A First Birthday Bash for Emory

Happy Monday, friends! I’m kicking off the week with one of the cutest birthday parties I’ve seen in a long time. From the gorgeous invitations from Sommer Stiles of Paper Anniversary Co. to the group activities (creating water color paintings for Emory to keep for years to come), every little detail is so sweet. Each invitation was packaged with a wish card and a candle that Emory’s family and friends placed in the birthday cake to make wishes along with her. Such a fun idea! Get all the details on Little Household & Sugar.

{Photos by Sugar Photography | Jennifer Little for Little Household & Sugar via Party Perfect.}


Friday Link Love

It’s almost time for the weekend, hooray! I am so excited for today because I get to spend some time over the next few days with my nieces whom I really don’t see nearly enough. Plus we’re having some of our favorite people in the world over tonight for dinner and s’mores. It doesn’t get much better than that. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever you do, I hope it’s a weekend full of sunshine and laughter. See you Monday! xoxo

FYI. I’m a book junkie. Check out my ever-growing summer reading list.

Still loving popsicles. Definitely loving this.

Issue one is here. (Also available in print.)

Absolutely beautiful baby announcements.

Love these business cards. (Overprinting = yes.)

You can now find me here once a month. (First up, summer party essentials!)

Much love to my dinner dates last Friday.

Yummy! Lobster rolls = my favorite food on earth. (And, yes, I’m a vegetarian.)

Happy weekend!

{Photo by Gaby J Photography.}


What to Wear: Summer Party Duds

My good friend (and crazy talented designer) Jessica Tierney writes the most fabulous blog. One of her favorite features of mine is her Looks I Love column – stylish, inspired outfits that always make me wish I had a clothing budget the size of Oprah’s annual salary. In particular of late, I’m loving this look for a backyard party. In addition to our pool party next weekend, we’re also entertaining a handful of family with a cookout and campfire this evening and this outfit is just right.

Shop this Look –
1. Striped shirt: Old Navy / 2. Cutoff shorts: AE / 3. Aqua sunglasses: Burberry / 4. Earrings: Alexis Bittar / 5. Straw bag: Kate Spade / 6. Nail polish: Essie / 7. Yellow shoes: Zara / 8. Red chair: Ikea / 9. Bowls- Anthropologie / 10. Grill- Kugelgrill


Rustic Lodge Wedding Inspiration

I really love today’s inspiration shoot, shared by the lovely and super talented Emily Steffen and Bethany Hway and shot on location at Elbow Lake Lodge in Cook, Minnesota. With a beautiful lake view and a stunning lodge as their muse, this shoot is all about rustic lakeside charm. Recreating this look for your wedding is pretty simple. Think natural materials like burlap, forest-inspired details like pine cones and keep the menu and vibe casual for the most authentic summer camp experience you can muster. Bonus points if you have s’mores, a pair of canoes and a hammock strung between trees for a late afternoon nap.

Vendors –
Photography: Emily Steffen Photography / Styling: Bethany Hway / Floral design: Studio Fleurette / Paper goods: 120 Water Street / Jewelry: Arise Designs / Venue: Elbow Lake Lodge

{Photos by Emily Steffen Photography.}


Party Shopping: Poolside Bash

Our second annual pool party is next weekend so I’ve got full-on party brain at the moment. I’m loving bright citrus colored patterns and stripes right now and I think this bright tomato red market umbrella would be perfect for our patio. For pool parties I like to keep it simple with big pitchers of self-serve beverages like lemonade and sangria alongside a tray of mason jars in lieu of cocktail glasses. Colorful dinnerware, a few simple decorations, and maybe a lawn game or two are all you need for a kickin’ poolside bash.

Red patio umbrella – Overstock
Sparkling juice – Izze
Melamine dinner plates – Calypso St. Barth
Striped paper cups – Shop Sweet Lulu
Paper fans – Shop Sweet Lulu
Drink dispenser – Sur La Table