Monday, June 30, 2014

Babies "showered" with love

When I found out my beautiful friend Valerie was pregnant with multiples I knew I had to throw her an amazing baby shower. I had an absolute blast planning and hosting this party and I can't think of a more deserving family of such a special gift.

Since Val is expecting both boys and girls, I wanted the theme to be appropriate for both sexes. In the end, I decided to embrace the "shower" theme, and filled my home with lots of rain drops! Let's start with the invitation, shall we?

I created the invitations (for free!) using You'll note for the purposes of this post that I removed the text that had my phone number and address on it, just because I figured it was smarter than spreading all my personal information across the internet :)

The favors were bars of soap next to sign that said "From Val's shower to yours..." Cute, right? 

The party took place in the main living space of our home. The living room and dining room were both decked out with flowers, candles, a raindrop photo booth, custom made artwork, and a sweet "celebrate" banner made of pink and blue onesies. The bar was stocked with delicious mimosas (and I was sure to have a "virgin" version for the mom-to-be!). Here is the custom made artwork (again, I used for all of these) up close:

And here is a close up of the photo booth:
Sorry the photo is blurry, it was super cute in person!

We also played lots of fun games...

And I created sweet prize boxes for the winners of all the games...

Inside the prize boxes were candles, hand soap and sanitizer from Bath & Body Works.

In the kitchen there was food and drinks for everybody to enjoy... 

I forgot to take a picture of the tea until the morning after the party, which is why it doesn't looks so fresh, haha! But I wanted to share with you the labels anyway :)

We had a great turn out, and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves! 

Valerie - I love you girl! I am so so SO glad you are my friend, I don't know what I'd do with out you. You  are a beautiful friend, woman and mother! I can't wait for all the adventures to come with your beautiful babies!!



Thursday, June 12, 2014

The half bathroom gets an overhaul (again)

Do you remember a few months ago when we had "finished" updating our half bathroom? It looked like this:

I'd painted the cabinet a nice grey color, swapped out the light fixture, painted an accent wall blue, framed the mirror, installed a toilet paper holder and generally decorated with some pretty items. 

Well, we had a little leak in our attic which led to this:

Which meant that our "finished" half bathroom needed to be refinished.  So we ripped down the dry wall and exposed our glorious galvanized pipes (ugh). 

Suffering through a leak was almost worth it because now we have at least one room in our house without popcorn ceilings. It may be the smallest room in the entire place, but you gotta start somewhere. 

New drywall was hung...

And then all the walls had to be painted. The walls also had to be painted because when you install a new ceiling, the top parts of the walls get covered in the dry wall mud. I used left over blue paint from our master bedroom because I didn't want to spend money. 

Our new ceiling is clean and white and popcorn-free! Love it! I really love the blue on the walls too. This color is called Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore and its a winner if you are looking for a soft and soothing blue for your home. 

Honestly, seeing the difference a fresh coat of paint made in this room, I am appalled that I ever considered the way it looked before to be acceptable. 

 See what I mean? So much better now. 


Now all I've got to do is replace the sink/counter top in this room and I think I will officially be finished with it!

Thanks for stopping by!