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Garden Fairy Party

Just in time for Spring! This magical garden party theme was designed by my friend Kim of TomKat Studios for her daughter Kate’s 3rd birthday. If you have a garden fairy of your own, this just might be the perfect party theme for her!

Kim designed these fairy invitations herself- they seems to set the tone of the party perfectly!

Stunning garden cake with the perfect fabric backdrop, right?!

This is just a sneak peek….you’ll have to head on over to the TomKat Studio blog to see the rest of this magical garden fairy party!

{images via Vicki Lynn Photography}

A Red Carpet {REAL} Wedding

When M’chel Bauxal sent me photos of her Wedding at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon- I fell in love right away. Dennis and M’chel met a TV station and it was a whirlwind of romance after that. As a TV host and a celebrity makeup artist couple- it was only fitting that Dennis proposed LIVE on air! Yes, watch this on air proposal for yourself…. it is so sweet!

I’ll let M’chel tell the rest… so sit back and enjoy!

We chose the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon because of the sophisticated and modern feel of the solid white truces that offered an ideal setting. The spacious open air terrace and relatively quite Sunday downtown was perfect for a wedding. Becki Duckworth of West Coast Event Productions provided a creative part of the wedding, the lounge which overlooked the Wilamette River in downtown Portland. Two large white leather tufted couches, chairs and ottomans were decorated with baby blue and red fur throws and pillows.

My dress was made of baby blue silk. A modern, couture wedding dress designed by myself and made by Allison of Amai Unmei. It was encrusted with Swarovski crystals on the cuffs, collar and corset back with a 27 foot train. My shoes were covered with some odd 3,000 small blue topaz Swarovski crystals that took me about 15 hours to put on with tweezers.

To keep with our “Red Carpet” glam- as guests arrived at the reception, they walked down a we a 40 foot red carpet and were photographed by several paparazzi photographers. Custom designed bottles of red and baby blue Jones Soda with our engagement photo and a note from us to our guests imprinted on the back were on every place setting.

Guests stood in front of step & repeat banners with our “G” signature logo made by Wonderful Graffiti. In the middle of our cake stood a 12″ square glass vase filled with blue water with large red and clear crystals. Small blue topaz and red swarovski crystals decorated the outside of our 8″ metal “G” cake topper.

Groomsmen: All the men wore designer Italian black suits with red swarovski crystal buttons on the cuffs, black shirts, and red satin stripped ties. Maid of Honors: Two different styles of black silk formal gowns adorned with red Swarovski crystals broaches, chandelier earrings and 1940’s style feather/crystal hair pieces.

At the end of the evening, I had the big surprise waiting that Dennis had no idea about: I planned and schemed for months to arrange. We blind folded Dennis while we were driving around Portland, stopped and lead him up an elevator to a roof top and there was a beautiful helicopter waiting for us!

Thanks M’chel and Dennis for sharing your fabulous red carpet wedding with us. Great work by Becki Duckworth of West Coast Event Productions and many other vendors not listed here.

A Woodland Wedding

When Aleah {from The Good Life Event Specialists} sent me over this Woodland Wedding Theme, I knew I had to share it with you all. From the breathtaking trees to the sweet sentiments, this wedding in the woods was all about style and woodsy romance. I’ll let Aleah take it from here and share her experiences working with this adorable couple, Emily and Ryen:

We worked with Emily and Ryen to pull details from the surrounding forest Emily and her brothers grew up playing in. Being all about nature, the save the dates, place cards, invitations, and programs were brushed with a tree logo to symbolize Emily and Ryen’s story; they met while climbing.

Chock full of amazing details created by Emily’s father were details such as wooden directional signs pointing to “drinks, chapel,” and other fun locales on the property, a custom altar, and an absolutely amazing rustic wooden bar {see last photo}!

Fiddle ferns, moss, and hostas were harvested and incorporated into lush centerpieces.

Keeping with the wedding in the woods theme, we incorporated magical lighting an transformed Emily’s dad’s bar into a cigar and scotch lounge after dinner; check out the elk lamp! To top the night off, we had a rockin’ band play into the night. Having played with some of the biggest names in rock, the Chris Friel Orchestra kept everyone dancing and singing at Emily and Ryen’s own private concert. Congratulations, Emily + Ryen!

Here are some additional details:
Design and coordination: Nick and Aleah Valley – The Good Life Event Specialists: http://www.goodlifeevents.net
Floral: Floressence, Seattle: http://www.floressencedesign.com
Photography: Amore Studios: http://www.amorestudios.com
Band: Chris Friel Orchestra: http://www.chrisfriel.com
Dessert (cupcake bites): Susanne’s Cakes: http://www.susannesbakery.com
Catering: Ravishing Radish: http://www.ravishingradish.com
Paper goods: izzy girl: http://www.izzygirl.com
Rentals: AA Party Rentals: http://www.aaparty.com

Ceremony guitarist: Glenn Letz: http://www.glennlestz.com

A “Scooper” Cool Birthday

Recently, one of my favorite event designers, Kate Landers, sent me over this great Ice Cream Party she threw for her own boys’ birthdays. I immediately fell in love with the classic feel- like stepping inside of an old fashioned ice cream shoppe. If you need some great DIY ice cream party ideas– check these out. And if you want it to look this fabulous, just call Kate!

The party hats fit the theme perfectly! They are the same party hats I used for my girls’ candy themed party, remember?

The ice cream was set out in plastic buckets with shovels as the scoops. Love it! A buffet of toppings included “super hero strawberries” and “crushed Oreo dirt” perfect for a party of boys. All the buckets were labeled with the flavor of their content, with one bucket being a “family favorite” flavor, so fun!

For games, they played this handmade “Pin The Cherry On The Ice Cream Sundae” game and even made sculptures out of ice cream cones. Sounds like fun right? You can see pics over on Kate’s blog. For favors, adults were sent home with ice cream scoops adorned with thank you tags. The kids got to fill up bags of their favorite toppings to take home.

I just love this party! For all the party details and many more pictures, head on over to Kate’s blog.

If you liked this party, you might also like these Ice Cream Party Ideas or this Sweet Shoppe Party.

Oscar Party Ideas

Why not invite the ladies over for an Oscar viewing party? What is better than a little glitz and glam, fancy cocktails, and a dash of celebrity? Here are a few simple Oscar party ideas to get you started.

Twig & Thistle has created these glamorous DIY Oscar invitations. The perfect way to set the tone for your regal affair. Head on over to see all the fab DIY Oscar party ideas and download these templates for free. I love the popcorn bags…perfect touch!

Give each guest an official Oscar ballot and a pen. Let them choose their picks while you all watch the red carpet entrances. You can also go to the official Oscar website and download Oscar Bingo and Oscar Crossword Puzzles.

You can serve guests dinner or appetizers…but at minimum yo must provide cocktails and desserts. Try sipping this red Oscar cocktail or a simple Chambourd Champagne cocktail. For dessert, head on over to Bakerella’s website and learn how to make these Oscar treats.

Other ideas:

-Roll out the red carpet for guests (use runner, red butcher paper, red felt fabric).

-Create centerpieces with red roses. Add fake crystals for some “bling.”

-Ask your guests to dress up, it is a formal affair after all!

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