Avery’s ONEderful Garden Party


Your daughter only turns one once, right? That’s what I kept telling myself during the planning of this event. My mom was known for throwing extravagant birthday parties for me (and was also the creative party planner behind hundreds of baby showers, birthday parties, and weddings.) I had to make her proud!

Picking a theme seemed to be rather challenging for me. She has a summer birthday – that could mean so many fun themes! I thought a flamingo themed party would be ideal, but then my husband made a good point: “what if she wants that theme when she is older and can invite her friends to the pool?” That question applied to the next theme I thought of – a mermaid theme, which would be perfect when she gets older. So then I thought to myself, “why does she need theme?” She’s one, and one is fabulous in itself! It could be a garden party with gorgeous flowers and gold everything.





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The backdrop I envisioned had to have lots of boxwood greenery and draping flowers. The sign was custom made by Happily ever Etched, who were an absolute joy to work with. They provided so many different options and helped me select the right one for this backdrop. All of the party details are listed below. I keep telling myself I won’t go this big for a birthday party again – but if my daughter is anything like me, she will have a vision of her own. As her mother, I MUST meet her every demand, right?!








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I could not have done it without my team of helpers. Shout out to my mama, my awesome hubby, Grandma Ann, cousin Lani, auntie Annette and cousin Bridgette for lending their time to make this event absolutely ONEderful!



Photography: Thomas and Laci Photography
: Great Dane Bakery
Custom Wood “Avery” sign: Happily Ever Etched
Custom Wood Signs: Taste of Art
Cookies: Shannon’s Sweet Tooth
Custom floral number 1, Time Capsule Sheets, Cake toppers: Crowned Creations
High Chair: 4moms
Avery’s bow: Lennon & Co

Halloween Party Fun!


October is a very busy month in the King home. We host “King’s Haunted House” on Halloween night, and last year we hosted our second Halloween party. Our first theme was 70’s Disco, but last year we decided to nix the theme and keep it simple and scary. I was beyond excited to see everyone’s costumes!

Throwing a party tends to be way more work than expected. I learned a few key concepts about party-throwing, though: make food that can be prepared ahead of time, designate one responsible friend to monitor the music, and feed your husband a hearty meal before the party. If you know me at all, you can probably guess that my favorite thing about these parties is creating and displaying all the Halloween décor. To set the mood, we sent personalized toe tags for invites. They were perfectly created by my brilliant husband using Adobe Photoshop. We also made Halloween costume trophies for the winners of the contest using only dollar store skeletons, spray paint, felt balls and a glue gun.

They cost less than $10 to make.. Aaaaand they are the cutest trophies ever.




It’s going to be hard to top these invites next year! We added blood to the toe tag for a spooky effect. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think! Happy October, Friends!



May things

Every weekend in May was packed with exciting events. From baby showers to my mom’s birthday to weddings — and the list keeps going. It’s been, like, totally insane.

I mentioned in my last post that we were in the middle of a kitchen remodel in the beginning of May. And because of that, I think we ate out at least 20 times. Now, some of you may be thinking, “Awesome! What’s wrong with that?” I know it sounds glamorous, but trust me, I was so over eating out, and I could not wait to use my new kitchen. Oh and that whole eating healthy thing? I had every intention of eating healthy… but that becomes impossible when a luscious butter cake is staring at you from the menu.

I spent a full day with my cousin Lani baking yummy treats for a fabulous dessert bar celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary. I wanted to share the dessert bar and the adorable treats we created.

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I’m embarrassed to say, we totally cheated on the cheesecake (it was not made from scratch). Thank you Jello for creating this easy and amazing delicacy that comes right out of a box. No one caught on— they were raving about it. And I felt no need to tell everyone my little secret, thank you very much.

That night, we gazed at our masterpieces and rewarded ourselves with a large glass of wine. Because wine and baking go hand in hand, right?


I also had the excellent opportunity to travel to Chicago and visit some amazing places. Wrigley field was one of my favorites. That place is incredible! The second you walk in, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. And don’t get me started on the Chicago Bulls Game 4 game. Playoff games are insane anyways, then add to that the fact that Chicago fans don’t mess around. Unfortunately Lebron had a game winning shot that left the United Center in dead silence, but even that shocking loss couldn’t dampen the crowd’s spirits for long. It was still an unforgettable experience with an amazing crowd.

I visited the LB Antique Market for the first time. Wow! I found some unbelievable deals. The antique market is about 3 minutes and 50 seconds away from my house and been going on for who knows how many years, and I’ve never been— shame on me.

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Summer is here and June’s agenda consists of my first camping trip and laying out by the pool as much as possible.

Happy June, friends!

Rustic Baby Shower

2014 is the year of the babies, apparently.

I threw my cousin Coreen’s baby shower at my house last month, and she is due with baby Eric any day now! Hurry up, little one!

The mama-to-be requested a few things: midnight blue, burlap, and the food she was craving – In & Out burgers! What a fabulous combination, right? To incorporate this, we decided to go with a rustic theme and incorporate quaint little baby buggies for an elegant touch. It was the perfect opportunity to pull out my mom’s mason jars and spools of burlap. My wonderful hubby set up all the heavy stuff to help us ladies out, and the tags, decorations, and desserts were perfectly created and displayed by my mom and my cousin Lani. If it weren’t for them, I would have been lying on the floor, completely passed out, before the shower even started!

Once everything was put together, guests enjoyed sipping on peach iced tea and chowing down on those magical In & Out burgers. The party was a major success and the mama-to-be had a fabulous time. We knew right were to find her most of the day – right by the dessert bar!

I hope you enjoy the pictures and details of the shower below. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!





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Happy Holidays

I am so sad that I have neglected my blog. More like abandoned…whoops.

So many amazing things have happened this year! I got engaged, I got a new job, we bought our first home, we added a new addition to the family, and I turned 27. CRAZY.

I am so blessed and I know God has an amazing plan for me and my family. This holiday season has been extra crazy, though. I have planned my wedding since I was a little girl and now that it’s actually here, all I want to do is take a big NAP. Thankfully, I have an amazing fiancé who loves me to death and tells me everything is going to work out juuuust fine.

One of my goals for 2013 is to blog twice a month. Hold me to it! I miss you Blog, I really do.

Happy Holidays!

Love, Yvette


Photo: Angela Mae Photography