Some of the best parties are the most casual ones. With Valentines Day sneaking up I invited a few of my besties over for a cozy Galentine's Day partayyyy! We chatted over cocktails, pizza, desserts, facials, and chick-flicks. Pretty much my ideal Saturday!
I partnered with Four Roses Bourbon to create a Valentine's Day punch for this little party that is perfectly sweet and sippable. I love having punch at parties because it allows guests a specialty cocktail but you're not stuck playing bartender all night. I've lovingly titled this drink, "jeune amour" which means "young love" making it that much more fitting for Valentine's Day. Click thru for the recipe!
A few weeks back I celebrated my soon-to-be baby cousin at a beautiful Peter Rabbit themed shower. My cousin Karl and I collaborated on making a storybook themed shower that felt whimsical, woodsy, and wonderful for Mama Nicole. I was so excited to surprise my glowing cousin with a special day at the Tipsy Toboggan in Fall River!
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Our Halloween party was tough to plan this year. Brandon and I struggled coming up with a cohesive theme and costumes that worked for us (I hate wigs. He hates shaving. I had to wear a wig, so he won this one). After much deliberation, we decided on a Bob's Burgers theme. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a cartoon about a middle-class family who owns a burger shop. The show has of great voice-actors, perfect comedic timing, and a punny yet subtle "burger of the day" every episode. Brandon and I went as Bob and Linda Belcher (the dynamic mom and dad duo).
It was a halloween party, so I went full out sweet mode for the snacks. The menu consisted of:
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When your best-friend is returning home after a 10 month long journey with Americorps, the welcome home party has to be a good! My friend Sarah's mom (Michele) reached out to me with hopes we could successfully throw a surprise welcome home/belated birthday party - one big party to celebrate the last year. The event was a collaborative effort between her friends and family and was perfectly tailored to all things "Sarah"!
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When my sister-in-law told me she and my brother were expecting a baby this October, I cried like a baby myself. It'll be the first kiddo in my immediate family in over 15 years. Insane! I was smitten to help design and throw her surprise baby shower in August. The theme the soon-to-be Grandmas and myself decided on was, "Oh the Places You'll Go" in pastels and of course - PINK! Though it wasn't a surprise for Ms. Kristin (it's so hard to catch someone off-guard these days) you could tell she was excited about the food, decor, gifts, and guests! Oh well. We tried! (click through to see photos from the shower!)
All good things must come to an end. The last bit of our wedding (part 1, part 2, part 3) involved dancing, s'mores, a DIY photobooth, and a wardrobe change! After the formals were done, Brandon and I couldn't wait to start celebrating without all the nerves from earlier in the day.
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Wedding planning was such an enjoyable thing for me to do. Though it was stressful, I loved putting my thoughts and ideas into creations and tangible things that guests could see, experience, play with, and enjoy. It may be clear by now, but this wedding was not a tale of woes for me. My title for this segment was just a terrible pun - a bad Dad joke, if you may. I'm extremely funny - I swear! (Just don't ask my husband.)
Our photographer grabbed so many great photos of our friends and family during the cocktail hour and ceremony that I had to squeeze a bunch in here. Below are some of my favorite people in the world looking their absolute best at one of the most special days of my life. It seriously makes me teary eyed thinking about all the guests who joined us in celebration of our love! How awesome is that?!
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I'm so ready to share the next installment of #aguiarwebsterwedding with y'all! We're a 21st century wedding. Obviously we had our own hashtag. Though I'd like to think we're pretty technologically savy, we did want our wedding to be a celebration with friends and family connecting with us and not with their Facebook feeds.
During the ceremony we asked that no photos be taken! Some guests may have thought that was a total bridezilla move, but let me explain to you why we asked this:
1) People are focused on the actual ceremony instead of their new notifications.
2) Our photographer, Erin McGinn, was able to snap photos of our guest's reactions instead of their new iPhone case.
3) The entire ceremony was such a surprise to look at when my photos arrived! I had friend's photos from the first look, cocktail hour, reception, etc....but none from the ceremony. It was so refreshing and exciting to look at!
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Wow. A bit embarrassed that I didn't post once leading up to my wedding, but the blog bug has bitten and this Mrs. is so ready to share new posts with you all! Let's jump back into this with some favorite pre-wedding photos, shall we?
I still get giddy looking at photos from our wedding. Our photographer, Erin McGinn, perfectly captured everything! I'm spending my birthday today looking through photos and starting to put Brandon and my wedding book together through Artifact Uprising. So many shots to choose from!
I was so much more calm than I anticipated getting ready. I was just like "Does the dress fit? OK. Good. Alright! I'm ready now!" Would've been impossible without my right hand ladies by my side. They were the best bridesmaids (and officiant) a girl could ask for. (click thru to view more)
Last Friday I hosted my second crafting event, Galentines! The night went hand in hand with a surprise goodbye party for my friend, Sarah. She was supposed to leave this morning for Mississippi (see details here), but the snow postponed her trip. I'm extremely thankful for an extra 72 hours with this girl...even in a winter wonderland! Galentine's was a night full of DIYs, friends, drinks, and learning experiences. I'm excited to share photos and details from an evening with the ladies!
Each guest had their place set with gold dipped flatware, colorful napkins, a personal box of stickers, and all the tools needed to make their take-home craft. The menu consisted of a DIY shirley temple bar (full with beers/sangria/lemon water for those without a sweet tooth), lots of appetizers, a full pasta station, and an ice cream bar. The biggest lesson I learned is that I will not be doing a full meal at every event. Nope! Apps and snacks all the way. By the time we were ready to dig into the meal the pasta was cold, the sauces were no longer warm, the garlic bread was no longer heated to perfection, and we all were sooooo not hungry enough to eat a full plate of pasta. So I'll be leaving the full 3 course meal event to Friendsgiving alone! Additionally, I crafted adorable gem cocktail stirrers, painted gold lips on wine glasses (using this tutorial from sugar & cloth), put together skewer arrows for donut holes, and made a fantastic gluten free cake. (click thru for more)