Avery’s ONEderful Garden Party

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Your daughter only turns one once, right? That’s what I kept telling myself during the planning of this event. My mom was known for throwing extravagant birthday parties for me (and was also the creative party planner behind hundreds of baby showers, birthday parties, and weddings.) I had to make her proud!

Picking a theme seemed to be rather challenging for me. She has a summer birthday – that could mean so many fun themes! I thought a flamingo themed party would be ideal, but then my husband made a good point: “what if she wants that theme when she is older and can invite her friends to the pool?” That question applied to the next theme I thought of – a mermaid theme, which would be perfect when she gets older. So then I thought to myself, “why does she need theme?” She’s one, and one is fabulous in itself! It could be a garden party with gorgeous flowers and gold everything.

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Drinks

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Tacos

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The backdrop I envisioned had to have lots of boxwood greenery and draping flowers. The sign was custom made by Happily ever Etched, who were an absolute joy to work with. They provided so many different options and helped me select the right one for this backdrop. All of the party details are listed below. I keep telling myself I won’t go this big for a birthday party again – but if my daughter is anything like me, she will have a vision of her own. As her mother, I MUST meet her every demand, right?!

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I could not have done it without my team of helpers. Shout out to my mama, my awesome hubby, Grandma Ann, cousin Lani, auntie Annette and cousin Bridgette for lending their time to make this event absolutely ONEderful!

 

VENDORS:

Photography: Thomas and Laci Photography
Cake
: Great Dane Bakery
Custom Wood “Avery” sign: Happily Ever Etched
Custom Wood Signs: Taste of Art
Cookies: Shannon’s Sweet Tooth
Custom floral number 1, Time Capsule Sheets, Cake toppers: Crowned Creations
High Chair: 4moms
Avery’s bow: Lennon & Co


“Will you be my bridesmaid?” Wine Box

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It’s happening. The woman who is my cousin, my friend, and Avery’s godmother is getting hitched next year. She was the person behind the dessert bar for Avery’s dedication and baby shower. She is incredibly talented and is one of the most hardworking people I know. Avery and I happily joined her wedding venue shopping in Augora Hills.

When you drive into the hills, it’s like you’ve entered Santa Barbara wine country. It’s luscious, green, and wonderfully breezy. I strapped Avery into her favorite carrier and we started to walk around the premises. It didn’t take long for her to say, “This is the one!” We were escorted to the bridal suite, where we sat down and begin to work through our somewhat absurd list of 100 questions.

The amateur photographer in me checked out every window in the bridal suite. The gorgeous sunlight peeking through was blissful – now I just need to lose 25lbs before this wedding!

 

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After touring the venue, we decided to head to Los Agaves Mexican Grill for a quick bite to eat. When we arrived at the table, I was greeted by a large wine box with a wine colored ribbon tied around it. After ordering delicious fajitas and a margarita, I sat down with Avery and caved in to my curiosity of what was in the box. I soon discovered a gorgeous bottle of wine with a custom-made tag that said, “Yvette, will you be my bridesmaid?” Of course I said yes! Next to the wine was a lovely nail polish, a custom stemless glass with my name on it, and paint chips in the colors of the wedding.

Ladies, there is no better way than to say, “Will you be bridesmaid?” than with a bottle of wine. Am I right?! These wine boxes are the perfect gift to add some love and uniqueness to your request for bridesmaids! Next on my list is to start planning the most epic bridal shower EVER. More details to come, of course!

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Purple and Gold Baby Dedication

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I wanted to create a table that would have a vintage feel but include deep purple, lavender, pale pink and lots of greenery. I was hosting about 30 family members at our house and it was Avery’s first big event! I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of prep time the morning of because we would be in church, so I wanted to make sure all of the little details were handled the day before.

Thankfully, I had the best team anyone could ask for: my mom and Avery’s godmother, Lani. My mom handled the table decor and flowers and Lani handled all the sweet treats. I had been collecting vintage pieces for the past few months and it was finally time to bring her dessert table together! Hopefully the pictures below give you some inspiration for your next event!

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Purple and Gold Baby Dedication

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VENDORS:

Custom Floral Cross: Crowned Creations
Cake: Great Dane Bakery
Cookies: Shannon’s Sweet Tooth


Bow Tie Baby Shower Favors

Leave it to my mom to create a baby shower favor in less than an hour. The night before her friend’s baby shower, she got a phone call and was asked to create a small baby shower favor. I asked, “Mom, are you sure you have time? You don’t even have any supplies!” She calmly responded, “I have clear bags and paper; that’s all I need.”

She rummaged through her things and found twine, black and white paper, and clear bags. She printed these simple bow tie thank you tags and cut them out with her circle punch. Fast forward an hour and – voila!

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Who doesn’t love to eat kettle corn? I deeefinitely never shovel handfuls of it into my mouth. These are the perfect little treat for your guests to take home. You simply need the following supplies:

White cardstock
Black cardstock
Twine
Kettle Corn
Clear bags

Hopefully these adorable little favors give you some inspiration for your next event!

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Dresser Makeover


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Sometimes I look back longingly at the second trimester…you know, when I had absurd energy levels and felt like I could run a few marathons? Yeah, those were the good old days. Anyway, back in the second trimester, I was on the lookout for a dresser that I could convert into a changing table. Saving money and the desire for a unique project directed my path on this adventure!

I’m part of an online garage sale Facebook group for my area and people are constantly posting random items for sale. It’s convenient because you don’t have to go through the hassle of obtaining a permit, not to mention the actual day(s) when you have to wake up at the crack of dawn and deal with strangers all day! In these Facebook groups, you just snap a picture, decide on a price, and wait for the comments to (hopefully!) start rolling in. It’s quite addicting, really.

Sometimes I think I’m being very responsible and organized and only getting rid of unnecessary items, but when I add in the stuff I’ve purchased, it probably evens out. Better than only buying, though, right?!

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I found this dresser for only $50! It was in great shape and just needed some TLC. The process was relatively painless, too. Want to make one yourself? You’ll need a good sanding block, Zinsser Primer (white pigmented water-based), and any water-based paint in an eggshell finish. You can also use a sealer like Polycrylic if you choose, however, I was happy with the eggshell finish. It’s up to you!

I spent about 30 minutes roughly sanding all the drawers and the dresser. I then wiped it clean and primed it thoroughly. Priming the dresser is the KEY to this project – don’t skimp on it! The following day, I painted two coats with a nice angled brush. If your finished product ends up showing any brushstrokes, you can always sand it to a smooth finish.

The final piece to this project is changing the hardware. I had two Home Depot gift cards burning a hole in my pocket, so I figured it was time to put them to good use. It ended up being a fun project, and although it was a bit of work, the end result was totally worth it! I am ridiculously proud of my handiwork and I’m sure you will be too!

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Halloween Party Fun!

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October is a very busy month in the King home. We host “King’s Haunted House” on Halloween night, and last year we hosted our second Halloween party. Our first theme was 70’s Disco, but last year we decided to nix the theme and keep it simple and scary. I was beyond excited to see everyone’s costumes!

Throwing a party tends to be way more work than expected. I learned a few key concepts about party-throwing, though: make food that can be prepared ahead of time, designate one responsible friend to monitor the music, and feed your husband a hearty meal before the party. If you know me at all, you can probably guess that my favorite thing about these parties is creating and displaying all the Halloween décor. To set the mood, we sent personalized toe tags for invites. They were perfectly created by my brilliant husband using Adobe Photoshop. We also made Halloween costume trophies for the winners of the contest using only dollar store skeletons, spray paint, felt balls and a glue gun.

They cost less than $10 to make.. Aaaaand they are the cutest trophies ever.

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It’s going to be hard to top these invites next year! We added blood to the toe tag for a spooky effect. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think! Happy October, Friends!

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