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a tea party bridal shower

One of my best friends since childhood will marry her sweetheart on Saturday. I will be a bridesmaid again! Being a bridesmaid is my favorite thing ever. I know a lot of people complain about it, but there is something wonderful about spending the entire day with the bride-to-be having fun, getting beautiful and just enjoying each other before she marries the love of her life. Here are a few photos from the bridal shower we hosted a few months back. Continue reading

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We had so much fun at Bodhi’s birthday. After being sick for a week and a few bumps and bruises last week, he was all healed up and ready to party. All kinds of wonderful people showed up and celebrated with us. And Bodhi did really well with a strange nap scheduled. He powered through and had a blast. I wasn’t expecting him to have so much fun, but every time I turned a corner in our home, there he was… laughing, smiling or saying “hi” to someone and constantly walking through the sea of adult legs to get to another kid for a hug or kiss. He loved every minute!

We decided to have a professional photographer this time around so I really can’t wait to show you the photos. This was totally worth the investment for us. She was able to get family photos and lots of candids and detail shots. This meant I could just relax and enjoy my little baby/toddler and all of our guests. Watch for all of the details in the coming weeks! What is your favorite memory of your child’s first birthday or any of your own childhood birthdays?

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oh happy day-the blog

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Oh Happy Day is a DIYer’s dream! Have you heard of this bloggy goodness yet? I found so much amazing inspiration for Bodhi’s birthday here.

Everything is very approachable, inexpensive and fun! At least a few of these projects will make the final cut for Bodhi’s 1st birthday next weekend. The photo above is simple crepe paper fringed streamers and there is so much more where that came from.

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quick and easy poker party

{photo credit --- Jessica Flannigan, ltfl}

One week after moving into our new home, with many boxes still in need of our attention, I hosted a poker party for my husband’s birthday. Yes, this is pure craziness! I know! I thought it would be fine only because it was guys and they wouldn’t notice the little messes everywhere, but it was still an intense few hours preparing for a party in a house that is not settled with an almost 1-year-old by my side. And, I can’t throw a party without a few fun details, but definitely didn’t have the time to throw my heart into this one. Trader Joe’s provided all of the food.

The cupcakes were TJ’s Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting. Amazing and pretty gourmet if you ask me! I added cute mini cards as cupcake toppers. Simple and relevant.

{photo credit --- Jessica Flannigan, ltfl}

I grabbed some Trader Joe’s fancy cheeses and fig butter for a delicious appetizer. Yes, I left the fig butter in the jar. I ran out of time and figured the guys would want to know what it is.

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I added mini cards as party favors in a fun old box we had around that looked pretty manly to me. Many of the guys have little ones, so most of the decks of cards were gone. Needless to say, the guys didn’t notice the details or the lack of more details. They had a great time with some good cocktails, simple but tasty food, music and poker! Lesson learned: It’s ok to wing it sometimes.

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baby-proof cake stand for Bodhi’s 1st birthday

{photo credit --- A Fabulouse Fete on etsy}

After searching high and low for the perfect option, I finally settled on this wooden cake stand for Bodhi’s first birthday party. He will enjoy his first sugar experience right off of this beauty.

I think this is such a great option for little ones. It’ made of wood so it will not break like all of the adorable glass cake stands out there! And I know it will get a lot of use in the future too. We plan to have Bodhi eat his “smash cake” on the floor with everyone else sitting on the floor around him instead of confined to his high chair. This mama knows she is in for a mess, but I think it’ll be worth the experience. Check out A Fabulous Fete on Etsy for other cake stand options.

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moving update and kid party favors

{photo credit --- my little otter on etsy}

We’re in! And we have a yellow door. I’ll share that with you soon. After a week off from work and everything else really, we are officially moved into our new home but not completely settled. We have way too much unpacking to do and a lot of decorating needed. We’ll take it slow since we also have a little someone’s birthday bash to focus on. Continue reading

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{happy hosting} — a bright and modern baby shower — part II

Leah’s baby shower continues now with our beverage bar. We kept it simple with raspberry lemonade, sparkling water and champagne. The “mamatini” included raspberry lemonade mixed with champagne while the “babytini” was the nonalcoholic version—raspberry lemonade with sparkling water. Yum!

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We punched out dots at Archivers to create a bright backdrop. Because Angie’s walls were exposed wood, we wanted something that would stand out without being overpowering.

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The food table was simple as it wasn’t a feature of the shower. We made a simple “hello baby” banner and used two balloons.

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The placecards were made on the computer with Avery mini tents and small pieces of scrapbook paper glued on for color.

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I own a LOT of champagne flutes. I bought them all at Ikea. They were very inexpensive. They make any drink seem a little more fancy and with all of the times I’ve used them, they’ve paid for themselves!

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Raspberries add a touch of color to champagne!

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A simple banner—if I were to redo this, I would’ve added another circle around the pink to make these larger and to give them more pizzazz, but it did the trick.

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Leah is one of those people who is always smiling! She is one of the nicest women I know and I am confident her little girl will feel SO loved! My favorite part of the shower was when Leah decided that she would introduce every single shower guest and would tell a little story about how they knew each other. This is the kind of thing Leah does. She makes people feel loved and included. It would’ve been awkward to do some kind of icebreaker, but this, this was pure genius!

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Live the fancy life!

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