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Black & Gold Bridal Shower

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I still can’t believe my little sister is getting married. Seems like their engagement is flying by. This past weekend her future MIL, our Mom, and I threw a bridal shower for her. It was a certainly a family affair with everything from the cupcakes to favors handmade by family.

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I loved putting her invitation together and it was so easy to get it printed through

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We also had lawn posters made to help direct guests. Both are available in my shop, designsBYmcm.

Centerpiece collage

The centerpieces were certainly our biggest task, especially all the drinking 😉 J/K Luckily the shower was hosted at a family restaurant with a bar so they collected about 75% of them for us. We purchased flowers from Michaels when they were 40% off and a few cans of spray paint.

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The sets looked great on the tables. It took some time to find the right combinations for each so we labeled each set on the bottom so that we could easily clump them together when we arrived.

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One of Sarah’s future SIL’s purchased black napkins for us and rolled them into roses. They sat on top of a packet of games to keep the guests entertained which was held together by wine charms.

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She also made these adorable ones for the cupcake table!

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The prizes were put together by Sarah’s future MIL and they were definitely the hit. She took Mason jars and filled them with different themes such as “I don’t do mornings” full of coffee items and gift cards”, “Bottoms Up” filled with alcoholic minis”, “Fun In The Sun” filled with items for the beach, and “Beauty” filled with different beauty products.

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I had a lot of fun putting together the favors. We decided on something homemade and used a play on the words. This sugar scrub is amazing and smells wonderful. I apply it every other day in the shower and it has kept my skin silky smooth. It was also a big hit at the shower and we have received several compliments since then.

Vinyl Signs

Iv’e been on a Silhouette kick so I had to find a few ways to incorporate some vinyl! The ABC Soup Collection at Michale’s is on clearance so I picked up several signs in different sizes for projects.

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I made this for both decoration and as part of her gift. It was another ABC Soup item on clearance at Michael’s. I added one of my favorite wedding quotes in vinyl for them to hang in their home.

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I also used vinyl to decorate her chair and made a Mr for them to use on their chairs at the receptions.

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Rob and I had a blast building the cupcake platform. We seem to work really well together and the end product is never what we initially envisioned. Using items from around the house all we ended up needing was a few 1×4 boards, some screws, and a blow torch.

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The base is 3×2 and Rob used 1×1 blocks in each corner for added support.

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Once the base was done and the top tentatively laid out we started playing around with different things around the house until we found a combination we liked. We’ve had the crate for what seems like forever and it has served many purposes so I didn’t mind adding it to this project. The cake stand is from Caity’s ONEderland birthday party last September.

Burning Collage

This was probably my favorite part. Rob got the idea of burning the wood instead of staining. The process was a lot quick and a lot easier with a wonderful final result. I see a lot of wood burning in my future.

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A family member made these wonderful cupcakes and cake. I love how she decorated them and it fit nicely with the theme.

Date Night Sticks

In addition to games we also passed around large popsicle sticks for everyone to write down some date night ideas for the bride and groom. This was a great activity for guests to do as they entered.

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This was also a hit with the guests and several mentioned that they used some of the items. A basket with pretty much anything you could think of, and more, that you might need.

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Overall it was a great shower and we had so much fun crafting together beforehand!


The Clueless Chick: Review & Giveaway

For me, preparing for a trip, party or life event starts with research and checklists. It makes the experience my enjoyable and smooth sailing. Sometimes I will search on Pinterest and Google for tips and sample checklists to get me started. The only thing better than a checklist is a book of checklists!

Jennifer Durbin, author of Tips for The Clueless Chick, has done just that. Although she calls her books, “life’s contemporary CliffNotes for the modern woman!”, even as a practiced checklist maker I found them very thorough. I was first introduced to her work while attending The Baby Ladies Baby Shower in Chicago this past July. Jennifer was gracious enough to put one of her books in our goodie bag! I was so excited when I received an opportunity to review all of her books and offer an awesome giveaway to my readers.

Pregnancy is an exciting and stressful, sometimes overwhelming experience. There are so many books available that is could make your head spin. What I love about Jennifer’s book is that she breaks everything
up by trimester giving you only the information you need at that time.

The Tear it Out and Take It with You! section is great for on the go. Some of the checklists include questions for your prospective doctor, registry must-haves, things to take to the hospital and getting ready for recovery.

Being prepared while traveling with a little one is very important. We have taken trips with P over the last 17 months but it has usually been to family or friends houses. When Rob gets home from deployment, we will going to Disney and I am so excited to have this guide to help me make my checklists. 
Jennifer walks you through what you will need based on your destination and length of your trip. I know eating out and on the go was the hardest to figure out in the beginning. Just when I thought I had it down, he reached another milestone and we had to start all over again 🙂 She also goes through tips on traveling without your baby, travel safety and traveling outside of the country. 

Jennifer’s tips for party planning are fantastic. I love hosting guests but always find myself stressed out and over thinking too many aspects. She breaks the process down to include party planning, co-hosting, etiquette, logistics, budget and even steps on going green. At the end she offers sample party lists for a variety of parties.

One of my favorite tips is to always take pictures of all your hard work before your guests arrive. It’s a great way to remember what you did and where all of your time went during the previous weeks and months.

Overall, I love how Jennifer has found a way to provide a ton of helpful information in compact books that are easy to understand. These books make great gifts for first time or even new mom. One of my favorite perks are the tip cards she has in each book.

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You can purchase these books for $9.99 each or buy all three for $24.99 in her shop or on Amazon. Jennifer also sells a few other items including a Diaper Cake Kit and Pregnancy Notes. You can check them out here

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