Firefighter Party: Adult Tablescapes

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Here’s just a couple shots of the adult tables from the firefighter birthday party I posted last week.  There were separate tented areas for the kids tables and round adult tables, brought together with similar colors and the firefighter theme!

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All adults went home with cookie favors from Diddy Riese, a UCLA favorite.  They also helped to decorate the table!

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Custom signage directed guests to the drink table, set up with lemonade and flavored water.

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Happy hump day!

Love Letter Weddings, Hawaii

When you first meet someone, do you ever try to guess what they do?  I always do, and I’m wrong most of the time.

Louise Moriarty for Love Letter Weddings

But somehow, I can always spot a wedding or event planner.  It’s like you can almost see their personal cloud file system floating above their heads, moving around like a screen from Minority Report.  And they’re so darn talented in so many areas.  My friend Zhing is one of these people.  My wedding planner, Louise, is definitely one of these people. Continue reading

Kids + Weddings: Checklist

Kids at Weddings with Here Come the Bride Flags

Can I tell you a secret?  I’m not great with kids and babies.  For some, babies fit like puzzle pieces in their arms.  For me, I avoid holding babies at all costs.  I’ve gotten wonderful at excuses – “Oh you go ahead first!” or “My hands are dirty” or “I’ll grab some water first.”  Although so many of my friends are having kids, I’ve never held one of them.

I always thought I would have an all-adult wedding, but when we decided on a destination wedding, all the kids would have to be included.  We planned a very chic lounge area around the dance floor, and when one of the mothers told me that she’d put her son there to sleep (“Umm.. Excuse me?”), I knew we had to make some special arrangements. Continue reading

Happy Halloween Party

With my mother in law still in the hospital last weekend, I decided to throw a Halloween party there to liven up the mood!  Japanese hospitals are extremely quiet and disheartening.  I believe that people heal faster with smiles, laughter, and a party so I did my little bit to help with the recovery process!

A Halloween corner with treats and treat alternatives:

Halloween Treat Corner

Halloween Treat Corner

Halloween Treat Alternatives for Patients

A costume bar:

Halloween Party Costume Bar

Halloween Party Costume Bar

Some DIY Halloween treat bags:

DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween Treat BagsAccordion pinwheels and felt bunting spruced up the walls.  I wanted to keep the atmosphere lively with blue instead of the traditional Halloween black.

Halloween Bunting and Pinwheels

Felt Bunting and Accordion PinwheelsWe added a balloon wall shaped like a pumpkin.  It served purely as decor – popping the balloons would have made for some angry nurses!

Pumpkin Balloon Wall

The party completely transformed the room, and all of the nurses were shocked to walk into our little party.  We designed Halloween and Thank You cards and handed out candy to the nurses and doctors.  It was fun to share Halloween with people who have never experienced it before and who had the most to gain from a little impromptu party!