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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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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10 Things to Include in a Pregnancy Care Package

I’m back friends after a week of working another job and everyone in my house being sick.  We needed the time off to get better, and thankfully we may be on the mend now.

I’ve told you before that pretty much everyone I know seems to be pregnant right now.  I recently found out about another pregnant friend.  She lives across the country and I wanted to do something nice for her since it’s her first pregnancy.  What better way than to send a little pregnancy care package?  I’ve put together a little list of some great things to include if you may need to put a care package together too.

What to include in a pregnancy care package, pregnancy must haves

Pampering Pregnancy Care Package Ideas

It’s a fact that pregnancy can be fairly uncomfortable.  Between growing a human, an expanding body, food restrictions, and uncomfortable sleep it’s necessary to do a little pampering during pregnancy.  Here are a bunch of ways to include pampering items in a pregnancy care package.

  • Lip Balm
  • Cocoa Butter Lotion
  • Epsom Salts
  • Nail Polish
  • Massage Gift Cards

Self-Care Pregnancy Care Package Ideas

During pregnancy your body does things you never knew about.  With my first pregnancy I had heartburn towards the end and had never experienced that before.  It’s back with a vengeance this second pregnancy too.  Here are some ideas to gift that will help with pregnancy sickness and pains.

  • Pain Reliever
  • Antacids
  • Chocolate
  • Saltines
  • Ginger Ale
  • Peppermints or Peppermint Tea

Getting Ready for Baby Ideas

If you’re sending a care package to a brand new mom, it’s a good idea to include some things that will help her get ready for baby.  This is totally uncharted territory and she may need a few things to figure out what to do with baby once it’s here.  Pregnancy is a great time to read up and get ready for the baby!

  • Baby Books
  • Pregnancy Books or Magazines
  • Gift cards for Maternity Gear
  • A Cute Hospital Bag
  • A Pregnancy Journal

Now after you’ve assembled all the goodies you want to include in your care package, you’ll have to send the package.  Before you do, make it fun and pretty.  I included things like confetti, tissue paper and a nice card.  You could also try wrapping a few items so there is a sense of surprise.  I also love the idea of making a really fun shipping label for the outside of the box.

You can dress up the shipping label by decorating it with stickers, stamps, or fun paper.  Try and look up some creative ways to write the addresses, maybe using calligraphy or fun fonts.

What to include in a pregnancy care package, pregnancy must havesI hope this has given you some great ideas to help pamper someone you know that’s pregnant.  It’s such a special time, especially the first time, so doing something special for that pregnant friend is so thoughtful.

 

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Baby Shower Favors Gift Guide Spring 2017

It’s officially spring, and the rebirth of flowers, the sounds of birds chirping, and warm days.  I don’t think there’s a better time to also be talking about babies!

It’s probably because I’m pregnant, but it seems like everyone I know is pregnant too.  And with pregnancies come baby showers.  With baby showers come the cute ohhhh and ahhhh’s at all the adorable teeny tiny clothes.

It’s an exciting time for the mom-to-be, but for those attending it’s also fun to get a little gift to take home.  Today’s post is a round-up of great ideas that would make amazing favors.  The best part is there is something for every kind of theme out there.

Food/Drink Themed Favors

Food and drink themed favors are always a hit.  Who doesn’t like having a little something to snack on or sip after the party?  Plus, you can pair a food or drink favor with almost any shower theme.

 

Beauty Themed Favors

Let’s be honest, most baby showers are for girls only.  I’m not sure of many men that want to attend one.  Therefore, beauty themed favors are always great, because most women like a little pampering.  Think about spa-like things like hair, nails, and skin.

Or how about diying a body scrub and adding a tag similar to: “Use this to scrub away all the dirt that comes with little boys.”  Or a pretty bar of soap with a tag that says: “From My Shower to Yours!”

Unconventional Baby Shower Favors

If you’re looking for more of an unconventional baby shower favor, these few ideas are a great place to start.

Using those cute “watch me grow” tags on any sort of plant or packet of seeds is a great baby shower favor.  I also really like the idea of gifting the mom-to-be’s favorite baby book.  Let’s also not forget about the Dad’s.  What about a favor just for him?  This is a great way to celebrate!

If you’ve got a baby shower coming up, I hope you get one of these clever gifts to take home.  And if you’re planning a baby shower in the near future, try to incorporate one of these fun ideas into your theme.

Aren’t get togethers and parties like this just so fun to celebrate? Happy Monday friends, I hope you have a great week!

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Real Life Party: Baseball or Bows Themed Gender Reveal

This past weekend, we hosted a very special celebration.  We got to find out if our next baby is going to be a boy or a girl!  Yep, that’s right, I’M PREGNANT!  I decided on a baseballs or bows themed gender reveal, and you’ll see at the end of this post what we’re going to be having.

I’ll let most of the pictures do the talking.  We hosted the party on Saturday morning at 11 am, so I offered a light lunch and dessert.  Obviously, everyone, including us were mostly excited about the big reveal.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!

Food Buffet

I made a table runner out of white craft paper and just drew navy blue baseball stitching on the paper.  Then added a few extra pink bows around the table.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Some simple pink flowers in blue Ball mason jars added a floral element to the table without having a large centerpiece.  I know most are over the mason jar trend, but I use them all the time at parties.  They are so versatile.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It is so easy to incorporate a pink and navy blue color scheme into a gender reveal party.  Our drink station was adorned with cups and straws in coordinating colors.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!I set up a “fake” chalkboard using a piece of black construction paper for our guests to take their guess at what the baby was going to be.  At the end of the party, I glanced and the baseball column had an overwhelming number of votes.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!For decor I made some baseball and bow garlands that were added to our mantle and on the dessert table backdrop.  I did learn after cutting all of the bows and baseballs out by hand that it’s about time to get a Cricut machine.  I could have saved so much time using it instead of scissors.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!I was absolutely in love with our gender reveal dessert table and backdrop.  The fringed crepe paper turned out awesome, and my first attempt at a naked cake turned out almost perfectly.  Use this tutorial if you want to make a fringed crepe paper background.  I have a couple pointers for you below to check out before you make some for yourself.

First, measure how long you need the streamer to be before cutting your fringe.  I made four reeeeeaaalllly long streamers and only ended up using two of them because I could just cut them in half.  Now I’ve got some leftover streamers that haven’t been used, but are fringed.  Also, the fringe comes off the wall quite a bit.  This protrusion made us have to bring the desserts to the front of the table and have a little less space for dessert.  Just be aware that they won’t lay flat against the wall.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!This is a better angle of my naked cake.  I used a boxed white cake mix, this buttercream recipe, and also added a berry compote between the layers.  It turned out so pretty, just a little lopsided.  I torted the top layer and ended up taking a little too much off of one side.  I’m not afraid to say that I am so proud of myself and how this cake turned out.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!We also had cupcakes and baseball and bow iced sugar cookies to round out the dessert options.  I quickly made the cupcake toppers and thought the wording was just too funny!  Especially, if you know my husband.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!A friend of ours was the only person who knew the gender of the baby and prepared the cutest confetti poppers that worked perfectly with our theme.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It’s so nice having talented friends that are willing to keep a big secret from you!  Are you ready to see what we’re having?

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It’s blue confetti!  You know what that means?!  It’s a boy!

What was your favorite part of this gender reveal party?  Do you have any baby boy advice for me?  Check out the list below for more party details.

Gender Reveal Party Menu

Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Croissants

Guacamole, Cowboy Caviar, and Chips

Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

Mixed Berry Fruit Salad

Free Party Decor Printables

Click here for a set of printable bows, just download, print on whatever color cardstock you want, and cut out!

Click here for a set of printable baseballs, just download, print on whatever color cardstock you want, and cut out!

 

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Bachelorette Series: Brunch recipe

Here’s the last post in the Bachelorette Series before I head out to attend a bachelorette weekend for my best friend this weekend!  It’s going to be a really fun weekend, and weekends are synonymous with brunch, right?   Brunching is one of my favorite activities.  Here’s a great recipe for any brunch that you plan on hosting.

Funnily enough, my husband found this recipe, and loves it.  There are a ton of variations and additions you can add to make it your own, but the base of it is pretty easy.

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast CasseroleIngredients

Meat: sausage, bacon, or both

4 scallions

10 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

1 16 oz. refrigerated biscuits

Breakfast CasseroleDirections

  1. Mix eggs and milk in a bowl, I like to add a little salt and pepper as well.
  2. Cut up biscuits into fours using kitchen scissors.

Breakfast Casserole3. Add the cut up biscuits to the egg and milk mixture.  Add scallions here too, but I didn’t have any on hand.  They do add a little color to the casserole though.

4. Brown up bacon or sausage.

Breakfast Casserole5. Once meat is brown and drained, add egg/biscuit mixture to an 11X13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.

6. Sprinkle meat on top of egg/biscuit mixture.

Breakfast Casserole7. Add cheddar cheese on top.

Breakfast Casserole8. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Make sure the middle isn’t runny when you take it out.

Breakfast CasseroleThis casserole is super easy and equally delicious.  It’s also easy to add a ton of other things to it, onions, vegetables, more meat.  The options are endless.  It’s also nice because you can make this the day before your event so you have less to stress about on the day of your brunch.  Make a couple of these to feed a crowd for a bridal shower, baby shower, bachelorette brunch, or a random Sunday brunch, just be sure to add mimosas!

Enjoy your weekend and let me know if you plan on whipping up one of these breakfast casseroles.  Be sure to follow me on instagram to get behind the scenes pictures of the bachelorette weekend I’m going to this weekend!

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