Teri’s Gorgeous Arcadia Baby Shower

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I joke that I have been trying to get my friend, Teri pregnant for years! The time has finally come, as she and Danny are expecting their first bundle of joy in November. They aren’t going to find out the gender so it’s been incredibly hard to contain myself from indulging in girl clothes (that’s my guess!) and tons of pink and purple shenanigans. And even though it’s killing me not to know, I’m super proud of them for sticking to their guns and doing this their way.

This past Saturday, our mutual friend Rachel, owner of Outstanding Occasions and event planner extraordinaire, hosted the most magical baby shower at her home. Rachel went over the top to ensure every little detail was as beautiful and as personal as the next. It was the perfect afternoon to celebrate one of the coolest couples we know. If you are fortunate enough to know Danny and Teri then you know their baby is going to be one lucky girl. Or, boy.

Below are a few photos I captured from Teri’s special day.

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog


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One proud dad-to-be!

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

Meet Rachel. She put on such a wonderful event – I have no idea how she did it, while keeping up with her 10-month-old son at home, but that’s why we call moms like this, Super Moms.

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

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It was a One Hope Wine kind of day. I love One Hope (mostly because I’m drinking for a great cause – check out more here) but I had no idea they make Champagne too. Until this moment, that is. Thanks to Colby for making sure our glasses were always half full.

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

floral baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

Can we pause and just look at how BEAUTIFUL this mama is? She is seriously glowing from the inside out. I was secretly hoping she’d be just like me … gain 60lbs, have stretch marks, horrible cravings and super swollen ankles so we could talk about how much pregnancy sucked together later … but, that’s not the case. Proof in the fact that her ankles are perfect and that’s not even a maternity dress. I sigh.

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Once an Alpha Phi, always an Alpha Phi. Rosé all day for us.

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

T – I am so incredibly happy for you. You and Danny are going to be amazing parents! Ryan and I can’t wait to get our hands on your little one, we love you both so much. Congratulations, friend!

Dayna’s (work) Baby Shower + Baby Bump

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My co-worker, Dayna, is due in two weeks (two weeks!) so we celebrated on Friday afternoon with brunch at Zinc Bistro. All of the girls got together to celebrate Dayna’s new bundle of joy. This is Dayna & Mike’s first baby and you can tell how excited they are just by talking to her – the nursery is decorated, the car seat is in and now everyone is on baby watch eagerly awaiting his arrival.

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Baby Shower | Zinc Bistro Scottsdale

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Baby Shower | Zinc Bistro Scottsdale

Baby Shower | Zinc Bistro Scottsdale

Baby Shower | Zinc Bistro Scottsdale

When Andrea is around (center, red dress) there is no reason you would order dessert off the menu – she brings it! She bakes the most delicious treats and this day was no exception. She baked a Bundt Cake with cream cheese frosting topped with fresh fruit. If you live in Arizona and want custom cakes for your parties, let me know. Her cakes are really something else.

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Dayna looks amazing (can you believe she looks this good at 38 weeks? I was a house) and couldn’t be happier that her little one will debut into the world soon. We couldn’t have asked for better Arizona weather for an afternoon spent with good friends, good food and lots of baby talk. Dayna, next time we see you, you’ll be a mom! We are so happy for you!!!

Baby Shower | Zinc Bistro Scottsdale

Ice, Ice, Baby!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the 2014 Inner Circle Experience (ICE) at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. This was an inaugural event created by Sade Awe, the founder of The Bridal Circle. She invited about 50 of the most influential wedding planners, event designers, florists, Catering Managers, stationary companies and motivational speakers to attend a luxury marketing conference in Florida.

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I scored an invite because I manage the wedding marketing initiatives for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and because Sade Awe and I have become great partners this past year marketing select St. Regis properties. Before I go any further, if you are an event planner … props to you! You are truly some of the most creative people that I have worked with. I really enjoyed meeting each and every one of you.

Our event started with a welcome reception and meet and greet with Alexis Maybank, founder of Gilt. Then, a welcome lunch at J&G Grill at the St. Regis resort. I sat with Kellie from The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Amy from Amy Mancuso Weddings and Anna with the Cove Atlantis. The brainchild behind the florals, the centerpiece and the event décor was Jose Graterol Designs.

Inner Circle Experience

Inner Circle Experience

Inner Circle Experience

Inner Circle Experience

Inner Circle Experience

After lunch we listed to presentations from Alexis with Gilt; Beth Hayden, author of PinfluenceCindy Novotny, and more. Instead of chairs (I mean … by this point everything was over the top and the day had just started) we were made comfortable with white suede couches, colorful pillows, St. Regis Butler service and plenty of delicious treats.

After a day full of meetings, we were welcomed to a sunset reception at the resort. There was music, drinks, great food and lots of networking going on. There was also a full moon and not a cloud in the sky.

Meanwhile, my husband was dealing with the largest rainstorm in Arizona history. No, really. The streets were flooded. I tried reeeeally hard not to socially share any photos from this evening as I felt horrible that I was enjoying a great night while he was stuck indoors with two crazy toddlers.

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Amy Mancuso and I really hit it off. We were the only two girls representing Arizona so we had to stick together. Amy is such a wild and crazy, talented and fun woman who made this experience that much more enjoyable for me.

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Let’s talk about this food for a second. Amazing! This guy is a culinary genius, I know I told you all about his book in this post, but seriously you guys … this food was like a slice of heaven (and it was pretty fun to photograph too).

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the inner circle experience - wedding planners

the inner circle experience - wedding planners

the inner circle experience - wedding planners

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The next morning the Inner Circle Experience continued with more presentations from top executives and luxury companies. The room was transformed again into a beautiful and botanical space, with succulents and lots of glam (look at the ceiling!). We heard from companies like Starwood (hurray!), Jo Malone London, Fabergé (you know … the infamous Easter egg), and motivational speaker, Simon T. Bailey.

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Lunch was another WOW factor … perfectly designed and great food. I sat with Simon Bailey, Beth Hayden, Amy Mancuso and Marley Majcher, celebrity event planner and founder of The Party Goddess … we both have little girls so we had fun swapping stories of our diva daughters.

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the inner circle experience - wedding planners
After lunch we broke into roundtables, where I got to ask and receive professional advice from Simon in an intimate setting. He was remarkable … everything you would expect in a motivational leader. We had fun making a video for my boss (who loves his work), which I’ll share with her when she gets back from her fancy vacation in Rome, Paris and Italy (me = jealous).

After another day full of meetings, we got all dolled up for an evening to remember. A formal gala. There was a cocktail reception followed by a plated meal, dinner, dancing and lots of great music by Rock with U Entertainment. I would 100% recommend these guys for any event. They were incredibly talented and got us on the dance floor, even before dinner was served!

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weddings and event design

weddings and event design

weddings and event design

weddings and event design

weddings and event design

This is the St. Regis Bal Harbour crew – from the Catering and Sales Managers to the Director of Sales & Marketing – they make up a great group of women and we are lucky to have them working with St. Regis.

weddings and event designThis is Sade Awe, founder of The Bridal Circle and our hostess for the week. She truly is remarkable and has fostered some deep relationships with many key influencers. What a star!

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weddings and event design

Ceci Johnson (Ceci New York) - Stephanie Cross (St. Regis)
I loved meeting up with Ceci Johnson with Ceci New York, you know her work. I know you do. Just click here and see some of the couture wedding invitations that she puts together. Follow her on instagram too – you’ll get a peek into some of the custom watercolor prints she makes and you’ll feel a bit more inspired with her every post.

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stephanie cross - many hats of a mom - wedding events and design

stephanie cross - many hats of a mom - wedding events and design

stephanie cross - many hats of a mom - wedding events and design

stephanie cross - many hats of a mom - wedding events and design
And that’s a wrap! Sade said at the beginning of the conference, “How do I wow people who do wow for a living?” Well, my friend. You just nailed it. Until next year …

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The Hip Photo booth

I love the idea of a photo booth at a wedding, don’t you? The Hip Booth is the “Ultimate Selfie” complete with a backdrop of your choice and fun props. What a great takeaway for your guests too! Here is my brother and his beautiful girlfriend Sabrina at their friend’s wedding last night. Love it, kids.

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The D.I.Y. Hat: Idea for Kid’s Parties

This is probably the coolest idea I’ve seen in a while – it’s totally up my ally. Visit The Sweetest Occasion and you’ll see what I mean. I’m sold!

The D.I.Y Hat: Cupcake Protest Toppers

I like this idea so much that I have to re-blog about it. All you have to do is print this template on pretty cardstock. Then, take a toothpick and glue the sign to the pick. Stick the signs in your favorite dessert, like cupcakes, and you will have created funny protest toppers! A humorous dessert sign that will be a great conversation piece at your next party. I love this idea. Thanks to The Sweetest Occasion – click over for more details!