A Parrott Design Studio Bridal Shower

I always love when a reader emails me to share a beautiful celebration, but when that reader is the wonderful Sarah Parrott, it’s a really exciting day in my world. Sarah was married earlier this fall and over the summer her sister, Jessica Parrott Robitaille of Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott, and their mother Janet planned Sarah a beautiful shower at her aunt’s waterfront home in New Hampshire. The look and feel of the shower centered around an eclectic mix of Sarah’s favorite things – vintage finds, French design, farmhouse details, birds, and flowers. Jessica used a bright array of colors including pinks, browns, corals, yellows, and oranges and baked up a gorgeous dessert buffet featuring a strawberry cake, carrot cake, Parisian macarons, whoopie pies, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate button lollipops.



Many of the flowers came from Sarah’s parents’ garden, including the gorgeous pink and yellow dahlias. The centerpieces on the tables were made by Minott’s Flowers and consisted of smaller vases with the same flowers. Each guest took home a vintage teacup, all thrifted by Sarah’s sister and mom, with homemade madeleines and a bag of tea.






Sarah’s family, including her now sister in-law Deb Bianculli created an incredible menu for the shower, including bruschetta, spanakopita, orange-infused asparagus, bread-stuffed artichokes, lobster tea sandwiches, “Thanksgiving Day” sandwiches (compete with Tofurky for the bride), Cape Cod chicken salad, grilled chicken and mango pitas, roasted veggies and hummus pitas, Caesar salad, and spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette. For cocktails they served pomegranate and blueberry bellinis and pineapple martinis.  Sounds amazing!




Isn’t Sarah’s shower so bright and fun? I love the festive colors and all of the sweet, personalized details. I love seeing a bride’s loved ones come together to throw such a beautiful celebration. Thank you for sharing, Sarah!

{Photos by Dad Parrott for Parrott Design Studio.}


Happy Halloween!

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re having a great Halloween weekend. In honor of today being Halloween, I’ve collected a few irresistible photos of pets in Halloween costumes that I just had to share. Are your little ones dressing up today? I’d love to hear all about their costume! My girls are decked out in matching bee costumes and they look just adorable. We’re going to out for a walk in the neighborhood later today and then we’re going to hang around and hand out candy to trick or treaters. Happy Halloween!


Lucy as a bee and Sam as a spider, sent over by Ashley.


Grizzly as a blowfish, shared by Lili and Lee Jay.



Charlie as a lion, sent over by Ami.


Zoe as a cat, from Courtney.


Kathleen shared her adorable little Otto in two different looks. So cute!


Ro as a ladybug, shared by Carolynn.

IMG00722-20101030-1813Trick or treat! My own Colby and Nina as sweet little honey bees. (Excuse the Blackberry photo.)


Zaphod and Zephyr as Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, sent over by Cheyanne, one of my BFFs.


Gothic Halloween Wedding Ideas

In the spirit of Halloween this weekend, I had to share this goth-inspired Halloween wedding inspiration shoot from Camilla Photography. With a cemetery location, the details are the epitome of gothic glamor and the look is all high style. There is a dark beauty to this shoot that just sings of Halloween – I personally love the short black lace gloves and deep red rose bouquet. For the bride looking for something nontraditional and still incredibly beautiful, I love this look.



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Vendors -
Photography: Camilla Photography
Top Hat: Dear Lizzie
Invitations: Polka Dots and Daisies
Design: Branches
Cake: Cake Dame
Gowns: Avenia Bridal
Hair/makeup: Becky Thorpe

{Photos by Camilla Photography.}


An Outer Space Baby Shower

All the way from Singapore, I’m happy to share this cute little baby shower that Emily of Paper Tiger Press sent over. She recently planned this adorable outer space themed celebration for a good friend and handcrafted all of the decor. The daddy to-be actually requested the outer space theme saying that all little boys want to grow up to become astronauts, including him when he was a kid – isn’t that sweet? This is great inspiration for a baby shower welcoming a little boy and I love all of the cute paper details. Thanks for sharing, Emily!








{Photos by Paper Tiger Press.}


Smock at Kate’s Paperie – Three Days Only!

I mentioned last week that I was going to be in New York all of this week (where I am currently skipping around from one amazing paperie to another and calling it “work”) and I’m excited to share all the details! Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, Smock is teaming up with our friends at Kate’s Paperie for a series of special trunk show events. Trunk show attendees will receive 25 free letterpress wedding invitation sets (when you purchase 75) and get the chance to consult with Smock design experts. (Um, that’d be me. And my partner in crime Lindsy. It’s going to be good.)


We’ll be at three different Kate’s locations this week and we’d love to see you! Or, if you feel so inclined, you’re always welcome to just pop in and say hi, too. I hope to see you there!