Avocados for Any Occassion

Food Trend to Try: Avocado Stations

Finding out that today is #NationalAvocadoDay is simply music to my ears! The way to my heart is definitely via avocados in any shape or form, and foodies everywhere will be thrilled to know that avocado stations at events are now a thing. Cocktails Catering recently announced their offering of avocado stations and we cannot wait to try this with one of our clients. 

Cocktails showcased three ways to serve avocados at your event:

AVOCADO TOAST STATION

Imagine all the toppings one could use to build your own avocado toast! Onions, smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes, lime (of course), pink and black sea salts, radishes and cucumbers… the list goes on.

STUFFED AVOCADOS

Again, topping ideas can be anything from standard Mexican-style to blackened shrimp, quinoa, you name it.

GUACAMOLE BAR

Last, but certainly not least, is the guacamole bar. Onions, jalepenos, tomatoes, cilantro… build your favorite guac and serve alongside lots of chips or toasted bread slices. And while you’re at it, throw in a specialty margarita during cocktail hour at the bar! Cocktails Catering is a premier Orlando-based catering company who we enjoy partnering with for menu and bar needs.

What is your favorite way to eat avocados?

Summertime Staples: What I’m Wearing

Summertime Staples for Your Closet

What are you wearing over and over this summer? Here in Florida it is HOT as Hades so I tend to go for light and breezy summer uniforms that don’t cling or stick to the skin. We’re mid-move into a new home so our whole family is living out of suitcases of capsule wardrobes by default.  To be honest, capsule wardrobes/daily uniforms have always intrigued me so this summer has been a great trial period since we’ve needed to live with less as most of our belongings are packed in a storage container. Today I’m sharing the outfits I’m consistently rotating right now. Lucky for all of us, everything I’m sharing is on sale! Click the photos for links.


This Madewell t-shirt dress was scored at Nordstrom Rack, and has been in constant rotation.

The Lilly Pulitzer Jackie dress. Lightweight silk makes this perfect for dressing up or down.

Easy, breezy light chambray dress from Target. I’ve worn this many times this summer paired with both sandals and my Rifle Keds.

Swishy culotte-type shorts from The Gap paired with a neutral tank or white tee. Cool and classic.

J. Crew white denim, perfect amount of stretch, goes with everything, what more could you want?

Dance, Dream and Inspire to Help Local Foster Children

Dance, Dream and Inspire to Help Local Foster Children

What do Disney, dancing, and helping local foster children have in common? YOU can be a part of an amazing night this November at Dance, Dream, and Inspire — an annual “Dancing with the Stars” style event that raises funds for Community Based Care of Central Florida. Community Based Care provides all sorts of resources for local foster youth – from training new foster parents, mentorships, providing adoptive homes for foster youth transitioning to adoption, providing school supplies, helping foster teens get jobs, and reducing homelessness.

Did you know?

  • On any given day in the U.S. there are around 428,000 children in foster care.
  • Community Based Care of Central Florida provides services to about 3,000 children each day.

Over the past couple years, I have been involved with CBCCF in a variety of capacities and have been trained in mentorship, received a foster care certification, and have helped to plan events like their annual graduation party for foster teens and last year’s Dance, Dream and Inspire event. The impact and reach Community Based Care has in changing the trajectory of these kids lives has honestly blown me away. I encourage everyone who sees this post to visit their website and consider whether there is a way you can get involved with your time, talents, or resources. Step one is to get informed. Have you ever heard someone say they can’t “unsee” something? I’ve explained to others that this is something one can’t just ignore once you learn about local children (and teens!) being removed from their homes and in immediate need of resources, warm beds, school supplies, life skills, and most importantly, families to care for them.

One way you can get involved is to attend this year’s Dance, Dream and Inspire annual gala on November 11 at the Contemporary Resort at Disney. This is a ballroom dance competition that pairs local celebrities with professional dancers. This year’s “all-star” event will feature an unforgettable competition between past winners of this highly-entertaining and one-of-a-kind dance program. The evening is a semi-formal affair complete with dinner, open bar and a silent auction. The best part? You’ll be supporting the work of Community Based Care of Central Florida to protect and serve local children who are victim of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

I could go on and on, because this is such a worthy cause that I’m honored to help support! If you’re reading this and want to know more, please leave a comment or get in touch with me. And I really hope to see you November 11 at Dance, Dream and Inspire! 

Purple and Gold Classic Style | Deidra + Xan | Bella Collina

Classic Elegance with Purple and Gold Accents | Bella Collina

Deidra and Xan took style to the next level at their Bella Collina wedding. They incorporated many thoughtful details that made clear this union was a blending of two families, not only two people. Deidra’s daughter walked her down the aisle, and you could see the pride and happiness on her face as she escorted her mother into this happy moment. The ring bearer wore the cutest little fedora, in which the rings were tucked inside a silk bag. As he approached Xan at the end of the aisle, he took the hat off and offered up the rings. Such an adorable moment! Deidra’s gown was made complete with a Chanel brooch at the top of the zipper, and her hair was adorned with the most chic birdcage veil.

Bella Collina is a gem of a property in Monteverde, FL right outside of Orlando – there is really nothing like it! An Italian countryside feel complete with hills and a lake view makes it truly one of a kind in our area. This couple chose the atrium fountain as a ceremony location. Guests mingled by the reflection pool with signature cocktails before walking down to the lawn for the dinner and dancing reception. Bella Collina’s lower level lawn is perfect for outdoor receptions and offers multiple options for layout. Deidra and Xan chose accents of purple, gold, and mercury glass for their table settings, which gave an elegant and timeless look. Gold table overlays and chiavari chairs set the table foundation, with gold beaded chargers, purple napkins, and each guest had a silk bag of chocolate at their place setting.

Tina from Our DJ Rocks had everyone out of their seats – this was definitely a dancing crowd! Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the post by Love and Lustre. The vows were perfect and the reception scenes make me want to go back to this wedding over and over! 

Venue // Bella Collina

Planner // Kristi, Tickled Pink 

Photography // Captured by Belinda

Video // Love and Lustre

DJ // Our DJ Rocks

Gown // The Collection Bridal

Hair and Makeup // LovelyLynnMUA

Cake // Michael Anthony Cakes

Floral // Dottie’s Florist

Lighting // GET LIT Productions

Chiavari Chairs and Chargers // A Chair Affair

Photo Booth // Instant Memories Photo Booth Rentals

Favors // The Sacred Olive

Weekend Inspiration: This Week’s Top Pinned Images

This Week’s Top Pinned Images

Summer seems to be flying by around here! With kids out of school we have had so much fun being together, out on adventures and playing with friends. The new school year is right around the corner though and while I love summer with my kids, part of me always looks forward to the routine of the school year and ramping up for fall wedding season. This week I’m sharing our top pinned Pinterest images. It’s fun to see what other pinners are looking for and repinning from our page and this week it appears that folks are in the mood for summertime color palettes (and maybe a little home redecorating!). 

This table setting works well for a more casual wedding reception or a summer dinner party. The touch of rosemary is always a hit in my book. Source unknown.

Gold and peachy coral wedding cake via Style Me Pretty. Total summer vibes! 

This was the original Ikea rug we had in our Tickled Pink office and one of the inspiration pics I used while shopping for that space. Still love the black, white, wood and lucite combo. Source

This dreamcatcher backdrop was previously posted on our Creative Backdrops post. Once upon a time, our lead planner Kristi made mini dreamcatchers as escort card holders for a lavender and copper styled shoot.

Pretty pastels in a wood box as featured on Sugar and Charm