December 15, 2010

National Cupcake Day

by Emily Grace

This brings so many smiles to my face. This is all the inspiration I need.


Happy National Cupcake Day! What a fabulous excuse to enjoy a delicious treat.

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December 11, 2010

{Inspiration}: Rustic Christmas

by Emily Grace

I love Christmas and winter and all things cold. Maybe this is because I live in Florida and we don’t get real “cold” very often, but we have it now, and it excites me! With the approaching holidays and this love for the current chilly weather (I’ll be over it in a week or so) I decided to pull together some fitting inspiration for this time of year. Whether its for a winter wedding or a Christmas party or just a time to hang out and relax with friends,  these images make you just want to bundle up and grab the nearest blanket and crowd around a fire with some of your closest friends.

Invitation from Wedding Bee, Barn with Draping from All Traditions, Christmas Plaid Bowtie by Forzieri

Table Settings from Real Simple, Cranberry Bag Table Numbers found on A Little White Mouse , Jingle Bells from Country Living

Wood Log Cake Stand from Once Wed, S’mores Treat Bag from Wish Special Events, Happy Guests by Fire from Project Wedding


What do I love the most about this? So much of it is DIY! Definitely look at the projects for the invitation, table settings, and the cake stand. Also, how simple is it to throw together a treat bag with all the fixing for s’mores and head outside around a fire. Place benches, chairs, or hay bales around the fire, grab a nice warm flannel blanket, and enjoy!

Hope everyone is enjoying this joyous holiday season, and most of all, staying warm!

December 10, 2010

{Inspirational Quotes}: Overcoming Fears

by Emily Grace

Fear. Failure. Uncertainty.

Things that are currently fueling me and holding me back at the same time. I’m in the midst of doing, creating, and making things happen, but with all this comes the crazy mounting fear of failure that consumes me at every turn. I’m working so hard to not let my fears hold me back.

I like this quote because it reminds me that failure isn’t the worst thing because out of failure comes even greater success. Maybe today’s idea isn’t the most creative and innovative, but perhaps tomorrow’s will bring me one step further.

December 5, 2010

{Sweet Details}: Photo Props

by Emily Grace

I’m well aware that this trend isn’t entirely new, but it is one I’m still undeniably obsessed with. Photo props! Photobooths and engagement shoots using fun and unique props came in full force by the end of 2009 and has maintained popularity through 2010 {where will it be taken in 2011?}, but I love how it allows couples and guests to show their personality and have a little fun, especially when photos can be somewhat awkward.

Such props include, but are not limited to:  fake mustaches, bicycles, oversized picture frames, balloons, banners, umbrellas, and fun hats.  Enjoy some of the awesome prop photos that I absolutely adore.

Top Row: Maile Lani Wedding Photography

Bottom Row: The Image is Found and PlayingGrownUp on Etsy


I’m absolutely in LOVE with PlayingGrownUp!  There are so many adorable things you can purchase at that Etsy shop to bring together so many fun special details at your event. Maybe it’s my obsession with chalkboards at the moment or perhaps because some the items remind me of things that I too create, but regardless, you must check out the shop.

Looking to do props on a tighter budget? I also came across these great DIY printables on The Pretty Blog. Print them on a heavy weight cardstock, attach a craft stick, and you’re set for photobooth fun!

Alright, I’m off for my own photoshoot prop fun! Wish me luck, and of course I’ll post pictures of it. Have a wonderful Sunday Funday!

December 2, 2010

{Etiquette with Emily}: when guests want to bring their children

by Emily Grace

As we all know, weddings can get pretty expensive. Keeping the guest list short is the best and easiest way to cut costs, but that often puts the couple in a sticky situation when it comes to RSVP’s.

Couples that are getting married are sure to be accumulating friends with children. A lot of couples choose to keep numbers small by not inviting any children to their wedding. I’ve had several people ask recently how to deal with returned RSVP’s where children have been included when they weren’t formally invited.

Reception Scene From Wedding Crashers

Honestly, there isn’t any awesome way to deal with this type of situation. An adults-only wedding is definitely the bride and groom’s prerogative. Regardless of what parents may think, it is impolite to add a child to the guest list when they were not included in the invite. So how do you stand firm to those who just don’t get it? Call the RSVPers and let them know how excited you are that they will be attending your wedding, but politely inform them that they will need to make alternative arrangements for their kids. If your guest list includes many out-of-towners, consider hiring a babysitter to watch the children at a separate location or in an area segmented from the wedding. Remember, regardless of what you do, it’s important not to make any exceptions because parents who do comply will be upset if they see a fellow guest’s children running around.

What do you think? How would you deal with this type of situation?

If you have any event etiquette questions, feel free to leave it in the comments or email me at emilygracedesign {at}

November 30, 2010

Big Moves!

by Emily Grace

So much has happened since I last posted. I apologize for the blogging hiatus, but I’ve been busy with an extended project that will hopefully come completely to life before the end of the year.

Things that have change since my last post…

I have made the big move from NYC to Winter Park, FL where I’m now working hard styling and designing events here in Florida as well as providing an online shopping portal to purchase the handmade decor items that I create for your very own event. Emily Grace Design is providing me great inspiration and I could have never imagined that these things would come together so quickly. Check out Emily Grace Design Shop on Etsy and on Zazzle and keep your eyes open for the official web launch in the upcoming weeks.

Check out some of the projects I’ve been working on!

June 20, 2010

{Holidays}: The day that no other dads can compete.

by Emily Grace

My Captain. My Teacher. My Confidant. My Sailing Buddy. My Chef. My Dry Cleaner. My Chauffeur. My Parole Officer. My Pitcher. My Goalie. My Photographer. My Hurricane Supporter. My Nagger. My Support System. My Hero. My Biggest Fan. My Best Friend. My Dad.

There are few people in the world that I hold in higher esteem and that I brag about more than my father. He is someone who I rub in the faces of married women to let them know that my mom married a man of perfection. He is the principal that every teacher wishes to work for. He’s the one that irons our clothes an makes sure we look polished before leaving the house. He’s the man who super glued bows to my hair for a dance recital because he couldn’t figure out how the darn thing worked. He’s someone who would show up early and stay late at my softball practice to ensure I recovered from knee surgery and persevered to become the athlete I wanted to be. He’s someone who will fly the hurricane storm flags at our house for every Miami game and take fault for losses because he forgot to raise the flags. He’s someone who I look up to immensely and someone I judge every man against.

In my eyes, my father is perfect, to my mother, I’m sure she probably has some gripes, but at then end of the day, she knows that she got lucky. I hope that someday I will be as lucky as my mother and marry a man that is more than just a hard worker, a housekeeper, an incredible father, the most awesome cook, but also someone who continues to excite me after more than 30 years together.

Today is your day dad. I love you more than the world. Happy fathers day to all the dads, I hope they realize that they will never ever be able to compare to mine.

May 9, 2010

{Holidays}: The most amazing woman I know!

by Emily Grace

Why my mom is the most amazing woman:


She lets us lick the beaters of the mixer (unless it was mashed potatoes), and she even turned the mixer off first. (Thanks greeting card writers, you are genius!)

When she took 2 years off work, she perfected chocolate chocolate chip cookies for us, and on the days she didn’t make cookies, she cooked cinnamon on the stove so the house smelled like she cooked something yummy.

She throws the best themed birthday parties—complete with craft projects! Think cow party with spotted t-shirts and homemade ice cream activity or handmade Queen of Hearts invitations for Alice in Wonderland.

No matter how many annoying students she had to deal with that day at work, she would still help us with our math homework or read our books out loud to us while we were hanging upside down or falling asleep in her lap.

She makes the BEST sports video montages!

She learned to text message when I was in college so that I had no excuse to not talk to her.

She never hogs all the strawberries or raw cookie dough to herself, but is always willing to share with my sisters and me.

She never tells me that I shouldn’t buy another pair of jeans because she realizes how incredibly practical they are.

Mom would always let us take turns with our head on her lap so she would play with our hair or tickle our back, no matter how old we were.

No matter how early it is in the morning, she’s still willing to give me a wake up call for catching a cab to the airport or getting out of bed to go to the gym. (Unless its her spring break.)

She sends the world’s greatest care packages in my opinion, and the world’s weirdest packages in the opinions of my friends.

She knows all of my favorite kinds of candy, and knows its ok to spoil me with them.

She’ll still watch movies with us, even though she knows that she’ll fall asleep after the first 30 minutes.

She learned how to french braid hair at the softball field because that’s how I wanted to wear my hair in my games.

My mom makes the BEST homemade icing.

She supports me no matter what random goal I’ve decided to set my sites on… this week.

My mom is great for more reasons that I can ever list. She is the person I turn to with the most exciting news in the world or when I feel like the world is against me. She has inspired me to follow my dreams and pushed me to become someone that I never thought I could. She has no problem transferring all of her brainpower to my sisters and myself before tests, running out last minute to make sure we’re fully stocked with Ticonderoga pencils, and she is never lacking in creative ideas for projects. My mother is someone that I will always look up to, always treasure as a friend, and someone that I respect more than anyone else in the world. I am truly blessed to have such a great mom.

My sisters and I realize that when she tells us to suck it up when we scrape our knee, that she’s only making us tougher. We know that she loves us despite how many times we ask her if the angel is made out of glass or when we track dog poop through the house for the 20th time. We know that if something were wrong, she’d be the first to be by our side and the last to leave. My mom will always be my biggest fan, and she has raised three pretty decent girls that will always know that they have a lot to live up to.

We're not sure why our Dad puts up with us.

Thank you mom for all that you do and all that you are. Happy Mother’s Day!

May 3, 2010

{Holidays}: Countdown to Cinco de Mayo

by Emily Grace

Happy Cinco de Mayo (almost)! I was going to come up with some fun tips about throwing the most killer party ever, but then I found this youtube video and it did a pretty good job at describing how to throw the most fabulous fiesta.


Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Maybe I’ll celebrate with a taco from the Taco King, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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April 30, 2010

The 136th Run for the Roses

by Emily Grace

Most people do not know the significance of the first Sunday in May. Tomorrow is the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby. I suppose many people don’t even realize that this is going on, but I was raised in a house where you not only knew what the Run for the Roses was, but you had a plethora of Derby shirts, glasses, and probably thinking about your trifecta box for tomorrow’s race. I cannot wait for the day that I get to be a true spectator at Churchill Downs for the running of the Kentucky Derby.

My grandparents have been frequenters of the Kentucky Derby for years, but living in Florida now, they don’t get to make that trip to watch “the fastest two minutes in sports” as often as they would like anymore. In the cookbook my mother provided us she briefly told us about the lavish Derby parties that have been hosted by our family – mint juleps served in Derby glasses, dozens of red roses decorating the house, a betting table set up so that guests could place their bets on their favorite horses, even a life size horse in front of the house to greet guests (now that’s just crazy talk).

Since the Derby is tomorrow, and I know that my sister will be throwing a party and odds are my parents will be attending one and my grandparents placing bets for each of the granchildren, I thought there’s no better post to make than one to honor Derby Day.

With that being said, I feel as though I should share the recipe to two Derby treats – mint juleps and Derby Pie. Derby Pie wasn’t always served as the parties, but one year, our Grandma called Magnolia Bakery in Ocala, FL to order a Derby Pie.  They said they would be happy to make one if she could get them a recipe, and the one I’m sharing is the one she provided.  I think they should have at least given her the pie free because they have continued to make this pie for other horse racing enthusiasts in Ocala, the “Horse Capital of the World”.

Derby Pie

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
½ tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
9” pie crust

Mix flour and sugar, add eggs and melted butter and mix. Add pecans, chocolate chips, then fold in vanilla.  Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Pie is done when it looks like a crust has formed on top.

Mint Julep

2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon (obviously whatever your favorite is)
8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

  1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves
  2. Fill eight cups or frozen julep goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person’s sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups.

I hope you enjoy the races tomorrow! May your luck be as good as my little sister’s for her long shots always seem to bring her a win.

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