I jumped on the opportunity to throw my friend’s baby shower when I found out it was a girl. I usually strive for unisex in all things baby until their preference is obvious, but honestly, I wanted to tackle this girly party because I love a good challenge! I break out in an itchy rash whenever I see the “girl” aisle in the toy store even though I totally loved it as a kid. Now that I’m a parent, I’m definitely more sensitive to the gender specific stuff. Rather than give into the unisex themes, I thought it would be more fun to go straight at the stereotype with a tongue-in-cheek uber-girly party with all kitschy vintage teenage girl details. Think pink foam hair rollers, 60’s prom dresses, pleather diaries with locks…you get the idea. Since my friend is a fellow North Carolinian , the theme also accidentally took on a 60’s Southern belle vibe! Continue reading
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DIY Christmas: Amazing Gift Wrapping
Gifts spend 99% of their life wrapped, under a tree, and exposed to the world…so why not make them look just as incredible and festive as the rest of your decorations? And don’t you just LOVE opening up a fantastically packaged gift, even if it’s not really what you “always wanted”?
Some years, I come up with 2 or 3 different wrapping themes and stick to those so everything coordinates beautifully under the tree. That way, I also only have to buy a few different papers, ribbons and toppers.
This year, I decided instead to use up a bunch of Christmas ribbons and decorations I’ve had around for years. I limited the paper choices so they still belonged to the same “world”, but otherwise, I went all out! Here are some of my favorites:
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