandeliers. The candles cast their flickering light upward from their place on the table, making for an elegant and haunted dinner.
Our dessert was set to commence the evening and ease the guests into the second act. We chose a classic red velvet cake, decorated with tiny golden bats. When I discovered Sweetdejavu’s edible cake decor I fell instantly in love. Made from air brushed wafer paper, these bats are both edible and adorable.
We set the mood with dim lighting, fall decor, spooky outdoor sounds and a slide show of haunted places, which we projected from behind onto a lightweight sheet, which we framed to look like a window.