Parties

Erin’s Baby Shower

This post is WAY over due…back in January I hosted a baby shower for one of my besties at her mother-in-law’s house. I had so much fun looking up cute projects on Pinterest and especially had fun with the vintage ladybug theme. Everything from red&black cake pops, burlap, red&black candies, cake, games, mason jars and more!

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I was fortunate enough that my big sister, Kaelynn, happily volunteered to make the cake for the shower.  And it turned out BEAUTIFUL.  Look how cute the mom-to-be was!  Cannot believe her sweet baby is already here and is 7 weeks tomorrow.  Cannot get enough of that cutie pie miss Sarah.

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Love this shot of the four of us….except that my eyes are kind of lazy-looking! We are so blessed by our friendship with Michael & Erin and looking forward to continuing to grow in our relationships together.  I’m praying that God has a plan fo us to be in community with this beautiful couple.

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Erin made out like a bandit with cute clothes for Sarah and the awesome diaper cake on the table in the picture above.  Erin’s parents made the diaper cake and it turned out SO CUTE!  They did a fabulous job.  I’m definitely going to attempt to make one for another shower coming up in July.

We strung 10 onesies on the window with twine and clothes clips and I thought it added such a cute touch!

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There were a few games/activities that we had going on at the shower.  Above was in the entryway as guests arrived to the party – loved an excuse to use my burlap again.  They could write sweet words of encouragement/prayer/advice for the parents-to-be.  We also played a “guess the parent” game – this was fun because Michael and Erin’s moms sent me fun facts about silly things they did when they were little.  Everyone had to guess who did each item on the list by raising a pink onesie or a blue onesie.

I also repurposed some quart size mason jars for vases all around the common areas of the house.  I think they added such a nice flair.  I also had pint size mason jars with the burlap and red/green ribbons to use as cups.  I absolutely LOVE using mason jars as party cups – love. love. love.

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We had a candy bar full of red and black candies to go along with the color scheme.  Loved that people got to take home some treats.  We also had yummy cookies that Erin’s mom brought and they were so delicious.  I was definitely munching on them for a couple days after.

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The party was so much fun, and now I cannot believe that Sarah really is already here!  Erin and Michael are such awesome parents and I love seeing them interact with Sarah.  My constant prayer is that the Lord continue to shape their family as He see fit, and that we do get to be in community soon!  So blessed by their friendship.

Next post will be a bunch of inspiration photos for another shower I’m helping plan for this summer. Love baby season!

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Kasling Gender Reveal Party

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I had the wonderful opportunity to throw a gender reveal party for my sweet friend, Katina!  Let me tell you….I was so nervous.  What if she could tell what I knew the gender was.  I was fortunate to already have guessed it was a girl so when it came time for the picture above I wore the pink hair bow because that was my guess two weeks before this picture!  I absolutely love this picture of Katina and I…definitely frame worthy!

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Everyone had to wear their guess – pink hair bow for a girl or green bow tie for a boy!  Let me tell you – there was LOTS of green bow ties worn.  I had so much fun trying not to act surprised by all the green bow ties!

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We got to meet the cutest little ducklings from one of Katina’s neighbors.  I absolutely LOVE this picture of Carli.  I think it’s safe to say she was happy to meet such sweet little ducklings.  Not to mention her eyes are GORGEOUS in this photo!

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Love that so many people were able to come be a part of the Kasling Gender Reveal.  And it’s funny because most people thought it was going to be a boy….but oh how they were wrong! 🙂 Love the Joy in Katina’s facial expression and jump!  And now that they’ve picked a name, I cannot wait to meet her!! I had a lot of fun making the balloon box.

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The colors for the decor were coral/peach and mint.  I made a couple banners “bow or beau” and “baby kasling” that hung in the dining room.  Loved how they turned out!

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I had fun trying out a new cake recipe and top with whipped cream instead of frosting. Love the “whipped” look.  Saw a fun tutorial for a banner for the cake…it was supposed to hang tied to two dowel rods, but I left the dowel rods on the table up at our house. Love how the cake turned out.  And it was delicious!

Gender Reveal Party Guests

It was so great that Trey’s parents were able to come up to join the fun.  Loved that so many people were able to come together and celebrate!

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Greek Dinner

My sweet, sweet friend Katina hosted a delightful Greek Easter dinner on May 4; Greek Easter follows the lunar calendar. We loved that Katina invited us to share in her tradition! I cannot believe I didn’t take a single picture of ANYONE at the dinner.  Especially cannot believe I don’t have any pictures from the night before when Katina and I baked the delicious koulourakia cookies.

It was so nice to spend some quality time with Katina on Friday as we baked enough cookies to feed an army.  I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a long time!

The dinner was delicious and I’m definitely going to need the recipe for the kopama and the koulourakia cookies.  The hubs will definitely be asking for these again very soon.  We’d do some serious damage to a batch of koulourakia.  The subtle orange flavor was to die for!

It was so nice in the midst of a chaotic schedule to have some intentional time with friends and new friends. God truly is devine in the relationships that he brings into our lives, and we are so blessed to have Trey and Katina in our lives!
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Graduation Party – Part 2

Part two of Colleen’s graduation party success! Post 1 was all about the decor, but post 2 is all about the people.  My aunt Jacquelynn and Grandmom flew in from Delaware for the joyous occasion on Thursday night! I always love being able to spend time with my family!  Thursday night I came over after work and enjoyed seeing Aunt J and Grandmom. Friday night was Colleen’s graduation, and then Saturday was the party.  We had at least 45 people stop by throughout the evening in honor of our beautiful graduate!

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This is another photo I forgot to share in my last post about the graduation party.  We made a hanging banner with squares of scrapbook paper (in this case different green patterned papers) and stenciled letters.  We hung the banner on twine and mounted to the ceiling with a little tape!  The banner turned out so cute, and was perfect for taking pictures.  We had quite the photoshoot with the graduate and the banner!

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It wouldn’t be a graduation party with a little cake in the face!  Don’t worry – we made sure it was the gluten-free cake. 🙂  Family traditions are the best.  The first cake in the face was at my high school graduation 7 years ago!  Thanks Caryn for starting that!  Gotta love action shots!

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And an after shot, of course!  They are even beautiful with icing all over their faces.  This was moments before Colleen decided to scrape icing from her chin and smear on my forehead and hair!!

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Loved this little bread box that held more of the vases, balloons and the wine corks in a cylinder vase!

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The graduate and our sweet niece, Kaley!

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The graduate and I!  Unfortunately this is a shot up my nose….but I love it anyway!

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Mom and the graduate!  Look at that proud face on our beautiful momma!

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And here, folks, is her mad punching skills.  Watch out bad guys!

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I was so grateful that I was able to spend time with my beautiful grandmom who flew down to Dallas all the way from Delaware.  Enjoyed our sweet time together!

DSC_0115It’s hard to tell in this photo, but this is Colleen showing off her new iPad from the sisters!  Let me tell you – sisters are the best!  I don’t know what I would do without my four beautiful, amazing, smart sisters!  They each are such a blessing from the Lord and I am so grateful!

All-in-all it was a perfect celebration!  We had some great food, yummy sangria and great time with family and friends.  So glad we were all able to come celebrate Colleen graduating from UNT.  I’m so excited to see where the Lord takes her next on her journey.  The Lord has great things in place for her and I cannot wait to see the plans unfold.

Ciao!

Housewarming Party!

We had a great night celebrating our new home with family & friends last night.  I’m sad to admit that I didn’t take a single picture!  For those of you that know me this is a big deal…I’m in love with photography, and I’m so bummed I didn’t take any pictures to capture the event!

We had great food & played plenty of volleyball & corn hole.

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Delicious Red Sangria [I pretty much made up the recipe…I have some left over in the fridge so maybe I’ll do a second post later to share the recipe!]

Angus Hamburgers & Brats

Roasted Veggies [see pin below]

Ranch & Bacon Pasta Salad

Delicious Brownies baked by my sister

Yummy Peach Cobbler courteous of my sweet friend, Erin

And the yummy Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Balls [also from pintrest]

Source: blog.babygizmo.com via Kat on Pinterest

We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends to come celebrate our new home with us. Though quite a few people had other commitments and couldn’t make it, we are looking forward to having many more parties at our home! We definitely see parties in the horizon for Rangers and Cowboys games! Not to mention a Christmas party! Looking forward to continuing to share the yummy recipes I try!