entertaining

mrs maisel themed 70th birthday party

02.25.20

my moms 70th bday party was such a huge success!! if i do say so myself, the party turned out beautiful and the energy was so high and everyone seemed so happy. i think that is always partly because people love a theme party and dressing up in costumes, and the photo booth!! except for arlo, apparently he hates dressing on theme because i had a cute jean jacket all picked out for him but he staunchly refused it.

as i’ve said many times now, i’ve only seen one episode of mrs maisel so the theme was a bit difficult but that kind of made it more fun — i love a creative challenge (don’t forget arlos mamma mia party last year)! i focused on the 50s element the most, and lots of pink. i went simple with the decorations, we did some pink balloons scattered around, and for flowers i got every shade of pink carnation from the grocery store and babys breath! i spent $35 on all the flowers and made a ton of arrangements for each table.

i’m obsessed with making custom stuff for all our parties, they are fun mementos that make the party extra special and keepsakes for all the sentimental people too! i love the quality of everything from for your party. we had napkins, stir sticks and cups made for the bar! because my mom invited 60+ people, we decided to hire family friends to bartend and it was so worth it. we served punch and martinis. to “fifties” up the punch, my SIL made a fruity ice ring in a bundt pan, so cute. and a confusing sign that says “punch so stiff you could blow it” because the punch was actually non-alcoholic but you know i gotta go hard with the theme.

for the food, we pretty much only served 50s appetizers — shrimp cocktail, pigs in blankets, egg rolls (so i could make a little sign to reference the show), deviled eggs, and brisket crostinis.

for easy favors, i had matchboxes made from for your party and made a little sign that said “thank you and goodnight”. for another little special touch, i found the cutest measuring tapes and spread them around with another sign that said “god you are so proportional”.

we hired i like lucy for the open air photo booth, and i am so glad we did! it was a last minute addition that everyone loved so much. i got a pack of red cat eye glasses to use as props and based on how many people were wearing them in the photos, they were def a hit.

my piece de resistance was (and always is) the dessert table — the show stopping cake was by ashley adams. soo excited about how it turned out. we made the cake topper using my cricut, which i’ve never actually used before and was shocked it turned out ok! we bought TJs black and white cookies and my SIL made pink polka dot cookies with 70 on them. i made a box mix pineapple bundt cake (my first bundt cake ever) with a pineapple glaze and garnished with cherries. (heres a link to the glaze recipe)

poppy dressed as lenny bruce, spray painted hair, fake cigarette and all, and did an awkwardly long winded performance for everyone haha. we had some family friends perform a few songs on guitar. my mom made a 50s playlist for the party, but i was really confused when bohemian rhapsody started playing lolol. we hired another family friend to do tarot card readings on the balcony above the party– another thing people loved!

it was suuuuch a fun day. but glad it’s over so i can relax again! links for everything below, but lmk if i missed anything!

sources

TITS UP balloons / flatware / plates / custom luncheon napkins / custom cups / custom cocktail napkins / custom stir sticks / custom matchboxes / acrylic frames for signs / red cat eye sunglassesmeasuring tapes 
photo booth : i like lucy / cake : ashley adams

our house / tips

kitchen drawer video tour

02.20.20

been teasing the idea of recording this video for like years now, well i finally did it! when i was planning our kitchen i was obsessed with seeing how other people had their drawers setup so i hope this can help you if you’re planning your own remodel.

i’m really happy with our ikea kitchen, the reason i was set on doing ikea cabinets was because of the ergonomics and their hidden drawers. every top drawer we have has a second drawer creating a ton of additional storage and it’s been crucial for us. i am definitely not a minimalist when it comes to kitchen supplies!

we had an ikea kitchen designer come out to do measurements and design our kitchen plan before we shopped, this was so helpful for us because she’s done it a million times. i told her what things i needed and where and she put together the plan for us. the only regret i have now is how small the pantry area to the left of the fridge is. in retrospect, i wish we’d made that wider and had the corner cabinets on the other side be smaller– because our food doesn’t fit. besides that, i’m super happy with how everything looks and works.

 

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all our wood drawer organizers are from ikea as well, which is so nice to be able to have streamlined organizers that fit perfectly. they weren’t cheap like plastic ones but totally worth it.

the cabinet fronts are from semi-handmade, you just give them your plans and they figure out what you need for your order and deliver it. the whole process was super easy and i would do the same again next time i design a kitchen for sure.

roundup

pretty everything : 15 modern dinner bowls

02.19.20

i am obsessed with cooking bowl dishes, mexican bowls, greek bowls, breakfast bowls– if theres a bunch of stuff in a bowl i’m in. but the pasta bowls we got for a wedding gift way back when are too low so i’ve been on the hunt for months for new ones. course i had to do a roundup! let me know your favorites, i’m having a hard time deciding!

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movies / printables

printable 2020 oscar ballot

02.04.20

well i hope you liked last years (and the years before) oscar ballot because i haven’t changed it!! it’s still cute so WHO CARES! the past couple years i’ve been sharing my adept reviews of each oscar movie i’ve actually seen so why not stop now? go ahead and skip to the download link if you must lol. Read More

motherhood / tips

5 time-saving mom hacks

01.31.20

The following post was sponsored by Whirlpool
I received product and compensation, but all opinions and copy are my own

obviously every mom is DESPERATE for more hours in the day, despite how every hour in the day can feel like actual eternity when you’re home with your babe– its a real catch 22 lol. after doing this mothering thing for 2.5 years, i have definitely improved in the productivity department versus that first year where i was just keeping arlo alive basically.

i know it’s sounds sooo influencer-y, but i am actually being serious when i say a lot of people have asked me this year for an attractive washer and dryer sitch, and i am so happy to report we now have one with our Whirlpool® Smart Front Load Laundry Pair. our laundry area is right in plain sight in our hallway, so looking good is a must– but i am also really so happy with them functionally. it has a really easy to use (and well designed) touchscreen, and an app that allows you to start and schedule loads from your phone (you can even assign a task on there so it notifies your husband to empty the dryer– because you know he’s not planning on remembering that on his own). my fave though is the washer allows you to pre-load your detergent and fabric softener for up to 40 loads*, thus inspiring a whole post of time saving hacks for moms!

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save the extra step (and mess) every time with the Whirlpool® Load & Go™ XL Plus Dispenser

when we first got the Smart Front Load Laundry pair, i was like ok yeah thats a cool feature, but it wasn’t until a few loads in of not having to fill the detergent drawer that i realized HOW chill skipping that step really is. and idk if i’m alone here, but i would literally spill detergent every time i do laundry so it’s even better not doing that. the drawer comes completely out when it’s time to refill so you can even do it over the sink and avoid the spills entirely! i love that you just pre-load your detergent, and then the machine even notifies you when it’s running low. most loads i’m doing are as i’m trying to do 5 other things (at least), so i can throw everything in and start it. SO SIMPLE and then leaves some extra time to do something important with your little one, like letting them hitch a ride in your laundry basket haha. Read More

pretty everything / roundup

pretty everything : 15 modern water pitchers

01.21.20

when we hosted for xmas morning recently, i noticed all of the old juice pitchers i own aren’t my style at all anyway– so i started looking for some modern ones i love. of course i had to do a roundup post for you!

the prices range from low to pretty high for a pitcher, but i included them all based on the design. i think all of these would look gorgeous in any table setting! one of them was so gorgeous i had to have it immediately… i bet you can guess which one!!

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travel

oahu travel guide

01.16.20

i was asked for a travel guide even though we didn’t venture out TOO much on our trip to oahu and we ate a lot of meals at home, but i got so many helpful tips that no matter what you should have access to them!

this was my first time on this island, it was so crazy! honolulu definitely feels like LA meets vegas meets hawaii — so unlike the island vibe of the other islands i’ve been to. but i really liked it a lot. walking around waikiki at night was so peak.

we stayed in the kahala area and i’m sorry i don’t have a link for the house but it was rented by my in-laws.

eat

bills

at first i thought this place was too pretty to be delicious but it was also delicious!! we had ricotta pancakes and this incredible corn fritter dish. and its just sooo pretty!!!!! they acted a little hoity at first, i would recommend making a res!  Read More

holiday / printables / xmas

printable peachy minimal holiday gift tags

12.22.19

this is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Canon.
All opinions are 100% mine.

between watching love actually, sending out our holiday cards and decorating the house, wrapping gifts is definitely in my top 5 favorite holiday activities!! i even find myself buying multiple smaller presents for people instead of large ones so i can wrap more. ok thats actually subconscious but it seems like it could be why now that i’m thinking about it. besides a simple wrapping paper and a nice ribbon, my favorite touch is always the gift tag.

so i wanted to design some pretty new ones for your presents this year! i hand wrote the words on paper, and then scanned and printed them using my Canon PIXMA TS8320. the printer is not only beautiful and sleek enough to keep out on your desk, it is really cool too– you can print from your phone, you can print voice activated and hands free using google assistant or alexa, and my favorite part is that you can print borderless up to 8.5×11″.

i don’t know if you realize but that is so rare– and something i’ve always wished a printer could do! there is almost no better grandparent gift than a framed photo of their grand babies, so if you’re looking for last minute gifts — you can print them at home with the Canon PIXMA!

for these gift tags, i always recommend printing on standard 8.5″ x 11″ thick card stock paper. cut tags out carefully and then use a single hole punch on the top for your ribbon. files will always print more accurately if you actually download from the link above, and then print that file versus printing directly from the browser.<

ps i get asked often about what printer i like to use and i’ve used Canon for a long time! they are the only printers i’ve ever had that don’t break eventually (LIKE WHY IS THAT A THING) and the quality is so great. click here to shop the PIXMA TS8320!

click here to download the gift tags