Archive | February, 2016

Saturday Simple Celebrations: After Work or School Snacks

Hooray for the weekend!  Today is another Saturday Simple Celebrations, quick and easy entertaining and hosting tips to make your day a little more special. While growing up, and especially after I was engaged and married, my Grandmother always used to say that “women should put their men on a pedestal and wait on them hand and foot.”  Because I have a small feminist streak in me, I never agreed with her and always let her know that that comment was absurd.  Well, the other day I kind of did what my Grandmother always said I should.

My husband is really bad about remembering to eat throughout his work day, I don’t understand how you forget to eat, I guess I just love food too much.  I’m always thinking about it.  Anyway, because he usually forgets, he’s always starving when he gets home from work so I made a little snack that was different than his normal chips and salsa and had it waiting for him when he came through the door.  I was really surprised at how excited he was when he saw snacks already ready for him. It was kind of cute actually.

After School SnacksAll I did for this 3 minute snack was line some Triscuit’s up and plop a little goat cheese on top of them.  More specifically, I used the Sweet Potato and Sea Salt Triscuit’s which give the snack a little sweetness along with the saltiness.

After School SnacksI guess Grandma was right, at least a little bit.  By spending only about three minutes I kind of made my husband’s day, which in turn made me happy to “wait on him hand and foot.”  Gone are the days of waiting for your husband to come home from work and pour him a drink immediately, snacks are where it’s at!  Although, who doesn’t love a little afternoon drink?  Maybe do both and everyone will be happy!

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Oscars Party Inspiration

This Sunday is the 88th Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars.  A night for Hollywood to dress up and get together to honor each other.  Let’s not leave all the fun to them, throw an Oscars party for yourself and your friends!  Although watching the Oscars can sometimes be a bit of a pain due to the length of the show, bad jokes from the host, or ridiculous thank-you speeches, it’s still fun to see who wins, even if you haven’t watched any of the movies yourself.

I’ve put together a few great ideas for Oscars parties thanks to some others around blog-land, check them out below.

Pizzazzerie’s post on Oscar party decor and activities will definitely get your party started in the right direction with sources for decorations and printables for ballots and bingo!

Hostess with the Mostess featured this PJs and Pearls Oscars Party which is such a cute theme.  It’s great for all of you east coasters that have to stay up late just to see who wins.  Because you’re already in your pjs just head to bed once the show is over.  I really love the black and white color scheme, it’s very chic, and why not wear fancy jewelry, all the stars do.

Here’s another Oscars bingo game from Julie Blanner.  I like this one because it gets you looking for all those subtle things that usually happen throughout the night like photo bombs and possible wardrobe malfunctions.

If you don’t feel like putting an entire party together, but still want to celebrate, try making your own candy and popcorn bar on your coffee table similar to this set up from Kara’s Party Ideas.  I love the idea of movie theater candy at home, and the movies aren’t complete without popcorn.

So will you be watching the Oscars this weekend?  Don’t you think eating candy would make watching them so much better?  This weekend we’re hosting a going away party so I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and post about it soon.  Our move is quickly approaching and I’m dreading saying good bye to all of the great friends we’ve made over the last five years.  There may be tears, yikes!

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Bachelorette Series: Welcome Bag and Survival Kit

Good morning, and I hope your week is starting off on the right foot.  If not, be sure to whip one of these up for happy hour tonight, or for your next bachelorette party, bridal shower, or girls night!  Which brings me to today’s post, we’re continuing in our mini-series about hosting bachelorette parties, for this post we are talking about welcome bags and survival kits.

Anytime you walk into a party, attend a wedding, or go to a conference doesn’t free swag just make the whole thing a lot better?  So why not apply the same principle to bachelorette parties?  Getting a welcome bag with necessities that are going to get you through the weekend or the morning after is just plain helpful!  Below is an example of a welcome bag I put together with a lot of great ideas for other things you can include.

Bachelorette Welcome BagEverything is always better with champagne in my opinion, so including a mini bottle in your welcome bag is a great way to get the party started!  And to stay hydrated a bottle of water is absolutely necessary.  Other things that are helpful for a bachelorette weekend with a bunch of girls is definitely hair ties.  You can never have too many of them, right?  Bonus points to the hostess if they are color coordinated with the wedding!

Bachelorette Welcome BagChapstick, hand sanitizer, shower gel, shampoo, and lotion are all great additions to a welcome bag for guests at a bachelorette weekend away.  Plus if guests are flying, it helps to cut down on the things they have to bring with them.

Bachelorette Welcome BagTo make the hair tie holder coordinate with the theme of the weekend I added a little saying, “To Have and To Hold Your Hair Back” onto some card stock and then slid the hair ties onto the paper.  Such a cute way to add a special touch to something that’s so ordinary.

Of course you need a great bag to hold all of your goodies for your welcome bag, for the upcoming bachelorette weekend I’m hosting I chose a tote bag that will help us remember the fun city we visited long after we leave.

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There are a ton of options that would be great to corral the swag in your welcome bag.  A fun gift bag with some tissue paper is perfect or a beach bucket if you’ll be by the shore for your weekend.  Keeping it consistent with where the party is or the theme of the weekend or even the wedding really shows that extra touch of thoughtfulness.

So many things would be great in a welcome bag for a bachelorette party or weekend away:

  • Snacks (granola bars, trail mix, crackers)
  • Gum or mints
  • A coozie to keep your drinks cool
  • A beer bottle opener if your bride is into craft beers
  • A wine bottle opener, especially if you attend a wine tasting or host the party in wine country
  • If you want to help avoid anyone having issues from partying a little too hard, be sure to include water and some headache or pain relieving medicine in your bags as well.
  • Stain removing pens
  • Band-Aids, or a mini first aid kit
  • A T-shirt from the area you’re visiting
  • A luggage tag, perfect for a weekend away where guests are flying, or for a bride that loves to travel
  • A map of the city, or schedule of events for the weekend

Welcome bags and survival kits are a great way to give something back to all the ladies that are coming to honor the bride, and there are so many ways to make them personal and useful.  Plus, again everyone likes swag!  What would you include in a bachelorette weekend welcome bag?  What’s your favorite free swag to get?

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Bachelorette Series: A Flirty Cocktail Recipe

There’s nothing better than enjoying a fun cocktail with girlfriend’s, right?  They are tasty, make an event feel special, and usually get the party started.  Today I want to share with you a flirty cocktail recipe from Ultimate Bar Book The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails that would be perfect to make for a bachelorette party, bridal shower, or you could even make it alcohol-free for a baby shower.  Then there are also the time’s where you invite your girlfriend’s over to watch Bravo and want a little zip in your sip, this recipe is perfect for that too.

Raspberry Cocktail/Home BarMy husband and I picked up the Ultimate Bar Book after a day of brunching and drinking mimosas BK (before kids, haha) and it has come in handy more times than I can count.  I like that it’s little so you can store it away in your bar with plenty of room for everything else.  The book is broken up by types of alcohol so if you only have one type of alcohol on hand it’s easy to find a ton of recipes using just that.  Plus, it goes into the history of drinks, types of bar ware and glasses you’ll need to stock a home bar, and cocktail terminology.  If you want a complete cocktail book, I highly recommend it.

Raspberry CocktailHere is the recipe to make this fruity, flirty concoction.  It just includes a few ingredients and mixing them all together, nothing easier than that!

French Kiss Cocktail

2/3 ounce raspberry puree

1ounce ginger beer

Dash of apricot brandy

3 to 5 ounces chilled champgne

2 fresh raspberries

Pour all liquid ingredients but the champagne into a chilled champagne flute, and stir.  Slowly top with champagne. Garnish with the raspberries.

Raspberry CocktailTo make the recipe alcohol free just substitute club soda for the apricot brandy and champagne, the ginger beer is alcohol free.  You’ll still have a fruity taste from the raspberry puree and fizziness from the club soda.

This is such a pretty drink that I think most girls would love, first of all it’s pink!  Secondly, it’s fruity but not overly sweet, and it involves champagne, everything is better with champagne.

Rasberry CocktailThis cocktail is really easy to make for a large group or even as a punch.  Just mix all of the ingredients together in a punch bowl or into individual glasses and top with champagne as needed, either when your guests arrive, or after filling up from the punch bowl.

If you have any bachelorette parties or bridal showers coming up, be sure to keep this cocktail recipe handy, because all will love it.  There was no way I was going to waste two perfectly good cocktails so my husband and I enjoyed them after our daughter went to bed!  Nothing like a little late night happy hour!  Have a great weekend everyone, and be sure to relax with a cocktail at some point!

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What Caught My Eye Vol. II

What Caught My EyeWelcome back after the long Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend.  It has taken me a little bit to get back into the swing of things, but today I’m back with Vol. II of What Caught My Eye.  It’s a series where I share cool and interesting things I’ve seen lately.  Today involves a lot from Hobby Lobby because it’s one of my favorite stores where I could literally spend an entire day and buy everything if money were no issue.

Gift BasketFirst, is this really thoughtful welcome basket from our realtor after we closed on our house.  And bonus, you get a close up of our fun back splash and pretty counters in our new house!  Baskets like this are so versatile, they can be used to store clothes in your closet, kids toys in the living room, or extra kitchen gadgets above your cabinets in the kitchen.

Gift BasketInside there were so many great things, delicious bread and jam, a couple home decor items, and I’m most excited to uncork that bottle of wine!  It’s put together so well, with pretty tissue paper and really quality fabric ribbons.

Hobby Lobby Pink Gingham paper

Hobby Lobby Confetti paperNext, is some really on trend scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.  The first picture of the hot pink gingham reminds me so much of these button down shirts from JCrew.  The metallic confetti dot paper reminds me of champagne bubbles rising, but that’s probably because I love champagne.  Scrapbook paper has so many uses other than for scrapbooking.  Try using it as a matte for a picture frame, cut it up to make a banner, make Valentine’s, or print inspirational quotes on it and hang it around your house.

watercolor fabricAnother thing that caught my eye at Hobby Lobby was this fantastic watercolor fabric.  I could totally see this as a throw pillow in my future office or on a teenage girls bed.

Football DecorRecently for the Super Bowl, we went to a friend’s house to watch the big game and the decor was so cute.  My friend made a faux football field on the table, and made it all from the dollar store!

Football-3The faux football field was made from dollar store green door mats and some masking tape lines.  So smart and so inexpensive to dress up your table for a theme.

Football DecorEven the utensil holders were dressed up too using some recycled aluminum cans wrapped in brown construction paper with white football laces. You could use chalk, a white marker, or even white out for the laces if you’re in a pinch.

That’s it for this round of What Caught My Eye, like I said Hobby Lobby was a main focus.  I’m glad to be getting back into the normal routine after a little break for the weekend, just in time to start winding this week down for the upcoming weekend!

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Celebrating everyday!