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Sweet Pea Shower

Well the Sweet Pea shower was a success!  This theme was a lot of fun to work with and pretty easy too.  This shower was done on a budget and in a short amount of time but I think it turned out pretty well. The mom-to-be loved it, and that is most important :)  

The mom-to-be does not know the sex of the baby but said she loved the color green.  I wanted to go with a bright green instead of a muted green and I really found a lot more decorations in the brighter green to my delight.

Here is the dessert table with the "pea" filled baby bottle favors (everyone loved).  The petit fours have peas in a pod on them.  I found the Baby Love green bag at Hallmark and fell in love with it.  It went so well with the colors.  I used it to give the mom-to-be a few items to take home. The coordinating paper ware is from Hostess Jo.

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I also used the bottles as part of the table decorations.

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One of the centerpieces.  I used real peas!  The outer vase is larger than the center one.  I inserted the flowers in the smaller one then into the larger one and filled with peas. 

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The cute circle paper is actually a gift bag I cut into squares.  I thought it was really fun and colorful.

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I also scattered green glass gems on the table that I brought from home.

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My pea in a pod creation.  I used felt and spray painted styrofoam balls.

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The ladies munched on mini bbq sandwiches and 7 layer salad with peas.  

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These are the candles I used on the food table.  White unscented candles surrounded by peas!

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Even the 7 layer salad fit into the decor!

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Hope this gives you inspiration for your next Sweet Pea shower!  This theme works great with twins or triplets too.

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Summer Wine Tasting

I've been thinking about having a white wine tasting next month.  I would like to have it on our back deck.  Ladies only.  My inspiration came from a butterfly bottle stopper I bought for my shop.  The green jewels reminded me of green grapes which reminded me of white wine.  The butterfly is perfect for summer decorations.  I put together a little inspiration board for the occasion.


I haven't decided if we should taste more specific wines this time like all Chardonnay or all from California.  Before everyone just brought a variety of reds.  We may do that again just with whites.  I will have a cheese tray again.  The cheeses from Whole Foods were delicious and the people were so helpful matching them up to the red wine.  My friend Bonnie has offered to make shrimp pasta which will go wonderfully.  She also found chocolates specifically to taste with certain types of wine. 

What am I forgetting?  Do you have any tips or ideas for a white wine tasting?  I'd love to hear them!

(Images:  green grapes from wikipedia, butterfly stopper coming soon to Hostess Jo, butterflies and moss centerpiece from, white wine image from, cheese tray fromwikipedia, shrimp pasta from, bottlesfrom, butterfly place card from

Green Apple Shower

We celebrated two of my friends' upcoming nuptials this weekend Green Apple Style!  This was a fun theme to work with and I just love how everything turned out.  My inspiration came from the old ditty "Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me".  Also, the bride's favorite color is chartreuse and with it being May, the Granny Smith was the perfect choice. 

I reused my 30th birthday manzanita centerpieces with the addition of artificial green apples from Hobby Lobby.  I am so glad I made these centerpieces.  They are so versatile, you will probably be seeing them again!  We even used one of them as the money tree. 

For the other decor we filled cylinder vases with real Granny Smiths, water and floating candles.  They made a statement without having to spend a lot of money.


We served Green Apple Martinis and finger foods.  My talented friend Nicole made these adorable cupcake toppers.  She used an apple instead of the "O" in "I Do".  Too cute.  The paper goods are from Hostess Jo.


Most importantly everyone had a blast!  To see more pics of this shower check out my Facebook page.

A Setting Fit for a Mom

I just love this Mother's Day table setting from Chris at Celebrations at Home!  The colors are so bright and cheerful.  This would be great for moms of all ages.  Best part is- it is budget and time friendly! 


Here's what Chris had to say about her design:

Are you looking for an easy, hassle-free, inexpensive way to dress the table for Mother's Day? I put together this setting with inexpensive, or free items from around the house, which is based around the color scheme of hot pink and orange(which I am so loving these days). Felt cut-out mats, feathers, floral paper, and butterflies from Hobby Lobby were about $5. The "placemat" above is doubled, but you could use one for each place setting to save cost.


See more photos of this setting here and be sure to check out the rest of Chris' celebrations on her fabulous blog!  You will leave there with a wealth of inspiration and unique ideas!

I hope everyone has a wonderful time celebrating the mothers in your life this weekend!  And to all the mothers-Happy Mother's Day!

Grand Shindig

I am so excited to share with you this wonderful party from Natalie at Little Shindigs-her children's event planning company!  It is titled "Let Them Eat Cake" and I think that fits this party perfectly.  Get ready to step into a French Victorian setting with shimmering fabrics, beautiful flowers, whimsical costumes and much more!

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Inspired by Marie Antoinette and
today’s cupcake revolution,
Little Shindigs brings to you a
Gala filled with French Victorian flair
A delectable mix of sweet treats, extravagant decor
and indulgent party grandeur!
We will roll out the carpet for you and your honored guests to another…
yet Fabulous time!

Because treating your guests to anything other than the finest cupcakes would be a travesty

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Isn't this party every young girl's dream?  Talk about attention to detail! See more of this opulent party on Natalie's blog-Little Shindigs.  While you're there be sure to check out all of her other fabulous little shindigs, you will be so glad you did!