Who doesn’t love the Academy Awards? One of the most glamorous nights in Hollywood deserves to be celebrated with a lavish party. And Vanity Fair, one of my favorite magazines, usually does the best job at doing just that. So I looked to the magazine for some inspiration for throwing a party of my own. I love how using the magazine’s branding in the decor makes for a sophisticated look, while really letting the stars (and their gorgeous gowns) shine. Some of my favorite elements are the jaw-dropping step and repeat made of lush shrubbery and a photobooth for the stars. I think these would all make great additions to a party, and would be great spots for companies to emphasize their own branding at a corporate event. This can work for a smaller gathering, too. A simple color palette of black and white and crisp paper elements, such as menu cards and voting ballots, create a stylish and sophisticated look. No matter the scale of the event you plan, don’t forget the popcorn!
1. via Vanity Fair 2. via Twig & Thistle 3. via Prepfection 4. via A Piece of Toast 5. via Vanity Fair
From the moment I found I was going to become a mom I started dreaming up all of the exciting parties I would be able to throw. I’m not exaggerating: Before I began pondering baby names, I was crafting mental inspiration boards for future birthday parties. Since some people might consider this behavior a bit crazy (my husband) I’ve had to keep most of them to myself. Until now! I’m just bursting with ideas for planning the perfect birthday party for children, and today I want to share with you a few of my favorites.
Let’s start with balloons! What kid can resist seeing their name spelled out in giant, metallic Mylar balloons, or how about digging into a DIY cupcake decorating station after blowing out the birthday candles? For girls, I love the idea of a makeup-themed slumber party. They’d stay up late munching on sweet lipstick-shaped cookies and talking endlessly about boys, of course! And for the little dudes, I just love the idea of hosting a spy-themed party complete with magnifying glasses and disguises. Typically I’m a big fan of anything pink, but I’m really drawn to the bold primary colors in this superhero dessert display and the fun graphic prints. Ka-Pow!
1. via LAO Studio 2. via beautylish 3. via Health.com 4. via Catch My Party 5. via Flutter Flutter
Nina and Kevin–two of the most darling people you will ever meet! We all fell in love with how genuine and fun they and their families are! They are creative, too. It was such a treat to be invited into their home and see the items they crafted and there was plenty of that present on the big day! Truly, if you ever see anything from Nina or her mom on Etsy, do not second guess the purchase. I would not be surprised if I hear about them opening up their own store!
The ceremony was held at Nina’s family home in Westbrook on the beach. As guests arrived on this breezy summer day, they were treated to fresh squeezed lemonade and cucumber water while they dipped their toes in the sand. After saying, “I do,” under the bamboo chuppah, Nina, Kevin, and their family and friends were shuttled onto the charming Essex Steam Train that would bring them right to the reception at the Lace Factory.
The Lace Factory was filled with the prettiest and most colorful hand-picked wildflowers mixed in various glass bottles that Nina and one of our favorite Mother-of-the-Brides, Sharon, had diligently collected for so long. They sat atop the lace and burlap runners, handmade especially for this day. Add the gorgeous sunlight shining in from the tall windows and it gave you goosebumps, even in the August heat!
The night was nothing short of the best dance party ever with our girl, DJ Eko on site to provide THE best tunes for everyone! I’m not sure we saw anyone sit throughout the night–chairs were needed only for the Horah, which left all attendants laughing on and smiling. The amount of love present that night was immeasurable! Hearing the way Nina and Kevin’s guests were talking about them was no surprise at all. This was one of those nights that left your heart feeling full!
The biggest round of applause to some of the greatest people you will ever know, Julie, Alison, and Ryan from Carla Ten Eyck Studios for capturing it all!
Nina and Kevin, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for allowing us to be with you on such an amazing day, but even more so for allowing us the chance to meet you and your wonderful families. We wish you all the best and all the love in the world! Many more to come! XO
Photography: Julie, Alison, and Ryan from Carla Ten Eyck Studios
Planning & Coordination: Jubilee Events
Catering: Cloud Nine Catering
Floral Design: Ashleigh’s Garden
Reception Location: The Lace Factory
Videography: Timeless Moments
Wedding Day Paper: Crafted by the bride
DJ: DJ Eko
Transportation: Essex Steam Train
Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Co.
Rentals: Party Rental, Ltd., AFR Events