Red Rose Bridal Bouquet

This summer I had the pleasure of creating the floral arrangements for a local wedding in my home town. The bride chose a color scheme of red and white and selected roses and stargazer lilies for her bridal bouquet. Diamond accents and white satin ribbon were added for the final touches.

Here are a few shots of her bouquet.

Congrats to the bride and groom!

Real Parties ~ A Cinderella Birthday Celebration

For the last few years we have allowed our oldest daughter to choose a theme for her birthday celebration and this year she was adamant about having a Cinderella party. With theme in mind, and gathered inspiration, I created my interpretation of a Royal Ball. The day turned out to be nothing short of posh. In fact, just like Cinderella’s glass slipper, it was the perfect fit for our little princess!

All photography, food, decor, centerpieces, party favors, invitations, prints and just about everything else you see here, was done by myself with the assistance of my wonderful family! Such a perfect day filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

I created my daughter’s royal invitations by first photographing her in costume. I then edited them and used Photoshop to add some special touches, which set the tone for her celebration.

Here was the welcome message to guests as they entered the party.

Our color scheme of periwinkle blue and pink was displayed throughout the celebration. I opted for a mix and match of cotton and satin fabrics with bow accents. Decor consisted of glass slippers, fairy wands, a mini coach carriage, pumpkins, tulle, bows and simple rose and carnation centerpieces. I was fortunate enough to find free Cinderella prints from the fabulous Anna & Co. blog, and used them to accent the floral arrangements, dessert table, and Cinderella dress up table.

The labels and banner were created by me with the exception of the cinderella silhouettes and framed print which also came from Anna & Co, and reads “Every now and then, in the middle of our ordinary life, Love gives us a Fairytale.”

Tiara & Rose centerpiece and perfect bow accents.

The Royal Dessert Table was a mix and match fabrics in blue and white, with pink bow accents and bird decals for a finishing touch.

Our sweet menu consisted of Royal Lemon Sugar Cookies. Also on the menu were red velvet cake pops dipped in white chocolate, which I made to resemble white pumpkins, and rustic mini berry pies and turnovers which were made by my wonderful Mother.

The sugar cookies were cut into crown, glass slipper and ball gown shapes and decorated accordingly by my sister and I.

You can find the cookie cutters for your princess party available for purchase in my Etsy Boutique. Just click on the link or the “E” under “my follow and subscribe” section to check them out.

All candy matched our color scheme. We served berry blue jelly bellys, light blue M&Ms, Tiffany Blue Malt Balls, and Blue pearled sixlets, which were meant to look like Cinderella’s original necklace.

For lunch we had a Royal Feast which included Princess Punch (homemade blueberry lime-aid) with optional mix-ins, Cinderella’s caprese skewers, Jaq’s homemade mini mac -n- cheese, mini princess crown pizzas, fairy wand pb&j’s made with a mini star cookie cutter and pretzel stick, veggies, chips and dip, mini turkey burger sliders, Fairy God-mother’s fruit, Your Majesty’s teriyaki meatballs and Masala Chicken Wings.

This is the dress up table I designed using Cinderella’s original dress as inspiration, which included a lovely drawing that my Mom did a wonderful job creating for me as the focal point.

The girls enjoyed playing dress-up with the necklaces, bracelets, rings, mini fairy wands and mini tiaras. The sewing kit, bird accents and original fairy tale print from Anna & Co added the finishing touche.

We added blue and pink tulle bows to add a posh touch to the mini fairy wands.

The sewing kit consisted of odds and ends that I found at Jo-Anne’s.

Table centerpieces and tulle ribbon accents.

Coloring the castle was a hit with our guests. We also setup a table complete with place settings and a crown for decorating.

We searched everywhere for a “pin the tail” style game that would match our party theme but had no luck, so my husband came up with the idea to create our own. We had a colored photograph of my daughter blown up at Costco for $18.00 and I printed off some small tiaras via the internet for our game of Pin the tiara on the princess. This was one of the highlights of the celebration.

My husband and I also made the 2 tier birthday cake, which we decorated and draped in fondant that matched our color scheme. The 1st tier was a chocolate cake with double chocolate buttercream icing, and the 2nd tier was a coconut lemon cake with homemade blackberry swiss meringue buttercream frosting. We topped the cake with a tiara and glass slipper for a posh touch.

Our princess blowing out her candles.

and here she is again super excited for her brand new big girl bike.

Each guest was sent home with a party bag that I made using cinderella silhouette prints, tulle and ribbon. I printed the guests name on each bag and filled them with special goodies, which included my ring pop favors.

Be sure to check back here soon for my diy ring pop favor tutorial.

Happy 3rd Birthday to our beautiful little princess, who never ceases to amaze us and lights up our lives in a way that we never knew possible. We love you to the moon and back plus infinity.

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Instagram, Cinderella & Surprise visits

Between planning my daughter’s party last week, and a surprise visit from my sis who lives in LA, I’ve fallen a bit behind on my blog posts. I do plan to edit and upload images from her royal celebration very soon, but for now I’m taking advantage of some long overdue sister catch up time. Until then, here are a few of the shots that I snapped from my daugher’s royal birthday celebration via Instagram.

Dessert Table

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Royal Sugar Cookies

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Rose Centerpiece

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Cinderella Party Favors

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Sisters

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Check back soon for more images and inspiration from her royal celebration.

Flowers in Bloom

This has been quite a busy week for me and with little time to photograph my projects I put Instagram to use to capture a few shots of the gorgeous flowers I’m designing for a wedding this weekend. Here’s a little glimpse.

The brides bouquet will consist of these romantic red roses.

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And fragrant stargazer lilies.

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With boutonnieres and corsages accented in lisianthus and alstroemeria.

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Images of the actual designs to follow soon.

Real Parties: Vintage Glam Baby Shower – Yellow & Gray

Our newest addition to the family will arrive sometime at the end of this month, or beginning of next. We celebrated the anticipation of her arrival a few weeks back at my vintage-glam themed baby shower brunch, which couldn’t have turned out better! I have my mom, sister and a few good friends to thank for their assistance in pulling together all the little details leading up to the event, the day was simply perfect.

 In one of my previous posts Sunshine Yellow and Gray, I mentioned that I would be using that color scheme, along with some vintage and glam details, to pull together my concept for the celebration. Here’s a look back at my special day and all the details that made it so posh.

Brunch has forever been one of my all time favorite meals, so of course I had to incorporate that into the day when planning the menu. I am a big fan of little bites and appetizer portions so that’s how everything was prepared, in mini sizes. The delicious homemade menu consisted of the following; french toast rounds with maple syrup, a yogurt parfait station complete with fresh fruit, golden raisins, coconut, granola, white chocolate chips and pecans. We also served turkey sausage links, turkey bacon skewers, fresh fruit skewers made up of cantoulope, mango and pineapple and accompanied by a heavenly orange dream dip made by my Mother In-law. Lastly we ate mini frittatas, assorted cheese, fresh bagels and light cream cheese, donut holes and roasted potato cups.

To go along with the menu we served virgin mimosas using fresh mango orange juice and san pellegrino. We also prepared homemade virgin caesars, and a homemade cucumber lemonade. So fresh and perfect for a spring time soiree.

The sweet menu consisted of small bites as well, all of which were homemade and tied in perfectly with the color scheme. The dessert table included homemade lemon poppyseed muffin pops, skinny mango cheesecake bites, onesie lemon sugar cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, gray and white M&Ms, mango pineapple and lemon gummy bears, yogurt dipped raisins and almonds, and banana and vanilla saltwater tafffy. Each guest was given a favor bag to fill up with sweets of their choice as a little token of our appreciation.

The onesie sugar cookies were the perfect touch. I incorporated fresh lemon juice into the glaze so you could taste citrus in every bite. They were also hand designed by myself with the assistance of my sister and good friend using sugar pearls in our yellow and gray color scheme.

I found the recipe for the lemon poppyseed muffins in a cookbook and just cooked them in mini muffin pans. I inserted sticks into them the same way you would if making cake pops.

The recipe for the mini cinnamon rolls came from this fabulous blog: Iowa Girl Eats. I chose to use organic crescent dough from Trader Joes, just a personal preference. They were a big hit!

The decor and dishes used in the display tables and throughout the shower were a combination of vintage and modern. I added sparkle by adorning some decorative pieces with crystals, which I found antiquing. I borrowed the rest of the pieces from family and friends. The fabric for the tables was purchased from a local fabric store, and I found the birdcages at Michaels. Printed paper treat bags were purchased online and I found the damask plates and napkins at a local party store.

For the flower arrangements, I used milk glass, vintage decanters, vintage wine glasses, mason jars and teacups. The doily banners was hand designed by simply threading twine through doilies, and the adorable baby clothesline was hand designed by my sister using twine and the same glitter clothespins from my previous post Glamorous Glitter Clothespins.

To create the centerpiece on the left I used inexpensive flowers; carnations snap dragons daisies and spider mums and put them in a vintage decanter and mason jar. I used a vintage gold mirror, twine and a white porcelain bird to finish off the look. I used the same flowers for the centerpiece on the right and placed them in an old china teapot. I hung some crystals from the spout for the touch of glam. These same details were displayed all throughout the shower.

Here’s another look at some of the florals and table decor.

And here are some additional views of the decor from the celebration. The letter ‘M’ is the initial of our baby girl’s first name. My husband distressed it and painted it for me and we hung from the front door for a personal touch. All of the decorative pieces here will be incorporated into the nursery, which I will be revealing over the next few weeks once it’s finally finished!

To tie in our colors I custom designed all prints including invites and labels in a yellow damask with gray accents.

The fun games from the shower consisted of Guess Mommy’s Tummy size, Attributes, Never say baby Clothespins, Guess how many diapers, and Finish the Nursery Rhymes. We used the glitter clothespins I blogged about a few weeks back for “Never say baby.” Prize bags were hand designed. Check back next week for my easy and inexpensive DIY tutorial on these.

Here are some more snapshots from the celebration.

and more with my favorite people…

Thank you to all of you who helped make our baby shower celebration extra special and nothing short of posh.

xoxo~

Elegantly wed in British Columbia

I recently had the the honor of preparing floral arrangements and table decor for a beautiful wedding that took place in British Columbia. My objective: to create designs with posh and lavish appeal on a modest budget. This is always a favorite task of mine. Fresh flowers play such an important role in any wedding or celebration and I believe that even with a modest budget, the simplest of arrangements can add a special element to any event.

All of the designs for this wedding were inspired by the bride’s vision of elegance and romance, along with her color scheme of tiffany blue, violet and white. Here are a few of the techniques that allowed me to create the posh floral arrangements and centerpieces, which are further reflected in the beautiful imagery below.

All florals were DIY.

I ordered them through a local wholesale grocer as well as online for overall better pricing.

I chose in season blooms that wouldn’t need to be shipped from out of the Country.

Vases were borrowed and purchased at discounted stores.

The bride opted for simple and less intricate floral designs as well as large blooms such as hydrangea, that didn’t require a lot of reworking.

Using hydrangeas allowed me the ability to create simple and modern bouquets with only a few stems per bouquet, thus allowing more flowers available for the remaining arrangements.

Lastly,  I mixed and matched the reception decor, using a variety of flower arrangements in different sizes on half of the guest tables, while using candle centerpieces on the others.

Ceremony florals were simple and chic in a mix of all white hydrangeas and roses.

I used all white roses for the bride’s dome shaped bouquet, adding in some diamond accents for a touch of posh glam.

The bride’s bouquet stems were wrapped in tiffany blue satin ribbon, adorned with pearl studded pins and an image of her late Father.

Bridesmaids carried simple yet elegant bouquets of white hydrangea with touches of violet statice. Stems were wrapped in violet satin ribbon.

Another shot of the gorgeous bridal bouquets made of white roses, white hydreangea and violet statice. I removed all greenery and leaves to add a modern touch and my signature style to all floral arrangements.

The groom’s boutonniere was made of a single stem white rose, white snapdragons and a sprig of violet statice, adorned with a chrome wire wrap for the final touch.

Groomsmen’s boutonnieres were created using white hydrangea, white snapdragons and a sprig of violet statice, wrapped in black floral adhesive.

Candle centerpieces were hand detailed with diamond studs and violet ribbon with diamond buckle detail. Diamond cut table scatter finished off the look.

Elegant white roses and hydrangeas made for gorgeous mix and match centerpieces.

Billowy white hydrangea, white rose, violet statice and snapdragon centerpieces helped set the tone for the evening, which couldn’t have been more beautiful or elegant for that matter.

To see more of the gorgeous photographs captured from this elegant wedding, click here

All images photographed by Michelle Lana Photography. Visit her on Facebook.

Color me Turquoise

With over the foot of snow that I currently have outside my window, I am craving color!! Spring, Summer and Wedding Season are nearing so what better way to gain inspiration for each, then by vivid hues that remind me of warmth and celebration on these cold Winter days! This mood board is a reflection of just that!

Turquoise is a life-long favorite hue of mine. Pair it with purple and you truly have a match made in heaven. Both along with seashell remind me of beachy days and extended Summer nights. This color scheme would be the perfect accompaniment to a quaint back-yard affair. Perhaps a glamourous pool party with chic attention to detail and of course, modern textiles. I have been officially transported!!

Credits: Sample Board: Suppliers: Decor & Wedding Cake: Theknot.com, Chandelier: Fundidesigns, Look and Feel:  Cocokelley, Fabrics: Thibaut Design, Wedding Dress: Watters & Color Schemes: Textile Report Autumn 08.09.

Coco Chanel Inspirations

This elegant and classy wedding inspiration board, was created based on my own love for Chanel’s signature and beautiful handbags.

Picture an opulent event overflowing with Camelias and Anenome, also featuring a black and white color scheme with pink accents, similar to the interior of my favorite Chanel Tote. A modern yet everlasting twist on bridal party fashions and reception decor would make for a memorable celebration, just as stunning as each Chanel Design.

I know this concept has been seen over and over again, but it’s considered timeless, in my book.

I’m. in. heaven!!!

Credits: Sampleboard Suppliers: Wedding Cake & Dress Accessories: Theknot.com, Jewelry: Net-a-porter, Fabrics & Patterns: Comfort Creations, Look and Feel: Cocokelley, Bridal Hair Jewelry: Tigerlilly Jewelry, and Wedding Styles: Primadonnabride.

Real Parties ~ Minnie Mouse Birthday

My sweet little girl had her 2nd birthday recently, and with her absolute love for Minnie Mouse, we knew it was the perfect direction for her celebration. I am an avid do it yourself-er, so I was determined to create everything on my own, down to the very last detail. My daughter couldn’t have been more excited for her special day and seeing her smiling face was worth every moment it took to create this party so near and dear to my heart.

I decided on a pink and yellow color scheme with polka-dot accents and of course a bit of sparkle for that posh flair. I hand designed the mouse ears via The Suburban Mom tutorial. The invitations, dessert table, labels, flower arrangements,  and all other decor that you see were hand crafted by me as well. The adorable Minnie Mouse Banner was a custom creation by my Mother Kelly.

We served an array of sweets and goodies decorated to match our theme and color scheme. Chocolate dipped oreos, or “Mouse Ears”, Magical rice krispies, pink and yellow sixlets, crushed pineapple and cotton candy jelly bellys and pineapple and cherry rock candy.

We also served homemade pink lemonade punch, red velvet Minnie and Mickey mouse cake pops and a homemade cake. 1st layer coconut with strawberry lemonade swiss meringue buttercream and 2nd layer, chocolate with double chocolate frosting.

We hand decorated the cake with pink, yellow and black fondant. For Minnie’s head, we wrapped the black fondant around a rice krispie mold. We used Oreo cookies for Minnie’s ears and adorned the top with a pink polka-dot bow.  I got the inspiration for the silhouette cake pops from none other than Bakerella. It was a bit difficult to get the ears on the cake pops to not melt while dipping them in the chocolate, but freezing them before dipping seemed to do the trick.

Other items on the menu: Minnie’s bow tie Caprese pasta salad, Mickey’s Chicken and Spinach meatballs, Mouse masala wings, Fruit Skewers in cutout shapes, Mouse shaped cheese ball with crackers, and cheese panini cutouts for the little ones.

Lastly, photos of my little “minnie” enjoying her special day! Happy 2nd Birthday sweet pea!! <3