Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bee My Valentine Party, Featured on Pizzazzerie!

I am absolutely thrilled to bits!! Today, Courtney Dial has featured my "Bee My Valentine" party on her fabulous blog Pizzazzerie!!! Pizzazzerie is one of my favorite party sites, so it's hard for me to express how deeply flattered I am that she has featured my party! :-) Thank you Courtney! I am so thrilled!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bee My Valentine Party

I'm so excited to be able to share with you this "Bee My Valentine" party!!

After the success of the Winter Warmer party, I was asked to style a children's Valentine's party and write an accompanying article for Austin Woman Magazine's February issue, which hits news stand on February 1st. I decided to go with a "bee" theme, with cute little pink and black bumblebees. Naturally, I asked my friend Bird from Bird's Party if she'd be interested in helping me with the party printables to match my theme. She agreed and also told me that she'd like to make the collection available at a discounted price in support of Operation Shower. You can visit Bird's blog for more information on downloading the printables collection.

Here's some photos of the party. Check back next week for the accompanying article, to be published in AW, which includes ideas for bee-themed party games, "how-tos" on the bee-themed food featured here, and lots of other fun stuff!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black & White Party

Our New Year's Eve Party this year had a Black and White theme.  I got a great start on the decorations by buying Bird's Glitter and Snow Collection. Thanks Bird! I decided to take the theme a couple of steps further than just the decorations, by having a black and white dress code for the party and by having "black and white" food items on the menu! Take a look. 

I set up a Black and White dessert station, with black and white brownie cupcakes, chocolate-covered marshmallows, black and white cheesecake bites, black and white truffles, gorgeous black and white damask chocolate-covered Oreos from Sweeties by Kim, and black and white Oreo "bark". 

Only regret was not having enough time to set up a black and white back drop before the guests arrived! :-(

Here's a closer peek at the black and white cheesecake bites. I made the cheesecake at home, topped it with black and white chocolate chips, and cut it into cubes before serving it in tiny square cups. The abstract chocolate embellishments were made by piping melted chocolate onto parchment paper.

You can get the entire Glitter and Snow collection at Bird's Party

Check out these gorgeous damask chocolate covered Oreos! I wish I could claim these as my own creation. But I was lucky enough to find them from Sweeties By Kim

I used Black and White throughout the rest of the decorations for the party, coupled with glittery black top hats and black and white feather masquerade masks. 

I didn't get any photos of the food buffet (as I said, time was tight before guests arrived), but even the savory foods had a Black and White theme. We served white queso with black tortilla chips, black bean dip with white tortilla chips, black bean quesadillas, white cheddar puffs, a black and white cheese and olive platter, and various other black and/or white foods! 

We topped off the night with a black and white balloon drop (and champagne toast) at midnight.

Happy New Year! 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Winter Warmer Party, Featured By Austin Woman Magazine

I am so excited to FINALLY be able to tell everyone what I've been working on! In early November, I was asked by Austin Woman Magazine to design a winter party for its January issue, which hit the newsstands today! They asked me to come up with a theme for the party, style the party, and write an article about the party!

Since its cold outside, I thought what better than a Winter Warmer party, with a hot chocolate and marshmallow tasting bar!? Yum! I was lucky enough to be able to enlist my good friend, Bird, from Bird's Party to design a set of custom party printables to match my wintry theme, using frosty blue and white snowflakes, with hints of cocoa. Thanks Bird!

Here is what the article looks like (you can read the whole article in the digital edition of the magazine, by visiting their website at

The central concept of the party was a hot chocolate mixing station, where guests could create their own custom blend of hot chocolate, using one of several flavors of hot cocoa and a variety of toppings. Here are some more photos of the hot chocolate tasting bar.

The magazine has asked me to write a second article for their February issue! Yippee!! So be sure to check back next month to see the details from my "Bee my Valentine" kids party, with a cute little pink and black bumble bee theme. Bird will once again be collaborating with me, by designing custom party printables for the party! 

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