I love the 4th of July! We have hosted on the 4th for the last few years since we have great a great view of the fireworks from our balcony & I always love to decorate our place so the party is even more festive.
Here are some fun ideas to decorate for your party
1) Watermelon Stars – this project is really easy. You just need to get a big watermelon & some star cooking cutters. I have a mix of big & small stars & they are a hit every year.
2) Hanging Stars – I got mine at the 99cent store but they also carry them at Walmart. They are so inexpensive & are such a fun decoration.
3) Free Printable – get some free printables online for cupcake toppers & food labels.
4) Fruit Flag – get white grapes, strawberries & blueberries. See pic below on how to create this fun snack.
I’ve got puppy love for any adorable animal themed party, but especially when it’s in PINK! I threw this cute Pink Puppy Dog Party to celebrate my daughters’ 2nd birthday. Her love of dogs and favorite color (pink of course!) inspired the dog bone cookies and pink puppy dog cake topper. Vanessa Yufe from Sweet and Social Events helped with the decorations.
PARTY DETAILS, told by Masha…
For my daughter’s second birthday I chose a theme that has everything to do with her and represents what she liked & talked about most in her life: dogs. I chose the colors light pink & yellow and my good friend & party decorator, Vanessa Yufe helped with the decorations. The party was at a beautiful park called Tidelands Park in Coronado. The centerpieces of the tables were also made by Vanessa Yufe of Sweet and Social Events.
For the kids party favors, I set up a table with an “Adopt a Puppy” Sign, all the kids got to go home with a little fluffy pup. For the entertainment, we had a company come that brought 12 little dogs that the kids could play with & pet. They are based out of LA, you can get their info by clicking on this link – Puppy Party.
I am such a fashion lover & I wish I could afford to go to Nordstrom every time a new trend pops on the market but I have such a hard time spending $100 on a pair of color denim jeans knowing that they might go out of style in a year. SOOOOOO, these are my tricks for being on trend & stylish but still saving a penny.
1) Go to discount stores – ROSS, Marshalls & TJ Max always have really trendy things that are sometimes more than 50% less than what you would pay at a department store.
2) Shop at smaller boutiques – I live in San Diego & we have a handful of stores that are sooo cute, the quality of the clothes compares to like a Forever21, but since you are buying pieces that are only for 1 season, you don’t have to worry about them lasting you 10 years. Examples are: The Closet, Angl & Franchesca’s
3) Shop online – there are some amazing online stores that are really inexpensive & have a very wide selection of trendy clothing, accessories & handbags. Also, stores have the biggest deals like 30% off or more on their online merchandise. Examples: GoJane.com, Tilly’s, NastyGal.com
4) Check out Style Blogs & Go Shopping in your own closet – I love checking out the styles of other bloggers. Sometimes I get ideas about putting together an outfit from pieces that I already own. My favorite style blogs are cupcakes&cashmere.com, 9to5chic.com, cherryblossomgirl.com
Since giving birth to my beautiful daughter I have been very limited on time. Between carrying for a newborn, maintaining a household and trying to keep up with my blog, its been tough to work on big projects at my Sewing Circle. When I saw these super easy & cute baby headbands, I new I could definitely manage to fit in some project time in my busy schedule.
Prudent Baby Blog explains how to make a french pouf headband from a t-shirt. I have done it from different materials left over from other projects.
This English Tea Party Baby Shower is just the definition of lovely in so many ways… from the gorgeous flower arrangements, to the lovely table cloths & dainty tea cups, everything is perfect.
This baby shower was put together by my mama and friends. The thought and attention to every little detail really shows, it exceeded all my expectations and was so stunning.
The food was very delicate and delightful. We enjoyed little sandwiches, fruit, scones, pastries & chocolates. Tea was served in beautiful porcelein tea sausers & tea cups.
The entertainment included toasts given by family & friends. A poem read by my little 6 year old cousin and a dance performance by her as well. The games included, a timed competition coming up with as many words that start with the letter “T”, you would get an extra point if the word included the word “tea” and guessing the identity of the baby picture that were used as seating cards.
The ladies were all asked to wear hats and pearls which added to the ambiance of the party and made pictures unforgettable.
Afternoon tea began back in the mid 1800s, when the Duchess of Bedford started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon. In those days, lunch was served at noon but dinner was not eaten until 8 or even 9 o’clock at night. The Duchess found herself hungry during those long afternoon hours. It became a regular occurrence and as she began to invite other high-society ladies to join her, having Afternoon Tea became the ‘in-thing’ for the upper-class women. Along with tea, there would be small pastries with clotted cream or preserves, delicate sandwiches, and scones.
Today, the tradition is still enjoyed by many. I love the little dainty tea cups, delicious scones & mini sandwiches. I think having an English tea party is an awesome idea for a baby shower, briday shower or just a relaxed afternoon with friends.
Set the table – tea saucer, tea cups, porcelain set, roses
On the Menu – tea sandwiches, scones, chocolate covered fruit
Happy Wednesday! I always look forward to this day because thats when my girlfriends and I get together for our Sewing Circle. So, I decided to dedicate Wednesdays to DIY projects that I either find online or create myself.