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Colors Tell All

26 Apr

Ever wonder what your wedding color palette says about you? Use this colorscope guide dreamed up by the ladies at Paper Source to find out! It’s like your horoscope, but BETTER. 

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Surprise!

20 Sep

Everyone who knows me knows that I love surprises. Surprising others, being surprised myself, I just love it all! Are you looking for a funky, innovate, and surprising way to make your family and friends super excited to save your date?! Consider creating a fun DIY party popper like the one below (full template at Oh Happy Day!) that is just as beautiful as the people you are sending it to…Even better, this is so much more affordable then purchasing printed save-the-dates…Even BETTER, it has a very personal touch of you which is important since this day is all about you after all…EVEN BETTER, you can use a crafting activity like this as a bonding activity for your maids to start to get to know each other better! I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. You’re friends WANT to help. Let them! Hope you all have a bright and colorful day!

“Beautiful people”…”Sarah + James are getting married”…”7.2.2011″…”In San Francisco”…”Please Save the Date”

Inspiration Board #20: Sea Worthy

5 Sep

Happy Labor’s Day Readers! I hope you are all at the beach this weekend enjoying more than enough sun, surf, and sand to get you through until next Summer! I am SO in the mood for a good lobster boil or crab bake right around this time of year. Seafood is one of my all-time favorite food groups and the beach is one of my all-time favorite places to be. It’s also the place I always feel most inspired. If I can figure out a way to settle down along or at least close to the water somewhere after I graduate, I will be a very happy girl. Have an inspired week!

row 1: chalkboard menu, lobster boil, sign
row 2: seafood sign, lobster surf boards
row 3: lobster bib, nautical knot, nautical lantern, beach goblet

Real Weddings: Love Birds in the Garden

24 Aug

I have a fairy tale story to share with you. My older half-brother Rick married his high school sweetheart this past weekend.  TOO fantastic. Rick and Cindy met during their high school production of Grease over 20 years ago. They dated through high school, attending multiple high school proms together as well as other high school experiences. When Rick went to college, the couple broke up in his freshman year. From there they continued in separate paths…Rick on the east coast, Cindy on the west. They both married, started their careers, and lived their lives, but something was always missing. 20 years later, they reconnected via Facebook. I’m not kidding. Rick posted a recipe on Cindy’s wall and their love was rekindled. In no time, they were together on the West Coast, falling more in love than ever before. This past Saturday, Cindy and her girls were  officially brought into the Haverkamp family and we all are beyond happy for the two of them!! For a taste of just some of the details of their ‘vintage garden chic’ wedding with an emphasis on the love birds theme, look below! Three cheers for true love…

Check out that top middle pic…high school prom!!

Cindy’s daughter Fiona sang a lovely and entertaining rendition of “Everybody” by Ingrid Michaelson.

Backyard “living room” for family photos. Favorite part of the whole day!

“Life is Tweet”…dessert bar! Yummm.

I love the summer garden hats worn by Cindy’s friends!

“shot shot shot shot shot…”

14 Jun

Let me just prepare you for a culinary journey unlike any other. If you’re hungry, I don’t recommend looking at this post right now. It’s like the grocery store syndrome. You should never visit the grocery store hungry. So if your stomach is growling, go grab a snack and hurry back to check out these charming and delicious looking dishes! I’ll admit, my stomach is talking to me a little bit right now…

I just find the trend of preparing foods in shot glasses for entertaining is so chic, so fun, and the perfectly sized taste of each item. Talk about portion control! What I love the most though is how creative you can get with these things. There’s so many directions you can go with shot glass foods. They are just genius.

If I was at a party with the shots below, I would be totally wasted.

shrimp cocktail via Key Ingredient

lobster and mango gazpacho via Spa Magazine

seven layer dip via Flickr

grilled cheese and tomato soup via 24 Carrots Catering

french fries and dipping sauce via Katie Grace Designs

milk and cookies via Katie Grace Designs

vanilla milkshakes via 24 Carrots Catering