Denim & Diamonds: A Winter Mitzvah

The lovely family I worked with on a winter Mitzvah last year sent me the images from the day, taken by the fabulous (and newly married!) Melissa Robotti last March. The theme of “Denim and Diamonds” was set for the evening with custom sequin linens and a purple and silver color palette throughout the room. Floral mannequins were created by the team at KOR floral to mimic the girl of honor, in custom jeans accented with her logo in rhinestones on the denim. Concepts that carried through the space included purple rock candy accented small arrangements that also matched the nontraditional candle lighting display. The entire evening was a perfect party for the adults and kids alike, these images capture all of the event details perfectly!

A room fit for a princess



The fathers must have martini bar– one for cocktails and one for cocktails


Party time!

Inflatable twister…I may steal this idea for my 30th

sweet ending – candy bar with custom logo jars for all guests




Beach Baby Q Bash!

A few weeks ago I shared the invitations for the baby shower we threw for a wonderful new mommy to be in Newport, RI. The entire shower had a casual feel, with bbq snacks and sippers, lots of time to mingle and catch up outside on the beach, playing a game of corn hole, or just relaxing inside. We invited the men to join as the evening went on and everyone had a great time celebrating Baby F! Some of my favorite details are below from the day.

A welcome sign to direct guests to the party



Mad lib advice cards for the mom and dad to be


Cornhole signs were affixed to white boards, with coordinating pink and green bean bags on the beach

smore’s for two favors for everyone to take away

Since it was a “display” shower we hung all of the outfits up as the mom to be saw them so everyone could see how cute they were!

Gifted: For brides, hostesses, & you!

How darling are these trays from Parker & Rain? Each and every one just has so much personality it is hard to chose a favorite. I must say if that flamingo tray made its way to my coffee table I would be a very happy girl. These unique designs are all available in their etsy shop and would make a perfect gift for a shower, or a hostess gift for the lovely summer house that you call your second home during these months. Which one is your favorite?

Sequins & Stripes is holding a contest for an adorable lobster variety of these trays, run don’t walk and enter now!

Inspired Baby Shower

I get to see a dear friend today who is just about to pop with her first new little one. They are waiting to find out what they are having so I was inspired today by this very chic DC Baby Shower that would be perfect for a boy or a girl on the way. Every detail of this shower is perfect- the calligraphy menu cards, the build a library for the new baby, and the perfect use of florals to accent the guest tables. It was all inspired by a Kate Spade color palette, so what is not to love!  I would love to pull up a chair {and mimosa} to this perfect party!

Read all about each and every detail here.

let’s dish: fun food trends

If every menu was up to me I would serve only small plates, cocktail stations, and appetizers all the time. I love the variety they offer and all the endless ways you can incorporate your theme and get creative with the presentation of them.  Some of my favorite new food trends are below, they could easily be incorporated into a corporate cocktail party, a wedding, or even a dinner party at home.

orange you glad? monochromatic sweets and savory treats--who can resist circus peanuts? Perfect for a mid-day meeting break.

gazettes hang above in this unique cocktail station, then guests find toppings below

a welcome change from the candy bar-spun flavored marshmallow ribbons guests can help themselves to

individual fondue at each place setting--delicious and very chic

one of longwood event's new appetizers: "haute" dog--think upscale big in a blanket

inspired by: Halloween

Now that fall is here to stay, what a wonderful time to start planning all of those fun Halloween get togethers. We have friends here in Boston who go all out with an amazing party for the adults while all the kids trick or treat and they always have great decor for the evening. I think if we were hosting a Halloween party of our own I would incorporate some of these fun, quirky accents below. These could be used easily for a Halloween party, shower for the right bride or mom to be, or as a hostess gift for your spooky hosts!

perhaps my favorite Halloween detail, this is my kind of pumpkin carving!

these glitter taper candles are so fun! via West Elm

a quirky mask for each place setting

I love the texture of these lantern from Pottery Barn, they could be repurposed all year

subtly spooky serving dishes from Pottery Barn

delicious and unique candy apple favors for guests via Creatively Caramel

farewell summer

I guess this weekend makes it official, summer is ending. It has been a wonderful summer here in New England and I wish it would stay a little bit longer, but I do love fall {foliage, football games, warm sweaters, and boot season} so that gives me something to look forward to. To bid summer 2011 farewell I wanted to share some of my favorite details of summer events I have seen over these past few months. Until next year summer, don’t stay away too long!

Enjoy your long holiday weekend.

pre ceremony cocktails got creative this summer, look at this adorable setup.

alcoholic popsicle, what could be more perfect for a summer soiree?

ombre was everywhere this summer, I love it tucked away in this sweet cake

a chic way to protect your guests from bugs, perfect for an outdoor ceremony

i love the cozy versions of sweetheart tables that started popping up that gives mr and mrs some quiet time

only in summer can apps be garnished in red, white, and blue without being cheesy {I hope mini burgers never go out of style}

creative s'more favors are always a crowd pleaser, i love this creative take that includes the stick!

Images via Ritzy Bee Blog, Jose Villa, Martha Stewart Weddings, Endless Simmer, and Ruby PR