In the past three months, I’ve attended four different baby showers. It’s definitely baby shower season around here! I woke up Saturday morning as per usual, ate some cereal (#1 craving, totally obsessed), and proceeded to get ready. As I got my keys I realized I hadn’t purchased a gift! I stood there for a few minutes, racking my brain for what I could go buy quickly, but then I realized, “Oh my gosh, it’s MY shower day!”
When I arrived at my aunt’s house, I was greeted with pink everything! My family’s hard work was highlighted in each little detail.
Naturally, I gravitated toward the dessert table first and I was excited to see the variety of sweets to choose from. It was my shower, and if I wanted to eat a chocolate dipped pretzel before lunch then no one could stop me! When it was time to eat I was the first one in line… Peruvian chicken with an assortment of side salads? Yes, please! I may or may not have had a minimum of two plates. Baby likes Peruvian food, okay?!
We played hilarious games, enjoyed decadent treats, and awed over tiny baby clothes. The shower was a smashing success and I hope you enjoy all the details as much as I did.
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.
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!
It’s happening. Another one of us is taking the plunge. Wedding Bells for a close friend of mine and you know what that means— Vegas, baby.
And as happy as I was for my friend and as excited as I was for a girl’s trip, my poor liver was absolutely terrified and counting down the days until doom. About 10 years ago, I would have considered myself a Vegas resident being that we were there practically every weekend. But now— I swear I had a different liver back then.
For this trip, we had several events planned for the weekend, hoping that we could all function enough to make them happen. Saturday evening my girlfriend and I planned the games and champagne in our room, so I wanted to share all of the fun details with you. (Who doesn’t love a champagne bar?)
These champagne bottles were easily assembled with only 4 items: Modge Podge, large gold glitter, ribbon and straws. Voila!
From what we remember, the naughty games and champagne were a hit. Thankfully we all survived the weekend and I am currently in recovery mode for the next week.
You got me Vegas. I don’t plan on coming back for another year— or until I have a liver transplant.
Every weekend in May was packed with exciting events. From baby showers to my mom’s birthday to weddings — and the list keeps going. It’s been, like, totally insane.
I mentioned in my last post that we were in the middle of a kitchen remodel in the beginning of May. And because of that, I think we ate out at least 20 times. Now, some of you may be thinking, “Awesome! What’s wrong with that?” I know it sounds glamorous, but trust me, I was so over eating out, and I could not wait to use my new kitchen. Oh and that whole eating healthy thing? I had every intention of eating healthy… but that becomes impossible when a luscious butter cake is staring at you from the menu.
I spent a full day with my cousin Lani baking yummy treats for a fabulous dessert bar celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary. I wanted to share the dessert bar and the adorable treats we created.
I’m embarrassed to say, we totally cheated on the cheesecake (it was not made from scratch). Thank you Jello for creating this easy and amazing delicacy that comes right out of a box. No one caught on— they were raving about it. And I felt no need to tell everyone my little secret, thank you very much.
That night, we gazed at our masterpieces and rewarded ourselves with a large glass of wine. Because wine and baking go hand in hand, right?
I also had the excellent opportunity to travel to Chicago and visit some amazing places. Wrigley field was one of my favorites. That place is incredible! The second you walk in, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. And don’t get me started on the Chicago Bulls Game 4 game. Playoff games are insane anyways, then add to that the fact that Chicago fans don’t mess around. Unfortunately Lebron had a game winning shot that left the United Center in dead silence, but even that shocking loss couldn’t dampen the crowd’s spirits for long. It was still an unforgettable experience with an amazing crowd.
I visited the LB Antique Market for the first time. Wow! I found some unbelievable deals. The antique market is about 3 minutes and 50 seconds away from my house and been going on for who knows how many years, and I’ve never been— shame on me.
Summer is here and June’s agenda consists of my first camping trip and laying out by the pool as much as possible.
I threw my cousin Coreen’s baby shower at my house last month, and she is due with baby Eric any day now! Hurry up, little one!
The mama-to-be requested a few things: midnight blue, burlap, and the food she was craving – In & Out burgers! What a fabulous combination, right? To incorporate this, we decided to go with a rustic theme and incorporate quaint little baby buggies for an elegant touch. It was the perfect opportunity to pull out my mom’s mason jars and spools of burlap. My wonderful hubby set up all the heavy stuff to help us ladies out, and the tags, decorations, and desserts were perfectly created and displayed by my mom and my cousin Lani. If it weren’t for them, I would have been lying on the floor, completely passed out, before the shower even started!
Once everything was put together, guests enjoyed sipping on peach iced tea and chowing down on those magical In & Out burgers. The party was a major success and the mama-to-be had a fabulous time. We knew right were to find her most of the day – right by the dessert bar!
I hope you enjoy the pictures and details of the shower below. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!
We celebrated my mom’s big 5-0 last weekend. What a fabulous number for an absolutely fabulous woman! Throughout my childhood, she was always decorating for weddings, birthdays and anything else that needed an artful and unique touch.
My mom is, by far, the most creative person I know, which can often cause some anxiety when planning creative events for her. For this party, it was extremely important for me to design and create imaginative invites…by hand. Dun dun dunnnnnnn. For the theme of the party, I had planned a huge backyard party at my house – 50 is a big deal, after all! But when I called and asked what she wanted, she requested something small and intimate. She also had a few specific requests: the color pink, Italian cuisine, immediate family and carrot cake.
I had to obey my mom’s wishes. She was the birthday girl (and my mom!) after all. I created the 5×7 invites with Photoshop and printed them on photo paper. I knew my mom would be happy that I brought out the scrapbooking cutter and matted the invites on black cardstock. (So fancy, huh?) Email me if you would like an editable version. I’m happy to share with you!
All birthday queens need a fabulous cake with pink candles, and my mom is no exception. I made carrot cake from scratch, filled it with cream cheese frosting, topped it with cream cheese frosting mixed with walnuts, and voila! A cake fit for a queen.
I created a few fun games for us to play at the table, and we spent the afternoon laughing and reminiscing over old photos.
It was a great party and everyone had a great time. Happy Birthday Mom! I love you; here’s to another 50 years!