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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall is in the Air...

Although I live in Florida, the state of eternal heat and humidity, I can definitely tell that fall is in the air.  Our weather has been cooler (80 instead of 95, with 50s and 60s at night), Halloween decorations are adorning homes in our neighborhood, Guavaween (Tampa's Halloween festival) is weeks away, etc.  I thought I would celebrate the coming of Fall, and all things related to Fall, with this blog post.  I have a fall-themed party to present as well as a harvest-party inspiration collage that I put together.

My cousin and creative director, Melissa, lives on Long Island, NY, where I truly believe that celebrations have developed into an art form.

This weekend, she went to a fall-themed birthday/anniversary party that was so fabulous, I was jealous I could not attend (as I live in a completely different state, 1000 miles away).  There was a decadent cocktail hour, a three course meal, a tiered cake, a dessert spread, and dancing all night long (to the actual band the Duprees, nonetheless!).  These pictures provide just a taste of this fabulous fall event:

Fall also inspired me to put together this inspiration collage which reminds me of harvest-time, Halloween, and Thanksgiving goodness all combined into one.  I hope this collage inspires you to plan such a warm and festive party!

Harvest Party Inspiration Collage

Favor Tags on Black and White Polka Dot Favor Box

Orange and Black Lollipops

Blue Check Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers
Harvest Invitation

Chocolate Dessert Platter

Harvest Paper Cones

Autumn Dessert Table

Harvest Cake Bunting

Harvest Favor Circles (For use as cupcake toppers, favor tags, etc.)

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Fondant Cupcake Topper

Orange and Black Dessert Table

Orange Fabric Flag Bunting
Harvest Surprise Balls

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Remarkable Red and White Wedding...

I just spent the weekend in St. Louis, MO for my youngest cousin's wedding.  From the pre-party to the ceremony to the reception, everything was beautifully coordinated! 

First, I have to give props to my cousin Jeffrey, who did the graphic design work (save-the-dates, invites, etc.)  BTW, he is the one who designed the logos for Pocket Full of Parties!  Second, I have to acknowledge the amazing and enchanted ceremony location that my cousin and her husband chose.  I can see how this pavilion inspired the entire red and white whimsical theme. 

The pre-party held on Friday night incorporated the red and white theme.  What stood out to me were the yummy cupcakes with the red and white toppers that my cousin made!  (Creativity and craftiness must run in the family!)

When I arrived at the ceremony on Saturday afternoon, I was immediately struck by the little details: popcorn and lemonade for the guests as this is a favorite of the couple, programs and table signs designed to match the save-the-dates and wedding invitations, etc.

The bridesmaids, groomsmen, and groom coordinated with simple outfits that complimented the theme.  But, the icing on the cake for sure was the beautiful bride!!  Her dress was modern and stunning, and her beauty truly popped with her to-die-for red shoes and red bouquet!  These were first viewed as she arrived to the ceremony with her dad (my uncle) by horse and carriage.

The reception to follow was held in a microbrewery - how very cool and very St. Louis!  As I walked up the stairs into the reception room, I was filled with anticipation regarding what further decor would greet me.  I was not disappointed.  There was absolutely perfect place card holders, darling favors, tastefully dressed tables, and a fabulous wedding cake (that was yummy, too).

I hope my cousin's wondrous red and white wedding provides some inspiration to you in planning your own affair!