From Party


Apple Cider Bourbon My mom sent me an article which mentioned an apple cider whiskey drink served at a bar here in town. This inspired us to make our own apple cider cocktail. We failed to come up with a creative name for the drink. Ingredients (Serves 2) Ice Cubes 2 shots Bourbon 1 Packet Apple Cider Powder Mix 2- 3 shots Simple Syrup Crushed Apple Cinnamon Straws (optional) Directions Follow instructions on package to prepare apple cider and allow to cool. If you don’t have prepared simple syrup, mix equal parts water with sugar and heat until sugar dissolves. Cool before using.…

Rehearsal Dinner

In full BBQ style, my mom used these picnic style table cloths and we sat around our favors as place settings. Instead of a slideshow, we used the centerpieces and a tree my brother welded to present old photos of the couple hung with twine. We wrapped silverware in napkins and secured with raffia to match the bag of candy and jars. Though it poured down rain the food and company were great.

Rehearsal Dinner Favors

This is another wedding project. My mom decided she wanted to give favors for those who attended the rehearsal dinner. Since the rehearsal was a BBQ, she decided to give out sauce from a local restaurant and have Stephanie and Ryan’s favorite candy. We put the sauce in mason jars and cover the lids with red and white gingham fabric, tying raffia around the rim. After our night of “jarring” we packed the candy and made labels for the bags that guests could use to take home their favors. We also made the bride-to-be a bow and ribbon bouquet and…

Brunch for the Bride

Together with my mom, grandmother, Aunt Susan, and Aunt Tiffiany, we hosted a shower for the bride-to-be at my parents’ house. My mother’s kitchen is filled with blue and white china. So, we hosted the bridal brunch with her French country style in mind using blue and white decor, floral arrangements, and when creating the invitations. The menu included fruit salad, breakfast casserole, muffins, and monkey/gorilla bread. Check out the bride’s chair and the super cute blue and white picks Tiffiany made.


Ryan and Stephanie got married May 4th at my parents’ house. My mother and I have been busy cleaning and decorating for the past six months and one of our first decorating projects was this wreath. In preparation of a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and wedding, my mom shopped and searched for a pretty wreath to hang on her front door. She finally found one online and I assisted her in recreating it using white and green flowers and picks. With a glue gun and floral wire my mom and I finished this project in about an hour.

Happy Birthday

Look what my mom made! Yes, I asked for a Harry Potter birthday party. No one is too old for a themed birthday party. To go with the Harry Potter napkins and plates, my mom made these cute owl cupcakes and magic wands. She used Oreos and Reece’s Pieces for the eyes and Reece’s Pieces for the beaks. For the magic wands, she dipped the pretzel sticks in melted white chocolate and multicolored sprinkles.