Loralee Lewis for Chasing Fireflies Sweet Holiday Collection, Photos by Lindsay Salazar PhotographyPinThis

Want a sweet holiday party without all the work?! 

teamed up with Chasing Fireflies and created a special holiday sweets collection complete with rosette banner, Santa’s milk labels, straw pennant kit, and all the trimmings. Available only at Chasing Fireflies!

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Loralee Lewis for Chasing Fireflies Sweet Holiday Collection, Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography

 

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I was absolutely thrilled to provide the custom designed paper for Kelly Osbourne’s 30th Birthday party bash! The event, coordinated by the talented Michele Gott of Center of Attention Events, had a Rocky Horror Picture Show theme! We provided everything from invitations to bottle labels to custom loo signage and secret last minute directions on how to get to the VIP location!! The celeb’s favorite product was our custom popcorn boxes!   The guest list alone almost made me faint. From the photos we’ve seen of the event, it was nothing less than a smash.  Happy 30th Kelly! We wish you only the best.  #loraleelewis #centerofattentionevents #rockyhorrorpictureshow #sharonosbourne #kellyosbourne #ozzyosbourne

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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

When my Ethan requested a Halloween Movie Night for his 8th birthday celebration, I almost stopped breathing.   He is already perfect in my completely unbiased humble opinion, but Ethan actually giving me permission to combine some of my very favorite things  (namely: movies, black licorice, Halloween, and him in one night) almost put me in the grave.  Then just when I didn’t think it could get any better, Ethan told me what movie he wanted his friends and him to watch.  His traditional classic choice was nothing less than The Wizard of Oz.  Friends, I did not know it was possible, but that little boy just gets better with age.  Mr. Lewis and I are going to hate all his girlfriends.   Needless to say, we made the party work.   Here’s a peek into the fun!  All the products will be available at www.LoraleeLewis.com 

To my Ethan, thank you for being my dream come true.  I can’t talk about you without crying.  I can’t think about you without feeling like the luckiest mother in the world.  I see you and I know the world is good. You are priceless.  Thank you for having fun and planning your party with me!  xoxo,  Mima
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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie NightPinThis

Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

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Loralee Lewis Halloween Movie Night

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When Ann Blevins of  Better Homes and Gardens  asked me to create a Halloween Party for their 2014 Halloween Tricks and Treats Magazine, I quickly agreed and gave myself two goals for the shoot.  1) Give readers do-able inspiration.  Have you ever saw a DIY project in a magazine and instantly knew you could never do it.   I wanted the spread I put together to be something that readers would enjoy and could pull off at home easily.  2) Have fun. This goal was a little too easy to keep. I flew in my BFF (the fabulous Alison Daines), we ate a ton of Halloween candy, had our makeup done, and decorated until midnight!    In addition, unlike the stereotype one would think a high powered editor-in-chief,  Ann Blevins and her team were not only sweet (they pretended not to notice my loads of laundry and four children dangling from the banisters), but hilariously down to earth as well.   If I had been nervous, the moment they rang the doorbell all stress fell away.  But going back to having fun and keeping things simple, one of my company (and personal) beliefs is that entertaining should be easy…and enjoyed.  This is why I try to create products that bring events together beautifully and simply.  With each event I do for my company (or my personal life), I try to live this principle.  I do believe in being thoughtful to create a special experience for guests, but I truly DO NOT believe that general family events (birthdays, children’s parties, etc.) should take months to plan…and they should definitely NOT end in the hostess losing her hair, bank account, and/or desire to ever entertain again.  Complimentary to this goal, you can download all of the designs I created for the shoot at www.bhg.com/bewitching.

Here is a peek into the shoot, along with my 10 top tips and resources to creating a memorable Halloween Party.  Again, you can download all of the designs I created for the shoot at www.bhg.com/bewitching.   If you haven’t already purchased the magazine, you really should.  The other designers featured in the magazine, specifically John Coulter, AndersRuff, and Andrea Hanki, will blow you away with their creativity.   You can find it at almost all supermarkets and bookstores. 

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Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine. Download all the FREE printables at www.bhg.com/bewitching

Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine.  Download all the FREE printables  at www.bhg.com/bewitchingPinThis1) Don’t be afraid to dress up.  “Groan-ups” like to have fun too!  Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to come in costume.  Costumes are an instant conversation-starter.  The costumes featured in this shoot, were provided by the amazing Mandy and Chris of Koko Blush and Company and Victorian Choice.

2) It’s all in the details.  Details are important.  We’ve all seen pumpkins on doorsteps.  To give it a new twist,  I chose mismatching multi-colored pumpkins and stacked them on top of a nest of sticks.  I took paint buckets covered with burlap and filled them with sticks to give my porch a non-formal spooky feel.  I glued hand calligraphy notes by the talented Holly Owens of Owens Quill  with eerie addresses (Zelda Wolf from Skeleton Creek, anyone?!) onto a dozen crows to give the illusion they were bringing the RSVPs and other correspondence to our Witch’s wicked gathering.

Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens.  Amazing Halloween Party Inspiration. Download all the FREE printables  at www.bhg.com/bewitchingPinThis3) Amuse your guests.   I like to keep my clients and guests interested in the party with small details.  The favor box I designed (photographed above) reads: Sugar Cookies to Lure and Capture – Witches Catering Co. – Hansel and Gretel Original Recipe.”  You can download the box here.  I filled the favor boxes with tiny cookies decorated with wickedly adorable wafer papers from The Cookie Pixie.   The Cookie Pixie offers an array of rats, skulls, bats, and spiders.  These small details keep your guests chuckling to themselves and make the atmosphere light and fun.  My popcorn boxes (a few photographs below) read: “Wickedly Fresh – Witches Catering Co. – Straight from the Cauldron – Popcorn – Hansel and Gretel Original Recipe –  No Preservatives – Beware! May contain nuts and Bones.”

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Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine. Download all the FREE printables at www.bhg.com/bewitching

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4) Don’t be scared of a budget.   I am a firm believer that decorating and entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive.  To keep costs low, I have a few tricks.  Apothecary jars are extremely popular right now.  Especially, the large ones.  I choose one or two specialty treats that are more pricey (for example, French macarons or the old-fashion licorice twists photographed above) and place them in the smallest jars.  In my largest jars, I fill with less expensive items such as: popcorn, flavored marshmallows, candy corn. You still will get the full specialty candy-buffet look without spending 400 dollars at a specialty bakery.  Another trick I have is to keep guests favors in check.  (A general rule: The smaller the party the bigger the favor you can give your guests.  The larger the party, the smaller the favor.)   I purposely have designed all my favor boxes not to be too large.  The favor box photographed above holds two truffles to not break your budget … or your guests diet!    If you are serving dinner to your guests this holiday, think about soup.  Even the most luxurious soups are rarely as expensive as main courses.  You can download the menu I designed at: www.bhg.com/bewitching

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5) Upcyle.   Old Halloween costumes often make the best décor.  Below I took four sets of black angel wings, I had from years before and used them as chair backers for my dinner table.   Does your daughter no longer fit into her toddler witch boots?  Hang them up and make them your new favorite Halloween decoration.  This works for children’s rooms décor as well.  Your daughter’s Halloween costume tiara or glass slipper may be a perfect book end.
 

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6) Have a memorable centerpiece.   Whether it is on the table or up above (as shown in the photo below), it’s always fun to have a memorable centerpiece that will get your guests talking.  I decked out my chandelier with sticks from my garden,  feathers, and ravens to create a crow’s nest above my guests heads.

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Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine. Download all the FREE printables at www.bhg.com/bewitchingPinThis

Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine. Download all the FREE printables at www.bhg.com/bewitching

Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine.  Download all the FREE printables  at www.bhg.com/bewitchingPinThis7) Do spend on high sensory items.  I believe that a well-planned event will touch all your guests senses – touch, taste, smell, hear, see.   An event is just not about how the table looks.  It’s how the food tastes, the ambiance and aroma the guests experience when they walk in and throughout the night.   Items that heighten these experiences are worth spending money on.   Well-designed paper is obviously one of the items I feel is a high-sensory item that brings a lot of fun to an event.  Beautifully made specialty cookies and dessert items also make it on my list.  I had specialty Ruffle Cakes made by the talented Betheny Whitman-Tomseth of The Apothecakery. She makes the most gorgeous cakes.   Potion Label cookies made by Lizy B’s Bake Shop .  They were stunning.   As well as the breath-taking beautiful goodies above, skeleton and witch cookies and decorated apples created by My Little Bakery.

8) Make non-permanent changes to your home décor.  Most of your guests will be family and friends.  They have been to your home before.  Capture their interest and add surprise to your event by adding little non-permanent changes to your original furniture and/or décor.  With the help of my dear talented friend, Rebecca Heinrich (if you are not following her already on Pinterest, you may want to start now), we created temporary seat covers using burlap and an iron on transfer.  You can find the iron on transfer at www.bhg.com/bewitching  Another non-permanent change I did was to my  hutch that we utilized as the Wickedly Sweet Witches Sweet Shoppe (aka the candy buffet).  Originally, the hutch is plain cream.  To add dimension (and as a surprise for my guests who know my home all to well), I painted a board with chalkboard paint and placed it inside.  This made all the candy and desserts pop and was better suited for the season than an all white hutch.

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9) Say No to Gore and Yes to Décor.  Above all else, a hostess’ job is to make her guests feel comfortable.  You never want to make your guest’s stomach squirm or make them feel a chill – which can be especially daunting when throwing a Halloween party.  (We have all seen those all-too-real Halloween foods on Pinterest.  Let’s be honest, just because you pinned it doesn’t mean your girlfriends would actually eat it at a Halloween party.)   Be careful about your décor.  You don’t want to literally scare your guests, especially if you are inviting small ones.  I love to decorate for Halloween with whimsical details, but nothing gory.  These pillows I designed with the amazingly talented Monmell Designs are perfect.   Monmell truly has the best selection of burlap and cotton to hand-craft the pillows Check out their entire line of one-of-a-kind pillows here.  I am also happy to announce that I will be debuting more Loralee Lewis for Monmell Design pillows early next year.  Working with these two talented ladies is beyond a privilege. 

 

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10) Tricks and Treats are just not for kids.  I know everyone hates a baby shower game, but there is a reason why we all end up playing them.  Guests need things to do besides talk and eat.  A Pumpkin Carving contest (above) or Cackling Contest (below) are a perfect solution at a Halloween event.   Again, I utilized the talents of my favorite Calligrapher and dear friend, Holly Owens of Owens Quill to decorate my chalkboard for “The Salem Witch County’s Pumpkin Carving Contest”.   To peak guests interests, I threw a large pumpkin in the middle of the table, raided my knife drawer, and designed a sign instructing guests to “Choose a Weapon.”  (You can find the download here.)

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Bonus Tip:  Bring home a Memory.  Make sure your guests do not leave without something to remember the night by.  A photo or memento is perfect.  I placed a dressed-up skeleton behind a vintage camera (complete with a “Smile for the Birdie” sign in his hand and a crow on his shoulder), and placed a large “Photo BOO-th” to the side.  For the photo backdrop, I printed skeleton cameos in black and white and placed them in old frames I spray painted black.  I then took a vintage settee and an array of beautiful props provided by the ever talented Darla Reber and placed it in the center.  (A very dressed-up diva skeleton kicking up her heels completed the look.   See below.)

Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine.  Download all the FREE printables  at www.bhg.com/bewitchingPinThisThe above adorable dresses and accessories worn by Vienna and Lily can be found at Koko Blush and Co.   They always have the cutest stuff.
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 Three dear (and physically beautifully) friends, Alyssa Stevens, Colleen Riggs and Alison Daines volunteered to model for the shoot.  They were fabulous!  See Alyssa and Colleen below!   

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Loralee Lewis for Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Magazine. Download all the FREE printables at www.bhg.com/bewitching

These beautiful handmade leather masks are available at Sundries and Plunder.

Below is my almost-all happy family (it was a long day for these little ones)!

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A special thanks to Ann for the opportunity. Jay for making me look good in print. Mom for being “my girl Friday.” Lee, Darla, and Alison for everything. Rebecca for her time and talents and support. Colleen and Alyssa for being willing and beautiful (inside and out). Holly for writing beautiful things on paper and on hearts. Monmell Designs for being so willing to work with me and the inspirations phone calls. Mandy of Koko Blush and Co. for being fabulous every time.  Betheny for always doing the most beautiful cakes.  Lisa of Blush and Beauty  for doing our makeup and letting us “old ladies” have fun!  Linda for watching my kids.  Nadia, Lizy B’s and The Cookie Pixie for the beautiful cookies.

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LoraleeLewis Wholesale announcement

 

A special thank you to the National Stationery Show #nss in New York this past week for naming my company #fresh – one of the new and noteworthy companies to watch for 2014! . It was such a wonderful experience for our company. We’ve got some amazing partnerships that are still in negotiations with and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Fingers crossed all our hard work will pay off! Here’s another peek at the booth!

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Loralee Lewis NSS 2014 Booth Photo

 

 

 

 

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Styling and Event Paper Products by Loralee Lewis, www.LoraleeLewis.com

I was thrilled to share Oscars Party inspiration on ABC Channel 6 here in Idaho on Monday Night. Michelle Edmonds, Don Nelson, Roland Beres and the whole team at Channel 6 have been so kind and supportive of me and my company! I can’t thank them enough. I had a fabulous time sharing some of my best tips, and I hope this post will give you all some fresh inspiration for this Sunday’s red carpet event! I have three main tips for hosting an Oscars Party, as well as a few fun things you may (or may not!) want to include at your own party! This presentation features the event paper from my Old Hollywood Collection, with much of it custom hot foiled inside our studio!  You can find all these products on my website for purchase here. This paper collection has been utilized for everything from Bar Mitzvahs to Bridal Showers. A special special thanks to The Apothecakery for making the gorgeous cake for this event.
See my tips below for an unforgettable Oscars Night!
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My Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Oscars Night

Tip #1: Think of it as a Girl’s/Guy’s Night In and get comfy!  Think Satin Pajamas with kitten heels – not taffeta prom dresses with fishnets. As I shared with channel 6, leave the Spanx at home and let the stars to do all the work at this event!

Tip #2: Keep the Food Simple and the Presentation Fancy! With this event I took very normal foods, namely: Popcorn, candy bars, beverages – and dressed each of them up. I created a Popcorn Bar by simply setting out different popcorn toppings, such as: nuts, chocolate, flavored sugars, butter shakers, etc. I also place our labels on the chocolate bars and a couture cupcake kit onto store bought cupcakes.

Tip #3: Get Cheeky! To help guest’s imagination with the popcorn bar, I created a Popcorn Cocktail Menu of sorts! I named each “Popcorn Cocktail” after one of the best picture nominees. The names I used was: “The Dallas Cheddar Club,” “Twelve Years of Chocolate,” “AmeriCorn Hustle,” “The Pop of Wall Street,” “Captain Poppin'”. I then place a simple “recipe” under each title for how they could make that Popcorn Cocktail. For example under “Twelve Years of Chocolate” it read “Begin with kettle corn. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with pecans and M&Ms. I also utilized the stars name on my martini glasses. I adorned each martini glass with a tag of a different nominee’s name. This way guests know what glass is theirs the whole night!

Tip #4: Don’t let you guests leave with out their very own Swag Bag! Because I was asked to place products in the Emmy’s Gift Bags, I know a lot about swag bags now! And I just love them…and so I know guests will too! (Good rule of thumb: If you love it, your guests will too! Birds of a feather, flock together!). The fun thing about swag bags is you can do them as low key or as high end as you would like. You can place free perfume samples, lotions, and small items from the dollar store inside of them. Or you can swing the buck, and throw in slippers, a new set of pjs, and a spa gift certificate. It’s completely up to you! Either way, it’s a lot of fun for a guest to get a bag filled with fun new items to try!

Tip #5: Don’t do it all.  I often get asked how I do it all with kids and a company, etc. etc.. The answer is simple, I do not. This is something I try to stress to all my clients – don’t do it all. Choose one or two things that you want to do yourself for the event and then make the rest simple. One of my company goals is to provide hosts and hostesses with beautiful products to make their lives easier. Life is hard enough – entertaining shouldn’t be. If you decide to make dinner for your guests, buy the invitations and event paper (preferably from me)! If you are making your own paper products from scratch, don’t try to do the cheesecake and hors devours from scratch as well. Pick and choose. Otherwise, you will be stressed and never want to entertain again. Again, life can be hard. Entertaining shouldn’t be!

Hope you enjoyed this inspiration – and more importantly, I hope you have a great time this Sunday! I know I will be watching.

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Paper Products, flowers, and Styling by Loralee Lewis, www.LoraleeLewis.com
Cake by The Apothecakery

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With four little Valentines of my own, I am always trying to come up with simple ways to make each holiday special! This Valentines, I created adhesive candy bar wrappers that easily stick to the front of original sized Hershey bars. They were so easy that we will definitely be offering them on the website this year here! With three first-graders and one preschooler, I am 100% committed to making life easier for parents out there! I want holidays to be fun – not stressful! Each label is printed on our vinyl sticker paper so that they are easy for little hands to adhere to candy bars (and also easy to take off if they didn’t get it just right)! For their teacher, my little ones brought lollipop bouquets with a numbered flag pennant attached to each lollipop describing a reason why they loved him or her. Reasons were unique to each child and they dictated what each reasons should say. For example, “You make me love my puffy hair!” or “You read to us after centers every day.” (See bottom photo).

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I hope you are having a beautiful day filled with love!
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LoraleeLewisValentines1PinThisRecently, I teamed up with Electrolux and their social media editors the fabulous Jacqueline Mcbrien and adorable Stephanie Witmer to create a Valentine party for all the Electrolux lovers out there! Above and below are the results! This party features my Making XOXOs collection that is available in the shop, but I’ve also included some FREE DOWNLOADS to the collection that you can only get on Electrolux’s blog, livelovelux.com, here. Enjoy! And I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day!

P.S. The beautiful cake was created by  The Apothecakery and the clothing was provided by Koko Blush and Company (both my faves!). You can find the entire Making XOXOs collection on my website here. LoraleeLewisValentines2PinThis LoraleeLewisValentines3PinThis LoraleeLewisValentines4PinThis LoraleeLewisValentines5PinThis LoraleeLewisValentines6PinThis LoraleeLewisValentines7PinThis LoraleeLewisValentines8PinThis

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If you were in the Idaho area, you may have seen me and the work of my team on FOXnews 9 last night!  I had so much fun sharing my tips with Michelle Edmonds , Roland Beres, and viewers on creating an unforgettable Super Bowl Bash.  We will  be giving a way all the goods seen in these photos for your Super Bowl party beautifully shipped on Instagram this week!  So follow us on Instagram for your chance to win a Super Bowl party shipped to your doorstep!  You can purchase all of these fun Super Bowl Party Good and have them shipped to your doorstep on our website!  Here is the direct link to this collection!

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Loralee Lewis Football Collection

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Loralee Lewis Football Collection

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