Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower

This past summer we had a few backyard parties and one of my favorite celebrations was for my dear girlfriend and her baby BOY #4…We showered baby Duke with a Woodsy Whimsical party, featuring lots of sweet lil’ bucks, antlers, pine cones and woodsy elements.invite 1

invites

I found these adorbs Kraft Brown invites from Tiny Prints, under the theme “Forest Dwellers”. Tiny Prints is my go-to site for cards and invites.  They have the cutest designs and are so easy to customize through their step by step site. Plus they always have a great coupon or promo codes.

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craft projects

I designed and created a few simple craft projects for above the food/dessert table. My goal was to create a few cutesy items that the momma-to-be could use in the nursery/home for decor. The wooden name sign is a super quick and easy project that would be perfect for an woodland, cowboy, rustic or nautical themed baby shower. I pulled a piece of barn wood from our scrap pile and cut it down to my desired size. Next sketch the name of your choice in pencil and begin using your hot glue gun to glue down the jute rope. You may need a few finishing nails to hold the rope, while the glue dries.

Chalk Art

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I love these over-sized chalk boards for outdoor parties, they come in handy for charming sayings, menu boards or welcome signs. One of my summer obsessions was MOSS letters… all you need a is a wood letter from the craft store, a little sheet moss, and some hot glue. VIOLA! You have a sweet moss letter for a wreath or party decor, such as a baby shower, bridal shower or wedding.

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For the shower favors, I purchased splits or mini champagne and apple cider bottles from Costco and attached a paper straw with a cutesy Kraft paper tag, which reads “Oh deer…(enter momma-to-be name) is about to pop” or thanks for popping by”.

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Bring on the food and sweet treats… Our 1/4 mile farm driveway is lined with stunning birch trees and every winter several limbs fall off the trees during our wind storms.  But the not so stunning part to my daddy and hubby is when I beg and plea with them to cut up the limbs in to nice clean edged logs, solely for decor purpose. Therefore, I raided my gorgeous birch log stash and drilled several holes into a few limbs for cake and s’more pop holders.

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I hope you enjoyed my version of a Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower and the most whimsical part was welcoming baby Duke into this world. Congratulations Ellis family on your new addition, making now four sweet and handsome boys.

A Sparkling 4th of July

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Wowzers…This year we celebrated the 4th of July week with a BANG! I think my little family is still recovering from all the excitement at the rodeo, parades and BBQ’s!  We kicked off our fun-filled 4th of July week with a visit to the St. Paul Rodeo, an all-American classic tradition for my family. We have had the same box seats at St. Paul Rodeo, since before I was walking. This year was the 79th Annual Rodeo and my little guy’s third visit to this rodeo. He slept through his first show at 1.5 months old, loved the HUGE firework show as one-year old and this year was fascinated with the COWS and cowboys. In fact, during the steer wrestling…Cason informed me “Oh-no Mama, the guy fell down onto the cow…uh-oh!” Too cute…he had all of us cracking up with his sheer exhilaration for the show. But I have never seen my little cowboy sit so still as he did for the fireworks frenzy at the end of the night. He was shouting out the colors of each firework as it boomed in the sky. Priceless!
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A new adventure for our little family this year included being spectators at the local parades. WE HIT UP TWO OF THEM! The first one was a test drive for Cason…the kiddie parade. It’s a short and sweet parade, with lots of candy. We met up with his best buddies and cousins for a nice night out, where all we saw was Stars, Stripes and Smiles.

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{Red, White and True Blue Friends}

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{All Star Cousins}

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The next parade was the large 4th of July parade…oh my word, I didn’t even know this town had that many people. Every street was packed with parade goers. We saw some amazing floats and lots of people we knew from the neighborhood…even our animal/cattle vet had a float.

{All Decked Out in Red, White and Blue}

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{First Fireworks~ Sparklers}

Fourth of July 2014 Sparklers

BTW, has anybody noticed that the sparklers out now are nowhere near as big and sparkly as they were when we were  kiddos! Cason loved the sparklers…we ended up going through the entire box of sparklers and all the other fireworks the hubby and kiddo picked out from the firework stand.  I am not sure who was into them more…Cason the two-year old or the hubby, the thirty something year old. Especially when the kiddo was tired and  passing out in my lap and the hubby wanted to keep going. LOL

It never fails in the valley, 4th of July week means HAY SEASON for everyone. Therefore, the farms and farmers that grow their own hay are on tractors all day, trying to finish and get out of the fields before the BBQ’s.  We put up around 50+ acres in grass/clover hay for our cattle. The way the schedule fell, we ended up having our Independence Day BBQ on the 5th of July.  We don’t even require showers or cleaning up…just travel on over after you step off the tractor and enjoy some tri-tip, corn on the cob and a cold one…plus more fireworks.

{Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue Decor}

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The Hubby and I DIY’ed this farmhouse patio table for less than $100.00. I absolutely love it and we seemed to be using this outdoor table more this summer than our indoor farmhouse table. I will post all the information on the stain color and tutorial soon.

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USA Bar

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I hope everyone’s Independence Day was a blast!

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

Birthday Boy

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Birthday Countdown has begun for a soon to be TWO year old. I can’t believe my baby boy is going to be TWO in TWO days…it is so crazy how time flies. We have had to reschedule “Cason’s Turning Two” photo shoot a few times for weather and the “black eye accident”…or I should say swollen Black and Blue face that has now turned a nice shade of murky green. The poor kiddo took a big spill and landed FACE FIRST onto his picnic table bench. He thinks he looks pretty tough, but this Mama postpone the pic shoot until we are a little more healed up. Our favorite family photographer, Audrey, shot the most perfect one year old photos last year. She has put on her patience hat and agreed to capture some photos of the “Tasmanian Two Year Old”, who refuses to stay in one spot for more that a second. I can’t wait for the photos…on the FLY, literally!

Last year’s ONE year old theme was {Little Red Wagons}

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After the 2 Year Old photo shoot, party planning for Cason’s Turning Two bash will be in full swing.  Cason is super excited for this year’s theme. He is obsessed with them and has even helped pick out all the fun goodies for the swag bags.

{Coming Soon} on the the Blog will be the party photos from the LITTLE RED WAGON SHINDIG, including all the decor and, of course, desserts.

Wish us luck on the Turning Two Photo Shoot ~Lindsey

Baby Shower Bliss

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Shower theme was Chic Vintage Baby Girl and the location of the event was my farmhouse on our ranch.

When I found out one of my long time best girlfriend was pregnant with her first baby and “It’s a Girl”…I immediately told her I wanted to host a baby shower. Kati {Mama –to-be} and I have been friends since high school, we even lived together all 4+ years in college…and she still talks to me even after our college years of living in the close quarter dorm rooms and our small rental houses.  HA HA, we had some good times! We have taken on the role of bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and love basically ALL the same things.  I knew exactly what kind of shower I wanted to throw Kati because she is my all-time favorite decorating and shopping partner. We LOVE the same things, especially vintage and shabby chic décor.

I immediately began the search for shower ideas… where else, Pinterest! Love this site for party planning…what did we use to do before Pinterest? (not spend hours and hours looking at all the great things I want to DIY or design in my house SOMEDAY)…but back to the shower. I made my Baby Shower Bliss board and began pinning.  My goal and passion was to make this shower chic, stylish and have some sparkle…not the traditional cookie-cutter type shower with the diapers, bottles and baby girl pink EVERYTHING!  Kati loves her neutral colors: ivory, ecru, white, and golds…and chalkboards! Chalkboards are the latest décor craze and so much fun with their ability to adapt and change the artwork/message based on your mood, party or season. In fact, Kati and I for one of our “DIY Chicks Night” made our very own magnetic chalkboards for some of our vintage and shabby frames (see below). Most of the shower Décor is DIY or my personal supply of party entertaining essentials. DIY includes: Free-hand Chalkboard Messages, Bedazzled Pearl “G”, food flags, garlands, & gold magnet letters.

{Mimosa Bar- Champagne & Sparkling Cider}

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I have to thank the hubby for executing all my wishes on the outdoor décor.  He was very patient while hanging the “onesie garlands” on the front porch! Of course, men do not understand the meaning of DÉCOR…my father’s comment while helping my hubby hang the garland…”looks like you are doing laundry out here”… hubby’s response “no kidding…what a waste of clean onesie’s”…REALLY GUYS, it’s for the cuteness factor! But they made up for it by helping with the Valet Parking and parking all the cars in our barnyard.

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Invitations: tinyprints, they are my go to site with their great card designs and so many options and add-ons (including the matching stickers on the water bottles).

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Baby Shower Success and now I am on pins and needles to meet this sweet baby girl! XOXO, Lindsey