I like parties. Not that I actually like TO party...that's a different animal, altogether. But I like parties. The planning, the invites, the preparation, the anticipation. I'm bossy. And organized. And creative. And these are the reasons why you would want me to take over your event.
Oh. That and the champagne. Don't forget the champagne. See, when you let the bossy, creative and organized girl handle your party...you get to drink more champagne. And how can you beat that?

Sunday, March 06, 2011

'B' Stands For Budget. And Beautiful. And Brilliant. And...

Ok, so it's been a hot minute since I've posted. So much for my gallant efforts to change the blogosphere with my daily contributions of insight, humor and priceless tips. How do you people do it? How exactly does one work a full time job, start a business, care for a preschooler, spend time with a husband, maintain relationships with family and friends and still manage to find time for social networking and blogging? Short of cloning myself I'm not sure it can be done, but I aim to find out.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my excitement for the amazing direction budget wedding dresses are headed! Now, walk with me for a second. Even if you're not engaged...chances are you know someone who is. So, tell them this secret: David's Bridal isn't the only option for dresses on a budget! There are other choices that simply didn't exist 5 years ago. Some people have the money to spend on extravagant dresses and some either don't or simply don't find it practical. Well, before now it was unfortunate that unless you got a 2nd mortgage on your home the dress choices for budget conscious girls wasn't up to par. And Buffy Worthington isn't the only gal who deserves to look gorgeous on her wedding day!
Most everyone has seen the gowns and bridesmaids dresses at J Crew; they range from $350 to $3,000 and this silk chiffon Arabelle gown (image 3) is one of my favorites. At only $495 there is no reason why you can't feel like a goddess on your wedding day. I discovered that The Limited also has ridiculously low priced (no more than $400) and exceptionally stylish dresses to don to say you do. I think the lace and satin tier gown (image 2) is gorgeous! One of my absolute favorites to launch is the BHLDN line from Anthropologie (image 1)...romantic and poetic, these gowns are exactly what one would expect from them. While these are slightly more expensive with most of them in the $1600 range they do offer some sassy dresses for $600 and a couple of breath taking, red carpet worthy gowns for $4,000.
So, when you consider the websites that are selling used dresses such as www.preownedweddingdresses.com and www.oncewed.com coupled with these online stores there is really no reason why everyone of every budget can't find a beautiful gown and give Buffy a run for her money!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Snakes & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

When I first heard I was having a boy I was pissed. No lie. I know you're supposed to not care - "as long as it's healthy" blah blah blah...but I did. I was ready to write my congressman. Call the Better Business Bureau or something. Not much I could do as it turns out.

So, instead - I accepted it and just told everyone I was going to dress our son in dresses. (For the record, he's 5 and has yet to don a single frilly frock.)

And a beautiful thing happened...

I started to realize just how wonderful little boys were. They were crazy. And hilarious. Much less expensive than little girls. And if you don't know already - they LOVE their mommys.

So, as a convert to the joys of mothering little boys I have grown to love dirty trucks, bugs, spiderman costumes and sweet things like baseball themed parties.

I just had the opportunity to organize a baseball themed party for Camden who just turned 8. The party was at an awesome place: Sandlot Sports (baseball/softball facility) with batting cages and a private party room - you have to check them out. The staff was extremely helpful and I can't think of a cooler place for an 8 year old's party! Not to mention this particular 8 year old is especially deserving of such a party. I can only hope that one day my own little monster is as well behaved and sweet as the birthday boy.

Happy Birthday Camden!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Is This Thing On?

Let's do this!
Here is where you'll find all the things I truly love, completely loathe and everything in between. Bright ideas and possibly even some dim ones.
First up:
Brooch Bouquets.
I had one at my wedding last October, handmade with love and curses from my very own mother. It weighed almost as much as a Volkswagen, but it was well worth it.
If you want to add show stopping details to your own wedding - this is a great place to start!