Nativity Scene staged at the beautiful Whimsy Pasadena venue

Las Posadas Celebration

Las Posadas is a religious festival celebrated in Latin America, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Spain and in the United States between December 16 and 24. It commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe place for Mary to give birth to baby Jesus. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. This Christmas tradition has so much meaning and history and I was so happy to be a part of Festively’s beautiful and colorful celebration.

So happy to share this amazing event with good food, colorful decor, and great company! Please go on by to Festively’s Holiday Guide to find everything you need to

THE TEAM:

Planner: Dee Lee Designs – @deeleedesigns

Venue: Whimsy Pasadena – @whimsypdna

Catering (Food): Sabor Catering Co – @saborcateringco

Catering (Bunuelas): Buñuelitas – @bunuelitas

Catering (Coffee): La Sirena Cafe – @la.sirena.cafe

Decor (small cactus): Portofino International – @portofinointernational

Table runner and mug rugs: Folklore Accessories – @folkloreaccessories

Desserts (Naciemiento cookies): Sweet Life by Sally – @sweet_life_by_sally

Florals and Cactus Plants: Jardin del Eden – @jardindel.eden

Papel Picado: Miss Paper Things – @misspaperthings

Graphic & Prints: La Design Boutique@ladesignboutique

Tableware: Gonz Decorations – @gonz_decorations_inc

Piñata: La Piñata Design Studio – @lapinatadesignstudio

Photographer: L.A. Momma – @l.a.momma

Producer: Festively – @sofestively

Project Manager: In the Clouds Events – @inthecloudsevents

The 10 Best Holiday Traditions for the Family

Every year I love continuing holiday traditions with my family but also finding new ones. I wanted to share some oldies and goodies but also new ones that my mommy friends have shared with me.

  1. Advent Calendars – I go with framed ones that don’t give you a cavity and also can be used and reused. These framed ones are stylish and you can also use them as a calendar for upcoming events and writing down good deeds or things to be grateful for.

2. Gingerbread House and Cookie Kits – My kids love doing these! Even my older kids and now they have so many different types and themes.

Here are a couple of my favorite:

An entire Gingerbread House and Mini Village Kit

Candy Land Gingerbread House Kit

Gingerbread Cookie Kit

3. Holiday Scavenger Hunt – I have never done these but they truly have been such a hit since quarantine. I did it for Halloween and my kids had a blast so I am doing it for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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4. Christmas Movie Nights – Always a hit and the fact that the kids don’t have school makes it so much enjoyable when they know they can stay up later. Snack favorites are popcorn and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Their favorite movies are all the Home Alone ones! Needless to say, they are boys. LOL Other goodies are Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th, Jingle All the Way and Christmas Carol.

5. Good deeds – I always like to have the kids pick a toy themselves to donate to the toy drives. We also create little care packages for the homeless that include soap, water, granola bars, nuts, chocolate and a special note.

6. Decorating – Of course the biggest thing is decorating together!

7. Cooking – Since my kids are getting older, I do want to include them more in the cooking of Christmas dinner but also throughout the break and hopefully on a regular basis. I truly believe the kitchen and the dinner table is the most important place to unite.

8. Elf on the Shelf – I actually am late on this and have not tried this! I always felt like I didn’t have time to keep up with it but might give it a try this year. Feel free to share your thoughts on it.

9. Christmas music – Okay I know I am going to get mixed reviews on this one. Some people cringe at the idea of 24/7 holiday music starting on November 1st. I like to start playing the holiday music at Thanksgiving and definitely put it on in the car when we are out and about.

10. Last but not least, a bucket list! The year is coming to an end and I like sitting everyone down and thinking about what we want to do in the new year. It allows the kids to reflect on the year and think about their goals for the new year and hopefully make it a life lesson. Sometimes they will be able to achieve them and sometimes they won’t but the important thing is that we do our best and we make the most of a situation even if it doesn’t go as planned. Make sure to write it all down and post it somewhere so everyone is reminded.

Feel free to share your own traditions! Have a peaceful and joyful holiday everyone!

The Missing Element in Your Decor

Introducing a new wall art kit for those who are looking for a little inspirational, a little pretty, a little fun and a whole lot of style. These 4″x4″ instagram style prints are perfect for any space you are decorating but the possibilities are endless. This would be great in a home office, a bedroom and if you want to create a vision board wall too. 24 motivational cards are included in each package that you can even gift to someone! It could be a beautiful gesture for a friend, a bride-to-be, your wedding party, etc.

Here are a couple ways you can use these motivational cards:

  1. Make a gallery wall and use clips or washi tape to display

2. Frame some and place them on your desk, shelf, or wall

3. Give them to friends just because or with a gift to share some joy and hope

4. Use them as bookmarks or daily reminders

5. Use them in a photo collage like in the first photo or use any of the grid frames as shown below that you can find on Amazon

or put it on a wire grid panel!

The possibilities are endless and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed designing each and everyone of them myself.

Please visit my Etsy shop to purchase it and explore the other designs we have in our shop.

Calling All Kindergarten and Preschool Graduates

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There is something special and a sort of right of passage when you get to wear that cap and gown and know that you are stepping into a new chapter in your lives. This is huge when you are graduating from high school or college and any higher level of education. But it also starts from when you are little. That bittersweet moment when you see your little, not so little anymore. You want to cry and squeeze them at the same time but are also soooo proud.

Although we can’t have that beautiful ceremony at school with the rest of their classmates, give them and your family something to celebrate. You can remember this day even from home. All it takes is that one paper diploma on it to make them feel so accomplished and throw in a cap to take pictures in and let them toss it in the air. And just for good measure, I am adding in other little fixings if you wanted to make it more special or having a zoom party. You do what makes you feel comfortable and will make your little happy.

I have created a party package that you can easily print in the comforts of your own home or have me ship to you. I hope this makes things a little easier for you.

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Included in the party package are the following:

1. Graduation Cap Template PDF
2. Kindergarten Diploma Editable PDF
3. Preschool Diploma Editable PDF
4. Kindergarten Memory Milestone Board
5. Preschool Memory Milestone Board
6. DIY “Congrats Grad” Banner with additional Grad Cap Garland Banner cutouts
7. Photo Booth props
8. Best Award Certificate Editable PDF
9. Instructions

From the bottom of my heart, congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2020 and may there be many bigger and better things to come your way. You deserve the biggest party ever.

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Visit our Etsy shop now for many printables and designs.

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Teacher Appreciation Week – Quarantine Edition

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 is from May 4th to May 8th and although schools are closed, our teachers are working harder than ever in this new, unexplored territory of distance learning for them too. As a mom, I know I am struggling with homeschooling and balancing work and school with the kiddies at home. I have no idea how teachers are dealing with it when they have to completely rearrange their lesson plans and make sure everyone is on board with them. What I do know is teaching my two monkeys has been demanding and exhausting so I have no idea how teaching an entire class is. I still hope everyone tries to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and try to do something special for their teachers. For me, I wanted to create something memorable and meaningful. I wanted to have it be a keepsake of this odd time and be like a time capsule. So, I designed a form that any student can fill out highlighting what they love about their teacher, what they miss about school, and what they look forward to when they go back to stay positive. This is an easy, editable pdf file for your convenience or you can print it out and fill out by hand as well. a

I think teachers will appreciate this but it can also be a cute keepsake for kids to look back on. In addition, I created a slideshow/pdf file with a poem I wrote myself for these crazy, stay-at-home times. I had the idea that kids could send a little video message with these printouts if they like being in front of the camera, or just email it. It may be difficult to send anything physically to teachers since we don’t have their addresses but these digital files would be nice to email to them and perhaps include an electronic gift card with.

Hoping all the teachers know how much we appreciate them! Feel free to purchase my Instant Download printables in my Etsy shop! 

You may also like this inspiration typography piece to gift your special teachers!

 

 

 

The Party Must Go On

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Sometimes things do not go as planned, and right now is definitely the time. I have been planning my son’s birthday for a while. He has been looking forward to it for, well, pretty much since his birthday last year. I had to make the difficult decision to cancel the party, but after thinking about, I realized I don’t have to cancel it. I can still do his party and although everyone can’t be here, I can have them be with us via FaceTime/Skype/Google Hangouts/Zoom, any of those, and everyone we love can still be here on his special day to sing to him and see him blow out his candles. The party must go on! ⁠

Visit our Etsy shop for this easy digital file that you can email or message to everyone and have them still be a part of the celebration. This is the time when we need to celebrate life even more and still keep spirits high for our children.

 

 

 

 

Life Happens, We Are Here For You

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There is no denying that these are difficult times and things may not be going to planned. So many of us have had to cancel plans and special events. I know it must be extremely stressful and there are many decisions to make. I want to help where I can and offer a free digital template for you to tell your loved ones about changes. The files below are for any couples who have had to move their wedding. There are two templates: (1) with a new date you can enter and (2) with no new date planned and updates will follow.

Also, if you have ordered digital invitation files from me recently, please feel free to contact me and I can change the date on those as well. May we all stay united and healthy at this time.

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Out of this World Birthday Party

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I have been wanting to do a constellation themed party for the longest time as it has been trending in home decor for a while. So when this boy said he wanted a out of this world, space party, I jumped at the opportunity!

The party started off with, of course, the invitations. It featured a movable, shooting rocket, raised glittered silver stars, a galactic background and on a round format invitation. It also had personalized address labels with our signature strip design.

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We actually had two concepts going on and decided to partition the party into two parts. One where the adults sat and the other where the kids sat. The adult area featured a modern, clean star backdrop. The cake was simple and featured a custom cake topper.

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The kids’ area featured a more playful backdrop with balloon garland, tassels, and the most adorable astronaut, rocket and moon balloon. We still wanted to keep it clean and modern and highlighted it with the phrase “oh the stars, look how they shine.”

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The kid’s table featured silver garlands, geodes, star balloons, glitter moons, and a custom constellation placement that I designed.

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Other details and personalization for the party included custom water bottle labels, personalized cups as party favors, and custom party favor bags.

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A Wistful Wedding Filled with Magic and Wizardry

I just finished up this beautiful invitation suite for a lovely couple who wanted a magic and wizarding world inspired wedding. They wanted the inspiration to be subtle but still set the mood and the mood was set indeed.

The invitation suite consisted of a rich purple pocket slip featuring the silhouette of a castle on a hill overlooking a city. It also had the couple’s initials cut in the corner. The invitation card consisted of flowing watercolors and a feather pen for more subtle, magical references. The RSVP Card was simple but also included a wand cleverly inserted as a line for guests to fill in their name. The custom address labels were the perfect way to package the invitation. This is truly one of those invitations that makes the guests wanting more and excited to see what awaits at the wedding.

The possibilities are truly endless for this wedding but I put together an inspiration board composed of items that I found on Etsy that would be perfect for this wedding. Artisans on Etsy are truly amazing and talented. When you shop Etsy, you know you are getting something handmade with love and care, and in many cases, these artisans are available to custom design for you as well. It truly is the perfect spot to shop for your wedding when you want something unique and personalized.

Macrames! Enough said. This is the biggest trend in weddings right now and are being used everywhere from ceremonies and backdrops. This beautiful purple ombre macrame is handmade with love and attention by The Craft Room by V. The best part is that she can make them any color for you.

This brooch bouquet is everything! The diamonds and gold make it look so rich and elegant. I love the twist on the traditional floral bouquet and the best part is that you can still keep it after the wedding and it will last at no additional cost! You can find this beautiful beauty at ToshCreations and they are available to do custom designs if you want this in different colors.

Every bride needs a garter for the garter toss! This is an old tradition that has been passed on through the years and through many cultures. This one goes perfectly with our wedding theme and LeonoraB can customize these to any colors you need.

What’s a bride or a bridesmaid without jewelry? These purple floral earrings are a perfect match to your purple bridal brooch bouquet. Check this out, along with many other handmade jewelry, from Gilli’s Flowers for the bride, bridesmaids, flower girl or anyone else in the wedding party.

I love this bracelet so much because it could make a great gift for the bridesmaids that they don’t just have to wear for the wedding, but also everyday. The layers and charms give it so much character. This diamond in the rough can be made just for you by Eclectic Beadworks.

Don’t forget about something cute for your flower girl! This adorable felt bow is the perfect accessory to match your flower girl’s dress and the theme! Find them and customize them at Crafty Hands Bows and Gifts. 

And what is a magical, wizarding wedding without wands? Unique, hand-carved wooden wands to be exact! I love the craftsmanship and attention to detail from The Skilled Smith Workshop.  These can be placed at the entrance as props for the sign-in table, dessert table, centerpieces, wedding favors and anything else you can think of.

What is a wizarding wedding without a Prefect? You need to give this prefect button to your Best Man! It is just so fitting! Amazing idea from Reloved Buttons.

I am in love with this owl bookmark! How great would it look laid on a white napkin at your place setting? It would be a beautiful and unique party favor to give to your guests and goes with the theme so perfectly and yet still keeps the elegance of it all. You can find this beauty at By Kauri along with many other shapes and icons.

The is one wedding you will not want to miss!

 

 

A Wanderlust Wedding at Calamigos Ranch

I know I might say this often, but this is definitely one of my favorite weddings. Not only because it was held at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch venue in Malibu, California but because we were able to work on all the wedding signage to make a cohesive look. I will try to share pictures of the actual wedding in another blog but wanted to spotlight the signage that we did in this one first.

The main welcome table featured the Ceremony Program and the Hashtag sign, both framed in beautiful gold, ornate frames.

Everyone could find their seats  from this beautifully set up gold frame with the place cards hung on string.

The guest book was a shadowbox with the couples’ names and a slot to put little wooden hearts with guest’s names on them. Extremely sweet idea and you have a keepsake that you can put at home.

At your table, you will be able to find your table number and a bottle of wine with the menu conveniently placed on it.

It was a magical and romantic wedding to say the least. The beautiful, sunny day with the sun rays beaming in made it even more perfect.

You can find all of our wedding signage in our Etsy shop conveniently as printables!

 

Venue/Catering: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu

Event Management & Coordination: In the Clouds Events

Floral Design & Decor: In Flower Design 

Vintage Rental: DIY LA Bride