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Monday, July 18, 2016

BLACK GOLD AND WHITE GEOMETRIC BABY SHOWER

Black and gold shapes transformed this otherwise simple baby shower into an elegant celebration for this mom-to-be. Designer and planner Jen Leslie of Seattle's Jen Leslie Events explained, "I came up with the idea of creating my own tablecloth by cutting out gold and black triangles. I didn't have a specific pattern in mind, just knew I wanted it to look geometric, so I placed them where I thought they looked good. I wanted to ensure there were a few 'baby' elements to my design so that it reflected the occasion we were celebrating. I painted wood blocks with gold paint in alternating patterns. These will be really cute in the baby's room...Overall it was such a fun night catching up with friends and celebrating the mom-to-be." And a special thank you to Kelly Lemon Photography for submitting the photos.
Photographer:   Kelly Lemon Photography//Calligrapher:Francis & Co.//Event Planner: Jen Leslie Events//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Thursday, July 14, 2016

OUR HARRY POTTER PARTY: QUIDDITCH GAME

My husband gave me a hard time about getting this game set up for the party - he thought I was going a bit overboard - but it ended up literally costing less than $20 to make and took no longer than 30 minutes to set up. It ended up being a favorite activity at the party so it was totally worth it!

How we made our Quidditch game:

We compromised a bit. Instead of putting hoops at both ends of our field, we only put hoops in the middle of our backyard. We were afraid that if we put hoops near the fence, balls would constantly be going into our neighbors' yards, so we concentrated the game in the middle.
My husband purchased 3 long pieces of pine wood from Lowe's at $1 each. He shaved points at the end of each one to make it easier to get them into the ground. I purchased kid size (smaller than the usual size) hula hoops ($1 each) at Dollar Tree. My husband then drilled the hoops into each wood stake. We enforced it a bit with some clear packing tape. You can't really tell from this photo, but the middle one was higher/taller than the other two hoops.

Additionally, each girl got a broom to play with. I purchased $1 dowels from Hobby Lobby. I collected sticks from our neighborhood and hot glued them onto each dowel. I finished them off with a piece of ribbon I had.
We used a foam ball we found at Walmart as the "quaffle" and we happen to have a yellow golf ball that we used as the "snitch."

To play we used Flax & Twine's set of rules for the game here.

The girls really enjoyed it--even getting a bit competitive!
Make sure to check out the other posts about our Harry Potter party here, here and here.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A WEDDING ACCENTED WITH PINK

Accents of pink, gold shimmer and chandeliers against the rustic wood venue set the stage for this couple's wedding day. The ruffle cake and photo booth are two of my favorite elements. The decor is perfect even for a bridal or baby girl shower. Thanks so much to California's XSIGHT Photography for submitting the photos.
Photographer:   XSIGHT Productions//Reception Venue: Wilson Vineyards//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY TOTEM POLE

This totem pole made with milk jugs and coffee containers from Instructables is so genius, colorful and fun! With all the tiki-themed parties around this summer, I thought it was totally worth sharing. Find the full directions here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

OUR HARRY POTTER PARTY: POTIONS CLASS

It's been a while since my last post, so hopefully you're not sick of my Harry Potter party updates yet! Last time I showed you the Divination Class activities we did here, and in case you missed it, I talked about the decor here. Today, I'm going to tell you about the activities we did for Potions Class - and what I think were the biggest hit with the kids!

Welcome to Professor Snape's Potions Class!
I didn't need too many "ingredients" for the potions/experiments we did: white vinegar, dishwashing liquid, Mentos and baking soda. The sign was made with the Magic School font I downloaded free from dafont.com here.

Using the magic words "Twisterus Jarus" we started out with a "volcano in a jar" which only uses water and a squirt of dishwashing liquid.  The kids were in awe by how easy it was to create this wicked tornado.
After they ooh'd and aaah'd over that one, we mixed a potion that magically inflated a balloon. This is done by mixing baking soda and white vinegar. The mixture forms a gas that inflates the balloon. Since the girls were all around 10 years old, they figured out what ingredients we were using that made up the gas. I actually didn't mind, because I felt like they were learning something while having fun. For directions on this experiment check out this link here.
The final experiment and definitely the most fun was the classic exploding geyser using diet cola and Mentos.  We didn't even use the full roll of Mentos and look at high their geysers went!! Definitely plan this last so the kids aren't running over sticky soda and tracking it into your house for the remainder of the party. If you're not familiar with this experiment, check out this link for the directions we followed.
If you're planning a Harry Potter party, make sure to visit my Pinterest board. Stay tuned for our Quidditch game and more from our Harry Potter party!
 
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