Notorious BIG Party! Reid’s Big ONE

I’m excited to share my son’s FIRST birthday with you all–a Notorious BIG party! It’s weird to think that the very first party I shared on this site, was my daughters’ (one and only) shared party. It was a candy themed party––11 years ago. Wow . . . how times flies!

I knew I wanted to do a Notorious O.N.E. theme for our son Reid’s 1st birthday (my all time favorite 90’s rapper) and I knew I wanted to keep the colors simple and neutral.

A Notorious BIG party for our son's first birthday.

When I did a quick search, I stumbled upon another party that was EXACTLY what I would want. So, given 2020 has sucked all the creativity out of my “mom brain”, I basically just replicated it. No shame here. I loved every detail and just didn’t want to reimagine it.

Given Covid and our families social distancing efforts, the party was tiny and in our home. Just our immediate family attended but we still had an amazing time celebrating our little Reid turning The Big One!

The Big ONE first birthday

My husband found it hilarious that after 19 years of throwing GIRL birthday parties, I somehow managed to have the only pop of color be what looks like pink. In truth, I bought peach balloons and was hoping for a more muted, natural color but they did totally look pink (sorry Reid!). I didn’t know this then, but I learned if you double the peach balloons before you fill them, the color will be closer to actual pale peach.

Oh well, next time!

Details from our Notorious BIG Party
Invitations for our Notorious BIG 1st birthday party

I made the invites myself and loved the way they turned out! I added a little surprise to the back just for fun.

The back of the invite from our Notorious BIG 1st birthday

The party theme was pulled together with printed popular lyrics from Notorious BIG songs. Of course we had a playlist too, all clean versions of course. No, just kidding he’s only one he doesn’t understand curse words (yet!).

Dessert table from our black and white Notorious BIG Party
Decorations from our Notorious BIG 1st birthday

Here’s a peek at the monthly photo we took. I’m so glad we did it!

Decor from our 1st birthday Notorious BIG Party
Details from this first birthday Notorious BIG Party

We set up Reid’s favorite blow up pool and filled it with ball pit balls for a little V.I.B. lounge fun! He loved it so much that it’s still set up two weeks later. ;)

Food and drinks at our Notorious BIG Party

These acrylic signs are my favorite. You just print vinyl using a Circuit machine and you have a really unique sign. (You can see it used in this engagement shoot). I actually used the same process to make the wall decal that said “The Big One.”

The birthday boy and his dad
Black and white smash cake
Notorious BIG Party cake
Notorious BIG themed sugar cookies

The black and white desserts were on point. I loved the Biggie Smalls themed cookies!

Outfits for our Notorious BIG 1st birthday party

Here’s Reid with his big sisters. You might recognize their shirts from our pregnancy reveal.

First birthday hat
The big one first birthday

Of course he went for it!

black and white first birthday cake
Family outfits for our son's 1st birthday party

This was such a memorable day! I hope you like the pictures and I’ve added links to sources in case you want them.

Here are some sources, let me know if you have questions in the comment section!

Simple Spice Cabinet Organization

The home projects that usually get done around here are ones that you can see when you walk in (like our kitchen hardware cabinet refresh). But, for years I have been wanting to tackle organizing my spice cabinet. However, because it’s one of those areas no one ever sees (hello master closet!), it just has never been a priority for me. Leave it to month five of maternity leave to finally get to the top of my list. And so, project “spice cabinet organization” finally happened!

I’m sharing the simple spice cabinet organization project that I did in my kitchen–it might not be the fanciest but it works perfectly for me! And bonus–it only took about an hour!

Simple Spice Cabinet Organization

That’s clearly the “after” photo so scroll to see the “before.” Basically our spice cabinet was a hot mess. Tell me yours is too so I will feel a little better ;).


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Brown Sugar Bourbon Cocktail

While I’m no stranger to bourbon cocktails (my go-to is a Kentucky Mule followed closely by a Blackberry Bourbon Smash), I don’t have a lot of experience creating bourbon drinks that are meant to be sipped–slowly. After failing during the holidays to properly make myself (and savor) a Manhattan (let’s just say it was basically just bourbon, and a lot of it . . . that I “drank” not “sipped” ooops), I learned my lesson and realized I needed to do a little research and development. I decided to craft a new recipe to enjoy that I think you’ll like too. This Brown Sugar Bourbon Cocktail is well balanced and delicious. Don’t be afraid–go ahead and try it!

Brown sugar bourbon cocktail served with and without ice.

You can serve this recipe with ice (on the rocks) or without (neat). I prefer my cocktails on the rocks and love using a single large ice cube tray from Amazon.

Make this cocktail with bourbon, brown sugar simple syrup, and orange juice.

This recipe does require a little prep to make the brown sugar simple syrup but is overall very easy to make. You only need your bourbon of choice, simple syrup, orange juice, and mint and an orange rind for garnish.

This brown sugar bourbon cocktail is served with mint and orange rind as garnishes.

This cocktail is also best served using freshly squeezed orange juice. Since you don’t need a lot of it, it’s not that big of a chore to make your own (it’s so worth it).

Also, I suggest rimming one portion of the rim of each glass with brown sugar. To get the sugar to stick to the rim, just dip it into syrup. It really steps up both the presentation and the taste.

Brown Sugar Bourbon Cocktail

Servings: 1
Author: Tori Tait


  • 1 Large Ice Cube (Optional)
  • 1 ½ ounces Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • ½ ounce Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (equal parts water and brown sugar, heated until dissolved)


  • 1 Large Mint Leaf
  • 1 Twisted Orange Rind


  • Pour bourbon, orange juice, and simple syrup over ice (if using)
  • Stir & Garnish with mint leaf and twisted orange rind

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Finally! Our Neutral Nursery Reveal

I know, I know . . . I haven’t been writing here lately (I have been updating on Insta if that means anything though? Ha!). Well, I’m finally back into creating content around here now that the babe is 3 months old. In fact, I am finally sharing pics from his neutral nursery! I shared our modern neutral nursery inspo with you a few months back, and I’m finally posting the actual photos from his room.

Neutral nursery reveal

I love how it came out. I wanted it to feel calming with natural elements and I think we pulled it off! This used to be a loft where I had my office, but the Mr. converted it into a nursery for our little guy.

modern neutral nursery for a boy

And here he is! Ladies and gents, this is Reid. He also loves is new nursery.

modern neutral nursery crib and decor

This crib might be my favorite piece in the room. It will grow with him also and convert into a toddler bed and twin bed. I can see this looking great as he gets older.

modern rocking chair in neutral nursery

This corner is also a favorite. We do a lot of feedings and story time here. The rocker looks great in this room but will also look good anywhere in our home–it’s definitely a piece we will reuse.

closet nook in our neutral nursery

We opted for a niche vs. a closed in closet. I like how the dresser is tucked back here and the shelf above has different shapes and sizes of baskets which hold extra diapers, blankets, and other baby odds & ends.

decor for a neutral nursery
wall shelf in our neutral nursery
wall mounted book racks in our neutral nursery

These book racks add a modern flair to the room which I love. I plan to swap out these books often. He already loves story time!

modern nursery sign hanging in our neutral nusery

Since it took us so long to decide on a name (up until the week of his birth!), I was late ordering this name sign . . . but it was worth the wait. I LOVE it!

I hope you like this peek into our little guy’s neutral nursery. Now, this momma needs to get back to blogging about cocktail recipes and party ideas! ;)

Light Fixture
Wooden Sign
Leather Pouf/Ottoman
Wall Rack

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Our Modern Neutral Nursery Inspiration

It’s been very quiet on the blog for some time now but I am excited to be back and am ready to share new content with you all (including our plans for a modern neutral nursery!). Because . . .

If you didn’t catch it on Instagram, we’re expecting!

And, it’s a boy! (Yes, we’re still in total shock!)

With just about 10 weeks to go, we’re finishing up the final touches on the nursery. Here’s the inspiration and planning I put together before we built the room. We converted my old office/loft space into an additional bedroom for the baby. I knew that I wanted it to have a modern, neutral vibe even before we knew if we were having a boy or girl.

I wanted it to feel bright with some texture and natural elements throughout. All of the pieces below ended up making it into the final design–plus a few others I can’t wait to show you.

Modern Neutral Nursery Inspiration

What do you think?

UPDATE: Here is our neutral nursery reveal! Hope you like it!

1. Crib
2. Light Fixture
3. Rocker
4. Dresser
5. Leather Pouf/Ottoman
6. Pillows
7. Rack
8. Baskets
9. Rug
10. Hamper

What are your nursery must-haves?

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Simple Kitchen Refresh: Cabinent Hardware

This spring we’re doing a few simple home updates that don’t require a lot of money or major overhaul. When it came to our kitchen we wanted to figure out a way to give it a new look and feel without any demo of the cabinets or countertops so we decided a simple kitchen refresh would include new cabinent hardware.

kitchen refresh with new cabinent hardware

You can see the final outcome (above) was the addition of matte black cabinent handles and cup drawer pulls. We think this made a big impact on our kitchen!

easy kitchen refresh idea

Before, we had just plain white knobs on all of our cabinets and drawers. They blended in with the stark white cabinets and offered little on the design front.

new cabinent hardware offers a easy kitchen refresh

After removing the original knobs, we measured out and drilled additional holes to fit our new cabinent hardware and began installing.

Flat black cabinent hardware

I love the way the matte black pops against the white cabinets and drawers!

this simple kitchen update is easy to do
inexpensive kitchen cabinent update

The entire project took about 3 hours (because we had to measure and drill additional holes) and costs under $300. We ended up adding a total of 50 handles to cabinets (throughout our kitchen, laundry room, and loft space) and 20 drawer pulls. The cost of this project would vary depending on how many handles and pulls you needed.

What do you think? Do you like this kitchen refresh? Next up, we’re going to paint the walls. Stay tuned!


Black Square Bar Cabinet Pull Handle (5 pack)

Modern Bin Cup Drawer Pull (10 pack)

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