Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!!! (An Ode to My Sister's Favorite Holiday)

Happy Halloween!
I am not usually one to dress up for Halloween (that's my sister's department, more on that later), but I was thinking about some of my prior costumes this morning and came up with these pictures.

This was 2000!  My stomach sure doesn' look like that anymore. Obviously, you know who I am, but Ryan is a Hooters Girl. Yeah. Bad idea.
One year we went as a black-eyed-pea (Black eye, shirt with a P on it) and Pablo Escobar. I guess Ryan looked pretty authentic, because people kept asking me if he hit me in the eye.
Either that, or I am really good at makeup.

Last year, we were George Michael and a Robert Palmer girl. We blew it out last year.
We won the costume contest hands-down.
A close-up of the makeup.
I have been begging Ryan to be George Michael for years. He grows a mean 5 o'clock shadow.
I hand made the jacket appliques and applied them with transfer paper. I also strategically cut his jeans to be exactly like George's jeans.

But, this post is dedicated to my sister, Lyndsay, who is the queen of Halloween. She makes all her own costumes and she is seriously talented. Most of them at 80's inspierd and totally ridiculous. While my talent is designing parties, her talent is designing costumes and styling.
So, without further ado, here is a rundown of Lyndsay's costumes in the past few years.

#1--Rainbow Bright.
 This is a store-bought child's costume, which she modified to fit her. I have no idea what that guy is supposed to be. She made those boots out of some old boots that she had already.


#2--Barbie and The Rockers (with Ken)
Her husband made that Barbie Brush out of foam core and dowels. He's pretty much amazing.
Same boots--just made over again. This costume was a boustier that she got and transformed into a glitter fest.

#3--Candyland's Princess Lolly and Mr. Mint.
And yes, her husband is a great sport!  I don't know any other men who will wear purple silk bloomers.

#4--My Little Pony and an Army Soldier
There is the Barbie Brush again. And, just for reference....she sold almost all her belongings in a yard sale before she moved to NYC, but that brush went into the UHaul. Priorities.
This was when she was working at Patricia Field and they had to dress up the entire Halloween week. You know she hated that.

#5--Dolly Parton
She got that square dancing outfit off of Ebay or Etsy, not sure which, but it's amazing.

#6--G.L.O.W. Wrestling's Lady Godiva.
Yep, she walked down the streets of NYC in that outfit. The best part is that it was a thong in the back.
She is amazing. She killed it this year.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Pamela's 38th Birthday Cupcakes and Cocktails!

Did you all see the contest that Pamela from Party Starters is hosting?
She is basically, giving people the chance to design HER birthday party!
Anyone can submit design ideas to her, based on some simple directives that she would like her party to be based upon.
So, Pamela, I had a lot of fun with this inspiration board and my ideas!
Hope you LOVE them!


Pamela's Cupcakes and Cocktails Birthday

Desserts:
Served out of a vintage armoire which has been distressed.

Make Your Own Cupcake Station with:
Green Tea Cupcakes topped with Wasabi buttercream
Mojito Cupcakes topped with mint
Margarita Cupcakes topped with lime
Caramel Apple Cupcakes topped with little slices of green apple

Baked Pears on individual plates
Screened sheet music Oreos
Individual Chocolate and Pistachio Parfait Shooters



Decor:

Vases filled with pears and granny smith apples and covered partially with heather grey sweaters
(see this post on Pepper Design Blog)
Pottery Barn sheet music candles
Florals in vintage green bottles with Fiddlehead Ferns, White Hydrangea, and Bells of Ireland
Vintage emplty frames hung from above the dessert bar
Green Linens with Charcoal Grey/Silver Chargers
Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns (See here)
Vintage Flatware Napkin Rings (See Here)


Thanks for letting us do this Pamela!!

Sources:
Candles: Pottery Barn
Frames: Etsy Seller-- EllaChamp
Invitation: Etsy Seller: Sweet Pea Baby
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Etsy Seller: SweetiesByKim
Vintage Seltzer Bottles: Flickr User: SuzanneDuda
Mojito Cupcake: Guest of a Guest
Cupcake Bar: WeddingBee
Green Tea Cupcakes: Signature K Events
Music Cones: OnceWed
Candy Bar: Rebecca Thuss

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Super Mario Peek!

Another sneak peek!
I have been super busy these past few weeks!
So, for a little weekend love...here is a peek of the Super Mario Extravaganza that I designed yesterday!
I can't wait for you to see the rest. It was one of my favorite parties ever!


PS--Thanks for all the extra sweet anniversary wishes!

Friday, October 22, 2010

5 years ago....

 Five years ago today, I married the most wonderful and handsome man I have ever met. He has become the best father that any child could ask for and the most amazing husband in the world.
We really did live happily ever after.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Pants.
I love you!
B



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Making Old New Again...and some other awesome things that made my week!

 I got a little extra crafty around this house this week. I love to take things and make them into totally new things. Take, for instance, those old, very specific, party items that we all have lying around our house. I mean, how many times are you realistically going to do a circus party?
So, inspired by some leftovers from other parties, I decided to re-use some of my items leftover from other parties and repurpose them for this weekend's Super Mario extravaganza.
Hey, I'm green.

Got lots of leftover foam dice from last weekend's Casino party?

No problem....make them into bricks for the Mario Party.

It's amazing what you can do with a little hot glue and some brick scrapook paper.

Remember this cupcake stand from my Diamonds and Damask engagement party?

Well, the bottom half is now a toadstool cake stand.
I spray painted the bottom half green, and covered the top half in felt and stuffed it with batting, and used some sticky felt for the dots.  
Hope this gives you some great ideas to turn your leftovers into gorgeous new props!


To my delight, I opened up my inbox yesterday morning to find that my Jungle Book party was one of the featured photos on Martha's Dreamers Into Doers!

Wooooooo!
And, then, Jillian, at Catch My Party, was lovely enough to rotate Jungle Book as her Party of the Day! I heart Jillian!

Then, Jungle Book was also featured on Party Like a Kid today!


THEN, my GIRL Kristy at The Purple Pug asked me to be her blog crush for the day!
She is doing an amaaaazing thing by spreading the party love and not being a PARTY BULLY, and interviewing 365 party bloggers, one for every day of the next year and I am thrilled to be 3/365.
Kristy, I think you're the coolest! Thanks for asking me to be your blog crush, when you KNOW that you're mine.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Casino Sneakie Peakie!

Can't WAIT to show you all the gorgeous details from this Casino themed 40th birthday that I styled on Friday!
But, while we wait on the pro-pictures...here's little peek!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

{Real Party} Jack's Birthday Pawty

A few days ago, Rachel, from Dinner Bells sent me over this ADORABLE party that she threw for her Westie, Jack, for his birthday. And let me tell you, she sent it to exactly the right person.
I love dogs. LOVE them.
I usually get my dogs their own birthday cakes every year. I have been called crazy in the past.
My babies, or as I like to call them, "my skanks" are Keiko (the fat husky), and Kaia, the Great Dane.
Keiko really is evil. I won't go into her psychoses in this blog post though. But, if there was a blog called "*&%$ My Dog Eats" instead of "8^$% My Dad Says", trust me when I say that she would be the best contributor ever.
 
But, I digress.

So, I immediately fell in love with these precious doggie party that Rachel put together for Jack. My favorite part is the absolutely precious tennis ball table treatment! The way she has them tied up in different lengths and colors of ribbon! LOVE! Apparently, Jack is obsessed with tennis balls, so she went with a tennis ball theme.  
 Look at this FACE! Could you not just squeeze him through the computer?
The cake was for people, but all the other snacks were for the doggies.
Look, Do-mutts!
I love this punch station for the people too! I am a sucker for anything rainbow-colored, and this is too cute!
And, of course, the doggie guests. I am pretty sure that the top blonde one with the perm wants to come home with me!
Thanks Rachel! SUPER awesome job!