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Celebrate with Kate Landers: Pink & Gray Bridal Shower

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Working in the high-end stationery industry together, the bride Jessica and I often helped brides and their families design extraordinary invitations for their weddings and the surrounding festivities. Jess and I would dream of what we envisioned for our events when the time came for us to say our “I Do’s”. I always told Jess that I wanted to throw her one darling bridal shower. Fast-forward a decade, and I finally had my chance to make good on my promise! I could not have been more delighted to do so.

She was going for an overall “rustic” feel, so I incorporated a whitewashed wood backdrop and large wooden crate with rope handles as the centerpiece of the dining table. A simple pink heart served as the symbol of love, keeping a romantic feel at the event.

It thrills me to share a few shower details with you. Please use these notes as inspiration for your bridal shower, engagement party or day-after-wedding brunch!

  1. Color Scheme: Using the color scheme of the wedding is a great way to tie in pre and post-wedding events to the Big Day. This is certainly not a requirement, but in my case, I loved Jess’ pink and gray color-scheme, and decided to use it for the bridal shower as well. Feel free to throw in an additional color, like a pop of gold or mint green, to make the colors of your event unique and current, all while honoring the bride and groom’s chosen colors.
  2. Theme: Bridal shower themes do not need to be highly detailed and elaborate. Knowing Jess wanted a rustic yet romantic look for her wedding, I chose a simple pink heart for the romantic element and whitewashed wood (for backdrop and centerpiece) for something rustic. Thematic elements can be incorporated through the invitation and printed designs, as well as in the desserts and hanging decor.
  3. Menu: A bridal tea was my initial plan, but Jess doesn’t like tea or traditional cake, so I decided I needed to come up with something unique that Jess would love. I opted for an afternoon of “Sips and Sweets”, which turned out to be just perfect. A mid-afternoon shower does not call for a large meal, and so I served fresh fruit kabobs, lots of iced summer beverages and several desserts (including the bride’s favorite, cupcakes!) for guests to nibble on while doting on the bride.
  4. Activities: We had a very small, intimate lingerie shower, which kept the gift-opening portion of the shower short and sweet. I had all of the guests hold up their lingerie gifts and pose in a group photo at the end. It was just hysterical, and I highly recommend it. My grandmother threw me a lingerie shower (yes, it’s true!), and when we had her and her “golden girls” hold up their lacy and racy gifts, it was a photo to always remember. We also played a “How Well Do You Know Jess?” game, which is lots of fun for the bride and guests alike, and Bridal Shower Bingo. Having a couple simple, optional activities can be surprisingly fun and create an afternoon full of laughs.
  5. Party Favors: Guests enjoyed fresh cotton candy (made and shipped just 24 hours before the shower!) as their take-home treat and little gable boxes to fill with sweet treats from the dessert table. I always recommend edible favors because they are often greatly appreciated by the guests. And if your guests are headed to a night on the town for a bachelorette party after the shower (as mine were), these sweets are much-appreciated treats throughout the night!

 

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Celebrate with Kate: Noah’s Ark Themed Birthday Party

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

This is Kate Landers, thrilled to share with you my son Noah’s second birthday party! Having a son named Noah who is turning two and is fascinated by animals, I thought a Noah’s Ark-themed birthday party would be perfect for him.

Here are a few special details from the party, plus helpful hints I learned along the way:

My dear friend and paperie designer Loralee Lewis created the most spectacular “Noah’s Ark” collection for our celebration, including a set of six animal prints we hung in his room. I love using printed items from my parties in a nursery, bedroom, or playroom to enjoy long after the party.

The cake topper, an amazing gift from one of the most extraordinary fondant artists in the world (Brenda of Sugar High, Inc.), absolutely took my breath away. You can keep an edible work of art like this one for many years; we store our ark under a bell jar for easy admiration.

Cupcakes are one of Noah’s favorite sweet treats, so we had the most adorable fondant animal cupcake toppers created by my incredibly talented friend Brittany of Edible Details. I love using desserts as a centerpiece for children’s parties, so in this case I stacked two graduated cake stands from Layla Grayce, creating a “tower” to display the darling cupcakes.

We kept party favors simple and age-appropriate, including a precious ark favor box filled with animal finger puppets and bottles of bubbles. To get the look, spray paint plastic animal figurines and attach to the top of the lids of jars or bottles full of your party favor.

Noah loves building blocks, so we surprised him with wood grain-printed cardboard blocks for the party. He and his fellow party-goers were able to help “build the ark”, a PERFECT activity for toddlers. I suggest incorporating your child’s favorite type of toy into the party as we did for a fun surprise!

It was an absolute joy celebrating Noah’s second birthday. As a mom, I love each stage of his life more than the last, even when I didn’t think that would ever be possible. As an event stylist, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to design such a special event for my own son. I cannot wait for his next party, when he can become involved in the planning process!

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Celebrate With Kate: Everyday “Hooray!” Moments

Kate Landers Ideas for Celebrating Everyday Moments @LaylaGrayceEvent design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Ruffled Cake Inspiration @LaylaGrayceEvent design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Paper and Bamboo Party Essentials @LaylaGrayceEvent design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

There are so many events in life, big and small, worth celebrating. This is Kate Landers, here to share with you a personal event, along with some tips on creating your own simple and unique party.

Our son Noah was diagnosed with severe plagiocephaly and torticollis as an infant, and underwent treatment including a helmet. You can read about our story here.

When Noah completed his physical therapy and helmet treatment, we decided to host a little celebration! You can also celebrate your own “Hooray!” moments, such as running in a charity race, performing in a recital or finishing a thesis, with very little prep time. Here’s how we did it:

1. Simple Decorations: In our light green and blue color scheme, we decided on two simple decorations for Noah’s party: Fluffy tissue poms on the cake table and surrounding floor (no need to hang from the ceiling with fishing line – this kept set up very quick) and a “Hooray for Noah!” garland.

2. Handmade Party Products: Handmade party products are on-trend, whether you craft them yourself or support your favorite handmade party business. My dear and incredibly talented friends of Icing Designs custom-created pennant garlands with festoon trim, ruffled crepe and hand-glittered letters, along with matching invitations, cake topper and rosette pins reading “Hooray for Noah!” for guests to wear.

3. Ruffled Cake: If you follow wedding and party sites, you’ve probably seen many ruffle frosted cakes. Whether frosted on the sides, top or all over, they add a festive touch. We went with a pale blue cake ruffled only on the sides so the cake topper would stand out.

4. Bamboo Cutlery & Paper Party Products: Finally, opt for simple and classic paper party products! I love using the ever-popular bamboo cutlery at my events. We kept ours plain, but there are many options to decorate with tape, stamps, glitter and more. In addition, we used rectangular paper plates with coordinating napkins. The best part? Each place setting fit perfectly into a darling matching paper favor bag, creating a pretty display of meal essentials that guests could easily grab. Noah absolutely LOVED sliding the plates in and out of the bags, so it served as a surprise dose of entertainment for the littlest guests!

Lastly, don’t stress with steaming those fabric table linens… a simple white table works perfectly. We even repurposed a desk drawer to display the place setting pouches as described above. These touches kept everything so simple, especially due to a quick and easy set up and clean up!

I am THRILLED to say that Noah’s helmet is nothing but a memory now, and we cannot wait for our next “Hooray!” moment as an opportunity to gather loved ones and enjoy cake and laughter.

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Celebrate With Kate: New Years Eve Party

Kate Landers New Years Eve Party

Event concept, design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers New Years Eve Party

Event concept, design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers New Years Eve Party

Event concept, design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers here to share with you inspiration for a stylish way to celebrate the New Year! Mint green and metallic gold were huge in fashion and home decor the mid-20th century, and I am smitten with their comeback for 2013. Take a peek at this modern take on a retro-inspired New Year’s Eve party.

TULLE: It isn’t just for dresses and petticoats anymore. Whether you choose to hang tulle poms in the air or skirt a dessert table with layer upon layer of this frothy fabric, it is an inexpensive yet highly stylish way to decorate your party space.

MINT & METALLIC GOLD: Metallics are often associated with New Years parties and fashion. How perfect to pair one of the hottest colors, mint, with metallic gold for a modern take on a long-lived tradition for a 2013 celebration. I adore the invites & paper products by Loralee Lewis, perfect for this party.

CELEBRATION TABLE: Introducing a new take on a dessert table…a celebration table, as featured here, displays party horns, hats and confetti along with bubbly & cake. I find this to be a fabulous way to display gorgeous party decorations and attire, sure to strike up conversation.

PARTY ATTIRE: In addition to a traditional party hat, offer your guests glittered crowns and chic fascinators to add a more stylish accessory to make their look festive.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEARS EVE: We love celebrating New Years with the entire family. I encourage a few family-friendly activities, such as “make your own midnight mix” where children and adults alike to create their own confetti pouch to toss when the clock strikes twelve. For the menu, offer sparkling cider in child-safe glasses for children and offer champagne at the bar.

SPARKLING CELEBRATION: Add some sparkle to your party with glittered tulle poms, starburst napkin rings, glitter-paper party horns and hats, as well as edible glitter on “2013” cookies as featured.

CELEBRATION TABLE: Add some sparkle to your party with glittered tulle poms, starburst napkin rings, glitter-paper party horns and hats, as well as edible glitter on “2013” cookies as featured.

TISSUE DECORATIONS:Vintage honeycomb tissue balls are making a big comeback in weddings, baby showers & holiday celebrations. I love the mint ones we used here. Also take a look at a hot trend: a tissue tassle garland, making the perfect backdrop for the celebration table. And a personal favorite: the tissue fringe lantern: a nod to the ball drop in NYC, this festive decoration is perfect on New Years Even, hung overhead.

THE PERFECT NYE CAKE: Strawberry Pink Champagne Cake. My personal favorite cake, this is a perfect dessert to serve your guests as they prepare to ring in the new year. I love how it looks on the Rosanna, Inc cake stand, available at Layla Grayce.

STYLISH PAPER PLACEMATS: I love the trend of paper placemats at more sophisticated table settings than your favorite local diner. They make fabulous “trays” to display party hats, party horns, desserts as well as the purpose for which they were intended. Line them up to make a table runner! These gold confetti placemats are perfect for New Years.

SIPS WITH WORDS OF WISDOM: I loved attaching resolutions and inspirational words on custom printed paper flags, to the decorative paper straws. A great way to spark conversation.

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Celebrate With Kate: A Simply Darling Sip And See

Event concept, design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Event concept, design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Event concept, design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here to discuss a fabulous celebration: A Simply Darling “Sip And See,” and share a favorite summer “sip” recipe for Cucumber Mint Lemonade!

A Sip and See is just as simple as it sounds: Guests come and “sip” beverages and have a chance to “see” the precious newborn baby. Typically the event is held approximately 1-2 months after the baby is born. Unlike a baby shower, you rarely will play games or see the mother “showered with gifts” off of a registry (though guests may choose to bring a present for the little one). Decorations are minimal, and guest lists are usually small.

Many find a Sip and See is a lovely party for a second-born child, as etiquette usually calls that you don’t usually have more than one baby shower for a mother. I personally LOVE this traditionally Southern celebration, and am here to share a few ideas for hosting one yourself. Soak in all the inspiration from our mint & white gender neutral Sip And See.

SIMPLE DECORATIONS: Often decorations for a Sip And See are simple and sweet. No need to go all out as you might for a lavish baby shower. I chose honeycomb tissue balls and placed them casually around the base of the table. A vintage decoration that is making a big comeback–and in the perfect shade of mint, it reinforced the color-scheme! I also used four sweet honeycomb tissue rosettes and placed above the table.

CLASSIC ENTERTAINING DETAILS: White floor length table linens (I took a simple floor length white table cloth and styled with a charming rouched swag adorned with mint green satin ribbon, similar to this table seen here), a white cake stand and clear pressed glass goblets and pitcher are all entertaining must-haves in my book, and are perfect for this precious party..

STYLE YOUR “SIPS”: with solid mint green paper straws, and add waterproof (and weatherproof!) flags to add some charm.

SIMPLE MENU: No need for an elaborate menu here. Often hosts of a Sip And See serve beverages and light appetizers or a charming cake like ours, decorated with mint ribbon and topped with fresh flowers from our garden. (Garden bouquets are perfect to decorate your home with for a Sip And See.)

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Hand held fans to keep cool, hand sanitizer for guests to use before holding the baby and a comfortable rocking chair for the new mom to comfort baby are all must-haves. Another fabulous old tradition to make new again: Hold the sweet newborn in a gorgeous bassinet like this one, or a moses basket, close to mom.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ~ 1/2 gallon lemonade (store-bought such as from Whole Foods, or homemade)
  • ~ 5 large cucumbers (4 peeled and coarsely chopped, 1 unpeeled, sliced)
  • ~ 1 small, fresh bunch of mint
  • ~ 2 cups ice

Directions:

Pour lemonade over 2 cups of ice into your favorite pitcher

Blend the 4 peeled and coarsely chopped cucumbers, as well as 12 fresh mint leaves, until liquified. Pour mixture over sieve into the pitcher of iced lemonade. Stir.  

Add slices of unpeeled cucumber and additional mint leaves (I prefer 2/serving) as garnish.

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Celebrate With Kate {Vintage Train Party}

Kate Landers Choo Choo Train Themed Birthday Party
Photography by Katie Futrell

Vintage Train Party Designed By Kate Landers
Photography by Katie Futrell

Navy and Green Vintage Train Birthday Party Designed By Kate Landers
Photography by Katie Futrell

Kate Landers Designed Choo Choo Train Boys Birthday Party
Photography by Katie Futrell

Kate Landers here, thrilled to be back after maternity leave to share more celebration inspiration! I designed this Vintage Train Party for a dear client, Marti Mashburn. I came up with design and styling elements, menu/activity/favor suggestions and vendor recommendations, but it was Marti herself who pulled it all together, executing it perfectly (while seven months pregnant!). Here are some hints from Hudson’s second birthday party which I hope will inspire you to design your own next event:

  • A Fresh Color Scheme Can Personalize A Popular Theme:  Have you been dreaming of a party theme that suddenly seems to be popping up everywhere? Fear not, you can still use that theme, making it your own by incorporating a unique color scheme. The “vintage train” theme has been popular for younger boy parties, but Marti wanted Hudson’s event to be something extra special. I brainstormed some less common color schemes, and Marti chose a combination of navy, light blue, kelly green and gray–my favorite!
  • Reinforce Your Theme With Printed Paper Elements:
    The highly talented and brilliant Loralee Lewis created the fabulous printed elements for Marti’s party (she also did the custom printed work for my gender reveal party, and baby shower). I am smitten with how Loralee integrated the color story, creating so many darling elements that reinforced the theme. The straw flags are a personal favorite, adding a strong pop of kelly green.
  • Birthday Cakes Are Always A Classic:  I adore cupcakes, but have been thrilled to see the popularity of a traditional birthday cake at many children’s parties these days. Keep it simple and still make a stunning statement! Marti knew she wanted a tiered cake with a three-dimensional train. I knew JUST the person to create this for her: Brittany of Edible Details! Brittany was able to create a spectacular vintage train cake topper, matching the style and colors from the printed party goods from Loralee.
  • Classic Patterns And Table Linens Give Your Party Sweet Style:  Navy and white ticking stripe fabric was one of the first patterns that popped into my mind; it is an old fashioned design that never goes out of style. Marti and I both love the practicality and look of fabric table linens, and how you can use them over and over again. Reusing a floor-length table cloth from Hudson’s first birthday party, Marti created a new look by making her own ticking stripe fabric table runner.
  • Costume Pieces Make Great Party Experiences & Party Favors: Marti and I found some darling and inexpensive train conductor hats from Oriental Trading Company for the party guests. They coordinated perfectly with bandanas Marti gave as favors, and the children wore both on the party train ride. Simple costumes can add such a magical touch to a child’s experience at a party, and this is a perfect example that they don’t have to be elaborate or even custom made to be fabulous.

Many thanks to Marti for allowing me to share her charming son Hudson’s second birthday celebration! There were some things that didn’t turn out just as Marti would have liked (you can’t even tell, right?). I hope you can take her experience as an example that no party will be absolutely perfect, some things don’t go as planned, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a stylish party and the happiest birthday boy or girl on earth! 

Sweet As: Valentine’s Day Party And Printables

Valentine Party Styled by Anders Ruff
Our friends at Anders Ruff created this charming party, showcasing their Valentine’s Day Printable Collection along with darling decorating ideas that just about anyone could pull off. Moms will love the cute card, envelopes and candy wrappers to add a little extra personality to kid’s school exchanges, making this collection a keeper even if you have no party to plan. All photos styled by Anders Ruff, photographed by Becca Bond Photography

Pink Valentine's Day Printables Styled by Anders Ruff
Party flags on striped straws and a Valentine label add sweet sass to a vintage soda bottle. Mini chocolate bars and Hershey’s Kisses get a Valentine upgrade with Anders Ruff printable wrappers, and fabric flowers are both easy to make and a fun project to do with kids!

Valentine Party Styled by Anders Ruff
A candy buffet works overtime as gorgeous party decor and a sweet treat station for your guests. Glass apothecary glass are filled with meringues and layers of pink and white cotton candy for color, while easy to make paper plate polyhedrons are suspended above (yes, made from paper plates and they look fab!)

Valentine's Day Dessert Table Styled by Anders Ruff
A basic cake from Target gets wrapped in fondant for a custom look. Cute cards and envelopes double as party invites or Valentine cards for classroom exchanges. Cookies are baked with a hole at the top, strung on ribbon and are the perfect edible accent to the dessert table!

Valentine's Day Desserts, Printables and Cookies Style by Anders Ruff
Make your own favor boxes and cootie catchers/fortune tellers with templates included in the Anders Ruff printables set and use their patterned papers and a craft punch to create a Valentine garland. For more details, visit the Anders Ruff blog. All photos styled by: Anders Ruff Photographed by: Becca Bond Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Kate Landers baby shower
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Kate Landers baby shower
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Who knew a girl who lives the color pink, fabric ruffles and pearls could fall in love with baby blue sailor suits and masculine fonts?!?! It’s Kate Landers here, debuting my very own baby shower! I was beyond thrilled to learn we were expecting a baby boy. Visions of hand smocked rompers and a vintage pram with sparkling silver spokes filled my head. I soon became aware that you CAN have a classic, romantic, sophisticated and timeless baby shower, regardless of the child’s gender. The images, beautifully captured by Liza Voll Photography, tell much of the celebration story on their own.

INSPIRATION ABOUNDS: A monogram family heirloom silver baby cup and my Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Collection juniper berry diaper bag provided inspiration for the details of the shower (and also made a fabulous decoration on display!) My vision of smocked romper cookies, edible saddle oxford baby shoes and classic baby block Rice Krispie treats came straight from the armoire and nursery. All were hand-crafted in the most extraordinary way imaginable. A vintage-inspired pram from a thrift shop and charming rocking horse (also from our nursery) fueled the idea for more of these perfect and utterly darling cookies. I adored the dainty details! A gorgeous wreath inspired by the fabrics used in our nursery (baby blue toile and crisp white quilted diamond linens) introduced guests to the theme as soon as they walked up to the door.

SET THE STAGE: Serving as a focal point of the shower, the darling edible delights on the dessert table were a highlight of the event. Amazing designers generously provided many of these treats and the finished display speaks volumes of how successful this collaboration was. I simply adore the monogram sterling silver baby cup, silver rattle, white lamb and my diaper-bag-inspired cookies and Rice Krispie treats. I got goosebumps when we placed the sweetest fondant buttons on petit fours and baby bottles on mini carrot cupcakes. Coordinating pacifier mini cupcake toppers added a bit of whimsy to the dessert table, and French macaroon pop “rattles” were a guest favorite.

DELICIOUS DETAILS: Designer and friend Brittany took on the great challenge of creating a stunning fondant cake banner and matching cupcake toppers, all designed to coordinate with the gorgeous custom printed paper details created by the spectacular Loralee Lewis. I fell in love with Loralee’s petite rosette cupcake toppers, but had no more cupcakes to put them on! But I realized how perfect they would be for favor box adornments, and they fit perfectly on the custom printed mini gable boxes I ordered from friend Pam. A few trendy elements like silver striped paper straws were mixed with vintage-inspired silver urns to keep the beverage table fresh.

THE MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP: I must share the greatest lesson I learned from this event: the power of teaming up with party designers or friends who love to design and entertain. I knew I would have a hand in designing my own baby shower (an etiquette no-no), and was also aware that hosting and executing a shower on the scale I imagined would require the help of women passionate for party design. Jenny and Christy stepped up to the plate, traveling from near and far, to co-design, coordinate, set-up, execute and break down the event. They worked so very, very hard, and threw me the perfect shower. For many weeks we worked together as a TEAM, each coming up with brilliant ideas (such as Jenny’s idea of signing baby blocks instead of a guest book) and setting up a perfect dessert table (thanks Christy for your vision!). Party planning can be overwhelming, and pairing up with others not only relieves stress, but also can create a celebration far greater than you ever imagined.

Congratulations Kate!
Images: Liza Voll Photography

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  • Loralee Lewis {all printed designs & details, from banners and favor box rosettes to dessert table signs and invitations}
  • Lynlee’s Petite Cakes {edible pacifier cupcake toppers and edible Petunia Picklebottom “Cake” inspired diaper bag rice krispey treat toppers}
  • Edible Details {edible cake banner and matching “N” cupcake toppers}
  • Cakes and Kids {edible button petit four toppers and edible petite baby bottle dessert toppers}
  • Dainty Delights, Inc. {rocking horse, sailor suit and vintage pram cookies}
  • Holly’s Sweet Hobby {fondant covered-rice krispey baby blocks, gum paste baby saddle oxford shoe cookies, fondant smocked romper oval cookies}
  • Crazy About Macarons {french macaron pop “baby rattles”}
  • Sweet Tea & Linen {white custom tablecloth}
  • Party Starters {custom stripe and gingham printed mini gable favor boxes}
  • A to Z Celebrations {custom pom-pom trim gift table topper}
  • Bambella Cookie Boutique {custom Petunia Pickle Bottom “Cake” diaper bag-inspired cookies, lamb cookies, silver rattle & silver baby cup cookies}
  • She’s Kinda Crafty {custom fabric wreath}
  • Christy {co-designer, stylist and host} inspireddesign44.blogspot.com
  • Jenny {co-designer, stylist and host} bugger-dixonline.blogspot.com
  • Liza Voll Photography {all images} www.lizavoll.com

Extra Extra! Read All About Tiffany’s Big News!!

Tiffany's baby Shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
1. The grand fete was swathed in neutral hues of grays, whites and earth tones honoring Tiffany’s tastemaker style and creating the perfect background for the newsprint accents and bouquets of flowers. 2. Cake toppers carry out the vintage newsprint theme and colors. 3. Tiffany Harris, co-owner of Layla Grayce and glowing mom-to-be wears a necklace from Kendra Scott. Photography: Tara Rochelle

They say lightning never strikes twice, but we’re feeling an extra bolt of good fortune as we get ready to celebrate a 2nd set of Layla Grayce twins. Nearly four years after Wendy Estes had identical twin girls, her Layla Grayce co-owner and good friend Tiffany Harris has extra big news of her own – she is expecting a boy and girl this fall! Wendy teamed up with Sara Westbrook of Sara Westbrook Designs (formerly with One Charming Party) and stylist Samantha Pothier for a big bash to shower Tiffany with blessings and baby basics for the big arrival.

Tiffany's baby Shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
The newsprint inspired theme had vintage elements with a modern twist, artfully incorporated into the smallest of details: 1. A vintage typeset frame with “T” for Tiffany accents the buffet table along with vintage inspired candlesticks and hydrangeas arranged in galvanized buckets. 2. An antique typewriter displays a welcome letter to guests, inviting them to partake in homemade caramels and take a name tag. 3.Vintage newspapers with a baby theme crossword puzzle and cleverly worded headlines entertained guests (plates resting on velvet trimmed napkins from Pom Pom at Home). 4. Name tags printed with typewriter font are arranged alphabetically by the entryway and adhere with diagonal black and white striped tape. 5. Vintage newsprint wrapped hydrangeas tied in jute string nestled into numbered crates from Gabby are displayed throughout the party. Inspired by newsstands from days of old when flowers were often sold wrapped in newsprint, they served a dual purpose of party decoration and post-party favors for guests. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany's baby shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
Delish to the eyes and palate: 1. Homemade caramels wrapped in vintage newsprint wax paper. 2. Carrot cake cupcakes with toppers from South Pasadena’s Heirloom Bakery. 3. The dessert table showcases a lemon cake filled with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting (designed by Sara Westbrook and Sam Pothier) flanked by carrot cake cupcakes displayed on Aidan Gray Metal plate stands and hostess style old-fashioned cupcakes. 4 & 5. A savory lunch from Heirloom Bakery highlights sliced Panini sandwiches resting on vintage newsprint waxed paper. A printed menu with gray and white pennant flags hangs over each buffet table. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany's baby shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
Tiffany’s ties to Layla Grayce are so much a part of her that incorporating them into the shower was a must: 1. Mixing elements made a modern statement with Aidan Gray decorative pillows scattered along a rustic bench juxtaposed with Eloquence gold trimmed chairs. A galvanized side table by Aidan Gray topped with the Grenich Urn table lamp gave this vintage inspired shower an edge. 2. Simple hydrangeas in old fashioned water bottles get wrapped in white cotton and burlap, secured with a white diaper pin. 3. Newsprint and decorative papers get pleated and folded to create decorative rosettes and swags. 4. Letterpress flash cards hang overhead. 5. An industrial chic Jamie Young steam punk lamp helps set the mood as guests arrive. 6. Hydrangeas displayed in numbered crates from Gabby. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany’s baby shower – it’s a boy AND it’s a girl!
The shower was held at a private residence in Pasadena where the black and white awning tied in perfectly to the party theme. Ruffled Audrey tablecloths from Pom Pom at Home add a feminine touch to the dessert and entry tables. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany's baby shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
Tiffany never stops, so no wonder we saw lots of wheels in the gifts from her Valco Baby stroller of choice to the motorcycle menagerie of Blabla knit dolls designed by the ladies of Layla Grayce. 1, 2, 3. Otto and Lola ride circles around a diaper ring filled with gifts from Little Giraffe and Skip Hop, perched on motorcycles assembled from diapers and Aden + Anais swaddling wraps. 4. Layla Grayce gals on hand to celebrate: Back row: Sydni, Tristan, Kerry, Layla Grayce co-founders Tiffany Harris and Wendy Estes, Luanna, Karine. Front Row: Yvonne, Natalie. 5. Wendy and Tiffany with celebrity guest and client, Roselyn Sanchez. 6,7,8. Valco Baby stroller Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany’s baby shower – it’s a boy AND it’s a girl!
1. Tiffany with her sister Kristin and mother Marsha. 2. Custom printed “Extra! Extra!” thank you cards especially designed for post event notes of gratitude. 3. The headline making invitation for Tiffany Harris, “designer to the stars”. Photography: Tara Rochelle

***EXTRA*** Tiffany’s twins aren’t the only thing coming soon, we can’t wait to see them in their new nursery, complete with Tiffany’s first exclusive furniture design for Layla Grayce and Newport Cottages.

Photography Tara Rochelle
Event Planning & Details Sara Westbrook Designs
Event Stylist & Flowers Samantha Pothier
Catering Heirloom Bakery

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography Invites, thank you notes and printed details: Anders Ruff Custom Designs

Kate Landers here to share with you twin and boy/girl birthday party celebration inspiration! It may seem daunting at first to create a party that works for celebrating the precious lives of twins, let alone a boy and a girl at once, however I am here to share some helpful hints and show you how to create double the fun. A lovely client Megan graciously allowed me to share with you her niece Olivia’s and nephew James’ first and second birthday parties. Megan and I had great fun coming up with themes, color-schemes, decorations and all the custom details to make these celebrations a perfect blend of each child’s personalities. Here are some helpful tips taken from their parties, to show you how fun and enjoyable the challenge of throwing a twins or boy/girl party can be and how to develop your party theme from year to year!

  • Color Scheme: Don’t be afraid to combine each child’s favorite colors. You will be surprised with how fabulous the mix can be! In this case, we used soft bright colors of orange, lime, watermelon pink and aqua for their first birthday. For their second birthday we used light blue, tangerine, raspberry and white.
  • Theme: Patterns make wonderful themes, as do things that fly! For James’ and Olivia’s first birthday we went with stripes and polka dots, incorporating those patterns into everything from printed party details to the cake decorations. It was fun, festive and bright. When coming up with a second birthday party theme, it proved more challenging as the children began developing more likes and dislikes. Megan had it covered: birds for Olivia and planes for James. These tie together beautifully as both fly high in the sky among the clouds. Other suggestions would be a farm theme; picnic: ladybugs & caterpillars; or mermaids & pirates.
  • Two Cakes: Twice as sweet! I love individual cakes for twins’ birthday parties, also providing you the perfect opportunity to mix in the color scheme and theme of the party, all on a pretty pedestal or tray. For Megan’s niece and nephew she went with identical polka dot smash cakes for their first birthday, tying in the theme and color-scheme. For their second birthday, Olivia received a bird themed cake using raspberry from the color scheme. James enjoyed an airplane cake, tying in to the party theme as well as light blue and orange from the color-scheme.
  • Coordinate Elements of the Party Year to Year: String together special details one year to the next, repurposing party decorations and creating new traditions. Twice the number of children does not mean twice the price! I love how the polka dot baking cups and tableware were able to be used at both James’ and Olivia’s first and second birthday parties. The cupcake liners served double-duty across the years as both cupcake adornments as well as snack cups for sticky fingers. Each year these twins get a custom fabric appliqué shirt with their age on it, in the colors and theme of the party. I recommend framing the shirts and soon you will have a wall of precious birthday memories.
  • Incorporate Your Theme Into Your Stationery: Marching thank you notes are a darling reminder to guests of the special day you shared with them. Let that theme linger a little longer by incorporating it into your stationery. Anders Ruff Custom Designs created the most darling matching invitations and thank you notes for James’ and Olivia’s second birthday. The printed signature at the bottom not only added charm, but saved a few moments while writing notes of gratitude.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and sweet party inspiration. Are you a parent of multiples? How did you celebrate your children’s last birthday?