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Two Scoops are Better Than One.

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If you’ve ever read this blog in your life, you know that I am constantly surrounded by pregnant women.  My girlfriends are now at the point of considering babies, not preventing babies, or frantically preparing for the arrival of their babies.  And when it comes to work, there isn’t but one male on our entire list of employees.  But there’s a whole host of fertile Mrytles walking around up there on my unit, that’s for sure.  And even if you’re like me, shaking your head fiercely back and forth and making a stank face when someone points to you and makes the ‘you’re next’ comment, you can’t help but get excited for all these little blessings about to enter the world.  I’m definitely excited to meet all these babies and happy for all the expectant parents too.

And when you’re happy, you must party.  You just have to.  But throwing showers for five girls can be hard.  But if your mothers-to-be are two peas in a pod, take that opportunity to honor them together. And if it’s North Carolina hot (and it is) then have an ice cream social.  And call it “Two Scoops are Better than One” since you’ve got two babes to celebrate and run with it!

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So there’s a picture of our spread.  We found those cute ice cream cones online for $4 each on Amazon (steal!)  And we made a simple paper doily banner with pink and blue letters that spelled out the name of our theme. 

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What’s an ice cream sundae without toppings galore?  We used mason jars to store them all, and put them in an old beverage crate to keep them contained.  And just so there’s no confusion, we made little tags to identify them ;).

DSC_0995One of the coolest things  we found for this party were these awesome printables online.  It had pinks and blues and some more unisex colors and they were absolutely perfect for this party.  And they were free!

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We had a great beverage bar too, complete with sweet tea, Orange Fizz Punch, Cheerwine Punch and water.  And of course, the ever popular stripey straws.  Of course I believe a good spread and good decorations are necessary, but that takes a real backseat to the good company.  And these girls always bring their A-Game.

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 Congratulations Mamas!

A shower that doesn’t bite.

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I don’t know about you, but a Sunday afternoon baby shower 1-3pm floating just is not my kind of thing.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that necessarily, but I just don’t get down with those kinds of affairs.  I like to throw my showers at night, and on a weekend day.  I think it allows people to feel a little less buttoned up and free to party.  Baby showers don’t have to be totally proper!

And as cheesy as it might feel when you’re planning, people DO love to play shower games.  They don’t have to be fancy either; I’ve played many games of bingo at showers I’ve thrown and attended and I’m always excited to be involved in some activity.  But even more than being involved, people like the opportunity to win a prize.  A prize will drive people do crazy things, and that makes for a lively party.  At the last shower, we played bingo while our mother-to-be opened gifts but that’s only meant for one part of the shower.  I like to have games meant to be played while people mingle.  I think I found one of my new favorites.

 

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So how do you play?  Literally all you have to do is pick up an ice cube and drop it in your drink and let the games begin.  When the ice cube melts, your plastic baby  will eventually float free.  At that point, you’ve won…and all you have to do is yell “My water broke!!”  At this party it was a mad dash to the finish line with a little cheating involved from some but everyone seemed to enjoy it.

I bought the plastic babies from Party City and they were super cheap.  I did try the whole “boil your water first to make clear ice cubes” thing that I saw on Pinterest.  As you can see from the image above, that was not a successful endeavor.  Save yourself the step.  I did come up with this little poem and used a frame I had at home to make it look cute:

“Take an ice cube and drop it in your drink,

Faster than you know and before you can blink,

Your baby will be out right before your eyes,

Be sure to yell, “My Water Broke” to win your prize!”

 

Happy partying yall!

 

Fondue it Yourself

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Hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was jam-packed just like last weekend but it was excellent.  I get my weekends so full sometimes that I actually look forward to the work week thinking I’ll only have one thing to focus on.  Is that bad?  The hospital gods will probably see to it that I bite my tongue for that one.  Anyway, I’ve had some time to recollect my thoughts post-party weekend and decided to share a recipe and a DIY project.

A few months ago I inherited a fondue pot and it’s been on like Donkey Kong ever since.  I never realized how easy it was to make fondue or how much people liked it.  I made my own concoction by haphazardly dumping ingredients in trying to get something delectable.  And lucky for me, it was delicious as hell and I got to pretend like it was all due to careful selection of ingredients and strategic proportioning.  It ain’t, it’s a dump job and it works like a charm every time.  But people keep asking me for my “recipe” so I decided to quantify some stuff and make it legit.

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Ingredients:

2 bags of Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips (11.5 oz bags)

8 oz. Hershey’s caramel sauce (found in a 16 oz. jar with the ice cream toppings)

Fisher’s Nut Topping (found in a 6 oz can with the ice cream toppings)

8 oz. Heavy Whipping cream

Directions:

In a pot on medium heat or in your fondue pot, pour chocolate chips in with heavy whipping cream and stir continuously to prevent scorching.  When chocolate and heavy cream have mixed thoroughly, add peanuts and caramel.  It’s just that easy, and serve warm..duh!  Try this chocolate fondue with bananas, apple slices, marshmallows, rice krispie treat pieces, pound cake pieces, and strawberries.

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This little paper rosette bunting is cute as a button and while time consuming, was totally worth it to bring this little vignette to life.  To start, pick scrapbook papers that you love in various colors to fit the need of your project.  If you choose patterned papers just make sure the pattern is small, otherwise, you won’t really be able to appreciate it once the rosettes are complete.  If you use a regular 12×12 piece of paper, you should be able to get four rosettes from the sheet.

Draw a spiral shape on the backside of the paper and cut it out on the lines.

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Start wrapping the spiral on itself making sure that the pattern you wish to have displayed is on the inside as you wrap.

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When you come to the end of the spiral, you’ll have a small flat piece.  Put some Tacky Glue on this flat area and press to the bottom of the spiral to give the rosette some stability.

Once you have all rosettes made, flip them over and glue them to your string to create the bunting.  I used raffia ribbon because it might be visible in some areas and it needs to be pretty.  Plus raffia is flat and gives more surface area for gluing, therefore, more strength.  I used two pieces of raffia ribbon on each rosette versus one piece in the center.  I thought that would make it sturdier and less likely to flip over once it was tied in place on the window frame.

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I tied the two strands into a knot at the end and hooked them around a Command hook I had placed on the window frame.  I then tied a pretty bow to hide my handiwork.  Beautiful!

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Hope you find time this week to make something you love.  Bye y’all!

 

April Showers!

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Happy Monday!!  I can hear you grumbling all the way over here.  Cut it out!  I’m making a return to this blog after a long hiatus due to multiple party planning endeavors.  Don’t sweat it though, I’ve returned with some awesome DIY projects and ideas 🙂  I don’t think it shocks anyone to find out that I love to throw a party.  And more importantly than that, a good party.  It’s pretty easy for me, all I have to worry about is making it beautiful and providing good food, my friends provide the excellent company.  Lucky me. 

Lately, there’s something in the water at work and there are five, count ’em, FIVE pregnant women.  I’m happy to report I drink Mountain Dew and I’m not one of the five just yet.  We set out to throw a sweet shower for our very southern friend, Bobbi, and her little girl we’re dying to meet.   And since it’s well documented that I hate the blue-brown, pale pink color restrictions of the traditional baby shower, we went with an “April Showers bring May Flowers” theme.  We used lots of purple, wildflowers from the local Farmer’s market, and plenty of vintage, Southern-inspired items. 

When you decorate for a party I think it’s important to create moments, or areas of interest throughout your home to draw people in.  I always start with this perfectly situated area of my front porch, out of the way of people trying to get in the house but very noticeable for all party guests.

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I desperately wanted clouds and raindrops somewhere, but my internet search for ideas wasn’t terribly fruitful.  There was a light bulb moment eventually, and this was the result.  I’m so happy with how this version turned out.  I used patterned scrapbook paper to make raindrops to hang by purple baker’s twine from these popular tissue paper poofs.  I’ll tell you right out, I used to make these poofs on my own, start to finish.  But it’s absolutely not worth the headache.  Party City makes kits with three poofs per package for $10 and its not much cheaper to make on your own.  Buy the kit and save yourself some trouble.  I suspended the poofs from Command hooks and added some flowers beneath to maximize on the theme.  My friend had the idea of adding rain boots filled with flowers and I must say, it was brilliant!

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We added another vignette in the foyer with some vintage finds.  The old window frame needed a little TLC but not so much that its charm would be lost.  We adorned it with a handmade paper rosette garland secured with raffia ribbon.  It’s always nice, too, to show off the invitation somewhere.  More often than not, it’ll be the first time it’s seen by the guest of honor…so it’s special.  Wood slices, lace trim, a few live flowers, and a sweet bird’s nest complete this nook.

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It’s important for there to be some form of repetition throughout so your theme is realized.  I also used some wood slices, a birdhouse, and more live flowers to create a small scene atop a vintage stool from my grandfather.  Its sweet!

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Like I said, I like to create moments for the guests, and I want them to find something each time they look a new direction.  There’s a perfect spot in my kitchen for another tall display, so we created more clouds and raindrops.  It’s also pretty smart to ground your decorations in some way if it is hanging from the ceiling like this.  We chose a vintage tin and mason jar to house more wildflowers and a pretty crate to close the gap between the counter and ceiling displays.

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With all parties, it’s always nice to leave with a little something in hand, and I ain’t talking about a plate of leftovers covered in tin foil.  We made treat bags for all the guests and repeated the purple, raffia and lace effect for each, storing them in a milk crate until our guests were ready to depart.

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We also used this sweet pink parasol and mason jar full of flowers to create another vignette, inviting guests to sit and eat in the living room.

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While these “moments” are special, what’s really key is the spread.  The food table can be a statement all its own, and it should be.  A lot of our food kept with the Southern theme too: coconut cake, sweet tea, lemonade, punch, cucumber sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches, banana pudding, and ham biscuits for example.  Food and decorations, people will remember…make them remember in a good way.

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Let’s take a closer look.  We added more wood slices to elevate important items, and hid some flowers and nature-inspired things along the way.  Never miss the opportunity to add a little whimsy, and tuck it into some unanticipated places to get the most mileage out of your decorations.  Give your guests something interesting to look at!  I prefer classic white dishes most of the time, but in this case its nice to throw in some other colors and patterns on your dishes to give it that collected, vintage look.

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I also like to place items strategically so there is no front or back of the table and there’s no one area where all the best things are concentrated.  I like things to be pretty all the way around!  I used vintage wooden crates to give the table more visual appeal and different levels of interest for the eye.  One box housed the mason jars we used for drinking glasses.  Now that’s as down South as it gets!  And since one of the shower games had to do with drinking, it only made sense to give it a space on the table.

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 Weird?  Yes.  Fun?  Also yes!

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So as you can see, I froze plastic babies in ice cubes and each guest was allowed one cube to float in their drink.  If your ice cube melted first, you yelled “My water broke!” and claimed your prize.  Which leads me to the beverage bar.  I absolutely love it.

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And of course, the plates and napkins must be themed too!

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But the key thing you need to remember when you throw a party:  make sure you have people to make it happen,

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make sure you shower the mother-to-be with gifts from the heart,

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and make sure you celebrate a new life with your friends!

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Hope you all have a great week! Stay tuned for future posts with DIY tutorials for the things you see in this blog!

Middle School Reminiscing and a Baby Shower

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I hope you are as blessed as me.   My friends are lifers, friends that I KNOW are always going to be around.  The girls I grew up with are unlike anything else.

We suffered through braces.  We crushed on boys and sometimes on the same ones (oops).   We went to prom together, and took our dates along.  We experimented with plucking our eyebrows and learned the valuable lesson of what was “too much.”  We put on an hour’s worth of makeup just to walk on the beach in the dark in the hopes meeting awkward teenage boys trolling the dunes for prime specimens like ourselves.  We laughed when our friend, Michael, fell off the dock into the lake on our 8th Grade field trip.  We bought coordinating clothes and wore them at the same time.  We listened to “Porcelain” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on repeat.

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And then we grew up… but not apart.  It seems like so long ago that we did all those things.  But when we stand side by side at a wedding or when we celebrate the birth of someone’s first child, it all comes rushing back.

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Our friend Derin got married first, and had a baby first too.  Unfortunately, Jess was out of state so Lauren and I set out to throw a damn fine baby shower.

Let me tell you a little about my co-host, Lauren.  She’s been dubbed as my “different friend” for as long as I can remember.  And while she pretends to be offended,  she knows it’s all for good reason.  Lauren moves to the beat of her own drum.  She takes cross-country roadtrips in a van that she lives in.  She’s gets my mean humor, but knows I’m not really mean.  All those gasp-worthy things you didn’t have the guts to do, she’s done them…twice…and liked it.  She’s effortlessly pretty and hysterical, rolling down the street in a dumptruck of a Ford Taurus.  Basically, she’s kicking ass and taking names.  And here we are planning a baby shower together, and she doesn’t even “prefer” children.  When I have kids, I’m going to pay them to touch Lauren with their sticky fingers.  And I’ll let them stay up past their bedtime if they beg Lauren to let them spend the night with her.  And I’ll give them candy if they mock everything Lauren says.  And I’ll let them dress themselves in whatever they want if they sing “Jesus Loves Me” to Aunt Lauren whenever she comes around.  And she can’t really be mad because that’s very similar to some antics she pulls with her own nephews to torment her family.  And maybe if I’m lucky, she will teach my children what its like to be your own person and what it means to be true, to yourself and your loved ones.

We wanted the shower to be kind of rustic, and we wanted to avoid the blue/brown baby boy color trap.  So we ventured into green, orange and gray.  We started with customized, foresty invitations from tinyprints and used an extra for display.  We completed the vignette with wood slices, faux moss stones,  and flowers.

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We used gray cups, green and orange plates, and alternating orange and bunting-covered napkins.

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We made these tissue paper poofs and suspended them from the chandelier.  We also used crepe paper streamers and twisted them from the poofs to the underside of the table.

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A a simple burlap runner grounds our tablescape.  We used more wood slices and stumps to create a forest.  Apothecary jars housed independent wildlife scenes like a bird in her nest with eggs, flowers and lady bugs with moss stones.  Real ivy curls around the centerpiece.

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We elevated our cake to make sure it was the focus of the centerpiece.  Keeping with our forest theme, we made a Dirt Cake.  We topped it with a nest holding the letter “G” and a solitary egg.  Above, we made a small bunting banner out of scrapbook paper, baker’s twine and wooden skewers.

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We made picnic ham & cheese sandwiches, rainbow fruit kabobs with brown sugar fruit dip, rabbit food in the form of a vegetable tray, trail mix for the forest explorer…

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…acorn cookies from mini Nutter Butter cookies and Hersey’s Kisses, and sausage rolls.  Okay, the last one doesn’t have a theme but they are delicious and don’t require it.

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 We filled an apothecary jar with pine cones and topped it with a raffia bow.  We used a ceramic owls, wood slices, and moss to continue the theme into the foyer.

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One last spot around the party favors:  Again, we repeated the wood stumps, moss, and an apothecary jar filled with a wildlife scene.  We wrapped the letter “G” in gray yarn and affixed a butterfly.  We used a DIY chalkboard platter to explain our parting gift.  Inside each favor box (an upcycled toilet paper roll decorated with a paper doily, baker’s twine, scrapbook paper and stamping) were bulbs to be planted in Baby G’s honor.

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During the shower we played multiple games.  The first game required each guest to cut a piece of yarn long enough to circle the mom’s baby bump without much excess.  The second was BINGO, each square containing prospective shower gifts for the mother-to-be.  You can make your own bingo cards here.  The third game was the tried and true baby food tasting, complete with a lightening round for our lucky guessers as a tie breaker.  We gave prizes to our winners.  Go big or go home.

Most importantly, Derin got to celebrate this new chapter in her life with her friends and family.  And presents, lots of presents.

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Ride or die homies!

I will post recipes, and tutorials under the Good Eats and Party sections in the coming days.  Have a great week yall!