Monday, January 25, 2016

Another Year Older.

Someone's having a birthday in the Julie Ann Event's house this week, and that someone would be me. I'm turning 37 and it means that we will celebrate as a family! Bring out the party balloons, the birthday dresses, and the party crowns. The last two years has seen Julie Ann Events take a major spot on the back burner. Knowing that we were not going to be in Hong Kong long, made the thought of growing a business back from the ground up in a new country intimidating. So I didn't promote Julie Ann Events here in Hong Kong. We're planning to move again at the end of the school year, and I am really looking forward to diving back into event design when we hit American soil. Here's to another year older, to life experiences I wouldn't trade for anything, and to making every day a party!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Flower Arranging.

I haven't done too much flower arranging. I like to leave my floral arrangements pretty simple, by sticking to one color palate or by keep clusters of the same flower in one arrangement. Since we live within walking distance of Hong Kong's largest Flower Market, I figured there was no better time than now to try my hand at flower arranging.

I made sure to keep my design simple. I stuck to a neutral color scheme with pops of purple. The eucalyptus added the extra layer of texture I was looking for.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Just Add Glitter.

Just add glitter. That seems to be my mantra lately, much to the chagrin of my family. A couple weeks before we celebrated American Thanksgiving I found myself in the toy shop with my two children. Although they knew they were not going to be purchasing anything that day, I decided that the bag of plastic animals needed to come home with me so I could cover them in gold glitter and add them to my Thanksgiving tablescape.

To cover the animals in glitter, we simply painted glue on to the animal and then sprinkled glitter all over them until they were completely drench in the shimmery stuff. We let them dry, and it was a quick, simple, and cost effective decoration.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving On The Patio.

Here in Hong Kong the weather has not cooled down but the humidity has lessened and our patio was the perfect location to celebrate American Thanksgiving. This year our Thanksgiving table came together quickly after a quick trip to the craft district in Hong Kong. We purchased what was left of the blue checked bolt of fabric choosing it for the durability of the cloth. The price point of a couple US dollars helped as well. I had picked up a bag of cheap plastic animals from the toy store, which I then covered in gold glitter. Miniature white pumpkins that were leftover from Halloween also got a coating of gold glitter. Another trip to the Flower Market down the road from us, where we picked out orange ranunculus and miniature decorative cabbages for our floral centerpieces. We added a few feathers to the floral arrangements as well as incorporating them into the name tags at each place setting.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"Eye Scream" Halloween Party.

The puns for what we themed this Halloween party could go on and on. We chose to keep our color palette dark with pops of green and incorporated as many eyes into the design as possible. A year ago, as I was walking through Ikea to pass the time before I had to pick up my two children from school, I discovered Halloween party items on clearance! Even with the limited storage space in our apartment, the party planner in me could not pass up the opportunity to pick up some well priced party supplies.

We invited friends over for a small playdate to keep things simple. We planned activities like pumpkin painting, and other fall themed crafts. We asked for everyone to come in costume, and it was fun seeing what our friends came dressed up as.

We pulled our dining room table outside and set up the party on our back patio. I need to remind myself that humidity and cotton candy do not mix well. The same rules apply to buttercream icing and ice-cream! We served fresh Granny Smith apples, mummy cupcakes, pistachio ice-cream, an Oreo chocolate cake, skull chocolates, cotton candy cups, and kiwi juice.

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