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A Sweet 5th Birthday Through the Lens of a Genius Photographer

When your dad is the one and only Greg Finck Photography, it’s a given your birthday bash is going to be captured beautifully. Sweet Juliette turned the big 5 and for her celebration a woodland inspired party was in order. Feathers and critter masks, pine trees and a golden topped cake all make this day one for the books. See even more right here!

This is the birthday celebration of my baby girl Juliette, who just turned 5 two weeks ago in Paris. This year, I had decided to throw a Woodland Animals theme party, with the great help of Synie for the cake and pastries.

We decorated our apartment in a glitter and pastel  color palette, and brought some touches of greenery in the decor. Synie designed a wonderful vanilla/raspberry cake in the same color palette. She also designed these stunning feather cookies, covered with glitter. They were as yummy as beautiful. Finally, she designed and cooked these small watercolor cookies, bringing a soft touch to the buffet.

Juliette wanted to dress as Pocahontas to match the theme, so we dressed her with a native American dress, a fake fur, and some Minnetonka shoes. She wore a bohemian feather crown from Addaxfeathers via Etsy.

We kept the buffet very simple with a feather garland from My Little Day, some jars containing Lemon Squash and Grenadine. The kids have fun at a Photo Booth with personalized animals mask, ordered via HipHipHaRae on Etsy.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasins | Animal Masks: Hip Hip Ha Rae | Cake and Pastries: Synies | Feather Crown: Addaxfeathers | Feather garland and accessories: My Little Day | Jars: Casa | Private Home: Private Home

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This Studio is an Entertainer’s Dream Space

When your studio is so gorgeously designed, it is prettier than most homes, you know you’ve got a good space on your hands. And I’m only slightly jealous of that whole wall full of entertaining accoutrements. Ok, ok maybe a bit more than slightly but do you blame me? Tour the stunning hub of Spread Love EventsThe Collection Rentals through the lens of Whitney Krutzfeldt Photography  and prepare to fall hard for all those well styled bookshelves.

It’s every creative’s dream to have a space to call their own! Spread Love Events has been able to tick that goal off their list, opening their own studio on the North Shore of Vancouver, Canada in 2016. Sharing the space with their sister company, The Collection Rentals, principal planner and creative director Ashley Bond had a vision in mind from the start.

“When we first found this space it was exactly the size we wanted – but it had a black and red lino floor, black ceiling and very little natural light! It needed some love but we could see it had so much potential!”

Along with her team, Ashley set out to transform the space into an inspiring yet functional work environment.

“We wanted our studio to be visually pleasing for ourselves and our clients, but also practical. We knew we wanted to have a lounge area to showcase our rental furniture, an inviting table to meet at and natural light; but we also needed more practical items like work desks, shelving for our inventory, an industrial sink, and plenty of space for designing and creating our florals, stationery and decor.

“We chose some specialty pieces from Restoration Hardware and The Cross Decor and Design in Vancouver, and combined these with other affordable pieces we picked up along the way that still complemented the more modern aesthetic we were after. We’re pretty thrilled with how it came together!”

I feel most inspired when I’m out in nature, or taking in the sights and sounds of a new neighborhood or city. Creating the space and time to allow your mind to wander and dream, and eyes to take in new environments, is so important. For me, it’s when I feel free to explore (in my mind or through a forest or city) that the best ideas come. Fortunately our studio is located close to the ocean and the mountains!

Natural environments, fashion and design, personal memories, art, the seasons, architecture and our surroundings inspire our designs. It is important to look outside of weddings for event design inspiration. A pattern, favorite song, or place is enough for us to begin the inspiration process with our clients. Ultimately our designs are about our clients, reflecting what they love and how they fell in love or like to celebrate.

Photography: Whitney Krutzfeldt Photography | Styling: Spread Love Events | Hair and Makeup: Denise Elliot | Ceramics: Provide | Furniture and Decor: The Cross Decor + Design | Furniture and Decor: The Collection

Ring in Spring with Easy Tips for Flower-Filled Entertaining

Snow, shmo… we are ALL about Spring now and this party is lighting a fire under our seasonal entertaining booties. With a fresh, citrus infused color palette, easy tips for wining (or smoothie-ing) and dining and topped off with the most creative hostess gift idea ever, see what goes into a Spring party that sparkles. Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events teamed up with Sweet Root VillageMomental DesignsLaura Hooper Calligraphy and Abby Jiu Photography and you can catch it all right here!

We love any excuse to host a party, and once the weather is finally starting to warm up we will be craving an evening at home with friends out on the patio, or even inside with the windows open. We have a few great Spring Entertaining Tips below, sure to make any party picture per-fect! 

Give your guests something fun with these easy Herb Place Card Favors

Add an extra personal touch with a personal favorite recipe using that herb. We picked up glass votive holders from West Elm and planted a few herbs, finish with a wrap of paper that coordinates with the table design, and made it extra special with a laser cut name tag from LHCalligraphy. We also have some downloadable recipe cards from Momental for you too! Click to download  the recipe card front and back.

Forgo a linen and jazz up your table with easy (and disposable!) place mats

We commissioned Momental Design to create hand painted versions for us, but you could easily make your own with patterned papers from Paper Source. Keep all the patterns the same, or mix a few complimentary styles for added interest. Momental created a printable file just for SMP Living Readers! Download the file and print at your local print shop.

Embrace the flavors and colors of spring by serving a signature smoothie

Stir in a few superfoods (like Chia, Gogi Berries or Hemp) and embrace the newest trend.

Edible flower garnish

Edible flowers are one of the easiest ways to bring color and interest to a dish, and definitely is a must for a Spring event. Pansies, rose petals and lavender are all edible, just make sure you buy organic!

Creative Food

Who said dinner parties have to be formal and stuffy? Lighten things up with stylish bites and tapas instead of a heavy plated dinner. Have fun with props and take inspiration from Heirloom with mini-picnic baskets, cakes stands, and of course a variety of platters.

Interactive desserts

Make a handful of mini-pies and then set out in a different room with a variety of toppings for guests to top their own, as well as to get everyone up from the table and socializing.

Don’t forget the hostess!

Maybe you are just attending a Spring party and not hosting one? We have you covered – in-stead of that boring bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers bring a creative and unique give your host will love. Here’s what we included…

  • Marble bowl: Instead of gift wrap or a bag why not give your gift in a serving bowl? We picked marble because who can resist? But a wood serving bowl would work just as well!
  • Fun and seasonal kitchen towels: Lemon prints are in-season and on-trend and a great Spring kitchen refresh
  • Lemongrass ginger countertop spray: We loved the smell of this spray, so refreshing!
  • Wood spoon and spatula: a kitchen can never have too many!
  • Marble muddler: Your host will never know how much she needed one of these until she has one, be the one to introduce her to this wonderful kitchen must-have!
  • Lemon candy: A little something to enjoy after the guests leave.
  • We also added some fresh citrus fruit to the bowl to add even more color

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events | Florals: Sweet Root Village | Invitations: Momental Designs | Reception Venue: Fathom Creative Art Gallery | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Recipes: Carlene Thomas RD, LD | Rentals: DC Rental | White Bertoia Chair: In Style Modern | beverages: Wild Poppy Juice | vintage rentals: Something Vintage Rentals

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