August 29, 2012

new "shoppe"!!!

i'm very excited to announce bonhomieEVENTS - the shoppe!

with every event that i style, one of my favorite parts has been designing the papergoods so.......
now i get to design all the papergoods i want, event or not! ;-)

the first collection in the shoppe is called "happy elephant"

"happy elephant" was designed with a very special little girl in mind for her first birthday. the elephant was modeled after a piece of art from her great-grandmother that's hanging in the nursery.

i'm in the midst of designing two additional collections - one for a baby shower and the other for an adult party - which should both be in the shoppe soon.

if you have any suggestions or feedback, i'd love to hear it! and if you'd like to pay a visit to the shoppe and show me some love, that would be greatly appreciated! ;-)

August 22, 2012

real party....{dora!}

august has been a month filled with children's birthday parties! i had the honor of working with a good friend to design her granddaughter's party. this little girl is such a sweetie and it was a pleasure!

Dora the Explorer Birthday Party by bonhomieEVENTS Connecticut
birthday party styling by bonhomieEVENTS Connecticut
cupcakes - provided by hardcore sweet - were (once again!) the star of the dessert table! 
i added some marshmallow pops, chocolate covered oreos and pretzels dipped in icing to really round out the sugar high ;-)
Dora the Explorer Party bonhomieEVENTS Connecticut

chocolate covered oreos by bonhomieEVENTS Connecticut

birthday party planning by bonhomieEVENTS Connecticut
the birthday girl added her own very special Dora characters to the table!
birthday party styling by bonhomieEVENTS Connecticut
add in some pretty glass bottles, fun paper straws and you got yourself a party :-)


August 13, 2012

real party....{super mario!}

my little man is enamored with all things lego, super mario and batman.
when it came time to choose the theme for his birthday party, i was certain he was going to go with a lego theme but i was wrong!
honestly, i was hoping for lego BUT i'm always up for a challenge! here's what we came up with:

super mario invitation by
each child received double-sided, personalized game passes for their invitations. i really enjoyed designing all the paper goods for this party (which may lead to a little announcement in the very near future!)

we had a pretty large guest list (20!!) honestly, i wouldn't advise any of my clients to have a guest list so large for such a young group but it was made up of several sets of siblings with whom he's grown up so i made an exception in our case ;-) because of the large number, i decided to do a late afternoon affair with desserts only.

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super mario cupcake toppers by
cupcakes were the star of the table - cannoli, cookie dough and mounds. yum!! if you're local, you HAVE to check out hardcore sweet cupcakes. these ladies are AWESOME! we added lots of candy to the table in super mario colors of red, yellow and blue. (thanks to banner events & grey grey designs for some inspiration!)

we also had some chocolate mustache pops, fireballs and sugar cookies with fondant toppers.
super mario fondant toppers by
this was my first experience using fondant. i found it relatively easy to work with but it really is a tedious process. the end result was hugely gratifying, though, so i'd definitely be willing to try my hand at it again!

super mario water bottle labels by
instead of purchasing special waterproof labels for the water bottles, i printed up my own designs and covered them with packing tape. super easy, much less expensive and just as effective!

the tables called to mind mario kart with the checkered flag runners and start/finish lines and of course we included some chocolate gold coins!
we wanted the experience of a video game party without the expense of the video game trucks that are so popular so we brought a few game consoles to the party with a couple of older tvs and let the kids have at it! for older children who might be true "gamers" i'd say the game truck expense would be well worth it but this alternative seemed to be perfect for our crowd.

super mario video game party by

to maintain the tradition of blowing out the candles,the afternoon finished with a store bought but home decorated cake - another frugal tip.......

.....and goodie bags for all!

i asked my son to tell me the best part of his party. his answer?
"playing video games and spending time with my friends."
SOOOO worth it!

August 8, 2012


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i'm a bit surprised but i must admit, i'm still crushing on pantone's color of the year:


how about you? can you see yourself incorporating this fun color into your next event?

August 1, 2012

floral love.....{zinnias}

i can't believe its august 1st already - the summer is going by so quickly, fall is right around the corner!

a beautiful bloom for late summer into fall is the zinnia. it blooms in a variety of gorgeous colors and, depending on the color, can mean anything from "lasting affection" to "daily remembrance".

wedding zinnias bonhomieEVENTSvia 1, 2, 3
the zinnia lends enough interest & texture on it's own in a bouquet with it's many petals and sunny center but also looks beautiful in combination with roses, dahlias or even stonecrop (beautiful for fall!)

so what do you think? will zinnia's make an appearance in your next arrangement or bridal bouquet?
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