Gown Sale: Kristie Kelly

Hey Brides!  I came across this sale on intagram and thought it was worth sharing.  These Kristie Kelly gown look pretty sharp and the price is great.  You should take a look at the wedding dresses and even the bridesmaid dresses too.  You might find something you love and save a little bit of money.

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Shower: A Willow Baby Shower

Karly and Shaun's baby shower3A couple weeks ago, I helped with a baby shower for my sister in law who is expecting her first little one in November.  Their bedding of choice is called the Willow Collection, found here.  The collection entails sweet little baby deer so naturally we added a few to our decor.

It was a sweet simple afternoon shower with the traditional cake and punch and a sweet and salty snack to munch on.  The little guy was spoiled with all kinds of gifts and love.

The cake was made by our favorite  Cindy Rose CakesIMG_6005IMG_6029IMG_6011Karly and Shaun's baby showerIMG_6007IMG_6006 Karly and Shaun's baby shower2IMG_6016 IMG_6021IMG_6013IMG_6022

Trend: Naked Cake

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A new trend I really have my sights on are what they call a “naked” cake.  I never imagined loving a cake without the beautiful smooth coat of icing but I do.  They are so charming and adds a new look to any event or wedding.  I mean, who besides the little kids eats all the icing?  If you are like me, you scrap that large mass of icing off anyways.

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday.  Sorry for the absent on the blog this past week.  Things are crazy in the social graces world.  It’s a good crazy 😉

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Birthday: A Fairy Princess Garden Party

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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.  Maggie's BirthdayIMG_5904IMG_5901Maggie's Birthday2IMG_5918Maggie's Birthday1IMG_5896IMG_5916Maggie's Birthday3IMG_5913IMG_5936IMG_5893IMG_5910IMG_5941IMG_5973 IMG_5980IMG_5960Happy Birthday Miss Magdalene Elizabeth!

To check out more of Nici’s parties, head over to her blog Humble Hostess.

Cheers! The Perfect Sangria

IMG_5816I was a little hesitant to make this recipe.  I hosted a wine and cheese party and NEEDED a good Sangria.  However, the number of recipes out there are endless.  This one caught my eye because it has a “secret” ingredient and so, of course, I was intrigued.  I took the risk, and was very please with the outcome.  This drink is AMAZING!  A little too good to be true.

The Secret: ARUGULA! (no joke)

Ingredients:

  • 2 (750 mL) bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 pound DOLE strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 3 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 3 limes, thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups DOLE fresh arugula
  • (optional) 1 can lemon-lime soda

To find the rest of the directions go to gimme some oven.

Don’t turn your nose…your might love it as much as I did.  Come on…just try it.

Enjoy!

Party: Zeda’s 4th Birthday Part 2

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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.IMG_5483 edits196IMG_5490 IMG_5494 edits197IMG_5498 edits198IMG_5536 edits199IMG_5540edits200IMG_5563IMG_5514

Look how excited she is about all those sweets!

Images by Becca Murdaugh

Menu:

Sprinkle No Bake Cheesecake

Cupcake Puppy Chow

Balloon Bunch Cupcakes

Funfetti Granola Bites

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.

Party: Father’s Day

With Father’s Day coming this weekend we thought we’d bring some inspiration.  This cute vintage Father’s Day themed party by LAURA’S little Party is perfect.  Check out her post here; most of the items belong to her grandfather or great grandfather.  How cool is that?  I love when parties are personal and have so much meaning behind the decor. 

Hope everyone has a happy Father’s Day weekend, I will be having fun celebrating my dad, my father in law and my super awesome hubby.  You men are all amazing!