Thursday, April 26, 2012

{Giveaway} $75 Gift Certificate to Shabby Apple!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

{My Parties} Parents to BEE Baby Shower

A couple of weeks ago, I styled a small dessert table for my friend Wendy. You may remember Wendy from several of my other events, including both Casino parties, Mario, and Tailg8. I think she loves parties as much as I do!
She called me the weekend before this party and needed some last minute help styling a dessert table for a couple's baby shower. She really wanted to do a "Parents to Bee" theme. 
I actually already had a lot of bee themed items in my party closet, leftover from my "What's It Gonna Bee?" Gender Reveal Party, so I really didn't need to buy that much stuff.
I love how the painting over the fireplace matches the party, don't you?
The first thing I did was email Lindi at Love the Day. She was so gracious to modify her Bee themed  collection to fit this theme. I adore her printables. They are chic and modern and I love that!
For the sweets, we kept it simple by using mixing some store-bought candies with cupcakes, cake, and custom cookies. 
These adorable bee and flower cake pops were done by Mom's Killer Cakes. Aren't they too cute?
I used Love the Day's party circles on the ribbon to give it some extra cute. Printable party circles don't need to be just used as cupcake toppers--there are so many fun ways to put them to use! 
The beautiful cake was done by a local cake artist, Karen's Cakes and Cookies. 
These double oreos are always a perfect addition to a yellow and black party theme. I used one of Love the Day's cute printable party circles to give the vase a little something extra. 
The cookies were also done by Karen's Cakes and Cookies. 

This little lantern was from Hobby Lobby and it was the perfect thing to add in to the table. Doesn't it remind you of a beehive? 
The chocolate bee lollipops were made by Autumn Lynn's Sins. You may remember her work from the Spring Chicken party shoot. 
Here is a great tip to fill up glassware or containers that are too large. I used bag shred and then put a piece of styrofoam covered in paper (this being the printable paper from Love the Day) on top to hold the lollipops. Otherwise the lollipops would be too far down in the glass cube. 
Isn't this banner adorable? 

I didn't realize until I saw these pictures that one of my cupcakes is missing a wrapper! Ha! Party Fail. 


In the garage, we set up for the savory food, which happened to be fajitas! Yum, right? 
I left before the caterer got there, but I wanted to show you a cute way to dress up inexpensive Chinese lanterns. I simply painted black stripes around them to give a nod to the theme! 
You could also use ribbon or crepe paper to achieve the same look!



Vendors:

Printables: Love the Day
Bee Suckers: Autumn Lynn's Sins
Fondant Bee Toppers: Burgundy Cakes
Diaper Cake: My Little Angel Co.
Cake and Cookies: Karen's Cakes and Cookies
Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs

Monday, April 16, 2012

{My Parties} Sugar Daddy Father's Day Party Styled Shoot

I always think that Father's Day is a particularly hard holiday to celebrate when it comes to originality, don't you? I get so tired of seeing Father's Day cards about golf, beer, mowing the yard, naked ladies, and farts. 
So, when I picked Father's Day for my theme for the Spring and Summer issue of Tots to Teens Magazine, I knew I wanted to step outside the normal father's day ideas. 
Big thanks to Natalie at Southern Belle's Charm for letting me help with this issue!

So, I started brainstorming and with the help of my absolutely brilliant brother-in-law (who is without a doubt the most linguistically creative person I have ever met. He literally gave me 10 or more theme ideas!), I decided on the "Sugar Daddy" theme.
Now, obviously this could be suggestive (try googling Sugar Daddy!), but if you keep it absolutely literal in your interpretation, it is super sweet and an adorable theme that dads of any age would love!
 
 I knew I wanted to use that iconic Sugar Daddy packaging as a jumping off point, so I contacted my dear friends Do and J at Piggy Bank Parties and asked them if they could help me with some printables. 
And, as usual, they exceeded my expectations. I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about them. They are the sweetest, most accommodating, most talented people ever. 


Since sugar daddies are caramel candies, I knew that I wanted to do a caramel cake. And most major grocery stores offer caramel cakes in their bakeries every day. I dressed this one up using unwrapped sugar daddies. Then, I stuck some wrapped ones out the top. 

To display the cake, I used a dollar store yellow bucket turned upside down and a red place mat.
For the drinks, I used Target brand frappucinos and wrapped them with Piggy Bank Parties's adorable drink wraps. Then, I wrapped the necks in red yarn and stuck a bamboo skewer through them. On the skewers there were red heart-shaped gumdrops, also from the dollar store. The red heart gumdrops pick up on the hearts in the printable banner. 


To make the starbursts, I used a simple cardboard cake round that you can get at any craft store. I spray-painted them yellow and then glued the suckers on using hot glue. Then, I made a simple paper rosette for the middle and finished it off with a yellow heart, 
You could achieve this look with any candy bar or sucker!



Dads of any age would appreciate this theme because Sugar Daddies are iconic candies that have been around since 1925!
Hope this gives you a new theme for your Father's Day celebration in 2012!

Printables: Piggy Bank Parties
Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

{My Parties} Spring Chicken Party Styled Shoot

When Lauren, the editor of Baby Lifestyles Magazine approached me about doing some features in their Spring issues, I was absolutely thrilled.
To see the issue, you can visit their website here. 
Isn't Spring such a fun time to do parties? It seems like a lot of babies are born in the Spring and that was what inspired the theme of this shoot. 
The term "Spring Chicken" seemed like an obvious choice for a birthday party for a baby born in the Spring!
And aren't baby chicks like the cutest thing ever? I mean, really. 

So, taking the orange and yellow color of baby chicks as inspiration, I used that as a jumping off point for the shoot. Yellow and orange are so happy!  I envisioned this as a little girl's 1st birthday. 
So, I kept it playful with fun DIY baby chicks, polka dots, bright details. 

I saw these hanging box shelves at Hobby Lobby and knew I wanted to use them! They were originally turquoise, but I spray painted them and added some fun details with ribbon and scrapbook paper. They were the perfect way to display my treats. I love the idea of bringing the food up off the table and using the backdrop interactively. If this were a real party, kiddos would obviously need help reaching the sweets, or you could simply put the backdrop lower to the ground, so that little hands could reach. 

I am a huge marshmallow fan, and these banana marshmallows from MiaMallows were just perfection. Light and fluffy and absolutely delicious!

The printables were designed by the lovely Ashley at Cupcake Express. She was so sweet to work with and was so helpful in tailoring this collection just for me! It is available in her shop right now!

Another fun treat were these amazing "cookie-wiches" from Tookies! Tookies sends you these cookies with the buttercream on the side so that you can use as little or as much as you want. And these didn't last long in my house. They will knock your socks off. 


These adorable baby chick cake pops were done by the awesome Autumn Lynn's Sins. They were so precious and covered in luster dust, which made them shimmer. I am ashamed to say how many of these I ate. Lemon cake is my favorite and Autumn's lemon cake is divine!
I displayed them in a simple galvanized tub from Michael's that I covered in some scrapbook paper and ribbon. I topped the ribbon with a tiny little baby chick sticker that I got at Joann. 
For drinks, I knew that Stewart's Orange soda was the way to go. Since Stewart's brand has a large amount of text on the bottles, I covered it with yellow duct tape! Then, I used Cupcake Express' printables to top them off.
To give the neck of the bottle some "feathered" details, I used orange pipe cleaners to create a collar for the bottles. 

These cute lanterns are from Hobby Lobby and they have them in a ton of colors! I also got these wooden eggs there too. 
The baby chicks are an easy DIY project that anyone could do. I simply used styrofoam balls, feather boas, floral pins, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and some orange foam pieces. 
All you do is pin the boas onto the foam ball using the floral pins. Then, I cut some feet out of orange foam and pinned them on as well. Top with some google eyes and a pipe cleaner beak, and you've got yourself a Spring Chicken! Super easy!
For favors, I found these cute little yellow flowers in the $1 bin at Michaels. I simply hot-glued a barrette to the back of them and you've got $2 cuteness. 
To display them, I threaded cute ribbon through this crate and clipped them on!



This theme would be great for a baby shower too!
Thanks so much to Lauren for asking me to do this and huge thanks to my vendors, who all were amazing!


Vendors:

Printables: Cupcake Express
Cake Pops: Autumn Lynn's Sins
Cake-wiches: Tookies
Marshmallows: MiaMallows
Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs