country brunch

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I’m working on ideas for a Mother’s Day brunch and I think this placesetting and punch idea from Country Living magazine is just too perfect, as my mom is a southern lady and would appreciate the country elegance. Hmmm… wonder where I could get those plates… I might have to compromise with white plates and a round bandanna pattern cardstock inset. {wink}

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beverage services to wow

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Born and raised in the South, transplanted to Ohio in my mid 20s, I need a few things to keep me grounded in my Southern roots. And laugh if you wish, but one of those things is my Southern Living magazine. {wink} The articles, the recipes, the images of the region… ahhhh!

So this weekend when I curled up with a cup of coffee and the latest issue, I saw this perfect shower idea for a beverage bar (right image). The half carafes are simple, inexpensive and a very cute way to offer multiple choices.

After going to the web, I found a few more things, like this chalk board beverage tag idea. The only thing I would do differently is use a whimsy template for a more ornate look. 

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And what about these very clever berry ice cubes (inside the drink) and decorative bottle coolers (around the drink). Love it! And for those of you that know anything about the South, creative ways to keep your beverages cold in the summer is a necessity!

Happy Monday!

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Mother’s Day tea

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How lovely it would be to have a Mother’s Day tea. Beautiful china, silhouette cookies, a very frilly table (that you would never get away with when men were present) and yummy goodies. I’m in heaven just dreaming about it. I’m an only daughter, so it would be a small tea… but with my mother-in-law and two cute little boys who are not yet offended by heart dollies… party makes five. {wink} By the way, all these lovely images came from Martha Stewart Weddings.

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bunny goody bags

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We’ve been baking Spring and Easter cookies this week and I was looking for some fun ways to package them as gifts from the kids. I thought these two were especially cute from Martha Stewart (craft 1craft 2). I think we’re going to go with the bunny ear and pom pom nose version. The boys love glue. {wink}

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Easter egg cupakes

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Are these not yummy looking?! And I love how they used graham crackers instead of baking sugar cookies. What a time saver!

Read all the details about this great idea from Duncan Hines. And for you moms out there like me who have a little one with food allergies, most Duncan Hines cake mixes are dairy free… and so are the Nabisco brand graham crackers! {wink}

Happy baking!

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adorable Easter cake pops

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I was thinking this morning about what type of cake I wanted to make this year for Easter. I’d love to make a beautiful white layered cake with maybe a chocolate transfer cross draped in purple for Easter dinner, but I like to make goodies with the boys that are a little more fun and whimsy too. So while out looking for ideas at my usual inspiration spots, I ran across these adorable sheep, bunny, Easter egg and chic cake pops from Bakerella. Hop {wink} on over and check them out. She lays all the details out for you.

Happy Monday everyone!

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inspired by yellow

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I’m very inspired by yellow right now (I even changed my kitchen accents and curtains!) especially since the first flowers of spring, at least where I come from in Alabama, is the daffodil, more commonly known by us southerners as the  jonquil. Here are a few centerpiece ideas featuring this beautiful flower. I’m not sure which I’ll use for my own Easter table, but it will likely be a version of one of them.

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The first set of images are from the talented designers at Martha Stewart (baby chic basket, cake plate tier). And the second set are from Southern Accents (daffodils and sea shells, blue and yellow).

Happy Spring everyone!

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get crafty for Valentine’s

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My Valentine craft for the boys is wrapped up {no pun intended… really} with the dinosaur (and owl) cello bag toppers that we’re giving away to all of our wonderful readers and customers, but while perusing the most recent issue of Family Fun magazine I found some super cute crafts that I just had to share. 

How cool is this robot Valentine!? A little candy, aluminum foil and a the template from Family Fun and you’re set. And I know we’ve seen the flower sucker before, but I still think it’s adorable. Since these were so cute I looked back to last year’s issue and here’s what I found.

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We sometimes call my youngest “Bear” so I’m a little fond of the “Bear Hugs” craft. And if you have a teenager in the house, this rock candy Ipod is too fun.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and don’t forget to get our free Valentine printable.

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Valentine sweets

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’re having friends over this weekend {can’t wait ladies!}, so I was scouting around for ideas on how to fill our Valentine cello bags. Oh, if you’ve not seen our free owl and dinosaur Valentine cello bag topper printables, you must check it out before you leave.

Back to the sweets. All of these are from William Sonoma. Don’t the whoopie pies look so yummy?! I believe you can buy the pies, or the pan if you want to make them yourself. Wow, and these s’ more X&O cookies?! And the chocolate sugar cookies can even have personalized messages. Do you think “Thank you honey for being so handy around the house and keeping the boys entertained while I run amuck” will fit? {wink}

Don’t forget to stop over and get your free Valentine cello bag toppers. They’re excellent for Valentine parties at school. I’m even giving them to my girlfriends {that’s right ladies!}.

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