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A few weeks ago, Koko Blush & I decided to turn Easter on it’s head and try something fresh and new. A bohemian-influenced Easter Picnic and Egg Hunt! Together we styled a photo shoot that beat to a different drum. I had so much fun styling the event with both of our teams! I hope you enjoy!

You can find this paper collection on my website shortly at www.loraleelewis.com and you can find these amazing clothes at www.kokoblushandcompany.com  Between this photo shoot and our last one, I came home with a basketful of must-haves!

A special thanks to Lookie Loo Photography for capturing these beautiful photos!

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If you enjoyed this post, check out the Easter Croquet Party here.

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As a little child, I used to play croquet all the time with my family!  I remember going over to my Grandpa Phelps’ home around Easter and playing it with him.    I was inspired by that memory when creating this shoot!  I collaborated with Koko Blush & Co. whom I just adore!  Their clothes are so amazing and they are a delight to work with!  Do check out their website – I can never decide which item I like the best.  We had so much fun putting together this event – almost as fun as the kids had shooting it!  If you look carefully, you can see my four little ones – Ethan, Georgianna, Vienna, and Boston playing around!

The signs, invitations, bottle labels, and paper goods you see throughout this shoot are from my newest Easter collection, Bunny Quartet.  They are available for  purchas on my website.   A special thanks to Lookie Loo Photography for capturing these special moments! Enjoy!

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I want each of my clients to have nothing less than a gorgeous event!  Having styled my fair share of events and photo shoots through my paper company,  I have picked up a few tricks in creating a memorable event!  Once a week, I am going to share one or two with you!  Alone these small tips and details may seem inconsequential, but I have learned that a one-of-a-kind event is all in the details.

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I love mini desserts with spoons sticking straight out of them. To me, they are saying, “Eat me! I’m good!” Here’s a few quick tricks I have learned to keep your spoons standing at attention for guests.

1) Use light weight silverware.  Light weight dessert spoons (as shown in the photo above) or wooden spoons are easier to work with than heavy weight utensils.  And will help your desserts keep the spoons standing tall throughout the whole event. Often these light weight dessert utensils are included in your parfait and/or mini dessert glass sets when you purchase them.   Here are two sets that I own: Libbey Just Desserts Parfait Glass with Minaiture Stainless
Steel Spoons, Libbey Just Desserts Mini Flare Glass with Miniature  Stanless Steel Spoons.  If you are having a large event and on a budget, you can purchase just the steel mini spoons and/or forks and use clear plastic containers.  Wooden spoons are also fabulous for a less dressed-up event.

2) Chill your desserts firmly.  The sooner you take your items out the refrigerator the quicker they will soften.  Soft desserts have droopy spoons – not fun “Eat Me!” spoons.  Don’t take your appetizers/desserts out until a few minutes before your event will begin!

3) After you have placed your desserts where you want them, don’t add the spoons until the moment before your guests arrive.  I actually thinks it’s fun to be adding them casually as the first trail of guests arrive.  Attending to small details while keeping casual conversation puts guests at ease and doesn’t make them feel like you have sweated all week to create this beautiful moment!

Foods that are easy to create this look with include: parfaits, mousses, jellos, traditional ice creams, sorbets, rice puddings, mashed potatoes, etc.

Foods that do not work well: puddings, coleslaws, soft serve ice cream, etc.

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This week I had my interview with Better Homes and Gardens for their upcoming Christmas Ideas issue!!!  I am beyond thrilled to be asked to be in it.

Unbeknownst to me, I scheduled the interview for the morning of “Crazy Hair” day at Kindergarten.  Something my little ones informed me of only after I did their hair that morning!   So while describing my design process to Ann Wilson, a writer for BHG, I was simultaneously “designing” crazy hairstyles on little heads.  Luckily, Ann was fabulous and fabulously down to earthShe didn’t seem to mind the four tiny voices in the background and made me feel 100% comfortable.

Can’t wait for the issue to come out.  Lots of free Christmas downloads.

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