Stirring up a “Stock the Kitchen” Bridal Shower, retro style!

Posted in PARTIES
on March 16, 2013

 

I LOVE a party. Doesn’t matter what it’s for, doesn’t matter who it’s for, I just love, love, LOVE a party. If I could, I would throw a party every day. Since, I can’t do that obviously, sometimes, I must live vicariously through others.

A friend is throwing a wedding shower – a “Stock the Kitchen” shower to be exact. She asked if I had any hot ideas to share. Uh.. does it snow in July?! Oh, wait, it doesn’t – not here anyways… But, I did drum up a few tasty morsels to share. Planning a party, even if it isn’t yours, is better than not planning one at all!

There are two things I’m really loving right now – a red and teal/sky blue color combination and a retro vibe – in this case, a retro housewife vibe. Luckily, both of these things are very popular at the moment, and as a result, there are ideas and sources a plenty!

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Invitations, as always, set the theme and mood of the party. Etsy is a great place to find a wide selection of creative invitations and matching items. Both invitations shown on my idea board can be found on their site. As a nice touch, add a recipe card with your invitation, asking your guests to gift one of their favorite recipes. The collection of recipes can be added to a recipe book during the shower and presented to the bride-to-be at the end of the event – a gift she’s sure to treasure! These adorable cherry recipe cards can be found on the Jessie Steele website, where you can also purchase a matching recipe book.

 

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Another fun idea that I came across had guests bringing a small kitchen utensil to the party, and attaching said kitchen utensil to a funky apron, which is then to be worn throughout the party by the bride-to-be. How cute is that?! Beats the crazy gift bow hat so many of us have had the pleasure of wearing. 🙂

I found the most adorable aprons and a few free.. yes, I said free.. patterns to make them, if you are so inclined, and have the time. I love the apron pattern at sew4home – I have some extra fabric laying around that would make up some really cute gifts!

 

Set the tone by playing the right music. A few suggestions:
  • Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra
  • All the Way – Frank Sinatra
  • Let’s Get Married – Al Green
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  • Anything from this list

 

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A party would not be a party without games, and I found no shortage of those. Over at bridal-shower-games.com you’ll find hundreds of games, including old favorites and new fun.  ModernHostess.net has a great post for a retro bridal shower, that included this fun-looking game called How to Be a Good Wife, based on the 1955 Good Housewife’s Guide. It’s hard to believe that not that long ago “Good Wife Training” was taught out of a textbook. Since I’m blogging instead of making dinner.. it’s a given I would have failed the test in 1955! There are also a number of printable options on Etsy that are worth looking at, including this Say Yes to the Dress game, which has guests trying to guess what the bridal gown will look like. Whether you’re looking to break the ice, or keep the party rolling, you’re sure to find something for everyone.

 

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Let’s talk table decor. I just LOVE the ideas the hostess of this party shared on Catch my Party. I really like the use of kitchen appliances as both serving plates and flower vases. What a unique idea! I also really like the table setting shown for a retro shower over at Simply Creative Insanity. Using inexpensive paper for table decor is genius.

 

What to serve? Staying in theme, take a cue from a retro cocktail party and serve finger food. Some ideas:
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Cheese Puffs
  • Oysters Rockefeller
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Cheese Log
  • Meatballs
  • Fondue with crudites
  • Dip with Chips and Pretzels
  • Anything from here!

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Desserts, of course, run the gamut of spectacular to simply elegant, depending on your budget and guest list. A custom apron cake would add to the theme of “retro housewife”, but would be on the higher end of the budget. A serving of bite-size cupcakes, or the elegance of a simple cake would be equally as lovely, especially when paired with these custom cookies. Round out the desserts by whipping up a batch of these mini cherry pies.

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As the party comes to a close, thank your guests with a fun and useful favor. These fun soap bottle aprons are diy. So adorable, and easy to make! Or, go with something simpler, and gift back a small utensil, such as measuring spoons. I really adore the idea of a glass and small utensils tied with a ribbon as well.

I hope you find these ideas useful, and that you have as much fun throwing your party, as I’ve had planning it!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Posted in BEDROOMS, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAYS, WALL ART
on March 11, 2013

Mirror from Bookpages
The past few years have seen a pretty big shake up in room ownership in our home. Last year, my oldest baby flew the coop for college and got his own apartment. Recently, my oldest baby girl flew away as well. My tween girls, who’ve been sharing a room for the past few years, barely waited for the bodies to cool, and couldn’t get the furniture out fast enough before they were claiming their own rooms. It was a sad time for the mama (at least until the decorating bug kicked in!), what with all of the shake ups, but it was such an exciting time for the girls. The last time we’d decorated their shared room, they were 4 and 5 – at 8 and 9, it was time for something a little more funky and grown-up. While K opted for a “Paris, fashion” themed room, B requested a “music, zebra” themed room – with a sunburst mirror – she was very emphatic – “I REALLY want a sunburst mirror.. Oh, I REALLY want a shoe chair – in Zebra Print.” We ix nae-ed (sp?) the chair but decided the mirror could be a really fun accessory for her new room.

I needn’t say my project was on a budget… but I said it anyway. I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for this mirror, given that it would be acting as an accent for the room, which meant that making it was probably my best option.

Even after much searching on Pinterest, I wasn’t able to find an example that would fit my needs.  I decided to combine two different mirrors that I did find –  this lovely bamboo mirror, which was exactly the shape I was going for, and this recycled paper one, which had the other elements I was looking for – cheap and readily available materials. We were off! Basically, I followed the tutorial found here, with a few tweaks.

For this project I used:

  • An old (fat) In Style magazine
  • A base of some kind – I used the cover of a scrapbook paper book 12×12
  • A small round mirror (mine was 12″)
  • A wooden embroidery hoop, matching the size of the mirror
  • Round wood beads
  • A hot glue gun
  • Spray paint in your choice of finish

Step 1: Carefully tear out the pages from your book or magazine, and roll them in to cones. I did this by wrapping my page around a long handled wooden spoon as you’ll see below. I then used a spot of hot glue on the finishing corner to hold the page in a cone shape.

Step 2: Glue your mirror to the base. Then, glue your embroidery hoop to your mirror – I did NOT do this and wish I had, so, go ahead and add the hoop in now. This gives you something to “butt” up against and makes placement easy-peasy.

Step 3: Begin gluing your paper cones on to your base, ensuring you place the tip of the cone as close to the embroidery hoop as possible. Continue adding cones until you have covered the entire base.

Step 4: Add the beads. I found the beads just finished everything off nicely, and really changed the look of the mirror. I used about 1/2″ round, inexpensive wooden craft beads, attached by hot glue, and placed them on the edge of the embroidery hoop. I found the beads in the kid’s craft area at Walmart in a tub that looked something like this:

Step 5: Attach a picture hanger on to the back of the mirror for hanging. I used a sawtooth hanger and hot glue aplenty to secure the hanger on the back of the base. It ain’t pretty, but it works!

Step 6: Spray Paint both the front and back of the mirror with your choice of finish, ensuring to get the ends of the cones, as well as any visible spaces. I used Krylon Metallic spray in gold. I had to do about 3 or 4 coats to cover.
Step 7: To get the uneven appearance of the sun “bursts”, I measured and cut around the outside of each paper cone. I used 11″, 10.5″, 9.5″ and 8.5″ and followed a pattern of 11″, 10.5″, alternating 9.5″ and 8.5″ in length. I marked the measurement and cut on an angle to create the point.
Step 8: Enjoy your mirror!

Mirror from Bookpages

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How can I have writer’s block on my very first post?

Posted in HOLIDAYS
on March 8, 2013

Hello, world! I’m hoping that the words will start to flow a little more easily with each post that I write – God knows I have enough to say! I’m excited to have my very own corner of the web, and to have a place to mindlessly chatter and babble about whatever comes in to my head or whatever is going on in our lives. I hope you’ll follow along.. anyone? Hello? World?

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