Nicole + Ben ♥

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“I cannot believe this day is finally here. 😍 Most of you probably know, by this point, that I have an affinity for event planning. I’ve had dozens of people tell me I need to turn it into a full-fledged business, and because of this girl right here, I am 50% less scared and 100% more inspired to actually…make…it…happen. She took a chance on a rookie, and today, I am coordinating my first wedding as a paid event coordinator. 😭💛🧡@nicole_diseker, you will forever and always be my VERY FIRST BRIDE!! I would say ‘My heart is full’ but my heart isn’t big enough, so let’s just say that my whole body is full of all the feelings and I will treasure this day always! Let’s do this thing!!”

That was the caption for my Instagram post on October 19th, 2019.

A day I will never forget.

The day a long-held dream finally came true.

I have been developing my love for planning parties for quite awhile. I’ve even helped with a bunch of weddings in an unofficial capacity over the last few years.

But this….this was different.

Not long after Nicole and Ben got engaged, she made some off-hand comment at our community group about how stressful wedding planning was. Instantly, this little voice in my head was like “You should do her wedding….!!” I had no idea if they had the budget for a coordinator, or if they even wanted one. But I couldn’t ignore the nudge from the Lord to put the option out there. So I texted her.

AND I’M SO GLAD I DID!

Their wedding ceremony was at Parkside Baptist Church, and their reception was at 903 Brewers – super eclectic, but super cool! The first time Nicole took me to look at the space, I can’t lie – I was a liiiiiittle nervous. 😂 But I was thrilled with how everything came together, and it wouldn’t have been nearly as special without the drapery, dreamy lanterns, and string lights that Ben put up!

I can’t say thank you enough to the bridal party and my food crew for making everything happen before the event. I literally could not have done it without all of you! ♥♥

Hands down, one of my favorite parts of the wedding was the fall leaves tossed down the aisle. But they weren’t tossed by a flower girl.

They.

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a.

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man.

Yes, an adult man. 😂😂😂😂

Another neat feature of this unique wedding was the macaron towers! Nicole’s mom made hundreds of flavored macarons for all of the guests to enjoy, and HOLY MOLY they were good. I tried at least half of the flavors, and I can attest that the peanut butter and jelly ones were the best. THE. BEST. I need some more, Donna!!

Cuties. ♥

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The very last picture of the night was taken at Cellarman’s, after the bride and groom made their grand exit and everything was packed away in boxes and bags and laundry baskets. It’s probably one of the worst pictures I’ve ever taken, but I don’t even care. I had to take this picture, because as tired as I was, I knew that I would want to remember the people sitting around that table. The people who willingly pitched in and helped clean everything up after the reception without being asked. The people who sacrificed the rest of their evening for me, who shouldered the load with me simply because that’s what family does. I took the picture because I wanted to preserve forever how deeply loved I felt that night. Since that day, I have relived everything about the wedding countless times, and every time I look at this awkward, hilarious, blurry photo, I am instantly transported back to the emotions I felt as I took it: completely overcome with exhaustion, gratitude, and joy. ♥

Finally, enjoy a few photos from their wonderfully talented photographer, Spencer Patton!

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Congratulations again, Nicole and Ben – thanks for trusting me with such a momentous, beautiful day in your life together.

If you need help planning a party or coordinating a wedding, let ya girl know – I’d love to get ice cream or coffee with you sometime and talk about your vision!

Sheridan’s Bae-Bee Shower

What a sweet honor it was to throw a baby shower for one of my best friends, Sheridan! She and her husband Jeremy were part of the young married community group Daniel and I hosted at our house years ago, and we were so excited when they told us she was pregnant. Much like my friends Les and Dara, the Burnses decided to wait to find out if Baby B was a boy or a girl, so I went with a gender neutral theme – honeybees!

The menu was brunch-themed, and I had a ton of hosts to help me get everything ready. We had mini chicken and waffles, cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, avocado toast, and bacon-wrapped tater tots, along with coffee and mimosas. Oh, and the deliciously pretty honeycomb cookies from Chasing India Cookies!

Hands down, my favorite decoration was the handmade honeycomb background for the food table. My brother-in-law Sam is so talented – he’s the one who made the famous mountain shelf that has been used over and over and over!

The rest of the decorations included a honeycomb ball garland, honey sticks as party favors, and lots of fresh flowers.

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Looking for a fun baby shower activity? Pictured above is my all-time favorite: a DIY alphabet book. Print off pages with each letter of the alphabet and ask guests to create a page or two, and then compile all the pages into a book for the new parents.

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Ugh, she was the cutest pregnant girl!! ♥

And guess what they had?? ↓↓

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THIS cute girl!! Cheeks for dayyyyyz. I love you, Ruby! (And Sheridan I guess)

If you need help planning a party, let ya girl know – I’d love to get ice cream or coffee with you sometime and talk about your vision!

Nicole’s “Fall-ing in Love” Wedding Shower

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As our church’s resident party planner, I had the joy of coordinating a wedding shower there for my fellow member and friend Nicole (who also asked me to plan her actual wedding) and her sweet fiancé Ben! Since it was in September, “Fall-ing in Love” was an obvious, easy theme. Thanks Ashley for the softball lob! ;)

We had all kinds of autumn-themed sweet treats to enjoy, including a caramel apple bar, apple cider, and iced coffee. The decorations were super easy too – lots of fall florals, leaves, and mini gourds and pumpkins.

My crowning achievement for this shower, though, was the pumpkin patch cake!!

I. made. it. myself. and. I’m. still. proud.

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I love her SO much. Couldn’t have asked for a better person to be my first bride. ♥

Stay tuned for details from the wedding itself – new post coming soon!!

Robyn’s Wedding Shenanigans

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2019 was the year of  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. After my sister-in-law Amanda’s wedding in March, I immediately started gearing up for the next one – this time, for my sister Robyn and her beau Travis! (Okay, let’s be honest…I started planning Robyn’s wedding shenanigans the day after she got engaged.)

Her bachelorette party was easily one of my favorites I’ve ever hosted! We ate dinner first at The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, and then walked next door to do an escape room. One of my favorite things about that night was giving Robyn a temporary tattoo of Travis’s face!

After the escape room, we retreated to an Airbnb and enjoyed Princess Diaries-themed snacks. The next morning, after brunch at a place called Hatch, we went to an aerial yoga class, and it was a BLAST!

A few weeks before the wedding, my parents’ church hosted a wedding shower for them, and I got to spend some sweet time with my mom and grandmas.

Her rehearsal was lovely too, and we got to eat at The Pizza Factory for the rehearsal dinner, where the ranch dressing is so good you seriously contemplate drinking it. (Also, can you tell we like pizza…?)

Her wedding day was the absolute dreamiest – gorgeous venue, chill bride, sweet vendors, all kinds of family and friends…ahh!! It was the best day!

I’m convinced that one of the best things about going to weddings as an adult is getting to see people you haven’t seen in years. Robyn’s wedding was basically just a huge reunion, and I loved it. ♥

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I love you five-ever, Robyn and Travis! So happy we’re family!

Amanda’s Wedding Festivities

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Remember when I shared that BOTH of my sisters got engaged in the same weekend?? Their weddings were both this year, one in March and one in June! I’m definitely playing catch-up here, but I am so excited to finally share some photos with you all.

The first wedding of the year was for my sister-in-law, Amanda, and her guy, Ryan, and I hosted a travel-themed wedding shower for them through our church.

I also had the honor of throwing her bridal shower based off of “The Office” at my house, and it was such a riot!! I’ve never had so much fun blowing balloons up halfway, haha!

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Amanda’s maid of honor, Alesha, did a fabulous job planning her bachelorette party too! We went to dinner at this super cute (and delicious) place in Dallas called Ida Claire, did an escape room, spent the night at an Airbnb, and went to Six Flags for opening weekend!

Her wedding day was pure craziness, especially when the cold front rolled in as the girls were taking pictures. But the ceremony was the sweetest, the reception was a blast, and she looked SO beautiful!!

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Congratulations again, Ryan and Amanda! Love you guys so much! ♥

Friendsgiving

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We forgot about mashed potatoes.

The rolls weren’t done on time.

There weren’t enough chairs for everyone.

Babies got jealous of each other nursing and cried.

The whipped cream never came out of the fridge.

There was wayyyyy too much leftover ham.

I only took two pictures all night.

But none of that really mattered, because at the end of the night, we were well-fed and happy and warm, and we enjoyed each other’s company like the family we are. It was the most perfectly imperfect night with some of my favorite people. ♥

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere heartspraising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” — Acts 2:42-47

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Daniel’s 30th Birthday Party

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I really might have outdone myself this time.

I know I say this about every party…(and I’ll probably never stop saying it)…but seriously, this was one of my all-time favs. I had so much fun planning it, and I did my very best to make it a party that DANIEL would like, not just a party that I wanted him to like. I owe a HUMONGOUS thank you to Les and Dara Wesberry, who graciously let me use their backyard/kitchen and went above and beyond to help me get everything ready – y’all, I could not have done this without you! I love you both! ♥

 

My inspiration for this party was Daniel’s favorite things: soft pretzels, backyard games, a bunch of his best bros, a cigar bar, and a scotch tasting.

I borrowed tables and chairs from our church, tablecloths and burlap runners (and the tree trimmings) from Dara, and started each place setting with a beer flight placemat from Target and a mini bottle of Jack tied to a bottle of Coke. I got to re-purpose my donut wall from Brianna’s baby shower for the soft pretzel bar, and desserts included chocolate cake in a jar and homemade cupcakes (chocolate whiskey and peanut butter cup).

 

My favorite part was the cigar and scotch bar. The vintage matchbooks were a unique touch, and the scotch was a Scottish Highlands brand that was new to most of the guys, but a huge hit nonetheless!

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I even managed to snag a picture with the birthday boy. ;)

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But before you start thinking that this party was perfect…let me assure you that one thing went terribly, terribly wrong. And that was the beer cheese. I had found a recipe on Pinterest that looked super easy, and it was super NOT. I don’t know exactly where I went wrong, but this was a MASSIVE party fail. Just goes to show that you never know what happens behind the scenes!

If you need help planning a party, let ya girl know – I’d love to get ice cream or coffee with you sometime and talk about your vision!

Life Update: The Park + The Coffee Shop + The Woods + The Desert = The Memories

One of my favorite things to do, weirdly, is go back through all of my pictures on my phone. I always come across random things I documented that I forgot to post on social media, or funny screenshots of texts from family members, or ideas for parties that I wanted to save on Pinterest. I especially love getting to relive good memories, and this last photo purge was FULL of them!

#1: The Park. What a blessing it was to spend time with my dear friend Brittany and her cuties earlier this summer. She actually has another boy now, too – I think an east Texas road trip is in order to go meet him!

#2: The Coffee Shop. A new coffee shop opened in Durant this year, and even though I’ve only been a few times, since I’m not a coffee drinker, every visit has been spent with good friends. I love the atmosphere of the place, and I’ll definitely use it for a shower or two in the future.

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#3. The Woods. Boy, have the Love County woods been good to us. I absolutely love going to see Daniel’s family and adventuring on their land! It’s my favorite place to take Fitz because he can run around like a maniac, we take four-wheeler rides on the trails, and we get to revisit the spot where we married 6 years ago.

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And also I get to snuggle my nephews (one of which has too much energy to actually snuggle or take pictures with me), which is always a good time. :) Also, this picture is already so out of date – Luke is HUGE now!

#4. The Desert. I had the privilege of traveling for work earlier this year – Merrill Lynch hosted us at their annual client conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. And HOLY. MOLY. I felt like a queen! The resort was beautiful, my suite was huge, and there was so much attention to detail: chocolates on the pillows, mini jars of honey for your tea, and my toiletries were even organized for me by the housekeeping staff.

One of the best parts of the trip? The “field trips” they took us on: dinner, dancing, and hot air balloon rides in the desert, and an evening at the Musical Instrument Museum.

We were so spoiled for days with delicious food, musical performances, and guest speakers, including Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank!

One of the best things that happened all summer was Mother’s Day weekend with my bestest best and her little family. After YEARS of hard work, Jennifer graduated from med school and is officially a doctor!! I am so crazy proud of her.

Few things are sweeter than getting to hold your person’s little person. ♥

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Finally, here’s a sneak peek at the EPIC 30th birthday party I threw for Daniel! A separate post is coming soon, don’t you worry. ;)

Thanks for reading!

A Baby Shower for Dara + Baby Berry

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Last Sunday, I had the great privilege of throwing a baby shower for my sweet friend Dara, and it was the cutest thing, if I do say so myself! Dara and her husband Les are in my community group from church, and we were just over the moon for them when they told us she was pregnant. I knew instantly that I had to throw her a party – that was the easy part. The hard part came when it was time to pick a theme, because the Wesberrys decided to wait until the birth to find out if “Baby Berry” is a he or a she!

Soon after they told us the news, our group quickly started referring to the baby as “Baby Berry,” so I decided to carry the berry motif into the baby shower too. At first, I worried that it might be too girly, if Baby Berry is a boy, but then I thought…who cares?? The shower is kiiiiiind of for the baby, but mostly for Mama, and I definitely want a shower that the mom likes. Dara is super girly and always looks so cute, so I knew this theme would be right up her alley.

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The menu included mini berry cheesecakes (thanks Mistie!), mini strawberry shortcakes, and “pop”corn chicken (since, ya know, she’s about to POP). Two of my favorite touches, however, were the strawberry mason jars and the balloon garland. I loved the triple-layer detail of the drinking glasses – doily, strawberry, tied with twine. And that balloon garland….whoo, y’all. Labor of love, right there! I blew all of those balloons up with my own hot air, and tied each one individually to a long piece of twine. It took hours, but it was worth it!! (I have since been told about something magical called balloon decorating strip on Amazon, which I will 100% use next time. lol)

We played a couple of games, including a hilarious round of Baby Pictionary, but my favorite activity was making a birth day banner for Dara. I bought a blank pennant banner and gave each person a piece of it to write out an encouraging note or prayer to Dara. After I strung all the pieces back together, I gave it to her to put in her “go bag” so she can hang it up at the hospital for encouragement while she’s in labor! I absolutely adore this idea, and I hope to replicate it at every baby shower I host from now on.

On the way out, guests grabbed favor baskets – berry baskets filled with a bottled drink, a ring pop, and a note encouraging them to “Pop It When She Pops” and enjoy a toast on whatever day Dara has the baby.

Cute little mama with her mama. :) I swear, I have the prettiest friends, and I know she’ll have the prettiest baby – boy or girl! Can’t wait to cuddle that little one!! ♥

If you need help planning a party, let ya girl know – I’d love to get ice cream or coffee with you sometime and talk about your vision!

Parties I’m Dreaming About Throwing

Hi friends! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I absolutely lovvvvve planning parties. I’m always on the hunt for a new theme, and my favorite ideas always involve unique, memorable details and themes that haven’t been ‘overdone.’ In my spare time over the last few months, I’ve been daydreaming about some of the events coming up this year, so in honor of those sweet dreams – here’s a list of a few parties I can’t wait to host!

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1. Daniel’s 30th birthday party

As much as I would have loved to keep this one a surprise… (1) Daniel is hard to surprise, and (2) He’s not the biggest fan of surprises anyway. So he knows there’s a party, but he doesn’t know the theme. And I intend to keep it that way. ;)

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2. Gender-neutral baby shower

My sweet friend Dara is finally getting the cutest baby bump ever. She’s due in September, but they aren’t finding out if Baby Berry is a he or a she until birth!! I don’t know if I could wait that long myself, but I also don’t know if any surprise could be better than that one. Since we won’t know whether to plan for a boy or girl, I’ve been exploring lots of neutral themes, and I especially want to pick a theme that Mama D genuinely likes. (Sidebar – am I the only one who thinks a lot of baby shower themes are more cheesy than cute??)

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3. A backyard dinner party

I can’t understate how long I’ve been desiring to make this one happen. There’s something so cozy-feeling about combining your best friends, good food, a fire pit, music, a summer night sky, twinkly globe lights, and eating family style in the comfort and familiarity of your own backyard. Ooh, and s’mores!

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4. A “Favorite Things” exchange

I heard about these on Pinterest several years ago, and I thought it sounded like so much fun! You invite a bunch of girlfriends, put out some yummy snacks, and everyone brings and leaves with a bag full of handpicked goodies – candles, bath products, candy bars, kitchen tools, etc. Each person brings five duplicates of her favorite thing for others to try, and she gets to go home with five of her friends’ favorite things!

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5. Literally any party, ever

I honestly don’t even care when or where or why…I just want a reason to make a cake that looks this gorgeous and delicious.

If you had an unlimited amount of money to throw a party…what would you do? Where would it be hosted? What kind of food? What kind of entertainment?