Saturday, October 18, 2014

Parties here and there

I really love to throw parties, like really really LOVE throwing parties. I love celebrating life and happiness and I love supporting and celebrating friends and family. I really love just being surrounded by friends and having a good time. I also love the finding a theme and putting everything together part which is weird because I'm really horrible when it comes to fashion and I can't decorate my house to save my life. But with Pinterest and Etsy I feel like ANYONE (if I can then anyone can) can throw an amazing party. All you're doing is pressing Copy and Paste in real life with just a touch of your own creativity. I used to not be creative at all but the more I exercise that "talent," the more it grows and the more I can do on my own without the help of those two glorious sites. Here are some pictures from my past parties, and I'm sad to say that some parties didn't get any photos and some only got one, so here are the ones I found photos for after a quick search.
My very first party/shower was for Elise Hope. She waited until delivery to find out the sex (of her first baby!!) so I kept things gender neutral and themed it "it's the small things in life." I had mini trifle dishes for the frozen yogurt bar, mini muffins, scones, quiche, and fruit tarts, mini jars of honey and tiny silverware. It was a lot of fun!

 I love Terresa Tew and it was so fun to throw her a little shower for baby #5!

 I used to do an annual Spooky Dinner and the 3rd year it got too big for our little apartment and doing it on two different nights was  lot of work so the bishop let me use the Relief Society room.

 Lindsey Tanner's shower was the second one I did. Hers was so fun because Lindsey is such a fashonista, she even made the purple dress I'm wearing! I got to buy super cute designer clothes (I didn't have kids yet, splurging was fun) and make it a clothesline theme. The cakes were from VG's and they did such a cute job! Her mom and sister helped by doing the whole food table and photos.

 For a family history we had for Relief Society I did desserts from all around the world to represent where we all came from. This was huge for me since I've never baked before and in one day I produced all of this. Whaaaaat?! ( I totally dropped the ball on the labels, You live and you learn)
 One of my High School girl friends, Amber Tanner is now pregnant with her first but I got to throw her bridal shower!
 For a Relief Society event in my new ward I planned a gardening party. One of my friends is the owner of Proven Winners (check your local Home depot or nursery!) and she taught a class for us about the do's and don'ts of gardening. She provided flowers and tomato plants that everyone got to plant and bring home. I did appetizers that you would find in a garden, plus sandwiches for substance!

 There is a new sweet girl in our ward, Jan Lee who had her 3rd baby girl. I wanted to welcome her by throwing a shower and thought it would be a great way for her to meet some new girlfriends. I've never done a truly girly party so this was fun to do. I even made a 7 foot tulle tutu to go around the gift table. I  might replicate this for valentines day...

 Jake asked me to help with the decor for Lindsey's surprise birthday party. I made a banner i reused for the movie night and got 4 of these huge balloons and tied streamers to them. They were so cool!
 For another Relief Society event I planned an outdoor movie night and had a concession bar with everything you would get at the movie theater- candy, popcorn, nachos, licorice.

 The latest shower I did was for Leslie Culbertson, a girl in my ward. She's very Anthro and West Elm so I wanted the shower to be earthy and organic. I used rocks for food labels which was super fun and unique (and free!!)

I've decided not to do a spooky dinner this year, my place just isn't big enough and I'm now in a ward with lots of young couples and there's no way I could invite just some without others feeling left out. Maybe next year! I can't wait until the next party. Aidens 3rd birthday is 6 months (and one day, but who's counting) away, and I've already got some ideas. We'll see!

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