Chocolate & Words Bridal Shower, Decorations

WOW, what a phenomenal weekend!

We celebrated the upcoming marriage of a dear, long-time friend with a bridal shower centered around her two favorite things: Chocolate & Words! Ariana is an English major with a sweet tooth, and both bride and guests thoroughly enjoyed the jubilee. Here’s a sneak peak of the beautiful decorations.

I made this GoldLeaf Word Art as a gift for the bride&groom-to-be. Its gorgeous and classy design will grace their first home together. I used this DIY, though I made a few changes as I couldn’t find the same materials in the short weekend I gave myself to create it.



These stunning Gardenia Pomanders were majorly eye-catchin. My mom (aka the flower expert) couldn’t believe how real they looked! I loved their versatility. Here are two easy ways to display such beauty. Silk Gardenia Pomanders with Chocolate Ribbon by: BizouBizou

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Delicate three-dimensionaly book page hearts graced the dining hall. The entire bridal party had fun “3D-ing” these lovely garlands, a word I was gently informed isn’t real after the bride and maid of honor had a good laugh :) Generous yards of detailed, sewn hearts provided by EuphoricEuny.



A wishing tree stood on the buffet table, another lovely gift for our guest of honor. The tree is multi-functional, serving not only as a beautiful holder for cards of advice, but also as home decor or a unique jewelry tree! We absolutely loved how spacious these wish tags were, with plenty of room to write. The romantic tree  stamped on the front and delicious chocolate-colored ink was the perfect fit for our soiree. This beauteous touch for sharing words of love and wisdom was provided by  ItwasMadewithLuv.



Chocolate & Love, what more can a girl ask for? Rich brown wire crafted into such eloquent words was generously provided by SatarasWireCrafts. With them we smothered the kitchen with chocolatey love. These two were hung directly over the beverages, while two more invite guests to the scrumptiously outfitted dessert table.IMG_6545IMG_6544


The handmade table decor was made with precision by ABespokeTouch. They were absolutely perfect for gracing the tables, and an adorable favorite amongst the young ladies in attendance. After all, who wouldn’t love a silk, chiffon or paper origami flower?


Oh how I love the rich, chocolatey color of these little hearts. A sprinkle of festivity fell from each personal invitation to the shower, and also peeked out from amongst the party favors as guests took their leave. What better a way to begin and end our Chocolate & Words celebration. The perfect touch to a perfect party.






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St Patrick’s Day Picnic

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Green, symbolizing Catholicism, Orange, Protestantism, and White in the center to signify Unity. First unfurled in 1848 the current flag of Ireland was adopted as the national flag in 1921.

Perfect weather with a slight breeze and great homemade food shared with friends and family –  who could ask for a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?


Waving in the breeze, detailed to perfection, a clover garland in the traditional colors of the Irish Flag  was the eye-catching backdrop to our little front yard picnic.  TransparentEsDecorIMG_6262IMG_6279IMG_6266IMG_6242Isabel provided not only the stunning clover garland, but also these adorable double-sided felt table confetti!

I am so in love with these classy paper straws, provided by The Simply Chic Shop. With the numerous  designs available you can dress up any party table!
I only wish I had my camera handy to capture the precious moment of my daughter strolling through the grass, sipping iced tea through her gold heart straw . . . she’s only 18 months,  but looked like such a little lady :)  TheSimplyChicShop


Glitter & Tinsel & CakePops, oh my! Aren’t these little spoons just adorable?  They were the fist thing my six year old nephew noticed. “Wow, can I have one of those spoons?” He then proceeded to tuck it safely in his notebook as a “bookmark” to take home. Chocolate CakePops with tinsel toppers were a huge hit with the little ones (and the mamas –  yum!). There isn’t a better way to wrap up lunch than with dessert and a new toy =) RepublicOfParty

We wrapped up the day with these delicious Vegan CakePops. I used the cake recipe from HERE, sprayed and flour dusted the pan, and reduced the cooking time to 20 min. I covered them in melted chocolate and green sprinkles, and they were so moist and simply delicious!

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Happy St. Patty’s Day to you!

Ladies Valentine’s Day Brunch

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.

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 Photos courtesy of Anastasia Campos

Valentine’s Day Contributors

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

Christmas Wine Charms

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.

IMG_6243IMG_6245 These adorable wine charms would be perfect for any occasion – or even as a special gift for a friend!

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!

IMG_5425This wooden “chalkboard” ornament was a sweet and thoughtful surprise.

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 Celebration

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.

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 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

Autumn Wine & Cheese Party

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!

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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.

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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!IMG_5780 IMG_5781Anita 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.

IMG_5805 IMG_5807Chelle 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.


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