Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sleepaway Camp Bachlorette Party

So all of this month I have been busy being a matron of honor leading up to my bestee's wedding day. It was fabulous and we had a great time! The day before the wedding the bridesmaids surprised Tamika with a Camp Sleep Away Bachlorette Party(Her Favorite Horror Series). If you haven't heard of this horror series, you aren't the only one! I learned something new about my best friend.

They went all out with the fake blood hand prints, candy, popcorn and even a movie screen so we could watch all three movies while playing Death Bingo.
Signage in the lobby of the hotel

 Signature S'more Cocktail

Popcorn bag Candy Favors
 Bride was surprised. They even suited her with a Camp Arawak Shirt
 Friendship Bracelet kits
 Bloody Table Set up

 Door Sign-So Perfect

 Movie screen
 Tamika's reenactment of a scene and 2 of the camp counselors who planned this event 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Sweet Tea Party with Dolls and TuTu's

The blog world is pretty extraordinary. You meet a lot of different people and build connections that you never knew were possible. One of my blog readers, Pam contacted me and wanted to share the excitement of planning her daughter's 4th Birthday. Pam was so excited that I wanted to see everything she was doing. I even surprised her and came to her home (per her request, I just don't barge in, lol) and assisted with some hanging placements.
Check out this unique theme that was beautifully executed. To see the full details of this party go to the post here at AndersRuff

Vendor Credits:
Invitations/Coordinating Printables: AndersRuff (
Pettiskirt: DreamSpun Kids (
Tea Pot cookies: Sugar and Flour (
Fascinator: Charming Necessities (
Baby Doll Tutus: Lindsays Whimsies Tutu (
Cupcake Wrappers: Hey Yo Yo (
Doll Shirts: Linda Loves to Sew (
Streamers- Serendiptee Design (
Yellow striped fabric- Funkalicious fabrics (
Birthday Party Hats- Sweet Things Kids (
Cake Topper- Creating from the Heart (
Pom Balls- Pomtastic (
Birthday Cake- Cakes Plus (
Photographer – Alison Harbaugh/Freckle Photography (
Rentals: Select Event Rentals (

Sunday, September 4, 2011

35th Birthday Party Recap

My 35th Birthday Celebration was great! My friends came down to DC to help me celebrate with laughter, joy and of course alcohol. We began the festivities and Embassy Suites in NW DC then moved the celebration over to the Park at 14th for a night of dancing.

My friends were surprised that there were still "Monique" decorations in the hotel room. They have come to expect anything from me. As I stated in the previous post. I wanted to spend as little as possible and reuse items from birthday's past.

The frame in with the Birthday sign is actually my cork board in my home office. I just added paper and ribbon with glue dots.

The only new items that were purchased were the flowers for the arrangement and the peacock feathers found at Michael's. My friends Emesha and Alex made all of the food items for me(we know I can't cook). It was delicious. We had rum cupcakes, rice and peas, steak skewers, crab balls and meatballs. My friends really support me and all of my craziness. But one thing they know for sure is that we will always have a fabulous time. Thanks girls and I look forward to next year in Atlantic City!

Notice the Peacock flower in my hair. I purchaed this at Artscape in Baltimore. The designer is Koleen of Design by night. Check out her etsy shop here

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday To ME!

This year I decided to celebrate my birthday at the last min. I won some fabulous invites from Jess at Party Box Design by way of Celebrations at Home. Unfortunately, since I couldn't get my act together and waited too late, I decided that I would use my winnings from another party.
Below is the invitation (that I so love) in an inspiration board.

I'm still doing a party but I'm relocating it to a hotel room in DC to be followed by a night of dancing. I decided to do a little decorating as well with the goal of not buying anything new and reusing party goods from birthday past. View Here and Here.

Michelle of Maddycakes Muse did a cool thing on her birthday by telling bloggers 10 things they did not know about her. I thought this was great so I wanted to also share some things (5) you didn't know about me.

Here it goes:

1) I am a preachers kid. My father, however was very cool at letting me make my own decisions and encouraged me to grow in develop just how I wanted in life.

2) Though I love to party plan, I have another passion-Human Services. This is why I chose the profession of being a Probation Officer. I love this and would never leave and become a party planner full time.

3) I never crafted anything until I was 29

4) I commute to my full-time job everyday. A total of 3 hrs driving time

5) I thank God for introducing me into the party blogging world where I have made great connections and have been inspired deeply.

Credits: Shoes: Kate Spade Christa Peacock Satin(no longer available)

Candy Buffet: Amy Atlas

Invitation: Party Box Design


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Time to get Married Bridal Shower Recap

It all began with this custom invitation created by Kelly of WH Hostess.

This was a very trendy location and Tamika just loved of the modern bright colors. Check out this picture of us walking in. It just explains the entire vibe of the hotel.

The Photographer, Kory of BChase Photography did a fabulous job of capturing this day. I can't wait to use her again and again and again!

Table Setting
Included a hour glass(Home Goods) on a white candle stick(Ikea), fresh flowers arranged by me (Wegmans) in a Pink Jeweled Vase (Home Goods). Each table also included a quote about Time and Marriage in a white frame(Ikea). Pink and Green Table Clothes from CV Linens.

Buffet of Caesar Salad, Pasta Salad, Tilapia, Grilled Chicken, fresh fruit and cheese display.

Candy Buffet

Included several types of candy from Superior Nut Company, Bulk Foods and the Dollar Tree, cookies(Allyson Jane), cake pops(my dear friend Heather) & Cupcakes and Cake(Cakes Plus)

Love the little moss balls found at Home Goods for 1.99. Just added a bow.

Kelly of WH Hostess also created the coordinating candy bag labels and signs for the candy and food buffet.

Allyson Jane Cookies~ Yum Yum Tamika's "Pink Love" Signature drink was to die for. I will show you the ingredients at a later post.

I made the place cards just like Chris had from Celebrations at Home.(Fabulous Idea!) The first card was the name card followed by the menu and a "Did you Know" about the bride. As an ice breaker each person had to read the little known secret about the bride, then introduce themselves and tell how they know the bride. It became very sentimental.

We played only one game. Tamika is not a big game person. Neither am I in that matter. This was a scrambled wedding word game. I didn't realize I made it that hard. Notice the hour glasses on the game paper.

When the guest first arrived, they were invited to make a bracelet or earrings for Tamika. I got the beads at Michael's on sale. I kept it to a min of 4-5 colors. This was a great project and lasted throughout the shower. Once we all made a piece for Tamika, we went back and made another for ourselves. This idea found by one of the bridesmaids at Martha Stewart. It also helps if at least one person knows how to make jewelry.

This is only a very small portion of what the bride took home.

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