Monday, August 25, 2014

Midsummer Mingle

I hate saying goodbye to summer.  Vacations, swimming, cookouts, boating, chasing fireflys, camp outs, cookouts.  Love it all!  I guess that's why I feel the need to give summer a good send off.  Here's a wonderful summer fest thrown by a group of amazing vendors.  It has this magical midsummer dream feel.  
Ok so right off I'd like to say, this is a collaborated event.  Lots and lots of time and people involved to pull this off.  So why share it with you?  Ideas galore!  That's really why I share anything.  I don't expect to see replicas, that would be impossible!  I just want to help spark your creativity!
 In an outdoor setting like this, decor could get lost.  By using color in medium tones, the details stand out enough without distracting from the natural surroundings.
 This has to be one of the coolest food trailers!  Their food & styling is perfect for this event.
Kind of crazy about the balloons in the pool.  Would be a great idea for that Pool Side Movie Party I featured earlier.
 Guest were invited to wear summer whites.  This really helps everyone to feel involved in the event.
 I think it's safe to say blue is a new black.  Versatile with great depth and more warmth than black.  It totally stands strong in this little bohemian set up.  Love that the shades are all different.  This is easy to pull off when you have little other "color" going on.
Everything this lady touches is magical.  In my eyes, her specialty is paper flowers.  Always whimsical, always amazing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pool Side Movie Party

Oh Happy Day is one of those sites just oozing creativity.  Not just the completed party look but lots and lots of amazing crafts & DIY's.  A great place to get inspired.  This pool side party is perfectly simple & summery.  It's entertaining made easy.  Entertainment, taken care of.  Just supply a movie, some munchies, and oh yes, don't forget the floaties!

 Don't know about you but by the end of the summer I'm tired.  Lots of trips, swimming, vbs, family reunions, and entertaining the kids.  I love it, but yes, I'm tired.  To me, this is a great way to say good bye to all that summer fun.  Not too much planning & a whole lot of fun! Adult & kid friendly.
 No stressing about food in the house.  Drip away kiddos!
 Love the laid back lawn chairs.  A little fire pit would be pretty fabulous too, don't you think?
Styling:  Oh Happy Day
Photography:  Tracy Layne Photography

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Farmer's Market Party

This is that time of year where the Lord is giving us a feast for our senses.  I absolutely love fresh produce & especially summer harvest.  If you need inspiration, just look in the garden!  That's exactly where inspiration was found for this super cute Farmer's Market themed birthday party.  I love all the nods to gardening mixed with rustic elements & pops of color.  Just perfection!
 I like that there's not much in the way of traditional party decor.  Not a bunch of balloons, streamers, food tags, & all that jazz.  She kept it simple by using actual gardening/market elements.  Notice terracotta pots, wood fruit baskets, watering cans, and fresh produce.  
 Not a lot of stylized food either.  Everything looks simple, rustic, and yummy!
Other great ideas I spotted are polka dot butcher paper runners, egg crate food trays, and baskets turned upside down to prop up food displays.  Natural elements like these balance out the pops of color found in the produce & some of the decor.  It's challenging, but if you can mix and match & detour a little from the obvious, you get an end product that is so much more interesting!
Featured at:  The Makerista
Photographer/Party Planning:  Lark
Favors : Target | Paper, tissue for flowers, watering can, baskets: Target | Banner: scraps on hand | Stand : Ikea | Plants + pots: Walmart | Berry baskets, straws, sliver wear, crepe paper (for flowers): Shop Sweet Lulu