Wedded Bliss

Wedding season came and went, and each time I am reminded of the fun and memorable moment when my husband and I both made our vows, 10 years ago. I want to say the day was blissfully perfect, but as many of you know, nothing ever really is.

Flashback to October of 2003, when we were taking our wedding pictures at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I was in a huge tulle confection of a dress, bent over a bush , throwing up. No, I wasn’t hungover, but my nerves had gotten the best of me, I hadn’t really eaten breakfast, and I was deliriously hungry.

My bridesmaids (while laughing-of course) were trying to hold up my veil, my dress, and my hair!! My Groom nervously looked on, with a napkin in his hands. My youngest brother ran to a couple picnicking nearby and asked for some crackers and an apple. Revived and somewhat nourished by these humble offerings, I soldiered on to make it to the reception with my dress relatively vomit free!

This past Summer I had the joy of styling a modest dessert table for a young and beautiful bride! Her only request was for a beach/shells theme, using the colors turquoise and coral. My daughter even helped a bit by painting some seashells a glittered gold. Her friends had also ordered these delicious, boutique style cupcakes from Poppadee’s, in Napa.

Lai, the Bride, has a very bright, fun, and energetic personality. I wanted the table to reflect this. Her Groom, Wade, is a true gentleman. They truly are a wonderful couple! For the table, I also brought out some of my milk glass collection, featuring two vases, two 1950’s wedding boxes by Westmoreland and two 1960’s pedestal cake plates by Anchor Hocking. Lai has a big megawatt smile, and made for such a gorgeous Bride!

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Bubbling over Donuts!!

So the summer flew by and mind you, it was fun! My family and I attended 6 Birthday parties, 3 Weddings, 2 Baby Showers, and also celebrated my hubby’s 40th Birthday, my daughter’s 6th Birthday, and the 38th of yours truly. We are so grateful and feel blessed to have been a part of our friends’ milestones and life events. I really can’t thank them enough for being a part of our lives as much as we have become a part of theirs.

So it’s pretty obvious at this point that I love parties, just as much as a fat kid loves cake. Or donuts. No, I’m not kidding. I am that fat kid. I love the kind of party where the champagne bottles outnumber the beer and wine selection. The kind where the food is so plentiful and delicious that I must have seconds. The kind where I get to put on a dress and feel like a girl in grown up heels. And especially the kind where the Aunt of a best friend pulls you aside at the end of a party and tells you not to use the foil because she already packed up some food for you to take home. In a to-go box. Yep, that kind.

Oh, and that Aunt? God, I love her.

And that best friend I mentioned? Her name is Stacey. Well, let’s just say this past summer, her backdrop for her children’s birthday party blew me away. Stacey and I have been friends forever. This year she and her husband hosted a Bubble Party, complete with an adorable donut bar, bubble scientist, bubble station, and of course, food for days!! But let’s not forget that she had me at donuts.

There are six of us girls that have been besties since the dawn of time, and I consider them my sisters. There’s Eunice,Charm, Kathy, Karen, and last but not least, Stacey. These girls are hilarious!! When we all get together, one of us or all of us usually ends up crying, and laughing , sometimes at the same time. Throw in some wine and appetizers in there, and we can call it a day.

Stacey though, I can definitely say, is my arts and crafts bestie. She understands, with complete empathy, my need for paper and fabrics to coordinate with a theme. She has a craft style that is both lively and modern. There’s nothing cheesy with this lady.

I love how her eyes glaze over with that crazed look as she starts to describe how she’s tackling her latest project. I know that look well, because I get that too! Then there’s those phone calls during a Michael’s trip that we simply cannot decide on something. Anything. Between crafting our bridal showers, our weddings, our own baby showers, and now our own children’s parties, we haven’t met a glue gun, stamp, or paper that we haven’t conquered.

Ok, you really have to see these pictures already. Her design and event style was just amazing. Did I mention that she had food for days?? Ok, I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

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Lights, Party, Action!

I asked Cristina what kind of theme or decorations she wanted for her 18th Birthday Party. It was, after all, on a chartered boat that cruised the San Francisco Bay.

Her reply? String lights. Lots of it. And a candy bar. With Gobstoppers, and Pop Rocks. Nothing cheesy.

That, folks, pretty much sealed the deal. We’re talkin’ sunflowers. Loads of them. And a ton of candy. Oh, and those cupcakes? Oh.my. Poppadees. Now those cupcakes were gone in less than two hours. I kid you not. Baked in the heart of wine country, this mother/daughter team knew exactly what they were doing.

With Cristina’s mom Tina, and our good friend Mildred, we collaborated on a simple yet elegant affair to celebrate this bright, talented, and native San Franciscan. Did I mention she is headed off for college to the east coast!?!? Gasp!!

Nonetheless, I wish her lots of luck, lots of happy new beginnings, but most of all, love. Happy 18th Birthday Cristina. May your journey be lined with sunflowers.

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Party Sneak Peek

I’ve had the greatest luck of being asked to assist a great friend of mine plan her daughter’s 18th Birthday Party! Here’s a little peek into how we began to decorate the party boat.

Trust me, putting up string lights on a moving boat was not an easy task! Thank goodness I had my friend Mildred holding the chair for me, since I nearly toppled over several times. That would’ve been a major party foul for sure! Crisis averted, and three broken lightbulbs later, we soldiered on.

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