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{Real Parties} Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The snow has FINALLY melted from the last bit of grass at my house and with the milder temperatures, dare I say that spring may be on its way?  The wind gusts certainly are roaring like a lion on this 1st day of March, and I am anxiously waiting for the spring weather to arrive.

If any of my readers know my children, you know that they have their next 5 birthday party themes already chosen (must be an occupational hazard resulting from mom being an event planner!)  So it should come as no surprise that we are already planning our Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Stay tuned for a sneak peak of invitations and an inspiration board later this month!

I thought I would share last year’s egg hunt, in light of this coming-soon-spring-weather (can you tell I really am ready for spring?).

I created boxed invitations featured a faux grass liner which the invitation sat upon.  Since the egg hunt had a small guest list, most of the invitations were hand delivered and sealed with pretty purple ribbon and a label.  The few that needed to be mailed required a wraparound mailing label as the USPS Postal Service would have frowned upon the ribbon.

The weather was beautiful, much to my delight!  I set up a long children’s sized table complete with children’s sized white ballroom chairs.  For the 2 weeks approaching the party, I was growing trays and egg cups filled with wheat grass which I used on the table.  I kept the party simple with a craft and bean bag toss game while we waited for everyone to arrive.

Then it was onto the hunt!  Each child was given a basket and were on the search for the eggs the Easter bunny left for them.  There were over 150 eggs for 12 children to find and sure enough in July my children would still find one here or there!

Afterwards, the children played egg on a spoon.  I found painted wooden eggs so there was no worry of breaking eggs and making messes.  This age group was 2 – 4 1/2 years in age, so an older age range of children would be able to handle real eggs to make it more challenging for them.  For this group is was the perfect game of concentration, fine and gross motor skills.

I choose not to serve lunch as the party started after 1 o’clock and instead, opted for fruit, vegetables and dips, and an assortment of sweets featuring Bakerella‘s chick cake pops, birds’ nest cupcakes, and dirt served in a (lined) gardening pot.

In addition to the treats they collected during the egg hunt, every child was given a felt bag with seeds and a small pot to grow their own vegetable plant or flower.

Belleza e Luce has  some openings for Easter Egg Parties in April still available if you have not already scheduled yours.  Contact us today!

{Real Parties} Classy & Fabulous Chanel Inspired Baby Shower

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

“A girl must be two things: classy and fabulous.”  The famous words of Coco Chanel!

I created a color palette of black, white, and light pink – everything from plates, menus, the cake, and centerpieces.

The event took place at the lovely Branches in their waterfall garden, and were fortunate to have a beautifully sunny and warm October day!  It was so warm in fact that only half hour into the party, we needed to bring in large umbrellas for shading to provide comfort and some heat relief to the guests.

Guests entered the garden to find a table with escort cards designed to resemble Chanel perfume bottle labels.

Custom designed bookplates with an area for guests to write a personal message sat on a bistro table with the latest ultrasound photo of Faith.  I was completely amazed that with 71 guests attending the shower, Faith did not receive one duplicate book for her library!

An area was created to display the hors d’oeuvres consisting of fruit, vegetables and crudite, and antipasta including fresh mozzarella, eggplant, artichoke hearts, and roasted peppers.

The tables were draped in black satin pintuck linens with pink pinktuck napkins.  We choose a pocket-fold for the napkins to display the layered menus.  Empty bottles with Chanel-inspired perfume labels displayed the table number.

The centerpieces were crafted using Sweet Akito roses to form a lovely pink ball atop a black urn.  In lieu of traditional favors, my mother and I decided to make a contribution to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Monmouth Medical Center, the hospital where Faith will be born.  At each placesetting, a small card informing guests of our decision was attached to a March of Dimes awareness bracelet.  It was touching to hear how many of our guests appreciated this gesture.

I requested that the guests bring their gifts wrapped in black and white, and was so pleased to see that most of them did.  Some guests even got especially creative with their wrapping.

Guests were also asked to dress in black and white – with pearls encouraged!  It was a request, but I also knew my guest list where most of our family and friends wear black at weddings, etc. so this was not something too out of the ordinary or drastic of a request.

The exquisite chocolate cake with mousse filling was made by Elyse of By Little Hands, the same fabulous woman who created Cibella’s Jolly Holiday cake.  I sent her the inspiration board I created for the shower, and left it in her hands!  It was delicious!  She will also be creating the cake for Luca’s upcoming party with a flavor I am super excited about (I am going to leave that surprise, for now!)

The shower was a wonderful success and loved by everyone, but most importantly my sister.  At the start of the shower, I toasted the soon-to-be mom, wishing her well, a healthy daughter, and of course, a quick delivery!  Faith is scheduled to make her official appearance soon, and I cannot wait to meet her!  Welcome to motherhood, Melissa – I know you are going to be a wonderful mommy!

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