Thursday, May 15, 2014

ethan's first birthday party!


Dear Ethan,

You're one! Getting to know you this past year has brought me the greatest joy, so I thought I'd write this little post to you. 

A little about you right now: You love your big brother, and you love to drum. The other day, the dryer was going and thumping out a beat. I turned to see you bopping in time. Every time music plays (or any type of beat, for that matter), you bop your head and move around and bring smiles to everyone nearby. So it's pretty appropriate that most of the gifts you received for your birthday were musical. You pound those drums with the biggest, most toothy smile!

You hardly ever cry. Except when you're hangry, or when a tooth is bothering you. And you drool. Boy, can you ever drool. So we keep these fabulous little BibbyBubby bandana bibs on hand, and pretty much soak through five bibs a day. We do loads of laundry just for bibs these days. 

You're not too mobile yet, and up until this point you've just been pretty content to let the action come to you. And believe me, there's a lot of that around our house. So you roll places, and usually find yourself in sticky situations. 

Your nicknames right now are Monchichi, Loverton, Lovenut, Droolerson, and E-fin (thanks to your big brother).

This weekend was Mother's Day, but we also celebrated your birthday with family members and a few close friends. It was a fun, beautiful, simple day and you were surrounded with those who love you most. You attacked the cake with enthusiasm, and enjoyed opening gifts with the assistance of your big bro. Here are some snapshots from the day.

My hope and prayer for you? That you will grow up to love and honor God with your life. That you will love others genuinely, and with a servant's heart. That a deep and lasting friendship will form between you and your big brother. That you will discover your true passion, and that you'll find satisfaction in it. You know... little things like that.

Love you to the moon and back!

~mommy






Noisemakers by Oh Joy from Target. Printable cupcake toppers by Inklings Paperie.









Monday, April 14, 2014

Party Inspiration: Gold Wedding and Party Ideas




Oh, how we're loving gold this season! With gold, you can lean towards the luxury and 1920's feel of a Great Gatsby themed wedding, or you could go with a more whimsical Kate Spade bridal theme with a gold polka-dot motif. Either way, you can't go wrong!

We've gathered some fun ideas to get you started. Don't miss the links and image credits at the very bottom! 


1. Dress up a classic white balloon with gold foil paint! This gold-dipped effect is so sweet. We think that gold polka-dots would be adorable too!



2. Add some sparkle with a gold tassel garland! DIY, or find one on Etsy to complete your gold wedding decor. For the more ambitious, this gold sequined backdrop by Oh Happy Day would be absolutely fabulous. (Click on the image for DIY instructions to get this look!). Get the look in a more simplified way with a circle garland  (bottom)




3. The cascading polka-dots on this cake by Bobbette & Belle make it a work of art! What a perfect centerpiece for any gold themed wedding or special event.



4. We're loving these gold heels, and of course the Kate Spade watch.


5. Need a place to hold all your Great Gatsby wedding ideas? Plan your with style by using these sweet folders and planner by Kate Spade.




6. You can invest in special serving pieces that will become keepsakes, or opt for pretty paper placemats or coasters that will dress up your table on a budget! 


7. Have a little fun! We designed these glamorous gold foil scratch-off cards for an easy, chic party game. Perfect if your looking gold wedding ideas, bachelorette ideas, or just want to have an entertaining evening with friends. Each set of 12 cards comes with a single winning card, but they're so pretty that everyone will feel like a winner!

8. We love these gold swizzle sticks so much! Bring a bit of the exotic to your art deco party theme, or use them for a children's party as stir-sticks or cupcake toppers.


9. Glittery monograms... what's not to like? We think this would be a great keepsake for the guest of honor after the party or gold wedding shower! Make one yourself, or find one on Etsy.



10. Include these sweet little enclosure cards with favors to thank guests! Use gold polka-dot washi tape to seal the envelope for a cute finishing touch! 




1. DIY gold-painted balloon by The Hen Planner
2. Tassel Garland by StudioMucci; Gold DIY Sequin Backdrop by Oh Happy Day; Gold circles garland by TransparentEs Decor on Etsy
3. Cake by Bobbette & Belle
4. Glitter heels photo by Living Pierside; Gold watch by Kate Spade
5. Gold folders and planner by Kate Spade
6. Gold champagne glass; Gold Zag Tray by Up In The Air Somewhere on Etsy; Gold confetti coasters by Kate Spade; Gold straws by FancyThatLoved on Etsy
7. Gold foil scratch-off cards by Inklings Paperie on Etsy
8. Gold animal swizzle sticks from Babble
9. Glittery monogram by Laura Drayton Creative on Etsy
10. Enclosure cards by Kate Spade; Gold washi tape by Paper Source


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wedding Inspiration: 10 Radiant Orchid Ideas



Everywhere you look, Pantone's color of the year for 2014 can be found! Radiant Orchid is a stunning pinkish purple that pairs beautifully with gold (also a big color this season) and champagne pink. We've scoured Pinterest to bring together some our favorite purple wedding ideas or for your bridal shower or big day! 

Pantone describes Radiant Orchid as an "expressive, creative and embracing purple"... that "emanates great joy, love and health." We couldn't agree more, which is why we find this shade of orchid the perfect purple wedding color!

Here is some inspiration in the form of ten "must-haves" for a Radiant Orchid wedding or bridal shower this spring: 


1. Kick the party off with gorgeous berry-infused cocktails. 


2. Set the scene with this tassel garland for a perfect sweet table or photo booth backdrop!


3. Don't be afraid to bring your palette inspiration into your cake! 
We're swooning over this gorgeous ombré cake in our stunning purple orchid color by cake artist Maggie Austin.



4. The little details matter! Tie off favor boxes with a coordinating orchid or purple bow, and top them with in-season or artificial flowers for a sweet finishing touch!


5. Dress to impress! These stunning gowns are just a few of the many available dresses for bridesmaids or guests of honor. We love the Catherine Deane dress on the left ($1,298), but the more affordable Nordstrom gown ($145) is lovely, and would be much more considerate of your bridesmaids' pocketbooks. ;-) 


6. Don't be afraid to add texture and variety with flowers in various shades of pink. We think that pairing them with succulents adds a fun twist!



7. Set the table for a party! An orchid-dipped ombré table covering is a gorgeous way to draw attention to the head table or a sweet table, and a single bloom at each place setting could be a more affordable alternative to an elaborate floral centerpiece. Paper straw flags also add a bit of whimsy.




8. Purple wedding inspiration doesn't just apply to your big day! Your bridal shower and can be perfectly coordinated with our Radiant Orchid wedding collection of paper goods. Don't forget the printable decorations for all the little picture-perfect details.





9. Give a gift that says, "I love hue!" Essie's nail polish, "The Girls Are Out" would be a cute bridal shower favor! As for the Kate Spade Carousel Bangle... well, one can dream!




10. Last but not least, go for the gold! Mix in some gold metallic for a luxe twist on your Radiant Orchid wedding theme. You can't go wrong!



1. Berry-infused cocktails by Paul Rich Studio
2. Ombré radiant orchid cake by cake artist Maggie Austin
3. Tassel garland by StudioMucci on Etsy
4. Favor boxes by SweetPP on Etsy
5. Dresses by Catherine Deane (left) and Nordstrom (right)
6. Succulent bouquet by Sophisticated Floral
7. Placesetting bloom by Style Unveiled; Wedding Wishes cards by Intimate Weddings;
Chevron pattern paper straws by The Pretty Party Shoppe on Etsy
8. Bridal shower games by Inklings Paperie
9. Nailpolish by EssieKate Spade Carousel Bangle
Ice Cream Scoup photo by Stylesight
Cupcakes by Culinary Covers.
10. Table place settings by My True Blue