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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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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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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?

Celebrate With Kate {Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!}

Celebrate With Kate {Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!}
Photography by Andréa Winchenbaugh of Open Shade Studios.

Celebrate With Kate {Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!}
Photography by Andréa Winchenbaugh of Open Shade Studios.

Celebrate With Kate {Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!}
Photography by Andréa Winchenbaugh of Open Shade Studios.

Celebrate With Kate {Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!}
Photography by Andréa Winchenbaugh of Open Shade Studios.

Celebrate With Kate {Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!}
Photography by Andréa Winchenbaugh of Open Shade Studios.

Celebrate With Kate {Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!}
Photography by Andréa Winchenbaugh of Open Shade Studios.

Kate Landers here again, to share with you tips for creating a charming birthday celebration based on your child’s favorite storybook or character. My goal is always to create an experience for the birthday child and their guests, helping them feel as if they are living right out of the pages of their favorite fairytale. In my experience I have found this can nurture the imagination in ways eating off of party plates with images of a character, cannot. Please note that what is most important is providing the child with what makes them happiest on their special day!

  • Include The Birthday Child In Planning Their Party I highly recommend involving the child in as many age-appropriate aspects of the party planning process. This is an incredibly rewarding gift to the child and creates great anticipation and excitement. One way to do this is to have the child help select the theme for their party, based on their favorite storybook or character. Parties based on fairy tales are particularly enchanting, but can also feel overwhelming. Rather than trying to re-create the entire book, focus on just one character, chapter or scene, and use that for the theme. It will also allow you to create a much more cohesive look.

    The beloved character Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was selected for the theme of this charming birthday celebration, focusing on her blue and white gingham apron, ruby red slippers, and basket carrying Toto to be used as inspiration for elements throughout.
  • Use The Story As Inspiration For Your Color Scheme I recommended sticking with two or three primary colors for your color-scheme. Whether you choose colors from a character’s costume or from book jacket illustrations (or maybe what your child dreams up!), this can help reinforce your theme throughout all the details of the party.

    We selected a light periwinkle blue, ruby red and crisp white color scheme for our Wizard of Oz-inspired party, based on Dorothy’s costume in the film. We incorporated these colors in all aspects, from decorations to party favors and desserts!

  • Create Storybook Costumes For Your Guests Costumes are incredibly powerful for young children. Whether wearing a pair of felt fairy wings and a tulle tutu, or superhero mask and cape, children often feel transformed when they are disguised in costume pieces. I recommend offering a simple costume piece for the birthday child and their guests to wear during the party, and take home as a favor (which they can re-use again and again!

    For our party, we went a bit overboard, providing each child with a pair of ruby slippers, gingham apron and pettiskirt (pettiskirts are enormously popular). This worked because of an incredibly small guest list of all girls. Notice how we tied the aprons to the back of each child’s chair, with a custom printed tag–this created a darling table set up for photos, and the aprons doubled as place cards letting each child know which seat was set just for them (not to mention it helped us make sure each child got the proper size).

  • Use Storybook Elements As Inspiration For Your Dessert Table If you opt to design a dessert table for your party, I highly recommend using the scenery, magical creatures or fabrics from the characters’ costumes as inspirations for your desserts and props. In our case, we used baskets instead of cake stands and platters to display the desserts (since Dorothy always carried that straw basket on her journey through Oz). We also used her blue gingham apron and ruby red slippers (as featured in the film, not the book) to help us dream up designs for the desserts, cupcake toppers and dessert tags. {A VERY special thank you to the fabulous printables designer & party stylist Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio for creating all of the darling printables you see throughout the party! They are available for purchase in her shop. Also, many thanks to Jessica of Pen N’ Paper Flowers Studio & Design for creating the darling Dorothy silhouette!}
  • Create Activities Based On Story Elements Guests Activities are often important at a child’s birthday celebration, and can be a wonderful way for you to creatively emphasize your storybook theme. For example, for our party the guests enjoyed a felt game of pin-the-badge-of-courage-on-the-cowardly-lion.

For resources used in our Wizard of Oz-inspired party, visit here.

I wish you much success in your child’s next birthday celebration. What storybook or character might you use as inspiration for planning your child’s next party?

Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}

Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}
Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}
Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}
Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}

Make Way For Our Little Duckling
Kate Landers here again, this time to share with you a personal event–the baby gender reveal party my husband and I hosted for our first little one arriving this fall! I find gender reveal parties to be an excellent creative outlet for all those mamas-to-be who want to design and plan an event to celebrate their very special upcoming arrival. Whether you choose to keep it intimate with just immediate family or large with everyone you know, it is a wonderful time to share your joy with others.

We had a most memorable celebration, revealing to our families that we will be welcoming a little BOY into our lives! Despite a no-show photographer and our pup Henry eating the custom cake less than 2 hours before the party started, we managed to take what came our way and made the best of it–and looking back, I couldn’t imagine it any more perfect. Here are some hints for planning your own baby gender-reveal party:

  • Selecting A Theme & Color Scheme A wonderful source of inspiration for your baby gender reveal party is your favorite children’s book. Being in Boston and having a passion for classic storybooks, we selected a “Make Way For Ducklings” based on the beloved book by Robert McClosky. The book made an appearance on the party table with a custom printed bookplate inside and encouragement for the guests to sign a note to build Baby Landers’ library.

    The color-scheme was kept gender neutral, based on duckling colors of soft yellow, white and hints of brown. Fresh flowers such as pussy willows, peonies, summer stock and hydrangea add a nice touch to bring acolor-scheme to life.

  • Incorporate Your Theme With Custom Printed Details From darling mini ice cream carton labels to a custom bookplate, invitations to a charming rosette banner, designer Loralee Lewis custom created spectacular duckling-themed treasures. She even sent a larger print of the artwork for us to frame and put in the nursery (a great idea to remember this special celebration). Each item provides style and a function, sure to wow your guests.
  • Decorate Your Space, Ceiling to Floor You can create a festive environment and transform your space by using your vertical and horizontal hot spots. We hung fabric bunting from the ceiling (we had over 90 feet of custom yellow & white bunting that really “wow”ed everyone).

    We also used those popular tissue poms (we used wide double-faced satin ribbon instead of clear line for a fresh take) in colors called french vanilla and banana custard. We also made sure table linens went down to the floor, using a custom white gathered tablecloth, so guests felt surrounded by decorations.

  • Use Classic White As Your Base I can’t stress enough the value of investing in classic white fabric table linens and tableware. I took a charming white floor length gathered tablecloth topped it with a darling custom-made thick gathered white fabric table topper (6″ drop trimmed in white pom poms). I customized the table to the event with a simple ruffle-trimmed soft yellow table runner.

    Cake was served on white plates from Pottery Barn, and home made ice cream served in classic white cartons (with lids to take home) we dressed up with custom labels on the carton and lid.

  • Keep It Simple & Sweet We held the event for 90 minutes, perfect for an afternoon gathering with small children. The menu was simple and entirely sweet: home made old fashioned vanilla ice cream, a classic cake with a custom fondant duckling cake topper, mini banana parfaits, and darling duckling cookies as well as divine buttercream-filled shortbread and sugar cookie eggs. No candy jars here, as we didn’t want to overdo it with the kids.

    Guests took home berry baskets of the cookies, so they doubled as a dessert and party favor. Beverages (served in baby bottles with striped straws) were old fashioned lemonade, iced tea, bottled water and milk.

  • Involve Your Guests We included an insert with the invitation asking guests to wear pink or blue representing their best guess of whether we were having a boy or a girl (making for wonderful photos). We also had a chart for everyone to take their best “quack” at it to write down their guesss–perfect to add to the baby book later! Children enjoyed games of “Duck, Duck, Goose!” as well as an egg hunt in the backyard.

A couple “lessons learned”: Don’t hire a new photographer last minute–be prepared with a back up plan. Having to take my own event photos served to be quite a challenge and did not capture the event as I had envisioned. For the baby shower, we already have a spectacular photographer (and a back up!) who has been lined up for months.

Also: mistakes happen, even to those of us who do this for a career–allow for them. Our pup Henry ate the cake, so my husband quickly went to the store, got a box of cake mix and can of frosting (gasp!) and created a quick fix. These little “oops” moments add character to the event and will become part of the treasured story for later.

Celebrate With Kate {Vintage Silhouette Party}

Kate Landers Vintage Silhouette Party
Kate Landers Vintage Silhouette Party
Kate Landers Vintage Silhouette Party
Kate Landers Vintage Silhouette Party
Kate Landers Vintage Silhouette Party

It’s Kate Landers again, thrilled to share elements with you from a darling vintage silhouette birthday celebration I custom designed for Cristen Schone, the winner from my giveaway with Layla Grayce last fall. Cristen selected a pale blue, peach and white color scheme for her daughter Savannah’s party, which was beautiful to work with. The idea was to create an experience where the children felt they were back in time, twirling parasols and tipping top hats. With a specific budget but loads of time and talent, Cristen executed these tips to become the gorgeous party you see here. Here are ideas to create the look:

  • Incorporate your theme and/or color-scheme into your food and beverages:
Use colors from your event’s color-scheme for your menu. Cristen offered peach infused lemonade, not only incorporating the color but also the flavor. Emphasize your color-scheme and theme with the food labels on your buffet table: Here peach ribbons, white doilies and blue card stock with text add character and charm to every delicious treat.
  • Find unique ways to use a common item to create a variety of stunning decorations:
Cristen loved doilies, so we worked together to several ways to use them at the party. From party hats and place mats to a buffet table backdrop and party favor cones & totes, doilies added a sense of vintage elegance to many elements of the celebration.
  • Repurpose items from home for props at your party: Cristen found a stunning large frame which they used for a “photo shoot” activity with the guests at the party. She also found a fabulous item to display her doily and silhouette favor cones, and used vintage-style frames to show photos of Savannah throughout the party. Vases and cake stands, chandeliers and wall art are all other terrific examples of items already in your cupboards or the guest room to bring out for the party.
  • Give the birthday child a spectacular outfit to wear for the party: Savannah wore the most stunning head piece and Marie Antoinette-inspired dress that made her feel as though she was living in a different time period, one of the goals of creating an experience for the birthday child and her guests for the day. Guests also wore costume pieces as well, allowing their imaginations to run wild.
  • A single spectacular party favor will be appreciated by guests and their parents: I always recommend one lovely party favor that the guest could consume immediately or use in their library or toy chest at home–something less likely to end up in the “junk drawer” or stuck under the car seat! I love the top hats and white parasols that Cristen gave out to the guests of the party–what lovely treats for guests to enjoy at the party and at home.
  • When possible, hire a professional photographer to capture your special celebration: Creating a photo album with the birthday child to admire for years to come will be a wonderful activity to enjoy together after the festivities are over. As the host giving yourself the duty of “photographer” can be overwhelming, so designating a talented friend with a great camera, or hiring a professional as Cristen did, can capture your event in a way you will always want to remember it.

Photographs by: Carrie Fay Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Baby Shower Trends}

Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers here, with the latest in sweet celebrations, focusing this week on baby shower trends (the perfect opportunity to shower the mom-to-be in style). Whether it’s an elegant high tea, rustic backyard luncheon or an afternoon of spa treatments at a resort, these days there is plenty of room for creativity and design. Vintage decorations and home made desserts are just as popular as contemporary table settings and custom-catered brunches. 5 Current Trends For Stylish Baby Showers:

  • Fresh color-schemes: Out are the days of just pink or blue. Current favorites are yellow & gray, peach & silver, tangerine & lime.
  • Vintage Milkglass Vases: Pull out your grandmother’s finest hobnail pieces, or start a new collection. Milkglass vases are making a big comeback, shown here as the perfect baby shower centerpiece.
  • Striped Paper Straws: Popular for many social occasions, striped paper straws are making their appearance at baby showers, adding a bit of whimsy and reinforcing color-schemes. Allowing guests to sip from these straws from classic jars, glasses or out of baby bottles is just darling!
  • Pampered Guests: Popular baby shower activities include poolside spa treatments, or mixing their own favorite new scent as seen above at a “Coco Chanel”-inspired baby shower.
  • Household Decorations: Beloved household items are now serving double-duty as celebration decor, and is an ever-popular trend for baby showers. Whether it is repurposing a vintage-style frame, chandelier, cake stand or decorative bird cages, these items are reinforcing themes and breathing new life into what you had stashed in the cupboard.

Fresh Color Schemes: top photo, styling by Blair Britt Events, photo by Alice Hu Photography, bottom image styling by Hanna of Lollacup, photos by Caroline Tran Photography.
Vintage Milkglasss Vases: styling by Sweet Emilia Jane, photos by Captured by Aimee.
Striped Paper Straws: top and lower left image styling & photography by Bellini Portraits, lower right image styling by Sweet Emilia Jane, photo by Captured by Aimee.
Pampered Guests: styling by Blair Britt Events, photo by Alice Hu Photography.
Household Decorations: styling & photography by Frog Prince Paperie

For My Sweet: A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party

A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party
A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party

A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party
A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party

Teddy bear topiaries, hand delivered cupcake invites and a party worthy of the most exquisite confectioner’s shop – a true “treat” for a little girl’s first birthday party! The design team at Anders Ruff created the invites and graphics for a client in Brazil, and we think the results are truly breathtaking. With balloons galore and a variety of delights for each little girl, this was one party that we are sure created sweet memories for all invited. Check out more photos and details on the Anders Ruff blog.