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“Our Little Bunny is ONE” – Reagan’s First Birthday Party

Last weekend I threw little miss an awesome First Birthday Party.  We had so much FUN and the biggest thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday afternoon to hop on over and celebrate our sweetest little bunny, Reagan Marie.  It was just so much fun.  Normally planning everything is what really gets my creative juices flowing, but the actual day and seeing Reagan so happy made my heart sing.

After Christmas I started searching and searching for cute party themes. I didn’t want anything corny like pink sparkles, and ultimately thats just not Reagan.  She has such an independent and unique goofy personality that I just knew a cookie cutter first birthday wasn’t going to work for us.  Besides, there is no way in hell that I could go for pre-made party decorations. I love a good DIY project and throwing parties and decorating spaces is totally my jam.

Given that her birthday is in March, I knew we had to do something indoors.  We still have like 2 feet of snow around our neck of the woods. Which is so funny, because when I gave birth to her last year it totally felt like Spring with sunshine and green grass.  Such a difference this year. I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on her party and knew I needed to get creative. I found the bunny theme on Pinterest and voila, party perfection!

I gutted out my office/craft room and couldn’t believe the treasures and endless supply of stuff I had snuck away over the past few years.  I raided all my Easter decorations and went to work putting together a party.  I knew the garden/bunny theme would be great for her and I can leave up most of the decor for Easter next month.

Most of the tangible decorations I pulled out of my Easter decor and then I made a ton of stuff using random craft supplies that I found.  I snuck in a HUGE goodwill run full of random crap as well which felt really good.  I’ll try to provide links to things that I did purchase, links to old products if they are still available or something similar, and links to DIY tutorials that I used or made up.  Most of the ideas can be found on Pinterest and I’ll provide the links to the cake stuff I used to build her birthday cake.

I know throwing your child a BIG first birthday is totally cliche these days, BUT it is so much FUN!  I totally get why parents do it.  As a guest, i’m sure its a little boring but we so appreciate everyone who supported us and helped us celebrate our baby girl. We literally couldn’t love her more than we do and i’m sure that was more than evident at her party!!!!

I completely fell in love with the vibrant greens, pinks, and purples, the bright sunlight coming in through the windows and of course all the bunny and garden vintage looking decor! So much fun and so perfect!

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1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

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1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Green Moss Table Runner // White Cake Stand // Jade Cake Stand // Tin Tiered Tray // Gold Polka Dot Paper Plates // Gold Silverware // “Reagan is One” Custom Cake Topper

I opted to go for a light lunch, tons of fresh fruit and veggies, and a dessert bar displaying all her cakes and treats.  The dessert table was so pretty and I was ECSTATIC with how the cakes turned out. It was just a really simple layout on this Green Moss Table Runner and a long end table we already owned. I made her a mini 6″ basic vanilla cake for photos and her little cake smash.  But I ordered a cake from our FAVORITE dessert place.  They did our wedding cake, my bridal shower cake, and multiple other events and birthdays.  It was my favorite white cream cheese cake with rum raspberry filling!!!! SOOOOO GOOD! I also made THESE “bunny tail” sugar cookie truffles, THESE “lettuce” oreo truffles, THESE “carrot” strawberries, and pudding cups with crushed oreo and a carrot strawberry on top!

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

I moved our dining table to the side of the room and used our mirror as a backdrop with some hanging garlands that I made out of old scrap paper. Most of the table decor was a bunch of random mishmash from our house including some old glass vases, mason jars for flowers, craft crates, faux boxwood green balls, and ceramic bunnies from my Easter collection.

Lunch was chicken salad on croissants made to look like carrots with bits of parsley coming out the end, a gluten free and paleo option on beds of lettuce, the yummiest cheese ball recipe HERE, cheddar bunnies, a full garden of fresh veggies, and strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry patches. It was pretty easy other than lots and lots of washing, chopping, and assembling everything right before people showed up. But it seriously turned out way prettier than I had pictured in my head.

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Beverages were strawberry lemonade, fresh cucumber water, and fresh lemon water.  I was going to do champagne but decided not to at the last minute.  My sister and I are both pregnant and we had lots of people who don’t drink at all.  Not to mention lots and lots of little ones and it didn’t seem right to have alcohol for some reason. Totally not like me one bit…must be the pregnancy hormones.

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Bar Cart // Beverage Dispenser // Glass Pitchers

I made the cutest favor bags for our guests and then completely forgot to hand them out to people.  Totally my fault for putting them on the bottom of the bar cart.  Out of sight and out of the way.  I found the cutest vintage bunny graphics on The Graphic Fairy.com and printed them out on basic paper bags with the added wording, “Thank You for Hopping By.” I added a doily, some pink satin ribbon, a white bunny tail, and filled them with THIS recipe for “Bunny Bait” that I found on Pinterest. They were just adorable and the treat inside is so addicting!

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1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress // Blush Lace-Up Sandals // White Maxi Dress

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress  //  Blush Lace-up Flats  // Bunny Ears Homemade *Tutorial coming soon

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress // White Maxi Dress

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress

The whole party was just spectacular.  We watched a bunch of little ones play together, ate lunch, sang “Happy Birthday,” and watched Reagan go to town on a piece of cake.  The guys played pool in the basement and watched the NFL combine on tv.  It was so low-key and so perfect.  I intentionally went into the whole day with zero expectations on how the decor, food, people, or Reagan’s behavior would turn out. AND…everything turned out so perfect and couldn’t have been more awesome.  These kids parties can get out of control pretty quickly and become all about the parents and the production.  While I might have gone a little overboard on the decor, I never lost sight of the true purpose of the day…celebrating our sweet Reagan Marie.  She is such a little miracle.  It was a fantastic day and again thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories BABY

Happy First Birthday Reagan Marie!!!!!

It doesn’t seem possible, but our beautiful baby girl turned ONE last week.  We officially have a one year old.  I can hardly remember what life was like before she was here with us, entertaining us on a daily basis.  She has grown from the littlest 6lb. newborn into a full fledged baby girl complete with chubby baby arms, wrist cankles, and michelin man baby legs.  If I could bottle up the chubby baby cuteness I totally would.

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She is such a sassy little goofball and loves to giggle and laugh all day long.  She is such a presence and people seem drawn to her even walking through the grocery store. It cracks me up when she gives her silly toothy grin to random strangers at the grocery store, but it makes my heart happy that she is such a joyful little soul.

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Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

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Reagan bday photos

On March 2nd we celebrated her first birthday and I kicked off the day by running to the store at the ass crack of dawn to buy her some birthday donuts.  I was going to make her funfetti waffles but ultimately my 7 month pregnant belly wasn’t down for early morning baking and I opted to hit the grocery store instead.  I think she was digging the choice and we sugared her up before the day had even started.  I cranked the tunes and decked out in her new strawberry jammies, we fed her her first ever maple bar donut, a personal favorite of mine and I think now hers as well.

“What the heck is that thing?”

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“Seriously, what trickery is this? I’m never allowed to have sweets.”

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“Well, it is my birthday, i’m game to give it a go.”

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“Hey guys, this is really good!!!!!”

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Silence and heavy breathing as she demolishes an entire freakin’ donut before my eyes.

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“Mom, this is the BEST birthday ever.”

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The entire production had me bursting at the seams. Our day together was really low-key and pretty normal.  We played extra hard, took lots of photos, I told her a million times how much I love her and that this is the special day of her birth.  The night before we told her her birth story and reminisced about the crazy night I went into labor.  I really thought I would be super emotional and have a mommy meltdown, but I held it together and just enjoyed every moment of her day.

My mom flew in from Chile that afternoon and she got lots of Grandma love, followed by the arrival of my husband’s parents and even more grandparent love!!!! It was awesome.  We went out to dinner and she enjoyed some salty french fries followed by an early bedtime because Mom had lots of party prep to do still.

I don’t think I left the kitchen the next two days prepping all the food and treats for her party, but it was totally worth it!!! She is such a special and unique little personality and she deserves all the love and birthday goodness in the whole wide world!!!

Reagan Marie, we love you more than there are words to describe or feelings to feel.  Bringing you into this world has been the biggest joy and blessing of our lives and you make every single day so special with your light spirit and happy energy.  We are so incredibly grateful that God blessed us to be your parents and although life is full of ups and downs, we pray that you never lose your happiness.  Hold onto who you are in this world and never compromise your true nature.  I simply can not wait to see the beautiful life you will live. And, if your FIRST YEAR was any indication, life with you will always be an incredible journey.  Thank You for making us parents!!!! Happy Birthday our little darling, we love you so very much!!!!

xo xo, Mommy & Daddy!!!!

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Categories HOLIDAYS

Happy July First

Happy July 1st to you ALL and Happy Friday Friends!!

I am so exited to be kicking off the long weekend with everything fun & festive for the Fourth of July. I love a good LONG weekend! Holidays that spill over onto a Monday mean a little extra sleep (maybe), a little extra help from the hubs, and lots of FUN and SUNSHINE celebrating the Red, White, and Blue. We are headed to the lake for the Fourth this year and are so excited to celebrate Miss Reagan’s first Fourth of July! We’ve got some amazing food, activities, and festive outfits planned, and just can’t wait to wrap up the week and get started on the FUN stuff.

I’ve finally rounded up my meal plan for the Fourth and this is what we are thinking. Every year we kick off our Fourth with these festive Red, White, & Blue Waffles for breakfast.  We’ve got lunch covered with my husbands delicious BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwiches and I am excited to try a NEW recipe for Lentil Salad with Cumin Lime Dressing. I actually really enjoy cooking as long as I have a decent recipe to follow and Reagan is preoccupied for a bit! Dinner is going to be classic BBQ Chicken (a staple/can’t MESS it up), but I was seriously drawn to this recipe for BBQ Chicken Bacon Pineapple Kabobs. They look AH-MAZING!!! It wouldn’t be the Fourth without Corn on the Cob and of course our 4th of July tradition…a Gourmet S’Mores Bar complete with all the candy classics. I just might end up looking pregnant again but will have had one HELL of GOOD TIME!

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Slate Chalkboard HERE & HERE   //   4th of July Trays (similar HERE)

We’ve got our food covered, all our festive outfits are planned (read about them HERE), and we are taking the whole weekend off to Play and Celebrate as a family.  Our baby girl is turning 4 months old TOMORROW!!!! Oh my goodness, where has the time gone? Watch for her four month pictures + updates coming next week…so excited to share all the details.  Some of our good friends are getting married on Sunday so we will be living it up and flying solo without Reagan. A little sad, a little excited, and a little confused by all the mommy emotions i’m feeling about leaving her.  Totally NORMAL stuff! And then of course Monday is one of the BEST DAYS OF THE WHOLE YEAR!!!! I think its safe to say this weekend is going to ROCK!!! 

Tonight, we’ve got friends coming over for pizza and to play Cards Against Humanity. I’ve never played before. We might be the last people on the planet to finally jump on that bandwagon, but am so EXCITED because I hear it is beyond hilarious and ridiculous! I bought the game the other day and thanks to Amazon Prime it arrived yesterday just in time for a whole mess of 4th of July shenanigans.

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Cards Against Humanity   //   First Expansion Pack

And on that note…i’m OUT! Cheers to the freakin’ weekend Friends and Happy Fourth of July to you all! Play SAFE this weekend!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories FAVORITESHOLIDAYSMAMA + MINI

Mama + Mini // 4th of July Style

With only one week to go until one of our FAVORITE HOLIDAYS, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite Mama + Mini Styles for the 4th of July!!! Have I mentioned lately that having a Little Girl is the best and most festive thing EVER!!! And I LOVE it beyond belief!!!

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Tank + Baby Bloomers   //   Gold Leaf Headband   //   Chambray Polka Dot Dress   //   Gold Glitter Jelly Sandals   //   Red White & Cute Shirt with Jean Shorts  //   Chuck Taylor All Stars for Mama   //   Chuck Taylor All Stars for Baby

I simply can’t wait to see Miss Reagan in her stylish & festive outfit for the fourth!!!!

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 It is no surprise that I am a lover of Holidays and anything festive.  When I think back to the Fourth last year, I was newly pregnant and in the beginning stages of good ol’ morning sickness…how FUN right??? I was a pouty party because I couldn’t drink, but was still head over heels happy because we were PREGNANT!!! We found out we were expecting over the holiday weekend last year and it was just so much fun.  The Fourth of July is one our favorite holidays and it is very serindipidous that we found out about our sweet baby while celebrating the Red, White, & Blue.

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Here is our very first photo as a family of three + 2 golden retrievers. Baby Reagan was still a tiny tadpole swimming in my belly, but we gave her a little flag nonetheless!!!!

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Bikini Top (last year – similar HERE)

***Mourning my pre-baby body and abs a bit after seeing this photo. Mama needs to continue working her hinny off!

I’m just so excited to see what kind of festive shenanigans we can get into this year.  Miss Reagan is going to be representing the Red, White, & Blue and we will be taking her to the lake for the very first time. I am just so excited.  I know she is still too young to understand what is going on but its so fun to see her little eyes light up when she sees and experiences new things for the first time. SPARKLERS & S’MORES anyone?!?!?!

Hope everyone has an amazing week and it’s definitely time to do some festive 4th of July party planning!

xo xo Friends,

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Categories Uncategorized

Our SuperBowl XLIX Party

Well…the SuperBowl was definitely a BIG disappointment for our Seattle Seahawks. But, a true fan is always a fan even when their team loses.  It simply comes with the territory and nature of competitive sports. We had high hopes for a 2nd SuperBowl win, but it just wasn’t in the cards for our 12’s!

Our original plan was to watch the game and enjoy some game day food with our girly puppies.  Things changed rather quickly and we enjoyed the game with a house full of FAMILY! It was awesome.  We have never done much “entertaining” at our house so it was wonderful to have everyone around for the FESTIVITIES!!!

I decorated our basement and turned it into a “HAWKS NEST” of sorts.  Festive decorations always help to set the mood and we wanted to send good energy to our Hawks on game day.  I decorated our mantel last year, but this year we went all out with balloons, streamers, and football pom poms in addition to last years decorations! I’ve got quite the collection going on.

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I took last years mantel decor and gave it a little update.  To check out last years mantel and how I made the “GO SEAHAWKS” letters click HERE!  My Circle Garland Tutorial can be found HERE. This year I added the festive tassel garland and football yardage banner! They turned out so good and I can reuse all the pieces again next year!

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We wrapped up our “Hawks Nest” decor with a cute football field snack table! Add some yummy lime chips, homemade guacomole, veggies and one of my FESTIVE chalkboards and we were ready to start some pre-game party action.

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I was sooooooo pleased with how my Seahawks Chalkboard turned out. I have made it available in my Etsy Shop, LoveTheSparkle, if you are interested in downloading it.  I also have some other Football Inspired prints available to help carry you through the off-season.  

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We continued our SuperBowl Shenanigans upstairs with LOTS & LOTS of appetizers, drinks, and my spicy homemade Chili! To download the recipe click SuperBowl 2015 Game Day Recipes and ENJOY!!!!

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I finally had an opportunity to put my Pretty Bar Cart to good use.  This sweet thing was a birthday gift from my mom and I have been absolutely dying to do some entertaining so I can show it off.  I brought back the football mason jar from last year and enjoyed “several” tasty rum & cokes during the game.  It was the SuperBowl after all.  I also put out some champagne glasses for celebratory purposes…but we didn’t win.  We totally broke out the champagne anyway…

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I had every intention of posting this several days ago, prior to our Big SuperBowl celebration. Here are some Seahawks Favorites that will knock your socks off at your SuperBowl 49 next game day party…

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We had such a wonderful time celebrating with both sets of parents and finally enjoying a “day off” together.  They very rarely come around these days so it was so wonderful to see my sweet hubby and rock some Seahawks gear at the same time.  The off-season will “feel” long, but football will be back before we know it.  I’m already anticipating Draft Day 2015 and hoping Marshawn Lynch accepts the new 4-year contract we offered him.  Sigh…

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CHEERS to a very happy and loving February Friends!!! And hopefully it will either snow some more OR spring will pop up early…i’m so over this dark, cold, and brown winter!!!

Hope everyone is ready for “HEART” shaped everything!

xo xo Friends, 

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Categories Uncategorized

SUPERBOWL Bound…AGAIN!!!!

SUPERBOWL BOUND…GO HAWKS!!!!

I literally have no words to describe how CRAZY the Seahawks game was on Sunday.  We are beyond thrilled and still in COMPLETE SHOCK that our Hawks are heading back to the Superbowl.  It has been one freakin’ crazy season but with a 9 game winning streak…they definitely deserve to go back to the BIG GAME!!! I am so flipping excited. The news about the game has been endless on social media etc. so I won’t bore you with highlights and recaps.  Just know…that I was completely speechless and crazy excited!!!!!!

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After last years BIG WIN we were hoping that we would make another Superbowl appearance and my brain is on decoration and party planning overload!!!! I don’t know if I can top last years design, but i’m definitely going to give it a go.  To check out last years posts on our BIG Superbowl WIN click HERE and HERE.

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I can’t wait to jump in and get started!!!! Lots more to come on this topic and i’m sure our TV will be stuck on ESPN until the game starts on FEB 2nd.

Let the countdown to Superbowl 49 begin…

“GO HAWKS!!!”

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Summer Recap – Part 4 “A very Happy Wedding Day”

Well Friends, this is my final Summer 2014 Recap and that means we are officially saying goodbye to September and all things Summer!!! We celebrated the beginning of Fall last week and today is the First Day of a very festive October!!! Happy Halloween month my festive and cheery friends.  I hope your homes are simply exploding with Fall decor like mine is… 🙂

 Our Summer would not have been complete without an absolutely stunning wedding, celebrating the love between my sister in law and her new hubby!!! We spent most of the summer planning and prepping for this wedding and it went off without a single hitch.

The newly minted “Mrs” was my maid of honor at our wedding 3 years ago, and I was so deeply honored to be one of her maids of honor for her gorgeous wedding. We had such a blast. The venue was simply gorgeous and what started out as a cloudy and rainy day turned around for the ceremony.  The sun was shining down on the beautiful couple as they exchanged vows.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

We started the BIG WEDDING WEEKEND by decorating the venue on Friday night!! It was really so stunning that not much decorating was needed. Jessie’s wedding color was the most gorgeous Bright Red with accents of Sunflowers sprinkled in…so pretty my friends!!!!!! And Yep, thats me…on a tall ladder…hanging sunflowers balls!!!

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Next up came the Rehearsal Dinner at the Grooms parents house!!! We rocked the Luau theme with floral dresses and Hawaiian shirts for the boys.

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And then the day was officially here…August 30th…a very Happy Wedding Day!

Time to get ready for a Wedding!! Check out the most GORGEOUS wedding dress in the background!!!!

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Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses and a few absolutely Gorgeous Bridesmaids too…

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And of course the Beautiful Bride!!!

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Time to hop into the dress…

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At 4pm the rain started and by 5pm when we all walked down the aisle the SUN was shining down on us and on the Happy Newlyweds!!!

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My amazing husband, and the bride’s brother, was asked to officiate the ceremony and marry his beautiful sister! It was truly an amazing thing to witness…although he was relieved when it was all done! Time for the PARTY and the DANCING!!!

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We all had so much fun and the wedding was simply perfect!!!! I had an awesome opportunity to make some fun chalkboards for the wedding and was so HAPPY with how they turned out!!! Here are just a few…

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And there were lots & lots of yummy CUPCAKES!!!!

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A big CONGRATULATIONS  to the new Mr. & Mrs. I know your marriage will be absolutely epic my friends!!! So excited to add a new member to our family!!! The next additions will arrive in a tiny bundle of love…can’t wait to see what comes next!!!

Our summer was fabulous and full of sooooo many good memories!!! I’m ready for all things FALL and Halloween related and dare I say…the holidays…fa la la la!!! But lets get threw Halloween and Thanksgiving first!!!

Happy October 1st Friends!!!

xo xo,

Categories Uncategorized

Summer Recap – Part 3 “The Bridal Shower”

 In July, my fellow Co-MOH’s (short for Co-Maids of Honor) and myself threw a beautiful Bridal Shower for my sister in law Jessie. The festivities lasted all weekend long and started with an amazing 4th of July Celebration, followed by a joint Bachelor and Bachelorette Party, and we wrapped up the weekend with this fun and rustic Bridal Shower in honor of the Happy Couple.

To read about our 4th of July Celebration click HERE!

To read about the fantastic Bridal Party Olympics & Bachelorette Party click HERE!

And check out this adorable photo of the Happy Couple…they are just sooooo good together!!!

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Burlap Banner Tutorial can be found HERE!

We decided to go with a Champagne Brunch theme for the Bridal Shower, with fun red and yellow accents and pops of sunflowers. No brunch would be complete without a fully loaded Mimosa Bar and a signature drink in honor of the bride-to-be, appropriately named “The Blushing Bride.” And you know I needed a fun chalkboard and big gold B A R letters to add a little flare.

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We started by stocking our Bar with classic Mimosa supplies; lots of yummy champagne and orange juice.  Then we threw in a few fun twists with different juices and fruit garnishes. Also for a non-alcoholic beverage option we stocked up on IZZE Drinks that matched our colors.

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Our pretty table was accented with a simple lace tablecloth, a custom made yellow chevron and lace table runner, and matching yellow chevron paper straws. I will post a tutorial on how I made the pretty table runners shortly.  I tied red, yellow, and sparkly bows on all the champagne flutes to add a colorful and feminine feel to our Bridal Shower.

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Next up we wanted a fully loaded Waffle Bar for our guests and we completed our table with a whole spread of yummy breakfast goodies!!! Waffles piled high and a yummy Mimosa in my hand…sign me up!!!!!

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The waffle irons were hot and we were popping out fluffy waffles left and right!

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DIY Cupcake Tower Tutorial can be found HERE!

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We had so much fun together and everything turned out even better than we could have imagined!

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The Bride and Groom opened their gifts and we polished off some more champagne, ok lots of champagne, but we had so much FUN!!!!!!

The Beautiful Co-MOH’s!!!!

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I love my beautiful Sister In Law!!!!

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The whole weekend was an absolute blast.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated and helped us celebrate Jessie and Joshua!!!

Cheers to the Beautiful & Happy Couple!!!!

xoxo,

Categories SEASONS

Summer Recap – Part 2 “The Bridal Party Olympics”

I’m soooooo excited to share all the details about the awesome Bachelorette Weekend we threw for my gorgeous sister-in-law Jessie!!! Over the 4th of July weekend we had a big celebration with a bunch of friends and family celebrating the soon-to-be newlyweds,  Jessie and Joshua! Bridesmaids and Groomsmen converged on the lake house for a whole weekend full of festivities topped off with a beautiful and rustic Bridal Shower!!!

We kicked off the long weekend with a fun & festive 4th of July celebration.  To read all the details from my Summer Recap – Part 1 “Our 4th of July” click HERE!

Next up my fellow Co-Mohs, short for Co-Maids of Honor, planned a kick-ass joint Bachelorette & Bachelor Party, minus the stripers and penius themed everything. Totally tacky and not our style at all. We opted for something slightly more tasteful and went for a fun Bridal Party Olympics themed weekend, a twist on the common Beer Olympics. The weekend was full of “TEAM BRIDE” vs “TEAM GROOM” events, competitions, party decor and coordinated outfits.

Bridal Party Olympic Bibs

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*TEAM BRIDE Olympic Marathon Bibs HERE

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TEAM GROOM Olympic Marathon Bibs HERE

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To get started we needed a fun & festive “Scoreboard” to keep track of the winners and the losers!  In true “Olympic” style the winning team was given a trophy!!! In honor of the Bride and Groom, we joined their 2 last names and called our Olympics “The Ranwood Games.” Cue the traditional olympic music…

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We put together these awesome “Bachelorette Party Weekend” Survival Bags for all the girls! I’ll be sure to do a small tutorial on how I made these fab little packs.  They were awesome!!!

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We kicked off the “Ranwood Games” with a traditional Beer Pong Tournament followed by a fun 3-Legged Race.  We creatively used blue and pink blow up kiddie rings for our race. Oh yea, we are just awesome like that!! Sorry about the blurry video quality…

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Excited to report that TEAM BRIDE won the 3-legged race!

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 Next up we had a series of Minute-to-Win-It Games thanks to my awesome co-MOH, Kristen!!! You rock!!! Again, sorry about the blurry video quality…

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And last, for the ultimate WIN of the Ranwood Games, we had a totally fun Relay Race complete with color coordinated batons. It was a blast and TEAM GROOM beat us by only seconds on the human pyramid!!! I absolutely LOVE all the goofy girly golden retrievers running around after us!!!

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Ultimately the whole day was an absolute SUCCESS and most importantly, everyone had so much fun!!! The whole weekend was such a blast and we all made fabulous memories! It was also a fantastic way to get the whole Bridal Party together as a meet & greet before the wedding!!!

So much FUN and more to come about Jessie’s beautiful Bridal Shower & Wedding!!!

xo xo Friends, 

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DIY SuperHero “Party Invitations”

This DIY SuperHero Tutorial is a quick and easy one!

Using WORD on my Mac I managed to piece together these awesome and totally adorable party invitations.  After a few weeks of searching, along with all the other party decorations, I was struggling to find cute and semi-adult party invitations for my hubby’s 27th SuperHero Birthday Party. I knew I wanted the party to have more of an adult feel then a little kids superhero party, and that meant incorporating more traditional superhero elements.  One of my hubby’s favorite characters is SuperMan! So in traditional SuperMan fashion, I used the Clark Kent angle of the Daily Planet NewsPaper as the theme for my party invitations.

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 I printed the invitation on a gray marble card stock, folded them to look like a newspaper, and finished with a simple string to mimic the look of a stack of newspapers!

Voila! Cute and non-cheesy SuperHero Party Invitations!

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DIY SuperHero “Photo Booth Props”

Hey everyone, i’m back this week with my absolute favorite DIY SuperHero Tutorial!!! I’ve been saving it because I wanted to get all the details just perfect before I published the post.  Back in April, yikes i’m getting behind, I threw my sweetheart a SuperHero themed Birthday Party with all our friends and loved ones.  We had so much fun.  After weeks of hunting and major “sticker shock” I decided to make all the decorations and props for the party.  I literally went to every single “party store” in our area and struggled to find anything SuperHero related!!! I wanted the party to feel fun and have a definite theme, but I didn’t want it to be a little kids party!!! All the “classic” SuperHero icons were included along with bright pops of color and fun reusable decorations!!! I little Pinterest hunting was a failure so I knew the whole party was going to require some major creativity on my part!!!

To check out past Tutorials and all the details about the Party click below:

Full Birthday Party Recap & Photos – CLICK HERE

DIY SuperHero Birthday Bunting Banner – CLICK HERE

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DIY SuperHero City Back Drop – CLICK HERE

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DIY Circle Garlands – CLICK HERE

This FUN Tutorial is for all the awesome Photo Booth Props I made.  Our family had an absolute blast playing around with these little guys and i’m so glad I took the plunge and made all of them! Not gonna lie, this project is really time consuming but I was so happy with how everything turned out. Definitely worth every minute!

I made the following Props:

Captain America Mask & Shield

Iron Man Mask & Arc Reactor 

Robin Mask & lOGO

WonderWoman Tiara & Logo

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 SuperMan Hair & Logo

Clark Kent Hair & Glasses

Hulk Mask

Batman Mask & Logo

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DIY SuperHero Photo Booth Prop Tutorial & Guide

To make all the props I used the following supplies:

Colored Scrapbook Paper or Thick Construction Paper *I used a mixture of scraps that I had on hand and some pieces that I picked up at my local craft store

Ruler

Pencil or Pen

Sharp Scissors

Craft Glue Tape

Bamboo Wood Skewers 

Hot Glue Gun

Photos of each SuperHero you want to make

STEP 1 – To get started I used basic white THCIK construction paper and hand drew an outline of each mask or logo I wanted to make.  I used the photo of each character as a general guide.  I cut out each outline shape to check the general size and make sure that the mask was proportionate to the average head size.  The first round I did of the masks were all way too big and looked super funky as a mask.  Lol. By scaling each mask I was able to verify that the end result would look fantastic.

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*Below are the White Templates I made for the Batman mask, Robin mask, and the IronMan mask. 

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STEP 2 – The next step is to place the white template on the colored paper that will ultimately end up being the mask itself.  Trace the outline onto the colored paper and cut out the basic outline for each mask.

STEP 3 – If your chosen mask has multiple layers, aka different colors on the mask, draw and cut out the templates for each additional piece on the mask.  The IronMan mask I made is a good example of this.  Below you can see the Red base and outline and then all the different Yellow pieces that give the mask some real dimension.  Utilize your photo of your SuperHero and do the best job you can to create the look your after.

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STEP 4 – The final step is to assemble all your pieces and masks/logos!  I used basic craft tape to piece together my masks and props.  Next I used a hot glue gun to attach the craft stick to one side of the mask OR to the center of the logo/symbol for each SuperHero.  I wanted to make sure that the stick didn’t show too much in pictures and by having it to the side of the mask and below the logo I was able to avoid that.

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Other than taking several hours to make, this whole project was fairly simple.  Patience and a little creativity will go a long way!!! If you have any specific questions about the masks or one SuperHero in particular please feel free to comment below or message me!!!

Next up I made these really CUTE comic book callout props in addition to the SuperHero props!!

For this project I used the same materials as above.

DIY Comic Book Callout Photo Props Tutorial & Guide

Supplies needed include the following:

White Scrapbook or Construction Paper (the thicker the better)

Sharp Scissors

Black Sharpie Marker

Bamboo Wood Screwers 

Hot Glue Gun

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STEP 1 – Determine how many “callouts” you want to make.  I cut out a variety of different “comic book” shapes because I wanted several different sayings.  Also, I made a few black callouts and left a couple of black sharpie markers out so guests could write out their own FUN birthday wish to my sweet hubby.  My shapes included the simple oval, a fun starburst, and the different sized rectangles pictured below.

STEP 2 – Write out your message!!! I mimicked a comic book font that I found online and wrote out several “Happy Birthday” messages to my husband!!! I used a black sharpie to write out the message on the callout!

STEP 3 – Using the black sharpie, draw a thin even line on the outside of the callout to add a nice border.  This helps the callout POP and really makes it distinct in photos.

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Thats all there is to this fun project!!! You could easily modify this project and adapt it to any character or party theme you want!!! Our family had so much fun playing with these props and we got some absolutely PRICELESS and MEMORABLE pictures.  The whole day was awesome and we will never forget it!

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DIY Circle Garlands

Hello ALL!!!!

I’m back with another SuperHero DIY Tutorial from the hubby’s Big Birthday Bash! Lots more fun details to come shortly!

This photo is a little on the dark side but I absolutely LOVE how all the bright and colorful garlands draped and swooped all over the SuperHero decorations.  These garlands are one of my ALL TIME favorite projects to make because they are super cheap and easy to make, take no time at all and are very versatile to coordinate with any event that you are throwing!

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I’ve made these before for some holiday decorations and also for the big SuperBowl display we put together in February!

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 DIY Circle Garland Tutorial & Guide

To make this fun CIRCLE GARLAND you will need the following supplies:

Colored Scrapbook Paper (or any thick constuction paper)   *I love to use actual scrapbook paper for my garlands because the finish on the paper holds up for multiple uses and there are endless color/texture options!

Circle Punch in chosen size *my personal favorite is The Paper Studio Craft Punch from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

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Ruler

Pencil or Pen 

Sharp Scissors

Sewing Machine

Thread to match Scrapbook Paper or Construction Paper

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STEP 1 –  Start by laying out all your scrapbook or construction paper to determine what pattern you want to create with your garland.  I love the look of doing one color for the whole garland and then mixing different garlands to get the desired look.

STEP 2 – Next measure and mark your paper using your ruler.  My favorite circle punch size is 2″ so I marked 2.5″ strips on my paper.  This will allow for 1/4″ of  wiggle room on each side in case you mess up once or twice.

STEP 3 – Using a good pair of sharp scissors cut the strips.

STEP 4 – Using your circle punch slide the punch down the strip of paper punching out your circles as you move down the strip! Discard all the scrap paper.

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STEP 5 & 6 – Look at all your pretty circles!!! I will line up my circles and get them set up to start putting together the actual garland itself.

STEP 7 – Thread your sewing machine and get everything up and running.  Next, start feeding the circles through the sewing machine leaving a tiny gap between each circle. I’ve positioned the circles too close together and the garland didn’t lay quite right AND i’ve positioned the circles too far apart and the threads got tangled.  A small gap between each circle seems to work perfectly!

STEP 8 – BOOM!!! A beautiful, CHEAP and easy decorative garland.

STORAGE – To store the garlands I lay each circle on the previous folding the garland accordion style.  This prevents the circles and thread from getting tangled.  I made the mistake of shoving my first garland into a ziplock bag and FYI I still haven’t gotten the damn thing untangled.  Depending on the thickness of the circle stack I will use a paper clamp to keep everything together.

 I love these fun garlands! They are so easy to make and can be reused as many times as you like.  I’ve used several different types of paper including glitter paper and sheer paper and they all work great.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me or comment below!!!

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To check out past tutorials from Jeffrey’s Big SuperHero Birthday Party click on the following links…

DIY Happy Birthday Bunting Banner

Birthday Banner #3

DIY SuperHero City Photo Backdrop

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Thanks for Reading,

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Superbowl Extravaganza Party Planning

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I can barely contain my excitement at the moment as we are only a few days away from Superbowl 48!!! OOHHH MYYY GOOOODDDD our team is amazing and we are so excited to finally see them succeed and make it to the Big Game.  I would like to include the fact that we were die hard Seahawks FANS even when the team sucked and they were the laughing stock of the NFL.  True fans gotta stick it out and BOOM we made it to the Superbowl. Beast Mode!

The past week my brain has been wrapped around party planning and getting everything organized for our Sweet Ass Superbowl Extravaganza!!! To say i’m excited is the understatement of the century…

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I’ve also been busy getting the house ready for our KickAss Extravaganza!!! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and decorations!

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All Image Sources can be found HERE!

I was really pleased with how my rocking Seahawks decorations turned out. I decided to keep it contained to our downstairs media area so we can enjoy it fully during the game. Upstairs we will be rocking the Chili Bar and the “adult beverages!!!”

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We are definitely counting down the days until the Big Game!!!!

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“GO HAWKS”