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DIY Tutorial: Balloon Mobiles


Friday, September 30, 2011


I was so excited to be part of Kojo Designs Pretty Parties Series. Some of the other participants included Hank + Hunt, One Charming Party and Lemontree Creations -- all amazing talents! I don't think I need to see much more, other than, head on over to Kojo Designs to see my Balloon Mobile tutorial -- perfect for a baby shower, birthday party or any other celebration.

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Tutorial & Photography: Bump Smitten / Featured on Kojo Designs {Pretty Parties} / 2 Free Downloads -- balloon template & rainbow paper -- also available on Kojo Designs

Real Baby Shower: Beach Inspired


Thursday, September 29, 2011


Love this beach inspired baby shower designed and styled by Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. {Creating Really Awesome Free Things}! If you haven't check out her site yet, get ready to spend hours perusing her MANY diy tutorials, creative ideas and fun parties. For this particular baby shower, Jamie has provided easy-to-follow instructions PLUS photos -- read below for more details! So... sit back, relax, and pretend at the beach!

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From Jamie... Sunshine, seashells, and ocean waves were the inspiration for this baby shower. The mother to be will use many of the items from the shower to create a beach inspired nursery for her little boy. All of the decor was handmade (with lots of love!) on a budget.

Here are links to all of the individual posts:
- Mom to be cards (A giant thank you to Christie @ Grace is Overrated!)
- Crepe paper party streamers and beach balls
- Games (not boring, regular baby shower games... 2 funny/personalized games you're gonna love! )
- The greatness of using a Silhouette as a sign and banner maker
- Personalized confetti (Thank you again, Silhouette!)
- Centerpiece treasure hunt



Design & Photography: Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. {Creating Really Awesome Free Things}  / Invitations: Party Box Designs / Mom to be cards: Christie from Grace is Overrated

Real Baby Shower: Bright Yellow, Orange & Pink


Monday, September 26, 2011


Happy Monday! You'll definitely enjoy the bright, beautiful colors in this backyard baby shower designed and styled by Courtney Spencers of Merriment Events -- also the guest-of-honor. Despite loss of electricity and debris from Hurricane Irene, this adorable shower doesn't seem to have been effected at all. Love the yellow chevron fabric, calligraphy buffet cards by Ginny Rogan and yellow, pink and orange dollies in the photo booth, designed by Deanna Miller of LOL Richmond. What a wonderful mix! Congratulations Courtney!

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From Courtney... The shower took place on September 3rd at my friend Emily's house. The shower barely happened since we were all recovering from Hurricane Irene. Emily's house didn't get power back until the night before the party. Despite the cable lines hanging out in her backyard & the overall destruction of the neighborhood, it came off without a hitch!

The macarons were made by Petites Bouchées. The photo booth was designed by Deanna Miller of LOL RichmondGinny Rogan penned the buffet cards and drink tags in a pretty shade of orange on scalloped, white coasters re-purposed for the project.

We ordered coral and white linens from La Tavola, while the other rentals (chairs, tables, glassware) were delivered by Classic Party Rentals of Virginia. We ordered napkins from For Your Party and chose a font for “baby spencer” that matched one of the fonts we used on the invitation. (We sent the pink tulip blossom invitation by Linda & Harriet Paperless Post).



Design, Flowers & Photography: Courtney Spencers of Merriment Events / Macaroons: Petites Bouchées / Photo Booth: Deanna Miller of LOL Richmond / Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia / Napkins: For Your Party 

Baby Shower Idea: Al Fresco California Bohemian


Thursday, September 22, 2011


Check out this STUNNING table setting, with a matching drink table and wish table, from the creative team of Courtney Cole of White Flower Boutique, Jenna Kageyama of flutter glass Photography, Emilia Keene-Kendrick of Sweet Emilia Jane and Erin Lepperd of Erin Ever After! Isn't everything absolutely gorgeous???? From the flowers to the linens to all of the different printed pieces... the colors, fabrics and styling work perfectly together. There's a ton of ideas to take away for your next intimate baby shower.

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From Name... Good morning! I hope you had a beautiful weekend. To kick things right off this week, it’s back to our Inspired Creations Contest entries! When introducing this next one, I have to be honest and admit that when I first saw it, my heart ached. It’s just that beautiful. The incredible jewel toned colors and the lush, wild flowers are really all it took to make me fall madly in love. This amazing creation is the work of Courtney Cole of White Flower Boutique, Jenna Kageyama of flutter glass Photography, Emilia Keene-Kendrick of Sweet Emilia Jane and Erin Lepperd of Erin Ever After and I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do.

The team shares, “This shoot grew from a love for all things bohemian mixed with a penchant for the gorgeous natural parks of California. We were inspired by the vibrant oranges of the state flower, the poppy, and the perfectly speckled feathers of the state bird, the quail. Fuse these all together and what do you get? Why California Bohemian, of course, and so our concept was born. We wanted to evoke the feeling of a roving gypsy caravan that stopped in the wilds of California and threw a gorgeous bohemian wedding al fresco. Think bright, wild blooms mixed with antique gold and feathers. Lots of feathers.”

“Flowers played a huge part in our tablescape and we knew two things for certain…we wanted them vibrant and we wanted them wild! All of the blooms and succulents were purchased at local farmers markets, which are a great alternative if you are going DIY with your flowers. They are often less expensive and locally grown which is much more eco-friendly. We used birch tube containers to bring in an organic, natural feel to the table and incorporated vintage gold and mercury glass pieces from our own collection to add a little opulence. One our favorite design tricks is placing unexpected elements together and it really added to the richness and texture of the table. A mix of vintage furniture and handmade pillows and linens completed the look.”

“One of our favorite features was the Booze and Berries table. This would be such a fun cocktail station for a wedding and it is extremely easy to implement. Guests could pretty their drinks up with fun cocktail stirrers and an array of fruit toppings. We chose a yummy Blood Orange Champagne punch that is so very delicious and festive and the perfect color for our gypsy soiree.”

“We also wanted to add a twist to the traditional gues tbook and so created a Wish Tree where guests could hang their love and wishes for the newlyweds. This seemed the perfect bohemian touch and the Manzanita branch added a lovely organic element to the table. There is a great DIY tutorial on making your very own wish tree, too!”
“Our couple escaped to a secret love spot tucked away in the wildflower fields with a picnic blanket, pillows and fur throw laid out and shared a toast to their new love.”

This shoot was all about rich colors and textures set in the pretty fields of California with lots of flowy hippy dippy love and we are so excited with the result. The best part about this concept is that in can be created almost anywhere in any state. Most parks offer unique and budget-friendly alternatives to the wedding venue and all that natural beauty just adds to the decor.”

Crazy beautiful, right? Stay tuned because later today I have a few more photos and a great DIY to share for the sweet wishing tree guest book these talented ladies designed. Don’t miss it!



Courtney Cole of White Flower Boutique / Jenna Kageyama of flutter glass Photography / Emilia Keene-Kendrick of Sweet Emilia Jane / Erin Lepperd of Erin Ever After / Hairpieces by Lo Boheme /
Models, Brian Block and Anastasiia Russell