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Soiree Style We Swear By

Nothing calls for a flashy fete quite like New Year’s Eve. Between keeping your pals entertained to creating an #instaworthy theme, we’ve got a few tips to ensure hostess victory.

Soiree Style We Swear By from Layla Grayce

Tips and Tricks

  1. You can never go wrong with a black and white color palette. Incorporate the classic duo with serving pieces, balloons, and even your ensemble (LBD, anyone?).
  2. Punch up the glam with a dash of metallic. There’s nothing more fab than a hint of glitz, be it on an accent tray, in glittering confetti, or on your wrist.
  3. Get your gourmet on. Snacks are key in a party prep sitch – you can spend hours recreating that canape recipe from Pinterest or call up your BFF’s catering company.
  4. Never underestimate the power of a good toast. Let the champagne flow and raise a very chic glass to the New Year with a set of classic coupes.
  5. Get the lighting right. When midnight rolls around your party pals will be all too grateful for a soft glow. Set the tone with our Lumiere Candle Holders

Soiree Style We Swear By from Layla Grayce

1. Rosanna Soiree Noire Plate Set of 12 2. Rosanna Porcelain Bunting Save Water Drink Champagne Sign 3.Rosanna Kashmir Glass Flute Set Of 12 4. Rosanna Soiree Glass Large Coupe Set of 4 5. Rosanna Soiree Noire Wine Coaster

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree


Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Happy Anniversary Layla Grayce! It’s Kate Landers here, thrilled to share with you a custom dessert table designed to celebrate yet another fabulous year of Layla Grayce. This is one of my favorite shoots to date, featuring Layla Grayce’s signature color: soft pink! We all know how fall can be rich in textures and layers–despite a soft color scheme, we kept the table seasonal with quartz and linen, metallic hints in gold and of course natural beauty with succulents. Read on for how to create an agate-inspired dessert table of your own!

  1. Color-Scheme and Textures: Just because the colors we typically associate with fall are often those we see in the vibrant colored leaves, it doesn’t mean you can’t create an autumnal event with soft colors. We used a soft pink color scheme as a nod to Layla Grayce’s signature color, however we used a variety of textures such as quartz candle holders, linen tablecloths and agate cake platter & coasters to provide many layers of appeal and keep it right on-trend for the season.
  2. Theme: Agate served as the theme for this event, and I love how it is used throughout: to start, the gorgeous invitations (look at those envelope liners!) to set the mood as soon the guest opens their envelope. Desserts were all designed with agate and rose quartz in mind, from cookies to one spectacular cake. The rose quartz cake platter was truly what inspired the entire shoot, and it is one show-stopping piece (adding it to my wish-list!) Wanting to add a touch of “Southwest Glam” to the shoot, we added in succulents. The fondant succulents and succulent party favors add a pop of green that is a fabulous pop of color against the soft pink.
  3. Metallics: A gentle use of metallics can add great interest for the eye at your next soiree. I loved the gold trim on the glasses and the cake platter. Keeping it minimal doesn’t overpower the entire dessert table or event.
  4. Perfect Party Favors: Other than gorgeous sweets, a darling little planter with a hand-selected succulent is a perfect take-home treat for your guests. They are something that, with a little love and care, can be a great reminder to your guests of your special event months (or years) after.

It is truly such a joy to celebrate Layla Grayce’s Anniversary with you!

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Celebrate with Kate Landers: To Infinity & Beyond!

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here, thrilled to be back here on Layla Grayce sharing with you all Noah’s third birthday party. I hope it may provide inspiration for your next baby shower or child’s birthday party.

Noah has always had a fascination with the moon and stars, and the months leading up to his birthday he developed a love of rocket ships. It seemed like the perfect theme for his party. Here are some details from the party and tips I learned along the way:

  1. Color Scheme: Don’t be afraid to use a non-traditional color scheme for a popular celebration theme. Most rocket and space themed events feature bright colored planets and stark black backgrounds. I wanted to keep the party very soft, light and toddler-friendly. I chose to go with a lot of white, accents of silver and pale mint green.
  2. Dessert Display: Designing dessert tables is a passion of mine, however in this case I wanted to do something a bit less-traditional. Hosting the party in our cozy home, I decided to use a window sill to display the sweets, draping a silver moon & star garland above it. Using a smaller space kept me from going overboard with too many beautiful sweets, and didn’t overwhelm the birthday boy or his guests.
  3. Party Table: A last-minute decision was to use custom designed gift wrap as a table runner. It worked perfectly and was a cinch to make. I love mixing fabric and paper, so you will see embroidered linen napkins with paper plates, a tissue tassel garland with a custom fabric “rocket” teepee. Working with different materials can be a great way to add texture and interest to your party.
  4. Simplifying Toddler Parties: Toddlers can get overwhelmed easily, so we kept the party short, guest list small and a simplified itinerary (activity, craft, play). It worked beautifully! 90 minutes was the perfect amount of time for our party. We decorated cardboard rockets, hit Noah’s very first piñata (which was a favorite activity for certain!) and did lots of imaginary play in the spectacular custom teepee (it was a rocket for the party, but I overheard it being a fort, tree house, cave). We finished off with birthday cake and cupcakes at the table.
  5. Decorate Party & Play Spaces: I loved the custom prints and signs Anders Ruff Custom Designs created for Noah’s party, and ended up framing and hanging them in his playroom after the party. The tepee and tassel garland are also in his playroom, creating a festive feel, reminding us of such a special celebration, and giving him great use of that tepee long after turning three. I love and highly recommend re-using party props for bedrooms and play spaces!

Looking forward to sharing more celebration inspiration with you here on Layla Grayce in the months to come!

 

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Garden Party

Garden Party from Layla Grayce

Photo Credit: House BeautifulLayla Grayce

Escalate your average barbecue by adding unique decor and swanky treats—guaranteed to create the backyard bash of the season! Here are a few pro tips to get your party on:

  • Find chic invitations that include a fun dress code like sundresses and Kentucky Derby-style hats (yay!) Who doesn’t love to dress up?
  • Assemble an array of artisan hors d’oeuvres arranged beautifully on the John Acrylic Serving Tray. Summer recipes focused around watermelon, cucumber, and fresh tomatoes make for festive treats.
  • Serve up style with a vintage-inspired bar cart complete with signature cocktails. Try mint juleps with a twist or a refresher with fruit-infused ice cubes in a personalized monogrammed glass such as the Rocks Basic Personalized Set.
  • Add a cigar bar for a level of sophistication alongside freshly grilled crab cakes for the main dish.

Momentarily pull yourself away from the flamingo pool floats and pineapples to shop our Memorial Day over this long weekend and plan your garden party now!

Garden Party from Layla Grayce
1. Arteriors Wade Vintage Silver Bar Cart 2. Fresh American Mingled Tangerine Indoor/Outdoor Pillow 3. Quatrefoil White Indoor/Outdoor Garden Stool 4. Pine Cone Hill Honfleur Linen Napkin Set of 4 5. Rocks Basic Personalized Glass Set of 4 6. Pom Pom at Home His/Hers Apron 7. Pigeon & Poodle Montauk Ice Bucket Tong Set 8. John Acrylic Serving Board

Host the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering, Plus a Giveaway!

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Host the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering, Plus a Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Photography and styling by Kate LandersIce Milk ApronPom Pom at Home White Mug SetPom Pom at Home Serving Plate SetRosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes

Host the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla GrayceHost the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla Grayce

Photography and styling by Kate LandersIce Milk ApronPom Pom at Home White Mug SetPom Pom at Home Serving Plate SetRosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes

Host the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla GrayceHost the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla GrayceHost the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla Grayce

Photography and styling by Kate LandersIce Milk ApronPom Pom at Home White Mug SetPom Pom at Home Serving Plate SetRosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes

Host the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla GrayceHost the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla GrayceHost the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla GrayceHost the Perfect Holiday Cocoa & Cookies Gathering from Layla Grayce

Photography and styling by Kate Landers; Ice Milk Apron; Pom Pom at Home White Mug Set; Pom Pom at Home Serving Plate Set; Rosanna Dessert Pedestals; and Rosanna Mini Domes

Kate Landers here again! I can’t wait to provide you with inspiration for your holiday gatherings. This month, I had the tremendous pleasure of styling some of the gorgeous products from Layla Grayce. The linen tablecloth, oval platters and mugs from Pom Pom at Home totally stunned me with their timeless beauty, and the “Frosty Tin Marshmallow” full apron from Ice Milk Aprons is beyond fabulous (The packaging alone is striking!). I have been a fan of the cake pedestals from Rosanna for years, and these absolutely darling petite pedestals with mini glass domes are no exception. Using these favorites from Layla Grayce, I’ve shared some ideas for hosting a Cocoa and Cookies gathering with your neighbors, family and friends below.

P.S. Scroll down below to learn how you can win all of the Layla Grayce products featured in this post!

1) Creating A Rustic and Sophisticated Style: I wanted to create a simple, nature-influenced dessert table inspired for the winter season. Products such as the natural linen tablecloth and classically elegant white crown platters and mugs were a fantastic way to create this look. A rustic wood planked backdrop, burlap ribbon attached to a dreamy green wreath and custom printables with a hand-painted feel added a variety of texture and style. Even desserts were created in warm earthy tones. Clean, pure, and sweet!

2) “Snow-covered” Desserts: Mounds of mini marshmallows look like snow on dark chocolate hot cocoa, and classic gingerbread cookies adorned with sugar crystals and white icing also showcase a snow-kissed look (snowflake shaped cookies only help provide a beautiful visual for this theme). To complement with extra sweetness, mini baked gingerbread donuts are blanketed in a white “snowy” frosting—how festive! Re-create the creamy white chocolate coating on the divinity puffs using icing, marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled over your desserts to add to the entire theme.

3) Dessert Presentation: I kept the desserts for this table very simple. Offering three desserts is the perfect amount to provide choices and a lovely look to your guests without overwhelming them. I opted for easy-to-grab desserts such as the mini baked donuts and divinity puffs stacked on pedestals and platters. One of my favorite details of this table (and perhaps the easiest to create!) are the mini dessert pedestals covered in clear glass domes, creating a “dessert snow globe.” To get this look, simply place your favorite sweet on a pedestal, coat with powdered sugar if you wish, and cover with the dome!

4) Hot Beverage Station:  Creating a hot cocoa toppings bar allows your guests to sweeten their cocoa with mint, caramel, whipped cream or marshmallows (among other sweet or salty treats!). I recommend also serving hot apple cider, coffee and tea to give your guests a variety of warm beverages to select from in addition to the cocoa.

5) Recipe Card Exchange: I absolutely love finding new recipes for the holidays, and cookie recipes are always a favorite! When mailing your invitation, include 3-5 recipe cards for the guest to bring filled out with their favorite cookie recipe. Then everyone at the party can go home with at least one new recipe to try at home. Share the yummy love!

6) Hostess Gift: I am completely smitten with the Ice Milk apron featuring that gorgeous large crisp bow front and center (though you could tie it a variety of ways). Packaged in an oversized Mason jar, it has such a beautiful presentation, and offers the perfect gift for the hostess. Another favorite detail: the apron colors are so neutral it can be used year-round!

Vendor Credits:

Design, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers
Printables & Backdrop Designs: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Backdrop Printing: Print My Picture Online
Cookies: Flourish Sweet Shop
Baked Mini Donuts: Green Mountain Mini Baked
Divinity Puffs: Sees Candies

Enter to Win Kate’s Holiday Tablescape!

Bring delicious holiday inspiration into your home! Impress family and guests when you enter to win Kate’s essentials for a Cocoa and Cookies gathering, including Ice Milk’s Full Apron in Frosty Tin Marshmallow, a set of four Crown white mugs and Crown white oval serving plates by Pom Pom at Home, and pedestals and mini domes by Rosanna!

IceMilk Full Apron Frosty Tin Marshmallow Personalized: Layla Grayce
Pom Pom at Home Crown White Mug Set of 4: Layla Grayce
Pom Pom at Home Crown White Oval Serving Plate Set of 4: Layla Grayce
Rosanna Decor Bon Bon Hue White Small Beaded Pedestal: Layla Grayce
Rosanna Glass Mini Dome: Layla Grayce

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*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes December 17, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced by December 22, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Rustic Chic Luncheon

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Kate Landers here to share with you some fabulous celebration inspiration from a fellow party designer and stylist, Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas. While the party was a luncheon celebrating her son’s baptism, I find it provides terrific ideas for bridal and baby showers, anniversary and birthday parties, as well as any special holiday family gatherings!

First, a brief introduction to Kara. She is a well-known event planner and stylist, author, crafter and online party supply shop owner. Kara is most recognized for her leading party showcase blog, Kara’s Party Ideas, which offers recipes, tutorials and of course party inspiration!

I recently interviewed Kara about her son’s beautiful baptism celebration. I am thrilled to share some great ideas from her party that you can incorporate into your upcoming event.

  1. How to get a “rustic chic” look for your event:
  2. It’s all about textures and colors. Kara shares that she used a variety of textures at her party like ruffled burlap, linen, wood, wire, milk glass and galvanized metal. She opted for a tan, brown, chalky black and soft white color scheme to keep it both masculine and delicate at once.

  3. Party details to note:
  4. Kara is all about details. One of her favorite elements from the party were the wooden tags she hand-stamped with her son’s name. Use of twine, tags, dried flowers, mini burlap sacks and ribbon added a lot of style to the celebration. She also used photos of the guest of honor as décor throughout the party and displayed each in a rustic-style frame.

  5. Simplified dessert table:
  6. This is one of my favorite elements of this event. Kara points out that large dessert tables can be overwhelming, and a simple milk and cookies table is equally darling and much simpler to create.

    She used a large, vintage wooden spool as the tabletop (I love that) and filled rustic glass jars with a variety of cookies. Kraft favor boxes and bags were displayed on shelves to serve as decoration and to provide easy access. Mini milk bottles were placed on ice in a large galvanized bucket next to the table for guests to grab on their way home.

  7. Chalkboard elements keep it very on-trend:
  8. Kara used a chalkboard-style invitation and printed goods throughout her party. This is a very hot trend in events at the moment, and matches the rustic chic style perfectly. Note she also used chalkboard-inspired signs, banners, subway prints and numbers, which showcase the many ways to incorporate this trend into your event.

  9. Kara’s Party Tip:
  10. I asked Kara for her party tips based on this event, and she shared this fabulous one that I cannot wait to incorporate in my next event:

    Store and display food (such as salads) in large, clear glass lidded jars. This makes for a clean look, keeps food fresh and helps protect it from any pesky bugs! You can tie chalkboard tags around the neck of the jars with twine, labeling what is in each jar and making them that much more stylish.

A tremendous thank you to Kara for allowing us to debut her beautiful event here on Layla Grayce!

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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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Entertaining with Kate: Do-It-Yourself Hobnail & Shabby Chic-Inspired Pumpkins

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here again, sharing some inspiration for fall and Halloween celebrations. I absolutely love autumn and the beautiful pumpkins and gourds it yields. I also adore all things “shabby chic” (including Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell) and loved the idea of pairing my style with this season’s décor.

I am here to share two beautiful ways to dress up pumpkins. The first is a white hobnail milk glass look, and the second a shabby chic ruffled look inspired by my dear friends of the former Icing Designs.

These would be fabulous displayed on a hearth, mantle or tabletop centerpieces for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. I also love them as decorations for a fall bridal or baby shower, wedding or a little girl’s autumn first birthday.

Supplies Needed:

  • ~ 4″ and 8″ crafting pumpkins (I used ivory ones from Target)
  • ~ White flat-finish spray paint such as this one
  • ~ White upholstery pins (approx. 150 to make 1 large & 1 small pumpkin) like these.
  • ~ Needle, white thread, scissors and 1 yard white muslin fabric
  • ~ Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • ~ Black paper bat decorations (optional) from Martha Stewart found here

Instructions: White Hobnail-inspired Pumpkins

1. Insert white upholstery pins into pumpkins in vertical lines, each pin approximately 1/3″-1/2″ apart. For 8″ pumpkin, each row should be 1.5″-2″ apart. For 4″ pumpkin, each row should be 3/5″-1″ apart. There is no exact formula to this; these are basic guidelines, so do what feels best to you!

2. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins (pins already inserted) with white spray paint. Allow to dry minimum 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Instructions: White Ruffled Pumpkins

1. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins with white spray paint. Allow to dry completely, preferably overnight.

2. Fold yard of white muslin fabric in half (this yardage includes extra fabric if you want your ruffles wider or fuller).

3. Cut fabric into eight 1″ strips (fabric is folded over so there will be two strips one on top of the other, total 16 strips) for small pumpkin, and ten 1.5″ strips for large pumpkin (again fabric folded over, so there will be one strip on top of the other, total 20 strips).

4. With a simple needle and white thread, use a simple stitch (thread knotted at end opposite of needle) and thread needle through center of strips (having the two strips on top of one another creates a fuller ruffle), each stitch close together for tighter ruffles. After approximately 15 stitches, you can push fabric down thread and see it gather. Continue until you reach end of the strip and push down fabric so it all gathers. I recommend approximately 12″ gathered length of strip for large pumpkins, and 8″ for small pumpkins.

5. After you hold up your ruffled strips of fabric to the dried painted pumpkin to confirm proper length (you can elongate by making ruffles further apart or make shorter by scrunching ruffles closer together), knot thread at end so ruffle length stays in place.

6. Warm up glue gun, and carefully glue ruffled fabric strips onto each pumpkin, top to bottom, one at a time.

Enjoy your pumpkins!

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! 

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.