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Wonder Woman Turns 27!

Who says superhero-themed birthday parties are for kids? Ashley and I hold the self-appointed titles of official “Party Planners” and are always happy for an opportunity to get together and let our creative juices flow. When we realized our good friend Isaura’s birthday was coming up, we knew just what kind of birthday surprise the Wonder Woman enthusiast needed! Most of the credit goes to Ashley, who really took the reigns on this one due to my packed work schedule. Believe it or not, the cityscape backdrop was created by Ashley and her husband using AutoCAD and foam core board!

The cake was yummy and best of all, the birthday girl seemed to enjoy herself! She’s kind of a Wonder Woman herself sometimes – wife, mother, salsa-making extraordinaire (seriously, her salsa is the bomb!) so she deserves a day to be celebrated. After all, it’s not every day you turn 27!attached signature

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000JAIME_edited-1Last Sunday, my friends and I threw a brunch-time bridal shower for our sweet friend, and soon-to-be-bride, Jaime. It was a beautiful morning of sunshine,  tulips, and stuffed french toast! It’s not every day that the girls and I have an excuse to dress up and drink mimosas, so we welcomed the opportunity to indulge in a little elegance while celebrating the upcoming wedding of our friend.DSC_0018_edited-1

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DSC_0016_edited-1We borrowed from Jaime’s wedding color scheme, which was perfect for a sunny morning in April. A turkey platter doubled as guest book and I turned a decorative banner into a fun afternoon DIY project. The finishing touches were a custom-designed canvas with one of her favorite quotes and thick slices of french toast stuffed with strawberries and cream! The best part of all, however, was spending time with some of my favorite girls – cheers!

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Baby Shower for Brianna

A couple of weekends ago, my friends and I hosted a baby shower for our friend Bri. It was the first baby shower I have ever had the honor of helping throw, and it was loads of fun planning! Seriously, what did people do before the days of Pinterest? The theme was “Ready to Pop” (because she really is!) and included a popcorn bar, cake pops, and soda pop!DSC_0569I had the privilege of designing the invites, guest book, party games, and the labels for the popcorn boxes and pop bottles. The hit of the party was the homemade chocolate-peanut butter popcorn (find recipe here) and the blue and green pennant banners we cut out of fabric and hot-glued to strands of twine.

One of the unique things we included was the guest book – each guest signed a star and I designed it to match the colors of Bri’s nursery. The quote was Jaime’s idea – it’s her favorite and I absolutely adore it!DSC_0473

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Chocolate Ever After

This past Christmas, my friend Jaime and I decided to go into business together – as chocolatiers!truffle platter I have always enjoyed making truffles because they are just as beautiful as they are delicious, and Jaime had perfected the art of making traditional Ohio Buckeye’s – peanut butter centers dipped in milk chocolate. We thought the holiday season might be a good time to try things out, since candy-making is time consuming and not everyone has the patience to do it. We decided to call ourselves Chocolate Ever After, specializing in handcrafted chocolates and candy that are made-to-order. belgian truffles

My favorite truffles include Oreo, Thin Mint, and Cake Batter, but the best and most decadent of all are the Belgian truffles…a dark chocolate ganache rolled in cocoa-powder. So simple and yet profoundly delicious. They literally melt in your mouth! Even though I was “chocolated-out” by the end of our endeavor, I had to later make a batch of Belgian truffles to enjoy for myself!

One of our most popular truffles, the Oreo, is super simple to make! All you need is: one package of Oreos (crushed), one 8 oz. package of cream cheese, and almond bark or milk chocolate for dipping. Just be careful – they are addicting!

As fun as they were to make, they were equally fun to photograph! We made a bit of Christmas cash too, so all-in-all, it was a fun experience! People in the area can look for our fliers during upcoming holidays. You’ve haven’t seen the last of these chocolate-girls!

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DIY Bride

This Spring, my fiance and I made the decision to challenge ourselves by altering our wedding budget. We agreed that if we could cut our wedding expenses nearly in half, our reward to ourselves would be a dreamy honeymoon in Scotland! Since then, I’ve had fun looking for ways we could save money and the best way to save is to DO IT YOURSELF! One DIY project that I am incredibly proud of are my flowers. Take a look at my bridal bouquet.DSC_0170

base of bouquetThe bouquet is very much my taste and epitomizes everything I want my wedding to be: simple, elegant, and classic. Ivory roses wrapped in satin ribbon with a touch of pearls. The bouquet is clean, delicate…..and FAKE! That’s right – I am using silk flowers for our wedding! *cue wrinkled noses and shocked gasps* Before you pass judgement, let me tell you that I am very happy with my decision and I’ll explain why. But first, take a look at how incredibly lifelike they are!

You can’t feel them but trust me – they feel real too! In fact, unless closely inspected, most people would never notice that they aren’t real roses. Here are some of the reasons why I am confident I made the right decision:

  1. Silk flowers, when done right, cost a fraction of the price of real flowers. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby and kept an eye on the sales so that I was able to purchase all my flowers and materials at 50% off! That’s a couple extra nights at a hotel in Scotland.
  2. A lot of brides try to save money by doing their own flowers but still use real ones. I chose not to because real flowers have a short lifespan and the arrangements can usually be made no sooner than one day prior. Who wants to be up late on the eve of their wedding, frantically putting together corsages?? Not this girl. My flowers will have been done months in advance so I’ll be stress free! Instead of working hard the night before, I can get a good sleep.
  3. I can keep my bouquet. After all that hard work and/or money, I won’t have a bunch of dried, dead flowers to try to preserve – I’ll have a perfectly intact bouquet! I made a second, simpler bouquet to toss at the reception so that I can keep the actual one in the cedar trunk that holds all my most precious mementos.

I didn’t just stop at the bouquets – I did the corsages and boutonnieres as well. Here are the materials you need to make your own DIY bouquets and boutonnieres:

It’s amazing what can be accomplished using a little hot glue and a lot of creativity! For the bouquets, I purchased long-stemmed silks but for the boutonnieres and corsages I bought rose buds at only $0.99 a piece. Here is a look at a finished boutonniere:photo(2) The best part about doing my own flowers? It’s so much fun! Remember to think outside the box and be creative when it comes to DIY projects and you’ll find they are all the more special because of it!attached signature

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