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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Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Hello!  I hope you have all had a wonderful start to 2019.  But as you know the year is flying by already and it’s almost Valentine’s Day!  I am reposting my tablescape from last year which was an awesome post thanks to Oriental Trading Company.  Now, everything is still available except for the candy jar.  But there are plenty of other options of candy jars to pick from.  So let your heart and dreams go wild!

*This blog post contains sponsored content from Oriental Trading Company*

So it’s becoming that time again for all of the love.  You know what I’m talking about.  Hearts in red and pink all over the stores shelves.  And not only in the stores, but also online as well.  And Oriental Trading is all about the holidays.

And after much deliberation on what to pick from their website, I finally decided on doing a tablescape.  So after doing a lot of shopping around and putting things in my cart and taking them out, I finally ordered my things and started my tablescape.

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And here it is!  I love how it turned out and love each piece that I picked out.  So lets see what I picked.

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The first thing is this cute candy jar.  It has a small chalkboard on the front so you can write what kind of candy is in it.  Or, you can draw a heart on it like I did.  But it fits quite a bit of candy in it, so go bananas!

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The next thing is the heart tree, if that’s what you want to call it.  It’s a tree in a small pot that you can bend and shape however you want to.  It’s only about 18 inches tall, so it won’t block your view of your loved one.

There’s also the rose garland in the middle of the table.  I added the pink puffball garland and the white puffball garland as well, just to add some stuff to the middle.

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And these jewels?  Yep, bought them from Oriental.  I bought a pink, black, and clear pack so I had a variety to spread around the table.  Each color came in a pack of 25 diamonds, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

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The plates were also purchased from Oriental.  And the silver place mats!  Okay, the place mats were from mom from the last time we worked with Oriental, but they looked great with the rest of the tablescape.  I bought the small candy baking cups from the 99 Cent Store, but they looked so good with the plates.

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So this is what the table looks like from above!  It’s so cute!

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The last thing I got from Oriental was this pretty gold LOVE sign.  It sat so nicely on the cake plate in the background of the photos.  And I must say that I am very excited to put this on my gallery wall in my apartment.

Side note: out cat Kiara is extremely nosy and wants to be in the middle of EVERYTHING.

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And finally, we found some cute pet clothes for Valentine’s Day at the 99 Cent Store which we had to buy.  Repeat HAD TO.  So we had a little doggy (and kitty) photoshoot for the holiday!

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Obviously, Kiara looks annoyed that I took her photo, but I love her all the better!  And Ezzy is on a different couch because she is our senior citizen and I didn’t want to move her.

So that was my fun with Oriental.  I love how the table turned out, but I love the animals as well.  Have a good Wednesday!

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New Years!

Hello!  How was everyone’s Christmas?  Mine was wonderful and I got everything I asked for and more!  It was a very nice time off of work and perfect time to spend time with family.

Can you believe that it’s almost 2019?  That’s crazy!  I feel like this year just flew by and I don’t remember what happened!  Well now that it’s almost New Years Eve and I know people have HUGE parties.  I for one, do not.  I like celebrating, until like 10 pm, then I want to be in my own apartment.  But either way, here are some awesome desserts, drinks, and decor that will give you inspiration for your New Years Party!  Enjoy and here’s to a wonderful New Year!

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Countdown Cupcakes from Somewhat Simple

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Champagne Punch Bellini from Crazy for Crust

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New Years Eve Party from The Blue Eyed Dove

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Glitter Fortune Cookies from Happiness is Homemade

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Turquoise Sip from Suzie Sweet Tooth

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Simple New Years Eve Decor from The Hair Bow Company

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Disco Truffles from Sugar Hero

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Pomegranate New Years Punch from Easy Cooking with Molly

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Last Minute New Years Tablescape from Remodel La Casa

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Pink Champagne Cake Pops from Keep it Sweet Desserts

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Christmas Porches

Hello!  Is everyone gearing up for Christmas?  Is everyone’s tree up and all decor is up?  I have my Christmas tree up but not much decor.  But don’t worry!  I have my matching stockings up for me and my kitties.  I want to make sure they get their gifts!

In my apartment, I share my porch with someone else.  Now, they have some cute Christmas decor up but I don’t because I don’t have a big area to decorate.  But, I love looking at Christmas porches and getting ideas for when I get my own place.  So here are some of my favorites for you to ooooo and ahh over!  Enjoy!

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Festive and Frugal Porch Decor from On Sutton Place

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Rustic Christmas Outdoor Fireplace Decor from Clean Living Clean Eating

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Front Porch Decorating Ideas from Thistlewood Farms

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Natural Christmas Porch from Home Stories A to Z

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Rustic Glam Porch from Ribbons and Glue

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Neutral Christmas Porch from Cottage in the Oaks

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Simple Yet Stunning Porch from Dandelion Patina

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Pink Christmas Porch from Nourish and Nestle

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Retro Red and Aqua Christmas Porch from Cottage at the Crossroads

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Christmas Mantles

Hello!  It’s getting even closer to Christmas and everything is turning festive!  I’m getting excited!  And my tree will be up shortly and decorated all in pink.  I’m very excited!

This week I’m showing off some of my favorite Christmas mantles.  Now, I don’t have a mantle in my apartment, but I love looking at them.  Plus there are so many different ideas and ways to decorate.  So, if you have a mantle and need some ideas, here you go!  Enjoy!

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White Rustic Christmas Mantle from The Lily Pad Cottage

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Plaid Christmas Mantle from Refresh Restyle

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Turquoise Mantle from Traditional Home

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Winter Wonderland Mantle from Organized Clutter

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Groovy Pink and Orange Mantle from Jennifer Perkins

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White and Silver Deer Themed Mantle from Mom 4 Real

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Red and White Christmas Mantle from Sand and Sisal

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Blue Wall Christmas Mantle from Swoonworthy

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Simple Mantle from A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

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Black and White Mantle from Posh Pennies

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