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 :) 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Circus Birthday Party

Hi and Happppppy Halloween! Hope you are doing something fun to celebrate. I'm celebrating that my latest party post for MomTrends It's a Party series turned out so darn cute! I was tasked with creating a Circus Themed first birthday party. Overall the theme was fairly simple to pull off - red and white stripes, balloons, circus animals and cotton candy pretty much sealed the deal! Add in cute kids and all the fun brands MomTrends puts together, and you've got yourself a regular party! To see more photos and scope out the brands that were featured, check out the full post HERE!

Thanks to Jim Lockman and Click for the beautiful photos !

(Take note of my niece Claire chowing down on some cake. Her focus is amazing.) 

As I mentioned, it happens to be Halloween today, in case you didn't know! Unlike most of her preschool friends who are going trick or treating as Elsa from Frozen, my little niece Brooke branched out and is dressing up like a beautiful peacock. My sister in law got this costume from Etsy, and I have to say it's gorgeous! Just as gorgeous as Brookie! 

Do you have a little Elsa in your house? Whatever you or your kids are dressing up as, have a great time, eat lots of candy and be safe! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Sparkly, Fun Etsy Shop

Sometimes the Internet can be a regular black hole, am I right? Between Pinterest, Etsy and social media, there is so much to look at and drool over. Before you know it,  a week has gone by and you're still tapping away on your laptop. (I kid, I kid...)

The other day when I was knee deep in this wondrous world wide web, I found a real gem. I'm talking about Amanda Catherine of Amanda Catherine Designs - she's a creative designer with bright, unique prints and more! If I could buy one of everything from her shop, I totes would and you'll want to too!

You can check out her Etsy shop HERE.

...and her website HERE.

So just wait and see - I'm about to brighten your day with her fun fonts and styled prints! She's got something for everyone!

This print is perfect for your preppy friend.

I like this one for a fancy friend...or even for a little girls room! 

This one is definitely a perfect match for my hubs Mr. Fo ... who always orders a double. ha. 

This one is for me. Although I would change it to Saturdays AND Sundays for me. Ha!

This heart print is precious and comes in different colors.

Amanda designs other fun goods like these mint green pencils....

...and this amazing market tote. I'm basically in love with this and wish that I could carry it around with fresh flowers and a baguette like in the picture. Even if I had no where to bring the baguette, thats how I would carry it in this bag. 

And don't even get me started on her adorable holiday collection of prints!

I hope you take a peek over at Amanda's shop because I truly think any of her items would make a perfect gift for the holidays, a birthday or just because.  Oh, and proceeds from every purchase made will go to fund Love146,  an organization dedicated to end child sex slavery and exploitation. So you're not only buying something spectacular and handmade, you're supporting a good cause. It feels good, doesn't it? 
Hope your week is off to a killer start!

I received no compensation or products for this post, I'm just sharing this fun shop because it's awesome and that's how I roll.