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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.

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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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

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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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Party Color Scheme: Copper and Green Themed Desert Party

Congrats!  It’s Friday and you made it to the weekend!  Today is another Party Color Scheme post.  I have been so hot being pregnant in the middle of summer, so thinking about the desert was natural for me.  This copper and green themed desert party color scheme is so great for this time of year.

Party color scheme with copper and green, cactus party, desert party, party colorsI’ve included an inspiration party and some ideas of how to incorporate the colors into whatever kind of party you’re planning to throw.  This color scheme would work for so many things.  A dinner party, a birthday party, a baby shower, an end of summer party, or a business luncheon are all great ideas to incorporate these colors.

Copper and Green Party Inspiration

This desert cactus bridal shower is the image of perfection when incorporating the copper and green color scheme.  Be sure to click the link above and check out the entire party.  It’s pretty amazing.  Those copper chairs are seriously swoonworthy.  I also love the floral arrangements and how even with using cacti they seem soft and pretty.
The key when using metal as the primary color in a color scheme is to mix various shades of the color.  The chairs, glassware, vases, and napkins are all in the copper family, but not exactly the same.

Here’s another great way to incorporate this color scheme.  Do it in cake form!  This cake is so pretty dripping in copper frosting.

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Just be sure to remove the cactus before biting into this beauty.

Copper and Green Party Decor and DIYs

If you’re looking to incorporate these colors in a super simple decor DIY, try using this copper vase.  The tutorial is super easy, but it’s so chic.  I’d venture to say you’d want to leave the vase out long after your party.

Make several of these in different sizes and group them together in the center of your table or run them the length of your table.   It will look awesome.  To bring in the green all you really need is some leafy branches, a great way to forgo getting flowers for your party.
This is the perfect idea to incorporate copper and green into your party favors.  Terra cotta pots work so well as the copper, add in some green ribbon or even a small cactus, and you’re set.

You could even use terra cotta pots as your centerpiece and decor.
Now here are some resources to round out your party color scheme.  Simple ways to bring in the copper and green without being too over the top.  Try using these utensils, these straws, or these napkins.

If you want to recreate the look of copper chairs, but don’t want to splurge on renting actual copper chairs, try a diy.  Use this ribbon and tie it to the back of your chairs.  Use the below picture for some inspiration.

Is this a color scheme you can see planning your next party around?  If so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with #thedailyhostess

I hope you have a great weekend and do something to beat the heat.  I’ll be pulling together my husband’s birthday party with a fun guy’s only theme that you’ll get to see next week so stay tuned for that.

 

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Real Life Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party

Happy Friday friends!  I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and have since recovered.  Today I’m giving you all the details on my daughter’s third birthday.  We hosted a picnic themed birthday party and it was so fun!  You’ll get to see lots of picnic ideas, picnic food, and fun!

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We hosted the party at the park in our neighborhood.  It had been super hot all week and then randomly we had a really cool, windy day.  It was kind of a blessing because I didn’t have to worry about keeping cupcakes and food cold on a hot summer day.

The kids all played at the playground for awhile and worked up an appetite.  It helped to bring some outdoor toys to the park.  Things like buckets, shovels, and balls kept them entertained.

Picnic Food

To keep all the food together and individually packaged for the moms and kids, I picked up some great cardboard lunch boxes from Hobby Lobby.  I also got some chalkboard labels from my local party supply store to label all the boxes.  This is a great way to keep special dietary restrictions separate, and no fighting over who gets what.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyFor the kiddos lunch, I tried to keep the menu pretty kid friendly with Chick-fil-A nuggets, baby carrots, chips, and a picnic staple watermelon.  I was able to prepare all of the food the night before and kept in the refrigerator. The morning of the party was pretty relaxed since all I  had to do was load up the lunch boxes and get everything to the park.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyThe little plastic cups pictured above were great to keep all the food separated.  I also just about fell down when I spotted that red gingham washi tape at the dollar spot at Target.  All the other red gingham decor and party gear was from Hobby Lobby.  It was on clearance, so that was even better!

For the moms, I tried to keep the menu similar, but felt like we needed something a little more grown up than chicken nuggets.  Although, Chick-fil-A nuggets are pretty delicious.  I made a large baguette sandwich and was able to slice it up into equal portions for all the adults.  It’s a great way to make one big meal to feed everyone.  All you have to do is make one big sandwich on any loaf of bread you enjoy, then cut up into however many portions you need.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI wrapped up the sandwich portions in parchment paper to hold all the sandwich fixings inside, then tied it with red and white twine.

It seemed like everyone enjoyed their picnic lunch and were full enough to carry them through until dinner.

For dessert and to celebrate the birthday girl, I ordered cupcakes from my local Safeway store.  If you live near a Safeway, I highly recommend getting cupcakes from their bakery.  The icing is delicious, the cake is always moist, and a dozen cupcakes are only $6.99.  You can’t beat the price for what you get.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyTo dress up the cupcakes, I found these small rubber ants at a local farm store for about .50 cents a piece.  It was the perfect little decoration to add to the picnic themed birthday party.  It was also nice that it didn’t take a whole lot to just plop these onto the tops of the cupcakes.

Note to self though, never order red icing on a cupcake again!  The kids were a mess after eating these, haha!

Picnic Birthday Party Set Up

As far as setting up the picnic, it was a pretty easy way to throw a party.  All you really need to do is throw down a bunch of blankets.  Thankfully, everyone that came also brought a blanket so we had plenty.  I also had a small pop up tent because I was expecting blazing sun.  It ended up serving as a semi-private potty station for all of our potty training toddlers.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI used some more red gingham pinwheels and banner party supplies from Hobby Lobby to denote our picnic area.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyHosting a picnic themed birthday was pretty easy.  I highly recommend it if you are in need of an easy party on a small budget, or for a last minute party.  Other picnic ideas could be to have a theme, like a sandwich themed picnic party where everyone brings their favorite sandwich to share.  A wine themed picnic party with wine and cheeses sounds amazing! A picnic themed party is a great way to make the normal pot luck a little more interesting too.

I was pleased with how our picnic themed birthday party turned out. Most importantly, I think my three year old enjoyed it.  She likes to throw blankets down on the floor at home all the time to have a picnic.  This seemed was the perfect way to do a quick and easy party for her.  I had planned on not doing much for her birthday this year, but am glad I put in a little effort and did something special!

I hope you all have a great weekend and maybe get outside to enjoy a picnic!

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Cinco de Mayo Inspired Bar Cart

Well tomorrow is a fun day.  The combination of Cinco de Mayo and Friday in the same day just calls for a celebration doesn’t it?  So let’s celebrate at home with a little bar cart drink.  Let’s face it, going to any Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo will be crazy.

To celebrate I threw together a colorful bar cart ready for a drink.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeColorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeI found this tutorial on how to make DIY crepe paper picado streamers.  How simple, yet how cute!  I probably should have paid a little more attention to the directions before making mine, but I think they  still turned out pretty fun.

I also love that this kind of party decor is a great way to use all of that extra crepe paper that you probably have lying around after a party.  Plus, the more variety of colors the better!

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeFor a Cinco de Mayo drink I made a quick citrus lemonade.  It’s pretty simple by just muddling some cucumbers and oranges in a pitcher, then I added some lemonade.  Afterwards I dumped in a bunch of club soda for a little fizz and to cut down on the sweetness of the lemonade.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeYou could always add in something alcoholic if you’d like, but thanks to this baby, I’ll be avoiding it.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeHaving the option for your guests is great.  I also highly recommend this Sangria.  We buy it at Costco and it’s the perfect combination of wine, sweetness, and fruit.  Adding a little extra fruit like apples, oranges, or berries makes it even more delicious.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeI hope this little celebration inspires you to whip up one of your own and have quite the party on Cinco de Mayo.  Or even just a little party at home.  It’s just another way to celebrate life’s moments!  Have a great weekend friends!

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Celebrating everyday!