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Thursday, August 28, 2014

children's book themed baby shower

I feel like it's been a while since I planned a baby shower!
My sweet friend Kari is due with her first baby in a few weeks and Jennie and I had the honor & joy of throwing her a baby shower.We asked our friend Linda if we could have the party at her house because...well the pictures speak for themselves....
These are all iPhone photos and are all random sizes, ha!
One of these days I'll splurge for a "real" camera. 
We wanted to have each food to match a children's book. 
The dinglehoppers made me laugh out loud when I thought of it.
Pizza Port anyone?! 
Mad Hatters tea party sandwiches. 
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. 
Table settings are always my FAVORITE. 
I made a simple table runner from old books that I purchased at the thrift store
and were falling apart (so I didn't feel too bad cutting them apart). ok... I felt I little bad. 
I texted Jennie and told her I was a book murderer, but it's so cute!!!!
For the centerpieces Linda made flower arrangements from her garden and 
her wonderful daughter Debbie's garden. Then I just placed more books on the tables.
At each setting there was a handmade bookmark from Jennie, 
a chocolate chip cookie (thank you Martha Stewart for the recipe) with a straw and a 
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie tag attached. 
Also, there was a card with a letter on it (found via Design Sponge) that each lady wrote 
a piece of wisdom or encouragement to Kari on. 
We will turn it into a book soon. 
Pretty presents. 
My friend Chelsea made a yummy apple crustada and 
Jessy of Arrowleaf Baking made chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. 

Sheesh, I love this girl. 
Kari has been working with me for almost 3 years and I am so incredibly thankful for her! 
Now that she's going to be a stay at home mommy, she's leaving me (insert crying face). 
She's going to be a wonderful mom, I just know it. 

I love you Kari and can't wait to meet your precious daughter!!! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

little explorer // sticks & stones

When Kelli and I were chatting about Ezra's birthday
we really did want to keep it simple, but with some fun details. 
Painting sticks & stones became our main details for the party (and the fun trail mix bar). 
Oh hey buddy. 
It was fun having Ezra help me paint. 
I'm in love with these painted sticks!!! 
Lastly we hung sticks and feathers as a basic backdrop for the trail mix and drinks.
Again, so simple!
And this amazing canoe from Beargrass Gardens

One of my favorite things about this party was how we aimed to keep it simple. 
I really believe you can have a wonderful party and make it special by adding a few special touches. 
We did just that! We had a few fun details, but nothing too crazy. 

Can't wait till the next party! 

Photography - Kelli Trontel
Table accessories & decor- Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events

Sunday, July 27, 2014

little explorer // trail mix bar

As I mentioned in my previous post at Ezra's "little explorer" birthday party
we had a trail mix bar for guests as they arrived. 
Granola, dried cranberries, swedish fish, chocolate chips, chocolate rocks, bugles, 
m&m's, yogurt covered raisins, peanuts, and pretzels. 
I love Kelli's handwriting!
 We decorated with the simple sticks & stones we painted and wrote on (I'll post about that soon).
 Bugles are my fave because they remind me of teepees. 
We used them in the "teepee trail mix" for Kelli's baby shower
 Rocks?!?! Yep, chocolate rocks. 
 To hold the trail mix we used seed starters and coffee filters (I got the idea here).
 The birthday boy enjoying his trail mix. 
It was a huge hit! 
I love doing these kind of special and different treats at a party!

Photography - Kelli Trontel
Table accessories & decor- Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events

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