My mom, sister and friend Jill really went all out in decorating for this party. My mom created all the paper goods using scrapbook paper and stickers. She even did the little cupcake toppers out of scrapbooks supplies. They used pumpkins, hay bails,fall foliage and even potpourri on the tables to bring out the feeling of fall.
Jill created name tags for all of the guests since our guests were from all different parts of our lives—h.s. friends, college friends, after-college friends and a ton of family. She also created little tissue paper pumpkins (via Martha) filled with candies for the favors.
The food was AMAZING. My step-mom, Teresa, and my mom made all of the food. They decided to do a dessert buffet with coffee, coffee-punch and water to drink. The menu included: pumpkin cupcakes, orange dip and fruit, mocha scones, acorn bites, s’mores pops, chocolate chippies and so much more! It was really, really delicious.
The ladies also put together a little gift table with photos of our little guy and an activity for guests to work on. Each guest got to fill out an advice form that we will keep and save for our little guy as he gets older. Then they would hang the advice from the clothes line above the table. Some guests even put money on the line for us… it was all so sweet.
Thank you to my mom, step-mom, sis and to Jill (and her family!) for throwing us this amazing party. I kept getting questions from everyone asking when I had the time to throw the party or what part of the party I did and it was very fun saying,
“Not a thing! They did it all.”
I couldn’t have done it better myself.
Thank you for checking out our party!
I think a lot of these details would transfer nicely to a very pretty Thanksgiving table!
|Alicia’s birthday cake from last year—Carrot Cake!|
|Table from Alicia’s birthday dinner 2 years ago.|
We served small portions of “bar” food for the party. The menu included: Mac & Cheese, Rubens, Beer Sausages, Sweet Potato Fries, French Fries, Crudites and Guinness Cupcakes
For a simple activity we had guests write out their advice for my husband, a new father, on coasters. We now enjoy the coasters, and their advice, daily!
|The lovely bride (model Joan Stevens) is showered in cherry blossom confetti as she looks out at tables adorned with cherry blossom branches, tea lights and small arrangements of white carnations.|
|Low arrangements make it easier for people to see across the table and allow for more intimate conversations.|
|For the table settings we played with a mixture of traditional Japanese plates and a more modern look with the wine glasses and tall water glasses.|
|Cherry Blossom confetti (made from tissue paper) is sprinkled across the table and guests can find their spots by looking at their chopstick holders that double as place cards.|
|The happy bride shows off her white carnation and cherry blossom bouquet.|
One of the “Well Crafted Party” Printables:
Remember the lovely couple that got married at VooDoo Too!? We wanted to all get together a week after the wedding and celebrate the union. We decided to have a casual get together with a bit of a comic book theme. I wanted bright colors and lots of quote bubbles throughout the party. We also really wanted to play off all of the bright colors from the wedding and include the wedding photos that I shot.
I only used items that I found in my own house to create the party. We used post-it notes, scrap paper, yellow sticker paper and my printer for most of the DIY decorations. Below are some of the photos from the party. Enjoy!
The decor was all DIY from items that I could find around the apartment. My favorite part of the party was the post-it wall background for the food table. Using a tutorial found on-line I created four bright colored hearts from post-it notes alone. (The tutorial was from Mental Hygiene and was for something much more complicated then what I did!)
I also decorated with good old fashioned paper chains that I created with scrap paper and glue. I made the chains with cardstock and hot glue to make them more sturdy (they are now hanging above my bed as a type of free-form art piece!)
The banner was made using the font “SF Slapstick Comic” found on DaFont.com.
Dessert was mini cupcakes decorated in an array of neon colored frosting and comic-style cupcake picks. They looked adorable stacked up on my homemade cakestands.
The bar was decorated with photos from the wedding along with Comic-style signs. I used cardstock to create frames for the photos and gave the framed photos as favors to guests.
And, the really give the party a bit of fun I added silly signs throughout the party in quote bubbles to help guide guests around the food table.
Who doesn’t love a good cocktail party? Well I certainly do… and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to throw a cocktail party birthday party last year for a friend’s 28th birthday.
Recently I help a friend of mine throw a birthday cocktail party for her bike lovin’ beau. We decided to go the route of bike parts, old wine and beer bottles and a neat recycled-chic look. The color scheme was any and all metal and chrome colors.
The decor consisted of bike wheels, chain and gears. I made coasters and drink labels with the slogan, “Gear up and Drink.” We spray painted beer and wine bottles with black and silver paint and filled them with wildflowers. Framed pictures of bikes and bike signs decorated the walls and tables around the party.
That is a lot of “B”s.
A friend of mine asked me to design an invitation for a baby shower. She wanted something she could e-mail out and help design a shower around with the colors blue and brown. So, I started playing around on my computer and happened upon the idea of a “Bouncing Baby Boy” Baby Shower. It would work with really any color scheme and with many found objects. I see pom poms hanging from the ceiling, gum balls in vases topped with a mound of colorful carnations and lots of circles in the form of banners, cupcake toppers and more.
The Inspiration Board:
Sources: 1) Invitation designed by me 2) I love pom poms!! These beauties are available at Party Poms Etsy Shop 3) My friend really wants to do a diaper cake and I found this adorable one over at Swish Designs 4) This delicious looking cake was featured on The Party Dress and would fit in with the bouncing ball theme 5) A garland of clothes pins would be the perfect place for well wishes and advice for the couple– cut colorful circles out of scrapbook paper to fit the theme. (This garland was featured in a wedding on Style Me Pretty) 6) Beautiful round paper flowers would be a great backdrop to the cake table. These were used in another adorable baby shower inspiration board over at The Party Dress. 7) I’m in love with these paper straws! These were featured on Style Me Pretty.