Sunday, February 27, 2011

And the Award for Birthday Party of the Year Goes To...

 Photo: Matthew Richmond

 Photo: Matthew Richmond

  Photo: Matthew Richmond

 Photo: Matthew Richmond

  Photo: Matthew Richmond

  Photo: Matthew Richmond

  Photo: Matthew Richmond

We have to admit we have some insanely-talented friends. This birthday-party-to-end-all-birthday-parties was planned and "produced" by Lori and Matthew Richmond, a Brooklyn-based mom-and-dad dynamic duo who spend their days as creative types, and moonlight as party planning ingenues for their two sons, Cooper and Holden.

It being Oscar Night, the cuteness and downright genius in the party they pulled off for Holden's first birthday deserves a standing ovation. No doubt, you will agree.

So, how did Lori & Matthew pull this altogether? Here's what she had to dish:  


"Holden has always been a ladies man and super-flirty baby, the kind of kid that literally charms women wherever he goes. His Nonna (my mother) has also called him her 'Hollywood Hunk' from the day he was born! So naturally we thought of Hollywood leading men, and went with the movie star theme. Also, since his birthday is at Oscar time made perfect sense. . .Who else does this kind of thing besides crazy designer parents? Rather than sleeping at night when our kids were sleeping, we do stuff like this!!!"

Cake: Betty Bakery in Brooklyn. She has done cakes for us in the past. We gave her the art we created for the Evite and discussed the design with her prior to them making it.

Decor: We got some stuff from Party City but Matthew and I created the movie posters ourselves. We photoshopped for a few nights, and used an online digital printer to do the actual printing - they were big - 24x36". 

Catering:  My mom provided all the food since the venue was her house :-)

. . .Want an movie-themed party for your next birthday, milestone, bar/bat mitzvah, corporate event?  Email Lori & Matthew at with inquiries!

As for us, we're chilling watching Hollywood's biggest party of the year...oh, and we're wearing a Splendid Cardigan, tank and skinny jeans--thanks for asking, Ryan Seacrest!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chandelier Loves You! Our (Etsy) Valentine's Day Gift Guide

                                                                                Vintage-Inspired Locket: $24 (Buy one get one free)

Hey Lovers!

Since we spend much of our year helping couples find just the right way to express their love, it's only natural that Valentine's Day is one of our favorite days of the year. After all, that's when we get to celebrate with our own honeybuns. And like you, we find ourselves bored with the basics and on a budget. We're totally in love with the idea of unique gifts that don't put the kibosh on your gifting stash for the year. It's only February, after all!  

So, we whipped up a list of our top gifts from where-else,, because, well, we love it--and we love you, too! 

Hand-painted Dictonary Print: ($11.00)

Vintage Love Book Wreathe ($11.50)

Hollowed Out V-Day Book ($30.00)

 Boyfriend in a Bottle ($10.99)

Vixen Earrings ($14.00-SALE)

Vintage Bulova Watch Movement Steampunk Cufflinks ($65)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bloomingdales: SMOCK Trunk Show

Hey ladies!

Listen up! Valentine's Day is your time to shine...companies are courting brides everywhere this time of year. We just talked to our friends at Bloomingdales (the mothership of style in Manhattan, as far as we're concerned) about this cool event featuring two of our favorite wedding invite design collections--SMOCK and their sister company, Bella Figura and goodies by Baked by Melissa (have you had one of their insane cupcake treats?...totally worth falling off the wedding diet wagon).

Here's the scoop:

Judy Paulen Designs, located on the 6th floor of Bloomingdale's 59th st. in NYC will be hosting a special Valentine's trunk show with Smock on Tuesday, February 8th from 4pm-8:30pm. Brides get to meet with Smock design experts (who will be flying in especially for this event!) and create their own custom invitation. Also! Attendees will have the opportunity to receive 25 FREE Invitation Suites with a purchase of 75 or more - a significant savings exclusively available through Judy Paulen Designs at Bloomingdale's!

Along with the opportunity to create your own invitation, the fun filled evening will also feature -

·       First 25 to attend will received fabulous gift bags loaded with swag from Smock and other special goodies
·       Champagne and scrumptious mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa will be served!                
·       FIRST LOOK at the Bella Figura Wedding Collection, Smock's sister company.