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Bob’s Neverland 1st Birthday Party

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” ~ Peter Pan

As Baby Bob turned one we thought it’d be fun to encourage everyone to “never grow up” at least for a day. While this milestone is one to celebrate it’s a reminder of just how fast time really does fly by.  At Bob’s Neverland more than dreams were born. There was face paint, balloons, Tinkerbell and even a real baby alligator! A magical day indeed.

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IMG_1254Mom’s friend Vi Hannett designed this personalized map so guests would know where to find everything at the party! Look for etsy shop Viva Designs soon!IMG_1273Mini hotdogs and beef skewers from Saint Germain Catering!IMG_2335 Pizza bites!IMG_2334Uncles Joe & RichardIMG_2458

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NL tableYou know they say “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”IMG_2368Adora  filled the mason jars aka fairy house with moss. We dropped a fairy in each and glued a butterfly on top. We made one for all the girls at the party. The best part was when she stopped and said “Mom I LOVE helping you!”

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IMG_2373Scary things at Hook’s Cove. Some trivia for you! What is Captain Hook’s Real name?

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The answer is Killian Jones– He was nicknamed Hook when a croc ate his hand!

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IMG_2343 It wasn’t long before things got REALIMG_1311.JPGYep that’s an albino Boa Constrictor!IMG_2539

IMG_1364 Reptiles Alive brought a Baby Alligator too!IMG_2531What is THAT!IMG_1226

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IMG_2629Before the party we went to one of our favorite most magical places.. Meadowlark Park! IMG_0714

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IMG_0673All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. ~Peter Pan

 

Jewels of Asia

It was a night that sparkled! The Asian American Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual business awards and this year the theme was “Jewels of Asia”. It was a wonderful way to honor Asian American business leaders who have made contributions to our community. A big group of local leaders attended including Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and Fairfax County Supervisor Sharon Bulova. I was honored to emcee an event that really makes me proud. Shout out to Grace Han Wolf and Jenet Ahn for putting together another successful show! Photos by Joey Darley.

 

Feast, Fun, Philanthropy!

The food was amazing the entertainment grand at the annual Care To Lunch Chinese New Year Celebration at Hong Kong Pearl! The dinner which included a wonderful lion dance brings local businesses together to help an area charity. Hats off to Nina Un for pulling off another fantastic feast and night of fun! Most photos by Joey Darley

Nina Un on the right created Care to Lunch

Must be the red carpet

She threw the red envelope at the lion she was so scared!

 

2012 Christmas Card Photos

I am thrilled with how our Christmas photos turned out this year. My friend Joey Darley met us out in historic Leesburg to play in the leaves. We were hoping to capture just one great moment we could use for a card.. instead he made my life difficult because he got so many amazing shots of Adora. We even invited cousin Knox to come play. If you’re interested in having Joey shoot your family photos visit his website! Oh and before you ask ladies… Adora’s head wreath is by Sparkle & Posy.

This one made the cut!

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Adora’s Little Red 2nd Birthday!

I love themes. Even when we had very little growing up we used our imaginations to create themes during holidays and milestones. Now that I’m older and have a little girl of my own.. it’s even more fun. Adora turned two this week and we decided to throw her a Little Red Riding Hood birthday party. I thought it was the perfect theme for a winter birthday… a lot of red and woodsy stuff! So into the woods we went and were so delighted when all our friendly creatures from across the land came out.

A month before the big day I did a lil photo shoot with the talented Janette Kim who specializes in portrait photography. We got these shots in 5 minutes. I knew I’d want to put pictures of Adora up at the party.

In the woodsAfraid of the big bad wolf!

From print to frame it was picture perfect for the party!

WELCOME! Had this sign maid with burlap by Landon Avenue Design

.. to where we harmlessly threaten you!

Handmade woodland creatures masks by Mahalo

The birthday girl radiant in red! Cape by Lorigami

Sweets and Treats. My sister Tricia made this banner with wooden letters. It’s my favorite thing!! I got most of the garland, flowers, moss and glass containers at craft stores. The cake stand is an old cranberry crate.

Storybook cake by Edibles Incredibles in Reston

Black Forest Cake Pops also by Edibles Incredibles. Check out the tree stump cake pop stand and cupcake stump. They were made by The Gypsy Bird.. I love all of her customized work on Etsy.

After I saw some of their treats at another party I asked Juju Sweetz if they could do something with the theme. I adore what they came out with!

Savvy Treats did these cute toadstool tarts.. the went more like hot cakes!

I found nuts.com was the best for getting color coordinated candy! Brown M&Ms, red gummy bears.. caramel popcorn. Finding snacks was a one stop shop!

I’m obsessed with personalized napkins… ask my family.

I don’t cook. It’s amazing how you can dress Domino’s up on a platter :)

Fries with truffle oil and sea salt– to go with the whole theme.

Victoria enjoys her “cheese pie”

Crafts included decorating your own bird house

We had capes and flair for pictures in our fake forest

Avery is the perfect Little Red

The capes by Originals by Lauren draped beautifully!

The face painting by Dee Vinchey artist was out of this world!

Dee Vinchey also twisted balloons into amazing art!

Do you recognize the Big Bad Wolf? I have a very generous co-anchor. Richard Jordan deserves a year worth of I-O-Us for this one! He was awesome… although he did scare some of the children.

Kiss the Cook Kristina! She made the most amazing baked brie and Huntsman Punch!

I had these vintage labels and all the buffet cards made through B. Nute Productions

Something sweet for the parents

Alex Naini provided us with the perfect place to host a party and our buddy Joey Darley was their to catch all the great moments! THANK YOU!!!

Papa snapped this. They weren’t even out of the driveway yet. It was a big day.

When she woke up it was present time!

Thank you to all our friends for making it an amazing day! Zane, Maureen and baby Cayden

Uncle Chris and Knox

Keneger and Avery are all about caramel popcorn

Mary and Kylie!

Auntie Eun

Alex and Uncle Jason

Dad and Papa

Adora’s Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

I love themes. Even when we had very little growing up we used our imaginations to create themes during holidays and milestones. Now that I’m older and have a little girl of my own.. it’s even more fun. Adora turned two this week and we decided to throw her a Little Red Riding Hood birthday party. I thought it was the perfect theme for a winter birthday… a lot of red and woodsy stuff! So into the woods we went and were so delighted when all our friendly creatures from across the land came out. Special thanks to Alex Naini and Joey Darley for all the great photos!

A month before the big day I did a lil photo shoot with the talented Janette Kim who specializes in portrait photography. We got these shots in 5 minutes. I knew I’d want to put pictures of Adora up at the party.

In the woodsAfraid of the big bad wolf!

From print to frame it was picture perfect for the party!

WELCOME! Had this sign maid with burlap by Landon Avenue Design

.. to where we harmlessly threaten you!

Handmade woodland creatures masks by Mahalo

The birthday girl radiant in red! Cape by Lorigami

Sweets and Treats. My sister Tricia made this banner with wooden letters. It’s my favorite thing!! I got most of the garland, flowers, moss and glass containers at craft stores. The cake stand is an old cranberry crate.

Storybook cake by Edibles Incredibles in Reston

Black Forest Cake Pops also by Edibles Incredibles. Check out the tree stump cake pop stand and cupcake stump.  They were made by The Gypsy Bird.. I love all of her customized work on Etsy.

After I saw some of their treats at another party I asked Juju Sweetz if they could do something with the theme. I adore what they came out with!

Savvy Treats did these cute toadstool tarts.. the went more like hot cakes!

I found nuts.com was the best for getting color coordinated candy! Brown M&Ms, red gummy bears.. caramel popcorn. Finding snacks was a one stop shop!

I’m obsessed with personalized napkins… ask my family.

I don’t cook. It’s amazing how you can dress Domino’s up on a platter :)

Fries with truffle oil and sea salt– to go with the whole theme.

Victoria enjoys her “cheese pie”

Crafts included decorating your own bird house

We had capes and flair for pictures in our fake forest

Avery is the perfect Little Red

The capes by Originals by Lauren draped beautifully!

The face painting by Dee Vinchey artist was out of this world!

Dee Vinchey also twisted balloons into amazing art!

Do you recognize the Big Bad Wolf? I have a very generous co-anchor. Richard Jordan deserves a year worth of I-O-Us for this one! He was awesome… although he did scare some of the children.

Kiss the Cook Kristina! She made the most amazing baked brie and Huntsman Punch!

I had these vintage labels and all the buffet cards made through  B. Nute Productions

Something sweet for the parents

Alex Naini provided us with the perfect place to host a party and our buddy Joey Darley was their to catch all the great moments! THANK YOU!!!

Papa snapped this. They weren’t even out of the driveway yet. It was a big day.

When she woke up it was present time!

Thank you to all our friends for making it an amazing day! Zane, Maureen and baby Cayden

Uncle Chris and Knox

Keneger and Avery are all about caramel popcorn

Mary and Kylie!

Auntie Eun

Alex and Uncle Jason

Dad and Papa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the children

I was honored to emcee the Red Heart and Soul Gala for the fifth year in a row. It’s such a wonderful event benefiting Devotion to Children. This is a group that provides crucial resources to single parents in our area who are struggling to raise their children on their own. It’s really magical what they do and the lives they change. Special thanks to founder Rosemary Tran Lauer who has used her personal story to inspire the mission of DTC. Photos by Joey Smiles

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