Mood Board Monday: Sunny First Birthday

In about a month I will be the mother of a one year old. This is particularly jarring for me because I’m pretty sure it’s still May of 2012 and I’m confused by the mounds of snow outside. TIME HAS FLOWN. And that is a serious understatement.

But, with this “oh my god my child is one” panic also comes some mandatory party planning, so at least there’s that. Enter today’s mood board. The theme for her party is “Good Day Sunshine” and here are some pretty pictures:

first birthday mood board final1. Bad Hair Day print (for sale for $30) from here; 2. Lemonade stand from here; 3. Straws from etsy; 4. Sunshine wall decor from here; 5. Yellow and white paper garland from here; 6. Yellow snack cups from here; 7.  Sunny party picks from etsy (now sold out); 8. Balloon fun from here; 9. Baby head garland from here;

How ridiculously amazing is that baby head garland along the bottom? I’ve already picked out some goofy baby photos that will do the job. And a little explanation behind the balloons – they are held into the ground with golf tees. I will be doing this on the walkway leading up to my house with yellow balloons (and my dog will most likely pack his bags and move out shortly after due to his crippling balloon fear).

Overall I’m super excited. Have you thrown a first birthday party? Tell me about it! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at

renee sig


Mood Board Monday: Inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, picture from

Last month I posted an inspiration board based on Vincent van Gogh’s Almond Blossom painting and the internet went all out crazy.  By that I mean that the post got more than five hits on Pinterst (yay!)  So, I’ve decided to work my magic on another van Gogh masterpiece, Starry Night.  If you do a Google search for ‘starry night wedding’ you will get a lot of hits.  Starry Night cakes, Starry Night table linens, Starry Night invitations, I even saw a full out Starry Night wedding dress.  While all of these ideas are great, for me, subtlety is key.

Below I’ve shown how you can get the feel of the painting, without ever using the painting itself.  The idea is to pull colors directly from the piece, various shades of blue and bright yellows, and pair them with textures reminiscent of the swirls in the painting.  Add in some star details, or even hints of silver and glitter to get that starry feel.  Finally, string up as many twinkle lights as humanly possible to create your very own star filled sky.

Starry Night Mood Board

1. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, 1889  2. twinkle lights picture from here  3. blue bridesmaid with yellow bouquet picture featured on Party Perfect  4. handing star lanterns picture featured on Style Me Pretty  5. sapphire blue table scape featured on Style Me Pretty  6. swirled buttercream cake from Intricate Icings  7. blue and yellow flowers,  picture from The Knot  8.  star garland picture from here

You can check out the first van Gogh post here.  If you have any ideas for future mood boards, no matter how crazy, leave us a comment and we’ll try it out.


Mood Board Monday: Singing in The Rain Baby Shower

Hey internets! I’m gonna be an aunty! So in the spirit of new babies, I’ve decided to post my inspiration for my sister-in-law’s upcoming baby shower. Laurie helped me come up with the concept (my sister-in-law loves musicals). I used a movie poster that I found on the internet to come up with an invitation concept and jumping off point, and also found some fun inspiration on pinterest!


1. Movie poster from here. 2. Tablescape design from here, but it looks like it’s been removed. 3. Mason jars with paper straws and clouds. Adorable. From here. 4. Guest book idea from here. 5. Umbrella lighting. I can’t do this full-scale, but I may be able to do a small reproduction? Not sure the original source, but got it from here. 6. Rain garland. I will be DIY-ing this, but the original idea is from here.

We also have some fun shower activities in mind, and i’m putting together the soundtrack this week. I’ll post more details with photos after the shower actually happens. Keep an eye out sometime in February!

renee sig