Gold Safari Baby Shower

Gold Safari Baby Shower 7Remember when I wrote that post telling you I wouldn’t be sharing many parties on the blog anymore?

Well, I lied.

I recently worked on three really fun events, and I just had to share at least one of them with you. My DIY faux zebra rug was a preview, and today I’m sharing pictures and a little behind the scenes of my work on event design. (If that sounds about as interesting as listening to sports radio, just scroll through and look at the pics. I won’t be offended.)

Gold Safari Mood Board

When I’m hired to do an event, I typically present a “mood board” to pitch an overall vision with a few specific ideas, so whoever I’m working with can visualize the concept.

I learned pretty quickly that when conveying design ideas, pictures are much better than my 1,000 words (and hyperactive crazy hand gestures).


I get so excited to share the concept brewing in my head that I morph into the Micro Machines guy from the 80’s. It only took a couple deer-in-the-headlight looks from some sweet clients after my 90 mile a minute word-vomit for me to learn this lesson.[Read More]

DIY Faux Zebra Rug

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Don’t worry vegans…no animals were harmed in the production of this rug.

Before I saw them popping up all over Pinterest, I first saw a gold zebra hide rug on One Kings Lane.

I swooned.

I craved.

I noticed the $739 price tag and hung my head in defeat.

BUT a few weeks later I came across this post on Home Depot’s blog about a DIY faux zebra rug that looked amazing and cost less than the tax on the OKL rug.  JACKPOT.

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I made this large rug for a client’s baby shower and nursery for only $54!!

Granted, it did take some sweat equity.

I geared up for a night of painting and planted myself and my supplies in front of the TV for a Real Housewives marathon. (Don’t judge me…I am fully aware that the entire franchise of shows is total rubbish. But it’s entertaining rubbish…And I watch them ALL.)[Read More]

Gemma’s Woodland Creature Birthday

Before I even begin to tell you about Gemma’s woodland creature first birthday party, I’m proclaiming publicly that her second birthday will be Elmo themed. I will buy everything from a party store and will likely invite guests via a last minute text message. Since that’s off my chest, now I’ll give you the run down on her first party!

After going back and forth for weeks about a theme, I finally went with “winter woodland creatures”. Gemma’s favorite toys are a bear and a fox from IKEA, affectionately known as Beary White and Foxy Lady in our house. I decided to use them as the starting point for the party. If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably had your feed flooded by all the pins added to my First Birthday Ideas board in a 24 hour period. It took a while, but eventually I got excited about planning a party that began from something Gemma loves and morphed into a theme that worked well for February.

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Wizard of Oz Birthday

Today I have such a a sweet party to share with you. My friend Laura’s little girl Olive turned one several months ago, and Laura hosted a Wizard of Oz birthday party in her home to celebrate. (You might remember Olive’s nursery that we collaborated on a while back.) Laura put together “Camp Liam” for her son’s party a couple years ago, so her bar for “just a little party” is much higher than most peoples’.

This party’s theme, “There’s No Place Like Home”, had a special meaning since Laura and her husband Craig just recently moved back to their native Kansas City after living in Illinois for several years. This sweet party is full of pretty decorations, and gorgeous food (which I can only assume was equally delicious). And just look at baby Olive clutching that macaroon? Too much cuteness!

I can’t believe it even as I’m typing, but NEXT month my own little Gemma turns one. How did this happen??? I don’t know if I’m ready for this emotionally. So, clearly the logical thing to do is avoid how I’m feeling and just plan her first birthday party.

Everyone keeps asking me what I’m going to do, and I have no idea. No good ones at least. I keep thinking of things that sound ok in my head, but come out a bit ridiculous. (Prime example is my nagging thought to plan A Goodnight Moon party because it’s her favorite book, and she was born the night of a snowstorm. Then again a creepy grandma rabbit in a rocking chair and “a bowl full of mush” just doesn’t scream celebration to me…Ugh. I’m taking suggestions. For real.
Cake via Classic Cakes and flowers via Victorian Gardens (Kansas City, Missouri)All images taken by the talented Laura Kackley of LARK Photography.