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A Bridal Shower for Kristina

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Here are a few details of the shower for our new sis, Kristina last week.

Because the shower was the week of the wedding we wanted to keep it extra simple, and we loved the result.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

We served rosemary and lemon water, which was perfect for the hot, hot day!

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower
Lemon bars from Costco to keep things really simple…

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Our two current favorite salads: decadent strawberry, watermelon + grape.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Green and white fresh flowers doubled as favors (see HERE)

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

We all wrote a little note to Kristina in a mini homemade book that she’ll be able to remember the shower by.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Our Mum and sister, Helen helped us with the food, which made this party so stress-free. We hung a few ferns, and called it good!

There was zero prep right before guests arrived, so we were relaxed and ready to party.
We can’t tell you how chill and easy this was, such a fun night!

Congrats Stina! So glad you are officially our sister!!!!

The Simplest Bridal Shower Invitation

Monday, June 29th, 2015

 These past few weeks have wild and magical time for our family!

We started last week with a bridal shower and kept it as simple as possible from start to finish.

A handwritten invitation started our organic and simple theme beautifully.

boxwood clippings | bridal shower invitation

We wrote our note and made black and white copies.

Then we finished off each one with a pop of green colored pencil on the wreath.

With no computer needed, sometimes the good old fashion ways are the easiest, turn out just as beautiful and are fun too!

Stay tuned for more party fun…

Our Favorite Things Bridal Shower Gift

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

This week we had a little shower for our soon-t0-be sis, Kristina (wedding on Friday!!!).

We loved this opportunity to get together the ladies on both sides of the family and shower the bride.

For our gift, we put together a few of our favorite things to help her set up house.

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boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

Favorite Things Basket

greatest towels ever (HERE)
working glasses (HERE)
cutest timer (HERE)
Mrs Meyers’ soap (HERE)
mixing bowls (target, not longer avail)
porcelain egg crate (home goods)
handmade chalkboard
dish towels (HERE)
metal caddy (similar HERE)

We topped it off with a ‘C’ for ‘Clayton’ with our favorite Pottery Barn glitter ornaments (HERE).

boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

We are so looking forward to Friday and the celebrations….follow us on INSTA on the big day!!!

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Guittard Chocolate Pots De Creme

Friday, May 29th, 2015

One day while nibbling on our favorite chocolate chips (bad habit), we noticed three words of a recipe on the back of the package. Chocolate. Milk. Butter. SOLD!

This dessert is perfect for a summer’s eve. Large party or intimate gathering, it will not disappoint. Quick, decadent and divine….

boxwood clippings | chocolate pot de la cream

INGREDIENTS:

2 c Guittard milk chocolate chips

3/4 c whole milk

1/4 c butter

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat while stirring to boil.
Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Pour into tiny glasses and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
Garnish with a dollop of cream and fresh fruit (we used mango above).

A tiny little treat everyone will love, and no one will know the recipe is so simple!!!

Mini Flower Arrangements

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Happy Monday! We hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready to tackle the week?!

Today we’re sharing the easiest centerpiece idea that can double as a party favor to make any get together a little more special…

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

We love how these mini arrangements look clustered together as well as how cute they are individually to give as a favor at the end of the evening.

To create this look we bought three bouquets from Walmart for $5 each. We then gathered all our random glass jars. You know the ones…spaghetti sauce, baby food etc jars. You can even just use little plastic cups if you don’t have glass. Then we just clipped the stems and divided between jars…zero floral arranging skills needed!

We made 20 arrangements averaging less than $1 each!

Pretty, thrifty AND organizing our jar cupboard…win, win, win!

DIY Kid Party Hats

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

What is cuter than a baby with rosy cheeks and pearly teeth?

All of the above plus a party hat!

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After a failed attempt to find cute hats for the twins’ first birthday party (HERE), we decided to make our own.

We used THIS template from Oh Happy Day and attached ribbons to help the babies keep their hats on.

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Of course, the paper hats were way too tempting for the one-year olds, but the older kiddies loved them for all the birthday festivities.

Oh Hannah, you are a cheeky baby girl and somehow even more so in your little party hat!

Dressing up Costco’s Chocolate Cake

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Last week was my birthday, so I asked Brock to get me my favorite cake from Costco. Usually we make our cakes but this one is just too good not to indulge in at least once a year.

It is so decadent and beautiful on it’s own, but as it was my birthday I thought I’d dress it up a bit.

I used some wooden skewers and scraps of ribbon and made little flag-like decorations.

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

 It was so pretty, but we had to be careful where we lit the candle!

This is such a versatile idea, and can be made to go with any color scheme or theme.

We love a simple spruce!

The Twins’ First Birthday Party: Classic Winnie the Pooh Theme

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Can you believe Sarah’s twins are one?!

What a year we’ve had since the arrival of Elizabeth and Hannah! A year full of smiles, giggles, and more diapers than we can count.

A little party for their birthday lunch was in order! Sarah chose a classic Winnie-The-Pooh theme which was perfect for our little pooh-bear and piglet.

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

For the ladies, we served our favorite strawberry salad (HERE) and Victoria sponge cake (see HERE).

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We decorated with white and florals, stuffed animals and building blocks.

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

For the littles, we made a picnic lunch. Gygi came through again with everything we needed for our little guests.

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Our sister, Helen made tiny fondant honey bees for the cupcakes as well as pooh bear and piglet for the girls’ cake.

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

The girls took licking every ounce of their frosting very seriously. Our little pooh-bear Elizabeth..

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…. and our little piglet, Hannah with her tiny little pigtails :)

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

We couldn’t imagine life without these little girls…”it’s so much friendlier with two!”

Simple food and decorations made for a very easy and enjoyable party for everyone.

Be sure to check out all the products we used on Gygi’s blog HERE and don’t forget to use our coupon for 15% off purchase your next Gygi purchase!

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Festive Table Setting

Monday, November 17th, 2014

We were floored when we saw this pretty dishware at The Dollar Store!

boxwood clippings_a black, white and gold festive place setting

Sure it’s not bone china, but for a dollar a piece it is pretty amazing!

Paired with a simple evergreen clipping from the yard and a little treat for after dinner it makes a lovely holiday setting!

Glass HERE

Dinner plate HERE

bowl HERE

How are you dressing up your table for the holidays?

Jane’s Blessing Day: 5 Easy Tips for Entertaining a Crowd!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Last week we blessed Jane, which is a special prayer to put her name on the records of our church and bless her with things to help throughout her life.

Here’s Jane in her little white dress and bonnet, doesn’t she look hilarious?!

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It was a great day with some of our special friends and family and was the largest party we’ve planned in a while.

Here are five ways we kept it super easy!

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

1. KEEP DECOR SIMPLE AND SEASONAL

We spent nothing on decorations and pulled items around the house that were white, brown and gold. We used gold Christmas paper as a table runner, a simple bronze Christmas garland draped by itself, hung pine cones from the chandelier and personalized the chalkboard and banner.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

2. CHOOSE AN EASY FOOD THEME

We chose a soup and bread bar which turned out perfect for this time of year. I asked a few people to bring a soup and the variety ended up being amazing. We had chili, Italian sausage, mushroom (pic below), cauliflower and spicy carrot. Soups can be prepared ahead, aren’t too expensive, and can easily be transported.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

3. USE DISPOSABLE ITEMS

We rarely use disposible items when entertaining, but when entertating a large crowd it is a must!! We headed to Gygi to pick up items that were clear and white so disposable bowls (above) etc would just blend and not distract. How cute are these little cups we used for milk to serve with cookies for dessert?

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

 4. MAKE SOMETHING ORDINARY, SPECIAL!

We picked up a tin of shortbread cookies from Costco and garnished them with chocolate. This was a huge hit and literally took 30 mins. We used our favorite chocolate, Guittard that is available in bulk at Gygi.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party
5. PREP AHEAD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

We wanted to serve another fall favorite, caramel apples. Although these are super easy, they are a little time consuming, so we made sure to schedule prep time before the party. We were thrilled with how they turned out. See directions HERE.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

Honestly, with these tips this event was zero stress! The soups were warmed, and everything was ready to go for when guests arrived. No fussing about food and washing dishes etc.

Our little pioneer baby with Nanny and Grandma.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

A big thanks to Gygi and for everyone who made this such a special day to remember!

We are being featured on Gygi’s blog today talking about all of their products we used! Please hop over to see us HERE.

A Personized Glittery Banner

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Last weekend we finally got around to blessing our twin girls. After church we headed back to our place for a brunch with family and friends. The food and company were the focal points, but I wanted a little decoration with the girlies names displayed, so we came up with this cute idea…

A Personalized Glittery Banner.

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

 To Make You’ll Need:

Cardstock with letters printed on it (I used Bebas font 300pt)

Glue

A paint brush

Glitter

Pegs + Twine for hanging

No.1 First, spread the glue evenly and quite heavy. Make sure your edges are as neat as you can make them.

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No.2 Generously smother in glitter

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

No.3  Shake the glitter off (on clean piece of paper to re-use), and you’re done!

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

 Some letters took longer to glue than others, so I’d do half the letter at a time. The key is to not let the glue dry at all before the glitter!

Here’s how Hannah’s turned out at the other side of the room…

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The best thing about this is that they are easy to store and I can whip out again for any occasion.

How fun that I get to have a ‘Kids Party Box’ in the house now :)

 

 

 

Custom Printable Invitations: Em’s Baby Shower

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Em’s shower was planned at the very last minute, since we had a surprise visit from Hels, our other sissy. With hardly anytime, we needed the invitations to go out as fast as possible, but we still wanted something custom and (obviously) very cute!

We hit up Etsy and found the Sunday Designs Shop, which is TOTALLY ADORABLE! They offer a great collection of printable invitations. There are sooooo many cute designs, the only hard part about the process is choosing which one you like best!

 

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We chose the Antique Pram Shower Invite, which reminded us of our British roots! Next, we just emailed our information over, and within a day or so they emailed us a pdf.

We printed them over at FedEx Office, on thick card stock and cut them to size.

 

boxwood clippings_baby shower custom printable invitations

For well under $20, we had our perfect, cute and custom invites ready to go. You can’t beat that!

Be sure to check out Sunday Design when you’re planning your next event!

Emily’s Baby Girl Shower: An English Tea Party

Monday, May 12th, 2014

We have had our fair share of baby showers this year, so we decided to mix it up and have afternoon tea for all of Emily’s special ladies.

We kept things really simple with a traditional English menu of tiny munchies and simple decor of white and green snowball clippings from the garden.

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Our Mum, Terri is a master at the culinary arts. She made mini little sandwiches filled with all of our English tea time favorites: cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad and cress, tomato and cheese, and curried chicken. Dessert was perfection: tiny macaroons, lemon bars, English scones with jam and cream (recipe HERE), and our favorite raspberry trifle.

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boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

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Sarah made this easy doily garland by simply folding doilies over a piece of twine. So effective and took literally two minutes!

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It was such a lovely afternoon filled with lots of chatter and pressies for the new baby girl. Thanks everyone for the lovely memories, we can’t wait for baby Jane to get here and meet you all xxx

Really Simple Easter Place Settings

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Easter is one of our favorite times of year. Not only is it a special time for us to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we also love celebrating the re-birth of the earth with spring…longer days, cherry blossoms, baby animals…the list goes on and on.

Now, with Sarah’s two baby girls in tow we are more dedicated than ever to making homemaking as simple as possible.

Here’s a simple place setting perfect for Easter or any spring occasion:

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colored napkin + coordinating ribbon + tulip

The only way to simplify even more is sticking with basic white napkins and pastel ribbon:

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Even though this is so simple, wouldn’t you love to be greeted with this at the dinner table?!

Do you have any plans for decorating this Easter? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

Friday, February 28th, 2014

We always get a little nervous when baking birthday cakes. What if the cake sticks for some reason or starts to sag on one side? It’s a lot of pressure to make a perfect birthday cake! Which lead us to the miniture cupcake birthday cake…

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

We love cupcakes, but we love even more bite-size, mini cupcakes. There is zero pressure as you can just present the ones that work out perfectly on pretty cakestands with a candle in each one. The more cupcakes and candles the merrier!

We are celebrating lots of candles on Sarah’s birthday cake today!!!  Just kidding, sis ;)

Happy Birthday Sarah! You are crazy talented, beautiful and hilarious. I love you and I’m so lucky to have you as a sister xxx

It’s a Baby Shower!!!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

As promised here are all the details to Sarah’s shower…

We decorated my front room with coffee filter letters, heart balloons from The Dollar Tree and spring blossoms. Obviously, we had to bring in an extra comfy chair for the mummy t0 be.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Our best friend, Bri showered Sarah with baby gifts in these adorable little suitcases.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

We found this and this paper garland from Zurchers party store, and made this tissue paper bunting. I love how they looked so festive and dainty hung together.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Heart balloons and a few baby touches simply decorated the food table.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Sarah was spoiled-rotten with all sorts of goodies for the girlies.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

We had such a wonderful day! A big thanks to everyone who made Sarah’s day so special.

Baby Shower Invitations by Tiny Prints

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We had the best time at Sarah’s baby shower. Nothing is more fun than celebrating for two baby girls, especially when we’ve been waiting for them for such a long time!

We wanted the shower to be pretty and festive, but most importantly simple and stress-free.

Our friends at Tiny Prints helped us get the party started right with these gorgeous invites:

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Tiny Prints were so easy to work with! Customizing and ordering was a breeze and the invites arrived in lightning speed.

Stay tuned for party details tomorrow!

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Valentine’s Day Table Setting

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Every February, our sis-in-law Kimberly throws a Valentine’s dinner for our family. Her kids get so excited and we all make little Valentine’s for each other. Kimberly goes all out with setting the table, and always makes an amazing meal. Now we all look forward this event every year. I love the idea of making a bigger deal out of little holidays (especially in the winter months)!!!

I decided to get a little festive in our dining room by pulling out red and pink party decor and buying a few heart balloons from The Dollar Tree.

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boxwood clippings_valentine's day table setting

 

boxwood clippings_valentine's day table setting

This literally took about 10 minutes and no effort at all. It’s amazing how just pulling a few pieces out and spending a few minutes can make an ordinary day feel extra special. Happy love month everyone!!!

You Are My Fave’s New Year’s Eve in a Box

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Good morning readers, we really hope you’ve had a great Christmas season, and hopefully still in the part-tay mood!

We’re just popping in today to share this wonderful New Year’s idea from You are My Fave….

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Don’t you just love the idea of everything you need for a party all packaged in a box? We do! Be sure to check out Mel’s full post (HERE), including her free download of 2013 highlights, and 2014’s goals.

Happy New Year to you all!

Family Game Night

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Brock’s dream is to own a toy store and produce great games and toys. I’m on board because I like to win! Ha ha ha!!! Really, I do like to play games too because it’s great socializing and great entertainment at the same time. It’s a great way to get to know someone better, and a fantastic way to build relationships (think awkward teenager).

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the perfect setting for game night. Pull out the snacks and let the games begin. Here are our current faves…

Party Game:

5 Second Rule: this one is great for a group with low attention span! There are hardly any rules, and everyone from about age 4 and up can play. Guaranteed some giggles, and lots of poking fun at one another. We had a blast playing this last Christmas.

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Strategy Games:

Small World: Definitely for those who like to sit down and play for a few hours. Good for those who like to think, and be ruthless at killing off other players! Really not that hard after you’ve played once or twice, so maybe 10 and up on age. Depending on how you set up the board it can be a different game every time, I like that!

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Lost Cities: This is a quick game, with some luck involved. A bit of a race, but can customize your game so it could take you between 1/2 an hour to 2 to play. Age 7 and up should be good!

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All-Time Favorite Kid Game:

Enchanted Forrest: Uses your memory and strategy skills along with a race. This is great for adults to play with kids, the kids will get it and show you how much their memories are better than yours. So we can count this one as mind exercise, and tell the kids you’re letting them win!

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Other classics are of course: Monopoly, Scattergories and Catchprase. What are your faves?