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rx: sweet happiness

15 May

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}

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real housewives of denver, part 2

18 Aug

{continued…}

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.

Vendors
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, part 1

16 Aug

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}

reign rocks

8 Aug

We are still alive and well {some could argue the word ‘well’ from that statement} after Jodi’s Bachelorette Party this past weekend. It was SO much fun. Our bride looked fabulous and the festivities kept us {all 25 of us} laughing all night. We can’t wait to share party details with you.

But right now, we have fun news for you. Last Friday was an exciting day for Jenna and our blog. ReignDenver’s authority of all things fabulous, debuted its newest website and newsletter addition, Aisle Style by Reign. And Tutto Bella’s very own sister, Jenna, was the first wedding featured. Be sure to check it out.

Betsy Martin, the publisher and editor of the digital magazine and website, makes it her weekly duty to share the latest and greatest the mile high city has to offer. From the hottest fashion finds, restaurants, trends and happenings around town…every fabulous gal in Denver is in-the-know with Reign. Now, brides {and those who love weddings like we do} can find wedding inspiration and ideas on Aisle Style by Reign.

If you’re a Colorado girl {or not}, be sure to sign up for Reign.

Betsy, girl, you made Jenna’s wedding look like the glamorous event of the year. And, thanks for the shout out to Tutto Bella.

P.S. the boys survived their Vegas Bachelor weekend too! No tiger was found bathroom, and they came back with all their teeth. 🙂 But, they did come back with a lot less money and a real hangover.

{image via Aisle Style by Reign}

lookin’ forward to the hangover

5 Aug

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}

ladies bachelorette weekend

28 Apr

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Shannon’s last weekend as a single lady before she says “I do” to Bryan. It was one to remember. 

Before the drinks were poured, the bridesmaids and I were busy planning the perfect weekend for our fabulous bride-to-be! As we began to plan, I thought about Shannon’s likes and dislikes, as well as her party requests. 

On the NO list: 

  • Dirty, you-know-what-shaped straws
  • Strippers
  • Strip club visits
  • Really dirty games

On the YES list:

  • Candy bar – for as long as I’ve know her, she has LOVED candy…even more than food
  • Cute details – she notices and loves details
  • Pink accent color – though I don’t know if it’s her favorite color, it is an accent color on her wedding day
  • Dancing – no matter what, we had to go to a bar with good dancing music, at least once throughout the weekend, because Shannon LOVES to dance
  • Fun yet classy because we were to celebrate with her family (mom too) and friends
  • Games – lingerie game, how well do you know each other question game (we asked Bryan questions and she had to answer them to see if her answers matched Bryans…if not, she had to drink). And, how well do you know your man’s parts? Shannon had to guess which butt, hands, feet, stomach and lips (all photos were enlarged on posters) were her man’s amongst 5 other contestants.
  • Food – homemade, heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Weekend festivities – she had close friends flying in town from Chicago and L.A., so we had to plan a ladies weekend. Champagne at Corridor 44 Friday night, followed by dinner at Osteria Marco and a limo escort to bars downtown. On Saturday, post bridal brunch and bachelorette party, we danced and drank at Jet Hotel until the wee hours of the morning. 

So, with all that in mind, Cupcakes and Cocktails, seemed an appropriate theme. 

We celebrated at a new and chic residential living tower downtown with a great party space, private theatre room, private deck and wall-to-wall windows of the Rocky Mountains.

The adorable invites and paper goods (toppers, favor tags, food labels and water bottle labels) were created by Kim at KimsCustomGifts. FYI – Kim also designed our Tre Sorelle logo on this blog (with the three girls). She was wonderful to work with and did a great job.

bachelorette party invite

Guests were greeted by a maiden form in a dress (guests were asked to wear a black dress), a photo of the bride and groom, DIY wine bottle vases and a floral arrangement.
In the background was the lingerie line.  We asked guests to:
“please bring a piece of lingerie – either silk or lace
to fill her honeymoon suitcase.
It can be frilly, it can be sweet…or it can be sexy to knock Bryan off his feet.
Make sure it represents you and it’s in Shannon’s size,
we’re going to make her guess who it’s from for a nice…or naughty surprise.” 

maiden form entry table

The iconic Ikea frame used for décor for so many parties was on my ‘to buy’ list for a while. Thank goodness for one of my BFF’s Kimi – she fought the crowds at Ikea in Minnesota to buy the frame for me, scoured for a box that the frame would fit in and found the cheapest way to ship it to me. Before the frame found its home in my daughter’s room, it was used as décor on the desert table for Shannon’s party. I bought a letter S from Hobby Lobby, spray painted in pink and bought black and white striped fabric to tape to the cardboard for the background. 

I made cupcakes using Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes and Bakerella’s buttercream frosting topped with custom toppers. Yummy!

I used glass jars from my son’s cookies and milk birthday party for the candy bar with custom printed labels.

Each guest received a favor bag filled with cinnamon bears and a condom (we had to do something to make it more ‘bachelorette-ish’).

cinnamon bear favor bags

I made delicious homemade shortbread cookies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and added chocolate to make them look like bras.

We ordered custom champagne glasses from Fleur de Lis with Cheers to Shannon printed on each of them.

champagne glass tower

Other details included small pedestal mirrors from Hobby Lobby painted black with bright pink lipstick writing on it. DIY mini-cupcake stands were places throughout the space and used as votive holders. DIY photo lanterns (how-to instructions to be posted soon). And to conclude the evening, one of Shannon’s talented bridesmaids created a movie dedicated to Shannon. It was witty and sweet. Shannon loved it!

 

{images via tutto bella}