Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Juliet's "dreamy clouds" 2nd birthday party inspiration

Juliet's dreamy clouds 2nd birthday partyI really shouldn't be blogging right now and prepping for Juliet's party instead but I'm tired and have already worked on a few projects this evening (for a peek at those projects check out my Instagram). Juliet went to bed early because she isn't feeling the best. I really really really hope she is feeling better by Saturday. Last year she got strep throat a couple days before her party and while she was no longer contagious she was a bit out of sorts on her birthday.

I am so excited about her party on Saturday and so is Juliet. She has mastered singing happy birthday and she knows her birthday is February 16th. She tries hard but can't quite figure out how to hold up two fingers yet. Maybe by the weekend.

I can't really explain my creative process and how I came up with the theme "dreamy clouds" but I think it had to do with the fact that Juliet loves these two lamb stuffed animals that she calls her "yammies". I pondered doing a lamb-theme but that didn't feel right and then I started thinking about an all white cloud theme playing off lamb's fluffy wool. When I thought all white I thought that sounded really dreamy and loved that idea. I added in some sparkly gold and there you go, "dreamy clouds".

My party philosophy is all about celebrating the guest of honor with lots of pretty details, great food and personal touches wherever possible. It's really not my style to spend a ton of money on the parties I host so I always do a lot of DIY projects and try to find deals wherever possible. Juliet's party dress was $16 and from Old Navy and it is absolutely perfect. I'm using baby's breath because it's so airy, light and pretty and also it's super affordable. I am planning on making Juliet a little baby's breath headband to wear but my gut is saying she won't keep it on so maybe I won't bother.

I'll have a few activities for the kiddos (there will be about 9 kids between the ages of 10 weeks and 5 years) like coloring, glueing cotton balls to make little clouds on paper and most importantly, a dance party. Juliet loves to listen to her favorite song (Move It Move It) and dance like crazy. It's one of my favorite things to watch her do.

I'm also really excited for the kiddos party favors. A couple of my favorite kid's product companies are providing product for the favors and we'll have a 4-pack of Little Green Pouches and puzzles from HABA toys as well as a few things I'll be adding.

As far as food we are serving appetizers, snacks and dessert. The party is 3pm-5pm so we don't need to do a full dinner which is nice because appetizers are my favorite anyway. And it'll be easier with the kiddos to just serve snacks. We'll have a blend of healthy and not so healthy snacks (from fruit to animal crackers to smoothies in Little Green Pouches and mac n cheese bites).

Dessert is going to be a white and gold candy table (candy is being provided from Sweet Works, they have gold Sixlets! So awesome) and I am making cloud sugar cookies with royal icing, plus we'll have a cake and cupcakes. I should probably apologize in advance for the sugar rush the kids will have.

I am working with Shannon from Grace and Guy Paperie on Etsy for all the paper items. She designed incredibly perfect invitations and is making placecards and signs (including signs with my favorite dream quotes to display around the party). If you are in need of paper goods for an upcoming party I suggest checking her out. She does really nice work and is super responsive and reasonably priced.

Here is my Pinterest board for the party if you're interested in seeing more. And be sure to follow me on Instagram as I'll definitely be posting a few photos the day of the party.

My baby girl is almost 2. The past 2 years have honestly been like a really good dream, so this theme is very fitting. I couldn't possibly love her more. 

Photo credits/links:

Cloud cake 
Cloud cookies 
Chiffon-rosette tulle dress
Baby's breath headband 
Follow Your Dreams print
Powered sugar donut tower

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Juliet's "Baby Love" first birthday party details

Sources {Cake, Heart toppers, Macarons, love printable, gold balloons, gold vase}

It shouldn't be a big surprise to anyone that I am really excited for Juliet's first birthday party.  It's going to be a beautiful party with lots of great brunch food, gorgeous desserts, my family and closest friends.

Juliet will love it.

She is always happy when surrounded by a lot of people and she adores my family and all the attention they give her.  Her party is going to be a wonderful celebration.  I can't wait.

I've heard the other side.  "She won't remember it".  "You're having the party for you, not her".  "She won't even know what's going on".

I don't care what anyone says.  Why wouldn't I celebrate her?  Why wouldn't I throw a party in honor of the the most amazing year of my life so far, all because of her.

She is so worth the celebration.  And she will have fun!  She'll eat lots of cake (which won't quite be her first taste of sugar) and I'll stare at her in awe and so much love when the frosting is smeared in her hair.  I'll laugh at her dad when he stresses about the mess.  It's going to be such a good day.  I can't wait.

The inspiration board contains a few of my ideas:

Baby love.
Lots of hearts.
Pink and sparkly gold.
Brunch (duh!).
Bubbly drinks,
Beautiful pink macarons,

Click here to follow my Pinterest board with lots more details.

My baby girl is almost one (in 3 weeks!).  Juliet is going to rock toddlerhood.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A tea party baby shower

{Photo credit: Martha Stewart and Country Living}

I am very excited to co-host a tea party/baby shower for my sister-in-law Nikki on Sunday. My mom, sister, aunt and I are all hosting the shower with tons of sweet tea details including:

A white tent with suspended chandelier
Tables with flowery fabric as tablecloths
Antique tea cups and saucers
A vintage, silver tea kettle set
Cucumber and radish tea sandwiches
Caprese tea sandwiches
Mini scones
Mini quiche
Mini donuts
Macarons
Cupcakes and cake (the gals in my family have a major sweet tooth!)
A tea table with three different types of tea
Flowery fabric bunting

Right now the weather predicts a sunny day and 80 degrees, it couldn't get more perfect than that!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A classic wedding inspiration board

{Photo credits: Style Me Pretty and David's Bridal}

By now you have heard of my good friend Libby's upcoming wedding...in the year she has been engaged my husband and I hosted a fall-inspired engagement party and I recently threw her a black and white foodie bridal shower. We also have a wine/cheese/dinner/dancing bachelorette party to look forward to in the next couple weeks as well!

Libby is marrying her best friend, Jason. They met through Erik and I, who also happen to be the matron of honor and best man in their wedding. They are great friends of ours and we never have a shortage of fun and lots of laughs. One of my favorite things to do with Libby and Jason is to grab a few (or more...) beers and bonfire in our backyard. They are a laid back, fun-loving couple who you can always count on. Seriously, they are the type of friends you call when your car is broken down on the side of the road and they'll make it to you quicker than anyone else.
Libby and Jason's wedding in September and it is taking place downtown St. Paul at a historic venue (413 on Wacouta). They have a lot of classic, simple details that will result in a stunning wedding:
  • Black and white details with a touch of latte/browns
  • Mini calla lilly bouquets and centerpieces (DIY by her talented mother-in-law to be!)
  • A black/white/brown dessert table filled with cupcakes, macarons and candy
  • A strapless lace gown with gorgeous Badgley Mischka shoes
  • A subtle food theme with food labels for each table, tons of delicious appetizers and a family style meal
  • No shortgage of great wine
 I can't wait to share her wedding photos with you in a few months!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Hoedown BBQ inspiration board

{Photo credits: Country Living}

Erik and I are hosting a BBQ on Sunday with a small group of friends and some family.  I decided on a good old-fashioned hoedown.

Here are some of my ideas:

"Hoedown Hits-the-Spot" signature drink: alcoholic popsicles
A corn-on-the-cob eating contest
Hay bales (if I can find them)
Bandana decor (I'm thinking of making bunting or some kind of banner)
Red and white gingham tablecloths
Sunflowers
On the menu: still TBD but maybe fried chicken, homemade biscuits, corn-on-the-cob, etc. All the dessert recipes are from Reddi-wip.
Square dancing music?! Maybe.
Cowboy hats

Sounds like fun doesn't it?  Lots of photos to be posted early next week!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I heart Minnesota concept photo shoot

{Photo credits: first four photo sources unknown, lower right Inspired Bride)

I am involved in an awesome project and it's taking place this weekend! Head over to Callie V's blog to read all the details, she is the mastermind behind the photo shoot. 

I will be providing the dessert table filled with lemony goodness; lemon cupcakes, lemon curd tarts, lemondrops and more.  Can't wait!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Guest post: a destination wedding inspiration board by Urbane Montage Events

This soft, pretty destination wedding inspiration board was created by guest blogger, Faith of Urbane Montage Events. Located in Minneapolis, Urbane Montage Events offers services from day of coordination to full service planning. 

Seeing this board makes me hope that one of my friends will have a destination wedding that I can attend. What a relaxing and gorgeous way to get married. 

My husband and I honeymooned at a fabulous all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The kind of place where your only task is to eat, drink, sun-bathe and be with your honey.  It was one of the best weeks of my life.  However...one thing I did that kind of annoyed Erik as the week went on is that I stalked the weddings taking place on the beach.  I couldn't help it. The ceremony arches had swaying fabrics, the brides had orchids in their hair.  Each wedding was so beautiful and I couldn't help but think if I had to do it all over again maybe I would've had a destination wedding, or maybe Erik and I will renew our vows on the beach ten years from now.

As told by Faith:

"Hello Eat Drink Pretty Readers! My name is Faith O. Folayan from Urbane Montage Events, and I am ecstatic to be a guest on Eat Drink Pretty!

Today I present to you a Destination Wedding inspiration board. Destination Weddings are a growing trend, of interest for many brides, that won’t fade away anytime soon. A warm color palette was used to create a clean and romantic mood. This board can be used for a bride planning a Destination Wedding or looking to create a shoreline affair within local boundaries.

Enjoy! Happy Planning!"

Inspiration Board: Blushing Red Sands

Palette: Rose Red | Sepia Gold| Coral | Tan

Top Row: Sloan Photographers  via 100 Layer Cake, Sabine Scherer Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings, Boutwell Studio via Green Wedding Shoes, Gabriel Boone via Inspired By This :

Middle Row: Michele M. Waite Photography via Elizabeth Anne DesignsThe Nichols via Grey Likes Weddings

Center: Angelica Glass Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Bottom Row: Verve Photo Co. via Snippet & InkOur Labor of Love via Once Wed

Thanks so much to Faith of Urbane Montage Events for creating this lovely inspiration board for Eat Drink Pretty today!

Friday, February 4, 2011

A bubbly birthday brunch

{Photo credits: Martha Stewart Living Boundless Beauty iPad app, Country Living, Tartelette, Sunday Suppers}

I am notorious for throwing myself birthday parties. Partly because I am a bit of a control freak, and also because I am accustomed to having awesome birthday parties. It's my mom's fault, really. She always threw me the best parties. When I was 6, she planned a birthday party at an actual doll shop, we wore dresses and hats and drank punch and ate cake at a mini table. Then there were several parties at the Heart Throb Cafe, a restaurant (now closed) in downtown St. Paul where the servers wore roller skates and you drank malts the size of your head.

And now, even though turning (gulp) 31 isn't a big deal, I can't let a birthday pass without planning just a little something (my actual bday is on Feb. 8). And so this year I am hosting a small, birthday brunch with a few girlfriends.

I decided on a bubbly brunch theme (inspiration from Martha Stewart Living). Being such a girly-girl, I can never get past pink as a color staple. And of course, quiche. I could never host a brunch without making at least a couple quiche. I also may make homemade belgian waffles. And no brunch is ever complete without the main ingredient, bubbles. There will be no shortgage of mimosas and bellinis. 

What is your favorite birthday party memory?  Please comment and share and have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cupcakes and Cutlery inspiration challenge

Sharon of Cupcakes and Cutlery blog invited me to participate in her inspiration board challenge for December. Please head over to her blog to check out my New Years Eve board including decor, menu and drink ideas.

Thanks to Sharon for asking me to participate!

Photo credits:

Photo Sources (from left to right):
Branches and Lights via Style Me Pretty
Salmon Blini Puffs via Pepperidge Farms
Cocktail via Hostess with the Mostess
Soup cups via Style Me Pretty
Napkins via The Knot
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup via Style Me Pretty
Cake via The Knot
Girl in dress via Style Me Pretty
Tray passed appetizers via Style Me Pretty
Sparklers via The Knot
Orange paper flower via Style Me Pretty

Friday, September 17, 2010

A fall inspiration board

{Photo credits: Style Me Pretty}

This inspiration board exists only for one reason. I love the fall. How can you not adore this season? It is so warm and cozy. Sitting around a bonfire, sipping a hot apple cider (or pumpkin spice latte!)...well, there may not be anything better.

Fall also makes me think of s'mores, rustic cheese boards at a cocktail party, caramel apples, going to the apple orchard with my honey...

I would love to plan a party inspired by this board. It would be all things rustic and warm. And also quite sticky with the s'mores and caramel apples!

I wish you all an amazing Friday and weekend.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Inspiration board: a classic Washington DC wedding

This is the inspiration board my friend Amy created for her upcoming wedding that will take place in DC. She is going to have a multicultural wedding that is both Christian and Hindu with multiple ceremonies, a sangeet and an Indian reception. It is going to be an amazing wedding. To see the Indian-inspired details of Amy's wedding, click here. Unfortunately, I don't have photo credits, if I am using any of your photos and you would like credit please email, eatdrinkpretty@gmail.com.

The Christian ceremony will be followed by a luncheon on a Friday afternoon. Amy is going for a classic look and will be getting married in a church that was built in 1924 and is a faithful copy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields of London. Since her Hindu wedding (the following day) will be very bright and colorful, Amy wants to keep the church wedding very simple and toned down. She will be using green apples for a modern, classic look that is also budget-friendly. The luncheon will have simple white or light green linens, white wooden folding chairs, surrounded by pink hydrangeas.

Stay tuned for professional photos in October!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! I hope you all have fun plans (if you do, comment below and share!) I'm not Irish, but I certainly enjoy the excuse to have cocktails on a Wednesday.

My company is throwing a St. Patrick's Day party that begins at 3pm, yay! There will be Finnegans (one of our clients), Guiness, live music, a best "Irish" dressed contest and I'm sure plenty more. A St. Patrick's Day party is just one of many perks from working at an ad agency. Fun, fun, fun.

Since I don't really drink beer, I decided to make Shamrock Sparklers (Prosecco and a splash of Midori). I'm sure they will be festive and delicious.

{Photo credits: top row from left to right: Hostess blog, Bakerella, Food Thinkers. Bottom row from left to right: Style Me Pretty, Lovely Scribbles, Style Me Pretty}

Friday, March 5, 2010

Inspiration board: a gorgeous Indian wedding

My best friend Amy is getting married next October in DC. It is going to be a 3-day affair with multiple ceremonies including a traditional hindu ceremony. The theme for her reception is a blend of enchanting and mystical with bold bright colors.

The main color is fuchsia (a spin off the traditional Indian wedding color, which is red), and the accent colors are bright aqua blue, lime green,and gold. The tables will have a modern minimalist setting, but will also be adorned with plenty of colored votives and Indian lanterns.

Doesn't that sound amazing? I can't wait! I am a bridemaid in the wedding and it will be my first time wearing a lenga as well as performing an Indian dance!

Photo credit note: Amy designed the inspiration board but didn't source any of the photos. If I am using your photo please email eatdrinkpretty@gmail.com and I will credit you. Thanks!



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A gorgeous inspiration board

This gorgeous inspiration board led to an even more gorgeous dessert display. The display is totally chic, with sparkly confections and an amazing wedding cake all with a stunning purple and grey palette. Stay tuned to find out who is behind this amazing creation and how you can book her for your next event, I will be posting pictures of the dessert display with all the details tomorrow!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Inspiration board: Hello 30!

I have a milestone birthday coming up in a couple weeks, the big 3-0! I am embracing turning 30 because it means I get to throw a fabulous party, but really because I am genuinely happy. And when you're happy on your birthday, there is no reason to fear getting older. I enjoyed my 20's for sure, but am fairly certain my 30 year old self is a bit wiser.

The party theme is pink, gold and champagne (as in the drink, not the color) with a touch of shabby chic-ness. Here are all the details, I am trying not to go overboard (um...kind of difficult!):

- A pink and gold dessert display (my sis is helping me out with this)
- Pink china mums because they are gorgeous and girly
- Huge pink balloons (inspiration via Style Me Pretty)
- Lots of candles (lighting is important!)
- Sparkling wine (it's not a celebration without some bubbly!)

And most importantly, fabulous friends to share my birthday with. I can't wait!

I forgot to source all the photos on this inspiration board. I know a few including, Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty and Hostess with the Mostess.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday inspiration board

I love the holidays so much. To me they represent so many wonderful things; family, friends, lots of baking and cooking, comfort food, time off of work, relaxing, festive cocktails, and warm fireplaces.

My family tradition includes hanging out at my parent's house with my siblings, their significant others and my aunt. We eat a pretty non-traditional meal of lasagna, garlic bread, and usually some type of champagne cocktail that I come up with. We then sit around the tree and open presents and hang out. Most years we go to church around 10pm and sing Silent Night with everyone holding a single candle. To me, that is Christmas.

Erik's familly tradition includes a huge meal made by his mom that includes prime rib and lobster tails. We eat way too much and lounge around on the couch all evening drinking tomato beer (a North Dakota classic).

I'd love to hear your holiday traditions. Leave me a comment or shoot an email to eatdrinkpretty at gmail dot com.

Enjoy the holiday inspiration board I created, of course, the majority of the images are either food or cocktails!

{Photo credits: Real Simple, EZ Chef, Martha Stewart, Pottery Barn, Reader’s Digest}

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kristin's wedding inspiration board

As a gal who loves all things wedding-related, I am pretty lucky right now to have my two best friends engaged and in the middle of planning their weddings. Kristin's wedding will be local, in downtown St. Paul next September with an eclectic feel of both modern and vintage with a super unique color scheme of pewter, red and tiffany blue. Amy's wedding is in Washington DC next October and is going to be a 4-day extravaganza of a western/christian wedding (eco-themed) and a pretty traditional Indian ceremony and reception. I am very excited for both weddings!

Kristin came over yesterday for a fabulous brunch (mushroom shallot quiche, homemade waffles, mimosas and bloody marys, more on that to come in a post later this week) and we sat down and tackled her inspiration board.

Kristin's ceremony is going to be held at a Catholic church in South Minneapolis followed by a reception at the MN History Center. The MN History Center has amazing architecture and a unique space that allows for a cocktail hour held on the balcony, followed by dinner in an open rotunda and dancing with views of the capital.

I love the details Kristin is planning for her day, gorgeous red flowers, candles in mason jars for a romantic feel and how amazing is that cake? We found that from The Cake Girls and hopefully it can be replicated at a local bakery in the Twin Cities.

Oh and did I mention I am Kristin's matron of honor?! Very excited.

I've said this before but I love love love inspiration boards. They are very easy to make and really bring a vision to life.


Photo credits to: Casablanca Bridal, Cake Girls, The Knot, Just Bloomed, Martha Stewart, Tiffany, Watters and Watters and Florrie Mitton Couture.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Weekend edition: Thanksgiving inspiration board

I have a feeling that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for a lot of people. It certainly is a favorite of mine. What's not to love about it? You get time off work, an excuse to stuff yourself silly with comforting, warm and delicious food, hours baking and preparing the meal, spending time with family and friends, the list could go on and on.

And the best part is, Thanksgiving is just a few days away. So excited! My family tradition is each year we gather at my parent's house with immediate family, significant others and my aunt. There are never more than about 10-12 of us but the house is chaotic anyway, full of lively chatter, banging into each other in the kitchen, sounds of football and my father and husband cheering it on. Erik and I prepare and roast the turkey each year. We get over to my parent's house bright and early (around 7am) and in the past have done a parmesan sage turkey recipe that usually turns out moist and delicious. My sister makes mashed potatoes, my aunt does the stuffing, my brothers basically just eat and my mom makes her delicious pumpkin roll. Oh, and I can't forget the champagne sparklers we have each year which is basically prosecco and pomegrante juice. Delicious.

This inspiration board below is from The Sweetest Occasion blog. I just love the warm colors, the picture-perfect pie, and the gorgeous menu board.

If you have a moment, please share your Thanksgiving tradition in the comments section. I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Inspiration board: vintage baby shower

I am co-hosting a baby shower with friends Megan and Linsey for fabulous, adorable mommy-to-be Jill. We are all very excited for this shower as it is Jill's first baby and I am not kidding when I say that she is one of the cutest pregnant gals around. We have decided on a vintage themed shower, think glass baby bottles filled with blooms, old fashioned diaper pins, lacy ribbon, vintage-chic photographs in frames, etc.

Since it wouldn't be a proper party without some booze (in my opinion), we will have wine but also sparkling tea for the pregnant ladies, and of course lots of great food. We're going to keep the food simple but delicious. So far on the menu we have:

Caprese skewers
Mini cucumber sandwiches
Cheese and baguette
Croissants and chicken salad
Fruit salad
Cupcakes

And of course I have put together an inspiration board for the occcasion, look at all the cute, vintage-y goodness. I can't wait!

Jill and Matt are not finding out the sex of the baby (boo!) so we are keeping everything as gender neutral as can be (sssshhhhh, don't tell Jill but I am secretly hoping she has a girl!!!).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The loveliest tablescape

If you've been reading my blog then you know I have a "10-year old girl" desire to throw a tea party. I went to Spring Tea with my mom and a couple other gals in my family a few months ago and have been thinking of it ever since. I've even stopped into an antique store in St. Paul a couple times to check out the dainty tea cups and saucers. Now I just have to convince myself that it makes perfect sense to spend $100 on vintage cups for a one time event.

I have been gathering inspiration from many sources for this upcoming tea party, cookbooks, decorating magazines, all over the web, even Target.

Check out the latest inspiration I found from House Beautiful magazine. This tablescape would be perfect for a tea party and I just love the shabby chic-ness. What do you think? Wouldn't you want to come to tea???

Here is a link to the tea party inspiration board I created a while ago.