Real Parties: Frozen 3rd Birthday

Happy Memorial Day weekend!! I’ve finally gotten around to editing the photos from my sweet girl’s 3rd birthday. I feel like it’s taken me forever, so I’m super grateful for the extra day this week to get some projects out of the way! I hope you’ve all been able to do the same.

As many of you know,my daughter’s birthday theme was Frozen. We transformed our home into a winter wonderland on what turned out to be the hottest day we’ve had this year. 74+ degree weather + family and a bouncy castle for the birthday babe, with some extra special details designed by yours truly.

This year’s birthday was quaint, but absolutely perfect. I personally live for celebrations like these. As the host, there’s nothing greater than being able to sit and relax and enjoy guest’s company after all the hard work and preparation. Our baby girl couldn’t have had a better day.

We chose a color scheme of white and blue with silver accents to capture all things Frozen. I designed the dessert table in all white with a shimmer snowflake backdrop and hanging lights. On the ceiling above the dessert table were an array of snowflakes and tissue poms hung to mimic the clouds and snow. I used all white and crystal clear containers and and stands to arrange the sweets tying in some Frozen character figures that I found at Marshalls and my daughter’s Elsa barbie for a finishing touch.

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Our decorations consisted of white tissue poms, hand created tassel garland in all white, jumbo balloons and an olaf balloon. We also blew up a variety of small balloons to mimic snowballs and placed all around our home and surrounding our dessert stations. For the flowers, I went with an all white color scheme, choosing billowy hydrangea, roses and carnations to arrange. Each arrangement was finished with a Frozen character paper design, that I simply made in photoshop. Subtle and not over the tops in terms of character designs, which is one of my signatures.

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

On the menu. We offered a variety of beverages, from organic juices and San Pellegrino to a homemade Vanilla bean and Blueberry infused Lemonade, with lemons and blueberries for garnish.

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

For lunch we served all of my daughter’s favorite foods. Chicken sausage and homemade turkey burger sliders, grilled zucchini, fresh salads, crudite and fruit, hummus, olives, gluten free and dairy free crackers and chips.

After lunch we sang happy birthday to our little babe! She had so much fun trying to blow out the candles on her mini cake made by me and my hubs.

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Looking back, we may have went a bit overboard on the dessert options, but as they say, one can never have too many.

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Everyone always looks forward to my homemade lemon sugar cookies with royal icing. I made them with soft blue and white icing and glitter/snowflake embellishments (coming soon to the shop). I’m certainly not an expert in terms of cookie designs, but I thoroughly enjoy making and decorating them, which is one of the reasons I carry the cutters in my shop! All of the cutter designs I used to create the cookies seen here, are available now!

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the cookies, I made lemon and berry cake pops, dipped in white chocolate, and homemade french macarons filled with white chocolate and a fresh blueberry preserves. This time I tried out Annie’s Eats recipe for macaron shells, which I highly recommend. I loved how they turned out! My most successful batch to date!

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Candy Sweets:

White and soft blue M&Ms

Vanilla Bean and Berry Blue Jeweled Jelly Bellies

Crystal clear rock candy – aka Elsa’s Icicles

And Lindt White Chocolate Truffles.

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

One of the many highlights from the party was the sundae station, complete with a sign of Anna asking: Do you want to build a Sundae? This was a little play on the popular song all of us Mommy’s know much better than we’ve ever wanted to, but super worth it to see the look on the kid’s faces. The littles filled their ice-cream cups to the brim with every frozen topping they could point out, including melted chocolate. I’ll be sharing more details on the Frozen sundae bar in an upcoming post, so if you’re planning a frozen themed party in the near future, you’ll be able to make one too!

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

After gifts, we played pin the nose on Olaf and as guests left, we handed out mini crystal containers filled with white sixlets or “snow” rather.

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Each favor container was adorned with a glittered snowflake for a perfectly frozen and posh finishing touch!

This last picture makes my heart completely melt! I can’t get over these adorable smiles and I love how much fun they had celebrating. Seeing the happiness on their faces is what life’s all about!

Frozen 3rd Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Thanks for reading! I’ll have much more on the way soon!

xo

Party Links

Anna inspired dress – Angora Boutique

Blue and White Candy – Nuts.com

French Macaron Recipe – Annie’s eats

Cookie Cutters – Posh Little Designs

Paper Straws – Posh Little Designs

This specific Frozen themed birthday party design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

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Three

My youngest daughter’s 3rd birthday is coming up in just a few weeks and I can’t (or maybe it’s that I just don’t want to) believe it. I feel like I’m in some form of mommy denial about this whole year turning older thing. Maybe it’s because three represents so many new milestones like preschool and dance class. Of course I am so looking forward to seeing her shine and build her independence through new activities, but it’s the letting go part that I’m just not ready for.  But since I can’t freeze time, I’m grateful that I can capture moments of my girls through photography.

I photograph them each year around their birthday for to prep for their party and create invitations.

Below are a few of my favorite shots from our Frozen photoshoot and a reveal of the invites for her upcoming celebration.

Frozen Flat Lay | Posh Little Designs

An Anna (her favorite character from the movie) inspired look for her Frozen birthday shoot was a must.

What she wore – Anna Dress: Angora Boutique Sandals: Old Navy Necklace: Target Tiara: Mommy

One of my favorites. Baby girl your smile is infectious!

Frozen | Posh Little Designs

Her cute buddy Olaf. The perfect little prop.

Frozen | Posh Little Designs

And many sweet captures to create one Frozen storyboard.
Frozen | Posh Little Designs

Here’s a web version of  her Frozen invitations which I created using photoshop.

Frozen Invitations | Posh Little Designs

I centered her invites around one of my fave shots from our photo session and took advantage of free snowflake and #3 clip art from the great kids birthday parties website. There is no downloadable font to create ‘frozen’ looking words, but I learned that Trajan Pro is the closest matching font, which is what I ended up using throughout. I arranged the snowflakes in a variety of sizes on a white backdrop to create the final design. They were printed on 4×6 photo cards with blue coordinating envelopes and a sparkling snowflake seal.

The design of her party will follow the same aesthetic, with a color scheme of white, silver and icy blue. I’m excited to share more of the design process with you as it starts to come together!

Thanks for reading friends and happy almost Friday to you!

xo

This specific Frozen invitation design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

Inspiration Frozen

April is here and I’m back to doing one of the things that I love the most, planning celebrations! But not just any celebration…this party in particular is very near and dear to my heart, as I’m creating it for my sweet baby girl who’s turning 3 next month. Like most other girls her age, I’m sure it comes as no surprise to any of you that she chose a party theme of Frozen and she’s totally set in her ways. I’m thinking it was pretty much a done deal from the moment she heard the song “Let it Go” which I’m sure at this point I’m not the only wishing it would magically disappear from youtube. I’m actually kind of surprised at how many renditions of that single song they have, but that being said and considering that frozen is most likely the trendiest birthday party for children at the moment, I’m totally inspired but in a different kind of way! Of course I’ll be pulling together an all frozen everything party for my doll, but definitely not your typical frozen celebration. I’m looking forward to putting my posh twist on it for a Winter in Spring celebration that will not be forgotten.

Frozen Party Inspo by Posh Little Designs

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Because white is such a blank canvas and a very frozen friendly color, I’ll be using plenty of it for my backdrop, with a variety of soft blues and silvers to accent. Decor will include everything from jumbo balloons and tassel garland to a variety cake stands, fresh blooms, pretty paper straws and sweet treats in coordinating colors and with special character details. And we can’t forget about dessert! Plans for the menu include French macarons, cupcakes and sugar cookies, because it just wouldn’t be a party without them!

I’m nearly finished creating my daughter’s invites and will be sharing them here soon, in addition to the rest of the details from her 3rd Birthday plans as they come together!

Happy Friday to all of you!

xo

All Inspiration Boards are created and displayed in a special format unique to Posh Little Designs, 2015.

Super Bowl Party Popcorn


It’s officially Friday and we’re now just two days away from the most exciting night in football…not that I’m counting or anything. Do you have big plans for the Super Bowl? Mine are actually pretty low key. I’ll be hosting a small group at my home but I still have plenty of prep work ahead, so my goal is to keep the menu fairly simple. This can sometimes (or all the time) be pretty difficult for me, considering that I’m not really a simple gal, but I’m relying on many of the recipes I created at last year’s Super Bowl celebration, which will definitely make things much easier on me.

Since I’m from the PNW and a serious Seahawks fan, I want to be able to make ahead as much as possible, so I’m able to relax and actually enjoy watching the game come kickoff.  If you can relate and are looking for last minute treat and snack ideas for Sunday, I have you covered with this simple party popcorn recipe.

All you need is a few quick ingredients and M&Ms in shades of your favorite team’s colors. Warning….this will require some color sorting, but it’s totally worth doing to achieve a team themed look! If you have kids at home, sorting is a really fun job for them to take part in.

I cannot forget to mention the DIY miniature footballs. Seriously how adorbs right?! They literally take seconds to make and although tiny, they add so much festive fun to recipe and a taste that’s touchdown worthy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn

Sweet and salty popcorn mix made with coconut oil, almond butter, M&Ms mixed nuts and pretzels. perfect party food and for celebrating your favorite team during Super Bowl Sunday! Go Hawks!!

Ingredients/Supplies

Popcorn Popper (I own one and love it but you can also make your popcorn on the stove or in the microwave.)

1/3 organic popcorn kernels

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp orgnaic smooth almond or peanut butter (I use Trader Joes brand)

1 tsp agave nectar

3/4 pretzel bites (TJ’s pretzel sesame squares were used in this recipe, but any pretzel will do)

3/4 cups mixed nuts

1 medium sized bag of regular chocolate M&Ms sorted (colors blue, green and brown for the Seahawks)

mini paper serving cups

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Make popcorn in popcorn maker. While popping melt your coconut oil in the microwave, or on the stove for 30 seconds. Once melted, add in your almond or peanut butter and agave nectar to the oil and stir until completely blended.

Mix together popped popcorn and mixed nuts until fully incorporated.

Pour oil/butter mixture over the top of your cooked popcorn and mixed nuts. Stir well until coated.

Add in pretzels and stir to incorporate.

Set aside for 30 minutes so the popcorn mix has time to set, then add your colored chocolate M&Ms.

While your popcorn is setting, you can make your mini footballs. Instructions below!

Serve your party popcorn in individual containers for your guests.

Grab and enjoy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

DIY Mini Footballs

Mini chocolate footballs made using brown peanut M&Ms and piped white chocolate for the laces.

1 oz white chocolate

sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms

sheet of parchment paper

1 ziplock bag

Instructions

Place all sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms on a sheet of parchment paper (M side down).

Place your white chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

Pour melted white chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip the tip. Make sure that the tip is small enough to create a thin line on each M&M.

Holding your hand steady, pipe one straight line down the center of each peanut M&M.

Complete the look of the football laces by piping 3 crossed lines over the straight center line.

Allow 1 hour to dry.

Once M&M footballs have dried, place one to two in each individual container of party popcorn for a winning finishing touch!

DIY Mini Footballs | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

So honored to watch our hawks play again this Sunday! Their energy is truly incredible and I can’t wait to see them on the field! I’d love to hear what your plans are for Super Bowl Sunday and I hope you give this recipe a try.

Happy Friday and GO hawks!!

Much more to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Super Bowl Party Popcorn was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

NYE Black + Gold

Gold is one of my most favorite colors and has become a staple in my every day. From home decor to party straws, I can’t get enough!  This elegant and metallic hue pairs beautifully with nearly every shade there is, and right now I’m loving it next to black and even a bit of silver, especially for the holiday season.

Speaking of holidays, today’s post covers all of the above. With NYE only 1 day away, I’m totally feeling inspired! Do you have plans for the New Years? I’m having a small celebration with my sister and girlfriends with my favorite picks for a quaint and fabulous girls night in below, featuring pretty tapas plates and a stunning crystal jug from
Chairish
, the online vintage furniture shop.

NYE Black + Gold | Party Inspo | Posh Little Designs

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Mixing the old and new with prints is one of my favorite techniques when styling a table. I relied on the gorgeous vintage pieces found at
Chairish
to balance and complete the look.

Loving croc print place mats in silver and black alongside gorgeous black and ivory Moroccan Tapas Plates. Easy to style, with a touch of elegance and perfect for enjoying holiday friendly french macarons (my fave) and sweet treats.

Dress up bakery or home-baked cupcakes with pretty chevron paper baking cups, and fitting gold 2015 cupcake toppers. Hello new year!

Trendy bottles of champagne from Chandon’s limited edition collection are currently all the rage! Pour into a beautifully shaped crystal jug and mix in your favorite fruits for a quick celebratory punch.

Serve in onyx glasses and garnish with black chevron paper straws from the posh shop.

For a final touch, decorate the space with tissue poms & confetti in shades of gold and offer party hats to guests to round out a festive holiday evening.

What are your favorite ways to style black and gold for a holiday? I’d love to hear them!

Click on the numbers above for direct links to all the products seem above.

Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday last week and a Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to 2015 and all that’s in store.  Much more to share soon!

xo

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Painted Mini Pumpkin Centerpieces

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Each year as Halloween approaches I look forward to bringing home mini pumpkins from the market to display around my home. I prefer the white, or what are known as “ghost” pumpkins, since they’re a blank canvas, neutral for decorating and so incredibly chic! Although too much white is never a bad thing in my opinion, when I see a blank canvas, it’s in my nature to elevate it. As such, I’ve given my mini pumpkins (which included a few orange) a fresh coat of paint for an added touch of glam.

Aside from white, when I think of glam and opulence, black and gold come to mind. Both are elegant, and timeless with a major posh factor and look gorgeous when styled for parties, in fashion and for the home. These are the thoughts I had on my mind when I painted the pumpkins.

And in addition to making table centerpieces look posh and parties stylish, the black and gold painted pumpkins easily transform into miniature vases and centerpieces to hold your favorite blooms.

I just happened to have a vase of white roses on hand, so I stuffed each mini pumpkin with one single stem. I just love how they stand out in contrast to the black and gold.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Aside from paint drying time, these pumpkin vases only take a short period of time to make! Here’s what you’ll need to give them a try:

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Painted Mini Pumpkins Centerpieces

Add a touch of glam to your Fall home decor and floral blooms with this simple and affordable DIY.

Supplies

Mini pumpkins white or orange will do (white will work better for the gold paint, but orange will be fine for black).

Sharp knife.

Black & gold craft paint (gloss preferred). I actually used leftover chalkboard paint that I had and it worked just fine.

2 paint brushes (one for each color of paint).

newspaper or scrap paper to paint on.

small tray for paint.

white roses or flowers of choice.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Rinse all pumpkins and pat completely dry with a paper towel.

Using a large sharp knife, cut the top off of the pumpkins starting at about 1 inch down (try to make sure the cut is even so the top can fit back on the pumpkin properly).

Using a small spoon, scoop out the interior of the pumpkin and discard.

Rinse out the pumpkin and dry with a paper towel.

Begin painting the exterior of each pumpkin in the color of your choice. Paint everything including the stem and the flat surface of the bottom half of the pumpkin. (You won’t need to paint the bottom half of the top of the pumpkin since it won’t be seen.)

You’ll have to apply about 3 coats of each color of paint, allowing at least 30 minutes to an hour to dry in between, + touch ups. This part takes the longest.

Once the paint completely dry, you can fill each pumpkin with a small amount of water if you plan on using them for miniature vases.

Cut the stem of each rose bloom down to about 1 inch and place the bloom into the mini pumpkin. Depending on the size of your flowers, you may need to use more than one bloom. Allow roses 1-2 days to completely open up.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

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Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

I can already envision these at my next celebration and I hope you can too. They’d make chic fall themed wedding related decor or place card holders. Elegant, posh and affordable.

Such a fun DIY to try over the weekend since Halloween is only 1 week out! I enjoyed every moment of decorating with these and I hope you do too!

Much more to share soon.

xo

This specific DIY for Black and Gold mini pumpkins and miniature vases was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Real Parties: Hello Kitty Lemonade

Happy Friday all! It’s been a nonstop few weeks for me but I’ve finally had a bit of down time, and the opportunity to edit photos from my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My sweet girl has had her heart set on a Hello Kitty party for the last 5-6 months, but to make it a little more summery we tied in the Lemonade theme for an sweet sunshiny twist.

Our party location this year was completely different from any of the parties I’ve done for her in the past, at a local water park, which the kids absolutely loved. It was quite an experience to get everything transferred and setup under such a short time-frame but it all came together beautifully and just in time!

I began with the invitations.

Hello Kitty Lemonade Invitation | Posh Little Designs

Then 1 month before the party, started gathering all of my supplies for the celebration. I’ve got a good amount of odds and ends on hand from previous parties that I’ve done, so it was nice to be able to  re-use! Such a great way to save money!

For most of my character parties, I choose to keep the details a bit more subtle. I usually start with a white backdrop because I love having a blank canvas to work with. I tie in my colors from there. We went with a pink and yellow scheme, with Hello Kitty hand printed designs throughout. I put an emphasis on hello kitty’s silhouette and bow and centered the prints around those 2 components. Everything from the invitations, to the bunting for the dessert table, lemonade stand and cupcake toppers and labels were all created and printed in photoshop using these details.

I’m kind of obsessed with oversized balloons these days as I love the look and feel they add to a parties, so I made sure to incorporate those in pink, yellow and white, along with a few Hello Kitty character balloons. We had plenty of mismatched mason jars that I filled with loose stem blooms in shades of yellow and white for a bit of a shabby feel. Many of the flowers I was able to use from my Mother-in-laws garden. Another great money saver!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The kids had their own table in the center of the room with color coordinating placemats and a favor bag filled with themed goodies.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We chose to keep the menu as simple as possible but still a bit gourmet. We had a build your own sandwich station with plenty of options to choose from and my mom made her homemade fried chicken. We served it all alongside fresh fruit, side salads, and fresh chips and crackers with dips and antipasto.

We had a designated location for homemade lemonade which I made by hand squeezing what I think ended up being nearly 40 lemons with homemade simply syrup and purified water. We had mix-ins for the kids – fresh fruit puree’s and for the adults–homemade lavender syrup, rosemary and mint, in addition to other assorted beverages.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

For dessert:

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We served homemade lemon sugar cookies with royal icing, shaped like lemons, hello kitty’s face and hello kitty’s bow. I’ll have the lemon cookie cutters available for purchase in the etsy shop within the next week!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cookies were decorated with the assistance of my two lovely sisters! I also made homemade lemon bars using the recipe I found on Bakers Royale which turned out amazing! I highly recommend the recipe. I chose to make the crust dairy free and they were still so great…definitely worth trying!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Cupcakes were homemade with a strawberry lemonade buttercream frosting. Each cupcake was lined with a Paper Eskimo baking cup and then garnished with a pink paper straw and a quartered strawberry for a finishing touch! They turned out so pretty!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the desserts, we had fresh lemon jelly wedges, yellow and pink sixlets and lemon drops displayed for our guests to enjoy. The candy was displayed in vintage milk glass dishes, miniature wood crates from Michael’s and mason jars.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cute little miniature lemonade stand decoration seen on the dessert table was hand-made by yours truly. I’ll have DIY instructions up soon!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

I also  made a special bunting specifically for the birthday girl’s cupcake!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Here she is blowing out her candle! Happy birthday to our sweetheart!!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

and here’s baby sis enjoying her cupcake! I made a few dairy free for me, her and a few other guests to enjoy!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We finished the party with pin the bow on hello kitty and gift opening. All of the kids seemed to have a great time and after the party was over, my daughter came to me and my hubby and told us that it was the best day she’s ever had!

Ahh, I so love these moments, and the fact that she’ll have the memories to look back on for a lifetime. It is truly a blessing to have such special daughters. They are my main source of inspiration and the reason I do all that I do. Seeing them happy is what life is all about.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Thank you all for reading! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific Hello Kitty Lemonade invitation and party design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.