Today we were featured on one of our favorite websites. To see all the details head on over to The Wandering Photographer.
We are so excited for all our events and shoots in 2018. We couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off the year. Collaborating with other creatives is one of our all time favorite things and we hope that this new year brings even more talented vendors and friends into our lives. Cheers to making this year count, setting even bigger goals and taking chances!
Photography by Vanessa Lynne Photography
Planning & Styling | Shannon McAlister of Tin & Twine Events
Florals | Sweet Lilacs Studio (red bouquet) + Bloom That (green bouquet)
Bridal Boutique | The Bridal Vault
Gown Designer | Lillian West
Rentals | Shannon McAlister of Ritual Rentals
Tie | "Blueberry Bliss" by Dazi
Cake & Confections | 81 Bakery
Looking forward to sharing even more with all you this year!
Tin & Twine
The Zumper team enjoyed their Cinco de Mayo fiesta, which included colorful decor, a taco bar, delicious churros, DIY photo booth and let's not forget the margarita machine!
Looking for amazing tacos in SF? Then look no further this taco bar was catered by Tacolicious. We had chicken, carnitas and veggie tacos and of course I added beans and rice.
Chalkboards are an easy way to dress up any buffet, especially using cheeky sayings such as "taco' bout a party!"
Yummmmm... enough said about these churros from Rosa Mexicano. Everyone LOVED these churros, especially dunking them in chocolatey goodness and sweet strawberry sauce.
Put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up! We enjoyed sipping on these tasty margaritas courtesy of Raff's Tropical beverages. The team was so excited and surprised that we brought a margarita machine into the office.
Who else is obsessed with the oversized gold balloon fade!? Well, this girl is, and I couldn't help but put together this colorful "Cinco" photo booth backdrop. The great thing about these is you don't need to use helium if you are sticking them on the wall like I did. We ended up running out of our helium and got resourceful with a bike pump!
Emojis are all the rave right now and who can resist these emoji masks?! We loved acting out emoji expressions in our DIY photo booth!
Thank you Zumper for letting me style and plan your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!
Tin & Twine
I had so much fun setting up this sweet yet simple table scape. Check out my previous post to find out more about the details! We had the best weather for enjoying breakfast in the backyard. I served the food buffet style in the kitchen and had a mimosa/drink bar set up outside. Everyone had such a great time and definitely left full!
Tin & Twine
This past Easter I threw a small brunch with our closest family and friends. I live for hosting and throwing events, so, of course, I went all out! This is one of three posts, in the first, I'll walk you through my design choices and where I found a few items. The second post will show off the final set up and the third I'll cover the menu.
I hand made the spring sign by using a few simple items.
First, decide what you want to write. I practiced on a sheet of paper first and then in pencil spelled out my desired word. Next, trace over the pencil in blue paint or stick on your letters.
Set aside the banner until the paint has dried. When ready measure and cut the lace to fit the bottom notches of the flag. Use your glue gun to fasten the lace. Next, measure out your ribbon and string through the banner loops at the top. Display where desired.
I am currently obsessed with creating my floral arrangements at home. I bought six spring arrangements at Trader Joe's and then combined them to create two large arrangements and several smaller ones.
My gold chargers were a gift from our wedding, but you can shop them online at Pottery Barn. The napkins were handmade by my mother-in-law, she included my favorite garland print and our initials.
Does anyone else check the dollar bins immediately when you enter a Target!? Well, this girl does! You can find some pretty sweet deals including those glass juice containers I used for mimosa mix. They are versatile, and they were only $3! Can't beat that. The white bunny was also in the seasonal section at Target.
The cutting board was a monogram gift from William Sonoma. I love to use this to display cheeses and appetizers. Dresses up any evening at home!
I wanted to add height to my table this year and went for two different sized flower vases and candlesticks. All of these, I found at Beverly's for a very reasonable price. I now use the vases all over the house whenever I have fresh flowers.
Stay tuned to see how I set up Brunch and check out my tasty menu.
Tin & Twine
This NYE, we decided to throw a Great Gatsby inspired party and have a few of our closest friends over to ring in the New Year. I threw this party together in about a week and had way too much fun redecorating the house! I always start my planning process by collecting creative ideas and this ritzy affair was no different. By creating a New Year Pinterest board to gain inspiration, I was able to plan out my food menu and decor details. I also took inventory of what I had!
Since, I recently got married, my inventory of decor is currently overflowing our garage (which my husband isn't too keen on). I decided to use a white chalkboard I had on hand and wrote a quote from The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerlad. The Cheers sign I made for our engagement party and was excited to reuse it during the New Year to decorate my mantel. The paper lanterns I found at Beverly's. We received the crystal vase as a wedding gift, which added a hint of art deco. The black mirror was purchased from Ross years ago but makes for a great accent piece.
All the lovely blooms are from Trader Joe's, which is a great place to pick up flowers, they always have a fresh in season assortment and tend to be less expensive. I picked out 2 bouquets, a couple of green leafy stems and several bunches of white flowers to assemble my own arrangements throughout the house. I used a few black feathers to add a 1920's twist to a more modern arrangement.
One of my favorite spots in my house is our bar, which is conveniently located when you enter our home. Most guests are greeted with a cocktail ;). The picture frame was spray painted gold and the chalkboard was stapled onto the back for a quick DIY glam piece. I went back and forth on what to write but eventually decided on Speakeasy. I looked up fun fonts on Pinterest and mimicked this art deco font. Fortunately, I have fabulous friends who threw me a gorgeous Great Gatsby styled bridal shower back in June. I was able to use a lot of the decor including these adorable vases and stackable hat boxes. Pearls are essential for any 1920s themed event, I found a bag of long strands on Amazon.
Insider Tip: You can spray paint almost anything gold to make elegant accent pieces. For example, my friend Monica simply spray painted these inexpensive vases from the dollar store and Michaels. The hat boxes were brown craft boxes before and she painted them black and gold to give it a 1920's glam feel.
I am obsessed with photo booths and couldn't help myself for this event! I used black paper to create a solid backdrop and pinned a strand of gold streamers over it. The 2016 glitter sign tied it all together for a NYE photo op.
Our Great Gatsby Attire was pretty inexpensive. I got my dress and headband from Amazon. Ryan was fortunate enough to receive a free suite from Men's Warehouse because his groomsmen rented a certain amount of tuxes. Who knew it'd come in handy so soon!
One of my favorite things to do is cook for a crowd. Guests never leave my home hungry. For this event I made the following items:
Sausage Puff Pastries
Wedge Salad Bites
Champagne Cake Balls
No party is complete without some adult beverages! My husband and his friends are all about whiskey gingers, so, of course, we stocked up on ginger ale and Bulleit Whiskey. I personally sipped on champagne all night.
We lucked out on weather that night, it didn't rain and it wasn't too cold. Thankfully, we have a patio heater which kept us girls toasty in our dresses. The party was able to go in and out of the house comfortably. All in all, it was a lovely evening shared with great friends. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and we can't wait to see what 2016 brings us!
Cheers and blessings,
Tin & Twine
This past September, Ryan and I got married in Fresno, CA. We chose Fresno for several reasons. 1) His parents had recently moved to the area. 2) The Fresno area is much cheaper than the San Francisco Bay area. Which meant, I got to stretch my wedding budget a lot further. 3) We genuinely fell in love with our venue!
Holland Park West offers a beautifully landscaped outdoor ceremony and reception area. All food is prepared onsite in a buffet setting. The reception area has an overhang with fans to help cool down guests during the summer months. What really sealed the deal for us was all the unique rustic pieces throughout the property. A wood and metal shack stands in the back reception area, adding a bit of charm. Hidden to most guests, an old train car sits in the back parking lot, it's perfect for taking photos. We used the enclosed rock area for our dance floor. All our guests could not stop talking about how great our venue was. 9-5-15 went by WAY too fast, but for Ryan and I it was the best day ever! We can not wait to see what our future holds.
Shannon McAlister, traveler, crafter, maker, cook, planner and doer.