Evening Gathering for a Birthday Dinner

A simple, sophisticated evening of celebration, laughter and great food. I have to say this is one of my favorite events to date. Mindy knew exactly what she wanted and solicited my help to bring her dream into reality. Now I’ll let the photos speak for themselves… dreamy.

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Guests signed up for toasts; having a physical sign up sheet helped the evening flow more smoothly. A basket full of blankets kept guests warm as the night drew on and became a little chilly.

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Food ordered from The Parlor made for easy prep and clean up, not to mention how delicious it all was!
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My favorite place to be: behind the scenes making sure everything runs beautifully. Josh's 30th-11

I had phenomenal help by the talented Taylor, as she free-hand wrote much of the chalkboard calligraphy throughout the party. And not only that but she and her fiancee helped manage the entire event; they definitely made the evening run perfectly! Check out her Instagram @impressionprints



Photo Credit Sarah Withers: dwellrichlyphotography.com


Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Crisp Autumn air, warm and richly colored fall decor, friends, family and Thanksgiving. What’s not to love about November?
This year I hosted an intimate gathering of close friends to share our thanksgivings over a warm meal and sparkling drinks.Fall Dinner Party-3

Natural branches and sparkling colors to greet guests at the door. Hosting an event always inspires me to break out the festive pieces I’ve created over the years.
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And yes, tis’ mid-November and the afternoons are still warm enough to leave the front door open for a while…

Trust me, I would very much love to be lighting a fire and dawning layers of scarves, but alas – this is Phoenix.

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Grapevine wreaths make for a simple seasonal decor, and we just added a touch of felt acorns and bronze colored “berries.” I think I’ll just add some boughs of holly in a day or two, and my Christmas decor will be well underway!

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As always, vines make for great additions to any season.

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And a delicious apple pumpkin bunt cake for dessert.Fall Dinner Party-20

The simple yet elegant table spread featured our favorite linen tablecloth and my grandma’s vintage silverware.

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A fresh Persimmon atop each plate added the rich orange glow that we are so fond of this time of year.Fall Dinner Party-16

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with Joy. Psalm 126:3

Asian Themed Bridal Shower

Our eccentric bride-to-be, who loves the vibrant and stylish Asian culture, has visited both China and Japan in the past couple of years and is excited to incorporate some of its eclectic charm  into her new home.

Encouraged to come dressed up, the MOB also provided additional silken clothing pieces and brightly colored hair accessories for a truly cultural experience.


Phenomenal Pompoms hung fashionably from the ceiling. With glittery gold and shimmery champagne, it added an extra special touch of class to our party.

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The party would not have been complete without a burst of Origami cranes, don’t you agree? The perfect backdrop for photos of friends. The bride-to-be sat in front of it for our “how-well-does-the-couple-know-each-other” interview too.   =)





Party favors were chopsticks along with these precious, tiny wishing stars, each containing a special message inside. We also included instructions on how to refold the stars once our guests have read the message, strung on with thread to a ribbon for each guest to take home.


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Classy cranes attached to ribbons lit up our cocktail bar, where we provided a light variety of cold & sparkling sake with written instructions for fruity cocktails & mixed drinks.

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We wanted our Origami crane decals to be mobile, so the BTB could take them with her to their new apartment and eventual future home… So we applied the decals to the back of the glass photo frame and cut scrapbook paper to fill in some color. We just loved how they turned out!

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Dinner is served! We pulled together quite the collection of Asian-inspired dishes to serve a delicious spread of sunumono, mochi, sushi rolls, edamame, barley tea and the like.

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Fun and Games!


I’m not sure what to call this lively game; the MOB has kept it alive at several showers throughout the years.

Here’s how to play:

The guests sit in a circle. In the center of the circle are a few wedding attire accessories along with a dull pair of small scissors and  a small “gift” that is wrapped and tied with yarn a couple dozen times.

A box, with two alphabet blocks inside, is passed rapidly around the circle like Hot Potato. Each guest rolls the two “dice” one time, keeping the “dice” inside the box.  The goal is to quickly roll a matching pair of letters that was previously selected (we chose the letter H). The box keeps getting passed until someone rolls the correct double letters.

When the double letters are rolled, the guest runs to the middle of the circle, puts on the wedding attire as fast as they can, and begins to cut through the string, unwrapping the gift–but only one layer at a time. In the meantime the box is still being passed around circle and the “dice” rolled. As different guests each roll doubles, they get to run up and take the bridal attire off of the person in the center and put in on themselves, and then take the scissors and begin cutting though the yarn revealing a new layer of the gift…until the next person rolls doubles!

This continues until the last layer has been unwrapped and the prize is revealed. We had a pebble wrapped inside to trick the winner–who then received a lucky bamboo plant as their real prize.

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Pass the Edamame:

We  gave everybody chopsticks and had them line up in three teams. At one end of each line there was a small bowl with three edamame beans inside. There were three empty bowls on the opposite end of each line. The teams had to pass the bean from one end of the line to the other using only their chopsticks. Easier said than done, especially when you have other teams haggling you ;). The winning team is the one who gets the three beans into the empty bowl first.

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With the beautiful fall weather approaching, there comes one catch… the mosquitoes. I decided to try out a new mosquito repellant this year, Gold Canyon Candles, it’s by far the most enjoyable way to ward off the little buggers!
I bought two Citronella candles for my front porch this past month, because even though the the weather has begun to cool down and it is now tolerable to step outside,  I would make a mad dash from the door to the car due to the many mosquitos waiting for me on my front porch!
These Citronella candles are beautiful, they are filled to a slightly lower level than the original candles so they won’t be blown out by the wind. And although I’m not opposed to the smell of Citronella these are much more beautifully scented.  I used them when I had a yard sale this past weekend, and it added a nice touch to help me relax and wind down after a hectic weekend of cleaning house. =)

Murder Mystery Contributors

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

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Murder Mystery: Setting the Stage

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.

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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.

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Murder Mystery Party

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” – Marcellus

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The guests arrived in costume with script in hand. After a brief introduction of characters we proceeded to the dinning hall, where the players recited Shakespeare, took on a variety of accents, and revealed their darkest secrets, which made for a shocking evening filled with laughs.


Black chandeliers graced the cloth-draped ceiling, setting the mood for our night of intrigue. The room was lit with candles, which sent their flickering lights upward, revealing the lovely arcs and silhouettes of the chandeliers above.

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The first act complete, guests delved into creating hypotheses, imagining alibis, alliances, motives, and ultimately accusations of murder. All this while enjoying a piece of blood-red cake which swarmed with golden bats and wild roses. But, served by the hand of the royal cook, could this delicate sweet have “envenomed their innards and dazzled their brains?”

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Cake toppers by: SweetDejaVu

We ended the evening with further discussion, a casting of votes, surprising revelations, and with a grand finale of the secrets unveiled, this case of a royal murder came to a close.

Each guest was thoroughly pleased with the night, the stage had been set and they felt transported to a time many years ago.  The language of the script was added to by some, who identified with their characters so well that they added in their own quips. Still others took on varying accents. With everyone so deep in character, the air grew chill and an eery aura filled the night.

Script by: DaggerVilleGames

Prepare! For an October party

The perfect October event, you ask? Why only the grimmest and deliciously scary, of course!

A Murder Mystery Party!

From the numerous scripts available through daggerville games we chose to host a dinner party for some of our most theatrical friends,  based around the tragedy Hamlet, the classic royal murder mystery by William Shakespeare.

The characters are cast and the royal invitations have been sent. Haunting and elegant, the invitations were aptly provided by ElegantlyHaunted. These gorgeous hand made cards made us gush, and it was sad to part as we sent them away to bid the players to take the stage.


In preparation for an evening hosted in our “medieval castle,” we will be draping the dining hall with fabric and gracing the ceiling with stunning chandeliers from NarWall. A full three course meal will be served and the evening will commence with a “bloody” red velvet cake topped with  delicate gold bats and wild red roses created by SweetDejaVu.

Planning your own murder mystery party? I hope  we’ve provided you with some frightful inspiration!

Stay tuned for the full event coming soon!