New Year’s Eve Favorite Things Brunch

Happy new year! The ladies in my family have started a new tradition of having a favorite things brunch around the holidays where my younger cousin and I host our moms, aunts, and grandmothers at my house for a fun morning of fellowship and gifting. (Click here to read more about the favorite things game.) This year, we had extra helping hands from our cousin’s new wife. (You may remember when we hosted her wedding shower last spring.) Last year, we hosted the brunch a week before Christmas, but this year we decided a New Year’s Eve brunch would work best.

We had a lot of fun setting the table this year! It was a special treat to break out linens and actual dinnerware and treat the ladies of our family to something special. We’re definitely a family that typically uses disposable plates and napkins for family gatherings.

Each place setting had a water glass, linen napkin, mimosa champagne flute with a swizzle stick, favor, party hat, name card, small plate, dinner plate, charger, and utensils. Trust me, we really upped the table setting ante from last year’s brunch.

The party hats were from Target, and almost everyone wore their hat during brunch! It was so much fun to look around the table and see everyone wearing party hats and enjoying themselves. The name cards were a simple DIY using free flower clip art. This helped us identify which mimosas should be mocktails. Plus it was a really sweet touch everyone seemed to appreciate.

We found the Bubbles & Kisses favor idea from Pinterest, and it was a huge hit! All we did was add some Hershey Kisses to an organza favor bag, write “Bubbles & Kisses” on gift tags from Target, and add it to the mini bottles of sparkling cider.

I’m going to get real for a minute and admit that this cake was almost a huge problem. It all started when I ordered a cake topper that didn’t arrive correctly, and then the Etsy seller forgot to send the correct topper. She was really gracious about it and gave me a full refund, but the cake already started with a disadvantage: no topper. Then, when we picked up the cake, it didn’t look at all like it was supposed to look. Instead of being covered in an edible glitter, it had gold sprinkles haphazardly sprinkled all over.

Honestly, we just needed to reset our mental picture of how the cake was supposed to look and instead accept how it actually looked. Once we did that, it became a lot easier to move forward. I found a free clock printable to use as the central topper, and we just used a decorative scalloped circle punch to add some circles to add some something decorative around the clock. This all happened around midnight the night before the brunch. The cake itself was strawberry and delicious.

The rest of the table’s centerpiece featured grocery store flowers in holiday vases, a beaded runner, and the cake on a silver cake plate. There was enough going on with the rest of the table to feel comfortable with a simpler centerpiece.

All of the food was placed on a small buffet table near the main dining table. Unfortunately, the only place to put the buffet table blocked one of the doors into the dining room, so we had to get a little creative blocking the exit. The mix of balloons and the banner ended up being the perfect kitschy, not-so-serious additions to the party decor. The balloons were hung from the door frame with sequined ribbon, so the extra touch of sparkle was really fun.

The food itself was a mix of old and new recipes, and it was all well received by the brunch guests.

Menu:

Happy new year, friends!

Florida Room Inspiration

The weather has finally turned to winter, and I’m dreaming of escaping to the beach for a few days. I’m fortunate to live near enough to Florida to make annual trips. I’m also fortunate enough to be able to visit my dad’s Florida condominium whenever I’m able. While it’s not directly on the beach, it’s located in close proximity to shopping and dining while only being about a 20-minute drive away from the beach. My Dad, Step-Mom, and grandparents make regular use of the condo to visit our Florida family and have furnished the two-bedroom condo to resemble our mountain home here in Tennessee. It truly does feel like we’re at home when we’re inside the comfortably furnished condo.

However, the condo features a screened-in porch, and I can’t help but think this room would be the perfect opportunity to inject some local flavor. This “room” can be used year-round thanks to Florida’s warm weather. When my family purchased the condo, the room was given a good scrub, fresh paint, and new window screens. I think it would be lovely to continue the fresh paint job up to the ceiling with a lovely coat of blue. Benjamin Moore™’s Polar Sky would be the perfect shade of “haint blue” for the ceiling:

Adding an indoor/outdoor rug would provide a nice pop of color, too, while also helping to make the room feel more like an actual room rather than merely a screened-in porch. I think adding a rug would be a key component to ensuring the porch received regular use.

Adding some warmer elements to the rest of the room would help break up the blue ceiling and rug-covered floor. Adding a touch of nautical is always a fun way to bring coastal style to any room. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)

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I also think adding a bar cart with lots of pops of color and fun would be a useful addition to any Florida-inspired room. How gorgeous is that bar cart styled by AM Dolce Vita? (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)

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Adding elements of Florida style to the room would allow the space to function in a multitude of ways. A weathered farm table could become the focal point of the room for alfresco Florida dining. Or, a casual seating area could be added to create an outdoor living room suitable for visiting with friends and family to make the most use of Florida’s year-round sunshine.

If you want some more Florida inspiration, be sure to check out my Florida-inspired Pinterest board.

If you’re ready to take your Florida dreams to the next level and own a piece of paradise, check out the  Douglas Elliman Florida Real Estate page.

Blue House Tour: Dining Room

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When we bought our first house, a dining room was on the wish list, but it wasn’t meant to be. (I made the most of what we did have, though.) Before we even moved into our blue house, I was beyond excited to finally have a dining room and spent some time dreaming up a mood board. You can read about my intent with the mood board here. I actually did end up purchasing similar curtains and the buffet from the below mood board around the time we moved into our blue house, and I absolutely still adore both of them to this day.

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Our dining room has come a long way since we purchased our blue house back in December 2012. (Click here to see before photos of the entire house!)

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One of the main reasons we fell in love with this house was the floor plan. The dining room is right off of the kitchen, but it still has easy access to the rest of the house. This has been a perfectly functional layout for us and all of the entertaining we do — especially around the holidays.

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After we moved in, we made a few changes to the dining room. We moved the light fixture seen in the before photos above into the hallway leading to our master suite, added a new chandelier, painted, changed out the window treatments, added our furniture and called it done for a few years.

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We also replaced the large window within the first year of living here. The seal had broken, so it had begun collecting moisture between the panes of glass making it impossible to see outside. A family friend volunteered to replace it for free, so we only had to pay $150 for the new window itself. The new window lets in so much more light, plus it’s not a total eyesore anymore. I thanked our family friend with a tin of frozen cookie dough.

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Earlier this year, we made a big change to our dining room: we ordered a completely custom dining table and chairs! This has long been a dream of mine. When we were first married, we borrowed a table and six chairs from Travis’ parents. It was beautiful, and we were so fortunate to not have to make a major purchase early in our marriage. We used the borrowed table and chairs for about eight years. As seen in the above photo, the borrowed table and chairs were beautiful. However, they were not fitting in with the new style of our blue house.

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We custom designed our new table and chairs at Braden’s Lifestyles to our exact preferences. Our dining set (excluding the two head chairs) was designed by us and built by Palettes by Winesburg. We love that this furniture is 100% American made and is solid wood. It should last a lifetime… at least. We have three, 12″ leaves we can add to the table, which means 12 people can sit comfortably in our dining room for holiday meals. For everyday use, we leave one leaf in the table and store four of the dining chairs, which were also custom made by the same company.

Braden’s Lifestyles made it so easy to design our table to exactly what we wanted and needed. We designed the furniture on Black Friday of last year, and it was delivered to us about four months later since each piece had to be built to our specifications. Since the table and chairs are natural products that are still living and breathing we had to let it acclimate to the conditions in our home for about a month before we could find places to store the extra chairs and leaves. We keep two of the extra chairs in the dining room corners most of the time for extra seating, the other two extra chairs in a closet, and the leaves are stored under our bed.

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Decorating our dining room has been a lot of fun. I added a plate rail from a local store to one wall, and I enjoy changing out the decorative plates for different seasons. Currently, I have plates from The Pioneer Woman collection at Walmart. Pretty soon, I’ll change the plates out for a fall look.

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Next to the plate rack, I have two black and white prints from one of our favorite cities: St. Augustine, Florida. We spent part of our honeymoon in St. Augustine. My grandparents also honeymooned there and brought back our entire family year after year. We purchased the prints during one of our many trips from a street artist. I added the prints to some simple black frames, and they’ve lived in our dining room for several years now.

In the above photo, you can also see the metallic sheen of the walls. We used Valspar’s Brilliant Metals product in a color the seems to no longer be available. This was a finicky product to use, and I’m not sure I would recommend it or ever use it again. However, we receive so many compliments on the wall in this room that the difficulty of using this product may have been worth it. After having this color on the walls for nearly four years, I’m still not tired of it.

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The opposite wall displays a large-scale Ikea piece. Typically, I don’t like purchasing art from Ikea, but when I saw this canvas art piece a few years ago I immediately fell in love with it. I still love it, and I expect to love it for a very long time. One of the spoons looks like it has an “S” on top. Our last name begins with an S, so I enjoy sneaking in another “monogrammed” element to our home.

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The buffet from the mood board sits in the corner by the door to the kitchen. I had glass cut for the top, and it’s definitely helped protect this little piece during the years. The sign on the top was purchased from a craft fair in Georgia and reads, “Bless the food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us. Amen.” I love the little reminder to be thankful for all that we have. The topiary is a preserved boxwood purchased 90 percent off after Christmas several years ago. It needed some minor repairs and a new ribbon. The boxwood leaves are dusted with a silver glitter that is so pretty in this room year around.

Our dining room is one of my most favorite rooms in the house, and I am so excited to dress up our new table for Christmas this year!

Source List:

Table and Chairs: Braden’s Lifestyles
Buffet: Amazon
Chandelier: Home Depot
Sheer Curtains: JCPenny, Aqua Dust
Gray Curtains: JCPenny, Techno Gray
Plant: Gifted
Plant Pot: IKEA
Table Runner: Target (no longer available)
Rooster Candle Holder: Yard Sale
Candles: Hobby Lobby
Dinner Plates on Display: Walmart
Salad Plates on Display: Walmart
St. Augustine Prints: Purchased from street vendor
Spoon Art: IKEA (no longer available)
Lamp: TJ Maxx
Sign on Buffet: Craft Fair
Topiary: Burkes Outlet, after Christmas sale
Art Above Buffet: Gifted

Paint Colors:

Above Chair Rail: Valspar’s Brilliant Metals
Below Chair Rail: Mark Twain House Ombra Gray, Valspar

To see some of the other posts from this room, click any of the links below:

Favorite Things Christmas Brunch

A Pretty Black Christmas Tree for the Dining Room

New Dining Room Art & A Fall Table

Navy and Orange Tablescape Celebrates the End of Summer

Happy Birthday Tablescape

A Pretty Spring Buffet Table

Thrift Shop Challenge, Part II: A Parisian-Inspired Tablescape

A Baby Shower Menu

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part I: Dining Room

Dining Room Dreaming

Simple Update, Big Difference

Linking up to TDC.

Star Wars Meets Disney Wedding Shower

Recently I was fortunate enough to co-host a wedding shower for my cousin and his fiance. We loosely based the theme on their wedding colors, her love for all things Disney, and his love for all things Star Wars.

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The photo backdrop was one of the easiest projects we made for the shower and easily one of the most fun details from their shower. All we did was hang Dollar Tree table clothes from a string wound through the ceiling tiles. Easy peasy! The bride liked this idea so much, she took all of the tablecloths with her to possibly use at their wedding reception.

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We included a selfie station with photo props near the backdrop, and we all had a bunch of fun taking photos in front of the decorations.

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We used rented black linens for the food and gift tables, which we positioned around the perimeter of the room. This really helped to define the different functional areas of the shower by grounding the perimeter with a dark color. Plus, the table decorations absolutely popped on top of the black! We placed rows of tables in the middle of the space for guests. These tables were covered with the same purple, Dollar Tree tablecloths used for the photo backdrop. I always prefer to use plastic tablecloths where people eat for easier cleanup.

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We attempted to keep the decor simple and reflective of the bride and groom.

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I custom ordered the invitations from Etsy, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out. We loved the custom design of the invitations so much that we added it to the cake!

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We had planned on 75 guests, and the menu we planned was definitely was fit for a crowd.

Menu:

Cake (half chocolate, half white)
Pulled Barbeque Chicken and Pork with Rolls (5 lbs of each meat from Buddy’s Bar-B-Q)
Chicken Tenders and Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Meatballs
Buffalo Chicken Dip, Sausage Dip, and Salsa with Tortilla Chips
Cream Cheese Pinwheels
Chicken Cheese Ball with Crackers
Cheese Platter
Pasta Salad
Marshmallow Pops
Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods
Sweet Tea and Bottled Water

We had planned on 75 guests, and this menu definitely was fit for a crowd.

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This shower was definitely a labor of love for the future Mr. and Mrs., but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Their wedding is now just a few, short weeks away!

p.s. Click here to see a gender-neutral baby shower and here to see a pink and zebra baby shower!

(Linking up to BNOTP.)

Favorite Things Christmas Brunch

Merry week of Christmas! I hosted a Christmas favorite things brunch (ladies only!) over the weekend, and I wanted to share it with you before the holiday passes us by.

Menu:

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Decor:

I added a few new things to my Christmas dining room decor this year, such as my black Christmas tree.

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Favorite Things Game:

If you’ve never been to a favorite things party, I highly recommend hosting one. The premise is simple, you bring a pair of your favorite things at a certain price point. The two people who draw your name each receives one of your favorite things. Each person leaves with two, new favorite things!

I set our price point at $15, which was challenging in a fun way. I chose two faux fur blankets as my favorite thing to bring. However the majority of the women in my family chose to bring a snowman as evidenced by the photo below. Ha! I received the trio of snowmen (far right) and one of the largest snowmen made from corn husks (second from the left). The two smallest snowmen below are from an adorable snowman nativity.

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(Linking up to Between Naps on the Porch.)

Top 10 Most Pinned Posts

We are having a dreary, rainy day here in Tennessee, so naturally I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. During a search for a housewarming gift, a project of mine popped up (See number 9 below)! This exciting find led me on a hunt to find my post popular posts on Pinterest.

1. Three Easy Kabob Recipes

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2. How to Can Spaghetti Sauce (Recipe Included!)

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3. Red Front Door

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4. Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

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5. My Favorite Taco Seasoning Spice Blend

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6. Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

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7. How to Make a Tutu Wreath

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8. DIY Paint Chip Art

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9. DIY Keepsake Art

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10. How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

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Honorable Mention:

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

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Can’t Live Without ‘Em Kitchen Tools

A friend of mine is preparing for a move to Japan later this year and has been working through which home items she needs to take and which items still need to be purchased. This conversation got me thinking about the items around my house that are indispensible to my husband and I and the way we live our lives.

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite kitchen items. These are the items that I would hate to ever be without in the kitchen.

1. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

 

My KitchenAid stand mixer is one of my most favorite things… ever! It makes perfect mashed potatoes, bread, and cake batters every time. It makes holiday meal prep a breeze. Plus, it’s a huge time saver in the kitchen. I received my red mixer as a Christmas gift in 2008, and I simply cannot imagine life without it. I’m quite sure I would not be as confident in the kitchen without it.

2. A Flat Stainless Steel Whisk

I admit to owning several whisks, but there’s only one I reach for time and time again: a stainless steel flat whisk. When the Pioneer Woman recommended this whisk a few years back, I knew I had to have one. It hasn’t let me down.

3. Onion Chopper

I registered for this onion chopper when we were married 6 years ago, and I’ve not put it down since! It’s perfect for chopping all varieties of vegetables, including onions. This little tool makes quick work of chopping loads of vegetables at once. I’ve used it for recipes that require loads of chopping (think canning relish that requires finely diced veggies) and to keep my eyes from watering while chopping onions. Plus, the price can’t be beat!

4. Giada De Laurentiis Mezzaluna Knife

While this product is sadly no longer available, I couldn’t not include it on this list. I purchased it at Target for less than $20 with a coupon not expecting much. Boy, was I wrong! This little knife is easy to use and sharp enough to power thorough any chopping needs I have. It was also made for a woman’s hand, unlike most knives, which makes it easy for me to work with. If this ever becomes available again, I will buy several as gifts for the women in my life!

5. Crockpot

I’ve saved the best for last. My crockpot is my absolute, No. 1 favorite kitchen tool. I have the Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, and I use it at least once a week. I love this model because it comes with a timer (essential), a lockable lid (useful), and a keep warm setting (thank you!) that automatically turns on when the cooking time is complete. It’s the perfect size and has not disappointed me once!

That’s my top 5 kitchen helpers. I’ll share another area of our home sometime soon that makes my life better. What are your favorite kitchen items?

5 Tips for a Simpler Holiday Season

Sometimes it seems like the holiday season is one endless to-do list. While I love to-do lists as much as the next gal, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy the moment rather than worrying about what the next 15 moments should look like. Today, I’m sharing with you five steps I’m taking towards enjoying a simpler holiday season this year.

1. Purchase Gifts Early

I always begin Christmas shopping as soon as possible. This year, I actually began the day after Christmas LAST YEAR with all of the post-Christmas sales. Click here to read more about how and why I shop early.

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I’m happy to report that my Christmas shopping is DONE! And, as an added bonus, all of the gifts are already wrapped. I’m so happy to have this checked off of my to-do list for the holiday season.

2. Tried & True Recipes & Meal Planning

If you’re like us, you host multiple holiday meals at your home. The one thing I’ve learned over the years is to only prepare dishes you know. This is not the time to try out that recipe you tore from that magazine two years ago. Trust me: I know.

When it comes to holiday meal prep, I’ve learned that simpler is better. When planning your menu, stick to dishes you’ve cooked before (whether they’re special holiday dishes or everyday staples.) If there’s a new dish you’ve been saving for Christmas, try it out a few weeks in advance. You’ll either love it and add it to your meal, or you’ll be glad you didn’t try to prepare it on a special (and busy) day.

I’ve also learned it’s best to plan your meals well in advance. I like to write out all of the events we have scheduled and then plan dishes accordingly. Having it all planned out ensures that I have all the serving dishes I need on hand for each event and that I don’t forget grocery store ingredients. I add the menu plans and grocery store list to my Christmas binder.

3. Easy Decor

I never stress about decorating my house for the holidays. I have two bins of Christmas decor in addition to what we need to decorate our Christmas tree stored in the attic. I use the same decorations each year, and I use all of our decorations each year. I love our Christmas decorations, but I’m not overwhelmed with more than I can handle; simple is best.

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Plus, having all black and white Christmas decor, keeps me from over-shopping on extra things I don’t need each year. Finding black and white during a time of red and green is difficult, which makes the items I have even more special since they’re usually one of a kind.

4. Make Clean Up Easy

Let’s face it: hosting holiday parties can be messy from all the food preparing, eating and gift unwrapping. Here’s a few ways I make clean up a breeze:

  1. Ask guest to bring dishes. Hosting a potluck party cuts down on the number of pots and pans you’re left to clean.
  2. Use paper products. Simply throwing away paper plates at the end of a meal is way better than standing at the sink for hours cleaning up plates. We use paper plates, cups and napkins for large get-togethers. However, real utensils are always appreciated by guests.
  3. Keep large trash bags handy for unwrapping gifts. While I’m sure my cat would love endless piles of gift wrap, I’m happier trashing it as soon as possible.

5. Accept That There Will Be Stress

While the holidays are great fun, you must accept that you will experience some stress at some point. I know that we’ll hit the roads at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve and not return home until 1 or 2 a.m. Christmas morning. I will inevitably forget something, and we will probably be late to at least one event. But, that’s ok.

One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote an article about this very thing: It’s OK if Your Holidays Aren’t Totally Stress Free and Simple.

The holidays are NOT about being perfect, they’re a time to celebrate the love of Christ and family, and that’s precisely what I intend to do this year. How do you keep your holidays simple?

Fall Party Ideas

It’s no surprise that we enjoy entertaining in our blue house, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about hosting a fall-themed party. I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my fall-inspired party plans.

The Menu

The star of any party is usually the food, and I hope to have a lot of fun with a fall-themed menu. Whenever we have a large party, we always do it potluck style asking our guests to bring smaller menu items while we provide the main portions of the meal.

I’d love to pull together a chili bar, where we’d provide my Rainy Day Chili — along with a vegetarian option — while asking guests to bring items needed to set up the bar: sour cream, crackers, corn chips, cheese etc.

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In addition to bringing chili bar items, I’ll ask guests to bring side dishes, so that I can focus on dessert! Up first on my dessert menu, I’m planning to make Monster Munch recently featured on eighteen25. I think all add Reese’s Pieces to mine, though. This is one of those recipes that would be so fun to customize to your specific tastes.

The  dessert I’m most excited about, though, is a red velvet bundt cake. Oh yes. I’ve made it before using this recipe, and it is so good. It’s the perfect red velvet cake recipe, and trust me, I’ve tried plenty. Instead of using the ganache as directed, I think it would be fun to let the red show through. Instead, I would drizzle black and white candy melts over the cake and tuck in a few black spider rings.

Decorations and Activities

I’m normally not one to do much outdoor decorating for the fall season. However, now that we’re in a new neighborhood (rumored to have many trick or treaters), it seems appropriate to decorate outside. I’m thinking pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins! If we carve any, I’m looking forward to trying a trick seen on Pinterest.

Sitting around a fire pit seems mandatory for a fall party. We have a few chairs, but I think it would be fun to supplement chairs with hay bales covered in old quilts. Charming, right?

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For plenty of fall inspirations check out my Welcome Fall Pinterest board.What preparations are you making for fall?

Gender Neutral Sweet Baby Shower Details

I think it’s about time to wrap up the gender neutral baby shower posts, and what better way to do that than with a post all about the details? After all, it’s all the little details that come together to make an event (or anything, really) something extra special.

Table Decorations

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I used mostly vintage table linens purchased at yard sales. Some of them had stains or tears, but by overlapping and layering them, I was able to hide all of the damaged areas. None of the linens “matched,” but I think they all coordinated together perfectly. Plus, the vintage fabrics lent themselves well to the shower’s sweet baby theme. I believe I only used one linen that I already owned, and it was actually used at the couple’s wedding shower I hosted several years ago. #howsweet

The candle holders in the above photo were so, so simple to make. I purchased the glass candle holders at the Dollar Tree. I considered using them as is, but they were just too plain. I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit  around the vessel and taped it to the glass. It still looked too plain, so I added the ribbon. (Both the scrapbook paper and ribbon were purchased specifically for the shower.) At this point, I thought it still looked a little too plain, so I tied on the “tweet baby” tags with some ribbon I had on hand. Super simple, super cute.

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I used a lot of different pieces for centerpieces. All of the milk glass vases were found at a yard sale for 50¢ each, and I used parts of a grocery store bouquet for filler. The vases were sprinkled throughout the space. Any paper products, such as the print above or the “tweet baby” tags, were free printables. (Check out my Pinterest board for the printables.) The cute little bird house is actually from Bath and Body Works. It was living in my kitchen, so I pulled it out for the big day. Sometimes shopping your house is a great way to add free decorations for a party.

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All of the table centerpieces were no muss, no fuss placed together on the day of the shower. There was, however, some prep work like assembling the candle holders in the top photo and arranging the flowers in the milk glass vases. The table above has mints housed in some more Dollar Tree candle holders.

All of the flowers used at the shower were purchased at the grocery store the day before the shower. I knew I was taking a risk by not preordering flowers, but the cost savings was totally worth the risk. I think we spent around $15 for all of the flowers. That was a lot of bang for my buck, since I was able to get quite a few arrangements out of two bouquets thanks to the small milk glasses. I sent the potted flowers above home with the mom-to-be as a keepsake from her shower.

Simple Decor, Big Impact

While balloons might not be the cheapest option, they do make a large visual impact. The cheapest price I could find on balloons in my small town was $1 per balloon, which didn’t sound too bad at first. Once I realized I needed 40 balloons to make any sort of impact, the numbers started adding up. However, I still think balloons are a fabulous, somewhat low-cost option.

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We used balloons as markers for our driveway — many shower guests didn’t know which house was ours — along with a simple, inexpensive sign. Do I have any pictures of this? Nope. We tied about 10 balloons to a shepherds hook at the end of our driveway and planted a baby shower yard sign beside it, just in case anyone might be confused.

I had planned to use the rest of the balloons to mark a path to the backyard, but it was way too muddy to have guests traipsing around on the ground. Instead, we had guests enter the front door and we used the balloons as shower decor. I’m so glad it worked out that way, because the balloons can be seen in most of the baby shower photos, and they look adorable. I was able to choose custom colors (turquoise and ivory), which made the balloons even more special.

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I whipped up a few tissue paper pom poms for this shower just like I did for the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] baby shower I hosted earlier this year. These were white with pastel polka dots or stripes, and they were oh so sweet.

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In the background of the above photo you can see one of the Pinterest-inspired projects I made for this event.

Another project I completed for this event turned out absolutely darling. My grandmother and I tackled making bunting for the cradle. We actually made a couple of different sizes of bunting to be used throughout the space, but the small one on the gift cradle ended up being sufficient.

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The bunting couldn’t have been simpler to make. All we did was create a template, pick coordinating fabrics, cut the fabrics by the template, fold over the top and stitch, string on a line. Easy!

Buffet Table

The buffet tables received similar treatments to the other tables: vintage linens, simple flowers and an assortment of decorations. I think having an extra-long, vintage runner was the perfect linking element for these two tables. The ivory linen below was the one we used at the couple’s wedding shower all those years ago.

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Wishes for Baby

The wishes for baby cards were a huge hit with party guests. Below is my Dad and the dad-to-be filling out the wish cards.

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We had so much fun reading all of the wish cards, which was made easier by the sweet display I set up for the completed cards.

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All I did was take a collage frame (from Kirkland’s) and run a ribbon through the decorative loops around the edges of the frame. I hung the frame on the garage door with a wreath hanger. Almost every guests made their way over to read the wish cards.

Below the wish card frame, I had a small table with blank wish cards, a pen, instructions and a few other fun items.

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The feed the piggy bank was another Pinterest-inspired project. I’m not sure how many guests participated in this game, but I made sure there was enough change to at least rattle around a bit. A decorative bird (shopped from my house), and some mints housed in another piece of milk glass rounded out this functional little table.

And that marks the end of the Gender Neutral Sweet Baby Shower. I hope you can take some inspiration from this event. To read more of the posts relating to this shower, click below.

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