Here are a few pictures from right before the party. Everything was pretty much set up at this point.
As I was decorating for a birthday party I am throwing for a friend I realized that I do not own one single cake stand. Naturally I started researching ways to make my own knock off version 🙂 I only had to purchase two items at my local Dollar Tree and using my trusty Hot Glue Gun I was able to make my own stylish, cake stand for under $5! Here are some pictures of the whole process. You will need these three items- 1) a candle stick 2) a silver platter or plate would work 3) a hot glue gun. You could always add a little more to yours by using chalkboard paint, spray paint or regular paint to make your stand match a certain color scheme but as I was going for quick and easy I skipped over any additional aesthetic add ons.
This afternoon I spent my time at my local Starbucks. I decided I needed to take a trip away from home to quit stressing out about our party tonight since I have already cleaned and decorated WAY TOO MUCH for a small get together lol.
As I was relaxing there I started looking at my new favorite blog…Design Mom
and can I say I am so jealous of their cute little, Europe Traveling family! I am not yet a mom and will probably not be for a year or two more but I greatly admire this families courage. This couple moved to Europe with 6 kids…and they are loving it! I would really love to do something like that even if it was just with my husband for a year and we got random jobs. I love day-dreaming about things like that…and it seams like my dreams always take me back to traveling Europe. Do you ever find yourself doing the same thing..about the same places? Well if you do and have actually found the courage to act on those dreams let me know how you did it please 🙂 Until I find the courage I’m going to stick to dreaming. Have a great Friday everyone!
So I am throwing my first official “bash” since I got married, moved out to Southern California and found a whole new group of friends! and I am SOOO excited! It is for my friend Raven who is turning 24. It’s going to be a half-way surprise party since she thinks we are just having a regular old game night but really there will be drinks, cake and presents..YEAH! I have been reading a lot of blogs lately and decided to do a “signature cocktail punch” which resembles a college hunch punch (a punch that you can’t taste the alcohol in:) lol. I’ll attach the recipe below. There will also be gourmet popcorn (chocolate and vanilla), dark chocolate fudge cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and what birthday would be complete without a funfetti cake complete with sprinkle frosting 🙂 I even made my own printable for the punch. I’ll snap a few pics during the party to do a follow up post but here is how things are looking right now.
I purchased this Nate Burkas Gold, Tree-Branch Lamp at Target a few weeks ago for $14.99. The black lamp shade was also Nate Burkas and on clearance for $7.99. My only regret of this purchase is that there was only one. I would love to have a matching set for both sides of the bed but unfortunately this was the last one.
I hope you like my wall art that I drew myself..HA i saw this drawing on Pinterest and for some reason thought it was really funny so I recreated it myself for our bedroom. It is probably the cheapest wall art I own since I did it myself 🙂
My most recent exciting thrift-store find was this Vintage-70’s-esque coffee server/thermos. The best part is that it actually still works wonderfully! Some days I wish I could own a house that had decade themed rooms 🙂
I found these four matching wing-back chairs at Marshall’s while I was visiting Palm Springs. I thought they were a steal at $64 each…and it is pretty rare to actually find four matching chairs at Marshall’s that are on clearance. My next step is to find a matching, dark table or paint the one I already have 🙂
This giant coffee table was $15 dollars at our local Salvation Army! My hubby actually spotted it and had to convince me to get it because I was sure that it would not fit in our living room but whaaala-IT DID! I love the scalloped edges and someday it will look beautiful re-finished.