Bridal Shower Bubbles and More

Okay..this is me attempting not to cry as I write this post. It’s not going to work, but I’ll attempt.

So I have this friend Kira, who has been in my life since I was 5 years old….. And she’s alright….

And by ‘alright’ I mean she’s the best friend anyone could ever ask for in their entire life. If you are lucky enough to have a Kira in your lifetime you should grab on and not let go (does that sound like I’m a crazy person?) Well, without going into all the things I plan to say for my maid of honor speech at her wedding, I can tell you that in the last week or so I have teared up or full on cried while planning her bridal shower (basically, I’m going to be a crying mess at her wedding). I have been thinking about how great she is and how happy I am that she found this amazing guy to marry, with this amazing family who loves her as if she’s their own. Seeing all the friends and family (especially her mom and grandmother) who came together to celebrate her happiness seriously warmed my heart. Our amazing friend Katie drove from 4 hours away just to be a part of the weekend and it couldn’t have been better. There’s not much that makes me happier than the three of us together, just like when we were inseparable in junior high and high school.

Kira and I have known each other for over 20 years and as each year comes, our friendship grows stronger. In the past we’ve lived in different cities and at some points even different countries, but we’ve always remained close. I know that no matter what happens, where we live, or what we’re doing in our lives, we will be friends until we’re little old ladies. I have so much more to say, but it will have to wait until the wedding speeches. I cannot wait for October 6th and I couldn’t be happier for her and Jordan.

Here are a few of the details from the bridal shower that I planned with Kira’s awesome soon to be mother in law. It was a lovely day! Click on the images to get a closer look at the details!

The favors were miniature mason jars with straws that we wrapped in cellophane and added little stamped thank yous to each one. Kira’s future MIL made three different kinds of homemade cookies for each person to take homeRibbon garland I madeFavor Table/Entry TableMy favorite part of the shower…the mimosa or “bubbly bar” I made tiny little flags for people to write their names on so they wouldn’t lose their mimosaI wanted a Bubbly Bar sign. I made one, and it was ugly. So I had this one custom-made on Etsy. I will be using this again. I used Diamond wine stoppers to keep the champagne closed I ordered this custom flower garland from Etsy as well. Bridal Bingo during the gift opening to keep people interestedThe Donut Bar! Diamond Donuts (Diamonds from Etsy)This was a custom hanger from Etsy with the wedding date.Gift table

Kira opening my giftThe card read “Pull the string and see what you’ll find, maybe something cute for your little behind” When she pulled the string TONS of underwear came out all tied together..And it kept coming out…. And kept coming….…..…..It ended with a cute blue pair from Victoria’s Secret that said “Tied the Knot” on the butt. I thought it was fitting since she’s getting married AND I tied about 100 knots for these undies! I think she liked it :)Next up…Las Vegas for the Bachelorette Party

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A Day-After Christmas/Re-Gifting Party

My best friend and her fiance threw a day-after Christmas, re-gifting party this year on December 26th. It was a mimosa and brunch party that started at 10:30 in the morning and everyone had to re-wrap and bring the worst present they received for Christmas for a white elephant gift exchange. The food was delicious as always (she is a great cook) and the mimosas were flowing. But my favorite part of the party was the gift exchange. Our friends got some very strange gifts for Christmas this year and we had a great time unwrapping and stealing them from each other. Our friend Matt apparently didn’t get the memo and brought an unopened pound of Starbucks Christmas blend and Troy and I were lucky enough to bring it home. :) I won’t tell you what the other gift we got stuck with was…It’s best if no one ever sees it…

Some of the crazy gifts we opened.
I had to include the girls because they are always the hit of the party.

How to: Throw a Fall Wine Tasting Party at Home

For my 26th birthday this year I decided to throw a wine tasting party at my house. I invited about 20 of my closest friends and bought some wine. Well, a lot of wine.

I headed to the nearest Marshalls and bought about 30 red and white inexpensive wine glasses and placed them on a fall table runner that I already had.

I also bought little paper name cards for the wine glasses so people wouldn’t misplace their glasses.

I bought inexpensive wine pourers for each bottle at Cost Plus.

And I placed floating candles (left-overs from my wedding) into small vases and glasses I already had with water and gold/orange beads.

My sister-in-law gave us three wine barrels that we were going to use for planters in our backyard. Before cutting them in half we realized they would be perfect for the party! I cleaned them up a little, covered them with fabric fall leaves, and placed snacks and wine on them in different places throughout the house.

We filled a decanter and placed it by the front door with some candles.

I had one more vase to fill so I put floating candles and beads in it with a few leaves and some water.

For food we had nuts (in large wine glasses), pretzels with macadamia nut mustard, salami and crackers, olives, bread with jalapeno olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar, brie with pesto wrapped in bakedĀ  dough with crackers and lots of grapes!

I used more floating candles, beads, and wine corks for decor.

I also made a few little tasting note cards to place with the wine so people knew what to look for.

We played a blind wine tasting game that a friend gave me a few years back. We placed 10 bottles of wine in numbered bags and everyone wrote down tasting notes and tried to guess what they were drinking. This game way much harder than I imagined, but super fun!

For dessert we had port with lemon and red velvet cake pops (not homemade, I bought them here and they were delicious!) We also had brownie bites and chocolate pirouettes (from Costco).

The last photo is my husband and me enjoying the party. Don’t you just love his bowtie?

We set up a tri-pod with my camera on a timer so people could take their own photos, like our own little photo booth.

*Crystal Gala*

You may have noticed I have been slacking on my blog posts lately. That is because I have been incredibly busy working on putting together a huge black-tie crystal gala for 600 people that took place on Sunday. The dinner started with a cocktail reception with a step and repeat (shown below and photographed by the beautiful brunette in the photo, Bre Thurston) and red carpet. Everyone then moved into a large ballroom decorated with white hydrangeas and manzanita trees dripping with crystals and enjoyed their dinner. During dinner videos honoring the award winners were played, speeches were made, drinks were poured and photobooth photos were taken. David Garibaldi performed with his DJ, Joseph One (who also happens to be my very talented brother) and we then auctioned off his paintings to benefit the foundation. We ended the dinner with a performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and then an after-party at the House of Blues in Anaheim, where DJ JosephOne kept the crowd entertained for over three hours. The event went amazingly well and I was happy to be a part of it all. This is the only photo I have so far, but I will get the rest from Bre and post them here!