Halloween: Alice In Wonderland Style, Part 2

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Over a year ago, I got the chance to design birthday invitations and accessories for an adorable set of twins.  During that event, a guest at that party (Melanie) noticed my work and asked or my info so she could get in contact with me about her daughter's 8th birthday.  Soon after, we met and realized she actually lived on my same street!  As we spoke, she told me that her daughter, Maggi, was born on October 27th and  they had always had a Halloween inspired party for her but this year she wanted to put a twist on it.  I had just seen an Alice in Wonderland inspired paper line that had just hit the stores and when I showed the paper to Melanie she fell in love with the idea of using the paper as our inspiration and turning Maggi's party into a Alice in Wonderland tea party with a Halloween twist!

We designed two panel invitations that were held together with ribbon.  The fronts of the panels featured Alice in Wonderland and Halloween elements while the backs featured the invitation wording and information.  These were enclosed in small black boxes filled with purple paper shred, tied off with ribbon, and were hand delivered to her guests.  A large 3 panel bunting was made for Maggi as well as a three panel bunting that was added to the candy bar/food table.  A collage was made and was displayed on an easel next to the food table as well.

After we designed the invitations, Melanie asked if we would be up for designing and setting up the whole party along with coordinating all of the elements! We had been wanting to do something like this for such a long time and we were so excited to get started!  The guests were going to include 5 of Maggi's friends and cousins and they were going to need their own table for the tea party which was going to be held at the park right next to her house.  The adults were going to hang out inside and all of the guests were going to want some treats!  

I just did a project for Anamie Mahanke, owner of Anamie's Sweets.  As a swap, I designed for her friend's shower and she designed the most amazing cake and cake pops for this event.  After the cake and cake pops were taken care of, we did a Halloween themed - kid friendly menu that consisted of Monster Mash Meatballs with Drippings, Wicked Witch Fingers, Pumpkin Patch Roll-Ups, Frank 'N Mummy Wraps, and Ghost Dip with Raw Dunkers  For beverages, we served a Black "Burried" (black berry) Sweet Tea and Blood Orange Punch.

For decor, the table featured floor length black linens with a black glitter overlay that was cinched at each corner and tied off with ribbon.  We added white dishes, vases, pumpkin, and a tea pot along with two glitter candelabras, glitter pumpkins, favor boxes that featured each girl's first initial in black glitter on an Alice in Wonderland tag and other accessories. A paper chandelier and two pumpkin paper lanterns that lit up were hung from the tree directly above the tables.

We decided to do a small candy bar for the girls and adults that was placed on a table along with the food and cake!  The candy bar included Creepy Crawlers (gummy worms), Goblin Grape Vines (grape licorice), Tarantula Eggs (mixed Halloween colored jelly beans), Dracula's Dark Truffles (dark chocolate truffles), and Bat Bites (white chocolate special edition orange M&M's).  Anamie created a two tiered cake that featured chocolate cake with Orea filling and vanilla cake with buttercream and raspberry filling and believe me..this cake was as delicious as it looked!  Each guest got a cake pop to take home and those were orange or red velvet cake!

We had such an amazing time designing this event and can't wait to have the chance to do others in the future!  Here are some of our favorite pictures from the event before the girls got there!

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Halloween: Alice In Wonderland Style, Part 1

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween is almost here!  We love this time of the year at MDS!  So many fun projects to work on that set the tone for the rest of the holidays!  The next three posts will be dedicated to what we've been working on for Halloween this year!

We got another chance to design for one of our very favorite clients, Brittany.  We designed for her wedding that took place in May 2010 and had the chance to design baby shower invitations and announcements that will hit the blog soon!  When she came over to pick up the announcements, I showed her a sneak peak of something we were working on for a Halloween "Alice in Wonderland" style party.  She loved the things I showed her so much, she asked if we could make a hanging decor item with the same theme for her home.  

We quickly went to work ordering in the same paper and came up with the 2.5 foot wide hanging banner that featured different panels that included lots of embellishments and the names of each family member, Brittany, Cole, and baby Brayden!  Here are the pictures of the final product!

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A Lobster Bake Party!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

At the beginning of the summer I was contacted by Denise of Fairy Godmothers who was helping to coordinate a lobster bake party for a client. I was so excited to get a chance to work with Denise and design some lobster themed placecards for the party! We did red tent cards with a matte white placecard that featured a lobster graphic and the name of each guest in a bold red font. Here are pictures of the placecards plus two pictures Denise sent over of them set up at the party! How cute do they look paired with the lobster cookies from Anamie's Sweets!? :) Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
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"Will You Be My..." cards for the guys!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


The "Will You Be My..." cards have been so popular this wedding season! They are a great way to ask your friends and family to be a part of your special day and to give them alot of the information they'll need. One of our couples recently came to us and wanted to order cards for her girls but also do cards for the guys! What a great idea! Lakers ended up being the theme for these cards. We created a folded card out of actual basketball textured paper! I designed a Laker inspired logo using the name for each guy and we customized the wording to include some basketball references. :) Here are pictures of the final project including the one we did for the ring bearer!

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Here is a teaser of the cards we did for the girls! I'll blog these soon!
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