Archive for the ‘parties’ Category

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?

Chocolate-Dipped Tangerines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Today we’re excited to share a delicious little gift idea for the holidays: chocolate-dipped tangerines.

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We simply peeled our tangerines, melted chocolate apeels from Gygi and got to work dipping the tangerine slices, sprinkling  a garnish of sea salt or crystallized sugar and placing them to cool on parchment paper. This process only took about 5 minutes!

As the tangerines would need to be eaten up within a day or so we wanted to keep portion sizes small so these little candy boxes were the perfect. Cute packaging makes such a difference!

Wouldn’t these be great for a chic place settings, a cute party favor or a holiday gift to bring into the office?

For a longer shelf life you could always used dried fruit instead of fresh.

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Mini Trick or Treats

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by, Gygi.

We are so excited about the little trick or treats we’ll be giving out this year!

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 We found everything we needed for Halloween at one of our favorite stores, Gygi.

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This is what we used:

little bitty treat bags $4.50 for 20 bags

Vanilla taffy $7.99 for 3lb bag

Washi tape $2.99 (in store)

(click HERE to link to all the items)

We put three taffies in per bag and closed it off with a strip of washi tape. One bag of vanilla taffy, three packets of little bitty treat bags, and one washi tape roll will make about 60 trick or treats, which works out to be around $.40 each.

So tiny and adorable!

We think they’d also make a perfect party favor.

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As always, don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on their site. You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping! Holler!

10 Things for an Easy Party

Monday, July 15th, 2013

We had such a nice blogging break to spend time with the family and our new adorable niece, Catherine. We are two very proud aunties! We are refreshed and renewed and ready for some major blogging! We’re starting off the week with our basic party…

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We’ve had more than a few occasions where we’ve had to pull off in impromptu party at the last minute. Over the years we’ve learned to have just a few items on hand to create an atmosphere for a gathering in no time at all…

boxwood clippings_10 things you should have on hand for a party

#1 Cafe Lights. As you know we’re huge fans of ambiance lighting, and a party of course is no exception. These lights will always look great no matter what setting and are definitely worth the small investment (they’re also great at Christmas wrapped around fresh garlands).

#2 Classic White Plates. Our mother taught us “white goes with everything”. No matter what your party theme may be, basic white dessert plates, platters and cake stands are always a good idea. Even when we opt for plastic cutlery and linens, a party won’t feel tacky if you use proper plates.

#3 Chinese Lanterns. We’ve been using these for years, put up a few and you have an instant party. So easy to store, reuse and very affordable.

#4, 5 Wooden Pegs and twine. Use with napkins to make the easiest banner ever. Pegs are also great to have on hand if you want really easy favors.

#6 Music. Next to lighting, background music should be a top priority. Have play lists of your favorite songs ready to go to  set the tone for your party.

#7 Tea lights. Put them in votives, every day glasses, old jars or wrap washi tape around them. They make a room come alive, So versatile, and inexpensive.

#8 Wrapping Paper Runners. We always use wrapping paper as runners for our party tables. It can add a huge punch of color can be tossed away at the end of the night instead of worrying about punch stains on your tablecloth.

#9 Colorful Napkins. Napkins are another easy way to add a little color and the thought of trying to keep dozens of cloth napkins clean exhausts us just thinking about it.

#10 Disposable Water Bottles. With a large crowd someone is bound to spill their drink. Bottles are a must for no-spill casual affair. We’ve found you can go through dozens of plastic cups in a few hours, even with a smaller crowd. Bottles are easier for people to keep at their side, and they make for an easy clean up into the recycle bin. No more polishing glasses til 3 am in the morning!

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Do you have any party prep tips you use time and again?

We hope our tips will help your next party be a little less stressful and help you enjoy yourself a little more!

Kimberly’s Baby Girl Shower

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Last week we threw our sis-in-law, Kimberly a small baby shower. With four boisterous boys, we are thrilled Kimberly is having a girl for her last baby.

We kept the party very simple with just a few decorations and of course some very delicious food.

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We found a pink, orange and yellow petal wrapping paper at Target and decided to theme our shower around it…very “spring-y” and girly. For decor, we decided to wrap her presents in coordinating colors for a simple display. We also hung a few Chinese lanterns and pom-poms for a festive entrance.

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

Kimberly’s eyes say it all…we think she’s excited to be having a girl too :)

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

I’m sure Baby Catherine will win all of our hearts, but for now her big brother, Teddy has us totally smitten.

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

boxwood clippings_kimberly's baby girl shower

We also kept the food very girly with fruit, an over-the-top salad, a variety of Mum’s quiches and Sarah’s legendary lemon buns and meringues.

Such a fun afternoon with some great ladies.

Congratulations Dan, Kimberly and boys, we can’t wait to meet your little baby girl xxx

Easy Cupcake Toppers

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I had a baby shower for my good friend Brea. I wanted a quick and different way to decorate the party cupcakes, so went through my ‘scrap box’ and ended up using remnant ribbon and washi tape:

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I simply tied knots of ribbon and folded washi tape in half around toothpicks, the result being easy and festive.

The cupcakes looked so great grouped together, and the toppers worked out to be considerably less expensive than store-bought versions! Do you have any thrifty tips for party planning? We’d love to hear!

Disposable Plastic Tablecloth for Wrapping

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Here at Boxwood we are always trying to explore new ways to wrap gifts. Today I am happy to share one of our new favorites: Disposable tablecloths! You can find them at any grocery or party supply store costing about $3 per large tablecloth.

Believe me when I say this stuff is amazing to wrap with! Here are three different ways I used an aqua tablecloth:

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As a Filler: I cut squares of tablecloth and put into the gift bag, just like I would tissue paper. Sometimes by the time I get a gift to a party my tissue paper is all smushed and wrinkled…but the plastic holds its shape beautifully. Love!

As Gift Wrap: I used the plastic exactly as I would wrapping paper. The only difference is the plastic is quite translucent, so you have to use a few layers. It is actually easier to wrap up the ends of your present as it doesn’t hold its creases like paper does if you need a re-do. Also, tape sticks to the plastic better than paper.

As Trimming: When cut into strips, the plastic was a cross between rafia/ribbon. it is so fun to work with.

The presents look very polished with their shiny plastic finish, and I can’t wait to give them to their recipients!

With the great price (I only used a fraction of the tablecloth), ease of  wrapping and pretty finish I will be buying many more plastic tablecloths in the future. What do you think?

DIY Birthday Banner

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

This week my friend Brooke’s twin girls turned one. Naturally she wanted a girly celebration, so one afternoon we threw together this garland (with lots of help from Katie).

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HOW TO:

First, we printed off the letters we needed and cut them in circles. Next we glued the edges and dipped them in glitter. While they were drying we cut out bigger circles out of card stock and folded them in half, again and again until we had this accordion look. Then we simply hot glued the letters onto the folded card stock, and then them onto ribbon.

boxwood clippings_diy birthday banner

boxwood clippings_diy birthday banner

Pretty darn cute, don’t you think!

Winnie’s Workshop

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Last weekend we escaped the inversion and headed up to the mountain village of Midway, Utah to attend Winnie’s Workshop Valentine’s class and boy, did we have fun…

Winnie’s Workshop is a picturesque country barn owned by mother and daughter duo, Nancy and Meredith who’ve put their heart and soul into making this space a crafter’s heaven.

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Nancy, a life-long seamstress, has a larger than life personality and is currently teaching classes on quilting and felting what she calls “wacky woollies”.

Meredith has a bachelors in print-making, a masters in visual art, and is currently teaching classes on letter-pressing and bookbinding.

We were warmly greeted into a Valentine retreat with Nancy at the sewing machine, stitching bright wool hearts to pillow covers, Meredith warming up the vintage letterpress with red ink, and the workshop adorned in heart garlands and fabric, cards, and ribbons galore all ready for us to start crafting!

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For the next three hours we made our own letter-pressed Valentine’s cards and crafts, munched on delicious snacks, chatted and laughed, and enjoyed the beautiful and quaint surroundings of the Midway valley and mountains. It was a day to remember, that’s for sure!

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Thank you Nancy and Meredith! We had a such a great time!

Click HERE for upcoming classes, make sure to look at the kid classes too.

Please inquire about any special requests, private parties and group discounts. Nancy and Meredith are so great to work with and will work with almost any budget. We are already thinking of future birthday parties and girlie retreats!

We had a crazy good time and know you will too!

Nancy and Meredith will be at the Utah Art Market this weekend (Fri Feb 1st+ Sat Feb 2nd) selling their gorgeous letter-pressed stationary and ‘wacky woollies’…we can’t wait to see what these two talented ladies bring!

Paperless Post Freebie Invites

Friday, January 18th, 2013

In my last catalog from Crate & Barrel I noticed a little ad mentioning Paperless Post. So I went to check out the link HERE, and found out the two companies have joined together to offer a FREE collection to their readers.

Aren’t their invites so cute and stylish? Perfect for that last minute get-together. This design is tempting me to host an Oscar party…

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Go see if there’s a free invite for your next event or announcement, and don’t forget to invite us!

PS. Over Christmas we were playing a game when the word “catalog” came up, my 9 year old nephew asked what it was….scary how things are changing!

Scrabble Name Card

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Good morning everyone!

Yesterday I was looking through our last week of posts, and I was inspired by Em’s roundup of Thankgiving tables to think of an even easier name card that you could put together in a matter of minutes, just before the guests arrive. :) This is what I came up with:

It can’t get any easier than this. Plus, I like how it sets the tone for games once the meal is over…my perfect way to digest and relax!

(In the Faubus family we have to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that night, and after 8 years I still can’t see why everyone thinks it’s funny. :( Oh well, I guess there are worse family traditions!)

A Garden Tea Party

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

For the past 3 weeks we’ve had our big sissy Helen in town with her family. We’ve enjoyed plenty of days at the shops, pool and local hot spots, but one evening we were invited to our friends house for a garden tea party with just the ladies.

Jackie is a fellow Brit we’ve known all our lives, Helen was even her bridesmaid in her very Princess Diana-ish wedding. It had been more than a few years  since we’d had a good visit, and Jackie wanted to show us her English garden she’s created. It was truly amazing, we felt like we were back in Cheshire…not in West Jordan Utah!

Thanks Jackie, we all had a lovely evening…especially the little ones. :)

 

The Sweet Tooth Fairy Cupcakes: Picnic Style

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

 This post brought to you by: The Sweet Tooth Fairy

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While planning for mum’s picnic party, we were struggling with ideas for dessert. Again we needed something easy and delicious, this is where The Sweet Tooth Fairy came to our rescue!

We think they are by far the yummiest cupcakes in Utah, and we love that they even had to-go packaging that matched the our theme of pretty and easy!

At the picnic we simply placed them in rows and let their appearance do all the work, no cakestands or even plates necessary.  However, they didn’t sit looking pretty for long as they were devoured almost instantly; and each guest insisted their flavor cupcake was the best. :)

Mum’s fave was the seasonal Pina Colada, it looked perfect with a single candle.

These cupcakes were the icing on a relaxed party, but I’m now convinced they’d make exceptional additions to any picnic.

A Birthday Picnic

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Last Friday it was our mum’s birthday, and we decided a simple picnic in the park would be a relaxed ‘summery’ way to celebrate this special day.

A menu of chicken salad croissants, salted kettle chips, seasonal fruit, and a sparkling grapefruit drink sounded perfect for an evening in the sun.

With 20 guests, we planned ahead a ‘no fuss’ way of serving the food. These aluminum containers (HERE  + HERE) we found at Gygi worked perfectly, and were very cost effective at around 45¢ each with a lid. We added a personalized tag so each guest could just grab their grub whenever they were ready to eat, the kiddies really loved this.

The clear cups allowed us to colour coordinate our beverage, so we mixed  grapefruit juice with sparkling lemon + lime, for a coral look.

The paper coral napkins, as well as the cloth navy gingham were also from Gygi along with the cups. Their paper selection is truly amazing, with a rainbow of hues from every colour you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Remember you can use code ‘BOXWOOD10′ at checkout to get 10% off all items!

A big thanks to Gygi, once again you were our one stop shop for everything!