The Big Two Five

161126 160759 160818 My husband turned a quarter century old last weekend! Crazily enough, he shares a birthday with our oldest brother and our sister-in-law! While we couldn’t be a part of everyone’s birthday celebrations, I was able to spend the whole day with my honey and that evening we had a little get-together with some of our oldest friends. Here’s the little treat spread I put together:

160637 My husband isn’t too colorful of a guy so I tried to stick to mostly black and white. But it was really hard (read: impossible) for me to keep color out so I accented with turquoise, hot pink and yellow.

161120 Okay, okay, the “accent colors” kind of ended up taking over, huh?

160838 The cookies in the middle are a super simple treat that I like to call faux whoopie pies.

161929 All it is is 2 eggs, 1/3 cup oil and a box of white cake mix. Mix together and add food coloring! Roll into balls and bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Fill with any frosting you’d like.

160619 Way fun right?!

PicsArt_1406615840458-1 Other treats included zebra cakes, powdered donuts, cake batter dip and colorful caramel popcorn.

PicsArt_1406616022982-1 The donuts were just too white for me so I made a little powdered sugar and milk glaze with a little food coloring and drizzled it on top. The pink and yellow didn’t show up too well for the photos but it’s there!

PicsArt_1406615924684-1 I think colored white chocolate would also have been a great choice for that.

The popcorn was held in cute little cones and I used this recipe which made the most delicious fruity-flavored bright colors!

160521 160513 The utensils were covered in washi tape!

160536 And I added cute little flags to the straws.

PicsArt_1406615970332-1 We had a wonderful day and weekend. Look at that handsome 25 year old with our sweet, sleepy little girl!!

PSX_20140725_201925 I just love those two to pieces!!!! And I love celebrating birthdays with them! Before we know it, we’ll be saying happy 25 to our baby! sniff, sniff.

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Mini Party Blowouts

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These sweet little party blowouts are tiny, colorful and simple to whip up!

  • Paper Straws
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glassine Bags or Wrapping Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape


Cut strips from your wrapping paper/glassine bags about 1″ wide and 6″ long. Apply glue along the long edge and across one of the short edges.

11 Fold over long ways and press to the glue, but don’t press the short side down yet. Insert a paper straw and after removing it, press the strip flat, keeping the glued together edge in the middle. Now you can press the short side together.

10 Cut your paper straws into thirds and insert one into the un-glued edge of your strip. Tape around it to secure. Then use another straw to help you create a roll-up.

9 Cut a piece of tissue paper about 2″ by 3″ and fringe the long side. Tape one edge to the straw, then apply glue to the rest and wind it around.

8 All done!

1 Time to party!

6 The blowouts will automatically roll back up better the longer they are left rolled tightly.

2 These would be perfect for little ones but are definitely still appropriate for an adult celebration too!


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Word Party Cups

This is so so easy! Customize plain paper cups for your next party with fun celebration words! I love this because you can customize it for any event. Ho-ho for Christmas, the age of the birthday girl or boy for birthday parties, baby for baby showers, love for bridal showers, and on!

  • White Paper Cups
  • Gold Sharpie

cheerscup hooraycup

1) Take the sharpie and write any word you want on the cup in a diagonal. I did celebrate, hooray, cheers and joy. Use the cups at your next party! Hooray!

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Balloon Gift Tags


This super quick craft creates beautifully customized and fun presents! Use these gift tags for your next birthday party!


1) Take about a fourth of the clay and roll it out using a roller pin.   DSC_1979 2) Once the clay is around a 1/4 inch thick, use the cookie cutter to cut out a balloon. DSC_1985 3) Use an awl to make a small hole at the top of the balloon. I also put a hole at the bottom so that I could put twine or ribbon to look like the string of ribbon on an actual balloon. DSC_1988 4) Bake the clay according to the instructions on the package. For me, this was 15 minutes at 275 degrees.

5) Put twine, string, or ribbon through the holes and attach to any gift or gift bag! DSC_2065 DSC_2082-2 DSC_2084 These would be great on gift and favor bags as well! You could also paint the clay to add patterns and more color. How about polka dotted balloon gift tags?!


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Ladies Sunday Lunch Party



This sunday my sister-in-law put together the most lovely little ladies only party! We wore dresses and sun hats, ate some delicious food and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.




The decor was simple and so lady-like. Fresh flowers and lots of vintage accents like candelabras, crochet tablecloths, and china dishes.

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The food was so summery and delicious while also being lady-light! It felt indulgent but was {mostly} healthy and non-waist inflating.



I think this is something that should be done a lot more often. Like every Sunday maybe.



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