Archive of ‘Celebrate’ category

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!

bird themed baby shower

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.

bird themed baby shower

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!

30th birthday party ideas

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

spring party ideas

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.

dinner party

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!

30th birthday party ideas for a dinner party

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?

dinner party

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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Pink & Green Baby Shower

Looking for ideas for baby shower decoration ideas? This pink and green baby shower is perfect for welcoming that sweet baby girl! Hosted by my very best friend – this shower was planned around thoughtful touches and a clean, simple feel. I think she did a fabulous job!

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A “Baby” sign welcomed guests as they arrived. This simple decoration can be made using white wooden letters from your local craft store. Glue them to a 1.5″ gingham ribbon and secure to the door. Simple! One of my favorite baby shower decoration ideas is the clothes line (you might have seen me do it here and here). You can purchase baby clothes in the color scheme of the shower and then after, place them in a basket and give to mom-to-be.

What I love about this tablecape is that it is so clean and simple. Groups of flowers (all picked up from the local farmers’ market that morning) add a pop of color to the light green table runner.

Lovely, isn’t it?

Mixing types of flowers adds texture to your table. Feel free to mix it up!

These pink lemonade jars were placed at each setting. A darling white and green striped paper straw tied to each one.

These simple DIY wine glass charms added a nice touch to the champagne glasses.

Baby shower food consisted of salads, pastas and warm sandwiches. For dessert, mini cheesecakes with a topping bar including these gorgeous fresh berries.

A book of “wishes & advice” was created using scrapbook elements and guests were asked to leave their thoughts for baby & mom-to-be.

Guests were “showered with thanks” with these plumeria soap bars. They smelled AMAZING and were handmade by thesoapguy.com (a great favor idea!).

I custom designed invitations for this shower, but I am really liking these 4 above. Any of them would set the tone well. 1. Baby Girl 2. Vintage Baby 3. Spring Swirls 4. Birdies

Thank you to Sarah for sharing this event with us and to Priscilla for allowing us to use these wonderful photos. And congrats to mom Melissa!

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Zebra Party

Look for ideas for a wild party theme? This party was for my daughter (she turned 10!) who requested a zebra party. She chose purple (her favorite color) to compliment the black & white zebra theme but any color would have worked well. The party was small with about 8 girls — but it was fun!

Zebra party decor proved to be a little trickier than I thought, but we managed! Zebra table runners tied it all in well. Purple plates and zebra napkins from our local party store and black and white paper straws matched perfectly!

We didn’t need too many sweets (just 8 girls) so we chose her favorites. Cupcakes, (purple) chocolate covered pretzels and white chocolate covered Oreos.

As the main activity, we decided on a DIY photo booth. Here we are goofing around before the guests arrived. We made mustaches and lips on sticks (SUPER simple), had a ton of big glasses, hats, scarves, you name it! The girls had so much fun posing with one another.

Here is little sister getting all the pics she can before the “big” girls arrive.

While the girls were eating lunch, I snuck away to print out the photos they had taken. Each girl was given a fuzzy zebra picture frame that had their silly photo inside – they were a hit!

Zebra Table Runner – CV Linens (less than $5 each!)

Black & White Paper Straws and Zebra Cupcake Liners – The Sugar Diva

Zebra Printed Treat Bags – fort & field on etsy

Zebra Oreos – Sweeties by Kim

Purple Polka Dot Party Hats – Kate Landers Events

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Cowgirl Party, Saddle Up!

Whether you are throwing a horse party or cowgirl party, I hope you find inspiration in the party pictures below. This party was extra special to plan (it was for my little girl!) and the theme and color was entirely chosen by her! “Purple Cowgirl” were the instructions I received and here’s what I came up with. Hope you like it!

cowgirl party invitation

The invitations I made using Adobe Photoshop and printed on a home computer onto linen cardstock. Below the invite is an image of little girls’ boots. I had them slip them off to grab this photo.

horse party

On the porch by the front door, I placed a hay bale with the cowgirl sign, an old horseshoe, and a pair of boots she had outgrown. Even though our color was purple – I pulled these items from her bedroom to use as decor (sometimes you have to bend the rules!).

horse party favors

What would a Cowgirl Party be without the horses? I got the idea to give stick ponies as favors from the fabulous party Erin Volante threw for her adorable daughter (thanks Erin!). The ponies were in their “Pony Corral” and each child was able to take one home after the party so they could continue the fun at their own ranch. I got them from the nearby dollar store.

I just loved the purple unicorn!

And here is a close up of our little Cowgirl.

horse party decorations

I also got this idea to make a Wanted poster from Erin — and I LOVE how it turned out.

For dessert, our cowgirl requested cupcakes and sherbet ice cream. The purple gingham cupcake liners are from The Cupcake Social. And the sunflower toppers are made out of scrapbook stickers and wooden party picks.

Hostess Tip: The night before the party, pre-scoop ice cream and place in paper cups. Fill a couple of trays and place in the freezer. Then when it comes cake and ice cream, you can easily pass them out and ditch manning the ice cream scoop.

Other elements used:

-Paper pennant flags hung outside on the garden gate (we also placed horseshoes along the dirt path).

-Wooden cutlery were placed in mason jars.

-Striped treat bags were filled with carmel corn and placed in an old wooden planter for guests to grab.

cowgirl party decorations

The childrens’ table was lined with bales of straw that doubled as benches.

Each guest got their own cowgirl/boy hat and sheriff’s badge.

Activities included pin-the-tail on the pony, coloring paper horses and putting on horse tattoos.

And then there was D.J. the horse. He was the biggest hit of the party, especially with the birthday girl!

Our little cowgirl is 4!

For food – we served up lunch… ranch-style! The menu included Mustang Mac-n-Cheese, Wild West Chicken Strips, Tumbleweed Salad, Bootstrap Biscuits, Smoky Bacon Potato Salad and Applesauce. Of course all was washed down with some ice cold lemonade! Thank you to Amy from Blowout Party for the menu inspiration – it was a hit!

cowgirl cookie favors

As the afternoon came to an end, the little ones left with their stick ponies, hats and badges and the parents were sent off with these infamous Cowgirl Cookie Jars (recipe and DIY instructions from Bakerella!).

It was a perfect cowgirl party … thoughtful and simple. Hope you like it!

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