rx: sweet happiness

My sister-in-law recently graduated from nursing school {you go girl!}, so in addition to the new Bayan Hippo purse and Curly Girl travel mug we bought for her, I wanted to fill the purse with something medical-related and sweet.

What did I come up with?

Happy Pills.

Sometimes we need a reason to smile…and sometimes laughter, happiness and joy is the best medicine. Instead of filling prescription bottles with real drugs, we filled empty, clean prescription bottles {you can re-use old bottles or buy from amazon.com} with candy, gum, chocolate and mints.

If you’re hosting a medical school or nursing grad party, another fun idea is to stack them for a display on a dessert table, or give them as take-home favors. It’s affordable and so cute!

Or, for the girlfriend who just had her heart broken by a man – these would certainly cheer her up.

Or {the possibilities are endless}, how cute would it be to give to the bride in her day-of essentials/emergency kit or for a newly-engaged bride to get her through a year of planning? An I Do prescription bottle filled with breath-freshening mints. Or, one for each of the bridesmaids.

Good news for you…we are selling these in our Fleur de Lis, a paperie etsy shop. Check them out here and order today. {$5 for file as is and $10 for a custom file}

{images via Tutto Bella}

Real Housewives of Denver Bachelorette Party Ideas, Part 2


The erotic food was home-made and delicious.


For dessert, we offered Orgasmic Desserts – cupcakes with custom-made toppers {from Fleur de Lis, a paperie}, Jodi’s favorite candy Milk Duds, cinnamon bears and Red Vines. And, it wouldn’t be complete without a male body-part {the naughty body part) cake. 🙂

The stocked bar was a popular gathering spot for the ladies. Vodka cranberry, SkinnyGirl Margarita created by a housewife of New York City, Bethenny Frankel and red and white wine. And, water in between drinks was essential to help us with our hangover. Custom labels were designed by none other than Jenna, at Fleur de Lis, a paperie.

Every gal received fabulous party fare. Animal print bandannas stuffed inside personalized cups were essentials for the night ~ a cup to drink in one hand, and the bandanna on the lap to prevent stains on our festive outfits from the yummy food.

And, inside vintage cigar boxes lined with cheetah print, were animal print goody bags that contained hair spray for new jersey-style big hair, a condom, a recipe from real housewife of New Jersey, Therese Guidice cookbook, appropriately titled “the quickie,” and gum for minty fresh breath for
our evening out on the town.

You can never have enough animal print. Pillows from Jodi’s bed at home-made for a wild and cozy addition on the couch.

Between the drinks, decor, food, naughty and nice games and a video {made with love and A LOT of time from Jenna} a mini-dance party, a surprise limo and stop at an all male revue late in to the night and early morning ~ it was a party to remember.

venue: spire, downtown
cake: La Sensual
cupcakes: Gigi
invite, cupcake toppers, signs: Fleur de Lis, a paperie
event decor: Jessica, Jenna and bride’s mom Julie
set-up: thanks to Jessica, Savannah, Kristina, Annie, Lori, Susan, aunt Traci and Julie

{images via Tutto Bella}

Real Housewives of Denver Bachelorette Party

It’s time for our big bachelorette party reveal.

Jodi is obsessed with Bravo’s reality show Real Housewives…especially Real Housewives of New Jersey. So, we based our decor around real housewives, attitude, animal print, bling and jersey. It was lovingly referred to as Real Housewives of Denver.

The invite, designed by Fleur de Lis, a paperie, set the tone for a fun and fabulous Real Housewives night out for the ladies!

Jodi, our beautiful bachelorette shined all night in this BCBG sparkling dress.

The bridesmaids played their “real” housewives part too. Everyone dressed in their best animal print and bling, and posed {just like the real housewives do} for snapshots on the balcony.

Every gal needed that extra sparkle to get the party started. So, we asked each one to pick up extra bling…a ring pop!
The ‘welcome’ table greeted everyone with Real Housewives-themed vases. One vase was full of oranges to represent Real Housewives of Orange County, one vase contained peaches to represent Real Housewives of Atlanta, another vase shined with sparkly gems to represent Real Housewives of New Jersey, another vase was full of apples for Real Housewives of New York City and the final vase contained a bottle of Coors Light to represent the newest reality show of the night, Real Housewives of Denver.

A manican, weighted with a pom, and adorned with a zebra print belt, was the perfect ‘holder’ for Jodi’s hat of the evening, a cowboy hat decorated with a zebra band and a veil. Gems lined the table, and one of my favorite details on the table – photos edited with our faces. Jodi was the feature in the Rolling Stone magazine cover (formerly Jessica Simpson}, crowned housewife of the year. And, the bridesmaid faces replaced existing characters of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Bravo-shaped bubbles, complete with actual housewives phrases, was a festive and funny banner above the dessert table and bar. The things they say….

The lingerie hung neatly against the glass walls between two purple Poms {with a gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains}. Later in the evening, Jodi had to guess which lingerie was from who ~ if she got it right, the gift giver had to drink, if she guessed wrong, she had to drink. Fun game and sassy lingerie to enjoy for her honeymoon.

stay tuned for more fabulous details you MUST see in part 2…

{images via Tutto Bella}

lookin’ forward to the hangover

This week, the ladies are preparing outfits, decor ideas and cocktails for my Bachelorette party while the boys are preparing their livers for Drew’s Bachelor party in Vegas.

I can only imagine how crazy it’s going to get in Vegas… You would think that the fact that my dad is going might make me feel better… but at my brother-in-law’s Bachelor party, my dad “put the boys to bed” as he puts it. While the 25-year-olds were asleep, my dad was still in party mode and drinking at 7am, and proceeded to work out at 8am. I think it’s safe to say that they’re going to have one hell of a time!

Drew recalls one of his friends saying, “I just booked my plane ticket to Vegas. Now let’s make The Hangover look like a Disney movie.”

{sigh} … ohh great.

And so, it is only fitting that I share these party photos from Hostess for the Mostess, inspired from The Hangover. Absolutely hilarious and perfect for a Vegas-themed party.

Necessities from the groom for the trip:

Under Armor duffle bags from Drew

Royal Flush from Fleur de Lis {a necessity for the hotel bathroom for all the guys!}

Oh My Goodness! Down & Dirty Hand Sanitizer from Fleur de Lis {need I say why?}

Chaser {the over-the-counter hangover found at local drugstores}

Hasta la vista, boys! Enjoy Vegas!

As for my Bachelorette party tomorrow night, I will give you a clue: inspiration from a popular TV show, animal print & bling!

{Pictures to be posted soon!}

{images via Tutto Bella, Hostess with the Mostess & Chaser}