What a joy it was to build community & celebrate friendship last week at our Mommy & Me tea! It was the perfect celebration, complete with all the necessities for hosting the perfect celebration, most importantly good food and great people! Check out below for menu ideas, FREE PRINTABLE Mother's Day Conversation Starters (engaging for all ages), and more!Read More
Advent is almost here! With a Bow has created an Advent Calendar with activities that will ensure that you fill your season with unforgettable memories and magic with those you love.Read More
Our oldest daughter's 4th birthday was truly a ball, a bug ball that is! Take a look at all the food and fun we had. Looking for printables (invitations, food labels, goodie bag tags, games, photo booth props, etc.) or party ideas for your next celebration? We'd love to help!Read More
We played some of my favorite classic games at her bridal shower, however they each had a trendy twist to its more traditional counterpart!Read More
Happy Memorial Day! We hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends celebrating the amazing men and women that have fought for our freedom.
This memorial day was shared with another monumental event. Our one and only Morgan Condie turned 30 today!!! We partied like pineapples with Hawaiian themed BBQ, activities, and decor.Read More
***Bay Area Bests***
- Paint Studio: Create, Mix & Mingle, San Mateo
- Cooking Classes: HomeChef Cooking School, San Carlos
- Nail Salon: Bamboo Nails, Redwood City
When I knew my (88 year old) Nonna’s final days were drawing near I sat in bed with her and asked her, “If you could give me one piece of advice in life, what would it be?”...Read More
We had the opportunity to participate in our first bridal show event this last weekend. It was such a fun experience and allowed us to meet so many beautiful brides. But more than brides, we had the opportunity to meet some lovely people in the bridal industry here on the peninsula. I know, this is a bay area post, but for those of you reading outside the area, this post still has a lot of great information. It has been 7 years this June since I got married, and being back in the trenches with all the options and bridal booths reminded me of how confusing and daunting planning a wedding can be. I was reminded of these 3 things that are important to a wedding that are often overlooked; a fun bachelorette party, day of coordination and music.
1. Bachelorette Party
My little sister actually planned my bachelorette party for me, which was amazing! But I know she struggled with coming up with fun and creative ideas that were appropriate for a mixed age group of girls. I happened to run into an awesome vendor that has the perfect solution for this problem! Create Mix & Mingle is a paint and sip studio and wine bar which offers a great place to host your bachelorette party. Enjoy hanging out with your girlfriends while drinking wine and creating a customized painting with guided help. This is such a fun idea! Not only is it a great idea, the owner Deb is awesome!
2. Day of Coordination
This is maybe the most important thing for a wedding, but probably the easiest thing to forget! I planned my own wedding and since I had planned weddings in the past, I thought I knew everything! However, even I forgot this. I was so busy planning everything out step by step, I forgot that I could not coordinate my big day on my own. I needed someone there to tell everyone when it was time to walk down the aisle, make sure all the vendors arrived and executed my vision, and generally make sure things run perfectly. This is why it is important to hire someone like the awesome ladies at Ambrini Events! We had the privilege of being booth neighbors to the awesome ladies that run this company. They are creative, fun, calm yet assertive, and have an organized approach to weddings; EVERYTHING you need in a wedding day coordinator!
I know I might be the only one that forgot about music, but on the off chance that I am not, I thought I would add this point. I was so busy planning the decorations, food, flowers, that I left music to the last minute. Luckily my brother-in-law stepped up and took this off my plate, but if it wasn’t for him, our wedding would have lacked music. :-( A great DJ or Band who can emcee and provide entertainment is a gem! They will keep your event moving forward and ensure everyone has a good time. If you are looking to party and want guests to dance the night away with you, make sure you find a DJ like Have a Party Pros. They know how to keep the good times rolling and will keep your guests on the dance floor until the venue shuts down.
Though we do love bows, With a Bow’s name is not in reference to a literal bow.Read More
My Nonna was an amazing cook! You walked into her house and love filled the room through the aroma of what was on the stove or in the oven. One of my favorite things Nonna taught me to make was pasta sauce, she would make it for almost every family birthday party we had.Read More
I hope you felt as much love this Valentine’s Day as we did! To celebrate the love in our littles lives we threw a “Tutu’s and Ties” party. All the girls wore tutus and the boys wore ties, and I have to say they were quite dapper!Read More
I know you have been dying all week to know the last three tips for hosting a perfect party! I hope as you work on planning your party you find success with these fun tips that have guaranteed success at every party we have thrown!Read More
Photo booths have been on high trend for the last few years at weddings, however weddings aren’t the only place to capture the fun!Read More