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!
All adults went home with cookie favors from Diddy Riese, a UCLA favorite. They also helped to decorate the table!
Custom signage directed guests to the drink table, set up with lemonade and flavored water.
Happy hump day!
Hey y’all! (Do you hear my southern twang?) There’s been a lack of posts because… I’ve moved back home to Atlanta! It’s been a whirlwind of moving and settling in. Thank you to all who have followed me in Tokyo. Although I’ll be posting less on Japan, there’ll still be lots of parties, food, travel, and DIY. My first project back was my dear friend’s son’s firefighter-inspired 4th birthday party. It was peak summer in LA so I had decor to match – bright, happy, and fun-filled! There were separate tented areas for the kids and adults, brought together with yellow and red decor.
What kind of cake do you have for a firefighter party? A fire engine of course…
.. topped off with adorable minions.
And matching water bottles!
I’m kicking myself for not taking photos of the party favors – fire house books and Diddy Reese cookies in custom-made fire engine canvas tote bags.
The topping of the party? A real fire engine complete with real firemen from 5 Alarm Fire Engine. These guys were awesome – great with the kids, prepared with tons of activities, professional, and patience galore for the 40+ (yes FORTY!) kids that attended. I highly recommend them if you’re having a similar party in the LA/OC/Inland Empire area. The kids and many of the parents were thoroughly entertained with fire hose water shooting, tug of war, dressing in all the gear, and fire engine rides around the neighborhood. Fun for everyone!
Tomorrow, the adult tables! :)
I’m in love with this black and white striped bridal shower featured on The Sweetest Occasion. It’s rare to see a bridal shower decorated with mostly black, but with those pops of pink are such a great feminine contrast.
Those stripes and pops of gold? *swoon* Continue reading
I’m all about the dessert so when I plan a party, it’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one! Naturally, I love a dessert bar. It sweetens up the decor and adds anticipation for the rest of the meal. Plus, I love the guests’ ooohs and ahhhs as they investigate. This is especially great for kids – they light up when they spot the sweets, and it’s a great bribe to behave until the end of dinner!
Tip: finish cooking the desserts before your guests arrive. When the guests spot all of the sugar and butter that goes into some of these sweet treats, it can hold them back from fully enjoying the desserts later on. No reason to make your guests feel more guilty!
My dessert bar this time included vanilla cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting, chocolate cream and banana cream pudding, treats for Japanese girls day (cherry blossom marshmallows, puffed rice, strawberry Pocky), and a cheese round topped with honey and dried fruit.
For more ideas for a dessert bar, check out my Cocktails & Canape Party last year!
I’m so ready for spring, and although the weather hasn’t caught up with me, I warmed up my apartment with a hanami party this weekend!
‘Hanami’ literally means ‘looking at flowers’ in Japanese, and every year when the cherry blossoms bloom, people flock to the parks and picnic beneath the pink cherry blossoms – called hanami parties. Even though the blossoms bloom near the end of March, it’s typically still chilly so I brought the flowers (and the party) indoors with Japanese-inspired table details.
My vases were inspired by obi (the sash wrapping a kimono). I finally used my kozogami washi paper!
Place cards were fashioned using washi tissue paper and fun spring quotes! Stay tuned for the DIY tutorial later this week :)
All of the flowers put me in the perfect mood for spring!
I’ve been in a pie phase since I discovered how to make the most perfect flaky, chewy pie crust here. I just can’t stop making pies. So I combined this love with my love of all things mini and made these adorable letter-pressed mini pies that are perfect for entertaining! There are so many ways to use these mini pies – here are my 3 favorites.
1. Presented on a simple table runner with autumn fruit, it makes a great texture addition to a rustic, casual tablescape.
2. Use these pies as place cards – just press your guests names’ on them and you’ve got dessert and a cute addition to your place setting in one!
3. Presented simply, they’re a great addition to a dessert bar or wrap a little twine and add a utensil, and it’s the perfect dessert to go! Or cute homemade Christmas gifts?
Apologies for the lack of posts recently – my computer is still at the shop for a makeover. Hope you’re all keeping warm!
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:
A costume bar:
Some DIY Halloween treat bags:
Accordion pinwheels and felt bunting spruced up the walls. I wanted to keep the atmosphere lively with blue instead of the traditional Halloween black.
We added a balloon wall shaped like a pumpkin. It served purely as decor – popping the balloons would have made for some angry nurses!
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!