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host a thanksgiving party (even if it’s february!)

The holidays were no less than insane for Anticipation Events.  Between holidays parties to plan, a couple of winter weddings to coordinate and some pretty exciting press we received I also planned your Thanksgiving dinner party for you in Marie Claire.  My first full page article and my first byline in all capital letters.  It was a good way to wrap up a great year.  Read the whole article here.

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planning an island-inspired backyard bash

It’s that time of year again.  Dust off the patio furniture and light up those tiki torches.  Inside the glossy pages of the June 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine, I plan your summer soiree for you!  Dig that coconut bra and grass skirt out because you’re having a tiki party and it’s going to be the most fun. Invite me why don’t you?  xo, AE

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the art of marriage.

Look at me go, blogging away these days.  I thought you might like to see these invitations I made for Megan’s bridal shower.  She is an artist at heart and we played off of that for her party.  I also got to whip out the watercolors for this one, which hasn’t happened since at least 1998, so that was fun.  And yes, I did borrow some paint swatches from Home Depot, but I bet someone going to this party will be inspired to paint their powder room blush. I found a little quote that I used at the bottom, “art and love are the same thing: it’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” So true. xo

Megan Bridal Shower 1

Megan Bridal Shower 2

Megan Bridal Shower 3


marie claire: april 2013

We’re at it again, buying multiple copies of Marie Claire magazine just to see that sweet, sweet byline in print again!  And yes, the lady at Target is still giving us looks about it.

Pick up a copy and throw a little “email incineration” party to spring clean your inbox.  Unless of course, you’re Elizabeth’s mom and none of your friends have laptops.  #partyfail


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bad loo loo is born.

It’s been one of my personal goals for about two years now to open an Etsy shop.  I am always making things and creating things that people tell me I should sell.  It seemed like such a daunting task and for the better part of two years, something that was easier to check off my list always took precedence.  Finally, I whittled down said list to the point where it was getting a little ridiculous to not do it.  And then Indie Wed came and went and I had lots of product and beautiful pictures to boot.

So Bad Loo Loo was born.

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Named in honor of my little sister who my brother and I have called “Boo” since before we could walk and whose nickname for me is “Loo.”  When I do something she doesn’t like, she’ll scold me with a very firm “Bad Loo Loo” in a tone that makes me laugh every time.  Somehow, it just seemed the appropriate name, my alter ego perhaps: a superhero who wields scissors specifically for cutting fabric and 14 different kinds of glue and who could not be prouder of herself than when she gets through a session with her sewing machine without crying.  I imagine her wearing a cape and drinking sangria and using her washing machine to tea-dye everything she can get her hands on.

Here are some things you can buy from Bad Loo Loo if you are so inclined, or just browse around and see what she’s up to as new things will be added from time to time.

If you see something you like, or are interested in a custom version of one of our creations, feel free to reach out to Bad Loo Loo via Etsy or at badlooloodesigns@gmail.com.  She’s always here, causing a little bit of trouble, searching out any mischief she can find and would love nothing more than for you to be a part of it!

Bad Loo Loo