A Backyard Wedding Bash - Kelly and Pat

I had the pleasure of decorating and providing co-ordinator services for Pat and Kelly's backyard wedding bash this August. These two sure know how to throw a party! With a gorgeous white tent as the backdrop, their backyard was transformed into a wedding that fit their personalities to a tee. Relaxed, easy-going and FUN (I hear a pool party ended the late-night festivities!). Simple baby's-breath arrangements and bouquets for the bridesmaids were a soft accent to the burlap bunting and table runners. Pops of white lace and vintage doilies added the romance factor. It was truly an easy job to work for such a kind, grateful couple. Knowing them first as friends, and now as clients, I can't wait to see what will come next for them. 

I would be remiss not to thank my dearest and nearest Brittany and Monika for helping me. Britt by day was my amazing assistant, and by night the life of the party. And Mon, for taking me on as her second child for the weekend! XO. 

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Still looking for that perfect gift? Historic downtown Whitby is bursting with great ideas and sales!


Did you see the results of our Christmas Wrapping and Crafting party yet?


Favourite Christmas image.


Did you see Mr. Penney on The Marilyn Dennis Show this week? See the segment here.

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Thanks to my Dad for sharing this fitting video with me...

Christmas in the Coach House

As promised in my Charlie Brown Christmas Tree post, I have included snaps of my own version of the mini tree. This year, I decided to keep things pretty simple in the Coach House. I wanted the smaller tree to feel quirky and imperfect { note: this makes it much easier to decorate ;) }. So, I forge ribbon and filler, and mixed more rustic elements with hits of silver and sparkle. I left lots of breathing room between ornaments to create a more minimal look. But really at the end of the day, your Christmas decor is about making you feel warm and fuzzy. The best ornaments are the ones that make you smile, and fill you with happy memories. If ever there was a time to "let go and have fun with it," Christmas is it!

A Black and Brass Bash

You never know when and where you will find your next inspired idea. As is my own lovely tradition of trying to Christmas shop for others and buying only things for myself, I fell head over heels for this dress. Brass and Black--I knew it had to be a theme for entertaining this holiday season. Without any obvious signs of Christmas decor, this vignette is perfect for both your Secret Santa Cocktail Party, as well as your New Years Eve Soiree.

1. I started by covering my buffet with a cream and gold table cloth, and layering in soft faux furs for texture and warmth.
2. I included a dramatic lacquered black mirror to stay within my black and brass theme.
3. Next, I added some larger elements--the two black lanterns and my Kate Spade party boxes, which were not only the perfect colour, but practical too (they hold my cocktail napkins, etc.).
4. Then I filled out the vignette with vintage brass candle sticks in various shapes and sizes. My favourite travel souvenirs (the two Eiffel tower statues) add character and are a great conversation starter.
5. Every party needs some mood lighting, and the star garland from Ikea was just the trick.
6. In the bar area, I re-used my chalkboard easel (see tutorial here) to add a festive message.
7. My co-ordinating straws and wine markers were the perfect accents, and my vintage mason jars always come in handy during parties.
8. My new dress, along with some fun brass and black accessories completed my holiday party look!

And since I mentioned shopping, make sure to check out my co-ordinating Christmas Wish List below!

• Larsson & Jennings LÄDER Watch - larssonandlennings.com
• IAM By Ileana Makri Safety Pin Earrings - net-a-porter.com
• Kate Spade Gayla Sunglasses - katespade.com
• Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low Nail Polish - essie.com
• Heart of Gold Print - Chapters 
• Gold Stained Mug - Shop By Monika