Saturday, November 15, 2014

Let's go for a ride!

We got married and what a grand celebration it was! We enjoyed a fabulous weekend with friends and family. It was the perfect culmination of nine months of planning and preparation and the perfect way to start our life together as husband and wife. I didn't blog with many details while planning to maintain the surprise factor for our guests, but look forward to sharing some of the behind the scenes details and decision making now that the event is complete.

When initially dreaming about our wedding, I knew I wanted it to be a representation of David and I and our love for each other. To me, this meant the wedding should incorporate details that shared the things we both love and be a symbol of the joining of our two families, histories and traditions. One of the most noticeable signs of this goal was the inclusion of bicycles throughout the weekend. My husband loves cycling and has been riding and racing since middle school.

We decided early on we wanted a tandem bicycle for guests to take photos with. We searched for a tandem at antique stores and on Craig's List. We were lucky to find one at a great price and in pretty good shape. We took it apart, sanded and sprayed it yellow. With new decals, polished seats and a shiny new chain it was ready for the big day. My dad built a three pieced background which I painted as a chalkboard with quotes. My mom wove a basket for the front which we will filled with flowers.

It was the perfect addition to our wedding and so much fun to see our guests enjoying posing for photos on the tandem.

I'm looking forward to sharing more details from our wedding in the next few weeks!

Friday, September 26, 2014

36 days and counting ..

We are in the home stretch of planning a wedding and we are so excited! It's been eight month since the engagement and the preparations began. Our to do list is definitely getting shorter. Throughout the planning process, I've been torn between sharing posts of the progress or maintain the surprise and delight for guests at the big event. I've gone with an middle road approach - sharing snippets on instagram, but letting most details be a surprise. I'm looking forward to blogging about some of the highlights of the planning process and sharing behind the scenes details after the celebration.

Check out the sneak peaks on instagram at #carriedavid or  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello, my name is ...

I had the pleasure of helping plan a baby shower for a great friend this past weekend. One of my contributions for the event was name tags for the guests. I love cute name tags for parties especially showers where many of the guests will not know each other. Not only do they help break the ice, but also make a great memento of the occasion. I have 6-7 hanging on my Christmas tree and love to remember the special event they were a part of.

Name tags also work great as place cards or escort cards depending on the occasion.

This weekend's shower had an ice cream theme so we had to have mini ice cream cones! Felt, pom poms and puffy paint chocolate sauce topped off with sprinkles and cherries. A simple card stock banner held each person's name.

These name tags are definitely not a boring sticker! These paper and ribbon flowers had leaves with the guest's name and relationship to the guest of honor.

 Name tags with a Mexican theme perfect for a Fiesta themed Bridal Shower.

Felt cows with paper straws were ready to celebrate at a milk and cookies Baby Shower.

Regardless of the theme, a cute name tag is something everyone will want to wear!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Love makes the World go round!

We had the pleasure of celebrating the 40th Wedding Anniversary of George and Wendy, my parents, this weekend! The celebration was at a local dance studio and highlighted Wendy and George's love of ballroom dancing. The party decorations focused on travel in honor of their friends and family around the world and the many places their 40 years of marriage have taken then.

 Friends and family who joined us in honoring the happy couple.

The main food table featured savory and sweet treats representing the many places George and Wendy have lived or traveled together. Cheeses for Switzerland, Bakewell Tarts for England, Eclairs for France, Pretzal bites for New York, Waffle Cookies for Missouri (St. Louis is where the waffle cone was invented), Key Lime Pies for Florida and Maple Cookies for New Hampshire. The table was decorated with a vintage suitcase, travel books, globes and a map with pins showcasing their travels. A garland across the front featured vintage postcards and well wishes.

The cake was the centerpiece of the table! A beautiful recreation of Wendy and George's wedding cake. You can see the original in the photo hanging on the map. As is tradition in England, the original was a fruit cake and for their 40th, we enjoyed a traditional American cake with chocolate and vanilla cake and buttercream. Delicious!

On the dance floor, we had a table with messages and photos for guests to enjoy. As many of George and Wendy's family and friends live around the globe, we invited them to participate "virtually" in our celebration. Cards, emails and video messages were shared with the couple and guests.

Invitation to the "virtual" celebration

 Toasting the happy couple!

Hand decorated sugar cookies as souvenirs of the party!

 The guests of honor, George and Wendy, their daughters Katie with boyfriend, Adam and Carrie with fiance, David

Slide show of dancing and guests


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Will you be my Valentine?

Girl friends, time to catch up and inspiration from Pinterest meant a night of fun for Valentine's Day! We celebrated with a Pinterest inspired DIY Valentine's Exchange.

After appetizers and drinks, we learned how to make French macaroons in beautiful Valentines colors and assorted flavors.

Then we hit the craft table - each person brought the materials and instructions for a Valentine they loved on Pinterest. After making each, our mailboxes were overloaded with love! 

Snacky foods, all frozen from Trader Joe's were enjoyed by all. 

What's black and white and red all over? A Penguin on Valentine's Day!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Orchard dinner

This was the 10th year Katie and I have hosted a Halloween Party together - we are honored to share the holiday with so many special friends. This year we headed to a local orchard for an apple themed dinner.

We contacted a few orchards and made arrangements to host the party at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, NH. Hosting a party off site is lots of fun but definitely involves a little extra planning. We chose a beautiful row of trees. Invitations were ordered from Bee and Daisy on Etsy.

 Before and After

The orchard provided the space and we brought the rest. We were very happy with the transformation. Three long banquet tables, hay bales and folding chairs were festooned with maroon, orange and green themed table clothes and plates.

Centerpieces included bright, festive flowers in apple barrels, apple candles and fresh apples. Cheese platters, crackers and a charcuitere plate were on the table for snacking as guests arrived.

 A peak of the table through the trees! 

Each place setting had an adorable sewn apple made by Wendy. Traditionally at our parties, the place card is something that can be taken home and used as a Christmas ornament.  

The temperature was on the cooler side so the hot apple cider served in mason jars was a big hit and great hand warmer.

We all sat down to enjoy an apple themed dinner: Apple pumpkin soup with bread rolls and apple bread, salad with apple cider vinaigrette, savory apple tarts with beets or onions, and apple cookies and bars for dessert.

Our guests in their great costumes!



Guests headed home with homemade apple pie (baked with love by Wendy) and their fabric apple.

We can't wait until next year!

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