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a special garden party


This is a little late in being posted, but back in May I had the wonderful chance to throw my mom a special 50th birthday party. Most of you who know me know that I love to host a good themed party, so with gorgeous weather in sight and my peonies in full bloom, we decided a garden party would be the perfect foil for this sophisticated but casual party.

I can’t say enough ‘thank you’s’ to my aunt for all the work she put in alongside me, and for the use of her gorgeous backyard and patio. It was the ultimate backdrop for this event and I am so pleased with how everything turned out. It always causes me delight to know that I’ve created a comfortable environment for people to relax and spend time together, as evidenced by those who linger long after they have said that they “really should get going.”

Also special thanks goes to Julie from Julie Christine Photography. She came out and captured all the lovely details for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have all these beautiful photographs that I just don’t have time to snap when I’m playing host!

I hope you enjoy this little peek from our day.

welcome sign

welcome chalkboardfrench garden setting

bistro lightsbistro lightsflowers

drink setup


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cake cutting

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Happy Birthday Mom! Love you.


outdoor movie night – pirates of the caribbean


It’s that time again. Summer means movie nights out under the stars and this weekend we hosted our third annual event. After last year’s themed Alice in Wonderland night was such a big hit, we decided to keep up the tradition, which resulted in a pirate ship being built in our backyard. Ambitious? Maybe.. but certainly fun.

Piracy was the name of the game and while not everyone dressed up, those who did certainly did a great job! I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, but it was a great night, even if it did get a little on the chilly side.

but the rumbarrelsbottlespiratetreasurecandypirate goldpirate ship.ArrrrWill Turner? ..jack sparrow.