Sherbet + Spice Birthday Party

I thought I’d take a little break from the flood of amazing Inspired Creations Contest entries today in order to share this sweet sherbet colored birthday party with you. (Although I’ll be back with a really incredible entry on Monday I know you’ll love so don’t miss it!) This party just feels so fresh and summery, I couldn’t resist it’s sweet youthful charm. With a pretty pink, lavender and orange chandelier made from dozens of felt circles to set the tone, this backyard celebration is infused with excitement and loads of child-like personality.










backyard-tee-pee-blanket-fortGet all of the amazing details here and here.

{Photos by Jackie Wonders from The City Cradle.}


Inspired Creations – Country Fair Wedding Inspiration

As promised earlier, I’m back with another beautiful wedding inspiration shoot from Ashley Pepitone, this one inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of a country fair. Think popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs and game tickets and you get the idea. A fun, upbeat and nostalgic celebration guests are sure to remember fondly for years to come.


country-fair-wedding-root-beer-floatsAshley used carnival game tickets from School Locker hand stamped with each guest’s name as escort cards. Guests find their way to their seats by finding their own carnival ticket, and matching the number on it to the signs on the Ferris wheel centerpieces. A menu of fair-themed foods served in recycled paper containers with wooden flatware, all from Garnish, keeps the look authentic. Colorful ribbons are tied to the back of wooden folding chairs for an extra splash of personality.



fair-themed-wedding-reception-ideasCenterpieces of fresh sunflowers in vintage mason jars are bright and cheery, while a Gerbera daisy is tucked inside each cup of the mini Ferris wheel. That’s where the flowers end though – the bride’s bouquet is a bright cluster of paper pinwheels!




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Inspired Creations – Strawberry Farm Wedding Inspiration

This morning’s Inspired Creations Contest entry is the first of two from Ashley Pepitone, a budding event designer. Inspired by summer days spent on her grandparents’ farm in Massachusetts, Ashley was inspired to create a design that would be reminiscent of frolicking about the fields and raiding the strawberry patch for fresh, sun-ripened berries. She used design elements and wares available locally in most towns for an easy, sunkissed look perfect for a sunny late spring wedding.


strawberry-red-green-farm-weddingAshley shares, “I imagine this wedding to take place on a warm day in late spring, the bride in a soft and flowing gown with her hair down in natural waves. I imagine the groom and his groomsmen to be dressed in comfortable linen suits, and the bridesmaids to carry bouquets of yellow tea roses and red berries accented with the unexpected but beautiful pop of white asparagus stalks, as mimicked in the centerpieces.”


red-white-centerpiece-inspiration“I wanted everything to feel very comfortable and organic, yet elegant. The local honey jars, a Goodwill find, add a personal touch to the floral arrangements. Each galvanized container harkens back to a day when things were simpler, people moved slower, and enjoyed their days more. The handmade napkin rings add a personal touch, and are an easy DIY project.”


green-red-strawberry-wedding-invitationsWith her beloved late grandmother as her muse, Ashley infused her design with her grandmother’s simple but chic style. I love the rattan covered drinking glasses, scored at a local HomeGoods, and the big decanter of strawberry lemonade. The galvanized tins came from Hobby Lobby and wine glass were purchased inexpensively at Dollar Tree. It’s a sweet, summery look achievable on any budget.



DIY Burlap Napkin Rings
* Burlap trim, found in the home décor section of any fabric store
* Buttons to match your theme
* Glue Gun

* Cut your burlap trim in 5” strips.
* Fold one end of each strip just a little and glue it down to create a finished edge.
* Glue that end over the unfinished edge, forming your “ring.”
* Turn over so the seam is on your work surface, and glue buttons in various shapes, sizes, and styles down the center of your napkin ring

Voila! Each yard of burlap trim will yield seven napkin rings. I paid 99 cents per yard, and $4.50 for 100 buttons. At those prices, if you have 150 guests at your event, you could easily make custom napkin rings, with four buttons each, for each place setting for a grand total of just $40!

Event Design – Ashley Pepitone
Photography – Janet Howard
Linens – Tamara Gollob
Rentals – Peachtree Tents and Events

{Photos by Janet Howard.}


The New Oh So Beautiful Paper + Simplesong Design

Though I’m a little behind the game in congratulating my dear friend Nole on her beautiful new site design, I wanted to take a moment to make sure you’ve been over to visit the new Oh So Beautiful Paper. Nole is one of the most talented bloggers I know with an incredible eye for design and stationery and I find myself continually amazed by the unique, stylish paper goods she shares on Oh So Beautiful Paper. If you are a paper junkie like me, you don’t want to miss out on Nole’s daily finds. If you’re thirsty for incredible inspiration, Oh So Beautiful Paper should be your next stop.

oh-so-beautiful-paperAnd speaking of beautiful paper, another friend of mine, the wonderfully talented Suann Song of Simplesong Design unveiled a newly redesigned site of her own this week. I love Suann’s fresh, pretty designs and even filled up one of my best friend’s stockings with her cute stationery and paper goods this past holiday season. From every day stationery to custom invitations for weddings, parties, showers and more, you should definitely pay Suann and her beautiful new site a visit soon.
simplesong-design-letterpress-stationeryCongratulations, ladies! xoxo

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Inspired Creations – 80s School Theme Wedding Inspiration

I have to be honest. Having the opportunity to share all of the amazing designs created by such truly talented wedding professionals for the Inspired Creations Contest is pretty awesome. The ideas they have come up with have truly blown me away and, judging by your responses, they’ve blown you away, too. And that was the entire point so thank you for continuing to chime in with your support for your favorite designs. With that said, enough rambling! Today’s entry from My Simple Details, Holly Chapple Flowers, Kate Triano Photography and Paperzest is another incredibly fun design, an 80s-inspired school themed wedding shoot that is honestly just too cute for words. I love the festive orange, teal and black color palette and all of the fun school-inspired details.



modern-black-white-teal-wedding-ideasUsing an adorable couple who were high school sweethearts as their inspiration, the team designed an event that is fun, lighthearted and casual while still being super chic. They share, “The wedding design started with a throw back to their schoolyard days with mix tapes and boom boxes. For the venue we selected a local Northern Virginia park, because similar locations can be found in almost any city with black tops and swing sets to entertain the kids while encouraging older guests to remember their youth.”



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