Thursday, January 28, 2010

Honey-DO-a shower!

Recently, a friend asked for some help with an upcoming "honey-do" shower that she is throwing for her husband's cousin. I happen to play bunco with these girls and I am super excited about this theme. I have never done a "honey-do" shower before, so I thought..."I can't wait to get to Lowe's!"
I felt like the theme should be manly colors, because essentially, the honey-so shower is for the men. So, I went with royal blue and lime green--a classic color scheme for the males.
I found these cute empty paint cans at Lowe's and filled them with shred to imply paint, but not get messy.

The light fixture will be host to many hanging tools, including washers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and carraige screws.

And I found a big galvanized tub at Lowe's as well.
I am really excited about this theme!

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Retro Rockets!

I'm gearing up for Greyson's "Retro Rockets" party now and above is my inspiration board for it. The middle picture is from the lovely Amy Atlas. .
I am going more with primary colors for Greyson's party though.
The bottom favor tags are from Ciao Bambino on Etsy. Visit their shop, they have the cutest THINGS!
I ordered those today for the favors. I also had her do some custom cupcake toppers because I have decided that cupcakes would be easier and more economical than cake this year (we are moving ONE WEEK before the party. I am a glutton for punishment!)
I also got the invitation ordered today too! Trying to get this thing in the can in the next few weeks!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It's a Trade!

My son Greyson's 2nd birthday is right around the corner (March, but I am psycho about planning, so that seems really close to me) and I have already decided on a theme for it (read: months ago).
Retro Rockets!
So, I wanted him to have a custom t-shirt for the party. An old friend of mine from high school, Mollie, does custom embroidery, and you can find her site here: Personally Stitched. She is super talented and can embroider just about anything, so I enlisted her help with the shirt.  Didn't it turn out SUPER CUTE?
I can't wait to see it on him!
Mollie has two precious girls, but her youngest is having her 1st birthday party in March as well. Her name is Allie, so they are doing an "Allie-gator" theme. Could you die? How cute is that?We decided to do a trade instead of paying each other for our work. So, Mollie enlisted me to make a custom birthday hat for Allie-gator.
I took a birthday hat from Hobby Lobby that was all of $1.29 and covered it with pink felt and attached cute hot pink and lime green balls onto it. Then, I drew a cute little alligator on the felt and then attached it with a one. I love it and I wish I had an Allie of my own to wear it too! I never get to do cute girl stuff!
I tried to make the alligator as girly as possible, so I put a little pink bow on her head!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

{My Parties} What's It Gonna Bee? Gender Reveal Party

This weekend, I did my very first gender reveal party for some of our dearest friends, Tommy and Lauren. Gender reveal parties are the new trend in baby parties, so I couldn't wait to get a jumpstart on this one. I had been tossing ideas around with them for a few months, but I actually planned this party in about 2 weeks, since we weren't positive when the actual ultrasound appointment would be.

Obviously, I thought that yellow would be a perfect color for the theme, but then I came up with the idea of making it bumblebees, and calling it "What's It Gonna Bee?" I handpainted that sign on butcher paper, which is one of my favorite "big impact" ideas for a party tablescape. It really puts the focus on the theme of the party.

I decided on a candy/dessert buffet, since this was an afternoon event. Plus, then we could do a really fun theme colored display of foods. Some of the foods that I used were licorice, black and yellow jellybeans, moon pies, oreos in yellow and black, black raspberry now-n-laters, custom wrapped hershey miniatures, cupcakes, and bee pops.

I also did Martha Stewart's tissue flowers over the table for big impact. It's hard to tell in these pictures, but there were actually two large ones and two small ones. The fabric for the table is from JoAnn, which we only recently got in Memphis, and it is LOVE. SO much better than Hancock. I wanted something modern and graphic and I thought it was perfect!

I lucked out big time on these bee pops. I sent my husband out to Wayne's Wholesale Candy company one day on a mission for yellow and black candy and he calls me and says..."you're never going to believe this, but they have bee pops!" I said..."snatch them up NOW!" This is simply a piece of styrofoam covered in scrapbook paper.

All the tags for the food items are also made from scrapbook paper. For the "reveal" part of the party, I decided to have them cut into a cake and the inside would be blue or pink. This was the first time I have ever attempted to tackle fondant for a cake, and  I wasn't thrilled with the results, but it turned out cute. I also did little stripes of black on some of the cupcakes to inject a little contrast. The top cake is supposed to be a beehive cupcake, if you can't tell from the picture.
The small bumblebee votives and napkins are from Hobby Lobby. They have a ton of cute bee stuff right now!

The moment of truth....

It's a BOY!!!!

Hey Tommy, how do you really feel?

A totally fun party for two awesome friends!  We can't wait for him to BEE here!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What's It Going to Bee?

This weekend, I am working on a gender reveal party for our dear friends Tommy and Lauren. They find out the gender of their baby on Friday and on Sunday, we do the reveal party. My inspiration was "What's It Gonna Bee?" with yellow, black, white, and bumblebees.

Here is my inspiration board for the party!

Come back on Monday to see how it turned out!