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Monday, April 7, 2014

{Real Parties} Airplane Themed 1st Birthday Party

I had a lot of fun planning this airplane themed 1st birthday party. I think my favorite part of the party was the "Jet Fuel" adult drink station with the propeller paper straws.
Sadly, I missed taking pictures of the entire room and the kids table & paper airplane station.
"Jet Fuel" for the adults... bourbon iced tea


"In-flight snacks"for the little ones consisted of yogurt drops,
goldfish, and banana puffs

Pilot's License photo prop

Airplane cake, smash cake and propeller cake pops

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

{Real Parties} Rustic Fall Wedding: Stephanie & Brian

I had so much fun with this wedding!
Stephanie was a dream bride in so many ways. They were both very easy to work with and Stephanie translated her vision so clearly.
As you can see from the photos, they are a very handsome couple.

The reception was held in the Old Town Hall in Fairfax
Virginia's historic district. It was the perfect
setting for a rustic wedding reception

 guest book

Brian's mother made these delicious pickles for the wedding
favors (I know this because I got one...maybe she'd be willing
to share her recipe??)

Cake & cupcake combination

I tried to mimic the back of a wedding dress on the top tier

Groom & Mom

Brian's family is from NuMine, PA so the send-off pennants honored NuMine

Stephanie and Brian, I wish you many years of love, health and happiness. Thank you for allowing me to make your dream wedding a reality!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

{Real Parties} Dino Dig

Since my son is approaching his 4th birthday...I thought I better post his 3rd birthday party before we celebrate his 4th.

Sometimes it's tough to decide on a theme for kids because they change their minds like the wind changes direction. Though I have to say, this theme, was a no brainer since eats, sleeps and breaths dinosaurs!

dino dig, sugar cookie bones, invitation, boxed invitation
I always like to set the mood for the party from the start. As convenient as sending an evite is, I love sending (or hand delivering) invitations.  I have been wanting to do a boxed invitation for awhile now and so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity for it.  John Carl and I baked mini sugar cookie bones for guests to 'dig' up.
dino tracks, dino dig, dino wreath
Another way to set the mood is to decorate outside as well as inside. Last year I did a train themed party for my son and had my husband make 'tracks' on the walkway but it backfired because the guests thought the walkway was under and learn!
It's tough to see, but I made vines out of rope and crepe paper that hung over the kids table and around the columns to give it that jungle look
This is a great example of using what you have around the house... my son's dinosaurs, rocks, plants and fire wood.  I knew that this is what I wanted to do for a centerpiece but the day before the party, John Carl received a package from my cousin Kat. It was a volcano that worked perfectly for the center of the table, so I had to use it...luckily JC was a good sport about it.  Thanks Kat!
I dropped a few pieces of dry ice into the punch fountain to create a 'swamp'
feel, but was hard to capture the smoke for the photo 


I wanted to make the cake erupt like a real volcano so I used strawberry jello in a
glass cylinder in the center of the cake and dropped a few pieces of dry ice to cause smoke
and an 'eruption'


We've done a 'photo booth' of some sort every year and this year we decided on
a green screen, where guests were instructed to look shocked or scared and the picture
is superimposed onto a dino shot. I turned out to be very cute