Sneak Peek: Portland Wedding

I love a good wedding. I also really love the trend of homemade, simple and family-central weddings. When my friend Alishia came to me asking for design advice for her wedding she came bearing picture frames, wine corks, vintage linens, burlap, Kerr jars, and buttons. I fell in love. I was so honored to be a small part in helping her design her wedding. I will post some professional pictures soon. In the meantime here are a few pictures from my little camera.

Bachellorette Party Theme Ideas

I’m currently working on helping  a few friends with bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings. It is a ton of fun and the ideas just keep coming. So, when I saw a tweet wondering about Bachellorette party themes I knew I couldn’t just post 140 characters about it. So, below are some ideas for Bachellorette party themes. Now, with most of these themes you can do many different things. You can go out, you can stay in. Whatever… this just gives it a little something extra:

* A lot of these themes have comments for brides-to-be who are of age, and enjoy alcoholic beverages.  I’m certainly not saying that is how a bachelorette party NEEDS to be. I threw my sister a wonderful “Love & Ice Cream” bachelorette party that involved an Ice Cream bar rather than a bar. These themes are just to get people started with some fun ideas.

Essie Really, Red Nail Polsih

1. Paint the Town Red

  • Guests wear black, Bride to be wears red
  • Stop off and get mani/pedis (or do it at home)— of course, in red
  • Give red lipstick to all guests— Red lip prints will be everywhere that night. On napkins with phone numbers, glasses, and cheeks a plenty.
  • Have a signature RED drink. Manhattan anyone? 

Image via Victorias Secret

 2. Up All Night

  • Plan an ALL night affair that starts with dinner, goes on to dancing, then heads out to an all night diner for fries and milkshakes. 
  • Have guests don their favorite “Nighty”—Could be pajamas or a cute corset top with jeans!
  • Give guests fuzzy slippers to end the night in after they’ve danced and walked all over the town in heels.

Via Pier One

 3. Last Taste of Singlehood

  • Do a “tasting” theme all evening long. Stop off at a wine bar for a tasting flight, then head to a Tapas style restaurant, move on to a club that offers a little taste of all the fun night life options (comedy, jazz, piano bar, dancing, you name it!) and end the evening with a taste of ice cream or other sweet treat. 
  • Have the guests and bachellorette hand out some of their favorite “tastes” to all the cute singles. These can be gum, suckers, etc.
  • Give guests a pack of Tums for the next day… a night of tasting might need it. 😉 
Via Forever 21

4. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

  • Bachelorrette parties are a time for girls to be with their best friends. Why not add in a little bling? 
  • Sprinkle “diamonds” throughout the evening with fake, BIG jewels and crystal clear beverages. 
  • Start the evening with a champagne flight at a local wine bar.  
Photo via Mad Men

5. Like a Lady

  • Have a bachellorette party with some “mad men” flair. Have all the ladies dress up in their favorite “lady-like” looks. 
  • Serve classic cocktails like the Manhattan, Classic Martini, Old Fashioned or a Cosmopolitan.
  • Shower the bride to be with classic garter belts and thigh highs.

Some other ideas:

  • Have a bachelor party—For a bride who loves to live it up like the boys… go golfing, go to the races, enjoy a cigar, drink your whiskey neat.
  • Hike— I just recently went to a bachellorette party for a friend who loves the outdoors. The guests hiked up a trailed to be greeted with a sweet picnic of bread, cheese, and wine.
  • Girls Night In— Always fun… hire a massage therapist and enjoy an evening of relaxing at home.

What are your favorite bachelorette party themes? I hope this list helps inspire some to throw an extra special event! I’d love to see photos if you use any of the above themes!

Portland Bloggers’ Website

If you’ve been reading this site for a while you know that I help run the Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Ups here in Portland, Oregon. For the past several months I’ve been using e-mail, twitter, and this blog to help keep people informed about the meet-ups and other events/news. But, not anymore! 
Yesterday marked the launch of the Portland Bloggers website!
I’ve been working on this idea for months now and finally it is up and running.
 (This project came to fruition due to the help and drive of Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking. I could not have done it without her help!)
So, while I’m sure to add photos of future events if they relate to our party theme here at A Well Crafted Party, most of the updates and reviews of future meet-ups will stay over at the new site. 
And, if you are thinking that I’m crazy for starting ANOTHER site when I am currently taking a break from both of my personal blogs… well, you are right. But, I thankfully am not working on this site on my own. Currently the site is being ran by two people, but we are seeking contributing authors, guest posters, and bloggers from the Portland-area to feature.

Portland Blogger’s Website

Hello all! Just stopped in to share a project that I’ve been working on for a while… the Portland Blogger’s website is now up and running! Go check it out!

{Giveaway} Win Party Goods and more

Hello all! I just wanted to stop by to tell you that you have an opportunity to win some fun party goods from A Well Crafted Party as well as a prize swag bag with a value of $650! 
I’m participating in The Red Carpet Ladies’ Summer Swag Giveaway. 
Head on over and check out the amazing prizes available to one very lucky winner. The winner is chosen on July 31…. so, go get entered!

And, here is what you’ll win from A Well Crafted Party:
Small Flower cupcake toppers

Rose cupcake toppers (yellow)

Pink Sparkle Cupcake Toppers

orange and pink flag banner
Oh, and if you check out the Red Carpet Ladies page you might just see a discount code for the shop!
I’ve just added custom printable invitation design to the shop! Get your first birthday, wedding shower, baby shower, cocktail party invitations made just for you.

Pause and Breathe

To my friends that follow this blog. Thank you.
This blog has been such been a great creative outlet for me. 
It has given me space to share my love for parties, crafts, and DIY. 
But, lately, it has also become a source of stress, and guilt. 
I feel like I NEED to post a certain number of posts a week.
 I NEED to have events and DIY projects to post about. 
I NEED to stay up all hours, keep up with blogs, tweet, and socialize. 
When I don’t do those things I worry, stress, and often avoid other responsibilities in order to get something done for the blog.
I realize it is me that puts this type of pressure on myself. 
I usually flourish under creative pressure.
This has been a really tough year for me and my family though. 
The economy just isn’t getting better. 
Now we have an extra mouth to feed, body to clothe, and head for which to provide shelter. 
It was a choice I’d never go back on, but it hasn’t made life easier and it is time for something to give. 
I need just a little time to
Pause. Take a Break. Figure some things out.
Breathe. Relax. Take care of me and mine.
So, I’m taking a break from blogging. 
I’ll still post photos on Instagram (I’m addicted).
 I’ll occasionally Tweet (also, addicted).
I plan to keep my Etsy store up and running.
I’m keeping this website open and might throw a post up now and again when I have time/desire to post something. I hope to come back to regular blogging after some time dedicating myself to pausing and breathing. I don’t know when that will be.
Again, Thank You for reading and I hope that I will see you when I get back.

Top Five Things to Do in Portland

My blogging buddy, Danica from GoodHeart asked me to blog a bit about Portland for her one-year anniversary in the Rose City. So, I sent her a list of my top five favorite things to do/places to visit here in Portland. Jump on over to her blog to check them out!
Put a Bird on It! 😉

Weekend Update: Pretty Picnic

This weekend was a busy one! 
The Portland Blogger’s Meet-Up was scheduled to be a beautiful outdoor picnic this past weekend. And, then the forecast called for lots and lots of rain
Instagram shot of the sign-in sheet from the Portland Blogger’s Meet-Up. Professional photos coming soon!
Screen Shot of part of the Instagram Feed #PortlandBloggers
After a lot of calls, and some great support from Portland Bloggers, we got an alternate venue that worked beautifully. The picnic baskets weren’t spread out on pretty blankets in the grass. But, we did get to chat about blogs and be surrounded by little glimpses of what summer has in store for us later.
The sun shined just long enough for us to get some fun photos. I’m excited to see the photos that Macey, from MotorMouth Studio, took of the event. 
After the event my little family got to go to dinner with Suzannah’s (Adventures in Dressmaking) family. It was fun to go over future ideas for events and just unwind after two-months of planning and one extra-stressful week of re-planning.
All in all it was a busy and good weekend. But, I am feeling a little bit sad about the lack of Summer right now. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you got to enjoy a little bit of summer. 
Professional photos from the {Real Party} and some {DIY} posts coming soon.

Summer, where are you?

A very popular photo making its way around my Facebook feed pictures a loading symbol on a computer that is less than halfway loaded. Above the symbol it reads “Installing Oregon Summer.” It goes on to say there there is an error in installation. Summer has not been found. 
(Google “Installing Oregon Summer” and you’ll see the pic… 
I didn’t feel like posting it because I have no clue where it came from.)
This past weekend when we were supposed to be enjoying a beautiful summer picnic with all the area bloggers and instead drove to an alternate location in the pouring rain I wished for Summer. 
Today when I dressed my son in a long-sleeved shirt and jeans I wished for Summer. 
Fresh Flowers from one of last year’s Beaverton Farmer’s Market days.
Summer for me means Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market, grilling, and eating lots of salads choc full of summer produce.
Vineyards near Forest Grove, Oregon.
I drink wine all year long…but, I love going to the vineyards in the Summer.
Every summer we try to see as many Portland Timbers‘ games as we can. Soccer, great fans, and good beer may be one of the most perfect of summer days for me.
Wasn’t able to go to the game last Sunday… but, got to see highlights and hear the good news later.
 Go Timbers! Good job on the 2-1 win over Seattle!
The Oregon coast is majestic.
I love living so close to the ocean after living in a land-locked state for 22 years. I go to the coast as often as possible. It is beautiful in the Winter, Spring, and Fall. 
But, the coast during the summer is just IT.
There is nothing like Oregon in the summer.
Today I wished it was here already.
Of course, when my Okie friend mentioned that the weather today was 104˚F, 
 I was pretty okay with waiting a little longer for our perfect summer.

Must Have: Etsy Find

I found this lovely little onesie from Little Tree Tops Baby’s Etsy store.
 I thought all my blogging friends would appreciate. 
Or all of you readers who see me in real life and know that everything is up for a blog post.
Little Tree Tops Baby Etsy Store: My Mom is Blogging This.

{Party Planning} X’s First Birthday

I’ve been thinking about my son’s first birthday party a lot lately. I don’t want to go crazy for it. He won’t remember and honestly, I have other things money needs to be spent on. But, I do want to celebrate it. And, I want to have a fun theme. I also want to invite all of the wonderful people who have made this first year be a meaningful and successful one. 
Before I ever thought I’d have a little boy I came up with a 1st birthday party theme for a little boy. I posted about it and titled the post, “If I had an almost one-year-old BOY!
It was a cute “Little Man” party with mustaches and bowties a-plenty. 
But, since then I’ve thrown a “Fancy Pants” Birthday and an “Old Man” birthday. 
Each had their share of mustaches and bowties. 
And, I’ve been around my son for nearly a year now. And, really, the mustaches and bowties don’t feel so much like him to me. When thinking about his birthday I had a hard time coming up with a “theme.” 
But, one day as I was singing, “You are my sunshine,” for the millionth time… I got an idea.

At the moment I’m going with a “You are a Sunshine” theme for the party. I think it really works.
He was born in August (a notoriously sunny month in Portland, a notoriously gray town).
He makes me smile… every single day.
And, the color scheme of yellow, gray, and blue would be super cute for his party.

I do know for sure that I am going to buy these shirts.

Mommy & Me Shirts from Little Tree Tops Baby

Here is where you come in:
I need help! I’ve got a few ideas and sources. But, I could really use some extra ideas/sources.
If you have an etsy store and have an idea that fits for this theme, I’d love to talk!
 If you have a great idea, please share!

One small step for baby

Kiddo has been taking several steps lately. He did 8 feet the other day! And, for the most part, he seems to want to walk first and crawl only if walking seems too much trouble. Today I actually caught a few steps on camera.

I’m one proud momma.

YouTube Video

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Rain Check

Portland Bloggers have been getting together for fun, casual meet-ups since October 2011. It has been great fun. We’ve done crafts, brunch, cocktail parties, and listened to a guest speaker. In planning these events I’ve been able to work with some really amazing bloggers who have offered up their spaces, donated their time and efforts, and rearranged schedules to attend.

 I’ve been wanting to grow the events into six fun meet-ups throughout the year. My hopes for the events are to include guest speakers and DIY projects during at least three of the meet-ups. The other three would be opportunities for bloggers to bring their significant-others along, family members, and eventually readers. This next meet-up is a family picnic that I have been looking forward to for a LONG while. I really can’t wait to meet everyone’s lovely families!

I knew the event needed to be in June to keep up with the every two months goal. But, I wanted a picnic…. and, in Portland the weather is a bit iffy in June. So, I picked late June hoping that the weather would cooperate.

So far the forecast is anything but hopeful. Myself (and others) have put a lot of time and effort into this meet-up and today I’ve just been stressed out about the weather. I’ve also been frustrated with myself, because I know better. I know better to plan an outdoor event without a plan B. Money was certainly a factor. Trying to keep these events cost free has been a difficult, but an important goal for me.

So, I’m habitually checking the weather reports hoping a strong wind pushes the weather away. I’m also trying to think of a good plan B. I’ve spent my entire day working on this…so, my post for today will wait.

In the meantime, I’m coming to you lovely party-people to ask: What do you do in these types of situations? And, if you are in the Portland area: Do you know of a venue that would be a good/inexpensive substitute for our event?

Thanks! And, remember…plan for rain!

UPDATE: Thanks so much to everyone that helped with advice! It certainly helped… and, now we have an alternate venue that is going to work out wonderfully. 

{Weekend Update} Or week in review

I took a vacation this past week. I had a wonderful time with my husband being off work all week and my sister-in-law visiting. I even threw a party and met with a wonderful lady in preparation for another party. So, I’ve been prepping all of the great posts that I hope to be putting up this week. 
I threw my hubby a 30th birthday party and planned an instagram challenge for his big day. 
Instagram shot from an “Old Man” party
I also got to enjoy the sun with my son. 
Enjoying the Willamette River.
Celebrate my husband’s first Father’s Day.
My hubby and baby enjoying Father’s Day at the Widmer Gasthaeus
And, take my kiddo’s 10 Month photos.
It was a fun week!
 this week is going to be all about prepping for the June Portland Blogger’s Meet-Up and Family Picnic. If you are from the Portland area and you blog please e-mail me for all the fun information!
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