Real Summer Parties

An Elegant Al Fresco Engagement Dinner Party

An Elegant Al Fresco Engagement Dinner Party

I seriously love getting to share gorgeous parties and today’s engagement party is particularly special because Bay area photographer Krista of Krista Marie Photography was not only behind the lens but also one of the guests of honor! Krista and her fiancé Jon met when they were just 12 years old and have been best friends for over half their lives. They started dating in 2012 and were engaged a few years later after a cross country move from Florida to California and …

Melanie’s Surfside Oyster Boil 30th Birthday Party

Melanie’s Surfside Oyster Boil 30th Birthday Party

If ever there were a celebration that spoke to my soul, this one is just that. Oh gosh, does that sound horribly over the top? The thing is, it’s really true! This party honoring the 30th birthday of Melanie Duerkopp, designed by Amanada O’Shannessy Creative, took place at Hog Island Oyster Co. With a casual picnic table boasting a feast fit for kings, pretty ticking stripes, gorgeous flowers and a surfside location that can’t be beat, this is 100% my dream …

A Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

A Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

Coming to us today all the way from Valencia, Spain, we’ve got Little Red Riding Hood in the house! Or, more specifically, Claudia of My Little Bloom’s adorable daughter Cristy and her 5th birthday party all decked out in Little Red Riding Hood inspiration. Featuring pretty red capes for all of the little girls and wolf masks for all of the little gents, Claudia planned an amazing backyard picnic with loads of sweet treats and all the special little details …

A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

I have to admit that I’ve always held picnics up on some sort of nostalgic, romanticized pedestal, pretty much my whole life. One of my favorite picnics to date was adventuring off into the back field behind my friend’s house for a girls-only picnic one summer afternoon following the third grade. Her grandmother had helped us pack up our basket with lemonade, little sandwiches, a gingham blanket and mini heart-shaped brownies and it was one of the best afternoons in …

An End of Summer S’mores Party

An End of Summer S’mores Party

I discovered new-to-me blog The Merrythought a couple of months ago and since then have been loving literally everything that Caitlin, Manda and Marla share. Which neatly sums up why I’m thrilled to be sharing their recent end of summer s’mores party with you. It’s the perfect celebration of the end of summer, a bittersweet farewell to long sunny days and nights spent crowded around a bonfire. They invited a big band of friends and family to join them for the …

Stacey’s Golden Birthday Party

Stacey’s Golden Birthday Party

Guys, I am all kinds of in love with this amazing birthday party that Alix planned for her friend Stacey in celebration of her 28th birthday. With a chic all-white and gold color palette, the whole look is so festive and just downright pretty. Guests were greeted with an elegant backyard dinner spread and their pick of pretty gold floral crowns to accessorize their white attire. Complete with giant balloons, party poppers, and sprinkle-covered wine glasses, this party is seriously …

A Summer Lemonade Stand

A Summer Lemonade Stand

By now you’re likely well aware that I’m a complete sucker for a lemonade stand. Maybe it’s because I grew up on a rather rural road and never had enough neighbors as a kid to have my own? Maybe. That could well be it. Or maybe it’s just because lemonade stands feel like the epitome of all that is summer to me. Loads of sunshine, the smell of freshly squeezed lemonade and pure, innocent child-like fun. This pretty little lemonade …

An Eagle Scout Camping Party for Stephen

An Eagle Scout Camping Party for Stephen

So, basically, I think we all know about my deep love for camping, bonfires and running around barefoot outdoors. If you didn’t know, now you do. So with that cleared up and out of the way, let’s talk about how obsessed I am with this amazing party in honor of Stephen, who was recently honored as an Eagle Scout. With classic cookout fare, root beer floats, s’mores, and the coolest camping inspired details, this party is the ultimate celebration of …

A Stargazing Party

A Stargazing Party

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Now that summer is unofficially upon us, it’s time to talk summer parties. Specifically this morning, stargazing parties. Created for Leaf Magazine, the talented team behind Lumina Portrait shared this awesome party idea featuring a cozy stargazing platform atop a VW van and loads of cheeky space-related references like an IPA beer called UFO and a signature cocktail dubbed The Cosmic-Politan. I love this idea for some good ol’ …

A Picnic Birthday Party

A Picnic Birthday Party

I can’t think of a better way to start the week than with Tova’s third birthday party. See, Tova’s mom is the incredibly talented and oh so lovely Kallie Brynn and this is the third year in a row I’ve had the awesome pleasure of showing off Tova’s birthday celebration. (Be sure to check out her owl-themed first birthday and her glittery second birthday, too!) This year Kallie planned a super sweet picnic party in honor of Tova turning three. …

A Riverfront 30th Birthday Celebration

A Riverfront 30th Birthday Celebration

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! I was so excited to have the lovely Jackie Reisenauer of Munster Rose share her recent 30th birthday party and thought it was just the perfect way to jump start the week. Following an exciting year in which Jackie and her husband moved to the Twin Cities, bought a house, launched Jackie’s business, and marked her 30th birthday, Jackie and her family planned a party at her parents’ house on the St. Croix River …

A No. 40 Southern Picnic Birthday Bash

A No. 40 Southern Picnic Birthday Bash

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. (Mine was pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself.) To kick off the week, I’m loving this Southern picnic style 40th birthday party. It has everything you need for the perfect celebration – embarrassing childhood photos, great food, lots of games (think Twister and cornhole), and an abundance of light-hearted cheer. What more can you ask for? If this is what 40 looks like, it …