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Preferred Red Letter Occasions Vendor Spotlight: Antea Amoroso Design

I met Antea a few years ago at The Energy Barre and quickly learned of her talents as an artist. At that time, she had an Etsy shop which she launched as a result of planning her own dream wedding. While planning each beautiful detail of her wintry wedding, she fell in love with DIY crafting and knew there were other people just like her that wanted beautiful event decor but didn't necessarily have the time or artistic ability to bring their vision to life. I am one of those people. As Antea's Etsy business grew and people in the Greater Boston area needed event decor design help, Antea Amoroso Design was born.

When I helped my sister plan my niece's first birthday and wanted a first birthday memory board to add to the party decorations, I immediately contacted Antea. She hand-painted (yes, by hand!) a personalized board with all of my niece's stats and firsts. It was the perfect addition to the gift table and my family and friends are still talking about the beautiful canvas that hangs in the birthday girl's room. 

Now let's fast forward to this year. Antea created two amazing boards for me to celebrate my baby's birthday as well as my second niece's first birthday.

She puts so much time and thought into her designs and it truly shows. She carefully matches each of her designs to the theme of the event.

Photo credit (photo on right): Nick Rezendes Photography

I mentioned The Energy Barre earlier. Antea helped owner Julianna decorate her beautiful studios (Stoneham, MA and Beverly, MA) with canvas art hung around the rooms with inspirational sayings, quotes, and song lyrics. She also hand-painted the business logos, signs, and calligraphy on the walls. If you haven't been to the studio, go try a class! You'll be so happy you did! 

Photo credit: The Energy Barre 

I have been to weddings where I've spotted Antea's designs without knowing she had helped the bride and groom with their wedding design. I remember asking one bride how she learned of Antea and she told me that her aunt recommended Antea to her, and that Antea made it so easy to rent the items she needed for her big day that she didn't need to buy such as table numbers. Every item matched her wedding style perfectly. Check out the photo gallery of Antea's work on her site. 

Photo credit: Antea Amoroso Design

Her beautiful storefront is located at 8 Brande Court in Reading Center, and she hosts events like "Girlfriends' Guide to DIY" nights there where she teaches you how to craft. How fun is that? Follow her shop on Facebook to catch the next one! This Sunday, September 13th, is The Reading Street Faire; be sure to check out her booth there- you just may spot some Red Letter Occasions logos hand-painted by Antea!

The First Birthday Party

365 days. 12 months. 1 year.

A baby changes and grows so much in that amount of time. It's quite amazing when you think about it, and it's definitely a reason to celebrate. 

The beginning of the season was the inspiration behind this vintage, baseball-themed first birthday party for a sweet, little, April baby and it was so much fun to plan! 

The invitation, found on Etsy, help set the tone for the event and inspired the beautiful stars and stripes; red, white, and blue cake created by Vida Doce. The cake was the focal point of the table and it was displayed on one of three natural-wood boxes. No baseball game is complete without Cracker Jacks so this had to be a part of the party design! Also part of the table display: popcorn in old-fashioned boxes; peanuts and baseballs; the birthday boy's name spelled out in white letters with hand-painted, red stitches to look like those found on a baseball; and an old glove filled with double-bubble bubble gum crossed with a small wooden bat. We also tied in a bit of history to the display table, too. The birthday boy's dad saved all of his baseball cards from when he was a boy and we hung them on the front of the table adding a special touch. Antea of Antea Amoroso Designs created a beautiful, first birthday memory board highlighting all of the milestones from the baby's first year.

Guests enjoyed typical concession fare; sausages, hot dogs, and burgers made everyone feel like they were out at the old ballgame! 

All of the little details combined to make a very memorable day celebrating one very special year.