Lemon & Lime Sweet Treat Birthday Celebration

I love the color yellow, it’s so light, bright and cheery that just the thought of it puts a smile on my face. 

The inspiration for our shoot came from all the freshness and vibrancy of the summer season. We wanted to create a beautifully refreshing landscape that can be translated into a childrens birthday party, baby shower, wedding, bridal shower or engagement party.

We worked with a bright color palette of yellows, bright green and mint green. The vibrant hues really helped to set the tone of the party and capture the crisp & zestful nature of a perfect summer  day.  To complete the outdoor feel, unique mason jars were used as drinking glasses with each jar numbered for an easy find.  We included fun backyard childrens games to create a vintage feel.  The beautiful and sweet cake pops and ombre cake were created by Jenny Cookies. Party rentals, props and decorations were created & styled by Mariah Rainier Style and photography by Heather Lynn Photographie.

Delight in Summer and enjoy a refreshing glass of ice cold lemonade or limeade!

If the Crown Fit’s …

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The crown certainly “fits” for the outstanding members of the Assistance League of Everett’s, Kitty Young Auxiliary.  This last April and many prior years before I have had the honor and great pleasure of working with so many woman who dedicate their time and talents to making their “April Affair Tea” and fashion show a great success with all proceed going to Assistance League of Everett’s Operation School Bell.  Each table at the tea is decorated with the members theme of choice – this year I went with “If the Crown Fit’s” it seemed fitting considering all the time and hard work that goes into making this tea a huge success!

I have been a member of the Assistance League of Everett since the age of 12. My mother was an active member since the early 80’s and encouraged we to volunteer at a young age.  Volunteering has been a passion of mine.  I encourage anyone who has the desire to give back to their community to find a non-profit group in their community to join. Here is what the Assistance League is all about. You just might want to check us out!

Assistance League of Everett is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)(3), Federal Tax I.D. No. 91-6069747, organization dedicated to helping those in need within our community, Snohomish County, Washington.

We are one of more than 120 local chapters and guilds within a national network, National Assistance League.  Through our commitment to hands-on action, nationwide Assistance League volunteers touched the lives of over 1.4 million children, seniors, families and others in need this past year. Combined, we returned an astounding $35 million to communities across the United States.

Our chapter was founded in 1965 and currently has more than 300 members.  Dedicated volunteers donated over 43,700 volunteer hours  this past year. An all-volunteer, nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsecular organization.  Comprised of more than 300 member volunteers plus numerous community volunteers. In addition to the main chapter membership there are two auxiliary organizations, Kitty Young Auxiliary and Assisteens® Auxiliary.

We manage several Community Outreach Programs that are focused on lending a helping hand to those in need.  Our largest program, Operation School Bell, gives children a complete new wardrobe of school clothing.  Other programs provide financial aid to graduating high school seniors, scholarships to Everett Community College students, clothing and hygiene kits for assault victims, teddy bears for children and adults who are victims of assault or domestic violence, clothing to adults re-entering the workplace and more.

We rely 100% on volunteers with no paid staff.  You are welcome to join us, as there are countless volunteer opportunities   in which your talents, skills and interests can be served while giving back in our local community.

If you are interested in joining or donating you can find us at: assistanceleagueofeverett.org/ and check us out on Facebook: Assistance League of Everett, Kitty Young Auxiliary

Light up your tables with Mason Jar Wedding Centerpieces

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Mason Jar Lights – Find several Mason jars in different sizes for each table at your wedding. Cover them in lace using hot glue around the top and bottom.Get a set of battery operated LED lights to put inside. These lights will last over 20+ hours and there is no risk of them getting to hot like with candles. Put the lid on your jar and there vola’ you have a stunning centerpiece for your wedding reception.

 

A day of Celebration… with a Trunk full of Funky Junk

Slow down & Enjoy the ride.

Today I honor and celebrate my mom Darlene Fox on what would have been her 57th Birthday.

Every year on this day for the last four years I’ve tried to figure out how best to remember her.  The first year after she died I placed a picture of her on the mantel of my fireplace.  Another year as I do every year I brought purple flowers to her gravesite. One year my girls and I made red velvet cake her favorite. None of these gestures ever felt right to me.  I think the problem was less in the pictures, the flowers, or the cake than in the nature of the day itself.  Anything I could do in honor of her birthday felt insignificant compared with how much I missed her.  That insignificance had the effect of accentuating her absence and I worried that I was failing to commemorate her in the right way.  As a result, I always felt a small sense of relief when my mom’s birthday had passed. But today, for the first time since her death, I woke up eager to celebrate her birthday.

Just about a month ago I was encouraged by my friends and enlightened from an outside realm (I believe my mom ~ yes I do believe our loved ones are always surrounding us) about a business opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.  Not only was this new adventure one of my favorite hobbies and pass times but it was something that I started out as a young girl doing with my mom on the weekends “Junk’n.”  This new business adventure was created because my mom gave me the passion and the love of all things vintage, well-worn & used.  Therefore, Mariah Rainier Style was created and I have my mom to thank.

So today my girls and I decided to honor and remember my mom on her Birthday from here on out by spending a day together talking about her, remembering her, celebrating her and embracing her love of family, fun and “JUNK’N.”

My girls and I spent the day on a scavenger hunt giggling and laughing about all the weird, eclectic and “OLD” stuff we saw.  Every corner we turned I found something on the floor or the shelf that was in my home growing up as a kid.  Life is about stories – memories.  It felt amazing to celebrate my mom with my girls telling stories and going on an adventure just like her and I did together while I was growing up.

Today I remember her not with sadness but with joy, happiness, love, memories and a “Trunk full of Funky Junk.”

Happy Birthday Mom.

Mom & Me

 

Our story…

Life as I’ve always known has been made up of eclectic stylizing reshuffling the rule book on decor, mixing and matching new and old. As a young girl Saturday mornings with my mom were always an adventure. Our moments together always included mornings of “Junk’n” as she would call it. Whether we were antiquing, thrift storing, hitting up the auctions, estate sales or yard sales there was always good junk to be found. My love and passion for all things old lives within me and I have my mother to thank for that. Mariah Rainier Style offers eclectic staging, stylizing new and authentic vintage furniture, fixtures and props for photoshoots, and special events. Each and every item has been hand picked for a cafefully thought out and edited selection of inventory to create story book styled events that cannot be found in traditional elements of decor. I look forward to creating your storybook photo-shoot or special event.