Bri’s Broadway Bound Bat Mitzvah | Dallas Bat Mitzvah Coordinator

When I met with Bri’s parents to help plan her Bat Mitzvah, I was ecstatic to meet a family with a knack for coordination. Throughout the process, it was evident the love and pride they felt for their daughter and it certainly showed on the night of her ceremony and reception.

Bri’s Bat Mitzvah theme was “Broadway Bound” and with that came decadent Broadway-themed centerpieces with Playbills as tables numbers and VIP pass escort cards for guests to wear. The night began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while guests awaited the arrival of the guest-of-honor, who had no idea what to expect upon arrival. Unbeknownst to Bri, her parents had planned for her to be the celebrity of the night, so when she arrived she was shocked as she was greeted with a red carpet, adoring fans and paparazzi flashes. Afterward guests were ushered into the theater where Bri and her parents were announced on stage in true celebrity fashion. The guests watched a video prepared by Bri’s father and the candle lighting ceremony began immediately after, with Bri’s closest family and friends joining her on stage to light each of her 13 candles. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and a photo booth for the rest of the night and to top it all off: an ice cream sundae buffet! It was truly a memorable event captured by the talented Tod Margolis.

I was not a part of the coordination for her ceremony earlier that day but wanted to include the pictures to show you what a wonderful family with whom I had the pleasure of working.

A special thank you to the following vendors that helped make this event a success…

Event Design/ Coordination: Events by Shelbi Rene
Venue: Lewisville Grand Theater
Photography: Margolis Photography
DJ: Mark Tresnicky
Catering: G Texas Catering
Photo Booth: Allure Event Rentals

Kendra’s Lingerie Shower | Dallas Event Planner

Last Fall we threw a French Boudoir themed lingerie shower (aka personal shower) for my sweet cousin Kendra. In the South, lingerie showers are as common as bridal showers but the inspiration is still quite limited online so I was excited for the challenge to come up with something unique.

Photos courtesy of The Three Photography.


I knew I wanted to use drawers on the food table as well as present a bedroom type look for the table and surrounding area. I raided my mom’s house for shabby chic drawers and lined the inside with scrapbook paper in pastel hues. I then stacked the drawers and added tulle and candles to romance the setting. I hung sheer curtains to give the illusion of a canopy bed and tied tulle ribbon to white strung lights to resemble stars. I also incorporated lace to tie back to the lingerie theme. We displayed the food in the drawers and when the guest of honor began opening her gifts, we removed the food and displayed the gifts in the drawers for guests to view.

The menu included Pumpkin Spice Lattes upon arrival. In the drawers we displayed hors d’oeuvres such as corn dip, zucchini slices and fruit and cheese trays. For dessert we offered homemade Nutella Cheesecake in chocolate cups and an assortment of La Madeline bakery items. We presented most of the food in individual servings to give the impression that the food had been professionally prepared.

At her bridal shower a few weeks prior, I interviewed Kendra’s closest friends and family with questions about her and her fiancé’s relationship. At the lingerie shower, we played the video for entertainment while Kendra opened her gifts. I also interviewed Kendra and Patrick with the same questions and played their responses at the end. Watching someone open lingerie can be slightly awkward so the video helped lighten the mood. Below are the questions I asked:

How did Kendra and Patrick meet?
When did Kendra and Patrick start dating?
Who made the first move?
Who said “I love you” first?
Who will be in control of the checkbook?
Who spends more money?
When should Kendra and Patrick start having kids?
Who has the crazier family, Kendra or Patrick?
Where should Kendra and Patrick go on their honeymoon?
What is your advice for the best way to work out a disagreement?
Any other advice for the newlyweds?

We made Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub to put in mini mason jars and tied with lace and a spoon for guests to take home as a party favor. There are several recipes online but we used the following for 30 small jars:

8 Cups of Brown Sugar
4 Cups of Granulated Sugar
8 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Cups of Vegetable Oil

A special thanks to all of the hostesses who helped with the shower: Aubrey, Chanea, Krista, Chandra, Brittany, Rachel, Emily, Amy, Ashton and Lauren!

Austin and Courtney Goolsby | McKinney Wedding | McKinney Wedding Coordinator

Boots, branches, burlap and a side of fried chicken and you’ve got the recipe for Austin and Courtney’s fabulous upscale rustic wedding.

The venue, formally an authentic textile cotton mill, was charming and vintage with cascading waterfalls, exposed brick and wood-beamed ceilings. Courtney wanted her wedding to be rustic and elegant but also wanted guests to have a good time. At the reception, most guests crowded the dance floor while others returned for seconds catered by Babe’s Chicken. You can’t go wrong when you’re catering Babe’s. You just can’t. Courtney and her dad started off the party with their own spin on the traditional father/daughter dance, complete with a choreographed dance to their own upbeat mix.

I also want to give Courtney a shout out for her wedding-day look. Her updo had to be one of my favorite wedding hairstyles of all time…certainly Pinterest worthy.

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Goolsby!

A special thanks to the following vendors….
Coordination: Events by Shelbi Rene
Ceremony/Reception: The Cotton Mill
Photography: Erica Joyce Photography
Rentals: Ducky Bobs

Baby Headbands | Baby Shower Activity

I’m not a big “games” person, especially when it comes to baby showers. I prefer activities such as decorating onesies or writing prayers or scripture for the baby so when I saw this idea on Hostess with the Mostess I wanted to blog about it immediately so I would never forget. This particular baby shower was Paris themed and although the entire shower was simply adorable, I loved their activity the most(ess): making headbands for the baby!



via HWTM

One of the hostesses actually made these bows ahead of time but depending on your guests, you could set out a picture or tutorials for different bows and let guests choose which bows they want to make. I just love the little pink tags they made to attach to each headband so you know who made it. That would come in handy when sending thank you notes or when taking photos of the baby wearing the headbands.

Now I know what you’re thinking, this only works for a girl baby shower, but what if for a boy baby shower you made bow ties to clip onto onesies? For gender neutral baby showers, why not have your guests make pacifier clips? In fact, the headbands, bow ties and pacifier clips require a lot of the same materials so making two at the same shower could also be an option. I am just loving this crafting trend at showers. Hooray for hot glue!

Patrick and Kendra Drew | Dallas Wedding | Dallas Wedding Coordinator

This wedding I am posting today is near and “deer” to my heart because it is my cousin Kendra’s wedding. Kendra and Patrick’s Fall wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever helped coordinate. Also one of the most difficult weddings I’ve ever coordinated since I was a bridesmaid too! Regardless, the weekend was perfect and the weather cooperated beautifully which was lucky for us since we didn’t really have a back up plan.

One of the things I loved most about Kendra and Patrick’s wedding is how traditional they were with their wedding. My aunt (and mom) married at the same location that Kendra chose to have her reception and thus there are many photos that reflect sweet traditions passed down from generation to generation. Additionally, the bride and groom incorporated activities that reflected their own personalities. The theme of the wedding was “Antlers and Lace” since the groom loves to hunt and the bride loves all things pretty. Kendra is an artist, so they set up a “Paint by Number” table for guests to participate in during the hors d’oeuvres hour. Patrick loves to fish so guests were provided real worms and fishing poles to fish in the creek near the reception location. There was a photo booth, furniture where guests could lounge, a fire to roast smores and at the end of the night, a mesmerizing Chinese lantern lighting. Every detail was well thought out and lucky for us, Erin Woolsey was there to capture it all.

In true fashion, Robert, better known as “Bobert”, forgot his suit in time for pictures.

And here comes the fun part. These next few photos are pictures from my aunt Kelly’s wedding in 1983 against her daughter Kendra’s wedding in 2012. These photos are taken in the exact same locations, 29 years apart!

Kendra’s mom, Kelly, and her bridesmaids on the left. Kendra and her bridesmaids on the right.

My aunt Kelly and her sister, Rene` (my mom) on the left. Their daughters, me and Kendra, on the right.

The entrance to the house at Kelly’s wedding on top and the same entrance to Kendra’s wedding on bottom.

And then there’s this photo…
We just had to take the opportunity to imitate the infamous Bridesmaids movie…

Left: Kendra’s uncle Todd caught the garter at Kendra’s parents’ wedding. Right: Todd’s son Jake caught the garter at Kendra and Patrick’s wedding.

 Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Drew!!!