To say I've thrown a few baby showers would be a severe understatement. And one of the things that always stumps me is the invitation. I'm pretty creative with invitations for other events, but for some reason, baby showers stump me. Always have. I always get blocked by the vision of the store bought, fill in the blank, noah's ark invitation. (Not that Noah's Ark is a bad theme!)
No more stumping! Super cute bumping! How fabulous are these? I love an invitation with an element of texture and depth. These have both, plus they are just such a break from the boring baby shower invitation, right?
So I happened upon something online, of all places, and not the candy aisle. Hershey's limited edition Candy Corn Kisses. I thought that was pretty creative, but being someone that isn't particularly fond of candy corn, I moved on. No biggee.
Then I was flipping through the new Martha Stewart Weddings mag and see that second photo. Hershey's kisses as wedding favors (nothing new) but this time with photo labels on the bottom. Cute!
Are you putting two and two together? Hershey's kisses aren't just for weddings and valentine's day anymore! Get you some candy corn kisses, apply some halloween stickers on the bottom, scatter across a table or in a treat bowl and it's a super cute and creative way to spruce up your candy dish, decor, etc.
Want to customize your labels? Get the perfect size labels for mini-kisses here. 25 sheets of labels for $6.50
So, I'm no hippie. It must be said. I'm not into nature. I don't garden. I don't hike. I'm not hugely into recycling.
My idea of camping is a hotel without room service. There. I said it.
However, I can totally get into the fabulousness that is this paper. What if... you sent someone an invitation and, after they attended your incredible soiree, they planted your invitation and it bloomed into FLOWERS!
How about that for a lasting impression?
The folks at Botanical Paperworks have done just that. Gorgeous, handmade invitations and low and behold, they turn into flowers!
I don't care who you are, ya gotta be impressed by that! :)
Meet one of my favorite houses! I work for a University, so it's a college town. Lots of really neat, older homes. Some inhabited by the typical fun loving college student, but some are filled with people that just feed off of the college energy.
I pass this house every day on my way to work. It's a cute house. Well, actually, it used to be a fraternity house that I actually hung out in back in the day. But that's a story for another blog. LOL
Anyway. They put up these amazing pieces of REAL stained glass in their bay window. Isn't it amazing? They put it up every year and to me, it's almost like the kickoff of Halloween celebrations. The official sign that it's ON. LOL Plus, I just grin every day when I see it. Brightens my day.
This year, they added those huge spiders and it really adds, I think. Happy Halloween! 'Tis the season!
So you're hosting a fall dinner. This is a time of year where decorations are naturally bountiful! I mean, really, even the pilgrims knew it. LOL
During this time of year, I really enjoy taking advantage of all the natural decorations you can pick up cheaply at pumpkin farms, roadside stands, etc.
Corn stalks. Not just for decorating your porch. Bring them inside! Use them to fill up a corner or to frame a doorway with white lights. In the photo here, I lucked out and found a corn stalk that still had ears attached. Beautiful husks and indian corn still attached to the stalk! Score! I had a large corner to fill and after I placed the stalk, I realized it needed something else. I dropped into Hobby Lobby and picked up a couple extra large, feather type stalks. (Don't know the exact name for them.) They draped beautifully and really helped fill up the space! A final touch with a large piece of rich chocolate brown satin fabric as a sash.
For the table, I bought inexpensive gauzy shimmery fabric and covered inexpensive Walmart vases.
Plates were in two different patterns with a similar color palette. Both sets of circular plates were placed on square chargers.
The table looks like a lot more work than it actually was. You just take what you have and play around with it. There's no right or wrong!