Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Fifth Anniversary To... Us!

So what's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear "we are celebrating our fifth anniversary in Ohio"? Absolutely nothing! Believe it or not, this was one of our favorite parts of our trip and our favorite anniversary so far. 

We've always wanted a special photo session, and that's why I thought it would be a perfect gift for my husband [and I]. I started to search for photographers, and the first one I loved loved loved was JLP- Jessica Love Photography. I've read all of the great reviews and went through her beautiful pictures on her site, thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong...  JLP turned out to be even better! We had a great time meeting Jessica Love, it felt like we've known her for a long time. She really knew how to make us feel comfortable in front of the camera, and the location she chose was even better than what I had in mind. Since the traditional gift for a fifth anniversary is a "wood" gift, I wanted the location to be filled with, well, wood! We've already looked at the pictures a billion times, shared them with friends and family, made a photo book, and looked through them a billion times more. Thank you for capturing all of the perfect moments, thank you for doing what you do! You really did make our fifth anniversary extra special.

Happy fifth anniversary to my one and only zooz. You're definitely the only one I want to annoy for the rest of my life. Thank you for everything you have done and still do for me. I'm so happy we decided to go to Ohio instead of Hawaii. I love you so much! 
Of course I had to make some simple props for us to use such as this banner, and Jessica knew how to incorporate them into our pictures. You might be able to win a similar banner soon!
 Don't forget to check out her JLP site: jessicalovephotography.com
& like her Facebook page: facebook.com/jessicalovephotography

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Masquerade Themed Birthday Party

A masquerade themed party is a fun and elegant theme that works for many occasions. This party was a surprise 18th birthday party. The colors we used were black, purple, and gold. The decor wouldn't be complete without masks, feathers, and elegant patterns. We designed and organized many different items such as the chocolate bars with personalized labels, photo booth section, guest book alternative, and the dessert table.  Check out the pictures below for more details. Happy 18th birthday Nour!
The main dessert table. We designed this background according to the theme. We also added vases and filled them with feathers and gold branches. The sweets we made for this party were our homemade Oreo cupcakes with personalized toppers and chocolate bars with labels.
We organized these balloons and added them to each side of the dessert table.

The gold chocolate bars with personalized labels that we designed according to this theme.
Our homemade cupcakes with toppers that we designed according to this theme.
We added gold branches and black feathers in each vase.
We made these small balloon weights out of feathers.
We designed and made these masks for the mask hunt. We hid these around the hall, and the person that found the most masks wins a prize.
The fancy photo booth section.
We designed this frame and added it next to the photo booth background.
We decorated this frame to be used as a photo booth prop.
This is one of my favorite guest book alternatives so far. We designed and made this large mask for the guests to write Nour a special birthday message on.
This is the invitation we designed for this party. Happy birthday Nour!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An Extra Healthy Fitness Themed Party

This is every gym lover's worst nightmare. Coming home from the gym only to find a surprise birthday party filled with many, many delicious and irresistible sweets. What a sweet nightmare! This birthday party was for two very old people who love to go to the gym and work out "every single day". We wanted to put them to the test and see if they could actually avoid eating everything on the dessert table. Totally failed. The sweets on the dessert table were all gym/fitness themed, such as the edible weights, chocolate iPhones, and the cake. We made two "gym bags" as the guest book alternatives. Check out the very healthy pictures below for more details. Happy birthday Saher and Ahmad!
The dessert table. The colors of the party were orange, red, black, blue, and some white. 
This cake was perfect! Every one at the party loved the two workoutaholics on the cake, even though we never really were able to figure out who from the two birthday boys had the six pack abs. Maybe next year. It tasted great too! Thank you Sukkar Cakes!
The candles on the cake were the total of their ages. Super old.
We added drinks to the table that were the same colors as the party. We also designed these labels according to the theme.
Can't forget our homemade chocolate iPhones! Got to listen to our workout music.
We made three different edible weights options and added it to this stand.
Edible weights- the chips version.
Edible weights- the tootsie rolls and pretzels version.
We also made edible weights shaped as honey cookies. Delicious!
"Light" edible chocolate covered marshmallow weights.
We made some healthy popcorn just in case any of the guests were really on a diet.
We designed this special note and added it to the table just to remind them about a little something.
We designed this birthday banner shaped as weights. Of course the older you get, the heavier you will be.
These are the gym bags that we designed and used as the guest book alternative.
Each one of our uncles got some very special and funny messages to pack in their gym bags.
Our personalized toppers that we designed according to the theme.
Happy birthday Ahmad and Saher! You both deserve all of the sweets in the world!

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