Monthly Archives: October 2011


Erin Hession…the AMAZING photographer that I’m always talking about, threw her Aunt a surprise 50th birthday party.  “Aunt Mary” owns Canine Retreat and loves, loves looooves dogs so Erin wanted to theme out her party with her favorite four legged things. It all started with this beautiful invitation.  Erin had it framed and on display at the party so Aunt Mary could see what her guests received in the mail.  
Keeping Aunt Mary out of the loop was a huge task for Erin and John but they pulled it off perfectly.  Mary had no idea what she was walking into.

 Setting the Mood was lucky enough to decorate for this special event.  We made giant “marybone” milkbones to hang from the ceiling, large dog dish centerpieces with colored milk bones in the bottom and a large tennis ball suspended atop.

 We folded the napkins to look like dog bones.  The cocktail table centerpieces were  colored mini milkbones with candles and a dog collar around the cylinder.

The sweet girls from A Touch of Elegance helped with all of the coordination for the party.

 Check out the menu!  Thomas Catering did an amazing job with the food!  The event was held at their exclusive venue D’Amore….and let me tell you, this venue is incredible!!

 We made the dog house card box for Mary’s cards
 Just look for the water bowl for some yummy drinks…..
 Like…a Bailey’s Irish Setter?? (aka Bailey’s Irish Creme)
 Check out this cake!!!  Classic Cakes has out done themselves again!! 

A photo booth from Strike A Pose….complete with props…dog noses, rawhide, treats, toys….
 and…a Cone of Shame!  
Thanks Bob, this pic is perfect!!! 
Bob Ridge was the videographer for the evening.
 A regal dog statue ice sculpture.  

Now, this is why Erin is brilliant…..We placed vinyl stickers on the windows that said COME….SIT…..STAY and Erin found the perfect position to photograph the sitting ice dog with the SIT backdrop.  Is that girl clever or what!!

Erin also made sure that the furbabies were able to celebrate Mary too.  They were not allowed at the party but guests could visit the Dog Treat Buffet and fill a doggie bag full of goodies.

 We had to make a sign so the guests knew these were not for humans.

There was also a Sweets Station for humans!

 Even the bathrooms were decorated  
 “wipe your paws” 
 Purple fortune cookies with personalized messages.  
Happy Birthday Aunt Mary!!!!

TRICKED OUT TREATS (for little monsters)

My sweet friend Rachel Richard of Rachel Richard Photography came along with me for the Fox 59 shoot and captured the entire set up.  I am thrilled she was there because everything happened so fast.  Check out her website and blog.  She does amazing work!!

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.


A sweet client of mine wanted to throw a surprise party for her husband’s 40th birthday.  She said his favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds…so… despite her love of the Cubs, she went with the Reds theme.  
The party was held in their beautiful backyard.
We had a vintage popcorn machine, roasted peanuts, grilled hot dogs, nachos, brisket sliders and freshly spun cotton candy along with many more treats.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots of the set up
 with all the food and people…(things got a little busy : (  

Another favorite of the birthday boy is gum and candy.  
Check out this amazing cake made by Classic Cakes.  They created it to look like these really cool gumball machines that my client found.

Lots and lots of candy and sweets were at this party.  Big League Chew, old school cracker jacks, baseball cake pops and much much more.