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READY TO POP FREE PRINTABLES

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They’re finally here…FREE printables for your next baby shower!

We had such a huge response from my previous POST about the “Ready to POP” baby shower I threw for my bestie, that I put together two different sets of FREE printables for you…so now you can have them for a boy or a girl shower! 

Here’s a glimpse at what they looked like at the shower I hosted:baby-shower-decor-blue-greencake-pops-2mason-jar-cupcakes-favorAnd now you can download your own in either Blue and Green or Pink and Brown! Here’s what the download package includes:

  • Water Bottle Labels
  • Food labels (with blanks for extra items)
  • Ready to “Pop” round cutouts (for cake pops, labels, favors and more!)
  • Thanks for “Popping” By round cutouts
  • Baby Stats game instructions and cards
  • Baby “Pop” Quiz Game & Answer Key

Simply choose your color palette below and click on the link to open and print!

PLEASE NOTE: This printable is for your personal use ONLY. Files may not be sold, printed products may not be sold, and the designs may not be placed on items that are sold.

If they are reproduced, redistributed or sold under any of these conditions,legal action will be taken.

Ready to Pop Printable Pacakge – Pink and Brown

Ready to Pop Printable Package-Blue

Enjoy….and Happy Styling!Ready-to-pop-printable

jamie

WEDDING WEEK: COUNTRY CHARM

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country-charm-wedding-titleWe’re wrapping up wedding week with one of the sweetest weddings I’ve ever been part of. From the story of how these two came together to the dessert bar reception…everything about this day was just, well, sweet. And I couldn’t have wished a sweeter day for two more deserving people! 

Meet Jen & Tim…

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I could write an entire blog post on the incredible story of how God brought these two and their amazing families together. Jen is by far one of the strongest women I know with a faith like no other…so to see her find such a kind and caring protector like Tim was a true answer to many prayers.

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For their big day, Jen and Tim wanted a simple and intimate setting for their closest family and friends in an afternoon ceremony followed by a dessert reception. And if you know the bride, there are two things she loves: cowboy boots and the Clemson Tigers! So of course, those had to be tied into the theme of this country casual fall wedding. 

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All the guests who sported their favorite boots! Photo Credit: http://lindsayhooten.com
All the guests who sported their favorite boots!
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Instead of a traditional guest book, family and friends signed these log slabs instead!

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The ceremony and reception were both held in the same room, but to keep things casual, the bride opted for round tables for both the ceremony and reception….or what I like to call a “family style” ceremony.  

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With wood slabs, burlap, pinecones and pumpkins…these fall centerpieces were accented with some bright fall flowers (including Clemson orange and purple, of course) to match the bride’s bouquet.

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Oh, and remember my awesome Craigslist fireplace mantle find from my sister-in-law’s wedding? Well it made an appearance here as well, but with a few more “country style” accents!

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After the ceremony, guests were serenaded by live music from our buddy Chris Cauley (you might remember him from Team Adam on NBC’s The Voice) while they enjoyed some amazing desserts!

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Then it was time to send off the happy couple! But you can’t do sparklers in the middle of the day, so the bride hand made ribbon wands to wave them off..in true Clemson football style, of course.

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Cheers to a lifetime of love…and cowboy boots. 

Congrats Jen & Tim!

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Photos were provided by my dear friend Lindsay over at Lindsay Hooten Photography...if you’re in the Atlanta area, you should check her out!

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Happy styling!

jamie

WEDDING WEEK: PINK & PURPLE FAIRYTALE

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pink-purple-bouquets-titleWe’re having a blast talking all things weddings this week!

Today, let me introduce you to Emily & Clinton…

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These two are super special to me. That’s because for this wedding, not only was I the designer, planner and florist…I was also sister-in-law to the bride and matron of honor. (talk about pulling double duty!) 

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When it comes to siblings in law…I hit the jackpot with this gal, she’s just swell. We did this same pose at my wedding (see below right) and of course, had to carry on the tradition!

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Anywho…if you know Emily, you know she loves all things fairytale related. In fact, Clinton even proposed to her with an adorable Cinderella carriage snow globe (that we displayed on their cake table) cinderella-carriageSo from the princess style ball gown to the sweetheart cupcakes and every detail in between, we wanted to make her day feel like her own special farytale. I LOVED the bright pink, purple and black color palette she chose…it was so vibrant and fun! And when we found dyed hydrangeas to match her vision, we hit the jackpot!

Let’s start with the flowers. Sam’s Club came through for me again with a great selection of affordable flowers, and perfect colors to match! (to read more about how I used Sam’s Club for my own wedding bouquets, check out my DIY tutorial HERE

Oh my word our tiny apartment was busting with flowers! (did I mention my hubby's allergic? oops!)
Oh my word our tiny apartment was busting with flowers! (did I mention my hubby’s allergic? oops!)

Emily wanted bouquets, but she also wanted flowers integrated into all of her centerpieces, so this order cost a little more than my last, but for just under $700 here’s what we got:

1 Large bridal bouquet

6 Large bridesmaids bouquets

2 Mother’s carry bouquets

3 Grandmother’s carry bouquets

13 Boutonnieres

20 Centerpiece arrangements

12 Aisle arrangements

2 Large buffet table arrangements

7-10 small arrangements for altar and other accent tables

Talk about getting some bang for your buck! We had flowers everywhere and they were gorgeous! The bouquets and arrangements were made up of pink & purple hydrangeas, green hypericum berries, hot pink roses and purple tulips.pink-purple-bridal-bouquetspink-purple-bouquets-2

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Now let’s talk decor. Emily wanted this fairytale day to have a country club setting with a slightly rustic feel (which I love, because in wedding world these days rustic is the new black). So we accented her decor with touches of burlap and mason jars…galvanized buckets and vintage lanterns, barn wood framed chalk boards and DIY distressed table number frames. It was lovely!

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This is such a great way to capture the view of your wedding from your guests perspective!
This is such a great way to capture the view of your wedding from your guests perspective!

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guest-book-tableguest-book-displayDid you see that adorable little sketch in the picture above? That’s actually their save the date. The bride’s grandfather is an artist, and he sketched that picture for them. My husband then scanned it in and added the text…it was so cute and personalized just for them!save-the-dateI also designed all of the Bride & Groom’s invitations, programs and wedding favors. I created a custom “logo” for them that we placed on any of the printed signage for the day such as place cards, etc.

The logo I created for them.
The logo I created for them.

place-card-tableThe wedding favors were another adorable burlap touch, complete with the couple’s logo and filled with purple and silver Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses. Tutorial coming soon!burlap-bag-wedding-favorOne of my favorite pieces we created for Emily & Clinton’s big day was the fireplace mantle altar. Since the wedding was at a country club, there was no “traditional” altar for the focal point. In fact, the ceremony and reception took place in the same room, so while the guests were enjoying cocktail hour on the gorgeous veranda, the room was flipped…however this altar remained in the room and doubled as a backdrop for the dance floor. fireplace-mantle-altarI actually scored the mantle off of Craigslist for $50…what a steal! (the story of how we actually got it to fit in a vehicle is a comical tale for another day…let’s just save you the trouble now and say it will NOT fit in a Rav4)

The mantle was in great condition, so we just added two wood planks at the bottom to enable it to stand up and painted them white. I bought some sheer curtains for $5 and tacked them on the back to give the center some filler, and then we ran a strand of twinkle lights along the back of the opening to give it a soft backlight glow effect once the sun went down. It turned out beautifully!mantle-decoraltar-decor

Another subtle fairytale touch with the unity candle. Photo Credit: http://sugarsnapatl.com
Another subtle fairytale touch with the unity candle.
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The fireplace after the room had been flipped.
The fireplace after the room had been flipped.

For the aisle, we couldn’t actually do an aisle runner because the dance floor was already in place, so to jazz it up I created mason jar floral arrangements and accented them with burlap. We then dressed the center aisle with pink, purple and white rose petals.aisle-decorfireplace-altar-aisle

They're married! Dancing back down the aisle. Photo Credit: http://sugarsnapatl.com
They’re married! Dancing back down the aisle.
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After a cocktail hour on the veranda, the guests came back into the ballroom for dinner and dancing….oh, there was so much dancing! The centerpieces contained an eclectic mix of vintage lanterns (no two tables were the same!), with mason jars wrapped in burlap, tied with ribbon that matched our bridesmaids dresses and filled with white hydrangeas.

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Those table number frames cost $1 each from Michael’s. I painted them a purplish pink to match the decor and overlaid a layer of ivory to give it more of a rustic/distressed look. We used chalk-paper card stock (did you know they make that?! It’s awesome!) and chalk pens, both also from Michael’s.

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Tall floral arrangements gave some height to each buffet table.
Tall floral arrangements gave some height to each buffet table.

gigis-cupcakesAnd here’s just a few more of my favorite shots from the day…

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Venue: Dunwoody Country Club

Hair & Makeup: Sineat Heintzelman (she’s amazing!!)

Flowers & Decor Design: Savvy Style Events

Wedding Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Buckhead

Dress: Bride Beautiful

Here’s to Emily & Clinton’s Happily Ever After! Happy Styling!

jamie

 

 

WEDDING WEEK: RUSTIC CHIC BOUQUETS

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As we continue with Wedding Week here at Savvy Style, today i’m excited to introduce you to Lindsey & Jonathan…

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Their wedding day was just so sweet, but their love story and illustration of God’s faithfulness has been even sweeter. Lindsey is a co-worker and friend of mine, and i’ve known Jonathan for years…so it’s been really cool to watch two friends I’ve known independently come together and fall in love. And I was so honored to be able to play a small role in their special day!LindseyJonathan_3.8.14-219

When Lindsey and I sat down to discuss her vision for the bouquets, I knew she wanted three things:

1.  Rustic in style

2. Blush and white in color

3. Affordable

So I created 8 bouquets, 1 flower girl bouquet, 2 large ceremony arrangements, 8 medium sized reception arrangements and about 40 (yes 40..see pic below) small baby’s breath arrangements for the reception tables…all for right around $450.

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My kitchen was full of baby’s breath vases for the vintage chic reception decor!
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But my car was even fuller…I barely fit inside!

The bouquets consisted of the following flowers:

Blush Garden Roses

White Garden Roses

White Hydrangeas

Dusty Miller

Baby’s Breath

White Hypericum Berries

Blush Spray Roses

I wrapped them all in burlap and tied with twine to continue the rustic feel. They matched perfectly with the bridesmaids blush dresses!

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Burlap bows for the guest pews and floral bows for the family pews.
Burlap bows for the guest pews and floral bows for the family pews.

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jamie

WEDDING WEEK: APRIL SHOWERS

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sweets-displayIt’s wedding week here at savvystyle.net!

All things bridal, all week long…swoon! 

That’s right, spring is in the air, all things lovely are in bloom…and wedding season is in full swing!

April showers always bring May flowers, they say. And while it may be raining here in Atlanta today, the only showers we’re going to talk about are BRIDAL showers! Today we’ll feature a bridal shower as well as a “Love is Sweet” Couples shower, both were thrown for my sweet sister-in-law.summer-bridal-showers-purplebridal-shower-food-display-summerEmily’s wedding colors were purple and hot pink, so we had lots of fun making this a brightly colored soiree! floral-centerpiece pepper-bites sweet-summer-food-display veggie-dips veggie-pizza

Both the chevron table runner and chalkboard food signs came from Jane.com. If you haven’t signed up for their daily email list yet, do yourself a favor and sign up now…amazing deals daily!beverage-displayAdorable wine stopper favors wrapped up beautifully by one of the bridesmaids. bridal-shower-favors

And here’s a glimpse at the “Love is Sweet” Couples shower…love-is-sweet-showerchicken-wire-pic-display couples-shower-decor cupcake-display cupcake-minis-display love-is-sweet-signshower-cutlery-displaylove-is-sweet-decorAnd of course, if you’re going to lure men to a shower…you have to provide entertainment for them. What’s better than a good game of corn hole?couples-shower-gamesTo wrap up the evening, we finished with a hilarious game of “He Said/She Said.” We place the couple back to back and they swap a shoe, so that each of them has one of their own shoes in one hand and their fiancé’s shoe in the other. We asked questions such as “who is the better cook” and let them both answer (without seeing each other’s response). The outcome was hysterical, as you can tell from my sister-in-laws expression below.He-said-she-said-gameStay tuned with us this week as we cover more weddings, flowers and decor to your heart’s content! It’s bound to be a week of wedded bliss!

Happy Styling!

jamie

WEDDING THANK YOU FREE PRINTABLES!

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If you’re looking for an easy and free wedding thank you printable that you can personalize, today is your lucky day!

One of the most popular requests i’ve received since launching this site is for a copy of the Wedding Guest Thank You and Mason Jar Favor label from my own DIY Wedding that can be seen below. (click HERE to read the previous post)

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Well now I have finally figured out how to share it with you so that you can have your own copy…FREE! (we girls have to help each other out, right?!)

I have re-created the Thank You Note (seen behind the mason jar above) in four different color fonts. You can download, customize your name at the bottom and print on your favorite card stock paper for a beautiful thank you note to place at each guests seat!

PLEASE NOTE: This printable is for your personal use ONLY. Files may not be sold, printed products may not be sold, and the designs may not be placed on items that are sold.

If they are reproduced, redistributed or sold under any of these conditions, legal action will be taken.

Here’s how to get the wedding thank you:

1. Select the color font you would like (Black, Purple, Ivory or Gray)

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Thank You Note-Ivory

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2. Option 1: Click on the link above for the color card you want. This should open the file in a new browser window as an Adobe reader file (Don’t have Adobe Reader? Get it FREE here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/)

3. Option 2: You can also “right click” on any of the files below and select “Download Linked File” in the drop down box. It should download the file as a PDF directly to your computer. If you do this, to open the file you will need to right click (or control + click) and select “Open with – Adobe Reader. If you open in Preview or as a regular PDF, the editable field at the bottom will appear to lay on top of the text above it and will not print correctly. If you open in the free Adobe Reader, it should appear and print correctly.

4. Once open in Adobe Reader, you should be able to click on the form at the bottom (which is the line with the couple’s names) and type in your own names. The font should appear like this below, but if it does not, you can download the font to your computer for free HERE. Once the font is downloaded to your computer, that should resolve any font issues.Correct font5. After you enter your names, you’re ready to print! Simply select the print icon in the top left toolbar of adobe reader – as seen below. (TIP: Selecting “File – Print” from your internet browser will NOT work)Print Location

6. Once you have a print window open, got to “Pages to Print” and select only page 2. (that way you won’t print the instructions as well!) Once printed, you can cut down to create a square, and you’re good to go!  (TIP: If you want to print them smaller, on your print page go to the section that says “Custom Scale” and lower the percentage until you see the size you want in the preview display.)

Here’s how to get the mason jar label:

I couldn’t upload the full labels as easily as the thank you note because the couple monogram you see pictured on the labels was specially designed in photoshop. However, I can give you two options that should help!

Option 1: Here are two different color PDFs (Black and Purple) of the labels if you want to print just the thank you (without a couple’s name) on the stickers. To order the labels I used, click HERE.

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Mason Jar Labels-Purple

Option 2: If you want to try and add your own name, you can download the Word.doc below, but you will need to have THIS FONT downloaded onto your computer for it to show up correctly. You should be able to add text, or drop in a designed logo of your choice…but i’ll warn you, it took a LOT of tweaking to get those lined up perfectly to print within the circle label, so print drafts first before you print on your stickers!

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Enjoy and Happy Styling!

jamie

DIY DIAPER CAKE TUTORIAL

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diaper-cake-tutorial-titleThis cake looks almost good enough to eat!

(but I wouldn’t recommend it)

Earlier this week I showed you our fabulous “Ready to Pop” themed baby shower (click HERE to download our FREE Ready to Pop party printables!), now i’ll show you a simple tutorial on how to make the beautiful diaper cake we used as the centerpiece for our food display. Diaper cakes are a great way to dress up a practical gift, and if you decorate in the colors of the party, they can also become a beautiful focal point of the shower decor. 

Some might say they pull double doody….er, I mean duty. Ahem.

Let’s start out with the supplies you’ll need:diy-diaper-cake-suppliesI made this whole diaper cake for less than $30, simply by shopping smart and utilizing some supplies that I had around the house. When you know you’re going to be making one of these in the near future, start collecting empty toilet paper rolls (these can be used for other fun crafts as well) and an empty wrapping paper roll. I use the empty wrapping paper roll as the “base” of the cake, to help hold everything securely in place. It helps the cake transport easily without falling apart and keeps everything centered.

With the exception of the diapers, I found all of my supplies (cake plate, ribbons, flower, crinkle paper) all at Michael’s…so it really was a one-stop-shop kind of project. PLUS I used my Michael’s iPhone app for a coupon and saved some money! 

STEP 1: Cut down your wrapping paper roll and glue it to the center of the 12″ cake plate.diaper-cake-tutorial-1To cut down the wrapping paper roll to the right size I took the three toilet paper rolls and laid them on the floor one on top of the other (to form a tower), then laid the wrapping paper roll beside it and marked it about 1/2 inch shorter than the length of the three rolls (so that it wouldn’t stick out the top). 

NOTE: You might ask why I didn’t just use a paper tower roll since they’re similar in height – the problem with paper towel rolls is that they are generally the same diameter as toilet paper rolls, making it hard to slide one onto the other. I have found that wrapping paper rolls are generally smaller in diameter and work perfectly. And bonus…they’re long enough that you can cut it and get TWO cakes out of one roll! Jackpot!diaper-cake-tutorial-2While the glue on the base is drying, you’re ready to start assembling your layers. This is where you bust out the diapers and take a good whiff because they smell incredibly of fresh clean baby. (ahhh). I used Pampers Size 2 Swaddlers that I got from Buy Buy Baby at 2 packs (72 diapers) for around $22…not bad! I’ve found that this size diaper is the perfect size for the cake, and it allows the mommy to enjoy the cake on display in the nursery for a little bit after the little one arrives (if she chooses) without having to take it apart in the first week for the newborn size diapers she’ll need.diaper-cake-tutorial-3

STEP 2: Attach diapers to the toilet paper roll with rubber bands.diaper-cake-tutorial-4Make sure you turn all of the diapers with the patterned side facing inwards (so they all look solid like a vanilla frosted cake), and begin to wrap and rubber band them in stacks of five. As you add more and more diapers, you can begin to fan them out (instead of one thick stack) so that the outer rim looks smooth and symmetrical.

You might need an extra set of hands to do this for the base if you haven’t done it before…but if you don’t have help, just be patient, it may take you a couple of tries to get the diapers in the right place and rubber banded before they fall over! I promise you can do it – I did this one solo! 

Repeat this step for the middle and top layers.

Here’s the breakdown of the number of diapers I used for each layer:

BASE: 30-35 Diapers

MIDDLE: 20-25 Diapers

TOP: 10-15 Diapers

The best way to do this is just eyeball it. Start with your base, and as you make the next layer measure it on top of the layer below it to make sure it is slightly smaller in size. Once you get your three layers rubber banded, you’re ready to assemble.

STEP 3: Slide layers onto base, placing crinkle paper in between each layer.diaper-cake-tutorial-8diaper-cake-tutorial-9diaper-cake-tutorial-10Adding the crinkle paper isn’t absolutely necessary, but I think it gives it a fun pop of color and distinguishes between the layers. (and it looks like frosting to me…we all know I LOVE frosting…just saying.) Note: I originally didn’t put crinkle paper on the very bottom (between the base and the cake plate) but I went back later and added it in to give it a consistent look across the layers – you’ll see it in the finished product at the bottom of this post)

STEP 4: Attach your ribbon with paper clips and glue.diaper-cake-tutorial-11You don’t want to glue your ribbon directly to the diaper because it will ruin it for actual use, so what I did was use a paper clip to attach one side of the ribbon at the back. I then wrapped the ribbon all the way around, cut it just slightly longer (so it overlaps) and then used a little bit of hot glue to attach the ribbon to itself.

NOTE: Be sure to put your finger in between the diaper and the ribbon as you glue the ribbon together so that the glue doesn’t seep through to the diaper.

Repeat this for all three layers, making sure your seams are all in the same place at the back of the cake. Next, take your 1/2 inch ribbon and wrap it around to the front of the cake, tying a bow in the center of each layer.diaper-cake-full

STEP 5: Trim your decorative flower and place on top.diy-diaper-cakeThe great thing about this is that I literally just had to cut the stem down to the height of the cake, and then it slid right down into the wrapping paper tube…no glue, no muss, no fuss. Easiest cake topper ever. (I used a silk gerber daisy from Michael’s)

And voila…you have a beautiful gift and a beautiful centerpiece for your baby shower!diaper-cake-tutorialdiaper-cake-display

Happy styling!

jamie

“READY TO POP” BABY SHOWER

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Ready-to-pop-baby-shower-titleWho has two thumbs and loves a good theme party?

This girl. [points to self]

tumblr_lqgcu89Lhx1qazkdco1_500So of course I jumped at the chance to do a fun “Ready to Pop” themed baby shower for my bestie, who is almost ready to pop…literally! She’s just weeks away from meeting her sweet baby boy!mom-to-beHere’s a glimpse into our fabulous DIY baby shower…with tutorials on some of the fun details to come later this week! From the Caramel Butter POPcorn to Cake POPs to POPcorn chicken and the favors, I had a blast dreaming up ways to incorporate the theme.

baby-shower-entrance-decorbaby-shower-stats-game baby-stats-shower-gamebaby-name-printableready-to-pop-food-displaybaby-shower-decor-blue-greenbaby-cakesboy-oh-boy-buntingdiaper-cakeThis super simple diaper cake makes a great gift (and centerpiece)…tutorial located HERE!diaper-cake-ready-to-popready-to-pop-popcorn-bags veggie-cupsbaby-shower-food-display baby-shower-setupcake-pops-2Want an easy and inexpensive way to display your cake pops and add a little bling to your table? Simply get white, rectangle styrofoam pieces from any craft store (I got mine from Michael’s) for a few bucks and cover them in fancy wrapping paper! (also bought from Michael’s) So simple…yet it makes your cake pops, well…pop. (pun intended)cake-popsready-to-pop-logoAll of the “Ready to Pop” logos were easily created in photoshop…download FREE printables in blue and green OR pink and brown HERE!popcorn-chickenmason-jar-cupcake-favors-displayI think these party favors are my new favorite…cupcakes in a jar! I just keep finding new awesome ways to use mason jars! I forgot to take pictures as I was making these, but have no fear…i’ll make some more soon and post a tutorial, it’s SO easy!mason-jar-cupcakes-favorready-to-pop-baby-showerHope you enjoyed this peek into our fun filled day…thanks for POPping by!

(see what I did there? I just can’t help myself)

Happy styling!

jamie

REAL WEDDINGS: SIMPLY SWEET HYDRANGEAS

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Summer is definitely here, and everywhere I go in Atlanta I see all those beautiful hydrangea bushes in full bloom! In honor of those beauties, I thought i’d treat you to a glimpse into another set of DIY hydrangea flowers I did for an amazing couple…who happen to be some dear friends of mine!

Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net

Kristin and Joe had a sweet and simple intimate morning wedding in an old industrial building that’s been converted into a church.  With a minimal color palette and rustic DIY touches, the bride created a perfect atmosphere for brunch with their closest friends and family.

Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net

She selected pure white hydrangeas as her flower of choice for both her centerpieces and bouquets that I made. I added a few white roses and some baby’s breath to the bride’s bouquet to give it just a little extra texture.

The hubs helping me make bouquets the day before...he's such a trooper.
The hubs helping me make bouquets the day before…he’s such a trooper.
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net

For the centerpieces, we continued the hydrangea and burlap look by wrapping galvanized buckets in burlap and matching ribbon, then adding three hydrangea bushes to each bucket. 

Burlap cut and hot glued to bucket, secured with ivory ribbon.
Burlap cut and hot glued to bucket, secured with ivory ribbon.

We cut green (wet) floral foam blocks to fit in the buckets, soaked them fully in water (to keep the hydrangeas hydrated) and inserted them into the bottom of the bucket.

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I used 3 hydrangea stems per bucket.
I used 3 hydrangea stems per bucket.

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We then paired that with the cute DIY table number frames made by the bride.

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Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net

I just loved some of the personal touches, like the wedding favor coffee cup sleeves made by the bride for the coffee/hot chocolate bar!

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Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net
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Photo Credit: http://www.theduplooys.net

Here’s to a lifetime of love just as simply sweet as they day they became one!

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jamie

FATHER’S DAY PARTY DIY DECOR

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fathers-day-decor-title“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.”                                        ~Author Unknown

Where would we be without a dad’s love? Dads are the ones who bought us the cookies when mom said no. Who taught us how to fish and check the oil in our cars. Who showed up at every band concert/dance recital/sporting event with a video camera permanently attached to their head. Who picked us up when we didn’t think we could get up. I am so grateful for the dad, father-in-law and granddads in my life…they have been role models, heroes and friends. 

Here’s a peek into the Father’s Day Feast we hosted last night! With the use of some adorable FREE printables I got from Amanda’s Parties To Go and an entire menu made from recipes I found on Pinterest…I’d say it was a success!fathers-day-event-planningfathers-day-cakefathers-day-free-printablesfathers-day-coke-labelfathers-day-soda-bucketfathers-day-free-printable-partyfathers-day-place-settingfathers-day-menufathers-day-drinksfathers-day-sodafathers-day-blue-cake

And here’s a snapshot of the actual feast (sorry for the crappy pic, I literally snapped it with my phone seconds before the food was devoured…)fathers-day-feast

Here are links to the recipes I tried, all found on Pinterest! I’d say they were all a big hit!

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Maple Glazed Carrots

“The” Bread (it’s really that awesome to call it that)

I followed all these recipes pretty much exactly, with the exception of the chicken – to make it extra juicy, I marinated it in a buttermilk and minced garlic mixture for about 8 hours in the fridge..delish!

So here’s to the dads who have laughed with us, cried with us and loved us as an earthly version of our Heavenly Father. In the dad category, I sure hit the jackpot.Cargill (865 of 1020)fathers-day-tie-decor

jamie
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