Celebration!! Our Peacock Graduation Party 2015

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great week! We are headed south for Haley’s graduation! Unbelievable!! It seems like we just did this a couple of years ago, but it’s been 4 years since her high school graduation. We won’t be having her graduation party until June, so I thought I would share her peacock party with you again! I love decorating and coming up with ideas for parties! Enjoy!!

The day finally arrived! All the pomp and circumstance! What a crazy week leading up to this day, but I have lots of great memories I am tucking away. My baby graduated! It just seems so crazy that time has passed so quickly!

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I had so much fun decorating for the party! For starters, it was in my favorite colors!

Second, decorating helps to keep me busy and maybe not shed so many tears! Haley picked out the peacock theme and we went with turquoise, lime green, purple and a little black.  We purchased most of the paper goods at Hobby Lobby and the silk flowers came from the 99 Cent Store. I did order some of the peacock feathers and our very kind neighbor gave some others. He owns some peacocks and had been collecting feathers for us for the last 2 months. He also gave us the 2 metal peacocks to use as decorations. We are so thankful to have such great and generous neighbors!

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We started with purple tablecloths and laid a runner of turquoise sparkly mesh down the middle. I also added some graduation scatter on the runner. We created centerpieces with peacock feathers, lime green cattails, and grasses to glass vases. We bought Floral Gel Beads (from the Dollar Tree) and Haley added food coloring until she got the color she wanted. We added these to the bottom of the vases. We kept the table very simple.

We had purchased tissue paper balls and paper fans from Hobby Lobby and hung them above the food table and the main dining area.

The Candy Bar was the real hit! Do you recognize the beverage bar I made a month or so ago? I found the beautiful peacock feather wreath at Michaels several months ago and hung that on the top. Then we added glass containers for the candy. The glass jars came from Target, as did the 2015 dishes. The other clear bowl were from Walmart. Most of the candy was in the turquoise theme, but Haley wanted a couple of her absolute favorites too, Swedish Fish and Peanut Butter M & M’s!

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I also made a bunch of these tassels from tissue paper and hung them in different areas around the space. There were some by the food table, the drink table and the patio.

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We had a table with lots of memorabilia from Haley’s high school years and even younger, but since I didn’t want to plaster her information all over the internet, I will just show you a picture of her medals. She is a discus thrower for her school and is the school record holder! We are all very proud of her!

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You can just see a little corner of the prayer the principal gave for all the seniors. He had verses and then listed each seniors name. It was so moving and made the occasion so much more special.

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We had so much fun planning this whole party! We received many compliments and it was a great way for Haley and I to work together to make the day more special. I am so very proud of my girl and can’t wait to see what the future brings!

 

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Recap of 2015-Our First Year of Blogging

I can hardly believe it’s been almost a year since Lauren and I started this blog! There have been many days of frustration when we can’t figure out how something works, but there have also been many exciting days along the way. Thank you so much to all our followers! It’s always great to hear from so many of you and make new friends along the way! We look forward to some new and exciting stuff in 2016!

Today is Recap Day! Let’s see what were the 10 top posts of 2015!

10. Thrift Store Medallion Makeover

This was the first time I used Antique Wax on a project and I love how it turned out.

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 9.  The Drama In Our Backyard

Spring Time! This was quite an adventure!

Daddy is watching!

8. Old Door Beverage/Candy Station

We have used this Door Beverage station quite a lot. It’s a great way to add a little vintage charm to your backyard or patio!

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7. Recycled Pallet Table

Love, love, love this table! It really wasn’t something planned, but it turned out great!

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6. Corner News-December 11, 2015

Awww! I don’t have to say anything else!

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5. Fabulous Vintage Beverage Cart Makeover

This was a great garage sale find! It’s fun to use outdoors in the summer, but also indoors. Right now I am using it for a hot chocolate station.

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4. We Went Junking (and some other shopping too)

This was a fun day! Just love this truck!!

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3. My Beachy Spring Decorating

Funny how things change in my house so quickly! I don’t even have this shelf anymore! This spring decorating will look quite different.

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2. Paper Pinecone Christmas Ornament

I joined an ornament exchange this past year and it was so fun! I loved seeing what everyone else was doing and coming up with something special for my fellow blogger.

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1. Recovering My Outdoor Swing Cushions (I Cheated a Little)

Wow! Number one! Is it because I admitted I had cheated? Anyways, I love how the swing turned out and love that I didn’t have to use a sewing machine!!

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Wow! That’s a great list and we will have to stay very busy this year to keep up!

The most popular post?

No surprise here! Not with this cute little face! She will be coming home very soon!

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Thank you so much for a wonderful 2015 and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has for us!

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Corner News-December 11,2015

Welcome to another edition of the Corner News.  Christmas is just around the corner and finals are upon us.  Hooray…

But on a happier note, I got myself an early Christmas present.  Even though I won’t be able to actually bring it home for a little while, it is still very exciting.

Meet Zoella!

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This little bundle of joy is only 5 weeks old, but I was able to put down a deposit on her yesterday.  She is at the animal shelter that my family volunteers with, Valley Animal Haven, and she is absolutely precious!  My mom and sister were actually at the shelter when she and her two brothers were born.  And, I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her and I can’t wait to bring her home!

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By the way, the first picture was taken two weeks ago and the second one was taken yesterday.  I am so excited to bring her home and watch her grow up.

So, that is definitely the most exciting thing that happened these past two weeks.  Hope everyone is doing well and if you have finals, good luck!

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Rustic Glam Christmas Fireplace

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Only a few more weeks until Christmas! How is your decorating and shopping going? I got most of my decorating done this weekend after having a mess around the house for the past week. I kept it v-e-r-y simple this year. I used mostly silver and gold and natural items, like wood, greens and wire. I really like how it looks! It’s very calming and soothing. My trees are more colorful and really stand out. I have already shown you my Hot Chocolate Bar and my Silver and Gold Table, so today I am going to show you my Mantel of my Fauxplace.

I used many of the same types of items as I did on the table. Lots of gold, silver and wood.

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I used many of Lauren’s books to fill in the space at the top and then placed a wooden tray with Shiny Brite ornaments in the center.

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I have had this metal deer for years. He used to be kind of rusty, then turquoise and now he is silver! The magic of spray paint! I added a piece of burlap and a button that came from my grandma’s coat.

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I love this little penguin! He is one of my favorite decorations to put out each year. I also love that he can stay out all winter!

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I made these wreaths from small wood slices and added a green and white winter themed bow and a little silvery pom-pom to the center. I found the leather strap of bells at a thrift store several years ago.

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The large wreath over the top has more wood slices with special Christmas words printed on them and some silver ornaments from Target.

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Our stockings are hung on a ladder. I have added charms to each of our stockings that represent each of us. Some of the charms are from places we have been that year, or something special that has happened over the year. I have several Disney ones on mine.

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Of course, I had to add my signature starfish to the mantel too!

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I hope you enjoyed my little tour! I will be having more Christmas ideas in the weeks to come.

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I can’t wait to see some of your decorations and ideas too! See you on Friday!

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Corner News-November 27, 2015

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Corner News.  I hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving and good time with family or friends.

So, because I like fashion and taking pictures of my family, I am going to share how my mom and I celebrated Thanksgiving.

First of all, I actually had the day off from work.  Hooray!  So, I was actually able to dress up and get ready to celebrate with my family.  I decided to start off the celebrations by posting a picture on Instagram.

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And, here is the actual outfit!

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The jeans are the same ones as the blue skinny jeans from my fall fashions blog last week.  The blue shirt is actually a men’s shirt that I purchased from a thrift store.  I also had some brown boots that were Haley’s that she was getting rid of, so I took them.

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I also added a gold flower necklace that I bought from Forever 21.  I used it as my statement piece.  I then added small brown bead earrings as a little extra.

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So enough about me, here are the centerpieces that my Aunt put together.  They were very cute!  And on each of the pumpkins were a small tag that told us who was sitting where.  This was a great idea!

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And finally, we took a family picture because we hardly get the chance.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving!  And…now it’s on to Christmas!

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