Photography : Simply Hue Designs

30 July 2010

This image is absolutely dreamy... a vintage pink and white umbrella against a sunny aqua sky. If I close my eyes I can almost picture myself there.:) This lovely image is the work of Vicki Dvorak. All of her images have such a sweet hue, and a fantastic vintage feel and warmth to them. You can see her other photographs on her etsy site, and read more about her on her blog.

Wishing you all a warm, sunny weekend with aqua blue skies.

Party theme idea - vintage bubblegum

29 July 2010

The inspiration for this party theme was this adorable shirt I found at the online boutique the Clothing Line. I took a classic mix of pink and green, but found greens that were more minty in color which gave this collection a great vintage feel. There is nothing like taking a classic and putting a spin on it.

The lovelies:
Tee shirt - The Clothing Line
Gift Tag - The Gilded Bee
Bubble gum cupcakes - photograph by Pei Ketron Penelope's Loom
Cupcake photograph - Tulip Photographic Art
Fabric - Warm Biscuit
Poms - Party Poms
Bubble Gum Jar - Amy Atlas
Fabric - Warm Biscuit

Sweets... and their boutiques

28 July 2010

We love Hey Cupcake. Hey Cupcake specializes in... well, cupcakes. They are local to Austin, Texas, and their shops are in these bullets that you can see around town... all sporting a giant cupcake on the top. So, if you are local, and are looking for great cupcakes for your next party try Hey Cupcake! Our favorite is the Michael Jackson (chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting-YUM!)

Parties that inspire ... pinkalicious

27 July 2010

Check out this adorable party I found via! The party took its theme from the book Pinkalicious. You can see more photos and inspiration on her blog, and flickr page.

Back to School ... big boy

Here are some more fun finds for back-to-school (for your older little guys.) I just love this monster pencil case - isn't it cute?!

The goods:
Backpack - Smallable
Monster pencil case - Zomb
Book - jcrew
Bag tag - Jayme Marie Designs

School days...

26 July 2010

It is hard to believe that school begins very soon for all of our little ones. I have to say that I am relived that my little ones are still at the Mother's Day Out age, and we are not starting "big kids school" yet. Whew... what an emotional day that will be. Above is a look I love for school this year! I included the alphabet flash cards, because I just love the idea of giving an educational game or new book on their first day back to school... something to help them get excited to learn, and if you write a little note in the front cover it can serve as a sweet keepsake one day as well.

The goods:
Backpack - potter barn kids
Alphabet flash cards - Paper Source
Bag Tag - Jayme Marie Designs
Monkey lunch box - Skip Hop

a lovely weekend...

23 July 2010

Wishing you all a weekend full of doughnuts and sweet family memories...

Photograph - "coconut doughnuts" copyright of Aran Goyoaga and cannot be used without permission.

color trend - aqua and red

22 July 2010

Check out these lovely aqua and red items all found on etsy!
Dog Print - June Craft
Fabric Flags - Blue Moon Studios
Pinwheels for Cupcakes - The Cupcake Social

New products!

21 July 2010

We are excited to be adding to our shop printable thank you notes that coordinate with each of our invitation designs! These can be personalized with your child's name or read "thank you."

Parties...that inspire

20 July 2010

This baseball party that Annette Warnick put together for her sons 4th birthday party has some really fun decoration ideas. I love the colors, the little flags, and the use of peanuts for decor... very clever! See more of the party here!

color trend - yellow & aqua

19 July 2010

Trends in design will eventually effect all areas of design, from fashion to interiors to party and paper. So, when trying to think of a fun color palette for your next party take a look at the runway or some interior design magazines. Inspiration can be found everywhere!

The lovelies...
lemon skirt - lily and rose
pinwheel hair combs - mayicarles
rhino pillow - bobby & faith
bff poster - sparkle power
fabric banner - crazy husky crafts
favor boxes - jayme marie designs

Gift Giving

15 July 2010

Our children may have 18 birthday parties before they leave home, but they will be the guests to MANY birthday parties in these younger years. So, now the challenge, what to buy the birthday child? It seems now-a-days kids have SO many toys, so it can be difficult finding something that they may not already have. I get a huge thrill in finding unique gifts and then wrapping them in a special way. One idea to help you get started on your gift shopping is to maybe start with the theme and/or colors of the child's party. I love online stores such as Moolka. They carry European toys, which I love because they are made with materials like wood and fabric versus all the plastic we see here in the US, and the shop is fabulous because you can search for toys by theme, color, age, etc. It makes gift shopping so easy.

Great wrapping with a great gift goes hand in hand. I just love these bunting flags for gift wrapping that I found at French Toast Friday.... they go perfectly with my carnival themed gifts above.

ox, Jayme

Theme ideas

13 July 2010

If I had a daughter I would have to throw her a vintage carnival party in these sweet colors of yellow, pink, and aqua. Isn't it charming? We have a new invitation in our store with the elephant carnival design, so come check it out, here.

All the lovelies...
"milk in bottles" - photography by Cindy Chae
Carnival stand - Martha Stewart
Lemon Cupcake - CakeWalk Baking
Ferris Wheel Photography - Hey Zee
Donut Centerpeice - Martha Stewart
Elephant design - Jayme Marie Designs
Lollipop - Hammond's Candies
Vintage Carnival spread - Creature Comforts
Flag bunting - Knotted Nest
Tickets - Mish Mash

Parties...that inspire

10 July 2010

This is one of the most beautiful first birthday's I have ever seen. Wow, and what a way to set the tone of the party with the beautiful photo book invitations - absolutely stunning. To read more about the party and to see more pics of Ellie's first birthday, check out Sarah K. Chen's gorgeous photography blog.

ox, Jayme

Party Inspiration Board

05 July 2010

Our train invitation in dreamy blue and brown are hands down our most popular design right now. I put together a design board to help everyone with some ideas for their upcoming party!
I hope you all enjoy...

Top Row: Poms - PartyPoms, Polka dot fabric - Home a la Mode, Train Invitation - jayme marie designs
Middle Row: Favor boxes - jayme marie designs, Wooden Train - Women Woodworker, Lollipop - Hammond's Candies, Chocolate Cake - Martha Stewart
Bottom Row: Train Onesie - Kylala Boutique, Cupcake cups - Bake it Pretty, Train Decal - House Hold Words, Macaroon Lollies - Bakerella

ox, Jayme

Summer Sweets

02 July 2010

I just love summer... summer parties, and summer sweets. I love the bright colors, the pool parties... everything! I tried so hard to plan it so my kiddos would be born in the summer, but despite my efforts I have a February baby and an October baby (so, not even close!). I guess I'll have to find another excuse to have a summer soiree. :)

row 1: lollipop cupcakes, Martha Stewart
row 2: popsicles, Zocu Quick pop maker
row 3: sherbet, Umpqua Dairy