Coming Soon(er than I Can Believe!): Picnic 1st Birthday Party

How is my baby almost one?! Though she’s definitely gotten a good dose of second-kid treatment her and there, we’re throwing her a big ole bash to celebrate this milestone. Though the actual details have a big ways to go, at least the invites are out the door.

It’s a picnic party, so to get guests set, they got fully prepped with plate, napkin and woodenware. The invite gave all the info – and gave me a major break from the typical cutting and pasting and crafting of a party invite. I just designed the stamp and got it made at this great online custom stamp company. And the mini tablecloth inside each box? Just a paper napkin cut to fit. Easy as pie…and now onto the menu planning.

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Dinner in black and white

 

About as simple as it comes…black and white and black and white.

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Simply green

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.

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A rockin’ and boppin’ 2nd birthday sock hop

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!

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Liking a simple table for LOVE day

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?

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Cheers to 2013

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!

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Twenty-four trees, one holiday, two ways

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…

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