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Black and White 1st Birthday

I love a good classic first birthday party. Especially those that are sweet in design but timeless in execution. Take for example this “Never Stop Exploring” celebration. Laura from Lace and Arrow Designs crafted and photographed the party for her son, pulling together some awesome DIY projects to make it a bit more personal. See all the adorableness here.

From Laura…I am a mother of two and run an online boutique. When my sons 1st birthday was approaching I knew I needed to make it more on the simple side (I tend to go OVER BOARD!). Growing up my mom always made our cakes from scratch and I wanted to keep that tradition going with my own children. The ongoing trending “naked cake” was the perfect solution. But I had only seen them with flowers so making it “masculine” was a goal of mine. Can you believe this cake didn’t even cost me $6 including the cake toppers?! Betty Crocker came to my rescue this time! I typically make my children’s cakes from scratch and decorate them with buttercream or fondant which can take hours!

Two hours (including bake time) and this cake was done! The toppers are just a black and white stripe pattern i googled, printed on paper and cut into the shape of a flag then glued onto a white stick found at the dollar store. Just added a long white candle and the cake was complete.

The rest of the treats and goodies are mostly from the Bulk Section at my local grocery store. I wanted to keep the food in the color scheme I had going, so Oreos, white donuts, yogurt covered raisons are just some of the snacks shown.

Rise Krispies are a favourite around my house so I added a white stick and tied ribbon on top to make it fancy and pretty on the table. For me this was simple because I planned ahead and ordered the supplies I needed to put the snacks and treats in. Made the cake and rise krispies the night before the party. All the other decorations I already had and use with most of my parties.

Photography: Laura Derksen | Design: Arrow & Lace Designs | "Never Stop Exploring" Print: Kardz Kouture | Bandana Bib: Vonbon | Berry Baskets: Tom Kat Studio | Black/White Stripe Paper Cups: Tom Kat Studio | Bow Tie: Arrow & Lace Designs | Gold Black Chalk Hang Tag: Dollar Target Section | Gold Logs: Confetti Sparkle Shop | Gold Tray: Chapters Indigo | Inflatable Globes: Amazon | Map Poster: Spruce Collective | Milk Glass Drinking Jars: Ikea | Polka Dot Balloons: Tom Kat Studio | Polka Dot Napkinds: Tom Kat Studio | White Scallop Candy Cups: Tom Kat Studio | Zebra & 1 Balloon: Confetti Sparkle Shop

Traditional Meets Cozy Home Tour in Long Island

Beyond being styled to perfection, a home should feel curated and collected; where cozy furniture intermingles with favorite pieces ripe with memories and family photographs are lovingly folded into the mix. Jennifer Markowitz was spot on with making this space feel warm, inviting and polished all rolled into one and through the lens of Cynthia Chung, it really springs to life. See the full tour right here!

Photographer: Cynthia Chung | Interior Designer: Jennifer Markowitz

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10 Soups to Add to Your Cold Weather Line-up

I am a soup girl through and through. From chowdah, as they say in Boston, to stew and simple classics, these one pot meals are in constant rotation at home. So to ring in the season of soup, we’ve rounded up some tasty, heart recipes to get you through the cold winter months with a full belly and a happy heart.

Soup, Stew and Chili Oh My
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