Wedding: Leela & Jeff

This wedding comes to us from Mike and Natala of Choco Studio Photography. You might remember their amazing work from this vintage white wedding we featured as well.

Natasha shares:

A short and sweet ceremony was held near a pool of water with overgrown with lilies. Following the ceremony the guests were invited to the Birch Garden for cocktails and encouraged to explore the nine acres of the garden and enjoy the art.

The wedding was just perfect – intimate and relaxed, with everybody having lots of fun! Here are some favorites:

The lovely bride Leela with her Maid of Honor and Groom Jeff with his best man.

The location: gorgeous cornerstone Gardens in CA.

Thank you Natasha & Mike for sharing your wonderful work with us. You captured the beauty of this great location and the pure love of Leela and Jeff’s perfect day.

For a list of the vendors used and more wedding photos, head over to Choco Studio.

Girly Gecko {Beach} Party!

Have a little lizard lover in your life? Check out this girly gecko party that Lindsay of Bella Grace Party Designs threw for her daughter Giada’s 2nd birthday. It was at the beach and had a definity fun, thoughtful (but still simple) vibe to it. So fun!

Simple set up on the beach.

Cute kid on lizard raft, check!

darling beach/lizard favors. I LOVE the personalized sunscreen favors. Lindsay says,

“I had a great time working with Jessica of Pen N’ Paper Flowers creating the adorable lizard graphic. She did such a PERFECT job helping me create the great water bottle labels and Lizard lotion labels.”
We agree, it looks perfect!

These lizard shaped cookies and gecko topped cupcakes are perhaps my favorite party detail. Adorable! You must check out all the lizard party details over on Lindsay’s blog. And check out all the cool vendors who helped her pull this off. Great job!

Halftime Snacks | Party Food

If you are throwing a sports themed party (like I did recently – here), you may be wondering how to incorporate all those salty, sporty snacks into your event. I decided to do a play on the oh-so popular sweet dessert tables. We swapped out most of the sweet goodies for sporty favorites like sunflower seeds and Cracker Jacks.

These “Halftime Snacks” were a huge hit. I often found guests scooping up their favorites into individual bags and even huddling (get it) around the table grabbing handfuls of these salty treats.

The “Halftime Snacks” sign was adapted from a free printable from Hostess with the Mostess. See the DIY originals here.

Classic sport favorites like Big League Chew and Slim Jims fit into this sports theme perfectly.

This savory (and a little sweet) dessert table included: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, pretzels, Corn Nuts, Slim Jims, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew, Hot Tamales and Boston Baked Beans.

Overall, we think we hit a home run with this table. What do you think? Did we leave something out?

Show Your Team Spirit!

I shared with you the sports themed invitations that were designed for my husband’s sports themed (SURPRISE) birthday party last week. Like I mentioned before, the invites really inspired the whole party. Sporty, simple, and FUN.

We worked with several great vendors to pull of this sports party — and we definitely hit this one out of the park!

The sports invitation set the tone with it’s use of sporty fonts and sports references.

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The guest of honor was greeted by two symbols of his favorite sports team. This Buffalo Bills flag was flying high while this “Dodger Fans Only” sign greeted him as he arrived to this surprise event.

This vintage baseball sign hung from the front door directing guests inside to the festivities.

Cheerleader inspired signs acted as fun themed decor throughput the party space. Bonus: super simple and inexpensive way to tie in the sports theme.

Utilizing the entire party space, seating was placed throughout. Guest could also stay entertained by playing horseshoes or ping pong — there was no sitting on the bench at this party! For a little grown-up-only fun, we hit this Dodger pinata. Candy? No way! This pinata was filled with mini (plastic) liquor bottles!

These sporty center pieces simple to put together. A container of wheat grass (produce section of grocery store), wrapped in construction paper, with 2 pennant flags placed in the center. Little tins filled with peanuts offered as edible decor as well and were placed amongst the tables.

More sporty decor.

Here is a sneak peek at our Halftime snack table. See the sign? A simple DIY project adapted from Jennifer of Hostess blog. More details (and pics) coming soon in a separate post!

This DIY concession stand offered guests a choice of three regional hot dogs. All the fixings were set out and the dogs kept cooking on a hot dog roller — this was a perfect solution to having to force someone to man the grill. I highly recommend it! Chips were hung from a rope and secured with clothes pins on each side of the concession stand.

Guests poured drinks in sports team cups and stayed hydrated with an assortment of old-fashioned soda pop, Gatorade (of course!) and other adult beverages (big league punch anyone?).

There is no cake or cupcakes at a ballpark, but there is ice cream! Allie’s Party rentals provided us with this great ice cream cart — LOVED it! Not only did it look the part, it was so convenient. After an initial charge, this cart kept the ice cream cold for 10 hours! Guest could serve themselves throughout the event. It was a huge hit!

Did I mention this was a costume party? Here I am, the hostess referee with the birthday boy.

*Photos that are missing from this post- a fabulous (huge) balloon arch that guests had to walk through upon arriving and entering the party. It was a hit yet somehow we failed to capture any photos.

Thank you to the great vendors who helped pull this event off!

Invitations via Paper & Pigtails

Party rentals via Allie’s Party Rentals

Sports themed decor via Plates & Napkins and Game Day Parties

Free DIY Printables via HWTM

Get Your Hot Dogs!

Hot dogs (3 ways) were served at the recent sport themed party I hosted. Playing off the regional hot dogs found at ballparks across the country, I chose three that I felt guests would enjoy the most.

First, I decided that rather than having someone man the grill the entire party — I would just use a hot dog roller to keep the dogs cooked and warm as guests needed them.

Then, I created the table of condiments.

Along with the world famous Cubby Dog (Chicago style hot dog), there was:

  • a spicy Cowboy Dog: Texas Chili, cheese, onions, and jalapenos
  • a good ole’ fashioned Dodger Dog: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish

Placed on the table were signs (like the one above) that outlined for guests what to pile on each dog.

These DIY signs were adapted from the free printables over at HWTM.

S’more please!

Have you checked the National Food Calendar today? Well, if not you might be pleased to know that today is National S’mores Day. Could there be a more delicious reason to gather a few yummy recipes? In honor of this ooey gooey day, here are a few great s’more recipes for you. Have one of your own? Share your favorite s’more recipe with us in the comments!

Peanut butter and chocolate? OH MY! Try this s’mores sandwich recipe for an over-the-top treat!

Make s’more chocolate truffles. These would be perfect for a dessert table at a party, don’t you think?

S’mores + cupcakes = heaven! Try making these s’more cupcakes with Bakerella’s step-by-step instructions.

Want to drink your dessert? This s’more mocktail would be the perfect sip for today!

So… which would you try first? Have another recipe? Share it with us!

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