May, 2012
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

We all know the tradition that the bride is supposed to wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  But if you can’t seem to fit these into your attire, try incorporating this into other things around your wedding, such as your bouquet.  Many brides are adding ornate broaches to their bouquets; maybe a close relative has an old one that you could borrow (that takes care of your something old and something borrowed)!  As for something blue, you could have your bouquet wrapped with blue ribbon, or if you don’t prefer to have the blue seen you could have a hidden single blue flower and it will be your little secret!  And for something new, have someone special to you pick out a small, pretty charm to attach to the ribbon on your flowers.  Not only will this look beautiful, but you will get some use out of it after the wedding!

You could also use this tradition on your dessert table!  If you plan on using family recipes this will be very simple.  Borrow your mother’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s famous cookie recipes.  Use a recipe that has been in your family for generations.  That’s something borrowed, and something old.  You can use blue icing, or sprinkles for your something blue.  Or you could place the cookies on blue platters.  And of course for your something new, find a new recipe that will appeal to everyone and perfect it for your big day!

Festive Graduation Party Decor

Going to graduation parties often feels like attending the same party over and over again.  Make your graduation party really stand out from the rest with these great décor tips that you can do yourself!

Graduation parties are meant to be fun and festive, while featuring the graduate.  Instead of slapping a bunch of pictures on some poster boards, try being creative with your graduate’s pictures such as hanging them with ribbon or on a clothesline.  You can hang them behind a focal point of the party, like the dessert table, or string them in an empty space.  As a special gift, you can make a scrapbook of your graduate with a page for every grade.  Give this gift to them before the party, and then lay it out for guests to see!

As for centerpieces, we know that balloons are always a favorite.  But spice it up with some interesting weights on the tables.  Buy some colored blocks and paste some pictures of the graduate on them.  You will end up buying school supplies when they leave for college anyway, so why not buy it now and weight the balloons down on a stack of notebooks, or a jar full of pens?

A fun way to congratulate all the graduates that attend is to make stickers that say ‘Congrats Class of 2012’ and stick them on the favors, or on cups and décor.  Serve a drink that is your graduate’s school colors, and make little school flags to go on the straws for a fun and refreshing drink!  Make a festive and easy treat with Reeses cups and chocolate squares, paste the two together with icing to create a graduate cap!  And don’t forget to give your graduate ‘good luck’ and ‘congrats’ printed messages using lollipop sticks in the cupcakes!

All fun ideas, and easy to incorporate with any school colors!  Will you have the graduation party that will be remembered?

Wedding of Jill Douglass and Justin Huff

Wedding of Jill Douglass and Justin Huff

Jill Douglass and Justin Huff were married in a beautiful ceremony at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Jill was a stunning bride. Jill and Justin each had 7 bridal attendants by their sides for the ceremony jointly led by Pastors Lee Nichols and Brian Janssen.

They couldn’t have been any luckier with the weather. They were able to get amazing pre-ceremony photos as a group at Jill’s parents home in their perfectly landscaped gardens. I am looking forward to seeing the professional photographs taken by Birchtree Photography.

The reception immediately followed the ceremony at Oakmont Country Club where more than 230 guests joined Jill and Justin to celebrate.

Some highlights included: Pale peach, hunter green and white color scheme with beautiful floral provided by Allison Mcgeary Floral Design. The lemon and raspberry wedding cake by BellaChristie was accented with fresh flowers. Justin was presented with a surprise grooms cake which gave a nod to his interests of snowboarding and playing golf. The guests danced the night away to the sounds of the band “In The Mood” and snacked on a delicious dessert diplay, also provided by BellaChristie, of mini fruit pies, tartlettes, caramel apple pops and mini mason jar parfaits. Guests went home with a morning after snack- mini maple bacon donuts in personalized gift bags.

At the end of the evening, Jill and Justin departed their reception on a golf cart with their entire bridal party and family bidding them good night holding sparklers.




Upgrade Your Backyard Barbeque

Planning on throwing a barbeque bash this summer?  Transform this festivity into a celebration that can’t be missed! Make it official and set the tone by sending out fun picnic style invitations.  Make sure the theme on your invitations matches the décor of your backyard barbecue.  Dress up the tables with flowers, table games, fun plates and napkins, and provide everyone with their own bottle of soda!

Make sure to have plenty of games and activities around to keep your guests entertained.  These games should be fun for all ages.  Consider having water balloons, croquet, horseshoes, ladder golf, or bocce ball.  You can find inexpensive ways to create these games on your own online.

One of the most important parts of a backyard barbeque is the food!  Nobody said you have to do simple hot dogs and hamburgers, try spicing it up and being unique by making shish kabobs.  And for dessert, it will most likely be a hot summer day so ice cream is a great go-to choice.  Try making fruit tarts, or serving fruit parfaits.  And don’t forget to create a fun and brightly colored signature drink for everyone to enjoy!

What are your plans for the summer? Going to any barbeques – or having one of your own? Please share any creative and fun ideas you have for a backyard barbeque.

Jake and Ben Kronman’s B’nai Mitzvah- Stage AE

Jake and Ben Kronman’s B’nai Mitzvah- Stage AE

Congratulations to Jake and Ben Kronman! They, together with their family, hosted a fabulous Bar Mitzvah Party on May 12, 2012 at Stage AE. For anyone not familiar with Stage AE, it is a concert venue situated on Pittsburgh’s North Shore right between Heinz Field and PNC Park. Jake and Ben’s request was to turn it into a night club. Their request was granted. Check out the transformation.


The night club party atmosphere was created with fabric swagging and draping as well as blue ambiant uplighitng by Gray Phoenix Design. The Upper adult table seating area was comprised of a mix of high communal tables and standard height tables covered in crushed taffeta fabrics in Gold, Plum and Navy provided by Mosaic. Allison Mcgeary Floral Design was enlisted to provide the amazing and varied table centerpieces as well as the mirrored seating assignment boards and the fabric chandaliers that were suspended over the dance floor.

Adult Seating Area:

Additional highlights included a catering by Big Catering, desserts which included a plated trio for adults, freshly made donut cart and passed chocolate chip cookies with milk shooters by BellaChristie. Entertainment was provided by Glyde Productions (DJ, MC Dancers), Pixal Paint Digital Graffiti Wall, Green Screen Photo Skins and Black Light Gaming Area by Amusement Masters.

Because this was a celebration of Jake and Ben and they had many, and I mean many, kids attending, their friends as well as all of the kids, received their very own VIP Seating Area and kids Italian Soda and Slushie Bar. Custom Glow Bar, White Dance Floor, Leather banquettes and light up day beds as well as all additional rentals were provided by All Occasions Party Rental.

Additional Hightlights Included:

Custom Bar Menus packed with delicious beverage selections which were all named after important members of their family (let’s not forget their dog MoMo), Guest Books with a beautiful description of every guest attending the party, photo gallery wall of Jake and Ben in the Adult Cocktail Lounge, cubbies for kids to check their gear and their shoes and hilarious bathroom posters custom made just for the party. Let’s not forget the Red Carpet Entrance as guests arrived with a lit marquee of Jake and Ben’s “appearance”.




Celebrity Styled Baby Shower

So, you’re planning a baby shower and want it to be like a celebrity’s?  Start by choosing a cute theme, like Kimora Lee Simmon’s teddy bear baby shower.  This is a simple theme that looks great with any color palette!  Use some flowers to give it a more sophisticated feel, but incorporate balloons also to keep it lower cost.  And of course, use teddy bears everywhere!  After the shower, you can keep your favorite for the new baby, and donate the rest to a local charity for underprivileged children.

As favors you can send everyone home with a teddy bear shaped jar filled with mints or candies.  On the lid, put a sticker with your expected date.  To impress your guests with a desireable drink selection, consider making smoothies or slushies, and add gummy bears on top – a fun treat for everyone!  As for activities for your guests, have them write down how many teddy bears they think are in the room – the winner gets to take home their favorite teddy bear and a gift basket.  You could also play bingo with gummy bears as bingo markers.

Dress up the room with those pretty pastel colors in your flowers, balloons, linens and other décor – throw in a teddy bear theme, and you’ll have a Kimora Lee Simmon’s inspired baby shower!

Party Ideas for Jessica Simpson’s Baby Maxwell’s 1st Birthday

Congratulations to Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson! Jessica gave birth to her baby girl of almost 10 lbs. on May 1st. They chose an untraditional girl’s name – Maxwell. With the excitement of the new baby, all we can think about is celebrating! So, let’s predict what the little one’s first birthday will look like! Though she was given a customary boy’s name, this birthday will be outrageously feminine. We chose a style and color that reflects Jessica’s style. We chose girly colors that brighten up a room and were fitting for the baby. We are throwing a green and pink ‘ladybug’ themed birthday party!

A classy setting for the party will be necessary to entertain the adults in the room. So it will be set up as a reception styled party, with pink and green flowers, as well as balloons. Pictures of Maxwell will be found everywhere. Hung in the centerpieces, draped along the walls, and she will be the center of attention, in a beautifully decorated high chair with her very own smash cake for her to dig into. Since this is a birthday celebration, we must have a delectable dessert table! With ladybug cupcakes, and cookies for guests to take home as favors!

As far as activities go for the little one’s invited to the party, we will have a station set up for them to make their own party hats. With all the materials needed, these kids can get creative and show it off all day! Many couples are using ‘I Spy’ cards to keep kids entertained at their weddings, this works for parties as well. We will leave a disposable camera with a card for the kids to capture things such as ‘a little birthday girl’, ‘a ladybug’, ‘sticky birthday girl fingers’, ‘birthday candles’ and more!

What do you think – will this girly ladybug party be fun and beautiful for baby Maxwell and all her guests?