Succulent and Neutrals Baby Shower

In honor of our dear friend’s twins we all pulled together and created a lovely baby shower brunch featuring fresh eucalyptus branches and succulents._mg_7096A delicate floret graced each place setting along with crisp watercolor paper for sharing encouragement and best wishes._mg_7107-2Each guest was gifted with a little succulent terrarium to take home.
_mg_7098By buying the succulents as full plants at Sprouts we were able to intermingle the branches throughout the event.img_5462Those who contributed food were asked to bring brunch themed-delicacies in white dish-ware _mg_7114Linen tablecloths and natural elements were perfect complements.
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_mg_7124Mimosas, tea and infused water._mg_7125Guests mingled and enjoyed each other’s company. A simple, low key celebration with the perfect combination of delicious food and beautiful surroundings.
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Book and Story-Themed Bridal Shower

Beauty doesn’t have to be complicated. And this book and story-themed bridal shower was simple, yet absolutely exquisite–by far the most lovely, relaxing, and enjoyable shower I’ve ever been to.

Hello, my name is Ariana. I’m beyond blessed to be the matron of honor for our bride-to-be, Abby.
As a long time friend of Tearah’s and a major in creative writing, she asked me to share my experience of this shower with you all. Enjoy!

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Five tables with five genres of literature sat in a lush side courtyard filled with greenery and flowers. The guests inside, after getting light appetizers and coffee, were drawn into the fairytale-esque courtyard to peruse the beautifully detailed tables.

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An icebreaker game of sticking the names of different book characters on people’s backs led to much laughter and animated discussion on which Shakespeare play started with O, or which red-haired twin in Harry Potter was George Weasley’s brother.

We wrote advice for the bride-to-be on cards that said, “The key to a happy marriage is…” Tearah’s sister Haven found delightful little keys that we attached to the advice cards. Now Abby can hang this “advice branch” in her home where she’ll have an aesthetically-pleasing place to find marriage advice!

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Then we all watched a sweet video of the groom-to-be, Josh, answering silly and serious questions about Abby. The information in the video came in handy when we meandered back out to the courtyard for our next game: writing short stories about Josh and Abby. Depending on which table a guest sat at, they’d write a fairytale, a mystery story (Tearah’s team wrote a play!), a romantic story, a fantasy story, or a poem.

Then Abby judged which stories she liked best, and the winners got scented candles and chocolate. But we all felt like we won something, because every story we listened to was unique and entertaining.

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I sat at the fantasy table, partly because I love fantasy and am writing a fantasy novel, and partly because the decorations were so accurate to the genre. Beautifully-bound Harry Potter books adorned the table, surrounded by greenery and dragon eggs and adorable little animals.

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But the mystery table won the prize for the most epic. My brother’s copy of a Kurt Vonnegut book he didn’t like was slathered with melted candle wax, then stabbed into with his ornate dagger. The treasure chest, magnifying glass, and Sherlock Holmes books on a burgundy tablecloth completed the scene.IMG_3039IMG_3038 IMG_3040 IMG_3041

The fairytale table had all the things a little princess needs with plenty of flower crowns for the fairytale fans, a white unicorn, a swan, and of course the Grimm Brothers’ talented works.IMG_3032 IMG_3036 IMG_3037

The bride-to-be’s favorite table, poetry, was graced with some of the most classic poems ever written, with faded books and roses to add to the aura.IMG_3043IMG_8039 (2)IMG_8080 (2)IMG_3045IMG_3042

And the romance table was just…romantic. Something about the rose petals and candles made me sigh when I saw it.IMG_8078 (2)IMG_3057IMG_3055IMG_8089 (2) IMG_3056

Many thanks to Tearah, Haven and Kellyn for attending to every last detail! It is so wonderful to have friends whose talents lie in the areas of decoration and organization to make a party perfect. 🙂

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Tiffany’s & Bubbles Birthday Celebration

The second party to our weekend celebration featured the elegant Tiffany Blue theme and the fun Rising Bubbles theme.

Jessica, the owner of WeddingTreatsandMore, contributed this lovely cake pop creation! Blue chocolate-dipped doughnut holes, topped with roses and garnished with ribbons and jewels. She even sought out a mini-chandelier to complete the true “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” atmosphere.

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Cozette was ecstatic to have two sweet blue treats… Yum!
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The ombre blue backdrop and clear “Rising Bubbles” balloons are a feature of the PinkPoodlesofParis. A small tank* rented from a local shop filled about 100 balloons. I’m such a fan of balloons at a party–they’re a classic piece that makes a big impression. IMG_6744 IMG_6743 IMG_6724 IMG_6719 IMG_6714IMG_6798IMG_6795

We enjoyed the rare pleasure of an overcast sky and ushered in the first day of fall as we celebrated the joy of good friends and a great party.

If you haven’t already, be sure to take a peek at our “Bubbles and Tiffany’s” party post!

 

*The tank was about 50 cubic feet (that’s how they measure the helium). After calling around, I found the best price from a helium distributor as opposed to a party rental shop. They turned out to be the biggest distributor on this side of town, supplying helium for grocery stores, dollar stores, etc. I’m definitely going there again.


Bubbles & Tiffany’s Birthday Party

Cozette turned three this September, and three things this little girl absolutely loves include Bubbles, Blue and Sweets.

With that in mind I aimed to throw a party that was both fun & classy. Enter Bubbles & Tiffany’s!

Unfortunately a key package was delayed due to a slip up at the post office. This created a major setback in the aesthetic aspect of my party, as well as all my plans…

After a lot of stressing over the weekend, I finally came up with a wonderful solution: We split the party into two events! First we enjoyed a backyard Bubble Bash. Then two days later, once the missing items were finally delivered, we all relaxed with a Porch-Top Tiffany Soiree. Both were fabulous parties with double the fun. It just goes to show that even if your dream party appears to be evaporating before your eyes, the party is truly for the guests. Their simple presence, along with the infectious joy and laughter that comes with children running around and having fun, makes even the simplest party a fabulous celebration!

That said, I’m honored to be featuring the contributors for Cozette’s third birthday celebration that made the party such a success!

Gorgeous scripted “Happy Birthday Cozette” topper and Tiffany boxes were sent to us from ChiqueDesign. They added such an elegant touch to the party.

IMG_4326IMG_4321IMG_4320Since the party was a late brunch, I opted out of a traditional birthday dessert. Breakfast sweets and plentiful fruit made for a light yet satisfying meal.
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Sweets! Glassy blue lollipops made by SherrieCoreDesigns, beautiful to look at and tasty to eat!

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Cosette can’t get enough of this sugary goodness 😉

VirtuousWomenShop provided bottles of homemade sweet aroma-filled bubble bath. Cozette’s love of bubbles  began with her very first bubble bath. Ever since her party, she yells,  “Blue bubbles!” every time she takes a bath!

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BUBBLES! Little bubbles, giant bubbles, body-sized bubbles…Oh my!IMG_4243IMG_4000 (2)IMG_3955 (2)IMG_3962 (2)IMG_3964 (2)

Tiffany blue bubble wands by BiggerBetterBubbles1 included a secret recipe for these amazing giant bubbles! Check out their shop and help support 9-year-old Riley’s summer camp fund 🙂

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Even the little ones gave it a shot. Like father, like son.
IMG_4397Thank goodness the Dads were there! They kept the kids entertained for hours with their slick bubble-making skills, while the Mamas and Little Ones relaxed in the shade and took it all in.
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I finally did it! Saved up enough plastic square bottles to make kids’ cups for the party. I drilled a hole in the cap and collected enough blue straws to match. They were perfect, a real party favorite, and cost practically nothing.

The amazing, giant confetti-filled balloon, complete with a color-themed tassel, was sent to us by PinkPoodlesofParis, a shop stocked full of balloons, confetti and more. You’ll see more of her balloons in the Tiffany & Bubbles party post!
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Trailing the giant balloon along as you run looks like a blast! After one child discovered this delightful entertainment, several others decided to give it a whirl. IMG_4361IMG_4364IMG_4368IMG_4371IMG_4375IMG_4386IMG_4270

A delicious spread, complete with coffee, milk and a sparkling punch.

 

Don’t forget to check out the second half of this “Tiffany’s & Bubbles” birthday soiree!

 


Afternoon Baby Shower… Ice Tea, Parfaits and Bubbly!

Welcome to our quaint little gathering, celebrating the upcoming third daughter of a dear friend of mine. She’s in the homestretch now, and nothing cheers up a tired mama more than good food and great company! IMG_9618

Handcrafted with love, these little fabric roses were the inspiration for the simple elegance of this lovely sprinkle shower.

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Roses delicately hanging above a delicious sweet ‘n savory spread.
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A wide variety of goodies to please everyone. IMG_9624

Scrumptious sweets! Fresh fruit, cookies and mouthwatering desserts from the bakery section. For a small gathering like this it really didn’t cost much to provide an appealing selection that was both beautiful and delicious.IMG_9628

Tasty little cake bites displayed on this mini cake stand I scored at a thrift store! The other two behind it I superglued together to add an element of height to the table. The clear one is an upside down glass, and the white one was a vase from an edible flower arrangement. With the right sized plates they easily pass for store bought 😉

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Strawberries add a world of class, with their bright color and juicy freshness.

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A section of deli meat ‘n cheese, dressed up with fresh herbs.IMG_9636IMG_9637

The savories – a tasty selection of veggies, grains and protein, especially ideal for expecting mamas at any occasion.
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Drink station featured iced tea, lemonade, water and Thai tea. (The tea was confused for carrot juice, which would have been delicious too!)

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A little bit of bubbly… it is a celebration after all! With a sparkling Italian soda as an alternate option, we all felt so classy drinking from the champagne flutes 🙂IMG_9656

A fresh sunflower from a friend.

An array of bright florals and vines would have been lovely here as well. Time permitting I’d add that to my to-do list next time.IMG_9710

Mini parfait… yum! There are so many delicious yogurt bar ideas to choose from out there, but we decided to keep it simple and sweet. Greek, vanilla or strawberry yogurt with granola, nuts, craisins and coconut. I don’t mind admitting I went back for seconds!

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I absolutely love using occasions like this to pull out the vintage napkins and silverware I’ve been saving up.IMG_9668

Hopefully I’ll get to posting a tutorial on these adorable flowers. For now check out the ones I pinned on our “Baby Shower, Afternoon Tea”.

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I hope you’re enjoying your summer so far. Till next time, Adieu!


Gardening Party, Sister’s Birthday

Beautiful sisters, with their bright floral dresses, soft ringlet hair, shining blue eyes and adorable little smiles. These pretty little girls deserve a special little party to cherish and enjoy.

Dainty whites and vibrant pinks mingled with brown paper sack lunches and trendy urban gardening. Inspired by their urban farm life, I really enjoyed mixing the feminine and refined decor with a more surreal and down-to-earth activity… terracotta pot painting and wildflower seed planting!

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Offered right from the start, sack lunches for the kids and finger foods for the adults. In my experience providing sack lunches for the kids is the most practical way to make sure the little ones get both a satisfying and healthy meal, while reserving the more elaborate appetizers for the adults, ensuring that everyone is happy.

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Mixing a variety of intricate buntings and garlands is a beautiful and easy way to decorate for any event. A handful of simple garlands with more refined pieces like this Doily Bunting is sure to catch the eye. ThespoolroomIMG_8872_2

This brightly colored heart garland from our Valentine’s Day Brunch is a real favorite!

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Finally, using some of my stash of stored-up fabric, I simply cut some strips and looped them onto a rope for a quick bunting. It worked beautifully,  filling up empty space and bringing all the colors together in one piece.

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Using some of this fabulous double sided tape, intricate hand-crafted silk flowers stood alone in their beauty and grace. CharmingChicDecorIMG_8892

The details of these flowers are amazing and they make the perfect party decorations… brightening any room.

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Take a peek at these adorable little favor boxes! Since the kids had such exciting craft favors to take home we decided to treat the mamas with a little something too: a plantable paper favor full of wildflower seeds and its very own spot of dirt and mini-pot. NatureFavors
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The highlight? Painting flower pots, playing with soil, and planting butterfly paper full of wildflower seeds!IMG_8925

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Mini Terra-cotta pots & pretty recycled paper butterflies ready to be planted are a gift that keeps on giving. The little ones are so excited, waiting with anticipation for their wildflowers to grow!  NatureFavorsIMG_8951

An irresistible bucket of fresh soil, complete with bright gardening tools and pinwheels.IMG_8926IMG_8933

Letting their creativity flourish, mixing the colors seemed to be quite amusing

IMG_0284IMG_8974IMG_0382IMG_0380IMG_0391Couldn’t resist the fresh earth and a chance to pull up a chair and play for a while. We hope our little party inspires you to enjoy the simple pleasures and remember to stop and smell the… wildflowers =)

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Happiest birthday girls ever!

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Cozette showing off all the pretty decorations we incorporated into this special party. Be sure to check out their shops for even more variety and inspiration!

TheSpoolRoom upcycles gorgeous and vintage doilies to create one-of-a-kind garlands and buntings; delicate pieces, and each one is unique!
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The intricate and personalized wrappings always make me smile. A big Thank You! to our contributors.IMG_8629

Party at my house–it feels like a celebration every time a package arrives at my doorstep. NatureFavors has over a hundred options to choose from, with a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
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Our wildflower seeds have sprouted just over a week after being planted!

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Such elegant variety! I’m so looking forward to incorporating these little beauties into more parties in the future. CharmingChicDecor creates beautiful and personalized decorations for any occasion, from gifts and favors to holidays and home decor. IMG_8699IMG_9491

I’ve already transformed one of these little pretties into a hair clip. Isn’t it just perfect?!
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Woodland Theme Origami Owl party

Autumn is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, with the weather finally starting to turn, the crisp morning air, richly colored leaves, everything pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin… am I right?

So when my friend told me she was hosting an origami owl party, I jumped at the opportunity to light some cozy cottage candles and decorate with some cozy fall decorations. =)

 

Look at these most adorable felt acorns! They got lots of attention, tiny, soft and cute, something about this combo makes women swoon. 😉  Courtesy of Iva with TheDwartRam

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After I decided on a place to hang them, I sewed through the original hanging yarn to make them into a garland. They slid easily along the yarn and hung perfectly with our cozy decor.

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You have to take a look at her holiday pieces. I’m in love with the Halloween spider and glittery Christmas acorns!

 

 

Who? RianCityRusticMetals, that’s who! 😉

Handcrafted metal art, like this cute owl candle holder, was the perfect touch for our little party, mixing Autumn & Owls into one. I love so many of their phenomenal pieces, like the shimmery fall leaf and cute lil’ bat!

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I love how this candle holder can be used either way, the one side is a bit more rustic and the other has a touch of glam, with a silver shimmer that catches the light.

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Birch straws are my favorite… the contrasted white & black wood is just so inviting! My mom couldn’t believe that they were made of paper until she felt it herself, exclaiming, “But they look like real wood!” I concur. 😉 GildedBirch provided them–a fitting name for these little beauties. Definitely saunter over for a look at what else she has to offer.

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Take a peek at our Pinterest page for some delicious food & drink ideas. Like tiny pancakes, chai tea & meringue mushrooms!