It was SO much fun to do.
I hope they all felt special- because I love them all very much!
I got up early before my girls were up, and set this up.
This is my kinda fun.
I do not go snowboarding. I was never very good at volleyball. I do not enjoy heights. I can`t swim…
But this I do for fun.
Excuse me, I have a hard time concentrating- Laila is obsessed, at the moment, with reaching behind my neck to pull on my famous skin tag.
I`m not sure why I said it`s famous. It`s not. Even G pry doesn`t know about it.
Added the moss “K” wreath later.
I did finish the paper flower garland. I am probably more surprised than you are.
Depends on how surprised you are.
A lot of you asked how to make the flowers:
Here is a tutorial– she explains it WAY better than I could…
I found this filthy jar in our also (was) filthy garage.
I kept thinking I should clean it up- but never had the Want To.
You know how you can`t get inside a bottle like this to clean the inside because of the narrow mouth it has?
Well, use denture cleaner caplets. They are super cheap and you get a huge amount when you buy them. I found this info on the net (thank you, internet) a long time ago, and have used it many times.
Works great! I usually crumble 3 tablets in a jar with hot water and leave setting over night. Sterilize jar with boiling water, after it “looks” clean.
Those little chalkboards on string are so Happy Place for me. I get them at Joanns- where else?
Don`t feel sad for me that small nicknacks from a fabric store are my happy place. It`s happy in here.
I realize I now sound super shallow too. 🙂
Joy bells and her oldest sister, (me).
This was fun- because I collect a lot of vintage mismatched dinnerware- in all kinds of patterns.
I keep them all in open cupboards and never actually use any of them much.
This was the party where I vowed, there was nothing I would deem “too fancy”. I will def do it again. It was so fun to actually use the stuff and feel in touch with ladies and THEIR pretty things-from the past.
That sounds creepy, but I don`t look at it that way…
Jacinta, mom, Joy, me and a GROUCHY Laila!
Julana brought me the yellow flowers. They MADE my day!!
I`ll be frank with you.
I have noticed that in decor photo shoots, besides fresh flowers- these Pellagrino bottle are the #1 thing they add to a room to add “flavor”.
I LOVE them dearly- but they tasted awful! They are bitter, tonic water. You need a sweet syrup to mix with them, and I was serving them just like water.
Appetizer table: punch, fresh pineapple, crackers with cream cheese/pepper jam spread.
In other kid news:
Elle is here crawling all over my lap, going:
“Please mom, can I crawl inside your shirt?- it would be so fun.”
How do I blog? I have no idea.
Meal was very simple.
If I had my way- parties would include very little food prep.
Ceaser Salads, Italian Tomato soup, warm loafs of bread w/ dipping oil, Ginger Ale. Icebox cake for desert.
I fit interests you- the balls in the glasses are reusable ice cubes. They are awesome because they don`t melt in the glass and make watery drinks.
They are $5 at World Market for a bag of 12 or so? Guessing.
You do have to hand wash them (annoying). I use them all the time- and always have people ask about them.
I`m not sure- why the boots?
But I wanted to take a picture of her and I said annoyingly, like I always do,
“Elle! Please smile!”
and she said, like she always does,
” I already did mom.”
“I already AM!”
As she glares scathingly at me.
We have had this exact conversation with eachother so many times, I could recite our lines in my sleep.
If there is one thing she hates, it`s posing for a picture.
I`m kinda proud of her for that.
Well, that`s pry half my pictures. I suffer from a disease called Snap Happy.
Maybe I`ll add the rest another day.