Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Bright and Happy Tiny Party

A super sweet client of ours, Kelly, shared photos from her daughter's recent Tiny Party.
(I am loving these tiny themed parties lately!)

Kelly sent our our tiny invitation to her guests, and used our printable collection that coordinates for her tiny party.

Kelly found some great products for the party so be sure to check out the credits below the eye candy...

Kelly served tiny sandwiches, tiny mac and cheese, tiny pigs n blankets and tiny fruit with poppyseed dressing.

Loving the cupcakes with the tiny fondant toppers (by Two Sugar Babies, of course!) and the tiny printable party flags as toppers on some of them.... so fun!

The cake was sweet and precious - love the pennants around the perimeter of the cake...

A few photos of the birthday girl... what a precious family!

What a sweet photo of the tiny birthday girl and her big bro!
Thank you for sharing your party photos, Kelly!
It looks like everyone was so happy and had a beautiful day!

Customized Graphic Printable Invitation and Accessories - Anders Ruff
Cupcakes, Cake and Whoopie Pies - Society Bakery
Cupcake Toppers and Cake Toppers - Two Sugar Babies
Milk Bottles, straws, plates, napkins - Polka Dot Market
Birthday Dress - Lil Blue Boo
Headband and bow - Lil Lovebugs
Photography - Erin Smith Photography
Rentals - Ducky Bob's
Balloons - Beyond Balloons
Bounce House - Jump for Fun
Party Hat and bib - Dainty Couture
Balloon Artist - Twister Tom


Monday, May 30, 2011

New to the Shop - A Modern Lego Invitation

My son, Jeffrey, is turning 6 in less than 2 weeks and I am preparing for his fun LEGO themed party the 2nd weekend in June. (Fun stuff!)

We already had Lego inspired designs in our shop, but I wanted to come up with something fresh, new, modern and clean for his party.

So far, I have designed and released photos of his Lego inspired invitation that we delivered to all of his buddies...
The invitation is 5x7, but it is a fold over style so that you can turn it into a bag topper.
We included SIX Legos in the cello bag (get it?)
We delivered some by hand and some we sent in the mail.

We also designed return address logos and party labels (for the "to" addresses) to go with the theme.

Full collection coming soon!
Lots of building to do over here to plan for the party!
Can't wait to share!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We wish you all a very Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Enjoy your time with friends and family and relax!

Becca Bond Photography - Caryn's Daughter (above) from our recent photoshoot....

Below is one of my favorite kids rooms that was in House Beautiful.
Beautiful interior design by Ashley Whittaker.

My piece of art (paint chip collage) "United" is hanging on the wall
and I always think of this special piece of artwork
every year around Memorial Day and 4th of July.

Something about red, white and blue that just makes me smile!

Have a WONDERFUL and safe weekend!

Just a few simple, fun decorating ideas (from Pinterest.com)

Have a SWEET memorial Day!
(LOVE this idea)


Friday, May 27, 2011

{Giveaway Winner} $100 Gift Certificate to Hanna Andersson

The winner of the {Giveaway} $100 Gift Certificate to Hanna Andersson (drawn via Random.org) is lucky #210, Allison Martin!

Allison Martin said...
I liked Hanna Anderson on FB!! Love their pj's!! I already like Anders Ruff!

Allison, please email carrie@andersruff.com so that we can get you your gift certificate!

Thank you everyone for all of your support; and a special thanks to the folks at Hanna Andersson for sponsoring this week's giveaway


Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's the Buzz All About? A Happy Bee Day!

Jen Carver, a fabulous client of ours (and party planning loving mommy), shared photos from her son's recent Bee Day and we were overjoyed with happiness from all the eye candy!

Bee Day's are close to my heart bee-cause it was the theme of the first party I styled for my son, Pierson, back before I even started graphic design and Anders Ruff.
You may remember my Bee Day party from here...
and here (Martha showed 2 pics on her show recently and mentioned it!)
So, when we see Bee Day parties, we immediately get excited to see all the new ideas unfold!
So fun to see the difference between my parties 2 years ago and now...

Anyhow, Jennifer did a SPECTACULAR job.... everything looks so professional.
It came together beautifully and she was SO sweet to share some of the party details with us!

How The Party Came to ‘Bee’-
Hanging in our front entrance hall is a vinyl sign which reads:
Be Grateful
Be Smart
Be Involved
Be Clean
Be True
Be Positive
Be Humble
Be Still
Be Prayerful

As a mother, I’ve naturally reflected many times on all the things I hope my little Max will grow up to do and be. Knowing this celebration marked his first major milestone, I thought a “bee” theme would be most appropriate for not only celebrating who he is already ‘bee’-coming, but also to record our hopes and words of wisdom for what he is yet to ‘bee’.

The Party Buzz-
Once the theme was decided, I immediately started looking for gorgeous bee themed party printables and fell in love with Pierson’s First Bee-Day Party (and accompanying graphics) by Anders Ruff Custom Designs (my #1 go-to graphics designers!). After all, throwing a gorgeous party is all in the little details, and these ladies already have ya covered!

Adorable bee themed invitations (customized by Anders Ruff) showcasing our little ‘bee-day’ boy to ‘bee’ were sent out inviting guests to buzz on over to the Carver hive for a celebratory ‘bee-bee-que’.

The guest list consisted of an intimate group of our closest friends who arrived to a spread of various ‘bee-bee-que’ themed dishes and yellow, black & white themed dessert tables & beverage bar sure to please both old and young alike.

Some of my favorite details included:
*Bee cake pops (So amazingly delicious and made by Pop.o.licious)
*Two tiered yellow cake with butter cream frosting & fondant bees (Kristin Dyer Cakes)
*Banana Chocolate Brownie Trifle Shooters (using my new push up pop containers!)
*Chocolate covered pretzel rods & marshmallow pops
*Apothecary & candy jars filled with:
Spring Oreos with yellow cream centers, yellow rock candy, lemon
suckers with Anders Ruff party circles, black licorice, black &
yellow gumballs, banana salt water taffy, banana Now and Laters candy
*Custom designer sugar cookies which coordinated perfectly with Anders Ruff graphics from the incredibly talented Allyson Jane.
*Lindt Chocolate Truffle cupcakes with homemade cream cheese frosting (cupcake toppers from Anders Ruff)

Beverage Stand-
We kept things light and simple with lemonade and water to drink. However, simple doesn’t mean plain and boring! We dressed up water bottles & glass bottles with Anders Ruff printable beverage wraps & added straws and party flags for some extra festiveness.

Lunch Spread:
Sticking with the ‘bee’ theme, our lunch spread included: ‘bee-bee-que’ chicken
burgers, baked ‘bee-ns’, ‘bee-bee-que’ chips, bowtie chicken Caesar
salad, & fresh fruit all served on coordinating bee paper goods.

Photobooths are all the rage at parties these days, and our guests had so
much fun picking from a wide variety of props (homemade faux moustaches,
lips and/or eye glasses, as well as hats & accessories) and posing
for pictures using oversized frames & homemade chalkboard & dry
erase board thought and speech bubbles. It kept the kids & teenagers
entertained for hours! Even the adults had fun striking a pose!

Our guest ‘sign in’ area consisted of adorable printable coordinating bee
themed cards (Anders Ruff) attached to a banner with clothes pins.
Guests were invited to leave “wordzzzz” of wisdom for our little bee-day
boy. These will all be put into his baby book for him to look at when
he is older.

Party Favors:
Guests were thanked for ‘buzzing on by Max’s bee day party’ with an invitation
to ‘take some sweets’ home with them by filling up adorable yellow
treat containers. Each family was also presented with a sweet little
honey bear to take home. In addition, each child took home yellow mini
containers of bubbles.

More from Jen
Favorite Details:
There is something about homemade details that I just adore! My good friend
Monica Bradshaw of Sook Ee Designs designed & sewed Max’s custom
outfit for the party. Using some of the coordinating Anders Ruff
patterned papers, as well as miscellaneous supplies I made some high
chair bunting and a little birthday hat to match Max’s adorable outfit.
It added the extra cute factor during his birthday smash cake photos
& was that touch of homemade that I enjoy adding to all my events.

A few of my other favorite details are the little party drink flags,
(also made from Anders Ruff honeycomb printable paper), black &
white striped straws and polka dot balloons.

Incredible job, Jen!

Vendor Credits:

Custom Invitation and Printable Graphics - Anders Ruff
Photograph - Mi Vida Photography (party photos)
and Jennifer Wilcox Photography (Invite photo)
Custom Cookies - Allyson Jane
Custom Outfit - Sook Ee Designs
Cake - Kristin Dyer
Cake Pops - Pop.o.licious Cake Pops
Cupcake Liners and Striped Straws - Hey Yo Yo
Polkadot Balloons - Party City
Candy - Oh Nuts! and Party City
Cupcake Stands and Baskets - Walmart
Push Up Pop Containers - JBPrince
Yellow Treat Boxes - Walmart
Paper Goods - Discount Party Supplies
Party Hat - Handmade
Photo Booth Props and High Chair Bunting - Handmade using Silhouette
Thank you for sharing, Jen! Absolutely adorable!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{Featured Clients} Demi's Vintage Carnival 1st Birthday Party

Demi turns 1!

Our client Shannon sent us these pictures from her daughter Demi's first birthday party. Shannon worked with us to customize our Vintage Carnival Birthday invitation and printables.

Event planning is second nature for Shannon. She and partner Stephanie run Rendezvous Event Gathering Place in Houston, TX. Just wait until you see this amazing party!

The spectacular cake created by Sweets To Dream On (the owner was part of the winning team on an episode of TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off" competition), and Demi's tutu (by FairyWonderful) were both designed with the invitation in mind.

Shannon said, "The birthday girl was so excited! Even at the age of 1, she couldn't contain herself as you can see by the expression on her face!"

What a cake by Sweets To Dream On!

Guests were treated to a magnificent table of sweets.

The tutu, by FairyWonderful, is, well...wonderful!

The guests got a chance to "horse" around

Shannon was smart to have plenty of water on hand for the thirsty crew

Thank you so much Shannon for sharing with us pictures of Demi's special day!



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