kitchen & garden themed bridal shower

garden themed bridal shower

I love this bridal shower, which has a subtle cooking garden theme. The centerpieces – in addition to fresh flowers – are colanders filled with herbs, ready for a kitchen garden! The place card and favor were little bottles of olive oil. It’s fun without being over the top. Enjoy!

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melissa & carl’s 4th of july backyard wedding

melissa & carl's 4th of july backyard wedding

In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to share this fun, heartfelt backyard wedding (that happened to take place on the 4th of July last year!). Melissa and Carl hosted this in their backyard, with lots of fun DIY details. And of course, no Indpendence Day wedding would be complete without fireworks! Enjoy!

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denise & chris’s DIY country wedding

denise & chris's DIY country wedding

The DIY route isn’t for every couple, but this real wedding is an example of how to execute it well. Denise and Chris oversaw almost every detail of their wedding, which took place at the picturesque Hillside Farms in Dallas, Pennsylvania. What drew me to their wedding when it was submitted was the abundance of fantastic signage. I’m a bit of a fan for clever and well-done signs for events, especially weddings and social events (see evidence here). From the chalkboard signs to the rustic directional signage, this was one area where this wedding really stood out for me. Of course, the beautiful backdrop, florals and other details helped as well. Enjoy!

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fabulous 50th birthday party (for an event planner!)

fabulous 50th birthday party

Since I am a professional event planner, my friends and colleagues often joke that they wouldn’t want to have to plan an event for me since there would be so much pressure! It’s actually not true (ask my friends who threw my baby shower and did an amazing job!), but even I would be a bit wary of planning a birthday fete for the president of an award-winning event planning firm, as Joe Mineo’s colleagues at Something New Events did for him when he reached a half-century. The results are spectacular – the use of lighting is phenomenal, lending a beautiful, almost ethereal glow to the space; the florals are amazing (no wonder, as Something New Events started as a florist shop); and there’s even some inventive ways of serving food and beverage. Enjoy!

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alex & nada’s australian vineyard wedding

alex & nada's australian vineyard wedding

I’m excited to feature my first Australian wedding here on Planning It All! I’ve never been to Australia, but I’ve always wanted to go, so these beautiful wedding photos are a joy to share – I’ll just pretend I was a guest! Alex and Nada’s nuptials took place at the Killara Estate, a vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. The wedding is full of fun, rustic details (check out the charming cake topper), but the real treat is the stunning view. Enjoy!

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pink & gold rustic birthday party

pink & gold children's birthday party

Most people don’t think of historic houses as ideal venues for children’s birthday party, but Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi, proved to be the perfect location for Brooke’s 5th birthday. Beauvoir was the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and now sits as a museum and historic home, available for wedding and event rentals. Brooke’s birthday was actually the first birthday party to be hosted on the grounds. The party is full of fun pink and gold rustic details, and the children enjoyed mason jar cakes, face painting, and pony rides around the estate. Enjoy!

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morgan & justin’s arizona pecan grove wedding

morgan & justin's arizona pecan grove wedding

When you think of Arizona weddings, you might not think of lush, green lawns and beautiful, serene pecan groves (I think most people would think of the Red Rocks of Sedona or the arid Grand Canyon) but such a gorgeous wedding venue does exist near Phoenix – The Venue at the Grove. This proved to be the perfect backdrop for Morgan and Justin’s nuptials last fall. Their wedding was full of fun details – giant Jenga, lawn games, a stunning marquee – plus six different wedding cakes! Enjoy!

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backyard garden bridal shower

Backyard Garden Bridal Shower

Sometimes the simplest of affairs are the best – I love this backyard garden bridal shower and all of the lovely DIY details. The hostess used seed packets as buffet labels (so creative!) and potted plants did double duty as place cards and favors for guests. Plus who can resist those lush peonies that made up the centerpieces? Enjoy!

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the best baby shower ever


I’m so excited to share this baby shower today because it’s the best baby shower I’ve ever attended – and it was for me! My lovely friend Anna organized this amazing baby shower in honor of my daughter, who is expected to arrive this July. The theme was children’s books – guests were encouraged to bring a children’s book instead of a card in order to start the baby’s library, an idea I adored! Anna had lots of fun details – from the fabulous banner with the baby’s name (Emilia) to baby bottles filled with sweet tea and pink lemonade to drink, complete with pink polka dot straws. In lieu of a guest book, Anna had a box of toy blocks for guests to sign. The best part – the shower was over brunch, which is my favorite meal! The non-expecting guests were able to sip on mimosas, but we all nibbled on delicious brunch food, included amazing cupcakes made by my mother (who is very excited for her newest grandchild!). Enjoy!

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[guest post] 8 awesome theme ideas for your next corporate event

theme party ideas

Parties are always more fun when there’s a theme. It creates more opportunity for engagement and mingling. The last thing you want at a social event is the sound of crickets or guests chattering on their phones instead of with each other. Contrary to what naysayers say, themed events are not just for junior high school dances or a 10-year-old’s birthday bash. Themes are used all the time for college, corporate, and charity marathon events.

 If you’re short on ideas, the following considerations make for a great themed corporate event.

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