Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rawr Means 'I Love You' in Dinosaur

Our little guy is growing up. No more are the days when he'd ask to wear costumes to the grocery store. I had to give the last of them away this week in order to clear out the basement and it has me missing those days. It's unlikely that we'll be throwing parties like these anymore but when I saw the chairs with dinosaur tails, I knew I had to share that and other ideas for the perfect dinosaur party. Hug your littles and let them wear their dinosaur costumes to the store if they want, they will grow up and out of it soon enough.

Tails on the chairs, spikes on the party hats, fossils in the cookies, digging for dinosaurs in the jello, and dinosaur excavation kits as favors. So, so fun!
Sources: Love That PartyKara's Party Ideas, Busy BugsCatch My Party
A little Photoshop and some fun with the kids would make the perfect invitations!!
Source: Indulgy
And don't forget some hats for the kiddos...
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Thursday, December 26, 2013


I was lucky enough to get a few bites of a donut this morning, a rare treat! And all of that sugary cinnamon goodness inspired this post. Pull together some simple donut goodies and throw a little party.

Easy snowman donut DIY for a holiday party. The kids thought these were great (parents did, too)!

1. Empty tiny water bottles and remove the label.
2. Use a black sharpie to add buttons.
3. A little hot glue and ribbon around the neck for the perfect scarf.
4. Fill with milk.
5. Top with a powdered donut.

Sources: Moodylicious Children's Spa, Design Indulgences, imgfave, Pinterest, 100 Layer Cake-Let, Vixen Made, Love Ramsey, Pinterest, Oh Happy Day, Garnish, Fiesta Facil Blog, sara spielman, Pinterest, Party Planning by Rebecca, paper glitter, Ruffled 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

60s Dinner Party

My mom turned 60 this year. Shh, don't tell anybody. So my sister and I took it upon ourselves to throw a little shindig in celebration. Not a small feat just 2 days before my sister's wedding but we made it happen and it was a blast. Since she was turning 60, it seemed only appropriate that we celebrate with a 60s style dinner party. You'd think this theme would be easily executed, however, what we quickly learned is that the style from the 60s (aside from psychedelic tie dyes) was a mis-mosh of different decades and styles so we took some cues from Jackie O and Mad Men and pulled together what, for us, seemed a pretty good reflection of life back then (please do keep in mind we were children of the 80s). My grandmother was the perfect accomplice as we planned the surprise - helping with the alibis (she's kind of a pro at this...) and decorating and cooking - what a champ! So if you're thinking of throwing your own 60s dinner party, here are a few tips.

Transform the house. You've got to take guests back to the era. We suggested they come in character. Only a couple obliged but my sister and I were dressed appropriately for the occasion with pearls and retro cocktail attire and aprons. The living room got a makeover with old black and white family photos (the one over the couch is my grandfather with my mom when she was little - perhaps my favorite thing from the entire party). We rearranged furniture, fashioned new curtains out of fabric reams, changed up the color scheme to include plenty of orange, brown and green, and even added a 60s style lamp to complete the look. It was a great conversation area and I was pretty impressed by how pulled together (and very 60s) it looked!

Serve authentic food. Appetizers were retro with cocktail meatballs, deviled eggs and fondue. The bar was set up for self service. And dinner (admittedly catered) was complete with Beef Bourguignon served family style around a long table complete with linens, china, crystal, and silver. With the birthday girl at the head, of course. While dessert was obviously cake, we also delighted guests with candy from the 60s, the perfect throw back and conversation starter. We heard lots of great stories and everyone reminisced about the good ole days.

Don't forget the little (or in some cases, giant) touches. We scoured old pictures, printed them with a 60s "glow", and celebrated mom's life in pictures (and a giant 60 on the wall). Word of caution - if you are going to print pictures this way (especially more than 100 of them), you might want to warn the photo studio so they don't panic that something is wrong. Oops! :-) We played records from the 60s (yes, mom still has a record player on hand for just such occasions). And were pretty proud of our Kennedy's water picture find at Goodwill.

It was a memorable night, one for the books. Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkins and Parties

It's October 1st. I'm not sure how that happened but it did and so how best to usher in the month of pumpkins and ghouls than with a post of party perfect Halloween ideas. Hope you are planning something fun for the witches and goblins in your life. Happy Haunting!
Party Perfect Halloween Ideas Curated by Grace O'Malley Designs (graceomalleydesigns.com)
Sources: Better Homes and Gardens, Scrapbook Girl, Mommy & Me Creations, Southern Vogue, Wants and Wishes Designs, Martha Stewart, The Gaines Gang, Frost Me Blog, Country Living, Glorious Treats, Parents, Crafty Crafty, Articles Web

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Picnic by the Sea

It isn't everyday that your baby sister gets married, and after 8 years of dating, it's kind of a big deal, so we had to make sure that her bridal shower was special. I've thrown my share of parties but this was one of my favorites. I couldn't have done it without my partner in crime and co-maid of honor. We emailed for weeks on themes and decor and recipes and finally landed on what was a pretty perfect day. We had a picnic by the sea with touches of vintage and bohemian influence, a fairly perfect representation of my sister's personality, and with an incredible beach house backdrop compliments of family friends and fellow bridesmaid, it was beautiful.

After selecting a theme, we went to planning the decor. I have to admit that while I had visions of spending hours browsing through vintage and antique shops and leisurely collecting the perfect pieces for the day, my schedule and state of mind simply didn't support it, so I was off to my favorite one-stop-shops, Homegoods and TJ Maxx/Marshalls, where I quickly collected it all.

There were quilts for the picnic blankets (which will now dress each of the bedrooms in my sister's house - once she buys one... in Minnesota), pillows for seating, a frame for picture taking and lots of little touches like baskets and napkins. There were vintage pieces of course - food was served in picnic boxes but the remaining salads and such were dished out on grandma's china and a teacup collection borrowed from my step-mom. There were baskets and birdcages and linens found while scouring my mom's place. Each of the elements were pulled together to create the perfect collection of comfort and pretty.

Food and drink were kept simple. Everyone pitched in, creating mini desserts, appetizers, and helping to put together the picnic baskets, salads and all of the yummy bites of the day. Each of the picnic boxes held a Caprese Sandwich and apple. The remainder of the menu was vegetarian friendly for my sister complete with Caesar Salad, Potato Fingerling SaladGazpachoMediterranean Quiche and Popcorn. (Click on the links for the recipes we used - yummy!)

And it was HOT so we had a lemonade bar with fresh fruits, lots of water and wine, and served all of the drinks in mason jars with adorable floral straws.

I think my favorite part of the day were the little touches though. We printed pictures of my sister and brother-in-law as kids and then pictures of them together with a vintage filter and used clothes pins to display them along strings of lights. Guests shared date night ideas on stones that they can display and pull from on those days they need some inspiration. And we hung a frame from a gorgeous pine tree and guests each took pictures with the bride to add to a scrap book and provide their well wishes.

Guests each left with a vintage copy of my sister's favorite book, Emma.

It was a beautiful day full of family and friends and a party that I think we will all remember for many years to come. If only all days could be as perfect as the one that we picnicked by the sea!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

True Companion

Continuing my celebration of love today with some of my favorite images, photographs that capture the  power of love and what it means to be a true companion. Wishing you all a day of long kisses and soft gazes. Much love!

Sources:  Marley.And.Me. - Tumblr, Dolce Randy - TumblrOverrated - Tumblr,
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True Companion

Baby, I've been searching like everybody else
Can't say nothing different about myself
Sometimes I'm an angel and sometimes I'm cruel
When it comes to love, I'm just another fool

Yes, I'll climb a mountain

There ain't no act of God, girl
Could keep you safe from me

My arms are reaching out
Out across this canyon
I'm asking you to be my true companion
True companion, true companion

So, don't you dare and try to walk away
I've got my heart set on our wedding day
I've got this vision of you girl in white
Made my decision that's you alright

When I take your hand
I'll watch my heart set sail
I'll take my trembling fingers
And I'll life up your veil

Then I'll take you home and with wild abandon
Make love to you just like a true companion
You are my true companion
I got a true companion, oh, true companion

When the years have done irreparable harm
I can see us walking slowly arm in arm
Just like that couple on the corner do
Girl, I will always be in love with you

When I look in your eyes 
I'll still see that spark
Until the shadows fall
Until the room grows dark

Then when I leave this Earth
I'll be with the angels standin'
I'll be out there waitin' for my true companion
Just for my true companion
True companion, true companion

- Marc Cohen

Thursday, May 30, 2013

5 Days of Favorites: Fathers' Day - Day 5

Well, I made it! It's Day 5 and today is one of my favorite projects to date. I admit this was a birthday gift this year, not Fathers' Day, but we had lots of reasons to celebrate dad this year. My stepson picked out the canvas size (hence why it is giant, though I must admit, I love it just a little bit more because of it) and what it should say. We spelled it out together and he got to painting. It's hanging in our mudroom and it's awfully cute. What projects are you taking on for dad this year?

Well, that's it. Hope you make the most of it this Fathers' Day and take a few minutes out to celebrate the dads in your life. I know I will. Happy Fathers' Day!