balloons for baby

My boss is having a baby! Lately, I feel like so many people in my life or on the edges of it are just starting families. It’s really cute to hear about friends’ loved ones expecting little ones and how excited everyone is to meet their new additions. At my last workplace, one of my favorite coworkers and her husband had their first baby, a beautiful girl. My coworker was an incredible human before she became a mom, but in the conversations I’ve had with her since, she’s just got this unending well of love for her baby girl. We FaceTimed, and I could just see it in her eyes and hear it in her voice. It’s like if someone’s heart couldn’t get any bigger, it did. There’s something that feels so special to me about knowing someone before they become a parent, because when they do you get to watch them grow into this new version of themselves because of the love they have for the little being they brought into the world. Agh, babies just make me so mushy. Some people love dogs. I love dogs, but babies, don’t even with me. Babies are straight up magic. They’re just innocent and pure little people who have so much potential to change the world!

To celebrate the soon-to-be arrival of her own baby girl, my boss hosted a shower for friends and family to celebrate at her home. Pinks and corals and blush tones set the color palette for the party, and I got to add my own personal touch with some drink bar bubblies! A balloon garland makes anything more festive, and I think it gave the drink station some pop. I had fun assembling the garland in the nursery the night before the shower, listening to a podcast about Avengers: Infinity War and taking a break to eat dinner with her family and sample the bomb Korean food her super sweet mother-in-law made. I'm so excited for my boss and the rest of her family to meet her little girl! Check out the photos below to see how it all turned out!

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Photography by Yuka Lu and myself
Floral design by Marita Kawaguchi

golden garland, golden girl

Golden birthdays are only something I learned about last year, but they’re a very cool thing! If you aren’t in the know like I was, a golden birthday is when the birthday celebrant turns the same age as the day they were born. For example, if you were born on the first, your golden birthday would have already passed. But if you are 16 going on 17, and you were born on the seventeenth, you’ve got a golden birthday in your future! My golden birthday will be this year in June, but my friend Yuka just celebrated hers with a really beautiful lunch at Quattro Caffé with some of her closest friends.

Yuka was putting a lot of care and detail into planning her party; from printing out name cards for guests to coordinating with the restaurant to create a set menu, all details were taken into consideration. For added elegance, she hired my floral designer mama to create a garland and small floral arrangements for the table setting. On top of that, she planned a duffy boat ride for after-lunch festivities! Although she didn’t outright say it, it was clear that she wanted to make this birthday extra special.

I love Yuka, and I’m in the middle of a balloon moment, so I wanted to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to her decor. Coordinating with her boyfriend Daniel, who had taken on the important responsibility of decorations, I shared my idea of creating a balloon garland for the party. He happily offered to help, and with some assistance blowing up balloons, I was able to assemble the balloon garland in record time. I coordinated the colors with my mom’s flowers and added in a touch of gold to tie it in with the theme.

I love how it turned out, but I was happiest seeing the end result put a smile on my friend’s face. Photos from her birthday lunch are below!

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ceramic trinket dishes

My ceramic trinket dishes finally got fired! I’m so excited-- the colors turned out beautifully, which is such a relief since these pieces took hours to hand paint and I wasn’t sure how the detail work would turn out as it was my first time using this specific brand of glaze. I'm happy the risk was worth it though! I’m loving these so hard right now and wouldn't want them to look any other way.

These four trinket dishes are hand built and hand painted, one-of-a-kind pieces and each one was individually sculpted from stoneware with a soft cream color and glazed with a glossy finish. This set of ceramics was inspired by tropical florals and reminds me of trips to Hawaii I took with my family growing up. I think my favorite is the palm fronds on the pink background, but it's really hard to say with the hibiscus pattern hanging around!

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