Friday, April 30, 2010

Last Minute Decorating

On the first Monday of every month, we have a ladies meeting (WSM = Women's Service Ministry) at my church. They're basically the same every month--food, prayer requests, we discuss the ministries we're involved in and any upcoming events, watch a video or have a special speaker, you get the point--but sometimes we'll do something special for a holiday or such. Every month, my sister and I try to come up with a theme and decorate for the meetings. Well this coming Monday is our May meeting, and I have to admit that it has sneaked up on me! Last year, we had a big mother daughter banquet. This year, the ladies voted to do something for the dads of the church next month (Father's Day is June 20th) instead of having another banquet for us moms and daughters. We'll still have our May meeting though, which means that I will still be decorating, but I am still not as prepared as I like to be!

I've decided to use some green tablecloths that I have; they're a bright green but not quite lime. I'm doing polka dots, but I haven't decided yet if I am going with black and white or pink and orange. This is a picture of my colors against one of the tablecloths.

I'm going to also have a theme, probably "Mom's Love Hits the Spot" to go along with the spot/dot theme. I know that I'll have dots on the tables, but I'm still thinking about exactly what to do for centerpieces. Oh the ideas in my head!!

I found these Martha Stewart tissue paper pom poms that I really want to do, buuuttt the ceilings are high at the church, so I'm not sure if that's going to work out or not.

Let me get back to brainstorming....

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Game Night

I had some family and friends over this past weekend for a game night. I had so much fun planning everything!! From the theme to the food to the decor! And of course the games. Here are some pictures (sorry about the wrong date on a few).

I went with black and red for my colors and worked everything around those.

My centerpiece was a clear glass cylinder that I filled with regular and oversized Checkers pieces. I made the signs with cardstock and scrapbooking paper. I found the perfect paper for the words, "Game Night"... it was black with dice all over it!

I made some garland using regular playing cards and red and black ribbon. I had an all red and black candy buffet; above that is where I hung the garland. The marshmallow treats you see... these were super easy to make and turned out so cute!!

I decided to do finger foods, welllll, because I love them and I'd come up with some neat game night food ideas. :) I covered my dining table with a black tablecloth, put my centerpiece in the middle, and the food arranged around that. You can see the entire table here and a close up of the Dominoes brownies and sugar cookie sandwiches (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades)! I found the cookie cutters on Ebay!

And finally, the cupcakes and homemade picks! I printed some fun quotes on plain white paper, cut them out, glued them onto red circles, attached them to toothpicks, and stuck one in each cupcake! Some of the other sayings were, "Victory is sweet!" "What's the score?" "Time's up!" and "Play nice!"

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting Started

Well I’ve finally decided to start a blog! It was about five months ago when I first thought about blogging. I put it off because I don't have internet access during the day, so I was afraid I wouldn't be able to maintain it. I'm eager to get started though, so I'm going to go ahead with it and catch up later if I have to. :)

I was planning my son Caden's first birthday party, scouring the internet for ideas, when I came across the wonderful world of blogs!! Sure I had heard of them, read some, even knew people who blogged (my mother-in-law is religious about posting to her two blogs!); but I didn't know all that could be done with a blog or the benefits of reading and/or having one. As I looked through the different ones I came across, there were several that just blew me away! I was impressed! I would lose track of time just reading ideas and looking at pictures. But I wasn't only impressed; I became inspired. Any time after that when I hosted a shower, threw a party, decorated for a ladies meeting at church, or just baked holiday goodies, I would think and brainstorm to come up with unique and interesting concepts. I've always loved coordinating and planning events, but it was like I developed this whole new outlook! I had so many ideas and was just looking for ways to make use of them. I enjoy it more now than I ever have! I love LOVE coming up with color schemes, themes, and ideas. Creating, acting them out, seeing everything come together... it's exciting to me! And so this blog is dedicated to all those little details that I’m nuts about and being able to have fun with them!