Friday, April 27, 2012

Gorgeous Graduation Party Feature

I'm completely in love with the latest creation from my favorite party blog, Celebrations at Home. I just can't get over how talented and created Chris is, she always pulls everything together perfectly! I want to be her when I grow up :) She's my #1 party crush, there, I've said it.

The object of my affection is her "Keys to Success Graduation Party." I think it's hard to give a graduation party a general theme, there's always the possibility of using the school colors as the them, or in case of a graduate degree, you could focus on the profession, like I did for the Dental School Graduation party.
The Keys of success is a great theme with tons of creative options, as you'll see below!

The party has a vintage, Anthropologie feel and uses a neutral color palette of yellow, browns and whites. Let's look at this beautiful table!

I love the use of different colored bottles, jars and flowers.

These paper placemats are AWESOME! Chris found them HERE - they're great because you can just toss them when the party is over!I also love all the keys at each place setting and the yellow table runner.

The dessert table rocked, as dessert tables usually do :) I love the frame with keys and the "keys of success" hanging from each key. Great advice!

 Chris uses furniture in her party decor, like this small table with drawers below. I love it!

These chocolate diploma rolls are genius and uses Nutella, so you know it's delicious. Recipe is HERE.

 I'm loving this ribbon swag, too.

The party favors station is adorable as well.


Guests wrote notes of advice to the graduate.

I think it's safe to say Celebrations at Home has done it again! This is why I adore the blog world; there is so much inspiration out there and so many creative people. It really gets my creative juices flowing! 

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I've got another 5K race I'm doing tomorrow morning that I'm semi-excited for. I've had 2 crappy runs this week so running and I are currently in a fight, but hopefully we'll make up by tomorrow morning in time for me to cross the finish line at a decent time! I'm also throwing a small birthday get together on Sunday for my beautiful mom - Happy Birthday Mommy! (yes, sometimes I still call her mommy). The theme is Strawberries, so you know I'll be swinging by the Farmers Market to get me some berries this weekend. Hopefully I'll have some time to relax as the next few weeks are crazy with a big wedding, fundraiser for my work and a big cocktail party. It's all good though, I'm happy and thankful to be busy and have work that I enjoy :) I'm not just saying that, I really mean it. I'm lucky and I know it!

Before I forget, I wanted to share this one last thing with you - you'll be glad I did! If you're looking for something fun to whip up for the weekend, try my Dirty Pirate Popsicles I made for It's basically a Rum and Coke in a Popsicle and it has an awesome name - hee-hee!

See you next week! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pink, Glitter and Gray Chevron Fall Wedding

One of my favorite things about weddings is when the couple shows their personality throughout the whole event. One of my upcoming brides is doing just that. She's a fabulously fun girl who loves champagne, pink and lots of fun party-time. Let me just name some of the awesome things she's having at her wedding:

 Pink popcorn
 Grey chevron pattern everywhere
 Pink candy bar
 Miniature Food galore!
 Pink champagne a-flowin'
 Dance party a-happenin'
.... and MUCH more!
 The list of awesomeness goes on and on! To say I've enjoyed working with this bride is an understatement - she rocks! I can't wait to help make all her ideas come together and I know it will turn out fantastic. Here 
are some images I've been collecting that reflect the ideas for her big day!

(All images from Pinterest!)

Yay for pink and for personalities shining through! Can't wait to see this pink shindig in all its glory!

In other news, I've started guest blogging on one of my fave party sites, Party Box Design, so be sure to check out my first post- it's all about paper flowers!

Hope you're having a great week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Malone and Rafe Wedding Pictures - March Wedding

Finally - the pictures of my March wedding are here! It's like a mini Christmas when the pictures arrive :) I first mentioned Malone and Rafe here when I shared their engagement photos. They are a super laid back, nice couple - incredibly easy to work with! No bridezillas here! Despite a rainy start to the ceremony and reception, Malone and Rafe's wedding was creative, beautiful and showed off their awesome personalities.

Here's a few photos - all from Michael J. Flanagan Photography.

I love this photo of the tattooed hairdresser curling Malone's hair - it's badass, excuse my French.

The bridesmaids expressions when they see Malone are priceless:


Even though the rain made for a few hours of stress (especially for the wedding, it made for some adorable umbrella pics. How cute are these?

Malone wanted to have her wedding to have some "charitable aspects," as she is pretty passionate about certain causes. Her bridesmaids had one requirement - they could wear any black dress they wanted, but they'd need to wear black Toms wedges. In case you've been living under a rock, Toms shoes are extremely popular due to their casual cuteness and their philosophy of giving a pair of shoes to a child every time you buy a pair of their shoes. 

Malone sported a more "bridal" look, with off-white Toms wedges:

Malone and Rafe gave everyone white knots to wear, which symbolize marriage equality - specifically, that everyone should have the right to tie the knot. You can learn more about the organization here. I loved that touch. 

Malone and her mom were really creative and came up with a guest book idea that I have never seen before - not even on Pinterest or in "blog world!" Using different colored tape and red/white string, they created a garland that was pressed into a binder. Guests could sign each piece of masking tape with a little note to Malone and Rafe and they can use it on their Christmas tree for years to come. Genius and so inventive!

Family was an important part of the day. In fact, Rafe's talented sister even made the beautiful wedding cake! It was red velvet, and I definitely snuck a piece - it tasted AMAZING! I loved the intricacies of the frosting swirls.

To honor Malone's late grandfather who collected vintage Coke bottles, the green coke bottles served as flower vases for some of the table settings:

A good time was had by all, especially when the party animals rocked it on the dance floor to the classic wedding song Shout! 

I love this sweet picture of the happy couple after the ceremony:

We'll finish it up with this sweet sparkler shot from the evening:

 Malone and Rafe were a pleasure to work with, and I'm happy I got to play a little part in their big day! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Handmade (with love)

Here's a little something about me - I absolutely love getting the mail! Weird, right? I love getting magazines and catalogs even if they just pile up for weeks until I have time to read them. I mean, obviously I don't like the bills (sometimes I just put them back for the next day...ha), but sometimes I get a handwritten note from my grandmother or a fabulous invitation like I did yesterday.! Stu and I are heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in July for a good friends wedding, and if their handmade invitations are any indication, the wedding will be stylin! 

Can you believe the couple made these invites by hand? Hand stamped, printed out on their home computer, supplies all bought from the AMAZING, DROOL-WORTHY Paper Source! Take a look!

I love the wraparound label's the front...

.... and the back! Note that they addressed the envelope to Stu and Pookie (Pookie may or may not be Mr. Fo's silly name for got a huge laugh!)

Look at the hand stamped hearts - I'm obsessed! You can't tell how great the paper is over the computer (Duh Jackie), but the paper is super thick and wonderful - love love love.

The little yellow piece of paper has their wedding website on it, I think it's a great touch!

I  loved getting these handmade invites in the mail. If you can't find your perfect wedding invite, think about making them yourselves! Congratulations to Annie and James and I can't WAIT to see what kinds of handmade touches your wedding has!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Butterfly Brunch!

I just discovered Ellinee Design via my favorite party site, Celebrations at Home! This blog (and corresponding site where you can purchase paper invitations) is chock full of gorgeous and simple DIY entertaining ideas! I loved this butterfly brunch they did; it's perfect for spring! Check out the full post for details and free butterfly printables so you can make your own butterfly brunch! 

You can learn how to make the dramatic centerpiece with curly willow twigs HERE!

Also on the site is a paper rose bouquet that is absolutely beautiful. I sent this to my October bride (who is using only paper flowers - eek! love!) and she loved it! Can you believe this is paper? Check out the post for instructions! 

I've got a busy weekend with a Sunday wedding where I'm handling the day-of-coordination - Congratulations Paul and Cori! Hope you all are enjoying your week and have a great weekend!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Weeknights with Giada

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! Our weather was absolutely beautiful and I took advantage by taking a lovely run (4.5 miles - yes, I'm bragging but it's my longest run ever. YAY!), spending time outside and eating Easter candy, of course. 

In my Easter basket (yes, I still get an Easter basket), I got the latest Giada cookbook, Weeknights with Giada. In typical Giada style, the recipe is filled with beautiful photos and easy recipes, with a smattering of excerpts from her seemingly perfect think she's perfect too, just admit it!

Since I've been an absolute slacker with cooking meals lately, I've decided to make one recipe from her cookbook per week to get myself back on the cooking train. Here's a featured recipe from her cookbook- looks yummy! If you think lasagna is too involved for a weeknight dinner, have no fear, the recipe uses no-boil noodles so it saves you tons of time.

  Sweet Corn and Basil Lasagna

Sweet Corn and Basil Lasagna

No-boil noodles and a food processor are what make this lasagna a weeknight-dinner friend. Both help to put a super-creamy, provolone-cheesy, comforting, and downright amazing pasta dish on the table for the family. One tip to minimize clean-up and avoid hand-grating the cheese: use the shredding attachment of the food processor to grate the provolone first. Then, without having to wash the bowl, you can switch to the blade to make the sweet corn and basil filling. Smiles all around!
Serves 4-6
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 3 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • ½ cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups grated pecorino romano cheese
  • Grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ packed cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 ½ cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
  • 6 no-boil lasagna sheets (about half a 9-ounce box)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. In a food processor, blend the corn, cream, and garlic until chunky. Add the mascarpone cheese, 1 cup of the romano cheese, the lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add the basil and pulse until just combined. Spread one-third of the corn mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with one-third of the provolone cheese. Place two lasagna sheets on top. Repeat twice with the remaining corn mixture, provolone cheese, and lasagna sheets. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup romano cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool for 10 minutes. Cut into 6 pieces and serve.

I've got a busy week coming up with a wedding this upcoming weekend, but I'll be back at least one more time for a new post this week. Happy Monday!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Strawberry Season!

One of my co-workers informed me that due to our early hot weather and complete lack of winter, strawberry season will be coming 2 weeks early this year!

She was super pumped about this early crop, and my mind immediately went to parties and entertaining. To celebrate Spring, I think it would be fun to throw a Strawberry Party, with all things strawberry! Coincidentally, my April Southern living is chock full of delicious strawberry recipes. Let's take a look at this sweet round-up!

 These strawberry-lemonade muffins look absolutely amazing and would be perfect for a brunch!

This chicken salad with strawberries looks amazing.

For dessert, how about a layered strawberry mousse cake? 

Or these strawberry cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream frosting from Eat, Live, Run. WOW.

Happy almost Strawberry Season!