Pretty Dinner Party Inspiration

Hello, everyone! Things are a little slow going as I catch up from being away for a few days, but I wanted to share this sweet little dinner party table design with you today. Wouldn’t this be perfect for a rehearsal dinner or even a small casual wedding? It would also make for a really chic and sophisticated bridal shower, too. I’m in love with the soft neutral color scheme and the slightly wild looking floral arrangements.


{Photos from Flora.}


Fashionable Doggie Attire

I mentioned yesterday that I have doggies on the brain this week so when I stumbled upon the amazingly fashionable doggie attire of Rover Dog, I knew it was too good to resist sharing with you. If you’re thinking about incorporating your furry kid in your wedding, I love the look of these cute coats, shirts, and ties that feel appropriately dressy without involving even a scrap of tulle or cheesy doggie tuxedo pants. For those of you who consider yourself opposed to dogs in clothes, I dare you to resist this kind of cute.


{Photos from Rover Dog.}


Halloween (and Puppies) On My Mind

It turns out that juggling our new puppy Colby, an 11 week old golden retriever, and our sick big sister puppy Nina, our 5 year old black lab, has left me completely exhausted this week so I apologize for things being quieter than usual around these parts. I am flying tomorrow evening to spend a long weekend in Florida with my new baby niece so things might continue to be quiet for the next few days, but in the meantime I wanted to share this Halloween inspiration board from the lovely Kathryn of Snippet & Ink. I’ve had Halloween on the brain this week! While yesterday was hot and steamy, the weekend was cool and stormy and today is also darker and cooler, making me feel very ready for fall and trick or treaters. I think a little black and white gingham is the perfect Halloween accent.
halloween-wedding-ideas{Inspiration board by Snippet & Ink. See original post for complete photo credits.}

And, just for good measure, a gratuitous cute puppy photo…
golden-retriever-puppy{Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}


An Adoption Party

Good morning, everyone! I hope you had a great long weekend and got to spend a little extra time with your loved ones. Let’s jump start the week with a little celebration of family, shall we? A couple of months ago Mattie contacted me for adoption party ideas for friends celebrating the adoption of their two daughters. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have her get back in touch with photos from the celebration. Jenny Gilbert designed the adorable invitations, which were double-sided post cards and featured cute illustrations of the entire Lawrence family – including their pet dogs, chickens and goat!


The Lawrence girls asked to have guests bring teddy bears to donate to Brave Heart Children in Need, an organization that donates care packages to foster children as they are taken into care. This cute sign greeted guests (and their bears) upon their arrival:

They celebrated in the back yard with a giant inflatable carnival slide, a DIY photo booth and lots of sweet personal touches. I suggested they include a photo line with snapshots of the girls and their new family and a thumbprint family tree guest book. I love seeing how it all came together!






For more photos and many more details, visit Mattie’s blog. Thank you so much for sharing, Mattie, and thanks for allowing me to be a little part of a day filled with so much love!

{Photos from Mattie Babb.}


Friday Link Love

Today I am so so excited for the weekend, aren’t you? We’re going to hopefully conquer a few projects around our house and spend some time with family and….I think we’re going to bring home the puppy I mentioned last week! (You can read more about the puppy here.) The extra day off will be a nice chance to try and get ahead on some fall organization projects I want to tackle, too. What are your holiday weekend plans? The weather here isn’t going to be the best, but for those of you still enjoying summer weather I hope you make the most of it! For everyone else, I wish you lots of home renovation projects, movies on rainy days, and stormy weather fun for your weekend. I’ll see you on Tuesday!


Paper lovers take note – we’ve got a ton of new paper goods + stationery at Smock that you will LOVE.

So happy to finally see more of Alix + Manu’s wedding – the dresses are to die for.

Thinking I need these stickers for my husband’s lunches this school year.

Apparently I’m not the only one dreaming about fashionable dog accessories this week.

I might have a plan for all of the tomatoes coming into their own in our garden right now.

Super cute illustrated invitations.

A fabulous DIY project making favor bags from tape + envelopes.

Read all of these books in architecture school and still reference them. Highly recommended!

Berry colored textiles in graphic patterns are my new obsession.

I want this jacket for fall.

And with that – Happy Weekend!

{Photo via We Heart It.}