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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Party Like a Pineapple: Pineapple Moscow Mule Recipe



Every celebration should have a signature drink. It's an easy and fun way to continue a party theme right into the menu. The drink of choice for our Party Like a Pineapple Party was a Pineapple Moscow Mule. 

Grab your Moscow Mule mug and let's start mixing...





Pineapple Moscow Mule Recipe

Ingredients:
Dole Pineapple Juice
Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
Reed's Ginger Beer
Fresh Pineapple (for garnish)
Ice
Moscow Mule Mug


Directions:
Fill mug with ice. Measure 3 oz vodka and 3 oz of pineapple juice and pour into mug. Top with 6 oz of ginger beer. Stir and serve. Garnish with fresh pineapple. 


For more details about my Pineapple Party, visit the Shindigz Party Ideas page!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sponsored by Wayfair: Adding Touches of Elegance to a Modern Farmhouse


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


After years of looking without luck for an established farmhouse to renovate, we decided to switch our focus to building. We spent a year looking for land, designing our dream house, and finding the right builder.  It was very important to us to add as many unique characteristics to the house as possible. We wanted a new house that looked and felt like an old farmhouse. That was no easy task. We found quickly that custom work and vintage pieces were costly. Over the last few years, as our budget has allowed, we have started added those farmhouse details that we so desired. 


Last summer we added a back patio, garage, and an entry way barn door accent wall with wood from a barn in Centre County, PA. We are currently working on adding ship lap above our fireplace and hope to share those photos soon. 



Our kitchen mid-construction & after


The kitchen is the heart of every home, ours is no exception. All our celebrations and gatherings center around this room, therefore making it the perfect room for my collaboration with Wayfair and Nostalgic Warehouse.


It is so exciting to replace our builder grade door knobs with beautiful vintage inspired ones. First, the Nostalgic Warehouse selection was very large.


 I immediately fell in love with the Waldorf Passage Door Knob with Classic Rosette in satin nickel finish to coordinate with the existing finishes in our home. 


Here is our existing satin nickel builder grade door knobs.  


Here is the after, our brand new gorgeous door knobs. They are simple, elegant, and add a subtle vintage feel to the room. 


Here are some photos of the knobs we replaced on our entry hall closet door. This door knob is most heavily used by our guests, so we were happy to switch out our builder grade knobs with the classic rosette knobs. It changes the look of the door completely!




I shared this on my Instagram page, but my youngest son is completely smitten with our new knobs. He asked if we could install the new knobs on his bedroom door. When I explained that the new knobs were designated for our first floor, he quickly let me know that he would be adding new door knobs to his birthday wish list! 


A huge thank you to Wayfair and Nostalgic Warehouse for this collaboration. Be sure to check out the huge selection of Nostalgic Warehouse products available on Wayfair. I am sure you will be able to find something that fits your style and home needs. Feel free to send along any questions you might have about the process. I would be happy to answer!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome to Nashville: A Country Music Baby Shower


Grab your cowboy boots and guitars! It's time to celebrate a new baby in style, Nashville style that is!



Our adorable country music loving mama-to-be! 



Start your party preparations off right by sending invitations that look like concert tickets! What a fun way to set the mood for your event!


Bandanas make great party decor! Here they are used as a table runner for the dessert table. We also used pink and red bandanas as placemats at each guest's seat. The Nashville Nights poster and light box with Baby Bella's name make her an instant country music star!


Brenda of Great Stitch created these darling embroidered onesies. Each has the name of our mama and daddy-to-be's favorite country artists: Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Sturgill Simpson, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Isbell. I cannot wait to see Baby Bella wearing these onesies this summer!


Fun music note dessert plates and Nashville Nights favor bags (filled with western design mints) coordinated perfectly with our theme.


An easy way to create a fabulous party favor is to add personalized labels that match your theme to ball jar candles. Who doesn't love to take home a great candle?!!


In case you want to create your own record labels, a 4" round sticker works perfectly for this. It will totally make you feel like a rock star, wink, wink! We had our baby shower guests sign the record (silver Sharpies work best) as a fun keepsake for the parents-to-be.



Guests enjoyed the down home southern charm of our event space. It had plenty of room for our dramatic Nashville archway and Nashville Nights Live podium photo prop. Both party pieces were perfect for some photo ops and solos!


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Country Music Baby Shower Inspiration and Invitation

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Basic Invite. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Photo credits: guitar print | balloons | records

Every beautiful event starts with an invitation. It sets the mood and tone for the upcoming celebration. That is why I was so very excited to work with Basic Invite on my Nashville Baby Shower invitations. They had TONS of options to chose from and every single invitation offered color options. The inspirations photos above helped me to pick this gorgeous, elegant, and simple invitation for our shower. The pink and soft gray colors also match the colors that the parents-to-be chose to decorate their nursery, so the color scheme stays consistent throughout. 


I chose the Garden Wreath Baby Shower Invite and added this darling pink pattern print on the back. 
For my envelope, I added a dark gray envelope liner announcing the baby's arrival in such a fun way!

Baby Bella
Arriving April 2017



Baby Shower Tip: We had our baby shower guests write their addresses on the coordinating thank you card envelopes to make thank you cards easier for the mama-to-be.


Here is how the Basic Invite site looks as you customize your invitation. So many colors and fonts to choose from. I could not be happier with the final result!


We received so many compliments on the invitations from our shower guests. Our very talented friend Holli even used the invitation as inspiration for her baby shower gift . She hand painted this monogram to match the invitation. What an amazing and special gift for Baby Bella's nursery!


I highly recommend checking out Basic Invite when you are searching for invitations. They have a huge selection, endless customization possibilities, and a very quick printing turn around. I had my entire order arrive within a week of ordering. The quality of the printing, paper, and shipping made this an excellent experience. Thank you so much Basic Invite!!! I will definitely be a returning customer!

I received products from Basic Invite in exchange for writing this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

How to Throw a Jurassic World Dinosaur Party


After seeing every Jurassic Park movie, my friend's son declared his 8th birthday was going to be full of DINOSAURS! His mom, photographer Alli Duda of A Joy Photography and I worked together to create the most unbelievable birthday party thanks to the fabulous selection of dinosaur party products found at Shindigz. 


We started with a few large standees to set the Jurassic mood with the Tyrannosaurus Rex Large Dinosaur Standee, wild safari grass standeessafari jeep, and these inflatable dinosaur friends

Layering the table was the next step. We began with a burlap table cover, then added the standees, grass baskets (nabbed from my bathroom closet!), grass mats, tropical leaves, and kraft paper vines to give the table a lush, tropical feel. The Jurassic banner hanging on the front of the table was the final party decoration needed to complete the look. 


Pith helmets were a huge hit with the kids!  We just added dinosaur stickers on the front of the hats to make them extra festive!


The absolutely incredible cookies created by Julie Jones of School House Bakery were displayed on a bamboo cutting board to continue the look and feel of a tropical jungle setting. 


We used varying sizes of grass baskets as cake stands to display our birthday cake. We dressed up a store bought cake by adding a dinosaur toy as a cake topper. SO simple, yet dramatic. 



There was plenty of food for both the herbivores and the carnivores! We placed cute signs in front of the different food options. Herbivores ate fresh veggies while the carnivores dined on dino-bites (chicken nuggets served on wood skewers with Jurassic World blow outs on top). 




The dining room table was covered with burlap. Each place setting included a personalized dinosaur place mat, dinosaur party cup, water bottle with custom water bottle label, and Jurassic World plates. Pith helmets were displayed as centerpieces on top of grass mats and blue place mats. 


The safari jeep standee doubled as a photo op for party guests.  We can say that everyone (including grandpas) loved driving the jeep!


Another fun little detail, personalized Jurassic Park Ranger buttons for the kids to wear.


Party favors included a personalized dinosaur adventure favor box, dinosaur tattoos, dinosaur plastic toys, and a dinosaur fossil kit.


I included a few easy DIY elements to the party. My favorite DIY craft that creating the jungle number 8 centerpiece. To make this you will need a Styrofoam number green crepe paper, small leaves (I plucked off of a tropical fern lei but you could also cut green leaves out of paper), and tape. Simply wrap the green crepe paper around the number and tape to secure. Tuck small leaves into the crepe paper, no need to secure with tape.

The tree vines found all over the dessert table were also very easy to make.  Just simply cut long pieces of natural kraft paper from the roll and twist. For longer pieces, just twist two sections together to secure. Place as hanging vines from a ceiling or weave vines throughout your table.


Happy Birthday Jack! Hope your birthday was a ROARING good time!



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