Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Parties: Serina's Sweet 16

I'm aliiiiiive!!!! Barely. We recently celebrated our daughters 16th birthday and I've never worked on an event of this size or kind. My style of work is typically funkier, colorful and definitely NOT glam. So when the theme was chosen, I knew I was going to need help to create the look I wanted for her. My daughter wanted a glam Hollywood (kinda) style, with black, gold and red. I have mad respect for those event planners that put these types of events together.  Most of my parties are here at home and a smaller scale, so this was a traumatizing experience! We had about 100 guest, rented a hall, food service, bartender, candy table, installed rentals and a Photo Booth service. I'm still shocked that I was able to pull it off! Haha!
Once I knew the theme, I knew that I needed my friend Monique of Dolce Bliss Events to create the candy display for me. She is a genius when it comes to these style of tables! I'm so glad she was part of this because it would NOT have been as gorgeous as it was, had I done it myself. She even helped me set-up my tables, when I was going crazy. THANK YOU so much amiga! You are truly amazing!
One thing I did slip on was getting a photographer. DOH! I normally take all my photos but at home, during the day, is a lot easier to handle. So please excuse my photos! This was indoors and at night, with horrible lighting. Not only was I not able to get good photos but when you're the host of a REAL party, it's so hard to get photos of your guest or even yourself. Fortunately, I managed to get a photo of the birthday girl at least.
I got a little techy and made a slideshow of my daughters 16 years, to play at the party. It still makes me cry! I'm attaching it below, if you'd like to take a look and listen. Here are some photos I managed to salvage. Enjoy! :)

 This gorgeous cake was made by my SUPER talented friend, Silvia. Check out her FB page, Silvia's Cake Creations and if you're in the L.A. area, I suggest to contact her for your next party. She made Nate's Robin and Sonic cakes. She'll definitely be doing Nate's next party cake!

 Monique contacted Sugar Studio 31 for these beautiful chocolate apples. I had no idea they were so close to me! You bet I'll be ordering from her again!

 Do you see how gorgeous this table is?!?! 

 Monique also ordered these beautiful chocolate covered oreos from Bella's Bakery & Boutique

Love the chalkboard sign from Whimsy and Wise! Glam number 16 by Creativities Galore.

 My friend Roxanne was kind enough to lend me her tall cylinder vases for my centerpieces. I was stocked to find these glittery gold die cut paper accents by David Tutera, at Joann's. They were PERFECT! All I did was add red roses and floating candles, with pearl and jewels surrounding.

 Candy favors with clear plastic boxes from PaperMart.

 I painted and glittered up some cardboard S's for some of the tables decor.

 How handsome is my little guy in his custom red bow tie from Pink Laundry Shop!?!? Love it!!

 Ceiling lights and red wall lighting.

Because teens don't really get wrapped gifts, I decorated this gift card box to fit the theme.

Here is the slideshow that I made for my daughter and played at the party, on a big projector.

Vendor Credits:
Candy Display by Dolce Bliss Events
Chocolate apples by Sugar Studio 31
Chocolate covered Oreos by Bella's Bakery & Boutique
Glittery Gold Vase Accents by David Tutera at Joann's
Red Boys Bow Tie by Pink Laundry Shop
Clear Favor Boxes from PaperMart
Chalkboard Signs by Whimsy and Wise
Number 16 bottle by Creativities Galore

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My BASH Experience

Happy New Year everyone! It's been awhile but I'm feeling rejuvenated and excited for the year ahead.

Just last week I had the pleasure of attending my very first conference, a party conference. I was so excited when I was presented with the opportunity for me to attend. I'm beyond grateful to my amazing friend Laura of Eye Candy Creative Studio! Thank you again! So as excited as I was, I was also nervous as hell. Like I need to pop a Xanax nervous! Why, you ask? Well, I will tell you….

If you follow my blog, you know that it's been pretty lonely around here. If you follow my Facebook page, then you know it's been pretty slow over there as well. I had some personal issues going on for the past year and half, almost 2 yrs actually. I was also feeling a little jaded. I've been in the "party world" for about 5 yrs, blogging about parties, party finds, party crafts to then opening my Etsy shop 4 yrs ago. As I was going full steam ahead, my home life was taking a little hit. I have a 15 yr old. Need I say more?? Hah! Well, that's when I decided to slow down. Then I got slower…. and slower…. and then I disappeared. Still running my shop and busy with work but postings and working to get features were not my goals anymore.

You know what they say….. outta sight, outta mind!
(so you bet I took the "How to be a Rock Star at Social Media" class at BASH!)

As I took this break, the party world was flooded with new talented women. It's not a bad thing! I love to see all the beautiful parties that you all are creating. I'm quiet online but I am definitely watching. I've seen you all make friends, create groups, have meet-ups and attend each others parties. So that's where my nervousness of attending BASH comes in….. you don't know who the hell I am! I have a few old party friends that I was excited to see again but there were so many I did not know. They all seem to be getting to know each other over the internet and in person, where was I going to fit in? I felt like a high schooler not part of the "cool crowd". It's dumb, I know. But it is how I felt. It doesn't help that I'm sort of an Introvert. So even though these thoughts made me so nervous, I was still going to go. Mostly because my husband kept insisting and reminding me that it was something I need to do. I hate it when he's right!

Let me tell you, it was the best decision ever!!!! Like EVER!!!!!
Besides meeting the most fabulous, talented women in the business, I learned so much. I learned about being yourself and embracing/supporting one another. I learned that there is room for all of us! Of course there was so much that I learned business wise. Carolyn Horten of "How to Make Money Planning Events" and Tonya Coleman (who I finally got to meet!!) of "Soiree Event Design" rocked it out with all their business knowledge. Thank you ladies! The branding and sponsor classes were amazing. Alison Faulkner is AWESOME! I desperately needed the blog help, so Mindy Boyce Cone's class was perfect.

Can I just say? Loralee Lewis was SOOO inspirational, I mean I cried! Ok, I wasn't balling but tears just streamed down my face listening to her. I don't make cookies as part of my business but I enjoyed Jenny Keller's class…. it was yummy! :) The girls instructing the social media class were awesome. Amanda Rettke and Kristin Gentry shared so much information and it was exactly what I needed.
I shopped at The TomKat Studio (thank you Kim for having us)! The morning discussions were a favorite of mine. Listened to Kim Stoegbauer speak, along with Kim Byers, Chris Nease, Tori Tait, Kelly Lyden and Jennifer Sbranti. I had a full circle moment with Jennifer though. Finally meeting her, after having a few of my parties featured on Hostess with the Mostess was just the best!

Having breakfast with Amy Atlas will definitely be one for the books! She is so sweet, humble and just a down to earth lady. The beautiful conversation we had, that literally had us in tears, is something I will treasure always. Listening to Eddie Ross was exciting because I kept yelling to myself, "Omg me too!". Like he said, inspiration is all around us.

Michelle Burt, this woman is just amazing. She organized this event and I'm so thankful that she did. I've been following her blog Maddycakes Muse for years! I was so thrilled to meet her, she's the sweetest person. Thank you for this whole experience. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart.

In conclusion (like get it over with already, huh!): I saw some old party friends, I finally met ladies that I had been following for quite some time and I made a few new friends. Not many but now that I feel ready to get back into the party world, I'm hoping that will change by next years BASH conference. I'm pumped to take my little business to the next level!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

What do you want for Christmas??

We all ask the question, "What do you want for Christmas?" quite a few times during the holiday season. I know I ask this at LEAST a million times. It's also part of the stress I endure during the holidays. When my girls were younger it was so much easier, because they had the list tattooed in their brain. Now that they are older, its torture on both ends to get answers out of them. No REALLY. TORTURE! So I came up with an idea while I was happily pinning this morning.

Everybody is on Pinterest these days, even kids, well mostly teens. My 15 yr old daughter has a Pinterest account. She pins hair styles, nail art and fashion of course. Many of us have created our own "Gift Ideas" boards but I thought, why not have a pin board where we could all pin stuff they wanted for Christmas. With the Pinterest feature that allows you to invite others to pin to one of your boards, it seemed like a great idea. This is definitely something that works best for the teens in your life. We can obviously pin for the little ones that don't know the joys of Pinterest yet.

I also included my sister to my board, so she could see what her nieces and nephews are wanting this year. She can also pin for her son and I can avoid the lame convo we have yearly, that goes like…."What should I get Daniel?", (my sister) "I don't know!". So NOT helpful! My husband actually loved the idea and said he would get a Pinterest account just to see the board. He also says I should pin my own wish list, ya know, so he actually KNOWS what to get me! HA!

I think this is going to be our yearly board and will help lessen some of the stress that the holidays always bring. It's also perfect for those out-of-state family members. You can take a peek at my families board below….

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Baby Shower: Dreams Really Do Come True!

So this is long over due! Ha. I'm very behind on sharing photos of items I've created over the past year. Yes, YEAR! I made centerpiece signs, favor tags and cupcake toppers to match my friends baby shower invitations. I loved the teal and orange color combo. I especially love the Mod Mom feel of these items. The theme was "Dreams Really Do Come True" and theirs definitely did. Their baby is about to be a year old now!

Check out a few photos and my beautiful prego (not so much now) friend.