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If You Give A Moose A Muffin-Themed Baby Shower

Remember Monday's post on decorating book plates for a book themed baby shower? Come check out the full shower inspired by If You Give A Moose A Muffin on Moms & Munchkins!

If You Give A Moose A Muffin themed baby shower

This is a great way to build baby's library for a first time mom or a repeat mom who has lots of gear and clothes...but not a lot of books that survived older siblings.




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Book Themed Baby Shower Book Plates

I haven't thrown a baby shower in a while, real or styled!  All of my friends have passed this stage of life, so I had to create a shoot to get the creative urge out.  Inspired by my boys' favorite book from back in the day, Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give A Moose A Muffin, is a great start for a book-themed baby shower where guests are invited to bring their favorite book from childhood to start baby's library.

A great activity for a book-themed baby shower, coloring book plates!

Coloring book plates is a great activity and ice breaker for your guests; I'm not a big fan of the traditional baby shower games (melted chocolate candy in a diaper??).   I jumped on the adult coloring bandwagon and designed a free book plate download to coordinate with our baby shower.  Of course, they can work for any shower theme.

Book themed baby shower book plates

Don't mind my coloring skills...it's been awhile.  Guess I should sit down and do more coloring...


Be sure and check out the full shower on Moms & Munchkins.

FREE BOOK PLATE DOWNLOAD – Download link: (click the link below to download the high-res pdf. ENJOY!)

book plate link




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Lemon Margarita Gift Box

Summertime parties are my favorite! From the picnics in the park to the backyard BBQs, it is the perfect time for getting together with family and friends.  For this month's Whisker Graphics Design Team Project, I am going to keep you getting those party invites with a Lemon Margarita Gift Box as a host/ess gift!

The perfect summer hostess gift, a Lemon Margarita Gift Box!

Bring someone tequila, they will love you forever.


What You'll Need:

Gift Tag Supplies:
large yellow tag
white and lime green cardstock sheets
sheet of vellum paper
striped paper straw
black stamp pad
blue stamp pad
scissors
double sided tape or adhesive

Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party

Summer and ice cream go hand in hand...it's perfect for every type of get-together.  When The Bakers Party Shop sent me their new Party Pastel Rainbow striped and polka dot cups, spoons and sprinkles to play with, I knew they were begging to be part of an impromptu ice cream party!  I love how you can mix and match the pieces to your heart's content! Enjoying a beautiful afternoon with ice cream and all the toppings you can think of, with minimal prep, means maximum fun!

How To Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party

Once you have a few items on hand, you will be ready to party any time! First, you need inflatable floating flamingo drink coasters from Oriental Trading; seriously, every party needs them. I added a short glass to each one for our toppings.

Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party; party table

I always have rolls of butcher paper in kraft and black paper on hand; it is the perfect stuff for table covers and backdrops.  Cover your table with black paper and a white pencil for labeling the best part...

Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party; toppings

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses

Champagne flutes are probably the first glasses you think of when you want to drink a little bubbly.  But if you want to rock a retro look like Daisy Buchanan, stock up on champagne coupe glasses.  Known as the ballerina of cocktail glasses, with their delicate stems and wide, shallow bowls, they can do so much more than rock a champagne tower.

Coming in a range of prices and designs, I've been looking to start my own collection, that wouldn't break the bank or my heart if I couldn't replace one (I'm talking to you, vintage sets!). Here are a few fabulous ideas for entertaining with them...

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; elevate ice cream into a fabulous dessert

I discovered CB2's Marie Coupe Cocktail Glasses on my first trip to their store in Vancouver, BC and fell in love! Not only are they très affordable but they look like their more expensive counterparts.

They are the perfect way to elevate a simple dessert of ice cream and macarons.  Sidebar, a Ladurée House is now in Vancouver; I stumbled across it on my way to CB2 and was too thrilled.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; chocolate dipped donuts

Serve another dessert like these chocolate dipped doughnuts featured on the knot...

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; displaying macarons

...or display a few macarons with Style Me Pretty.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; floral arrangements

A gorgeous way to display greenery featured on Junebug Weddings.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; floral cocktail

Since its wide bowl does not sustain carbonation as well as a flute does, a coupe is not ideal for serving dry wines but is perfect for pretty cocktails like these from Anthropologie.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; Cotton Candy Cocktail

A swirl of cotton candy alone is perfection; turning it into a cocktail with Lauren Conrad, heaven!




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Get Your Luau On With Oriental Trading

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Summer is in full wing and nothing says summer more than a luau; I've thrown a party or two.  If you are planning one this summer, you have probably spent hours on Pinterest, saving your favorite ideas to incorporate into your party.  Did you know that Oriental Trading has an entire section devoted to luau and beach parties?

Recreate your favorite Pinterest luau parties with Oriental Trading.

They are your go-to for summer fun with hundreds of products and project how-tos to recreate your favorite luau looks, from attire and decorations to favors and everything in between! For example, I love this gorgeous pastel tropical baby shower featured on 100 Layer Cake-let, especially the table runner made of painted palm leaves and honeycomb balls!

Here are just a few items from Oriental Trading to recreate the look....
one. jumbo balloons | two. honeycomb tissue garland (separate them to use!) | three. Island Breeze dessert plates  | four. large palm leaves | five. personalized luau champagne flutes | white taper candles

Need more inspiration? If you are planning a wedding, Oriental Trading can help with that too...




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DIY Soccer Survival Bag + Soccer Tailgate Party

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias

My boys have played soccer since they were preschoolers.  Although my oldest is now obsessed with track and cross-country once he went to high school, his little brother still plays. I've shared in the past how unfortunately, little brother has been diagnosed with 6 different tree and grass allergies since he was a preschooler.  His manifests through his skin and mucus membranes, so lots of itchies and congestion.

When the weather gets nice, we step up our allergy game with his prescription medications from eyedrops to nose spray and try to minimize his exposure. Which is impossible when you play soccer in grass.

DIY Soccer Survival Bag + Tailgate Party


I’ve resigned myself to soccer mom status and try to get him through the best I can.   One way is keeping our laundry as allergen-free as possible.  Having no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues, by taking care of his soccer uniform with all® free clear detergent and all® free clear dryer sheets, he is game-day ready.

Palm Wonderful

My name is Dawn and I'm a plant killer. I have no plants in my home except for a succulent that I received for as a birthday gift in May and it is still alive. Having greenery is the best way to add color to a space but if you are like me and need an alternative to the real thing, nothing beats palm leaf inspired decor!

Palm Wonderful - palm leaf inspired decor!

If you don't want your home looking like Blanche Devereaux's bedroom, use only one or two items so you don't overpower the scene.

Entryway - Lend a tropical touch to your front or patio door.

Textiles - Incorporate pretty accents like pillowsottomans, and shower curtains to add a fabulous pop of color and pattern.

Wall art - Make your walls green with envy by framing fabulous botanical prints or a large tapestry behind the bed.

Accessories - You can never have too many cute bags...spice up an outfit with a fun beach bag.

Lighting - A dark area could you a little light, whether it's a floor lamp or lantern.

Tabletop - Afraid of committing to such a major design change? Keep it simple with pretty plates.




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Finding Dory Party Ideas

Ack! Our schedule hasn't slowed down long enough to catch the hottest summer movie of the year, Finding Dory! We can't wait...and you know it will be a hot theme on the party circuit.

This summer, Finding Dory is the hottest party theme this year; check out these 11 great party ideas

 Of course, you know this means I've done a party ideas round up for all of you planning those inevitable parties...head over to Moms & Munchkins for all the fun!




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Fun Ice Cream Floats For Summer

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My boys have been out of school over a week, so our summer has begun! They are ready to start crossing things off our summer bucket list, which includes eating lots of ice cream, and I couldn’t agree more.

Nothing says summer like making ice cream floats and we couldn’t wait to get our noggins together to create a few fun recipes. S’mores and cherries are the epitomes of summer, so we came up with Teddy S’mores Floats and Cherry Pepper Floats.

Fun and Easy Ice Cream Floats For Summer

I love that one of our recipes is nostalgic, made with the float classic, Regular A&W® Root Beer, but the other has a modern twist with Dr Pepper® Cherry. Making our floats are one of those great moments mamas like to soak up, especially with my boys getting older. Even better? You can find everything you need for both floats with a quick trip to your local Target….I’m sure most of you are like me and pretty much live there.

Make Fun Cherry Pepper Ice Cream Floats For Summer

I love our Cherry Pepper Floats, it is cherries, cherries, cherries! The hardest thing to make was the fresh cherry syrup...and only because it requires using a stove!
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