Tuesday, June 29, 2010

{Real Parties}: Lilly Pulitzer Baby Shower

I have to brag on some of my dearest girlfriends....
In the words of our friend Julie, "Meredith has a black-belt in party-planning."
I often say that if we lived close to each other, that there would be serious party ass-kicking going on between the two of us. 
Meredith and Julie and I go way back, to elementary school in fact. And both of them have actually thrown me showers in the past. You may also remember Meredith as being the Mommy from the Feather Her Nest Sip n' See.
Meredith and Julie threw this pink and green turtle themed baby shower for their college roomate and sorority sister, respectively, this weekend.
Since Tamara and Julie were members of the Delta Zeta sorority in college, they decided on a pink, green, and turtle theme. Serendipitously, Lilly Pulitzer does a print called "Desert Torte" which looks as if it was made for DZs!
Here are our lovely hostesses, Julie and Meredith, and the guest of honor, Tamara.

Julie is a super-talented graphic designer, so she did all the graphics for the menu cards, etc.
The banner was made from Lilly Pulitzer wrapping paper. Genius!
The favors were the stadium cups from this pattern.

Each guest took one home.
Meredith always considers the little details, like covering this canvas, that is already in her home, with wrapping paper to match the theme.
She also handmade these turtle pops from melting candies. Hello GORGEOUS!
I also love her use of the little pails of baby's breath. It makes the table look so fresh and summery.
Could you die over this cake? Meredith bought several of those turtles at Michael's and then painted them to match the theme. ADORABLE.
Her amazing backdrop was made from construction insulation, bought at Home Depot. Her sweet husband had it sitting on his head on the ride home! It was already pink (nice!), and she added that gorgeous fabric to accentuate it.
Amy Atlas would be proud ladies!

Visit Meredith's blog for more gorgeous details...oh, and I didn't mention that she has THREE little boys, one of which is only a few months old. Don't some girls just make you want to puke?
Great job ladies!  MCHS Panthers Forever!  Love you both!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Yummiest.

Want to have your husband kneeling at your feet?
Make him this.

I had the in-laws in for the weekend, as well as my parents over one night. We grilled out and I decided we needed a light, summery dessert, so I went on TastyKitchen.com and found this Key Lime recipe. My hubs doesn't really care for desserts, but he had two pieces of this masterpiece.

Key Lime Pie – Tasty Kitchen:

1-¼ cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
⅓ cups Sweetened Coconut
2-½ Tablespoons Sugar
6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
1 can (14 Oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 whole Large Egg Yolks, At Room Temperature
½ cups Fresh Key Lime Juice (or Bottled, If You Prefer)
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 teaspoon Plain Gelatin
1 Tablespoon Cold Water
2 Tablespoons Confectioner's Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla
Preparation Instructions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, coconut, sugar and butter with a fork in a medium sized bowl. Press mixture evenly into a 9-inch glass pie pan (not deep dish). Make sure the mixture covers the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake on a rack in the middle of the oven for 8-10 minutes (mine took 8 minutes). Remove to a wire rack and cool.
Mix together sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks with a whisk until combined. Add in lime juice and whisk again until thoroughly combined. Pour filling mixture into cooled crust. Bake on a rack in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Cool pie on a wire rack and then chill for at least 6-8 hours or overnight.
About an hour before serving the pie, put heavy cream in a large bowl. Place gelatin and water in a small dish in the microwave. Heat 5-10 seconds or just until gelatin is melted. Add this mixture to the heavy cream and whip just until combined. Refrigerate this mixture for about an hour.
When ready to serve, whip the heavy cream mixture with confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until stiff. Place into a pastry bag and pipe onto pie as desired."

You can modify it for cheaters like me, and use the filling recipe in a pre-made crust, and just top with Cool Whip. I guarantee that everyone will be praising your amazing dessert skillz.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Doesn't this make you thirsty?

Yesterday, when I saw these GORGEOUS printables from Paper and Cake, it made me super thirsty and then inspired me to do a Lemonade themed inspiration board. Well, that, and the fact that is 1 billion degrees in Memphis this week.
Paper and Cake has some of the CUTEST printables on Etsy. Check out their Space themed stuff...if I would have seen this before Greyson's Rocket party, it would have been ON!

So, while it may be blazingly hot in your part of the world, just look at this cool, refreshing inspiration board and think of how lovely a nice glass of lemonade would be right about now!
Happy Hour and 5 o'clock labels: Farouche (FREE DOWNLOADS!)
Lemon Centerpieces Right: Lindeman Weddings
Lemonade Invitation: Tiny Prints
Lemon Centerpieces Left: Bronze Budget Bride, via Kevin Lee
Yellow Cupcakes: Pink Frosting
Lemonade Print: Ballard Designs
Lemonade Printables Top Left: PaperandCake
Yellow Tablescape with Lanterns: Lorajean's Magazine
Pink Lemonade Lip Balm: Etsy Seller Southernvtsoap
Yellow Tablecape Bottom: HWTM via Charm Event Design
Lemonade Decanter: Home Decorators

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I Heart Hamburgers and Hot Dogs!

When it is not skin-melting hot in Memphis, we love to grill hamburgers and hot dogs outside. There is seriously nothing better than burgers and dogs in the summer time. And why do they taste so good when they are from YOUR grill? I don't know.
I love cutesy little condiment holders and I officially want ALL of these. What is it about those simple yellow and red condiment containers that makes you want to have a pair?
I have seen so many adorable ones in the past few weeks!

Perpetual Kid (they have so many adorable things on this site)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Diamonds and Damask It Is!

I just couldn't wait to get started on this theme! My client, Leanne, let me know that she was going with Diamonds and Damask yesterday and I hit Hobby Lobby right away this afternoon. I knew that they were currently stocked with all sorts of damask items, so I knew I needed to beat it there before some other savvy shoppers stole my thunder.
Here are some of my awesome finds for the day!
I plan to use those hat boxes for a cupcake stand. It will be super cute!  I like things to serve dual purposes, so I will probably use the lids as serving trays.

I was amazed that I found these in-store. I saw them online and used them for my inspiration board, thinking I was going to have to order them, but no, my brilliant self stumbled upon them in Hobby Lobby. Now, that's the reason that you must go down every aisle. That's my shopping M.O.

I got these in the summer clearance aisle for $2.98 a piece and I think they will be awesome hanging over the buffet with red roses inside!

Monday, June 14, 2010

My Etsy Shop is Back!

Since I had so much demand for my rocket labels, I decided to post them on my Etsy page.
I had my Etsy inactive for a while, because I just didn't have the time to paint as of late.
Two year olds kind of suck up any time you might have on your hands. Dammit.

So, I decided to put my labels on there as printables, since that is what readers were e-mailing me about.
I usually work in very user-friendly platforms, such as Publisher or paint.net because, I majored in Graphic Design for TWO SEMESTERS, then realized I wasn't awesome at it, and switched to Art History.  So, I don't like to get too complicated and most people don't know their way around lightroom and photoshop anyway.

Check it out! I will probably be posting some other cute things on there as I make them.

And while we are on the subject, another sweet reader named Sherry sent me the finished product of her sons' rocket themed party. It was a joint celebration for both her boys, who were turning 1 and 3. She used my rocket tags on her favors, food, and drinks. It turned out so precious!  Take a look!
I *adore* that she used TANG and h2o for her drinks! LOVE IT!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Engagement Party

I have a client who recently contacted me about doing a summer engagement party in August. She didn't have a theme in mind yet, so I thought of some themes for her and decided on presenting her with two very different options.
The first was a black and white theme, which transitioned into "Diamonds and Damask." I had been seeing so many adorable black and white themed party supplies lately, that I thought this would be a wonderful, elegant look for the party.
There are just tons and tons of gorgeous damask parties out there and I think we could really whip up a gorgeous event if we go in this direction.
Damask Invitation (right): PixelstoPaper
Cupcake Toppers: PertyFultings
Black and White Candy Buffet (top): HWTM
Diamond Ring Napkin Holders: BeauCoup
Damask Invitation (middle): MommiesInk
Red and Black tablescape (top right): Celebrations At Home
Damask cupcakes: CupcakesTaketheCake
Damask Bistro Table: Cloth Connection
Raspberry and Black Dessert Buffet: The Couture Cakery
Black and White Houndstooth Dessert Buffet: Goosie Girl

The next idea was a "Sunflower Summer" theme. With sunflowers in bloom all summer, this could be a gorgeous theme!
 Ironically, there was sunflower inspiration board on TomKat Studio just this week! I can't wait to see her new products!  Great minds think alike!
I am in love with these sunflower pomanders, and if we don't go this direction, I still want to make them for something!
Sunflower cupcake tower (middle right): Country Living
Yellow Dessert Buffet: Fete Fanatic
Square Sunflower Cupcake Display: HWTM
Rubbon Chandelier: Lolliblog
Cupcake: PinkCakeBox
Sunflower Pomanders and tablescape: Valley Forge Flowers
Sunflower Invitation (right): SweetBellaCards
Sunflower Invitation (left): GallardoWorks
Sunflower Invitation (middle): Lovliday
Black and Yellow Dessert buffet: Amy Atlas

Can't wait to see what Leanne picks!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Candy Topiaries!

Candy is my vice. Some people smoke, some people drink, and some people play tennis. I eat candy.
I have problems.

I love the look of a Candy Topiary on a buffet. They are so fun and HAPPY. I have been tossing around the idea of doing a Willie Wonka themed birthday party for Greyson next year (yes, next MARCH. It's a sickness.) I love that movie. My favorite part is where they eat everything they want, even off the trees. Grey has never seen it, since he is 2, but I think it would be a fun theme for a 3 year old anyway. I have seen a ton of sweet (no pun intended) Candyland parties over the years and this would be a fun way to make it "boyish."

So, here are so amazing topiaries that I found while looking around....

These are my favorite!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Featured on The City Cradle!

Head on over to The City Cradle today where our "Feather Her Nest" Sip n' See is featured as the Handcrafted Party of the Day!
If you are new to The City Cradle, you have to check out Vicky's parties. Her Roast and Toast is one of my all-time favorite themes.
Thanks so much to Vicky for the amazing feature!
This party was definitely a handcrafted party, as are most of my parties, but I could not have made it happen without the help of these lovely, lovely ladies.
I wish I had a picture with Whitney and Hannah too, who also contributed to making the party PERFECT for our dear Meredith and sweet little Colin!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Party of the Day on Catch My Party!

Big thanks to Jillian at Catch My Party for featuring my "What's It Gonna Bee?" gender reveal party on her site today!
I am honored!
 I love Catch My Party because I can look at all kinds of cute parties in one place. There are some seriously talented ladies on there and some great inspiration for anyone looking for a theme or some ideas for their next party.

I have seen so many cute variations on this bee theme lately. I saw a precious gender reveal party yesterday on a photographer's blog that used this theme and it's always so great to see how other planners interpret the same ideas.
And speaking of this party...
Here is the precious result.
Baby TJ was born on Wednesday, June 1st!
Congrats Lauren and Tommy!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

More Rockets!

A few weeks ago, I got a super sweet e-mail from a reader named Sarah. She asked if I would be willing to share the template for the rocket tags that I made for Greyson's birthday in March. I told her "Sure!," as long as she sent me pictures to share!
I just received them last night and she did such a great job with her son Luke's party!

Is this cake not ADORABLE?
The cake and cupcakes were made by Beth's Bake Shoppe.
Love this banner!
And here are some pictures of the tags in action.

Goodie bags:
The birthday boy's water.
"Rocket Fuel"
And love that she found those same adorable rocket birdhouses that I found at Michaels. They are really the perfect little decorative touch.

Just yesterday before I got these pictures, I had another reader ask me for those same tags. Maybe I will put them up on my Etsy shop!