Saturday, October 31, 2009

Guest Blogger- Andrea!

Every so often, I will feature posts written by Andrea - my wedding and event partner in crime :-) She has a phenomenal eye for design and puts me to shame with the amount of wedding research this girl can do! Without further ado, Enjoy!

Finding color inspiration in your favorite city

Deciding on a color palette is one of the first steps a bride-to-be will take. If you are having trouble thinking of that perfect combination try turning to the city (or small town) you love.
Whether it's Seattle at sunrise,

Yakima during apple season,

or a sunny afternoon in Sequim --

Let the natural beauty inspire you! You will be surprised at how perfectly colors can come together on their own.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Proposals

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Friday Photo #2

This Photo will be in an upcoming post featuring rainy day engagement pictures,
but I was just dying to share it!
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Publish your own books at Blurb! (coupon too!)

I stumbled across this site and fell in love! I especially love it for weddings:

---Make your own guestbook with engagement pictures or a collection of pictures from your dating years

---It would be great to make a few books full of your wedding photos as presents for your parents and grandparents! Which is a super idea for the budget bride because it would save you from paying your photographer for an insanely expensive album- The quality will be amazing and you can customize just as you want it.

The book making possibilities are endless with this site, you have to check it out!

****Update : "To get you started, we’re extending an offer that’s more generous than any in Blurb history: 20% off on books you make, plus free ground shipping on any order up to five books.* Simply enter the promo code BLURBTREAT at checkout to redeem. We’ve never had an offer like this, so enjoy it while it lasts (which is through November 24, 2009). *******

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Photo #1

I am thinking about starting a Friday tradition called Friday Photos- where I post one picture that has particularly captured my attention that previous week. What do you think?

Sister Photo. (Here)

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Make your own Crossword Puzzles

I have had that picture from a Fathers Day Sunday brunch saved for probably a year now and I have just now found a site online to make your own custom crossword puzzles! I love this idea for any sort of event!

-It would be cute at a babyshower, fill the puzzle with trivia about the Mom and Dad To-Be!
-Use it at your wedding as a favor! People will love having something to do at their tables and you could fill the puzzle with trivia about the two of you as a couple!
-Also use it at the bridal shower you are throwing or for a birthday party!

Even have some custom pencils made, if youre feeling ambitious!

Here are three sites I found that work well- Happy puzzle making!

-- Puzzle Maker
-- Crossword
-- Puzzle Games

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Surpise Engagement Parties

"There's an unforgettable moment on the road to any wedding: It's when you walk into an event at which people from every corner of your life are gathered together for the first time -- parents mingling with friends mingling with other relatives. Your older sister is getting to know your fiance's first cousin while your future father-in-law casually chats with your best friend from college. And though you may feel a moment of alarm as you consider the stories they could exchange about you, there is also something wonderful about this first glimpse of your family life as a married couple. For many couples, that moment occurs at their engagement party." (thank you Martha Stewart!)

I love the idea of making the engagement party a surprise for the bride-to-be. If you are a friend who is in on the secret that your friends plan on getting engaged, why not plan a party? Coordinate with the groom so that after he proposes (and she says YES!), he can whisk the new bride-to-be off to a fabulous party with family and friends! I personally think it would be just wonderful to be able to tell loved ones about the engagement in person!

Remember to invite both sides of the family plus any close friends of the couple - but don't go too overboard with the guest list, that could take away from the intimacy of the party. Keep the party theme simple- there is no need to start the wedding stress already! Give the bride and groom-to-be lots of room and time to mingle. Maybe make a slideshow with pictures of the couple from their dating relationship and play it at the party! Smilebox is a great resource for that.

Two possible themes:
- Keep it simple with a drinks and appetizers party. Check out this book!
-  A classic cake and champagne party
- Wine and cheese party - Wine Cheese

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Friday, October 16, 2009

"Ahoy it's a boy" Baby shower

This baby shower is one I threw for a lovely woman who had just adopted the most wonderful baby boy, Ernest William. Ernest joined a family of sailors (I hear his parents even had a nautical themed wedding!) and so I combined that theme, with a new take on the "Sip and See" baby shower (a shower thrown after the baby is born so that people can SEE the baby and visit with the mother). With a simple change in the spelling of "See" to "Sea", my idea was off and running! Using a palate of navy and light blue and white, with hints of red, the 'Ahoy It's a Boy' shower was born! I also used the wording 'Welcome Little Sailor' in a very cute banner and had cupcake toppers to match. The party favors found at the head of everyone's place setting, were red and blue chocolate dipped custom fortune cookies reading "Thank you for sharing in W and K's Good Fortune".

This party was also featured on the Hostess for the Mostess Blog !

A backyard picnic for 50

Once a person reaches their 90th birthday, there are very few party themes that they haven't already had. But luckily for me, when my grandparents were on the verge of celebrating both their 90th birthdays, to them, the theme of their party really didn't matter! Combine their birthday party with a family reunion and you get a Backyard Picnic for 50 people!

I wanted this birthday party to feel relaxed, low-key yet celebratory, and gender neutral since we were celebrating both my Grandma and Grandpa's 90th birthday. I chose the theme "Backyard Picnic" because I knew they love the garden/backyard feel, full of bright colors like sunny yellow, grass green, and deep purple flowers. There were framed trivia cards on every table and cardstock fans at every place setting, to help battle the hot summer weather. I did have the party catered- but with boxed lunch type meals- yummy sandwiches, potato salads, and fruit. I also set up a lemonade stand, with various types of fresh summer lemonade and made three different kinds of homemade ice cream.


Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower/Bridesmaid Luncheon

I love love LOVE the moment I stumble across inspiring party photographs. My creative blood starts flowing, I get so excited, and frantically brainstorm and collect more images to capture all the wonderful ideas in my head! This is how I felt from the moment I saw "Love is in Bloom" bridal shower, by Head of the Table. I love the classic, feminine, bridal feel for this shower, yet it's so versatile that I could change the colors very easily to fit the brides' personality. And if I was anything like most little girls, it doesn't get better than a tea party with friends. I also thought it would make for a perfect Bridesmaid luncheon! Ah, I am in love.

**Many thanks to Head of the Table  for the pictures of the "Love is in Bloom" shower!**

Thanks for coming to see the start of the LMV blog! I'm really excited to see where this project takes us.

I'm Kalea and it's wonderful to meet you! I'm a creative, organized, list-loving type gal who gets overly excited at the idea planning any type of party. I’m also Lucky - this blog is my passion and what gives me the most energy - and for that, I will always be overwhelmingly grateful.

I am able to spend my days planning and dreaming about all things parties and weddings. On any given weekday evening, you might find me at a Seattle coffee shop, latte in hand, hovering over my laptop and/or magazines searching for inspiration.

I am starting the Love Made Visible blog as a way to share my finds, showcase creativity, and help inspire you to entertain. I am striving to create a place online where creativity and inspiration can thrive and ultimately, a place to make it easier to focus on the unique personalities of brides and grooms, hosts and hostesses, everywhere. Simply put, Andrea and I are going to try and write about all the wonderful things we find and have done. We will post favorite finds, latest work, and current creative obsessions. My hope is that the Love Made Visible blog will inspire and help you to transform that perfect and exciting picture in your head into a day that will make you smile for years to come.

So, stay tuned and see you soon for the start of the good stuff. I'm so glad you’re here!

Hi, I’m Andrea!
First off, let me just say that I am extremely excited to be a part of Love Made Visible and bringing this dream to life. I am so fortunate to have Kalea as a mentor, friend, and partner in crime! With friends from many circles I have always looked for reasons to bring the ones I love together for a great time – engagements, birthdays, baby showers, housewarmings, you name it. Now I look forward to helping you do the same! I love mixing colors to find the perfect match, thinking outside the box to create and plan something unexpected, and am always up for finding a great bargain. The possibilities are endless to make an event Uniquely Yours and I hope to help and inspire you every step of the way.

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