I fell in love with these totally kooky green flowers and knew they had to be the centerpiece of a casual dinner with friends. And moreover, they’re still alive two weeks later. What matches something this funky? An equally bizarre neon-ish tablecloth, my favorite bug-inspired dishes that never match anything, and some random namecards. All in, a mixed up mess that was a lot of fun with some fresh spring foods: roasted red pepper soup, asparagus salad, chicken with prunes and olives, and good old fashioned banana pudding.
One of our little ones hit the big 2-year mark – unbelievable! To cap off the week’s celebrations, we held a 50′s style sock hop at a local diner. Though decorations were sparse per the Creamery’s request, we still managed to get everyone in celebration mode with mass quantities of milkshakes, accessories (sunglasses, bead necklaces, and, of course, bobby socks), and an amazing home sewn poodle skirt for the birthday girl. Between the sugar, the sandwiches, the balloon animals, and the 50′s soundtrack, it was total 2-year old awesome chaos.
The details: the invite was a record, decorations stuck to a checkered pattern and poodle. Activities included coloring in poodles, dancing, tearing apart balloon animals, and chomping down on grilled cheese, hot dogs, pb&js, blts and milkshakes. Perfect for a tiny TWO!
To keep the focus on spending time with my real loves, and not my love of decorating, Valentine’s is simple and modern. Who says red, orange and pink can’t go together?
Just a fun little start to the year with a breakfast of blowers and hats. All pieces grabbed from kitchen shelves and closet boxes – including the New Year’s headbands, bought on sale after ringing in the new year last year. Champagne glasses made for great vases and for the flowery fringe of the blowers. We’ve had a heck of a 2012 and can’t wait to see what 2013 brings!
We doubled up on the holidays this year, first with real-Christmas as a foursome, then with post-Christmas with lots of fun in-laws. To make for a quick table transformation, the key was doubling up on the centerpiece. Lots and lots and lots of vintage bottle brush trees spruced up the table (pun intended). For the kiddo morning celebration, we stuck with brights – lots of modern reds, greens and spots. For the evening adult affair, things turned more classic with the traditional Spode tree plates and a deeper color palette. Oh Christmas night!
And for the larger, adult-heavy group, something a bit more sophisticated…
How-to-throw-the-best-birthday-party-ever, otherwise known as less-is-more. I turned a year older recently, and my husband turned the brownie-points a notch higher by pulling off the best, low key, fun birthday party I’ve had in years. Talk about showing how you don’t need to decorate much to have a good party, he made one trip to Target (with both girls) for some streamers, a banner and some balloons, then sent me off for a manicure while he set up. When I got back, he had cookie dough and sprinkles at the ready (for kids to decorate), friends at the house and a just-starting-to-talk daughter helping with the Happy Birthday song. A pretty awesome recipe for a really good party.
With two amazing little bundles of joy in our household, we thank our lucky stars everyday that they’re part of our lives and that we’ve got such amazing friends and family to help guide them in the right direction (or at least keep their heads from hitting the hard wood too roughly while throwing tantrums on the kitchen floor – yes, we’ve hit the terrible two’s a little early). And since we’re not the most religious folks, but do have strong thoughts on the values we want to raise these kiddos with, we put together a little shindig to officially put those ideas to paper. Hadley and Carter’s great godparents joined for a starry-themed brunch with bright colors and dancing cows and lots of quirky stars on sticks.
The gold-ish tablecloth and definitely gold chargers were a nice backdrop to bright colored napkins. Bud vases held up the nursery-rhyme-esque stars and pot-bellied cows. Our family creed was the centerpiece.
I loved putting together these bright paper stars that hung over the table. Something fun to look up at really makes a simple table look more festive.
So even if the girls were pretty/completely unaware of what was going on, it was a nice little moment for our little family that’s full of lots of love. And hopefully the girls will live up to at least some of our wishes for them, like the (least) important one of wanting to get their nails done with me.