Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sanderson Wedding (October)

It's a wonderful feeling when you get to watch two people getting married when you know that the couple is absolutely made for each other! What could make it better? When the bride is your best friend...

Pam is my cousin, so she and I have been friends since we were little. 

We shared a love of Ego waffles and country music. We had a "club" (along with her sister, Andrea) when we were kids, and as we got older, we got closer. When we were young ladies, we saw each other in bad relationship and made a pact that we would never let each other marry a man who we truly did not think was right for her... Fortunately, we never had that problem. 

The first time Pam brought her boyfriend Sandy over to our house for dinner and a game night, I knew that was who she would marry. It's hard to describe why it was evident, but it was. And the night she called to tell me that he had proposed, I was over the moon! I was ready to plan her wedding right then, but she had to reel me in a little! 

She wanted a fall wedding without being to "fall" (no leaves). She also really wanted the wedding to have a rustic feel, so she found the perfect place to have it at a girl scout camp.
The view was breath-taking!

This adorable banner was made with their engagement pictures:

Instead of favors, she had a candy buffet... 

I need to feature these little burlap S's. I made them for her bridal shower, and she loved them so much, that she wanted to use them at the wedding... And I burned myself so many times making them, I still do not have any feeling in my left thumb....

And of course we had a wishing tree!!

My wish for this couple is simple: a long and happy life together, but to remember that God did not design marriage to make us happy, but to make us holy. 

I love you both!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Favorite Things!!

Favorite Things parties, first made popular by Oprah, are now all the rage on Pinterest. Last December, I hosted one with my friend, Susan, and it was a huge success! It works well as a Christmas party because you leave with so many gift ideas... That party was so fun, that it inspired another Favorite Things Party, but this time, there's a twist. 

In case you are unfamiliar with how these parties work, you bring 3 of your "favorite thing", and they'll be swapped and you leave with three other things that other people brought...
However, this time, we will only be going home with two exchanged gifts. The third will be donated to make goodie bags (Bags of Love*, if you will) for the residents of a local women's home that services women of our county who are homeless or in need of a stable living environment and gives them a chance for a new beginning.

I am so excited about this party! It's going to be a fun girls' night with games, cupcakes, and plenty of gabbing with girlfriends! The decorating theme is pink and zebra print. Sure you may think this theme is terribly unorigional, but a lot of thought went into it. Pink represents our femininity, instilled by God, as he created us to be different from men. The zebra print represents the concept that with God's law, there is only a black and white, there is no grey area.

I have been working non-stop on this party, I am so excited that I have the opportunity to style it!

Since I don't have any pictures, yet, I thought I'd just share some of my "pinspiration " with you!!

My Favorite Things party

When we had our first meeting, it was no time before someone belted out the classic song from "The Sound of Music"!!

Favorite Things Window

But I digress, onto the PINK!!

Gorgeous glam birthday party table

A Favorite Things Party with all your girlfriends... OMG I wanna do this ASAP!  @Jobeth Berg @Ashley Gorney think I can get this organized in the next week?!?  How fun would this be?!?

Favorite Things party

minnie mouse party decorations - Google Search

Minnie Party

Zebra & Hot Pink  | Catch My Party

It's not zebra, but this polka dot table cloth is adorable!!

modern barbie party

I already made a wreath like this, but I added white ribbon so that it's not "Punch You In Your Face" pink...

Zebra & Pink Wreath

I kind of want to throw in a few pieces like this, since I have a few small pieces of furniture that I'm going to paint anyway...

Zebra and hot pink.

Sooo that's my to-do list! I'm very excited to let you know how the party goes next week!!