July 18, 2012

My Favorite Things: July

by Shelly

(a) Super comfy, lightweight, great for layering.(b) We recently acquired a bunch of staghorns from a family friend. We’ve fallen in love with them. So pretty!(c) Glam and bohemian all in one. Just love this!(d)My MIL wears a really cool gold “coin” ring of sorts that I’ve been obsessed with for a while. I like this one too..since I’m a bit obsessed with monograms.(e) Saw these at Nordstroms recently and stopped dead in my tracks. Bright, fun….I think they need to come home with me.(f)We become completely crazed when the Olympics roll around. Dana Torres is a bad ass! (g)Such a fun fabric! Playful and airy.  (h) Sold at Trader Joe’s. Great by itself, but makes a delicious cocktail with some “fun” mixed in.(i) Easy Lover…what a name! This has become my go to this summer. Bright and looks great against tanned skin.(j)Obsessed with this rug. I see a very, deep blue linen sofa with this.

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This past weekend we threw our kiddo a big 5th pirate themed birthday party.  Since we are not one to do a big party every year for our kid, I went all out on this one.  Probably a bit TOO much actually! But oh well. She loved it!  Since I knew Ellie wouldn’t be totally into scary, black and red pirate decorations, I went with more of a nautical…preppy meets pirate look.

After seeing the cute birthday party Erika threw for her daughter using the striped fabric from Ikea, I knew that was a must have for Ellie’s party.  My ever so crafty MIL whipped this one up for the buffet table. Thank you Barbara!  Most of the other decorations we had already…. the large skull and candle sticks are from our HUGE assortment of Halloween decorations, the oars I picked up at a flea market a few weeks ago in Fresno and the wine jugs and crates are from the Rose Bowl flea market. The Happy Birthday Ellie banner is actually a quilt that my MIL made Ellie for her first birthday.  We bring it out every year for her birthday now.  It’s too cute!

A closer look at the buffet table.  I have NO idea why I took these pics before I put the food on the table.  I was sort of running around like a chicken with my head cut off that day.  I didn’t exactly do easy food for this event.  I went all out…like I said earlier. The netting, gold coins and assorted “jewels” were bought at my favorite to the trade craft store downtown.

Our little pirate captain and one of her besties. I sort of lucked out a few weeks ago when we went to Scottsdale and found this cute red and white polka dot dress at H & M.  It perfectly matched the party theme!

Red dahlias and white hydrangea in glass Ball jars that we already had, adorned the dining tables.

Our little joker daughter requested that the guests where mustaches. Beards would have been more appropriate, but these were easier to find and still very funny!

The kids were each given a felt pirate hat, a sword, an eye patch, a mustache, pirate tattoos, chocolate gold coins and other goodies, and glow necklaces and bracelets for when the sun went down. The little red, white and blue pails were in the dollar bin at Target!

Since we have yet to redo our backyard and the outside of our house, I did my best to try and draw your eye away from the flaws. See the marks and holes in the side of the house?  We need to restucco badly, but that will have to wait. Money tree please? So in an effort to infuse more “party” onto the other side of the yard where our bar area was set up, I made a fabric bunting in the party theme colors.  I am NOT a crafter by any stretch of the imagination.  I would much rather buy something already put together for me most of the time.  But I decided this project looked pretty easy.  And it was!  No sewing…just cutting, and gluing. And the best part is we can use this again and again for our 4th of July celebrations! The red striped Ikea table cloth will also be making a reappearance during Christmas, Valentine’s Day and 4th of July also.

My one over achieving, party planner panic moment…. (that’s a mouthful) was over the stupid cake.  I wanted something perfectly themed for the party.  BUT I waited too long to order something for the party because it had been a crazy week leading up and I hadn’t found the time.  So of course two days before the party I started running all over going to different bakeries.  One wasn’t taking any more orders, the other gave me a $360 quote for a cake for 35 people (NOT JOKING!!!!), and the last had cakes that looked like they were from 1985.  No thanks.  So in the end, I went to Ralph’s and bought a cake for 20 people and a dozen cupcakes for the kiddos. It was actually really good and CHEAP! In the end, it didn’t matter. She loved it!

Here I am in a rare moment of sitting down and relaxing that night.  Most of the time I was running around with plates of food in my hand!  It was a great party and Ellie will have memories of this fun event for sure.

I’m not planning another one until she’s 10.

Not. Kidding.

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Isn’t she pretty
Truly the angel’s best
Boy, I’m so happy
We have been heaven blessed
I can’t believe what God has done
Through us he’s given life to one
But isn’t she lovely made from love

I’m so very blessed to have given birth on my birthday, to the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me!  Ellie Victoria you amaze me everyday how much you are growing and learning.  Boy…did 5 years go fast!  My little chubbers is now a funny, curious, intelligent and thoughtful little lady.

Happy birthday my love.

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