Monday, March 29, 2010

Brown & Green 75th Birthday Celebration

A few snapshots from a party I designed for Mrs. Castillo's Surprise 75th Birthday Celebration. With springtime in the air, I couldn't resist using lots of fresh flowers. Beautiful ivory roses and green button bums were used in the cake and centerpieces that I created. The party was hosted by her three fabulous daughters and was so much fun to work on. Lots of great food, beautiful weather and wonderful guests!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bridal Shower Love

A beautiful celebration to shower a very special bride-to-be with tons of love and warm wishes as she prepares to say "I Do".

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hawaiian Luau

Aloha and welcome to Chloe Ann's Hawaiian Luau 3rd Birthday Bash! For this event, Chloe's mommy, who is originally from Hawaii wanted a very classic, almost vintage island-inspired look for the party. During one of my shopping trips, I came across a beautiful island print fabric which became the inspiration for the entire party decor. I wanted the party to have a very natural and relaxed feel to it, but with an elegant touch of course =) I think everything turned out beautifully! Here are some photos from the event...

I had my sweet hubby cut several leaves from our Bird of Paradise and palm trees from our backyard to make this arrangement. I couldn't allow myself to cut anything off my real Plumeria tree (it's so hard to grow in Southern California), so instead of using the real thing, I found this lovely silk Plumeria branch at Michael's (for only $7.99) and to my delight, everyone thought it was real! Filled the bottom of the glass vase (also from Michael's $11.99) with tiny river rocks, added a natural sinamay ribbon and some fresh orchids to finish off the look.

Freshly cut palm leaves and palm leaf print paper lanterns added to the island feel of the party.

I found these adorable matching outfits from Motu Hawaii, a local Hawaiian shop. If you're in the Pacific Beach/Mission Bay area, you've gotta stop by and check them out...they carry a lot of authentic items (

I found this gorgeous island print fabric at Walmart ($5 per yard, you'll need about 3 yards for a 6ft. long table) and made it into a beautiful overlay for the guest tables.

The best centerpieces are the ones that you can eat! =) Centerpiece consist of fresh pineapples, mangos, coconuts and bananas and centered beautifully between two tabletop tiki torches.

Fresh Plumeria and Hibiscus blooms adorns the gorgeous birthday cake.

Island-inspired goodies: chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, chocolate covered macaroons, fried sweet plantain chips and bite size taro filled sesame balls.

Straw hats, hibiscus hair clips and tropical leis for the guests.

Custom water bottles (the adorable hula girl clip art reminded me of the sweet birthday girl)

A surprise hula performance for the guests to enjoy...

The adorable birthday girl, Chloe Ann =)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pirate Adventure

Ahoy Mateys! Captain Dylan celebrates turning 8 with a pirate adventure party! This event was a last minute request and being that I only had a little over 24 hours to put this together, I think it turned out quite adorable and the kids had an absolute blast!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Twilight Party

A Twilight party to celebrate Alyssa's 12th Birthday...Go Team Edward! :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

I Love Pink!

I just love it when the color scheme I'm working with is always makes me smile! :)

Under The Sea Soiree

This is a beautiful "Under The Sea" themed party I recently created for my god-daughter, Lauren's 10th birthday celebration! I have always wanted to create a "Nautical" or "Mermaid's Tea By The Sea" party and was absolutely thrilled when Lauren asked if I could create this type of event for her. She had one request though...being that she was turning a whopping 10 years old, LOL!... she asked if I could create a more "grown-up/pre-teen" version (she said, "no Disney Mermaid decorations and no tea cups") So, this is what I created for her and she absolutely loved it!

Here are some gorgeous details from her party:

Lauren's custom made party invitations. I added raffia and seashells on it for an extra pretty touch before mailing them off to her guests.

This is one of my most favorite cake creations to date! To save on time and $$$, I went ahead and ordered a plain 2-tiered cake and then added my own decorating touch to it once it arrived at the party. It's amazing what a box of brown sugar, some seashells & starfishes and a few tropical flowers can do to a cake!

The live goldfish centerpiece was such a hit! It also doubled as a lovely party favor as each guest were given a goldfish to take home in an adorable mini fishbowl at the end of the party!

My starfish chocolate fudge cupcakes...they taste as sweet as they look!

Sweets by The Sea Candy Station