If you learn one lesson from Leslie Knope, let it be this: you coordinate birthday celebrations to fit the honoree. While Beck would have probably been amused by an elaborate party, he was just as happy with a bunch of balloons and eating cake with his best buddy. Also known as, I took the easy way out.
Last year we adopted Meta’s family tradition of the birthday table. When Beck arose in the morning he was greeted with a balloon wall (which he ran to right away and pulled off every balloon he could reach) and his presents and cake. The smile didn’t leave his face for the rest of the day which was spent doing a few of his favorite activities.
Later on we had a couple friends over for dinner and cake (I made this recipe for the first time and it was a winner) and Beck was beaming as he was sung to. He even knew to blow out the candles and cheered for himself plenty. Simple celebrations for the win.
Beck is my sunny boy. I’m so blessed to be his mom.
Whenever Ryan picks up the mail and a Boden catalog is in it, he comes through the door waving it saying, “It’s your favorite!” I really do love thumbing through each page and dog earring my wish list. I was surprised when my sister was here a couple weeks ago and commented she had never heard of the store. Have you? It’s UK based but became available in the states a little while ago. They have the best dress selection (several with sleeves – I appreciate upper arm coverage, okay?) and great quality basics. And I’m floored with the adorable items they have for little ones. I’ve never been disappointed by an order.
If you’re a fan (old or new), good news! All this week they’re having a great sale of 25% off daily favorites. And especially for my readers, they’re offering free shipping and free returns with the keycode X6K7.
Bonus! One lucky reader will receive a $50 gift card. Simply visit Boden and comment on this post with an item that is on your wish list. This giveaway is only open for 48 hours. Winner must have a US mailing address, will be randomly selected and contacted by me via email. Good luck!
1. What a rain of 8 million flower petals looks like
2. I’m floored by the possibilities of removable wallpaper (patterns used to be so limited)
3. Happy wrapping that reminds me of watermelon
4. Please note, this necklace has officially made the birthday wish list
5. Time to throw a party just to use this color palette
If you’re looking for an easy way to decorate for this weekend’s festivities, look no further than a turf rug. Sure when used for it’s original purpose it looks like a bad mini golf course but hang it up on the wall and add some paper flowers and you’ve got yourself a springy backdrop worthy of your brunch spread. See the full tutorial right here on Julep.
I’m sharing these picnic lunches with parents in mind. The parents who will spend their weekend stuffing eggs and playing Easter Bunny. The parents who will realize at one point that all they’ve eaten is sugar snuck from those eggs and they need something with a little more substance. And then they’ll be handed one of these lunches while their kids are pushing over other kids in the name of jelly beans and they’ll just avert their eyes because it will be just that delicious.
I had Molly create the menu because she’s a food genius. You’ll be all set to picnic with:
- a baguette with prosciutto, brie, and jam
- an arugala salad with sliced radishes, hardboiled egg, and sesame dressing (2 parts tahini, 1 part honey, 1 part sesame oil, 1-2 parts soy sauce)
- fresh carrots and hummus
- macaroon egg nests (simply bake with a divot in the center and then finished with melted chocolate and egg shaped candy)
Of course you’ll want to give this delectable lunch the packaging it deserves. Lucky for you, I teamed up with Avery and had Kirsten design a menu to include in the box and a label to top it with. All you have to do is print (they’re all set to fit Avery templates so you don’t even have to cut – yay for perforated edges!).
Avery is a yamf sponsor, but I would love their products even if they weren’t. If you decide to have a different menu or want to write something different on the tag, use Avery Design & Print Online (which is free) to customize your own designs.
Last week I was sending a birthday present to my sister and decided the package needed a face lift to:
A. distract from the fact that it was late
B. make the present seem more exciting
C. make the postman smile
This is what I pulled together in a few minutes.
All I did was take a piece of contact paper, cut it to fit the top of the box, poured some confetti on the sticky side (pressing it down a bit and leaving a thin border around the edge), then stuck it to the box lid.
I secured everything with packaging tape and added a label to send. Party box!
And for a little added surprise, I spelled out a little message on the inside of the lid with these stickers. I didn’t even include a note, I knew she would know it was from me.
Graduation season is upon us. Here’s an easy celebration plan for the accomplished student in your life.
Send this glimmering grad invitation from Tiny Prints.
Set up a photo booth for yearbook worthy snaps. Mimic the design from the back of the invitation by pinning or taping up crepe paper rolls (I used double sided paper in coral and magenta and this gold paper). Then take an empty frame (IKEA is a good source for one) and hang it from the ceiling with fishing wire and hooks. Set up a camera on a tripod and you’re good to go. Teenagers love photos of themselves so you’ll have no problem getting them to participate.
Serve ice cream floats. Have a range of flavors to choose from – no cooking or baking required. Win!
Share a stacked sweet treat (you can get clear boxes here).
Thanks to Amy Ehmann for assistance with this post.
Stephanie tipped me off to the beautiful paintings of Lynne Millar. After looking at her shop it was an immediate purchase (which is unlike me except in the party section of Target) and there is absolutely no buyer’s remorse. It’s even more beautiful in person and isn’t the handwritten quote she included with the painting frame worthy? They’re both going in the nursery for baby girl. Admittedly, it’s nice to have a place for more feminine pieces.
I have a hard time finding graphic tees for kids that aren’t cheesy, character, or spendy. So this is my first attempt at creating my own, a bunny tee for Easter. You can get the download and full how-to over on Mini Style Blog.
design: Kirsten Bingham
I’m a huge fan of print magazines. As a treat I go to the book store and grab a stack to pore through (usually accompanied by a box of Jr Mints). Inside Out is always on top of the stack so I couldn’t be more thrilled to be the featured crafter in this month’s issue. It’s definitely one of those moments that makes me stop and think, “wait, how the heck did I get here?! I’m just a small fry blogger.” I think it’s going in a gold plated frame.