An Evening in Paris | 1st Birthday Party


You might say that this magnificent 1st Birthday party, from the summer of 2016, took a village to make happen…

For real: a Crepes Stand, a fresh frites station, an Eiffel Tower photo booth, a Mini-Monets Art Tent, a trackless train, a bounce house, a face painter and balloon twister made this party the most magical Paper and Pastiche party yet!

Enjoy the photos taken by Christina Marie Photography and Au Revoir!

Invitations, program, decor and signage were designed by Patty Fanella of PAPERandPASTICHE

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The Mini-Monets Art Tent was managed by Bottle and Bottega of La Grange, Illinois. 

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The Crepes Tent was managed by Gotta B Crepes of Evanston, Illinois. They were fantastic! The Frites Station was managed by PAPERandPASTICHE staff. The rest of the catering was provided by a combination of the Willowbrook Whole Foods and the Wheaton Mariano’s. 

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Face Painter, Margi, and Balloon Twister, Michelle, made a great team! They are both very difficult to book so I recommend contacting them as early as possible. 

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Eiffel Tower Family Photo Booth. Props were designed by PAPERandPASTICHE.

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Backyard Beach Bash


Amira’s 5th Birthday Party | August 2015

Chicagoland Photographer Christina Marie Photography

Balloon Arch and Floating Centerpieces by Balloons by Tommy

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Ravinia Artisan Market


From the Grace & Lyric Artisan Market Pop-Up Shop!

Featuring hand made items and gifts from Infinite Warrior, Randellas, Pastiche Events, PAPERandPASTICHE, Yep, It’s Personal, Enchanted Greetings and MORE!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014 11AM to 4PM

Held at Design Quartet of Ravinia

595 Roger Williams Drive in Highland Park, IL

No Entry Fee – Free Event

This is just a portion of what will be available for sale at this festive event. Click on any of the photos to be brought to the Grace & Lyric Artisan Market Facebook page.

Happy Holidays!

Festive Ornaments from Randellas   Infinate Warrior Yoga Inspired Jewelry
Infinite Warrior's exclusive holiday line

Kitschy Cupcake Toppers by PAPERandPASTICHE

Wine Country by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Santa Sparkle by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Pretty in Pink by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

North Pole Sweets Shoppe by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Mid Century Reds by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Raffle Prize! Gift Basket valued at $500
Onesies by Randellas

Vintage Travel Bridal Shower


Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Alayson hired me all the way from Portland to help style and cater her little sister’s bridal shower here in Illinois. Alayson and the other bridesmaids asked me to execute their collective vision: a vintage travel, adventure concept for Amber’s May 3rd shower in Homer Glen.

Amber and her fiance, David, love to travel together and the notion that Marriage is a Journey { Not a Destination } was so inspiring: A little English Patient, a smidgen of Roman Holiday and a bit of Before Sunrise (I tend to pull my inspiration from my love of film), this shower looked and felt as beautiful as I had hoped it would…

It always helps when your new clients have amazing taste and pitch-in to help! They were a delightful family to assist and I hope they have a wonderful time at the upcoming June wedding. All the best to the beautiful couple! { Le meilleur! }

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Mimosa & Bellini Bar
Mimosa and Bellini Bar for the In-Flight Cocktails
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Centerpieces
Hydrangea Centerpieces with touches from the couple’s engagement photo shoot, as well as vintage paper airplanes.
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Cupcakes
Chocolate and Sea-Salted Caramel Cupcakes | White Chocolate on White Vanilla Cupcakes
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events |Favors Display
Baggage Claim { Favors } – Luggage Tags from Etsy { VeryVerdant } and Suitcase Sugar Cookies from Mrs. Campbell’s Cookies.
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Advice for the Couple
Vintage-looking Postcards were used to write advice, well wishes or travel recommendations to the happy couple.
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | The Pretty Bridal Party and Guest of Honor
The Pretty Bridal Party and Guest of Honor

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Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

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Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Advice for the Couple

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Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Well Wishes and Advice

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Airplane and Hydrangea Centerpieces

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Pastry Bar

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Pastry Bar

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Luggage Tags by VeryVerdant on Etsy
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Luggage Tags by VeryVerdant on Etsy

River North Anniversary


Coral and Jade 35th Wedding Anniversary by Pastiche Events | Chicago

The Guests of Honor were Gary and Kathie and the event was hosted by their very thoughtful children, Amanda and Greg. The event took place in a family member’s private penthouse suite in River North, Chicago.

Graphic design, sweets table display, floral arrangements, pretzel treats and cupcakes provided by Pastiche Events.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cupcakes


Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events

Happy Birthday, Rita Darling! #quelnight
Happy Birthday, Rita Darling! #quelnight

 

Adventures in Crafting | Pilsen Art Studio


I finally tried my hand at painting, thanks to an Amazon Deal for a BYOB painting class in Pilsen at Both Sides. The theme of the day was stress, so do not be fooled by the warm, sunny photos! We were all so hard on ourselves! We stuck to using acrylics and not oils (too advanced) and we were able to paint whatever we wanted (See? Stress). Warranted pressure aside, we have all agreed that we will go do this again because we did have a really nice time: BYO-wine and Donna’s cucumber sandwiches made everything better.

Both Sides Art in Pilsen, Chicago

Both Sides Art Studio in Pilsen, Chicago

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Both Sides Art Studio in Pilsen, Chicago

Obviously, Donna got the best smock.
Obviously, Donna got the best smock.

Rita is brave and painted and actual person.

Rita is brave and painted an actual person.

Sigh. My farmhouse.
Put a bird on it, Carla.
Put a bird on it, Carla!

Adventures in Crafting | Ornaments


Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

We had so much fun making wreaths at Denise’s house in November, that we gathered at again at Donna’s house in December to craft our own ornaments. Carla, Denise, Donna, Holly and I all made the bell jar ornaments that have been all over Pinterest. Plastic wine glasses, twine, cardstock, paper punches, doll house miniatures and glitter were everywhere…including multiple extension cords for all of our glue guns. Rita went rogue by making a dozen cupcake ornaments to give as a gift to one of her girlfriends. I’m adding them to my list for next Christmas – they’re really cute and they looked like they were fun to make.

Donna’s house is REALLY beautiful…and so was the food she prepared. Caprese skewers and hot Grzaniec (Hot Mulled Polish Wine) were the stand-outs. I wish I had taken more pictures! Also, I am in love with her dogs…especially her handsome pit, Special Agent Dale Cooper, who slept by my feet for most of the party.