Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pink Tulle Baby Shower

Today we're sharing this adorable pink tulle baby shower.  The mom-to-be's sister hosted a shower in honor of her future niece that featured a palette of baby pink, silver and white.  We designed the custom tulle table skirt that adorned the dessert table.  Guests tables were decorated with a silver runner and a fun balloon centerpiece in a silver glitter vase stuffed with pink tulle.

The glowing mom-to-be was all smiles.

The happy parents!

Guests were invited to sign a pink frame that would later hang on the wall in the baby's nursery.

The excited auntie/host, the new mom and grandma-to-be.

5 Ways to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner

Hi there!  Can you believe it's November already?  And we all know what that means...Thanksgiving! You have planned your menu, sent out invitations and perfected your recipes.  Now you must put it all together and set the atmosphere for a beautiful dinner gathering.  We are here to help by sharing 5 elements to incorporate to make your Thanksgiving dinner a gorgeous experience.

1. COLORS OF FALL - Nothing says fall like pretty shades of brown and orange.  However, other neutral tones can create beautiful autumn decor as well.  Consider greys, beiges or even a palette of all white.

2. BRING IN NATURE - Take your search for fall decor outside.  Pumpkins, pinecones, and branches make lovely centerpieces.

3. FOOD PRESENTATION - Don't stop the decorating at the dinner table.  Set up a food table with matching serveware and a framed menu.  Food should look as good as it tastes!

4. USE YOUR BEST - Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring out the fine china, pretty candles and sophisticated linen.  

5. DON'T FORGET THE KIDS - Let's face it, children and fine china do not mix!  The solution? Create a separate kid-friendly dining area.  Use cute Thanksgiving-themed paperware, offer a craft and keep the decor simple.  Everyone's happy!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving decor tips?

Happy Turkey Day!

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Best Wedding Reception Songs

When it comes to planning a fabulous wedding there are so many important elements to consider - the food, attire, flowers and decor.  The list goes on.  With all the important details to consider, couples often forget about the reception music.  Good music will put you and your guests in the mood to celebrate and have fun.  However, deciding on the the right songs can be a bit stressful.  Fortunately, we are here to help with our suggestions for your reception playlist.  These songs are sure to garner some "awwwws" from your guests and also get the party started!

Reception Entrance:
“Suit and Tie” – Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” – Stevie Wonder
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

First Dance:
“At Last” – Etta James
“Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
“One and Only” – Adele

Father/Daughter Dance:
“Dance With My Father” – Luther Vandross
“My Girl” – The Temptations
“ Father and Daughter” – Paul Simon

Mother/Son Dance:
“A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men
“Wind Beneath My Wings” – Beth Midler
“Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole

Songs to Get the Party Started:
“September” – Earth, Wind and Fire
“Hey Ya” – Outkast
“Uptown Funk” – Bruno Mars

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples!

It's Halloween time and who doesn't love a great costume party?  Today we're showing you how to double your fun with these creative couples' costume ideas for you and your "boo!"


Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday Favorites - What We're Loving This Week!

Happy Friday friends! We made through another week.  As we welcome the weekend, we want to share what we're loving on the internet this week:

1.   Check out these great reasons why you should hire wedding planner.

2.   Looking for some fall date night ideas?  Head here for some romantic inspiration.

3.   These tasty fall cocktail recipes are sure to be a hit at your next party.

4.   Your little one will love this adorable fireman party!

5.   Get your fall DIY on with these no mess pumpkin painting ideas.

Cheers to the weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Elegant Wedding on the Water Front - Kristina & Je'Marc

For their March wedding, Kristina and Je'Marc wanted something elegant, regal and romantic.  The downtown Norfolk waterfront provided the perfect setting for their dream wedding.  A beautiful ceremony took place at the Dominion Club where the bride serenaded her groom as she walked down the aisle.  Following the ceremony, guests dined and danced in the grand ballroom, surrounded by hues of metallic gold and marsala with ivory and burgundy florals.  

The Gorgeous Waterfront in Norfolk, Virgnia

The Beautiful Bride - Photo courtesy of ForeverKareaArt Photography

Photo Courtesy of ForeverKareaArt Photography

Photo Courtesy of ForeverKareaArt Photography

Cake provided by Patti Cakes of Virginia

Guests were given custom stemless wine glasses as favors.

Photo courtesy of ForeverKareaArt Photography

Friday, August 5, 2016

Back to School Blog Series: Gifts Your Child's Teacher Actually Want

It is officially August and for many of us, that means preparing for back to school.  We want to help your students start the year off right.  Here are some awesome gift ideas for your child's teacher they will love!


With budget and salary cuts, many of today's teachers are limited by the amount of materials and supplies provided by their schools.  As a result, teachers often find themselves purchasing supplies with their personal funds.  Sending extra school supplies for your child's teacher will definitely be appreciated.




We all know, with kids come germs and messes.  Help keep your child, the other students and their teacher healthy with a stock of cleaning and sanitizing products.




One of the biggest challenges facing many teachers is staying organized.  Consider gifting your child's teacher with a cool planner to help them keep up with all the demands of teaching.



What teacher gifts would you love?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wedding Budget Savers - Five Things You Can Do Without

Weddings cost a lot of money.  A LOT of money!  One of the most stressful aspects of wedding planning is managing the budget.  It can be overwhelming trying to plan your dream wedding while staying realistic about expenses.  However, there are several ways to have a beautiful wedding without breaking the bank.  Read on for five ways to trim your wedding costs.


Unless it is something very useful or edible, most wedding favors get tossed away or forgotten.  We say do away with the favors altogether.  If you insist on having them, choose something that can be reused like wine glasses or food that can be saved for later like jam or candy.


Instead of offering a complete bar for the entirety of your reception, we suggest serving a signature cocktail or beer and wine only.  Also, consider only opening the bar during the cocktail hour and after dinner.  Most caterers charge based on consumption, so limiting the amount of time the bar is available can definitely save money.  Don't forget to impose a last call an hour before your reception ends!


Ok, we know you want to invite everyone to your wedding, from your kindergarten teacher to your mother's best friend's sister's cousin.  However, the cost of your wedding is directly proportional to the amount of guests that attend. Try not inviting co-workers or children.  Also, if you haven't had contact with someone in over a may not want to extend an invitation.


Big, bright blooms at a wedding can be extremely beautiful.  They can also be extremely expensive. In lieu of extravagant floral centerpieces, choose smaller versions and add more candles.  As for the bridal party, let your bridesmaids carry one elegant flower instead of a bouquet.  You can also hop on YouTube and take a try at DIY'ing your own bouquets.


There is nothing like spending a small fortune on a wedding cake only to have most of it left at the end of the reception.  Keep in mind that not all guests will choose to have cake.  Therefore, go with the design you love, but have your baker create a smaller version.  You can also not have cake at all. Cupcakes and cakepops can be be beautiful and add an element of fun to your wedding.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#TheDrsWed - Rustic Romance in Virginia Beach

Graduate school sweethearts, Victoria & Trevor celebrated their union with 100 of their closest friends and family. The couple chose a romantic, rustic theme of lace, burlap and peach. The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia on a Sunday morning. Guests were treated to a delicious brunch buffet surrounded by centerpieces of babies breath and peach roses.  

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