Twinkle Twinkle First Birthday Party

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Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are…

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My sweet baby girl turned 1!  Well, it’s almost been 6 months already, but it was a great party!  We celebrated Miss Louise in style with a pink and gold twinkle twinkle little star party.  Today I’m sharing photos and dishing on the details. Continue reading →

Advice for the Love Birds — Add Personalization Using PicMonkey


How to personalize this free printable bridal shower advice game using PicMonkey, a tutorial -- laceandyarn.comI shared the template for an advice game I created for my friends small surprise love birds bridal shower.

Get the template.

The template can be simply used as is, but is super cute with added personalization.

Here’s how to do it using PicMonkey* (my favorite free and easy to use online photo editing program). Continue reading →

Advice for the Love Birds — A Bridal Shower Printable

A Free Bridal Shower Printable Game -- laceandyarn.comPeople tend to have strong feelings about bridal shower games, you either love ’em or hate ’em.  I am on the love ’em side, but when I was throwing a small surprise bridal shower recently, I knew I didn’t want to go over the top for several reasons.  First, this was a super small shower.  Like, seven people small.  We all fit around my dining room table with room to spare.  Second, we’ve all been friends since middle school.  It’s not like we needed an ice breaker or something to fill the lull in the conversation.  Also, the bride wasn’t exactly keen on the idea of a shower in the first place, so I didn’t want to overwhelm her with games!

This isn’t even much of a game per se.  More of everyone give advice in a fun format, with the chance to be silly (or not).  It’s also nice because it makes a nice memento for the bride.


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DIY Bird Garland

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Garland adds a certain whimsy to any party, or for that matter, any room.  I love this small threaded bird garland because it adds vertical interest without completely breaking up the space.  I hung these from my dining room chandelier and they hung down right over top of our centerpiece to add height to the centerpiece without obstructing your view to the other side of the table.   Continue reading →

A SURPRISE Pink and Yellow Love Birds Bridal Shower

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I love a good bridal shower.  So, when one of my oldest friends announced she was getting married and was not going to have a bridal shower (something about being too old and not wanting presents), I knew I needed to step in.  Along with five of our friends, we threw a pretty spectacular, small, surprise shower.

How did we keep it a secret?

Well, I have to say it helped we, the ones planning the shower, were the only ones invited.  We didn’t have to tell anyone closer to her (her fiance or her family) what we were doing. We had an e-mail chain going around with JESSIE DELETED incredibly large in the subject heading.  Honestly, I’m surprised we did it.  I almost replied to the wrong message more than once and we’re a group not particularly known for keeping secrets.

How did we get the bride to come?

We have monthly friend dinners, so we just chose a date when we could all make it and said we were going to have a pot luck at my house instead of going out.  Easy peasy.

Our theme?

Pale pink and yellow love birds. Continue reading →

A Primary Color First Birthday Party DIY Invitation

My cousin asked me to help her with her son’s primary color themed first birthday party invitations.  I had recently used Microsoft Word to design invitations my son’s train themed birthday, so that’s what I was comfortable with at the time and what I used to design Josh’s invites.  I gave her a few options, and after a few tweaks, this is what I came up with:

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FREE DIY Templates

Are you planning a primary color themed party and looking for some invitation ideas?  Maybe looking to design your own DIY invitation?  Well, I came up with four different FREE** templates for you to download, edit, and use for yourself!  These templates are clean and simple, and completely customizable. Continue reading →

A Primary Color First Birthday Party

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This is little Josh, isn’t he adorable?  Josh’s mom threw him a primary color birthday blowout when he turned one.  I love first birthday parties because they are just as much of a celebration for the family as they are for the little one (if not more!).

And isn’t the above photo beautiful!  It was taken by the amazingly talented Joanna Fassinger of Joanna Fassinger Photography.  And Josh’s one shirt is from lil threadz clothing shop.  Simple, adorable, and eco-friendly!  Lil thredz is our go-to shop for birthday shirts, I highly recommend! Continue reading →

Heather’s Ready to Pop Baby Shower

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The “Ready to Pop” baby shower theme is a popular one.  And for good reason, it’s cute and can be interpreted in so many different ways and styles!  This particular “ready to pop” shower was for my sister-in-law, Heather.  I can’t take credit for a lot of the cute DIY items at the shower, but I can tell you all about the DIY items I did contribute, and all the fun details. Continue reading →

A Retro Kitchen Bridal Shower

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I loved the theme of this shower because it fit the bride-to-be so well!  And no, not because she loves to cook, but because she loves retro things (especially in the kitchen).  The shower was at no place special, an Eagles club, but I think it looked awesome!  You can do a lot on not a large budget! Continue reading →

Annie’s Lime and Black and White Damask Bridal Shower

A few years ago, I threw a lime and damask bridal shower for my little sister.  We did most everything DIY.  This is the story of the shower.

My inspiration was lime and black and white damask weddings/parties.  The theme went well with spring and the damask made it seem fancy.

The invites

damask bridal shower invite

I made the invite on Vistaprint for cheap.  If you’re throwing a DIY party and looking for an easy invitation, Vistaprint is a great site.  The online editor is not very user friendly, but it is easy enough to figure out.  You don’t have too much freedom in creativity, but they let you do enough within their parameters to make a unique invite.  The second image above was the back of the invite.  A black and white back was free with the invite, and I love a picture on the back.  It makes it personal without making it cheesy.  The photo was one of their engagement photos. Continue reading →