Here’s to 25

28 February 2012

It’s the year I will throw more dinner parties.
It’s the year I will grow closer to God.
It’s the year I will get outside more.
It’s the year I will save more and give away more.
It’s the year I will marry my best friend, the love of my life.

It’s going to be a good year :)

Photo by Erich McVey via Style Me Pretty

Colorful Cocktail Napkins

27 February 2012

How’s this for a bright and cheery post?

Yahoo! I’m on the hunt for some colorful paper goods for an upcoming soiree, and stumbled across the Mara Mi line at my local Target last week. So cute! Have any of you seen it? I picked up the pin dot green cocktail napkins pictured above, plus napkins with a fabulous aqua dot pattern that I couldn’t find on the website. My new finds inspired this post and sent me on the hunt for other cuties. The napkins shown above came from Target, Kate’s Paperie, Shop Sweet Lulu, The Paper Cottage, Lifeguard Press, and Caspari.

Wedding planning update: 6+ months to go!

24 February 2012

We have officially crossed the halfway mark, my friends. Tomorrow is February 25, which means it’s been 8 months since we got engaged, and 6+ months until our wedding date! Whoa!

One more for my mini desserts collection… this one from Southern Weddings, photo by Jodi Miller!

Since my last update…
— I found a clutch (many thanks to a dear friend who’s letting me borrow hers!)
— We’ve gone through several rounds of invitation options with our amazing designer (more about her soon!)
— We finalized our room blocks for guests (tip: make sure you do this WAYYY earlier than we did!)
— We booked our band!! (Finally!)
— We booked a string trio for our ceremony.
— We placed a preliminary rental order for things like tables and chairs.
— We placed our order for lounge furniture (yay!).
— I took home a flea market find for our menu.

Next up on the list?
— Since we didn’t accomplish it last month, I’d like to get the ball rolling on groom and groomsmen attire.
— We have several able-handed friends that will be visiting us this month, so I’m excited to put them to work on some DIY projects! :)
— We’re all so ready to put the bridesmaid dress situation to rest. I sincerely hope we have those suckers ordered by the next time I update you.

Let’s see… when I asked on my last update what you wanted to hear about next, y’all said tent (check!), videographer (check!), first DIY project (I’m going to keep that one under wraps), and florist (haven’t covered that one yet — will do so soon!). Anything else you’re curious about?

Mini desserts

22 February 2012

Though my love for mini food is well documented (namely, here and here), I don’t think we’ve spent enough time discussing mini desserts. They’re slightly more common than mini food, but these little beauties have a charm all their own. A few of my favorites:

Mini cookies – especially delicious served warm at the end of the night with shots of cold milk. (Photos: Bryan Johnson from Martha Stewart Weddings and Martha Stewart Weddings)

Mini pecan pies – perfect for eating on the go. (Photos: Gladys Gem via Style Me Pretty and Braedon Flynn via Southern Weddings)

Mini milkshakes, complete with striped straws! (Photo by Julie Lim via Southern Weddings)

We talked about donuts at weddings once already, but I still love them. (Photos: Chris Court and Martha Stewart Weddings)

Two creative options: mini ice cream scoops in waffle bowls and cream puffs. (Photos: Martha Stewart Weddings and Julie Lim via Southern Weddings)

We will be having some mini desserts at our wedding, but I’m not going to tell you too many specifics because I want them to be a surprise for our guests! I will tell you that we’re definitely going to be serving mini fruit tarts. They’re John’s favorite, and one of his only requests! (Photos: Jessica Lorren via SW and Martha Stewart Weddings)

(Photos: Stephen Pappas via SMP and Cannelle et Vanille)

Is your mouth watering yet? :)

Julie & Julia Dinner Party

21 February 2012

More than two years ago I wrote on this blog that I wanted to host a dinner party inspired by the movie Julie & Julia. And this past Saturday, John and I did just that!

We were furiously preparing right up until the last minute (seriously, the kitchen was a disaster zone at 5:30, and guests were scheduled to arrive at 6!), so I didn’t get too many great photos, but thanks to my Instagram pals Graham and Nancy, I put together the collection above!

Our dining room table (which normally seats four) expanded to seat all ten of our guests. We went simple with a white tablecloth, then added small bunches of carnations in milk glass and mint julep cups and some heart confetti. My parents also surprised me with a delivery of red and pink flowers, which was SO sweet of them! We served Julia’s recipe for boeuf bourguignon and plenty of fresh baguettes in latte bowls with our simple faux-French cloth napkins. Guests were guided to their seats by hand water-colored place cards, and went home with crepe-wrapped chocolates. We also had a little bar set up that stayed within the color scheme (red and white wine, Shirley Temples (my fave!), and raspberry lemonade) and featured heart striped straws.

The best part, though? Besides the company, it had to be the outfits. I wish I had a photo, because everyone completely dressed the part – and looked fabulous!! I’m already dreaming up our next dinner party…

P.S. More Instagram photos