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Friday, November 18, 2016

How To Throw A Stargazer Party


Fall is a great time to throw an outdoor stargazing party. Gather up your warmest blankets, light the campfire, and get ready to celebrate under the stars. 


Guests will love being greeted with this directional sign that shows them where all the festivities will take place. 


A stargazer party requires a dessert table filled with lots of stars! To create this look, first I covered the wall with blue stardust paper. It comes in large rolls and instantly makes a dramatic backdrop. I also found lots of great star decorations for the table, such as these metal star centerpieces, hanging silver stars, and star milky way garland.  This clear silver star plastic tablecloth looks great thrown over any plain colored tablecloth.


Constellation cookies by School House Bakery helped guide guests to the dessert table. Can you name all these constellations?!! (I might need some help from Google to get them all right).



S'more cupcakes are so easy to make. Just add pieces of graham crackers and chocolate to store bought cupcakes.



Favors are always one of my favorite party details. Friends and guests love leaving with a little something to remember the party, such as these personalized chocolate bars, star mint tins, and personalized lollipops.




The mylar star and crescent moon balloons make a huge statement being three feet tall!


I set up an area outside around the stargazer tent for the kids to hang out and eat s'mores. They loved having their own little spot to play while the adults sat around the campfire.



Aren't these "S'mores Under The  Stars" placemats just the cutest paired with some "Star Grazing" chocolate bars?!!  Happy stargazing everyone!

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For more Party Under The Star Inspiration, visit my Pinterest Board!




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Go Outside and Play! Ideas for Healthier Kids with CLIF Kid



Do you ever feel like you are running a marathon from the moment your kids step off the bus until their heads hit the pillow?  A lot of days in our house do feel like that as we run from Cub Scouts, to fall sports, piano lessons, and other evening activities. As busy as our days can be, we always leave room for outdoor play. Play helps my kids decompress from their school day as well as providing exercise and social development with friends.



My kids are pretty exhausted when they get home from school. I encourage them to grab water and a healthy snack to refuel and head outside for at least an hour. CLIF Kid makes the perfect on the go snack for my active kids. CLIF Kid Zbar® are made with organic ingredients and contain no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. My kids just care that they taste good and come in fun flavors. Goblin Chocolate Chip is the current favorite flavor in our house! 



It's so nice when my kids ask, "Can I have one of the those yummy bars for a snack?" and I can enthusiastically say YES!

Now that the kids are fed and hydrated, it's time to get outside and play!  Do you remember as kids our parents would say don't come back until dark?  70% of us moms did just that. Sadly today, only 30% of kids play outside. I would love to see more parents unplug devices and encourage kids to get outside. We do just that for at least an hour a day. Here are a few of our favorite ways to play outside...


Encourage your kids to pull out their scooters, bikes, and roller blades! My kids make up games where they enforce traffic laws. One of my boys will be the police officer while the other is the "driver".  They make their own stop signs, toll gates, and speeding tickets!


My absolute favorite sports invention ever the the BOUNCE BACK NET!  My boys throw balls at that net for hours. They make up their own challenges and goals to see how many passes or throws they can make.


Chalk is another one of my favorite outdoor toys. We keep a huge bucket of chalk in the garage. It's very inexpensive and can provide hours of entertainment!



Chalk can transform any play area into a sports field, pretend road, four square court, or hopscotch game. The possibilities are endless!


This short video shares more about how CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play for our kids. Be sure to check it out!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Modern Rose 90th Birthday Party



The Modern Rose collection is one of my very favorites. It is elegant, timeless, and full of gorgeous colors.  The party items offered in this collection can easily be personalized to fit all types of special events, from birthdays, to weddings and anniversaries. I chose to use the collection for a very special milestone, a 90th birthday.


The guest of honor, my 90 year old grandmother, has the most beautiful china pattern called Desert Rose. I immediately thought of her love of roses and her beloved dishes when I stumbled upon the Modern Rose collection.  As you will see, I incorporated personal touches of her favorite things throughout the party such as her love of Nantucket and the ocean, knitting, and traveling.



The table outside was set with my Nantucket Basket Wedgwood china, rose topiaries, and tropical green leaves.  I attached gold mylar number balloons to the back of the guest of honor's chair.



A helpful party planning tip is to think outside the box when ordering your party items. Items can be used in so many different ways. For example, I used the Modern Roses square table top-it for my backdrop rather than on my table. I attached the square monogram table top-it to a large piece of foam core board and then attached green floral sheeting on either side. I then used the rest of my floral sheeting as a table runner on the dessert table.


I used these adorable wood place card holders to label all the desserts, like Grandma's apple pie. I tied pink ribbons around each mini apple pie just to add an extra little touch.


I just love these mini candy bar wrappers with the guest of honor's monogram on them! They can be personalized on the front and back.  As the saying goes, love is in the details...


To celebrate the guest of honor's love of "tea time",  I used tea cupcake silicone molds to bake and serve cupcakes! Edible Details created the most unbelievable fondant cupcake toppers for the party.  




Bambella Cookies created beautiful nautical cookies to match the roses and colors of the party. 




To celebrate the guest of honor's love of all things Nantucket we had to have these Nantucket basket lid cookies by Patricia O'Brien & Co.  The detailing on these cookies are just incredible!




A huge thank you you Shindigz and my party vendors for making this very special party come to life!

Party Vendors:

Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
Nautical Cookies: Bambella Cookies
Nantucket Basket Cookies: Patricia O'Brien & Co. 


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sponsored by Wayfair: A Night Around the Campfire



 I have been compensated for this post as a member of the Wayfair Homemaker Program, 
all ideas and opinions are completely my own #sponsored 

Fall is my very favorite time of the year. Days are still slightly warmer, nights are cooler and require a light jacket. It's the perfect time of year to plan a night around the campfire. Not sure what all you need? Check out the idea board I have put together to help you get started.


Start by gathering up your coziest blankets, s'more materials, and camping chairs. Bring some outdoor games such as these giant yard dice. Kids will love taking turns playing with these.

I like to keep my camping menu simple. This double pie iron is perfect for creating both sweet and savory campfire treats such as campfire pizza pockets, moon pies filled with cherry or strawberry pie filling. My personal favorite is peanut butter and Nutella mountain pies. So delicious! And of course you will need s'more making materials, but be sure to include some extra special ingredients such as peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, coconut marshmallows, and fudge stripe cookies to create your own impromptu "s'more bar".

Hope this helps inspire your perfect night around the campfire, let us know what your campfire must haves are!



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