layered halloween dip

Layered dip is a must-have at our family’s Halloween get together, and it should be at yours, too! It’s the perfect app because it’s SO EASY and so delicious.

You will need:

{amount depends on the size of the dish, but you can use extra of your fav layers}

picante sauce
refried beans {Rosarita’s Spicy Jalapeño gives it an extra kick}
mexican style blend cheese
black olives, cut in halves
sour cream
guacamole {I made my own using avocado, picante, sour cream, garlic salt, pepper, Jalapeño flavored Tabasco and a splash of lime juice}
diced green chilis
green onions, sliced
tomatoes, diced


Using a pie dish, or any other dish, cover a thin layer of each ingredient in this order:
beans, salsa, guacamole, diced green chilis, green onions, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and olives

{tip: for a special Halloween dip, put sour cream in a plastic baggie, cut a tiny hole in one of the corners, and decorate like you would a cake}

Yep, that’s IT! How easy is that?
I promise, every bite will be gone. You’ll be the hit of the party 🙂

Thanks to our fabulous cousin, Nikki, for inspiring us this year 🙂 xo

{images via Tutto Bella}


susan + michael

We love this wedding for it’s pretty simplicity, but also its DIY touches, lovely lace, vintage accessories and the most stunning floral bouquets and arrangements! Tables were set with burlap runners lined with lace borders. Such a pretty combo.  Centerpieces by one of our faves, Cori Cook, were a mix of old wooden planter boxes with beautiful arrangements of juliet garden roses, succulents, roses, veronica, cafe au lait dahlias, scabiosa pods, astible, sweet pea, lavender and seeded eucalyptus. The details and the setting made for a beautiful garden wedding.

Thanks for Harper Point for sharing the amazing photos with us. Ya’ll are good!

Photography: Harper Point Photography
Flowers: Cori Cook Floral Design
Paperware: Paper + Ink
Rentals/Vintage Props: A Vintage Affair Rentals
Venue: The Tapestry House

{images via Harper Point Photography}

you are my sunshine

As a first time mommy, I’m a little sad to say that my daughter was 5 months old by the time I finished her room. I think most moms have it finished weeks or even months before the baby is even born! BUT, in my defense, my hubby and I didn’t find out the sex of the baby until she was born. So, I figure that bought me some extra time, right?

When we moved into our house, the room was painted the cutest blue tones. It would have been perfect if we knew we were having a boy, but we didn’t want to take our chances. Grey is neutral and the perfect soft color for a baby nursery. Painting the walls and our hand-me-down furniture were our only accomplishments we finished while I was preggo. We decided if it was a girl, we would to grey and yellow {because I’m obsessed with those tones and because yellow is the best color EVER :-)} and if was a boy, we would do grey and navy.

For the record, yellow is a tough color. Everything ‘baby’ in yellow looks like butter, popcorn yellow. I wanted a bright, vibrant and fun yellow. It took me some time because I was on a budget, and I didn’t want to buy things just to fill up the room.
{Note: painting furniture is a fun, inexpensive way to brighten up a room with color!}

Here’s the skinny on where I found everything:

Crib: Munire ‘Conventry’, Guys and Dolls Furniture
Elephany mobile: Pottery Barn Kids
You Are My Sunshine design: Fleur de Lis (a paperie), available for purchase here {set of 4 for $20}
Isn’t She Lovely design {white frame with chevron design}: Fleur de Lis (a paperie)
White frames and flowers: Hobby Lobby
Jellycat ‘Dante’ Donkey: Fleur de Lis (a paperie)
Baby name letters, crib sheets and crib skirt: Firefly Furnishings (letters painted yellow at home)
Chevron toy basket: Treasured Totes via Etsy
Furniture Paint: ‘Sunshine’, Home Depot

{images via Tutto Bella}

little slugger baby shower

When you are a baby boy about to be born into a family like this, you’re probably going to be a baseball player… like it or not 🙂

The soon-to-be daddy and his brother both played in the minor leagues. Together with their dad {who has his own hitting cage facility at his house I might add}, they now coach a very successful Lightning baseball program. I think it’s safe to say that Jackson Tucker or Carson James {they haven’t decided which name they will pick!} will be quite the baseball fanatic!

Fleur de Lis designed the adorable, baseball-themed labels for the shower {you can purchase it here}. Red, white and blue decor throughout the shower, and homemade baseball cake pops with crackerjacks filled the popcorn containers. How adorable!

Nichole and Michael are expecting their little slugger to arrive next month. We cannot wait to meet the little man!


Invitations, water bottle labels, popcorn & peanut labels, place cards: Fleur de Lis (a paperie)

Cake pops: my fab mother-in-law, Lori

Sweet Beginnings cards: Mimi-to-be, Cindy

{images via Tutto Bella}

papier fleurs et vows

As you know, us Tutto Bella gals are paper fanatics. We love seeing brides get creative with their paper products for their weddings.

This Colorado bride took her creativity and inspiration to an entirely new level. She had an extravagant paper chuppah, colorful paper bouquets and white linen paper centerpieces. Everywhere you turned, there was paper. And it was absolutely STUNNING.

With the help of Amy Toltz-Miller and, of course, Pinterest, the beautiful bride planned a uniquely remarkable wedding. We’ve never seen anything quite like it…. and we are loving it!


Photography: Eric Stephenson Photography
Dress: Felice Bridal
Event Planner: Amy Toltz-Miller Special Events
Venue: History Colorado Center
Decor/Floral: Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist
Cake: Cakes by Dana Pierce
Lighting: LMD Productions

{images via Eric Stephenson Photography}