Party Recap- Boho Chic Baby Shower

When one of your favorite gal pals calls you up and tells you she's hostessing a boho chic baby shower, complete with tee pees and dream catchers, you should jump at the chance to design the paper goodies!

This baby shower honored a sweet couple who welcomed their first baby, a little girl, in style! We designed the save the date, invitation, napkin, milk bottle labels and favor tags. The hostesses erected a real life tee pee in the backyard and displayed mini cupcakes and other sweet bites on large slabs of wood. So adorable!


Party Recap- A Golf Par-tee

Ya'll. We have this client who is just fabulous! She hosts great parties and is so fun, to boot! Her sons turned 50 and she had an entire DAY planned! A golf outing with lunch then a food truck at dinner with an entire table of delicious desserts. I mean, she went all out. I wanted to share some pics from her shindig...It looks so fun!

birthday boy
par flag golf
personalized koozies drink golf
personalized m&m's golf
food truck dallas party golf sliders
napkins custom personalized golf party

Party Recap: Baseball, Baby!

A sweet client of ours hosted a baby shower for her brother and sister-in-law and we were hired to design the invitations and food table. What a fun event for this little slugger!

Items we designed and printed include the invitations, food signs, bunting, book labels, and favor labels for the Cracker Jack boxes.


Party Recap: SHHHAAAAARRRKKK!!!!!!

When my son told me he wanted a shark themed birthday party, I won't lie, I was a bit stumped. Having never planned an animal/fish/mammal party before, I decided to start with the venue. It was important to me to have a space where kids could enjoy the party, have an activity to participate in, but more importantly, burn off some energy! (I mean, we are talking about Kindergartners here!)

After talking with the folks at the aquarium, I decided that location would best suited for a smaller group. Next on my list, The Aqua Shop. I gave them a call and visited the store and was sold! This place was perfect. It's an indoor surf shop with a retail section as well. The Aqua Shop has bounce houses, a back room for parties, and indoor surfing. I booked the shop and began to think about the invitations.

I am a huge fan of adding "bling" or "flare" to all my invites. It's the extra detail that really makes the invitations special. For this invite, I chose to do a 4 x 9" so I could add my "flare" aka plastic shark to the back so each kid would have something to remind them of the cool party about to happen. I also hand cut shark bite marks into each invite. (Again, it's all about the details!)

Since this party was on location at The Aqua Shop, I decided to keep the dessert table simple. I ordered wave patterned fabric and had a table cloth made. The party favors were super fun sharks, sunglasses and a shark tooth candy necklace. I used the party favors to decorate the table. I had custom m&m's made, which were a hit to kids and grandparents alike! I also used Swedish Fish to accent the table.

The party was during lunch, so I brought Chick-fil-A nuggets in with chips and juice boxes. And let's not forget the fruit! I made a watermelon shark and added green grapes. I found the tutorial here. The kids were in awe (and it was SO easy!).

I ordered a sheet cake from my local bakery and asked them to make the icing look like waves because I had a great idea brewing in my mind. I found a plastic shark at Toys R Us, cut it in half like I did for my dino party (see the tutorial here), and had the cutest cake!

To get some cute pics, I ordered a diecut shark head and a personalized wooden surf board. Using these simple props made the pictures more fun to take and the kids were really interacting with each other.

custom invitation shark 3D cutout
handcut invitation shark
indoor surfing boy
tablecloth fabric shark waves
shark party table
custom m&ms shark party
shark cake birthday party
cookies shark custom icing
cut out shark face photo prop
group picture shark party custom

Resolution: Meal Planning

Happy New Year! How are we already half way though January?! I feel like I just finished celebrating (and putting away) Christmas! I hope this year slows down a little so we have time to stop and smell the roses!

In an effort to organize my family (and myself!), I made this super cool, printable menu planner. All you have to do is download, print it out and trim it down the middle and voila! Part 1 of meal planning is complete! To get the planner, click here and note that it will go wherever you have your 'downloads' set to save.

I'd love to hear your favorite EASY weeknight meals- post below and be entered into a drawing to win a set of personalized recipe cards! (We are feeling very generous today!) That's a $15 value just for giving us an idea for an easy meal. You.Can't.Beat.That.

Halloween Party Planning

If there is a holiday that I absolutely love for my's Halloween! Since my oldest was 2, we've been the house on the block that has the 'pre-party.' Nothing huge, just some treats and drinks, then off to trick-or-treating!

To get myself into the spirit, I like to start thinking about my Halloween party early in September and put little things away all year long. In my office, I have plastic bins, organized by holiday, making it easy to store. It also makes it easy for me to do a quick inventory of what is on hand and what I need to purchase or borrow for the party.

This year, I am working on a super cute theme...hint: there is a lot of black and white going on. Stay tuned for pics and free downloads!

Download my party checklist here.

Party Recap- Boy Book Club: Dinosaurs Before Dark

We've gone and done it again. Another book club "discussion" in the books. This time, we tried to do less snacks and more talking, which worked really well! I asked a mama to lead the group in talking about the book and she did an excellent job!

The book we read this time was one of time travel and dinos. What's not to love? Since I kept this party a little more about the book, the food was pretty easy.

I purchased fruit punch for the "hot lava" and used my nifty round ice balls (found here) to freeze mini dino's in and drop into the dispenser. I used a green bucket for the dino toenails aka Bugles. The "something sweet" were super easy slice and bake sugar cookies, stamped with footprints from a plastic dinosaur toy. The cookie plate...I made! I'll share a tutorial on the next blog on how to make this super cute serving piece! And for the party favor (yes, of course I did one!), I spray painted mini dino's and baby jar tops and filled the glass jars with Sixlets...or dino eggs.

On the table, I scattered a few mini dino's and some temporary tattoos, another hit with these boys! The backdrop I used were felt circles sewn together with clear thread- thanks to my mom for this!

The boys had a blast reliving the tale from Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Treehouse series. I cannot wait to find out what the next book is!

An 85th Birthday Dinner...Sissy's Style

Milestones. Riding your bike without training wheels. Reading your first Judy Blume book without help. Finishing the 1000 piece puzzle. Turning 85.

This weekend, we celebrated my sweet grandmothers 85th birthday. Thinking about all she's seen in her life, from riding horses to school, to driving a car. The Pony Express to a full service USPS, FedEx and UPS. Presidents elected into office, then impeached. The right to vote. Cell phones and computers. She's been through 10 decades full of changes and we absolutely had to celebrate her.

I designed sweet invitations and sent them off to the family. (I added an envelope liner for a small pop of detail.) I asked my "cookie girl" to make 8's and 5's so each guest would have a party favor. I decided upon a simple, yet fun and very Southern venue for dinner- Sissy's Southern Kitchen. Delicious!!!

The intimate party went off without a hitch and this spry woman was on top of the world. (After she had her key lime pie, of course!) Happy Day, Gran!

The Best Ever Bacon and Spinach Quiche

Bacon. When did it become so popular? I mean, it's being used to make ice cream, candy, beer, even vegetables wrapped in it. My mom Patty, has been making quiche for years and guess what? It's ALWAYS had bacon in it. She is so ahead of her time. These mini bits are not only delicious, but pretty easy to make. Hope you enjoy!

1/2 lb. of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1-2C fresh chopped spinach
2T dried minced onion
1 tube (8oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
2C shredded Swiss cheese
1/3C grated Parmesan cheese
2T minced chived
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1C 4% cottage cheese

Directions: In a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Crumble and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, unroll crescent dough into one long rectangle; seal seams and perforations. Cut into pieces small enought to fit your mini muffin pan. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased mini muffin cups. Fill each cup with about 2 teaspoons of the bacon and spinach. In a large bowl, combine the eggs and cheese. Spoon over the bacon and chive mixture. Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: about 30-40 mini quiche.