A Picnic Inspired First Birthday Party

This colorful first birthday party was inspired by sunny spring picnics. Never mind that little Addie’s birthday falls in the cold of winter, mom Miranda spread blankets on the floor and served sandwiches, lemonade, cobbler in jars and chocolate cake. DIY party decorations crafted from colorful papers, paper doilies and cupcake liners gave the party a little handmade cheer and kept things budget-friendly. The fabric bunting adorned invitations might be my favorite part!

Thank you so much for sharing, Miranda!

{Photos by Swoon.}

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A 60th Birthday Party Bash

I am pretty jazzed to share this birthday party with you today. Planned by Eden of Sugar and Charm for her father in-law’s 60th birthday party, it’s proof that you can (and should) have fun at any age. Lots of yummy desserts, vintage sodas, good wine and a few DIY details made this party truly special.

Eden bought vases from a local dollar store, printed out black and white photos of her father in-law and taped them on the outside. She then placed a white, non-scented candle inside each vase and lit them in a row along the mantle. She also made delicious carrot cupcakes and truffles. Oh how I love homemade truffles! (You can snag the carrot cake recipe on the Sugar and Charm blog.)

For more from this fabulous little party, visit Sugar and Charm. Thanks for sharing, Eden!

{Photos by Zan Passante.}

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Party Palette: Indigo Blues

Today’s color palette is dramatic, rich and moody. It’s also completely sophisticated pairing deep indigo blues with shades of brighter blue, aquamarine and touches of warm gray. I love this palette because it’s bold and a bit unexpected, yet somehow still feels classic and timeless.

(p.s. I’m loving these palettes! How about you?)

{top. pia ulin. left. bluepoolroad. right. Kate Mathis.}

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Party Shopping: Rustic Campsite Fun

As promised earlier, I put together a fun shopping guide to help you recreate the rustic campsite vibe of the camping themed baby shower and campsite wedding inspiration shoot created by Jesi Haack Design, JL Designs and Sweet and Saucy Shop as photographed by Gabriel Ryan Photographers. Both of these designs were all about old school camping nostalgia. As a camping junkie (I actually drink my morning coffee out of an oversized blue enamel mug) I love this look. First up, the inspiration…

{Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photographers.}

This look is all about campsite functionality with little bits of pretty and a few well-placed paper goods. A traditional Coleman lantern, a fun flannel shirt, cute drink flags, and an arsenal of cooking skewers is all you need to make it a party. Get a fire roaring, set out a platter of s’mores fixings and you’re good to go!


Plaid flannel shirt – Delia’s
Coleman lantern – Overstock
Enamel camp dinnerware – Amazon
Cookout set – Target
Drink flags – One Sweet Party
Cakestand – Sweet and Saucy Supply
Plaid favor bags – Bake It Pretty

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Camping Theme Baby Shower

Spied over at On to Baby (The Wedding Chicks’ awesome new blog celebrating all things baby), I could not resist sharing this fun-filled camping themed baby shower with you. Camping! Seriously this is brilliant. Created by the powerhouse team behind the rustic campsite wedding inspiration shoot from the first Inspired Creations Contest, this shower is filled with rustic camp-inspired details like pine cone garlands, s’mores, lanterns, lots of warm plaid flannel, and a wood grain cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop that is so detailed it’s truly awe-inspiring.

One of my favorite baby shower ideas is to set up a craft station so each guest can make the little one a cute, personalized baby onesie. Take my word for it. Skip the games, add in a cute craft and your guests will thank you. Use iron-on transfers, bits of fabric, fabric paints, or whatever decorative bits you’d like to include and ask everyone to get creative!

Because I love this shower so much, I thought it was the perfect excuse for the next Party Shopping guide. Stay tuned later today for my guide to recreating this look at your next celebration!

Vendors –
Design: Jesi Haack Design
Design + florals: JL Designs
Desserts + cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop + Sweet and Saucy Supply
Photography: Carlie Renee of Gabriel Ryan Photographers
Paper goods: Posh Paperie

{Photos by Gabriel Ryan Photographers. Discovered via On to Baby.}

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