Friday, September 6, 2013

Oh Sh*t Kits

One of my most favorite things to do besides event styling and throwing fun parties is creating little tokens of memorabilia for guests. I love making favors and swag bags with fun goodies in them. For the bachelorette party I hosted a few weekends ago, I put together some fun little hangover kits that I called "Oh Shit Kits". They were so fun to put together and I think the girls loved getting some fun things to remember the night.....or not remember the night. ;o)





They are super simple to put together and you basically just think of all the things that one would need the next morning to help recover from their hangover.






Included in the kit:

1. Gum
2. Advil
3. Purell Hand Wipes
4. Mini Nail file
5. 3 Cynthia Rowley Bandaids
6. Ghiradelli Chocolates
7. Fun lip gloss from Forever 21

I bought the gold dot make up bags from Forever 21 on clearance.




Happy Weekend!



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Monday, September 2, 2013

Mocktail Monday

Another Monday, another mocktail. I found another fabby drink without the booze, with much less calories to boot! Check it out and try it. Your hips will thank me.



Honey-Ginger Limade

Image via Better Homes and Gardens





ingredients
  • 3cups water
  • 1/2cup finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 23-inch strips lime peel
  • 1/2cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2cup honey
  • 1 1/2cups fresh lime juice*
  • 1fresh jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and thinly sliced** (optional)
  • 11 liter bottlesparkling water, chilled
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh ginger slices
directions
1.In a small saucepan combine 2 cups of the water and the finely chopped ginger. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lime peel. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids.
2.Add brown sugar and honey to ginger liquid in pitcher, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in lime juice, jalapeno pepper (if desired), and the remaining 1 cup water. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours (up to 3 days).
3.Before serving, add the reserved squeezed lime halves to pitcher. Slowly pour sparkling water into ginger liquid in pitcher; stir gently to mix. Serve in brown sugar-rimmed glasses*** over ice cubes. Garnish with lime wedges and ginger slices.





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Monday, August 26, 2013

Easy Peasy DIY Glitah Flags!


I made some super simple glitter flags a few weeks ago for the bachelorette bash I threw last weekend.







I just took a few toothpick skewers and adorned the tops of them with glitter tape. Then I just cut out the triangle piece for it to look more like a flag. You can also do this with washi tape so it will match the theme of your party.







Just little touches like this can make your party POP!!




Have a great Labor Day Weekend!!


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Candice & John Family + Maternity {Stephanie Campagna Photography}

I had the greatest pleasure of photographing my good friends Candice and John and their sweet little boy. They are expecting a little girl next week and I couldn't be happier for them! We had our session at Vasona Park where the weather was perfect and good enough for berry picking!











Congrats girl! Can't wait to meet the little miss!





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Monday, August 19, 2013

Mocktail Monday

This past weekend was a BLAST! I hosted a bachelorette party in San Francisco for my soon-to-be sister in law and I guess you could say I had my fair share of drinks. Yes, I'm fully recovering this entire week.

Needless to say, I had a few pregnant friends there and even though they weren't quite able to participate on some of the debauchery (boozing and schmoozing at the bars) I wish I had thought of making them some fun mocktails.

Soooo I found a few fun ones today and I wanted to share this particular one that I made today. Check it out. Its called the Basil-ade Mocktail. Have you heard of it?




basilade 2 Mocktail Recipes From San Diegos JSix Restaurant
Image via Luxury Travel and Lifestyle




Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh berries
3 leaves fresh basil plus more for garnish
8 ounces fresh lemonade

Instructions:

Muddle fresh, seasonal berries in a tall glass until crushed
Add basil and bruise gently
Add lemonade
Add ice and stir
Garnish with fresh basil leaves


Talk about a party in your mouth! It's so delicious! It also helps that I actually had these ingredients in my kitchen. I think after I've recovered from this past weekend, I'll celebrate the upcoming weekend with one of these - with a dash of Vodka....




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Monday, August 12, 2013

It's Macaroony!!!

Last week I got the chance to experience the art of making the french macaroon! It was a ton of fun and I'm so glad I did it. I made some macaroons back in December, by watching You Tube carefully and making sure I added every ingredient the way it should be added. Of course, they looked ok, but they didn't have the light, fluffy texture that they are known for. So I thought it would be great to watch a professional do it and learn some tips and tricks along the way.

The Sugar Studio in Redwood City offers a number of different classes. I found out about them through the lovely and talented Amy Atlas. Amy did a birthday feature on her blog that The Sugar Studio had created and when I found out that they were local, I was stoked!

It was a three hour class (well worth it) including how to make a few of the macaroon fillings and in the end we got to eat them. (The best part, obvi.)


Pardon the clarity of the images, they were all snapped with my camera phone.




Strawberry filling.



Gnache filling.



Sprinkles. From Paris! PARIS people!!




Gettin' artsy fartsy with the gold.





 My final product.





My macaroons turned out perfectly! We each made around 20-30 and we got the chance to decorate them afterwards. I was very pleased with my results and I'm very anxious to try and do this at home on my own.

If you are in the area, you should definitely try one of Hilary's classes. I'll definitely be going back. Maybe for a cookie class. ;o)


The Sugar Studio
(415) 694-9635
thesugarstudiobayarea@gmail.com
3716 Florence Street
Redwood City, CA 94063




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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Natural Child World Magazine

It was a good day yesterday. Natural Child World magazine was kind enough to contact me a few months back and ask to feature my Aqua and Orange baby shower I threw for a friend. What a HUGE honor to be featured in a magazine! I am thrilled to see my work and photos in there and i just had to share my excitement. I definitely must say, this is such a major accomplishment! Woo hoo!




If you get a chance, please pick up a copy of the magazine. They have some great stuff in there!




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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Three.

My daughter turned the big three a few weeks ago and I wanted to share her birthday party! I prepped a few months in advance and I think it turned out great. I need to keep reminding myself how much work it is putting a party together with a newborn so I'm not stressing out again for her birthday next year. Maybe I shouldn't add so many details to her parties, but I can't help it! It's what I love to do!

Anyway, her theme was "Brooke's Favorite Things 3rd Birthday" and she loved it! I got the inspiration from one of my favorite websites from another party someone had did.

I thought it would be the perfect theme since I've hosted Favorite Things parties for my girlfriends over the last few years. People always love them, so why not do something similar for my daughter's birthday?! Here are a few photos from the party...













Some of her favorite things include: Mac 'n Cheese, blueberries, strawberries, balloons, coloring and cupcakes!



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This is her I'm totally embarrassed that everyone is singing Happy Birthday to me face.










Invitations - Posh Paperie
Birthday Sign - DIY
Plates, napkins, utensils, straws - Target
Personalized Coloring Pages - Posh Paperie
Cupcakes, Mac 'n Chesse, Cake - DIY
Pinata - Party City
Cupcake favor holders - Etsy - PoshBoxCouture
Large fringe 3 - DIY
Pink baskets - Dollar Store
Photography - Me!




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Monday, July 8, 2013

Midsummer Nights YELP Party

I was lucky enough to attend one of Yelp's greatest parties this year. If you RSVP'd and got selected to attend The Midsummer Night's YELP!, you were lucky enough to experience a bunch of great local business offering food, drinks and fun. One of the best parts of the night, was that when you took a photo with your phone during the event and uploaded the photo to Instagram and hashtag your image with #midsummernightsyelp, one of the vendors, a photobooth company, The Laugh Box takes that hashtag and prints out your photo on the spot! It's kind of amazing! Here are a few photos from the night that I took with my phone. 

This one someone else took while I was standing in line for the shuttle to the venue. 




Enjoying a tasty treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes.



Our photo #hashtag used for The Laugh Box print out.




A few of the vendors that were there:
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Baci Chocolates
Fortino Winery
The Laugh Box Hashtag Photo Booth
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Psycho Donuts
and so many more!

It was a beautiful night, and despite some of the complaints that people gave regarding the loooong waits for the shuttles and food, I had a great time and hope to be back again next year. Great job YELP!




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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summah Time!!


Just another fabby party with some must haves for the summer!! Check out these cute items for any summer party.... or just to have! Love them all.









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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bachelorette Party Invites

I wanted to post a sneak peak of these SUPER FUN bachelorette Party Invites I created and sent out just recently. I had been on a bunting kick for a while and when I had been searching the information highway for some ideas, I came across someone who made some invitations similar to these. For the love, I cannot remember where I saw these. I want to say Etsy, but it could have been Pinterest. Cause, well yanno, everything is on Pinterest. If you have seen these before, please let me know so I can give rightful credit!!!

Anyway, I wanted to make my own with the colors/theme of the bachelorette party I'm hosting in August. I cannot wait until it all comes together and it actually happens. It will be a few months before I post it all to the blog, but for now, I was able to get a photo before I sent the last one out.

Viva San Francisco!!









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Friday, June 7, 2013

Time for a cocktail

Ok, so I'm in the market for a fancy bar cart. Ok, let's be honest here, I'm always in the market for something. I'm going to just throw it out there and say it's a necessity! Especially when hosting fab parties all summer. Let's face it, Summah is here and what better excuse to spend my money?

Of course I searched Ebay and Craigslist and they are all about um, one million dollars. I guess my best bet is to start at the yard sales.

Anyway, I found some of these that I love (and are also a million dollars). A girl can dream, right??











I'll letcha know how the search goes. *wink wink*

Have a happy weekend!





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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nautical Nursery

Nautical is the hype these days, so naturally I went to town on it with my little man's nursery. I thought I'd post a few photos of his crib (literally) and a few other fun goodies in his room. Enjoy!




After I found and bought the boat rental sign, I came across this one, which I love, love, love!  So cute.  Oh well, I guess you can't win them all.  








His big sister loves the starfish, and they were super cheap!!


This shelf was a super deal - I think my husband made it for about $10 total.  He bought a piece of wood and about 6 feet of rope from Home Depot.  He stained the wood with Minwax Whitewash Pickling Stain, tied a couple of knots in some rope, and voila - instant, nautical themed shelf for our little man's books!

  


The oar you see suspending the letters of Dominic's name was just a basic oar that we ordered from Amazon.  My husband sanded it down lightly with his orbital sander, and then used Minwax Whitewash Pickling Stain to stain it a nice "weathered white."  He then "distressed" it with a variety of tools - orbital sander, framing hammer, file, etc.


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