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Thursday
Jan162014

rustic baby shower

Today I get to show off MY rustic {gender neutral} baby shower! Such sweet details!

Birch straws + real birch wood = my favorite.

LOVE my invitations & party signage designed by the with-us-in-spirit, Mekala (who just updated her lovely website). 

Burlap accents & handmade paper doll garlands. To drink we had hot cider and punch, along with an array of amazing foods.

Super fun & delicious party favors of caramel popcorn.

Ahhh, so wonderful! My sweet girlfriends did such a great job, I felt so honored that day and couldn't have hoped for a better celebration.

Invitations and signage by Tie That Binds Weddings

Friday
Oct112013

blood vile ::: halloween invitation

Here's the follow-up invitation that accompanied the Halloween Save-the-Date. These little 3" boxes were mailed to potential party guests.

I still love them so much! Fun packaging is the best. And don't forget you can download your own version of this invitation! Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday
Oct092013

halloween invite {free download}

So last year I hosted a small Halloween bash. It's one of my husbands' favorite holidays, and I love an excuse for decorations & food. Like many (nay—nearly all) projects, I hardly had time to pull it off let alone document with photos. 

But now I get to show off the fun invitations that were sent out!

The photos are of a save-the-date (more elaborate invite coming soon!), but the printable is for a fill-in-the-blank halloween party invitation. The red drip/splash isn't part of the design, it's actually a drop of food coloring. Each invite was unique with its own runs and splotches. How haunting!

Above is the link to download your own invitations. Be sure to add the splash of blood!

Monday
Sep162013

fall farm wedding {part 2}

The fall wedding gorgeousness continues! After guests minglinged for the cocktail hour, they made their way down the hill to the ceremony location under this enormous elegant tree.

The tree itself has an incredible story, being struck by lightening and damaged so that half of it was laying completely horizontal. By some nature miracle, it was able to recover and appears unscathed. A somewhat decent metaphor for marriage, eh?

After the ceremony, the children were handed a farm map with a clue to their next adventure. Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt?!

Their hunt ends at the large wrap around porch, where guests are preparing to feast.

This porch had a "decent" view of the Mississippi river. No big deal. Also down by this view was a large bonfire and s'more bar.

The tables were covered with paper and we had written little love quotes scattered throughout at random.

While completely amazing up to this point, this wedding would not be complete without a pie buffet. A delicious one. All baked by friends and family.

What a day! I still have amazing memories of the fun we had, both with the small planning team that pulled everything together and celebrating the couple together. Sharing my creative skills with wonderful people that truly deserve celebration brings constant gratification to my life. Happy Anniversary Chris & Jen!

You can view part 1 of the wedding here.

All photography by Dustin Davis // Wedding location at Kuhs Estate and Farm // Styling, stationery, & flowers by me

Thursday
Aug012013

prepper themed 30th birthday party

My husband turned 30 earlier this year! And as you can see, I chose a slightly unusual theme for his birthday bash. Because I love a good creative challenge. And those that know him know this theme is oh so fitting.

What is a prepper you ask? It is an individual or group preparing for armageddon—in whichever form it comes. Common preparations in case of but not limited to natural disasters, chemical or nuclear war, economic collapse, global pandemic, and oppressive government.

Above right is staged a look out tower (so you can see the enemy far out) and a generator for power outages.

The party favors were mini fire starter kits in plastic test tubes. You. Never. Know.

Scattered around were these mylar bags (for long term food storage) that I labeled with titles such as "dehydrated ammo" and "dehydrated razorwire".

Weapons cache is a total must.

Other details include the canned food stacks, military trunks stacked as food tables, a jar of crisco as the birthday candle (which would burn for 45 DAYS), and bbq sauces labeled Pandemic Sweet Heat & Radioactive Hickory Smoke. Overall, the cost was relatively low (we owned most of the "decor") but the challenge was taking the theme from concept to party elements.

Does anyone know a conspiracy theorist that would appreciate this party? Too weird or kinda fun? If anything there is credit for ingenuity, right?!

1st & 3rd image by me, all other photography by Dustin Davis

Thursday
Jul252013

10 year high school reunion

It is the week of anniversaries. Currently, I'm away traveling to my 10 Year High School Reunion. It's safe to say, I'm the ONLY person I know who LOVES this kind of thing. And I have no idea why.

Above are the reunion invites I designed for the shindig. Yes, our mascot was the camel. In the middle of Wyoming—this makes perfect sense.

I love how non-stodgy they turned out because most reunions are pretty boring, right? Originally, at the top I had the line "It's time to procrastinate, start some drama, stereotype, and judge your classmates" and then on the bottom "Reminisce on the days before instant streaming, Facebook, vegans, and Beber fever" because I thought/think these were/are hilarious. Both lines were cut. A little too much honesty I suppose.

While digging threw my memory box, I found these classic Throw-Back-Thursday treasures. Apparently I loved collages and quotes, along with snowboarding and stiff senior poses. Oh, nostaliga I heart thee.

Do I have any reunion sympathizers out there? Or haters?

I had so much fun with the reunion invites, I added them to my Etsy shop. In case any future reunion committee members emerge from this post.

Wednesday
Feb202013

neon surprise party ::: 30th birthday

Soooo one of my many flaws is good intentions combined with a bit of forgetfulness. Namely, not posting projects because I intend to submit them to other blogs someday...and then forget that was my plan.

I now present to you a party that was styled a while ago.

Remember these amazing party invitations I posted? (No, of course you don't because that was forever ago.)

Neon. Confetti. Subtle Mexican Fiesta nuance.

The food served was a nacho bar and a gorgeous chevron cake. Yum.

 

One of the activities was that each guest filled out a favorite memory with the birthday girl, totalling 30 envelopes of memories.

And a incredible, ginormous, teal, pentagon piñata. Full of more confetti!

And a paper chain photobooth backdrop with metallic balloons and playful props.

A mess to clean up means great times were had. Yay friend collaborations to celebrate a friend in style!

What do you think, is this a fun way to help a friend over the hill?

Photography by Chase Oros

Wednesday
Jan162013

ombre pinata cookie

Oh ya know, another practical/easy/purposeful diy project! (Not in any way. Even a little bit.)

And timely. (I made these for my 28th birthday 3+ months ago.)

But sometimes you just want to do something because it's pretty and pointless and takes forever. Yes, that is what I wanted for my birthday. Aaaaaaannnnd there's a surprise....!

BAM. Take that blog world. Yep. Pinterest, I will own you.

Just wanted to give you a some pointless trend-candy. A labor of love, emphasis on the labor. Pin away, folks! 

Oh. And if you want to even consider making such silly piñata cookies—you can find the original instructions by Sandra Denneler for She Knows right here. If you are wanting to make them for Cinco de Mayo, you might want to start soon.

Friday
Dec142012

let your heart be light {holiday party}

This is the theme of the Holiday Party I worked on last weekend! We wanted the event to reflect all things "merry & bright". (Which is surely on target with large glitter letters)

Luminaries led you to the door, where you walk in and were greeted by the entrance below.

The canopy of candy cane & lights was one of my favorite elements.

Then you'll run into another large undertaking (with volunteer labor)—two large "curtains" of snowball garlands. The two curtains helped to separate the dancefloor space from the seating areas.

Simple centerpiece above: gold doilies with hurricane vases of snow & branches.

A festive bar area.

To incorporate polka dots into the party, I found these great straws. And we also created a large wall of hanging bulbs—totally mimicing polka dots!

So fun, right?! Hopefully my near-instagram-filter-looking photos are still able to give you an idea of all the details at this holiday party. It was a blast planning & making such festive decor.

Happy Weekend to you! I'll be plowing away on making Christmas gifts—we're attempting all handmade this year. It's taking far more time than we'd hoped. Fingers-crossed the payoff is worth it! How about you? Plans for the last weekend before Christmas break?

Thursday
Dec132012

starburst drink labels

The last few weeks I've been obsessively using gold starburst labels.

My favorite idea is using them as drink labels, but I've also used them in holiday packaging and other random projects recently. I found these at Office Max, and it's probably good they come in packs of 100 because I love them.

Wouldn't this be perfect at a party...perhaps with a large batch of winter sangria?