Home Confetti: May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014


This couple really expressed their love for nature in the amazingly unique details of their wedding celebration. I don't think there was anyone more excited than photographers Bonnallie Brodeur when they were greeted with the beautiful scenery to capture. The groom used a canoe to meet his bride at a dock. A teepee set the stage for the nuptials that included special surprises like the bride singing her vows to the groom with her ukelele. And a yellow-eyed owl delivered the rings to the couple! Amazing! The reception at Haut Bois Normand carried its own rustic beauty, where the tables were accented with feathers and flowers. It really was a magical day.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


I can't really believe it, but today is my kids' last full day of school! Tomorrow is just a half day and then the year is over–I will have two third graders. The last couple of months especially went by really fast. Not sure if I'm entirely ready for the summer, but here we go!

Although the class gave the teachers a nice gift over appreciation week just a few weeks ago, I always like to give one last end of year gift, too. When Renee's teacher gave her a thank you note written on loose-leaf paper I knew what I was going to get her!  I found this cute pack of 50 notecards at Target. Colorful and blank, so the teachers can use them for a thank you or just a note to a parent.  This is certainly not an original idea.  In fact, I found the perfect free gift tag printable at The Teacher Mama.  I always try to give something useful.  Are you planning any teacher gifts?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


You can definitely tell it's wedding season with the number of wedding celebrations in my inbox right now! Including this bright summer wedding that took place at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The hotel actually planned the event.  The stunning scenery and relaxed, fun environment made it the perfect place to celebrate such a special occasion. I love the suitcases used to hold seating cards and the pouring sand by the couple. Thank you to Michigan's Paul Retherford Photography for capturing the island wedding and sharing the details with us! Make sure to check out the list of additional participating vendors below.
More Participating Vendors:
Harp: Claire Happel
Cinema and Video: Mackinac Video Productions
Hair Stylist: Astor's Salon
Cake Designer: Bella e Dolce
DJ: DJ Brevin
Florist: Margaret's Garden

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


If you're having a pool party, this sand filled DIY from Ruffled would make a great activity and favor to take home. It's also an easy project to do to add some color and a little bit of the outdoors to your home decor.  Find the full tutorial here.

Friday, May 23, 2014


I love the soft romantic details of this styled wedding shoot photographed by Dina Remi Studios. From the lace cupcake wrappers to the soft purple and pinks to the distressed accents on the chairs and place cards.  Styled by What a Day Weddings in Arizona, together the details create the perfect setting for a wedding, bridal shower or outdoor event.  Of course having a beautiful landscape like this one certainly helps! Make sure to see the list of additional participating vendors at the bottom.  Thanks!

Additional Participating Vendors:
Dress Store: Adore Bridal Boutique
Floral Designer: AJ's Fine Foods
Hair Stylist: Transcend Salon
Cake Designer: Voila Mimi Cakes

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


The ruffles, hat boxes, suitcase and pastel colors in this smash cake photo session from Simply Sweet Snapshots in Connecticut are the start to a memorable first birthday celebration. They're all elements that set the stage for this fun photo shoot, but they can also be carried over to a lovely, vintage inspired party.  So adorable! Make sure to check out information on additional vendors at the bottom.
Participating Vendors:
Cake Designer: Edible Couture
Fashion Designer: Tutu Maria

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Most adults just try to avoid the dessert table at a party.  So, that's why as part of your hostess duties, you need to bring the desserts to them! This clever DIY from alice & lois makes serving ice cream easy. Find the full tutorial here.

Monday, May 19, 2014


This styled shoot for a girl's quinceanera is certainly pretty in pink. For those of you who might not be familiar with a quinceanera, it is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in Latin American communities. It is a big deal, very much how many Americans might celebrate a sweet sixteen.  Although my sweet sixteen was just a bunch of balloons and dinner at home! ha.  Thanks so much to Candy Acosta Photography in Washington for taking and sharing the lovely details.  Wouldn't you love an occasion to wear a dress like that at 15?!

Friday, May 16, 2014


I am in love with this floral lattice backdrop I came across over at The Proper Pinwheel. It was originally done for Mother's Day, but is perfect for any warm weather party–outdoors or in.  I can see it working especially well for a home bridal shower.  Find the full tutorial here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


We live in a college town - home of Colorado State University - and everyone is getting ready for graduation this weekend. If you're planning a graduation party this weekend or even one next month, add this fun photo booth idea from the style house by PBTeen.  Collect a bunch of fun photos to make a scrapbook for the graduate, or use the photos as your thank you.  Find the full tutorial here.
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