Tuesday, November 12, 2013

An Equestrian Tea Party Baby Shower



A couple of weeks ago, I threw a baby shower for one of my best friends. She WAS expecting her first, a little boy, on November 27th, but he surprised us all by coming four weeks early! We had the shower just in time :)




My friend Talia adores horses and has been an avid rider since her childhood, so the equestrian theme felt uniquely her.  We threw in the proper English tea party twist, because she met her husband while living in England.




Like me, my dear friend must eat gluten free, so the food was the crowning glory of this shower.  I made everything myself from scratch, so that she could enjoy all of her favorite traditional tea party favorites.  We had date scones with clotted cream and preserves, orange pistachio biscotti, smoked salmon tea sandwiches, cucumber tea sandwiches, chicken salad tea sandwiches, petit fours, and nut brownies. To drink, we enjoyed three types of hot tea as well as Pimm's Cups.







The d├ęcor was simple, and mostly made by me.  All of the paper goods (tags, banner, etc) I made myself in Publisher.  The plaid fabric and striped ribbon were from Hobby Lobby.  The black and white napkins are Caspari.  The silver chalkboard trays are from the dollar tree painted with chalkboard paint.  All of the rest of the silver trays are from my collection of vintage and antique silver.  The horse accessories came from Talia herself.  Talia is not a fan of shower games so instead we opted to have guests share "midnight messages" on diapers.








Guests left with wrapped macarons from local bakery Patisse.







It was such a wonderful celebration, and just in time for her to set things up for her little boy's arrival just one week later!







 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sunshine Award




I was recently (okay it was a few weeks ago... bad blogger!!) nominated for the Sunshine Award by the fabulous Lobster Meets Peach. Thank you so much! It means a lot that someone thinks this blog brings a little sunshine into their day.

Here are the questions that she posed for me:

1.If you could live anywhere, where would that be? Right where I am!  Seriously.  I have lived in a couple of other cities, and while I enjoyed some aspects of them far more than Houston, this is home.  To me, home is where the people you love are and that is here!

2.Do you prefer romantic comedies or suspense thrillers? Romantic comedies.

3.What is your favorite sport (to watch or to participate in)? I'm not really a sporty person.  I hate watching sports to be honest but I do the occasional football game with hubby if I get to sit in his company box, ha!  I guess the closest thing to a sport I participate in is running.

4.What is your favorite sound? My babies saying "Mommy."

5.Starbucks or Dunkin' Dounuts? Starbucks

6.What is your favorite season? Spring

7.PC or Mac? PC but that is only because my husband prefers them and he is my tech support!

8.What is your favorite vacation spot? Anywhere on the beach.  I love cruises!

9.Do you collect anything? I collect Nutcrackers for Christmas time and I collect antique and vintage silver pieces.

10.What is your favorite blog post you ever written? Good question!  Probably this one, just because it felt really cathartic to write and I got such an outpouring of support from other mommy bloggers.

Halloween 2013

Phillip wanted me to have a costume and this was the best I could do at the last minute!


How was everyone's Halloween? Ours was great for the most part.  Phillip loved it again this year and Natalie trick or treated for the first time.  She was VERY into grabbing candy and trying to eat it before it was even unwrapped, ha!







She was not so into her Minnie Mouse ears.




We started out the evening with a spooky supper of mummy hot dogs and ghost mac n cheese.  After that it was into our costumes and out for some trick or treating.  Last, but not least, we made an appearance at my sister's Halloween party where she got to show off the adorables in their costumes.






 
With Gigi, my mom



With my sister Amy


My gluten free mummy dogs... very yummy but not so Pinterest perfect :-)
 

After an exhausting and fun evening, everyone was in bed and lights out by eight.  Now, that is what I call a successful night :)


 To sum it up:


Happy.



Cranky. And eating chocolate.




 
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