July 2011 archive

A few blog updates {pretties}

Hey everyone! If you checked in here lately, you might have noticed a few new {pretty} changes. I wanted to take a moment to thank the ever talented (aka Graphic-Goddess) Kori Clark of PaperandPigtails.com for her uber talent. What’s magical about Kori is that she has this knack for making my vision come true — even though I completely fail to actually tell her what I want. She has blown me away with her ability to crawl into my (ever crowded) mind and pull out the exact design I was envisioning (hello Sports Party and Spring Brunch).

I wanted to pause to show off what she has created for Thoughtfully Simple!

What I love about this new logo is that it isn’t a huge departure from what you saw before. It’s just simply better and more fresh. What do you think?

We also have some sparkly new buttons – YAY! For those of you who already have Thoughtfully Simple’s button on your blog – THANK YOU! I greatly appreciate your support. If you want to update your button to the new version or want to add it (I’d be giddy!) feel free to grab it here.

Have you been featured on Thoughtfully Simple? Feel free to grab one of these lovely buttons and link to your feature!

Thanks for taking the time to check out our new pretties. I am really excited, it’s like getting a great makeover or a new pair of killer shoes!

Oh…. and more updates to come soon!

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Western Baby Shower

Remember this spring baby shower I hosted for a dear friend a while back? Well that mom-to-be recently helped host (with her sister) a baby shower for their little sister and I have to share it with you. Kenzi (the new mom-to-be) is a country girl at heart and they wanted to make the shower feel put together but relaxed. I think they accomplished that perfectly. Take a look at this western baby shower.

western baby shower - decorations

A homemade burlap banner, old wagon wheel and hay bales offered a casual place for guests to sit and relax in the shade.

baby shower food ideas

Nothing fussy about the food and beverages! Sweet tea & lemonade (no western theme should be without!), snacks and later on guests dined on good ole’ BBQ!

table top - western baby shower

Centerpieces were made of sunflowers gathered from the local farmers’ market and placed in mason jars. Other jars hung on iron garden hooks throughout the space and were filled with other yellow wildflowers.

Placemats were simple – coordinating scrapbook paper (This is my go-to idea! Take a peek at the DIY paper placemat post from a couple of years back). With simple twine used to tie up the napkins and cutlery.

decor - western baby shower

Remember the wagon wheel? Guests filled out little wishing cards for mom and baby and pinned then to the wheel. Such a cute idea!

baby shower favor ideas - western

As guests left, they were sent on “Happy Trails” with a jar of homemade trail mix. The perfect touch to this thoughtful western baby shower!

Great job Kelly and Kaci and a BIG congrats to mom-to-be Kenzi!

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{Fresh} Garden Party

This garden party was submitted by Stacey of Elle Belle Creative (you might remember Stacey from the “In a Flash! first birthday theme” we featured last year) and was designed for her daughter and friends to celebrate the end of the school year. With the focus on fresh ingredients from their local farm, this party is not only darling but good for you too!

garden party

Vintage seed packet garland makes the perfect garden party decor.

garden party ideas

Table decor as told by Stacey:

The tables were covered in burlap, with a row of vintage doilies down the center (I bought the doilies from Our Attic on Etsy and realized when I received the package in the mail that they’re local!). I picked up the green and yellow square plates and the watering cans we used as water pitchers at Ikea. I found the glass jars with the metal latch lids for apple sauce at Goodwill, along with the silverware spoons I used at each place setting, and the parfait glasses I filled with whipped cream.
garden party decor

A close up of the darling table.

garden party centerpieces

And centerpieces Stacey made using flowers from her neighborhood.

beverage station

Beverages and snack station — perfect to compliment a morning garden party!

For more party pics and details, head on over the Elle Belle Creative and check out Stacey’s complete post. She even has a free printable so you can make your own vintage can centerpiece.

Invitations | rethink ink

Berry Baskets | Sugar Camp Cottage

Photographer | Dawn of Elemental Image

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