Something Sweet to Welcome their Long-Awaited Sweetheart!

I was honored when Emily, of Emily Photography, asked for my help as she was planning a “Welcome Home” party for their recently adopted daughter, Lyla. I was beyond happy for this amazing family! I just have to share a glimpse into their story…

I met Emily back in 2013 at a wedding that we were both working and we hit it off right away! I learned a bit about her that evening … how she had two adorable and spunky boys at home, but a piece of her heart was overseas. Emily and her husband were in the process of adopting Lyla from Africa. They knew it would be a long and difficult journey, but had no idea of the emotional roller coaster that was in store for them over the next 2 years.

Emily and I stayed in touch, and every time I saw or spoke with her, I hoped for good news on the adoption front! I was excited with her when gains were made, and when Emily went to meet and visit with Lyla for the first time. But, I shed tears on her behalf when I heard of delays and the roadblocks they faced in trying to bring their daughter home. I stood in awe of Emily and her family as they worked through each hardship and sacrificed so much of their time, energy, and resources to do whatever they could to bring this sweet girl home to her forever family.

That’s why, over TWO YEARS later, I was SO THRILLED to learn that Lyla was finally HOME! This was certainly something to CELEBRATE!

So a princess-themed celebration was planned! Emily chose some of her favorite colors, pink and gold, and asked for my help with glittery invitations and a table full of gorgeous goodies for the party! I had so much fun with this custom invitation design, and choosing sweet treats for all of the guests to take home as favors. I loved seeing pictures from this event, especially Lyla’s incredible SMILE! She is where she belongs and you can see it all over her face!

All photos by Emily Photography of course!

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I am over-the-moon excited for this special family, especially Emily, whose heart is whole again! (And is NOW bursting with love and joy as they look forward to welcoming another baby boy into their family very soon!) I LOVED working with them for this special event, and I look forward to watching their family grow in numbers and LOVE for one another.


Scooooooby Dooooby Dooo Candy Buffet

Our guests were relieved of all their Mystery guessing skills once they got the invites for the celebration.  The invite was riddled with clues that they were in for one Scooby-riffic party! The tag on the outside of the envelope was the custom dog-tag with our guest of honor’s initials.
The card on the inside was accented with Scooby’s fur pattern along with “Scooby-riffic” to ensure all the guests knew they were attending a one-of-kind Scooby Doo Extravaganza! LIKE ZOINKS!!!

We did it again, another fabulous “mini” dessert table!  We tried to get as much on the table as possible…we would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids and mangy mutt! A special THANK YOU to our friends over at Anna Hurt Photography for capturing these amazing photos and to Sweet & Flour Confections for these yummy treats.

Keeping with the Scooby theme, we had a tower of cookies designed like Scooby’s fur and cookies designed like Scooby’s dog-tag, but of course customized for our special birthday boy!!
It wouldn’t be Scooby Doo without ghosts, right?  Well, we put some spooky flair to Rice Krispie pops and had them as ghoulie ghosts in typical “sheet ghosts” fashion.

What way to top of the treats other than a bag of Scooby snacks?? It was a must-have!  It completed our look and was a huge hit with the kids.

Like ZOINKS!!! We can’t leave Scooby’s bearded best friend off the table!  We snuck in some sugar cookies with Shaggy’s famous saying.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with this table. The smiles and cheers as the kids saw the goodies made all the planning and hard work worth it.
I hope as you read this, you find yourself both drooling over the yummy treats, and reminiscing about your favorite childhood mystery solvers!!

“Tee Hee Hee Heeeeee”
                    -Scooby Doo

Phtographer: Anna Hurt Photography  
Goodies: Sweet & Flour Confections