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Tuesday
Oct252016

dragons love tacos costume

Popping in to post our Halloween costumes for 2016. A diy version of our favorite book, Dragons Love Tacos. The infant taco costume is a purchased pattern from Alphabet Circus. Everything else I just made up myself. 

Also, taking photos of your kiddos is THE HARDEST THING. I sure do love these two cuties!

Friday
Jul082016

elegant lingerie shower

I am finally getting to post these images from a shower I co-hosted last year. It was a gorgeous lingerie brunch, complete with a mimosa bar. So fun!

The shower took place after the bride returned from her Portugal wedding. Not all her local friends could make it to the wedding so we printed an image to incorporate their love story. 

The main activity of the shower was a "dessert menu" that corresponded with all of the gifts. Each guest titled their outfit and it was printed on a menu card. The bride chose the order to open gifts off of the menu. AND she took the menu home to her husband so that he could order off the menu too! Lots of blushing and laughter...so very memorable.

Another activity was that each guest brought their own bra, and the bride had to guess which bra belonged to whom.

Food selection included a BYO fruit pizza bar, mini caprese salads, and chorizo stuffed dates. YUM.

Naked cake—gluten free of course. My favorite recipe is from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. The topper belonged to my co-host, purchased from Etsy but I'm not sure which shop (there are a ton just like it).

Most of the decor was lace, babies breath, and then wood texture elements. Most everything we had on hand.

Lastly, we gave out succulents as favors. Who doesn't love a good succulent?

Showers don't have to be over the top to be meaningful and pretty! We worked with what we had, along with adding in a few sexy ideas of course. All to show our friend that we celebrate this exciting change in her life...and stock up her boudoir. ;)

Photography by Me  // Signage & Menu from My Etsy Shop 

Monday
Apr252016

itzza pizza party

My first baby turned 2! While he loves almost everything, pizza is his ultimate favorite—so that's theme of his birthday party. It was soooo fun.

The littles at the party were given chef hats, tutorial from Anders Ruff.

Then the toddlers got to play at the pizza dough station, which was conveniently located outside on the deck.

My best decision was to outsource the pizza crusts to a local pizza shop, Pizza Carrello. This not only saved my sanity but they were super tasty.

Birthday treats were tiramisu cups. I used this recipe for the mousse and this recipe for paleo cupcake layers.

The most time intensive detail was the party favors. I designed a custom "coloring placemat" that I put into a mini pizza box along with crayons. Pretty much adorable.

Those are all the party details! It was such a blast for me to plan & execute—I just love kid parties!

Sources: Wall confetti decals from Luxe Loft, Mini pizza boxes from CM Party Supplies, and Wood banner from Target

Photography and design elements by me. More inspiration on my Pinterest board.

Wednesday
May062015

party animal birthday party

It's all fur and fuzzies at this party! My handsome little fella turned one and we partied like animals to celebrate!

Party activities included picking out an animal outfit and face painting to match. I bought the ears from Partyears and made corresponding tails. For the face paint, I used the homemade recipe from Mommypotamus. Agh I just loved how stinking adorable the animal outfits turned out!

A highlight of the party was our second guest of honor, Louie the rabbit. Do not be fooled—this rabbit is as big as a medium sized dog. He is sooooo amazing and a huge hit with the kiddos! Also, there were two sets of twins at the party. They make the best cute party accessories.

The food table was not complete without animal crackers & cake batter dip. I tried to limit the sugars and unhealthy foods, so I tried out this recipe by Desserts With Benefits—it was DELICIOUS.

It was such an amazing day celebrating our little man with family & friends. He had a ball and devoured his smash cake. And I, of course, had a ball putting this all together. Nothing I love more than a fun party concept coming together! Don't you agree?!

Wednesday
Aug132014

girly pink confetti shower

An exciting project for your viewing pleasure! Recently I co-hosted a sweet baby shower for a dear friend. Since my baby was a boy, I was able to channel any unfulfilled girlish obsessions into this event. Which means a lot of pink, flowers, confetti, and lace!

We kept things fairly simple, but still colorful & feminine. This could easily be a bridal shower (I'm not super into "baby" themes). Food was a simple combination of finger foods and spice cake cupcakes. I made these intricate little tissue paper flower toppers and they were SO PRETTY. Paper flowers are my spiritual gift people. We didn't intentionally top the cupcakes with flowers & nuts, but I do find it hilarious.

For activities we had the clothespin game, where you lose your pin if someone catches you saying a forbidden word (ie. baby, due, cute, etc). The person with the most pins is the winner. Another activity was baby price is right. Always more entertaining than it sounds, and mom gets to keep the goodies! Lastly we had "decorate a diaper". No filters allowed on this one—the more humor the better! New parents need a reason to smile when changing diapers at 3am.

Favors were a bag of PINK strawberry coconut popcorn for the road. Yum!

That about covers it all! These pictures make me miss the tissue paper confetti—it's just so fun! I even stuffed the invites with it. And I still love the pink/coral color palette, though only in small doses.

It was a sweet day celebrating a precious little bundle. Definitely gave me my fill of pink & posh. Now hurry up Little Miss D, I can't wait to meet you!

Photography by me. Paper products available in my shop. Paper straws from Shop Sweet Lulu. Painterly party cups diy from Design*Sponge.

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