Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Spring!

As you can see, spring has sprung in North Carolina! As the saying goes "in like a lion and out like a lamb," March has broke the cold weather and sunny skies with gorgeous flora has come out to play for the season. After waking early for a quick set-up at work, I decided to enjoy the day with a walk, the Farmer's Market and a nice cup of coffee at my favorite Durham restaurant, Piedmont. It was the perfect spring day.

As I was walking in to work this morning (I know work on a Sunday is a tragedy), I could not help but take a few photos of the incredible cherruy blossom trees that line my place of work and really inhabit most of the triangle area of North Carolina. My floral arrangement for the day is to cut a few branches and stick them in an Eiffel tower vase. It is clean and simple, but simple gorgeous. Not to mention, they last for weeks!

Keep it Sunny!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chelsey in Wonderland

In January of 2009, my good friends Chelsey and Justin got engaged in Charleston, SC. They have both been wonderful friends and I have had the opportunity to currently live about 30 miles away from them. While I don't nearly see them enough, it is always a fun when we get together. Last weekend was one of those opportunities. With only about two more months until their exchanging of vows, the bridesmaids (one of them being me!) of Chelsey Jean cordially invited Chelsey's nearest and dearest women in her life to attend a bridal shower.
Since invitations (one of my favorites things to do) were taken, I was put in charge of decor and favors. Having discussed with Chelsey her desire for a white, gold and silver color palette, I set to work. As seen above, I integrated an "Alice in Wonderland" theme for the favors. I wanted to give the option of favor because not everyone drinks champagne or likes sweets. I decided on mini champagne bottles, scrumptious cookies from Madhatter's Bake Shoppe and small compact
mirrors from Pier 1 Imports.
For decor, I used everything with her new initials. Chinese lanterns hung from the ceiling with gold initials hanging with them adorned with silver cut out butterflies. Her favorite flowers, hydrangeas and roses, were arranged in tea cups. Her chair had her new initials on it as well.
Everything from the food to the company was lovely, but the best part was that Chelsey was glowing. She is so incredibly excited to be married to the man of her dreams. And that, is what it is all about.
Keep it Sunny!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sweet Memories + Birthdays

Photography by Scott Faber Photography
In February, I got the fantastic opportunity to work with Donna Ford from Sweet Memories Bakery. I was initially introduced to Sweet Memories by attending a floral class at The Watered Garden (another incredible vendor for another day). Donna had graciously provided cupcakes for the class. And these were no ordinary cupcakes. These were fluffy and light cupcakes that boasted decadent royal icing about three inches high. Absolutely mouth watering.
When the time came to order a birthday cake for a particular basketball coach, my attention focused on Sweet Memories. I was lucky enough to venture over to Apex for a design and cake tasting meeting. It was AMAZING. From red velvet to almond to sweet potato (oddly enough, my favorite), the cakes had a rich, yet airy taste. I could not get enough. The design process was just as exciting. We recreated our invitation as the cake design and Donna cleverly embellished the four tier cake to make it the centerpiece of the event. More people took photos of the cake than anything else and I was more than pleased to see it appear on twitter pages and websites!
Executing events takes planning, organization and energy. However, I have learned that the most important aspect is utilizing great vendors. They can step up a good event to make it absolutely exceptional. Sweet Memories did just that!

Keep it Sunny!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Secret Admirer

On, you can send an adorable card to a crush or a fabulous friend or the love of your life without them knowing who their secret admirer is. I would love to receive a mystery note from a special someone.

See below and send away. I am always looking for mail...

Secret Admirer Mailing Service

Have something to say, but want someone else to say it for you? Bring back the flutter of schoolyard crushes + let us mail your card for you!

Keep it Sunny!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

King's Daughters Inn

In mid February, a small group of prominent people gathered in Durham, North Carolina for a relaxed weekend. These folks unite only a few times a year and I wanted a venue for their annual weekend in North Carolina to foster a sense of community and comfort.


This unique, 17 room inn truly knocked my socks off!

I will gush for a few sentences...

This building was originally an old woman's home that was supported by the King's Daughters. After many years, the house was closed and bought by a couple that came to Durham to attend Duke University. A contracting license, a major design project and a year later, the King's Daughters Inn was born. Each guest room has a different look and feel (a quick glimpse at the rooms in the picture above), but is equipped with all the best luxury items and most up to date techonology. It can work for a vacation or a work trip. A home made and hot breakfast is served evry morning and tea is available all afternoon in the parlor. The couple is passionate about wine and will invite guests down for wine and cheese in the evening.

The weekend was a complete success. Their hospitality was impeccable and made me feel at ease as planner. The above photo is the Dining Room where we held an intimate dinner for the group. It was truly an evening to remember.