Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Officer & A Gentle Woman

A friend of mine hosted a surprise party to celebrate her boyfriends graduation from the Corrections Academy.
We personalized the event with little law enforcement touches. The guest of honor had no idea, the surprise came off with a "Bang!"

DIY banner made by enlarging a picture of the patch from his uniform, and photo shopping the letters inside of the patch.

Brownie Badges

Corrections Cupcakes

Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm Feeling This: Billy Balls

I am really feeling these Billy Balls. They are so pretty and playful.


Wedding Channel

Country Living

La Partie Events

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Operation Dream Dress

Brides magazine launched Operation Dream Dress earlier this year, a chance for aspiring designers to create dresses around the theme of visionary romance. Check out the entries of the final five contestants who appeared on "GMA".
The Winner...

Courtesy Brides Magazine)
Amy Wong Micucci's Winning Design: A gown fit for a goddess, this strapless design has satin banding and chiffon flowers at the waist. Bratten pointed out "the beautiful draping" and "the fresh, modern, romantic wearable look." Micucci, from Beverly Hills, Calif. has her own line of bridesmaid dresses. Micucci's winning design will grace the cover of the November/December issue of Brides, and David's Bridal will manufacture her dress nationwide.

Here are the stunning designs by the finalists
(Courtesy Brides Magazine)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Say Cheese!

And Wine if you please.... Have a Wine and Cheese Party! For all you wine enthusiasts, this party is a must see! Chris over at Celebrations at home hosted an amazing Wine and Cheese Gathering. The details from this party are on point! I wish I was there, you will too! Just head over to her blog and check it out for great ideas and inspiration.

Here are additional inspiration for you.
Place card holders

Stick these Wine Cork picks in your appetizers!

Stick these White Porcelain Cheese Labels in your cheese!

You gotta have Cheese Boards and Lazy Susans for your cheeses.

How cute to put a bottle of wine in these Fish Net Wine Bag from Pottery Barn.

Or bath beads favor that looks like grapes!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Foodie Friday: Ice-Cream Cake

I scream, you scream, we all scream for icecream and who doesn't love cake!?! Put them together and what do you get?

Ice-Cream Cake Roll

Recipe at Parents.com

Layered Ice Cream Cake

Recipe at Parents.com

Cherry-Vanilla Ice Cream Bombe

Recipe courtesy of Parents.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Birdcages Not for the Birds

For some reason I seem to be on a Spring,Summer garden outdoor party kick ( I wonder why :-)). So let me keep on rolling with it. Bird cages not for the birds! I love love love the look of birdcage decor and centerpieces!

Check out these beauties...

Pic courtesy BonneFete-Hire

Pic courtesy of Mints Design

Pic courtesy Wedding BlogDig

Country Living

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One last watering can

How cute would this be for a garden baby shower!

Pic courtesy of Bonne Fete Hire

Watering Cans are not just to water your flowers

Planning an outdoor garden party this season? How about using watering cans for your decor.

Lovely for an outdoor tea.

Pic courtesy of The Tea Room

Pic courtesy of Southern Accents

Buffet Table

Pic courtesy of Country Living

Mini watering can
How cute, use as a favor by filling it up. Or maybe even as a unique way to display your guest name,"placecard."

Cute party favor, plantable watercan

Monday, June 15, 2009

Daily Dose of Inpiration: Elegant Urns

When you think of urns, your probably think rustic. But when I saw this piece in a Fl mall, I thought how chic!

Using urns doesn't have to give off a rustic vibe. Urns cane be elegant, romantic, chic, and even dramatic! Here is a dose of inspiration if you are considering decor using urns for your event.

I love this urn, it give off a fresh botanical feel.

Photos seen on Cococozy Blog

Awww... Romantic Elegance

Talk about Dramatic!

Photos seen on Get Married

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Foodie Friday: Shrimp Bruschetta

I love bruschetta, add shrimp and I love it even more!

1-1/2 pounds small shrimp, cleaned
1/2 cup white wine
6 teaspoons minced garlic
2 containers (1 pint each) mixed red and yellow grape tomatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped
1 small loaf Italian bread
Sea salt, for sprinkling, optional

1. Place shrimp in large resealable plastic bag. Add white wine and 2 teaspoons of the minced garlic. Marinate at room temperature 30 minutes or in refrigerator for a few hours.

2. Cut grape tomatoes in quarters. Heat oil in medium-size skillet over medium-low heat. Add the remaining garlic and cook 1 minute; add tomatoes and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in basil then remove from heat.

3. Heat gas grill to medium or prepare charcoal grill with medium coals. Remove shrimp from marinade; discard marinade. Place shrimp in a grill basket and grill 6 minutes, stirring. Remove and cut in half crosswise, if desired; stir into tomato mixture.

4. Cut 8 slices bread, about 1/2-inch thick. Brush both sides with a little of the oil from the tomato-garlic skillet. Grill bread 3 minutes per side, until golden-brown. Serve topped with shrimp-tomato mixture; sprinkle with a little sea salt, if desired.
Recipe courtesy of Parents.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"I Do" Bargains

There are many couples out there planning to getting married, but because of the state of the economy are holding off on purchasing a ring. Looking for a deal?
Check out I Do Now I Don't to find great jewelry at terrific prices. Diamond rings and jewelry that range from $500 to $50,000 and even higher. You don't have to pay retail. Purchase jewelry directly from individual sellers motivated to make a sale.
Or if you happen to have pieces that you no longer will need, sell it to I Do Now I Don't and make extra $$!

Bargain hunters stop here! Are you planning your wedding on a budget? Well you don't have to skimp on style. Check out I do I do Wedding gowns, they offer current designer fashions for a fraction of the retail cost. I Do I Do Wedding Gowns is a unique shopping experience, which blends designer consignment with a warm boutique environment. The also carry gowns to order by a selection of top designers. Designer looks include Anjolique,Alfred Angelo,Casablanca,Joli Bridal and
Mon Cheri Bridals.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Foodie Friday: Cool Deserts for Hot Summer Days

How cool are these delicious deserts to serve up at your next summer gathering.
Need I say more?
Banana Split

Recipe at Parents.com

Mini Ice cream Sandwich.. on a stick!

Recipe at Parents.com

Ice cream Pops

Recipe at Parents.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Wedding Library will be in Bklyn

Did you hear? The Wedding Library is going to be in Brooklyn for the entire month of June.

Announcing the Wedding Library in Williamsburg
(for the month of June only)

Opening Event Saturday, June 6, 6pm
June 4-7 Stationery Library and Bridal Gifts by local Brooklyn artists
make an appointment to see the best in graphic design linda@theweddinglibrary.com
June 11-14 Wedding Library Photo & Video Gallery
Opening Thursday, June 11, 6pm
find the perfect photographer and videographer while sipping a cocktail
June 18-21 Bridal attire, bridesmaids accessories and beauty
Complimentary manicures Sunday, June 21, 1-4pm
June 25-28 The Martha Stewart Weddings Pop-Up Chapel

Get married at the Martha Stewart Weddings Chapel, with vendor and planning services courtesy of the Wedding Library
For more information and to apply go to Brooklyn Chapel or visit

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sugar n Spice, A Baby Shower Picnic

Last weekend I hosted a baby shower for my brother and sister in-law. It was another pink and green affair! Everyone just seem to love that color combo. The shower was held outdoors, the weather was perfect for a baby shower picnic. Remember the store bought invitations turned custom? It was for them! They are having a baby girl, so I just had to go with Sugar,Spice and everything nice.

A net canopy protected the sweets from bugs trying to get a taste

Pink Strawberry Lemonade was a great thirst quencher

Want some sugar? Bottles of pink grapefruit sodas (Ting) were given to guests as a favor.

How about Spice?

Ginger Men

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