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Host a Pie Party

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I get giddy just thinking about setting a dreamy table and playing hostess to my nearest and dearest friends and family. However, once the meal has been enjoyed and the company has cleared, it always seems the next day I am exhausted! The idea for this party came to me in that spirit of having conquered the holiday but still longing for more of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving — pie, wine, and great company.

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimplePie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThis post-Thanksgiving gathering is very mellow yet still inviting. Have your closest friends bring over their leftover holiday pies (seriously, already sliced and all) and a bottle of wine. Set up a pie bar, set a causal table and nestle in for the afternoon.

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Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

You love your mom, we all love our moms. Remember making those cute Mother’s day gifts from Mom is school? You know the ones that included things like popsicle sticks, glue and glitter? Mom loved your homemade gifts then and will surely appreciate these grown up homemade Mother’s Day Gifts. Pick one, make one, put a smile on Mom’s face.

 Homemade Mother's Day Gifts | Muffins & Mimosas

 Muffins and Mimosas gift basket.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

 Painted wood bead necklace

 Homemade Mothers day gift | planter

DIY Mother’s Day Planter

So, what are you making Mom this year? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Neon Volleyball Party!

I love that inspiration from a party can come on a whim. While playing volleyball lakeside recently, by husband mentioned it would be fun to have a volleyball party. Just so happens he has a birthday coming up — so …. why not we thought?

I had to throw in some NEON and make it a NEON volleyball party (you know, for good measure).

Thinking of hosting a neon party? I hope our invites and inspiration board inspire you. Because ….. if it isn’t NEON, it shouldn’t BEON.  :)

Neon Party

Nothing fancy here. Kraft paper cardstock and envelopes are a nice neutral contrast to the neon (and they reminded me of the sand at the volleyball court). A simple invite design for the “KCT UN-PRO Tour 2012″ and some party details. I used neon washi tape to give the envelops a fun neon pop.

Here is the rest of the items I bought for he party. Since it will mainly be a bunch of adults playing beach volleyball …. there really isn’t much else to decorate. So, we thought we’d have fun with our outfits :).

For links to purchase the items check out my Neon Pinterest board. I’ll post picks after the party, they should be fun ones!

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A look behind scenes (wedding + coffee, lots of coffee)

I’ve been quiet lately, but certainly not bored. My plate has been more than full … sort of like a buffet exploded on my lap, actually. I apologize for the lack of posts — though you seem to have kept occupied reading about summer cocktails, circus parties (an oldie but goodie) and how to make tissue paper pom poms — so that’s good :).

Here’s a few snapshots on what’s been keeping my busy and a little sneak peek at one very gorgeous wedding.

FLOWERS. They occupied my life for 3 straight days. Non-stop. My air conditioner that was set at 50 degrees can testify (dreading that bill!). I played wedding florist (first time for everything, huh?) and it was no small feat. With 150 guests and a large venue… we had a TON of flowers. Just picture, 11 bouquets as a starting point. Boy, I’m glad that’s over!

DIY galore. Painting, staining, building, crafting, gluing …. pretty much up until it was time to get hair and makeup done. Oh, did I mention I was the Matron of Honor? Wedding planner, florist, Matron of Honor, and Sister-in-Law to the beautiful bride … yep, told you I was busy :).

FUEL. This is how I survived. Between all of those roles above, I was still playing the usual: mom, wife, cook and also  keeping together my full time day job.

It was WAY worth it though. This stunning couple are the best Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law one over-worked gal can ask for. They deserved a perfect day!

I had so many wonderful vendors help me pull this day off… I can’t wait to show you all the pictures!

And that pic of the rings? It almost killed me. Yep, heart attack. I kept it on the inside though because a frantic sister/Matron of Honor/wedding planner is the LAST thing a happy bride needs to see on her wedding day. Can you guess what happened after this photo was taken? Go ahead, guess.

More, regular posts coming next week (I promise). Thanks for hanging in there with me. I’m going to relax and get rid of my wedding hangover this weekend and then … I’ll be baaaaaack!

the last two photos courtesy of Tracy Dodson Photography

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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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Wedding Inspiration with Minted + $250 GIVEAWAY

Calling all brides-to-be!

minted giveaway

If you’re a bride (not a bride, but know one? Let her know about this post!), you’ll want to read on. One of my favorite invitation and stationery go-to’s, Minted is sharing four lovely, new wedding invitations with us today. Even better, they have given me a GREAT prize to giveaway — $250 gift card to Minted! So, if you need save the dates, wedding invitations, or thank you notes for your big day … this is for you.

Check out 4 of their newest designs:

Love Story :: Sophisticated buntings created from the pages of a classic love story, set the mood for a romantic event. [see it here]

Chalkboard :: This wedding invitation has plenty of character with a textured background and hand drawn elements. [see it here]

Column Rule :: Clean and modern type highlights the names stars of the day, the bride and groom. [see it here]

In the park :: A sweet invitation to announce an outdoor wedding venue. Features woodgrain and floral embellishments. [see it here]

Do you have a favorite? (I do, but I don’t want to sway you)

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Now for the fun part, your chance to win $250 towards your next Minted order!

Follow these 2 simple steps to enter:

1. Pin your favorite invitation from above to one of your own personal Pinterest boards.

2. Come back here and leave a link to your pin in a comment (grab the url in your browser bar). This will count as your official entry.

P.S. Be sure to follow both HostessTori and Minted on Pinterest!

Contest ends April 29th at 11pm PST. One winner will be chosen randomly from the comments below. Must complete steps 1 & 2 above to enter.

 

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