Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apple Recipes: Part 2

Time for Part 2 of our delicious apple recipes! I feel like this list could go on and on, but I'll just share a few more of my favorites.

I love how aromatic a hot, homemade cider is. It just fills up the house with the smell of the season. I'm planning to make a big batch for our Halloween party and I know it will be amazing! Next stop on the tour of fall cuisine: pumpkin!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Ideas: Spooky Bats and Cobwebs Four Ways

I love the effect of flying bats and big, spooky cobwebs for Halloween. Not to mention, they're fun and easy to create, and can be used in used in so many ways!

Totally Batty:
Cobwebs Four Ways:

I made the bats from Martha Stewart last year for Halloween, which I've kept for this year. I chose to simply cut the bats from black felt using the template and then hang them from the ceiling with fishing line from different heights. I attached some with fishing line directly from the center so the wings would hang down, and others I attached fishing lines to the center and either side of the wings to create variety and give the effect of bats in flight. Besides the cutting, which takes a bit of time, they were really easy, really inexpensive, and made a big statement! I can't wait to use them again!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Carnival-Inspired Celebrations

I love the child-like whimsy of a country fair or carnival theme. Bright colors, balloons, and pennant banners set the scene, while carnival cuisine in mini portions like french fries in paper cups or cotton candy, and even rides or attractions invite you to let loose.

Fun "Marry-Go-Round" Carnival Wedding Inspiration from Snippet and Ink

The inspiration doesn't stop at weddings. Check out this unique Big Top Baby Shower Inspiration designed by the amazing Jen Sbranti of Hostess with the Mostess.

For a glimpse of a real event using this fun theme, check out this amazing carnival wedding designed by Amorology and captured by Jamie Hammond.

Wouldn't you love to be a guest at this wedding?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Halloween Sneak Peek

I'm coming out here and now and admitting that Halloween is my favorite holiday. Something about the season, the mystery, and the fun just gets me so excited! With that in mind, I'm thrilled to get started on some of my favorite ideas for decor, food, costumes, and party tips!

Stay tuned for lots of great ideas, unique themes, and Halloween excitement, and Happy First Day of Fall!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vineyard Wedding Inspiration

Snippet and Ink never ceases to come up with such gorgeous inspiration creations! Check out these gorgeous Vineyard Wedding Inspiration Boards:

"Vineyard Vows"

"Autumn Vineyard"

And for a gorgeous rendition of this inspiration, check out this authentic Tuscan Wedding. I love the old-world charm inherent in this style. The splashes of color in the burgundy and purple artichokes are truly stunning as well.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall Apple Recipes

As fall rolls in this month, apples are nearing the peak of their season! Apples are such versatile fruit, pairing well with many spices, used in food and drink, and sweet and savory recipes. Enjoy some of my favorites from Martha Stewart!

I think the Apple Spice cake looks absolutely amazing! What are your favorite fall apple recipes?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

{Real Party} Country Western Goes Vintage

Fall always gets me thinking of rustic, country style. I love how country western is interpreted for a little girl in this adorable Vintage Cowgirl Birthday. Mini horses, cowbells, pastel-patterned fabric, and even a wanted poster make for such a unique party. I imagine any girl with a love of horses would go crazy for this!

This Vintage Cowboy Baby Shower designed by Beth Helmsetter Events is definitely vintage country style at its best: daisies in mason jars, vintage cowboy books, bandanna decor, hay bales as seating, and BBQ and mini pies!

I imagine a lot of inspiration came from those vintage cowboy books!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Custom Inspiration Board: Retro Garden Party Wedding

Happy Labor Day! This one is a bit overdue, but I wanted to share this totally fun theme I created for a late-summer bride with a love of flamingos. She wasn't sure how to incorporate them into her wedding, but she loved the colors hot pink and green. So here's what I came up with:

This is definitely a theme that doesn't take itself seriously, but there are so many great elements! White wicker lawn furniture or garden architecture like the white trellis are great backdrops for such flashy colors. I loved the grass mats as a centerpiece idea with pink stargazer lilies and mini flamingos. Not only are the grass mats inexpensive, but they would be a great decor accent to bring the outdoors in. And how fun are those flamingo food picks?

I'm so excited that fall is unofficially here, and to be getting started on fall ideas, inspiration boards, and party features. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Farewell to Summer: Dreamy Seaside Photo Shoot

As much as I embrace the warm colors and cool weather of fall, I'm always sorry to see summer go. In that spirit, I wanted to feature one last hoorah of this wonderful season from Style Me Pretty. Not to mention, it's one of the most lush, romantic wedding photo sessions I've ever seen! The soft, nautical color palette, the ethereal lighting, the furniture design - everything about this is truly eye-candy. Enjoy!

Can you believe there's more? Do yourself a favor....go on over and check it out here.
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