My cousin will be getting married in just a few short weeks (January) in the Dominican Republic!! As Maid of Honor it was my duty to throw her an amazing shower, with the help of others of course! The shower was hosted at my parents' house in Tulsa, OK. I thought since she is getting married in the Dominican then we would make her shower beached themed, but still keep it classy. Here are some pictures below to inspire your next beached themed party.
On the menu:
Sex on the beach punch with umbrella straws
Chips with guacamole and salsa
Wild rice and black beans
Roasted sweet potatoes
Teriyaki meat balls
Pina Colada Cupcakes...huge crowd pleaser!!
We purchased a net from Hobby Lobby and strung it across the window in the dining room. We used mini clothes pins to pin all different pictures of the bride and groom to be! (mainly beach photos)
Note: If the sun is shining the pictures are hard to see
Take aways from the Shower:
Courtney, another bridesmaid, came up with the CUTEST idea! We gave each person a wrap bracelet in the colors of the wedding (the bride got blue, as her something blue).
Each tag has been engraved with the exact latitude and longitude of where the vows will be exchange.
We asked everyone to take one and to wear them on January 14. We know that not everyone will be able to attend the actual wedding, but now they can be there in spirit!
We also gave seashell chocolates as well...yummy!
The shower was a great success and we all had a wonderful time! I hope some of these ideas inspire you for your next beach themed party!
The bride with some of her bridesmaids (cousin & sister-in-law)
This year we have opted out of an over-priced bar celebration for New Years Eve, and our friends are doing our own little "Progressive Party" with a bus to drive us around! Our house is the first stop, and of course our decorations need to be top notch. Where else to look for ideas, than Pinterest!
Here are some fun party decoration ideas we have come across:
We even found this web site for some fun NYE printables . Will you be decorating your place for NYE??
For me, you can't go wrong with any pasta recipe that includes chicken and mushrooms! Probably why i knew this recipe would be a success! I changed it a little: different mushrooms, left off the almonds, and added a little parsley for color.
350 gram package of linguine (this is a little less than a full lb. package, or you can just use the whole thing)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
salt & pepper
4 oz white wine
2 cups whipping cream
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and fry the chicken until completely cooked. Remove from the pan and hold in a warm oven (or microwave).
Add the white wine to the pan, and simmer until reduced by half.
Add the whipping cream, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to season. Simmer until the sauce thickens enough to coat a metal spoon.
Return the chicken to the sauce, add the mushrooms and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
Serve over cooked linguine. Add chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!
We still had our fall wreath up on our front door on Sunday, and I figured that needed to be taken down! We spent so much time decorating the inside and the outside of our house for Xmas, we neglected the front door.
We have a lot of crafts going right now, mostly for Christmas gifts, so we needed something quick and easy. Our house should be in a Hobby Lobby ad right now, you can't even tell we have a dining room table because it's covered with all sorts of craft scraps, hot glue guns, gifts, wrapping paper, you name it!
I remembered seeing a DIY project with hanging pine cones on Pinterest, so I went with it! We had all of the supplies at home, and it took only about 5 minutes.
All you need is:
ribbon (i used some Christmas colored ribbon we already had)
hot glue gun
wreath hanger, or some way of hanging it from your door
Cut your ribbon to different sizes and collect them all together, evening them out at one end.
Tie another ribbon in a bow around all of the ribbons that you gathered, holding them together (the green ribbon is the one i used to tie mine together)
Put a rather large amount of hot glue in the top of each pine cone and attach the bottom of each ribbon to it. Be careful pushing the ribbon down onto the hot glue, it's thin and the hot glue could burn you through it!
Once you have glued all of your cones on, let the glue dry for a minute or two. Attach a small hook or ring to your ribbon that is tied in a bow, and hang it from your wreath hanger. You could also just hang it from a nail without a hook or a ring.
I came across this 90's Kids Christmas List and wow did it take me back to the good 'ol days! The days when even the simplest toys kept our attention for hours!
If any part of your childhood (or your children's childhood) took place in the 90's, then you will probably recognize all of these toys! You may have even had several of them on your Christmas list!
A few of my faves:
Bop It....twist it....pull it....really tested our coordination and reflexes!
My Grandma did a great job of feeding my Beanie Baby collection! I still have bags of them, because "some day they are going to be worth so much money!".....still waiting for that day! (Mine even have tag protectors, in case anyone is interested)
I can still remember the way these little guys smelled (weird, i know), and somehow they were so entertaining.
What kid did not want to feel like they were walking on the moon???
Oh stretch armstrong! How badly i wanted you to accidentally break so i could see what was inside of you!
Tamagotchi! I took that thing everywhere, but i guess I had to if i wanted to keep him alive!
The Cat-Eye is a make-up trend that I am completely obsessed with, but as most trends I thought only make up artists could make it work and therefore only models and actresses could pull them off. Recently I came across this tutorial online from The Hairpin and she just makes it look so simple. I tried it last night for the Matt and Kim concert thinking it wouldn't work (sorry for being a downer) but I was totally surprised because it did ! I myself the girl who buys most of her makeup at a drug store can have a cat-eye.
We had a lot of burlap to use after we took down our Friendsgiving tables, that went through 3 rooms in our house! Luckily, burlap makes for some very cute Christmas decorations too. Brooke sewed stockings for all 4 of us out of the burlap, and I made this little JOY garland that we hung from the mirror in our living room.
It was super easy and fun! All you need is:
a few feet of burlap (more or less depending on how many triangles you want)
twine , rope or thick string of some kind
red embroidery floss (that you make friendship bracelets out of)
a large needle with an eye wide enough to fit the red floss
white acrylic paint
letter or shape stencils
whatever you would like to add to your garland (I used red bells and some greenery cut from a tree in our back yard)
I simply cut out 3 large diamonds from the burlap, and folded them over the twine (so you have 2 triangles, one on each side of the twine), stringing the bells in between each one.
Using a large needle and your red embroidery floss, sew each half of your diamonds together with a large stitch (this will attach your diamonds to the twine, and create the triangle shape. Do the same to the other 2 diamonds, so you end up with 3 double sided triangles.
Then just stencil whatever wording or shape you would like onto your triangles, add a little greenery (I just poked mine into one of the holes in the bells) and TADA!
The mantle is my favorite part about Christmas decorating! Maybe because it's such a focal point for most houses. Or because it frames the fireplace, which is where you want to be during the winter time, and especially Christmas. Here are some mantles that have caught my eye this year:
Love the greenery on this mantle with the pops of red, and the lanterns are perfection!
These silver hanging glittery stars are so fun! I really like the white stockings against the lit fireplace.
The logs in this fireplace are amazing, and i love the peace garland!
The simplicity of this one works very well with the awesome Santa portrait!
I love decorating with pine cones, so i was naturally drawn to this one! The natural colors are awesome, and with just subtle hints of Christmas, this could stay up all winter long.
These bright red wreaths really pop on this mantle, and I really like the spacing of the hanging stockings.
This one is a little overkill, but kind of fun! I wonder how long that took to make, and how the heck do you store that??
Images via Pinterest
Here are a couple pics of our mantle. Brooke made the burlap stockings from the burlap we used for our Friendsgiving dinner! (tutorial to come soon!)
The PEACE stocking hangers we got last year from Hobby Lobby, of course! And the pre-lit garland is from Target.