Friday Link Love

Another week, another Friday! Seriously, where do my days go? I am busy busy this weekend working a gorgeous wedding for a bride I just adore and my lovely friend Carolynn’s baby shower in her hometown on Sunday. It will be a weekend of love and celebrations and I’m really excited about the next few days. What are your weekend plans? I hope you have a lovely one!

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Don’t forget to visit City Cradle Design and leave a little love for my harvest brunch design. (Pretty please?)

Adorable and delicious wee little wedding cakes.

Striking and colorful origami bouquets.

If you love s’mores you will be obsessed with this.

These invitations are nothing short of super awesome.

And these Halloween invitations are just as cool.

More stationery love: very cool DIY thank you cards.

With winter approaching (no, really, in Upstate New York winter is approaching…trust me) I am dreaming of  a great mudroom.

And that’s all for me for the week! Happy weekend!

{Photo from Sweet Paul.}

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Caribbean Tropics Wedding Inspiration

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone! Today I am really excited to be sharing one of my personal favorite entries in our recent Inspired Creations Contest with you. (You may remember it from seeing it on Elizabeth Anne Designs.) Inspired by the tropical paintings and old floral still life imagery of Paul Gaugin, a post-Impressionist artist from the late 1800s, this dream team of Erica O’Brien, Honey and Poppies, De-Lovely Events and Jessica Claire incorporated vibrant tropical colors, lush florals and unique references to art and painting in their jaw-dropping creation.

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diy-escort-card-ideasThe star of the show is a paint-your-own dessert bar featuring miniature cakes and icing in a tropical color palette. Guests are invited to “paint” on their cakes using the colored icing and little paint brushes. Directions, printed on scrapbook paper and framed, read “You are the artist. (1) Choose your cake. (2) Choose your icing. (3) Create your design.” Of course, a stunning wedding cake in bright tropical colors also plays a starring role.

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My favorite part of this gorgeous design is the stunning floral design. Boasting colorful peonies, dahlias, roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, and snowball viburnum, the floral arrangements were then layered with with vines of passion flower, clematis, and pepper berries, wispy curled ferns and peacock feathers. The result is nothing short of spectacular.

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red-white-wedding-bouquetIsn’t this just absolutely stunning? While I am loving everything fall right now, this completely inspires me to want to run away for a sun-filled tropic vacation.

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Concept design, cake, desserts: Erica O’Brien
Florals and concept design: Honey and Poppies
Coordination and planning: De-Lovely Events
Photography: Jessica Claire
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Location: The Villa del Sol

{Photos by Jessica Claire.}

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Fall Harvest Brunch on City Cradle Design

Good morning, everyone! I wanted to take a moment today to share with you the fun little fall harvest brunch design I recently created. You can check out full details over at City Cradle Design where myself and four other bloggers were challenged to create a fall harvest design to inspire all of your fall parties and weddings. (I have loved seeing what everyone else came up with and I know you will, too!) Please pop over and check out all of the designs and I would love love love if you felt so inclined as to leave a comment on my design and support me in this fun design challenge. Reader response will be taken into consideration when determining the reader’s choice award so please leave a little love!

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pumpkin-themed-partyI’d love to know how you celebrate fall and the harvest season. Is anyone planning a great party or celebration? Tell me all about it!

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

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Pizza Party Inspiration from Sunday Suppers

I know I’m not the only one who finds everything Sunday Suppers does endlessly inspiring. I have been rather impatiently waiting for over a year now for my New York City travel schedule to coincide with a class and I have fingers crossed it happens soon. (Honestly, for as often as I’m in New York, it has to work out sometime, right?) In the meantime, I am loving this recent pizza party class they offered. This is not your elementary school pizza party! This is sophisticated, casual elegance at its best and utter perfection for a rehearsal dinner or a small, intimate wedding celebration.

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Noah’s Train Theme Birthday Party

The best days for me are the days I get to feature a great party sent to me by a reader. With that said, today is a great day because Abby sent over photos of her son Noah’s train themed third birthday party that I just couldn’t wait to share with you. I see a lot of birthday parties in bold, vibrant colors so I kind of love that Abby chose muted shades and pastels when planning Noah’s party. It still says ‘little boy’ to me without giving off a superhero vibe. Abby created the train cake topper using a tutorial from Cake Journal and I love that she opted to celebrate with a small family party loaded with sweet details like striped straws and little flags on the  tea sandwiches, making Noah’s birthday perfectly festive and fun for a little boy turning three.
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train-birthday-theme-ideasThanks for sharing, Abby, and a big happy birthday to Noah!

{Photos from two little dicky birds.}

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