Memorial Day Party

June 01, 2010 } Blog, Entertaining at home, Inspiration { by Kelly | 4 Comments

The perfect way to kick off summer is a Memorial Day Party.  I have a closet (storage unit really) with tons of props and accessories for my client parties, but I am more relaxed at home.  I shop my house for things I can use outside and pull together a table with things I have collected over the years.

 I made Strawberry Lemonade for my non-alcoholic beverage.
My herbs were the perfect decoration for the table
I just love my mason jars.  Fun straws with flags add
a special touch.
Cookies are a great topper for cupcakes.
These are homemade and my kids decorated them.
I pulled out an antique quilt for a tablecloth
The main course!  Chicken wings, smoked sausage and
steak kabobs.
Fresh corn from the farmer’s market.
I just love my hamburger and hot dog
salt and pepper shakers! Don’t you?
Fun cupcakes with toppers I made for my daughter
to handout to her friends.

I also made homemade ice cream and we used an old fashioned hand crank freezer.  Those pictures are coming soon.  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Leave a comment and tell me how you celebrated the holiday.

Happy Summer!

I am linking to the following parties.

Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life



A Rock and Roll Rehearsal Dinner Part 1

May 28, 2010 } Blog, Party ideas, Rehearsal Dinners { by Kelly | No Comments

The wedding is almost always more of a reflection of the bride’s style than the groom’s.  (most grooms are perfectly okay with that too).  That’s why I like to have fun with the rehearsal dinner and insert the groom’s personality into all aspects of it.

So here is a peak at my rockstar rehearsal dinner….so much fun

























The Design Process

May 26, 2010 } Blog, Inspiration { by Kelly | No Comments

When I meet with a new client I am always so excited to discover their style and find out their vision for their wedding.  Sometimes the bride has a plan and design already thought out and is just not sure where to go from there.  Other times they have pictures from wedding magazines that they like but no clear vision in mind.  My job is to take the information they give me and help them see the possibilities without overwhelming them.

There is a design process (at least for me there is) and I like to take things step by step.  Pictures are great but sometimes you have to dig deeper.  What about the picture do you like?  If you have a picture of a spring wedding and your wedding is in the winter, the element you like in the picture might not work.  The same would apply if you are having a day wedding and you love the candles that were in the evening reception picture.  It doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar look but you will have to go about it in another way.

A big component of how I style a wedding is based on the bride’s DRESS!  It is my inspiration and a good indication of the bride’s taste and personality.  Everyone else’s attire is based on that decision.

A theme is an easy way to coordinate all aspects of the wedding from the Save the Date all the way through the favor at the reception.  I always brand my events by using the same elements of design, color and style in every decision I make.

Colors are hard to decide on sometimes but that is an important part of the entire design.  I like to have the color palette picked out before to many other decisions are made.  Things to take into consideration when choosing colors are the style of wedding (formal, casual, whimsical) where the wedding is taking place (inside, garden, beach) and what season (fall, winter, spring or summer).
With these decisions made I can come up with a couple of design directions that I think the couple will like. I concentrate on putting the couples personality in every aspect of the design and always have a couple of wow factors to surprise and delight the guests.  That is what makes a wedding unique and special.
You can apply these steps to any event or celebration and the design process will be much easier.  It is your wedding so don’t copy anything exactly, use the picture as an inspiration and make it your own.

Here are some of my latest inspirations….

Love these colors for a spring or summer wedding
This is very boho chic don’t ya think?
Design on,

Kentucky Derby Party: Part 1 of Party Ideas for May

April 23, 2010 } Blog, Party ideas { by Kelly | No Comments

Party time!  Need a reason to have a party?  May has several opportunities to throw a party and I will have a series of party posts to give you some fun ideas.


Before the I Dos, some don’ts!

April 14, 2010 } Blog, Uncategorized { by Kelly | 2 Comments

Everyone wants to give advice to the Bride and Groom to be and I am no different.  But I am a professional….or at least I play one on the internet. Here are just a few of the blunders I have witnessed.