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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

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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

Urban Chic Toronto Wedding at Easy On Fifth

I totally love this couple. Their wedding was the best kind of chic – approachable and stylish mixed with a whole lot of fun, and their love for each other is so obvious I simply can’t help but smile. It’s just perfection. And it doesn’t hurt that the whole soiree was hosted as the uber sleek Easy On Fifth and captured by Taylor Roades Photography - making this gallery ridiculous in the best possible way.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Club
Styles
Elegant

From The Bride…Favourite part of the day: 1) Marrying my best friend 2) Champagne 3) Butternut squash ravioli 4) Late night limbo and advice to other couples getting married: Remember that it’s your day and you won’t be able to please everyone! So have fun — it’s about love after all!

From Taylor Rhoades PhotographyEverything took place at the 5th Social Club which has quickly become one of my favourite venues in Toronto. It is Chic and transforms from day to night seamlessly. The ceremony location was unique with a disco ball, giant tassels, an elephant statue and flower petals lining the aisle. It isn’t a combination that you think could work but it does so perfectly there.

Zoe went with a spanish lace veil during the ceremony and switch that out for a flower crown at the reception. Her dress was pure simplicity I don’t think it could have been more perfect.

Photography: Taylor Roades Photography | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier White Bridal Toronto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, White Bridal, Toronto | Hair: Nahid Salon & Spa | Candle Holders: WJD Woodworking | Ceremony And Reception: Easy On Fifth | Florist : Sweet Woodruff | Name Tag: Emma Cordner