Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beach Glam Party

Oh my goodness--I can not believe it has been three months since my daughter's birthday and I am FINALLY blogging about it! It was featured on HWTM in June-- you can see it here  and I have been seeing it all over Pinterest and then I noticed that it has been pinned over a 1000 times on HWTM alone! I was beyond thrilled to be featured and so overwhelmed by all of the interest in the  here it is and it is a long one so be prepared for a lot of photos.......

I purchased these adorable bags on Etsy and placed the invite inside with seashells and 'diamonds' to get the girls ready for a glamorous beach party! 
I immediately contacted Andrea (Dolce Drive) because I knew she would be the perfect printable designer for this party!! Andrea designed these fabulous printables that matched the party decor perfectly!!
 We chose Black and white cabana stripes to add to the beach theme and we really wanted the party to have an 'old Hollywood' glam feel.

 Blue and black was the perfect color, both complementing the gorgeous ocean and representing 'bling' which is a necessity at a glam party! I filled my old jewelry bags with rhinestone tiaras, pearls and large black sunglasses for all of the girls.

I made the birthday girl a custom crown to wear on her big day!

My sweet son even dressed up and offered tray service to the girls--we filled my jewelry boxes full of candy necklaces, bracelets and rings. The girls loved all of the candy jewelry!
I tied black and white striped ribbon on flip flops for all of the girls to wear  with their glamorous outfits and they were perfect for the hot sand.....
I ordered custom coordinating frosting transfers that we used on the cupcakes and chocolate covered Oreos --yummy.
We dressed Barbies in matching party attire to add to the party decor and  for some beach glam play!
I brought in tables and full linens that were set up on the beach for the girls and they were served on 'silver' platters....
The girls enjoyed dressing up and eating all of the fancy treats on this gorgeous day with the sound waves crashing in the background....
The birthday girl was so happy to have all of her friends join her at her beach glam party--she had all of her favorite things in one place....the beach, fancy clothes, yummy treats and her family and friends!
I designed a tent that my fabulous husband built that served as a place to change into fancy attire and provided shade for the girls to play under...The girls drew pictures in journals and relaxed on a plush rug and fancy pillows.
I covered little beach chairs with coordinating fabric for the girls to lounge in .....
I also found these fabulous cabana striped towels at Pottery Barn Teen!! I was so excited when I found towels in these colors--so perfect. 
We had a variety activities set up for the girls................
I made custom sails that I placed on these sail boats that I found at Michael's!! The girls enjoyed sailing their boats in the tide pools......
There were fancy treats  everywhere-- I could not set up a dessert table so we created one 'to go'! My son was so sweet serving the girls and giving his little sis the VIP treatment on her day.
The weather was perfect and the water was crystal clear! The party got a lot of attention-- we had so many people at the beach stop and talk to us about the party. One person even asked me if it was a photo shoot for Pottery Barn--such a huge compliment!!
I purchased over sized beach balls and the girls had a blast throwing them in the waves  and waiting for them to return...I think they could have done this for hours.......
I had a second to take a pic with the birthday girl before she quickly ran back to join the fun!
The glam girls lounging under mini umbrellas.....
We created a glamorous sand castle building area....including an Eiffel tower!! 
I even found matching hula hoops for the girls to play with on the beach!
The birthday girl had her own glamorous cake on her very special day!! It was so fun going through these photos again. I enjoyed creating every detail of this party and LOVED seeing my daughter and her friends enjoy this beautiful day!

Thank you to The Fabulous Vendors!!
– Party styling, tent, table runner, custom shirts, tutus & fabric crown: Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events
– Printables: Dolce Drive
– Towels: PB Teen
– Glittered dress bags: Vintage Paris Market
– Frosting Cupcake Toppers: Ali’s Sweet Tooth– Wooden sail boat kit: Michael’s
– Photography: Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Operation Shower

In January, I had the wonderful opportunity to be one of 12 designers asked to design a 'Sunshine Safari' table for Operation Shower!!
Operation Shower provides incredible baby showers for military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed. The shower was held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla California
and hosted by Operation Shower, Birdies for the Brave, Carl's Jr. and
Pottery Barn Kids.

The day before the shower all of the designers set up at Torrey Pines Golf Course....everyone worked hard in pouring rain and cold winds--nothing was going to stop us from making this day as beautiful as possible! I brought my talented assistant.. (AKA my Mom) to make sure every detail was perfect.

After setting up, all of the designers met up for dinner and wished for gorgeous weather in the morning.........Thankfully, we woke up to clear beautiful skies!!

Here is a photo of all the lovely table designers ready to shower the Moms! Below are samples of all of the incredibly beautiful Sunshine Safari tables! I was so honored to work with such talented and amazing ladies!

I will start with dessert first of course....look at this gorgeous table by Sweets Indeed and I Loved the marshmallows by The Marshmallow Studio!!

and here are the beautiful table designs with the fun printables by Paper and Cake!

Table by A to Zebra

Table by Paper and Cake

Table by Your Bash!

and here is my table...I chose to use many soft elements and bright cheery colors to match the 'Sunshine Safari' theme.

All of the designers worked with to create these gorgeous table designs! Pottery Barn Kids generously donated decor items for each designer to work with as well as many fabulous items for the moms!

LeAnn Morrissey started this operation sending military moms a 'shower in a box' filled with baby essentials ................As this operation has grown, she has kept this tradition and each mom is presented with a shower in a box' filled with many needed essentials that are generously donated to Operation Shower. Each designer delivered the Moms their box--it was so wonderful seeing all of the moms open up these boxes FILLED with amazing donated items!

The joy on their faces was priceless--everyone was happy and loving this gorgeous sunny day in beautiful San Diego! Carl's Jr. pulled up a truck and generously started grilling a yummy lunch for everyone to enjoy.

As all of of the Mamas came in --they had the opportunity to have their 'bump' photographed by The Pixel Studio which was quickly developed and given to the Mom's....the tears started here and kept on coming..............

Then each of the Moms were surprised with a Pottery Barn crib--amazing! I still can not find the words to fully explain how wonderful it was to be a part of this event. The Founder, LeAnn Morrissey has set up this incredible operation that has already showered over 600 women! Thank you LeAnn and Amy for including me on this very special day, your work has touched so many hearts!


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