I haven’t always been a big fan of Turkey Day. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoying eating good food and getting together with family… it was that all of the other holidays overshadowed the day and made it last in my book. However, the last five years we’ve been able to spend Thanksgiving with a wonderful group of friends that I am over-the-moon thankful for! I don’t know if it is my age (starting to actually understand what thankfulness means) or this particular group of people… but, I love this holiday now!
|What a cutie in suspenders!|
|Our beautiful hostess!|
|Me enjoying an Apple Cider Margarita|
|Little bug was only a couple months old here and only his Oddmom can get him to go to sleep!|
My brain is blank at the moment. I’ve been writing a ton lately…. and, today, two days before a HUGE deadline, my brain is fried and I can’t think of anything to write. I don’t know if I am overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work I have, if I have too many ideas to focus on one, or just have good-old-fashioned writer’s block. But, I’m blocked.
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Mmmm… is there anything better than the flavors of apples and spices together? Why, yes…there is! Add tequila! I typically enjoy rum with my apple cider. But, after I saw How Sweet It Is put out a delicious looking Apple Cider Margarita, I knew I would have to try something different. (BTW– one of my favorite food blogs!)
The Apple Cider Margarita was a HUGE hit last thanksgiving as everyone mingled and snacked before the big meal.
I had to use some items that I had on hand, so my drink is a tad different. It was super delicious though. Please let me know what you think if you try it!
Last Thanksgiving I had the distinct pleasure of drinking for the first time in nearly a year. I made my plans with pumping/dumping/timing so that I wouldn’t have to worry about nursing my son and created two delicious cocktails for the hour before Thanksgiving dinner. They were AMAZING. I wanted to share these delicious cocktails with you just in case you wanted to make some for your holiday celebrations.
The first of these cocktails combines my favorite thing about the fall (Smores, Roasted Marshmallows!), my favorite flavor (Chocolate!), and alcohol.
I usually don’t like the holidays until my December birthday has passed. But, I guess the addition of the kiddo has made me REALLY look forward to this year’s festivities. I even brought my lil man to see Santa today—something that I swore I’d never do. He loved it. He is a friendly kid.
Anyways… as I was avoiding my real work, I found a couple awesome holiday free printable round-ups by Hey Look. I wanted to share with you!
|Photo via Love Vs Design|
|One of the coolest costumes of the year! My friends Brandon and Joan.|
Alrighty, Halloween is over and we are heading into the holiday season… but, I can’t let the Halloween season go by without sending out some linking props to some really awesome Halloween parties/posts that went out this week!
Remember the Halloween Printables I created for all my lovely Facebook fans? Well, I decided to use them in my Halloween party this year as well! I think they really turned out cute in print! Photos were snapped by my good friend Macey from Motormouth Studio while she was off-duty. It is great to have talented friends!
I love when I go into a party and I see fresh flowers. But, I also know that fresh flowers can be expensive! Lately, I’ve been really into creating floating floral centerpieces because they are more cost effective and just plain gorgeous.
Yesterday I shared a few photos of my friend Suzannah’s Pink and glamorous 25th birthday party. One of my favorite DIY decor elements was the sequin vases filled with floating flowers.
This simple DIY only cost me around $2 per centerpiece! Using only some round vases from the Dollar Tree, a little glue, a bag of sequins from the local craft store, and a small bunch of roses I was able to create several of these little beauties.
How to create your own sequin vases with floating flowers:
|25 Reasons We Love Suzannah Guest “Books”|
|Goofy photo from the “photo booth” area|
|Photo used with permission from Angela of Party Scribbles|
I’m super happy to be featuring an AMAZING (and creepy) real party that was done by the amazing Party Scribbles. And, Angela has offered to do a giveaway to her Etsy store as well. More on that tomorrow!
I typically am not a bloody Halloween type fan. But, this party is SO full of amazing details! Angela created an awesome Zombie-themed 40th birthday party. The party (and party package) would be a fabulous party for many different aged birthdays or an awesome Halloween shin-dig.
Here is what Angela said of the party: “They say life ends at 40, so for my 40th birthday I held a zombie end of the world party. (It’s a warm fuzzy feeling to know I have friends who will dress up as zombies in the middle of the summer for me.) Our theme was a safe house that had been over run with zombies. It was for adults and kids, so we tried to keep it from being too gory.”
Decor Details: “We used rolls of plastic sheeting (available at home improvement stores) to decorate the walls. I unrolled them outside and had the kids splatter paint and paint “bloody” handprints all over them with red paint. I also used unpainted plastic sheeting to cover furniture, as if the safehouse was over run by zombies and any survivors left in a hurry. It was the best party not to worry if things would be spilled on my couches! We also pushed furniture up against the windows and my husband built wood frames to put over them as if the windows had been boarded up, but really they just sat in the windowsill.”
I made labels for hand sanitizers, toxic sludge, mini candy bars and from Oriental Trading we found great squishy brains and growing brains.”