Perfect Imperfections

Wow, blogging sure has changed since 2009!  Truth is, my home has been decorated for Christmas for weeks.  I see all of these beautiful Holiday Home Tour blog posts and I am totally intimidated.  I have no experience in photography.  Do not have Photoshop.  Just an iPhone.  I've been taking photos over and over trying to get the right angle, right lighting, etc. obsessing over the details.  Do I hire someone to come take professional pics?  Do I invest in a complicated camera I have no idea how to use?  Photoshop? 

Then, it hit me this morning as my girls were setting up our dining room table for our "Breakfast Ball".  They were decked out in princess dresses using old valentine cards as place cards.  A meal of an apple, Hershey kisses and potato chips on paper plates---this is real and it is just as perfect!  Maybe there is someone out there who will appreciate the "Perfect Imperfections" like I do!  The accidental garbage can in the background.  The bulldog on the front porch. 

So while I'm still figuring all this out, I hope you enjoy a few imperfect photos of our home decorated for the holidays.

 

Front porch with bulldog

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The lovely Breakfast Ball

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More details in the dining room..  This pallet box is so easy to change for the seasons!

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Family room...Our stockings are hung...

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Kitchen coming soon!

 

 


B is for Baby Shower

Here are the photos from the baby shower! The baby shower was hosted at a local cafe, which decor happens to be yellow and orange. I really lucked out with all the decorations. The vases came from Micheal's for about $1 a piece. Notice the one with the honeycomb pattern! The birds, butterflies, and bees were on sale, too. The tissue paper balls hanging from the ceiling were found at Marshall's for $2. I also incorporated Lena's paper goods as confetti and tags. The guest book is actually a photo album, which we put the photos from the shower. This was given to the momma to be as a gift. I hope this gives you some ideas for your next shower!

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B is for Baby Shower-Invitations

Lena from Zeina Lena Design did these wonderful invitations for the "B" themed baby shower. FYI-Lena also did Jo's invites for her baby shower. The invitations really set the tone for the shower. The papaya and poppy colors were used throughout for the decorations. She also did these wonderful circles to use for cupcake toppers. I ended up using them for confetti. Lena designed the thank you cards and the return address labels to coordinate with the invitations as well. The envelopes are from Paper Source.

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Baby Shower Inspiration-B is for Baby!

So, the baby shower went off without a hitch this weekend! Until I can post the photos, here is my inspiration for the shower. I needed a gender neutral shower as the mom-to-be wants the sex of the baby to be a surprise! I really fell in love with this "B is for Baby" themed shower at Lolliblog. All the details that went into this shower are really incredible! B is for birds, bottles, bees, bananas, and the list goes on. Here are some photos that really got me inspired!

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Baby Reese is here!

We have wonderful news in the world of Hostess Jo! Baby Reese is finally here. Reese Marie was born Saturday August 14. She weighed in at 7 lbs 6 oz, 20 inches long, and is the perfect baby in every way! Pictures to follow soon.

Momma Jo is currently resting up and until then I will be your guest hostess. I am one of the hostesses for a baby shower coming up very soon. The theme? Think of the letter "B"... Details coming soon!

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Nesting Baby Shower

I'm so excited to share with you the photos from my Nesting Baby Shower my wonderful friends threw me this past weekend!  The decorations were gorgeous plumes, birds, nests and butterflies- all pretty in pink and green.  I am so lucky to have such great girlfriends to throw me such a lovely shower. 

Look closely... there are so many special details!  Enjoy!

 

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Wishing Tree-this was so fun to go back and read everyone's well wishes! 

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More lovely bird decor.  I got to take the bird cages home and display them in the nursery.

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The hostesses borrowed my manzanita branch trees and they looked great with the nest eggs hanging from them.  These trees were the best decoration I've ever made!

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"Reese" spelled out in paper circles.

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There were butterflies everywhere!

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Gorgeous food table.

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So cute- nest cupcakes, tags and circles made by my friend Nicole.

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Feather centerpieces

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Nesting bird centerpiece.  Love the plumes.

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Jelly bean "egg" favors with coordinating tags by Nicole.  Notice the heart hole punch!

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Hope my shower gives you even more Nesting inspiration for your next baby shower!  


July 4th Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know Hostess Jo is giving away a great party pak to help you celebrate the 4th of July over at Pizzazzerie!

Leave Courtney a comment and you are entered to win all of these:

Flag Chip and Dip

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Fireworks Napkin Ring Set

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Fireworks Bottle Stopper Set

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Join Pizzazzerie and Hostess Jo's Facebook groups and get extra entries!

While you're there be sure to check out Pizzazzerie's fun party posts and get great inspiration for your next gathering!

Good luck!

 
  


Hostess Gifts

Well I am on the hunt for personalized hostess gifts.  There are a lot of options out there but none have knocked my socks off yet.  That is until I checked Beau-Coup!  They have a great selection of personalized gifts. 

I just love these personalized spa toiletry bags!

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Or these personalized jute wine bags...

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 Of course these personalized beach totes are perfect for this time of year...

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So help me out-what is your favorite kind of hostess gift to receive after you've given a shower or tea?  Do you like personalized items, jewelry, or wine??  Or would you rather have food?
 


 


Fruity Cups

As promised, here is the recipe for the fruit cups from the "Love in Bloom" shower.  They have such pretty color and taste great too.  Perfect for your Mother's Day brunches this weekend.

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1 can peach pie filling

1 can mandarin oranges-drained

1 large can of pineapple chunks-drained

1 large container of frozen, sliced, sweetened strawberries thawed

1 green grapes

2-3 red delicious apples chopped

2-3 bananas chopped

Mix everything together the night before except for the apples and bananas.  Mix those in before serving.  You can also substitute any fruit you like.