Let's Do Brunch!

Ladies Brunch Baby Shower!

     This past month I had the pleasure of styling and hosting a lovely ladies brunch to celebrate a dear friend of mine and the upcoming birth of her daughter.  I also had the pleasure of partnering up with Shutterfly on this event to create a warm, welcoming and cohesive look by using some of their lovely home decor pieces throughout the party!
     I started like I always do by designing the invitation,  as this sets the tone for what the guests can expect when they arrive.  The theme I chose was  simple and  rustic yet very beautiful. I think it's important for the theme to reflect the personality of the guest of honor.  I achieved this look by using a wood element and a lace element mixed with gorgeous hand painted floral clip art from www.createthecut.com. They are definitely one of my go-to's when I need a hand painted floral feel!

     I carried this theme over to the beautiful "Welcome" sign that greeted the guests as they entered the party and again onto the stunning canvas that graced the dessert table.  These are just two of several wonderful home decor items Shutterfly offers that you can easily customize to go with any party theme!

     Another quick and easy way to customize your party is by adding some fun throw pillows that reflect your theme.

     I can never seem to throw a party without overdoing it a bit on the flowers!  What can I say... I'm a sucker for beautiful flowers!  I wanted the guests to be able to enjoy the flowers after the party ended so I decided to double the table's flower arrangement as the favors for the guests to take home.  I had these lovely mason jar mugs etched with each guests initial, then lined them down the center of the table runner and filled them with loads of vibrant flowers!  The ladies were thrilled to be able to take home their own personalized flower arrangements!

      For refreshments, I set up a fabulous Mimosa Bar on a darling gold mirrored beverage cart I picked up at Cost Plus.  Having all your drinks and glassware in one place is not only convenient and functional, it looks great too!

      Because there was so much wonderful brunch food to choose from, I decided to keep the desserts to a minimum.  I made a beautiful 5 layer naked chocolate cake with a vanilla buttercream frosting and adorned it with what else.....flowers of course!  And why not add more flowers to the mix in the form of gorgeous flower sugar cookies, which by the way were so much fun to make.

     I decided that instead of playing silly shower games, I would ask each guest to bring a special book for the baby and I included a darling sticker for them to put in the cover with their own special message inside.  Everyone seemed to love this idea, including the guest of honor!
     I was thrilled to be able to honor my friend with this very special brunch for her and baby and I can't wait to meet the newest addition to her family!
      I hope you found much inspiration and ideas to use for your next gathering!

Party Styling/ Photography/Invitations/Desserts:  Misha Perritt/A Lovely Design
Metal "Welcome"sign/ "Let's Do Brunch" canvas/ Etched mason jar mugs/ floral pillows: Shutterfly

Valentine's Party!

A Valentine's Day Par-TEA!

 Better late than never!  I just couldn't let Valentine's Day pass by without designing and styling a sweet celebration!  I've been dying to use my antique red glass tea set which belonged to my grandmother and what better time to use red than Valentine's Day.
  The color palette for this party was inspired by a darling favor box I had from Meri Meri.
I loved mixing the traditional Valentine's colors of red, pink and white with the not so traditional colors of bright orange and just a hint of mint green.
  One of my absolute favorite parts of designing a party is designing the invitation and the printable suite that goes with it. I just love how everything turned out!
  The decor was pretty simple and easy to create.  I made a traditional tissue paper tassel garland and added some felt hearts in between.  The wall decor turned out so sweet and added such a statement but was so easy to create.  It was a simple wire heart decoration I found at Hobby Lobby and all I did was simply cut strips of different color tulle and tied them on all around the heart.  This could definitely hang just like that or you could add a fun saying behind it like I did!
  I LOVE using fresh flowers every chance I get so  I decided to incorporate brightly colored roses and hydrangea into the cake design by simply creating a beautiful flower topper for my naked cake.
  My daughter Bella and I had so much fun baking and decorating all the sweet treats!  We made vanilla cupcakes with pink and orange frosting, a naked vanilla cake and some deliciously iced sugar cookies.  My youngest daughter Talula thoroughly enjoyed attending the tea party and eating all the delectable treats!
I set up a darling child sized table in front of the dessert table that was set upon a lovely white dresser.  I adorned the table with a table runner made from a perfectly matched orange and pink fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.  I then set up the sweetest tea party using heart shaped melamine plates and Grandma's antique red glass tea set.  I just adore the place cards that were placed inside the tea cups to resemble tea bags.  So sweet!
  Check out all the adorable details below!

                                       You can find the printables on my ETSY shop here:

                                I hope you found some inspiration to use for your next party!

Enchanted Four-est Tea Party!

Talula's Enchanted Four-est Tea Party!

    My daughter Talula was turning 4 and I wanted to come up with a birthday theme she would absolutely LOVE!  I also had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Tiny Prints and incorporate some of their fabulous products into this most magical of parties!
    It all started with Talula's love for squirrels and bunnies and a lovely blue and pink floral Ralph Lauren dress.  And what little girl doesn't love a tea party!  That was the inspiration, and with that...Talula's Enchanted Four-est Tea Party was born!
    Like always, I started by designing the invitation and party printables.  I decided on a cobalt blue, bright pink, olive green, birch bark and sparkly gold color palette.  The invitation turned out simply stunning!  I used the most adorable panoramic picture of Miss Talula peeking out from behind a tree in a magical forest-like setting, added the cobalt blue, floral, and birch accents and ...wah-la!  My favorite design to date was created!  Then by carrying the elements from the invitation throughout the party allowed everything to stay cohesive.

    Upon arrival, the guests were greeted by a darling mounted print hung on the front door with gorgeous green linen ribbon, featuring the birthday girl herself!  It said "Welcome to Talula's Enchanted Four-est Tea Party!" Super cute!  Each little guest got a precious antique gold lace crown placed upon their heads and were led into the enchanted tea party.


  The dessert table was actually a lovely white dresser adorned with a colorful bunting I made using the newest collection of Buttercream quilting fabrics from Joann's. They matched perfectly!
The backdrop was a dainty, ruffled white drape. For the centerpiece, I hung from green ribbon, a beautiful 16x20 customized canvas print of the birthday girl in the forest. (The same picture from the invitation)  And to add a little extra sparkle, I painted the edges of the canvas antique gold.  This was another of the many items from Tiny Prints incorporated into the decor!
    Set-up in front of the dessert table was a gorgeously set petite oval table surrounded by adorable mushroom stools just their size.  Hanging above the table was a fir tree branch, finger-knitted ombré yarn moss and tissue balls to complete the enchanted forest theme.
    Some of my favorite charming woodland details had to be the delectably sweet birch bark and floral two-tiered cake, the wood sliced pedestal displays, the favor bag containing a personalized woodland creature notebook and stick colored pencils, and last but not least, the fabulous woodland play-space I created using super sweet custom pillows adorned with squirrels, bunnies, hedgehogs and birch!  Who knew Tiny Prints had pillows too!
     They have so many products like these that you can easily incorporate into all your parties and gatherings to give them that extra pop of fabulous!
    I do hope you find much inspiration and ideas from this magical party to use in your next event or gathering! Check out all the lovely photos of the party below!

  I hope you loved this party as much as I did! You can also check out what Kara from Kara's Party Ideas had to say about it on her blog right HERE!

Vendor Credits:
Tiny Prints (pillows, canvas prints, mounted prints, notebook favor)
Party Styling: A Lovely Design
Photos: A Lovely Design
Cake and Sweets: A Lovely Design
Invitation and Printables: A Lovely Design