Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 has been an extremely good year for me and i hope it was for you too. as i look back and reflect the year past, i am so grateful for you, readers, and all your continued support and i hope that you remain that way for the coming year! 

i wish all of you and your families the merriest, peaceful and most blessed new year to come! CHEERS! 

i hope you join me in the 2012 journey! 

alice in wonderland 5th birthday soiree

Thursday, December 29, 2011

hello friends! 

i'm so glad to be back blogging after a most fun christmas celebration with loved ones! i hope you all did too! 

today's party feature is a lovely most adorable "alice in wonderland" 5th birthday party. whimsical and girly - this party was perfect for a sweet 5 year old, linden.  

i love that her mom, jennie, used vintage and on-hand home decor to utilize for the party setup and decorations perfect for the fun theme. the cake stand used for the birthday cake has been with the family for over 10 years and comes out for special occasions. and this definitely was one. she also resourcefully collected some inexpensive tea cups and saucers from a consignment store that also served as party favors for the little guests, as well as boas and beads for girls and tophats for the boys.

jennie also gathered some of her own teapots and cakestands as well as christmas decorations and topiaries for the party decor to tie up the whimsy garden feel the party needed. she had a friend, erin nasser, design all the party papergoods including the birthday banner, welcome signage, labels and directional flags. i simply love the pink and lavender color scheme with feather boas and butterflies that all little girls adore! 

for entertainment, the kiddos were treated with an appearance of Alice in Wonderland, aka Honeydew the Clown. they also snacked on pinwheel sandwiches, veggie fries, apple slices, chocolate pretzels, cupcakes and lemonade! 

check out all the gorgeous photos from the party : 

thanks Jennie for sharing! 

cupcakes + cake : HEB

venue : St.Lukes UMC Blanton Bldg. 

alice in wonderland (aka Honeydew the clown) : FUN KID PARTIES

boas + beads + tophats + lanterns + butterflies : ARNE'S

home for the holidays

Sunday, December 18, 2011

everyday we are excited to receive holiday cards from friends and family in the mail and i'm even more excited to hang and display them in our mini-trees!

it came out really pretty and i'm loving that i can see them high up by our buffet table. also, i've added a few shots here of random corners in our house with some holiday cheer! 

christmas is just a few days away! 

season's greetings

Friday, December 16, 2011

from our home to your's....


christmas card by pear tree greetings
photos by ailynne

'tis the season

Thursday, December 15, 2011

our home is getting spruced up and looking more merry and bright each day! 

the tree is up and presents are under the tree. it's the most wonderful time of the year, for sure! 

let me share a few of my favorite shots from our home including our yearly tradition of aston's baby tree. a smaller tree we decorate ever since he was born. here's a peek from past years trimmed baby christmas trees! 

this year's christmas tree is dressed up with lime green ornaments and beads. it's not your traditional holiday color but it's still fresh and festive just the same!

aston's race car snow globe from nana a few years ago

this year's baby tree is decked out with tiny frame ornaments filled with old and new photos including this choo-choo train one from last year!

and that old picture below is from when me and my husband were still dating back in the days!

i recently picked up a fun las vegas-themed ornament to add to our collection as we've done a few trips there this year! 

guest blogging at a blissful nest

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

happy wednesday, friends! 

i am thrilled to be guest blogging over at Rebekah's A Blissful Nest talking about creative holiday gift wrapping. something i know we are all busy doing this time of the year! 

and while you're there, stop by her etsy shop for a quick peek of what she has to offer. she has tons of gorgeous party printables including holiday cards and my favorite, her custom wall art posters! 

happy happy, joy joy! 

holiday place card ideas

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

my friend amy was asking the other day for holiday party name card ideas via twitter and i was quick to search via pinterest (like i said before, it's my new google) and found these amazing great ideas that you can recreate for your holiday celebration!

Source: google.de via Dana on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Kristi on Pinterest

are you hosting a holiday party this year?

christmas kids crafts and a giveaway winner

Monday, December 5, 2011

i love gifts and projects that come straight from the heart and lovingly created by the little ones. there's something about tiny hands and feet warmly creating something precious for their family and loved ones. and with our little help, these wonderful gift ideas and cards are the perfect holiday presents for that someone who has everything! 

and finally, we have a winner! thank you all for joining our PENCIL SHAVINGS STUDIO giveaway! big thanks to our generous sponsor rachel of PSS! thanks so much, friend!

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