30th Pearl White Anniversary Party

Well, it’s official! Mr. W and I were finally able to host a party in our home and in our backyard for the first time ever and we sure had a lot of fun! After living in apartments for so long, the option to host and throw a party has never really been there, so when we saw a milestone date come up we decided it was a great time to host a small get together. Mr. W’s parents celebrated 30 years together this year and that is something to be proud of, so we decided why not throw them a small semi (surprise) backyard dinner party.

The details were this: We wanted to host an outdoor dinner party, the theme was white/pearl (sticking with the year tradition) and we knew that the focus of the party should be our guests of honor and the food that we served.  We decided on a 3 course menu, including homemade bruschetta, dad’s famous prime rib, garlicky pasta and last but not least a beautiful, Italian cake to celebrate the happy couple.  It went off without a hitch and minus some rogue balloons, we took our normally green backyard and turned it into a dinner venue in less than a day! I’ll let the beautiful pictures do the talking (props to my niece Emily, photography was on point!).

Ring Pop’s with custom-made labels were the favor for our guests, it added a little fun to the night but still kept with the theme of the anniversary and highlighted how long they have “stuck” together.

We tried to stick to a mostly white and pearl theme, bringing in a small amount of colour with the details around the yard. I chose lilies to add a beautiful scent to the table and they looked extravagant without costing a ton.

My centerpieces consisted of tall white candles with a base of pearls and Epson Salts to give them a little height and extra detail. By the time nightfall arrived, the yard light up quickly with the combination of candles, lighted tree’s and globe lights.

Lastly, we included a walk down “memory lane” which showed all the wonderful memories that they happy couple have enjoyed over 30 years. This photo display was a great conversation starter and brought up a ton of great stories over the night!

We had a great time planning and putting together this party, with some help and love it was a night to remember! We hope to host more events in our yard, but this was a fantastic start. You’ll see a lot more party related talk around the blog, so stay tuned for new and exciting features!

Party on Wayne…




Incorporating Wedding Decor Into Your Home

If you’re anything like me, you’ll know all about how hard it can be to get rid of items with sentimental meaning. I know after Mr. W and I got married, I had quite a bit of decor to go through and figure out where it was to end up. Most of that decor, was sold which at the end of the wedding and planning process and that was a good move (because who really needs a several just married signs right?). But I did manage to hold on to a few items that I grew attached to over the planning process.

Our vintage eBay find. While it held candy at our wedding, I knew it would be coming home with us for good.

We searched for these items, had them in our house forever and then saw them shining bright throughout our wedding day and that was enough for us to grow attached and find a way to incorporate them into our normal home decor and design plan.  But that was the tough part, incorporating these items without making the house look like it just walked out of a wedding store. We made sure to choose items we know we would use again and items that had sentimental value but also ones that we knew would look great within the house itself.


The best part of showing these items off around your house is they will always be a memory for you and a conversation starter for your guests. All it takes is someone to point one of the items out before we’re reminiscing about what a beautiful day it was or what adventure it took to find the item. So, in this case those items are not only adding a visual reminder, they also adding in detail that our home didn’t hold before. I love looking at the locks from our wedding ceremony or my favorite picture from the big day and feeling like those memories will never be too far away.


So, if you get the chance to keep a few select items from your wedding I highly suggest it. It can be something as small as a vintage keepsake or as big as a chalkboard, but keep those items and memories close to remember how you felt that day you said “I do”.


So, time to spill…what did you keep? Share it below in the comments.




How To Make Your Wedding Personal

I’ll take a shot in the dark here at a phrase you may have heard throughout wedding planning: “It’s all about the guests.” I know that’s something I heard a lot and at first I was taken aback with the thought the our wedding day would be about the people attending more than it was about the two of us. But in reality, that statement held a lot of truth because as much as the wedding was about the two of us, it was also about celebrating the family and friends who supported us and helped our love grow.

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