Welcome Summer with a Water Party!

I love the girls over at One Charming Party. They come up with the best ideas for fabulous kids parties and they’re super awesome ladies in real life, too. Love that! Brittany and Sara recently shared this festive water party they designed to inspire colorful summer celebrations. Here in the Northeast, Memorial Day weekend officially ushers in summer so the timing is perfect for a little fun in the sun. You can catch all of the details from this amazing party at One Charming Party and get the party plan in their shop. (And, trust me, you’ll love it!) This party is perfect for birthdays, celebrating the end of the school year or just marking summer in style. Happy swimming!

{Concept, design, styling + photography by One Charming Party.}


Party Palette: Black, White + Neutral

This week’s color palette was a little tricky for me. I wanted to do something featuring beautiful and simple neutrals and it took a little bit to get it just right, although I do think I love how it came together. I love an achromatic color scheme with lots of white and black with varying shades of gray. Throw in great pattern and texture and you get loads of interest and sophistication without having to commit to a distinct color palette. Quite lovely, don’t you think?

{top. Ruche. left. Underbarbara Clara. right. The Girl and the Gorilla via Nonesuch Things.}


Sweet Shopping: New England Honeymoon Style

I am such a lover of the New England coast, I just can’t get enough of the chic, preppy beach style of Chance. My husband and I honeymooned in Bar Harbor, Maine and celebrated our first anniversary in Maine and New Hampshire along the coast. We’ll be celebrating our second anniversary this summer with another coastal New England trip and pretty stripes, casual accessories and great beach totes are all I can think of these days. Herewith, a little inspiration for your New England honeymoon or summer vacation.

Get your New England style on at Chance: Tank, scarf, fedora, day tote, book, espadrilles, necklaces + clutch.

{Images from Chance discovered via Katy Elliott.}


Retro Cherry Birthday Party Inspiration

I’m such a sucker for fun birthday party ideas. This bright and happy birthday party inspiration shoot features a bold red and blue color palette, pretty printables from Love the Day and a cheerful retro diner vibe that’s pretty much irresistible. Serve up grilled cheese, mini milkshakes and give the little ones a handful of coins to keep the jukebox rockin’ and you’ve got an instant party. Get the printables from Love the Day to get started!

Vendors –
Styling + printables: Love the Day / Photography: Jon and Melissa Photography / Cherry cake: Rene Takes the Cake / Kandy Kones: Celebrate Today / Fondant cake toppers: Two Sugar Babies / Straws, cupcake wrappers + twine: Cupcake Social / Pastries: Sweet City Shoppe / Dresses: Gracie Mae Kids / Hair accessories: Sweetharts

{Photos by Melissa of Jon and Melissa Photography.}


The 2011 NSS Meetup

Last week I was honored to co-host a fabulous NSS Meetup with a group of pretty amazing women, namely Erika of Delphine, Vané of Brooklyn Bride, Cat Seto, Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper, and Minhee of Paper + Cup. The event took place at the Brooklyn Winery, which is a pretty rad venue. (Think timeworn wine barrels, a cool industrial vibe and muted vintage wallpaper. They also have a to-die-for prosecco that I happily sipped all night.) We invited the stationery and design industry’s finest to come out for the event and an awesome turnout of stationers, designers, members of the press, and retailers showed up to get their party on. Here are a few photos of the event from the incredible (Pulitzer Prize-winning!) Kelly Guenther Studio.

The gorgeous flowers were from Blossom and Branch and had I not been returning to a hotel room I’d have arm wrestled someone to claim them as my own at the end of the night.

I’m always a sucker for personalized details and the coasters and cocktails napkins from For Your Party were the perfect extra touch at the party.

Here are the evening’s hostesses! From left – Cat, Vané, me, Erika and Nole.

Huge thanks and much love to our event sponsors Felt & Wire, The Knot, and Mohawk. And love to our goodie bag sponsors, too: Anthology Magazine, B-List, Blossom and Branch, Brooklyn Bride, Brooklyn Winery, Cat Seto, Delphine, Eat.Shop Guides, For Your Party, Graphic Image, Green Paper Company, Kelly Guenther StudioLinnea’s Lights, Delphine, Mom Inc. Daily, Oh So Beautiful Paper, Paper + Cup, and Wendelline Papers. Already so excited to see everyone next year! xoxo

{Photos by Kelly Guenther Studio.}