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We just wrapped up a fun weekend showering some of my closest and oldest friends and their new baby on the way.  Emily and I have been best friends since freshman year in high school.  We’ve traveled to Europe together, lost way too many high school soccer games, hiked mountains, rafted rivers, walked 10,000 laps around the Valdosta Middle School track – all while dreaming about the day we’d be wives and mothers.

Through every up and down and every turn in my life, Emily has been there for me….  So when she called and told me the exciting news, I jumped at the opportunity to host a baby shower for her and the closest people in their lives.

For this event, I wanted something simple, tasteful and beautiful.  Emily was planning an owl-themed nursery, so we knew we wanted to incorporate that into our theme.  After a little brainstorming and sketching, Kristen and I decided to begin designing invitations that had a bit of a vintage look to it.

I love the way they turned out.  Kristen and I probably spent *way* too much time assembling these invites, but it was well worth it…

The grandmothers-to-be were wonderful co-hosts to this event!  I adored working with them…  “Whatever you want to do, Alice – we will let you take the lead on all of the decision making!”  I loved that!

It wasn’t easy coordinating the details of the Shower while jumpstarting our crazy Fall portrait and while running NAPCP and after an active toddler – but I kept it sweet and simple – and with a little bit of planning, it all came beautifully together.

Some adorable newborn onesies lining the dessert table.

A little bit of pink and a little bit of blue as Emily and Brian are going to leave the gender a surprise…

And don’t you just *adore* this cake?!  Kathi from My Sweet Things designed this beautiful (and TASTY) cake, cupcakes & owl cookies off the invitations we mailed out to our guests.  It was almost too beautiful to eat!

I love this photograph of Emily’s little bump & her cake…

Some additional details of the shower…  Isn’t this diaper cake that Emily’s MIL law created precious?

Such a fun day it was!

And I loved that so many friends & family traveled far to be here for Emily and Brian…  What a wonderful group it was!

A beautiful baby bump!

Me and my friend of 17 years and counting….  I’m so excited for this amazing new adventure in their lives!

Shower Sources:

Invitations: Designed and Assembled by Kristen Smith and I.  Printed by ProDPI.  Lace liners from Michaels
Stamps & Envelopes: Paper Presentation and
Custom Cake, Cupcakes & Owl Cookies: My Sweet Things by Kathi
Fresh Flowers: Purchased wholesale at Cut Flowers and assembled by myself
Catering: A Peach of a Party
Disposable Lunchwear: Bambu recyclable bamboo dishwear and MyDrape disposable linen napkins
Designs: Bunting, flags, owl illustrations, etc by Kristen Smith
Photography by Alice Park Photography (of course :))

This is Bennett.

Bennett had open heart surgery when he was 3 weeks old, and now he is a thriving, feisty 4 year old who could not be a sweeter friend to my son, Lyon.

This weekend, Bennett’s family (alongside dozens of close friends and family) will be participating in their 4th Annual Atlanta Heart Walk as “Bennett’s Buddies.” Supporting the American Heart Association and helping to raise funds to cure heart disease is something that is really important to Bennett’s family, and we would love it if you could support their Walk! Every little bit counts!

To make a contribution, please go here. Thank you for your support!


Sharing a collection of photos I took from our day trip with friends to Serenbe.

There is something so calming about this place. Life in the big city is sometimes not all it’s cracked up to be, but thankfully our little escape to heaven is just a short drive away for us….

We can’t wait to go back again soon!

When I was little, I marveled at my mother who hosted dinners and parties of 200 at my parents restaurant in Valdosta.  I’d follow her around as she managed dozens of entrees from the kitchen, timed the entire evening impeccably, all while greeting each of her guests by their first name.  She’d always put me to work too.  At 8, I was in the kitchen making appetizers.  At 12, I was answering phones and taking orders.  And at 16, I was managing the entire waitstaff as we tackled yet another busy weekend shift.  I’m pretty sure I have my mother to thank for my love of a well-planned party.

When this wonderful family told me they were planning a Clambake with their closest friends & family in Cape Cod, I immediately offered to help.  Matt & I scheduled calls with the caterers and rental companies, mapped out the decor details, and coordinated all of this miles away from the destination.  My mother would have been so proud.

I had the opportunity of documenting this fun evening for our friends (while holding a cocktail in my other hand, of course), and put together a few tips in case any of you were thinking of hosting a Clambake 😉  Or any type of party, for that matter!

1. Choose a fabulous location

Never under-estimate the power of an incredible location.  Lucky for us, Matt’s family rented a beautiful and charming home along the beaches of Cape Cod.  You could hear the waves crashing as you sipped on your cocktail – pure perfection.

2. Remember the details

We decided on a nautical-like blue & white color pallet, then everything fell into place from there.  How lovely it was for me to help plan an event where I didn’t have my own pocketbook to think about 🙂  Thank you for indulging me, Matt.

3. Invite your loved ones

The key to an absolutely amazing evening are your guests.  No question.  Matt grew up in the area and spent many of his summers on the Cape, so it was important for him to celebrate that evening with some of the closest people in his life.

4. Splurge on the FOOD!

The food was INCREDIBLE, well thought out, and executed with perfection.  Matt wanted each of his guests to experience a Clambake unlike any other, so he went all out on the food.  One lobster per guest, including the little ones?  Why, of course.

5. Have a well stocked bar

This one is a no-brainer!

6. Take your shoes off & enjoy yourself

Another great tip is, when at a Clambake, to leave the formality at the door.  Matt really wanted a casual and relaxed atmosphere for his guests while not skipping out on any of the details…  Host your party on any beach, and you will no doubt accomplish that.

7. Party into the night

…even if the kids end up enjoying their first night out wayyyyyy past their bedtimes.

The globe lights created a warm and inviting reason for the guests to linger longer.  It was 100% worth the time and effort Matt and his brothers spent on installing the lights.  Pair that with drinks and the sound of the ocean, and I guarantee no one will want to leave.

8. Bring along your favorite photographer

So you can document your beautiful party.

And, of course, so you can get pretty stellar shots like these.  Sweet.

9. Thank your incredible hosts

Kyu and I are so thankful to know this couple and spend the evening getting to know some of the closest people in their lives.  I finally figured out where Jack gets his sweetness (Aunt Kate), how to camp out on the beach (for another post!), and just how much Ben & Jack are loved.  Immensely.


There’s no question that Kyu and I love adventure.  The day we decided that we would quit our corporate jobs to pursue a life we’d both love, we put comfort & security in the back seat and raced forward without ever looking back.

When one of my *favorite* clients asked me to follow their family to Cape Cod this summer while they vacationed, Kyu and I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to pack up our baby and introduce him to the New England beaches.  Kyu and I have been working non stop since the day we quit our jobs, so it was a bit of a treat to unplug our lives and take a week off to enjoy our family.

And what an adventure it was.  Day 1 included strapping Lyon to his carseat after his bath and driving through the night to our first destination.  Moms on Call said he would sleep through the night in the car…..that was hardly the case.  🙂

We stopped in Virginia to visit one of our closest friends for a few days.  We fell in love with their family and home life so much that Kyu and I are already scheming up ways to build a fort in their back yard to live in.  It could happen!

Finally, after another night’s drive with Lyon curiously awake the entire time – we made it to the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod.  We shared a beach house with our dear friends from Atlanta, and the kids played marvelously together.

Some favorite iphone snaps below –

And some of my favorite photographs of my sweet family on the beach.  Thank you so much for these Ryan – we will treasure these images forever.

One of our favorite memories from our trip was our day trip to Nantucket.  I instantly fell in love with the charm of the island and the lifestyle of the locals… What a wonderful place to spend your summers!

Our dear friend Robin met us at the pier when we arrived and graciously showed us around the island.  What a special treat that was for us all!   The picturesque beaches, the cedar shake homes, stunning lighthouses, blooming hydrangeas, cobblestone streets and local shops.  I absolutely *adored* Nantucket and our fabulous host!

This adventure was definitely one for the memory books.  And we can’t wait to see where our next one takes us!