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September 26, 2012
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Rock Star Diva Party

Candy Buffet with Personalized Candy Bars for the guests

                                   

The tote was custom made to match the buffet table and carry her birthday cards.

Over 250 balloons were used to create the clusters and centerpieces

These tables were for the parents

The stairway into the party room

                                                      

             

                   

   

March 16, 2012
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Masquerade Birthday

Each year I always tell myself I'm not going to have a party for my birthday but somehow I always end up doing someting. This year I turned 35 and I wanted to do something formal since I loved to get dressed up and rarely have the opportunity to do so.

 

 

February 02, 2012
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Bride's-Maid ;)

So you’ve been asked to be the Maid of Honor or a Bridesmaid in a loved one’s wedding and you can’t wait to throw the bachelorette party and walk down that aisle looking oh so fab representing the Bride-to-be! However, did you know there is more to being in the bridal party than just throwing parties and modeling your dress? Below are a few duties as the Maid of Honor and/or Bridesmaid that you’ll be responsible for when accepting the honor of being chosen as an attendant.

Supportive – Above all, the main job of everyone in the bridal party is to be supportive; both emotionally and physically. While at times you may become frustrated and feel overwhelmed, remember it is your job to keep the bride Cool, Calm & Collected.

Wedding Attire – Being in a wedding can sometimes be a bit costly. It is the sole responsibility of you to pay for your wedding attire. This includes your dress, shoes, jewelry, hair and nails. I know…we’ve been in a recession for the past few years and everyone may not be able to afford it. If this is the unfortunately case for you, express to the bride that you’re honored to have been asked, but you will not be able to take on the position. Let her know that you’d be willing to lend a hand with addressing invitations, decorating or any other physical assistance she may need. It’s totally improper to ask the bride for monetary assistance with your ensemble.

Bridal Shower – The Maid of Honor along with the Bridesmaids should plan, host and split the cost of the bridal shower. Traditionally the bridal shower was a “women-only” function; however with times continually changing, the “co-ed shower” is the newest trend. Key note for inviting guests to the bridal is shower is they must also be invited to the wedding. I cannot stress how rude it is to “request a gift” from someone and not follow up with an invitation.

Bachelorette Party – I told you this could get expensive ;) It is also the responsibility of the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids to plan, host and split the cost of the bachelorette party. Keep in mind and be respectful of the bride’s personality and wishes. It’s also not in the best interest to have the party the night before the wedding. The bride should be well rested and radiant on her special day.

Hosting – The Maid of Honor along with the Bridesmaids should also play hostess at the reception. While they’re in attendance to enjoy themselves as well, it is important to make sure the guests are situated…knowing where the restrooms are, where to place the gifts or assisting them with any minor issues. This ensures the bride and groom have nothing to worry about besides enjoying their newly wedded bliss.

In addition to the few items listed above, as a bridesmaid, you could be asked to do a number of different things to help make the days leading up to the wedding as smooth as possible. This could be anything from assistance with the attendee list, invitations, decoration or just lending a shoulder to cry on. However it is your job to make yourself available for whatever may be needed from you.

The Maid of Honor’s list is a little more extensive. I mean after all she does hold the highest position LOL. Seriously though, in addition to the above, the Maid of Honor will also do the following:

· Be the witness in signing of the marriage certificate (what a great honor!)

· Assist with any pre-wedding planning

· Help the bride get dressed

· Make sure the bridesmaids are there on time and ready

· Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony

· Hold the grooms ring (best place is on your thumb)

· Make a toast after the best man at the reception

· Make sure the bride eats (she’s so busy she won’t even be thinking about it)

This list is obviously just a guideline and isn't conclusive, but it definitely gives you an idea of things that could be headed your way. Don't fret...it's definitely not all work and no play. In the end you get to participate in one of the biggest days of your loved one's life.

September 27, 2010
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A Shower of Blessings

These are pictures from a baby shower I planned and co-hosted with a close friend. I was really excited to have the opportunity to show some of my creativity...but even moreso, the passion I have for planning events.  CONGRATULATIONS Kizzy & Eddie!

Hope you enjoy and comments are welcome!

 

July 01, 2010
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Party Etiquette for Guests

It’s fairly safe to assume for the host to practice proper etiquette when throwing a bash. What people may not know however; is there is also proper etiquette for the guest to have as well. Below are a few tips on how to be a great guest when attending a party.

RSVP – this is thee most important rule in the book that is most often violated by guests. RSVP RSVP RSVP! I cannot stress this enough. Entertaining guests is not an inexpensive task, so the least you can do is let the person know if you plan to attend or not. This helps the host gauge the amount of food, seating, alcohol and obviously the final cost they’ll need to prepare for. I mean we all know emergencies happen but I’m talking to those who religiously violate this rule…you know who you are LOL

Uninvited Guests - In relation to rule #1, this one pertains to uninvited guest. It is very rude to show up to a party with someone who was uninvited UNLESSSS the invitation says you may be bring someone …and should you do so, it is your responsibility to RSVP for that person as well.

Proper Attire – This one is moreso for the guys than the girls...because DUH shopping is what we ladies do. Gentlemen, know what type of party you’re attending and plan your attire accordingly. Last thing you want to do is show up to a semi-formal event in jeans and a polo shirt. Not cool. The “in” thing now days are theme parties…people if you’re attending one of these shindigz, definitely dress the part… I’m just saying, if you’re gonna do it, do it like you’re doing it for TV.

Don’t Try to Outdo the Host – Yup this one is for you ladies. We all have a little “cat” in us sometimes that’s just screaming to let loose, but there’s always a time and a place. Bottom line is you’re there to support your host, not make them look bad. So if that’s your intention, what are you there for anyway? You’re obviously not the friend she thought you were.

Arrive Bearing Gifts - I know I KNOW this may be difficult for some of you to fathom but as my momma use to say “The truth is the Light” hahaha. No but seriously, I’m not saying you have to bring something EVERY time you attend a function, but it doesn’t hurt to offer… it shows your appreciation for being invited and all the work the host put in to entertain you. Keep in mind there are certain types of parties that require a gift i.e. birthdays, baby showers, bridal parties, housewarmings, etc. I cannot stress how important this is...showing up to a party of that sort empty handed is simply unacceptable and shows a lack of decorum on your part. The more elaborate the party, the nicer the gift.

P.S. And don’t forget to put your name on it…considering you might be one of the few who’ll follow this tip anyway, you definitely want to be acknowledged for it ;)

Hold Your Liquor – Be tactful and drink in moderation. Just because the party has an open bar for a few hours doesn’t mean you need to drink yourself into oblivion. One of the worst things is to get really drunk at a party and embarrass yourself AND the host. Besides we’re all adults, lets act like it.

Say Thanks – Always thank the host for them having you and let them know you had a great time. It doesn’t matter if it’s on your way out the door or in the form of a little thank you note you emailed or dropped in the mail. It depends on the importance of the occasion. Just remember a simple thank you goes a long way.

Practicing the above tips will have you well off to being the perfect party guest.  And that’s all folks!  Well not really LOL…there are obviously more but these are the ones that top my list. Take note and be merry!

Til next time loves! *smooches*

June 27, 2010
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25th Anniversary

Here are a few pics from a 25th Anniversary I coordinated a couple years ago. This was a surprise party from their daughters.


We got these invitations from Party City for $19.99 and I believe there were 50 in the box.  They were really easy to personalize...I turned a photo of theirs to the Sepia color for the underlay and personalized the invites on the computer and printed them out. Very quick and no mess.

 

  I made these lollipops using the flower molds & white chocolate from AC Moore, then accented them with ribbons for additonal appeal. 

 

A cost effective idea was to make the favors part of the centerpiece...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Room Decor & Table Setting 

 

Buffet & Cake table

 

June 24, 2010
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Baby Bundles

This is also a really cute theme for a babyshower. It's unisex, colorful and has bundle of joy written all over it!

June 24, 2010
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It's a Ladybug!

My friend asked me to do her sister’s baby shower sometime in August/September and I’m really stoked about it because I’ve been dying to do a baby shower. She’s having a little girl and I so don’t want to do the typical pink & white…that is so blah. But I came across this Ladybug theme that may be too cute to pass up.


I thought these invitations were totally adorable...I'm guessing they could be a little pricey if you let the company print them out, but who doesn't have a printer these daysss...can we say HP All-in One?

 


I usually opt for the "over the top" look but some people like to keep it simple.  Either one of these cakes would do the job tho, don't you think?

 


OMG and how cute is this baby shower umbrella?????  I would definitely add this to the list of decorations for that "Oooo" factor LOL.  Add in a few games and favors for the finishing touch and Wah lah!

  

 

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