Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sprinkle Party {Baby Shower}

Last Saturday I co-hosted a Sprinkle party for my best friend Kim. This will be Kim's second baby and after I did some researching to get inspiration for the party, I found out that the second shower is called a Sprinkle...not a full on Shower, just a little Sprinkle to show that we care :)So after I found this out, the ideas came pouring into my head and I told my friend I would handle the dessert table and decor for the party. I decided I wanted a party that was different from the first shower I threw her. That party was definitely more baby, with diaper cakes and games and baby shower decor. I wanted this one to be more modern and a party for the girls to mingle and chit chat while eating high calorie foods :)

I've known Kim since College, we are both designers and both love photography, design, weddings and a good party. Kimmy is also the one that always bombards me with all these fun blogs to read about, such as Hostess with the Mostess and Kara's Party Ideas and introduced me into the world of Amy Atlas and the candy and dessert buffets. So for sure I knew I wanted a dessert table. And once I was inspired by a "Sprinkle Party" I knew that all the desserts was going to have to have Sprinkles on top and I was going to have as much sprinkles as I could possibly have at a party.

Of course everything starts with the invitations and here it is.

I wanted it to be simple and modern and I used the colors that I knew were Kim's favorites at this time. They were printed on both sides with the stripes continuing onto the back of it. And for an extra touch, I decided to add little punched out sprinkles in matching colors, into the envelopes, so that the recipient would get some sprinkles in the mail with their invite.

Onto the dessert table. I wanted the background to match the invitations, so I punched out circles in different sizes and in the colors that matched the invite to create the Sprinkle Effect. I had vanilla cupcakes with lemonade frosting with sprinkles, sugar cookies with sprinkles, donuts with sprinkles and a ice cream buffet where you could sprinkle on your toppings...told you this party was high in calories! For drinks we had sparkling lemonades in champagne glasses that was rimmed with yellow sprinkles. And for the favors I found cute salt shakers at beau-coup.com and filled it with lemon heads. I can't take credit for the flower arrangements, I enlisted the help from my mom for that...she was a life saver, since I don't do flowers. I can buy all the stuff, but that's as far as I can go, luckily she was here to help me make them look extra cute.

It turned out to be a great party. I couldn't do it without the help of my co-host Sandra I., who handled the rest of the food that didn't have sugar in it :) Thank you for also letting us invade your home and letting me rearrange your backyard. And thank you Sandra T. and Karina for helping me set up and for making that cute sign, because for some reason I still don't own a Cricut. Congratulations Kimmy...we can't wait to meet the new little guy soon!!! xoxo, Seanny :)

Invitations & Party Design & Decor: www.invitationparlour.com
Photos: mycreativevision.com
Cute straws & cupcake liners: The Bakers Confection
Sprinkles: Do It with Icing in San Diego
Favor Containers: Beau-Coup

Monday, May 16, 2011

Celebrating Friendship and Motherhood

It was so much fun getting together with my girlfriends on Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. It was also Seanny's first Mother's Day! We got together at her place and everyone brought either an appetizer or dessert to share! Needless to say, it was so full-filling and yummy!!

It was so refreshing to catch up with everyone. Sometimes, life just moves so fast and keeps us so busy that we hardly find time to catch a breath and keep in touch with each other. Just having this day was so wonderful! Many of us have known each other since elementary and junior high school! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of girlfriends in my life!

Our kids had a blast hanging out with each other as well...though it was hard to catch them all for photos and getting them to cooperate, LOL. I love these little munchkins!!

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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