Beauty or Beau Gender Reveal Party

Beauty or Beau...
Soon We'll know!!!

My husband and I have tried for 5 years to conceive and now that we have we wanted every milestone to be celebrated! We decided that we both wanted to know the gender of our firstborn, but we still wanted the element of surprise so we decided to throw a Gender Reveal Party so that we along with our family and closest friends, could find out the sex of our Baby Love together!

The cake! This held the answer to our question: Beauty or Beau?!? Boy or Girl?!? Little Miss or Little Mister?!?

The menu consisted of Mama Bird's cravings...this made for exciting leftovers!
We had two versions of Pasta Salad...

Lasagna Bites..a spin on the traditional Lasagna thanks to Pinterest! We also had Homemade Pizza rolls (a version was ham and pineapple, thank you).
Party size Raspberry/Strawberry Greek Yogurt and Granola Parfait!
Pretty Pink Lemonade..this was pretty amazing! Mmm..I'm craving some right now!
Pretty Lemonade Mason jars with Barber pole straws and tags..Life's little pleasures:)

We went with a pretty powder pink, blue, and gray color scheme and made it all about Baby Love being a Beauty or Beau.

I bought a topiary and cut tissue paper in squares to cover. I used pearl push pins to adhere the tissue paper to the topiary.

I love whimsical banners and chose to use a banner as the cake topper! We also used the same cake cutting/serving set that we used for our wedding 8 years ago to cut into the cake.

A friend of mine made double chocolate cake pops covering in White candy icing. These were pretty amazing!

Everyone took a bow or bow-tie to show their Team Pink or Team Blue support!

We asked for all of our guests to take a 'bow or bow-tie' and strike a pose to show whether they thought our baby would be a boy or girl. They also gave their baby name recommendations which were pretty funny to read!

Will our baby being wearing bow-ties...

Or pretty bows?!? Keep looking to finally know!

Brent and I both thought Baby Love was a little Beauty...
I bought the gray fabric and adhered it to a foldable poster board as the backdrop!

Cake pops!

I created the invites using Adobe. I scanned scrapbook paper and modified it to use as the background.
The icing was blue! We are having a Little Mister!


Fabulous 50th Birthday Party

My friend, Tasha, and I created a candy bar and decorations for my aunt Shelia's Fabulous 50th Birthday party. Shelia loves bling and bright colors which we incorporated into much of the party. We created a candy bar using candy from the decade she was born and threw in some classics as well (such as M&M's and Hershey's Kisses). We wanted to use red, hot pink, orange, and yellow as the main colors. We got a lot of inspiration as well as the template for the candy signs/etc. from Hostess with the Mostess (awesome blog, I recommend for you to visit!)

I had several apothecary jars that we used for the candy table--I love the curvy design and ornate lids!

I love the bling on these candy signs..again inspiration from HWTM!

We had cards for guests to write wishes or memories and place on the whimsical wish trees!

Just a tip--Get a sample copy of your color PRINTED before creating/editing every document using that color! The computer screen and printer ink is not the same. I wanted the main colors to be Hot Pink and Black, but when printed the signs turned out red (see the pictures above). We went with it since red was a color we were working with, but I would have liked to seen more pink.

This is the whole table including the cake! A friend of my aunt's made it and did a wonderful job! In the end, I wish we would have added more yellow and orange to the candy and decor to have matched the cake better,  but she still loved it!

This was a lot of fun to make! I found facts from the year Shelia was born and put it onto a card and gave to the guests along with their candy boxes! 




Singed Flower Accessories

These singed flower accessories are so cute and are so easy to make! They are very versatile and can be worn in the hair, as a broach, or added to a longer layered necklace to add some personality! I made several around Christmas time for friends and family (and some for myself) and I am planning on making many more in different color combos and styles. There are several tutorials online that I read before I made them but I will share how I made them and what is needed so you too can create these lovely pieces of flair!

Wear them in the front for some accessorizing or...

Clip one in the back by a pony or bun!

I love the look of tulle/lace between layers to add dimension!

Right now I'm all about birds and feathers and I love the look of a few feathers added to this clip.

The smaller cream flower here has some added texture throughout the 'petals' or layers. To create this look, hold the middle of the circle over the flame (at a safe distance to where it WON'T catch on fire!) and remove when the fabric starts to curl or become indented.

This craft is pretty simple! What you will need:
*Fabric (coordinate colors as you wish...I have used satin, organza, and tulle which all seem to work well)
*Beads of your choice (I love to use pearls)
*Tealight candle to singe edges of fabric to prevent fraying
*Scissors, needle and thread, hot glue gun or other adhesive, felt circles, hair clip/bobby pins or safety pin

1. Cut the fabric in varying sizes of circles (you will want large, medium, and small sizes so that they stack nicely on top of each other while still being able to see each layer...the size you make depends on your taste--big and bold or small and dainty).
2. With the tealight, singe the edges of the circles so that the fabric will not fray and so the fabric will curl UP. You want to do this carefully so the fabric does not catch on fire. I just put the fabric over the flame and went around the edges until all were singed. Stack the layers into the order you would like your flower.
3. Use clear thread, or thread to coordinate with the colors of fabric and sew the bead into the middle of the flower, going through all layers of fabric. Repeat several times so that the bead is securely fastened.
4. Using the hot glue gun or other adhesive, attach the hair clip (if desired). I slid the felt in between a bobby pin or hair clip then squeezed hot glue onto the side of a felt circle and then attached to the flower. One side of the pin/clip should be wedged between the flower and the felt piece to stay secure.