Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek

I’ve been working on a few fun DIY things this January, and two of them happen to collide for my Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek!

Vantine's Day Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Here’s a sneak peek at the three drawer campaign piece I painted in Sherwin Williams Youthful Coral and finished in high gloss lacquer.  I have styled it with some of my favorite party pieces for an upcoming Wine Tasting Girls Night Out Valentine’s Day party!

Valentine's Day Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

A lot of DIY is going into this party prep from items I’ve used in past events. DIY spray painted gold vintage stand I found at HomeGoods to display the sea urchin form Hobby Lobby. Easy DIY glittered Champaign bottle and added a little more sparkle to the gold tray with gold ribbon. Not to mention make shift photo booth with spray painted picture frame I used for this Coral, Robin’s Egg Blue & Elephant themed 1st Birthday Party.

Don’t have tons of party décor lying around your house to decorate for Valentine’s Day? Don’t fret, decorating can be as easy as adding some fun floral arrangements, garland, and signs.

Valentine's Day Decorating || Sarah Sofia Productions

Valentine's Day Decorating || Sarah Sofia Productions

I love using heart garland around the house, especially in the front entryway, in our family room, and in the bedrooms. It’s an inexpensive yet festive way to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit!

Valentine's Day Party Ideas || Sarah Sofia Productions

The garland in the front entryway is from Target’s collection last year and the one pictured above is from Crate & Barrel. You could easily make these yourself with felt or colored cardboard paper.

Did you catch our Valentine’s Day Inspiration Round Up post last week of fun and creative ideas from years past?

Valentines Day Party Ideas Round Up || Sarah Sofia Productions

Make sure you stop by next week and get all the fun details of our Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Party!


Styling & Design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Mini cake stand, blue cake stand and  gold votive candle holders – Home Goods

Be Mine wooden sign, gold sea urchin, and gold tray – Hobby Lobby 

Felt red and pink heart garland – Target

Red and pink heart garland – Crate & Barrel

Coral lacquer three drawer campaign piece – Sarah Sofia Productions

Kicking off the New Year!

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone! While New Year’s Eve is over, the colors of this New Year’s Eve celebration are fitting for a Valentine’s Day or Mardi Gras party!

I love mixing red, white and gold together with some greens in floral arrangements.   This is a celebration that adults and children can enjoy! Noise makers, beads, faux sunglasses, confetti, and balloons make this party fun for all ages!

For a Valentine’s Day celebration take away the pine cones and NYE hats and add hearts as place cards or napkin holders. For a more festive Mardi Gras feel add hats, boas, and lots of beads!


BE MINE: Happy Valentine’s Day!


Valentine’s Day is Friday and my house has been decorated since the end of January! Why so early you may ask? Valentine’s Day should be celebrated more than just one day in my book!

Make Valentine’s Day last the entire month with beautiful floral arrangements, cute signs, banners, and candles in an array of pinks and reds. I love tulips and hydrangeas.  I added a hot pink and gold shimmer tin bucket from Target to make the perfect centerpiece for any Valentine’s Day celebration!

If you have children, get them involved with decorating and hang banners in their room.  I always enjoyed decorating heart cut out cookies with friends. Why not add a new twist to a cookie decorating party by having a small make-your-own photo booth for the kids to play and dress up!  Another fun idea is to decorate cookies, banners, or cards with your children and give them as gifts to their teachers and friends.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Elmo Themed 2nd Birthday Party


Like most toddlers, my daughter Sofia runs around all day saying Elmo and just can’t get enough of this Sesame Street character!  Thus, Sofia’s World was created, modeled after Elmo’s World.

An Elmo themed party was the perfect fit with Sofia’s love of water activities to celebrate her 2nd birthday in style! We set up her water table, beach ball sprinkler, bubbles, and water guns to make a splash in Sofia’s World!

To make the party more girly I used red and turquoise with pops of white.  This Elmo party inspired me:

Since we hosted the party on Labor Day, we had our local favorite BBQ from Mac’s, with kid friendly sides of mac and cheese, veggies, and baked beans.  Continuing with the picnic theme I used red and white checkered tablecloths for the adult and kids table found at Hobby Lobby.

I wanted Sofia to be a part of this creative party and had her paint the red and turquoise Sofia’s World sign for the food table.  She also added her touch to the chalk board outside that greeted friends as they entered the water activity station.

One of Sofia’s favorites, homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches, are always a hit with kids and adults!  You can find the recipe from my older post: Don’t forget Dorothy the goldfish, or in this case several goldfish severed in a fishbowl at the food table.

Of course there was a signature drink!  Since it was a kids party raspberry and regular lemonade was severed in mini blue mason jars with turquoise striped straws.

Elmo Themed Party

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Elmo Themed Birthday Party

Elmo Themed Birthday Party

Elmo Themed Birthday Party

Elmo Themed Birthday Party

Elmo Themed Birthday Party

Elmo Themed Birthday Party

Elmo Themed PartyVendor Credits:

Event Design and Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal ice cream sandwiches – Sarah Sofia Productions

Red Elmo Pillowcase Dress -Designs by Too Too Cute Tutus

Red and White Checkered Tablecloths – Hobby Lobby

Tulle – Hobby Lobby

Blue Mini Mason Jars – World Market

Blue Plates – Party City

Sesame Street Party Favors – Party City

Party Decorations  -Party City

Elmo Piñata -Party City

Beach Ball Sprinkler -Buy Buy Baby

BBQ -Mac’s Speed Shop

Fishbowl – Petsmart

Elizabeth & Ryan Tying The Knot 10.29.11

As a wedding and event planner it was such a pleasure to style and design “Tying the Knot” bridal shower for Elizabeth.

Inspiration for this bridal shower began with the theme “Tying the Knot”, which was reflected throughout the design of the event.  For example, the flower arrangements had flowers that were in the shape of hearts or were tied.  Another example is in the wooden plaques such as Bride and Love.

In addition to the primary “Tying the Knot” theme we used the word game scrabble.  The Bride-to-Be enjoys playing a word game similar to scrabble on her iPhone and we carried that theme throughout the event design in the scrabble pieces on the tables and again in the wooden plaques.  Our color palette included shades of purple, red, orange, and grey, which are Elizabeth’s wedding colors, and were used in the flower arrangements, decorations, and food.

The bridal shower was held outside on a private patio.  We wanted the atmosphere to be warm and inviting, yet have a fun and modern vibe like the Bride-to-Be.  Vignettes were set up throughout the patio including a main food table, drink bar, dessert bar, seating area, and gift station.

The menu consisted of mini lunch dishes such as quiche, chicken salad on croissants, shrimp shooters, prosciutto and melon skewers, turkey rolls, brie with heart cut out filled with jam, and Crudite’s (vegetables tucked in tiny glasses).  The Dessert bar featured red velvet cake pops with purple icing, ultra-violet vanilla cupcakes, and chocolate cups filled with fruit and chocolate straws.  Playing on the Bride-to-Be’s color scheme we went with a festive drink bar with Bellini’s, Mimosa’s, and Sangria.  Mason jars were used to serve the cocktails and mini mason jars were filled with purple and orange jelly beans as party favors.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Cake Pops – Nicole Farrell

Chocolate Filled Fruit Cups – Whole Foods (we filled them with fruit and added pirouettes as edible straws)

Cupcakes  -Bakery Gingham (We added the Bride-to-Be’s initials from Hobby Lobby)

Croissants – Pistacia Vera

Food, Drinks & Party Favors – Bridesmaids