I have to start out by saying I have the best friends. My personal life leading up to my 30th birthday has been crazy (read about my whirlwind adoption here), but I still wanted to celebrate the big milestone with my closest friends. When I showed up to the most beautiful brunch spread a girl could ask for, my heart almost burst. It was girly, airy, light and sophisticated. And, oh yeah, the food was AH-mazing. Here’s a look into one of my most favorite days, ever.
Is it already January 23rd?
I realize we are probably the last blog out there to do a 2013 recap but here it goes anyways…
We had a great year filled with fun happenings and for the past few weeks we have been working hard for our 2014 brides. However, we are back on track and ready to bring you our latest events and inspiration.
But first, 2013 was full of various events so here is a little recap of what we did!
Tiny Prints: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little, Star– We threw a baby shower themed after Twinkle, Twinkle, Little, Star and it was absolutely adorable!
Sweet Little Details– The winter weather makes us reminisce about the S’mores Cupcakes our wonderful friend, Jen made last year! Her blog is full of delicious recipes to try out!
#Hastag Your Wedding– Since anyone and everyone has an Instagram, why not use a #hashtag during your wedding to look at the pictures your guests took? This was a fun trend we found last year and it can still work in 2014.
Sweet, Sweet Baby Shower– We threw our good friend, Melissa, a sweet baby shower and had the honor to be featured in 417 Home. This super girly baby shower was absolutely stunning!
DIY- Chunky and colored necklaces are super stylish and fun coming into 2014. This DIY project would be super creative and a great addition to your closet!
Cheers!– Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, so why not check out last years post about some amazing heart-shaped doughnuts. Keep an eye out for what we come up with for this years Valentine’s Day!
Here’s to another event filled year! Look for our 2013 birthday party and wedding recap, coming soon!
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My neighbor, friend, and fellow event planner, Nici threw an adorable backyard birthday party for her sweet girl, Maggie. It was so fun even though it was blazing hot outside. Nici bought them each a Fairy Princess outfit and once they were dressed, the party started! They ate lunch, read a princess book, made necklaces and had a dance party to Choo Choo Soul. Nici’s husband, Jared made a killer dance stage where the girls got their grove on. Happy Birthday Miss Magdalene Elizabeth!
To check out more of Nici’s parties, head over to her blog Humble Hostess.
My mom turned the big 5-0 earlier this month. We wanted to do something really special but also very intimate for the big day. So, we surprised her with a quaint backyard tented dinner party. It was the perfect evening and I couldn’t have asked for it to go better. Here is a little peak into our little night.
Cake by Cindy Rose Cakes (my fab sis-in-law).
Catering by Tea Bar & Bites.
Miss Z’s 4th Birthday was a hit! We had such a fun day celebrating the wonderful girl she is and I had such a fun week after cleaning up the many many tiny sprinkles that were dropped. 😉 I am so happy with how everything turned out. However, I’m not sure if I should call this a sprinkle party or a polka dot party, what do you think? Either way, the outcome was great and my baby girl turned 4. This was her third and final party of the weekend. By the end we were wiped and playing with a thousand Merida bow and arrows (from the movie Brave). If you don’t know my little one, she would tell you her name is Merida. There are many people in our neighborhood who don’t know Zeda’s actual name. One of these days I’ll correct them. 🙂 Until then, we will call her Merida and party on like she has her mama’s crazy red hair (click here if you want to see what I’m talking about).
If you don’t remember her first party click here to check it out.
Look how excited she is about all those sweets!
Images by Becca Murdaugh
Orangesicle and Cotton Candy Fudge – Adapted from here
Sprinkle and White Chocolate covered Oreos, Pretzels and Vanilla Wafers
Store bought – Sprinkle Ice Cream Cones and Chocolate Dough-nut Holes.
For Zeda’s family party, I did a Sprinkle themed birthday. She loved it because the amount of sweets that were provided and I loved it because of the plethora of options I had with sprinkles. One of my favorite recipes of the day was this lovely cake batter & sprinkles no bake cheesecake I found on I’m Topsy Turvy (you can do this recipe without the sprinkles).
People loved it!
Cake Batter & Sprinkles No Bake Cheesecake
3/4 C Nilla wafers, crushed
1/4 C Ginger snaps, crushed
4 oz. butter, melted
Stir together nilla wafers and ginger snaps and melted butter in a bowl until well combined. Pour a few tablespoons into the bottom of your containers (I used Small Mason Jars) to make the crust. (You do not need to bake this.)
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
3/4 C cake mix
1/4 C milk
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped cream topping, thawed
Beat the cream cheese and butter together in your mixer, with your whisks or cookie paddles, on medium speed until smooth and well blended. Add in dry cake mix and milk and continue mixing until well blended.
Then gently fold in the whipped cream topping with a spatula. I keep the filling in a gallon sized bag, and pipped it on top of the “crust” just before serving! Sprinkle on the Sprinkles!
* The cups are from Target and the spoons were leftover from a wedding we had recently done. (I only had five so they were mere decoration.)
Zeda Girl turned 4 back in June and for some reason, her party planning mama decided she needed more then one party. She NEEDED it, right? Well, today I want to feature the first party of the weekend…an afternoon tea party. We had 6 of her closest girl friends along with their mama’s come over for lunch and activities.
Menu: Chicken salad sandwiches (the bread), green salad, blueberries, chips and guacamole, strawberry soup, and different flavors of tea to drink.
I thought I would make everything from scratch to make it more fun and delicious for the guests. Then my husband said, “honey, they are 3 and 4 years old, they don’t care.” My heart was a little crushed. He was right, they hardly ate a thing and all the hours I spent on the food was a bit wasted but oh well…I had fun…for the most part. 🙂
Remember the Petits Fours I was making? They didn’t turn out like the picture (see picture above) or the way I’d hoped but they tasted great. Other desserts included macaroons, assortment of cookies, these lovely sugar cubes and of course chocolate cake. Happy 4th Miss Z, you are such a big girl. Click here to catch her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd birthday parties.
Side note: I spent all my time in the kitchen and not enough time picking out a dress that fits or forcing her to let ME do her hair. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.