Archive | July, 2017

Real Life Party: #GirlPower Themed Baby Shower

It seems like literally everyone I know is pregnant right now!  At least it seems that way when I’m practically past my due date and this baby won’t evacuate!  I digress, to celebrate one of my friend’s new baby girl, I recently hosted a baby shower for her.  I wanted to do something a little different since my friend is such an advocate for women’s rights.  So this #girlPower themed baby shower came about.  Keep scrolling to get all of the details.Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchLike I said, the guest of honor at this baby shower is a great friend and one of the qualities that always stands out to me is her passion for women’s rights and equality, but yet her femininity.  I wanted to incorporate a pretty, feminine element of a typical baby shower while also showcasing a powerful woman.  I tried to do so through lots of florals, a pink, black, and white color scheme, and female empowerment books.

#girlPower Party Decor

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchThe tablescape centerpiece is the perfect example of using flowers and women’s books to set the theme. I used my favorite floral source, Costco, and was able to make four floral arrangements out of two bunches of flowers.  Two arrangements sat on top of female authored books with empowering messages.  I also used some #girlpower onesies for baby shower decor.  It became a great focal point while our guest of honor opened gifts.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchHere’s the full backdrop and special chair for our guest of honor.  I will recommend that these large balloons are fun, but the weight of the tassel garland kept pulling the balloon down.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchIt’s so easy to decorate for a party when you use things that you have from around your house.  This chair came from my husband’s office and the garden stool from my master bedroom.  I challenge you to look around your house and think of things outside the box to use at your next party.

I set up a welcome station for guests’ to write a note to the baby girl in a copy of Dr. Seuss Oh The Places You’ll Go.  It was a great memory for the expectant mom to take home and I know the baby girl will love reading encouraging notes from her mom’s friends about how capable and empowered she is.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchThis was also a great place to set out party favors which were #girlpower themed bookmarks and chocolates.  The bookmarks said, “She Believed She Could So She Did.”  I don’t know a woman that doesn’t love an inspirational quote and chocolate?

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchYou can also see the balloon arch I made.  I made it for the baby shower, but it was the finale of balloon week here on the blog too.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchDIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloons

#girlPower Baby Shower Menu

I stayed pretty true to a typical baby shower when it came to the menu.  The shower was hosted at brunch time, so there were typical brunch foods provided.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchFor the breakfast portion of brunch I made a french toast bake, sausage and pepper hash, and the cutest mini chicken and waffles.  Everything was delicious!

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchAll you have to do to recreate these mini chicken and waffles is to use some frozen waffles that break apart and some chicken nuggets.  I used some nuggets from Chick-fil-A.  Just toast the waffles and pop the nuggets between two waffles.  Simple, cute, and yummy!

For the lunch part of brunch I set up a sandwich bar with lunchmeat and chicken salad.  I also made some anti-pasta skewers.  I highly recommend assembling the skewers a day in advance to save yourself time.  Or enlist the help of a friend, spouse, or child to help you make them.

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#girlPower Dessert Bar

No party is complete without a dessert bar, am I right? I love using the bar in our dining room to set up a dessert bar.  It’s the perfect size and the blank wall behind it allows me to make a large focal point.  The dessert bar was the perfect place to showcase the party’s color scheme of black, white, and pink.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchWe had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and I couldn’t help but incorporate a donut tower since we were having brunch. I diyed the large crepe paper flowers and absolutely love how they turned out.  I used this tutorial to help me make them.  It didn’t take too long and they make a big impact.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchGirl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchWhat I would give for one of those donuts right now!

I also set up a great little beverage station.  Too bad the majority of the drinks were alcoholic and almost everyone at the shower was pregnant!  Literally 7 out of 10 guest were pregnant!  That’s crazy.  If you know someone that’s pregnant, check out this post and send them a little care package.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunchThe Moscato lemonade I made was delicious!  I may have taken a sip, don’t tell my doctor.  Get the recipe here.

Girl Power themed baby shower, kate spade themed baby shower, black and white, pink baby shower, baby shower brunch What was your favorite part of this party?  Did you like the somewhat unconventional theme?   I enjoyed picking out the empowering books used in this party.  

Have a happy weekend, and the next time you hear from me on the blog, I’ll probably have a new baby myself!  Fingers crossed!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Coastal Console Table Design Plan

I’m back with another Tablescape Tuesday series today.  Last time a simple refresh of my coffee table had me encouraging you to rearrange yours as well.  Today I’m talking about another table in my house.  Specifically the console table at the top of my stairs in the landing area.  You can see the console table in my living room here.  Although it looks a little different these days.

I knew from when we first viewed this house the exact table I wanted to use in the landing at the top of the stairs.  However, since the movers put the table in place, I haven’t done much with it at all.  Our whole upstairs hallway area is pretty bare actually.  Now that most of our bedrooms are completed, it’s time to pay some attention to this area upstairs.

I’ve put together an inspiration design plan with a ton of resources if you are looking for something similar.  But before we get to that let’s start with the bare bones before photos.

Console table design plan, coastal themed console table with resourcesThis table is at the top of our stairs and right outside our master bedroom.  Other than adding a few books, photos, and a plant I really haven’t done much with the space or table.

console table decor, console table mood board, decorating a console table, console table artconsole table decor, console table mood board, decorating a console table, console table artI think I’m looking to make this area a little more cohesive and less hodge podge-y.  Carrying the coastal theme that’s throughout the rest of our house to this common area is important for cohesiveness.  I also like having some family photographs here because I don’t have a ton throughout other places in my house. However, I want to streamline the frames and get all matching photo frames.

There also used to be a great mercury glass lamp on this table, but after breaking the matching one in the living room I moved the one from here to my living room console table.

Here’s the design plan and links to the resources.

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I want to use a large piece of art above the table to utilize the wall space.  The one in the design plan is great because of it’s abstract, coastal look and colors.  I also found a ton of other options on Minted.  Like this one, this one, this one, or this one.

I love the Minted Art section.  It’s great if you’re looking for a specific piece of art and they do a great job of showing how the art is going to look with other frames.  After picking your art, there are options for matting, frames, glass, and sizes.  It comes shipped right to you just as you chose.  I also love that you get a lot of information on the artist and can see all of their other work.

I’d love to bring back a mercury glass lamp to the table and found one similar to what we had before on Wayfair.  I plan to keep a plant on the table for some greenery and life.  I found this ZZ plant at Ikea and highly recommend them since they are really hard to kill.

Like I said before streamlining the photo frames is on my list to do and these simple silver matted frames from Target are perfect.

I plan to keep some books here as well, but want to bring in some more of the blues and greens that are in the art print so these geode bookends are perfect to corral the books and bring in those colors.

So that’s the plan, now to get the funding to make it all happen.  Thankfully this area has sat untouched for so long, I’m not really in a rush to get it finished.  Now that I have sourced out what I want I can wait for sales and coupons to get the things to complete this tablescape.  Once it’s done you know I’ll do a follow up post showing you how it all turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be on the lookout for more real life parties and some back to school posts over the next few weeks!

 

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Vintage Baseball Themed Nursery Reveal

Happy Friday!  I’m so excited to share this vintage baseball themed nursery with you today because we are just about a week out from meeting the little guy that’s going to occupy this room!  We’ve been working on pulling this room together over the last few months and I’m happy that it’s done before his arrival!Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorIf you know my husband and I, you know that we’re kind of crazy baseball fans.  Specifically St. Louis Cardinals baseball, so coming up with this theme for our baby boy was a no brainer.  However, I didn’t want the room to scream baseball and be brightly colored, so the vintage or rustic aspect has helped keep that in check.

The lighting when I was taking the pictures isn’t the greatest, but you’ll get the idea.

Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorThis is literally my favorite view in the entire room.  I’m obsessed with the baseball american flag art!  We purchased it from Etsy after deciding that would be much less of a headache than trying to make it ourselves.  I’m pretty sure it was the best decision we could have made.  It will totally grow with our little boy and can be used in so many other places in our house if he hates it as he grows up.

My husband did a great job of painting the accent wall.  I love how deep the Navy color is.  The paint is a Behr paint from Home Depot, but it was color matched to Sherwin Williams color Naval.

Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorBaseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorWe got this super comfortable chair from a friend that was upgrading her daughter’s room to a big girl room.  I love the history it has and that I’ll get to use it for years to come with our little guy too.  The baseball hanging art was purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorBaseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorOn the opposite side of the room from the crib is a bookshelf and gallery wall.  A significant piece of the gallery wall is missing until after the baby is born.  We don’t like to tell names until after the baby is here to avoid receiving any opinions.  So you’ll have to check back on Instagram to see the name initial that is supposed to go in that spot.

I’m also thinking that I may add a couple more things to the gallery wall.  We’ll see how it evolves over time.  The bookshelf is from World Market here, and it’s on super sale right now.  Get it while it’s cheaper, it’s super versatile and could be used all around your home.

I used some red wire baskets from Hobby Lobby to contain toys and blankets.  I also reused nautical baskets from my daughter’s nursery to hold hats and, swaddles, and burp cloths.  Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorBaseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorBaseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorProbably my second favorite thing in the nursery is this lamp.  I found it at Homegoods because I was looking for a large glass container to hold used baseballs.  When I found this lamp and the opening was big enough for baseballs to fit inside, it was a win-win.  I get lighting and the look of baseballs in a glass container.  We were able to get a big bucket of used baseballs off of Craigslist super cheap which was nice.

Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorA really amazing friend found baseball books, so those obviously had to go in the nursery.  The painted baseball mason jars are from my baby shower and were diyed by that same amazing friend!  You can get similar handcrafted baskets here if you’re interested.  Who doesn’t love buying something that’s going to give back.  Buying from the Field of Dreams Uganda organization is going to give hope to kids throughout Uganda.

Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorOnto the closet.  We received literally two years worth of hand me downs from a friend.  We have no shortage of clothes around here.  Although we did have a shortage of clothing storage space, so we had to get a little creative in the closet.

Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorWe added two stacked three drawer RAST dressers from Ikea to one side of the closet to hold all of the clothes we have. After a quick paint job and switching out the drawer pulls they are more on theme. The dressers keep all of the clothes tucked away and ready for little guy to grow into.

Baseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorBaseball themed nursery reveal, vintage baseball themed nursery, baseball decorOn the other side of the closet we diyed some hanging bars and used the tucked away space on the side as a place to hang any clothes that didn’t have to go into drawers.  Doing something like this, especially in a nursery or kids room, is a great way to make use of typically wasted closet space.  We did something similar but with shelves in my daughter’s closet and it makes a world of storage difference.

So that’s pretty much it for the nursery.  I’m so glad the nursery is done and now it’s just waiting for our little guy to come check it out.  Only about a week left and he’ll be here!  What’s your favorite part of this reveal?

Hopefully soon, you’ll also get a reveal of the new big girl room we are working on after moving the crib into the nursery.  It’s a pretty fun room!

 

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Real Life Party: Bourbon and BBQ Birthday Party

This past weekend I had the privilege of celebrating the birth of my favorite person, my husband!  He’s kind of funny when it comes to birthdays.  He’s not like typical guys because he absolutely loves his birthday.

This year was kind of a milestone birthday (I’ll keep his actual age to myself ;)) so I wanted to celebrate in a bigger way.  We had a fun guy’s only bourbon and bar-b-q themed birthday.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barI took a lot of inspiration from this party that Pizzazzerie hosted.   Pizzazzerie’s Father’s Day party also gave me a lot of charcuterie inspiration.  My husband enjoys a good bourbon based old fashioned and more times than not he will order BBQ no matter what restaurant we’re at.  So this theme was perfect for him.

I had planned on catering the food so all I had to do was set up the bar, make a charcuterie, and bake a pie, but then my husband decided he wanted to smoke a brisket and ribs for the party.  You can see how he does that here.  It required a bit more work, but he enjoys the process of doing it and it always turns out super tasty.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barI started the party with this bourbon themed charcuterie board.  After a quick google and Pinterest search I found several items that would pair well with bourbon.  Things like walnuts, dark chocolate, parmesan, and dried fruit were best suited for bourbon.  This is probably one of my favorite charcuterie boards I’ve ever put together. Surprisingly, the guy’s pretty much tore it up. I’ll take that as a sign that it was good.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barUnfortunately, the weather wasn’t super cooperative and we had to move the food buffet indoors.  In the long run, I think it turned out for the best.  As I said earlier, my husband smoked brisket, ribs, and beans.  I rounded out the menu with a family favorite side dish of corn casserole and a couple cole slaws purchased from the deli department at my grocery store.

I also made my husband’s favorite, pecan pie.  He’d eat that over cake any day.  This is probably one of our biggest areas where we don’t agree, but if that’s it, then I’ll take it.

Adding in a few rustic elements like wood slices and an old whiskey crate made the set up more masculine for this guy’s only party.  Using a couple leafy plants instead of flowers was a way to add some life to the tablescape without being overly girly.

I even found the exact fabric for the table as was in my inspiration party.  The classic red, white, and blue plaid will come in handy for a lot of different events throughout the year.

Bourbon Bar

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy'sBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barFor the bourbon bar, I again used some wood slices to highlight the bourbon choices and included a garnish bar.  Including a recipe was helpful to the guests when they wanted to mix up the specialty cocktail.  You can get your copy of the Old Fashioned recipe card here, or by clicking the picture below and downloading it.  It makes a great addition to any bar.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barTo tie into the theme, I brought some more plaid fabric out to the bourbon bar.  This classic cocktail look so sophisticated with a skewered cherry and orange peel.  Probably the only time my husband will drink a cocktail with fruit in it.   Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon bar

If you’re looking for a great theme for a guy’s party this will surely be a hit.  You can even mix it up a bit based on what type of drink the man in your life prefers.  I know my husband enjoyed having a guys only party where he got to eat and drink something manly.  And I enjoyed setting up the party and bringing my inspiration to life.

Another great birthday in the books!  What was your favorite part of the party?  Don’t forget to download your own Old Fashioned drink recipe.  Just click the picture of the recipe above.

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Pinterest Trial: Glitter Ice Cubes

Welcome back from the weekend!  I hope you were able to celebrate something!  My husband had a big birthday and it was a lot of fun setting up his party!  You’ll get to see it soon.  Today though I’m trying out something I saw on Pinterest.  You can tell me if you think it was a success or fail.

I recently saw some super cute glitter ice cubes on Pinterest and wanted to give them a try myself.  See the inspiration photo here. I’ll be showing you how I made mine, tips, tricks, and ways to make it better.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubes

Supplies Needed for Glitter Ice Cubes

  • Distilled water
  • Chunky glitter
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Small cup with a spout (not pictured)

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesYou only need a few things to make these glitter ice cubes which is nice.  The distilled water is supposed to give you clearer ice cubes.  That helps the glitter stand out, but I didn’t notice much of a difference in my ice cubes versus regular water.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesI would recommend getting the chunkiest glitter you can find.  Fine, small glitter won’t show up as well in the ice cubes.  My glitter was on the smaller size, but all I could find in a pinch.

Glitter Ice Cube Instructions

This DIY can’t really get any easier.  Just fill your ice cube trays with glitter.  I enlisted my three year old assistant and surprisingly didn’t have a huge mess to clean up afterwards.

Another tip I have is to make sure you put quite a bit of glitter in each ice cube.  The more you use, the more it will show up, especially if you are using smaller glitter.  Also, use glitter that is fairly pigmented.  Lighter colors won’t show up as well.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesOnce you’ve filled your cubes with glitter, carefully fill with distilled water.  This is where a measuring cup or something similar with a spout comes in very handy.

I’d also recommend stirring your glitter around in the ice cube trays.  Otherwise the glitter just kind of sits in the bottom of the tray.  Or you could try filling with water first, then adding the glitter.

Next, pop them in the freezer until they’re frozen.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesDisregard my messy freezer!  Once they’re frozen pop the cubes out of the trays and using them to decorate an ice bucket.  Be sure not to use them in drinks because it’s not safe to drink distilled water or glitter.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesI used my glitter ice cubes in a clear vase to dress up a bottle of champagne.  There are so many ways to use these though.  I love the pink and blue glitter we used because it would be perfect for a gender reveal party.  Surprise a new mom with a bucket of glitter ice cubes and a celebratory bottle of champagne after the birth of a baby.  I know I’d love some champagne after 9+ months of no drinking, haha!

Mix up the colors of glitter to coordinate with whatever kind of party you’re hosting.  It would be so cool to make a ton of them to fill a cooler or trough where beverages are located.  Your party guests will think it’s so fun!

Glitter Ice Cube Tips

  • The more glitter the better!
  • The bigger glitter the better!
  • Make more ice cubes than you think you’ll need
  • Stir glitter into the water
  • Don’t use them in drinks!

So do you think this was a fail or a success?  Overall I was happy with how they turned out given it was so easy to make them.  Do you see yourself making glitter ice cubes for one of your parties?  Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see a ton of party related pins and inspiration.

 

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Celebrating everyday!