Beach Theme for weddings

Beach Rules signRecently the Beach Theme for weddings has been popping up all over the place.  I’ll take that as a sign to post about that again since it has been my most popular read theme on this blog.  The beach theme can be done in so many color palettes – from sandy colors, to blue sky colors to wood and water colors.  Find a color scheme that you like and start there.  What I get about the beach theme is that it is a simple and carefree look – a breath of fresh air, a destination that you would like to re-produce. Beach theme doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate.  It can be very simple and still be well done.  I always think of the beach them including a candle that is enclosed in a clear container (that way the candle doesn’t get blown out by the sea breeze) and of course shells and some kind of jute.  (Photos courtesy of Joss & Main).  Check out Pinterest for abundant ideas on beach theme weddings too.  There are lots of different feels for the beach theme you can use including Destination/ Island – Sandals – Tropical – Mariner – Nautical- Wind swept – boating/sailing – Sea Life – California Coast – West Coast – East Coast – Florida Coast, etc.  Whatever it is, make sure and incorporate the theme into your wedding invitations. Beach theme wedding candle white my wedding.comCordoba+CandleholderSeas the Day signMariner+Candle+Hurricane

Western themed baby shower

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Alysia’s baby shower was western themed with some fun additions.  Of course there were western boots and western hats, but they were made out of cake, not of leather! The tables were decorated with bandanas, galvanized pots with sunflower pics, rusted metal stars.  The entry table had  welcome baby boy sign inside a lasso and there were mini hay bales too!  Congrats to Alysia and her growing family! Take a look at the hats on the cupcakes.  There are made out of a rolo on top of a pringle potato chip!  Wouldn’t it be cute if the hats were dipped in white chocolate or milk chocolate? 

The best to you for the New Year 2014

Root Beer Happy New Year 2013 002As I contemplate the events for 2013, I wonder how on earth the time went by so fast! I look back at the past year and remind myself that I have hosted 6 events (including a family reunion), been a vendor at 3 other bridal shows, joined 2 business networks , purchased a house (and did some upgrades), help move parents, lost a parent, met a niece that has come into our lives, spent many happy moments with others during their weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baby and bridal showers, parties and  reunions.  I  look forward to 2014 and make some personal goals which include being more health minded (cut down on the sugar, get on my bicycle once again).  Be better with paperwork, be a better business person and be a better friend.

  I follow a blog where one of the posts talks about being a better friend and neighbor.  The blogger talked about being so busy in her life and getting away from the ways of spontaneity – like dropping in to a friend’s house for the sake of a friendly visit. That happened to her when a friend stopped by unexpectedly for a  visit, and it was just what she needed, to enjoy a moment in a hectic schedule of life.

That goes hand in hand with sending a ‘thinking of you’ note or gift to someone, a check in call or a helping hand when it’s needed, but not expected. 

I would also like to remind all to think of  small businesses and be mindful of where and how you spend your money.  Is it really saving you money to drive out-of-town to a big box store to purchase one item rather than look for it at a local small business?  You would be surprised what you can find at your local small business.  Think Small Business and support locally!

With that, I look forward to 2014 and the adventures and new friends it will bring. Happy New Year to you, may it bring you Peace and Prosperity.

Did somebody yell “BINGO”?

Gina Riley does a great job of putting together fund-raising events.  She is so good at it that she has to turn people away because there is no more room!  That was the case when she hosted a fund-raising Bingo game that benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  It was a potluck too, so everyone brought finger food to share.  The theme was Civil War – not like American Civil War, but Oregon State University Beavers vs University of Oregon Ducks.  People came fully decked out with their costumes and their table decor.  They were also very generous to donate baskets full of raffle items. Thanks for all of the participants and their donations! Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 011 Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 013 Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 015

Happy First Birthday Emily!

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Cute as a bug that little Emily is! What a happy girl and her parents invited friends and family to help her celebrate her first Birthday!  Two older brothers with balloons kept her busy too.  Dad made the Owl themed cupcake display (Nice job Jay!). A super cute ‘smash’ cake for the guest of honor was part of the themed party decor1st birthday Emily 11-16-13 002 1st birthday Emily 11-16-13 0041st birthday Emily 11-16-13 003.

P.E.O. Fundraiser dinner

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30th Anniversary for the Post’s

The Post family lives in Arkansas.  They were planning on visiting family in Lebanon, so the family had the idea of throwing them a 30th Anniversary party with family and friends who lived here.  The family oriented event featured their favorite foods from their favorite restaurant in Lebanon – Bing’s Kitchen.  Beautiful flowers from Nancy’s Floral in colored mason jars adorned the dining tables.  The couple’s daughter made the arrangements from Arkansas.  Yes it is possible to plan an event on short notice from long distance.  Congratulations!

Anniversary cake made by Janice Jackola

Anniversary cake made by Janice Jackola

Fresh centerpieces from Nancy's Floral

Fresh centerpieces from Nancy’s Floral

2 Sisters – 2 Brides

The VanMeter sisters, Sandy & Teri married their beloved in a double wedding ceremony on July 20th.  The wedding was on a bright sunny day. Personal touches for each of the brides themes made the day a beautiful day.  For the Wine Country theme, the dining tables had wine glasses filled with flowers, and a burlap runner embellished with ribbon. a guest book table with wine holders and a spray of grapes and greenery over the arbor.  For the Country theme, there was an old treadle sewing machine for the guest book as well as squares of cloth to write your name on instead of a guest book and mason jars filled with fresh flower bouquets were placed on shepherd hooks down the aisle. Water bottles with personalized labels and fans with the wedding information were placed on each chair. (The bride will sew the blocks into a quilt at a later date.) Lots of photos were taken of the couples and their families. The 2 couples were married in front of the water feature and each couple included a sand ceremony into their vows. Their colors were Pistachio Green, Purple and Blue.  The wedding was Skyped for a family member who could not attend as well as video taped. congratulations to both couples! Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 002 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 022 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 017 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 023 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 005

Randy & Tracy’s country wedding

Randy and Tracy wanted an intimate country themed wedding.  With table decorations which included jars of home-made jam, Light blue and White & hydrangeas with a bit of burlap on the picture table.  There was a dessert buffet with mini tarts, brownies, cookies, nuts & mints and cherry/chocolate candy.  Randy barbecued a feast with barbecued ribs, tri-tip, baked beans and macaroni and cheese.  The dinner included salads, fruit trays, veggie trays prepared by other family members.  There was champagne for toasting and lemonade for sipping. Tracy’s youngest son walked her down the aisle.  A very comfortable wedding with family and friends.

William & Liz’s Wedding Day

It was a beautiful sunny day on June 8th for this couple’s wedding.  It was filled with lovely gowns and tuxes, joyful friends and family.  The couple got married in front of the water feature in the garden  with blue sky above.  A lot of details went into this special day and everyone was happy and had a good time. The wedding cake and mini cupcakes were gluten and dairy free and were made by Ladybug Blue Cakes of Lebanon. Everyone enjoyed the gluten-free and dairy free food and cupcakes.  Brandon of Brandon Harvey Photography of Sweet Home was the photographer. One of the members of the Rollin’ Oldies Car Club brought his beautiful vintage shiny red convertible to whisk the couple off.  William and Liz went to Maui for their honeymoon.  Image