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Pineapple Themed Party

Here’s something I never thought I’d say: pineapples are super on-trend. Move over kale, there’s a new veggie fruit in town!  They’re popping up everywhere from fashion to food to interior design and, well, birthday parties! And I, for one, am totally on board. Because this event, designed and photographed by Tara Whittaker, is too adorable for words.

From Tara…  I teamed up with Dallas lifestyle blogger, Randi of Dukes & Duchesses, on a shoot designed to inspire with ideas for kid-friendly favors, menus, activities and entertainment.

Our starting point was the design trend that’s popping up everywhere lately. Pineapples! For centuries, pineapples have been symbols of welcome, which make them the perfect motif for captivating young guests. We chose splashy and flamboyant versions of pineapples printed on table runners, gift bags and even cookies. Randi brought along four of her own kids so I guess you could say that everything that day was kid-approved.

DIY Ideas

ONE | We aimed for a festive, party atmosphere by morphing pinecones into pineapples. Ponderosa pinecones were spray-painted in bright hues and tissue paper leaves were attached using fishing line. Ribbons were tied randomly amongst the tree branches of the space, and the colorful cones hung from them.

TWO | Ice cream bar. Themed after a carnival booth and complete with a striped awning, we offered scoops of colorful ice cream and a variety of toppings, served in halved pineapples. Ali from Modern Pulp created “sails” to label the toppings in their pineapple boats. Sundaes were served in goblets by Oh Joy For Target http://www.ohjoy.com/products/oh_joy_for_target.html

THREE | Black paper runners stamped with white pineapples ran across the table and under each child’s place setting. The custom stamp was sculpted from a sponge using sewing scissors.

FOUR | Each child was greeted with a personalized party hat and pineapple gift bag, filled with an activity book, crayons, a cookie, a t-shirt souvenir, candies, and a bottle of bubbles. The activity book by Modern Pulp invited the kiddos to color the wedding cake and navigate their way to the church via a maze.

FIVE | What better way to engage the kids than to give them a project? The outline of a pineapple was penciled onto a black background. Each child left their fingerprints on the pencil marks, leaving a gold, pineapple guest book for the Bride and Groom. It’s a whimsical way for a bride and groom to remember the little attendees at their wedding and it could serve as a playful art piece in their home together.

Photography: Tara Whittaker Photography | Event Design: Tara Whittaker Photography | Jewelry: Leah Alexandra | Cookies: Sugar Shimmer | Favours: Dukes & Duchesses | Hair And Make-up Artist: The Art Of Beauty | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationer: Modern Pulp

Woodland Inspired Baby Shower

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that sweet bab Isabella is one lucky little lady. And she’s not even here yet! But judging by the care that Megan Wappel Designs and Ashley Lindzon Events put into every last ounce of her woodland inspired baby shower, I’d say that she’s already loved through and through. With photos from Scarlet O’Neill Photography, there’s more riiiight here. 


From Ashley Lindzon Events… This stylish mom to be dreamed of a whimsical and romantic woodland inspired baby shower and that’s exactly what she got. Her Toronto based shower was brought together by a fabulous team of local vendors and was the perfect day to celebrate Sabrina and her baby girl, Isabelle.

With unique elements like hand painted cookies and cakes, miniature savory treats and beautiful blooms, guests were treated to a perfect day celebrating a beautiful baby girl.

The color palate was soft pastel hues of peach, mint, blush pink and gold.

The sun was shining and the ladies sipped and sampled all of the wonderful goodies the party had to offer while congratulating the first time mom and showering her in gifts and good wishes.

Photography: Scarlet O'Neill Photography | Flowers: Blush And Bloom | Catering: Elyse Leanna Catering | Chair Rentals: Detailz Couture | Cookies And Milk: Moo Milk Bar | Desserts: Nadia And Co. | Juice Bar: Cedar Juice | Linens: Have A Seat | Photobooth: Fancy Photobooth | Planning: Ashley Lindzon Events | Stationery And Planning: Megan Wappel Designs

Behind the Scenes: Maids to Measure

We are all about supporting small businesses around here, and this next one is a true gem! Located in London, England, Maids to Measure is a one stop shop for all things custom bridal party and we’re lovin’ on every inch. With photos from Claire Graham, there’s more where this came from right here. And you might want to hold tight because we’re going behind the scenes!

SMP: Tell us a little about Maids to Measure!
Maids to Measure is a specialist Bridesmaid company that allows brides to come to the studio and design their own dresses!
Alternatively brides can order dresses already designed (and named after the bride) through our website (or through one of our wonderful stockists).

SMP: You’ve designed some of the most uniquely beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. Where do you get your inspiration?
We’re lucky as its the brides themselves that bring their own inspiration to the appointments and we convert them into dream dresses for their maids, catering for all shapes and sizes.

We’re constantly evolving and always welcome new ideas. We recently launched 6 new colours with Ciate London which have proven very popular (iced frappe, empress, apples & custard, ferris wheel, cookies & cream, regatta).

SMP: What’s it like to run your own dress shop?
There’s never a dull moment! I set up Maids to Measure with my sister India when from our own experience we found their were little options for fashionable bridesmaids. We’d find a dress but not in the right colour of vice versa, with Maids to Measure you can choose any design have it in any colour, size length or fabric etc allowing the girls to create unique dresses.

SMP: What was the turning point in your business where you knew it would really take off?
It started with us working from home, just doing friends weddings and then friends of friends and before we knew it we had random people contacting us, from then it simply snowballed and we knew our idea and concept had legs!

SMP: The most difficult part of entrepreneurship?
Never switching off, I live and breath bridesmaids and I think thats what it takes. Even when Im away I cant relax but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

SMP: One thing you wish you knew when first starting out?
Theres no end, once you have the website done or say the first collection completed you just want to update and change things again, always wanting to improve and better everything constantly.

SMP: Do you have any tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
You need to be prepared that it becomes your life and you have to be super organised, not just in terms of work but also for a work/life balance. Id be on my laptop 24/7 if I didn’t specifically schedule in lunch/dinner with friends or family, after all its them that have supported us on this journey.

SMP: What’s one thing you’d tell someone who’s hoping to start their own business?
You have to bee passionate about what you’re doing and have 100% conviction that its going to work, any doubts will cause problems down the line. Theres an amazing event by Flourish & Prosper that has some amazing speakers sharing their business stories, which I cant wait for.

SMP: Three things every fashionable woman should have?
Knowledge! of what to spend on (shoes and bags) and what to save on (jeans and jersey), the latest apple product and the confidence to wear what you want, how you want.

SMP: One thing you just can’t live without?
My fiance Andrew!!!

Photography: Claire Graham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Maids To Measure