Candy or Cowgirl?

It’s almost that time, my little girls’ b i r t h d a y s! I have two girls, they are six years apart, and their birthdays are one day apart. Did I mention they are in the same week as Christmas? Yes, December is one giant party in our family, which means I MUST begin choosing a party theme and get-to-planning! So far, I am considering two birthday party themes that I find adorable, Candy and Cowgirl. How ever will I choose?

The napkins alone are a toss up- candy or cowgirl? Which do you like best? Please help me decide!

Candy napkin via Family Circle & Cowgirl napkin via Country Living

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Hip Finds for Entertaining

I recently stumbled upon this adorable online shop {completely by accident} and knew I had to dish about it…meet Monkey See Boutique. I immediately began crushing over several items, from trendy organization finds to a posh pettiskirt I know my littlest girl would love… with every click I found more stuff to love! A bit overwhelmed with what to share, I decide to choose a few of my favorite items for entertaining.

Harlequin napkin and tray gift set {perfect for a hostess gift}, Peace-Love-and-Cocktails {one of many stylish personalized serving platters}, and a Fleur De Lis Bottle Topper.

These serving platters are so fun! Look at the details on the handles of the martini tray and the birthday cupcake tray!

Yes, I do. I love bows. And now, I love this stripped bow drink tub and this pretty cake stand.

See, if I hadn’t been procrastinating browsing around the inter world I would never have found this adorable little shop. Aren’t you glad I did?

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Colorful Fun! Centerpiece for Kids Table

Whether you need a centerpiece for a kids table at a wedding, birthday party, or a formal dinner party, this idea will be perfectly fitting. Combining colorful flowers for decor and crayons and markers to keep their little hands busy, this centerpiece will serve double duty; provide decoration and offer little ones an activity.

Remember the childhood fun of turning white carnations and daisies onto blue and green blooms? A day or two before you need the centerpiece, cut a few white flowers and place them in a vase of water colored with food dye. This is also a fun “experiment” to get your kids involved in. Then, use any bud vases and small glass dishes you have on had to put your kid table centerpiece together. Group flower vases in the middle and small glass bowls or glasses around filled with crayons and markers. You can put blank paper at each place setting for their masterpieces or {my favorite} cover the table itself with butcher paper they can doodle directly on!

This would also be a great centerpeice idea for an Art Party. Check out this article for more ideas on throwing an Artsy Partsy.

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Not Flowers Again! Try Giving a “Practical” Moving Gift

It seems that the more people you know, the more often you are buying cards and presents. For each friend or family member we have, we add a wide selection of special gift-giving occasions such as Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, getting married, having a baby, going to college, or moving into a new home. Some holidays like baby showers are designed for the gift giver to offer practical gifts that can be used for that purpose. Other special occasions like weddings make it easy for us to buy practical gifts with registries that tell us exactly what our friends would like the most. Then there are those “unusual special occasions” that we never know what to buy. You know which ones I am talking about, the ones that you usually end up giving the “old flower” standby. My latest quandary is what to give someone who is moving. (other then flowers!)

  • Moving to college?
  • Moving because they are getting married?
  • Moving because they bought a new house?
  • Moving because they are having another child?
  • A realtor giving a gift to a person who bought from them?

So that led me on a search to find a very thoughtful yet practical present to give to someone who was moving. My idea stemmed from being practical. I though, hmmm what do they need? After all, we give baby clothes to people having a baby (because they need them), so why not give moving boxes to people who are moving, right? That was my “aha” moment. Moving boxes…practical……thoughtful….and simple.

Why not give moving boxes and moving supplies to someone who is moving? Not particularly impressive, but oh so needed and appreciated. I came across a fabulous web site that offers moving boxes and moving supplies in a “moving kit.” You click on the size of home you have and they recommend the right number of moving boxes and supplies with FREE SHIPPING. Yes, free- very cool if I say so myself. For example, for only $88, you can buy all the moving boxes and moving supplies a person needs to move a 2 bedroom home or apartment. All of the sizes are there, if you need a larger size or a smaller one. Then, have them shipped right to the recipient’s door.Thoughtful and simple. I know if I was moving, I would totally appreciate this gift.

Go to for more information.

Flowers are nice, but remember, sometimes practical gifts are the most appreciated. Have you ever given or received something “practical” as a gift?

Try this gift out and be sure and let me know how your friends and family like it! I’m sold on this idea. Some times it’s the little things, you know?

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Impressive Desserts: Sweet Street Desserts

Warning: the following images may make you hungry, trigger cravings for sweets, and viewing may possibly result in drooling.

With that said, I have been dying to share with you a fabulous company that has answered the dreams of modern hostesses everywhere….. meet Sweet Street Desserts! Creating delectable and impressive desserts, Sweet Street Desserts offers fabulous desserts that will save you time and energy in the kitchen. With a click of your mouse, you can have elegant and impressive desserts shipped right to you. Then, simply thaw, plate, and serve! What?! Too Easy?! I know!

Sweet Street Desserts offer a great variety of gourmet cakes, pies, and individual desserts called “stacks.” I highly recommend the Summerberry Stack. I thawed these berrylicious desserts out the night before on a nice white platter and then took them over to a friend’s barbecue the next day. Yeah, they were impressed. Oh and they were gooood too.

Love chocolate? Yes, they have many fabulous chocolate desserts as well.

Want to add a luxurious touch to your own baked creations? Check out these 11 Pipeable creations …they all sound so delicious!

Hostess Tip: Stretch your Sweet Street Desserts and serve an entire party, just serve in shot glasses for dessert “bites.”

Now that you are craving all this sweetness, how about a chance to win your own dessert? Can you say “chocolate and peanut butter?” It’s heaven. I hope you win!

Don’t just take my word for it, taste these impressive desserts for yourself! Sweet Street Desserts is kindly giving one reader a Peanut Butter Stack {that’s $49.00 of free yummy goodness}!

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Simply leave a comment telling us who you would share you Sweet Street Dessert with. Would you serve it at a party? Surprise the family? Hide it and eat it all yourself? Come on, tell us!

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One person will be chosen using from all eligible comments. Winner will be announced no later than September 17th, 12:00 am PST. Winner will be notified by email.

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Sundae Party Theme

Remember that ice cream party theme I shared a while back? Well, lets take dessert themed parties to the next level! Consider hosting a sundae party. Why? Well, there is something about ice cream that everybody loves. Perhaps it is because it’s cool or smooth- perhaps it the simple reminder of childhood that delights. Whatever the reason, ice cream rocks…and so does this sundae party theme. Created by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic, this sundae party takes place in a hip ice cream parlour…and she gives you DIY steps to recreate your own!

Love it already? Keep scrolling…

Cherries, of course.

The argyle cups may just be my favorite detail.

If you head on over to Eat Drink Chic, you can even print out these adorable labels for your own sundae party! Plus, see many more sundae-licious photos of this party and get all of Amy’s DIY party steps!

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