{All Knotted Up} A Colorful Bridal Shower

This shower is full of so many fun ideas I don’t know where to start. But what I love most is that it’s a shower completely inspired by and dedicated to knitting – and a wonderful, colorful example of how you can showcase yours (or your bride-to-be’s) hobbies and talents to use as a personalized party theme.

City Cradle Design put together this beautiful spread using yarn and knots for nearly every detail – from the custom table backdrop to the centerpieces to adorable L-O-V-E letters. My favorite is the handmade chandelier fashioned from yarn balls and ribbon!

Inspiration from the creators: “Knotted in love was the name we gave to a recent bridal shower celebrating the bond of love that is leading the couple into marriage. We took cues in designing the shower from knotted yarn and created a homespun afternoon to celebrate a lovely new marriage.”

Images from Style Me Pretty with many more to check out if you jump on over.

Comfy Couches, Killer Prices

Having a big, over-stuffed couch in the living room was number one on the must-have list. We looked and looked and looked – but finding something that is both functional, long lasting, wallet-friendly and attractive is much harder than we ever anticipated.

In the end we settled on a sectional that would float in the middle of the living room. Something large enough to comfortably fit 6 or 7 bodies crowded around a board game or a few overnight guests. We found the above in chocolate (better at hiding stains?) with it’s sleek wooden base and modified microfiber cushions (extra soft but easy to clean up) at a reasonable price after a family La-Z-Boy discount (we have an in-house designer Aunt in Denver that helped to make it happen). Don’t worry, we’ve changed out the throw pillows!

BUT a few months later I stumbled upon this post by Young House Love and couldn’t believe this amazing find…

Custom Sofa Design has nearly 200 Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel look-a-likes, and the best part is they range from $500 to $700! Amazing, right!? I had to share this great secret… hope someone might be in the market!

{Pink & Orange} An Adorable Summer Kid’s Party

TomKat Studio shares some of the most adorable party ideas, and when Kim posted these photos of a recent client’s Pink & Orange Birthday Celebration I wanted to share the beautiful inspiration.

The bright colors are the perfect setting for a summer party this July!

Kristy from F8 Kids Photography threw this bash for her daughter, Alexa’s 2nd birthday. The candy, or dessert bar, is great! Look at all of these vibrant colors – and covering the ceiling (or top of the buffet) in balloons is the perfect trick to draw your eye upwards and to balance out the colors across the decorations.

Some of the details that I love are the oreo pops (what a great take on cake pops), the photo banner and those adorable gerber daisy arrangements.

Too cute – more details and pictures (like the custom lunch box favors) at Kristy’s site.

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