Our daughter’s first birthday was this month and the idea was to have a simple BBQ outside with our family and closest friends. However, when the forecast showed 100% chance of rain, it was time to think of a plan B —> so, the idea of an “indoor picnic/farmers market” celebration was born.

Below is some of my inspiration and (following in the footsteps of Swell Forever’s “Simple First Birthday” learning points) some tips that will hopefully come in handy!

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*For more ideas, visit my Pinterest board.


Photos: Flowers / Macarons / Veggies / Cake / Corn / Utensils / Drinks / SignageKettle Corn

Calling all event professionals (florists, calligraphers, DJs, photographers, etc) – join me for our first meetup, where we can exchange ideas, build a local network and have a drink!


“I am happy each day I’m near you; when you’re around me, I’m fine. Now that I’ve said how I like you, will you be my Valentine?” Karl and Joanna Fuchs

Now that I have a daughter I can’t wait to make sweet treats for her and her friends on Valentine’s Day. However, we still need to learn how to you know…walk and talk.

In the mean time, some easy and cute ideas for your kids, adult friends that act like kids or your inner child!


Photos: Straws / Pencils / Bugs / Kool / Flowers / Fish / Coins / Gummy Bear / Rulers / Orange

“Marry me, today and every day, marry me” – Train

Kathy and Carl’s wedding was recently featured in Style Me Pretty and it’s safe to say we were all incredibly excited.

Their wedding will always be very dear to my heart for a number of reasons. First of all, they were Events by Sofia’s first client. Coincidentally, it was also my last wedding in the Washington, DC area before moving to Atlanta, GA.

Every detail of their day had a special purpose – the live painter, the gold horses, the Celtic Irish tradition of hand-fasting during their vows, the bible verses in Spanish, the vintage furniture, the cigar lounge, the gelato at the end of the evening…and it all came together beautifully.

Fun fact: As if planning a wedding and working full time wasn’t enough, Carl and Kathy also launched a non-profit organization, providing educational training and materials to young girls living in extreme poverty in Kenya, during our planning process! Truly amazing.

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Photography by: Laura Gordon

Cookies + friends? Yes, please.

I’ve been invited to my very first cookie exchange (aka cookie swap) and according to my friend Martha Stewart, this is what will be happening…

“Simplify your holiday baking by hosting a cookie swap. Invite a group of friends, and have each person make enough of one kind of cookie to share. At the party, sample the treats, then trade and package them in appealing assortments. Everyone leaves with finished gifts — and plenty of new recipes.”

Truth be told, I only know how to make these cookies, so maybe this is the perfect opportunity to expand my repertoire. Until then, a few extra ideas to sweeten the evening just a tad more. I cannot get over these Dominique Ansel “cookie shots“!



Photos: Cookie Shots (Dominique Ansel) / Cookie Cutter Thank You’s (Carolina Charm) / Spatula Invitation (Babble) / Decorations (Babble) / Bubble Bath Party Favor (Philosophy