Red & Tartan Plaid Christmas Tablescape

If you’ve been around here for any amount of time you know how much I love to put together a tablescape!! I used to labor over them for hours. But, now that I’ve done several, they take me no time at all. The planning and idea process takes a while, sometimes more than a while if I can’t find any inspiration. But, once inspiration strikes and I gather all the things, it comes together in a flash. This time was no different!! I had a couple of different ideas swimming around but I LOVE the one I landed on because it just looks so darn cute! I am also joining my blogging friends again for a tablescape blog hop, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post!!
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I Do BBQ Rehearsal Dinner and S’more Love

I am finally getting around to sharing our first rehearsal dinner! I have to say, after going through our first wedding as parents, I’m super okay with only having one girl. 🙂 My job as Mother of the Groom was pretty easy peasy and fun! Of course I can’t wait to plan all things with my daughter when that time comes, but I’ll take the less stressful MOG role happily.
I Do BBQ Rehearsal Dinner
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Party Time – Baby Shower Style

This last weekend I was blessed to hold a double shower for a couple of friends.  The best part was that one is having a boy and one had a girl!!  So I got to play around with decorating with pink and blue.  Once again, I headed to pinterest for inspiration and this is what I came up with.  

Again, simple decor – paper goods from dollar tree.  Home made tissue-paper flowers are kind of my go-to decor when it needs to be pretty and soft (see my Valentine’s decor here).

The popcorn buckets I made by using a die-cut.  I added just a little strip of paper to give it a little something.  

In the popcorn buckets is a yummy treat.  

Popcorn
Peanuts
Pastel m&ms
Coated in White Chocolate

Really just play around with the amounts.  I popped the popcorn first and just added the peanuts and m&ms until I thought there was enough – no wrong in this.  Then I melted a bag of white chocolate baking chips and poured it over the mixture – toss well and then spread onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  The parchment paper is key, and one of my new favorite things.  (I can’t believe I haven’t discovered it before this year.)  It makes it super easy to break up the coated popcorn when the chocolate has cooled and everything has hardened. Yummy goodness.

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I was going back and forth between doing this cute cake (pinterest inspired), or making a strawberry trifle.  I was really wanting some strawberries, but the cake was so cute.  So I opted for the cake, and strawberries dipped in white chocolate!!

For the strawberries, I also used a bag of white chocolate baking chips.  Half colored with blue candy melts, and half colored with pink (left over from decorating the cake – yes that is what those dots are :)).  Again, cover your plate/baking sheet with parchment paper to make it easy to remove the strawberries when the chocolate has hardened.  

Then for my final tip today.  The punch.  Several years ago I went to a wedding shower hosted by some ladies at church and there was the most delicious punch I had ever tasted.  I was curious and asked how she made it.  I could not remember the recipe months later when I needed it of course, but what I did remember is that there was NO ICE CREAM in it!!  I do not like making punch with ice cream – soooo messy.  So, I asked again for the recipe and have been using it ever since with rave reviews!!

So…here it is – fill your punch bowl with ice, pour in a 2liter bottle of ginger ale.  In a small pitcher or bowl dilute a package of crystal lite drink mix (any flavor works – a couple of my favorites is peach tea, and raspberry ice) in hot water – just about two cups (no need to measure).  Then add this to your punch bowl mixture and stir.  Easy peasy and sooo yummy!!  (And no ice cream:)).

I had so much fun putting this together.  It has been a few years since I’ve hosted a baby shower!!

This may be my final post for a couple of weeks (unless I squeeze one in the next few days).  I’m getting ready to head out on a mission trip to New York with our church’s high school choir.  I’m sooo excited – I have never been to New York, and I haven’t been on a mission trip in several years.  The kids will be singing at several different locations in New York and on the way (we are taking a bus…), including several juvenile detention centers.  Please pray for hearts and lives to be changed for Jesus.  Pray also for our kids hearts to be changed as they learn to minister and share Christ.

Blessings to you and yours!!
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Party Time-Camping Birthday

I’m playing a little catch-up today.  I really wanted to share with you some of the fun we had a month ago with my son Gavin’s birthday party, and also some fun I had this weekend at a baby shower I hosted.  So, first I will share the birthday party today and the baby shower tomorrow.  As I shared here my baby turned 10.  Since we only do friend parties on “big birthdays” (10, 13, 16, 18) he was super excited and had all kinds of ideas but then chose a sleep-over.  The original plan included pitching a tent in the back yard for sleeping but it was a little too chilly for that.  But, I went with the camping theme anyway.  Here are a few photos – all pinterest inspired – because I don’t have any original ideas anymore 😉

 

Simple basic decorations.
A combination of a couple of cakes I found on pinterest.  I love the blaze that the candles made when they were lit – looked like a real campfire!!  The trees were made by covering upside-down sugar cones with icing (star tip), the tent was graham crackers covered with icing, and the rocks were pretzels.  My little photo bomber down there helped with the writing – she has a much steadier hand than I do.
  Then, on to the fun – have you seen this game – shower cap+shaving cream+puff cheetos.  Perfect for 9 and 10yr old boys.  If I did it again I would probably use canned whipped cream instead of shaving cream.  A couple of boys had the shaving cream falling off their head into their face.  
My attempt at glow-in-the-dark bowling.  Fun, but the only problem was you really need a glowing ball too 🙂
We got creative and used the gas grill to make smores (don’t have a fire pit).

 

Even Dad got in on the fun 🙂
 
Then there was movie watching and attempted sleeping – although after all the sugar I fed them they had a little bit of a hard time with that.  
 
Everyone had tons of – most important the birthday boy thought it was great!!
 
Come back tomorrow and see the fun from the baby shower 🙂

 

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