Friday, November 20, 2015

Have a Lovely Weekend!!!

Woohoo! My miniature garden stools from The Potted Boxwood Pop-up Shop arrived!  They are even prettier in person and a fun unique addition to my collection of blue and white.  Sorry, Christina, for buying these from you, but you can visit them any time :)

Have a lovely and relaxing weekend y'all!

Enjoy these links:

I fell in love with this red tassel clutch from the India Hicks Get Together we had last weekend 

These Ashley Pittman bangle bracelets are soo pretty - so is everything else!

Miles Redd does it again

Cute Hostess Gift for the Blue & White Lover 

The chicest gift guide for pet lovers (Pagoda Dog Bed? Yes, Please!!)

Next time I'm at Target (probably in two hours), I have to remember to treat myself to this lip crayon

Ceci New York is partnering with The Birthday Party Project - I love to see such amazing talent go toward inspiring kids who otherwise might not be exposed to it  

This for someone going through a rough time

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blue and White Dining English Country Style

Dining room featured in House and Garden March 2013 from a stunning West Sussex Farmhouse belonging to Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen.

I must have come across this one day when I was late-night scrolling through my phone (a horrible habit, I know).  This post has been sitting on my dashboard as a Draft for a little longer than I probably intended.  So patient.  Not screaming in a high-pitched tone, touching my face to get my attention or clinging to my leg like a barnacle.  This post is so nice, isn't it? 

I also loved this room.

* Images from House and Garden

That's all! Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

India Hicks Get Together Benefitting The Birthday Party Project

Hello friends! Oh boy has it been a whirlwind couple of weeks.  Lots of celebrations and parties, which is actually very exhilarating for this stretchy-pantsed homebody.

As many of y'all know, I'm involved with bringing an amazing organization called The Birthday Party Project to Kansas City.*  In January, we will throw our first birthday party for the children living at Sheffield Place, a shelter that does so much to help homeless mothers become self-sufficient.  They are doing truly amazing things for these women who have already had to work so hard to overcome an awful lot. We feel so lucky to get to come in celebrate their kids!

*If you still haven't heard of The Birthday Party Project, go check out their web site or or Ashton Kutcher's Facebook Page. 

My girls and I are super busy in fundraising mode, hoping to get the word out to Kansas City and encourage our friends to get involved.

When fellow blogger Karen from The Arts by Karena approached me about hosting an India Hicks Get Together to benefit The Birthday Party Project - Kansas City (#tbppkc if you want to follow along), I jumped at the chance.  I've been a longtime follower of Karen's blog and we've always talked about getting together.  I'm also a huge fan of India Hicks.  HUGE.  So it was really a perfect idea and so awesome and generous of Karen to offer! 

Here are a few pics from the party set-up.  Once it got started, I got busy chatting with friends and cornering people to show them pictures of India Hicks' beautiful home in Harbour Island and tell them how much I love her and want to be her.  In my excitement, I forgot to take pictures of the fun.

The quality of the products is exceptional.  Everything seemed to be so well-made and have such luxurious details.  India Hicks is a mother of 5 (that just made me dizzy to type), and I feel like she gets us moms.  We want "functional, but you don't notice because it's just so stylish." Yes, that's a thing.  All of these products would work so well into my daily life, yet my cooler little sister would also want one.  It was hard to choose what to buy.  

I could carry my two-year-old in the large red Madly Deeply bag you can see above.  But then my 5-year-old would want to ride in it, so it's probably better to leave my children out of my bags and let them walk on their own.  


Karen put together an incredible gift basket for us to raffle off.  I was so excited to see my pregnant friend win it.  New mamas always deserve to be pampered.

I love those mylar foil balloons.  I got a little excited with the decorating! I blame my party-filled weekend in Dallas for inspiring me (more on that next time I make it back to the keyboard).

Here are a few pics from the food table:

I had some fun little fascinator-like party hats as a nod to India's British heritage and to add to the party-vibe.

And of course, Buddy had to greet the guests at the front door.  He gets really excited about birthdays and presents and hats.

And of course, just before the party gets started, Edward scores some T-Rex claws.  And the dog is trying to pretend she's asleep.

Because Karen was so incredibly generous, the party was a huge success and we raised a lot of money that will go directly toward celebrating our kids (presents, cupcakes, games, decor, go big or go home)!!  She really went above and beyond to help make this party a success and to join in the excitement of The Birthday Party Project.  I am constantly humbled by the people who come out to support us in ways that are often bigger than I could have expected.  It's pretty awesome.

So thank you THANK YOU to Karen and all of my friends for helping us do more for the homeless kids in our city.  I hope one day we are in every shelter celebrating every homeless child in the Kansas City area.  I am so excited about the opportunity to bring people together who might not otherwise ever cross paths and to make these children feel loved and appreciated for just being here.

P.S. Even the dinosaurs were inspired #dinovember #joychangeslives

Friday, November 6, 2015

Paperless Post & A Buddy the Elf Themed Christmas Party!

Now that we have officially made it through Halloween (and baseball if you live in KC), it's time to start thinking about the holidays! I know ... it can be stressful.  One of my goals this year is to entertain at my house more, mayybe even throw a proper Christmas party.  My two-year-old is up in his crib developing sabotage plans as we speak.  Even so, I'm determined to do something fun to celebrate the holiday season and all of my wonderful friends. 

My mom and I were just talking about the convenience of online invitations and how my generation seems to prefer them. It's the way we communicate now.  I have almost always used Paperless Post for online invitations when I host get-togethers and events.  I love that they offer all of the beautiful design that you can get with fancy paper stationery, but with the ease and efficiency of an online platform.  They actually offer hybrid online/paper products as well!

Quick Aside: I know many of y'all reading (Mom) are shaking your head, thinking that the art of a beautiful invitation is dying. Here are some pretty online holiday invitations from Paperless Post to help ease your mind: 

Love the Blue & White Classic Invitation

Cute Kate Spade Invitation

Love the liner details

Again, pretty and classic
Really cute! 

Paperless Post has so many cute Invites up right now that it's really getting me in the mood.  (Tip: the invitations are a great starting place to look for party theme inspiration as well).  

(I swear I'm not on their payroll, I'm just a stationery and design nerd who gets really excited)

Okay, back to holiday entertaining! 

Here's a little mood board  I put together for my own potential Christmas party.  I love the idea of hosting a laid-back tree trimming party to kick off the holiday season.

Tree Trimming Christmas Party

I'm definitely leaning toward something playful , but elegant enough to bring out all of my pretty things.  I'm inspired by my sister's engagement party last year hosted by our very close family friends, Phyllis and Rod.  They throw some amazing, fun parties.  Legendary, in fact.  They chose a light Buddy the Elf theme as their creative twist to the Christmas engagement party.  My sister loves the movie Elf so much she gets about 95 texts from people every time it comes on TV.  I say light Elf-themed because they also like to keep it classy.  It was perfect.

One can never have too many Christmas lights.  I loved the way they wove some larger lights inside the tree branches along with the traditional small Christmas lights.  Since the tree is center stage in a tree-trimming party, this is a lovely way to give it some extra sparkle. 

"I'm a cotton headed ninny muggins"

One of my favorite things at the party was the cotton candy bar that greeted you when you walked in. Fluff pop is a Dallas-based gourmet cotton candy company that offers on-site cotton candy spinning for party guests. I didn't get a great picture of the Fluffpop DJs (get it?) at the party, but here's what the little cotton candy pops look like.

from the Fluffpop Facebook Page

They also offer The Mini Mason, which can be shipped anywhere and customized.

Here is a cute picture of my two sisters and I with our cotton candy pops.

It was such a fun "omg this is awesome" moment. 

Here is an early picture of the food presentation.  Phyllis will cook everything for her own parties.   We're not sure how she does it.  I have no advice for that. Be amazing?

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup" 

"Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad!"

Mantle decor inspired by an oft-quoted line in our household.

In this same room, an eggnog station.  Eggnog made from scratch.  That's just pure love right there.  

"SON of a NUTcracker!"

"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."

So many little touches here and there that just added to the overall celebration.  And it was quite the celebration!
Do y'all have any fun holiday entertaining tips or traditions? I'd love to know!