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10 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Ideas Better than a Gift

May is such a fun month isn’t it?  It’s full of preparation for summer and lots of reasons to celebrate!  Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, graduations, end of school activities to name just a few.  I want to give you some ideas of how to be thoughtful this Mother’s Day instead of just buying a gift.

I’m still at the point of getting handmade cards and pictures that are difficult to decipher.  But I know I’ll treasure them for a long time.  However, sometimes it’s hard to get your mom something that you know they will truly love.  This is especially true if you feel like your mom doesn’t need another bouquet of flowers or piece of jewelry.

I was talking with some friends recently about love languages and found them so interesting.  Have you ever figured out what love language you have?  You can do so here.  Mine is quality time, although I feel like my love language could change depending on what’s going on at the time.

There are five different love languages;  acts of service, receiving gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time.  If your mom is an act of service kind of person this is a great list for her this Mother’s Day!

But I feel like there is something on this list for all the different love languages though.  Take a look and figure out if you could do any of these things for your mom this Mother’s Day instead of the typical gift.  She may like it even more!

Thoughtful Ideas for Mother’s Day

Thoughtful Mother's Day ideas, things to do for your mom on Mother's Day, Mother's Day gift ideasI love so many things on this list, but would be pumped to receive number six!  Lord knows there are things on my to do list that never seem to go away.

If you want to help ease the burden of all the things your mom normally does, try an act of service like numbers one, two, three, or ten.  Your mom will appreciate the actions you take to make her day or week easier.

If you know your mom just wants to spend time with her kids, then do something together.  Teaching her something is a great way to spend time together.  You’ll have to work one on one and she’ll come out happy that she was with you and with a new skill.  Even better let her teach you something and give her your undivided attention.

Telling your mom you love and appreciate her is great, but not with just another card.  Amp up your words of affirmation by leaving her a note in several spots she’ll see throughout the week like number nine.  Or if you live far away, send her a message every day leading up to Mother’s Day. She will love hearing all the things you love or admire about her.

For us that like to celebrate, it’s hard not to give a gift sometimes.  So if you’re feeling like you physically need to give a gift, make it a thoughtful one.  Try making something like number four or five.  Sentimental moms will love the look back at childhood or to have a handy reminder of when everyone’s birthday and anniversary is.

These are just a few things I put together.  I think all of them are so thoughtful and would make any mom happy on Mother’s Day.  Are you more of a gift giver or would you try to do something thoughtful this year?  Either way, if you’re a mom, I hope you have a great day and feel loved!




Wedding Trend 2018: Potted Plants

Well friends, we’ve made it to our last wedding trend of the week.  You can catch the other two trends here and here.  It has been fun reimagining how to use these trends in your own party.  Today’s potted plant trend is another that will be pretty easy to incorporate into any home party.

After researching several large wedding websites and figuring out the biggest wedding trends of 2018, I narrowed it down to lucite, saturated colors and today’s potted plant trend.  Now I’ll give you some inspiration and ways to incorporate it into whatever kind of party you’ll be having this year.

Potted Plant Wedding Trend Inspiration

Lining a walkway, like a wedding aisle, is a huge way the potted plant trend is being done at weddings.

Another way it’s being done at weddings is by putting potted plants on tables as centerpieces and table decor.

And lastly, living backdrops for ceremonies, photobooths, and wedding decor make a big statement at any wedding. This succulent backdrop is really impressive.  I’m mostly impressed that the bride grew almost all of the succulents herself!

How to Incorporate Potted Plants into Your Home Party

It’s pretty easy to use this trend throughout your home party if you already have potted plants around your house.  All you may have to do is move some things around.

If you want to recreate the potted plant trend as a centerpiece, this diy from Magnolia is super easy to follow.  I mean Joanna Gaines can basically do no wrong, right? I also love how the candle is in the middle to bring a little more ambiance to your tablescape.

Now if you want to recreate the look of having a living backdrop but can’t make a huge wall of plants, I totally understand.  Most houses don’t have space for something like that.  Give one of these options a try to do it on a smaller scale.

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I love how rustic these options are and that you would only have to grow a few plants instead of an entire wall of them.  Put them near your kitchen and grow herbs for easy access to any recipe you might be creating.  These pieces would also make great decor for your patio or house after the party is over too.

And lastly, instead of lining an aisle at a wedding ceremony, use potted plants to line a walkway up to your party.  This could be along your sidewalk, or through the backyard to get to the main party space.

I love how coastal and inviting this front porch looks.  Who wouldn’t want to go to a party at this house?

That wraps up this week’s wedding trend series.  Did you get any inspiration from the trends to use at your next party?  I’d love to see how you incorporate these trends, so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your party photos!

I hope you all have a great weekend and have something fun to celebrate!




Wedding Trend 2018: Lucite

Welcome back from the weekend folks! I hope you had a chance to rest and recharge.  I know now is the time of year where people start thinking about upcoming summer weddings.  Do you have any to attend this summer?  I wanted to give you my take on a few of this year’s wedding trends you may be seeing.

I researched several large wedding sites including Martha Stewart Weddings and found a common trend.  All this week I’m going to be sharing those wedding trends with you, but even better I’ll be showing you how to incorporate them into your home parties.  I mean, I do most of my entertaining at home these days since I got married almost 9 years ago.  Crazy how fast time flies!

First up this week is wedding trend number one, lucite or transparency.  Clear and see through wedding elements are going to be all the rage this year.  Just check out how some of these weddings incorporated them into their ceremonies and receptions.

Lucite Wedding Trend Inspiration

How to Incorporate Lucite into your Home Party

Although it is hard to incorporate the big over the top party decorations from the inspiration above, it is easy to use lucite throughout your party in smaller ways.

Incorporating clear or acryllic into your tablescape is an easy way to use this trend.  I love the idea of using clear chairs at your table.  Most party rental companies have clear chairs available to rent.  For around $5.00 you can get the perfect clear ghost chair.

If you don’t want to use chairs around your table, incorporate clear chargers, plates, or flatware.  I love the options below that you can get on Amazon.  Those dinner plates have great reviews too and are reasonably priced.  These are all things you could have everyday and use for a lot of different parties too.  Dual purpose for the win!

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If you don’t want your table to be the feature at your party but instead want to use clear party decor, there are a ton of ways to do that too.  Just check out the cool inspiration pictures below.

  • Use clear balloons
  • Glass containers to hold party favors, snacks, or treats
  • Clear place cards (link below), these would be great party favors too!
  • Hanging crystals or clear beads as a backdrop
  • Use lots of bubbles for a kids birthday, a bubble machine makes this really easy
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What do you think of this first wedding trend?  Do you like the clear and translucent look of a party?  Would you like to see more of these do it in real life kind of posts where I try to recreate a party look at home?  If so, be sure to tell me in the comments!  And also be ready for two more wedding trends later this week!



February Party Round Up

It’s the first of the month, and time for another round up of celebrations to take you through the entire month.  February is chocked full of fun days, events, and holidays, but you can never have too many reasons to celebrate, right?

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First up is the Superbowl.  It’s February 4th, this Sunday!  If you haven’t put much thought into what you’re doing, don’t worry. To Have + To Host has one of the simplest, throw it together at the last minute party ideas for you.  Check out all the details here.

I love this season leading up to Lent, and this year it’s extra special because Valentine’s day falls on Ash Wednesday.  So much to celebrate in one week!

Before Lent starts is Mardi Gras!  I’m from St. Louis, and did you know that St. Louis has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration next to New Orleans?  There’s a big parade and everyone comes out in their purple, green and gold drinking green beer.  Since I’m not in the area to celebrate, and life looks a little different, I wanted to include this cute and simple kids craft to celebrate the occasion.

Happy Hooligans uses paper plates to make cute and easy Mardi Gras masks.  Paper plates are so versatile, and if you have kids, you probably have a bunch at your house already.

Take your Mardi Gras celebration a little further and make purple, green, and gold pancakes for breakfast too!  I love blending spinach up into the pancake batter to make them green, and add a few hidden vegetables!  You could use purple carrots or beets for the purple pancakes.

Right after Mardi Gras, not only does Lent start on Ash Wednesday, but it’s also Valentine’s day.  And a friend of mine at church said the best thing about them being on the same day.  “It’s the perfect time to fall more in love with the Lord.” How true!

Try sending out funny Valentine’s cards to keep the day light and not overly mushy.  These funny printable cards from Printable Crush have the cutest little sayings.  Pop one in your kids’ school lunch or your spouse’s work bag for a funny little surprise.

I’ll be showing you a fun Valentine’s kid’s craft and a Valentine’s themed playdate party in the next week or so too.  Be sure to come back to check those out.

Lastly this month, is a really special day.  February 22nd is National Margarita Day!  Now that’s a reason to celebrate a random Thursday.  If you’re trying to stick with your resolution and looking for a healthier margarita alternative, give this recipe from 40 Aprons a try.  It takes out all the sugar and replaces it with honey.

Whew, so many things to celebrate this month.  There are even more I didn’t mention like February being Black History Month, American Heart Month, or the Chinese New Year starting.

With all of these special days, there’s a reason for everyone to celebrate this month.  What do you plan on celebrating?



50+ Celebration Ideas for 2018

Happy New Year friends!  I’m only like eight days behind the power curve (face palm).  I hope you and your family had a great Christmas season.

This New Year has started off pretty slow for us.  We’ve been out of our routine since pre-school wasn’t in session.  With all the parties and groups of people we’ve been around, both kids are sick now too.  Including a hospital stay for one of them.  We’ve been cooped up inside under a mountain of tissues trying to get them better.  I should just know to mark January off as a month of sickness.  This is the second year in a row.

Plus, I haven’t gotten my new planner yet, which basically means the year hasn’t officially started haha! So with all of that I haven’t felt the rush to start this year running out of the gate.

Even moving slowly, I know that this year is going to be full of celebrations, and many of them the last for us, for awhile anyway.  More on that later.

I wanted to give you a jumpstart on planning what to celebrate this year, so I put together a list full of ideas for you.  There are lots of holidays to celebrate, life milestones, and accomplishments.  The most important thing though is to take the time to recognize the occasion and share it with others.

What will that look like for you in 2018?  Will you have people over to your house more to celebrate?  Will you organize a celebration for someone else that deserves it?  Or will you step out of your comfort zone and celebrate one of your own big accomplishments?  Whatever the occasion, there is always a reason to celebrate and have a party.

Feel free to download this list and place it somewhere handy.  Check off the things you celebrate throughout the year as a reminder of all the fun times you’ve had.  Or use it to look ahead and see what things you may want to celebrate in the future.  Just click on the picture below to download.

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This year on the blog I’m hoping to give you more party inspiration, hosting tips, and great party recipes.  I’m also wanting to try some new things, like working with other bloggers and influencers, creating products for my readers, and teaching classes.  What’s something you’d like to see more of?

This blog has been fun to work on over the last couple of years, but I’m ready to scale this thing and make it bigger, bolder, and better for you!

My wish for you this year is the typical health and happiness, but also a year full of memories made celebrating!  Happy 2018!



Celebrating everyday!