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, 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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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


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!


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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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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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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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Party Essentials Checklist

Wow, the time has really gotten away from me since having my little boy 8 weeks ago. Time really does fly! I'm really absorbing these little moments while he is small because I know it will be over in a flash, then he will be off to college. :0(

Over the last few weeks I've been compiling a big checklist of party essentials. There are a few parties that I'm hosting this summer and I always find myself scrambling for last minute things.

I seached the internet for a few checklists (I think I got this off of The Nest?) and combined it with the items that I use pretty much every time and came up with the following below. I'm planning to make a checklist for decorations too. Yes, that's a WHOLE other checklist!  Feel free to copy this or add to it. I'm sure there is something I'm forgetting, but in the meantime, this should help you out.


  • Wine glasses
  • Wine coasters
  • Serving platters
  • Silverware
  • Water glasses
  • Water pitcher
  • Breadboard or basket
  • Bread plates
  • Decanter
  • Dessert plates
  • Dinner plates
  • Salad plates
  • Steak knives (if applicable)


  • Assortment of cheeses
  • Assortment of crackers
  • Cheese knives
  • Cheese twists
  • CruditĂ©s
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Flowers (fresh is best but faux are also good for display)
  • Gin
  • Grapes, sliced apples, or pears
  • Hummus
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mixed nuts
  • Napkins (if using paper, allow for 2 for each guest)
  • Olives (pits in for eating, stuffed for martinis)
  • Platters
  • Playlist
  • Salami
  • Small canapĂ© plates
  • Soda
  • Tonic (1 bottle for every 3 guests)
  • Toothpicks
  • Vodka
  • Water glass (1 for every guest)
  • Wine (1 bottle for every 2-3 guests)
  • Wine glass (1 for every guest)

FOR DINNER (If this is a dinner party)

  • Candles
  • Centerpiece
  • Napkins
  • Place cards (optional)
  • Tablecloth

    Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!



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Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Treats

I've been thinking about what kind of fun treats I wanted to make this year for Easter. I usually do the standard cake or cupcakes, but I wanted to do something a little different. I heard of this company called Fatty Sundays and they make chocolate dipped pretzels.  I thought they looked amazing, not to mention easy to make, so I thought I'd try it out. And wouldn't you know, they are really easy to make! Shoot, I could start a company making these! There are a ton of similar tutorials all over Pinterest on how to do this so searching there is your best bet.

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I have my in-laws coming into town this weekend and I was looking forward to sharing these with them. But let's be honest, I don't think these will last until tomorrow! Anyway, here is what they look like. Delicious!!

Happy Easter!


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Bridal Shower Ideas

Bridal shower season will soon be upon us. Over the holidays, my brother-in-law asked for his girlfriends hand in marriage. She said YES and that means party planning awaits!! I've been souring the internet for Bridal Party ideas and I came across this slideshow from Elizabeth Anne Designs with some fun ideas. Check it out for some inspiration! I'm particularly in love with the Perfume Bridal Bar.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Tips on how to be a perfect party host

I stumbled upon a great article for Tips on how to be a perfect party host: by Lauren Gottschalk-Scher. Hopefully this will get you moving in the right direction for the ultimate party you want!

Even with the pressure of blogs detailing every new food trend, Pinterest showing you carefully crafted decorations, and friends bragging about their perfect soirees on Facebook, you don't have to be Martha Stewart to throw a great party! Just follow these tips to be a “perfect” party hostess.

Plan Ahead
The perfect party host has a plan and sticks to it. If your party has a theme, plan how you will execute it through the menu, decorations, and party activities. Plan a schedule for every detail, from sending invitations to chopping onions. Test your recipes in advance to make sure you've allotted enough preparation time and everything turns out as planned. Plan your outfit and accessories in advance.

Consider the Menu
While you may enjoy experimenting with exotic food and drink, if your guests are children or “hamburger and beer” people, they may not enjoy it. If you are not an experienced cook, don't try to do more than you can handle. When working with a budget, plan food and drinks that you can comfortably afford. Look for sales on non-perishables and stock up ahead of time.

Prepare the Day Before
Tables and decorations should be set up the day before the party. Most baking and some cooking can also be done the day before and still remain fresh. If not, there may be preparations, such as chopping or assembling, that can be done the day before the party.

Don't Take on too Much
If you are planning a huge party, consider hiring a party planner. You can still do anything you really enjoy, but you won't be stressed about every detail. If you're expecting a large crowd, consider hiring bartenders and servers. If you are planning a small get together, know your limits and don't try to more than you can handle.

Get Up Early
Plan to get up early the day of your party. If you're rushing, you're more likely to make a mistake. Give yourself as much time to prepare as possible, as something unexpected is bound to happen!

Pamper Yourself
If time and finances permit, get your hair, makeup, and nails done before the party. At the very least, pick an outfit you love and reserve time to do your hair and makeup yourself. You will look and feel great!

Greet Guests
At a small party, greet every guest at the door to make them feel welcome and comfortable. At a large event, make sure you circulate and spend a little bit of time with each of your guests.

Offer Refreshments
Every guest should be offered a drink within ten minutes of their arrival. Same goes for hors d'oeuvres, if they are being served.

Introduce Guests with Similar Interests
Introduce guests with similar interests. When creating a seating plan, seat each guest with someone they know and someone new with whom they have something in common.

Plan Entertainment
You can't rely on guests making small talk to carry a party. Plan some entertainment, whether it's a party game for a small gathering, or a performer for a large party.

Join in the Fun!
Don't stress about the small things - your guests probably won't notice that you forgot to put out the napkin rings. Don't fight with your partner or yell at your kids in front of guests. Don't spend all your time in the kitchen. You threw a party to have fun, and your guests came to have fun with you.

Thank Your Guests
Be sure to thank you guests for attending your party. Send them home with a small party favor or leftovers.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Host and Hostess Gift Ideas

I'm always finding myself looking for a great and unique hostess gift.  I LOVE gift giving so anytime someone has a party I'm out the door shopping for the perfect treat. I've compiled a list of a few things that I think are pretty awesome and that other host or hostesses might also love or find useful. If you need ideas, there is always good 'ol Pinterest or Google, but here are a few of my faves I thought I'd share. Are there any amazing ideas that you absolutely love to give?

Casserole Carriers:
A few of my faves: Mardi Gras, Bohemian, Magnolia
Take your dish in style with one of these super cute casserole carriers.  I received one of these as a Christmas gift and I LOVE it!! Sold by Vonny. or on Amazon.

Wine Carryall:

Box O’ Macaroons: 
You can;t go wrong with delicious treats!

Tapas Trays:

Ice Cream Bowl Set:

Wine cork trivet

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{DIY} Halloween Candy Treats

Yet another fun Halloween favor for you this year! Check out these cute little paper bag mummies you can make for your little goblins. You just use small white paper bags, white crepe paper, wrap/glue it around the bag, glue some googly eyes on them and fill with your favorite Halloween candy. How easy is that?! This is such a great project for your kids.

I've filled these mummy bags with delicious Mocha Coffee Lentil treats from Sugarfina. Sugarfina is a gourmet, online candy boutique that bring you the world's finest candy. I've learned that many of their candies can make great themes for birthday parties and events which is perfect if you want to get creative. These candies are so colorful for making some amazing sweets tables too. I've already ordered so many different candies from their line, it's hard to pick a favorite!

They even have a tasting bar! WHAT?!?!?!

See for yourself and check out their amazing lines of gourmet candy HERE and order them for your Halloween party...... or ANY party now!

 Your sweet tooth can stay updated with their latest candies via Twitter, Pinterest  and Facebook as well!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Fashion Playtes

I am officially BACK from vacation! It was such an amazing time with my family. The beach, the zoo and eating was more than I had hoped for! It's sad that vacations fly by so quickly. : (

I wanted to share this cute website I came across this morning. It's a site that let's you Design Your Own Clothes, Unique Gifts for Girls, and Dress-up Games. I think my two year old is still a bit young to do this, but I know a lot of friends that have older girls that would love this! It's called Fashion Playtes and it could possibly lead your next fashionista into the designing world of clothing. You can check it out HERE.


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Friday, September 7, 2012


The family and I are off to the sunny skies of San Diego for a week. I'll be back with some new posts when I return. Have a wonderful weekend.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Abby and Chris Maternity - {Stephanie Campagna Family Photographer}

I'm a little late with this post, but I just wanted to share a sweet maternity shoot that I did for a dear friend about a month ago in Half Moon Bay. It was PERFECT weather and everything was just amazing! Abby and Chris have since had their little bundle of joy (which I will be sharing in the next week) so for now, here are a few photos from their maternity shoot.

Congratulations Abby and Chris!!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ruffled Cake Frosting Tutorial

Ever wonder how those awesome moms get those birthday cakes to look so professional that you think you don't have a chance in the cake decorating department? Fear not, you're in luck. I found a great Ruffled Cake Frosting Tutorial by My Cake School that can help your cake look like a professional did it. Maybe I'll try it this weekend!! Check it out.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Featured: Kara's Party Ideas

I just wanted to blog a quick note that my daughter's 2nd birthday was featured on Kara's Party Ideas last week! I was so excited that she featured it and I just wanted to share! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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