inspiration // time for a Christmas Party!

It is no surprise to anyone that I love to throw a party. Like a lot. And let’s be totally honest it’s pretty much so that I can spend 2 weeks crafting and decorating and dreaming up overly complicated thing, which thanks to Pinterest I can keep my crazy organized. I acknowledge that it’s a bit ridiculous*.

With the party closing in (Saturday night!!), I figured I would share some of the amazing images that inspired me this time around.


** (Ann, I’m not renting a snow machine…no matter how much you think I’m crazy enough to do that).
** all image sources can be found here.

party design // 1920s prohibition.

Speakeasy Party 1

First comes the party. Which included all the hits of the 20s: big band, tollhouse cookies, hershey kisses, gin and rum. I mean, it was go prohibition or go home. Lots of research came into play to add creative elements. Blue lights indicated speakeasies. Signs for church meetings were another constant indicator of alcohol within during the prohibition. Another fast fact: Italian food became popular during prohibition because a good handful of speakeasies were owned by Italian families, so they would only serve pasta to patrons because it was simple, and most people weren’t really there for the food anyways.



Speakeasy Party 3

And then there were the people (who are in black & white cause well…it’s more 20s like). You can’t have a party without them and the awesomeness they contribute; oh how I love them all so. Here is to the next awesome shindig. I’m thinking it may involve a “trip to the beach.”

Speakeasy Party 4
Speakeasy Party 6
Speakeasy Party 5

parties: summer bbq in charlottesville












A couple of weeks ago, I had the joy of hosting a party for friends at my parent’s home in Charlottesville, VA. It was a great time to get out of the city, float in inner-tubes, and enjoy amazing food (and cupcakes). Good times were had by all, and while I couldn’t focus on a ton of little details there were definitely enough to make you feel like you were at a Porter party.

Oh, and of course there were cupcakes. :)


brightly colored streamers

I want to make these, plain and simple. Once it happens, I’m sure I’ll be able to give a full DIY breakdown. But just on first glance, I’m seeing two embroidery hoops (different sizes to fit inside of each other), multiple colors of streams and a hot glue gun in my future. So pretty much, my future sounds awesome.

vendor love: fliptography

Are you a person who thinks, “photobooths are everywhere and I’m way to cool and trendy to do something that mainstream?” (Are there actually people who would think that way — well, moving on). I have the solution for you.

Meet Flip, a mobile animation studio. All photobooth, all flipbook, all fun.

All photos care of Flip!