Monday, February 20, 2017

5 Things Mrs. Lucy's House Taught Me

When we were planning Melina's surprise birthday party, I got to spend a lot of time with Melina's mom, Mrs. Lucy.  To clarify, she is [hands-down] one of my favorite people.  She is a selfless, hardworking, benevolent woman of God.  In addition to her many talents and gifts, Mrs. Lucy is a crafty, creative spirit so we connect on a-whole-nother level.

After she had the genius idea to save money by painting champagne flutes herself, she tried stacking them and these photos pretty-much-basically sum up Mrs. Lucy's personality.

There's a vision.  There's execution.

Then, there's the voila moment.  I've hired Mrs. Lucy to paint my home.  You've seen her work.  She painted the awesome stripes in Munchface room.

At the time, I was moving and knew we needed to paint the entire top floor but never imagined tackling the task of painting stripes while simultaneously unpacking and settling in.  It was a lot in that moment but it was also totally worth it.  You can read more about Munch's room here.  Oh, and Mrs. Lucy also painted the accent wall in the master:

She is the interior designer for her family and her home showcases some of her best work... not only because it's beautifully designed but because she has some AMAZING ideas that I have to share.  This list of tips and unique ideas is just a glimpse into the awesome things I've learned from Mrs. Lucy.  I am sure I will share more as they hit me so, stay tuned!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TBT: A Great Gatsby Birthday Party

Hi, Islanders!  If you follow me on social media, today's Throwback Thursday(TBT) post may look familiar.

It's from Melina's surprise birthday party and, let me tell you, it was a really nice event.  It all started when her fiance reached out to her mom for help planning a surprise New Year's Eve party.  From their conversation, Mrs. Lucy's mind took off.  We were in a whirlwind and set out to plan a themed party.  She asked me to make the invitations to her specifications - DONE.  All of my other responsibilities were in support of Mrs. Lucy's vision.

I used her supplies to embellish the wine bottles she spray painted.  She had several bottles placed on the bar.  They were a subtle nod to the theme.

She tried to jazz up plastic champagne glasses but they didn't have the look she wanted.  Plus, they didn't stack well.  Seriously, what good is a champagne tower that will fall if you breathe the wrong way?  I recommended we purchase glasses from Dollar Tree and, as always, their selection didn't disappoint.

The party space was super chic.  It had a pool table in the center, a sofa, a pair of end tables and a built-in ledge mounted on a wall that was covered in mirrors.  I moved some things around to determine a layout that would work and even used some items from my stash.

I know it's blurry but you can totally see the coffee filter poms made the perfect pop under the sofa, right?

I was super excited to pull out some of my thrifty pillows and I am very pleased with how they helped pull the space together.

Ms. Lucy covered the pool table with table cloths and I created a uniform layout for the food buffet.

Other elements I loved included:

- The bar with Christmas lights

- The Foosball table covered with Gatsby boas, hats, and headbands:

-  The Handmade headbands:

 Ms. Lucy cut beaded elastic headbands in half and sewed them to cheaper bands.  She glued feathers and sparkle embellishments to each headband and they turned out fabulous!

- The entryway photo area:

- The themed attire:

Nothing makes my heart smile more than women all dolled up and guys lookin' dapper.  Bow ties?  Headbands?  Feathers?  I'm all in!

The birthday girl received an anonymous delivery on party day.  A box, a note and an outfit on her porch left Melina with a ton of questions.

She arrived, she was super surprised and Melina appreciated the awesome party.  I loved helping to bring Mrs. Lucy's vision for this surprise Gatsby party to fruition.

If you're planning to host a party in a venue party room, here are a few ways to personalize the space:

- Replace accessories with items that meet your needs.  In our case, the pillows were replaced and we added the coffee filter poms under the seating area.  Consider adding photos in frames around the space, bringing in bright light bulbs to brighten a space or even adding room accessories that fit your color scheme and/or theme.

- Add lighting!  We brought in Christmas lights which always bring an ambient glow to night events.  We also brought in battery-operated votive candles.  Consider using lighting to meet the needs of your event.

- Dress it up!  Ask your guests to dress up... it helps to build anticipation (finalizing an outfit is always exciting!), it helps to provide a focal point, and it increases the odds that attendees will have a good time (people slip into character when they dress up).

Try something new and make your party GREAT!  

Happy #TBT and happy birthday [again], Melina.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Emoji Oreos: BONUS Free Printables!

Hi, Islanders!

I don't usually get into Valentine's Day but I've realized it is one of Munchface's favorite days of the year.  I couldn't understand it at first but then I it hit me:

- candy
- hearts 
- class party
- love

Valentine's Day has all the elements for a happy day from her perspective.  Every year, we think of creative ways to show her classmates some love.  Every year, I help Munch incorporate things she likes into her gifts for others.  This year, I thought to use my FAVORITE Oreo mold to create emoji faces.  As always, I designed the valentines to match and I'm sharing FREE printables and printing tips for you too!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trolls Movie Themed Party

As you can see from the video above, the party room decor Sheena came up with was on point.

She set up the main table where the birthday girl was seated near the cake.

You see her smile.  All of Sheena's plans were coming together flawlessly.  She found the large letter balloons online and provided them to the vendor to make those adorable towers.  Remember when I thought we were meeting the balloon vendor and it turned out to be my surprise birthday party??  Well, the balloon towers really did happen and they were a great addition to the room; they made the perfect statement.

The venue staff, Sheena, and I worked for 30 minutes to pull the space together.  We've become quite skilled at personalizing party rooms, we're also experts at moving at the speed of lightning to do so.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trolls Movie Inspired DIY Party Hats

The day after my surprise party, my birthday twin and DatMyHoney (a.k.a. Olivia) celebrated her fourth birthday.

Sidebar:  I got her fab shirt and skirt from FabKids.  It was one of our Christmas gifts.  She rocked it on her birthday and, Islanders, the style is STRONG with this one :)

We will talk about her party tomorrow.  Today, I'm sharing two quick tutorials for DIY party hats inspired from the movie Trolls.  One, I found online and the other I came up with for the birthday girl.

I followed the instructions here to create my own version of felt Trolls party hats:

I changed the embellishments slightly.  I purchased felt stickers from Michaels because I liked how they reminded me of Poppy's party invitations and scrapbook projects.  They were a hit at the party!

Sheena put a hat at each place setting.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

34: Sweet as Ever.

The other day, I shared some photos of the sweet people who attended my surprise birthday party.  I was so thankful the outfit they had for me actually fit.  I was glad he and I enjoyed a nice breakfast and that Sheena and I were able to hang and to cross things off my bucket list.  I was so full... belly, heart and soul.  Then this?!

The party was full of awesome people, awesome costumes, awesome decor and...


Islanders, OMG!  I've mentioned in the past that Melina is a cake baking, chocolate dipping, candy melt drizzling kinda chick.  She's got amazing skills and I love her cake pops, her red velvet cake pops more specifically.

When Melina had the idea to host a surprise party, she reached out to my mom.  My parents supplied the venue, the food and the DJ.

Melina designed the invitations to fit the theme.  She and her mom handled the decor and the sweets tables... an epic sweets table in fact.

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