Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I have had a very busy, but exciting week. One of the many things coming up is a baby shower my friends and I are throwing at my house for our friend, Melaina. I decided that I wanted to make a banner with her sweet babe’s name on it as part of the decor. I’ll show you what else I’m doing next week!
I know there are a TON of DIY banners out there. In fact, there are so many, that the idea of looking for one overwhelmed me a little too much, so I just made up my own. Here’s what I did:
I free-handed a triangle onto half a piece of card stock, and then I used it to trace the rest.
I traced the card stock triangle onto different pieces of fabric that I already had and cut them out using a rotary cutter.
I used hot-glue to stick the fabric onto the card stock. I would have used fabric or craft glue, but I was out.
Using free-hand, I drew out the letters of the baby’s name onto note cards. Then, I cut those out and traced them backwards onto the wrong side of the fabric. I cut out the letters using fabric scissors.
Originally I thought I might hot glue the triangles onto ribbon, but ultimately I decided to punch holes into them and slide a piece of yarn through each one. I wanted some kind of divider, and these wool beads I found at Michael’s were perfect.
Finally, I slid everything onto the yarn rotating between beads and triangles. Viola! Just lovely! And the variety of patterns and colors would go perfectly with any nursery decor, if you ask me. (but y’all know I’m a sucker for pattern mixing!)
This is the story of how THIS:
I spent the ENTIRE day of the party baking my lil’ tail off. Thank goodness Fran showed up to help a couple of hours early because I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her!
Heart Cake Pops
We had to get creative with these cake pops when the original red candy melts didn’t work out. I had never made cake balls before this, so I should have known I was shooting big to make heart-shaped-cake-pops. Together, Fran and I were able to improvise, and this is the result. I won’t bore you with the details of what it took to get to this point; instead I’ll just tell you that I received surprisingly good feedback from the people that ate them!
Fudgy Brownie Hearts with fresh Raspberry Buttercream
These were my favorite of the bunch. The original recipe had the audacity to suggest I whip up brownies from scratch (didn’t it know how much I had to do?!?). Instead I went for a box mix, but still used the recipe’s fresh raspberry butter cream icing. WHOA. That icing was amazing. I saved some so that I can top it on some gluten free cupcakes in the very-near future.
Valentine ‘Conversation Heart’ Chocolate Bark
These were super easy, festive, AND gluten free! Somehow I never got around to trying any, but I heard it was VERY rich.
Sugar Cookie Pinwheels
These were a definite splurge in the baking process. Who makes homemade pinwheel sugar cookies when there are a thousand other things to worry about? I do. That’s who. They didn’t turn out as pretty as the original recipe. I didn’t have the right kind of sprinkles, and my red icing only got as far as pink, but I was still happy with them in the end.
Funfetti Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing & Pink Rice Krispies Treats
I think you should know that this ENTIRE party idea started with the thought that I would really like to make rice krispies treats for Valentine’s Day and dye them pink. The rest was history. Thank the krispies.
Pink Peanut Butter Hugs
Just cause. I cheated and bought a box mix of peanut butter cookies, died the mix pink, and stuck a Hershey’s hug on top. Inspired by this post.
I also made this fun popcorn confetti mix, but the only picture I got was the one at the very top. It was really tasty though!
Phew! There you have it. I think I have had enough Valentine festivity to last me… about a year! HA! Did you do anything fun and festive for Valentine’s Day this year?
It all started on New Years Eve. I came up with the idea to throw a Valentine’s Day dance party for all of my friends (the fact that I thought of this idea whilst enjoying another holiday should already be a warning to you). The idea only got bigger and bigger as the weeks went on. By the time the night of the dance arrived, it had turned into a junior-high themed event complete with a dress code, photo backdrop, balloon columns, strobe lighting, a five hour Spotify playlist with all kinds of classics, and a king and queen of the dance! I have been known to get a little out of hand when it comes to anything festive, and there’s little room for doubt now.
These yarn eggs might just be the highlight of my life. But beware; this craft takes time and patience!
I love these ruffled streamers so much! Talk about adding extra FRILLS. I think I will make all my streamers ruffled for the rest of my life. LOVE.
This napkin tablecloth is so easy to do, and you can use the leftovers as – you guessed it – napkins! I was going to do the napkin banner as well, but I think I overestimated the amount of things I could accomplish last week!
I originally planned to not decorate the drink table. I don’t know what I was thinking; I mean it’s me we are talking about. At the last minute, I grabbed some felt out of my closet and my dedicated friends helped me cut them into hearts. The doilies are from Hobby Lobby.
Another last minute plan. I printed funny Facebook pics of the nominees and pinned them to this bulletin board that we painted.
Oh man. Gotta love the backdrop! My friend Laura suggested and purchased the balloon columns. It really solidified the cheesy middle school environment. Thanks Laura!
I could not have accomplished any of this without the help of these girls pictured, also known as “The Party Planning Committee”, also known as my friends. From bringing ice to painting the backdrop to sewing yards upon yards of streamers together, these girls remind me of how good it is to have friends!
Just a lil’ sneak peak. Friday I’m hosting a Valentine’s Dance with a Jr. High theme, and my party-planning committee (aka – friends) came over recently to help me with all of the decor. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished product! We have so many FRILLING things planned for this party! You just wait!
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, it is exactly one week from today. A lot of people are turned off by the commercialism that makes Valentine’s Day what it is. I, however, am not one to complain about extra chocolate being around. I like the good kind. Hint, hint.
This weekend, Lyle and I hosted a Christmas dinner party for my Truett Covenant Group and their husbands. What started as a required small group over three years ago, has now become a cherished source of sweet community in my life.
We were able to make the get together even more festive and frilling thanks to Lyle’s mom’s Christmas china, which we are happily watching over while they finish building their new house. I love anything that makes Christmas extra… Christmas-y, so naturally, I had a blast with the table setting.
I made cupcakes again so that the girls could take their favorites home, too!
This is one of my favorite photos of us from the night. So many things have changed since we all first met in 2008. Ashley (not pictured), our original small group leader, has graduated and moved to North Carolina with her husband and their baby boy. Raquel, on the far left, has graduated and now has twin girls. Kelly (next to Raquel) and I both have our Masters of Social Work as of last May. And we will graduate this May, along with Melaina – who is pregnant (as you can see), with our Masters of Divinity. I love these girls! This picture cracks me up!
Thursday happened to be national cupcake day. I had no idea initially, but how fitting that I ended up making 6 dozen different types of cupcakes for a small and intimate get-together.
A while back I had a dream that I opened a chic little shoppe that sold cupcakes and cocktails. It was totally girly, fabulous, and – you guessed it – FRILLING. While, I have no plans of actually doing anything like this in real life, I recently had fun with the concept!
Here’s what happened: I made an assortment cupcakes, had a few friends over, and they were able to taste test the six different kinds. Meanwhile, there were also a variety of fun cocktails to choose from. At the end of the night, each girl took home a personalized box full of her favorite cupcakes from the bunch.
White cupcakes with chocolate-cream cheese icing.
Spice cupcakes with spice molasses icing.
Chocolate cupcakes with mint chocolate chip icing.
White cupcakes with key lime-cream cheese icing.
Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing.
Spice cupcakes with chai latte icing.
Here are the girls at the end of the night with their favors.
We baked. We hung streamers. We bought balloons. We practiced blowing out candles. We had friends, and cupcakes, and treats. Everything a girl’s first birthday should have.
Our friend Hamid took some lovely photos for us. Here are a few:
(Incidentally, I had a little book made of the photos. I used Snapfish. Big mistake; the book is of terrible quality. I’ll have another made with iPhoto.)
A party is a good way to say goodbye to a city, to the apartment where our little gal was born, to friends we’ve made in San Francisco. Plus…
leftover birthday balloons make for big fun…
Happy Birthday Baby B. We can’t get enough of ya.
Saturday I was able to host a super frilling Halloween party for my friends from school. Thanks to Pinterest, I had so much fun planning and preparing for what ended up being an all-out dance party!
I knew there would be about 50 people coming, so I wanted to make sure I had enough food! I had a replacement platter for each dish waiting in the laundry room to be refilled when the one on the table ran out. In the end, I sent so much food home with people that I think I could have fed 100!
Check out the centerpieces! They were the first idea inspired by Pinterest!
These are supposed to look like acorns! Get it? They are donut holes dipped in chocolate icing, then in chocolate sprinkles, and finally, with a pretzel stick stuck in the opposite end. Another gem from Pinterest. Idea here.
These cute lil’ witch hats were so easy and fun to make! Simply flip over a fudge-striped cookie, draw a ring of orange icing around the hole, and stick a Hershey kiss on top! Voila! Idea here.
These happened because I got really nervous that I might run out of food. It’s a tower of hostess zingers. I’ve never actually tried these, but apparently they aren’t that good because only one was eaten and I had to spend the evening trying to sucker someone into bringing them home!
LOVE. These are pumpkin rice krispies. The original project called for a specific pan, but we just rolled them into balls ourselves. The stem of the pumpkin is a tootsie roll. Idea here.
Pumpkin peeps! I’m actually not a fan of peeps, but they were just so cute and easy that I couldn’t pass it up. Idea here.
And of course, I had to make cupcakes. Plus, I bought these cupcake sleeves/decor awhile back thinking “maybe I’ll do something fun where I have to make cupcakes during Halloween”. Little did I know…
Here’s the prize/voting table. We had a contest where the people entered who had to walk out to “I’m too sexy”. Then, everyone vote on their favorite and were presented with the prizes below!
This banner was another fun idea from the web. I bought three packages of Halloween napkins. Cost: $6. I made two banners, the table runner (check it out in the first picture), and I still had plenty of napkins left over to use at the party! In fact, there are still enough left over to use for next year! I love this idea because it is SO easy, SO cheap, AND you can do it for any holiday! Check it out here.
I put fake cobwebs on this antique buffet because it was very important to me that people did not set purses, keys, drinks, etc on it. It’s very old and scratches very easily! Clever, clever me.
Fran’s man, Jordan, gave me the idea to project an old film off of our wall. I couldn’t get access to Young Frankenstein, so I went with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. I’ve never actually seen it, but I thought it would be funny since we have the bird montage on our wall!
We also moved all of the furniture in our living room to make way for the dance floor. I rented a strobe light and made a 4 hour playlist of dance music on Spotify. It was seriously so much fun. I LOVE to dance!
Finally, what kind of person would I be if I didn’t show mine and Lyle’s costumes? Can you guess who we are?
“Daniel-San, Best Karate still inside. Now time let out!”
Did you do anything fun for Halloween?
This past Saturday, Jordan and I did something we love to do: invite friends for Saturday Brunch. We had fancy French toast with all the fixings – homemade berry compote, ricotta, creme fraiche, veggie sausages, maple syrup, coffee with cream! yum.
We’ve decided to do it more often. Here are a few snippets from our morning…
French toast keeping warm in the oven
My favorite thrift-store sugar bowl