Friendsgiving Luncheon

Since I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving this year I thought it was the perfect time to throw my first Friendsgiving!! I was lucky to have 22 women attend which meant a mix of dishes and glasses to accommodate everyone. But I love an eclectic mix to brighten a table so it was perfect for a big party!

Pinks and navy with a hint of orange and purple were the color palette. I found these cutest hand lotions at Bath & Body Works that I thought were the perfect compliment to the table and something that every one can use extra of. The XOXO on the hand lotion was the icing on the cake.





I love having a menu to view for a luncheon so everyone knows what to expect for the food being served in case there are any special recommendations. And these blue and white plates from Pottery Barn were an amazing deal. They are currently sold out of them online but I’ve linked some similar options on my instagram post.

The star of the show were the flowers- dahlias, snowberries and gerber daisies filled these blue and white vases for a vibrant display on each of the tables.




I couldn’t help but smile every time I looked at the flowers! I loved how bright and happy each vase felt.

I couldn’t have asked for a more fun group of girls to come celebrate with me. This is a tradition I’m hoping to continue each year to say goodbye to fall and welcome and enjoy new and old friendships!




Boho Picnic at the Park

A picnic in the park in the middle of summer was the perfect setting for my daughter’s 10th birthday. To keep with the boho style we laid out rugs and blankets and added colorful pillows for the girls to sit on. My favorite feature of all of the decor was this fabric chandelier that we made with strips of different fabric tied around 2 quilting rings and hung with string. It was the perfect centerpiece and Joss was able to help me make it since it was so easy to do.

We set up next to a small stream that the girls could play in to cool off after their lunch. Greenery headbands adorned their lunch bags so they could all have one to wear during the picnic.





This coffee table bench from Ikea was just the right size to hold all of the girl’s lunches and to sit in front of to eat.

We made Jossie’s headband a little more special by adding flowers to it as well.

After they ate lunch we played squirt gun tag with colorful water guns that we brought for each of the girls.

Joss loved it:)





She requested a Dream Cake which is one of my specialties so I was happy to oblige. I adorned it with flowers and macarons, her favorite cookie.

Because they’re her favorite cookie, we made little boxes of macarons as the party favors. Not the easiest treat to make but totally worth the effort!

These tissue paper flowers and greenery were the only other decorations besides the chandelier, pillows and blankets. So bright and colorful and so simple to make.






This teepee from Land of Nod was perfect for taking pics of the girls inside it and it held all of the gifts as the girls arrived.

Such a fun day for such a great girl!!

 

 

Rainbow Birthday Party

When I had the idea for this rainbow themed party for my daughter’s 5th birthday I immediately knew that I wanted to do a ‘Rainbow Wall’. Streamers were the perfect way to make it. We just used off-white masking tape to hold down the top and bottom of each strand of streamers and to make it less visible since my ceiling and baseboards were white. It was definitely a time-consuming project but had exactly the impact that I wanted it to.

Vases of flowers in rainbow colors was another element I knew I wanted to have at her party. Everyone knows how much I love flowers and these just added that much more cheeriness and brightness to her party.




Finding activities to keep a bunch of 5 year olds happy was key at Farah’s party. We printed off these rainbow images and had markers, stickers, glue and cottonballs ready for the kids to design their own rainbows.

The craft was a hit as well as the gold coins on the table for the kids to snack on while they worked.

 

 

Couldn’t have done it without my little helper!!



I chose pastel rainbow colors to decorate the house with since it was a girl’s party. Having the party in Spring made this color palette work that much better.

Gold coins for the favor was a hit with everyone.

This rainbow cake by Annie Bee Cakery was darling inside and outside, and just as delicious as it was cute.

 

Having 2 separate stations, one where the kids could do their craft and one where they could eat cake was nice so the craft area didn’t have to be cleaned up right after the crafting was done and we moved onto games.

Rainbow colored bottled drinks went perfectly with the rainbow cake.



Everyone had a blast, especially the birthday girl!! We played pin the hair on the troll and hot potato with a stuffed troll and freeze dance to the music from Trolls. Such a great day!!

Sweet 16 Birthday Party

I chose fun colors of pinks and corals with gold accents for this colorful teen’s party. We rented a taco truck for food and had a DJ to dance the night away. It was such a fun night filled with friends, music, good food and a great space to party! This ‘G’ on the door was the initial for the birthday girl’s name to greet her guests with.

This party hat entry table was one of my favorite features at the party.  A room full of teenagers wearing party hats was such a fun sight!

We called this room the balloon room- it was right to the left as you entered and was a great space for the teen’s to hang out in when they weren’t dancing.




The fringe ‘selfie backdrop’ wall was a hit all night and simple streamers down the hallway were the perfect party addition.

These centerpieces were high impact but inexpensive. I just blew up small 5″ balloons and tied them around a 24″ string. I taped the string to the tablecloth and inserted some greenery and flowers to hide the string. It took some time but I love how they turned out.

This cake by Annie Bee Cakery was the perfect little cake to display with all of the cupcakes. The simple flowers I added to it were just the right accent.

This wall of pictures of the birthday girl was a highlight of the night and such an easy addition. Sparkling Ice drinks to match the color scheme and water bottles with cute labels were kept well stocked the whole night.

These treats were the favor but were snacked on throughout the night after all the tacos were eaten. Can’t have a party without treats- especially when there are teens involved!

 

Holiday Housewarming Party

I thought the perfect way to share our new home with friends and family would be to combine a holiday AND housewarming party. It gave me time to get my home ready and kick off the holiday season with loved ones.

Drinks and appetizers were served to greet our guests. I kept the fare light finger foods to keep it easy and delicious.

This Lime Mojito drink was refreshing and so easy. Crushed mint leaves added to equal parts sprite and soda water garnished with lime was a crowd pleaser.

Simple finger foods with something for everyone were perfect for the casual night. I made these tiered platters by applying putty to candleholders and the platter base to allow for more food display. Something that is easily removable put perfect for larger gatherings.

Candles and twinkle lights were everywhere to allow for a dimly lit, moody atmosphere.

The dessert table included mini chocolate toffee trifles and raspberry shortcake trifles. This table was empty by the end of the night- definitely what I’d hoped for!!

Such a fun night celebrating with friends and family. Everyone’s kind comments and support of our new home left me full of gratitude for this new chapter of our life!!

Big thanks to she.be.still.photography and sydney.carpenter for the photos

Ladie’s Luncheon

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I had so many friends help us move out of our old home and into our new home that I wanted to thank them all by throwing a lunch for them! I tried my hardest to keep it simple and CASUAL- so bottled sodas and a simple lunch were the way to go.img_6740

I had all of the salad plates set up with a wedge salad when my friends arrived- iceberg lettuce, crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, bleu cheese and topped with ranch dressing. The perfect starter for a light lunch.

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As they finished their salads we cleared their salad plates and brought them grilled cheese sandwiches made with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and spread with an herbed butter- 1/2 c. softened butter blended with 1 tsp. lemon lemon juice, 1 T. diced fresh parsley, 1 t. diced garlic and salt and pepper to taste. The tomato soup stole the show though- fresh tomatoes blended with cream and served hot.

Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

3 T. olive oil                                                                                        1 T. tomato paste

1 1/2 c. chopped red onions (2 onions)                                          1/4 c. packed fresh basil leaves

2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped                                                    3 c. chicken stock or chicken broth

1 T. minced garlic (3 cloves)                                                             1 T. salt

2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely  chopped                      2 t. ground black pepper

1 1/2 t. sugar                                                                                        3/4 c. heavy cream

Heat the olive oil in large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and sauce for about 10 min., until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 min., until tomatoes are very tender.

Add the cream to the soup and process in a blender or food processor.

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Serving 14 women was kind of tricky getting us all into the same room but 2 tables held us perfectly and we were still close enough to talk. Putting a tablecloth onto an 8 ft. card table was the perfect solution.

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We ended the lunch with snickerdoodle ice-cream sandwiches- something small and sweet!

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Surprise Birthday Brunch for Joss

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My goal was to keep this party simple, small and summery. I’m not a big fan of themed parties, but my obsession with watermelons was the perfect jumping off point for Jossie’s 9th birthday. I pulled the colors and summery aspects of it into the look of the whole party.

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These napkins were just the right addition to add that summery look and feel. The pink glasses were from the Dollar Store- such a great find!!

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I made it a jammie party and the girls all looked adorable.

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One of her favorite things to do is to make crafts so we made these watermelon fans together- the girls loved them.

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The florals were all pink and green to follow the watermelon color scheme. The wreaths I made for the back of the chairs were made out of olive branches. They were a great addition to the table.

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The centerpiece helped tie it all in together.

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Watermelon slices on a stick were cute and fun to eat and it’s Jossie’s favorite fruit!

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This watermelon cake was adorable and delicious.

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I used washi tape to attach the pale colored balloons to the ceiling. We still have balloons floating around the house and it’s 2 weeks after her party!

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Such a fun day for the sweetest girl- I love birthdays!!

All photograph by She Be Still Photography- thanks Tressa!

Dream Cake

dreamcakeThis cake not only looks good but is light and simple!! The only tools you need to make it are two 8 or 9 in. round cake pans, a cake slicer and a small grater. Sometimes if I’m in a hurry I even make a boxed chocolate cake mix and I think the taste is almost as good. Recipe to follow:

DREAM CAKE

For cake:

2 c. sugar                                         1 1/2 t. baking soda                                    1/2 c. vegetable oil

1 3/4 c. flour                                   1 t. salt                                                           2 t. vanilla extract

3/4 c. cocoa powder                      2 eggs                                                            1 c. boiling water

1 1/2 t. baking powder                  1 c. milk

For cream topping and filling:

4 c. heavy cream                            1/2 c. powdered sugar.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 in. round pans. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 min. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour for 30-35 min or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 min; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Combine heavy cream and powdered sugar in bowl and beat on high till cream is stiff.

Once cakes are completely cooled, use the cake slicer to divide each round in half.cake cutting toolThese can be purchased at a local hobby or craft store or restaurant supply store. It’s accuracy is worth every penny!

Place the first layer of cake onto cake stand, cover the top with the whipped cream about 1/2 inch thick, leaving about 1/4 inch border so cream doesn’t overflow when other layers are added. Repeat with remaining 3 layers. Once cream is layered in-between each half and on top, spread a thin layer of cream all around the sides, exposing some of the cake.

Optional: Grate a milk chocolate bar on top of the cake.

4 layers of goodness serves 16-20 people. Enjoy!!cake slice

 

 

A Little About Me

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This actually isn’t my first blog.

My bestie, Heather, built one for me about 3 years ago. She designed it and put the pictures on it for me- all I had to do was write. But it never happened. Probably because I’d just given birth to my fourth (and final!!) child and couldn’t fathom the idea of adding one more thing to my plate. But now, over 3 years later, here we are again giving it a go and I’m actually EXCITED to be able to share all of the ideas and planning and styling that goes through my head on a daily basis. I absolutely LOVE being creative and love even more when I can teach or help someone else channel their own inner creativity.

I’ve literally been into fashion since grade school, planning and writing down my outfits/hair styles daily so I wouldn’t wear the same thing twice! I don’t know if admitting that is embarrassing or genius but either way, I could never get fashion out of my head. I modeled and walked runways and styled photo shoots and designed catalogs and dressed models for websites using this passion; it’s something that has never waned.

The design obsession came later, like after I was married later, but didn’t take long to become as important to me as fashion had always been. I started out decorating for friends and family but soon word got out and I built my business just on word of mouth alone. It was the perfect outlet as I raised my four little ones and gave me another avenue to release the creative energy I’ve always had. Making other’s homes and businesses places they love to come to brings me so much satisfaction and pride. I work hard to keep up with all of the current styles and merchants and ways to improve spaces so that my clients get everything they want when they hire me.

Throwing parties soon followed suit and I realized I wasn’t happy unless I had a future event to plan and prepare for- whether it was in my own home or helping others with theirs. I love bringing friends together to celebrate special occasions or I’ll make up occasions to celebrate! Entertaining for me is fun, exciting and fulfilling- I hardly even get stressed anymore when I’m throwing an event (although my husband would beg to differ!).

I also love to organize, cook, bake, DIY, come up with original/unique ideas and be fashionable while I’m doing it! All of these things make me happy on a daily basis and I couldn’t fathom not doing any one of them. I’m excited to share all that I’ve learned, and continue to learn, with you!!!