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2nd Bee-day Party Continued

11 Oct

Did you catch the gorgeous papergoods and details on yesterday’s post? If you didn’t, take a minute and check it out!

So, did we mention how much we love the gorgeous paper goods from this party yet? We LOVE them. They really pull everything together and give it a truly cohesive feel.

Other elements of the party that we just loved:

The custom pull-strong pinata.

The birthday girl!

The cakes (and the cake skirt that matches the pinata).

The lemonade stand

The custom felt bunting

This guy. How could you not?

Now… we promised you could download the bee printables. And you can!

We also recommend you visit Sassyrae Expressions and give her a “hello,” or check out her Etsy shop! Her designs are fabulous and perfect for a baby shower, bbq, birthday party, etc!

Let’s get downloading. But first, these printables are available for personal use only, no resale or redistribution allowed!
Start with the invites
Then download the milk labels and editable drink labels
The food labels
The favor tags

Voila! You’re ready to party!

Note: These gorgeous papergoods ARE copy-editable, but depending on the version of Adobe product you have, you may or may not be able to save the edited versions.

Happy 2nd bee-day party!

10 Oct

Oh, this is a good one. Full of sunshiney goodness, it will brighten even the gloomiest day.

Check out Liliana’s 2nd bee-day.

The fantastic Sassy Rae Expressions created the invitations (gorgeous, no?).

They match perfectly with these lovely milk bottle labels (can also be used on juice boxes, water bottles, Izzy soda, etc).

milk bottle labels

And the food labels.

Sassy Rae Expressions food labels

Don’t forget the favor tags.

Favor Tags

Did we mention that all 4 of these items can be downloaded for free?! Come back tomorrow for the links, and more 2nd bee-day goodness!

all photos by Katie Ann photography, all paper goods by Sassy Rae Expressions

Giveaway: Bake it Pretty Grab Bag

28 Apr

Who doesn’t love a surprise? Okay – who doesn’t love a surprise that includes free, fun baking goods? Is there a single person out there? Didn’t think so!

I’m just in love with Bake it Pretty – so when I placed a recent order, I ordered a few extra grab bags to give away as gifts. Of course I had to have a grab bag for myself. It was packed full of darling cupcake liners, a few paper straws, some bamboo spoons (perfect to take and toss), a fun cake topper and some yummy candy with which to top cupcakes. An absolute score!

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Because I’m feeling generous this fine day, one of those grab bags could be yours!

Just comment below whether you’d want the tomato bag, the blueberry bag or the vanilla bag, and tell me what your favorite item is on the Bake it Pretty website.

A winner will be selected via and announced on the blog on 5-9-11.

Giveaway begins on 4-28-2011 at 8 am CST and ends on 5-5-2011 at 11:59 pm CST.

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Nicole, who said: I love the Bake It Pretty grab bags! I’m a total sucker for surprises. I’d love the tomato bag!
My favorite thing on Bake It Pretty is the cupcake liners. They have such a variety of colors, patterns, & sizes to choose from!

Nicole – send us an email and we’ll ship your tomato bag to you!

xoxo McKenzie

*Note: grab bags were purchased by me, and assembled and sold by Bake it Pretty.

Brilliant first birthday party

9 Apr

What do 1 year olds love more than anything? Boxes! So this cardboard box-themed birthday party ranks right up there for smarts and cool-factor.
The charming/cool invites:

The super-cool castle with perfect paper bunting:

Is that a cake or another box? Who cares? It’s awesome!

Consider me inspired – by cardboard!

xoxo McKenzie

All images from Hello Lucky! view the original post here.

Pro Interview with Chez Bloom

30 Mar

Laura Chase of Chez Bloom was kind enough to answer a few questions about her business. Oh how wonderful it would be to work with flowers and create gorgeous bouquets each day!

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1. Describe your floral business – what is it, how do you do it?
Chez Bloom is a full service retail florist that specializes in weddings, events, flower delivery for life’s everyday celebrations and sympathy floral arrangements. We design two weddings per weekend and have a staff
under 10.

2. What are some challenges you face?
All florists face the challenges of having “phoney florists” listed in both the phone books and on-line that simply forward orders to other florists. We always encourage people to call florists in the city they need flowers deivered to directly. Not to go through (an old fashioned expensive Wire Service) Other challenges can be finding good quality product, especially if it is out of season. Chez Bloom keeps relations and builds contacts direct with farms and we try to buy locally or at least within the US if possible.

3. What is the best part about your business/job?
Getting to be creative everyday, working with beautiful plants, flowers and greenery some that are new and recently developed i.e. Roses, I am always amazed at new hybrid varieties.

4. Do you have any tips/recommendations to brides who are looking for a florist?
Yes, I would talk with more than one, I would try to select flowers that are in season to keep your budget reasonable and I would not recommend hiring a florist who works from home with no cooler, insurance or who does not accept credit cards. If anything were to go wrong, you have little or no recourse of getting flowers on time or your money returned. Check references!

5. What should a bride bring when meeting with their florist?
Pictures if bouquets that she loves (although we do have lots of images) and the colors she wants to work with. Its also great to get an idea of what she wants for centerpieces.

6. What recommendations do you have for brides when choosing florals for their wedding?
Go for seasonal, steer clear of scented flowers if you have friends or family with allergies and I would stay away from dyed or “sprayed flowers”. You need not match the flowers exactly to fabrics and some dyes
can stain. A stained wedding dress-not so good!

7. And the old “stranded on a deserted island” question – what 5 items would you want with you?
1. Seeds, a good knife, tank of propane, twizzlers, Johnny Depp.

8. If you have anything else you’d like to say about your business, weddings, or life in general, here’s your soapbox (say it here).
I would say, “Don’t overstress about your wedding day, have fun, take lots of pictures and start planning early, in fact, get the best planner you can and your stress will be much less!

I have to be honest and let ya’ll know that my wedding bouquet came from Chez Bloom and it was GORGEOUS (see above, don’t you agree?) – so I may be a wee bit biased.

Thanks to Laura for sharing!

xoxo McKenzie

Photo taken by Laura Ivanova | florals styled by Chez Bloom | Event styled by La La Soiree

Bunting Roundup!

28 Mar

Buntings are SO popular right now – I adore them.

Here are a few of my favorite links to free bunting goodies!

Free personalized bunting wedding invitation suite from The Wedding Chicks
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Printable letter buntings for weddings, parties etc from Two Brunettes via Ruffled.
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An adorable DIY bunting birthday (or shower, or anytime) card from How About Orange.
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An easy, quick-to-sew fabric bunting from Joyful Abode.
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If you’ve got other links to cute buntings, please share in the comments!

xoxo McKenzie

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Pretty pink princess capes! Part 1

16 Mar

With a fabulous princess party just around the corner, we needed something special to help our guests feel extra princessy. The solution? Princess capes.

Items needed:
3 yards 54″ wide tulle
9 yards ribbon
sewing machine or needle and thread
scissor (to cut tulle)

Stay tuned for photos and directions!

xoxo McKenzie

Wedding inspiration – soft pink and ivory – the bride

15 Mar

Did you check out the gorgeous soft pink and ivory inspiration from Monday? Love.

Of course the bride is gorgeous, but not only that, she looks like she’s SO FUN! I bet her wedding day was a blast for all parties involved!

So fun!
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Absolutely adorable. So much personality.
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I adore the emotion in this pic.
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All photos from Wendy Woods Photography.

xoxo McKenzie

Featured on Pretty Little Weddings!

24 Jan

Did I mention? The gorgeous, beautiful, stunning website Pretty Little Weddings featured our summertime French wedding inspiration shoot!

The lovely Laura Ivanova shot the photos, Smart & Chic styled hair and makeup, Cafe Lurcat provided the backdrop, Buttercream shared a cake with us, and the dresses came from the wonderful L’atelier Couture, event styling by La La Soiree!

Here’s a small snippet, go check out more or the lovely shoot at Pretty Little Weddings! Make sure you peek at some of the other gorgeous eye candy while you’re there!

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xoxo McKenzie