27 Apr

Have A Lovely Weekend

What a week, sweets!  I think I’m finally back to normal after my crazy half marathon adventure.  This weekend promises to be infinitely more relaxing and I could NOT be happier!

Here are some fun finds from around the web to get your weekend started on the right foot!

I know this post is all about the rug, but look at that chair!!

Piñata cookies for Cinco de Mayo!

Pretty Etsy store.

I want to eat this grilled cheese every. single. day.

Sweet tattoo.

A book igloo!

DIY bow clutch.

Toilet paper art.

What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

What are you doing this weekend?  Any big plans?  Taking it easy?  Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!

17 Apr

Throwing a Theme Party

All parties are theme parties if you really think about it. What’s the typical theme for a party? Birthdays. Holidays. Promotions. Each is a theme, but it’s really what you do with that theme that elevates your party.

Whether your theme is an inside joke for your friends or just something you enjoy—a book, a time in history, celebrity trainwrecks— you still have to focus on a few key elements: costumes, decoration, refreshments, and entertainment.

For the purpose of this post, let’s say I’m hosting a Hunger Games party.  (Get the free printables above here.)

Costume or no costume?

That’s up to you, but remember, some people will forget to dress up and some people don’t want to. That’s a good reason to keep something small at the front table that guests can use to get into the spirit. It’s easier to dance in a superhero mask or a pair of fake glasses than it is to in a cape or a professor’s outfit. For a Hunger Games party I would buy or make Mockingjay pins. You can also put out name tags for any type of affair and let people declare their character, or in this case, district.

Decorations

The way that you decorate will effect whether your guests get into the theme. You could put up a “Welcome to the 74th Hunger Games” banner or you could turn your living room into a crepe-paper forest. The level of effort should probably relate to the size of your party, although it can always be fun to transform your living space for your closest friends!

Good eats

Just like wedding cake is specific to a certain theme, it is the drinks and the snacks that can make or break your affair. For my Hunger Games party, I could make cheese buns and seaweed bread.  My personal favorite way to bring a theme onto a snack table is with more decorations. Cupcake toppings that represent the elements of your party are easy enough to buy or make, when you only need a pouf of red and orange frosting to symbolize fire or a toy bow and arrow to use as a topper. Last, make sure you create a specialty drink (whether in name or in ingredients) to keep people in the mood.

Entertainment

Party activities don’t have to consist of crazy drinking games. You can also host contests relating to costume, dance moves, or best off-the-cuff dirty joke (on theme, of course!). Make sure your playlist is upbeat and your guests are happy. Scavenger Hunts are always a lot of fun, and a great way to make sure you touch on every aspect of your theme. “Peeta’s favorite place” would lead you into the kitchen, of course, to check the bread box.

Do you have a great theme party idea? Is there another element to a great party you would never leave out? Let us know!

17 Feb

Have A Fun-Filled Weekend!

I’ve been looking SO forward to this weekend, lovely readers.  My sweet Momma is coming up to the city today for a visit, and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with her!  Then, tomorrow, Travis and I are “officially” celebrating Valentine’s day by adventuring around the Bay Area.

So, let’s kick off the weekend right with some fun links from around the web…

DIY confetti table cloth

I’d love this tote bag for Spring.

COOL bookshelves!!

I made this for breakfast this week and it was delish!

Simple, elegant dress.

I’d love to make a few of these for around the house…

Cute nail idea.

This recipe is next on my list…

Still in love with sliding barn doors.  (Remember this post?)

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And a few {bb} posts you may have missed…

Blonde to brunette.

Floating rings and stacking rings.

How to wear a belt.

What are you up to this weekend, my sweets?  Going on any adventures of your own?  Cozying up at home?  Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!

15 Nov

Winter Reads

Isn’t it easy to let go of reading when you get busy?  There are so many books that I’ve been meaning to read, but I haven’t carved out any time for it.  So I’m putting together a list of must-reads this Winter, starting with one book that has been on my to-do list for way too long…

When books are adapted into movies, it usually propels me to pick them up (with the exception of Twilight).  I finally bought The Help yesterday, and I’m starting it today!

Also a soon-to-be-movie, The Hunger Games series has gotten rave reviews from everyone I know (including Travis!)

I’m a huge fan of “The Office”, and I’ve always been so impressed by Mindy Kalings humor and wit.  I’m super anxious to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Did any of you watch the 20/20 interview with Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelley last night?  It was such a fascinating look at brain injuries, and you couldn’t help but fall in love with this amazing couple.  It has me excited to read Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.

I’m also considering trying out a book on tape… Last year, when Travis had a long commute, he listened to books on tape, and I thought it was such a clever way to pass the time!  Wouldn’t it be nice to keep one in the car for a little dose of literature every time you run errands?

What’s on your current must-read list?  Got any other recommendations for me?  (I’d love to see mine grow!)  Have you ever listened to books on tape?  Share your thoughts in the comments!