Friday Link Love

Seriously. Is it Friday again? Sometimes the summer weeks just zip by too fast! This weekend we’re off to the Chesapeake Bay area for the wedding of one of my lifelong friends. We’re stopping over in Old Town Alexandria tonight simply because I love it there and want my husband to get a little taste of the area. I’m so excited for our little road trip! Let me know if you have any suggestions for places to stop along the way and have a happy weekend!

Remember using potatoes to make art as a kid?

Don’t miss these beauties.

Obsessed with this wedding.

Great printable gift tags for summer.

I want to go crabbin!

Best idea ever for a party.

Love me a great sunhat.

Um, can you say delicious?

Really excited about the launch of this party publication.

{Photo from Luxirare via Oh Hello Friend.}


Loving Birthday Cake

Good morning, friends! Today I have to wish a big happy birthday to my little sister. She moved away for the first time earlier this year so it’s her first birthday away from home. So I figured, why not celebrate with her from afar by sharing a whole bunch of birthday cakes that had me at hello? When all else fails, a great cake makes for an instant (and totally awesome) party. Happy birthday, ‘Lil! xoxo

{Photos by Nicole Hill Gerluat for One Charming Party.}

{Photo by Cindy Chae.}

{Photos by Elizabeth Messina of Kiss the Groom and Elizabeth Messina.}

{Photos by Jackie Wonders from Sherbet + Spice |Ana Gonzaelz for Cakewalk from Strawberry Birthday Party.}

{Photo by Sweetapolita.}

{Photos by Sweetapolita.}

{Photos by Annie Hosfeld via Hip Hip Hooray via Kara’s Party Ideas | Mo Hines via Green Wedding Shoes.}

{Photo by DeFalco Photography for Vintage Sugarcube via Hello Lucky.}

{Photos by Kallie Brynn from Tova’s 2nd birthday | Ardent Photography from Emerson’s 1st birthday.}


Travel Snippets: SoCal

A few weeks ago I skipped off to Southern California to spend some time with my west coast BFF, Erika. I spent a wonderful week with Erika’s incredible family, finding a bit of time for relaxation and a lot of meeting of fabulous new friends. I thought I’d share a few snippets from my SoCal travels…

Much of my time was spent hanging out around the Delpine studio. Here you can see a sneak peek of these rockin’ new chevron wedding invitations that Erika recently designed. I just can’t get enough of chevron!

We also logged some quality time at the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach where we visited with the lovely ladies of Bixby & Ball. They have the sweetest little shop filled with home wares, entertaining essentials and fabulous gifts. Also necessary was a visit to Orange Blossom Café for amazing crepes.

Also plentiful throughout the week – home cooked meals, fresh apricots picked from the garden and good company around a backyard fire. Many thanks to Erika, her hubby John and their great family for a lovely week!

{Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}


Summer Lovin: A Beach Bonfire

I am in full-on summer vacation mode over here this week. All I want to do is laze by the water, read a good book, take impromptu road trips and spend my evenings by a bonfire. I am loving this beach bonfire spread from What Katie Ate today. It’s the perfect inspiration for a quiet little party of two or a few. I love the idea of packing simple foods to grill over an open fire and a stash of great cheese and crusty bread for nibbling. Grab a bottle of wine and a cozy blanket and you’re ready to go!

{Photos by Katie Quinn Davies | ACP/Real Living Magazine | Styling Sarah Ellison.}


Party Palette: Vibrant Summer Hues

A few weeks ago on facebook I asked readers to chime in with requests for color palette ideas and this is the second palette inspired by that chat. (The first one was all about coral and gray.) For those of you looking for vibrant, saturated hues of red, pink and orange, this palette is for you! I love how these colors look together, especially when balanced out with a soft blue and great neutrals. These colors remind me of summer flowers and the great colors I used to wear in the 80s. You can’t go wrong with that!

Loving this color palette? (I am!) See a whole lot more color palette ideas.

{top. Char Beck for Coco + Kelley. left. That Funky Boutique. right. Traditional Home.}