Thursday, March 31, 2011

a bridal shower {for adri}

march has been a CRAZY month for parties...from my birthday party to jenny's shower to adri's shower, i hosted a pretty major shin-dig each weekend! WOWZA!!! this weekend i'm off to palm springs to rest and recooperate...but i thought i'd bring you ONE MORE shower before i go!  adri and i were roommates for almost 2 years before she moved back to canada in hopes of securing a fiance visa and eventually marrying her love, Erwin.  her visa is still in process, but their wedding date is set for May 28th (see their wedding invite here).  adri is in town {briefly} for a wedding, so we throught we'd throw a bridal shower into her plans!  i was BLESSED to host with 3 FABULOUS ladies: Shalina, Grace, & Kristine and the shower was a TOTAL success!!  Adri's wedding colors are turquoise and orange, so we stuck to HER theme...she is also sensitive to many a our options reflected her eating needs {we're so generous that way!}. Adri & Erwin, we can't wait for you to be back in the states, happily married, and LEGAL!! THAT will be a MAJOR event and i can't wait to plan it with you! MUCH LOVE! 

Jenny's Shower {a RECAP}

throwing a shower for my dear and darling friend Jenny with one of my all-time best friends Anna was truly an absolute DREAM.  it was a lot of work pulling together all the little details from cities over 100 miles apart, but the turnout was great and i know Jenny had a wonderful day {that is REALLY the only thing that matters, RIGHT?!?!!} Jenny's LOVES black, white and pink - so we made that our theme and built around it {it might be the EASIEST color combo to find things in!!!}.  We invited over 80 guests to attend the afternoon soiree, so we stuck to homemade desserts, fresh squeezed lemonade, iced tea, and coffee.  we didn't play any "games" per say but did have a question and answer time with the bride and groom and then a special time of prayer and devotion as well.  it was a WONDERFUL afternoon and i could not be happier for my sweet friend!  there are MANY a shower and wedding event still to come...but i believe my hosting duties are done! Congratulations Jenny and Josh! LOVEYOU! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Birthday TO ME!!

on SATURDAY, march 12, i turned 26 and decided it was means to CELEBRATE! i invited a few of my nearest and dearest friends over and we had a lovely brunch including a build-your-own waffle bar, fruit served in martini glasses, and a Swope Family Christmas Morning Classic: sausage balls! SO FUN! because i was hosting a very PINK bridal shower for Jenny Leigh the following weekend, I decided to prep for her shower and use the decor for my party! WHAT a smart idea! it turned out SUPER cute and it was WONDERFUL celebrating another year with great friends!

Friday, March 4, 2011

birthday brunch

my birthday is JUST AROUND THE CORNER and i love any occassion to celebrate, so it seemed only appropriate to host a birthday bash.  rarely does my birthday fall on a saturday - so i decided to do something a bit out of the ordinary and host a birthday brunch...we are going to have SO MUCH FUN!  every good breakfast starts with a mimosa and my birthday brunch will be NO exception.  there will also be a build-you-own waffle bar, fruit served in martini glasses and perhaps a few other surprises. i am SO excited!

this was my first attempt sewing on paper and let me just say - AMAZINGLY easy and such a fun touch! SO GLAD mom & dad got me a sewing machine for has served me well thus far!  these invites were super easy and i love the way they turned out.  they're a bit more pink than i would usually pick...but we're going with it! pictures of the party coming up soon...