Free Easter Bunny Photos

Hop into spring with this free opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny!

I don’t know about you, but we have done our share of meet and greets with the Easter Bunny. You usually have to pay a fee, stand in a long line, and by the time you get to see the Easter Bunny your kids are either too scared or over it.

Free Photos with the Easter Bunny || Sarah Sofia Productions

That’s why I’m excited to share FREE professional portraits with the Easter Bunny for Charlotte locals today, Monday, March 16th from 3-6 p.m. at Portrait Innovations studios in Charlotte, Gastonia and Huntersville.

Spring and the Easter Bunny go hand and hand and now is your opportunity to meet him for free with no long lines and make lasting memories with your family!

The Easter Bunny will visit Portrait Innovations studios located in Charlotte at the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center, Huntersville at the NorthCross Shopping Center and Gastonia at Gaston Mall. Each child will receive three free high resolution images with the Easter Bunny on a CD.

Free Photos with the Easter Bunny || Sarah Sofia Productions

In addition, Tuesday, March 10 through Sunday, April 12, Portrait Innovations will have a great Spring-time offer that includes 43 Portraits and 5 Spring cards for just $19.99, plus a FREE 16×20 Wall Portrait. Coupons for this deal can be found on the website at portraits.com.

Portrait Innovations has new spring backgrounds that allows you to be creative with your photos sessions and have a one-of-a-kind portraits that your standard photography studio cannot offer.  Plus, how can you turn down free Portraits with the Easter Bunny?”

Sprin family Photos || Sarah Sofia Productions

Portrait Innovations offers a full range of seasonal backgrounds, props and poses available for families to choose from.  For more details on portrait sessions please visit Portrait Innovations .

 

 

Top 12 Posts of 2014: Parties, Event & Interior Design + 2015 Trends

Top Partiy, Event & Interior Design Trends of 2014 that are trending in 2015

Happy and healthy 2015 my friends! I wanted to share my top 12 blog posts of 2015 with you today!

Sarah Sofia Productions had a successful year in event design and styling! You will notice 9 of the 12 top blog posts are events or parties that were big trends in 2014 and continue to trend in 2015. The other 3 of 12 top blog posts are interior design and home décor trends that spill over into this year.

12. Wine Tasting and champagne tasting parties were hot in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. Tastings are one of my faves to plan because it’s an intimate affair with food and wine/champagne pairings. Get inspired with our Wine Tasting Party!

Wine Tasting

11.  Easter Celebrations and Easter Celebration Part II have some great décor elements and fun colors.

Easter Celebrations

10. Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower was a fan fav and still is one of mine! Pink + Gold were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. The elements of this GLAM bridal shower can be used for any party that needs a little sparkle! We were featured in two publications for this photo shoot: My Tru Blu and The Bride Link

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

9. Coral, Robin Eggs Blue & Elephants themed 1st Birthday Party is whimsical and had hot trends like dessert and candy bar, coral and blue colors, and of course smash cake.

045This party is a good example of interior design and home décor trends that are making their way into party trends. The theme of this party was based on the coral, blue & elephant themed nursery.

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

8. Thrill of the Hunt Series was a hit with treasures from thrifting from my guests Dwell by Cheryl and Jennifer, Pure & Simple Organizing, along with my treasures!

Finding the Good Stuff

7. Black Tie Weddings and Events are classic and will always be in style! There’s something fun and glamorous about getting dressed up in formal attire that makes the night special. The Queen City Gala: Black Tie for Charity was no exception!

Queen City Gala

6. Brunch with the girls: Summer Entertaining continues to be one of our top archive searches for 2014! Despite the rain, there are fun punches of color and easy party décor elements.

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

5. Surprise 50th Birthday Party isn’t your typical backyard celebration! The attention to detail from the food to the simple and masculine décor made this party an instant classic. Burlap and navy were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015.

50th Surprise Party

4. One Room Challenge Spring 2014 Master Bedroom and Fall 2014 Big Girl Room drove a lot of new traffic to our blog and demonstrated that trends in interior design continue to overlap with weddings, events & parties.

High & Low Finds

Many of the home décor items in both ORC rooms came from our wedding, or my daughter’s birthday party décor.

006

3. Fall Décor and entertaining along with our Thanksgiving Tablescape were both hits with readers and the interior design industry! We were featured in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Fall Round up, Festive Fall Crafts and Décor.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescap

Thanksgiving Inspiration

2. Sofia The First Birthday Party not only had a lot of views when it was first published in September 2014 but continues to be our second most popular search into 2015! Sofia The First Invitation

Sofia The First and Disney character themed parties were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015! This Sofia The First party incorporated boys by having them dress up like Princes and adding special touches in crafts and food labels.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

1. Our biggest month to date was December 2014 with all our holiday and Christmas posts such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party, Trimming the Tree and Christmas Décor, Family Traditions with Recipes and Cookie Decorating Party, Cozy Survival Guide for Winter Months, and Christmas Tablescape.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party 3

Merry & Bright

Holiday Traditions Cookie Decorating Party

We collaborated with wedding and event industry pros such as Classic Party Rentals, for Christmas Tablescape and were recognized nationally by Classic Party Rentals and in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Holiday Tradition Roundup, A Southern Girls Guide to Christmas Traditions.

Christmas Decor and Tablescape

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Cozy Surviival Guide for the Winter Months

However our most viewed post of December and of 2014 was New Year’s Eve Bash and Recipes!

NYE Bash

NYE BASH Recipes

Can’t wait to share more 2015 top trends in weddings, events, and parties in the coming months!

 

 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town…Personal Invitation to Meet Santa with no lines + GIVEAWAY!

Santa Claus is Coming to Portrait Innovations BLOGGER IMAGE

Santa Claus is Coming Town! This is your personal invitation to meet Santa without the crowds and have a private photo session with him at Portrait Innovations at the
Promenade on Providence Shopping Center in Charlotte, NC.

Most of us can relate to the annual obligatory Santa Claus photo-op. First obstacle is making it through the long and winding line, which is a feat in its self! After an hour or so you’ve made it to the front just in time for Santa to take a snack break.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Then you take a snack break in hopes that it will rejuvenate your little ones.  However, the outcome usually ends up like this:

Santa Is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

No lines. No crowds. Same day prints.

This year, skip the lines at the mall and get a jump-start on your holiday planning with
Portrait Innovations.  Professional portrait sessions that include Santa Claus
are available Tuesday, November 11th through Sunday, November 16th during regular store hours at the newly renovated Portrait Innovations in the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center.

santas lap

In addition to getting creative family portraits with Santa Claus, Portrait Innovations is offering a 43 Holiday Portrait Package for only $19.99.  Not only will you receive 43 printed photos of various sizes, but the package includes 5 free 5×7 holiday greeting cards and a choice of a free 11 oz portrait mug or ceramic ornament (with coupon found on portraits.com). 

santas lap

I enjoy getting family photos professionally taken and sharing this $100 photo session giveaway from Portrait Innovations just in time for the holidays!  Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win!

“For 12 years, we’ve been a part of the Charlotte
community, helping families capture lasting memories throughout the year,” says
Johnny Grosso, COO.  “But this is the first time we’ve brought Santa Claus to
the studio.  The children will be delighted to spend time with Santa, and our
studios provide a relaxing environment so that everyone can enjoy the
experience.”

Reserve your private portrait session with the jolly man in red today and get a jump start on your holiday planning! Appointments are available November 11th through Sunday, November 16th at Portrait Innovations.

Happy Holidays! Sarah

a Rafflecopter giveaway

FREE Halloween Portraits for Charlotte Families + Portrait Innovations Giveaway!

Free Halloween Portraits by Portait InnovationsNew Portrait Innovations Studio is offering Free Halloween Portraits during Movies on the Green and Trick ‘r Treat Family Event at Promenade on Providence Shopping Center!

If you’re like me, you try to get a good photo on Halloween, but run out of time between getting everyone ready and out the door. Now you have the opportunity to enjoy some family fun and have a professional photo of your little ones dressed up in their Halloween costumes.

Here are the details:
Portrait Innovations is offering parents with children dressed in costume FREE portraits during the Trick ‘r Treat event taking place at the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center on Friday, October 24th.  Photo opportunities will be from 4 – 6pm, and parents will receive three free high-resolution portraits on a CD of each child.

pirate sm

The portraits will be offered during the Trick ‘r Treat Event at Promenade on Providence.  Kids can collect candy from shopping center merchants between 4 & 7 pm.  After collecting their treats, families are invited to enjoy their candy under the stars while watching Monsters University on the green.  The movie will start at 7pm.

The Portrait Innovations store, located at Providence Road and I-485, is newly renovated.  What does this mean for your freebie Halloween Portraits? You’re gonna get those Pinterest-inspired, drool-worthy photos of your kids this year!

owl sm

With new camera rooms equipped with  lighting and background textures including brick, plank and slate and photographers trained in the newest posing and shooting techniques, those free photos are gonna look awesome.

Join the fun at the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center on Friday, October 24th.  The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 26th.

Connect and share with Portrait Innovations at www.portraitinnovations.com,  on Facebook (www.facebook.com/portraitsdotcom) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/portraitsdotcom).

Want another opportunity for FREE portraits with Portrait Innovations? Enter our exclusive giveaway for a session valued at $100 by commenting on how you could use the $100 free portrait session!

 


Fall Family Fun Series

Guest Blogger Series Badge

I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Katie, at MomFavorites.com today! As a wedding and event planner and stylist I usually blog about my events, entertaining and décor tips. However, this post allows me to step out of my normal comfort blogging zone and share my personal life with y’all!

Charlotte offers a variety of fall fun from apple picking, to pumpkin picking, to hay rides and animal petting farms, to hiking trails.

Once October hits, it’s all about pumpkin patches! Here’s a sneak peek from our recent pumpkin patch adventure at Hodges Farm in North Charlotte!

Fall Family FunFall Family FunFall Family FunNot to mention our fun memories of hiking in Grand Father Mountain before Charlotte was born!

grandfather mountain 3

grandfather mountain 4

Come on over to MomFavorites.com for more fall family fun ideas!

Happy Fall Y’all!

Sarah

Cocktails & Celebrations

It was a pleasure being a part of cocktails and celebrations with the lovely women of the Junior League of Charlotte.  Two events that occur twice a year are for new members, Kickoff and Graduation.  Both serve a different purpose, but are similar in making the women feel welcome as new members of the Junior League of Charlotte.

Drawing from the fresh blooms of spring, I used pinks and oranges for a clean and bright feel throughout the graduation cocktail party, which celebrated the newly active members of the Junior League.

Inspiration for the fall kickoff event held in late August came from one of my pink and blue nautical Lilly Pulitzer dresses.  Using a nautical theme, we had pinks and blues throughout the cocktail party.