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!

xxxx

Nicole


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.  
 


Nesting Details

My dear friend Ashley sent me a couple of pics of the decorations she is working on for my Nesting Baby Shower in June.  I just had to share them with you- of course!

These birds are just spectacular!  I love all of the plumes.

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You know how I love butterflies!  So cute.

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These are already so adorable I can only imagine what everything will look like that day-beautiful! 

I am a lucky girl. 

Stay tuned...
  


Love in Bloom

This weekend we celebrated the upcoming wedding of our two friends, Bonnie and Paul, with a lovely cherry blossom themed bridal shower.  My friend Ashley styled the event-I was in charge of drinks this time ;) 

This theme was light and airy with spring blooms and shades of pink.  Perfect for spring and perfect for LOVE.

Enjoy some pics from Saturday....

 

The pretty invitations that gave a sneak peek to guests of what was to come.

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The all important food table with a pink cherry blossom centerpiece and pink accents.

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Adorable cupcakes Nicole made.  She also made the circles-I keep telling her she needs to start selling these!  The "B" was for the bride's soon-to-be last name, and of course more cherry blossoms.

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Delicious fruit cups that not only taste great but look so pretty displayed.  Recipe to come in a later post-they are so EASY.

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A close up of the coordinating pink cherry blossom ribbon that added a special touch.

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More cherry blossom accents for outside. 

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Hope this shower will inspire you to try something new for your next celebration!  This is a great example of how carrying through a color or item can really tie everything together!  This theme would also work well for Mother's Day or a spring party.
  


Nesting Instincts

Hi Everyone! 

So sorry for the long break.  I have a good reason though-I am expecting a baby girl come August!!  I have no other excuse for not blogging besides being totally wrapped up in all things baby!

I have really missed you in the meantime.

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Spring.  I have a couple of events coming up I can't wait to share with you.  First is a cherry blossomed themed bridal shower for one of my friends. Then a tea celebrating the arrival of my baby.

Next, is my "Nesting" Baby Shower.  I have been in love with this theme since I started blogging and am so lucky to have friends who have let me be involved in the creative process.  I can't wait to see it all come together.  Here is a sneak peek of my amazing invitations designed by my friend Lena.

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We gathered tons of great inspiration from around the web for this shower.  We are going for a Anthropologie-ish feel.  We shopped for grapevine wreaths, nests, bird cages, birds, butterflies, feathers etc.  We took major advantage of all the Easter goodies on sale! 

Here are some links I love:

Modern Nesting-Hostess Blog

Vintage Nesting Part One-Pepper Design Blog

Vintage Nesting Part Two-Pepper Design Blog

Oh How Tweet Part 1-Hostess Blog

Oh How Tweet Part 2-Hostess Blog


More details coming soon!


An Edible Dozen

These rose cupcakes caught my eye right away because they are so pretty.  Then I was curious if the petals were fancy icing or some sort of topper.  You'll never guess what it is! 

Ok, I'll just tell you.

Rose Cupcakes

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Ingredients
  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • White icing
  • Scissors
  • 6 rolls of Fruit by the Foot fruit leather in Cherry Rage or strawberry flavor
  • 1 roll of Fruit by the Foot fruit leather in Color by the Foot flavor
Instructions
  1. Frost 12 mini cupcakes with white icing.

  2. To make a rose, unroll a piece of the cherry or strawberry fruit leather and divide it in half along the wavy perforated middle line. Take one of the halves and roll up about 5 inches to form the flower's center. Set the rolled strip wavy side up in the middle of a cupcake, as shown, and continue to loosely wrap the remaining fruit leather around the center at a slight angle until the flower is completed.

  3. Repeat this process for the remaining flowers. (You should be able to get 2 mini roses out of each roll of fruit leather.)

  4. Cut leaf shapes from the wavy edge of the Color by the Foot strip as shown, then tuck the leaves under the roses.

Can you believe it's Fruit by the Foot?  Now everyone can "ice" fancy cupcakes!

 

(photo from familyfun.com)