It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).
I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:
And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?
If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.
Since sharing this engagement party invitation with you, we’ve been super busy gathering all of the fabulous photos from this classy + whimsy engagement party we hosted. We had so many wonderful vendors help us pull off this amazing night to celebrate a very special couple (hello Courtney & Dave!) that we are going to break the party feature into 2 parts. So, let’s just jump in to some eye candy, shall we?
The entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.” I took her wishes and ran with them. I knew I wanted to use one original pattern throughout the party (think invite, decor, desserts) and that bright pink and orange would be perfect for an end-of-summer cocktail soiree. I turned to my go-to girl Kori from Paper and Pigtails and together we brainstormed the PERFECT invite!
The reverse side of the invite was printed with a custom pattern – I’m calling it “chevron with a twist.” You’ll see much more of the pattern in Part 2!
The event took place at the home of dear friends of the couple in Old Town Murrieta, CA. The property offered a gorgeous backdrop for cocktails, appetizers, friends and family. We strung market lights which transformed the yard once the sun set.
All the linens and chairs (from Allie’s Party) were black which looked really chic in the bright and vibrant outdoor space. The Blumebox vases used to create the centerpieces were also black and were meant to blend in to the table top. Then each was filled with vibrant flowers that “popped” right off of the tables.
Photos and flowers were used throughout the party space.
The main decor for this party were the pink and orange flowers — stunning flowers.
Roses, baby Dalias and Gerber Daisies in shades of oranges and pinks. They were all grown and picked by my favorite grower at our local farmers’ market (more on him soon!).
We have much more to show you in Part 2 including food, cocktails and amazing desserts. See Part 2 here.
It’s no secret that the invitation sets the tone for the party, baby shower, wedding — or whatever the event may be. Making or finding theperfect one however can be tough. For me, it’s my favorite part of the party planning process. Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it’s a long process, but once I’ve found “it” I get extremely motivated (and excited) to plan the rest of the event!
For this upcoming engagement party, I had an exact vision of what I wanted the invitations to look and feel like. Kori (as she always does) was able to jump into my crowded mind and deliver — the. perfect. invites.
Classy and sophisticated …. yet a little whimsy and fun. Black with a touch of orange and bright pink, great fonts and (my favorite part) an original pattern designed just for this party. Here’s a look!
You can see the pattern in the picture above, it covers the entire reverse side of the invite and was meant to bit a bit of a “surprise.” I LOVE how they turned out. What do you think?
Many more professional photos to come of this event so stay tuned (I snapped this with an iphone real quick because I just couldn’t wait to share!)
Remember this spring baby shower I hosted for a dear friend a while back? Well that mom-to-be recently helped host (with her sister) a baby shower for their little sister and I have to share it with you. Kenzi (the new mom-to-be) is a country girl at heart and they wanted to make the shower feel put together but relaxed. I think they accomplished that perfectly. Take a look at this western baby shower.
A homemade burlap banner, old wagon wheel and hay bales offered a casual place for guests to sit and relax in the shade.
Nothing fussy about the food and beverages! Sweet tea & lemonade (no western theme should be without!), snacks and later on guests dined on good ole’ BBQ!
Centerpieces were made of sunflowers gathered from the local farmers’ market and placed in mason jars. Other jars hung on iron garden hooks throughout the space and were filled with other yellow wildflowers.
Placemats were simple – coordinating scrapbook paper (This is my go-to idea! Take a peek at the DIY paper placemat post from a couple of years back). With simple twine used to tie up the napkins and cutlery.
Remember the wagon wheel? Guests filled out little wishing cards for mom and baby and pinned then to the wheel. Such a cute idea!
As guests left, they were sent on “Happy Trails” with a jar of homemade trail mix. The perfect touch to this thoughtful western baby shower!
Great job Kelly and Kaci and a BIG congrats to mom-to-be Kenzi!
This garden party was submitted by Stacey of Elle Belle Creative(you might remember Stacey from the “In a Flash! first birthday theme” we featured last year) and was designed for her daughter and friends to celebrate the end of the school year. With the focus on fresh ingredients from their local farm, this party is not only darling but good for you too!
Vintage seed packet garland makes the perfect garden party decor.
Table decor as told by Stacey:
The tables were covered in burlap, with a row of vintage doilies down the center (I bought the doilies from Our Attic on Etsy and realized when I received the package in the mail that they’re local!). I picked up the green and yellow square plates and the watering cans we used as water pitchers at Ikea. I found the glass jars with the metal latch lids for apple sauce at Goodwill, along with the silverware spoons I used at each place setting, and the parfait glasses I filled with whipped cream.
A close up of the darling table.
And centerpieces Stacey made using flowers from her neighborhood.
Beverages and snack station — perfect to compliment a morning garden party!
For more party pics and details, head on over the Elle Belle Creative and check out Stacey’s complete post. She even has a free printable so you can make your own vintage can centerpiece.
Here is a wedding that I know you have never seen before. I know because it is my wedding — the day I married my love. Not many (quality) photos exists which is why (7 years later) I am JUST bringing myself to share them. The lack of photos? Well, that is for an entire separate post (hint: the title could be ‘The photographer is the most important vendor you will hire’). For now, I will share these few photos with you and although I have no proof for those of you who did not attend, believe me when I say it was much more beautiful than what was captured.
There we are (just 7 years younger!). Even looking back, that was still the “perfect” dress. I don’t think I would change a thing about it. The veil? Eh…. I was NOT a veil person. However, there was some “insisting” by some and well, there I am… with a veil. Brides: don’t be afraid to speak up – if you don’t want a veil, don’t have one (ok PSA over, promise).
The setting was a far off green on a golf course where an 150 year old stone house was located. Here is a line up of all the centerpieces before they were placed onto the tables. Several shades of pink Gerber Daisies with swirls of Lemon Grass in the bottoms of the vases. They were simple but looked amazing.
My bouquet (which I LOVED).
A glimpse at our gorgeous wedding party. Bridesmaids in lovely fuchsia tea length dresses and these darling 3 flower girls (they were so small back then, melts my heart!). The guys wore black tuxes with silver vests and ties.
You can see a (rather blurry) peek at our arch. Boy was it stunning! I hope I can uncover a close up photo someday to share.
Bridesmaids bouquets (this photo makes them appear more purple than they were).
The cake… oh the cake. Not only the best tasting cake I’ve ever had but it was visually stunning. I had NO idea what the floral part of the cake would look like until I saw it at the reception. I trusted my florist 1,000% and told her to surprise me (still shocked I did that, boy how I have changed since then!). The flavor was perfect for a warm summer wedding. White cake soaked with Midori, lemon butter cream filling and a white icing that had just a hint of orange. It may sound odd — but the cake was really refreshing.
So, there may not be many photos that captured that night as I remembered it — but that night, in that moment we had nothing on our mind but the new life we were beginning. No photographer upset, nothing to dampen our mood. I suppose it has taken me 7 years to realize that in the big scheme of things, the poor photographer choice was a minor hiccup.
Plus, maybe we will just have to renew our vows in three years and do it again. But if so, you better bet we will be choosing the BEST photographer we can find!