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Friday, May 22, 2015


A young girl’s fascination with all things French inspired this gorgeous birthday party. Pastel colors, feathers and pretty dresses helped set the stage for “Marie Antoinette” and her jolies amis! Colorado-based photographer, Stephanie Stamos, not only beautifully captured the celebration, but she orchestrated the entire day herself. Yes–super mom! The fun included getting makeup done, a dance around the maypole and a murder mystery game. No doubt all the pretty girls were trรจs content by the end of the day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I'm in the midst of planning my girls' camping themed sleepover party that will happen in a couple of weeks. One of the crafts we're doing is a dreamcatcher. I was originally going to do the craft using hole punched paper plates but my girls seemed to think it would be too cumbersome to thread the holes, etc. So, when I was walking through JoAnn's I spotted these cute crocheted doilies and the light bulb went off! It makes the craft so much easier and prettier!

Here's all you need:
- embroidery hoop
- crocheted doily
- yarn
- feathers
- glue

Start by unscrewing the hoop and lay in your doily. When you replace the outer hoop, realize that you will not be able to screw it back together because of the doily's thickness. So, all we did was tie it together to keep it closed. This also becomes a handy loop to hang the dreamcatcher.
Tie three pieces of yarn into three holes at the bottom. Multiple strands of ribbon would be really pretty to use as well.

Finally, glue on the feathers. I'm a big fan of glue dots so that's what we used here.
Voila! A pretty dreamcatcher that will look great in any girl's room and a fun party craft!

Monday, May 18, 2015


Vibrant colors, acrobat performers and crystal-accented decorations made this special Bat Mitzvah a special day for this young girl, Maya, and for all involved! It truly was a show in itself! Special event planners, EH Social Events, made it a point to make Maya herself part of the show with her own acrobatic pre-shoot. No doubt that she was flying high during and after the big party! Big thanks to New Jersey photographer, TLGreen Photography for beautifully capturing all the fun and colorful details.

Friday, May 15, 2015


Having grown up in the New York metro area I dreamed of having my wedding in New York City. I love the photos of brides running across a busy avenue with blurred taxis in the background. And I love the location this couple chose for their nuptials. The Green Building has floor to ceiling exposed brick, large gold chandeliers and a speakeasy room in the back that helped set the stage for the vintage decor and feel of the night. Huge thanks to New York's Zorz Studios for capturing the beauty in all the details and sharing them with us. Make sure to check out the list of participating vendors at the bottom.

Photographer:   Zorz Studios//Calligrapher: Butler's Pantry Calligraphy//Dress Designer: Marchesa//Transportation:Supreme Valet Parking Inc.//Makeup Artist: Marlena Singh Makeup Artistry//Favors and Gifts: Pope Liquors//Hair Stylist: Pravana Hair Studio//Caterer: Purslane Catering//Location: Wythe Hotel//Floral Designer:Boos Floral Showcase//Equipment Rentals:Broadway Party Rentals//Bakery:CMNY Cakes//Linens and Coverings: For Your Party//Photo Booth Equipment:Good Times PB//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Hugo Boss//Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection//Cinema and Video: Kiss The Bride Films//Officiant:Michael Ehrlich//Shoes:Miu Miu//Event Planner: Parties N All LLC//Jewelry:Rent the Runway//DJ:Rhythm of the Night Entertainment//Groomsman Attire:The Black Tux//Dress Store: The Bridal Garden//Reception Venue: The Green Building//Cake Designer:Wafels and Dinges//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Monday, May 11, 2015


So, last week was Teacher Appreciation Week. Our school actually has a teacher appreciation committee that hosts a themed luncheon for the staff then on Friday each of the classrooms presents the teacher with a special (usually handmade) gift. I took on one teacher's gift this year--and with the help of the kids, made a set of coasters for the teacher. I was really happy with the way they came out. The kids did a great job decorating them. And it's nice to give something that's functional and also serves as a keepsake.
I gave each child a flower template that I downloaded from Parents here. Parents' idea was to use the templates to write thank you notes, but I took it one step further to turn them into coasters. Each child decorated a coaster (colored pencils work best). They should each add their name somewhere so the teacher knows which kid designed which coaster.

I bought cork coasters from Hobby Lobby--always using their 40% coupon!
Mod Podge each design onto a coaster and let it completely dry.

Then brush a layer of Mod Podge over each design. This is when I discovered colored pencils are the way to go.  I had the kids use markers and a few of them started smearing when I applied the Mod Podge. This didn't happen with colored pencils.  Let the top layer of Mod Podge completely dry.

To make sure they were water resistant, I sprayed the coasters with Krylon Clear Glaze. This also gave the coasters a shiny coating.

I found a brown paper mache canister at Hobby Lobby to put the set in and added "Thanks for helping us coast through third grade" around the canister.  I found the orange flower at Walmart (in their fabric/sewing section). Underneath the canister I wrote the grade year.

It was perfect!  The kids loved seeing their artwork all put together and the teacher loved a gift she can use and remember the kids by.
What did you make for Teacher Appreciation Week?!

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