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Baby Celebration!

I have worked on many events for other expecting mothers in the past, but never thought I would be preparing and slaving over my own baby shower. People that know me, know that I love detail, decorating, coming up with new ideas and reusing old ones.  This was a project that I had been mentally preparing for since I found out that I was expecting.  Although I love to help make brides the center of attention on their special day, I love to be behind the scenes and knew that I would struggle being the prospect at my shower. I decided to make this event more like a backyard party, lots of flowers, lots of games, lots of distractions for guests.

The florals that I chose to decorate this party with were bright and fun with a whimsical twist.  I wanted to create the laid back feeling with a woodland theme, but still fit for a baby shower honoring my little girl.  I chose to go with hot pink roses (deemed Pink Floyd), pink alstroemeria, dianthus (to mimic the look of moss), white hypericum berry, with splashes of pink wax flower and a white micro pom.  The dusty miller and sword fern were collected from the venue, which happened to be the backyard of a close family friend.  The wood slats for the centerpieces were cut from fallen trees, and even made an appearance for the handmade toad stool cupcake tower! My goal of keeping this party beautiful and oh so budget friendly was entirely accomplished.

I incorporated as many DIY aspects into this shower as I could, I wanted it to be full of activities for guests that could be used as sentiments for my daughter to grow with.  Rummaging through the attic of the new home my partner and I recently moved into was step one to my DIY party planning.  I was able to dig up some old empty frames that I was able to repurpose into a photo booth. I took three frames, fastened them together and decorated them with preserved moss, birch accents and fresh flowers to match the decor.

IMG_0690  I have decided to adhere a cute, floral printed paper to the back of the frames where I will glue the photos taken from the shower on to it to create a photo board.  This was one easy way to engage my guests and to create a memorandum to show my daughter just who helped celebrate her oncoming arrival.  Now of course, the fresh flowers will parish, but the preserved moss, birch accents and printed memories will be forever admired.

Other DYI aspects of this shower included a onesie decorating station, a future advice box and a “friends & family tree”, where I had people put their finger prints on a painted tree to simulate leaves.  This project was a lot of fun and turned out beautifully! All of the activities were labeled and showed off using old wood slats found in the attic, some of which were decoratively painted and can be used for future events.

 

All in all, it turned out to be a beautiful day full of laughs, which I could not have asked for anything better.  It really pays to do something yourself if you want it done right, but still there is no shame in asking for help along the way. I have learned through this process that I am very particular and love everything and anything about detail. Maybe party planning is also in my future! So if you are looking for a little help and want to make your event a day to remember, no matter how casual or extravagant, contact me and I would love to assist!

Cheers!

 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Hi all! I am starting a blog about some of the work I have been doing lately in hopes to share some creative outlets with my customers and friends.  The month of May had a been quite a busy time for me planning one of my best friend’s floral for her backyard wedding and sculpting my image for my own baby shower and maternity shoot.  It has been quite the colorful and emotional month. So in this section of my blog, I bring you ideas to help make your backyard weddings and events just as colorful and hope to inspire you to find and repurpose items that can make your special day all that more special.

The Mohan Wedding was such a pleasure to work on. The bride was a  super easy going, always open to suggestions, with a simple, rustic vision of her special day type of woman.  Babies Breath (Gypsophila) was the main floral component in this wedding, a perfect choice for an early summer, backyard celebration.  Though the decor was simple and rustic, the bridal party, dressed to impress, with the bride center of attention (as it should be) in her champagne colored flowing lace and beaded gown.  She chose to bump up the scene with her bridesmaids carrying simple hand tied in twine bunches of babies breath, while the bridal bouquet, made to match, sported eight large headed white roses in a bed of babies breath wrapped in a lace burlap.

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Photo credit: Kristi Russel klrphotography.photoshelter.com

The tables were adorned with mason jars, collected from the years, filled with white Stock, a simple and fragrant choice.  Blush and white roses accented the gift and head table in a pair of old wooden boxes filled with Gyp. Note: there is always a plus in asking your florist for oddball containers that can help fill any voided space in needed areas. I just so happened to use the wooden boxes in this wedding that have been holding my craft supplies in since I started the game. You never know what they might have on hand that could fit your vision.