Archive | August, 2016

A Bright Housewarming Party

It’s been five months since we’ve moved into our new house.  We finally thought it was time to have a housewarming party.  We’ve actually had a couple other smaller parties already but this one was focused just on our house.

Pinterest Graphic-HousewarmingI wanted our home to show off during the party so I didn’t have a theme or really decorate at all.  A few floral arrangements around the house was all the decorating I did.  It was nice to not spend a lot of time decorating for a party.  I think it’s important for a housewarming party to use the decor you have to show off your design style making it cohesive with how you want your home to feel.

Housewarming-DiningI loved this wooden art we purchased for our dining room.  It really captures what I want our home to be, a gathering place.  The warmth of the wood really helps to make this area feel not so cold.

Housewarming-SignUnfortunately, we were running behind setting everything up, so I didn’t get a ton of pictures of the food, drinks, or outside, but I’ll share with you what I do have and go into more detail over the next week or so.

The Full Menu

Smoked Chicken Wings-Regular, Honey BBQ, Hot, Garlic Parmesan

Sweet Potato and Regular Fries

Mini Wedge Salads

Crudite Plate

Roasted Garlic Hummus with a Yogurt Sauce and Veggie Salsa


A Variety of Dipping Sauces


Roasted Garlic Hummus With Yogurt Sauce and Veggie Salsa



Sweet Potato and Regular Fries

This was by far the biggest party we’ve had at our new house, so there were a range of ages and friends.  We invited neighbors, friends, and coworkers.  With such a diverse crowd I tried to make sure there were things to appeal to everyone.  Simple things like making sure there were non-alcoholic drink options, kids drink options, and labeling the food with any sort of dietary information.  We have some friends and neighbors with allergies, so labeling things that had nuts, dairy, eggs, or gluten was really helpful.

Speaking of drinks, we had a Moscow Mule Bar that was absolutely delicious.  Here’s a sneak peak at the full post coming up later this week.

Housewarming-Moscow Mule BarAll three varieties were really good, strong, but good.  I’ll give you the full recipes and my tips and tricks for your own moscow mule bar later this week.

Overall, I think it was a successful party.  I didn’t feel as prepared as usual, but everything turned out fine.  It was nice to open our home to all of our friends and neighbors.  I think we were able to show off our house, plus setting a date for the housewarming kicked our butts in gear to get things done around the house.  Next time, I’ll probably cater the food though.  With so many people it was a little overwhelming to cook and prepare so much.

Be sure to come back later this week to see all the details on making a Moscow Mule Bar!







Beautiful Mountaintop Wedding Recap

Good morning, is everyone as excited about the weekend almost being here as I am?  Did you get to see my organized laundry room earlier this week?  It still working like a dream for me!  Today, as promised, you’re getting all the details from the rustic mountain wedding we went to last month.  To say this wedding was beautiful is a complete understatement.  From the scenic location to the venue and bride, it was all so pretty.

Pinterest Graphic-Mountaintop RecapThe wedding was held at Timber Ridge at Keystone Resort and it was absolutely beautiful.  Timber Ridge is at the top of the mountain so we had to take two different gondolas up to the wedding ceremony and reception.  The views on the way up were gorgeous! Probably one of my favorite parts of the wedding, besides the couple getting married, was receiving a glass of champagne once we stepped off the gondola.  I definitely needed it to calm my nerves after the ride up to the wedding.

Mountain Wedding-GondolaWalking up to the ceremony location there was a great sign that informed all the guests of what was going to take place throughout the night.  It was handy to know the order of events right off the bat.

Mountain Wedding-SignThe couple got married outside overlooking the evergreen trees.  It was beautiful.  The ceremony included an emotional reading describing how the bride’s dress was purchased with her late mother several years ago.  It really pulled at the heart strings.  I love that the bride’s mother was there in memory and almost physically because the bride was wearing the dress she picked out with her.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Mountain Wedding-LocationAfter the ceremony, the cocktail hour took place in the same location.  The bartenders did a great job of loading up their servers’ trays with a variety of drinks.  Instead of the servers’ having to go back to the bar for different drinks their trays had a couple varieties of beer, red and white wine, and champagne.  There was something for everyone.  There were also passed hors d’oevours and a gigantic cheese table.  It was all delicious.

During the cocktail hour I snuck inside to the reception space to get some pictures for you before everyone else came inside.  I was blown away when I saw this.

Mountain Wedding- ReceptionI mean, I think I fell right into a picture on Pinterest.  The draping really softened the rustic vibe of the space.  The lighting was perfectly done.  The space just got better as the night went on and it got darker.

You’ve already seen the tablescapes, but I just had to show you again.  The floral decor was amazing, bursting out of lanterns and lining the center of every table.

Mountain Wedding-TablescapeThe tables themselves were beautiful.  Rustic wood in the perfect color and lined with a runner, mercury glass candles, and color coordinating napkins.  I like that the napkins added some color to the space, but it wasn’t over the top, hit you in the face, pink everywhere.

Mountain Wedding-Cake 3The wedding cake was as beautiful as everything else at the wedding.  It was also delicious!  You know I’ve never met a piece of wedding cake I didn’t like.  The subtle additions of greenery and flowers really brought in the outdoors and added a special touch.  I also like that the couple just had a few flowers on top of their cake instead of a cake topper.  I also did that at my own wedding.  Mostly because I forgot to get a cake topper and my florist hooked me up by adding some flowers on top.  This cake looked much more intentional though.

Mountain Wedding-Cake2I love the way the baker added icing to the cake in a way to make it look like mountains and trees all around the cake.  The wood slice cake platters also amped up the rustic element.

Dinner was as good as everything else at the wedding.  Everyone was very impressed with the servers.  They did a great job making sure everyone had just what they needed.  They were very accommodating about any food allergies or dietary restrictions and even brought us refreshed drinks from the bar.  It was nice not to have to get up in the middle of dinner to go get a new drink.

Mountain Wedding-Oxygen BarWhen your wedding is at almost 12,000 foot elevation, people might feel a little woozy with the thin air.  It was really fun to have the option of an oxygen bar. Even if you didn’t need it, it was still fun to check your oxygen levels and try out the various different “flavors” of oxygen.

This was probably one of the most beautiful and thoughtful weddings I had ever been to.  From the moment you stepped onto the gondola, everything was very though out and enhanced the experience of where we were.  Even at the end of the night, there were blankets handed out to keep guest’s warm on the way down the mountain.  I felt so lucky to be invited to this wedding and am so grateful that I get to share it with you.  What was your favorite part?

Vendor List

Venue: Timber Ridge, Keystone Resort

Catering – Keystone Resort

Cake – Ned Archibald, Keystone Resort

Photographer- Tommy Cowan

Videographer- Brandon Rice

DJ- Drew Reges

Oxygen BarSummit Oxygen

Photobooth- Ear2Ear

Décor (draping and lighting)- Elite Entertainment

Floral (all floral and centerpieces)Somerset Floral Design

Planner- LaTasha Baldwin, Little Details

Dress- Justin Alexander

Bridesmaids- Jim Hjelm




An Organized Laundry Room Reveal

Welcome back, I hope you had a great weekend!  I had to work, but there was also some time for fun too.  We have also been cranking things out around the house trying to get ready for our Housewarming Party, don’t worry you’ll see a full recap of that over the next few weeks.

Our new construction house doesn’t need much improvement, but we definitely could use more organization.  I am tired of our “stuff” not working for us.  Some of our things have literally sat in the same spot after unpacking them, so it is time to get organized!

One place that was in desperate need of organization was our laundry room.  It constantly had stuff all over the floor, brooms crashing down, and not enough room to move around.  All that plus piles of laundry meant it was time to get some organizational systems in this little room.

Pinterest Graphic-Laundry Room

I love the way Cassie from Hi Sugarplum organized her laundry room and thought a similar solution would work great for ours as well.  The Elfa system from The Container Store was perfect to corral all of our laundry room items.  However, I didn’t think the price was perfect.  After a quick google search, I found an almost identical organization system on Wayfair.  The best part is it was less than half the price!  Score!

Laundry Room OrganizationWe were able to alter the configuration to fit our space better too which was very helpful.  Now all of our brooms, mops, cleaners, laundry supplies, and the ironing board have a dedicated space.  With the cleaning supplies and ironing board up on the wall so the floor is opened up.  The room looks so much bigger now.

Laundry Room Organization

Laundry Room OrganizationWe also put up a Grundtal hanging drying rack from Ikea.  Mounting this on the wall frees up the floor space where I used to have to put a standing drying rack.  I love that when it’s not in use I can just flip it down and it’s out of the way.

Laundry Room OrganizationLaundry Room OrganizationTo help contain all of those random piles of laundry I put together an inexpensive three section laundry hamper.  It looks so much better than the dirty laundry thrown into a corner on the floor.  It’s also a great visual reminder when the hamper is full, it’s time to do laundry.

Laundry Room Drying RackI’m pretty impressed with the impact that a few organizational items have made in this room.  I also didn’t need to spend a ton of money to achieve this look either.

Here’s a full cost breakdown:

The total cost was $100.95.  Not much for all of the use it’s going to have.  What spaces do you have that need a little organizing?  I definitely have a lot more that still need a system in place to stay organized, but I’m going to ignore them and just hang out in the laundry room for a while.  If you need me, I’ll be doing laundry, folding laundry, and sweeping!

Signature-2Linked up at: Decor to Adore, Poofing the Pillows


Wedding Recap: Roaring 20’s & Gatsby Themed Wedding

As promised during last week’s Tablescape Tuesday, I’m here this week to fully recap one of the weddings we recently attended.  My husband and I had the pleasure of being a guest at two weddings in one weekend!  The second wedding we went to was a 20’s/Gatsby themed wedding, and it was a blast.  I was amazed at how all of the guest’s really got into the theme and dressed the part.  There were sequenced flapper dresses, boas, and three-piece suits everywhere.  It really got the guests’ involved with the wedding too.

Pinterest Graphic-Gatsby Themed WeddingHere’s my full recap!  First was the amazing location.  How does getting married at a mansion sound?  The Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion was built in 1902, but it fit the theme of the wedding so well.

20's Themed WeddingThe couple was married outside on the steps.  The view for all the guests was great because the couple was elevated.  Not much decor is needed because the mansion makes a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.  It was a great ceremony with friends and family of the couple standing next to them, even dancing and posing as they came in.  The officiant was a close friend of the couple and did a great job of making the ceremony about them and about love with plenty of humor thrown in.

After the ceremony there was a cocktail hour on one of the mansion’s patios.  I loved the signage throughout the wedding, but this one at the bar was particularly funny.

20's Themed WeddingThe theme was carried through to the personalized cocktail napkins.

20's Themed WeddingAfter the cocktail hour, we made our way into the mansion for the reception.  How amazing are the chandeliers and woodwork in the mansion?  The reception space was decorated beautifully with large tables for all of the guests.  Each table had an amazing gold and black color scheme and either gold tipped greenery, feathers, or flower centerpieces.  I especially loved the gold flatware and gold rimmed glasses.

20's Themed Wedding

20's Themed Wedding

20's Themed Wedding

20's Themed WeddingDinner was delicious, I particularly remember the mashed potatoes being amazing!  After dinner, the couple cut the cake.  If there was one thing at this wedding that screamed Gatsby, it was the cake!  Art deco and Gatsby at is finest!

20's Themed Wedding CakeHow amazing is the cake?  Almost too pretty to eat, but we did, and it was delicious as well!  The cake table again had some great signage and decor.

20's Themed Wedding

20's Themed WeddingAfter the cake cutting, there was a champagne tower that was so fun! If you know me or have read this blog at all you know that I love champagne.  There really isn’t a more fun way to serve it than to pour multiple bottles on top of precariously stacked glasses and watch it all run down the tower and fill up the glasses!

20's Themed WeddingAfter the champagne tower and toasts we headed to the lower level of the mansion for dancing.  I didn’t take many pictures here because I was too busy having fun and sipping my champagne.  There was also a photo booth adjacent to the dance floor that had some great props.  These photos were a great little momento from the wedding.

Gatsby Themed WeddingBe sure to check out all of these amazing vendors that helped create a fun, themed, love filled wedding!  If you’re in the Denver area be sure to use them if you are planning any events in the future.


Wedding & Event Planner- Jewell Event Design

Catering- Greens Point Catering

Photography- Photo Elements Studio

Cake- Gateaux Bakery

Florals- Amore Fiori Flowers

Venue- Grant Humphreys Mansion

Entertainment- Complete Music/Lighting/Photo Booth

Entertainment- Black Tie Piano

Transportation- Rolls Royce Rentals Denver



Hosting a Direct Sales Party and Growing a Business

Do you have friends that are in Direct Sales?  I’m sure you do.  These days it seems everyone is trying to earn a little more, reach goals, and build an empire.  Once I started in direct sales, I had a new appreciation for anyone else that is in direct sales.  I recently hosted a party for a jewelry company. A friend I met through attending one of these parties is working her business to pay off medical bills from her son’s numerous trips to the hospital.

That’s the thing with direct sales.  Your friend that is selling is probably trying to pay for something really important, or contribute to the family so there can be more family time.  That’s been my biggest realization with Rodan and Fields, we’re all just people trying to do what’s best and we believe in what we’re selling.  It’s not about trying to get all of our friend’s money, it’s about sharing products we love and helping our families.

Jewelry DisplaySo, as I was saying, the jewelry party.  I met the jeweler through another friend and really liked how versatile the jewelry is.  You can wear things long, short, flip them around for a different color/look, it’s like getting three pieces in one!  Here’s how I recommend hosting a jewelry party, or any direct sales party for that matter.

1. Invite a Lot of People

Be sure to invite more people than you think will come.  Typically for this type of party, there is a 4 to 1 ratio.  So if you invite four people, it’s likely that only one of them is going to show up.  With that in mind, be sure to invite everyone.  Coworkers, neighbors, friends, church members, and encourage your guests to bring a friend.  It also helps to send several reminders leading up to your party.  Get them excited about the party with information on the products.

2. Communicate with the Seller

Confirm with the seller what the party will entail.  Will there be a formal presentation?  Do they need table space? Do they need any audio/visual equipment?  How long will the party or presentation be?  Typically most sellers will give you all of this information right up front, but as you’re planning your party make sure you are prepared for what they need and to make it the best possible party for them and your guests.  All we needed for my jewelry party was some table space and a short informal presentation of the jewelry.  The jeweler brought everything with her and set it all up.

Jewelry DisplayOne thing to take into account is lighting.  After the sun went down, my living room got a lot darker than I realized so I had to bring in another lamp to make sure we could see everything well.

3. Food/Snacks/Drinks

It always helps when hosting these parties to include some sort of snacks and drinks.  My jewelry party was hosted after dinner so I provided some snacks, sweets, and drinks.  I made a specialty pink cocktail since this was a girly type of party.

Drink StationFun straws are always a must!

I offered a variety of cheeses, my Perfect Little Appetizers, and some sweets.  One thing I did notice was that everyone seemed to gravitate towards the sweets.  I think maybe because my party was after dinner, people were already full and didn’t need as many snacks.  So be sure to take into account the time of your party and gear your snacks towards that.  In hindsight, having just a variety of desserts may have been better.

Cheese PlateThis fruit dip was a big success!  Everyone seemed to love it, and I could probably just eat it with a spoon!

The recipe I linked is pretty close to the one I used, except mine had two cups of powdered sugar instead of one.  Basically, it’s all sugar, but delicious!

Sweet TreatsThree easy steps to hosting a jewelry party, or any direct sales party is all it takes.  Initially you may think it’s a pain to host a direct sales party, but it’s actually a pretty fun night, and you’re helping someone grow their business.  What’s better than that?

Help share the love, if you or someone you know is in direct sales post a link to their website or products in the comments below!  A follow up post with all of their information may be in the future!  I hope your week is off to a great start!



Celebrating everyday!