I recently planned and coordinated a backyard rehearsal dinner. The hostess wanted the event to be casual yet classic. It was a catered dinner with about 30 in attendance.
3 tables and 30 chairs were rented along with cream colored tablecloths. I made the green runners.

  Cherry blossom branches in cylinder vases served as the the centerpieces. 

Refreashing drinks in Sacramento’s hot summer 
1) Cucumber, lemon and mint infused water 
2) Classic margaritas 
Buffet Table

Delicious dinner was catered by Baja Burrito in Elk Grove, CA

Congratulations to the newly married couple Erin & Daniel!
Have a Smashing Day! 

My sister in law Cori is getting married in October. Her fiance runs a camp in Weimar, CA Capital Mountain Camp where the wedding will take place. The grounds are simply smashing!

Coris Wedding

The decor will be a perfect blend of turquoise, orange and cream. With rustic accents like wood slices and burlap incorporated into the design. The ceremony will take place outside and the reception will be in doors. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of Cori & Todd’s Wedding

Have a smashing day! 

Every year our Women’s Ministry hosts a Christmas Coffee & Dessert. It’s such a fun festive night. Hostesses uniquely decorated their tables, we sing a few Christmas carols, and we always get to hear a wonderful guest speaker. 
A group of us got together this year and baked til we dropped. It was a huge hit and all the desserts were amazing. 
Audrey and I did the backdrop and decorated the main table. She is so creative!!!
The snowflakes and pine cones looked adorable. 
Bottle brush trees 

Crystal cake stand…it’s all in the details

Cherry Cheesecakes 
Smores bites 

Fluted Tiramisu Cake 

Heavenly Oreo Dessert…and yes it was heavenly 🙂 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very Smashing New Year! 
Ashley 🙂 

My Sister in Law Emily got married last year and I had the honor of helping throw her a bridal shower. It was an evening dessert shower set in a beautiful backyard. 

Burlap runners, antique dishes and mismatched crystal goblets set the mood. 

Sunflowers in mason jars helped set the stage for what the wedding centerpieces would look like.

Ready for all the yummy desserts!!


Homemade fruit tarts: My moms recipe…they are amazing!!  

 Reese peanut butter trifle 

Chocolate & Vanilla Cupcakes with classic butter cream frosting 

Drinks: Iced Tea, Mocha Punch, Water infused with fresh fruit

The sign was a surprise!! I think she liked it 🙂 
We had a wonderful evening celebrating Emily, enjoying lots of desserts and good company.

Bridal showers are one of my favorite occasions to plan and design for. 
Do you have a special celebration coming up? Smashing designs would love to help!

Have a lovely day

The majority of wedding receptions incorporate the classic traditions like cutting of the cake, the toast, garter and bouquet toss, etc. Just because these are classic traditions it doesn’t mean they can’t be tweaked to have your special touch. Here are a few of our special touches!
Entrance Point: I forgot to mention this earlier but as guests arrive it’s nice to have something there to greet them. We had pictures of Matt and I from childhood to current time and our engagement pictures. Last but not least, one of my favorite shows is the Golden Girls…you heard me right!! 🙂 So I had the shows theme song “Thank you for being a friend” playing as guests arrived.


Matt’s sister Emily 🙂 at our welcome table
Reception Entertainment: You may be asking yourself “Are those clowns?” Yes they are! Since we were going to have so many kids at our wedding I wanted to make sure it was fun for them. There was a lot of yard and room for them to play 🙂 Needless to say they were a big hit. The kids were also served hot dogs with mac and cheese.
Sparkles and Sheriff Rich ready to party.


The Menu: I wanted there to be multiple choices but not a classic buffet. So we went with Stations: Italian, Mexican, Tri Tip and Salad Station.
The Cake: A teacher from our Bible College made wedding cakes on the side, we asked her to make ours. It was so personal and we were so happy with how it turned out! She was also Matt’s children Pastor when he was a little guy.


Grooms Cake
First Dance: Classic and so romantic Song: At Last by Etta James
Mr & Mrs Matthew Boddorf
Thanks for traveling down memory lane with me. Hopefully some of these ideas help you plan your Simply Smashing Wedding.
Happy Planning,