April 2011


Here are a few pictures from our Easter dinner. It was a lot of fun, great food and wonderful times with family and friends!

The colors I focused on were green and blue with touches of pink. The candy buffet included cupcakes with lemon cream cheese icing, chocolate dipped peeps, peep bunny pops, rock candy (in blue, green and pink), jelly beans, reeses peanut butter cups, m & m’s, sour apple rings and blue raspberry gummies.

Our appetizer table had celery & carrot cups with ranch for dipping, mini caprese bites and cheese and crackers…..Yum!

For dinner we had ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, broccoli, bread and pineapple coleslaw.

Just a quick add for today…..I’m beginning to set up the house for Easter and my party preparing project for the day was this banner that will hang over the dessert buffet! All you need are letters from your local craft store, a little ribbon, a couple clothespins (I used colored ones I found at Michaels) and any color paint you choose! And the best part, you can use this from year to year, changing the colors every year to suit your mood and style!

Here’s an update to a previous post, Pocket Invitations… A Success. After making the mock up of the invitation, we worked out some details, changed the main card color and went on to make the full set. These invitations are for a baby shower planned in may, but can be customized for any event. The invites consist of a main invitation card and 4 inserts: “special requests”, “RSVP”, “location” and “registry”. Take a look!

Here’s a new addition to the Etsy shop….the sock monkey occasion pin! Perfect for a sock monkey themed baby shower or birthday party. Check it out at Party Me Perfect on Etsy.

When my husband and I got married, I saw a shell boutonniere in a magazine and I absolutely loved it! I did not love it’s $60 price tag….they were shells, after all. I never really investigated from there, it was only a month or two before the wedding and I had a million other things to do and a million other things on my mind. Then the other day I was looking at a fish bowl full of shells that I’ve had forever and a picture of that boutonniere ran through my mind. It had never occurred to me to make it! (Those million other things took up a lot of brain power!) So I thought I would take a shot at it. Honestly, I’m not sure if I like it or not….so let me hear some opinions!¬† This was my first try, I may try again….but I get frustrated when things don’t look as good as they do in my head! Let me know what you think! I really would like to try making one that I would’ve loved to have at our wedding!

Take a look at the pin I created for an upcoming baby shower.The shower (see post: Loving that summer feeling) is planned for May. The theme is set in colors: hot pink, orange and yellow. I wanted a special pin for the mom-to-be to wear. I recently purchased a pin like this one from a craft store for a sock monkey themed baby shower. The colors and themes available were limited so I figured it would be easy enough to create one myself to suit the theme and colors I wanted for this upcoming shower. The great thing about these pins is that they can be used for any occasion….baby shower, bridal shower, birthdays, anniversaries, bachelorette parties….any special occasion!

 

Yesterday was my sister’s baby shower. It’s the sock monkey shower I’ve been planning for the past few months. The colors were green and blue and it was a lunch shower at a local restaurant. Check out the pictures below to see what we did!

Our “Lil’ Monkey” Banner hung in a window to great the guest as they walked in. The banner was decorated with ribbon in colors corresponding to the shower. It also made a great gift for mom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The table was set with aqua and white patterned table cloth and bright green chargers. The centerpieces were two diaper vases, including a medallion with the baby’s initials, filled with blue hydrangeas. The mom to be’s setting was marked with balloons, a monkey and a pin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our framed Mm alphabet card made a great addition to carry the theme to the gift table. The monkey pin was placed at the mom’s seat at the table, for her to wear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved these game packets. They contained 3 game sheets: The Price is Right, What Did Daddy Say?, and TV Families. They also held a blank note card used a a birthday card for the baby. Each card was numbered, the number corresponded with a birthday year. Each guest wrote a birthday message which mom and baby will open on each birthday from 1-10. The last item in the folder was the guest book page for mom. Each guest filled out the page upon arrival with  markers placed on the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sock monkey basket was a lucky find in the Easter isle of Rite Aid and he made the perfect basket for our price is right game! For this game, the guests guessed the total cost of the items in the basket. The one who came the closest without going over won a prize and mom got the basket! The monkey face decorating the charger was also a game. The backside of each monkey face was marked with a color (neither the guests or mom to be knew this). At the end of the shower the mom choose a color and the person with that color under their monkey face won a prize!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was our guest book table for baby. The table held the Price is Right basket, the diaper cake and a Curious George story collection for the Baby. Each guest wrote a message to the baby in the book, so he could have his own guest book as well! The animal guest book is for mom and is from the Guestbook Store. I absolutely love their guest books, I’ve used them for a number of events and everyone always have a great time filling out the personalized pages! The mom to be even filled one out for herself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a closer picture of the diaper cake. It’s decorated in blue and green patterned paper with white crinkle paper around the edge. White and green daisies decorate the top along with a blue and green sock monkey….perfect! The center pictures shows our cupcake stand and sock monkey cupcake (pictured below). The cupcakes stands were an idea from the Modern Moments blog and so simple to make. See their blog for instructions! The sock monkey cupcakes were a contribution from a friend of mine who loves to bake and makes the most wonderful treats! She designed the cupcakes after the shower invitation. It was the perfect touch. Everyone at the shower commented on how great they were!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shower was a great success, everyone had a lot of fun and all of the little touches cake together to make a big impact!