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7 years and counting

Sunday is my wedding anniversary! Seven years ago, I was just a girl steps away from the best day of her life.  Today I just want to share with you how grateful and honored I am to be married to the most amazing man ever!

When we got engaged, April of 2003, I knew exactly what I wanted for the big day, and from there I started going through Brides Magazines, getting ideas from sites like The knot and Martha Stewart and I realized that the wedding I wanted was way over our budget. We were both young, I had a full-time job as nanny and we were the ones paying for the whole thing. So off I went, to get the best deals and to make sure our day was just like in my dreams. I had no planning experience, so I hired an event company that was very within our budget that did everything for the reception, but I made sure to choose each and every details and at the end, when the day arrived, I was so happy with it.

Sorry about the pictures, I actually took pictures of our album so I could show you 🙂

This is where all started, my life, my family and my passion for parties. I loved planning for my wedding and now that I know all the amazing vendors and inspiration sites out there I can only wait to renew my vows at our 10th anniversary…

All original pictures taken by MJ Photography

Happy Anniversary my love!!

And a happy Friday  to everyone!!

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Yay! It’s finally here. I’m thrilled to share with you the AMAZING pictures Pam from Pam Rodrigues Photography took of  the Bridal Shower I designed last weekend.

When my dear friend Joyce Walker approached me to plan her future sister-in-law’s bridal shower I couldn’t be more excited and honored. Joyce is one of those few people who you carry in your heart, one of those friendships that will endure everything and last forever.

Even before the date was set I was sure of the theme, you see, the bride to be, Gabriela, is a fashion designer and I knew for a fact that I wanted to incorporate that on the shower. I wanted the shower to have a vintage/romantic feeling and to incorporate texture and fabrics. Once we had the date I designed the invitation set ( see the post here) and came up with the design for the whole party.

I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

It was an honor to work with Neide Lima, the amazing girl behind GIF Floral and Event Design, she created all the flower arrangements and they were stunning!

Once again, Pam from Pam Rodrigues Photography was there to capture every detail and every moment of this special day.

Thank you Joyce and Gabriela for the opportunity. And congrats to Gabi!!!

I hope you are in for an overload of pictures. I’ll have to show you the details in 2 posts.


The Invitation


Party Design and paper products ~ Clemens Designs

Floral Arrangments ~ GIF Floral and Events Design

Photography ~ Pam Rodrigues Photography

Location ~ Clearview Golf Club

Can’t wait to share the dessert table with you guys 🙂

Have a great weekend!!!

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Hi there everyone!

It seems that my days are not long enough for all that’s going on. We are heading to Florida next week for some well deserved vacation, we are meeting with my mom, my brother and his family and we are going to visit a very special mouse 🙂

But before I go I wanted to share with you a few items that I’ll be adding to my Etsy shop.   I just created 3  new collections  and the fabulous Pam from Pam Rodrigues Photos  took some amazing pictures. Thank you Pam!

Hope you like them.






Sunshine Elephant Collection

You can check my Etsy shop here.

E para minhas queridas amigas brasileiras estarei adicionando esses produtos no Elo7, aqui.

Please stop by Pam’s page on Facebook and share some love ❤

I also have a fabulous bridal shower invitation to show you on Friday, I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with it. 😉

Happy Thursday!!


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Hi there everyone!

I know, I know….this blog says “oh baby boy” but is being a while since something boyish came this way, right?! But today, oh today .. today is a new day!

I want to share with you the cutest construction themed party ever!

I received an email from my friend Camila, she lives in Canada and like me is a brazilian momma trying to raise a boy in this world that’s being dominated by girly things (have you been shopping for boys latelly???NO OPTIONS!) and she came up with this cute party for her son’s 2nd birthday.

She is one talented momma! When she sent me the invitation I couldn’t wait for the party! Not only do I love the logo she created and carried it out throughout the party but also that she did everything herself with  help from her sister that flew in from Brazil and her husband.

Here is what she had to say about the party: ” We decided to have his party on Sunday Easter, and even thou a lot of people couldn’t make it was great for people like us that don’t have any family here in Canada to spend some time together.

I decided to do a construction theme party and used the orange, yellow and blue and it was the first party I did for him – last year we  had a picnic at a nearby park with the grandparents that came to visit.

The major problem we were having was the weather, and until the last-minute it was supposed to rain, so I had all the activities for the kids set up in the basement. But the big day came and the sun decided to show up, we had a great weather and were able to bring the activities to the backyard. We had a bounce house,  a toddler playground ( it was Pedro’s gift) and a lot of activities for the kids – coloring pages with the party theme, sidewalk chalk, decorate your own “hard hat”, there was also a  house that I made out of paperboard with a “Can you fix it” sign. The kids had a blast!

Now, I did all the planning, designing and arranging by myself with the help of my sister and my husband.  I made each kid a “hard hat”, also designed all the paper good, like the labels for the food , the water label, and all the other signs I used on the party.

I used a very cute fabric and did the sign with the birthday boy’s name ( I used picture frames that i got at my local dollar store and painted them yellow). I used the same fabric to make the birthday boy’s shirt,  his tool belt and the kid’s favor bags

On the dessert table  we had the cake ( it was actually a fake cake,  a glass bowl covered in icing and the cake stand was from my son’s room – his lamp shade),cupcakes ( real ones 🙂 ) , brazilian chocolate fudge  balls (brigadeiro) , dulce de leche served in cups, lemon mousse with nutella, cookies  and brownies.

It was a lot of work but at the end I think it all paid off. “


Oh boy, I love this!! If she didn’t tell me I could never say that cake wasn’t real

Good job Camila! The party look really good and the birthday boy ( and his shirt) is too cute!!

Can’t wait for next year 😉

Happy Wednesday! And keep the boyish things coming people!!



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This past weeks I’ve been a bit ( more like a lot, right?!!) away from the blog world but not even for a  moment has my mind gone on vacation. I’ve been working on a few projects, some are from customers from my etsy store, others from friends’ references and I’m also planning a bridal shower and a baby shower  that will take place within the next 2 months.

But today I want to share with you a very sweet and adorable shower that my sister-in-law did for my soon to be born niece, baby Raquel. They live in Brazil and she says that since I showed her the blogging world her party planning life changed, forever 🙂 You see, in Brazil parties were normally decorated with panels, styrofoam and lots, lots of balloons, not that there is anything wrong with that, but sometimes the look  just ends up being very busy and pricey but I have to say that more and more people are going for the clean look and I’m just loving it.

I love the fabrics she chosen, the baby shoes  filled with candy she made herself (I see a tutorial coming our way),  the diaper cake (it’s a new thing for Brazilians), the colors and all love she put into each little detail. Oh, and I love the cute banner, guess who designed it? 🙂

Look how adorable this dresses made out of napkins are and look at the ribbon on the side of the tablecloth…ohhh….so darling!!

I just wished I was there… and I can’t wait to meet baby Raquel! She’s is already so loved and cherished.

What do you think? I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to learn how to make those cute baby shoes! Stay tunned for the tutorial 🙂

Happy Thursday and to all my Brazilian readers…enjoy the 4 days long weekend ahead of you 🙂

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Happy Wednesday everyone!!

 I just wanted to stop by really quick to remind you that I’m having  a GIVEAWAY (I bet you are dancing right now)

The first one ever in the history of this blog  🙂

I’ll be giving one lucky winner a Customized Digital Party designed by no other than myself (YAY)

You pick the theme and the prize is good for 12 months (what??? 12 months? Yes indeed)

*************Winner will receive********************

  1. A Customized banner
  2. Cupcake toppers
  3. Favor tags
  4. Food tent Cards or Snack/Popcorn Cones

And to win is very easy

  1. Like me on Facebook (leave a comment here on the blog) 1 entry
  2. Follow me  on Twitter (leave a comment here on the blog) 1 entry
  3. Blog about the giveaway or post it on twitter (leave a comment here on the blog) 1 entry each

Winner will be chosen on April 9th by Random.org

And now to my brazilian followers (yep, this is an international giveaway –  Am I fancy or what?!!)


Gente, amigas, queridas!!! Está planejando um festinha ou evento? Então você não pode perder essa promoção!!  E para participar e muito fácil:

  1. Visite minha pagina no Facebook e “like”, deixe um comentario aqui 
  2. Follow me no Twitter e deixe um comentario aqui
  3. Comente no seu blog ou no twitter e deixe um comentario aqui 

Sorteio sera realizado dia 9 de Abril pelo random.org

Nao se esqueça que você tem 1 ano para usar o seu pacote, com design totalmente personalizado e que com o arquivo digital você pode imprimir quantas copias você precisar 🙂


I have  a few things going on that I can’t wait to share with you. I think you will love it!!!


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Oh boy, oh boy, I’m so excited to say that


I’m talking about the Ultimate Blog Party 2011  hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom that’s happening right now! From April 1st to the 8th will be partying, the bloggers style 🙂

This is my first year and I’m so excited to be a part of this.

Thank you so much  for coming over to my blog. Here is where I share my creations, my passion for parties, my love for bargains and much more.

Here are a few thing you should know about me:

* I am Christian*

* I’m a mom to the most precious boy and blessed to be  married to the best man ever!*

* I’m also an event planner and a designer living in NYC. *

* I **heart**Homegoods and Tj Maxx*

* I love to read*

* I grew up in Brazil*

* I can create a party just staring at the dollar bin @ Target*

* And I love a good giveaway* ( oh yeah, and this time I’m gonna be the one doing it)

I’ll be giving one lucky winner a Customized Digital Party designed by no other than myself (YAY)

*************Winner will receive********************

  1. A Customized banner
  2. Cupcake toppers
  3. Favor tags
  4. Food tent Cards

And to win is very easy

  1. Like me on Facebook (leave a comment here on the blog) 1 entry
  2. Follow me  on Twitter (leave a comment here on the blog) 1 entry
  3. Blog about the giveaway or post it on twitter (leave a comment here on the blog) 1 entry each

Winner will be chosen on April 9th by Random.org

And just so you know how happy I am with your visit during the UBP 2011 I’m going to be giving 20% Off on all orders at my etsy shop. Just use code UBP20

I’m also giving a Digital Customized Party Package on the UBP official prize page (they have tons of prizes, please check them out!!)

Let the party begin!!!!

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Oh boy, oh boy, I have so much to tell you today.

March is gone (can you believe it?!!) and then comes my favorite month: APRIL, not sure if it’s because Spring HAS to happen (enough of this cold!) or could it be because of Easter and what it means to me or maybe because I may or may not get older  wiser in one of its days. 😉

You might remember last week when I joined my fellow bloggers all around the world in a silent day event honoring “FOR JAPAN WITH LOVE”,to raise money and awareness for the disasters in Japan, they were able to raise over 6oK and thru Shelterbox  families in Japan are being helped.Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most .

 Tomorrow  and Friday ( March 30th and 31st) we’ll have an Event On Facebook: UNITE TO HELP For Japan With Love.

You can also be part of it by checking their page  here.

 Be part of it, donate and spread the word

























On another note, for the first time ever I’m going to participate on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. If you have a blog  this is a major online event with a great opportunity to showcase yourself and your products. You can read more about it here












I’m also thrilled to be part of the “Top 25 Plannin’ Moms”  from Circle of Moms and I’d love if you could vote for me (lots of kuddos going your way <3) from now until April 11th and you can vote once a day.







Also if you have Facebook come check us out and stay tuned for a nice giveaway coming your way *it rhymed*

Happy Wednesday to you!

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I wanted to share with you the cutest party ever!! I fell in love with it the minute I saw it!

If you follow this blog you already know that I love details,when it came time to create my son’s 1st birthday party I discovered that the details make a lot of diference – you can check his party here.

This party is ALL about the details

It is a garden inspired 1st birthday party with everything girls love. Flowers, dolls, butterflies, bows and all the pretty colors –  don’t you just love it when is not a pink takeover party??!!! I do 🙂

Leiza put this whole party together- with the help of a friend, for her daughter’s 1st birthday (she is one talented mamma!!).I’m loving the checkered fabric and pattern used all around the party, and how about the wheelbarrows?ohhh so pretty!!! So much inspiration!

She lives with her husband and her daughter Julee in Brazil. They are missionaries there and is so amazing to see how God is showing His love to the people there thru their lives.

 I’m so happy to see this beautiful family celebrating the first year of their precious baby.

Ok, I will type say no more…I hope you enjoy this as much as I do


Didn’t I tell you it was the cutest party ever?!!(wink *) Not sure if I even have a favorite, no wait, I do, the birthday girl! She is just sooo adorable!!

Congratulations to Leiza for putting together such a lovelly party and happy birthday Julee!

Happy Friday y’all!!

PS: Before I forget ,stop by our Facebook page and find out about the online auction we’re being part of for March of Dimes.

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Today’s Wednesday Love is so close to my heart. I want to introduce you to Renata from Photos by Renata.

Not only is she an awesome mom to a beautiful 18 months girl,  she is also a wife ( a very good one), a blogger and a great Photographer. Renata and I met when I was still dating Dan. They knew each other from the teen years and after I got married we kind of drift apart and then we both got pregnant at the same time (our kids are just a week apart) and started to send this mile long emails to each other sharing our discoveries and feelings as new moms. And although we live so far from each other I’m so proud of her and everything she’s been achieving. She is one of those people who you truly want by your side.

Her work is amazing and I belive it reflects her personality so well, you can see the passion she has for family and children photography.

Without further ado I present you the best photographer in South Florida (who’s having a great contest, more information here

You can check more about her and her contests and specials at www.facebook.com/photosrenata or in her blog www.photosbyrenata.wordpress.com

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!

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