Happy Halloween

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Long gone are the days of dressing up and attending several late-night, weekend parties with friends.  These days, we are visiting the local pumpkin patches with our baby dressed up in her pink poodle costume!  And tonight, well let’s see, a semi-plan that involves dressing up baby, a walk around the neighborhood, and me eating too much candy. 

It can’t get any better than that!  Teya looks so darn cute in her costume, we have to make sure to let her have some fun before the poodle outfit gets boxed up for storage.

I wish you a safe evening and happy halloween!

Out of Touch

I found out this afternoon that I am not able to receive e-mails to my charmingevent.com address.  Sorry for the inconvenience – I will let you know when the problem is fixed.

For now, feel free to call me!

October Events

October was full of festive, fall events.  The first week I had my daughter’s first birthday party.  The second week, I coordinated Caroline & Rick’s wedding and the third week, I finally coordinated Natalie & Jose’s wedding (they booked me over a year ago!).

I will be posting pictures and a summary of the two weddings soon.  You will see visions of a winter wonderland wedding and a wedding full of rich, colorful, fall shades – each couple’s details so unique to their personalities.

Thank you & congratulations to Caroline & Rick and Natalie & Jose.

Tag – You’re GREEN!

As defenders of Mother Earth and all that great stuff, going green has really made a statement.  This week I was tagged by the Bridal Party LLC to share with readers how I have made improvements to become more eco-friendly.

* I always turn off lights when I leave a room, home or out in public (probably annoys people!)

* I recycle every bag that I bring home, plastic or paper.  I’ll use it for another task like baby diaper pail, cat litter, trash bag, etc.

* I bought Trader Joe’s reusable grocery bags.  Cute and strong!

* I use recycled paper

*  I collect my empty water bottles (whenever I have some) and cans and give them to my MOMS Club recycling queen

* Speaking of water bottles, I rarely use them because I bought plastic water containers instead and fill those up with perfectly good tap water!

Now it’s your turn!  I’m tagging:

Simply Modern Weddings

Asha Adkins

THE Party of the Year

My little girl turned one this past Saturday.  As she played with the pink pinata hanging by a rope, I laughed while fighting back tears, wondering what happened to the twelve months that, apparently, flew by.

I tried not to plan anything too big so that I could absorb myself into the smallest details of the day: the clouds, the moist grass, my baby’s curls as she wiggled in the grass, family & friends smiling as they sang happy birthday to Teya.  It worked!  Everything was beautiful and I was able to enjoy every second.

I took lots of pictures that i’m excited to share via my blog.  The vendors I partnered with were amazing, as usual, and i’ll share all the details this weekend. 

The cutest, most darling and Charming! centerpieces ever by Jen at the Orange Blossom.  Her husband, Ryan, a professional photographer took these pictures:

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Tables, chairs & umbrellas provided by Mission Viejo Rentals.  I highly recommend MVR and have used them in the past with great results and pricing each time.

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The fantastic cake made by Black Forest Bakery!  I brought in various clippings as samples for what I was looking for and it was no easy task!  I wanted bits & pieces of each picture to create my final product and they did exactly that – the cake was so tasty and beautiful.  We opted for chocolate with chocolate filling so that baby could get as messy as possible for picture-taking opportunities!

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Drink station made up of Pink & Purple beverages, (of course!).  I bought all of the drinks at BevMo.  Notice, below, my Trader Vic’s mai-tai mix for the grown-ups.  We need to celebrate too!  For some very strange camera’s fault reason, the colors of the table coverings came out blue, but they were purple & pink.  That’s what I get, opting for portable convenience instead of quality!

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And finally, my baby girl right after she got the chance to dig into her yummy, first, chocolate cake!  Hat & “I’m one” pin from Party City.

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Now, that’s Charming!

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These Rose and Radish laquer cupcakes are the cutest! 

Even though you can’t eat them, these delectable bowls are just as sweet as the real thing. Hand made from lacquer, they are available in a luscious color palette and would make a cheerful addition to any decor. Whether you use them to store candy or jewelry, they’re simply scrumptious.

Color: Malibu, blueberry, strawberry cream, french vanilla or chocolate.

Add them to your candy bar or set them on your kitchen counter and let the compliments pour in!

Charming Giveaway Winner

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I would like to congratulate our first Charming Giveaway Winner: Nina! 

Nina will receive the Engaged Girl’s Gift Pack from Pulp Factory Calendars.  Enjoy!

We had such a “technical process” of picking the winner that I thought I would share: I told my husband to pick a number between 1 and 8 (the number of entries) and he said number “6” and that was that!