We have been added to Catch My Party!!

We have been blessed to have our Galentine’s Day styled photo shoot added to the Catch My Party website!  This was a fun afternoon, sharing Awesome Ladies, Friends and Fun! Please check out all of the gorgeous photos in the gallery on the website.  Enjoy!

https://www.catchmyparty.com/parties/galentines-day

party recap

The holiday celebration of “Galentine’s Day” was made popular a few years ago by the TV show “Parks and Recreation”. I loved the idea of a day dedicated to sharing love and friendship with your best gal pals. I decided to design a styled photo shoot with some awesome ladies, sharing treats and an afternoon full of fun. The venue is really unique, The Cross-Eyed Moose Event Center, in Homeworth, Ohio. The venue was formerly a Methodist church, that had been remodeled into a wonderfully charming, rustic, event center. We used a mix of patterns in reds, pinks, and whites, to create a colorful and cozy setting for our celebration. The results were utterly adorable!

party highlights

  • WHAT PEOPLE ATE

    We had two cakes to grace our dessert table. The first is a chocolate heart shaped ice cream cake, decorated on the upper left side with a vanilla icing drizzle and hand molded chocolate pieces. The base of the cake was layered in chocolate shavings. It was so yummy! Our second cake definitely resonated with our theme of love and friendship. A darling two tier confection, the first tier was covered in pink fondant icing, white piping and dots. Small black chocolate tiles surrounded the base of the cake, each featuring a heart shape in the middle. The top tier of the cake was covered in white fondant icing, with pink piping and dots. Around this tier, there were pink chocolate tiles with black hearts and flourishes. The cake was topped with a handmade cookie, where on one side read “I Love You”, and the other read “BFFs”. It tasted as amazing as it looked!

  • WHAT PEOPLE DRANK

    We had two tables for our Galentine’s Day celebration, one for dining, and one laden with all kinds of sweets. On our dessert table, we placed a black and red buffalo check cloth over a white linen. We created a fun centerpiece for the table with a container that read “Happy Heart Day”, with pink and red tissue, a bouquet of wrapped chocolate roses, and a stuffed heart with sequins. Both of the delicious cakes were placed on the table, along with several varieties of candies. Rounding out our holiday brunch menu, we added glazed honey buns, chocolate brownie bites, blueberry and chocolate chip waffles, and individual bottles of sparkling beverages. To finish our design, we added a sign that featured waffles and “Galentine’s Day”, a couple of small white lanterns, and LOVE letters.

    Our guest table was set at one of the venue’s unique custom made wooden tables, along with rustic high backed chairs. We used a white jacquard linen, and placed a custom made table runner that was covered with hearts in different patterns. We added gold charger plates, and delicate pink floral china plates. The napkins were a mix of pink hearts on a red background, and a playful pink plaid. In the center of each place setting we laid a conversation starter card, so the ladies could have a fun, lighthearted chat over dinner. In vintage champagne glasses, we poured a lovely and sweet adult beverage. We had a lovely centerpiece on our dining table, in a tall red glass vase. We used shades of pink in the dahlias, peonies, and garden roses. At the very top of the arrangement was a single deep red rose. We added a few sprigs of greenery to balance the overall design. A pair of rose colored taper candles in silver heart shaped candlestick holders completed our table, fit for our beautiful queens.

  • ACTIVITIES / GAMES

    We had a few cute handmade details featured in our styled shoot, including the tags tied with pink chevron straws on the mini bottles of sparkling beverages. The venue also features several intimate seating areas. We chose one of the handmade wooden benches and added colorful blankets and pillows to create a cozy setting for our lovely ladies to snuggle up, keep warm and sip hot cocoa.. Above the bench there was a large mirror, to which we added handmade paper pinwheels, a puffy tulle banner, and letters that read “BFFs, Gals, and Pals”.

party helpers

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1 comment

  • Kimberly L

    Kimberly L wrote:

    This was such a fun afternoon, creating and sharing lots of laughter and stories with these ladies! I am blessed to collaborate with some of the most talented people in Northeast Ohio. I am happy to share our party with everyone. Enjoy!

Joe and Jenn’s Holiday Elopement – 11/27/2016

 

We are pleased to have assisted in the Holiday Elopement of Joe and Jenn, during Thanksgiving weekend!  Joe and Jenn have been together for many years, and finally decided to tie the knot.  The Reverend Catherine Daniels joined the lovebirds in marriage at the picturesque gazebo outside of the North Canton Civic Center, in North Canton, Ohio.  We provided a custom bouquet, toasting glasses and a sparkling beverage for celebrating their union, and a few other fun little gifts.  Congratulations, you two!  We wish you many years of happiness and blessings!

 

Spanish Romance – An Inspiration Board!

Spanish Romance - An Inspiration Board

 
Ole!  Ole!  I realize that a few years back I did an inspiration board with Spanish influence, titled “La Boda – the Wedding.”  I am again inspired to create a mood board along those lines, with a more updated look.  Whereas my first board included many traditional Spanish elements, this one has more subtle nods to that grand heritage.  You can incorporate any of these into your celebration, such as a location that has Spanish architecture, or by using lots of lace details and fans or shawls for your female attendants.  Your ladies could also wear their hair in a style that would look great with a few roses tucked in the sides, or perhaps as a bride, you would like to wear a traditional mantilla comb with a veil to complement it.  Damask fabrics and paper goods have been popular for the last few years, and can provide a very stylish and sophisticated look to your event.  Enjoy!!

Feelings of Fall – An Inspiration Board

 

 

 

Autumn is right around the corner!  I know what you are thinking, it’s just the middle of the summer, but soon enough, the kids will be trading shorts and t-shirts for school uniforms and sidewalk chalk for pencils and notebook paper.  But I love autumn, it’s my favorite time of year.  I love crisp days, with all the different colored leaves on the trees, and potted mums everywhere.  I enjoy high school football games, apple and pumpkin picking, and other events of the season. 

Autumn is when I think Mother Nature does her best work, with such a rich pallet of colors to choose from:  red, burgundy, gold, apricot, orange, hunter green, and chocolate brown.  Some of the most visually striking events can also be created with these colors.  Weddings, rehearsal dinners, harvest celebrations, and of course, bridal and baby showers.  A good friend of mine is expecting later this year, so we are planning her shower for the middle of the fall, using a theme of Rustic Elegance.  We ideally want to hold the shower in an old barn, with lots of textural details: pumpkins, apples, candles, cozy fabrics, rich foods, and lots of fragrant flowers and leaves.  I hope this serves as inspiration for your own celebration.  Enjoy!!

Autumn Nights – An Inspiration Board

Autumn is here!!  I love this time of year!  The warm days, the cool nights, the fall foliage, football games, and snuggly warm fabrics.  I also love the colors: ambers, oranges, deep reds, golds, and plums.  I particularly love reds and plums in different combinations.  They make a wonderful palette for an evening wedding, or perhaps a homecoming or harvest ball.  Or, dare I even suggest it, a romantic setting for a boudoir?  I’ll let your imaginations fly with that suggestion.  In the meantime, picture a winery in the evening, with a blazing fire in the hearth, fabulous food, and good friends and family surrounding you with love and laughter.  Sounds good to me!  Enjoy!!

La Boda – The Wedding – An Inspiration Board

La Boda - The Wedding - An Inspiration Board

My husband and I visited Mexico a few years back, before my daughter was born.  It is a gorgeous country!  We stayed in Puerto Vallarta, on the Banderas Bay.  The weather was hot, humid and sultry.  It was August, after all.  But the water was cool, the people warm and friendly, and the food excellent.  We enjoyed our stay very much, and look forward to returning some day.

Hispanic culture is very much a part of everyday American life.  Spanish is unofficially our second language in the United States.  Many of the words have become interspersed with english words to form our everyday dialogue.  You will find Hispanic influences in many aspects of our lives, from fashion and food, to music and dance.  These influences also carry over into the bridal industry.  I have tried to capture the feel of a Hispanic celebration with this board.  Enjoy!

Hollywood Glamour – An Inspiration Board

Hollywood Glamour Inspiration Board

Here we are, at the beginning of another season of awards shows.  With the current writer’s strike, I miss all the glamour and glitz that goes with them.  I missed watching the actors arrive on the red carpet for the Golden Globes on Sunday, and who knows how many more we all will not be able to view, the People’s Choice Awards, the Oscars?  At any rate, I decided to satisfy my craving for Hollywood Glamour with this board.  You never can tell, maybe I will win an award for its design?  Enjoy!