February 2012 archive

WIN! Southern Living Wedding Planner & Keepsake

Are you planning a wedding? Know someone who is? The new Southern Living Wedding Planner & Keepsake is AMAZING!

 

wedding planning timeline

 

I really couldn’t have found this at a better time — I’m currently helping my sister-in-law who is in full wedding planning mode! As her sister-in-law, wedding planner, and hello…. Maid of Honor, I want all the best resources at my fingertips! What I’m loving about this planner:

-It has a great wire spiral binding so I can open it up and it will lay flat. It also has great pockets to put in business cards, notes, and swatches.

-The step-by-step wedding planning timeline and guide feels so different than typical wedding planning books I’ve seen — it’s refreshing!

-The photography is top-notch. I’ve already been inspired by flipping through the gorgeous pages.

Here’s a little peek inside:

wedding planning timeline - book

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Good luck! Contest ends March 2, 2012 at 10pm PST.

P.S. Stay tuned for a lot more wedding posts over the next 4 months!

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A Simple St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

Looking for a fun and simple idea for a festive St. Patrick’s Day breakfast? This idea for fun St. Patrick’s Day food I shared last year (green milk + Lucky Charms), has taken off on Pinterest! I am so tickled that everyone likes my super simple idea that  I wanted to share another one with you. It will take you about  3 minutes to make and will put a big smile on your kiddos face.

You will need: A cup, a stir stick, and 6 pieces of Frootloop cereal

St. Patricks Day Breakfast

It’s as simple as it looks, really.

st pattys breakfast

Make your green milk (just add food coloring), assemble a stir stick with your Frootloops. DONE!

St Patricks Day printable

Add a little special touch and print this little guy out to place near the glass. Simply, right click + save to your computer. Then, open in a word doc and print.

I hope this makes you smile!

 **Looking for more Saint Patrick’s day food ideas? Check out these rainbow cupcakes and these rainbow pancakes, green pancakes … or this simple green milk + Lucky Charms idea!

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Be Inspired by Color!

Before I plan any party, I select the color palette. I use this palette to plan everything else, from invites to decor, food, space — you name it and it was influenced by color. So when I learned about My Colortopia I knew I had to share it with you (check out my post here). This community created by Glidden Paint is full of inspiration, tools, and advice from the Colortopia Team to help you select that perfect color for your party or home (how cool is that?).

Even though I typically have no problem choosing the color palette of a party, I am miserable and choosing paint colors for our home. Get this, we’ve lived in our home for 3 years and I’m STILL deciding on paint colors — it’s sadly true. Our walls are 100% all boring white. So when I learned about My Colortopia’s new My Image Inspiration tool, I was excited to test it out. This tool lets you upload a picture of something you like and think would work for your space (think art, furniture, pillow) and then it gives you a selection of color palettes  that would work in your space. I decided to test it out with a throw pillow that we have in our living room:

 

How cool is this tool? I am loving the “Pacific Khaki” color it recommends. Maybe I’ll finally take a leap and buy some paint! What a fun way to get over that “decision”  hurdle and be inspired. Check it out and play with the tool here.

–I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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A Birthday Breakfast Party

When it came time to choose a theme for my little London’s 5th birthday — I knew I wanted to do a birthday breakfast and decided it would be fun to make it also a pajama party. Since she’s a little young for a traditional sleepover, it was a nice twist and made for a really unique birthday!

birthday breakfast

 My inspiration for the color palette was non-peril sprinkles — they just scream BIRTHDAY!

pajama party

The party was on her actual birthday (2 days before Christmas!) and it was fun to wake her up with new “birthday pajamas” and a darling pancake necklace (I found it on Etsy here).

birthday breakfast party

The breakfast table was set for 12 little ones and I made it bright & cheery — just like a birthday morning should be!

activities | birthday breakfast

I designed simple paper placemats  for each child to color (FREE printable link at bottom of the post!). This kept their little hands busy while the parents greeted one another and grabbed a cup of coffee.

Coffee, creamer, chocolate spoons, birthday bark and fruit made up a little “rise & shine” station for the moms & dads.

 

cereal - breakfast party

The real sugary fun took place over at the cereal buffet and birthday pancakes station! Loved the colorful birthday banner from A To Z Celebrations (and it matched the table runner she made perfectly)!

cereal buffet

All the sugary cereal a kid could dream of — a true birthday treat for our little one! Served in these darling kraft paper bowls. I stamped the wooden spoons with “Happy Birthday” which was an easy way to add something special. The vintage milk carafes were a great thrift-store find.

Mini yogurt parfaits, funfetti pancakes and flavored syrups were all out for grabs. The Mr. whipped up pancakes and bacon to order outside since it was such a gorgeous December morning.

These vintage syrup dispensers were also an Etsy find — and I LOVE having them in my collection now :).

breakfast party

My other favorite element was the breakfast “dessert” table. Donuts and cinnamon rolls that delighted every kid (and several parents)!

It was just so much fun to put together! The donut pops stood up perfectly in these bright containers from Blumbox (they have new inserts which made it super easy).

And these little edible toppers from Edible Details … can you say, PERFECT? I could not get enough of these darling stacks of pancakes — they were so adorable! And the muffin toppers matched our invite perfectly, just so cute!

Activities and Games: We let the kids make cereal necklaces and also played a pancake relay game.

pancake cake

The birthday pancake-cake looked like a stack of giant pancakes, but was really a cake! It was a little tough to convince the birthday girl that we weren’t serving more pancakes (that yes, this was an actual CAKE), but once she tasted it — it was a hit! This is the recipe I used.

For favors, we sent the sugar-overloaded guests home with something that would pick them up after their (inevitable) afternoon crash … Fruity Pebbles rice crispy treats. Oh yes, try them — they are so good!

pajama party

And the birthday girl, awe so sweet :). A big thanks to all those who helped with her party, attended her special day (bright & early!) and to those reading now — thank you!

** I got so many requests for the placemats I designed that I am sharing FREE downloads and have included ages 1-6. Feel free to print and use at your own Birthday Breakfast party! Download the signs & placemats here.

 

For a look back at London’s 4th birthday, check out her cowgirl party.

Invites, Paper Elements, Styling | Thoughtfully Simple

Cinnamon Roll & Muffin Toppers | Edible Details

Table Runner & Birthday Banner | A To Z Celebrations

Party Rentals | Allie’s Rentals

Holders for Donut Pops | Blumebox

Cups, bowls, coffee dispenser, spoons, parfait cups | Garnish

 

 

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Superbowl Party | Ideas & Inspiration

The big game is this Sunday! Are you hosting an party or having people over to watch the game? Whether you are expecting a big turnout or just a few family members, make it an  event with a little Superbowl fun!

Each year I host an completely informal gathering so all the adults can get together and enjoy the game and just hang out. (Hostess Tip: Rent a bounce-house to keep all the rowdy kids entertained in the BACK YARD!)

These four recipes are typically on my menu each year:

Superbowl Party

Get the recipes to these Superbowl food ideas. This year I hear my mother-in-law might be bringing some clam chowder — YUM.

Halftime Snacks

I like the idea of having a halftime snack table. The kids can grab what they’d like, adults have snacks handy and the hostess can be off-duty!

Decor is typically very simple. A couple team balloons and maybe a paper pennant banner hung somewhere. I also gather chalkboards and draw out football plays on them (I place them on the mantle near the TV). I also get team colored cups and make each person claim the color they will be cheering for.

I LOVE this chili bar idea from Chris at Celebrations at Home (I just might have to try this out myself!):

Isn’t this perfect for Superbowl? Check out her full post + recipes here.

I’ve also been collecting great sources for printables and decor that would be perfect for a Superbowl party over on Pinterest. Check out my Football board for more recipes, football dessert ideas, and even fun games (like rate the commerial and Superbowl bingo!).

So, what will YOU be doing this Sunday? Have a favorite Superbowl snack? I’d LOVE to know — I’m always eager to try something new!

Homepage featured image from HWTM which is included in the Pinterest source roundup.

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