Halloween Photo Playdate

EJ and I are members of a wonderful playgroup here in Atlanta. One of my favorite aspects of the group is, of course, hosting my own play dates. Craig and I love to entertain and with my past life in the event industry I have to put my best foot forward. Not to mention I love doing it. 
It was supposed to be an afternoon in the back yard with all the kids decked out in their Halloween gear for a photo op and some playtime. As fate would have it Atlanta got hit with some horrid storms that day so I moved the play date inside. Space was a bit more limited, but we did the best with had to work with and I know EJ had a blast. 
We snacked on pumpkin muffins, fruit, and pumpkin dip with ginger snaps. The kids played with EJ’s ball pit and millions of toys and the moms were able to visit. 

Here we have a homemade cupcake tower. Yes that is cans of soup with scrap booking paper and cake plates with scrap booking border glued to it. Affordable and easy. I made the muffin toppers with the same paper and border. Easy, easy and very cute if I do say so myself. 

Homemade sign. An hour with some glue, paint and paper. A nice quiet nap activity. If you want instructions on how to make your own let me know. 

 Photo Op set with a black sheet tacked to the wall and some homemade poms. I moved our planters from outside and Voila cute photos. My kid wasn’t interested in posing so my pictures leave a bit to be desired but there were some cute ones of the other less squirmy kids.

Oceans "One"derland

I must admit I was thinking of ideas for his First Birthday before he was even born. I love to do this stuff, I would still party plan for a living if the economy was better and it did not require me to work every weekend. So until I start working again, my family will reap the rewards.

All week I will be giving you insight into what I picked and where I found it so if you find yourself faced with a birthday party to plan you might get some inspiration. I found adorable fish table cloths at Target on clearance and based my entire party around it. That is my number one advice for events, find something that speaks to you and use that as the inspiration for everything.
 I wanted the invitation to have pictures and to have an orange and blue theme. I found a perfect fit at Peartree Greetings, not only are they adorable but they are also affordable.

I love the look of the Etsy, custom Birthday Banners but could not find exactly what I wanted so I decided to make my own. I bought some scrape booking card stock and painted it, then a few hours with Indesign and few Hobby Lobby wood animals later…  Voila a custom banner that I can use again if I want.

For the smash cake, I bought a fish mold cake pan but as I suspected it was way to thin to bake the cake evenly. The middle was liquid and the edges were burnt so I put my thinking cap on and decided to cut it out of a round and square cake. I made marshmallow fondant and dyed it orange. If I do say so myself if turned out pretty darn cute.

That’s all for now and please let me know if you have any specific questions and stay tuned there is all kind of fun stuff to learn this week!

Party time

This Momma is TIRED. It has been a whirlwind weekend of family, friends, and probably too much fun. We partied with family, EJ may or may not have decided to put the flame with his hand. Then Craig and I celebrated making through year 1 still in love and with a healthy, happy baby by taking a night to ourselves, hotel and all at the Phish show. I am tired; our house is a mess and we have exploded toys. 
It was totally worth it.
Stay tuned as soon as I get myself in together I will walk you through the entire party. But, for today a teaser will have to do. 

The day I saved a wedding.

Everyone grab your party hats and get excited because it is birthday week. Baby Boy has his very first birthday on Tuesday and in honor of this very memorious day, I am kicking off the Party Planner.  I am going to make you laugh with tales from the old days, teach some great tricks and together we can host the best parties in town.

Prior to Mommahood I worked insane hours, ran around in heels for hours on end and in my opinion I was paid to put our fires. I loved it, I miss it some days…my job today is so much better. Lets set the stage a little…

Its a beautiful Saturday in May and it was one of my client’s Big Day. We had planned an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour with an indoor reception in a Barn. Our main concern leading up to her day was the weather and besides a little humidity, it was a perfect day.

The guest were arriving, the drinks were flowing and everything was set. This couple met at a poker party over a joke about Star Wars and had used this piece of their past to theme their wedding into a Poker Star Wars Party. The wedding cake was a focal point, it was supposed to be more cute than wedding and in my personal opinion looked liked tiered version of the Mad Hatter’s hat. Oh did I mention it was fire engine red and black with stripes and polka dots. I am standing in the kitchen plating appetizers and giving my staff a run down of how food, drinks and dancing will go and all the sudden my assistant is standing in the room looking like someone had dropped dead.

Assistant: “We have a problem, a big one. First, I promise no one was near it. It just happened. “
Me: “Okay, spill it” (I didn’t have time for novels the wedding was due to start in 25 mins)
Assistant: “The cake fell on the floor”

I stared and then ran from the kitchen to cake. I may have flew, I was fast. The cake had crumbled to a mess of fondant and the top layer was smashed into the toile backdrop, that layer had died and the rest was in intensive care.

I literally just started picking up the pieces and trying to figure out how fix this mess of a cake. I am barking orders.
“Do not let the bride come down here, do not!
I need cocktail swords. I need poker chips and I need a second pair of hands.

So in 20 mins, I managed to get the dead layer out of sight, the table cleaned up, the cake back together by using about 100 cocktail swords to hold the pieces together and covered the holes and dead places with poker chips. The groom watched the whole thing go down in shock and I think total fear that his bride would go batshitcrazy if she knew this had happened.

The bride walked right passed the cake as she headed to the aisle, the bride and groom cut the first slice (me and the groom winked) and I whisked the mangled cake into the back to cut it and remove all the swords. I wasn’t in the mood to call 911 for eating injuries.

She had no idea anything had happened until the next day when her hubby told her and then on her way to the airport she called me, cried and thanked me. I said it was my job and then vowed to never ever let another bride pick such a crazy looking cake.

Wedding Blog Hop

This wedding planner has spent hours checking out everyone else’s Big Day so I decided to join the fun.

We were pregnant, we planned our Big Day in six weeks and all I cared about was that I got married on the beach. It was just family, it was beautiful and I am pretty proud of myself. I did it all. I made the welcome baskets, I did the flowers, and I incorporated my hubby’s love of fishing into it.  I even managed to keep my bump on hidden. ::we are southern::

I haven’t gotten around to ordering the pics so check out our slide show, its awesome. 

BYOB y’all!!

Go ahead and relax, release those eyebrows. No, I am not drinking a beer at 3 in the afternoon. I only do that when there is sand between my toes, don’t judge you do too.
It’s the D-List Mom Blogs Blog Party!


This event planner loves a good party!! Sorry I am fashionably late joining the party. It just couldn’t be helped. You see it’s my birthday week y’all. Yes, I claim a whole week, so should you. I get a free pass for my tardiness because I live in the great state of Georgia and they like to help us celebrate our birthdays by charging us a tax on the value of our car. Yeah, you read that right, Georgia takes my birthday money for themselves or I risk getting a ticket for an expired tag. Apparently the best of my intentions will go unnoticed this year because I failed my emissions test!
::bangs head against table for waiting until the last minute to get the car tested::
I am a mother, I have mommy brain… I know Georgia doesn’t care but they should.

All that aside, Welcome I am so glad you stopped by! I am a third of the Holman’s, an outdoor lovin’ family living in the city navigating the great river of parenthood. We fish, we travel, we love good wine, we cook a lot and we have the cutest child E.V.E.R.  I dare you to try and make a cuter child!

I started my career planning parties on Capitol Hill got sick of pumps and pearls and moved back home to the south. Here in Atlanta, I have planned every type of party you could think of, sometimes they went perfect, sometimes wedding cakes fell on the floor and I had to put them back together with toothpicks. It was great fun but now I stay at home and love it 99.9% of the time, every few months I have a moment were I want to run into the woods alone, naked and screaming. No worries, never gotten pushed far enough over the edge to actually do it yet. Not to mention I would have to drive an hour to find the woods.

So take off your coat, pull up a chair and we can share a glass of wine. I will humor you with my weight loss attempts, gush on my desire to be The Pioneer Women without living on a cattle farm, talk green living for lazy people cause I am lazy, improve your DIY party planning and tell the tales of the everyday happenings with the Holman’s.

Thanks so much for joining us today!
I hope you come back to visit regularly and you better let me know you stopped by. I promise to come visit you too!