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The Genius Tropical Detail Your Summer Party Needs STAT

This party crafted by Milou & Olin is proof that little umbrellas aren’t just for tropical drinks. They also make for the best ever party backdrop. It’s genius really and when paired with tequila cocktails gussied up with watermelon slices, a watermelon cake and a flock of flamingos, it pretty much makes this the best Tutti Frutti inspired 30th birthday we’ve ever laid eyes on.

Tutti, frutti and 30! We rang in Amanda’s big 3-0 with a cookie decorating bar, a smash cake, pool floaties, flamingos, and (of course) plenty of tequila! This 30th was inspired by our birthday girl’s favorite things of summer, and her love of everything tutti and frutti with a modern, tropical twist! Studio 817 proved to be the perfect space for our party as we decorated it with a parasol wall, a pool filled to the brim with balloons and of course a whole flock of adorable orange and yellow flamingos with floral petal accents.

Paper Heart Patisserie arranged a delightful cookie decorating bar, where guests could paint their own design on cookies! Scarlett & Grace’s amazing floral arrangements and flamingos with flower petal feathers are to die for and gave our party such a fun twist! Our main color palette of green, pink and yellow was a key element in pulling off their summer birthday bash! Our birthday girls loves to have fun, so we knew we had to have fun and bright colors to match that energy!

Our Agua Fresca Cocktails were such a refreshing treat on our hot summer’s day! Watermelon, Lemon, Pineapple were the flavors we sipped on, and with a little tequila added they were all that much better. Sipping these delicious cocktails poolside, was delightful and refreshing!

More Summer Entertaining Ideas

How to be a Master Bartender at your next Shindig
5 Rules to Achieve Perfect Party Host Status
The Ultimate Wine Tasting Guide

Photography: Milou + Olin Photography | Event Design: Paper Heart Patisserie | Event Design: Scarlett & Grace | Event Design: Milou + Olin Photography | Event Design: Milklegs Co. | Floral Design: Scarlett & Grace | Reception Venue: Studio 817 | Hair + Makeup: Olga Pirmatova | Cake Design & Desserts: Paper Heart Patisserie | Crocheted Art: Whimzlove | Model : Michelle Coldiron | Paper Goods & Invitations: Milklegs Co.

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Design Your Dream Day with WED School + A Giveaway!

We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued.  Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.

We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer.  I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101.  You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words?  You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all.  Contact them NOW to get your party on.


What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)


Stunning Bridesmaid Dresses with twobirds Bridesmaid + A Giveaway!

twobirds Bridesmaid is awesome, I don’t need to tell you that.  I mean, gorgeous bridesmaid frocks that can be wrapped in endless ways to flatter ALL body types?  Genius.  From their amazing selection of soft + stunning fabrics to their 40+ color options to their fab new collections, twobirds Bridesmaid is the best thing to happen to weddings since, well… gold, glitter and peonies.  Soak them all in below.

We’ve all been there.  That crazy day of bridesmaid dress shopping that turns into an almost impossible task, because, well… each one of your besties is sooo different.  Enter twobirds Bridesmaid and their insanely gorgeous lineup of convertible dresses.  I’m talking dresses that requires ZERO alterations, are totally maternity friendly and can be worn time and time again… long after the Big Day is over.  Not to mention their lineup of beautiful hues + brilliant fabric options.  It’s a mixing and matching lovers dream with options in jersey, tulle AND rosette.  And don’t even get me started on the many styling options. These dresses are magic.

Ready to begin your journey towards the world’s happiest bridal party?  Head to twobirds Bridesmaid TODAY to peruse the pretty.  And stay tuned for new collection featuring their bridal gown in lace (!), tulle ombre and jumpsuits.  We.can’t.wait.


What: twobirds Bridesmaid is giving away THREE convertible dresses to one lucky bride and her bridal party! (Value $930)

Who: One lucky bride, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 1, 2016.

How: Enter below, lovelies! Good luck! xo

Style Me Pretty + twobirds Bridesmaid Giveaway!