Loving Birthday Parties

I am pretty sure you know this, but I love birthday parties. I mean, I big time love birthday parties. I just really can’t get enough of sweet celebrations to honor a loved one. When planning a birthday party, remember that the little details are often the ones that make the most impact. Think pink birthday candles and sprinkles, bubbles for the young and young at heart, colorful cake bunting, fabulous stationery and paper goods, cupcakes with pastel icing, confetti, pretty straws or cute bags of popcorn for snacks.

{Photo from Sweetapolita.}

{Photo by Cindy Loughridge via It’s Mary Ruffle.}

{Photo by Bonnie Ciudad.}

{Photo + birthday card from Simplesong.}

{Photo from Confetti System.}

{Photos by Justin and Mary Marantz via Style Me Pretty.}


Country Winter Wedding Inspiration

Originally featured on Green Wedding Shoes, I am loving the pretty country details throughout this winter wedding inspiration shoot. I am a touch obsessed with the idyllic romance of a snowy winter wedding with big mugs of steamy hot cocoa and portraits in front of a flickering fireplace. This outdoor dessert setup would be perfect for a fun rehearsal dinner, don’t you think? Don your cutest knit hat and a pair of ice skates to kick off the celebration in fine winter style.

{Design + styling by Ashley Krogman Designs. Photos + styling by Jenny Haas via Green Wedding Shoes.}


An Elegant Castle Wedding

I am truly in awe of this morning’s gorgeous real wedding, shared by incredible photographers Justin & Mary. I just love Angela and Andrew’s love story and the timeless elegance they infused throughout their celebration. The story goes, Angela and Andrew very well could have met in the tiny unheard of town of Siguenza, Spain four years ago when they both visited a castle there just two weeks apart. Or, they could have met when they both lived in Astoria, just five blocks apart. But they didn’t. They met as new co-workers riding the subway to work. In honor of finally having found each other, they planned a stunning wedding with a sophisticated, vintage compass travel theme. They used antique handkerchiefs as save the dates and telegrams were sent out to everyone who replied yes. I personally love the vintage compasses they used as escort cards and the gorgeous paper goods and calligraphy incorporated throughout. You are going to love this wedding.

Photography – Justin & Mary
Hair stylist – Self Image Hair Salon
Venue – Oheka Castle
Floral design – Bayview Florist
Invitations – The White Aisle
Calligraphy – Laura Hooper
Makeup – Rouge Makeup
Dress – Jim Hjelm from Kleinfeld

{Photos by Justin & Mary.}


DIY Paper Poppies

I really love a good paper flower. Today, Sarah from Daisies & Pearls is sharing a fabulous DIY tutorial for making paper poppies. The one thing I love more than paper flowers in general? Paper poppies in specific. Poppies are one of the prettiest and happiest flowers going in my book. These are sweet and simple, perfect for a wedding with DIY flair or for parties of all shapes and sizes. Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah!

Materials: Crepe paper, artificial flower stamens, floral wire and tape.

Step 1: Cut five tear drop petals from the crepe paper.

Step 2: Overlap the petals around the stamens, which should be folded in half.

Step 3: Secure floral wire to the flower head with floral tape.

Step 4: Carefully stretch the crepe paper to add shape to the poppy.

Step 5: Continue this process until your heart is content and arrange as desired.

{Photos from Daisies & Pearls.}


Loving Books

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a fabulous time last week with friends old and new at Alt and am now so excited to be back to share new inspiration and ideas with you.  While at Alt, one of the speakers said, “You are what you blog,” and that truly resonated with me. I have always made a concerted effort to blog what I’m personally passionate about and to share that passion with you. As I flew home this weekend I couldn’t stop thinking about books. My husband and I, both massive book junkies, just had built-in bookcases built on either side of our fireplace and I can’t stop daydreaming about filling them up. I love incorporating books in special occasions, whether it be the bookmark the dates I made for our wedding or asking friends to bring a favorite children’s book to a baby shower. There is a warm, heirloom quality to books that instantly makes me nostalgic. Herewith, a few fabulous ways to incorporate books in your celebration…

{Photo by The Studio B via Style Me Pretty.}

{Photo by Charlotte Jenks Lewis via Once Wed.}

{Photo by Sara Gray Photography from Dandelion Wine.}

{Photo by Jeff Wallace via Green Wedding Shoes.}

{Photo by Misty Bliss.}

{Photo by Sean Flanigan via Style Me Pretty.}

{Photo by Tiffany Arment Photography via Ruffled.}

{Photo by Milena Sefferovich via Green Wedding Shoes.}