Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fanciful Events { 2011} A year in Review

I can't get over how fast 2011 went by!! WOW!!! I feel like we just started this year and we are 5 days away from 2012! This was a good year and it brought along so many wonderful surprises and I was able  to work with some amazing people and vendors! So, here are the parties I did for 2011! :)

I decided to do a fun little Sweet Valentine's day party for my daughter and her little friends. It was a fun little theme to do and so tweet!

My next event was my daughter's Christening at the end of February! I wanted to do something that was sweet and had a touch of vintage and of course use a sweet little bunny throughout the theme. So it turned out to be a Sweet Vintage Pink Bunny Christening! It turned out just perfect and was exactly how I had envisioned my daughter's Christening!

I didn't do anything for awhile until August believe or not! We had a very busy summer and it just didn't allow the time or dedication to plan something fun until I decided to do a Back to School Party in August! It was simple and just a fun party to do for my daughter and her little friends!

My next event was my daughter's 1st birthday party that I had started planning and getting things since the summer! I really wanted to make her party be unique and just so sweet and special! I had so much fun planning and doing this Ribbons and Bows 1st Birthday Party! I think it turned out better than I had thought and one of my favorite parties I have done!

My daughter wanted a fun little halloween party so we did just that! A small and fun Little Bewitching Halloween party! It turned out really cute and the best part is that all the girls had a great time!

The following week, I had my daughter's Royal Princess Party to do! I had 3 major parties in the month of October! I was going crazy as you can imagine! This turned out beautiful and my daughter loved being a princess on her special day and it really was a royal affair to remember! 

Our next Party was in December and it was a Sugar Plum themed party! We decided that we would do a Nutcracker themed party every year and change it up and this is the color scheme and direction we went with, a Wintry Sugar Plum/ Nutcracker Party! This is really one of my favorite parties that I have done and I am so happy with the way it turned out and the color scheme we choose! It looked like a wintry wonderland that was purely magical and just stunning!

Finally, I will end this year with a fun design I got to do for a local Tv show here in San Antonio. I got invited to go on San Antonio Living to do a holiday dessert table. You can imagine my excitement and I decided to do a Candy Cane holiday themed table and this is how it turned out! It was such a fun experience and for creating a dessert table in 30 minutes , it didn't turn out that bad! 

We also started a project that is dear and important to me and we will make it even bigger and better for next year. We started Project Jolly,

 which is a Non-Profit Organization that will give kids gifts that are sick with cancer and are unable to be home or spend the holidays with their loved ones. As a event planner sometimes, we don't realize the things that go one and this a way to give back to those poor kids and the parents who have to go through that, and this is our way of telling them that we are thinking of them and want to try to spread some Holiday Cheer even for a little while! We will be working with some amazing vendors and people who will make Project Jolly, a project that will spread holiday cheer! :)

So, this is what kept me busy for the last part of 2011! It was a great year and I already have lots of projects in the works for 2012 and I am really excited about those already! So, here is to a New Year filled with wonderful blessings and may it be the best year yet! 
Thank you to all the amazing vendors and friends who made this year a memorable year and may next year be a year to start, create, and design new things and ideas!

Cheers and Happy New Year and thank you for being a fan of Fanciful Events and for giving us your support! We greatly appreciate it!
Thank you also for those who featured our parties on their blogs, it was not only an honor but a thrill and pure joy! Thanks again to all of you!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Wintry Sugar Plum/ Nutcracker Wonderland Party!

We decided to start a tradition that every year we would do a Sugar Plum/ Nutcracker party and last year we did a baking party so this year I chose to do a Wintry Nutcracker/Sugar Plum themed party! This has been one of my favorite parties I have done yet! This turned out as magical, sweet, and sparkly as I had hoped! :)

I decided to base the theme around Clara's love for the Nutcracker and her dream of traveling in the beautiful wintry wonderland and seeing the Sugar Plum fairy and her candy kingdom of sweets. I decided to go with a winter white theme and make it all sparkly and magical! I tried capturing Clara's love and wonderment for her Nutcracker and the enchantment she felt and experienced in her dream. 

Here are the pictures from the party and below I will give all the details that went into making this a true winter wonderland Nutcracker party! Enjoy! :)

Here are the details to this amazing Nutcracker party we had! 

Wendy from Green Beansie Cards, did all the party printables and she did an amazing job designing them! They were sweet and just perfect! Wendy is so sweet and just great to work with! We have worked now on a few projects and she always amazes me with her talent and creativity! Definitely one of the sweetest people I know! :)

We had so many wintry sweets that included cupcakes, marshmallow pops,
 cake pops, chocolate covered oreos, sugar cookies, wintry scones, peppermint bark candy bites and a sweet little ballerina cake that featured Clara and her love for ballet around it. All the amazing fondant toppers were made by Brittany from Editable Details of course and were just beautiful and stunning! They shimmered and sparkled like a winter wonderland! Brittany always creates the most amazing designs! Every time I get a box from her, it feels like Christmas because you never know what you're going to get! 

For the dessert table I use the Pastry Pedestal and made wintry looking marshmallow pops and thought they looked pretty cute! We had an array of winter treats and got some amazing cookies from The Cookie Jar and wintry cake Pops from Bee's knees Creative! Both desserts were just amazing and so yummy! 

  We had a little table for the girls that was whimsical and showcased the love for all things sweet! They found on their table a gingerbread man cookie that they could decorate and also had little bracelets awaiting them with their name on them and they also got to take home a beautifully wrapped gift that had a sweet pajama set with a ballerina tutu of course! They loved the wintry room with all the sparkly sweets and ballerina and Nutcracker touches. 

 It was truly a sweet wintry wonderland filled with visions of sugar plums dreams and certainly sweet things! We had the ballerina dress especially made for this party so my daughter could feel like a true ballerina, didn't Fairytale Jubilee do an amazing job on this dress? We had gone back and forth on doing a Clara inspired dress or doing a Sugar Plum fairy dress and we decided in the end to make the a ballerina dress but make it more like a little dress more so than a ballerina/tutu dress! I think Alisha did a fantastic job and I cannot wait to work with her again designing little dresses for some upcoming projects!

The headband was designed especially to match our ballerina dress by Perfect Petal Boutique, and Angie did such a beautiful job with this headband! It was the perfect hair accessory! She really makes beautiful hand-crafted headbands! :)

Pom Flair was kind enough to send us their sweet and very cute pom cupcake toppers and they worked perfectly with our theme! We also had white poms in varying sizes hanging from the ceiling as well as sparkly snow flakes to give it the winter wonderland feel. :)

We had Amy from Amy Craft Photography come and take some beautiful shots of this party and she really does an amazing job with the pictures! She captures such great memories and keepsakes for us!

It was a fun and sweet party and seeing the look on my daughter's and all our guest was priceless! This turned out to be a wintry ballerina party that any little girl would dream of!

Thank you to all the wonderful and amazing vendors that helped me make this party possible and for adding your special magic to make it turn out as well as it did! I always enjoy working with each and every one of you! :)

Vendor credits include:

 Styling: Fanciful Events, 
 Stationery: Green Beansie Cards, http://www.greenbeansie.etsy.com
 Sugar Cookies: The Cookie Jar, http://www.batches.etsy.com
 Fondant Toppers and Sparkly Lollipops, Tree pops, SnowFlake Pops, and Nutcracker: Editable Details, www.editabledetails.com
 Cake Pops: Bee's Kees Creative, http://www.beeskneescreative.com
 Marshmallow Pops: Fanciful Events, http://fancifulevents.blogspot.com
Cake and Cupcakes: Local Grocery Store
Photography: Amy Craft Photography, http://amycraftphotography.com
Beautiful Designed Ballerina Dress: Fairytale Jubilee, http://www.fairytalejubilee.etsy.com
Sugar Plum Headband, Perfect Petal Boutique, www.perfectpetalboutique.etsy.com
Wintry White Poms and Pom cupcake toppers, Pom Flair: www.etsy.com/shop/Pomflair
Favor Little Bracelets: Stargazing Lily, http://www.stargazinglily.etsy.com

Wishing you all a warm holiday season!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Royal Princess Party!

We recently did my older daughter Lauren's princess party and it was a Royal Princess affair to remember! We had gone back and forth between a princess and a fairy party and then she finally decided that she wanted a princess party so that's what we did! I didn't want her party to be like every princess party you see, so I had to think of a way to make her party be a royal princess party with a magical feel to it and I think we captured that all right!

I enlisted my sweet friend Kori from Paper & Pigtails to help me design the invitation and printables. She is actually the one that gave me the color scheme to work with and it turned out that Lauren wanted those exact colors as well so we went with light pinks, dark pinks, lavender, silver and touches of purple and turquoise! The colors looked great together! The design for the invitation was the thought of having something princess-y and royal looking. I wanted "boughs" that resembled Cinderella's dress and twinkling little stars and a silhouette of a princess, well it just so happened that I took a few pictures of Lauren dressed up as Snow White and sent them over to Kori and this is how the silhouette for the invitation turned out!

                                               The picture I sent to have made in the silhouette
                                                                   The Invitation
Did she not do an AMAZING job?!??! I absolutely LOVED how this invitation design turned out! Kori captured exactly what I had envisioned and wanted!! Wait to you see the printables that go with this invitation! :)

Okay, how about I let you look at all the pretty pictures and then give you all the details afterwards! :)
                                           This sign was hung on the royal gate entrance! 

I had Kristy from the purple pug make me these AMAZING banners to hang over this mirror frame seen  from {Celebrations at Home} and Chris was so sweet to tell me where I could find this frame} the banners that hung above the mirror frame said " Who's the fairest of all" THEY WERE AWESOME AND so sparkly! Fitting for a princess for sure!
How is this of my little cutie pie?! 
                                                          The Royal Dressing table

This tent/Princess Dressing area came as an inspiration after I saw Bird's Party {Green} party debut and I knew right then when I saw her tent, I needed to have one similar for the princesses and knights to dress up in their royal accessories! It was just perfect!

  This beautiful sign was made by Wendy from Green Beansie Cards and she was just wonderful to work with! She created this backdrop to give the tent more of a royal feel to it! The sign turned out just beautiful!!

 You see that sweet little sketch?? Michele from Intrigue Design Studio made this sketch of Lauren resembling Snow White to decorate our tables with! Scroll down and you will see the 2nd sketch she made!

Amazing fondant toppers by Brittany from Editable Details! They were beautiful and just perfect!

Oops! I didn't see that when I took the picture! You get the idea! :)

The beautiful royal princess cake! 

These silver stars were made by the fabulous Brittany from Editable Details! They were amazing and sparkled! 

Here is the 2nd sketch that Michele from Intrigue Design Studio made of Lauren resembling Rapunzel of course! How cute is this?! 

                 Royal Chocolate covered oreos made by the awesome Kim from Sweetie's by Kim!
 Renee from Bee's Knees Creative made these adorable cake pops! They had the twinkling little stars  like you see in Cinderella! So adorable! { didn't want to take off the wrapper because it was so hot and they would have melted} 

I LOVED how these rock candies looked in this silver jewelry box

  How beautiful are these fondant toppers?! Brittany from Editable Details made these amazing toppers that dressed up our desserts and made them look very royal and princess-like and the best part of all the toppers she made, they sparkled and shimmered! LOVED IT!

 How beautiful and amazing do these cookies look?? The Cookie Jar made these cookies that were just perfect! I have worked with Lisa and Ira now for over a year and they are truly amazing and wonderful to work with! They always amaze when I get my cookies from them! They add so much magic to the dessert table and their cookies are so delicious! When I got my order from Lisa and Ira, they made these beyond gorgeous that I didn't want to put them out! *L* They were way too beautiful to be eaten! They were only to be viewed and not touched! Thank you sweet Lisa and Ira!! :)

This flower/jewel chandelier was my back up plan and made the night before the party! I had ordered something else but it didn't make it in time so I had to come with something else that looked princess-y and I think this turned out super cute and very fitting!


Look at the shimmer and sparkle that The Cookie Jar added to the cookies?!

Playing with this canopy that we set up also
                    Showing her cupcake with her sparkly fondant crown that Editable Details made!

 Unfortunately it was so hot to wear the tiara that Nicole from Tradewind Tiara's, Inc. made for her! Isn't just beautiful! She did an amazing job on this tiara! The sweet top was made from the incredible Melissa from Oh Fiddlesticks! She had Lauren's silhouette printed on the top so she could have a reminder of her royal princess party! It's such an adorable top!
Here is the back of it! LOVE IT!

 So here are the details to this Royal Princess Affair!

We did the party towards the late afternoon hoping it wouldn't be too hot but what do you know! It was a very hot day of course! The food was mostly royal treats and sweets but we also had sandwiches and dips. We had brownie bites, cake pops, cupcakes, chocolate covered oreos, marshmallow pops, cookies, royal candy and cake! Like I said we decided to serve up lots of royal sweet treats to all the princesses and knights that attended our royal party! To dress up some of the sweet desserts I had my sweet friend Brittany from Editable Details whip up some magical fondant toppers and they couldn't have turned out more perfect! She created the most amazing designs for us to use on the brownie bites, cupcakes and on the cake itself! Everything turned out beautiful and very princess looking! What she made was definitely fit for a princes! :)

The cake was inspired by from Frog Prince Paperie, when I saw it I loved it but knew I needed to change it up and make it our own and added some twinkling stars and pixie stars to give it that magical feel!

The Decor for the party was of course very sparkly and very princess-y! I luckily had bought these two princess dresses for my girls and they were just so fitting to be used as part of the decor! I wanted to use silver and sparkle as much as I could to give it that magical feel. I bought silver jewelry boxes to use for the candy and the oreos and also happened to find a silver tier tower at Marshall's! I used alot of shimmery and sparkly tulle bought at Joann's for the tent and also bought a valance panel from Amazon and tulle curtains from Pottery Barn kids for the sides of the tent. The flower chandeliers that I made, all materials were bought at Hobby Lobby { mostly in the wedding aisle} believe it or not. The frames used in the tables came from Home Goods. The Crown mirror in the dressing area, came from Amazon. I also had a canopy that the kids could play in and bought some cute pillows in Marshall's for them to sit on.

When the princesses and knights arrived they had a dressing table awaiting them with lots of accessories to match their princess dressing such as royal rings, bracelets, necklaces, tiaras with fur and sparkle and  sparkly star wands! The knights received their dressing that included a tabard and shield and a cute little activity that consisted of creating their own sword! Those were part of the favors and as each little princess left, they each received a silver and rhinestoned tiara and a beaded bracelet with a delicate crown hanging off it and with rhinestones. All the kids loved their prizes and dress up gear! They had such a great time pretending!

This party turned out to be a magical and such a royal event! Princess Lauren certainly had a party to remember and loved all the details and of course loved being a very special princess for a day! We will never forget this royal affair!

Amy Craft of Amy Craft photography was enlisted again to capture and take the amazing images that you see and to really give us a keepsake of what a great time we had! Thanks so much Amy! The pictures turned out beautiful!

I wanted to thank again all the wonderful vendors who helped me again create and make this party turn out as beautiful!! Each of you made this party sparkle and shine with all or your wonderful creations and I can't thank you enough for all of your tremendous help and designs! Each of your creations brought lots of Magic to this Royal party!

I also wanted to give my sweet friends Kate of Kate Landers LLC, and Kori from Paper & Pigtails a BIG thank you for helping me with some of the amazing ideas and for giving me sound advice with some of the design ideas and party favor ideas! I appreciate all your help more than you can imagine! Thank you again for helping me when I would get party design block! You always come through and give me such sweet and helpful advice! Kori, thank you for all the design ideas and for helping me with ideas when I would get stuck! You are a BIG sweetheart!

Vendor Cedits:
Invitation and Printables: Paper & Pigtails
princess top on Lauren: Oh Fiddle sticks
Table runners: Sweet Tea and Linen
Cake and cupcakes: Cupcake Couture
Cookies: The Cookie Jar
Fondant cupcake and donut toppers: Editable Details
Lauren backdrop sign: Green Beansie Cards
Chocolate covered oreos: Sweetie's by Kim
Princess and Knight dressing signs: Frog Prince Paperie
Sketches of Lauren: Intrigue Design Studio
Marshmallow Pops: Fanciful Events
Styling and flower and crystal chandeliers: Fanciful Events

Thank you again to everyone!
Have a happy Royal planning in your next event!