Baby Shower Planning

I have been extremely busy planning a baby shower brunch for later this month. If you've been around here for a while you know that party planning is literally one of my favorite things to do. And my beautiful cousin is pregnant with a sweet baby girl so we are throwing her a baby shower to match! I am so soo excited for her! We don't necessarily have a theme for the shower; but more of a pink ombre color scheme with lots of paper peonies.
These are the paper peonies I am making. About 100 of them! The plan is to make 40 for the favor boxes a la the Oh Happy Day tutorial. Each box will go at a place setting and contain cookies as the favor. The remainder of the peonies are for a flower backdrop behind the cake table. Since we have a very short time to set up the room, the plan is to attach the peonies to a large foam board ahead of time and lean it against the wall when we arrive.  
paper peony diy
I looked at a lot of places that carry crepe paper rolls and the PaperMart has the best prices. The flowers are really easy to make and would be fun in just about every room!
I also picked out some table linens at my favorite linen rental company, La Tavola.
ta tavola linens

I already own 3 champagne sequin tablecloths that we are going to use for accent tables. The main tables will have the blush and rose tablecloths and we might try to incorporate another floral pattern for the napkins.
foral pink linen

 And lastly, all of the paper goodies recently arrived from Tiny Prints! They turned out beautiful and I especially love all the scalloped edges. One of the baby shower games will also be at each table setting. I even found matching pencils at Target!
tiny prints scalloped cards
I can't wait to celebrate the mama-to-be and of course share all the pictures here with you!


Friday Five

Happy Friday!! I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from the past week with you.
1. I started decorating for my favorite excuse to make the house all girly in pink, Valentine's day! I love this 'Be Mine' balloon banner from Target! (only $5 and oh so cute!)
Valentines Day Balloon Banner
2. I added some tulips and teal striped candles (I found them in store for $2.50!) to the mantle to brighten things up a bit. We previously had the gray striped ones for the holiday season.
3. I had the opportunity to go to a special preview luncheon this week at the new Container Store here in Sacramento. We love to keep our house organized and the store has something for everyone! If you are in the area I highly suggest you check out their grand opening this weekend! 
Their selection of pretty boxes is truly amazing!
4. If you remember the first project I did for the our new house was to make a shower curtain. It has been almost a year now since then and we finally grew tired of the color. I've had my eye on these fringe curtains from Target for a while (I originally wanted them for the living room but they didn't work) and realized they would be perfect in the bathroom! The color of the fringe goes really well with our sage green cabinets.
Close-up detail of the fringe:

5. And lastly, we finally finished watching all ten Oscar nominated movies for Best Picture. I loved the Big Short, but I really hope Leo finally wins his best actor award. Which was your favorite? I can't wait to dress up and throw a little Oscar viewing party!
Linking up with A.Liz Adventures! Hope you all have a great weekend!!


A Simple Girls Night In

Every Monday night for as long as I can remember my friends and I get together to watch The Bachelor (or The Bachelorette).  We rotate hosting and last week was my turn. The promise of a glass of wine and some girl time really gets me through the Monday blues.
We have a beautiful antique marble top table right off the couch/seating area and it's the perfect spot for setting up a drink/snack station. This set-up takes just a few minutes to throw together which makes weeknight hosting extra simple. 
I took these photos before everyone arrived so the appetizers and wine weren't out yet. I stock up on easy appetizers from the Trader Joes freezer section because I don't want to cook more after making dinner (it's on from 8-10pm) and I can easily throw more into the oven halfway through the show.

I hoard these Caspari pagoda plates since they are discontinued but it's fun to put them out every once in a while! I plan to get the coordinating pagoda placemats soon. 

The tartan ice bucket is perfect for the winter months as it makes the set-up a little more cozy.

Macarons are an easy and fun sweet treat! 

And lastly I have quite the assortment of napkins but these navy monogrammed ones from our wedding are some of my favorite.
Do you do something similar with your friend group?!


Look for Less: Agate Slice Box

Growing up my mother collected the most beautiful gemstones. I remember oohing and ahhing over them and proudly showing them off to my friends. As an adult I love filling our bookshelves with accents of coral, gemstones, geodes and even beautiful shells.
I recently discovered the Mapleton Drive shop in One Kings Lane and it had me swooning over every.single.piece. The gemstones are beautiful and they are paired with brass, Lucite or bright glossy boxes. Each one is totally fabulous. A few of my Lucite favorites:

lucite geode box
1, 2, 3

While I would love to have any of the items from the collection I just couldn't justify the $100+ price tag.  I was at Hobby Lobby the other day picking up supplies for another DIY project and I came across a Lucite box with an a pink agate slice for less than $10! Sold! Perfect for a bedside jewelry catchall.

agate slice box
I am thinking of attempting to do a DIY box for the living room too! There is a Container Store opening up in our area soon and I know they have the perfect box. Just need to find another gemstone to use!


A Kitchen Refresh

When we purchased our home we knew a kitchen upgrade was inevitable but we really wanted to live in it for a while before deciding what to do. Now that we are coming up on our one year homeowners anniversary we feel ready to tackle it! I am so glad we waited because what we thought we wanted to do last year (changing the layout) is not what we will be doing now. We actually love the current layout!
I've always wanted a marble countertop and a few days ago we made that dream a reality and purchased our marble slab! Our house is 90 years old this year and I am looking forward to the character that the marble will bring to the space.
Here is my kitchen inspiration:
marble kitchen
kitchen refresh
The Plan
Because our cabinets are mostly the style I want anyway; we plan to just repaint them. I am thinking charcoal gray for the lower cabinets and white for the uppers with an all white subway tile backsplash. An apron front sink is a must have and after an extensive search I've picked out the one we need. Fingers crossed it will come off backorder soon! I fell in love with colonial style bin pulls (like the ones in the middle picture above) for the cabinet hardware and a bridge-style kitchen faucet. I love that our laundry room (which is right off the kitchen) has an original bridge-style faucet too. Right now we have a hanging pot rack and I plan to have wall-mounted ones made instead. I think that's about it.. I'm so excited to share our progress and the final outcome!


Christmas Around the House

Sharing my Christmas decorations around the house is truly one of my favorite posts of the whole year! It's our first Christmas in the new house so it was extra fun to decorate. We decided not to get a real tree because of my foot surgery over Thanksgiving. It would have been too much and I was just fine putting our old faux tree in this corner of the dining room. It actually worked out great because I was able to squish it up against the wall and it took up a lot less space in the room without having to move any furniture!
 I love the addition of the burlap Merry Christmas ribbon this year! And this view with the fireplace mantle in the background is one of my favorites.

 I love how our table setting turned out for Christmas Eve dinner.

A close up of the mantle- I used a fresh garland and it really made all the difference!

These personalized holiday napkins from Tiny Prints and peppermint oreo cheesecake from Trader Joes were a hit!
I even added a little Christmas flair to the bathroom- a perfect plaid ribbon on a blue and white ginger jar and of course the best holiday candle out there!

My holiday picture with Mr. Kitty!

Just a few of my holiday entertaining essentials.. plaid napkins, champagne candle, custom gift tags, holly tablecloth, and a Happy Holidays (similar) tray!

This chalkboard advent calendar was so fun to personalize!

I hope you enjoyed our holiday home tour! Wishing all my lovely readers a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! XO


DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

My coworkers and I always exchange a little gift each holiday season. This year instead of the usual candy or sweet treat, I thought I would mix it up and make a sugar scrub. When I found the cutest little jars and twine in the Target dollar spot I knew they would be a hit!
I've seen a lot of recipes around but none of them were portioned correctly for making a large batch so I loosely came up with this:

1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Ground Coffee
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon

1. Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool (don't let it become solid).
2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
3. Put the mixture in mason jars!
I made three batches which filled about 18 jars and it took me about 1 hour in total. The longest part was waiting for the coconut oil to cool. I loved that it was an inexpensive and easy gift!
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