Branding in progress

Hello everyone! Jessica here! I’m thrilled to announce that Parchment & Crepe is going through an official branding process! I can’t wait to see our party decor and planning company all dressed up and ready for business!

Our official email is

We provide services within the Baltimore/Annapolis/Frederick/D.C. region but can ship anywhere within the U.S.

Thanks for stopping by! 

-Jessica & Michelle



Curious George!

curious george

I am honored to have been asked to contribute something to my dear friend’s son’s 1st Birthday party! The theme: Curious George, baby Sam’s favorite little monkey! I made a cut out for photo ops based on one of Curious George’s iconic moments…floating skyward with a fist full of balloons. ūüôā

Photo credit: Stephanie L Smith Photography


Speaking of babies…

Since I’m blogging about the baby showers I’ve hosted in the past, I decided to keep up with the baby theme and share the baby announcement for our now 16 month old son. After three years of battling with infertility we finally conceived our daughter through IVF. Then came along our little surprise! We were shocked! We didn’t know¬†Sophia¬†had called to place an order for a baby brother or sister!

Baby Showers

I have hosted and helped with more than a few baby showers over the years! This post includes pictures from a vintage football themed shower, a gender reveal guessing game, and a unique twist¬†on the traditional “mommy-to-be” pins.

footbal play

Chalkboard display with a little rhyme to tie together the football theme with a baby shower. It was difficult to keep the balance. I came up with the idea to use football play xoxo as kisses and hugs.




Thank you Pinterest for the idea! Boon grass drying rack. On the football, guests write encouraging sentiments for baby- “Way to grow champ!”

gender reveal shower

Gender Reveal baby shower game. Guests can write their name suggestions on pumpkin shaped pieces of paper then stick them on either the girl or boy side to mark their guess.

baby shower pins

Sweet button Mommy and Grandma to be buttons!

Sophia’s 2nd Birthday: Sheriff Callie themed

We had so much fun planning Sophia’s 2nd birthday based on her favorite tv show at the time; Sheriff Callie!

I made two stand-up¬†cardboard¬†cut outs…Sheriff Callie and Sparky for a photo op and Toby for a fun¬†lassoing game based on the Noodle Lasso episode.



My sister made these delicious cactus cupcakes


A cowgirl or cowboy hat for everyone!


Happy Birthday sweet girl! We love you so!




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Sophia’s First Birthday Party: Teddy Bear Picnic themed



Memory book for guests to write something sweet for the birthday girl!



Teddy bear ears for every boy and girl.


Large sunflowers secured with wide burlap ribbon adorned the entry way of the pavilion. Honey bees were busily working!


Flowers in mason jars for the large picnic tables.




My big birthday girl!


I used a science project display board for this bean bag toss game.


Sophia & me ‚̧

We decided on a Teddy Bear Picnic theme for my daughter’s first birthday! I started the planning very early. Making a lot of the elements such as the invitations and the teddy bear ears took some time but I had¬†help from my sister and mom.¬†The outcome was sweet and simple. I hope that everyone had a wonderful time! I know Sophia did! Happy Birthday to our precious one year old!

Photos by: Tabitha Collison

Gifting books to kids

Here is a fun and creative way to gift books to kids!

I wrapped the book in paper and then again in a tote bag…folding it so that the handle could still be used to carry the present. I then used ribbon to keep everything in place and add some pizzazz! I included fabric markers with the gift so that my niece and nephew could decorate the totes and use them as their very own library bags.


The very first post!

This is it! The blog that my sister and I have been talking about is finally born! This blog will be a lot like our plans…rough and sketchy at first but soon tumbled and polished ’til it shines. So first let’s get down to the basics…My name is Jessica Hayes and my younger sister is Michelle Herb. We grew up the closest of friends…you know, the ones who bicker non-stop but never stop loving eachother. We were two little girls playing house and school, pretending to be the chef on our very own cooking shows. We grew up, married our highschool sweethearts and started our own families. Recently we have realized that we absolutely LIVE to plan! By live to plan, I mean that we woke up one day and realized that without a project, without a plan to be drawn up or acted out…we are absolutely not able to function. Of course we do like being whimsical and letting our hair down and living life in the moment… but we also plan for that too. (I’m sure I’ve written “Live life, no plan, just let go and relax today” in my calendar on more than several occasions.) My sister and I plan everything but we mainly enjoy planning parties and everything that goes into them…decorations, invitations, food, desserts, guest lists, seating arrangements, scheduling, theme, games, mood lighting! Michelle is so gifted at baking, cake decorating and¬†travel planning and I relish in room planning ie. interior designing and craft projects¬†of all kinds. A short while ago Michelle and I¬† considered starting a blog where we could stash all of our plans and ideas for parties, cakes, nurseries, crafts, roadtrips etc. After much thought we settled on a wordpress blog titled…Parchment & Crepe….you know…Baking and Decorating, Cakes and Streamers. Hope you like the name! Some of the first things that will be posted here @Parchment&Crepe are my vintage Shabby Chic themed baby shower, my niece’s rainbow themed second birthday party and my sister’s ultimate Disney World¬†vacation plans. Thank you so much for visiting our blog! (planning something clever to say after blog entries)

~Jessica & Michelle