Sunday, February 10, 2013

Baby Aubri

What screams chic, elegance and fabulous more than Paris? Deciding on the perfect theme for a baby girl can be a hard decision for a Libra such as myself, however I couldn't stick to one theme so I created this Paris inspired damask and pink theme for Baby Aubri. I took my Pinterest obsession to the extreme as I was constantly on the lookout for some sort of inspiration. There were a dozen possibilities of the directions I could have taken for the decor and I couldn't decide on just one, so I incorporated everything I liked and the results couldn't have pleased me more. The black, white, and pink color scheme fit perfectly and was reflected throughout every detail of the shower. I am extremely excited mom and dad-to-be were so excited with the final product and received a glimpse of all the pink their future holds with the arrival of Baby Aubri. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

David's Choo Choo Train Party

I was elated to be asked to create a modern take on a train party. Time has slipped right before my eyes and it seemed like yesterday when I was planning the baby shower for the adorable David Junior. The color scheme is always my initial step in the design process and this party was no different. Thomas the train is a popular character and I wanted to include the primal colors from this popular icon and create a theme in which David Jr would still be excited to see without the famous face of Thomas included. The dessert table was the focal point of the party, besides the guest of honor. I enjoyed creating this party for Junior and even though his memories of this event will be slim in the future, I am thrilled to share a few of the pictures with you. I must give credit to the delicious and beautiful cake from A Slice of Life Cakes which becomes a great centerpiece to the entire table.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Crafts

Although the holiday season has just began, I was inspired to create a new Christmas card display once I received my first holiday cards in the mail. I lack great wall space to display all the cards we are sent each year so they usually pile up on the entrance table of our house. This year I decided to utilize our cabinet space and incorporate our blue and green colors in our kitchen. I covered the clothespins in blue glitter ribbon which is used to attach the cards to the lime green ribbon. Topped with a sparkly green bow, this Christmas card display allows us to view all the beautiful smiles on all the holiday cards. A special thanks to the Tobar and Hughes family for inspiring me on my first official Christmas craft of 2012.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Baby Liam

All the baby items surrounding this baby shower planning has increased Baby Fever in the Tirado house. Fortunately, we are soon welcoming a nephew to our bunch and could not be more excited to have another baby in the family. My husband's excitement slowly decreased when he became bombarded with San Francisco 49ers gear once we finalized the theme. My brother has always been a 49ers fan for as long as I can remember and the second my sister in law said "I do," she was soon initiated in the obsession. As timing would have it, foot ball season was in full affect and a 49ers theme was easily accessible. The invitations laid ground work on my red and gold color theme. Dallas Texas is home of the cowboys so everything in my local stores was covered in blue and silver and everything I wanted in 49ers had to be ordered online. We decided to continue the football theme with the menu and serve chicken sliders, wings, fruit, and chips and dip. Once everyone had a chance to grab a bite of the deliciousness, we then started on a few games such as "feed the baby," "what's in your purse," and "name that baby food." The kids at the party seemed more interested in the games and I noticed a lot of competition when they were involved. After the prizes were handed out, mom-to-be opened her plethora of cute baby goodies. My favorite part was the tasting of the scrumptious strawberry coconut cake from A Slice of Life Cakes. Our thank favors for all the guest was a tasteful array of gold chocolate candy. Although the guys were enjoying their afternoon of football games, we had a blast of our own "football themed" fun.

A Pokemon Halloween

My son asked if he could play the game "bobbing for apples" this year. Apple bobbing is a popular game often played during Halloween so this year we decided to incorporate his love for Pokemon and give him a change to bob for apples. Our last Halloween party, our son was only two years old and didn't partake in any of the games and activities I planned. I was pleasantly surprised of all the participation six and seven year old kids were this time around during all the games. The beginning of my planning began with the invitations and I had to find a way to create a Halloween version of Pokemon to ensure the guests knew wearing costumes were encouraged. Once the invitations were delivered, I started working on the menu. Pizza is usually the least complicated item for a kids function, however this year, I wanted to create a few Halloween themed dishes in the menu. I finally decided to serve hamburgers in addition to pizza and interpret the toppings into my Halloween menu. For example, the tomatoes were labeled "sliced intestines," and the pickles were "reptile skin." On to the games, besides the traditional Halloween games, I also included a few Pokemon games such as "pin the tail on Pikachu," and "Find the Pokeballs." Unfortunately a few of my regular cake bakers were booked or had to cancel and I attempted to make my first fondant cake. I found a great recipe from Betty Crocker on making the pumpkin, however the Pikachu proved to be extremely time consuming. People always say there is a you tube video on everything, and in my case it was not so because a tutorial would have been extremely useful in creating his head. As for the goody bags, I decided to keep them simple and keep them orange and created Pikachu thank you labels for them. They were filled with candy essentials and halloween goodies. The kids had a great time and the smile on my son's face was well worth all the stress filled moments to make his 7th birthday party a success.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Libra Take Over

I'm an extreme fan of birthdays and in my situation, I have the luxury of sharing my birthday month with so many close friends that this year I decided to embrace it. A "Libra Take Over" themed birthday was then planned for all my fellow libra's. Our combined fascination of the color pink seems unanimous and became the color theme of the entire event. I rented a room at the beautiful NYLO Hotel and invited all our friends to enjoy the chic and ultramodern space. We had a preliminary cake and drinks and then enjoyed an eventful evening in their outdoor pool area and sushi bar. Unfortunately our celebration was cut short due to the rain storms which trapped us in the outdoor covered patio during the lightening. I wasn't going to let the weather rain on my parade and I couldn't be more happier to be stuck in a lightening storm with this group of amazing people. Happy Birthday to all my fellow libra's out there!