Real Parties – Spring in Paris 1st Birthday

This past weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter’s 1st birthday. Her actual born day falls on the 11th which is a special day to me not only because of her, but also because it happens to be my late Father’s birthday. I have to say, it was so nice to come together with close friends and family and celebrate. My baby girl had the most amazing day, full of smiles and lots of dairy free cake!!!

Birthday girl

 The inspiration for her party came from the city of love, and her Spring-time arrival. We paired them together to create a sweet Spring in Paris theme fit for our petit bebe. We actually haven’t had the opportunity to travel to France yet, but have always been mesmerized by Paris, and the french culture. The concepts that I thought up basically came from inspiration I found, but mostly from the advice of one of my closest friends who went to Paris a few years ago. I was fortunate to have her photos for reference! My father was a jazz musician so we had jazz playing in the background in his honor, which seemed quite fitting for the party’s theme anyway.

The birthday party took place at Cafe de Mimi (Mimi is our daughter’s nickname) last Saturday afternoon.

Party elements

spring in paris

Fresh rose and lilac centerpieces adorned each table. Speaking of the flowers…I got a steal of a deal on them. I picked up two bunches of roses from Costco for $30.00 total and the rest of the lilacs came from my Mother-in-law’s home. We were out at her place just a few days prior and the lilacs hadn’t bloomed yet, so the timing couldn’t have been better! The whole house smelled of Spring and fresh flowers. As usual, I enjoyed creating the centerpieces. To give them a Parisian market feel, I added chalkboard signs to each adding the names of the flowers in french. I used a variety of jars, pots and mugs to display the arrangements.

flower arrangements

 I also made a homemade lilac floral crown for my sweet baby girl to wear.

Floral crown

To give our home a French cafe vibe, I setup a small table in the center living area to resemble cafe seating. It was quite romantic when our guests would sit and dine here.

cafe table

Here’s a closer look at some of the decor from the celebration. I made all of the paper banners by using a striped and floral print paper form Michaels. Which we hung on the dessert table, backs of chairs and fireplace. Other decor details included hat boxes that I found at Ikea, wrapped in lace ribbon, and Eiffel tower figurals from Target.

Decor details

Baby M’s dress came from Baby Gap.

Beauty

Our guests dined on a delicious hand catered lunch and gourmet treats. My mom and I prepped all of the lunch items ourselves and aside from some of the macarons, I made all of the treats homemade. I even made a batch of dairy free macarons which I was quite pleased with. Everyone seemed to enjoy them despite the dairy free filling I used.

The Menu

I created the menu signs using trays from the dollar store and chalkboard paint. Check out the DIY post for more details.

Menu

Beverages 

Homemade Lavender Lemonade, Assorted French Sodas (blood orange and lemonade which I found at Cost Plus) French Market Berry Soda from Trader Joes, Perrier and bottled water. Raspberry, lemon lime wedges and rosemary garnishes.

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Appetizers

Baguette and Cheese (Gruyère, brie and Roquefort blue,) crudité and dip, pain perdu, fresh grapes and strawberries, nutella and strawberry crepes, artichoke crostini and homemade tapenade, blue cheese and citrus stuffed olives.

appetizers

Lunch

Nicoise salad,  Fresh baguette sandwiches with choice of ham, turkey or chicken. Stone ground mustard & pesto mayo. Fresh mozzarella, havarti, and brie, heirloom tomatoes, arugula (rocket) and assorted veggies. Homemade Pommes Frites which my hubby hand cut and cooked.

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Dessert Table

Homemade strawberry cupcakes with a vegan vanilla buttercream icing. Homemade lemon and lavender infused sugar cookies (dairy free) with a vegan lavender frosting. Store bought French Macarons, plus homemade french macarons with a dairy free strawberry swiss meringue buttercream and also a strawberry jam using this recipe. Assorted drageés (pastel jordan almonds and chocolate covered sunflower seeds.) Strawberry Eiffel Bon Bons (found at Cost Plus) and chewy multi-color nougat. Pistachio and pink grapefruit gelato accompanied the cupcakes for dessert.

La Patisserie

Dessert Table

La Patisserie

A closer look at some of the sweets and the cute ice-cream cups I found at Jo-Annes.

Posh party sweets

Homemade french macarons, ivory paper straws and rose napkins from Ikea. Please note: I’ll have the paper straws available for purchase in my Etsy shop soon.

Party sweets

We made an individual size cake for my daughter and I cannot believe how much she enjoyed it!

Baby M

I made the cake using a dairy free butter and the icing was a homemade vegan strawberry buttercream. I’m not the best at decorating cakes, but I wanted it to look a little rustic anyways. We were pleased with how out it turned out.

individual bday cake

She dove right in and then cried when I took it away. This was after it ended up in her hair and just about every other place imaginable! So cute to see!

Cake!!

One of my favorite moments from baby M’s celebration was the slide show of her 1st year that we shared with all of our guests. This included video snippets of all of her milestones which had me full of tears. I seriously cannot believe my baby girl is already one!!

1st bday

Thank’s to all of our wonderful guests, baby M got some adorable new things to play and learn with!!

Party goers

We thanked them all for celebrating with us be offering white chocolate Eiffel Towers that I created with one of my dear friends. We made them using an Eiffel Tower mold that now available in my Etsy shop. We filled the bottom of the favor bags with pastel pink sunflower seeds to resemble flowers at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower.

party favors

Each bag was tied with bakers twine and a tag that read, Merci.

party favors

All of the details you see here were hand created by yours truly with the wonderful assistance of my lovely mom and sister, plus a few of my girlfriends…thank you lovely ladies!! From the food, to chalkboard trays, and signs, to the invites, flower arrangements, labels, paper prints, to the mustache and lips props, banners and photography. Talk about exhausting! But totally worth it, because this is what I love to do!! I was also able to save quite a bit of money doing it all myself.  There’s nothing more personal than hand created details. I just think they make parties more memorable and extra posh!

Kid’s favor bags.

Party favors

and chalkboard signs & props.

Paper details

I know I don’t share pictures of myself often, but I vow to do more of that! Not in a vain kind of way or anything, I just think it’s important for my readers to get to know the girl behind Posh Little Designs. I’m still working on my hubby though! He’s usually hiding from the camera, or the one taking the shots the girls and I together. Eventually I’ll bribe him into being in a few!

Mommy and the birthday beauty!

Mommy & bday girl

Momma & Baby

Big sis.

Big sis

Sweet sisters.

Sisters

My oldest daughter and I testing out the mustache props.

Silly

Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how baby M’s 1st birthday celebration came together.

Baby M

One of the simple DIY’s (chalkboard clothespins) and the recipe for the Lavender lemonade we served at the party are coming up next on the blog, so be sure to check back in for those details and more!

Have a lovely Saturday!

xoxo

All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

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Paris, Parties and Instagram

Happy Friday!! Hoping you all are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!! We’re celebrating my baby girl’s 1st birthday tomorrow and then I get to kick my feet up and relax all day Sunday, for Mother’s Day. After all of the work I’ve put in lately, it will be nice to have a day just for me! The last few months have been super busy, and the days leading up to this weekend have been quite hectic to say the least so I feel very deserving.

Here are a few snippets I took via Instagram to share with you all the prep I’ve been working on for baby M’s Spring in Paris birthday party happening tomorrow.

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I made homemade macaron shells and then celebrated my success with a glass of rosé. The macarons didn’t turn out as perfect as I would like (I think the batter needed a few more folds) but it was an excuse to have a glass of wine anyways…

My girlfriend and I prepped the white chocolate Eiffel Towers for party favors. I chose white chocolate to match our color scheme…even though I can’t eat them. Used to this by now.

I made homemade lavender syrup for fresh lavender lemonade! I’ve been dying to try it all week. Be on the lookout for that recipe on the blog soon.

Lastly, my hubby (with my over-the-phone assistance,) picked out the perfect pink and white roses to accompany the lilacs I’m using for centerpieces.

Back to work I go!! With the help of my lovely mom and sis, plus two of my fave girls, It’s sure to all get accomplished.

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Check back in soon for more Paris party details and Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible mommies I know.

xo

Paris Party Essentials

Greetings. I hope everyone had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo! Mine was full of celebrations, but now that Monday is here the party is over (at least until next weekend) and I’m focusing all of my attention towards my baby girl’s 1st birthday. Time has flown!! I seriously can’t believe my sweet M will be 1 years old in just six days. As a result, I won’t have a lot of spare time on my hands, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated this week by sharing party planning snippets via Instagram.

Up first, are some of the party essentials for her Paris themed celebration. Paper prints, and cake bunting designed by Posh. An Eiffel Tower figural, mint paper straws to tie in our color scheme, some fun and festive hand-made props, my favorite baking cups, and some adorable DIY chalkboard clothespins (check in soon for that simple tutorial.)

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As you can see, I’m working on many special details to make her 1st birthday memorable. I hope you check back in soon to see how it all comes together.

In the meantime, let’s be friends on Instagram.

Have a fabulous day!

xo

Red Carpet Party Palettes

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon watching The Oscars red carpet live. If you tuned in, how did you feel about what they wore? I was pleasantly surprised at how many looks I loved!! Some of my top favorites: Naomi Watts, Halle Berry & Zoe Saldana.

Of the several looks, I personally nominated the two for best dressed that left me day dreaming. But since I don’t have a place fancy enough to wear one of these star-studded looks, I’ve done something with each that’s a little more practical and perfectly posh too! This posh that I speak of is in the form of party inspiration. Because how amazing would it be to host a celebration inspired by your favorite red carpet look?!

Below you will see how fashion has personally inspired my creative point of view. Two of my favorite looks transformed into the perfect party palettes.

First up the beautiful Stacy Keibler. She looked incredibly dazzling in this Naeem Khan embellished gown for Fall 2013. The design and intricate detailing left me speechless as did her overall styling. A true stunner in gun-metal glam. I am literally obsessed.

Stacy Kiebler - Oscars 2013

Source Naeem Khan Runway. Stacy Keibler Oscars

The party

Platinum and Black - party inspiration

How I was inspired

I chose a color scheme of black, platinum and gun metal to match fabric in the gown. The shape of the chandelier and serving tray reminding me of the overall design and structure of the dress, with disco dust and edible confetti glitter to tie in the embellished detail. This party inspiration would be ideal for any celebration with a glamorous theme. Bachelorette parties, engagement parties or birthdays come to mind.

1 Chandelier 2 Disco Dust Black 3 Edible Confetti 4 Balloons 5 Disco Dust Platinum 6 Baroque Serving Tray 7 Platinum Martini Glass 8 Platinum Gum balls 9 Black Gum balls 10 Platinum cupcake wrappers

The second beauty I nominated for best dressed was Kerri Washington in Miu Miu. This gown in coral with the diamond studded bust truly sang to me and reminded me that the warmth of the sun is near.  There’s something so bright and welcoming about this cheerful hue that reminds me of Spring! I also love that Kerri added an unexpected pop of color to her look with the red shoe and bag. A true vision!!
Kerri Washington - Oscars 2013

Source: Kerri Washington Oscars 2013

 The  party

Coral & Gold party inspiration

How I was inspired

I chose a color scheme of coral and gold to match the look of the gown, with added touches of red to tie in Kerri’s shoes and handbag. Gold details in the cake, bunting and edible jewels were a necessity to reference the embroidered bust, as was a drink recipe as refreshing as her overall look. This inspiration would be ideal for a Spring welcoming celebration. Perhaps a baby shower, bridal shower, tea party or birthday.

1 Gold Cake Bunting 2 Tissue wrapped party favors 3 Peach Gummies 4 Grapefruit Jellies 5 Chevron Straws 6 Edible Jewels 7 Grapefruit Cocktail 8 Gold Cake 9 Roses

What was your favorite look from The Oscars red carpet?

Feeling inspired? Be sure to check back soon for another dose of posh.

xo

An Award Winning Affair

There are a few things in life that I obsess over and celebrations just happen to be one of them. So when I got word that The Oscars were airing this Sunday creating a board for an award-winning viewing party was an absolute must. What I’m anticipating the most about the event this year is the red carpet pre-show, as I love to see the latest trends and fashions, (always searching for new ways to be inspired.) Will you be tuning in? Throwing a viewing party with your favorite girlfriends would be the perfect way to spend a chilly February afternoon!

Black tie affair

Source of inspirationThe iconic gold statue. 

Color schemeBlack and gold.

DecorElegant and glamorous with black bows to “tie” it all together.

Menu. Champagne and simple sweet treats. 

Party Favors. Something affordable yet decadent and rich.

Tips for creating an Award Winning Affair of your own.

Do’s.

Send. If you don’t have time to purchase and mail invites, Evite is always a great option. They have a fabulous array of Awards Party invites to choose from which you can create and send via email for free.

Decorate. Add the glam factor by decorating with gold shimmer & lots sequins.

Make. Glammed up popcorn…(yes there is such a thing.) Stay tuned for the Oscar inspired recipe later this week!

Serve. Your favorite Champagne/Sparkling wine. There are many options available in your local grocery store that are affordably priced.

Bring. Ask each friend to bring a sweet treat to share that fits your color scheme. This could be anything from store-bought OREOs and cupcakes, to color coordinated candy.

Give. A sweet Lindor truffle would make the perfect parting gift.

Enjoy!

And the nominees are

1. Invite 2. Crystal Gold Pinata 3. Black Cake Stand 4. Lanvin Bow-tie 5. Lindt White 6. Gold Confetti

7. Lindt Dark 8. Party Cups 9. Vintage Veuve Clicquot

Next up I pair popcorn with glitter. Intrigued? Be sure to check back for that recipe and more.

xo

Heartspiration

A little dedication to the upcoming arrival of Valentine’s Day and an ode to all things hearts.

Red, vibrant, sparkly and inspired by love with a little explanation below.

Heartspiration.

heartspiration

Red and gray are so inviting. Fell in love with the Love Letter Decor. I truly “heart” iPhones. My macaron obsession lives on. Swooning over the rose gold ring. Must make smooches cookies. Sequins + shoes = ♥. Giggling at the anti-valentine lollies…I think we all know someone who would appreciate these.

♥  ♥

Click below for links to all these lovely products.

Sources: 1. Valentine Invite. 2. LOVE Decor. 3. iPhone cover 4. Heart Macaron Recipe 5. Rose Gold Ring 6. Kiss Cookie Cutter. 7. Heart shoe clips 8. Anti-Valentine Lollies.

And before I go I have to mention that I’m still heart-broken by Seattle’s loss to Atlanta a few weeks ago. Stings! I don’t want to get off topic too much so I’ll stop there, but I did make some football inspired cupcakes for Super-bowl next week-end which will be up on the blog soon. They are both soy and dairy free so I get to enjoy them myself. That always makes me happy!

Check back soon.

 xo

Super Bowl Soiree

You probably wouldn’t expect that someone like me who obsesses over all things adorable and chic would love football but I do. For years now I’ve been watching it with my hubby on Sundays…and Mondays, Thursdays and (sometimes Saturdays.) In fact what I look forward to the most during NFL season are our lazy Sundays, which consist of football, pajamas, a little brunch, more football and some pinterest…perfection!

Our favorite team is the Seahawks (reppin’ where we live) and this year I hand it to the rookie. Russel Wilson has been magic! He is truly something special. Incredibly talented and dynamic. I personally nominate him as rookie of the year! And if things keep going the way that they have, I can see them making it all the way to the Super Bowl. I’m putting it out there now…Seahawks for the Super Bowl.

Speaking of the Super Bowl, I’m pretty sure we’ll be a attending a friends party this year, but if you plan on throwing one of your own, you’ll appreciate this inspiration for a chic Super Bowl Soiree that’s masculine with some feminine touches.

I took a less literal approach for this board. The color scheme is inspired by the ref’s uniforms, black and white. The football confetti (there is a god) and tassel garland that’s reminiscent of cheerleader pom poms are a must. What to serve? How about your favorite appetizers, or if you’re short on time try a potluck. And if you aren’t a baker, consider dressing up store-bought cupcakes with some fitting football wrappers. For refreshments, choose simple bottled drinks in a tub filled with ice and put out fun party straws for sipping. Foil wrapped chocolates would make the perfect party favor. Lastly, add in some game day invitations (an Etsy find) and free printables from the fabulous HWTM and you have a Super Bowl XLVII Soiree on your hands.

super bowl inspiration

Source: I. Football Chocolates II. Football Confetti III. Tub of Beer IV. Free Printables V. B&W Paper Straws. VI.Game Day Invitations VII. Tassel Garland VIII. Football Cupcake Wrappers.

Btw…I have never been a fan of beer, but my husband is. Check back soon for a unique treat inspired by football that combines beer and something sweet. Here’s a hint…I made a similar goodie for New Years.

p.s. Did any of you join a Fantasy Football league this season? This was my first year in an 8 person league and things got a little out of hand. How does one manage to get anything done whilst in a FF league!? No joke. I ended up doing entirely too much research and got a little carried away checking scores and points but apparently this paid off for my hubby because he came in 1st place winning the grand prize by just 6 points. I have to take credit for the ‘W’ because if it wasn’t for me telling him to bench Matt Ryan and put in Russell Wilson in his place (who was surprisingly still on the waiver wire) he would have come in 2nd. So with his winnings he’ll be buying me something special. I see a new handbag in my future 🙂

I came in 5th place…not bad for my first year playing!