Category Archives: Event Planning

A Snoopy 1st Birthday Party!

It’s hard to believe our little guy is already 1! We have had so much fun being his mommy and daddy! He loves to eat and laugh and play. His favorite word is “Daddy” with a close second of “Uh-oh.” And he just started shaking his head to say “no” and saying “Yeh” for yes. It’s fun to see his preferences come through.

For his first birthday, I gave Bryan 3 or 4 different themes I had narrowed it down to, and he picked Snoopy. It was so much fun putting this together for Kyle! And we’re so thankful to be able to celebrate this birthday in our new home! (Also thankful my folks could make it in for the party and help us by staying up late to hang curtains, pictures, and put final touches on decorations!)

I found Snoopy invitations here. And we got the “Peanuts Greatest Hits” CD by the Vince Guaraldi Trio that we played on loop throughout the party.

Since we just moved in one month ago and got new appliances, we had large boxes to use. So we decorated a Snoopy doghouse and Lucy’s Psychiatric Stand. The kids LOVED playing in these!

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The Menu:IMG_4126Bryan did made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches (we had half a dozen types of cheese to choose from), and who doesn’t love grilled cheese with tomato soup or pumpkin chorizo soup?! I found some awesome little paper trays and styrofoam bowls at Joyce Equipment Store and Restaurant Supply (great place for anyone who likes to host parties!). And we decorated with The Peanuts figurines collection!
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Then there were the cakes made by our good friend Barb Illsley! She’s amazing!

IMG_4121photo 2Opening Gifts:IMG_4136 IMG_4141Finally, we sent each of our kid guests home with a little goody bag of play doh, snoopy stickers, and The Peanuts fruit snacks in personalized bags. We certainly won’t do this every year, but we definitely wanted to do something extra special for Kyle’s first birthday. And this was!IMG_4125

Happy Birthday, Little Man! We love you very much!

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Wedding Flowers: Of Feathers and Faux

At this past weekend’s wedding, the bride made a special request for synthetic flowers due to various familial allergy issues. And I accepted the challenge. I had several guests comment that they had to feel the flowers because they didn’t believe they weren’t real. She wanted yellow roses and white calla lilies, and since the bridesmaids were wearing teal, we pulled all the colors together with peacock feathers! Here’s a sample:

Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

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Cake Decorations

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Up close of Cake Decor

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Reception Tables with Cake Decor

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Reception Centerpieces (the groom hand crafted and polished the wood rounds under the vases).

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A special “Grandparents’ Arrangement” to honor each grandparent who couldn’t be there.

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A closer look at the Grandparents’ Arrangement

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Tossing Bouquet (a smaller version of the bridal bouquet)

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Corsage

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Mother of the Bride’s Corsage

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Boutonnieres (the only difference for the groom’s was a silver ribbon, to match the bride’s bouquet)

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Adorable Flower Girl

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A closer look at the Flower Girl’s Basket

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Bridesmaids carried 3 simple long stem roses (the groom also handcrafted the bridesmaids’ necklaces!)

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Choir rail of greenery and dogwoods with candles

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A closer look at the choir rail at the front of the church

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Tulle Pew Hangers with glittered teal stems and peacock feathers, wrapped with a silver ribbon to coordinate with the bride and groom

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Another Corsage

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One more Corsage

If you’re in the Greenville, South Carolina area and would like more information about having customized flower arrangements created for your special day, contact us at TheArtisanHoneybee@gmail.com.

Wedding Flowers: Rustic Elegance

This weekend, I had the opportunity to do flowers for our good friends Ben & Ashley’s wedding. It was a beautiful setting at the Lodge at Table Rock State Park, and the flowers were so much fun to work with–full of natural beauty and rustic charm, just like their backdrop. So thankful that the snow and ice cleared up to make this beautiful day possible. Bryan and I were able to get some really nice pictures, so here’s a look at the day.

The Bride and Groom

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet with Burlap and Lace – Blush Spray Roses, Pink and Plum Ranunculus, Lavender Stems, Waxflowers, Button Mums, White Hydrangea, Summer Pinks, Silver Brunia, Pink Astilbe, Purple Stock and Snapdragons, Blush Larkspur, White Alstromeria, Globe Thistles, and Heather

Bridal Crown of Waxflowers and Summer Pinks

Bridal Crown of Waxflowers and Summer Pinks

The Beautiful Bride, Ashley

The Beautiful Bride, Ashley with a closer look at her bouquet and crown – she could not have been more beautiful (or more happy) – some even said she looked “as gorgeous as an elven princess” – and I agree*

Congratulations, Ben & Ashley!

Congratulations, Ben & Ashley! What a beautiful wedding! God has truly done an amazing work in and through each of you, and I can’t wait to see how He will use you together as a couple for His glory in the days and years to come! We love you!*

The Lodge at Table Rock

Guestbook arrangements

Guestbook table arrangements of White Hydrangea and Lavender Sprigs

The Ceremony

The Ceremony (one of Ashley’s friends did the tulle and arrangement over the fireplace, as well as the reception hall decorations)*

The Bridal Party

Bouquets

Lovely ladies with their lovely bouquets on the bridge outside the lodge*

Bridesmaid's Bouquet

Bridesmaid’s Bouquet – White Hydrangea, Cream and Blush Spray Roses, Pink Astilbe, Heather, Purple Stock and Snapdragons, Plum Button Mums, Globe Thistles and Sprigs of Lavender, wrapped in burlap

Bridal Party at Table Rock State Park

Bridal Party at Table Rock State Park*

Boutonnieres and Corsages

Grandma's Corsage

Corsage of White Larkspur, Blush Spray Roses, Plum Ranunculus, White Alstromeria, Waxflower and Sprigs of Lavender

Boutonnieres

The Boutonnieres for the guys featured Globe Thistles, Silver Brunia, Lavender, and Fresh Mint and Sage Leaves, wrapped in burlap*

Mother of the Groom's Corsage

Mother of the Groom’s Corsage – Plum Ranunculus, White Alstromeria, Cream Spray Roses, Waxflower and Sprigs of Lavender

Mother of the Bride's Corsage

Mother of the Bride’s Corsage – Pink Ranunculus, Cream Spray Roses, White Alstromeria, Waxflower and Sprigs of Lavender with Burlap

Another corsage

Corsage of Plum Ranunculus, White Alstromeria, Waxflower and Lavender Sprigs

The Reception

The bride made this beautiful banner and garland, and I brought some extra flowers for her friend that decorations on site to fill in the garland.

The bride made this beautiful banner and garland, and I brought some extra flowers for her friend that did decorations on site to fill in the garland.*

Reception Food Tables

Reception Food Tables – arrangements featured White Hydrangea, Blush Spray Roses, Silver Brunia, White Alstromeria, Waxflower and Sprigs of Lavender

And, My Favorite, The Cake

Cake Swag and a Cloud of Baby's Breath

Last but certainly not least, a Floral Cake Swag and a Cloud Base of Baby’s Breath – featuring Pink and Plum Ranunculus, Blush Larkspur, Cream Spray Roses, Purple Stock and Snapdragons, Lavender Button Mums, Heather, Summer Pinks, White Alstromeria, Lavender Sprigs, and Fresh Mint and Sage Leaves*

If you are in the Greenville, South Carolina area and would like more information about floral arrangements for your next event, contact me at theartisanhoneybee@gmail.com.

(*Note: Pictures with an asterisk were taken by Bryan McKinnon; other pictures taken by Melissa McKinnon. All copyrights reserved.)

Finally…Flower Pictures to Share…

Here are some of the pictures of the flowers from the recent wedding I did. This wedding’s flower lineup included white hydrangeas, calla lilies and roses, blue delphinium, purple statice, peach wax flowers, green hypericum berries and grass…oh, and blue thistle! I have to admit I was a little nervous about this particular combination of flowers, but it turned out to be a beautiful mix!

The following pictures are courtesy of Joshua and Candace Spencer of Lotus Creative Studios:

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And here are a few extra pictures I took. The best part was secretly adding the bride’s grandmother’s brooches into the bouquet–a special request of the mother of the bride that made it extra special for her daughter:

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The Beauty of Color: Wedding Flowers with Vividly Brilliant Hues

On June 15th, I had the privilege of creating flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages for our dear friends Sarah and Jordan’s wedding day!  Below are a sample of the flowers (pictures courtesy of Cariad Photography, David Siglin, and Melissa McKinnon).

Bridal Bouquet: pink peonies, orange ranunculus, white and yellow mini-roses, Bells of Ireland, green mini-hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, peach and pink snapdragons, peach hypericum berries, green lisianthus, and dried lotus pods. Wrapped in burlap and lace ribbon with pearl pins and a lock.

Another angle of the bridal bouquet…

Each of the bridesmaids’ bouquets had white hydrangeas and one or two elements from the bridal bouquet. The groom’s boutonniere had a key to match the bride’s lock on her bouquet.

Up close of the groom’s bout with yellow mini-rose, green lisianthus, and key to match the lock on the bride’s bouquet (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Here’s the bride’s lock attached with peach pearl pins on the burlap and lace ribbon (taken on my iPhone).

Corsages with mini green hydrangeas, mini white roses, peach and green hypericum berries, and some fresh lavender from my flowerbed (picture taken on my iPhone).

Altar arrangement in honor of grandparents who could not be at the wedding–irises for one grandmother, spring flowers for another, and fresh fruit (blueberry branches, lemons, and limes) for a grandfather. Used extra burlap to tie in to the rest of the wedding theme. Same flowers as the bouquets, with purple delphiniums and orange calla lilies as well (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bouts with green pom-pom mums, green hypericum berries, and thin white ribbon (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bout up close (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Instead of corsages, the mothers carried nosegays. The mother of the bride’s is on the left and matches the bride’s bouquet; the mother of the groom’s is on the right and matches the groom’s boutonniere (picture taken on my iPhone).

Last but not least…the tossing bouquet… (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

This wedding was so much fun–maybe my most fun wedding yet–because of ALL of the brilliant, vivid colors! The bright pinks and corals were so pretty! And even though the pink peonies are expensive, they were worth every penny! And I had fun having my sister help me with the bouquets the night before the wedding.

Another Baby Shower: It’s A Girl!

Recently, a small group of friends gathered together to celebrate the upcoming birth of a precious baby girl. It seems like most of the baby showers I’ve been to or coordinated recently have been for boys, so this was a fun change of theme (and color scheme). We went with pink, green, and yellow. I loved hanging streamers and I was able to use some extra flowers from the wedding I did the weekend before to help decorate the house.

Guest of Honor Jan in the back, accompanied by the co-hosts Annie and Shana.

It was a co-hosted party that was held at my house. We made our classic mashed potato bar (mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and all the fixin’s served in martini glasses, just because it looks cool), and Bryan cooked up some chicken tenders to slice for some added protein for the ladies. (He then quickly vacated the house so as not to be overrun by females. Bless his heart.) Annie brought a veggie tray and pretzel salad, and Shana handled dessert–cupcakes and raspberry almond brownies. Everything was so good!

Mashed Potato Bar (cheese, olives, onions, bacon, and sour cream for the regular mashed potatoes; butter for both; and brown sugar and crushed pecans for the mashed sweet potatoes) and Grilled Chicken Slices

Veggie Tray and Pretzel Salad (sweet and salty combo with pineapple)

Dessert is served!

Don’t worry, the coffee was decaf.

We started with prayer and food, followed by plenty of conversation and gifts. Jan already has an adorable little boy, so she has the basics, and requested mostly girl clothes and diapers for this shower.

Big brother wants to know what his little sister is getting!

Andrea brought her son, who was a huge help in keeping Jan’s little boy entertained while the ladies caught up.

We concluded the evening with everyone creating a custom headband for baby girl! The first couple of minutes several of the guests weren’t sure where to start, but after seeing a couple tips and tricks, they all jumped right in and came up with some pretty unique fashion pieces for this little lady to crawl in style.

Craft time! I bought 10 sheets of felt, 2 rolls of stretch elastic headband ribbon, and 3 pre-made baby headbands in thinner elastic ribbon, plus some buttons and hair clips to hold flowers and other items onto the headbands for mix-and-match style. Not shown: scissors, hot glue gun, needles and thread.

Even Jennaca got her craft on! You go, girl!

The finished products! Jan was so excited!

The idea for the headbands came from MondoMom.com.

Event Planning: An Historic Wedding and Outdoor Reception

Below are pictures from the latest wedding that I did flowers for and coordinated the reception. This one was so much fun to put together. You’ll see why soon. The wedding was at White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, followed by a beautiful reception on the green at the Woodburn Historic House in Pendleton.

Here Comes the Bride! Maria and her proud papa! (picture courtesy of David Golla on Facebook)

Church decorations – arrangements along the choir loft railing

More decor – willow and twisted branches were grown by the groom’s grandmother and added special meaning to the day’s arrangements

I now pronounce you husband and wife!

I always ask if there’s anything sentimental, just between the bride and groom, that they would like added to their flowers for the day. I was given love letters between Jon and Abigail Adams and an excerpt of Jane Eyre. So, I ironed words from the letters and classic novel onto the ribbon for the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere. The bout also had a paper leaf with burned edges with the words, “My dearest friend…” (their term of endearment for one another). They loved it!

The bride had white hydrangeas and white roses in her bouquet, while the bridesmaids had clustered, green hydrangeas bouquets.

Getting pelted with birdseed, coming out of the church (picture courtesy of Maria Golla via Facebook – original source unknown)

The Happy Couple at the Woodburn Historic House, Pendleton, SC (picture courtesy of Pete Hansen via Facebook)

The venue from another angle. Tent shown was filled with round tables for guests to eat at and relax.

Advice Cards Table

Centerpieces were an eclectic gathering of antiques, books, and flowers, along with the branches from the groom’s grandmother’s garden.

I loved this antique silver basket.

I found an antique looking bike at a local consignment shop that fit perfectly.

Miniature cordial glasses from a local antique shop added a delicate touch.

The tossing bouquet was a miniature of the bride’s, and the groom tossed a handkerchief instead of a garter – the original (and much classier) tradition.

A special note from the bride and groom was tied to the tossing bouquet and handkerchief.

The first dance (during which the groom surprised his bride by telling her their honeymoon would be in Paris!). Note the silk peony pinned in her hair (that was fun to make as well). (Picture courtesy of Debbie McNeely via Facebook)

Cake by Barb Illsley. Cupcakes by Nora Loach Collogan.

More of the venue: a little barn behind the house

More of the venue: an adorable herb garden, next to the barn and other buildings.

Closeup of the Bridal Bouquet

Parents of the Bride: corsage and boutonniere

Grandparents: rose and hydrangea corsage, hypericum berry boutonniere

The Bridal Party on the Balcony (picture courtesy of Lauren Hansen via Facebook)

Burlap, Buttons, and Teddy Bears: A Baby Shower

Our friends Daryl and Adrianne just had their first child, Nicholas, a beautiful baby boy! About a month ago, I had the opportunity to host a baby shower for her (with the help of her sister in law Heather and her mom). The only tough part was that they didn’t find out the baby’s gender until delivery, so we picked a neutral theme and went with it! Burlap, Buttons, and Teddy Bears! It turned out fabulous! Here’s a glimpse:

I found little bumble bee balloons at Publix and Heather (along with “Daddy Daryl”) created the sign to point the way to the shower (since it was a little ways off the main road). The bees just happened to become a secondary theme, as Daryl is a hobbyist beekeeper.

Balloon for the front door

Sneak peek of the nursery – we held the shower at Adrianne’s house so she wouldn’t have to transport the gifts. Heather went over the day before and cleaned it from top to bottom as part of her hostess gift! What a blessing to this tired mommy!

For this particular event, we made all the food, decorated, and hosted the event. It was so much fun!

I had a friend at work Carissa make the cupcakes – chocolate with Nilla wafers and Whoppers for this one. (This saved me tons of time!)

Lemon with Teddy Grahams and Sugared Lemon Wedge candies for these!

Extra candies around the centerpieces of Bears and Buttons on Burlap

Rainbow Fruit Skewers by Heather

Veggie Tray with Homemade Hummus by Adrianne’s Mom

PB&J “Onesie” sandwiches and Cucumber and Cream Cheese “Teddy Bear” Tea Sandwiches that I made

Decorations for the Gift Table

We set up the gift table in the living room and three ironing stations in the back empty portion of the main living space.

And a craft: I bought onesies and tees along with iron-on books for each of the ladies to create a custom outfit for the baby!

We set up three iron stations in an open room and put all the supplies on the center table (once again decorated with teddy bears and burlap).

Can you tell this sweet lady is a music teacher?

Katie and her elephants – as it happened, one year prior to this weekend, Adrianne was at Katie’s first baby shower!

This was the one I ironed on and colored in!

by Jean – in keeping with the Bear and Honey theme

Mommy-to-be Adrianne chatting with a former coworker and friend

Gift opening time

This was so much fun. Adrianne told me Heather and I are some of the few people she knows that sees something on Pinterest and actually does it (e.g., DIY onesies, rainbow fruit skewers, cupcakes concepts, and sandwich cutouts). And I’m hosting another baby shower next week! Yay!

Essence of Elegance: Cream and Purple Wedding Flowers

This past weekend, I had the privilege of coordinating our friends Shane and Kara’s wedding reception and creating the custom floral designs for their special day! Praise God for my wonderful husband was a huge help and kept me sane during the long hours of hard work. Here are some of my favorite shots:

Bouquets and Corsages – featuring hydrangeas and roses tied with purple ribbon

The Bridal Bouquet – featuring Picasso Calla Lilies, Dark Purple Anemones, Status, Cream and Purple Delphiniums, Cream Hydrangeas, and Purple Status, wrapped with a satin cream ribbon

Mother of the Bride’s Corsage – Picasso Calla Lily, Cream Rose, Green Hypericum Berries, and a Dark Purple Anemone, to match her daughter’s bouquet

Grandmother’s Bouquet – enter the Purple Status

Boutonnieres – featuring cream roses, green hypericum berries and dark purple ribbon

The Groom’s Boutonniere – featuring a Picasso Calla Lily and green hypericum berries with dark purple ribbon

Reception at the Hollytree Country Club in Simpsonville, SC

Submerged Purple Delphiniums with Clear Glass and Submersible LED lights

Centerpiece Vases placed on round mirrors with glass votive candle holders – dark purple napkins in the glasses, piped butter on the bread plates, bride and groom decorated cake pops with name cards at each setting, and elegant table number signs brought the tables together

Up close view of the centerpieces

Large Buffet Arrangement of Submerged Picasso Calla Lilies and Cream Delphinium with Purple Water Pearls, Clear Glass, and Submersible LED lights, atop a lifted light box. This was my favorite arrangement.

Bride and Groom Cake Pops

Lavender Bud Sachets for tossing as the Bride and Groom left for their honeymoon

I really enjoy the event coordinating gigs and love creating custom floral arrangements, especially for brides! It’s an opportunity for me to revel in the glories of my Creator and His handiwork in all the details of each blossom and bud and leaf–not to mention, it’s fun! Let me know if you’re in the market for a florist or event planner.

Irish Pub Party

We host Book Exchange parties on a regular basis (kind of like White Elephant Gift Exchanges, but with books that you actually like instead of pranks). It started with everyone bringing a book and a snack to share. Then the food part evolved into a themed party. This last theme was by far my favorite to date: an Irish Pub Party! The food was fabulous! But then, how can you go wrong with an array of comfort food?!

Inspiration Behind the Irish Pub Party

Mini Corned Beef Sandwiches with Swiss, Sauerkraut or Slaw, Pickles, Horseradish, and an assortment of Mustards

Vegetable Tart by Rachel that featured an assortment of Potatoes, Parsnips, and Cheese, caramelized and baked to perfection! And it went well with the Loaded Baked Potato Soup by Ashley and Ben (not shown). Yum!

Toast with Pickled Beets and Soft Boiled Eggs, drizzled with a Dijon Dill Vinaigrette (recipe from the Irish cookbook) - apparently traditional, this was a surprising hit at the party.

Fresh Fruit brought by Daryl & Adrianne, used in combination with fresh veggies and bread for dipping in the Pumpkin Beer Cheese Fondue (not shown); the Fondue recipe can be found here.

Bread Pudding with Raisins by Catherine and Greg (perfect with a cup of coffee and some Irish Creamer) - I can't wait to add this recipe to my permanent file!

Are you inspired to host a themed party yet?! I highly recommend this theme. Remember, keep it simple and let your guests bring some of the food, so you can enjoy your guests during the evening and not have to spend the entire evening in the kitchen. So, do you have a favorite party theme?