A Snowman Birthday Party

This morning on Facebook I asked, “Would you rather be a snowman or gingerbread man?” and it seems snowman was the favorite. I started out thinking of a sophisticated snowman party with fun evening gowns and pretty china, but then I saw this adorable tutu! Let’s face it nothing is better than a tutu, so I switched gears to a kiddo friendly birthday party! Change out your traditional holiday wreath to a fun snowman for your front door and hang some adorable snowman paper garland. For centerpieces turn ornaments into snowman and fill a glass jar. Kids love yummy goodies, theme them for the party and your set! Who doesn’t love cake; these cakeballs are the perfect bit size portion. Set up a hot chocolate station with “snowman arms,” “coal eyes,” “carrot noses,” and peppermint buttons” for an extra fun touch. For the birthday girl decorate her chair with a snowman slip cover and dress her in this precious tutu. Since I don’t have any kids does anyone have a kid I can borrow to throw them a snowman party?

Happy Holidays!

Images via: Shindig Parties To Go, Better Homes and Gardens, Flickr, Photobucket, One Charming Party, Etsy, The Actor’s Wife, Nothing makes Me Happier, Glam.com

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A Gold Glitter Holiday Party

Yes, I am finally embracing the holidays (good thing because I have 2 1/2 weeks to shop for Christmas) and I had to start with glitter! Since I now have a fiance 🙂 we have a few holiday parties to go to and of course that means new outfits. I know I should be shopping for everyone else, but let’s face it what girl can resist a fabulous new dress. For my first holiday look I’m beginning with this sequin-embellished dress from The Outnet and pairing it with this Betsy Johnson bow clutch from Bloomingdale’s and these adorable bow earrings. If you are playing host for the evening don’t forget to decorate the outside of your venue. I’m a big fan of white lights, because a little go a long way, and I love this row of trees outside a brick building. If you’re on a budget, or you spent your budget on your outfit, this Etsy Garland is also very DIY friendly. Click on over to Etsy to order yours, or you can find some sparkle paper, cut some circles, squares, triangles or whatever shape you love and glue them to each side of a piece of string. Wah-Lah! I’m a huge fan of edible gold, yes there is such a thing click here, so I would coat my entire cake with it! For favors send guests home with cute little gold reindeer! Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Images via: The Outnet, Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, A Gift Wrapped Life, Etsy, Kitchen Deelite, 4.bp.blogspot

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Meet Me Monday: Christina & Her Fiance Blair

For two and a half years I have been faithfully blogging on Zinke Design, and while I am so thankful for the experience I am so happy to have a new blog and company! I figured half of you may not really know who I am, or what I do, so I thought I would share. Will that be ok?

So this is me… My name is Christina Leigh Clayton and I own Christina Leigh Events. I love the sun and the soft colors of the spring. I’m not a fan of pop, I only drink water… and soy chai lattes. I love peonies, ranunculus, parrot tulips and soft texture flowers.  I love my family. I think snow looks best on a postcard, or looking at it out my window from the fireplace. I love Jesus. I have a degree in Communications from The University of Tulsa, I was a cheerleader in college. I want a mini goldendoodle and a great dane. I started buying wedding magazines with my allowance in fifth grade. I am OCD and color code everything. I am a Kappa Alpha Theta. I would be lost without my calendar. I love all of my brides… and their moms… and their soon to be moms. I’m a designer, planner and coordinator. I’ll be your best friend, help you pick out a dress, walk you through one of the best times of your life. I’ll think like a 13 year old to throw the best Bat/Bar Mitzvah you’ve ever been to. I love holiday parties and representing your brand. I am an event planner, I love what I do, and I would love to help plan, design and produce your next event!

If you’re getting to know me I thought I would introduce you to my soon to be Mr. also; meet Blair! I have walked so many brides though the wedding process and it has been so much fun! A little over a month ago I became a bride myself, and I am so excited to share my journey with you all. I’ll begin with how we re-met! It was April 10, 2010, I was at contestants day for Miss Oklahoma and got a phone call from a friend that a group was going to dinner and I should come. She also told me that Blair was in town. — Rewind four years. I remembered Blair from college; he played football and I cheered. The first time I ever met him was in the Kappa Alpha Theta house at TU. He was doing a class project with my Big, Sarah, and she briefly introduced us. — Of course I remembered the 6’6″ tall, sweet southern gentleman from Texas. I hadn’t been to dinner with a group of friends in awhile so I went. Being the sweet man Blair is, he offered me his chair so that I didn’t have to sit on the end. We ended up chatting for awhile and then we all headed to stop number two. We spoke there for awhile and then I called an early night and headed home. A couple of days later I sent Blair a Facebook message to say it was great to see him and I hoped he had a great trip back home. The message was the beginning of a never ending chain of messages. Needless to say, I’m glad I sent that message. 🙂 Next week I’ll be back to share our proposal story.

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Inspired Event

Who says the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show can’t inspire a girl to more than just hitting the gym a few extra hours? The Passion segment opened and the bold, beautiful colors were perfect! (See the inspiration video here.)When angel Candice Swanepoel hit the runway in this piece that was hand embroidered in India I fell in love! It is the perfect blend of bright and feminine, what girl wouldn’t want a party themed after the most expensive piece in the show? I would start by sending out a feminine invitation with a neon accent and envelope liner. I would also enclose some fun neon confetti for guests to know they are bound for a fun time! If you’re looking for a neon DIY look these mason jars are perfect and 100 Layer Cake even walks you though how to make them here. Since Brooklyn Bride posted this fabulous neon tablescape September 12 I have been looking for a way to incorporate it into a blog! I love the lime runner and hot pink and orange accents on the plates and banquette. Make fun place cards with neon colored pencils, and don’t forget to set you cake on a bright cake stand. You could even put a fun flower on your cake for it to look like Candice’s shoes! Don’t forget that you’re the host and you must dress to impress. While I’m not suggesting you have a hand embroidered piece sent to you front India, try a statement necklace to tie you into your event. All you have left to do is have a happy VS Fashion Show inspired event!

 

 

Images Via: Vogue, Vogue, Etsy, Brooklyn Bride, Lovely Bride, Brooklyn Bride, 100 Layer Cake, Etsy, Oh Happy Day

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What’s A Girl To Do About Her Shoes?

As many of you know I recently got engaged! It’s so fun to personally walk though what I have walked so many of my brides through. It’s also fun to do fun things with my mom like pick out my dress, look for shoes, and much more! (I can’t share too many details with you because my future Mr. likes to read my blog, hi hunny!) So, last night I was pinning on my Pinterest page and low and behold it was like an extra ray of sunshine came from a gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutin’s! I knew I had to hunt them down and have them for my special day. To be honest I’ve never had a pair of Louboutin’s and I definitely do not want to order the wrong size so this morning I went to Twitter with sizing questions. Of course the shoe fairy failed to make every shoe fit true to size, and what really is my shoe size? So, I’ve come up with a few tips for finding shoes for your special day.

  1. Get your dress first. This will allow you to see what style would go best with your attire. If your dress is satin and form fitted you may not want shoes with an obnoxious bow – it may get caught on the front of your gown when you walk.
  2. Research! Do you want flats, boots, strappy heals, sling back heels, platforms? Do you want a color, texture or pattern?
  3. Try your shoes on! As I said the shoe fairy did not make every shoe fit the same. While some sites like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus have size guides you want to make sure your shoes fit and are comfortable. You are the bride and you will not get to sit down for very long on your wedding day. If you will be dancing well into the night you want to make sure that beauty isn’t too much pain.
  4. Take your shoes to your dress fitting. Nothing is worse than using a pair of shoes at the dress store because they “look close to your shoes” and chopping off too much of your dress.

Just like your dress, jewelry and bouquet your shoes are as much of your wedding day look as anything else. Don’t rush into a decision, order them off line to receive them just in the knick of time – all for them to fit wrong.

Happy shoe shopping!

 

 

Images via: Miles Witt Boyer, Josh McCullock, Jose Villa, Jose Villa, Ace Cuervo, Candi Coffman, Candi Coffman

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A Food Inspired Fall Wedding

I know Thanksgiving was just last week, but I had a migraine so bad that I didn’t get to enjoy a big Thanksgiving feast. While my hips are thanking me for the lack of added inches my mind is still thinking of all that sounds scrumptious! Instead of feeding my tummy I’m feeding my eyes today with this food inspired fall wedding. Doesn’t this vanilla roasted fruit bruschetta look amazing! It is the perfect color palate for a fabulous fall wedding. The trees in this yard make the perfect aisle; I am in love with the color orange on the leaves. This bouquet has the perfect blend of fun texture and fall inspired color, and Monique Lhuillier picked the most amazing coral color for this bridesmaid dress. Go simple with the invitation and linens; a piece of twine will go a long way as a subtle detail. Don’t forget to have your photographer snap some quite pictures of you and your new groom to remember the fabulous fall day.

Images via: The Kitchn, The American Legacy, One Man’s Rubbish is Another’s Art, Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, Monique Lhiullier

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Happy Grateful, Thankful, Beautiful Thanksgiving

Wow, time flies! It’s hard to believe that 2011 is coming to an end, and 2012 is right around the corner. I consider myself blessed to have so many things to be thankful for and wish I would remind myself a little more often. The Lord has truly been my rock this year and it is only because of Him that I can say thank you to so many.

To my mom and best friend. Thank you for cooking for me, listening to me and loving me the “mostest.”

Courtney, you are the best seester I could have ever have asked for. Thank you for letting me have my moments and being my biggest fan. I love you.

Dad, I know we have had our moments, but I am your little girl and I do love you.

Blair, I can’t believe you are my fiance! Thank you for supporting me, loving me and being my best friend. I can’t wait to marry you. I love you “smuch.”

My girls; Stacy, Stacey and Selby – my bestest, little and my Houston bestie. Thank you all for being there to listen, to make me laugh and share so many fun times. I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2012.

To my second family; The Armstrong’s – thank you for everything you have done for me. It’s so fun to have a little brother and another place I can call home. I love you all.

To all of the Zinke Design and Zinke  girls. Arin, without you I would not have the design and event industry knowledge that I do. It is only because of what you have taught me  that I am able to begin 2012 with my own wedding/event planning & design company. Kristin, thank you for teaching me to be the best coordinator, friend and professional to all of my clients. Hannah and Jen, you girls are simply awesome and make work so much fun!

To the staff, presenters and attendees of Engage!11 – Cayman Islands thank you! You have inspired, challenged and taught me more than I could have imagined in a few short days. It is because of what Rebecca and Kathryn have put together that I now have the best understanding of the wedding industry! I am so excited to put all of my notes and time engaging into play in my business.

To all of my Christina Leigh Events Facebook, Twitter and Blog fans and clients, thank you. I simply could not do what I love without you.

To my pageant family; Jill, Kay, Jack, Mignon, Wade, Shannon, Josh, Julie, the Grand Lake ladies, Damaris, Betty and so many, many more – I am so excited to continue volunteering for the Miss Oklahoma Organization and can not wait for a huge celebration in June!

Thank you Josh, Rachel, all of my cheerleaders, tumblers and parents at Ovations. I love seeing you push yourselves and succeed! I can’t wait for competition season!

I feel like I could write for days, but this post is getting very long. 🙂 Whether you are spending your Thanksgiving with a large group of family and friends, or just a couple of loved ones I hope you take time to reflect on your year, what you have truly been blessed with and all you have to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Al images via Pinterest (I’m sorry I lost track of them and did not source original links)