HAYLEE + JASON

Jen Dillender Photography

Oh what a night. Haylee and Jason are the funnest, most adorable couple. Full disclosure: Haylee is my cousin so I’m a little biased. Their wedding took place last September in Haylee’s hometown of Stillwater, Okla. (which is also the college town where they met). Guests partied the night away amidst pink and gold sparkly details a lot of which were DIY’d by the bride and her mama. See below for a list of the great people who helped put together this beautiful wedding.

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Jen Dillender Photography

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Jen Dillender Photography

Jen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender Photography

Jen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyJen Dillender PhotographyAll photos by Jen Dillender Photography. More from their wedding here and Haylee’s bridal session here.

Event Design + Production: Emily Hill Events // Photographer: Jen Dillender Photography // Wedding Gown: Matthew Christopher // Flowers: Beth Evans // Officiant: Kyle Anderson // Ceremony Location: First United Methodist Church Stillwater // Reception Venue: Stillwater Country Club // Band: Groove Merchants // Photo Booth: Howe to Party // Invitations + Programs: Erin Brett

 

HERE + THERE

Loving this so much.

Pinning pretty veils and repining a lot of these dudes.

Being inspired by these party gems (especially that piñata, or these).

Feeling a lot of feelings about the HIMYM finale.

Needing to host a soiree worthy of this giant beach ball DIY this summer.

Wishing there was a real Grand Budapest Hotel.

Throwing a baby shower next month and loving these tips and party details.

Wanting all the Meri Meri things.

AROUND THE BAR CART

Today we’re talking bar carts and the essentials for making yours functional and pretty. Decanters for your liquor and your most favorite glasses will get things started. Corral mismatched bar tools in a mint julep cup and keep fun napkins and straws on hand to serve your guests (and yourself) in style.
Around the Bar Cart

Add Around Your Table: 1. Decanter // 2. Cocktail Shaker // 3. Champagne Coups // 4. Oh Joy! Scalloped Napkins // 5. Skull Tongs // 6. Rose Gold Bar Spoon // 7. Muddler // 8. Jigger  // 9. Rose Gold Strainer // 10. Cheers Bottle Opener // 11. Stainless Steel Straws // 12. Acrylic Straws // 13. Julep Vase

A FEW WORDS ON CAKE TOPPERS

It’s easy to get caught up in the Pinterest rabbit hole and think you need a perfectly styled cake topper in order for your wedding to exist. I get it, you want cute things for your big day.

Here are some of my favorite options from around the web and some tips for finding your match made in cake heaven.

A few words on cake toppers.

1. Polaroids (SIMILAR DIY VERSION) // 2. Cookie Cutters // 3. Heart Pom Pom  // 4. Flamingos // 5. Flowers + Fruit // 6. CroWN

Don’t blow the budget. Let’s be honest, this isn’t the best place to spend your money (unless cake toppers are your thing, in which case, get down with your bad self and buy those flamingos). There are lots of adorable and inexpensive options.

Do it yourself or let someone else DIY it for you. You know that crafty friend that keeps asking how she/he can help with the wedding? Ask if they’d be up to the cake topper task. Buy the supplies and send them a thank you treat.

Make it personal. This is great place to showcase your personalities, your theme for the day, your shared history, your sense of humor or your overall awesomeness.

Repurpose and reuse. How great is a cake topper that can be used in life post wedding? I guarantee cookies made with your wedding topper cutters will taste more delicious.

And now I’m hungry for cake.

AROUND THE GREEN TABLE

St. Patrick’s Day is a week away! Time to get the beer and ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ buttons ready. In that spirit, here are some of my favorite green things for entertaining.

Around the Table

Add around your table: 1. Boxwood Placemat // 2. Striped Napkin // 3. Lime Napkin // 4. Hobnail Tumbler // 5. Gurgle Pot // 6. Dipped Salad Servers // 7. Milk Glass Mixing Bowls // 8. Flatware // 9. Marble Coasters

 

HERE + THERE

Getting very excited about this party product line.

Loving the mismatched bridesmaid dresses from this beautiful wedding.

Absorbing all the good advice from last week’s After the Jump podcast.

Wanting to make everything Megan makes after trying my hand at her french silk pie.

Dreaming about spring clothes.

Thinking this is great brunch hosting inspiration.

Needing to jazz up some envelopes (yes, needing).

Listening to this playlist on repeat.

JESS’ BIRTHDAY

#happybirthday // Emily Hill Events

When Jess, the Perpetual Hostess, asked me to help with her birthday party earlier this month, I knew I was in for a good time. Jess loves bringing people together and it showed in every facet of this shindig. We started with her winter party inspiration and focused on making things beautiful and fun.

#happybirthday // Emily Hill Events

Special Signage // Emily Hill Events

Special Signage // Emily Hill EventsRibbon Stirrers + Pop Rock Favors // Emily Hill Events

Jess loved these calligraphy signs so we used their templates to create the ‘little eats’ and ‘little treats’ signage. I used those templates as a reference to create the ‘#happybirthday’ that hung over the fringey streamer backdrop. She served simple yet delicious appetizers, several homemade desserts and the Blackberry Sparkler as a signature cocktail (based on this recipe minus the thyme). I created curly ribbon cocktail stirrers based on these and pop rocks were given as favors.

I had such a blast helping make Jess’ birthday come to life. She’s a gem with a great group of friends and I was honored to hang with them for a night. See more photos and details over on Jess’ blog. While you’re there, creep around for great hosting tips and tricks.

Hashtag Happy Birthday.

Party Sourced: Pop Rocks and Glass Vials for Party Favors // Ribbon + Bamboo Skewers for Cocktail Stirrers from Michaels // Gold Flatware, Plastic Stemware, Streamers + Napkins Party Depot // Plastic Plates from Safeway // Star Balloons from Party City // All photos by The Perpetual Hostess

 

REASON TO PARTY // NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY

February 22 is National Margarita Day!Who’d have thought National Margarita Day was in February? I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised and happy to have a reason to break out the pitchers, salt and limes.

Since it’s a national holiday it’s basically a required celebration. Grab the tequila. Here’s your National Margarita Day party roadmap.

EAT: Tacos are a pretty perfect match for National Margarita Day and this is one of my favorite recipes.

DRINK: Margaritas are a given but mix things up with a few varieties like this classic, this spicy take, this colorful option or maybe even this sorbet.

MAKE: This bar cart would showcase the margarita selections nicely.

BAKE: Spiced flourless chocolate crinkle cookies keep things on message.

WEAR: Blazer and a tee for the win.