Pajama Party

My family is getting together next week for a vacation. It will be the first time my three sisters, their families, and my dad’s family will be under one roof for longer than a few hours (typical holiday gatherings). I am thrilled my son will get to play with his cousins and build stronger relation ships with his aunts and grandparents.

I am also excited for stress-free quality time with my sisters. Late night conversations, yummy snacks, and the beach. Sounds like the perfect pajama party to me.. which had me looking for fun pajama party ideas for the kiddos too!


pajama party
Family Fresh Meals
pajama party game
Crafty Texas Girls
Mama Mommy Mom
pajama party
We Heart Parties

Layout Planning

The main point to planning your event layout is to maximize space and create an easy traffic flow. My favorite layouts include both round and square tables or more family-style rectangle tables. Maybe it is just me but that style set up makes it easier to create conversation…like at a family dinner table.

Here are some layout designs that have caught my eye recently..

unique layout
Sherwood Event
event layout
event layout
Merriment Events
event layout
Abby Mitchell Events

Trunk or Treat Treats

Are you looking for a great way to kick off your Halloween festivities? Many local churches have begun doing “Trunk or Treats” in lieu of the classic door-to-door trick or treating. These types of events provide an opportunity for church and community families to enjoy a free, safe and friendly trick or treating experience.

This year, my church is going with a carnival theme. Here are some ideas we were planning to use.

Four young friends on Halloween in costumes eating donuts hanging off strings
Meraki Lane
Halloween Carnival
My House and Home
halloween photo booth
Brit + Co
Tasting My Sweet Creations
halloween photo booth
Party Delights
Meaningful Mama
Christina’s Adventures
It’s Written on the Walls
Carnival Savers
Project Denneler
halloween carnival
The House of Whimsy
Katydid and Kid
Momma’s Fun World

Football Wedding

If anyone knows me at all will quickly learn that I am NOT a football fan in the slightest. Watching large, overpaid men run into each other has never made much sense to me. However, many of my friends are avid fans of the Panthers, or some other team from where they originally hail from.

Recently two friends were married and are big football fans BUT root for different teams. I feel like this is common…leading to my inspiration to find weddings designed towards the couples love of football.

An easy way to begin is to subtly add your favorite team colors. If that is not enough I have rounded some ideas to really show your team pride with family and friends. Ready, set, hut!

Football themed wedding
The Knot
Football wedding
Square Space
football centerpiece
Jen’s Blossoms
Bridal Guide
football wedding
Wedding Vibe
football inspired guestbook
football wedding invite
Paper Cake Designs
save the date football wedding
Belle the Magazine
football wedding photography
Kate Aspen

Wedding Expo Recap

A swarm of brides and grooms showed up for last Saturday’s wedding expo at The Barn at Heritage Farm. They clearly demonstrated the public demand in this area to use local vendors for their special events. This was the first expo in Surry county in nearly 5 or more years.


Along with 30 other vendors, I showcased my lovely planning business from 10 AM until 2 PM for brides and their families.

The vendor round up included unique photography options, newly opened catering companies, rustic party rentals, even Lula Roe showed up! As a small business owner, one of my desires is to provide a conection between couples and local vendors that will bring their dream into reality. I wanted to take a moment to show case some of those vendors that made a positive impression on me.

I will begin with the venue itself, The Barn at Heritage Farm. The Barn is co-owned by a husband and wife duo, Jessica and John. When I first discovered the venue, it was still in the beginning stages of construction. The windows had not even been put in yet.

13398494_507733642767569_849042339_n Now, it showcases a second floor, a dressing room for the bride and her party as well as a separate space for the groom and his groomsmen, a catering kitchen, restrooms, and a breathtaking view of Pilot Mountain. Outside hosts a unique, adorable water fountain, a pond, and a secondary barn for pictures.

Desilu Photography is another husband wife team that photographs a little bit of everything from weddings, portraits, and commercial photography. Lauren was amazing to talk to and easy to get along with right from the start, a big plus when selecting someone to photograph your special day. They both are very knowledgeable and happily travel throughout North Carolina.

Amazing duo, David and Lauren of Desilu Photography
David & Lauren of Desilu Photography

Giannos Woodfired Catering and Special Events attended their first wedding expo on Saturday. Their food was delicious, fresh, and I strongly wanted to return to their table for seconds! The best part with their service is their ability to bring a food truck to deliver fresh, wood-fired pizzas throughout your special event. gio_logo3

New Sentimentals creates a new piece from your treasures you have tucked away and give it new life. I noticed necklaces created from wedding dresses, broaches turned into bracelets, and eloquently designed ring pillows.


Rusted Root Rentals located in Pinnacle, NC provides vintage and rustic rentals and other special finds for weddings, showers, parties, photo shoots and more. They provide a cost effective way to style your event with a vintage or rustic touch while also adding elegance and originality to any event.


Creative Designs Flowers and Gifts is a full service florist. Actually the owner of the store came up to me before I had a chance to visit with her. She has a wonderful, positive personality that makes her easy to work with. Her floral designs were beautiful..look at this pineapple! (I have a strong love of the pineapple)


Make up by Adrienne is owned by a self-taught makeup artist. She has a passion for making women feel beautiful in their own skin.


Make up by Jessica and Stacey is a friend duo of self taught make up artists specializing in Airbrush application. This was new to me but the end results are gorgeous.


Bridal Traditions was founded by, Wilkes County native, Kelly K. Shumate also known as “the wedding lady.” When I first relocated to the area, everyone told me to reach out to her. Her passion for helping ladies find “the” dress is clear in everything she does.


Created Wonderfully Photography is a boudoir, wedding, and lifestyle photography studio. The owner, Christie, loves to empower women to feel as beautiful as they really are.


Tux Rentals

Shawl Collar Tuxedo

The Black Tux is a men’s fashion company specializing in the online tuxedo and suit rental industry. The business was created as a direct response to the co-founders’ poor experiences involving tuxedo and suit rentals for weddings and formal events.

Gingham Suit
Gingham Jacket Tuxedo

The Black Tux rents tuxedos, suits, and other men’s formal wear accessories. Shipping is free both ways and arrives a full week prior to customers’ events.

Tan Suit
Tan Suit

Their process is pretty simple. You can build one or more custom looks to outfit your entire wedding party (including dads, grandfathers, etc!), or choose from one of the professionally-styled “complete outfits.” After selecting which looks you wish to pay for, a personal stylist will email everyone else with an outfit that’s ready to rent. Once at least one look has been paid for, the remaining suits will be reserved.

Grey Suit
Grey Suit

You can rest easy by keeping track of the wedding party rentals with their online event manager to see who is ready to go before the big day.

Midnight Blue Tuxedo
Midnight Blue Tuxedo

To be connected to a personal stylist, reach out to Rosie Spindel – She is great and will make sure you and your groomsmen look great on your wedding day!

The Perfect Mix

An adorable way to represent two paths becoming one is with a trail mix favor for your guests. Trail mix is great option for all seasons and can include various seasonal favorites such as dried apple slices, banana chips, chocolate, pretzels and many other items. A make-your-own bar can be set up for guests to get creative or you can purchase a high quality brand to divide into edible favors adding a cute decorative tag.

If you know your guests are health conscious, a trail mix bar is a great alternative to a dessert table or candy buffet.

trail mix bar sign
Prints by MA Design
Inspired Bride
Something Turquoise
trail mix favor bag
trail mix favor bags
Rooted Manor
trail mix favor tags
Mint Favors and More
trail mix favor tag
Your New Friend Sam
trail mix favor bag
Forever Yours Dezigns