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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Kidchella Party


Brother and Sister Kidchella Birthday Party | November 2015

Chicagoland Photographer Christina Marie Photography

Opening Act Magic and Balloon Art by Lori Wheeles

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Brit Pop Wedding


Nathan and Amanda's Chicago Wedding - Vintage Eclectic Brit Pop Travel Old Oak Tap - Pastiche Events

Saturday, September 6th, I had the pleasure of styling the Chicago wedding of Amanda Czernecki and Nathan Suh. If you live in Chicago, you have probably heard Amanda’s voice on the radio or have seen her pretty mug on TV, as one of our own Chicago traffic reporters. As a talented musician, it is no surprise that Nathan finally met Amanda at a Brit-Pop music night in 2011. Apparently, the two frequented the same music events and establishments for years but never crossed paths until Parklife at Lucky Number Grill. Their love of music brought them together and this was clear on their wedding day.

Even more, their love of travel played a part. The two fell in love in Chicago, became engaged near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and visited London for their honeymoon. How very proper, considering the music that brought them together…

I loved that my friends were so willing to make their day their own and cast aside the typical traditions and expectations. To begin, I designed their invitations and told their love story via a Chicago L Map.

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The beautiful photos taken by Photographer, Amy Aiello will tell the rest of their wedding story…stacks of vintage books, mobs of romantic candles, warm, deep-red flowers, postcard love notes and a Union Jack cake, made this particular Chicago wedding one-of-a-kind for a truly unique couple.

I am available to hire for custom invitation design, wedding signage, favors, homemade cupcakes, dessert tables and unique day-of ceremony and reception styling. Amy Aiello, whom I have been fortunate to have worked with before, is an extremely talented, Emmy-Award winning, professional photographer and I can not promote her services enough…she has the best eye in the city.

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Bride and Groom: Amanda Czernecki and Nathan Suh

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Old Oak Tap

Photography: Amy Aiello

Bouquets and Boutineers: Sprout Chicago

Smash Cake: Delish Cakes

Cupcakes, Brit-pop Toppers and Smash Cake Topper: Pastiche Events

Polish Kolaczkis and Apple Tarts: Kathy Czernecki (Amanda’s Mom)

Centerpieces and Floral Arrangements: Pastiche Events

Dark Matter Coffee Favors: Pastiche Events

Custom Invitation Design: Pastiche Events

Postcard Love Notes (in lieu of Guest Book): Pastiche Events

 

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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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.

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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!

Forest Friends Baby Shower


Photo by Rita Norkiewicz

Twins Baby Shower at The Red Oak Room of Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois.

Parents-to-be: Holly and Pierre | Babies-to-be: Jacques and Julien

Free Printables for the Cupcake Circles are at the end of the post. Just click to open the 8.5 x 11 image and save/print as PDF.

To order an instant download of the Forest Friends Thumbprint Tree, please visit my shop, PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com. Each download is for personal use only and costs $8.00.

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Forest Friends Thumb Print Tree by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.Pennant Flag Banner by Pastiche EventsForest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Sweets Table Jars by Pastiche Events

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Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.
The prizes for the games were all items that Holly either loves, misses or craves – Yankee Candle Summer Scents, Mint Scarves, Mint Soap, Coconut Coffee, Red Wine and mini cans of Sofia Champagne.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Event Styling, Graphic Design and Sweets Table Confections provided by Pastiche Events.

Fox Cake and Mason Jar Floral Arrangements provided by Holly’s Mom and Aunt Linda.

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Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF
Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF
Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF

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.

Favorite Things Cupcakes


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Holly's Favorite Things Cupcakes

This box of cupcakes was inspired by my friend, Holly – vanilla cake flavored with almond, topped with a light, fluffy homemade buttercream frosting and white nonpareil candies.

Each cupcake was placed in a polka-dot cup and was topped with a picture of one of her favorite things. I decorated the bakery box with a poodle-loving pinup girl that reminded me of her. The favorite things:

Buffy Summers

Black poodles

Wes Anderson

Coca Cola

Red Ray Bans

John Hughes

Battlestar Galactica

The National

Records

Tiffany’s

Polka-dots (and she wore them before they were cool)

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