Friday, March 16, 2012

Baby Boy Sip & See

sip and see dessert table
{dessert table}

A few weeks ago I threw one of my best friends and her new little man a Sip & See.  I had so much fun planning for it and since this was her second child, we just had dessert and tea.  In my opinion, it is more fun to plan a dessert table because everything is sweet and color coordinated unlike a standard food table.  But I do love throwing a grand baby shower as well, food table and all!  For the Sip & See, I made mini cupcakes and cake pops and had a friend make the decorated sugar cookies, which were adorable!  I was thrilled to find the perfect cake pop stands for the party and know I will get lots of use out of them in the future.  I even made the table runner myself (with Mom's help) using Stitch Witchery and a couple yards of fabric from Hobby Lobby.  It was an easy DIY detail that I will be sure to reuse for future parties.  The blue and white pinstripe fabric helped to break up the solid white tablecloth and add pattern to the table.

deco mesh bows on front doors
    {matching bows made from deco mesh for front doors}

blue diaper cake
{invite + diaper cake}

baby rattle cookies
{baby rattle sugar cookies by Sweetlee Done}

initial onesie cookies
{initial onesie cookies by Sweetlee Done}

mini cupcakes on dessert table
{mini cupcakes + monogrammed onesie cookies by Sweetlee Done}

blue cake pops with sprinkles
{lemon cake pops + sprinkles}

double dipped cake pops
{double dipped cake pops}

Martha Stewart Paper Pom Poms
{Martha Stewart Paper Pom Poms}

Thursday, March 15, 2012

{Reading List} March

It's been awhile since I've shared my reading picks.  I'm currently in a discipleship group that is reading one book a month.  We started in January so I should have at least a dozen good Christian books added to my library this year.  In addition to my "assigned reading," my curiosity got the best of me this week after hearing (several times) The Hunger Games will be in theaters next Friday (yay)!  I had Bryant pick up book one for me yesterday and I loved it!  It's been too long since I've read a good piece of fiction - any fiction for that matter.  I highly recommend it, especially if you're a Twilight fan!  It has that same page turning power where you can't seem to find a good place to insert the bookmark so you just keep on reading!  Picking up the sequel, Catching Fire, is on my list for things to do tomorrow...

The Secret was a short read that defined the key principles of leadership.  It was thought provoking and challenging, and anything but boring (which is what I would expect for a leadership book).  This is a great book for anyone in leadership to read or for anyone who would like to lead.  "Leaders have a lot to think about.  They always do." 

And if you've never thought of Jesus' personality as playful or cunning or if you've never really thought about His personality much at all, you need to read Beautiful Outlaw.  John Eldredge paints a fresh picture of Christ - one which I've honestly never seen before in its entirety - that is untainted by "the religious fog" we have grown so accustomed to.  Parts of this book will stick with me for a long time...

What's on your spring reading list?  I've just started this and this.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Holiday Weekend in San Francisco, part IV

{Lobby Mezzanine at The Drake Hotel on Union Square}

Although this is my fourth (and final) post on our holiday weekend in San Francisco, I just couldn't leave out our lovely afternoon tea at The Sir Francis Drake Hotel!  I love making time on a trip to have tea especially if it's in a famous hotel with a gorgeous tea room.  My first tea experience was in London ten years ago when I was visiting my sister for her semester abroad.  Our mom (should I call her, Mum?) made reservations for us at The Ritz for afternoon tea, but unfortunately our excitement got the best of us and we couldn't stop giggling from the first tea sandwich to the last biscuit.  I was better prepared (and polished) for my next opportunity to have tea with my husband at The Plaza in New York City.  Three years later and I still think about those blue velvet wingback chairs (sigh).  Having Tea Under the Tree at The Drake was especially memorable since Mom was finally able to join us after all these years.  To celebrate, we took lots of pictures under that 20-foot Christmas tree.  Until next time!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Life Lately

{Marlin fishing in Kona}

How did we get here??  Next week is spring break which means summer is not too far away.  Time definitely flies a little faster these days.  I spent some time alone this week reviewing my calendar and choosing how to invest the majority of my time over the next 12 weeks.  I think this is a quarterly thing for me... planning, looking ahead, and setting goals for where I want to be in three months, six months and a year from today.  Sometimes everything seems to come all in one season, like house inspiration.  The last two months I've been largely consumed with house projects.  Parties truly are the best motivator to get your house in order.  Even the small gathering I hosted last month proved to be no exception.  I'm always amazed at how much we can get done with a few concentrated weeks at home.  Now that my brain is tired of hanging pictures and playing with colors, I'm looking forward to focusing on a few other projects unrelated to the home.  By the looks of things, my husband also enjoyed some much needed R&R this week.  After all, he was the one doing all the picture hanging.

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