Ticky Tacky

What would the holidays be without a Tacky Holiday Sweater Party? It’s a must do! This year I decided to mix it up a little and add one of my other favorite Christmas traditions, cookies!! And I do love a good party activity.

So I had everyone come over in holiday sweaters (in 80 degree FL weather…oops) and we all baked cookies together using a tacky sweater cookie cutter and stamper from Sweet Creations.                 

Learn from my mistake and make your own cookie dough. I tried to take a shortcut and use store bought, and while they tasted good, the dough spread too much and got mushy very quickly which made it hard to work with. But for all you fellow shortcut takers out there, the store bought icing on the other hand works just fine.

For those interested, here’s the recipe I should have used (#regrets)

 3 cups of all purpose flour

 1 cup of granulated sugar

1 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

 1⁄4 teaspoon salt

 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp

 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon extract

 1 large egg

 2 ounces cream cheese
1. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Add extracts, egg and cream cheese, beating to incorporate.
3. Gradually add flour mixture and stir to combine. Divide dough in half and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hr.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
5. Roll dough out to 1⁄4 inch thick on a powdered sugar-dusted work surface. Cut cookies into shapes. Place an inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake until edges are golden- about 12 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and let cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to wire rack. After cooling, cookies can be decorated with icing.

Thank you to Tryazon and Sweet Creations for sending me these products for review. These opinions are my own. Buy these adorable cookie cutters and stampers here.

Have you ever been to a tacky sweater party?

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Knee Socks

There’s no secret knee socks are making a comeback. They’re in everyone’s instagram posts lately, perfect for the season. They’re great for lounging, to wear with boots, and even make the perfect stocking stuffer!   
Chrissy’s Socks sent me these knee socks for review and I just loved all the patterns they had to offer. I had a hard time picking my faves! I already regret not getting the donut socks. And they’re the perfect height and stay up all day long. 

  

Probably the coolest thing about this company is that you can basically design your own socks if you order a minimum of 12. Which is like a dream come true for a party planner- Sock Hop? Sleepover Party? Roller Derby? I mean these socks are basically filling a void that I didn’t even know I had! 

Check out their social media pages for more inspo:

https://www.facebook.com/customkneesocks

https://twitter.com/kneehighsocks09

http://kneehighsocks.tumblr.com/

https://instagram.com/chrissyskneesocks/

Butterfly Baby Shower

This was a baby shower for a friend of mine. She wanted a lavender butterfly theme. It was small and there wasn’t a ton of room so I didn’t want to bring the whole backdrop set up like I often do. I set it up in front of the pretty window and used 3 balloons for the backdrop instead. Keeping with the theme, balloons fly just like butterflies do. It was very pretty in person but not so great for pictures. I bought fresh flowers too because butterflies love flowers. The printout in the frame matched the invitations and had the new baby’s name on it. And I cut out little purple butterflies that I stuck randomly to things on the table to tie together the theme. I wanted a really clean look so I did a runner instead of a banner. 

  
    
 
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!!

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Party in a Box 

 

This is just a fun little project I did recently for a friend of mine. It’s literally a party in a box! I thought it would be a fun way to send her a gift card for her birthday. I just used a gift card box from Target and filled it with candles (Dollar Tree), birthday cake gum (Target), pink confetti (Hobby Lobby), and a balloon (Dollar Tree)  attached with washi tape (Target). Then just add the gift card and mail! She loved it!! I actually made a mini birthday banner to add to it before I sent it but I forgot to take a picture. 

If you use a bigger box you could put little gifts in it too! Like nail polish and lipgloss would be cute. Even a birthday hat and blower would be fun. 

I’ve had to plan 4 parties this month so I’ve been using every spare second to do that but I’m almost caught up! I’ll post those pics and some new posts soon. We’ve also been house hunting a little which has been so exciting! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Nursery Tour

I posted a photo of Lilah’s nursery on Instagram a couple weeks ago and I wanted to show you the rest of her room!   

  

 Most everything in my nursery is from Pottery Barn. My mom also turned a room in her house into a nursery as well. Most everything in hers is from Resoration Hardware. The mirror is spray painted from ikea and the photo above the bed is an actual photo of a tree at their house in Maine just blown up and framed.  We both had to have chandeliers! (obsessed)  
   
Here’s some pics of the DIY projects we each did.    
 

I just love this room. It’s so bright and pretty and functional for a small 10 x 10 room. There’s a lot of love in here. Andre and his mom painted the room (Valspar Fair Maiden in case you’re wondering) and my mom bought the crib (Pottery Barn) and the dresser (Bellini) for us. Andre also made the shelves and I spray painted the brackets and accessories gold. Most everything else was a gift at my shower and I do remember exactly who got us what. We also asked for books instead of cards to jump start our collection. Everyone wrote a note inside the book they gave which has been fun to read. 

I hope this gives someone some inspiration! Thanks for reading!