So Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are still going on as we speak, and I wanted to post a few snapshots of some of the fun we’ve been having downtown. Not all of the pics are that great, but I’m too frilled by the memories to not document them!
Texas Style Council Mixer at Langford Market
Fran chatting with Blaine from Orange Chair Wardrobe. I absolutely adore her style! So casual, yet chic, and every detail was so thoughtfully frilling!
We learned how to do an ombre nail thanks to Meghann at Nails Y’all.
Here are some of the awesome ladies we were able to meet at the mixer:
Nicole | Writes Like a Girl
Kristen | the Mrs. and the MOMMA
Gina | Keystone54
Blaine | Orange Chair Wardrobe
Chanel | Chanel Wears
Jenni | Story of my Life
Indiana | Adored Austin
Techweek Chicago Party
My husband’s start up was invited to exhibit their brand here, so we joined in on the fun!
Fran’s frilling street-style
Just some festive photos as Christmas draws near…
Fran opted to keep things simple for the tea party. No games where anyone is forced to smear chocolate in a diaper or pin baby doll clothes on a clothes line. Just simple, thoughtful community to share in celebration of Baby T.
Here’s what we did:
Make your own bath tea:
Fran had the lovely idea of having a semi-activity in which everyone ended up going home with something useful, but frilling. I ordered muslin bags, and we stamped them with the same stamp used on the invitations.
We had bowls full of different herbs: mint, eucalyptus, roses, lavender, rosemary, as well as epsom salt.
Our guests had the opportunity (as they were chatting) to fill as many muslin bags as they liked with mixes of different herbs of their choosing. They can let the bags steep in their bath tub for a lovely-smelling, therapeutic, all natural tub-time!
We are planning to make some soaps with the leftover herbs. I’m sure we will have a post on that eventually!
Next was a section where people could write prayers and notes of encouragement for Fran as she experiences a new season in life as a mom of two.
Friends came over to this part of the room to quietly fill out notes, roll them into scrolls, and drop them in the box. Now Fran will have a box full of encouragement for those extra hard or stressful days.
I’ve had multiple friends do this at their showers, and it seems to be a very encouraging activity. We are all about finding extra frills within useful and practical situations, so it was lovely to have this incorporated into the tea.
Aurelia and I were so happy with our tea party invitations. It was fun putting our heads together to come up with something Frilling, themed, and fun. It was actually a three-heads-are-better-than-one deal, because Jordan helped us out in a major way. Handy having your own personal Graphic Designer to whip you up a personalized party invitation (Thanks, Love!).
Aurelia found the doily idea on Pinterest. I knew I wanted aqua and red, since those are loosely part of the color scheme of T’s room; and we both wanted the invite to be frilly and girly and tea-themed. So together we threw ideas around and looked around the internets and Hobby Lobby for inspiration, and this is the adorableness we landed on.
We stamped the envelopes with the teapot stamp, and were actually able to use the stamp again later on party favors. We even tucked a tea bag into each invitation.
I hope the guests were as excited to receive these invitations as we were to send them. Darling, no?
A few weeks ago, Fran’s mom and I hosted a lovely tea party to celebrate the future arrival of my newest niece (come on Baby T.; we’re ready for ya!).
We served a variety of different teas, such as English breakfast tea, which was served in this beautiful silver tea service Fran and Lyle’s mom inherited from her mom years ago. We all sipped on tea, enjoyed cool weather and the company of fabulous women, and for a morning, allowed ourselves to feel a little more fancy than we usually are.
We decorated the table with fall decor: autumn-colored flowers and miniature pumpkins, and we served all kinds of little treats one might find at a tea. It was the ONLY weekend so far this fall where it was cold enough to wear a jacket. It was the perfect day for a tea party.
We had cucumber cream cheese as well as olive and nut tea sandwiches. Yum, YUM:
We had blueberry and lemon poppy seed scones with strawberry jam, and we even scoured the city to find traditional clotted cream:
We served grapes and a variety of sliced apples and cheeses:
We had lemon bars, too (recipe here):
I baked tea cakes from scratch using Paula Deen’s highly rated recipe. I even tasted a bite of one even though they weren’t gluten free. They were very tasty indeed:
A lady from Fran’s church brought this baby-carriage themed cake she whipped up! How sweet and thoughtful!
We had such a fun time planning a creative and beautiful celebration. Baby T. isn’t even here yet, but she sure is loved. Sometimes the small, but FRILLING extras in life can be the most gentlest reminders of love. I think we may start having tea parties more often. Stay tuned for more sneak peaks of the party planning!
We had a tea party!
To celebrate Baby T. It was really special. When Little B was born, Jordan and I had just moved to San Francisco and didn’t really know anyone; so there was no baby party or shower, which made me a little sad. But Aurelia stepped in and planned a gorgeous tea party for me and Baby T this time around, and I loved it. We promise to show you more of it, but for today, this is what I wore.
(shown here with MVP cardigan, which has since met its untimely demise due to a well-meaning husband’s laundry efforts. Want to make a very-pregnant, very emotional Mama cry? Shrink her favorite cardigan.)
These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, at 37 weeks. Now at 39 weeks, I’m desperate to get Baby T out into the world. This will be my last maternity post. Wow, I want my body back.
More party posts to come!
Well, everyone, I did it!
After four long, but amazing years, I am officially a Master of Divinity! Naturally, things are crazy right now amidst all of the celebrating, so I thought I’d share some pictures from mine and Lyle’s last barbeque at our home in Waco. Enjoy!
Remember Chansin, one of our FRILLING fashionistas?
Ikea fabric turned tablecoth
Remember Cristin? Another FRILLING fashionista!
Flowers from my garden
Happy Saturday friends!
Happy Saturday friends! Today I have a lot of final assignments to work on. This week is my last week of classes…ever! Crazy! I wanted to take a break, though, and show you the tablecloth my friend and I made for Melaina’s baby shower last week. It turned out so adorable. I’m excited to use it again – it really added extra FRILLS to the shower!
I just can’t get enough of it! For those of you wondering, the tutorial is available here. Just don’t be like me and forget to use fabric paint. I used craft paint and am thinking I will be using a lot of tide-to-go pens in the future because I can’t put it in the washing machine!
Hope you have a very sweet Saturday!
Happy Birthday week to me! My birthday happens during prime Louisiana crawfish season, and my favorite thing is to have a get-together over boiled crawfish and all the fixin’s. A few images from my birthday celebration Saturday…
Happy Saturday everyone! Today my friends and I threw a baby shower for our dear friend, Melaina. I made these fun cupcakes that I saw earlier this week on Annie’s Eats. Love that blog. Thanks to my friend Kelly for staying up super late with me and for making the candied oranges that topped the cupcakes!
Now, Lyle and I are headed to Austin for Fran’s birthday party! We will be having a crawfish boil and lots of yum summer treats. What’s making your Saturday sweet?