Gender Reveal: Pink & Blue Moccasins

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Moccasins are all the rage right now, aren’t they? I know I want a pair for my daughter SO BAD! I love them! And apparently so does everyone else, including my friend, Tiffany, from Tiffany Nicole Photography. And for her second child’s gender reveal, she chose what we all love best…moccasins! She and I collaborated to create this adorable Pink & Blue Moccasin Gender Reveal with the big question: He or She? What Color Moccasins Will They Be?

If you’ve been pregnant, you know how exhausting it is to have your body creating a new little life, so we kept everything very simple–pizza, chips, and veggies for dinner with cupcakes for dessert. Decor was simple too: balloons, DIY tassel garland, moccasin banner, prints, and cupcake toppers that I created (available in my Etsy shop), and of course, moccasins. It was simple, inexpensive and simply darling. 

I won’t give the big reveal away…you’ll need to go to the bottom to see what they’re having.  :-)

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold MomDaddy was the keeper of the secret of Baby #2′s gender. And he did a fantastic job keeping his secret. So much so that he had Tiffany convinced she was having a boy. Boy, was she surprised….her face was amazing!

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Congrats on another precious little girl, Stephen and Tiffany! Can’t wait to meet her!!

 

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Tiffany Nicole Photography

Printables: Marigold Mom Shop

Moccasins: Hello Moccs

Cucpaks: Lady Di’s Cookies

 

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Craft Beer 30th Birthday: Brats & Beer Brew Bash

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold MomSo I’m finally getting this up on the blog. It’s one of my favorite events, and according to my husband, it is THE best event I’ve done. Probably because it was for his 30th birthday and the theme is one of his favorite things–craft beer. He’s dabbled in home brewing for a few years now, and really enjoys finding well made craft beer. And as his big birthday drew closer, the obvious choice for a party for him was a craft beer brew bash.  At first I was going to try to surprise him, but that would have been way too stressful. Plus, he had so much fun anticipating, taste-testing brats and cupcakes, and helping to plan (don’t tell anyone, but most of my best event ideas actually come from his creative genius), it was totally worth it to bring in him on it.

Decor:

My main goal for this event was to keep it classy. I didn’t want a bunch of drunk people cluttering up my house and back yard and disturbing my neighbors. The point of craft beer isn’t drunkenness, it’s appreciation for the drink, much as it is with wine. So we were intentional in our planning. We wanted to essentially have a gastropub in our back yard and went for an industrial feel–bricks, galvanized steel, chalk boards. My husband’s brewing equipment made for great decor and doubled as ice chests. Our fences were covered in Dogfish Head (one of my husband’s favorite breweries) posters. Tables were covered with butcher paper; centerpieces were a beer bottle with wheat and a bucket filled with peanuts on bricks. I created a “Hoppy Birthday” banner, as well as some chalk board style posters. I also made garland out of bottle caps and a craft beer glass silhouette garland. Finally, I bought a beer and pointing finger garland on Etsy.

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Food & Drink:

We served brats from a fantastic local butcher, as well as chicken sausage for the more health conscious, along with sauerkraut & caramelized onions and variety of mustards. Our friend, Gary, came up with the remaining menu and catered gourmet gastropub food like cheesy bacon chips, fried pickles, and roasted brussel sprouts with garlic aoli. Finally we served a bunch of munchie, snacky items like soft pretzels, kettle chips, Chex Mix, M&Ms and peanuts.

Obviously, for drinks, we served craft beer. We provided a few growlers from a local brewery, Wolf Creek, then asked each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite craft beer to share. We also served fancy sodas (we have a LOT of pregnant friends right now) and bottled water.

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash Menu | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash food | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Warning: Shameless promo ahead!

Dessert was probably my favorite part of the night, being the crazy cake-loving lady that I am. We wanted to serve beer cupcakes, and after scouring the internet for recipes, I found a company in San Diego that makes cupcakes using craft beer and actually sells their cake mixes! It was perfect! Except for one thing–at the time, PubCakes was still working to make their craft beer cake mixes available for purchase online, but was not yet up and running. And with a toddler and newborn, I simply didn’t have the time to drive to the San Diego farmer’s market to buy them. So I emailed the owner, Misty, explaining my situation. She was awesome to work with and mailed the cake mixes to me. Now a quick note of explanation–I love cake but I do NOT like cake mixes. Cake needs to be made from scratch. Except PubCakes cake. Their cake mix was SO. GOOD. There are only four mixes available (vanilla ale, cocoa porter, chocolate stout & belgian spice), but Misty offers a number of different recipes on her website so you can turn your mix into whatever craft beer amazingness you’re currently craving. She also has recipes for frostings and fillings. And trust me, they’re good. I hope to one day soon make it down to San Diego so I can actually meet this cupcake goddess, but for now I’ll have to make myself content with her mixes. For this event, we used three of her mixes and made the following (and yes, I made all these lovely cupcakes along with the help of my friend, Sam, and her mad cupcake frosting skills–we thought ourselves to be just a little amazing when we were finally done with our gourmet cupcakes):

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

We also made a fourth cupcake, a chocolate pretzel stout with a brown ale custard filling from a recipe I found on the Snyders of Hanover website. I was born and raised in PA (quite close to Hanover) on Synders pretzels so I had to make this one excepiont to PubCakes. :-) This cupcake was also amazing. I think I may have eaten my body weight in cupcakes both leading up to the party (you can’t serve an un-tested item) and the night of. And in the days after, finishing up what wasn’t eaten. I didn’t want any of that yummy goodness to go to waste. Anyway, I’ve taken a lot of space–probably too much–writing about cupcakes, so I’ll stop now.

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Invitation, Favors, Water Bottle Labels

For the invitation and favor, I worked with Product80 on Etsy. Grant makes custom coaster invitations which are pretty awesome. I preferred the coaster as a party favor as opposed to an invite, so he created a special coaster for our guests to use based on the invitation design. We also decided to do water bottle labels to round out the look. Grant was great to work with and we loved what he came up with for us!

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

 

And that was my labor of love for my best friend and hubby. It is not a 30th birthday he will soon forget. It really was so much fun–everyone keeps asking us to have another. Maybe we’ll just have to throw a craft beer brew bash every year for his birthday!

 

Vendor Credits:

Event Planning & Styling: Marigold Events

Photography: Blyss Photography (except for the crappy pictures–Alyssa was also our babysitter and had to leave leave to watch the kiddos so the not-pretty pictures are ones I, and other, took)

Food Labels, Mustard Bottle Labels, Craft Beer Chalkboard Posters, Hoppy Birthday banner: Marigold Mom Shop

Catering: Gary Edwards

Brats: Bob’s Country Meats

Cupcake Mixes: PubCakes

Invitation, Coaster Favors, Water Bottle Labels: Product80 

Decorative Posters: Dogfish Head

Beer Varieties Poster: Pop Chart Lab

Beer Glass & Finger Garland: Sunny by Design

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Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Eight years ago, Laura was one of my bridesmaids. And this summer I have the honor of returning the favor.  I was so happy for her when Zach popped the big question, and just as thrilled to agree to stand with her on her wedding day. And so you can imagine that I was also pretty excited to get to throw a bridal shower for her along with the help with the other bridesmaids. 

When I think of Laura, I think of the beach. More specifically, I think a Hawaiian beach. She lives near the coast, and she and her family frequently vacations in Hawaii. Her room was always decorated with tropical items. And I don’t know how many times we’ve been to the beach together.  So it only made sense that we would throw her a bridal shower luau.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Decor:

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal ShowerMy vision for the look and feel of this shower was more organic and natural. I didn’t want the usual store bought luau party look–I wanted people to feel like they were Hawaii.  So I used a lot of neutral colors, burlap, bamboo, sand, shells, coral, vintage Hawaiian postcards, plants, and fruit to decorate. And it turned out just as I had imagined! I thought it was beautiful, and the bride thought it was stunning. You can’t ask for a better compliment than that!

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Our guests sat in the shade of multi-colored umbrellas at tables with centerpieces of tabletop tiki torches, vintage Hawaiian postcards and hurricanes made by the groom’s family.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal ShowerI found this gorgeous invitation from Stellar Design Pro on Etsy and had to have it. I designed all the other printables for the luau myself; they can be found on my Etsy site.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower  Beautiful invitation by Stellar Design Pro

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Printables Food & Drink:

In keeping with our theme, we served luau food. Our menu consisted of pulled pork with pineapple salsa, sweet hawaiian rolls, pineapple macadamia nut rice, green salad and tropical fruit. Our guests were able to sip on water, tropical iced tea and, of course, Mai Tais. The main dessert was a huge, beautiful and deliciously wonderful cake, served along with coconut macaroons and sand dollar cookies.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Tiki Bar

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Favors:

Our favors were tropical lip gloss and hand creme. We also had leis available for everyone to wear, because, let’s be honest, you can’t fully participate in a luau if you’re not wearing a lei.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Activities:

We had three different activities at the shower. Guests were given the opportunity to write a little note to the bride–advice, wishes, a favorite memory, etc. All the cards were then put into a book for Laura to read and keep. 
Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

 We also played two different games–a movie love quotes matching game and a “how well do you know the bridal couple” game. 

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Games

 

Congratulations to my beautiful friend, Laura, and her groom! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

And thanks to these sweet bridesmaids for all their hard work and input! They were a great team to work with, and I could have never done it without them!

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

 

Vendor Credits:

Event Planning & Styling; Marigold Events

Venue: Private Home 

Cake: Breadbasket Cake

Favors: Loccitane

Invitation: Stellar Design Pro

Vintage Postcards: Island Art Store

Burlap Banners, “Bride” banner, Food Lables, etc.: Marigold Mom Shop

Photography: Marigold Mom

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Baby & Me Baby Shower

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold MomI’ve been using Alyssa, from Blyss Photography, to photograph my events for some time now and absolutely love her. Not only does she capture incredible images (especially of kids–locals, you need to use her!), she really is one of the sweetest people I know. I was thrilled to help her with her cousin’s baby shower. 

Alyssa wanted something super simple and not over-the-top fru-fru baby like. I loved her “Baby & Me” idea and decided to take full advantage of the “and” by incorporating an ampersand. I made a giant ampersand out of foam board, as well as puff balls out of tulle. I also designed some cupcake toppers to go with our theme. A friend of Alyssa’s made the cupcakes and cake pops (we used washi tape to create the cake pop flags). But I think my favorite decoration was the flower arrangements. Again, they were super simple, but oh-so cute! Just mason jars with a chalk board label with an ampersand filled with grapefruit slices and baby’s breath.  They were the perfect touch to this sweet and simple Baby & Me baby shower.

If you like the cupcake toppers, I’ve just opened a rather pathetic looking Etsy shop (I only have two things up so far and am still trying to figure everything out), and they’re available for purchase

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Vendor Credits:

Event Styling, Puff Balls, & Printables: Marigold Mom (cupcake toppers: Etsy)

Photography: Blyss Photography (Instagram: @blyssphotography)

 

 

 

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Rustic Lace & Yellow Wedding Reception

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold MomIn October, one of my dearest friends got married. Melissa and I used to work together; we also lived one block away from each other. At the time, my husband was working lots of nights and weekends, so Melissa and I spent almost all our time together. Then one day, she up and moved to Wyoming to help do a church plant. It was a wonderful reason to move, but it left a Melissa-sized hole in my heart.  

When she got engaged to James, she asked me to be a bridesmaid.  I gladly agreed, but once the date was set, we realized it was only two weeks after my due date for my second child. And the wedding was 17 hours away in Wyoming. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to stand with her on her celebrate her special day. She and her new husband, however, just happened to be passing through Los Angeles on their way home from their honeymoon. So I, along with her other local bridesmaids, decided to throw a reception here for those of us who couldn’t make it out to the wedding.

The reception was held a friend’s house; another friend catered dinner. Since Melissa and James weren’t able to have a cake at their wedding (they had cheesecakes and pies which is equally as wonderful), we served a cake, along with two other little desserts.  We also offered a hot cocoa bar in honor of Melissa’s love of cocoa and the gallons of hot cocoa we drank to combat the “3pm Sleepies” we’d get at work all those years ago.  

The program for the evening was laid back in order to give James and Melissa ample opportunity to visit with everyone. None of us knew James, so we also played a little “get to know James” game with a bunch of questions that put him on the spot as much as possible.  =) In the end we all decided that we like him and will allow him to remain married our Melissa.

Decorations were relatively simple (since I’d just popped out a baby)–we stuck with yellow (her wedding color), lace, and added a rustic feel with burlap and wood slabs.

Rentals were through a wonderful, local company, SVC Party in a Box.  They’re great for smaller events (up to 75 people) and have the best prices in town.  They just deliver a trailer full of supplies (chairs, tables, tablecloths, serving dishes, coffee urns, etc.) to your door.

Rustic Lace Yellow Wedding Reception Decor | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Yellow Wedding Reception - such a simple and beautiful wedding cake! | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Yellow Wedding Reception - Rustic Lace Place Setting | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

 

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception - Hot Cocoa Bar | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Yellow Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Yellow Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception - Craspedia Centerpiece | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

Rustic Lace Wedding Reception | Marigold Mom

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Congratulations, James & Melissa! I’m so happy for you and your newfound love!IMG_6097

 

Vendor Credits

Event Styling: Marigold Events

Photography: Strawn Photography
(Except for the not-so-great night-time photos, which I took with my phone)

Rentals: Party In A Box

Cake: Cake It or Leave It: Custom Cakes by Marianne

Catering: Gary Edwards

Invitation: Stephanie Momary: Email - stephaniemomary@gmail.com (IG - @stepiphanie)

Cake Topper/”Mr & Mrs” sign: Ready Go Wedding Co.

Lace Cupcake Wrappers: Amazon

Plates: Smarty Had a Party

 

 

 

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