grinchy good time

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My dad’s favorite Christmas special of all time is The Grinch That Stole Christmas (you know, the old 30 minute animated one). When we were kids I believe he had more fun stomping around pretending that he didn’t like Christmas (and giggling each time we got grumpy with him about it) than he did eating Santa’s Reece’s cups. And if you knew my dad, you would know that is really saying something! {wink}

Anyway, in honor of my dad and all those wonderful Christmas memories, here’s a little Grinch Christmas party inspiration that I gathered up for my Christmas cookie decorating party next year… oh, yeah… I’ve already got plans!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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baby bump inspiration

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I’m constantly browsing for ideas and I thought I would show you some of the inspiration I collected when working on our recent addition, “Baby Bump.” Here are some of the items that were in my collage for our pink & brown polka dot baby shower:

Enjoy!

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raise your centerpiece this fall

seasonal-cake-plates

I admit, I have a thing for cake plates, cupcake stands… basically any traditional or non-traditional way to stack food as a centerpiece. {wink} These are a few of my recent favorities.

  1. Glass Pedestal Stand & Dome
  2. Laurie Cake Pedestal
  3. Ironstone Cake Plates
  4. Square Cake Stand

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And here are some seasonal ways to dress them up:

  1. Midwest Living
  2. Martha Stewart
  3. Country Living
  4. American Greetings

Be inspired and have a wonderful weekend!

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owl couple baby shower ideas

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Two things that are all the rage for baby showers right now are adorable owls and inviting the boys.

Our “owl couple” baby shower invitation is just too cute from dad’s blue wings to mom’s long eyelashes. This trendy invite coupled, no pun intended {wink}, with pink and orange accents makes for a beautiful and bright setting.

As for the boys, yes, we are inviting our men these days and sharing the spotlight. But remember ladies, just because they are on the guest list doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your girly things, but giving them a pass on the games would be nice of you! {giggle}

On the food, I’ve always found that showers, unless an intimate group, is best served by a cocktail station and an appetizer/treat buffet. Just make sure your mommy has some nice sparkling water to sip. And if you do decide to have a few treats in your menu, consider our fun baby bird egg cupcakes and baby themed sugar cookies (tips on flooding). They will have your mom-to-be glowing.

Tent – Karen Wise photography, Banner – Seven Cupcakes Etsy Shop, Cupcakes – Wish I knew who to give credit to, Plush Owl – mine {wink}, here are the instructions

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bright birthday

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You don’t always need a particular theme to celebrate a child’s birthday, especially as they grow into that tween stage. That is what this inspiration board is all about… color!

Our sweets treats birthday invitation works for any age (the number on the top can be customized). And don’t you just love the polka dot cake plate and cupcake wrappers (all ours). I’ve used both of these for some of my own gatherings. The birthday plates and bright polka dot candles are all ours too! To complement the bright yellow, orange, green and blue palatte, I found this fun birthday party banner in an etsy shop, Blue Moon Studios. And last but not least, the cool blue candy table is from theknot.com. (Tip: Check out dollar stores for glass jars and vases, as well as colorful candy ideas. You might be amazed at what you find.)

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safari inspired baby shower

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Many of our birthday themes are also very popular as baby shower ideas. One of my personal favorites is our safari.  Think about decorating with animal cookie placecards, plush animals as centerpeices, even these fun pillows to spruce up your seating and then later repurposed into the baby’s nursery. 

And you can’t forget about the cake, there are a ton of ideas. This one from SweetRoxy’s blog is adorable. Happy planning!

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bee is for baby

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I absolutely love this beautiful baby shower concept from Lollipop Events & Designs and I’ve paired it with our bugs & butterflies custom invitation and thank you card

The yellow, gray and white color palette is both modern and crisp. They used everything from lemon candies to exotic sunflowers and bright mums to layered fabrics to pull this gorgous table together. The Lolli Ladies give all the details and some great DIY tips, including how they made the individual coconut bee cakes, so make sure and read their original post. Love it!!

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mad hatter tea party

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I won’t lie to you, this Alice in Wonderland mad hatter tea party took some serious effort by Donna at Party Wishes, but I think you’ll agree that the outcome was well worth it.

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She had her hands full from making the croquet game complete with 4′ tall croquet wickets (out of 1/4″ plywood, painted both sides, supported by 1×1″ pieces of wood with rebar drilled into the bottoms), stuffed flamingo covered mallets and hedgehog balls (4″ styrofoam balls covered in paper and Mod Podge) to hand painting massive tea cups (from the L.A. Flower Mart) to setting a bright and beautiful table.

So creative and so well executed.

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back to school centerpiece

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Whether you’re planning a back to school bash, a teacher’s lunch or you just want to make their first day of school breakfast special, this centerpiece idea from Little Ant Design is really adorable… and quite economical! She used pencils (molded around can food items), placemat size chalkboards, rulers, composition notebooks, apples and flash cards to pull off the theme and she did a beautiful job. I also love the idea of stenciling on glass vases with chalkboard paint. Very smart! {wink}

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sip and sea shower

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Isn’t this simply beautiful?! Chris from Celebrations At Home has outdone herself. I love the nautical theme. And not just that, what a fun idea for a second child. This way you get to show off the little one! {wink}

Visit her original post for more pictures and all the wonderful details, but here are a few of my favorites:

The drink station (above). Here’s what Chris had to say ” Served at the drink station was an ‘Ocean Breeze’ cocktail, and Jones blue colored berry lemonade. Also available were ‘lifesavers’ candies. The stemware held drink charms fashioned from nautical themed buttons. To hang above the bar as a focal point, I used a message board and applied several different nautical maps in a mosaic form, then just tucked in a few photos of the new baby and family.”

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Entry way - what a great way to welcome your guests at the door, a message on a lifesaver

Party decor - I love the personal touches, like the “N” for the little one’s name and the plush toys that mom can share with him later

Nautical inspired table – here you see a fun way to serve snacks, but make sure and visit Chris because she set a beautiful table complete with maps at each place setting

Handmade invitation – for those of you who are crafty, Chris even gives details on how to make this fun (likely hand delivered) invitation

Great job Chris!

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