Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gold and Glitter: Sixth Annual Cookie Party

This time of year you can usually find me covered in glitter. Mostly because I like sparkly wrapping paper, what can I say? But this year I've been extra glittery because this years cookie party theme waaaaaaaas.......

......wait for it......

GOLD AND GLITTER! 

Ensue the squeals of delight. And also the house covered in glitter. And my face covered in glitter.  But it was our 6th annual cookie party, so I think glitter was due. You can check out  last years theme of (Winter Wonderland) here: Winter Wonderland


I have to say that might have been my favorite theme ever. Our guests seemed to agree :)

Here's how you achieve the best gold and glitter party eva - literally clear out your entire town's inventory of gold and glitter. Gold candlesticks, vases, ornaments, glittery sleighs, glittery reindeer - you name it - we had it. Drew (my sister in law duh) and I were like addicts, we needed more gold and glitter and we needed it NOW. For a straight week our entire texts conversations consisted of the words #goldandglitter. 
I think we're back to normal now.  Although I swear I will never get the glitter out of my hair. Or car. Or house.

Luckily my moms house (where we hold the party) is always beautifully decorated for Christmas, including garland with gold ribbon lining the stairs.



We decorated the mantel with golden packages, gold trees and obviously had some glittery reindeer grazing in the snow. I loved the way the mantel turned out. The glittery reindeer were a last minute impulse by from HomeGoods the morning of the party. Yes, we were scrambling for glitter hours before the party, what can I say. ADDICTED. 






We had a signature cocktail which was really just Prosecco with rims of golden sugar. Prosecco is such a big hit, serve it at your next party or holiday dinner and people will love it. People like feeling fancy ("I'm so fancy...."). 

When thinking about how I wanted to serve the Prosecco, I was kind of stumped. I didn't have a gold tray big enough and I didn't just want to put it on a table. I spied a gold framed mirror on my wall and decided to just pull it right off the wall and use it! It turned out great, although it will forever have glitter and gold sugar on it. Memories.....







Here I am pouring prosecco in a semi staged photo. But whatevs. Note that I am wearing a gold sequin dress in the middle of the day. I found it on the sale rack for $20 at a random store the day before. There wasn't an option to NOT got it. Gold sequins are a must for a gold and glitter party.




The cookie table was a labor of love as we searched far and wide for the perfect gold items for our centerpiece. We settled on a gold sleigh filled with ornaments, gold mercury candlesticks and gold trees.








I ordered this gold, glitter and cookies banner  from etsy. What can't you order from etsy? The answer is nothing.


Now for the stars of the show, the cookies! We had a great variety this year and some serious contenders of the winners. I don't think I actually got any photos of the winners because they were eaten so quickly! But here's a few for your virtual sugar high!

I hand stenciled the chevron pattern on the cookie identifier cards with a  gold paint pen. You might have seen the how-to on my last post. 











People got serious about their cookie voting. Are these girls talking about foreign policy? No. Debating about cookies. 




The cookies were piled on high for tasting and voting. 



Drew and I decided we wanted pretty pencils for our voting sheets so she spray painted pencils gold. As if there was any other way. I heart her.



Guys. Did you LOVE the #goldandglitter as much as we did? I hope so! It was such a glittery and fun party to plan. 

If you guys are hosting your own cookie party, you can get all of my tips at my latest article I wrote for Homes.com. 

I hope your holidays are going well and I can't WAIT for my big reveal of my fun news in early January. Have a merry merry happy happy day! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Placecards

So how was your Thanksgiving? And beginning of December? Don't worry, I'm slacking for a reason. 

I'm working on something BIG and have got some fun news to share at the end of this year....the best part is I'll be blogging a heck of a lot more regularly after I share the big news, so just sit tight and bear with me as I post a little here and there.... you're the BEST. 

As I gear up for my 6th annual cookie party, (this years theme - Gold and Glitter - holla!) I've been doing a bit o' crafting and I thought you'd like to check it out? It just may come in handy for your holiday table! 

For said cookie party, I make about 30+ "cookie identifiers"so people know what they are eating. When I was hand stenciling the gold chevron pattern on each identifier (yup, I'm THAT dedicated), it occurred to me that I could also use these for place cards. So voila! A DIY holiday place card in literally under 2 minutes. 




The craft is super simple and requires 3 things:

Paper Source Placecards (these things are AMAHZING and come in a million colors.)
Adhesive Stencils from Michaels 
Paint Pen



The adhesive stencil comes in a kit from Michaels and there are several different patterns. I chose chevron for mine.  The adhesive is not too sticky, so it peels off easily when you're ready to stencil the next card. 



Then I colored it in with gold paint pen. This takes borderline no skill and can be done whilst watching television. 



Write in the names of your guests, or for purposes of my blog post, my beautiful niece Brooke.







I hope this little craft inspired you to do a little DIY for your holiday table! Can't wait to share the gold and glittery pics from our cookie party next week! Cheers and cookies! 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

In honor of the week before Thanksgiving, I'm going to help you out with your tablescape ideas with a quick roundup of prettiness. Oh, and I of course apologize for being a little absent here lately but I promise that's about to change. 
Big news coming for the blog for 2015, but you'll have to wait and see :) 

Now back to Thanksgiving tablescapes. There's no need to stress about dressing your Turkey Day table...pick a color, add some coordinating pumpkins and candles and you are totes good to go. Let's see some examples shall we? 


If you're feeling glitzy and gold (and who isn't) this is the centerpiece for you:




I also like this natural look with orange pumpkins and greenery.



Talk about little effort big impact, this centerpiece is perfection! Small pumpkins and white pillar candle create a simple look.



The candlesticks and gilded pumpkins create a dramatic, elegant look.



I love the white table setting with wheat stalks and hints of gold.



If you're in a rustic mood, this tree stump charger is perfect for you!



I'm loving these wheat placecards.




I have to say I'm obsessed with this golden leaf placecard.



I've seen this rosemary placecard around the web and knew I had to feature it. I can smell the rosemary now!




If you have extra close pins laying around, paint them and use them as placecard holders to achieve this look.



I love brown kraft paper, and this tablecloth allows you to write the guests names directly on the table and provides easy cleanup. 



Finally, my friend Melissa over at Melissa Creates has a beautiful post sharing her Thanksgiving appetizer favors. You can't go wrong sending your guests home with this! 


So there you have it, I've solved your Thanksgiving tablescape concerns! 
Have a great weekend friends!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mint Green and Peach Baptism Party

This past weekend I planned a really sweet event for an even sweeter friend. My good friend's baby girl was baptized so we celebrated with Mimosas and Meat Straws. You'll have to read on to figure out what the bleep I'm talking about!

My friend wanted to use mint green and peach for the party colors. I had to add in a little pink too :)  We had beautiful flowers that were used in her moms silver. We used silver ice buckets, bowls and even their family's silver baby cups!

          


                                                       


Do you see the small doll person in the background below? We'll get to that at the end of this post.




The bar was fantastic if I do say so myself.  It was a brunch so we had to have brunch drinks. We used mint green tablecloths and had wine, beer and both a Bloody Mary Bar and Mimosa Bar. This was some party for a baby am I right?? And the location didn't hurt...wouldn't you want to have a cocktail or two on this veranda?



The Bloody Mary Bar had a plethora of edible accoutrement. There were olives, pickles, horseradish, tobasco, pickled okra, hot sauce and of course, meat straws. That's right - MEAT STRAWS. STRAWS MADE OF MEAT. You can thank Benny from Benny's Meat Straws for these delightful tubes of meat. You can add a meaty flavor to your bloody by using the meat straw and then get a little protein by eating it. It's basically life changing and all the guests had an absolute ball with it.






A Mimosa Bar is admittedly nothing new but is always a hit. We used Prosecco instead of Champagne and I dressed it up with fruit garnishes and juices. Orange, Peach and Grapefruit were my juices of choice - have you ever had a grapefruit "mimosa"? It kicks orange juices arse in my humble opinion.  






Also can we just talk about how my handwriting doesn't look atrocious here? Whoop!




We had fun straws on the bar too. These peach and mint striped straws came from the Etsy shop Twigs and Twirls. 




You know we had to have some Sam Adams represent in the beer section.  That beer pays the bills yo.




As much as I loved the bar set up I probably loved the cupcake wall backdrop even more. I didn't intend for it turn out this way, in fact I just bought all these tissue poufs and tassels and wasn't exactly sure what I'd do with them. But I love how it turned out...and I still love tissue poufs even though they are a million years old. Plus now you can buy them pre-cut so all you have to do is fluff them out yourself.
 The lazy girls pouf, if you will.




I got the tassels from Etsy Shop Snooty Blooms (love the name....) and the tissue poufs were from another Etsy Shop with a great name - Prost to the Host. 









The cupcakes (from 13 Tiers) were decorated with a combo of crosses, monogrammed and plain frosting. They turned out great! 




The cupcakes were on vintage china glued onto candlesticks. These DIY cake stands were made by my friends mom for her wedding and we reused for this party - so sweet!




Finally, the secret guest of honor was my friends childhood doll Adam. Adam has been slightly creeping out our group of friends since high school. After a recent trip to the doll hospital (yes, there is such a thing as a doll hospital) he felt well enough to make an appearance at the par-tay. Seriously, for those of you that don't get this I apologize, but I promise you..the whole Adam thing is a reaaal hoot. 




How sweet was that party right? I hope your week is going just as sweet :)