Archive of ‘Celebrate’ category

Spring Brunch {Part I}

About a week ago, I posted my Spring Brunch inspiration board and a sneak peek a recent shoot I styled. Today, I’d like to share more pictures with you {Part I}! I was honored to be asked by Aleah & Nick Valley of Valley & Co. to style a shoot for the second edition of their fabulous e-zine and share my Spring brunch ideas! With sunny thoughts flooding my brain, I just couldn’t resist. For the full story behind my inspiration, be sure to check out their e-glossy pages here.

{Part 1} The Table

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The setting was a bright green field. The perfect backdrop for an all-white, crisp table.

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When I think of Spring, images of fresh clean linen hanging from a clothes line in a big green field dance in my mind. That is what the table felt like to me — just perfect.

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Six white vases of different shapes and sizes were grouped tightly and lined the center of the table. The all white flowers were gathered from the local farmers’ market and included hydrangeas, ranunculus, spray roses and wax flowers. These centerpieces could also be great inspiration for white wedding flowers.

Whether you are looking for your own Spring brunch ideas or just white party ideas in general, I hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

**Check out Part II of this feature! I’ll show you the Spring Brunch menu and great pops of color added by our talented vendors!

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Butterfly Birthday Soiree

Clean and simple party themes always catch my eye and this party submitted by Eileen Liu Photography is just that. If you are looking for butterfly party ideas or just a simple and lovey party theme – this one is gorgeous. All the lovely details were created and styled by Liz and all photography was done by Eileen (you might recognize them from the Bird Themed Baby Shower featured last month). This pair has a style I just adore!

The birthday girl – celebrating 8!

Lovely, natural feeling butterfly decor.

Pink lemonade with green and white striped paper straws adorned with a single butterfly – cuteness!

And little treats…

For the guests to take home.

I love the clean, Spring feel to this party. The white and green (with just a touch of blush pink) worked really well. You can see more photos of the colorful food served and the adorable party favor bags over oat Eileen Liu Photography.

{Read on} Here is a few more Butterfly Party Ideas you might like!

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Spring Brunch Inspiration & Sneak Peek!

Here is a look at the inspiration board I created for a recent Spring Brunch shoot. The look was crisp and cheerful, exactly how I envision springtime. Plus, a sneak peek at the actual shoot!

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Inspiration above from: TheKnot, Twirlie Whirlies and My Baking Addiction.

Here is a sneak peek at the location where we held the brunch shoot — it was a stunning day!

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos! Stay tuned…

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Bird Themed Baby Shower

I have a special treat for you today (actually TWO treats)! First, I’d like to introduce you to a very talented photographer – Eileen Liu of Eileen Liu Photography. I was first introduced to Eileen’s stunning work from a colleague (thanks Leonard!) and soon fell in love with the way in which she captures people and events in an equally stunning way. The second treat? I’m going to share an adorable bird themed baby shower with you. Eileen captured this darling occasion. The shower was for the anticipated arrival of baby Anna. Between the great photos and home-spun decor, you can feel the love jumping off the screen. Enjoy!

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From Eileen: “Since birds will be the theme of Anna’s nursery they decided to make that the theme for the baby shower as well! All the decorations (made by my sister Liz and Stephenie, Timmy and Judy’s good friend) were created to have a nest-y feel.”

I am loving these yarn “flowers,” they give the table such a soft feel.

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Precious little handmade birdies!

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Sweets, and more sweets – YUM!

And a gorgeous colorful cake!

(this is my favorite photo, I just had to post it!)

And adorable homemade favors: cake pops and button cookies!

Eileen’s sister Liz amde most of the lovely decor seen above. She was kind enough to share with us her inspiration and links to several DIY tutorials for the burlap wreath, yarn balls and more:

Burlap Wreath – click here

Yarn Ball Flowers – click here

Shortbread Button Cookies – click here

Cake Pops – click here

Inspiration for birdhouses & birdcage – click here

Hope you liked these baby shower ideas … and if you are looking for more stunning photos, be sure to visit Eileen Liu Photography (I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of Eileen and Liz in the near future)!

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Purple & Yellow Dinner Party

I was brainstorming 30th birthday party ideas last month when I began planning a very special party for by best friend, Sarah. Nothing was jumping out to me so I decided to start with her favorite color (purple) and pair it with a bright yellow. Yellow just screams Spring and well, I am ready for warm weather and bright sunshine! Hope you like!

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A simple invitation. I designed the invitations, printed at home and then finished off by rounding the corners.

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A spring wreath welcomed guests (it only cost $5 to make and really adds a nice touch!). White candle holders (a HomeGoods find) were topped with mini yellow plant pots and tucked inside were purple candles. An eclectic group of purple and yellow flowers were put together for centerpieces. Bright yellows and shades of purple worked well together.

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I ended up tucking a few faux flowers (disclaimer: I sort of despise faux flowers) into the fresh arrangements. It ended up being an inexpensive way to get that deep-purple color I was looking for. Plus, the centerpieces still smelt good because of the fresh blooms!

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Purple damask (paper) placemats and yellow linen napkins added the vibrant color to the table. I created these placemats with scrapbook paper (remember when I showed you how to make placemats?). I also tied several shades of purple ribbons to the back of the birthday girl’s chair. Even 30 year old birthday girls want to feel special, right?

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To complement our Italian dinner, we had some great wine (of course!). Here is a fun sign I created (more to come on that soon!).

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the purple & yellow color combo? What other color combos are you loving for Spring?

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Love Birds | Decorating with Birdcages

Considering using birdcages in your wedding decor? I came across these stunning images showing birdcage decor at it’s finest.

The birdcages hung from an old tree seem like an unexpected delight.

I can see decorating with birdcages for weddings, bridal showers and even engagement parties (think love birds or tweet-hearts). These images are from Duet Weddings- well worth a look!

What do you think? Do you see birdcages in your decorating future?

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