Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is almost here and I’m not gonna lie, we Texans have got this covered. My one piece of advice for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta: use color; LOTS of color. Oh and salsa…and queso…and maybe I have more than one piece of advice after all…

Martha has several great party decor ideas as usual. I especially love the set up below and there is a tutorial for the decor on her website.

In fact last year The TomKat Studio was inspired by this party to design Cinco de Mayo printables and they are free to download on her website. I am so wishing I had time for a Cinco de Mayo party right now. There’s nothing better than Mexican food.
And for those of you who are not familiar with the celebration, Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “the fifth of May”), commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is often confused with Mexican Independence Day, but that is actually not until September. In the United States Cinco de Mayo is mainly a day to celebrate Mexican heritage, culture, customs and FOOD! Oh, the food. Please pass the chips and salsa.

Royal Wedding

Did you watch it? I said I wasn’t going to wake up and watch it live but I am so glad I did. I felt like I was watching a real live fairytale. It really was magical. Can’t explain it. Sigh.

…though it may have been the fact that I watched it with 25 high school girls. My sister had a graduation/Royal Wedding watching party (pictures to come) and needless to say…I didn’t get much sleep last night. You should have heard the screams when the princes arrived. 😉

Did you love her dress? She looked timeless or as my mother put it, “She could be wearing nothing and she’d be gorgeous.” So true.

If you get a chance, listen to or read the Bishop of London’s sermon from the service. I thought it was brilliant. This part was one of my favorites,

“In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, making a new life together so that life can flow through them into the future.

William and Catherine, you have chosen to be married in the sight of a generous God who so loved the world that he gave himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

And in the Spirit of this generous God, husband and wife are to give themselves to each another.”

Such beautiful words and so well said.

I hope you all have a blessed day! I’ll just be here at work wishing I was a princess and trying to hold my eyelids open!

*All photos courtesy of!

Royal Wedding Day Printables

For those of you who have been trying to decide whether or not to throw a Royal Wedding watching party let me make it easy for you. My oh so talented artist/cousin, Kendra of Skunk and Bee designed a banner, drink flags and cards and the best news is, they’re free! All you have to do is print and cut for a smashing good time!

To print these, click on the picture and print! Easy! My sister is having her own little royal wedding/graduation soiree tonight and REALLY early tomorrow morning. I’ve already seen the decor and it is royally perfect! Pictures to come! Cheers!

Nuetral Gender Reveal Party

If you haven’t heard of “gender reveal” parties yet, allow me to enlighten you. Gender reveal parties are the newest trend designed to reveal the gender of a baby to the guests (and often the parents) in a party setting. When parents go in for the ultra sound, they ask their nurse to put the gender of the baby in a sealed envelope. The parents then give the envelope to a bakery which makes a cake dyed in pink or blue and covers it in frosting to hide the color. At the party the parents cut into the cake revealing the gender of the baby to the parents and guests! Yay! Isn’t that such a fun way to share the gender of your future kiddo?
I’m not big on surprises (I AM big on guessing surprises) so chances are I will not be patient enough to wait to cut a cake, but I love the idea of putting a blue or pink colored jelly bean inside a cupcake and having all the guests take a bite at the same time to find out the gender!
There are so many fun ways to celebrate gender reveal parties. I have seen guests wear either a pink or blue t-shirt to show what they think the gender of the baby will be and I have also seen these parties done in a whole range of colors other than pink and blue such as orange and yellow, pink and green and purple and pink.
Or, you can opt to use a neutral palatte like photographer Jessica Liane did for her baby’s gender reveal party! The only gender specific colors she used are inside the cake! This party is a favorite of mine because Jessica had a budget and stuck with it! Just one more example that you don’t have to spend the big bucks to design a gorgeous party!
Guests were encouraged to cast their vote on which gender they thought the baby would be.
This is such a great idea for not only a gender reveal party but also a baby shower…the food was inspired by Jessica’s cravings during her pregancy!
Jessica found florals at Michaels for 50% off to make her arrangements…they look real to me!
It’s a boy! Notice the blue piece of cake?!

Corey and Ann Catherine Easterling

Corey and Ann Catherine wed on a very special day…my birthday! In fact, not only was it my birthday, it was the mother of the groom, Becky Easterling’s birthday AND during the reception Mr. Easterling received a call that their daughter had delivered a baby girl! This wedding was certainly a day of celebration!

The couple met while attending ‘Ole Miss and was sure to have the football game on every television possible at their reception! Their ceremony took place at Christ the King Catholic Church and the reception at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Please enjoy these photos courtesy of Andrea Polito Photography.

I couldn’t have asked for better clients on my birthday. They were so sweet, so easy-going and so much fun. Ann Catherine even wished me a Happy Birthday on stage at the reception and told all her guests they better do so too. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Easterling!

A special thanks to the following vendors…

Coordination: Events By Shelbi Rene
Ceremony: Christ the King Catholic Church
Reception: Brook Hollow Golf Club
Photography: Andrea Polito Photography
Ceremony Music: Henry McDowell
Cake: Panini Bakery
Florist: Green with Envy
Band: Musical Fantasy
Dress: Warron Barron Bridal
Transportation: Buses by Bill
Hair/Make-Up: Mo Bowers