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.
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
It’s been an especially reflective new year as I anticipated Emily Hill Event’s first anniversary. It was a year ago today I launched the website and made this adventure official. Holy wow of a year.
I had imagined a million scenarios of how the year would go (I could be a huge hit! I could fail instantly! I could go broke!), but nothing prepared me for 2013’s extremes. The unbelievable high of booking a new client. The feeling actual high after an 18-hour on my feet workday. The self doubt. The worry. The feeling proud, like prouder than maybe ever. The learning lessons, most the hard way. The freedom and independence. The newfound confidence.
Thanks to the fun clients who made it possible and the most supportive family and friends. I already like you, 2014. Lots of new and exciting things coming this year and I couldn’t be more excited.
Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite details from Amber and Scott’s wedding. They tied the knot last July (happy anniversary!) at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, Pa. Grey and orange goodness, DIY details, and a fairly attractive bride and groom equals magic.
More from Amber + Scott’s wedding here!
An engagement party calls for lots of pictures of the happy couple plus a few of their furry kids. This particular couple (who are hilarious and very photogenic) called for picture pennants, doggie masks, drink stirrers and a puppy face garland.
Coming very soon to an Etsy shop near you. Happy weekend!
One of my favorite organizations hosted their annual gala last weekend. I got the chance to participate in their silent auction. Enter EHE’s Party in a Box.
The goal of Party in a Box was to provide the special touches that help a shindig go from ‘nice’ to ‘I-can’t-Instagram-this-stuff-fast-enough.’ Just add some treats, booze, a few friends and you’ve got yourself a real barnburner.
This particular box ‘o party included:
Want to win a free engagement photo session? (Of course you do) My friend and amazing photographer, Hannah Colclazier, is offering one free D.C. engagement shoot to the most deserving couple.
To enter, “like” Hannah Colclazier Photography’s Facebook page, then comment over on her blog explaining why you (or someone you know) deserves the free session. I, along with some other lovely ladies, will help select the winners.
Hannah is so talented. Just take another look at the eye candy above or check out her other work here. The entry deadline is tomorrow, February 20, and the winners will be announced on Thursday. Do not miss this.
Since most of these have been received, I wanted to share the cards I sent to family and friends. I could tell you I send New Years cards because it’s more special than a Christmas card or I really like being original but the real reason is, I can never get my act together before the holidays.
I designed each side in Photoshop then uploaded it all to Overnight Prints. I used the 4.25 x 5.5 postcard size and, to save time and monies, ordered their standard envelopes. At the last minute I added a little washi tape. So happy with how these turned out.
And now it’s probably time for me to stop signing emails with ‘Happy New Year.’
Just so you know: Overnight Prints did not give me anything to write this (though they can if they want to). I needed something quick and inexpensive and they fit the bill perfectly.