Monster Bash – Owen’s First Birthday Party – 05.31.14

Event : 1st Birthday Party
Theme : Monster Bash

Guests of Honor : Mr. Owen
Event Date : May 31st, 2014
Hosts : Beth & Frank (Parent’s of the little man)
Location : The Family’s Home in Aurora, CO

What We’ll Never Forget :
>AED helped with Decor Design & Day Of Coordination for Frank & Beth’s wedding. Since then, I’ve become close friends with Beth and was so happy to help with Owen’s 1st birthday party!
>All of our craft days at the Kinney’s house – Owen was a big helper!!
>Walking into the party and seeing all the decorations we worked so hard on set up and everyone enjoying.
>Little Owen managing a smile or two even though he wasn’t feeling well on his big day.
>Looking at all of the pictures in our window frames of Owen’s first year of life. What a cutie!
>Owen playing drums on his smash cake with a big, plastic spoon.
>Owen’s suspenders and his bow tie. Priceless!

See more pictures from the party here.

10592986_687419035959_333953518124418516_nThis monster was the inspiration for the party and all the decorations.

10616461_687418382269_1016237091624325319_nThe handsome birthday boy!

1610790_687418836359_1286725110339556282_nThe big O-N-E

10620828_687419105819_4842489248648555759_nPictures of Owen throughout his first year of life
filled our vintage window frames.

10616078_687419544939_5200326881649530424_nGuests were encouraged to color the monsters
that lined the kitchen buffet.

10472780_687418971089_7967889483156023395_n10522612_687418821389_336166463231253339_nThe little guests stuck their faces in the mouths of
these monsters to pose for a photo.

10427212_687418996039_582056215533172750_nThe birthday cake was perfect!
Made by Bake My Day

10612740_687419001029_7743351145093596287_nMonster cake pops by Smash Cake Creations

Thank you to Adam & Eve Photography for capturing Owen’s party.

Click here to see more pictures from the party.

Congratulations to the Graduate – Griffiths’ Graduation Party – 05.25.13

Megan graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the party I helped plan and coordinate was the 3rd event I worked with the family on in 2 weeks. When I sat down with Megan and her mother, Suzanne, they talked about how important it was that everyone had a great time at the party and that it was different than her brother’s wedding that would take place the weekend before, as many of the same guests would be attending both. After talking colors, timelines and themes, I quickly got to work.

I wanted to make the decorations festive and fun with lots and lots of flowers, as I knew both Megan and Suzanne love them. We ordered big, red balloons from Party America, filled mason jars with votive candles and Newberry Brothers created beautiful, red flower arrangements.

As guests arrived at the Cherry Hills Village home of Peter (father of the graduate) and Suzanne, they were guided to the backyard where cocktail tables were scattered around, Occasions Catering was serving hors ‘doeuvres and everyone was enjoying an open bar. A Music Plus provided the background music to set the mood and Megan greeted her guests with a huge smile and tons of hugs.

Once everyone arrived, guests were seated for a buffet dinner and Megan quietly passed out thank you letters to those who helped her through her life and student career. As they finished up their meals, champagne was poured in preparation for the toasts.

Peter started with a touching toast about Megan’s life and how she got to where she is today, followed by Suzanne who looked forward to the adventures to come, but was sad to see her daughter go. (The event was not only to celebrate Megan’s graduation, but became a going away party as Megan had recently become accepted into the residency program at Children’s Hospital in Connecticut.) Megan finished up the toasts by thanking her parents, who left South Africa years ago to create a better life for their children.

Following dinner, we cut into the fabulous cake by Das Meyer and Occasions served apple and pecan pie in iron skillets. Once they had a taste of the wonderful desserts, guests made their way to the sun room to dance the rest of the evening away.

Congratulations Megan on an amazing achievement! And good luck on the adventures that await you.

Thank you to Benjamin Smith Photography for sharing these great pictures with us! Click here to see more pictures.

Newberry Brothers did an amazing job with the all-red flower arrangements.

The party started with cocktail hour in Suzanne & Peter’s backyard.

All My Sons moved the furniture from the living room, sitting room and sun room to the basement so we’d have room for this fabulous party.

During dinner, Megan quietly passed out thank you cards.

Megan with her parents – Suzanne & Peter

Cheers to the graduate!

Das Meyer did an amazing job with the cake.

The proud graduate!

Words from our client : “Sarah was so thoughtful & easy to work with. She listened to what I wanted & then showed me how to achieve that. Everything was so easy & organized. I never had to stress about any of it & it was so incredibly beautiful. I have friends wanting to copy my graduation party for their weddings.” ~Megan (The Graduate)

To see more pictures of the graduation party, click here.

The vendors that made the party so great:
Decor Design, Event Planning & Day-Of Coordination : Ansley Event Design, LLC
Venue : Peter & Suzanne’s Home
DJ : A Music Plus
Cake : Das Meyer
Catering : Occasions Catering
Photographer : Benjamin Smith Photography
Florist : Newberry Brothers
Rentals : Colorado Party Rentals
Moving Company : All My Sons
Balloons : Parker Party America

Don’t Go Empty-Handed – Host Gifts

Whether you are attending a Christmas Party, a New Year’s Eve Bash or your family has welcomed you into their home for the holidays – do not go empty-handed. Surprise your hosts with a special gift that proves you spent time thinking about what to get them.

Don’t have the time? Here’s some ideas:

Chatterblocks® – Give the gift of words – Your hosts will love these letter blocks and they’ll be able to create sayings/phrases and use them as part of their décor for every party they host from now on.

Click here to buy Chatterblocks®.

Flirty Aprons – Every good hostess needs one – Dress up your hostess with a stylish apron so she can protect her party outfit.

Click here to make a purchase from Flirty Aprons.

Breakfast in a Basket – Your hosts will be up long after you leave – Make breakfast easy with this fun and delicious homemade gift.

This basket includes homemade banana bread, honey butter, coffee and a kitchen towel.
Click here
to see DIY instructions.

Jessica Rust Designs – Spoil them with personalized dishes – Put your hosts’ initials on these birch tree dishes and they’ll be pleased that they get to use them for future parties.

Buy Jessica Rust Design dishes by clicking here.

Kaufmann Mercantile – For the hosts with kids – Get a special message engraved on the swing and hand this gift over for days of fun with the kiddos.

Click here to buy a cedar wood rope swing.

Anista Designs – Unique and perfect note cards -  These elegant, distressed note cards are great for the hosts who like to stay in touch. Who knows, you may even get a thank you note on one of the cards for such a perfect gift.

Buy the Wish Dandelion Vintage Notecards by clicking here.

L.L. Bean – Get your hosts cozy – After a long day/night of hosting a party, they’ll want nothing more than to slip their feet into a cozy pair of slippers – so give them some.

Click here to buy a pair from L.L. Bean.

We hope we’ve helped. Have a very, happy holiday and enjoy the time with your loved ones!