Archive | December, 2012

How SWEET it is~ A Candyland Birthday Party *PIC HEAVY*

17 Dec

When our client came to us with an idea for this party, we took it and ran with it! She had been wanting to throw 2 of her girls a joined-party for about 3 years and we knew we had to make it perfect! What’s the logical thing to do? Turn her entire house into a giant candyland board, of course! Ok, so logical we aren’t. But we throw a darn good party and that’s all that matters, right?

Walking up the front walkway, you are surrounded by giant lollipops! Imagine walking through this walkway as a small child!

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Then, you get to the front door and “Mom” had the front door decorated SO cute before we got there that we just had to share!

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Deco-mesh decor topped off with Gingerbread hangings & Gingerbread wreaths from Hobby Lobby!

If you think that stuff is cute, wait till you see the birthday girls! They are too cute for words! Oh, and the decorations were pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves! Once you walked through the house and into the patio area, your life sized candyland board awaits you!  100_4483Gumdrop wreaths made by Two Belles framed the two doors that welcomed you to Candyland!

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We laid down “game tiles” to make the kids feel like they were a part of the board.  It was so cute to see them walk so carefully on the board! The multicolored game path led the guests through different Candyland “stations” and to “Candy Castle” (bounce house)

Now, Let’s tell you about the stations! We didn’t include all of the Candyland stations, but we included the most important ones! (No Peanut Trail for this party due to a peanut allergy!) The first station the path led you to was the Gingerbread Station.

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The Gingerbread station was decorated with burlap and red with gingerbread and candy accents. The party goers were able to decorate their own gingerbread ornament at this station. There were also gingerbread suckers and gingerbread cookies on this station for them to enjoy while they were “crafting”.

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A close up of the “Gingerbread Trees” station. FYI: The gingerbread on the right does NOT have 4 arms. That’s a female gingerbread. Took us a second to figure that one out. (And by “us”, I mean, Olivia!) Next station: Lollipop & Gumdrop!

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Welcome to Lollipop Woods! The dum dum topiary was made by Two Belles.

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The party goers were able to color their own “Princess Lolli” coloring sheet while they waited for their face to be painted!

Lollipop decor was plentiful!

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Two Belles even wanted to get in on the face painting action!

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Lollipop face paintings! The sweetie in the center is one of the birthday girls. Her friend (far right) shows off her coloring skills!

Next stop: Gumdrop Mountains!

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The gumdrop mountains were right next to lollipop woods! Party goers were able to color the gumdrop character and enjoy some gumdrops while they waited to get their face painted. Next stop on the board: Peppermint Forest!

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At Peppermint Forest, guests were able to decorate their own sugar cookies! Baked by yours truly! See the peppermint tree? Apparently when you leave peppermints outside, they sweat all the red off. Who knew! So, now we have an “ombre” peppermint tree! It still works, right?

Next up: Our FAVORITE station- The Candy Buffet! Couldn’t you just DIE for the backdrop made by Two Belles?

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A close up of the backdrop adorned with pinwheels handcrafted by Two Belles!

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L: Candy sign draped across the front. Middle: Candy bracelets, Skittles, & Gingerbread Pops. R: Candy bracelets, Sour Strips & XL Pixie Sticks with the Candy Buffet sign lined in gumdrops!

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L: Gum Drops, Starbursts & Peppermints. Middle: Jelly Beans, Marshmallow Sticks & Gummy Bears. R: Rainbow Candy Canes, Mints & Starbursts! Next stop: Chocolate Swamp!

Chocolate Swamp with fresh fruit and skewers for chocolate fondue! Yummy

We just love seeing the party goers enjoy the chocolate fountain! The picture to our right is just TOO adorable!

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Since most kids don’t enjoy “licorice”, we decided to do “Pin The Moustache on Lord Licorice” as a game for the kids to enjoy! We printed and cut out different styles of moustaches for them and they had a blast with them! (See below!)

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They’re so cute, even with moustaches!

After the Lord Licorice station, the path led to the “Candy Castle”! The kids had lots of fun and so did we!

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What would a Candyland party be without the actual game for them to play?

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This was some of the decor used leading up to Candy Castle! “Mom” colored each character!

So let’s take a step back inside and see the “cake” table and the amazing table skirt made by Two Belles & the Candyland themed cake decorated by “Mom”!

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Tutu table skirt custom-made to match the party colors. Don’t forget, we can custom make you your own tutu table skirt! Just let us know the size and colors you would like! (twobellesevents@gmail.com)

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Precious themed plates and cutlery for the party!

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The table skirt in its entirety. It was SO fabulous and got lots of compliments! How cute would this be in school colors for a tailgate party?

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How cute does this look!! Check out the custom ice cream cones hanging from the light fixture! More on those below..

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The custom-made cake by “Mom”. She did a FABULOUS job!!!

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A wide shot of the candyland stations!

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“Mom” didn’t want the kids to get cavities from allll the candy the kids ate, so they went home with a tootsie roll piggy bank, toothbrush & toothpaste! What a CUTE idea! We LOVE!

We hope you enjoyed our Candyland party as much as we did!

XOXO,

The Two Belles Team

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Big Top Birthday Party *Pic Heavy*

10 Dec

It’s no secret that we LOVE all things weddings here at Two Belles. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good birthday party! When we started planning this party with this master DIY Mom, we knew right away that it was going to be one for the books! She had SO many great ideas (lots of inspired lovelies!) and we were able to help her execute them fabulously! So, STEP RIGHT UP…..and enjoy all of the goodness that was Eli’s 1st Birthday Party Circus Extravaganza!

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This yard sign welcomed guests to the party and immediately gave you that “carnival” feel

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“1” on the door DIY’d by the Birthday Boy’s Mom!

It’s not a circus without a Big Top, right? Well, we transformed the dining room into our very own “big top”! It was a huge success and set the party off to a great start!

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The yellow balloons really popped (not literally) against the red and white big top!

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The candy buffet (more on that up next..) and the gift table under the big top. How fabulous does this look?

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We’re sort of obsessed with the way this came out! Wouldn’t you be?

Ok, we’ve shown enough teaser shots of the SWEET candy buffet. So let’s talk about it!

Pixie Stix, cotton candy, and Cracker Jacks~ OH MY! This candy buffet was FULL of circus sweets! Gumball machines were used as decorations and as a container on the candy buffet. Just looking at the set up will take you immediately to the circus!

100_4412The birthday boy on the wall! This was the “guest book” for guests to sign. On the candy buffet you can see~ cracker jacks, M&Ms, skittles, suckers, Mike & Ike’s, gummy bears, mints, laffy taffy, pixie stix and more! Multi colored wrapped boxes were used to add height variation to the set up.

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Cotton candy hung from the walls. Birthday hats got everyone in the birthday spirit!

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This circus train decor served as decoration during the party and a toy for the birthday boy after! Plus it gives this vintage circus vibe that we just LOVE!

What’s a circus/carnival without GAMES? At each game station, you received “tickets.” At the end of the party, each guests turned their tickets in to redeem a goody bag prize! This was an additional prize besides the popcorn decorated  boxes full of misc items! This Mom really wanted her childs guests to leave with several presents! What lucky guests!

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Tickets were given out to each guest as they played the carnival games!

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Customized “Plinko” game!

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Pin the nose on the clown!

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Go fishin’!

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Ring Toss!

On the other side of the house, under the carport, the adults were able to enjoy the sights of the party and the smell of warm popcorn! If the games weren’t enough entertainment, the kids were surely to be entertained in the bouncy house!

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Clown themed spacewalk!

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Peanuts were just one of the yummy snacks to enjoy at the party! You could also indulge in Chili Cheese Nachos (WE DID and they were SO worth every calorie!), Corn dogs, Pickles, Popcorn and of course~ Birthday cake!

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These buckets were painted by Two Belles! We wanted to add a little something to the plain peanut pails!

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Popcorn machine was poppin’ throughout the whole party!

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Yummy, buttery, goodness

When you’re throwing a party, it’s all about the details right? Well, that’s our specialty! We wanted to create a “Faux-To” Booth for adults and kids alike to enjoy and have a memento to remember the party by. Eli’s Mom also collected “props” for them to use!

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Props for the Faux-To Booth included clown wigs, noses, glasses, oversized bowties, and more!

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These guests had a blast with the props and in the Faux-To (photo) booth!

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The “RingMaster” got in on the action too! Couldn’t you just die for his little outfit?

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If the Faux-To Booth wasn’t your style, feel free to “Picture” yourself here!

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Face Painting was also available! There was SO much to do! It was a blast!

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Last but not least, the birthday boys throne! Mom made the high chair decor. Two Belles made the birthday boys hat!

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The birthday boy had an outfit change! Customized onesie with blue suspenders, red necktie, and yellow “1”. He wore red pants and his birthday hat.

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His “Just for Me” cake!

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Cake table with more party favors!

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Last but not least, the clown pinata holding 10 MORE pounds of candy!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your 1st birthday party, Eli. Mandy, I hope everything was just the way you wanted it to be. Thanks for our gift basket!

We hope you enjoyed this Circus party as much as we did!

XOXO,

The Two Belles Team

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Thinking out of the box: Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

6 Dec

So, your boyfriend popped the question? Now it’s time for YOU to pop the question to those special girls in your life.

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We stopped counting how many times we have been bridesmaids throughout the years. LOTS! It’s an honor, right? To stand by your BFF on her special day. To help her through all of those bridezilla moments. To be there for her epic bachelorette party. THEN there’s the dreaded “Bridesmaids dress.” You’re secretly afraid you’re going to be swallowed in hot pink tulle and poufy sleeves, aren’t you? (We’ve all been there. Your secret is safe with us!)  Image

You don’t want your girls to look miserable in every photo just because you wanted hot pink and ruffles.

But we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be SO dreadful! Take the following tips to your bride-to-be and you will also be looking fabulous as you walk down the aisle. Just try to not to outshine the bride =)

Tip #1: Get your ‘Maids opinions! 

Don’t you want your girls to be confident and dancing the night away with you? Pick a bridesmaid dress that will allow them to do so. Better yet, take them shopping with you! Let them try several on. Of course, you have to approve, but don’t you want them to have an opinion? After all, they are the ones that have to wear it (and hopefully more than once)! If you’re like us, you probably have bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes. Let them choose a style that is figure flattering! For me, I just die for a great poufy skirt and bows. Others may look better in a one shoulder, form fitting number. Allowing them to pick different styles is a great way to value their opinion while still getting what you want, too! It’s a WIN/WIN!

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You can allow your ‘maids to choose a flattering style for them while still achieving that cohesive, classic look you are going for.

Tip #2: Might we suggest a more adventurous Mix & Match option? Sure, Tip #1 may be just what you were looking for but it’s almost 2013 and we are urging Brides to step outside of their bridal box. It’s ok to mix & match not only styles but colors, fabrics, and even lengths! We love Molly Sims’ bridesmaids mix & match!

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Molly created a very classic, yet fashion forward, look for her bridal party. Couldn’t you just die for all of the color variations, styles, and that bold print? Kudos! Get more great tips from Molly here!

Tip #3: Don’t go too trendy! (Yep, you read that right. We love trends as much or more than the next fashionista, but keep reading to find out WHY)

Your wedding photos will last a lifetime. You don’t want your bridesmaids dresses (or your dress for that matter) to fashionably expire before you even get your proofs back from the photog. I’m sure all those brides in the 80s thought the crimped hair and enormous sleeves weren’t going to go out of style either. Keep it classic, elegant, with a touch of flair and you should be good to go. Here are some examples of some fabulous options for your ‘Maids:

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Don’t you just love the dresses above?!

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How dreamy is this color palette we found here!?

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We love how Miranda Lambert added her own country flair to her wedding. Do you love boots? Don’t be afraid to wear ’em!

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*SWOON* for these!

We hope you found some of these tips helpful and wish you many more bridesmaid dress wears in the future. We would love to hear your bridesmaid dress experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly (especially the ugly!) Let us know what you think!

xoxo,

Two Belles Team

Dreaming of a White Wonderland (Wedding)-Pic Heavy!

3 Dec

Good morning Belles!

I’m sure many of you always dreamed of your perfect wedding as a child. Big white dress, flowers every where, Prince Charming waiting at the end of aisle. For me, I’ve always dreamed of having a winter wedding, all white full of snow and crystal! Alas, as we sit in 75 degree weather here is south Louisiana, I realize that dream is never going to happen. Since we always want what we can’t have, let’s day dream about the wedding we could never have.

Here are some beautiful all white winter weddings, snow and all, that Two Belles is currently obsessing over:

Starting with the ceremony, these bare white branches bring you into a fairy tail. They immediately set the occasion and mood, and you feel as if you are walking into a wintery forrest.

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White Wonderland Ceremony

White Winter Ceremny

White Winter Ceremny

And of course, bridesmaid without fur would not suffice! How cute is this! Cute and functional, can’t beat that!

White fur capelets for bridesmaids!

White fur capelets for bridesmaids!

On to the reception: A winter wedding is the perfect time to go over the top with flowers and crystals! There’s no such thing as a casual winter wedding and this gives you permission to go as over the top as you want! Imagine walking into a room like this! What bride wouldn’t die over this?

Reception filled with flowers! I die.

Reception filled with flowers! I die.

And just because you can’t go this over the top doesn’t mean you still can’t be fabulous! More shots of  “simpler” table decor:

Pretty and glam white tables

Pretty and glam white tables

GLAM White wedding table!

GLAM White wedding table!

And don’t forget the cake!

GLAM Winter Wedding Cakes

GLAM Winter Wedding Cakes

And a horse and carriage to drive me away! I really am dreaming now!

Dream! Amazing white winter wedding!

Dream! Amazing white winter wedding!

So, what if an all white winter wedding isn’t what you’ve always dreamed of? Maybe your taste is a little differnt (in a good way). Baam! Black and Gold Winter old Hollywood style wedding. A black and gold themed wedding is sophisticated but has just enough playfulness to keep from being stuffy. I’ve loved this style for a while. The bride that goes for the black and gold wedding is stylish, classy, and possibly a huge Saints fan. We love it, let us know if you love it too!

To Die For black gold table

To Die For black gold table

Gold and Black Wedding. So technically fall but who's counting!

Gold and Black Wedding. So technically fall but who’s counting!

And the cake! OMG these cakes! I have been obsessed with the middle cake for way too long now!

Art Deco Black Gold Cakes

Art Deco Black Gold Cakes

A few more details because I couldn’t help myself but throw a little bit of my girly side in:

Adorable Bride and Groom seats! DIY too!

Adorable Bride and Groom seats! DIY too!

How cute is this bow!

Perfect mix of girly and glam! Black and gold bow

Perfect mix of girly and glam! Black and gold bow!

That’s it for our dream of a winter wedding! Let us know what you think. How do you imagine your dream wedding?

xoxo,

The Two Belles Gals

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What to wear to Holiday Parties!

1 Dec

Happy December 1st everybody!

With today being the first day of December (finally), we’ve been thinking a lot about upcoming Christmas and holiday parties! Whether it’s work parties, friends or family parties, we’ve got tips to be the best dressed there!

 

First up: The dreaded work party! You want to look stylish and pretty but don’t want to stand out in a bad way, right? Not as easy as it seems. No matter what, do not go trashy. Save your sexy clothes for your friends and time away from work. Trust us, you don’t want to be the laughing stock of the office because of a scandalous outfit, or worse a nip slip.

Tasteful outfits for a work party

Tasteful outfits for a work party

These outfits are all stand out worthy without showing alot of skin! Festive colors fit the occasion, while fun accessories make it your own! Throw on a black blazer, or fur coat to complete your ensemble! The green is a personal favorite, couldn’t you just die?

Next up: Parties with your friends!

Holiday parties with your friends are the perfect occasion to go all out fun! Don’t be afraid to pull out those sequins! Some ladies are afraid of wearing sequins, but here is an example of how to dress up or dress down sequins. Worried that sequin skirt it a little too much? Throw on a chunky cable knit in a coordinating color and some suede booties and you get festive casual!

 

How to wear sequins: Dress up or down!

How to wear sequins: Dress up or down!

I’m coveting those tan suede booties with glitter heels right now. *Hint hint mom and fiance*

And finally: Spending the holidays with your family! When at home for the holidays, you’re going to want to be comfortable but still festive! Perfect time to pull out those stretchy skinnies and a big slouchy sweater! Boots complete the ensemble!

What to wear: At home for the holidays!

What to wear: At home for the holidays!

Choose a sweater in a festive color such as red or a big Nordic print cardigan. Nordic prints are big for winter and are super comfy to boot!

So there you have it! What are you wearing this holiday season? Let us know what you think!

And don’t forget to take the hassle out of the holidays and call Two Belles to plan/decorate your holiday parties this year!

xoxo.

The Two Belles Gals