Bunny Basket Bonanza 2016

Last year for Easter I did a Cinderella themed basket for Holiday.  I got so much positive feedback via social media, I decided to do my annual Easter basket post organized into themes this year!  There are lots of great new products in the mix this year and I tried to stretch myself to find more fun things for the little boys in your life.  Just click on the corresponding numbers below each theme collage to take you to direct links to purchase!  I hope this is a one stop shop for you and makes your Easter baskets easy, fun and exciting! 









A Royal 5th Cinderella Inspired Birthday

I cried my eyes out, off and on, for months beforehand.  At the end of October, Holiday hit the BIG 05.  There's something about hitting 5 that's official "Big Girl Territory" in my mind!  Last February, we finally took our first trip to Walt Disney World.  It was every bit as magical as I had hoped and upon our return, Holiday declared she wanted a Walt Disney World themed party.  Of course my mind always thinks as big as possible and about how many elements from Disney I could fit from my front door to the recesses of my back yard fence.  Over the months, she started to narrow it down to Disney World, but mostly princesses, but as the time started to roll around to pick things out for her party, she kept picking Cinderella everything, so I just rolled with it!  

This is the first year I planned the party to take place all inside my home.  I just had a strong feeling that I needed to do that and I'm SO glad I listened.  We had torrential downpours for days leading up to, during and after her party.  Because I moved it indoors, we had to cut the guest list back significantly (so sorry friends, we still love you ALL!)  We have a nice sized home, but not enough room for 60 or 70ish people all indoors.

I did something for this party that I normally never do and focused all of my decor into one area.  We emptied out all of the furniture from our Formal Dining Room and my husband's office into our Master Bedroom and Guest room, and transformed those spaces into a Ballroom and our very own Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!  I've always known (and even blogged about) how much more "Wow factor" you can achieve focusing on one area, but now that I did it this way once, I will definitely do it this way moving forward.  For parties I've done in the past, I will generally start my decor on my front porch and carry it all the way through to my back yard.  It's cohesive and adds nice details, but the decor budget is spread out evenly.  Putting it all in one spot was really magical.  It transformed the space and really made you feel like you were somewhere special!  

Side note:  I don't know what I was thinking, but this is the first year I didn't have a professional photographer at the party.  I took on so much with all of the details, I didn't even get to take more than a few pictures myself-- HUGE REGRET.  WILL NEVER MAKE THIS MISTAKE AGAIN!  Thankful for sweet friends who sent me many cell phone pics they snapped.  

Of course a royal party requires royal invitations!  I was so close to ordering some from Etsy, but SO GLAD I took the time and designed and made them myself.  I promise to come back very soon with a tutorial of how I did these! 


I ended up with the wrong size mailing tubes, but had to make them work or the invites would have gotten in the mail SUPER past the "Guest should have them in their hands 3 weeks beforehand," timeframe! 

I ended up with the wrong size mailing tubes, but had to make them work or the invites would have gotten in the mail SUPER past the "Guest should have them in their hands 3 weeks beforehand," timeframe! 

Party set-up selfie somewhere between midnight and 3am in the wee early morning hours of party day.  I just need everyone to let me by myself so I can play around with my decor.  The big things are always hammered out way in advance, but it's the little details that just take time alone for the creativity to start flowing! 

Party set-up selfie somewhere between midnight and 3am in the wee early morning hours of party day.  I just need everyone to let me by myself so I can play around with my decor.  The big things are always hammered out way in advance, but it's the little details that just take time alone for the creativity to start flowing! 

Our Royal Ballroom.  I pulled out our Dining Room furniture and replaced it with two 6 foot folding tables and folding chairs all draped in beautiful linens!  The gold chargers were one of my favorite things I added.  They're easy to find for around $2ea and I think they really made a huge impact! 

Our Royal Ballroom.  I pulled out our Dining Room furniture and replaced it with two 6 foot folding tables and folding chairs all draped in beautiful linens!  The gold chargers were one of my favorite things I added.  They're easy to find for around $2ea and I think they really made a huge impact! 

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Another view of the Dining Room.  The carriage photo prop is from Stumps (the prom decor place) I also had my banners printed from them too-- they are really nice quality, will definitely order again!  Their products MADE the party! The little swag under the Cinderella silhouette was a last minute addition.  I kept feeling like the space needed something and then remembered that blue shimmery fabric I had in my buffet from last year's Polar Bear Play Date! 

Another view of the Dining Room.  The carriage photo prop is from Stumps (the prom decor place) I also had my banners printed from them too-- they are really nice quality, will definitely order again!  Their products MADE the party! The little swag under the Cinderella silhouette was a last minute addition.  I kept feeling like the space needed something and then remembered that blue shimmery fabric I had in my buffet from last year's Polar Bear Play Date! 

The girls were just starting to get seated for lunch while our Royal Visitors, Princesses Rapunzel and Cinderella entertained them with songs, stories and games.  If you're in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I booked these ladies through Royally Fun Parties and they were AMAZING!!!!  I cannot say enough good things.  They seriously jumped right in and helped with games, crafts, helped the girls get lunch and were like having two extra hostesses at the party.  Best of all they had beautiful voices and the girls were SO entertained!  It was seriously magical! 

The girls were just starting to get seated for lunch while our Royal Visitors, Princesses Rapunzel and Cinderella entertained them with songs, stories and games.  If you're in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I booked these ladies through Royally Fun Parties and they were AMAZING!!!!  I cannot say enough good things.  They seriously jumped right in and helped with games, crafts, helped the girls get lunch and were like having two extra hostesses at the party.  Best of all they had beautiful voices and the girls were SO entertained!  It was seriously magical! 

Cake and cupcakes by my dear friend, Mary Holmen, from It's A Mary Cake!  She has done every special cake for me starting with my bridal shower, wedding, and everything since!  If you live in DFW, find It's A Mary Cake on Facebook! 

Cake and cupcakes by my dear friend, Mary Holmen, from It's A Mary Cake!  She has done every special cake for me starting with my bridal shower, wedding, and everything since!  If you live in DFW, find It's A Mary Cake on Facebook! 

I found the little gold frames in the dollar aisle at Michael's and made my own "Have courage and Be Kind" graphic!  They were also at each place setting as one of the (many) favors the girls got to take home (I love favors)! 

I found the little gold frames in the dollar aisle at Michael's and made my own "Have courage and Be Kind" graphic!  They were also at each place setting as one of the (many) favors the girls got to take home (I love favors)! 

This may have been the only Disney (non princess) element that actually made it into the party! 

This may have been the only Disney (non princess) element that actually made it into the party! 

These #5 Fairy Wand Cookies were at each place setting for the girls to take, also made by It's A Mary Cake! 

These #5 Fairy Wand Cookies were at each place setting for the girls to take, also made by It's A Mary Cake! 

One of the very few pictures I snapped myself before the punch was in the bowl!  The little plastic cups are from Pottery Barn Kids and I added the Cinderella slipper "body stickers" to them (From Party City).  I also designed the water bottle labels and just printed them on my printer, cut down and covered with heavy duty packing tape!  

One of the very few pictures I snapped myself before the punch was in the bowl!  The little plastic cups are from Pottery Barn Kids and I added the Cinderella slipper "body stickers" to them (From Party City).  I also designed the water bottle labels and just printed them on my printer, cut down and covered with heavy duty packing tape!  

Note to self, delete black border around labels before printing next time! 

Note to self, delete black border around labels before printing next time! 

My husband's office, mostly emptied out and turned into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!  We had a manicure/ nail painting station, makeup station and hair station.  The girls also all got to pick out one of the princess body stickers (from Party City and super cute!).  They all got to pick out crowns or tiaras, tutus and I had the most adorable handheld mirrors for them all in addition to bracelets, necklaces and rings! This space is right beside our ballroom, so it flowed really well together! 

My husband's office, mostly emptied out and turned into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!  We had a manicure/ nail painting station, makeup station and hair station.  The girls also all got to pick out one of the princess body stickers (from Party City and super cute!).  They all got to pick out crowns or tiaras, tutus and I had the most adorable handheld mirrors for them all in addition to bracelets, necklaces and rings! This space is right beside our ballroom, so it flowed really well together! 

I feel like so many "Pins" and party blogs only show up-close details.  I'm always interested in the flow of a party, so here's an aerial shot (from my upstairs catwalk) that a sweet friend captured!  When you come in the front door, the opening immediately to the right is where the office (aka Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) is! 

I feel like so many "Pins" and party blogs only show up-close details.  I'm always interested in the flow of a party, so here's an aerial shot (from my upstairs catwalk) that a sweet friend captured!  When you come in the front door, the opening immediately to the right is where the office (aka Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) is! 

I SO wanted the girls to have their own little buffet set-up in the "Ballroom," but I just couldn't fit it all in there!  I kept it pretty simple with Croissants, Sonoma Chicken Salad, Turkey and Cheese Tiara Cut-Out Sandwiches, PB&J Fairy Wand Sandwiches, "Carriage Wheels" Rollups, Jaq and Gus Cheese Tray & Berry Yogurt Parfaits.  I gave them all cute, princessy names and made little buffet cards for each.

I SO wanted the girls to have their own little buffet set-up in the "Ballroom," but I just couldn't fit it all in there!  I kept it pretty simple with Croissants, Sonoma Chicken Salad, Turkey and Cheese Tiara Cut-Out Sandwiches, PB&J Fairy Wand Sandwiches, "Carriage Wheels" Rollups, Jaq and Gus Cheese Tray & Berry Yogurt Parfaits.  I gave them all cute, princessy names and made little buffet cards for each.

This was one of my favorite elements!  I noticed after the party that my Father carefully pinned a cheese cube to Gus Gus' mouth!!!! 

This was one of my favorite elements!  I noticed after the party that my Father carefully pinned a cheese cube to Gus Gus' mouth!!!! 

Another little dessert spread in the living room.  In retrospect, this whole set-up was probably unnecessary but the Cinderella Trail Mix (inside the pumpkin) was a pretty big hit, as were the cream puffs in the silver bowl!!! 

Another little dessert spread in the living room.  In retrospect, this whole set-up was probably unnecessary but the Cinderella Trail Mix (inside the pumpkin) was a pretty big hit, as were the cream puffs in the silver bowl!!! 

In spite or the nonstop downpours, we did a little craft project on the covered back patio that the girls got to take home!  We made Christmas Palace Pets Christmas ornaments!  Tutorial coming ASAP! 

In spite or the nonstop downpours, we did a little craft project on the covered back patio that the girls got to take home!  We made Christmas Palace Pets Christmas ornaments!  Tutorial coming ASAP! 

Adorable Palace Pet ornament! 

Adorable Palace Pet ornament! 

Holiday Rapunzel behind the photo prop carriage!  (I need to give a shout-out to my husband (David. I had planned for the carriage being in a different spot, but it ended up being bigger (than my measurements.  It was his idea to move it here in the Dining Room and it was definitely (the focal point of the whole party and a huge source of "Wow!") 

Holiday Rapunzel behind the photo prop carriage!  (I need to give a shout-out to my husband (David. I had planned for the carriage being in a different spot, but it ended up being bigger (than my measurements.  It was his idea to move it here in the Dining Room and it was definitely (the focal point of the whole party and a huge source of "Wow!") 

Holiday's adorable Rapunzel dress-up apron, Rapunzel hair (pictured above) and matching American Girl Doll outfit were all made by the very talented Jennifer Bayliss at Ross and Rosie Designs!!! 

Holiday's adorable Rapunzel dress-up apron, Rapunzel hair (pictured above) and matching American Girl Doll outfit were all made by the very talented Jennifer Bayliss at Ross and Rosie Designs!!! 

Amazing hair (it's made out of yarn and has a stretch for a perfect, comfortable fit), Rapunzel apron and matching doll apron by Ross and Rosie Designs! 

Amazing hair (it's made out of yarn and has a stretch for a perfect, comfortable fit), Rapunzel apron and matching doll apron by Ross and Rosie Designs

The ceiling was supposed to be covered in helium balloons, but the AC vents kept blowing them into opposite corners!  I didn't have this issue last time I did the same thing in this space!  Also wanted y'all to be able to see the pretty decor that went all the way up the staircase! 

The ceiling was supposed to be covered in helium balloons, but the AC vents kept blowing them into opposite corners!  I didn't have this issue last time I did the same thing in this space!  Also wanted y'all to be able to see the pretty decor that went all the way up the staircase! 

More princess fun! 

More princess fun! 

From Royally Fun Parties they were amazing!!!! 

From Royally Fun Parties they were amazing!!!! 

Lots of play time afterwards!  Holiday and her sweet friend Alyssa 

Lots of play time afterwards!  Holiday and her sweet friend Alyssa 

Favorite Party Present (Thanks Cara, Jeff, Sophie and Sam!) 

Favorite Party Present (Thanks Cara, Jeff, Sophie and Sam!) 

Thank you all for stopping by!  Be looking for the invitation and ornament tutorials on the blog soon!  

January Decor

As a child I dreaded putting Christmas decor away.  Not because of the work (I think my parents did all the work), but because I just didn't want it to be over!  Our decor stayed around for several weeks after Christmas and my mom transitioned our one artificial tree in the dining room to a Valentine's Day tree with heart ornaments!  

As an adult, as much as I absolutely ADORE Christmas and Christmas decor, I also readily embrace January and fresh, clean, bright, new starts.  The past two years, I've had Christmas packed up and put away before the New Year, but last year I was really determined to figure out some "January Decor."  When it gets a bit closer to spring and Easter, I have decor that I love for the whole spring season.  Summertime, I have a huge "flow" of mercury glass, sand, shells and all things beachy to pretend we live closer to the water!  In the fall (technically from August-October) I decorate for the whole harvest season.  However, for some reason with winter, we have Christmas decor and as soon as Christmas has come and gone (really at the start of the winter season), it all gets put away.  

I realized last year that I could pull things from my Christmas decor that were really more wintery and could work through Valentine's Day (after Valentine's Day, I transition to Spring/ Easter).  It was a bit of picking and choosing--I do have a lot of Christmas decor after all. I felt like a lot of my silver trees and deer could work (and technically they could), but I kept standing back to take it all in and they were still reading Christmas to me.  

I wanted to put away the "crowded" feeling of Christmas, but still have decor that has the warm glow to keep you warm and cozy inside on blustery days and to add a little magic to the winter season!  The best part is that you can probably shop post Christmas sales and pick up some great winter decor for 70% off this week!  Here are a few pictures for inspiration.  These are vignettes I did on my formal dining room table, buffet, living room and fireplace mantle.  I'll add a few Valentine's Day elements in, in a few weeks.   

This one is a bit of an inspiration pic fail with the candles not lit, but wanted to include it since I know pinecones are an easy and practical addition to your January Decor! 

This one is a bit of an inspiration pic fail with the candles not lit, but wanted to include it since I know pinecones are an easy and practical addition to your January Decor! 

Christmas Home Tour: 2015

Hey Everyone!  Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour 2015!  Just starting out with this video for anyone who wants to see it all via video with my lengthy commentary ;) I apologize in advance for filming it vertically... live and learn!  

Your view walking in the front door!  Our office is to the right (not visible in this pic), across for the entryway.  Then you move into the formal Dining Room (pictured right) and the buffet on the opposite wall

Your view walking in the front door!  Our office is to the right (not visible in this pic), across for the entryway.  Then you move into the formal Dining Room (pictured right) and the buffet on the opposite wall

Entryway

Entryway

Buffet turned Hot Chocolate Bar  opposite Formal Dining Room

Buffet turned Hot Chocolate Bar  opposite Formal Dining Room

Formal Dining Room 

Formal Dining Room 

Slightly clearer picture of tree decor :) 

Slightly clearer picture of tree decor :) 

Entryway/ Transition into our open concept Family Room, Kitchen & Breakfast Nook

Entryway/ Transition into our open concept Family Room, Kitchen & Breakfast Nook

Kitchen and Breakfast Nook 

Kitchen and Breakfast Nook 

Family Room 

Family Room 

Homemade Ornament Tree 

Homemade Ornament Tree 

Guest Bathroom Vignette 

Guest Bathroom Vignette 

Holiday's "The Nutcracker and The Land of Sweets" Tree! 

Holiday's "The Nutcracker and The Land of Sweets" Tree! 

Shout out to my husband, David-- he hung all of these light himself!  My dad made the North Pole sign and the sleigh, I did all of the wreaths and garlands :) 

Shout out to my husband, David-- he hung all of these light himself!  My dad made the North Pole sign and the sleigh, I did all of the wreaths and garlands :)