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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Back-to-School Breakfast

Hey y’all! It has been way too long since we last celebrated together. Now that the bustle of summer is over, it is time to get back into a routine & for me that includes more blogging!

To get the school year started off right, my roommate & I  hosted a simple breakfast for a few friends. It really wasn’t fancy at all but we did have fun putting together party favors with a few back-to-school essentials.

If you haven’t learned by now, the dollar section in Target is my happy place. In fact, it inspired the whole breakfast. Tori & I were perusing the isle when we spotted the cute cups, inspiring pencils, & sweet sticky notes. We put them together with crinkle paper & a confetti popper to top it all off. Give these goodies out & your back-to-school bash is sure to be a hit!

P.S. These would also make great teacher gifts! 🙂

{Brunch} at Tiffany’s

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick…I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in miracles…I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe tomorrow is another day.”

-Audrey Hepburn

If you could go back in time and have lunch with anyone, who would it be? I would choose to dine with Audrey Hepburn. She was classy, kind, and had impeccable style. Her legacy of elegance and glamour lives on through the movies she starred in; one of the most iconic being, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

For my 19th birthday, my parents planned a sophisticated “Brunch” at Tiffany’s themed party for family and friends to come and enjoy. It was a delightful celebration complete with a life-size cardboard cutout of Audrey herself (who now lives in my apartment haha!). The party was so much fun that I decided to re-create it for my college gal pals.

The decorations were easy thanks to Pepper Avenue, for creating the perfect “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” party package, and mom, for saving all of the leftovers from the original party. All of the paper cutouts you see in this post came from Pepper Avenue. Look at how cute these photo booth props are!

The tablescape, although simple, was my favorite feature. I adorned it in a ‘little black dress’ and accessorized with chunky crystals. My mom made the framed Audrey quotes which double as great party favors. If you look closely at the plastic-ware, you can see that I added a little touch of bling by hot gluing a rhinestone to the bottom of each utensil.

You should have been a fly on the wall for this comical set up. I borrowed a neighbor’s table and chairs to double the seating because my table only seats four. Once Tori (my roommate) and I had the tables and chairs all situated in the middle of our living room, I didn’t like how crowded it looked because of our other furniture and the room is small to begin with. So what did I do? I made Tori help me move the tables and chairs again so we could shove our upholstered chairs in the laundry room. It was so worth it though!

The spread was especially fun to put together because it meant trying new recipes. The menu included:

Dishes:

Beverages:

  • Pineapple Orange Juice
  • Coffee

To add extra Tiffany’s flare, I played the movie on mute while the record player sang.

Happy Brunching!

B @ T

Let Confetti (& Kindness) Reign

“Throw kindness around like confetti!”

There are two things that you have probably figured out about me by now: 1) I love celebrations and 2) I love confetti. These two facts + cupcakes = Confetti Day.  I declared this past Thursday “Confetti Day”. I baked “Funfetti” cupcakes, grabbed some confetti poppers from my arsenal and ran around campus with my roommate to surprise our friends. We had a blast watching the startled reactions of our unsuspecting peers…and the leftover cupcakes weren’t too bad either. 😉

Don’t be bummed if you missed out on Confetti Day this time around. I give you full permission to celebrate Confetti Day whenever and however often you’d like. As I have mentioned before, I believe that no occasion is too small to make it special-even if it is made up.

Not only did Confetti Day give us the chance spread some kindness, it also allowed us to have good conversation with friends we don’t get to talk to everyday. As cliché as this is about to sound, our day was brightened just as much as we hope theirs was. With that said, get out and “throw kindness around like confetti”. Take the time outside of school and work to speak to your classmates, co-workers, and neighbors and don’t forget the confetti!

 

 

Backyard Movie Night

Spring has sprung, y’all! This means that it is time to get outside…if you are willing to brave the pollen smog, that is.

I have swooned over drive-in movie theaters since the first time I watched ‘Grease’ and John Travolta serenaded me with ‘Stranded at the Drive-In’. What is more fun than parking your car in front of a gigantic screen and watching cinematic magic unfold under the stars? You can create the same endearing atmosphere in your own backyard! Plus, it’s a fun excuse to kick start your spring cleaning by ridding your yard of that pollen film that leaves nothing untouched.

First thing first: you need a screen and projector. I suggest using a white sheet for the screen and borrowing a projector.

Next you are going to need seating. If your seating is limited make it BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) or BYOQ (Bring Your Own Quilt)  ;).

Finally, what’s a party without food? You can, of course, cater to a theme; for example, serving oceanic treats if you plan on showing ‘Finding Dory’ (one of my personal faves). Or reinvent a favorite outdoor dessert: s’mores. I found a fabulous s’mores dip recipe  on…you guessed it…Pinterest. (I recommend serving immediately and having a spreader available because the chocolate does harden.) To wash down the gooey yummy-ness and add to the retro vibe, serve soda in glass bottles.

You might also want to:

  • Hand out glow-in-the-dark glasses
  • Doll up your water bottles with a little duct tape and a few tickets
  • Set out yard games to entertain guests before the big show

Shhh, the movie is about to start!

 

 

Calculate Pi & Eat it Too

Did y’all know that there are wacky holidays to celebrate almost every single day of the year?! As you can imagine-I’m a big fan this. You can view calendars of these fun, unofficial holidays online (I like Time and Date.com). Although I am not sure who gets to decide these dates, I am sure that I love the idea of celebrating something each day. As I peruse the different holidays, I find that my favorites are those that highlight food. Haha!

Coming up on March 14th is Pi day (because Pi=3.14…get it? 3/14/17 😉 ). For all of you math geeks out there you might choose to spend the day using Pi to calculate circumference. I however, will celebrate by eating the circumference of a pie because Pi and pie are basically the same thing, right?

You can throw a Pi palooza for all your math-loving peeps that is as easy as pie! All you need is whipped cream, sprinkles, and pie! This time I cheated a little and bought my pie from the grocery store but you can have your guests help you make the pie using your favorite family recipes. Another suggestion is to have a pie competition. Have each guest bring their best pie and let the winner give the loser a pie in the face.

Be sure to keep a lookout for all of the nutty, daily holidays and don’t be the one caught with pie on your face!

Take a Hike!

Is it just me or have things been super fast-paced lately? Amidst all of the go, go, go, I am trying to take more time to stop and smell the roses. All too often, I tend to let busyness rule my life. When busyness is my master, I become weary and lose the zest that life should hold. This is why it is so important to savor and celebrate the little things. I fully believe that no occasion is too small to make it special. This post is less party and more celebration because I feel like we all need a little reminder that life should be celebrated.

A couple weekends ago, some friends and I ended a long school week by enjoying sweet sunshine and each other’s company. We packed a picnic lunch and went on a revitalizing hike. Sometimes you don’t need fancy decorations and food; sometimes all you need is a PB& J sandwich and the sound of birds chirping as your playlist.

Maybe nature isn’t your thing. Maybe reading a captivating book or trying a new recipe is your means of escaping details and deadlines. Whatever it is for you, I encourage you to join me in celebrating all of the joy that life brings. Stop and savor!

I would love to hear in the comments how you are choosing to celebrate this week!