1 Year Adventure Themed Birthday, The Table

 

I think first year birthdays are just the sweetest. You can have fun with some adorable themes, look back at how immensely little ones have grown, and watch their little fingers get into all that frosting on their cake. Close friends were celebrating their son’s first birthday (could he be an cuter), with a small family gathering that I offered to help put together the decorations for. Like most parents I’m sure, they felt their first year of parenthood and watching their son grow had been their greatest adventure and wanted to encourage their son to have many adventures of his own, so this became the theme. I loved the idea of adventure theme perfect for a little boy and it slowly evolved into encouraging all kinds of exploring from the world we live in, to imagination through books and reading. I want to share with you all the

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Free Prosecco Blackberry Cocktail Printable

I’m almost ready for New Years Eve which is my favorite occasion to host since its the only time there is no limit to the amount of sparkle and glitter you can/should use. No New years Eve gathering is complete without a little bubbly, so I decided to try this Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail recipe from Style Me Pretty to serve to my guests. I haven’t tried it but seems there is no way it could be bad. I’m using prosecco and feel it’s more commonly used, but I plan on making the flavored syrup earlier in the day and placing out with all the ingredients including some frozen blackberries as garnish and to help keep drinks cold.  Generally I set up a bar section for gatherings that are self service with one or two pre-made cocktails, as well as beer and wine. If things need to be mixed or combined I like to have a little display picture that makes it easy for each guest to help themselves. If this a cocktail you would like to use for any of your parties here is a free printable that labels the drink and shows your guest what to add. There are two sizes of 4×6 or 5×7  so  you can cut and place in a frame you have already. More details to come of our get together I’m planning in case you need some inspiration.

-Ashley

DIY Cornstarch Ornaments as Name Place Cards

 

I love the idea of salt dough for ornaments and hand print crafts but have found that its a little more porous and not quite as smooth, so I decided to try this recipe for cornstarch dough when making these ornaments. I made these ornaments as place cards for my work Christmas Party. These ornaments are inexpensive to make so its cost effective when making quite a few and can be painted and decorated anyway that fits your decor with any personalization you want. They also make great little take home gifts.

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Holiday Book Club Get Together with Toy Donations and a Mexican Rice Bowl Bar Menu

The Holidays are already flying by that I haven’t had a chance to share this lovely little get together with you. This month I hosted our book club meeting which varies in size of participants depending on everyone’s schedules, offering a simple meal with a Mexican style rice bowl bar that had very little cooking making it great for a week night.

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Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

The warmer weather lately here in New England is just nice enough to keep me from realizing that Thanksgiving is less then a week away, how time flies. For those of you that have the tasking of hosting this upcoming holiday, I wanted to give you another simple fall tablescape that can easily be put together quickly and pretty inexpensively.

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Rose Gold and Gold Birthday Dinner

Gold and Rose Gold Birthday Tablescape

A few weeks ago I wanted to do a little something to celebrate the Birthday of a very good friend of mine. It was an intimate gathering that was very casual, but of course its still a celebration, so I felt like sequins and champagne were in order. A few friends came by for dinner, to celebrate our lovely Birthday lady including their adorable 8 month old son, joining us at the table but unfortunately not quite old enough for a piece of birthday cake. The table had no shortage of sparkle with this amazing rose gold almost copper table cloth: 60”*102” Rectangle Sparkly Rose Gold Sequin Glamorous Cloth/fabric for Wedding/dessert Table. The table was also flourished with some simple tealights that I found at goodwill and geometric lanterns.

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