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!

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.

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.

Fiesta Time- Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

When selecting a theme for the teacher appreciation luncheon this year, it was a no-brainer! What other theme would you use on the 5th of May then CINCO DE MAYO?

My partner in crime, Shelly, and I had a great time creating a colorful fiesta for our teachers. The budget for the luncheon was $250. With a delicious catered meal, there was not much money left in the budget for decorating. I had to get creative in order to make it happen!

I hope you can use some of these ideas to decorate on a budget for your own party.

Boy Oh Boy- Let’s Throw a Baby Shower

Baby showers are so much fun to plan! When I found out that my friend, Hannah, was pregnant with baby #3, the wheels started turning…..A baby shower it is!  My friends and I  decided to keep it simple (open house style). We did a breakfast buffet and decorated in the colors that Hannah had selected for the nursery: gray, red, white and black. The elements of this shower were very simple, but bright and bold pops of color really brought the party to life.

The Red Carpet- A 10th Birthday with Style

April is always a time of celebration for me. I go from Thanksgiving and Christmas, straight into “Birthday-Palooza”, with one of my kid’s birthdays in the months of January, February, March, and April….Whew! Now that the last birthday has passed, I feel like I crossed the finish line and I can relax for a few months.

My vivacious daughter, Macy, turned 10 this week! We decided to go for a red carpet / Hollywood theme this year! We invited her friends from school to wear their “Best Red Carpet Look”. The girls showed up in style! Greeted by the paparazzi, these 16 ladies rocked the party!

“Just Peachy”- A Teen Birthday Dinner

Birthdays are so much fun! Our dear friend, Lindsey, turned 14 this year, and she is just the sweetest girl on earth! I wanted to create a celebration that reflected her wonderful personality.

I decided to do an outdoor dinner party using the vintage table I  purchased on Craigslist for $100. It had been painted in an aqua chalk paint and was begging to be used outdoors.
I searched the stores for further inspiration, and then I found it-  PEACH FLOWERS! They really spoke to me! They said, “youthful,” “romantic,” and “fun!”

Pink Lemonade Birthday Party

Planning birthday parties for my kids brings me great joy! I love coming up with a theme and finding creative ways to party plan on a budget. For my daughter’s 5th birthday, we were inspired by Hobby Lobby’s adorable line of lemonade trinkets.
My kid’s love setting up lemonade stands and selling to the neighborhood,  plus our last name is “Lemmon”…so what could be better than a Pink Lemonade Party. I hope you enjoy what I created for this party!

Thanksgiving Table for 20

Nothing makes me happier than hosting family holiday parties!
As a child, I dreamed of having a large family. I grew up with one (very awesome) brother and that’s about it. All of our cousins lived in Minnesota and we did not have much family around in California. Needless to say, I often thought about what it would be like to host a gigantic Thanksgiving feast.
Fast forward several years…..I married my husband, Matt, in 2000. He is one of seven children in his family. Voila- INSTA-FAMILY! It’s gigantic.
This year, I am hosting Thanksgiving for 20 family members. Creating a beautiful tablescape is my favorite part of the holidays, and I would like to share my design with you.