Wed, White & Booze: Joint Bachelor(ette) Weekend Favors

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I’m going to age myself a little bit here, but my husband and I are coming up on our 12th wedding anniversary this Fall. Back when we got married (before Pinterest, gasp!) it was common to have a bachelorette night out on the town. Some brides and grooms might even have taken a quick weekend trip to Las Vegas to celebrate their last single days. In more recent years though, it seems like it’s more commonplace to have a full-on vacation with your best friends before the big day. Destination bachelorette “parties” are definitely a fun trend and I’m a little bummed I missed out on it.

This favor project was put together for a bride and groom that are planning a joint destination bachelor + bachelorette party in Austin, Texas. Members of the bridal party are traveling from both coasts, so they decided to meet up in the middle to celebrate the impending nuptials. They rented an amazing house that’s big enough for everyone to stay in together. The house is perfect for entertaining and even has a gorgeous pool that will inevitably be used for a wild pool day for the entire crew.

When the maid of honor asked me to create a logo for this unique bachelor + bachelorette celebration we talked about a western theme to honor the destination for the trip. Because this was all taking place right around the Fourth of July, the color palette naturally leaned towards patriotic with red, white, and blue. We settled on the theme “Wed, White & Booze” for a fun spin on those colors that is totally appropriate for this event. For the favors we wanted to create something memorable that would also be useful during the trip. Each favor tote bag includes a magazine for reading poolside, bottled water, themed cups for cocktails, snacks, and a Wed, White & Booze Survival Kit.

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I used wedding favor boxes with a heart cutout from Oriental Trading to package the survival kits. I taped a coordinating printable to show through the little heart window, but that’s completely optional. If you want to create something similar, here are some ideas for items to include in your bachelor or bachelorette weekend Survival Kits:

  • mints or gum
  • hair ties
  • pain reliever
  • natural hangover remedy
  • drink mix: iced coffee or electrolyte sports drink
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm
  • candy or other small treat

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After I put the survival kits together, I popped them into individual tote bags with the other gift items. I think the cowboy boot mugs and wine glasses are hilariously awesome and I hope the guests think so too. To finish things up, each tote bag got a printable tag with the event logo tied to the handle. The contents of this fun favor bag should make the bachelor + bachelorette party guests a little more comfortable during their stay in Austin, TX. I hope they all have a blast celebrating the last fling before the rings!

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Styling, Printables, and Photography: Party a la Mo  | Favor packaging, Cowboy Boot Cups, etc. : Oriental Trading Company | Survival Kit contents: Target

Tea & Toast to Motherhood

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Loren from Four Things Paper created the most beautiful stationery inviting our guests to parTEA. She covered all the details from the coordinating envelope liner to the gorgeous calligraphy addresses and matching vintage stamps. As with the invitation, there was also lots of pink watercolor texture in the other pieces she created for the event too. The recipe card signage for the Hibiscus Tea Margarita we served was one of my favorite pieces. It was the perfect nod to the moms and grandmas that keep a box of their treasured, hand-written, family recipes.

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Andrea of Not My Dish raided her collection of vintage teacups, saucers, and serving stands for pieces that were pink, purple, and floral. I love how the mismatched sets came together to build a beautiful tablescape. The pink and purple glassware she brought was perfect for our cocktails too. Each place setting also featured a hand-painted place card along with a tiny succulent.

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While talking about blooms and motherhood with Jenna of Craft Blooms she told me that she felt inspired to use succulents in her creations. Her thought was that succulents are enduring just like the strength and resiliency required for motherhood. We agreed that we’ve both been so fortunate to have shining examples of this from the amazing women role models in our lives.

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Tania is known for her giant paper flowers and for good reason! She can build such beautiful floral creations out of paper. We incorporated some of her smaller paper blooms into our balloon garland backdrop and I loved the results of this pairing.

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Pascal Lorange put together some of the most beautiful toast I’ve ever seen. The crostini that he prepared was wonderfully colorful and of course very tasty too. For desserts, we tried to go the more traditional tea service route. We had Pastel Bakery bake some of their old-school bakeshop goodies. The simple cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream was a beautiful, and the cookies and fruit tarts were absolutely delicious.

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We took the opportunity to take generational portraits of our guests that they will hopefully value as precious family mementos. Even when we don’t necessarily feel like being photographed, I think it’s so important to document our families as we grow and age together.

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Cheers to all of the amazing moms out there!

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Concept and styling: a la Mo | Photography: Rachael Smith Photography | Event Location: Mint Studio | Paper Flowers: Tania Fischer Design | Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Four Things Paper | Event Rentals (Pink & Gold Chair + accessories): CC Vintage Rentals | Tablescape Rentals: Not My Dish | Cake and Sweets: Pastel Bakery | Flowers: Craft Blooms | Crostini: CRUDO by Pasal Lorange | Model: The Jessica Journey

 

365 Days on Earth: a First Birthday Party

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Inspiration for parties, themes, and color palettes can come to me from anywhere. Sometimes I’ll get an idea in my head for a party and I won’t be satisfied until I make it a reality. That was the case with this 365 Days on Earth first birthday party. The idea first came to me while listening to Hullabaloo’s album, Shy Kid Blues, almost 3 years ago. Yes, that was long before my son was born, but I just knew I had to create a first birthday party theme based on Steve’s rollicking song about a year in the life entitled 365 Days on Earth (take a listen here for reference). Lucky for me, I did eventually get pregnant, give birth to a beautiful baby boy, and keep him alive for an entire year. Woohoo… party time!

Most babies probably don’t have their first birthday party theme picked out before they are born. Heck, most new parents probably aren’t thinking too far beyond the next feeding or sleepless night. I, on the other hand, could not wait to plan this party for Declan. I did wait until he was about 6 months old before I admitted to anyone else that I was already party planning though.

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I knew that I wanted the concept for this party to center around globes and to include lots of quotes directly from the song. I am fortunate to own a beautiful hand painted globe from Wild and Free Designs that fit perfectly with the theme and occasion. When I started pulling together a visual inspiration board, it became clear that I wanted to pair the globe with some modern black and white elements and maybe some hexagon patterning. I love how the blues, yellows, and greens of the globe came together with the black and white.

As with most of my events, I started off with the invitation design. Because of the unique theme, I knew I’d most likely need to design my own invitation. Luckily I discovered that Tiny Prints offers the option to upload your own invitation or card design. This discovery was great news for me! I loved being able to use my own printable design paired with all the fun options that they offer like different trims, papers, back side designs, envelope liners, pre-addressed envelopes, and personalized postage. While I was at it, I ordered some cute color-your-own kid’s Thank You cards so I was prepared after the party.

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When we first moved into our current home I was most excited about (1) the kitchen and (2) the built in shelves in the dining room. While the shelves usually house my cookbook collection and family mementos, I couldn’t help styling them especially for this party. I lined the back of the shelves with black and white striped paper before filling them with lots of fun decorations. My hand-painted globe was joined by a small collection of globes that I purchased at Cost Plus World Market. The trio of mini-globes is so cute! Photos of the birthday boy and coordinating party decor rounded out the shelf display.

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I used bold black and white stripes to set the backdrop of the dessert table. Layered on top of the stripes was a balloon garland to bring in some color. Every party needs a cake, and we had a stunning 2-tiered beauty. Jenny Wenny cakes managed to incorporate the stripes, world map, and a cool hexagon honeycomb pattern into one delicious cake. The crowning touch was a laser-cut acrylic topper boasting the theme of 365 Days on Earth. Incorporating custom cookies into my events has become a requirement for me. I’m always looking for unique ways to display the beautiful cookie creations, so this time I decided to hang them on an ornament stand. The idea was to make the Earth cookies look more like an actual globe and I love the results. NatSweets made so many fun cookie designs using my invitation design and the song lyrics. We also had some hand-painted globe gourmet apples. Roni’s Sugar Creations always takes care of the details and these apples were no exception. A little bit of glittery sparkle and pretty striped bows finished them off beautifully.

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Oversized engineering prints are one of my favorite ways to incorporate my printables into the party decor. This time I also used this product to create custom paper table runners for the guest tables. I’ve always loved the trend of the first birthday chalkboard statistics (height, weight, nickname, favorites, skills, words, etc.). I took this concept and turned all those fun facts into a unique table runner. I printed 2 on a 24″x36″ color engineering print and simply cut it down the middle to fit two tables. Blooms in yellow and white sat in the middle of both tables for the guests to enjoy.

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I love a good cake smash and I was really looking forward to seeing my son’s first taste of cake. The stage was set with some party streamers, a little ONE banner, and the same vintage wood highchair that we used for my daughter’s cake smash 5 years ago. Although I outsourced the other sweets for the party, I baked Declan’s little smash cake- banana cake with cream cheese frosting. He was pretty cautious when it came time to eat it. He seemed to like it, but I don’t think he was thrilled with all of the people watching him.

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Favors can sometimes be an afterthought for me, but this time I knew what I wanted to gift to our guests right away. It was important to me to send everyone home with some goodies from Hullabaloo since the band’s song inspired the party theme. Hullabaloo CD’s and Shy Kid Blues Coloring books were the perfect items to include from the band. I packaged them up in little black baskets from Oriental Trading and finished them off with crayons, globe punching bags, #1 balloon wands, and black and white lollipops.

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Concept, styling and stationery design: a la Mo | Photography: Stills by Hill Photography | Theme inspiration and favor coloring books and CDs: Hullabaloo Band | Invitations, thank you cards, custom napkins, photo decor: Tiny Prints | Favor packaging, tissue decorations, sunshine craft: Oriental Trading Company | Balloon Garland Kit: One Stylish Party | Declan and One Banners: Sweet Georgia Sweet | Cake Toppers and drink stirs: Jenn and Jules Designs | Cookies: NatSweets | Gourmet Apples: Roni’s Sugar Creations | Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes | Flowers: Barney Design | The World is Yours Globe: Wild and Free Designs | Globe collection: Cost Plus World Market

 

 

 

Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

Wether you’re Irish or just Irish for the day, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate. My daughter is 5 and loves to celebrate all holidays, big and small. When she recently asked me what we do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I was a little stumped. I told her that we wear green, but I felt like that was an inadequate answer considering that our family’s heritage does include quite a few ancestors from Ireland. I decided that we needed to make things a little more festive around our house for St. Patrick’s Day. I also teamed up with 8 other bloggers to share ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Visit all of the blogs to explore different kinds of holiday inspiriation for everyone’s favorite day to be Irish. You can also enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a $1oo Visa gift card. May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

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Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

To make my family feel special for St. Patrick’s Day, I styled a fun green and gold St. Patrick’s Day tablescape in our dining room. I wanted them to know how lucky I felt to be their mom and wife! A balloon garland, a quick centerpiece, individual Irish soda bread loaves, and printable cards at each place setting did the trick.

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For a simple centerpiece, I filled a gold basket with some small honeycomb tissue decorations and a paper clover garland I purchased at Target. That’s it! Nothing fancy, but it brought some great color and texture to the table.

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The balloon garland looks fancy, but it’s also fairly easy and inexpensive to put together. I admittedly have a bigger balloon collection than most people, so I had an assortment of different greens as well as gold and white balloons available. You can search for tutorials on how to make a garland using a balloon decorating strip like I did this time. Alternatively, you can save yourself some trouble and purchase a kit like the ones I love to use from One Stylish Party.

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Each place setting featured little details like a shamrock coaster that was really just a foam shape that I purchased in a pack from the dollar store. Personalized tent cards let each member of the family know how lucky I am to have them (download your free printable version below). Irish soda bread is one of my favorite traditional recipes that I remember my grandma making each year. I used her recipe and made them into individual loaves instead of the usual big ones. They looks so pretty wrapped up on each plate.

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If you’d like to use these place cards on your own table, you can download the free printable with 16 different version for husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, etc. Click here for your file.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

Now go check out the 8 other bloggers participating in this St. Patrick’s Day blog hop and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $100 gift card. I hope you’re inspired to create your own St. Patrick’s Day celebration for friends or family.

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Lucky You Party by Elva M Design Studio | Top of the Morning St. Patty’s Day Breakfast from Happy Family Blog | Lucky Me I have You! party by The Party Porch | Festive Holiday Breakfast from Giggle Home Furnishings | Shamrock Drink Station + Pinch Me Punch from Legally Crafty Blog | St Patrick’s Day Celebration from AK Party Studio | Follow the Rainbow Treasure Hunt + Pot of Gold Pancakes & Parfaits from Jolly and Happy | Lucky Charms Sweet Cart from Pretty Twinkle Party | Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape by a la Mo

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Cerealsly Lucky | a St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Bar

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productWhy should Valentine’s Day get to have all the fun with cute puns? When I started brainstorming ideas for a St Patrick’s Day party in partnership with Oriental Trading Company, I loved a gift idea that I ran across with the pun “Cerealsly Lucky”. I couldn’t get it out of my head, so ended up creating a Cerealsly Lucky themed St. Patrick’s Day cereal bar for breakfast.

You’ll find these fun details below:

  • An easy and inexpensive backdrop using square gold paper plates.
  • Rainbow tulle pompom garlands in two different sizes.
  • Homemade and store-bought cereal displayed in glass jars with lids.
  • Printable 8×10″ Cerealsly Lucky sign that you can download for free here!
  • A rainbow of fruit toppings including freeze-dried strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas, kiwi, and blueberries served in clear slanted bowls with individual scoops.
  • Striped rainbow snack or ice cream cups for guests to serve thier cereal creations in. They are just the right (small) serving size so that you can go back for seconds.

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I love the idea of a cereal bar where you offer different varieties of cereal, toppings, and milk. You could set out just a few options or go all-out and get fancy with lots of offerings. My decor for this cereal bar is pretty specific to St Patrick’s Day, but I could see the punny theme working well for many different occasions. The first thing that jumps to mind is “Cerealsly Lucky in Love” for Valentine’s Day or a bridal shower brunch.

Because this setup was for St. Patrick’s Day though, I used gold, green, and rainbows in the decor. I created the gold backdrop by attaching square paper plates to my backyard fence using painters tape. Green hanging clover decorations were layered over the gold backdrop and a framed printable sign featuring my Cerealsly Lucky theme was displayed front and center. I’ve been looking for an excuse to use my tulle pompom rainbow garlands since I originally created them for this princess party. They fit the St. Patrick’s Day theme, so I was more than happy to pull them out to add to this setup.

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I know this may be unpopular, but I’ve never really liked Lucky Charms. They are adorable… I mean, it doesn’t get much cuter than miniature rainbow marshmallows. I’m just much more of a Cocoa Krispies or Cinnamon Toast Crunch kind of a girl. In reality, I don’t buy any of it because 1. I’d eat it all and 2. I don’t want my kids to know it exists! So, even though Lucky Charms would have been the obvious choice for a St Patrick’s Day cereal bar, I went with homemade peanut butter granola and crisp rice cereal.

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The cereal was just the start though! We also had a rainbow of fruit options to add into the mix. It would also be fun to offer nuts or mini chocolate chips or marshmallows.

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I hope you’ve been inspired to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in a fun, new way with your little leprechauns or even your best girlfriends. “Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.”

Styling, Printables, and Photography: Party a la Mo  | Paper Decor and Serveware: Oriental Trading Company

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Bright Classroom Valentine’s Day Printables

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I’m sure classroom Valentine’s Day celebrations take many forms these days. My daughter’s kindergarten class has decided that the holiday is really about spreading love and friendship, and I agree! I’ve never been big on the romantic side of the holiday myself. As a kid, I loved getting little gifts from family members and exchanging cards with my classmates. I want to pass those fun traditions on to my kids.

We really do try to keep the sugar-consumption under control as much as possible, so I love non-candy ideas for classroom gifts and treats. This year we decided we wanted to share a small Valentine’s Day gift with the friends that make school days a little brighter.

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Maybe I’m easily impressed, but I went to a Taylor Swift concert a while back and I thought the flashing light-up bracelets that they handed out to the audience were so cool.  Granted, I don’t get to too many big-name, stadium-sized concerts these days, but the effect that the lights made when synchronized to the show really made an impression on me. My 5 year old also loved the bracelet that I brought home to her even though the lights only lasted a few days. With that as our inspiration, we chose these colorful light-up flash bracelets to gift to school friends for Valentine’s Day. I like that the bracelets have an on/off switch and the battery life is over 8 hours. The battery can also be replaced if you really wanted to. The bracelets come individually wrapped in a clear package that’s perfect for adding a bag topper to… no need to purchase any extra bags or packaging!

I designed 2 versions of the bag topper for you to use with the bracelets.  “You make my days so BRIGHT” and “You make my heart LIGHT UP” both work great for the light-up bracelets, but they could also work for heart sunglasses, glow sticks, or glow in the dark stickers.

Have fun spreading love this Valentine’s Day!

Just click on the version you want below to get the PDF printable file free for personal use. Print, cut, fold, and attach to your bags with double stick tape or staples.

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Dream Board Inspirational Printables

 

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Now that we’re a couple of weeks into the year, how are your new year’s resolutions holding up? Maybe you’re better than I am, but I know that when I’ve set resolutions they never last very long. However, if I set intentions based on what’s important to me, I find that they guide me through the new year in a positive way. I’ve shared before that I like to chose one little word for the year that I can keep going back to. This practice along with creating a dream or vision board helps me stay on track with making progress towards my best self.

When I shared the details from my New Year’s Dream Board Party, I also put it out into the world that my word for 2017 is CREATE. I fell in love with this word for its versatility. Creating is something that I’m passionate about, but the word is also a reminder that I have the power to create a life I love. Besides the obvious party projects that I want to create, I also want to create different kinds of art, precious memories with my family, healthy habits, and new work opportunities.

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Viewing a visual representation of your intentions on a daily basis really helps to set them in your mind. Dream Boards are such a great tool for this! Be sure to include words, quotes, and images that will remind you of your intentions for the future. And the good news is that creating a dream board does not need to be done on January first. It can be done any time of the year, so don’t feel like you missed the boat or that you need to wait for another fresh year. If you think you’d like to make a dream board for yourself, I want you to have the printable inspirational cards that I designed for my party guests.

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I found that printing these on 4×6″ photo paper at home worked really well. You can also just print the one you want on cardstock or regular printer paper. If you want to get fancy (or you just don’t have a color printer at home that you love) you can send the file off to be printed wherever you usually like to print your photos. Even if you don’t want to make an entire dream board, these inspirational prints would look fabulous in a frame.  Pick the one that speaks to your intentions, pop it into a 4×6″ frame, and place it somewhere you’ll see it each day.

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Enjoy these free printable inspirational quotes centering around the words create, dream, happy, family, love, and shine. Just click on the image you like to bring up the pdf file.

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Elopement Styled Shoot

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As I’ve been looking back on 2016, I realized that I hadn’t yet shared the details of this beautiful elopement styled shoot by Angela Garzon Photography. Angela and I connected through a mutual photographer friend and she asked me to participate in her shoot. As a stylist, I’m usually the one asking other people to contribute or participate in my projects. It was a nice change of events to be able to design the wedding stationery for Angela’s intimate elopement concept. 

The look for the shoot was earthy with a lot of texture and some pattern. Color played an important role with a natural palette plus pops of deep color including indigo and magenta.  I love the touches of sparkle that the crystals added. Angela did a beautiful job styling and photographing everything and the final result is seriously stunning!

I’m so happy that my stationery designs could be a small part of this project. Enjoy some of the photos of my work here and then jump over to Angela’s blog for a more in-depth look at the rest of the pretty details. 

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There’s more! Check out everything else here.

Photography: Angela Garzon Photography | Styling: Angela Garzon and Holly Sutor | Flowers: Avoiding and Making Florals | Stationery: Party a la Mo | Cake: Diana’s Desserts

New Year’s Dream Board Party

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I’m a very visual person, so for several years now I’ve been piecing together an annual vision board to sum up my dreams for the year and keep them in a prominent place. If you’ve never gone through this process, I highly recommend it. You can find some helpful tips from Bri Geeski here. To keep my board focused, I also like to work around my one little word for the year. For 2017, I wanted to share the experience of creating my vision board with a few of the creative ladies that I’m lucky to have in my life. I arranged this New Year’s Dream Board Party for 6 of us to get together and plan for the year ahead. We chose our words, crafted our dream boards, and had so much fun in the process. As it turns out, we all agreed that it was a very relaxing experience. It was an opportunity to take a break from all of the holiday stress, focus on our selves, and have a little time with the girls.

My one word for 2017 is CREATE. I want to create art, opportunities, healthy habits, and strong relationships. I want to create a life I love, and the only person responsible for doing that is me! I feel like this word will empower me to make some important changes in my life. Other words that the guests chose were shine, happy, love, family, and dream.

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Each guest got a notebook to write down their thoughts about their word and the focus of their dream board. I had 16×20″ framed corkboards available for everyone to use too. I asked them to bring any items or photos from home that they knew they wanted to include on their boards. We went through piles of magazines looking for inspiring images and words to use. My family’s holiday photo card was a big inspiration for the party decor and I also put it right in the middle of my board. We are sending out New Years cards this year, so that worked out perfectly. Everything I do is for that family, so it’s important to me to put them right in the center of the dreams that I have for my future.

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The event took place at The Mint Studio, a beautiful local spot for gathering and crafting. I don’t like to do things in a small way, so we had lots of pretty details to make the morning memorable. Don’t miss these highlights:

⁃ Colorful Balloon Garland that I put together using a kit that included everything needed. Simple to assemble and such a big visual impact.
⁃ Gorgeous food that we all really enjoyed. I adore the vibrant colors of that golden beet carpaccio. Yum!
⁃ Acrylic blocks with designs featuring the 2017 words of the year. Another beautiful reminder to stay focused on what’s important.
⁃ Bright floral arrangements featuring pomegranates and mandarin oranges.
⁃ Drink stirs that were personalized with each guest’s name.
⁃ Dessert! Custom cookies featured our chosen words and the cake tasted as good as it looks.

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I wish you and yours a beautiful 2017! Thanks for following along with my creative journey.

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Venue: Mint Studio | Styling: Party a la Mo  | Photography: Sarah Tolson Photography | Acrylic blocks, notebooks and New Years cards: Tiny Prints  | Food: Crudo by Pascal Lorange  | Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes | Cookies: Southern Belle Specialties  | Floral Design: Blooming to Inspire | Balloon Garland: One Stylish Party | Cake topper and drink stirs: Jenn and Jules Designs | Candyfetti: Sweets Indeed | Guests: Katie of Just Add Sunshine, Phyllis of Phyllis Sa Design, Jayme of The Mint Studio, Jen of Jen Pacella Design

 

Mermaids and Whales: a Shared Kid’s Room

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As I prepare to pack up my home of the past 10 years, I have something I want to share with you. I want to show you the shared room that I put together for my baby boy and 5 year old girl. Our current home has just 2 bedrooms, so when we found out we were having a boy I knew I wouldn’t be putting together a nursery just for him. A shared boy and girl room seemed like a challenge, but I put a lot of thought into making it a space that my girly girl would love while still keeping some boy-friendly areas. My daughter chose the theme, but then I took over from there. She wanted mermaids, so I generalized the theme to make it a little more gender neutral. We went with Under the Sea… mermaids for her and whales for him!

We painted the room a beautiful light aqua color (BEHR Clear Aqua). Most of the furniture was left from my daughter’s original nursery and we added a mini crib for the new baby. The bedding and accessories are a mix of handmade, Target, Pottery Barn, Tiny Prints, and a couple DIY projects. Some of my favorite details can be found below.

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  • Mermaid Scale coffee filter wall art
  • Big girl bedding of mermaid sheets and a wave quilt
  • DIY bubble chandelier
  • Coral, the handmade mermaid doll
  • “A Mermaid Sleeps Here” pillow (see below to make your own!)

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  • Navy and aqua quilt that was handmade by my aunt
  • Personalized name pillow including all of his birth stats
  • Wood California rattle
  • Customized whale canvas with the quote “Dream Big, Little One”
  • Handmade wood rocking horse that was lovingly crafted by my uncle
  • “You Are Loved by Me” watercolor painting from my baby sprinkle decor

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Not long after I completed the kid’s room, we decided to put our house on the market. It sold quickly and we’re all excited to move into a new, bigger house where the kids will have their own rooms. I guess you could say that the mermaids and whales will be going their separate ways soon. They did look awfully cute together while it lasted though. I hope you enjoy the details as much as I do.

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If you have a little mermaid of your own, I’m happy to share the file so that you can make your own “A Mermaid Sleeps Here” pillow. Just download the file here and upload it to Tiny Prints to make a Favorite Memory pillow.

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Sources

Wave Quilt Set and Whale Wall Shelf: Target Pillowfort | Portraits of the kids: Stills by Hill Photography | Canvas Art and Custom Pillows: Tiny Prints | Full of Heart Mermaid Print: Ann Shen | CA State Rattle: Bannor Toys | Mermaid Doll: Green Stitches | Bailey Sheet Set: Pottery Barn Kids | Baby Memory Book: Lucy Darling | “You Are Loved by Me” Watercolor Painting: The Prints and the Pea