Tuesday, May 19, 2015

strawberry (shortcake) party // london's 3rd birthday

i just realized i never shared this strawberry party from london's 3rd birthday! (maybe because at that time i had a 6-week old baby, and the fact that i even pulled off a party was a miracle!) anyway, london requested a strawberry shortcake party... so being the character lover that i am (insert sarcasm here), i decided to stick with the colors and graphics without using strawberry shortcake herself.

i used a red, pink & lime color scheme, paired with kraft envelopes. this time i also used envelope liners, which were a fun touch! for the desserts, i called on dutch girl cookies who made the most delicious strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, butter cupcakes with chocolate frosting, oreo pops, and strawberry sugar cookies. we used leftover envelope liners and cardboard berry baskets for the dessert table. 

thanks to a friend who did a strawberry party a couple weeks before me, all my decorations were borrowed and put up right before the party!

Friday, May 15, 2015

amanda + john // love and lavender

for amanda & john, we started with a custom logo/monogram that was used throughout the invitation suite, incorporating lavender (which the bridesmaids would be carrying) and a color scheme of warm grays, dusty lavender, succulent green & eggplant. we did a mad-lib style reply card, which is always a fun touch! for the wedding favors, the couple gave out pots of local honey, which were adorned with their monogram sticker.

images via the bride's inspiration: escort cards | place setting | bouquet | corks

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

leapin' lizards! // stella's 4th birthday

stella LOVES animals- especially reptiles, so her mom planned her a fun party at the environmental nature center. most of the reptile invitations out there are geared towards boys, so we wanted to create something that fit the theme but was still girly! of course, we had to start with purple snake print! we used some fun snake & tarantula graphics in a purple, olive & coral color scheme, and paired the invitations and thank you cards with a kraft envelope.

desserts were made by stella's mom (isn't that snake cake incredible?!) and each little adventurer went home with a cute little kritter keeper to fill with bugs!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

all about mom // free printable

one of my favorite things is getting these little questionnaires from the kids' school & seeing how they really view me (though it can be eye-opening at times!) a couple years ago i made a fun little printable for father's day, so i figured it was time to make one for the moms & grandmas!

you can click on the images or right-click and save the attachment. the card is sized to 5 x 7" and will fit into a standard a-7 envelope.

happy mother's day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

sunshine brunch // bishop's 1st birthday

after a bit of a rough start, our little guy turned into mr. sunshine... so a sunshine brunch seemed like a perfect way to celebrate his 1st birthday. i wanted to do something a little different than the usual "you are my sunshine" theme and styled the party after vintage 70s art prints. i played around with adding turquoise, but ultimately decided to stick with orange, yellow and gray.

we served up some of our favorite breakfast foods: chick-fil-a chicken biscuits, fruit & yogurt parfaits, muffins, fruit & a brussel sprout salad. and of course, lots of coffee (hot and iced)! for the desserts, i enlisted my sister from dutch girl cookies who, as usual, knocked it out of the park! we did lemon cream cheese cupcakes, maple bacon cupcakes, rice krispies treats with reese's pieces, "breakfast" sugar cookies (in the shapes of fried eggs, bacon, coffee mugs & toast) and a sunshine cake for the birthday boy!

i even got crafty and painted a wood pallet with our sunshine graphic. total pinterest moment! it was a wonderful (and very hot & sunny!) day celebrating our little man!

bishop's perfect shirt by crew & co: available here
desserts by dutch girl cookies
sunglasses (party favors) from amazon: available here

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

frozen fiesta // london's 4th birthday

i'm not a big fan of character-themed parties. so you can imagine my "excitement" when my daughter insisted on a frozen party. last year she asked for a strawberry shortcake party, and i managed to do that one without the characters... but 3-almost-4-year-olds can be rather demanding, so i wasn't sure how i would pull off this theme without using the very person she is obsessed with.

one of my kids' favorite movies right now is "the book of life", and since london's party was going to be so close to cinco de mayo, i presented a "frozen fiesta" to the birthday girl... incorporating both of her favorite movies. and she went for it! (my husband, meanwhile, thought it was the weirdest idea ever, which i can't deny!)

"we" decided to do a fun fiesta theme in the frozen colors, incorporating some mexican-style florals that also resembled those used in frozen. my little client approved everything, and i don't know if she even realized that nothing had elsa on it (a miracle in itself!)

the party was catered by el pollo loco, and the desserts were done by dutch girl cookies. we did mexican hot chocolate cupcakes, "snowflake" coconut cream cheese cupcakes, churro treats, fiesta cookies & oreo pops! and of course, no frozen party would be complete without a visit from the real-life elsa. the girls went crazy!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

lindsay + josh // blush & gold wedding

i've been working with lindsay for a while now (you can see her cute tees here), so i was honored when she asked me to design her wedding invitations! she wanted the designs to be simple and classic, using gold ink, an off-white paper, and blush envelopes & bands to tie everything together. i created a map for the back of the details card that would coordinate with the rest of the invitation (because screen shots of google maps are boring, right?!) and we did favor tags and programs for the big day. i loved seeing the pictures from the day... everything was so beautiful, with so much thought put into it. congrats mr. & mrs. baltimore!

wedding backdrop by laura giuliani
cake by sweet art bake shop