Thursday, September 5, 2019

Over the Rainbow Event with Daydream Society



When Mary Kevin, owner of Daydream Society partyware line, said she was coming through town, I knew we needed to throw a kid event! What's better for a trip to Kansas than an Over the Rainbow Dorothy party? We used their pretty pastel rainbow collection as our inspiration and ran with it. Basically, rainbows were everywhere! Major shout out to my friend Alison Moore who captured the event with her dreamy photos.




Obviously for the table settings, we used the Over the Rainbow collection. I decided to mix in the Frenchie Stripe napkins to mix it up and we matched it with a mermaid confetti pack. The rainbow cups we ended up using for the craft. I love the colors in this rainbow, plus the sparkly holographic clouds add such a fun touch.




We worked with local dessert wizards Sweet Sugarlicious and Buckingham Cakes to create rainbow sweets. Wendi made rainbows, clouds and spelled out "rainbow" with cookies that matched the tableware perfectly. The cookie pops were a crowd pleaser and Lisa put the cutest rainbows on top with sprinkle clouds. We love when the treats have a dual purpose and are great decor as well as delicious.










Kids painted wooden rainbow block stackers as their craft at the party. We stuck with washable crayola paints just in case they got extra creative. I love that it's a craft and a fun toy for them to take home and use. We now carry the wooden rainbows in the shop, ready to be decorated! Mary Kevin brought coordinating rainbow coloring sheets and setup her adorable tattoo bar. Kids were able to pick out the tattoo of their choosing from the Daydream collection. They are some of our favorite tattoos - vibrant colors and metallic accents. We loved the tattoo bar so much, we are setting up our own in the shop! Coming soon - bring the kids in for a tattoo on the spot, we are starting with the Daydream Society collection and there are great choices for kids and adults!


Photos by Alison Moore Photography
The backdrop was my favorite part. I told the shop girls I wanted to recreate the plates and they created this amazing balloon rainbow! The colors matched perfectly and the pastels made a pretty soft photo backdrop. Thanks to our friends at Kansas Dance Academy, we had the perfect Dorothy for our event. We borrowed a dress from Ballet Wichita and I loved that it had a fun twist like our event. Plus the pale blue matched the backdrop well. My little shop baby dressed as Glenda the Good Witch and rocked her adorable fairy wings and birthday crown from the shop (it's a "one" crown that I turned around). We loved seeing all the party guests in their Wizard of Oz inspired looks!

Want to throw a rainbow party of your own? Shop our Set the Party setup below! It's such a cute theme and you can take it many different directions - rainbow, Wizard of Oz, unicorn, painting/color, My Little Pony and more!


Lots of Love,

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Pastel Butterfly Birthday!

When I first caught a glimpse of the Flutter suite created by the incredible Daydream Society x lillian farag I knew we needed it for Kaia's third birthday. 


Of course, the requests of an almost three-year-old never quite align with my plans so when she requested unicorns I offered a compromise. A unicorn piñata mixed with the butterflies was just enough to make this little girl the happiest. I created a custom color balloon garland to align with the beautiful colors in the Flutter plates and hung acrylic butterflies from a branch to look as if they were floating above the table. 



Sparkler candles are always a favorite, as are cupcakes for little one's birthday parties! The vanilla cupcakes were topped with edible butterflies designed to match the acrylic ones floating above. The amazing pink, milk glass cake stands were a local find at a shop in Augusta, GA.



This party crew had a lot to keep them busy! They were greeted by a dress-up stand where they could choose wings and accessories to wear and take home. The butterfly catchers caught goodies that dropped from the piñata. Daydream Society's Flutter and Into the Wild Tattoos were huge hits, the kids especially loved the metallic and iridescent details! 




We even found a perfect, fluttery dress for the birthday girl! 


The party ended in my favorite fashion, a Studio Pep Unicorn Confetti toss and photo shoot. I just love seeing those joyful faces through the flying confetti! 


I hope you love this celebration as much as we did! You can shop and recreate this party through this Set The Party link or create your own here. If you're in Augusta, reach out and let me help you with a fun balloon garland! If you are in Kansas, reach out to Love of Character for fun balloons. Thanks for partying with me!



xo
Rachel











Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Set the Party - Wedding Inspired


Our spring intern, Sarah, put together a beautiful, wedding inspired photo shoot and we are excited to share all the details with you. Plus, we want to show you how you can use our new website feature, Set the Party, to make your table planning fun and easy! Sarah loved the idea of setting a table that could work for showers and receptions using pretty paper goods.


After putting together some mood boards, she pulled the deep teal plates as her base for the table. They mix so well with light colors and helps them pop, especially against our white tables. Using Set the Party, you can play with mixes of plates, napkins, cups, flatware and table cover to see what works before you buy. Sarah used the same items for each place setting, except added two different salad plates for a fun touch. Since it was the end of spring, Sarah brought some gorgeous peonies and greenery from her home garden. Obviously we aren't all that lucky to have flowers to pick, so I chose this fun gold marble runner as another option. It's fun seeing a digital build come to life!



We of course had to add a balloon garland to the setup, and these colors are dreamy for a wedding or shower. Adding greenery adds an elegant touch and tied in the flowers on the table. Sarah did a great job bringing her vision to life. She headed off to Seattle to work for a boutique hotel chain after graduation, and we miss having her around!

What event do you have coming up? You can easily switch out the pink plates for something with a holiday element or color and this would be a gorgeous (and easy to clean) dinner table for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Shop this post using the unique Set the Party link, click here. You can directly add to your cart or tweak to fit your party. Or you can start your own table by clicking here.

Lots of Love,


Monday, July 15, 2019

Backyard Playhouse


Why work on real house projects when you can do mini ones instead? That was our mindset this summer when we worked on Elizabeth's new playhouse. Back in May I got the urge for a fun project to distract my mind from the million things going on with work (anyone else add more on their plate to distract? Ha - maybe not the best idea). When doing a Target wander, I saw a cute little wooden playhouse back in the spring. Fast forward a few weeks and I decided we needed it. It was on sale and I figured now or never. Plus, it'd be fun to have for the summer instead of waiting until her birthday in October (and we all know she'll get plenty then from family!) Loaded up Elizabeth and off we went on our little adventure. I will link all the items at the end of the post.

KidKraft Coastal Cottage Playhouse
At our Target out West, they had a floor model, which was helpful to make sure it was what we wanted. I knew I wanted to paint it, but liked this one for the style and cute accessories. Plus it was affordable (watch for a sale!) and a good size for her. After loading up the box, we headed to Lowes to pickup our paint. I was on a mission. I picked up the cheapest outdoor white paint option and then grabbed a sample of pink paint for the door (we ended up needing a couple more sample containers because that's what Dustin ended up using on the roof after doing a coat of plastic bond spray paint). First coat went on during nap time and then I had to admit my impulse to Dustin when he got home - luckily, he's more of a sucker for Elizabeth projects than I am. He naturally took over when I went out for a meeting that night.








Naturally, summer schedules took over and we got a little behind on finishing up the playhouse, but this past weekend we finally got it out and put together. It comes as folded walls, so you screw together two sides and then add the roof and door - actually pretty simple. The balloon garland was me being over the top for photos, but when balloons are your thing, why not!







I struggled a little bit on what to put inside the little house. She already has a play kitchen in her playroom, so I decided against that (if I would have done one, Ikea has this great small one). Since it has a cute shop/stand aspect to it, I decided to play off that. I originally thought I would do a table with chairs and a side table to hold the accessories. Apparently I'm not good a dimensions in my head because obviously that was too much! Luckily, the Ikea side table I purchased was perfect by itself. I got cute glasses to make it like a little lemonade stand (Parker Palm Springs inspired of course) and then my mom ended up getting her this fun ice cream set. The lemon stools are my favorite! Perfect size and my bossy child likes to move them inside vs. the outside lemonade bar situation I was going for. To finish off the space and add a little cushion on the concrete, I found this cute striped outdoor rug from Ikea. It is longer than the house, so I folded it in half (thicker that way too). Dustin of course added his tech-y touch by adding a strip of LED color changing lights along the inside of the room - ice cream shop by day, club by night.







The big reveal was better than we hoped and little miss is officially obsessed. She would live in there if she could, and if we aren't outside she's staring out the backdoor asking to go outside. Her favorite part? Ringing the way too loud doorbell - my one complaint of this beauty - I'm sure our neighbors feel the same. We (I) wrote cute letters for her mailbox and it came with a fake phone, so naturally she has been making lots of calls. First play date was today with her little neighbor friend, and I think this early birthday present is one of the best we'll do!

Cost Breakdown:
House $299 (on sale)
Paint ~ $50 (white & samples of the pink)
Accessories ~$60

Shop this post:
Playhouse | Lemon Stools | White Plastic Table | Colorful Glassware | Metal Pots | Striped Rug | Ice Cream Set | Doormat | Lemon Napkins | Daisy Sunglasses & Hair Bow - Shop In Store at LOC | Balloon Garland - Order Here

If you come visit, we now have a guesthouse for you! You might need to bring something to sleep on though.

Lots of Love,