Nautical Baby Shower

I had mentioned back in February that I had a few personal events going on in the “off season”. This past March,  I was asked to help with an amazing baby shower put on by my Aunt and Cousin for out newest little family member! This decked out shower quite literally pulled out all the stops. Here were a few of my favorite things from this shower.

The Candy Bar

I will say that I am slightly biased since I set it up, but this candy bar was just as delicious as its was gorgeous. Rather than going with the specialty dyed candy for this buffet, my aunt chose some of the more traditional candies in pastels and pinks. We filled the apothecary jars with jelly beans, m&ms, and mints rather than those hard gum balls.



Sick of clipping Clothes Pins to your shirt all shower long in hopes of remembering to not say “baby”? I am too. That is why I was so pleased when we passed out these little ice babies as an intro game. When your ice cube gives “birth” you screech “MY WATER BROKE!” as loud as you can (you know, because you need rushed to the hospital and all that jazz).


The Customized ABC book

After the few Bingo winners claimed their prize we moved onto another activity. A customized ABC book! Everyone received a letter and drew a picture to correlate to the letter. You could write whatever word you wanted (remember this is for an infant and all). Really, you could. I wrote Utopia for “U”. It was such an adorable idea that is very unique to the guests at your party. After the shower, you collect the pages, and either bind them or send them to a book production company.


Photo by: Little Turkey Blog

The Subtle Nautical Theme

Crates. Burlap. Herons. Reeds. Anchors. You name it, this party probably incorporated it, but it wasn’t as if the room was obnoxiously screaming NAUTIC! The subtle additions such as a sailor’s dress or a “Poppy’s first mate” onesie really wrapped together the Theme.


A Pint Sized Party

As I have said on here before, my most difficult client is my pint sized daughter. I look forward to her parties because they challenge me in ways that I am not typically challenged when dealing with weddings. For her three years old party she decided on a Daniel Tiger theme. For 2 years old, we decided on a Sesame street themed event. I painted one whole room in DT4x6_Caeris_New02.jpgElmo’s World finger paint, created a fairy themed room complete with the flying fairy school, and served all of the food from Mr Hoopers! This year we just had to top this with a Grrrific party. We started with some AMAZING invites from luvibeekids on etsy. Amber was amazing to work with and even customized the wording for me.

IMG_9415My pint sized princess also requested the cake from the Birthday party episode. Although the adults thought it was a bad attempt at creating a tiger, all of the kids realized that it was SPOT ON to the episode. Rose and the crew at Kiddie Cakes did an AMAZING job.

The next big challenge was creating the neighborhood. I painted the road that runs throughout the neighborhood and wanted to be sure that I had each of the major characters represented. The focal point was the tissue paper 3 and the paper fan display that I had behind the buffet table.

I make little ears or crowns for all of the kids to wear and hired Ellie McIntyre to do facepainting. This helped create the “land of make believe” feel that we were going for. We also made a DIY favor station as an “ugga mugga” to our little tigers.


The challenge that I always have with children’s parties is developing games! I am a planner and designer but not necessarily a children’s entertainer. We played musical chairs, hot potato, and even put on a parade! All in all we rang in “3” with a bang and I can’t wait to out do myself with whatever challenge she throws at me next year!

5 Serious Signature Drinks


Wine Pours. Beer Trucks. Lemonade Stands. Whisky Tasting Stations. Apple Cider Stands. Adult Milkshakes.

These are just a few of some of the amazing drink options to put your wedding over the top!

Here are 5 amazing signature cocktails, from our archives, for the mixologist in everyone.



I am a HUGE fan of egg white cocktails, but if you plan on serving them at your wedding you should also plan to tip your bartender VERY well. Egg white cocktails can be a pain to make an definitely require several well trained IMG_9863 (1).jpgmixologists.

Recipe by Stir Bartending DC

2 oz Reposado Tequila (We use 123 Organic Tequila [Uno Dos Tres])
.75 oz lime juice .75 cinnamon-agave syrup
1 slice orange
1 egg white
garnish with bitters


2. Mint and Honey Bourbon

IMG_9865.jpgThis is an amazing cocktail for a hot day or outdoor cocktail hour. Very crisp and refreshing.

Recipe at

1 Muddled Mint Leaf + 1 Muddled Basil Leaf
3 oz Bourbon
1 orange rind
1 table spoon of Honey
Splash of Soda Water


3. Fernet Branca Industry Sour

fwx-3-cocktails-fernet-1Fernet Branca isn’t for the weak of heart, but this is a great way to introduce it to some friends that may have normally turned away. Great for fall weddings!

Recipe at
1 oz Fernet Branca
1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
Garnish with Mint


4. French 75

Looking to incorporate some bubbly, but not looking to have a IMG_9867.jpgfruity drink? The French 75 is for you. This classic cocktail will shine at your garden or vintage themed affair.

Recipe by Food and Wine Magazine
1 oz Gin
1.5 oz VSOP
.5 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
Champagne or Prosecco

5. Fire and Ice

Perfect for a beach wedding or Mexican catered cocktail hour. Definitely not for the mild of palates!

1 oz Chipotle Agave (agave nectar, 4-5 chipotle peppers, 1 cup water – Boil and Steep)
1 oz Blueberry Shrub
2 oz Mezcal
1 C Apple Cider Vinegar

Procedure: Muddle 2-3 Slices Serrano Peppers, then Shake all Contents Together, Double Strain and Enjoy!

Recipe by Jen Mattion at Mescal Denver, CO



The Love Union

Back in February we were invited to a wedding season kick off conference sponsored by Gowanus Hospitality. We had the opportunity to be involved in two AMAZING tastings, a wonderful show from a singing tax adviser, and tried so many various treats throughout the day. I would love to highlight some of the great vendors that we met throughout the week. I also got to do an amazing puzzle, participate in craft stations, and get some excellent business advice.

 Rima Brindamour Photography 


Red Table Catering


Amber Marlow Photography


Happily Ever Borrowed 


This is a pretty awesome site that lets you RENT your wedding look!

Wild Floral Design


Sydney’s Sweets


Talde Catering


I loved being introduced to these new friends and so many more amazing vendors!


Wedding Crashers!

We had a great time at Wedding Crashers this year and loved getting to meet some amazing future clients! Congratulations to those of you who received one of our emergency kits in their tote bags. An additional congratulations to Lauren Rush who won a free DOC package for her wedding next March! Here are some of the amazing shots we got! Check out all of the incredible vendors here.

March Madness

Between Wedding Crashers Brooklyn, My Big Fake Wedding in April, a few small and personal events, and my daughters Daniel Tiger Birthday Bash (she’s one of my pickiest clients!) March is proving to be rather busy!



Keep checking our Instagram this weekend for pictures, shoutouts, and highlights of Wedding Crashers Brooklyn! Contact us for Ticket information!



Photo from Wedding Crashers 2015

Keep and eye out in early April for our Debut of our BIG Fake Wedding Design Photos! Contact us if you would like to attend!







Also, keep checking out social media accounts for some photos of our smaller and personal events including my three year old’s Daniel Tiger Birthday Bash!


As always… Happy Planning!

Engagement Season Special


Until February 14th we will be offering a sale on our Day of Coordination Package!

This package includes:

-One Day Of Host

-On site event management

-Vendor Coordination up to one month prior

-Timeline Development

-one Rehearsal walkthrough

This package typically costs $1100 but will be offered at $850 for couples that sign prior to February 14th.

Call 718-873-5976 or email to book your initial consult!

Some Exciting New Updates

Hello Readers,

Welcome to a brand new week! I am sorry for the lengthy pause in between updates. CampbellEvents has been keeping pretty busy with an overload of weddings, parties, and fundraisers in the month of August. Don’t worry, we will be blogging about some awesome inspiration we have received from these events soon. In the meantime here are some things you can look forward to in the month of September…


Our support for you doesn’t stop at the alter. Every Monday we will be posting a little something for you to start you week off right and encourage you to keep your marriage strong! Whether it be an interview, a book we adore, or simply an encouraging quote, we want to continue to keep our focus on what really matters in a wedding… your marriage!


We have some awesome couples lined up for our newest series #SpotlightSaturday. The First Saturday of every month we will spotlight a wedding from this past year. Highlighting awesome vendors, venues, themes, and food. We will also be doing a Q&A with the couple to talk about keeping their relationship strong, the adventure of wedding coordination, and how they built a blueprint for a healthy marriage. If you would like to be featured in a #SpotlightSaturday, shoot me an email at to receive an application.

Our Monthly Series

Each month we are going to focus on a specific area of event planning. Some future series include… The First Steps of Wedding Planning, Paper Flowers, and Natural Flower alternatives. We would love to have some suggestions on a future series that you would like to see. We will feature anything from advice to specifics on Themed Events (Dr. who, Breaking Bad). You name it and I will try my best to incorporate it into a theme… I love a challenge!

Thats all for now folks,