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Styling & Inspiration If you follow my styling, you know that I love creating retro themes for my children’s party celebrations. For our smurf inspired birthday for our daughter, I wanted to add the unique touch of yellow to the classic blue pallet to give the birthday a more feminine approach. And with that; we had a full blown Smurfette occasion. The party was based around a NEW character creative artist Rachel Errede made just for us, “Sadie Smurfette” based loosely on


my daughter. She was given similar features which were reflected in the smurf character. The sweets for our party included a custom cake, daisy cookies, lemon tarts and blue fun icing dip! We also had several savoury snacks that went perfect with the yellow and blue colors. For entertainment, we made custom coloring pages with each child’s name. Favors were “smurf berries” small blue candies in custom wrapped tins, with tiny daisies on top. The perfect small trinket for a child to bring home!

style makers Styling & Design by Katelyn Meekel of Events by Kate Photography by Lisa Novakowski of Aspect Arts Photography Cakes & Cookies by Natalie Fournier of Sweet Spot Cupcakes Sadie Smurfette art by Rachel Errede of Events by Kate




“Have a very Smurfy day!” -Smurf






My children’s parties are my absolute favorite to plan. They are forever my inspiration and I try to make their events not only special but 100% about them. Our son Logan is in speech therapy and acquiring language for him has been a challenge. He has come leaps and bounds since his party! We are so proud of him. Even before he started making progress he knew a few words very well. One of those words was “pizza”. He loves pizza with every fiber in his being. It only made sense for his big day to have a pizza theme. He fell in love with all of the decor and was giddy to have his favorite food everywhere in sight. We carried the pizza theme throughout the decor right down to the desserts. The inspiration for the color palette was the Italian flag. We even had a little gondola in the swimming pool. Logan’s pizzaera was a success by any pizza lovers standards :)








Style Makers Pizza Party Vendors Concept : Logan Borquez Styling : Capes & Crowns Photography : Danielle McCann Photography Italy Cookies: Susie Homemaker Me Logan’s Pizza Shirt : Auntie Donnas Printables : Lauren Haddox Designs Banner, Napkins, Hats : Shindigz Logan’s Pizza pinwheel table banner : Peckled Table Cloth : Candy Crush Events Cake & Cupcakes : Gourmet Gal Cakes Cake Topper: Mama Fresh Custom Paper backdrop Fans : Amador de Parties Mustache Poms and Centerpieces : The Shower Planner Brownies : Q’s Cakes, Cupcakes, and Sweets Build Your Own Pizza Sign KDragonfly Designs Cookies Matching Printables : Susie Home Maker Custom handpainted cookies: @sweetie doodle Fabric Banner on Fire place : @crate & party Custom Drawing used for Printables Crystal Peace Studio Cakepops : Miss Ali’s Cake Pops Cupcake Toppers Fancy Cakes Cake Ups : Tunky Monkey’s Sweets Covered oreos : Kima’s Konfections Mini Tri Color Cookie Bites: Ciao Down Birthday Shirt & Hat : Auntie Donna’s I love you more than Pizza Banner: Moochie creative Benvenuti Banner : Burlap Pizza Banner: Myour Stories Designs










Style Makers Concept and Design, Chandelier: Patty Smith, Sweet Treat Stands - Party Stylist,, Instagram: @sweettreatstands Photography: Alisha Shaw Photography,, Instagram: @alishashawphotography Furniture, Large Wooden Candelabra with Boxwood Topiary Ball, Glass Dome with Pedestal and Bird Nests: Jodi Fuller, Grey Beginnings,,,, Instagram: @greybeginnings Graphic Designs: The Blue Egg Events and Design,, Spring Themed French Macarons with Hand Painted Edible Art and 3D Designs: Call Me Combat Cookie,, Instagram: @callmecombatcookie, Facebook: Just Call Me Combat Cookie Fondant Cupcake Toppers, Fondant Cake Pops (chocolate with fondant design) and Fondant Mini Cake: Sweet Dreams by Melissa, Facebook: Sweet Dreams by Melissa, Instagram: @sweetdreams_bymelissa, Hairstylist: Erin Seaich, Instagram: @ErinSeaich, Email: Girls Dresses: Biscotti & Kate Mack,,, Instagram: @biscottiandkatemack Custom Flower Crown: Simona Dan, Gentle Touch,, Uniquely Designed and Individually Handcrafted Maypole Ribbon Wands:,,, Instagram: @muddycait,!/Muddycait Paper Flower Kissing Balls and Mini Paper Flowers for Wooden Cutlery decor: Princess Approved, Instagram: @princessapproved, Champagne Crinkle Taffeta Table Runner:,,,, Wooden Cutlery: DK Delektables,, Instagram: @dkdelektables












What Lauren Had To Say : I’ve been doing Party Styling for a little over 2 yrs now. I love every single setup that I execute but I dont think I have to tell you how much I adore creating comic themes. The closest to my heart was obviously Kal-El’s Superman party but I knew I wanted to work on other characters that inspire me as well. Selina Kyle aka Catwoman was a great place to start for me. There is so much I love about her character. She has so much depth as a comic icon


and there have been so many different takes and representations of her. I chose to focus on a more modern representation of Selina. Other than lots of diamonds and bling elements for our little jewel thief I chose to keep the table a little on the simple side. I really wanted the location to stand out. When you live in a small city in North Alabama “Gotham” like locations are not readily available! Luckily, Danielle and I found a great wall in down town Sheffield that had great texture

and really gave off the vibe we were looking for! Since I love the rouge gallery ALOT..ok ok admittedly more than Batman himself (sorry, not sorry) I will be doing a 3 part girls of Gotham mini series. Up next is personal favorite..but for now enjoy one of my all time favorite felines :)”






How about a Flamingos and Pineapples Party to welcome fun summer days! A Party for Spohia My Daughter Sophia was ecstatic when it occurred to me that we could do a Flamingos and Pineapples party for her 5th birthday! She is actually obsessed with Flamingos because of their beautiful pink color and she loves to eat pineapples during hot summer days. To add to the excitement we celebrated Sophia’s birthday jointly with her bestie Charlotte. My backyard was the perfect setting for this Tropical Chic party. As the birthday theme indicates the party decor consisted of lots of Flamingo and Pineapple decor. The delicious Strawberry and Chocolate cake was the focal point of the “Flamingo Cafe” dessert table. It was adorned with fresh flowers and an adorable Flamingo Pick. The girls’ table had a very festive decor. I created the prettiest Floating flower arrangements with Flamingo


Picks as centerpieces. The girls loved the flower shaped floating candles. Another hit among our little guests were the Pineapple Cups with Flamingo Straws! We had a blast using all the adorable party supplies from our Flamingo Party Theme available at the Via Blossom Shop. The array of sweet treats were definitely a show stopper! The incredibly talented, Roni of Roni’s Sugar Creations created the most beautiful Gourmet Apples for the Party! They were a true masterpiece, almost too pretty to eat. Sabrina of Simply Brigadeiro made the most decadent mini desserts for the party. They’re called Brigadeiros. They are “truffle like” bite size desserts in a variety of flavors. They looked adorable in our Petite Blossom Cups! We also served Flower Cake Pops and chocolate Pineapple Pops. I DIYed the Dessert Table awning by hand-painting it to replicate the bright and festive floral tableware and banner. The Girls dressed up with pink boas, head boppers, Daisy hair

clips and heart shaped sunglasses. They enjoyed a magic show, followed by a silly fashion parade and a dance party!

Style Makers Party Styling: Cristina of Via Blossom [] Flamingo Picks, Pineapple Cups, Flamingo Straws, Floral Tableware, Pineapple Honeycomb, Petite Blossom Cups, Parasols, Tutus, Cupcake Wrappers, Giant Balloons, Treat Holders and Wooden Utensils: Via Blossom [] Gourmet Apples: Roni of Roni’s Sugar Creations [] Brigadeiros Mini Desserts: Sabrina of Simply Brigadeiro [] Photography: Spencer of Lovely Littles Photography []










By: rachel j. special events






Welcome to the world of a little mermaid named Alaia and her under water birthday adventure. With vibrant hues of turquoise and gold, soft shades of pink and lavender, strands of pearls and hidden treasures, we are ready to go under water diving! We styled this 4th birthday party for Alaia with a lot of glam and pizazz. The dessert table was designed to give the illusion of a Mermaid’s under water adventure. Surrounded with treasures of all sorts; pearls, gold, sea horses, starfish, shells, clams, octopus, sharks and of course, edible goodies, it


brought shine and excitement to Little Mermaid Alaia’s eyes. Custom made desserts are always a must so we went all out with Octopus cake pops, Mermaid scaled cake pops, Sugar cookie clams, Mermaid tail rice krispie treats, Gold cake pops with chocolate mermaid tails, Two tiered Oreo cookies with gold chocolate sand castles, Giant chocolate marshmallows with sea shells on a bed of “sand”, and much, much more. We even created a custom made name plaque giving it a scaled, glittered, blue ombre finish and pink, iridescent scales on top. The base of the name plaque consisted of a collection of pearls,

gold coins, starfish, and treasure chests. The centerpieces represented beautiful underwater clams with pearls and sunken treasure chests.

Style makers Event styling, set-up, custom decor, graphic design: Rachel J Special Events Cake: Jazzy cakes Los Angeles Cake pops, rice krispies, Madeleine’s: Arpine Armandaryan Individual cups of desserts: Angies sweets treats Sugar cookies: O’so delish Cookies Centerpiece PomPoms: Martha Stewart



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New on the market and amazing for Birthday Gift July’s Fun things to try.

Posh styles, ranging from $99 $129.

Beltaway PopSockets

What’s the fashion accessory we all carry with us at all times? Our phone! Adorn yours with PopSockets in a patriotic design to show your love for the red, white and blue this 4th of July! Whether you need a grip to hold onto your phone with ease, a stand to prop your tablet up on the tray table when flying, or a simple solution to tangled headset cords - PopSockets does it all & more! PopSockets expand to two levels, tilt in all directions, and collapse tight against the back of your device to easily fit in your pocket. You can use them for texting and photo grips, headset management, multi-directional stands, and hip clips. They also work great on the backs of most tablets. We love that they pop up with ease and fold right back down again after use! They can be customized in a variety of designs to suit your individual style too. www.

Pocket Poppet

This stylish open front cardigan dresses up or down without a hitch and looks great with just about any outfit you are wearing on the 4th of July. Available in red, white, and blue, as well as many other colors and designs, this gorgeous cardigan folds into its own attached convenient and protective pouch. You can throw this in a beach bag or purse knowing that you’ll look fabulous with this stylish, clean and wrinkle-free extra layer when the weather cools or an indoor space is ultra air-conditioned. Available in the Classic, Lotus and brand new

Wear red, white and blue around your waist in celebration of the 4th of July. Beltaway is an easily adjustable elastic belt that lies flat under your clothes and comfortably contours to the body… it is virtually undetectable under clothing. Beltaway was designed to make sure that what your wear stays where you want it. It’s flexible, elastic design contours to your body, adjusts while wearing, so it’s always a perfect fit even if your weight fluctuates and it’s perfect for all lifestyles, fashion or active. Available in white and blue (in addition to four other colors), two widths (1.5” and 1”) and two sizes, 0-14 and 16-4x. Perfect for men and women. and; $19.95.

in red, white and blue, as well as other bright colors, Mottos flip flops allow your child to personalize their flip flops creatively with snap-out Mottos charms. Kids can snap the Mottos charms in and out to express their mood and feelings. Mottos flip flops have a unique arch support not often found in children’s flip flops. Each order comes with two charms and more charms can be purchased separately. Each set comes with an amazing collector’s box with a retro lunchbox style. The inside cover of the box is a snap board designed to collect and store all the Mottos charms. Plus, all Mottos come with a special drawstring backpack/ carrying case. Available at: http:// for $19.97.


Show your pride for the red, white and blue with American made socks! Mitscoots has created a bright, bold pair of casual socks in red and navy blue stripes just in time for the 4th of July. Mitscoots socks are crafted with signature arch support, seamless toe construction, color and style. Want to know why Mitscoots is all kinds of awesome? This company employs the homeless to package the socks at their headquarters in Texas and for every pair purchased they give away a brand new pair to someone in need right here in the United States. Prices start at $12 at www.


The 4th of July is here and it’s time to show those toes! Available PARTY STYLE Magazine






Style makers Event Planner: Mirror Mirror Events & Design Cake: Rafi’s Pastry Pastries: Rafi’s Pastry & Little Sweet P Flower Wall: Something Borrowed Rentals: Milla Party Rentals Photographer: Style Imaging









Join us in a galaxy far, far away for this chic and elegant party adventure into everyone’s favorite sci-fi film, Star Wars! This futuristic celebration from Storybook Bliss will propel you on a space inspired journey, and will have you ready to cheer on the Rebel Alliance! The petite sci-fi fans arrived to find the glammed up Star Wars inspired place settings and decor, perfect for any Star Wars fan, old or young! Each place setting was labeled with a chic geometric printed place card, along with a light saber and goblet, not to mention some fabulous decor, chocolate covered Oreos and cookies! Each place setting also included a beautiful


printed menu for guests to peruse. The stunning dining table was further accentuated by the extensive dessert buffet, which was centered around a glittered silhouette walker, flanked by storm troopers, an Ewok and Darth Vader. And of course, what would a Star Wars party be without the signature film logo, which was glamorized with some gorgeous gold glitter. The sweets table displayed a wide array of themed treats including amazing pearlized Death Star cake pops, gold glittered cake pops, and an amazing variety of ornate cupcakes and character themed cookies rested atop a bed of shimmering white Sixlets. The table was delicately draped in a

beautifully pintucked black sateen table cloth topped with an elegant gold runner. The teeny guests wore gorgeous Leia inspired robes along with glammed up head pieces resembling the princess’ iconic buns. The tiny diners also enjoyed the company of Darth Vader himself. This this glammed up and gorgeous representation of one of science fictions most notable films is sure to make you want to use the force and celebrate!

Style Makers

Party Summary: Sweetly Chic Events & Design

Event styling, design concept, cake pops, chocolate covered cookies: Storybook Bliss

Star Wars costume: Michelle Rodriquez Designs Instagram: 3fairygodmothers

Photography: Natalie Orona Photography Cupcakes: Cleverly Sweet Sugar cookies: Sugared Hearts Bakery Banner, tent, & menu cards: Charming Touch Parties Instagram@charmingtouchparties











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Mila’s Spring Fling Mila’s Spring Fling 1st Birthday party was just blooming with fun, from handmade crepe paper flowers adorning the dessert table backdrop and photo booth arch, to the 3 tiered fondant cake sprinkled with fresh peonies. Mila’s mama Jen has been a good friend of ours since our college sorority days, so we were just thrilled when she asked us to craft detailed décor for the spring fling! While we were busy creating burlap banners, colorful bunting, fabric garland, paper flowers and more Jennifer was coordinating every last detail, and boy she 70

did incredible! Mila has a large family so the arch ( ps created by her dad!) draped with ribbon and covered in paper flowers was the perfect setting for photo-ops! The children enjoyed making crafts, a buffet filled with food, and a magic / puppet show put on by fairies! This dessert table was one to write home about, complete with bundt cakes, a custom fondant cake, powdered donuts, Peruvian cookies: alfajores, and more! Mila posed here for photos in her fresh flower crown ( mom had a matching one!) and a spring dress while a delicate banner with photos document-

ing each month of her life, and colorful rosettes were draped behind her. Later she changed into her party dress with gold lace crown! Mila’s party was simply magical from beginning to end!

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Hand crafted decor by Shiki Party Planning by Jennifer Shalabi Photos by Sahar Muhamad Mila’s Spring Fling: Blooms, Bunting, and Babies. When our long time friend and sorority sister Jennifer came to us with some ideas for her daughter Mila’s first birthday party I was absolutely thrilled. Jen has an eye for style and truly knows how to throw one heck of a party! Collaborating with women like her make creating décor oh-so-fun because I was confident she would create a setting that was beyond beautiful. The party’s theme was: Mila’s Spring Fling, Our inspiration was drawn from shabby-chic details, feminine vintage touches, and spring elements like floral and pops of color. For a more in-depth write up

about the part visit Hostess With the Mostess where we were featured on their blog! Here are the Items Shiki created custom for Mila’s Party: -25 Handmade crepe paper flowers -Flag Bunting in Pinky Corals & Mint Greens and Blues -12 Month photo Banner -Giant block letter “M” with fabric bow -Floral Number “1” -Hand Cut fabric garland -Gold Lace party crown -Burlap Flag “ Mila” Banner -Assorted Rosettes

ops and were also seen on the dessert table backdrop. Check back for tutorials on creating paper flowers for your next event! #Makeitshiki Vendor Credits: Hand crafted decor by Shiki Party Planning by Jennifer Shalabi Photos by Sahar Muhamad

While I personally enjoy crafting all elements of a birthday party my favorite was the giant paper blooms used to adorn the ribbon arch that Mila’s father made, perfect for photo PARTY STYLE Magazine








Who doesn’t love the 80’s? Okay, so not everyone does. But what about bringing back the 80’s for a day? Cassette tapes, neon, rubix cubes and pac man... just small parts of this “totally rad” 80’s party! When I was planning this party I knew that I wanted to do more unique colors instead of the traditional rainbow neon’s seen in so many 80’s parties. So I settled on a more modern take of the 80’s; pink, teal, black and green! After I designed the printables, I contacted Autumn from EZ Favors Lollipop shop and asked her to create for me a sweet set


to go with my theme. I showed Autumn my colors and printables and she created the cakepops, rice krispie treats, chocolate dipped graham crackers and chocolate cassette tapes to match. Everything looked and tasted amazing! The cake pops and rice krispie treats were the first thing gone. Everyone commented on how yummy they were. Katherine from Creating Awesomenessity created the most awesome (no pun intended) cookies for me. They were beautiful and delicious! Marie from Sweets Indeed made me the most deliciously sweet and SOUR

candy kabobs. I have never had candy that is so sour. The candy kabobs were so AMAZINGLY TASTY! I can safely say that I am now addicted to candy kabobs. Thanks to all these talented contributors I was able to pull off this fabulous 80’s inspired party!

Style Makers Sweets - Autumn of EZ Favors Lollipop Shop Cookies - Katherine of Creating Awesomenessity Candy Kabob’s - Marie of Sweets Indeed Styling and Printbles - Alexandria of FMDFunkyMonkeyDesigns Photography - The Inner Light Photography Style & Design






Party Planner, Invitations, Favor Boxes, Centerpieces, Chocolate Caramel Apples, Champagne Table, Appetizer Table 80

Created by us MKR Creations- Maria T., Kristina & Roxana

Sweets By Roni of Ronis Sugar creations PARTY STYLE Magazine



Jack’s top 3 tips for the best backyard BBQ 1. Keep it simple. In the age of Pinterest, it’s easy to overcomplicate your menu, especially when it comes to holidays. If you want to jazz up the menu, try putting a spin on one of your favorite comfort foods, like adding mac and cheese to a pulled pork sandwich, or turning a dish into a food bar. This will allow you to make a simple recipe that your guests can add their favorite topping to. Think

a hot dog station or an ice cream sundae bar with red and blue berries. Bonus: kids will love being able to customize their food! 2. Prep the night before. If you’re a party planning guru, you probably already know how helpful it is to prep for the meal the night before. All of the chopping, dicing and marinating can be done the day before. You can even arrange the ingredients on platters or divide components in plastic baggies so when it’s time to fire up the grill you can grab-and-go. This will cut down on stress the day of the party so you can

enjoy the festivities. 3. Keep the kids entertained. If there will be kids at your Fourth of July party, try setting up a few simple backyard games that will keep the kids busy. Try hanging a piñata full of red, white and blue candy, making your own ring toss with empty glass bottles and a small box or fill empty soda bottle with rocks or sand to make bowling pins. You could even gather a few items from around the house (like a ladder, hula hoops, and jump ropes) and have the kids set up their own obstacle course.



a chilled pasta salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and black olives.

Jack’s top 3 tips for entertaining on a budget 1. Choose your meats wisely. If you’re feeding a large crowd, working with a budget and trying to avoid hot dogs and hamburgers, chicken breasts, thighs and drumsticks are all great options. Chicken is not only a safe bet since most people eat chicken (even the kids!), it is also easy to prepare and easy on the wallet. Flank steak is another great option. Flank steak is more flavorful and tenderer than filet mignon or strip steaks, and can be easily marinated and quickly grilled – just make sure not to overcook! Remove from grill at 135 degrees internal temperature and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. When carving for your guest cut the steaks across the grain. If you look closely at the steaks when it comes off the grill, you’ll see little lines running across the length of the steak. That’s the grain I’m talking about. Hold your knife crosswise to the grain and cut thin slices for meat to maximize a tender bite. 2. Make low-cost side dishes. Just because it doesn’t cost a lot of money doesn’t mean your food can’t be delicious and made with fresh ingredients. When you’re shopping for the party, avoid buying pre-made foods if possible and opt for fresh fruits and veggies. Potatoes and grilled corn are always crowd pleasers and don’t require a lot of preparation. You can also make your own coleslaw with cabbage and carrots or


3. Serve pre-mixed drinks. If you’ll be serving alcohol at your party, one easy way to stay within your budget is to serve a pre-mixed drink alongside chilled beer. Mix up your favorite drink in a large pitcher or cooler and serve in your favorite glasses. If you have an alcoholic drink available, you won’t feel obligated to buy several different bottles of booze for people to mix their own drinks. You can also let your guests know what you will be serving ahead of time and ask them to bring their own booze if they want to drink something else.

About Jack Vogt’s Jack Vogt, Foodie, BBQ Enthusiast, and BBQ Pitmaster, interest in grilling goes back to his boyhood memories of grilling with his father, Jack, Sr. Jack’s dad, a packing house laborer by day and pizza delivery man by night, knew meat well and was passionate about grilling and barbeque. This passion transferred to his son, Jack, who joined his father at the grill from an early age. Young Jack’s passion for meat and grilling continued to grow as he cooked for family, friends, competitive BBQ events and now as he offers several award-winning sauces, rubs, and infusions to retailers and consumers. Achievements: Awards cooking BBQ competitively on the BBQ circuit in KCBS sanctioned contest like American Royal BBQ contest. Jack has competed on a national level

with competitors all over the world at the Fiery Foods Show winning prestigious top honor Scovie Awards spanning over multiple categories consecutively 2010, 2011, and 2012. Jack currently lives in Crown Point, IN. Holds the position as Tony Roma’s Pitmaster and the lead Product Developer for Rupari Food Service in South Holland, IL.




June/July issue Party Style Magazine  

Gemma Touchstone - Founder/Editor-In-Chief Digital Publications Manager - Anthony Mesaros Elva McLaughlin - Executive Editor Jeanette Dianda...

June/July issue Party Style Magazine  

Gemma Touchstone - Founder/Editor-In-Chief Digital Publications Manager - Anthony Mesaros Elva McLaughlin - Executive Editor Jeanette Dianda...