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A Winter Bridal Shower

This past December, I hosted a bridal shower for my sister-in-law, Holly. (Yes, it’s taken me four months to write a post to share with you all, haha.)

This bridal shower was the first one I have ever planned, and will probably be one of the most memorable showers ever! It was an outdoor event, with 0% chance of rain expected until the day before the shower, when it increased to 10%. We woke up, and it was raining! Drizzling showers came and went all day, and pushed back our time to set everything up. A rainbow even came out and filled us with the hope that a downpour would miss us.


Hopeful that it wouldn’t rain, we set everything up and waited for the guests to come. Holly’s brothers, Gino (my husband) and Ryan, served as waiters and escorted the guests to the party, which was held in a dear friend’s beautiful backyard. The guests would arrive just before sundown, and we made luminaries to light the path.




The shower started at 5 pm, and almost exactly at that time, the heavens opened up. To be honest, I practically had a meltdown. Everyone raced inside and we tried to salvage as much as we could (but forget my cute hairstyle!).


After about 45 minutes, the rain had passed, and tablecloths were thrown into a dryer and everything was rearranged. It wasn’t the most stress-free event I’ve been a part of, but by far, I learned a lot about myself and others in this whole ordeal. The bride, Holly, was absolutely in love with everything- even when it was wet. My mom and the rest of our amazing family and friends helped put everything back together. I am blessed with some pretty incredible women in my life. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a magical evening, and the warmest congratulations and love to our bride.

See below for pictures of the event and some information on the things I DIY’ed.

Beverage Station: Sangria, Fruit-Infused Water, and Hot Chocolate!

We set up a Beverage Station which had Sangria, Fruit-infused Water and Hot Chocolate. I bought the coffee cups from Party City and decorated them with little gold hearts. I used tiny double-sided sticky foam mounting squares (from Michael’s) and attached little gold hearts that I punched from scrapbook paper with a heart-shaped hole punch. The hot chocolate was a life-saver after the rain since the temperature dropped. It was a lovely, cool night!


Holly loves all things girly and pink, so I decided to use a lot of gold glitter & pink wherever I could! I painted candlestick holders (from the dollar store), tea light holders & mason jars (from Walmart) with Mod-Podge and sprinkled gold glitter over and let dry. The “H &M” initials were bought from Michael’s and I used gold spray-paint to fancy them up a bit.

Cupcakes and Cookies

My mom made the sugar cookies for favors and the (delicious!!!!) cupcakes for dessert. For the cupcake toppers, she ordered little deer from Etsy and we painted them gold. We also used pink glitter scrapbook paper and that handy heart-shaped hole punch again! We glued a toothpick in between two pink glitter hearts for easy, cute cupcake toppers.

And our finishing touch was fresh flowers! We used pink roses and baby’s breath. It was romantic and sweet with the candlelit dinner, laughing and loving guests, and a beautiful Florida breeze in the air. It was a wonderful evening!


Letters and Games


Here is the beautiful bride, Holly!

yard tree

Since the bridal shower, the lovely bride has already tied the knot! Congratulations to my sister and brother: Mr. & Mrs. Del Villar.

The Newlyweds

Signature - Kaela

Spook-tacular Halloween

I woke up one day last week and noticed that there was a new cemetery across the street from my house. Did I die and not realize it? Nope. It was the beginnings of our neighbors Courtney and Kenny’s annual Halloween bash!

This is by far Courtney’s favorite holiday of the year and you can certainly tell by how much effort she puts into making this party extra special. In fact, last year, their Halloween party turned out to be a surprise wedding!

Under the pressure to look amazing at such an awesome party, Paul and I had to come up with great costumes so we decided this year to be Papa Smurf and Smurfette. It was a big hit and everyone loved it. I did quite a bit of research to figure out the right body paint. We ended up using a light blue body paint from Mehron and it worked great! Went on easy, stayed on dry, and came off very easy. I purchased it from Chicago Airbrush Supply and the people there were absolutely so helpful. I will definitely buy there again.

Courtney kept all her decorating and cooking ideas under wraps so that all the 70+ guests would be surprised. Thanks to Pinterest, Courtney found some great ideas of things to add to her already amazing ideas. When we arrived at the party, I was so impressed by all of the great ideas that she put together that I immediately had to go around the house and take pictures. I am certain I did not get pictures of everything, there was so much to see! I’ve never tasted dirty cotton swabs and severed feet that were so delicious.

There were also so many great costumes there. It was so fun waiting to see who or what was going to walk in the door next. Click through the photos below to see all the pictures, and hopefully it will inspire you for your next Halloween party.

Visit this link HERE to see some of Courtney’s inspiration.

Great job Courtney and Kenny. I can’t wait until next year!