May 2012 archive

Romantic Bridal Shower

This bridal shower is girly, romantic and simple. Hope you like it!

When coming up with the over all look and feel of this special shower, I started with the romantic wedding color palette and added a little more “girly” with the addition of gold sparkles and a touch of romantic lace. Overall, I think it had a nice romantic, girly, yet sophisticated feel. Take a look!

romantic bridal shower tablescape

Simple place settings and centerpieces lined the table set for thirty.

bridal shower place settings

The center of the table was lined with romantic flowers gathered in milk glass vases. Nothing too fancy, just soft shades of pink and white flowers.  At each setting was a “He said/She said” questioneer and a tiny pink pencil. Guests filled out their cards (a fun conversation starter) and later, the bride read and answered the questions aloud.

Also the favors were aside each plate — a “adult” flavored lollipop. The flavors were Ginger (totally refreshing) and Champagne and Roses.

pink and white centerpieces

 The flowers were amazing. Gerber Daisies, A wide variety of roses, ranunculus & hydrangeas — all locally grown. Bonus — they smelled divine!

make your own mimosa station

This hutch worked as our beverage station. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers before lunch was served.

mimosa bar

 make your own mimosa station

 The Make your own Mimosa station was a hit.

romantic bridal shower dessert table

 The gorgeous desserts complimented the shower so perfectly. These dessert designers (I can’t think of a more fitting name to call them) matched this theme to-a- T!

romantic bridal shower dessert table

 The ribbon and lace backdrop was by far my favorite element. So simple to make and yet so dramatic.

romantic bridal shower dessert table

Raspberry and Salted Caramel Macarons from Sparkles Macarons, Cheesecake bites and lemonade cupcakes adorned with fondant fabric flowers from Edible Details (all were almost too gorgeous to eat).

romantic bridal shower dessert table

The sugar cookies from Better Bit of Butter were a show-stopper. OH. MY. And they tasted just as good as they looked. They matched the look and feel of the shower so perfectly, I couldn’t have imagined them up to be more perfect.

The darling mini wedding cakes were from The Marshmallow Studio and they are … yep…. marshmallows! They were such a unique addition to the dessert table (thanks Alejandra!). And here’s the blushing bride (who happens to be my lovely sister-in-law). :)

romantic bridal shower

A few last pics of the shower. It was such an amazing day. I’m really proud of how it turned out and VERY honored to have hosted such a lovely day for a very special bride.

I hope these photos help inspire your next event, thanks for reading everyone! xoxoxo.

 

Vendors

Rentals | Allies Party

Flowers | Hidalgo Flowers

 

Marshmallow wedding cakes | The Marshmallow Studio

Sugar Cookies | A Better Bit of Butter

French Macarons | Sparkles Macarons

Fondant cupcake toppers | Edible Details

Lollipops | The Candied Flower

 

 

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Thoughts :: 2 words to live by

 

words to live by

I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I decided to drop in a quick blog post today, a reminder if you will — to be thoughtful.

The name of this site, Thoughtfully Simple, isn’t just something I thought was catchy or unique — it’s character trait that I feel is important. Whether I’m telling my girls to “be thoughtful” of others or if I putting together a gift for a loved one that I want to be thoughtful yet simple … personable yet understated — I always have “be thoughtful” in the back of my mind.

It really is no different when it comes to my career (as a community manager) or my time spent here designing events and blogging. There is something that rings so true with the phrase “be thoughtful.” Are you a writer who wants to engage your community? Are you a marketer who wants to sell goods? Are you a mother who wants to do the best by your children? A designer, a teacher, a (you fill in the blank)?  All of the above … or something else entirely depending on the day? Regardless, I challenge you to pause and think about how consciously being thoughtful can alter your course of thoughts and actions.

Some of the ways I personally try to “be thoughtful” daily:

-Smile. Really, make sure you smile. Especially towards your children. You might think “of course I do this daily” but really make an effort. Recently my 5 year old told me “Mommy, you always look like you’re thinking … you should smile more.” Do it.

-Blog commenting. I must have never got the memo that people don’t do this anymore. I never stopped. Some of you reading this now might realize that I come and comment on your blog often. I do it because I want to, because you took the time to write something, and I’d be honored to read it and connect over your content.

-Thanking your community. Whether they are your personal network of family and friends, your blog readers, your Facebook fans or Twitter followers — thank them. The most thoughtful thing you can do is to show your community you are listening and that you value and appreciate them.

Which reminds me, I changed out our Facebook cover photo to include your wonderful smiling faces. Fun right?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of being thoughtful. Have anything to add?

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Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day (or week for some schools!) provides the perfect chance to get your kiddo involved in doing something nice for their teachers. With a little thought and some DIY inspiration, you can help them put a gift together that their teacher will love. It’s all about making the teacher feel special and appreciated.

Here are few ideas I’ve pinned on Pinterest. We’re going to do these three, plus one original gift idea we created for our teacher. See it here!

Strawberry basket // Thanks a latte // Creative Juices

What are you making for teacher appreciation day? I’d love to hear!

Tori Tait on Instagram

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Muffins & Mimosas for Mom

I love mimosas, and so does my mom (actually… every mother probably does, right?) … so I wanted to put a simple gift idea together that would appeal to moms of all ages, styles, and with varying interests. Hence, the Muffins & Mimosas gift box was born.

muffins and mimosas

I love that this gift took me just 15 minutes to put together and consists of entirely store bought items yet it really feels thoughtful (and looks amazing too).

muffins and mimosas for mom

Bring a bunch of fresh flowers and this muffins & mimosas gift box to any special woman in your life, and you are sure to make her smile.

muffins and mimosas

To make:

-Place mini champagne bottles, oranges (for fresh squeezed juice) and bakery fresh muffins in whatever box, basket or crate you have on hand.

Mother's Day free printable tags

Optional: Print Mother’s Day tags and attach to the basket, tie around the neck of the champagne bottle, or glue to toothpick and poke into an orange.  [You can download these free here]

Feel free to mix it up with the content of the gift box too! Think strawberries, bagels, jams, scones — the options are really endless.

For more Mother’s Day ideas, be sure to check out the posts below. And don’t forget to join me and many other entertaining gals on Twitter tonight for the #HolidayHQ Mother’s Day chat happening at 8pm EST. During the chat, we are giving away a Hamilton Beach Blender and Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker.

Valley & Co. | Effortless Entertaining Ideas for Mother’s Day

Housewife Bliss | Berry Good Homemade Ice Cream for Mother’s Day

Celebrations At Home | A Mother’s Day “Tea” Party

Paper and Pigtails | Mother’s Day Free Printable Cards

Second City Soiree | Cool Kitchen Gifts for Mother’s Day

Party Blueprints | Mother’s Day Tea Party Tips and Recipes!

Skimbaco Lifestyle | Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe: Pear & Brie de Chèvre Tart

 

 

Tell me, what’s on your list this Mother’s Day?

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Party Sandwiches + GIVEAWAY

I love entertaining in the summer because typical summer get-togethers are mellow, laid back, and simple (just how I really like it). One of my go-to party foods in the summer are sandwiches. That’s right, simple sandwiches. I love how versatile they can be. From a simple kid-pleasing platter of pb&j sandwiches to something more grown-up like a new panini recipe — there are so many variations yet they are all still pretty easy to pull off. I’ve been gathering some of my favorite recipes and ideas on this sandwich Pinterest board.

party sandwiches

Another trick is to order your sandwiches …. SIMPLE, right? My hostess tip is to order a platter of sandwiches and transfer to your own platter or make individual “lunch boxes” for guests. You’ll save time and energy which will result in your enjoying more of summer! My go-to caterer for affordable and delicious sandwiches is Subway. Here’s what I love about them:

  • Variety isn’t an issue – They offer Giant Subs, Sandwich Platters, SUBWAY to GO!™ boxed meals, drinks, sides and cookie platters.
  •  Short lead time – Catering orders can be placed 24 hours in advance – in some cases less!
  • Small OR Large groups – They have options for as few as 5 people, a mid-size group of 25 people – or hundreds of people if you need it.
  •  They can cover ANY Occasion – Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary party, sporting event, office meeting or other occasion for a meal, we can cover just about any type of gathering.
  •  Customizable Options – Sandwiches can be customized with your favorite veggies and toppings just the way you like!
  •  Great Value – Simply put – it is possible to feel groups well – without spending a lot!

Have I convinced you to have your sandwiches catered next time? Ditch the apron and prep and let Subway do the work ladies!

party sandwiches

Want to give them a try? Subway is giving away one reader a $50 gift card! That can feed your crowd during your next pool party, right?

Enter to win:  Contest is now closed.

CONGRATS to Julie! Check your inbox, we’ve emailed you :)

Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite sandwich

For additional entries (optional):

-Pin this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your pin

-Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did

-Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet in a comment

Also, be sure to follow Subway on Twitter and like them on Facebook

Good luck!

*up to four entries per person. Contest ends May 9, 2012 at 11pm PST. I received a gift card for my catering needs from Subway.

 

 

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