Monday, October 24, 2016

Harvest Night with doTERRA

doTERRA means "Gift of the Earth" and I believe that for a lot of people who have tried these oils this is true! Have you heard of these amazing oils? My girlfriend has become a wellness advocate for doTERRA and her stories of using this line are amazing! I invited a few ladies over the other night to learn more about  what doTERRA has to offer.  There is so much to know about essential oils that it can be a bit overwhelming, but if you find the right person to teach you, it can be very rewarding for your family. I have seen it first hand! 
Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oilsHarvest Night with doTERRA essential oils

doTERRA offers Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils, representing the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today. For an oil to be CPTG there are several things it must be, here are just a few:

  • Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants 
  • Free of fillers or artificial ingredients
  • Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues
  • Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition
There are a lot of oils on the market today, some offering very little of the actual oil they claim to be. This company not only has amazing products, but they are doing amazing things! I highly suggest you check out the website to read about their Healing Hands Foundation. I love when a company gives back from their success! 





doTERRA essential oils are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world. Because doTERRA thoroughly tests using the strict CPTG quality protocols, you will notice the superior quality of this naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Essential oils can be used for a wide array of emotional and physical wellness, but you can also use for enhancing your food or even creating that perfect fall scent for your next gathering! 

Below are a few of the best fall inspired oils! 


A simple spread of comfort food is really all you need on a relaxing night in with the girls. 

Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils - Fall Party - Harvest
Artichoke-Jalapeno spread onto crusty bread and put in the oven to warm. So delicious and gone in seconds! 

doTERRA essential oils - Artichoke Jalapeno Bread - Fall Party
Homemade pumpkin spice caramel corn, was surprisingly easy to make and tasted like a little piece of fall heaven in your mouth. Find the recipe I used here

Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils - Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn - Fall Party
Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils - Fall Party - Harvest
Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils - Fall Party - harvest
Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils - Fall Party - harvest
Caramel Apple Cream Cheese spread was the easiest of them all and the most delicious in my opinion! Place the cream cheese on a platter, top with caramel sauce and toffee bits (I used a crushed up Heath bar), arrange slices of apple (your favorite variety) around the edge. I also added fig-olive crackers, and they were a nice addition too. Watch as your friends devour!

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread - Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils









Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread - Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oilsAdd a little healthy to the mix by having BLT salad skewers, easy to make and yummy to eat. 

BLT salad wedge skewers - Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils



Harvest Night with doTERRA essential oils
Looking for a festive party favor for your gathering? Try this recipe for Festive Fall Sugar Rub using doTERRA oils. Your guests are sure to love it! 

doTERRA - Fall Party - Harvest
Gathering with friends is always a fun way to celebrate the season. Check out more ideas for your next fall event here

Toni






Thursday, October 20, 2016

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party

Last year I had someone very close to me ask for my assistance in planning her retirement party for this year. She had worked in the same place since she was 17 years old, has seen a lot of change in her 37 years of federal service and was excited to move onto her next adventure. I couldn't wait to get started! The one thing she knew was that she wanted it to be all her closest girlfriends and for the theme to be, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Other than that, the rest would be up to me! What an honor and joy this was going to be.

The invitation always sets the tone to any party, mixing elegant colors of black, white and silver and of course the pop of Tiffany-blue. The invitation turned out exactly how I had hoped, the planning so far was going great!


Little did I know, the theme was going to throw me for a bit of a curve ball! I normally sit down start sketching and ideas start flowing. This was not the case this time around! Every site I turned to for visual aides or inspiration it was all for bridal showers or baccalaureate parties! Since this party wasn't about two people in love, I knew I needed to represent the theme in a way that was elegant, fun and still capturing the whole purpose of why we were celebrating! I had a whole year to plan, design and execute. There were bits and pieces that were put together throughout the year, but it still wasn't coming together in my mind. Till about 4 weeks before the event, it hit me, ideas were flowing and I finally had my vision board!

Fast forward to the day of the event, my car was packed with all sorts of party supplies, cupcakes and other treats. I was busy all morning setting up and arranging, my vision was turning out to look even better in reality. Everything was going great, until...the background piece for my dessert bar. I did a complete set up, stepped back and hated it! It was awful, there was no way I was welcoming all into a party with that as my focal point. Down it came and within minutes my mind was whirling with the possibilities of what next. This is what I love so much about party styling, endless possibilities and creating a blank space into a beautiful party! Everything started to take shape, and the end result was better than I had imagined!

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
The dessert bar featured cranberry-orange and pink champagne cupcakes, "Tiffany's" inspired sugar cookies and coconut macaroons.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

What Breakfast at Tiffany's theme would be complete without Audrey herself making an appearance. This canvas print of Audrey Hepburn made the perfect backdrop and with the gorgeous balloon garland, this was easily my favorite area of this party.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

To keep with the theme, I had Renee & Co. cookies and Tiffany gift boxes. Served on a silver tray, perfection!

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party StylistBreakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
Take home boxes are a great way to encourage guests to take a treat for the road! This way the treats become party favors and you are not left with dozens of cupcakes that taunt you for days (does this happen to anyone else? Just me?). 

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

The drink bar offered citrus water and a signature drink, huckleberry-mint wine spritzer. They were both so delicious! 

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party StylistBreakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
Once the drinks were poured, everyone lined up to grab a prop and strike a pose! All the ladies had so much fun with this, and really got into it. I am so glad I included a photo booth for this party. It was a great way to capture everyone who attended and have fun doing it!

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

No need to supply a ton of props for a photo booth. Keep it simple, for this party simple black glasses and white pearls were all we needed. Place everything on silver trays to create an elegant look.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
There was one thing we could all agree on, the food at this party was amazing! Delicious tarts, variety of sandwiches, flatbread pizza, spinach rolls, cream stuffed strawberries and homemade scones with an assortment of deliciously homemade jams. No one left hungry!

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist

I think it is safe to say this party was a success; everyone had a good time, plenty of food and drink and the guest of honor could not have felt more loved and appreciated, than she did that day. Renee', I wish you many happy years of retirement, thank you for trusting in me to bring your party dreams to life! Enjoy your new found freedom and may it be filled with fantastic vacations!

Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
Breakfast at Tiffany's Retirement Party Tacoma Area Party Stylist
Fitting for your many years of federal service for the US Navy - "Fair Winds and Following Seas"



Photography: Breathtaking Photography
Party Styling & Invitation Design: AK Party Studio
Favor Boxes, Sunglasses & Pearls: Oriental Trading
Cupcakes: CuppyCake Hill
Cookies: becky bakes
Balloon Garland: One Stylish Party
Food: B.A.M. Bad Ass Morsels


Toni