Archive for the ‘parties’ Category

A Spring Baby Shower

Monday, March 20th, 2017

There’s something about the anticipation of Spring that makes throwing parties this time of year a little more exciting, don’t you agree?  Our baby brother and his wife, Sam and Sally are expecting their first baby next month and we are all giddy waiting for baby Alice’s arrival.

The sun came out a few Saturdays ago and we had a glorious afternoon with Sally’s lady friends and family, talking only of childbirth, brand new babies and first time parenthood… our idea of heaven!

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Sally with her Mom and Grandma…

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We always try to keep the menu as simple as possible for showers. We want to spend every second of the shower relaxing with guests and not in the kitchen, so we always make sure to serve food that can all be prepped and laid out before guests arrive. We served a strawberry salad (HERE), spinach, bacon and egg salad HERE, fruit and chocolate strawberries (HERE). Our Mum made an amazing cheese board with all of our favorite British cheeses and our sis, Helen (pictured with her two girls above) had the great idea to order our favorite carrot cake, which was a huge hit.

Our decorating theme was flowers… large paper ones we borrowed from a friend and fresh tulips dotted through the space.

Many of our guests were traveling to the shower so instead of doing our favorite flower favor (HERE) we sent guests home with a wild flower kit (Flower pots and seeds from the dollar store and top soil bundled in fabric pouches). Sally’s family and ours share a love of the Beetles so we added a quote from John Lennon, “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”.

Many hands make light work and hosting with a few people can really make showers so much easier and stress free.

This was such a special day for us all, we couldn’t help but look around and realize how lucky Alice is already to have such wonderful women in her life. You are loved beyond measure baby girl!

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!

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Lemon bars from Costco to keep things really simple…

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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….

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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!!!