I highly recommend the services of Lisa Muccio as you plan your wedding or other large event. She is a very organized and sweet person. Her interaction with anyone involved with our wedding was very well received. She is an excellent communicator and helped the event go VERY smoothly. There were all sorts of things Lisa did for us “behind the scenes.” Things just “magically” happened. She didn’t constantly come to us asking what we wanted done. She anticipated lots of “problems” and already had built-in solutions ready. I have never used a wedding planner and did not know what to expect. I now KNOW she was indispensable!!– Dr. Jamie Lawson, Mother of the Bride
Twinkle lights, eucalyptus, and tuscan-style chairs…
Simple & elegant with a sprinkle of fun details perfectly describe everything about Sarah & Daniel’s wedding. From Sarah’s dress to the gorgeous flowers (by Kinspoke) and the cake stands piled with donuts (Five-O Donut Co.).
It was an absolute honor to plan & coordinate this wedding. My personal photos are below. Wedding Photos (above) by Jeremy Rinehart.
I love me a good charcuterie board. And really who doesn’t? So this Christmas I planned a party with boards & platters scattered about the house. The dining table held the largest selection of meats and cheeses. And though this was a party meant for mingling, I left the chairs. Have a few morsels from one board, then move to a new table or chair! See the recipes below for a Smokey Old Fashioned and an Amarula Coffee – both are guaranteed to warm you up this winter.
Smokey Old Fashioned
- 1 tsp Smoked Maple syrup
- Bourbon of choice (Michter’s is Josh’s choice)
- 1 dash of aromatic bitters
- 2 dashes citrus bitters
- 1 Filthy black cherry (NOT maraschino)
Stir the above ingredients until maple syrup dissolves. Then pour over a large ice cube and stir again.
Coffee with Amarula + homemade whipped cream
- Brewed coffee (regular or decaf)
- Amarula (It’s a South African cream liqueur)
- cinnamon sugar in a salt shaker
- 1 c. Heavy whipping cream whipped until peaks form with 1 Tbsp Maple syrup
Mix the coffee and Amarula in a carafe to your preference. Try a ratio of 3 parts coffee to 1 part liqueur. Guests can pour their drink and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.
*I forgot a picture of the dessert board but it held bite sized brownies and chocolates along with some cookies a guest brought. (You can see it on the table beneath the TV that showed photos from past Christmases).
My parties keep getting smaller and smaller. If I spend less on food to feed a crowd I feel justified spending more on the fun extras!
This was G’s first “friends party” instead of a family & friends party. I decided family would make a way to celebrate with her, but I wanted to do something fun that was just for her and her little friends. Introducing a “garden” tea party.
I use the term “garden” loosely.
It was outside.
In our front yard.
Which shamefully needs a gardeners assistance.
Party Inspiration: I fell in love with these cute little note cards from Target, so I turned them into party invitations and based the theme and decor on these. Continue reading “First Birthday – Nautical Whale Party”
We are entering the season of dinners and parties and dinner parties :) and I can’t help but get excited. I want to plan all sorts of special evenings and yet it is the hardest time of the year to do so with all the commitments everyone has, not to mention it’s wedding season in Florida so my work schedule picks up as well. I’m a planner at heart, and I love events. I love the planning, the decorating, the cooking and baking. It’s a serious passion. I’m already thinking ahead to my kids birthdays and trying to rein myself in at the same time.
For G’s 1st birthday we did a “Sweet Shoppe” theme, and I thought I’d share the details here.
12 Year old birthday parties… oh the awkward middle school years. Actually, I think my awkward years lasted through high school. Wait. This thought JUST came to me: What if I’m still in my awkward years and no one has told me!?!
I’ll examine that later.
So this here is a short little inspiration post for an after school party.
My sister is 12. Yeah I know – big age gap. She started Kindergarten the same year I started college.
Anyway, for her birthday she had a bunch of girls come home with her one Friday after school. My mom owns a Ford Excursion so check off transportation for small army of screaming tweens. We had individual servings of snacks and drinks waiting for them when they arrived.
Layered Chip Bag: 4 different snacks layered in one bag. Kettle corn is on top, but hiding underneath were pretzels, Doritos, and maybe some Sun Chips or Lays. Totally your choice. Make it good. We trimmed brown paper bags with some fancy scissors and mom found the flip flops at a party store. Enter double-sided tape. Done.
Veggie Cup: This was a big hit. NOT. We tried to be healthy, but with no parents there to make them eat their veggies, they of course did not. A little bit of ranch in the bottom. Sliced cucumbers, carrots, and cauliflower. And they totally coordinated with the flip flops on our snack bags!
Limonada: (Spanish for Lemonade) Kidding. There was nothing Spanish about it. Unless you count the straws. They look like they could be from some touristy destination in Cancun or somewhere. Want to add instant fun to your lemonade? Add some syrup options. We had raspberry, but blackberry is my all time favorite in Lemonade. Ah-mazing! You can pick these up for under $5 at Sam’s Club or order them online.
Most of the activities were outside. It IS a pool party after all! They played volley ball and basketball until they got sweaty enough to jump in the pool. However, there was one activity my mother and I slaved over.
Fabric Flip Flop Craft:
Step 1) Buy a bunch of cheap flip flops in different colors and sizes and an assortment of fabrics. We tried to pick a mix of solid and patterned that would all mostly coordinate.
Step 2) Painstakingly cut fabric into strips approximately 1″ by 5″
Step 3) Return flip flops and hope to find another use for fabric strips when girls are too busy playing outside all night to ever do the craft!
Lesson learned: Planning lots of crafts and activities for kids (or even ourselves) is great and fun, but sometimes we underestimate the value of “just playing outside” or “just being with friends”.
For more variety I painted a few soup cans with white acrylic paint and used those as vases too. I chose different sized cans to pair together. They probably aren’t something you’ll want to save and reuse. They did start to rust on the inside.
Chocolate covered pretzels are a great favor. I’ve used them for more than one party. They’re really easy to make. They just take a little time depending on the number of people and how many you plan to give per person.