Who’s Birthday is it Today?

Is your birthday today?  Well if so…

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Today is my birthday too and I want to celebrate with you!

I haven’t blogged in awhile and boy have I missed you guys.  There is like a longing that you have when you haven’t connected with the blogosphere and man did I feel it.  BUT there was good reason for me not blogging.  As you may have heard me say before, I’ve been busy as a bee….well I have truly been busy as a bee.  I have had events every Saturday and Sunday for the past few months and other stuff in between.  It has been great.  I truly enjoy living out my purpose, passion, and dreams as an event planner.

Well, I’m back and I hope you’re ready to put up with me :).  During my events, I had a chance to do a few milestone birthday parties which were super awesome.  I’ll share those with you, as well as, share a few ideas about throwing an awesome birthday party.

I hope you guys have a great weekend and if it is your birthday or you know someone born on May 1st, drop a line here and wish them a Happy Birthday so we can all share in their special day.

Take Care,

Erika

 

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Happy Birthday to You Party Ideas!

Sunday, I shared with you that it was my mother’s birthday.  I got to join the celebration via Face Time. Last year I actually got to celebrate with her in Saint Louis and boy did I have a ball planning her surprise party.  My sister and I decided that since it was a milestone for her, and we had just unexpectedly loss our dad a few weeks before, we wanted to make this an extra special birthday for her.  This was going to be a challenge though, my mother knows everything and it is very hard to pull the wool over her eyes.  So we decided to host the party at my sister and brother-in-law’s house and invited her closest friends and family.

I  immediately kicked into party planner mode, who wouldn’t with an opportunity like this, doing something you  love to do AND for the girl of my heart?  It was a win-win situation and an opportunity for me to design and create some cool stuff to add a special touch for her day.

It was excited to see my entire family kick into event planner mode with me and we got all the planning and decor done in a week AND she was so surprised!

 

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I wanted the party to focus more on the celebration versus the décor, so I created just a few focal points and allowed the love in the air create the atmosphere.

Black, cream, and gold was the color scheme.  I wanted classy colors to complement a classy woman.

 I created this custom birthday sign with a diagonal pattern and used a pearl paper to give it an elegant touch.

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I love to add contrast to things when I’m creating so I created this tissue paper pom-poms in a polka dot pattern.  I added a little twist in how I cut the paper to give it a more contemporary feel.  My mother was actually the one who taught me how to make these when I was a little girl.  Tissue paper flowers are one of those old decorating ideas that will never go out of style.  I placed these on the cupcake table and around the home.

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The main focal point was the cupcake table.  I must say I was very proud of this creation.  I wanted to give the table a WOW factor so I created this awesome back drop by making paper rosette flowers to create this masterpiece.  Well it may not be a real masterpiece, but my mother loved it so much she has it hanging in her home to this day.

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My sister’s home had a wonderful furniture accent piece that paired well with the decor.  I love the hutch the cupcakes sat on.

Another DIY idea I used was making the cupcake stands.  This was done by attaching plates to candle stick holders and spray painting them in black and gold.

This is something you can definitely keep for serving items at any dinner party.

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Lastly I asked several of my mother’s friends and family to describe her and what it meant to celebrate her birthday.  I used those saying to created these custom cupcake tags:  “It’s Your Party”, “Diva Lady”, “Happy Birthday”, “We Love You”, “#1 Mom”, and “You’re Special.”  And I created these water bottle labels and gave guests bottle water as they left.  I got so excited I didn’t take a picture of them but here is the label design.

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I hope you enjoyed some of the Birthday Party Decorating Ideas I presented.

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Thanks for sharing more time with my family.  I hope you have a great day!

Take Care,

Erika

Real Party – Southern Style Crab Boil

I love taking a client’s vision and really bring it to life.  I was so excited when my dear friend asked me to help plan a Southern Style Crab Boil themed birthday party.  How exciting, I would be able to pull from my southern roots to help make a memorable event.

The guests were greeted with a customized sign I created for the birthday boy’s special day.

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I will be sharing a DIY post on how to create this sign so you can create for your party.

Now a crab boil wouldn’t be a crab boil without crab.

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Our guest of honor loves blue crab so we searched until we found live blue crab.

Our host wanted guests to feel as though they were at a true southern crab boil.  I started by creating these menus made with a blue and white chevron pattern with a splash of red and yellow.  On the menu was a true southern styled meal.

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We used the red and white picnic table cloth pattern and set-up newspaper down the middle of the table so that we could place the crab directly on the table.  We added galvanized buckets to hold the corn and potatoes.

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And we star the cooking, first the corn, then potatoes, then the crab, voila!

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The guests had such a nice time, and joined in the cooking fun!

 

Throwing a shindig and need help pulling your vision together?  We’d love to help, so just give us a call.  Have a great weekend!

Take Care,

Erika

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Saint Patrick’s Day is sometimes bitter sweet for me. It was the day my son Brandon was born in 1999 which was one of the sweetest moments in my life. However, Brandon is no longer with us. After battling Myelodysplastic Syndrome for 2 1/2 years God called him home 10 years ago at the age of 4 1/2 which makes this day sad at times because I can no longer celebrate….so I thought.

Well this year I decided to celebrate Saint Patty’s Day by honoring Brandon, as well as, bringing more awareness to his disease.  Brandon was a fun-loving, energetic kid who made everyone who came in contact with him laugh.  He was truly my little angel.

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My Little Man – Brandon

Myelodysplastic Syndrome is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells and there are abnormal (blast) cells in the blood and/or bone marrow. When Brandon was diagnosed, I was informed this was a very rare disease typically found in older people and was even rarer when a child was diagnosed.

Brandon’s only chance was to have a Bone Marrow Transplant. It was a battle finding a match for Brandon because he was a minority and the amount of minority donors on the registry at that time was very low.  The amount of donors has increased since then, however, their is still a need for donors, especially minorities.

There are many people battling diseases that need bone marrow transplants.  Please consider being a donor, you may potentially save a life.  Please visit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or The National Marrow Donor Program for more information.  These are two organizations I worked closely with during Brandon’s illness.

Thanks for helping me honor Brandon!

Take Care,

Erika