Paris, Je T’aime – A 90th Birthday Celebration

There is nothing more special than a grandmother, especially one like Mema. Jacqueline Henriette Foucart (AKA Mema) was born in Paris, France in 1926, and she has lived an extraordinary life! Although Mema is my grandmother through marriage, she is near and dear to my heart. I treasure the time I get to spend with her and the lessons that she teaches me. Expressed in a soft French accent, her vivid stories of Paris as a child, family traditions,  living through the perils of World War II, and falling in love with an American soldier envelop my soul.

When Mema turned 90 this past March, the only logical theme for her party was Paris- of course! Before I can give you any details about the party, I must tell you about my  mother-in-law, Judy. I hit the mother-in-law jackpot when I married my husband. I adore her! I credit her for teaching me how to put together large events and how to feature a theme through every detail of a party. Judy worked tirelessly to plan and organize Mema’s 90th birthday celebration.

I hope you love this party as much as I did!

Floral Fanfare- A Coral and Gold Wedding

What a difference lush linens and colorful floral arrangements can make in an LDS cultural hall. Jordan and Katelyn’s wedding paid homage to classic elegance. To start the transformation, my crew and I masked the walls and ceiling with white chiffon and specialty lighting, and then dotted the room with guest seating tables, gold chiavari chairs, and amazing blooms. The flowers were created by Celebrate Florals, and they were some of the most eye-catching flowers I have ever seen.

White with Whimsy- a Kitchen Remodel

I fell in love with this kitchen 5 years ago when we purchased our home. Although the oak wood and brass fixtures were eyesores, I could easily envision how beautiful the space would be with a budget and some blood, sweat, and tears. The basic footprint stayed the same in the remodel, but we did relocate the cooktop and refrigerator as well as enlarge the island.

Start Your Engines- A Back to School Teachers’ Luncheon

Teachers’ Luncheons are so much fun to plan! I enjoy coming up with a creative theme each time I am designated to be in charge. For this year’s back to school luncheon, I composed the theme of “Start Your Engines”. The concept was inspired by a stop light found in the aisles of Hobby Lobby. From there, it was easy! I purchased a few checkered flag table clothes, created a sign with the theme, scoured my son’s room for a race car track and we were ready to go.

Pancakes & Pajamas- A Birthday Party

I can’t believe that my baby turned six years old! The time has flown by, and it forces me to realize that she is no longer a baby or toddler, she is a full-fledged little girl! I mean, Kindergarten is big time, right?

For Delaney’s birthday, I threw together a simple party that anyone can do. Our “Pancakes and Pajamas” theme is suitable for any age group, boy or girl. How can you go wrong when your guests are in the comfort of their PJs and they get to eat yummy breakfast goodies?

First, let’s check out the cute birthday girl.

A Little Girl’s Vanity- Modern Makeover

What little girl wouldn’t want to have a vanity of her own? There is something so grown-up and chic about sitting at a vanity and applying makeup, adorning oneself with jewelry, or simply brushing one’s lovely locks.

My five-year-old is a girly-girl for sure. So, when my sweet neighbor, Debbie,  offered me her old vanity for only $25, I had to jump on the opportunity! With just a little bit of chalk paint, some elbow grease, and fun fabric, the vanity was like new.

I hope this inspires you to bring an old piece of furniture back to life!

Holiday Fun- A Cookie Exchange

My favorite part of the holiday season is the sweets! From gingerbread to peppermint, the flavors of Christmastime are delicious. We all have our favorite holiday baked goods, but it sure is fun to try new things. I felt a cookie exchange was in order. Cookie exchanges can be overwhelming when done on a large scale, so I gathered a small group of friends from afar and asked them to bring 4 dozen cookies. We enjoyed brunch, fun conversation and some yummy new cookie recipes. Each guest took home 6 of each cookie along with a recipe. It was a very simple way to enjoy friends, food, and, of course, cookies!

The Polar Express- A Ward Christmas Party

When I look back on my favorite memories in my life, I realize that parties bring me the most joy. There is something about people getting together, eating, laughing and making memories that sends my heart aflutter. I love creating a magical setting for guests to enjoy.

In December 2014, I was fortunate enough to head up the Christmas party for my ward. I selected the theme of “The Polar Express” and put together a wonderful committee to help me make the vision come to life! I was blessed to be surrounded by amazing woman that helped me create, organize, and execute our plan.

Charcoal and Red – An Elegant Affair

No matter what time of the year, charcoal and red are an enchanting color scheme for any wedding. When Lindsay, the beautiful bride, came to me, she had a very simple request. She wanted me to draw inspiration from a photo of a gray bridesmaid’s dress accompanied by a blooming bouquet filled with red, burgundy, and pink flowers.  We decided on a simple, yet elegant,  reception backdrop where her vivid flowers could make a statement.

After much planning and execution, the wedding was a success. The crimson floral design made the reception feel exceptionally elegant. Here are a few snapshots that depict the beauty of Brady and Lindsay’s wedding day.

Layers on Lavender- a Girl’s Room

They say that little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. My seven-year-old clients, Kate and Sophie, are the cutest little girls around! These twins are full of life, learning, and luster.

My challenge for this dynamic duo was to create a bedroom to match their vibrant personalities. There were two criteria for the space: 1. The design must incorporate the existing lavender walls. 2. The design must be in a style that they will not outgrow.