Category Archives: Weddings

Lets Flamingle

In honor of my birthday week I though I’d share my 35th birthday party inspiration; a Tropical Flamingo party.

I have been obsessed with flamingos for almost a decade, it all started on a shooting party in an Arizona dessert. My stepmom Sheri had packed up a box of potential targets including a glorious pink lawn flamingo.  But as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to save it.  I smuggled him out of harms way and stashed “Felipe” in my suitcase.  Felipe the flamingo become my beloved mascot, I even named my apartment “the Flamingo.”
In 2008, Felipe was kidnapped and held for ransom. I unfortunately never saw him again.  But his memory lives on in my heart.

Here is what you need to throw a fabulous tropical Flamingo party.


Start with a whole flock of flamingos.  But not just any flamingos, go with the original Don Featherstone flamingos, they have the best details.

I finally decided to try my hand at a balloon arch after drooling over several amazing arches on The House That Lars Built.  You can check out the one pictured above on Wedding Chick or there is a great tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.


balloon arch

I am in love with this tropical flower backdrop on Blitsy.  Perfect for a D.I.Y photo booth.
Top the decor off with a pineapple flower centerpiece.



I have loved Shirley Temples since I was a little girl but since this is my 35th birthday, not my 5th, I decided to “adult” it up for my party by serving a Dirty Shirley.  Here is a great recipe from The Solstice Table. 

For an appetizer try this tropical bruschetta.
For the main course I will be serving Kahlua pork, coconut rice, and Hawaiian mac salad.
For Dessert try coconut cream pie shooters or a gorgeous coconut cake like this one.


Check out these adorable invitations from Carlson and Co on Etsy.

Happy Flamingling!


Obsessed with Drip Drizzle Cakes

Some call it a drip cake, others a drizzle cake, I like to call it a “drip drizzle cake, I must be conjuring up my inner Snoop Dog. Whatever its name, I am completely obsessed. Im loving all the crazy toppings;  donuts, Japanese pocky, bon bons, macaroons, flowers, lollipops, fruit, marshmallow, meringue, cookies, truffles, candy, or mini bottles of Jack, the possibilities are endless.

1.  Mudgeemade
2.  Sugar by J Cakes
3.  Fork to Belly
4.  Sugaretal
5.  LifeofPieAmsterdam
6.  Cakes by Cliff
7.  Dessert Stomach
8.  Lapechefraiche
I’m definitely going to have a drip drizzle cake for my upcoming 35th birthday.  Now how to pick a design?!  I hope I didn’t make you too hungry with this post.


Vintage Carnival Themed Wedding

In honor of my 3rd wedding anniversary, I’m celebrating with a whole week of wedding posts. Im kicking it off with a photo tour of my vintage carnival theme and giving my advice on how to enjoy your wedding day.

The benefit of being a bridesmaid a few times before actually getting married myself was that I saw first hand just how stressful a wedding can be and how often the bride doesn’t get to enjoy her day.  I really wanted to enjoy my wedding so I came up with a game plan to combat what seemed inevitable.

First, I made a list of the most important priorities that I wanted from my wedding day, for me it was

1. To marry Juice…the whole point of the day right?!

2. I wanted to have fun

3. I wanted my guest to have fun

I kept this list in mind the entire wedding planning process and referred back to it when making budget decisions or dealing with a problem.
The other problem I saw with other brides  was that they had too many things to do to really just relax.  Since I love to plan parties and usually keep control of the reins the entire time, my solution to this one was really tough. But I hired a “Day of Coordinator” anyway.

For me this was by far the best money ever spent!  I got to do all the fun details building up to the wedding and then Leslie Price and Ashley Wilson took care of vendor coordination so I wasn’t bombarded with calls from the florist, baker, chairs, tables, and tent deliveries, the Photo Booth set up, the caterer, and overseeing the setup/decorating of our wedding site.  They nailed it.  They also took care of a few details I didn’t have time for; they made adorable little activity kits for the children at our wedding,  picked up the wedding cake knife that I had totally spaced, and popped popcorn for our send off. They even boxed up a few pieces of cake for Juice and I to enjoy later.

I absolutely loved my wedding day even though it was far from perfect. It rained and poured all morning, with the weather reports showing a 90% chance of rain during the ceremony for most of the day and the generator powering our music cut out just as the flash mob portion of our wedding dance started.  But I just held on to my list and knew that rain or shine, music or not, I was going to marry my love, dance, and have fun.

Here are some of my favorite details from my vintage carnival themed wedding:

  • Liberty Park with Ferris Wheel
  • Invitations with carnival tickets included
  • Hand crocheted doilies everywhere, lovingly made by my extra mom Sheri
  • Pinwheels adorned with ribbons, pom-pom fringe, and ric-rac for flower girls
  • Vintage umbrellas rented from Bella Umbrella
  • Vintage blue Ball jars for vases
  • My grandparents cake topper
  • My adorable wedding cake
  • Circus tent curtains
  • Cupcake garland
  • Billy balls painted blue for my bouquet
  • Bow ties from theBellandtheBeau on Etsy
  • Popcorn, gelato, cotton candy, and lemonade bar
  • Acoustic stylings of Trenton McKean 
  • Photo booth and props
  • Flash mob dance to Hall and Oats You Make My Dreams Come True

Here is the photo Tour








Vintage umbrellas from Bella Umbrella





Our fabulous ring bearer



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My grandparents wedding cake topper and my beautiful wedding cake.



My extra mom gave me this beautiful vintage table cloth and crocheted this gorgeous doily.










Trenton McKean




You Make My Dreams Come True





Check out the cupcake garland my amazing bridesmaid April Vandertoolen helped me make.


I hope you enjoyed my wedding photo tour. I’d love to hear what you would put on your own wedding priorities list.

Photography credit for all of these wonderful photos goes to Cat Palmer