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