Southern Fete :: Welcome to the World Baby Shower

October 15, 2013  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

There’s just something so sweet about baby showers.

We were so excited to work on this one that brought Baby Kai’s nursery theme – old word and hot air balloons – to life for his baby shower. Before we get to the shower pictures – taken by the super talented Hannah Herpin Creative – here’s the inspiration board we started with.


And, here’s where we ended up!

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Instead of the traditional guest book, we had postcards that they were able to use to write a “Welcome to the World” message to baby Kai and his mom and leave in the adorable suitcase (hopefully to be incorporated in the nursery!)

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The invitation by PoppyDesignsShop (also on Etsy) could not have been more perfect! It incorporated both key elements AND had the amazing blue we wanted to pull through the decor. [Client information deleted from invitation.]


This kraft wrapping paper from Etsy was the perfect jumping off point for the decor.

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Warning: Your mouth is about to begin watering!


With a menu of Raspberry and Almond Brie, Zea’s Mediterranean Hummus, Chicken Alfredo, Mini Muffulletas and three cupcake flavors, who would want to leave this table?


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And, have I even mentioned the flowers? To. Die. For. Flowers by Rodney was fabulous to work with, as always.

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We are so excited for baby Kai to soon enter the world and thankful Southern Fete was chosen to plan this event.

I couldn’t sign off without thanking Hannah for taking these awesome photos. Not even knowing the theme, she showed up wearing a shirt with hot air balloons!!!! Coincidence? I think not. She was meant to photograph the setup. 🙂

Bon Voyage!





Savoring September

September 10, 2013  |  Personal  |  No Comments

There isn’t a whole lot about September 2012 I remember. Except that it was one month away from our wedding. For a girl who LOVES football (and that’s an understatement), I didn’t attend one LSU game and the husband constantly reminds me I had nothing to do with football – college or professional – last year.

If I think hard enough, September was about cutting and tying LOTS of ribbon for favors and programs. It was poring over every detail to make sure there was a plan A, B, C and dare I say D. Ensuring there was not one detail I hadn’t thought about.

I wouldn’t trade last September, but this September I realized I needed/wanted to take a step back. You already know that the Fall is my favorite season of the year, so why wouldn’t I enjoy every-single-second?

It’s nearly impossible to be in the wedding industry and not know who Lara Casey is. Following her Instagram and blog posts have lightened social media for me (another post on that coming soon) and her #SavorSeptember motto stuck with me. (Here’s a link to her post about Intentional August and Savor September).

While I’m a little late to the party being that it’s already September 10, I have a lot of ground to make up. But, better late than never right?

A few key points to my #SavorSeptember include:

  • focusing more on the things I already have rather than the things I want
  • enjoying Lafayette rather than dwelling on the things I miss about Baton Rouge
  • enjoying my Baton Rouge friendships while building new ones in Lafayette;
  • enjoying every ounce of fall weather; and
  • making the most of the weekends – event and non-event ones. 🙂

Cheers to Savoring September!LaraCasey_191xoxo

Topping the Charts :: Top 5 Etsy Couple Shower Invitations

September 9, 2013  |  Inspiration  |  No Comments

Let’s face it. Etsy – like Pinterest – can be overwhelming. Search “Couples Shower Invitations,” and you’ll find 3,488 items. While many are baby shower or other non-related invitations, there are still an overwhelming amount of options.

So, this post is dedicated to our favorite five couples invitations from Etsy!


Love the quirkiness of this invitation from YellowBrickGraphics – not to mention the super cute design on the back.


Love JessicaRenaeDesigns use of fonts and the simplicity of this invitation. And, there’s stripes. There must be something about Monday and stripes?

il_570xN.480925051_oh65What’s not to love about this sweet invitation by OliveandStar?


When I saw this invitation by SugarTreePaperie, I fell in love. It’s a themed invitation like the second of our favorites but with such a fun and modern take on it. Love. It.

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Last but certainly not least is this beauty from fancybelle. While the text would need some tweaking, we love it for its classic flair. And fancybelle is from Louisiana!

There are so many more to choose from, but my heart would do its own happy dance if any of these showed up in the mailbox!

Happy Monday!


Forever Fall

September 5, 2013  |  Color Me Inspired  |  No Comments

Pumpkin spice lattes (or for some, the beginning of football season) = the true sign fall has arrived. It may still be 90+ degrees outside, but I’m starting to get a taste of fall. Or, maybe it’s just my imagination …

I’ve resisted putting my Halloween decorations up since mid-August (demonstrating serious self-restraint), but my heart skipped a few beats the other morning when I walked outside to see that my neighbor beat me to putting up her door decor. How dare she? From that minute, it was game on.

So, the fall door decor went up the next day. I’m still working on inspiration for this year’s fall/ table setting but as I was looking for something to get my wheels turning, I couldn’t help but put together a few of my favorites things about fall.

Light the cinnamon candle, take a sip of your pumpkin spice latte, stir your gumbo, and water your crotons.

Enjoy this little Fall inspiration.

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Inspiration :: Southern Style Crawfish Boil Shower

September 3, 2013  |  Inspiration  |  No Comments

We’re just headed into the fall, but is it ever too early to start thinking about crawfish season? Any “true” Southerner would tell you “no y’all!!”

A crawfish boil is the perfect type of shower or party to throw when going for a more laid back atmosphere. Sucking heads and peeling tails isn’t exactly the idea of sophisticated.

As long as the crawfish are good, the beer is cold, and there’s plenty of paper towels and crackers for cleaning your hands, you can’t go wrong with a crawfish boil. But for those looking for a “different” take on the theme, here’s a little inspiration for you.

May I add that adding artichokes to the table scape – although completely useless – definitely elevates the level of sophistication! 🙂

And I would be completely amiss to not disclose that the last photo contains lobster and not crawfish, but it was too pretty to pass up. Make it happen with your crawdaddys, friends!

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1: Life as Paper via Etsy 2: Big Decorations 3: Pretty Girls Cook 4: Pinterest 5: Ritzy Bee Blog

Inspiration :: Olive You Stock the Bar Shower

August 30, 2013  |  Inspiration  |  No Comments

Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday – literally – that I was kicking off the series of themed-wedding parties with a twist.

Oh well, can’t waste time trying to figure out where the time has gone. Especially with a three-day weekend looming.

For couples who like their “spirits,” the stock the bar party is just perfect. Here’s a rustic take on the classic party.

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And I’ll raise a toast to a three-day weekend, college football, the beginning of my journey to find white pumpkins, and Labor Day shopping. OH … and to our “spirited” couples!



1: Pinterest 2: My Expression 3: CEDatHome via Etsy 4: Stone Gable