Galentines Gathering


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Valentine’s Day may be for soulmates, but Galentines is for soul sisters. Sorry fellas, no boys allowed.  I have always loved the idea of Galentines and wanted to hold one of my own especially since watching Parks and Rec, thanks to Leslie. By now it should come as no surprise that I got my inspiration for this party from Target-the second happiest place on earth amirite? (And I promise they didn’t even pay me to say that!)

With the simple idea of having a few friends over for crafting and sweet treats, I draped the pre-made banner over my curtains (a great photo op) and whipped up some Oreo balls. My first introduction to Oreo balls (or Oreo truffles if you’re fancy like that) was at one of my besties birthday’s several years ago and I have been making them ever since. They are pretty easy and oh so yummy. I also made brownies and took a short cut on cupcakes-shout out to Wally World for baking adorable Valentine’s confetti minis.

Due to the limited space that is in my apartment, I laid out craft supplies on both our kitchen and coffee tables to accommodate guests. We had all the fixings for cute Valentine’s cards: stamps, markers, and decorative tape all on top of a red glittery table runner.

We also had a little Galentines themed phone scavenger hunt and the winner received a couple sticky note pads and a ring pop because bling is a real good thing.

I really enjoyed the company and seeing all the creative cards filled with doodles and puns. I almost forgot! This week’s confetti brought to you by Very Berry Conversation Heart candies. I sweetened up the tables with sprinklings of the chipper confectionery.

P.S. We made cards for family and friends but if you want, you and your gals could make cards to take to your local hospital or nursing home. 🙂


10 points if you can spot Audrey photo bombing


Confetti Moments

“Someday is made up of a thousand tiny nows.” -Leigh Standley

Happy New Year, everybody! I love how hopeful a new year feels. It feels like like a fresh beginning where the possibilities are endless. As 2017 came to a close and 2018 came to life, it made me reflect on the past year and think of all the things I want to accomplish this year. Time seems to speed up faster and faster with each passing year. What if there was a way to slow down favorite moments? Okay…maybe we can’t slow time down, but we can savor more. Celebrate more.

Have y’all seen the jars that people keep memories in as the year passes and then open to read on New Year’s Eve? I think it is such a great idea and this year I am going to keep up my own little time capsule. I am calling this project “confetti moments” because I am going to jot the moments of my week that make me want to throw confetti. If you are like me, you can get caught up in striving for “someday” rather than living in the present. Although I do look forward to what my “someday” will hold, I want to be a person who celebrates the now. My intention is that each week I will choose to celebrate the victories-both small and large. I also hope that seeing my jar in my room everyday will remind me to take in each tiny moment that makes up the whole year. Then, on New Year’s Eve, I can look back on all the moments that made 2018 a great year and celebrate all over again.

You can decorate your memory container however you want; you don’t even have to use a jar. I chose to glitterfy my lid and put confetti on the sides…surprise, surprise 😉. To create the same glittery lid all you have to do is mix glitter and mod podge together to create a paste to paint on. I used two different glitter sizes to add dimension and texture. (It takes a few coats with drying time in between.) I used a Cameo vinyl cutter for the letters and confetti.

Next, I cut out colorful paper to document my “confetti moments”. Add a slip with your favorite moment of each week throughout 2018.

A few ideas to get started:

  • Quotes
  • Scripture
  • Adventures
  • Travels
  • Answered prayers
  • Movie or concert tickets
  • Pictures
  • Your new favorite restaurant or coffee shop
  • A surprise
  • Reunions
  • A front row parking spot at the grocery store

Honestly, you can celebrate anything and everything that comes your way. I am excited to see end product but for now I’ll take it one week at a time.

New year, new reasons to celebrate!

Flannels & Flapjacks

Ladies, gather your gal pals & guys, get your lumberjack dudes together!

One of the best things about Christmas break is hometown friend reunions. Last night a couple of my best friends and I ate breakfast for dinner, swapped stories, and laughed until our stomachs ached for three hours straight. We make a point at each school break to catch up on the latest happenings in our lives. Usually we do so over a drink at our favorite local coffee shop, but I thought it’d be fun to have them over for a festive gathering since it is the holiday season after all.

A month or two ago, mom sent me a fabulous magazine called Mingle, dedicated to DIY celebrations. It’s essentially Pinterest and a blog bound together in beautiful pages because it shares the cutest ideas alongside personal stories. The party that stood out to me was Holiday Flannels & Flapjacks. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make the perfect reunion for me and my friends.

We all know that breakfast food makes the best dinner and flannels are comfy and cozy-combine the two and you have the perfect pair. The flannel theme is super versatile because you aren’t limited to a specific color scheme and you can mix-and-match different plaids. I actually used wrapping paper that reminded me of a flannel shirt plus a non-traditional confetti-inspired print for the simple decor. I added it and some gold tassels to pre-existing burlap bunting and created a couple of table runners.

I set up a build-your-own pancake bar that included chocolate chip mix-ins and an apple cinnamon topping. (Don’t forget the bacon!)

In the spirit of giving, I put together mini stockings stuffed with red nail polish, Christmas confetti, and a candy cane for party favors. I attached a punny tag that said: “‘Plaid’ you came” 😊.

The girls brought goodies of their own…sparkling cider…with all the giggles and squeals, you would have thought it was the real stuff 😉.

I’m already looking forward to the next time I get to see these fun friends of mine!

Changing Tradition

For as long as I can remember my mom, dad, brother, and I have donned picture perfect coordinating outfits and traveled to the Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving in search for the perfect tree. With holiday music playing and the tree settled into it’s base, the boys wrap it in lights while mom and I bake homemade gingerbread cookies. Then, we all take part adorning the tree in ornaments followed by a classic Christmas movie while we munch on the freshly made cookies. I love how autumn swirls into winter and this tradition is my favorite by far.

Here are a few pics from the last three years.

This year looked a bit different though. My brother lives in another state and because of scheduling had to fly down for an early Thanksgiving celebration. When the plans were first made, I realized our annual tree farm visit would be interrupted. I’m not gonna lie, it has been a little tough to accept the changes just because things will never be exactly like my childhood.

After a lovely Thanksgiving at my grandparents house in Central Texas, mom, dad, and I decided to do something different since we had already decided to put the tree on hold until closer to Christmas. We went to the Homestead Fair north of Waco, Texas. Although I love modern conveniences, I have always been fascinated with pioneer life. I even had a “Little House on the Prairie” themed party for my 10th birthday in a family friend’s log cabin. Homestead Heritage is a community that values simplicity and sustainability. Each year, they host a fair the weekend after Thanksgiving to showcase their way of life. Upon arrival, we felt as though we were transported back in time. We milled around the tents and buildings where their handy work was displayed. We took a hayride to an overlook of their farmland. We even witnessed a sheep being sheared and a good old-fashioned barn raising. And let me tell you, the smells were just as magical as the sights. There was unique food at every corner. My favorites were the spiced donuts accompanied by fresh apple cider and sorghum pecan ice cream served in a waffle cone. We could not have asked for better weather and it was such a fun family atmosphere!

Next on our to-do list, was baking Southern Living’s delicious gingerbread cookies…with a twist! Because today is shop small Saturday and our fave local storefront’s one year anniversary, we decided to celebrate with them. 🎉 HomeGrown is run by family friends whose store is filled with fabulous tees and adorable decor. Mom and I wanted to do something special for them, and since they love Texas, we landed on making Texas-shaped gingerbread cookies.

Us making the dough last night looked like a scene straight from “Christmas Vacation”. Our hand mixer broke and dad deemed it un-fixable. Mom has a vintage stand mixer that we thought we would try to see if it would even work. The answer is no and I’m surprised our house is even still standing. When I plugged it in, it sparked out an inch! The outlet is a tad charred and I’m still a little shaken from the “shock”… what a mix-hap! 😂 All I have to say is thank goodness for food processors.

Traditionally, we slather Betty Crocker cream cheese icing on the cookies but we wanted to make them fancier for our friends. We have always admired perfectly iced confections and decided to try our hand in flood icing. We started with one cup of powered sugar, a tablespoon of milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla then played with the consistency. The trick to getting the flooded look is to outline the cookie with a thicker icing and fill in with a thinner. As we worked on out technique, we discovered that is better to fill in the border right away instead of allowing it to dry to create a more seamless look. It is also a good idea to let the icing dry overnight.

We had a blast delivering the cookies to HomeGrown’s porch party on a decorated charger (courtesy of the Cameo once again) and wrapped in cellophane.

All that said, I am looking forward to new adventures, tradition or not. 😌

Miss MHB Reception

They say it takes a village to raise kids. Well, I’m convinced the same is true for big events.

Each year my university holds a pageant in search of a student to represent the campus over the course of the year. It is a really neat opportunity for girls to display their talents and advocate for their chosen platform. One of my favorite things about my school is that they give students leadership roles for productions such as pageant. I was thrilled this semester when the director asked if I would be interested in heading up the reception committee. (Following pageant, the school holds a reception in our student union building to celebrate all the girls’ hard work.) After checking my schedule, I happily agreed. I’ll admit that I was nervous to take on such a big task, but excited to rise to the challenge.

With a budget, Pinterest  board, and the best help imaginable, the reception came to life. For a couple of weeks my mind was filled with rose gold sparkles, flowers, and photo booths. I met and coordinated with the set committee to ensure that the theme would shine through and made several trips to Hobby Lobby to hit the sales at just the right time. Before I knew it, it was game day. We arrived early and stayed late to ensure the fine tuning of all the details.


Since the reception was on the third floor, I wanted to have little touches on the first and second levels leading guests to the top. On the first floor, we had photo op number one.


The cream letters were cut out with a Cameo Silhouette. (Thankful for a mom who will use her handy machine to cut letters and crowns and mail them to me!) The rose gold letters were drawn on foam board, cut with a razor blade knife, and spray painted. (Grateful for Mal’s handwriting that is so much better than mine!)

We put chalkboard on the second floor for motivation because let me tell ya, it’s a climb! (Tori’s artsy chalkboard skills never cease to amaze me!)IMG_7796

On the third floor in the lobby outside of the Great Hall, I recreated the encouragement tables from the year before. The tables were lined with frames and pictures of each contestant for family and friends to sign the mat. Isn’t that such a great keepsake?


Adorning the bistro tables were simple squaty fishbowl vases filled with water and some of my new favorite flowers.


Fortunately, food was easy because our school’s catering company took care of all the sweet and savory treats. They even decorated the table, but I did add a few touches of my own for continuity.


Okay we’ve made it to the last stop on this virtual tour & my personal favorite. Inside the main room were 3 fun photo ops: giant letters, lush hoops, and solid sequins.


These hoops are my newest obsession…one may or may not have found its way into my apartment. 😉 All you have to do to create this look is spray paint hula hoops, wrap a strand of battery operated fairy lights, and attach greenery and flowers with floral wire!

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Seeing everything come together was super rewarding. The night was a success from start to finish because of the awesome directors and fabulous contestants. I am grateful that I got to have a small part in it. Big shout out to Mal, Analisa, Hanna, Tori, Sarah, Lynsey, Brooke, & my fave Marys’! Couldn’t have done it without y’all! 😊



Leaves are falling like confetti, there’s a crisp breeze, & everything is flavored with pumpkin spice…it’s fall, y’all! With Halloween brewing in less than a week, I want to share how a couple friends of mine got the spooky celebration started.

I have never participated in the boo game until this year. Last week Tori & I heard a knock at the door to find our upstairs neighbors, Mary & Callie, with a basket brimming with Halloween goodies! And the fun did not stop there-along with the festive treats, was a note challenging us to boo two other people.

How cute are they?! Our basket was overflowing with monster rice crispy treats, yummy cookies, muddy buddies, popcorn, Halloween cups, nail polish, & a glittery pumpkin to top it all off!

We were thrilled by the surprise and excited to keep the boo chain going. We stuffed our boo bags with bubbles, silly string, pumpkin shaped ice cube trays, paper straws, cookies, vampire teeth, & confetti! We actually ran into the other girls Mary and Callie boo-ed while we were shopping for our bags. It was fun to see what they were filling their baskets with for their unsuspecting friends.

Contrary to the note’s instructions, we weren’t exactly stealthy on the deliveries…we did accidentally scare a few people along the way but that’s a whole other story. 😂 So I’ll let you decide whether to choose the sneaky approach, or a more social strategy.

I would love to hear your stories & see pictures of the boo baskets you create in the comments! Who will you choose to boo? 👻

Whimsical Tea in Wonderland

The words “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” fit this party perfectly for two reasons:

  1. It was was an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party.
  2. I was running behind schedule, and therefore, scrambling to get everything ready before guests arrived.

Let me start off by saying that I am so grateful for my fun roommate, Tori, & supportive friends who will join me in executing my silly ideas no matter how extra they are. I had been wanting to throw a tea party for a while because I had the perfect confetti to fit the occasion, of course! Tori agreed to the idea only if it could be Alice in Wonderland themed…genius, right?! (And as it turns out, Pinterest has a million & one fabulous ideas on this theme!)

As I began thinking about the Mad Hatter’s outdoor tea, I insisted that ours be outside, too. My campus has a dreamy gazebo with a pond & fountain for a backdrop, making it the perfect location for an afternoon tea gathering.

Day of & crunched for time, Tori & I packed my car full of supplies and raced to the outdoor venue. Upon arrival, we quickly spread out the quilts, sprinkled confetti, & set up the food. We hit our first snag when the outlets weren’t working for the percolator to heat up the water for tea so I ran it into the nearest building and plugged it in. Our next flounder happened when our clock & card decor was blown down by the unrelenting wind. I had this grand vision of how everything was going to look and be, but things were quickly changing. I am a person who loves creating plans & making them happen so I am very resistant to changing those carefully thought out plans. I tell you this to say that it is more important to be adaptable than to focus on the tiny details that can be sacrificed.

Once everyone arrived, we all had a lovely time catching up, eating finger foods, & sipping our strawberry lemonade (our backup drink that ended up being the star of the show…haha. It was too hot for tea anyway! #Texas).

We snacked on delectable pastries and cucumber cream cheese sandwiches because is it really a tea party without them? Another essential if you actually do drink tea: sugar cubes. And don’t even bother going to a specialty store-I found them at Walmart!

We played a fast-paced card game called “Spot It”. (The name makes me think of the phrase “spot of tea” 😉 so it was a win-win)

With everyone all dolled up, I couldn’t resist taking a few mug shots!

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Are these not the cutest napkins you’ve ever seen?!

Gather your girls & raise your teacups! You are never too old for a tea party!

P.S. Here is a picture of my failed attempt to string the gazebo with clocks & cards 😂 If anyone has better luck with this please let me in on your secret!

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