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DIY Tutorial: Mini Twine Pom Poms


Wednesday, February 29, 2012


I came across this fun tutorial from the lovely Bakers Twine and am so excited to share it with you. Easy-to-follow steps shown in the photos below, these pom poms could be used in variety of ways -- such as cake or cupcake bunting, decorative garlands and gift wrapping. Find or buy some twine and have fun making these mini pom poms today!

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Tutorial & Photography: Bakers Twine

Real Baby Shower: Jungle Baby Shower


Monday, February 27, 2012


Happy Monday! Let's start the week off with this bright and vibrant green, yellow and brown baby shower from Christy of c. pelland photography. I'm smitten with all the handmade decorations -- such as the wishing tree, buffet cards and hanging ornaments. "Jordan's Sweet Treats Bar" is also another fav of mine... LOVE all the color coordinated desserts.

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From Christy... i have to admit, i'm a sucker for planning parties for people and causes i love. there's something about knowing how much an event means and the 'feel good' vibes it puts off that makes it all worth it. this summer, we found out that our good friend, jordan guinn and her husband, doug, were expecting a lil' one at the end of december. immediately, our group of friends started brainstorming ideas and creating excitement around the baby's arrival.

we have to start with the idea for the theme which we gained from the baby's room. jordan and doug have had the nursery finished for months now and decided on a jungle feel with hues of green, yellow and brown. from there, i designed the invites to give that playful, outdoor feel yet still giving us plenty of room to expand on the theme. they were printed on 5x5 watercolor stock from my custom color house and were marked on the back with my signature design series logo - now doesn't that sound official. haha.

one element that i absolutely love and try to incorporate into every party possible is the wishing tree. we first created one of these babies last year for kelly's baby shower - i simply went out into our woods, snapped a few branches, spray painted them black and placed them in a large vase anchored by decorative rocks. this one was done in much the same fashion but we left the branches natural. hayley made up all the wishing tags and guests filled out one for baby and one for the parents. it's a perfect way to show the love! 


okay, here it is - my favorite part of the celebration - jordan's sweet treats bar! i've seen this idea throughout the years at weddings and other events and it was due time to start implementing it into our parties. keeping a strict budget in mind and the desire to create something truly unique, i had the girls gather items from their homes in the color scheme of yellow, green and orange. i then stopped into Value Village on my way to brandee's home, where the shower was hosted, and picked up a few other embellishments such as the small punch cups, creamers and retro serving ware.

probably the best gift i received during my baby showers was all the diapers! i honestly did not purchase a package of diapers until reese was well past 7 months old and that was such a blessing. we've done a 'diapees & wipees' drawing at every shower i've been involved with since - it's simple: you drop a lil' card in the invites that informs every guest of the drawing and poof! diapers and wipes abound! then at the party you have everyone fill out a slip of paper, place it in a bowl and draw a name or two for a fabulous prize.

a big thanks to all the ladies who helped pull this one together for jordan - i know how much it means to have friends like you take time out of their busy schedules to celebrate who you are and where life is taking you. you girls are the best and life truly wouldn't be as interesting or fulfilling without you. jordan, your most amazing journey is about to begin - i'm so thankful to be here to share it with you and doug.



Design & Photography: c. pelland photography

Real Baby Shower: Baby Sprinkle


Friday, February 17, 2012


You can't just help but fall head-over-heals in love with Paige from Paiges of Style! Her party styling is over-the-top fabulous. When seeing these photos on Hostess with the Mostess, I knew I just had to share all this loveliness with you! I'm torn between the layered pastel cake and the bright green grass as my favorite. How about you?

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Adorable. Right??? I love this baby shower! Be sure to check out Paige's lovely notes and even some more pictures over at the Hostess with the Mostess.


Styling, Design, & Stationery/Party Printables: Paiges of Style / Photography: Carly Taylor / Sugar Cookies: Baked / Wafer Petal Cookies: Sweet Petal Bakery

DIY Tutorial: Fabric Streamer Garland


Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Not sure how I came across this next crafter/blogger/stationery maker, but thank goodness I did! Casey Baudoin of My Life {as a Sugar Lander} and Paper + Twine has a lot of wonderful posts and DIY projects, such as this fabric wrap tutorial and this crafty invite tutorial, that you'll most definitely want to check out. You'll probably spend hours getting lost in her blog, just as I did. Here's a small taste of her easy-to-follow projects, plus its a fun and inexpensive way to add color to your next baby shower!

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From Casey... When I think of something I want to make, I have to start on it as soon as possible, or I think I may go crazy thinking and rethinking. I wanted to make some streamers, and ta da!! You could use ribbon, but I chose fabric, cut into fabric strips, and looped onto twine. I did it in maybe 30 minutes. It will look great hanging in a doorway. And, in a pinch, it could be a skirt. ;) Or not.


Tutorial & Photography: Casey Baudoin of My Life {as a Sugar Lander}

Real Baby Shower: Perfect Pair Twins Shower


Monday, February 13, 2012


Another breathtaking baby shower from graphic designer extraordinaire, Jordan of Polkadot Prints! She also put together a Sweet Sundae Shower, which was featured on Bump Smitten not that long ago. This "Perfect Pair" shower oozes romance, from the simple green, white and brown colors to all the delicate baby's breath placed throughout the soirĂ©e. I also can't take my eyes off of the beautiful white cake, especially with the surprise shades of green inside. STUNNING!

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From Jordan... It was a baby shower my sisters and I put together for one of our other sisters who is having twins (her first pregnancy!). Hence the 'perfect pair' theme. We used pears as a little play on words (hopefully not tacky!!) and used them for decor in apothocary jars and also as the buffet label holders. It was a really nice time sharing with her.


Stationery & Paper Goods: Polkadot Prints / Macarons: Bubble & Sweet