4.24.2017

Show & Tell Tuesday {Parties}

One of my favorite things to do is to plan parties.
For some people, throwing parties is stressful to them, but to me, it is therapeutic!
It gives me a chance to use my creativity (which I don't get to use all that much teaching math. Ha!)
I always jump at the chance to throw or host a party, whether it is a birthday party for my kids, a bridal or baby shower, holiday with family or a special get together with friends.

Today I am linking up with Andrea for Show & Tell Tuesday.
Last month the topic was Favorite Kids Parties,  today's topic is Grown Up Parties!

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know I LOVE throwing parties!

Here are some of my favorite parties I have thrown:
Get ready for Party Overload :)

 Favorite Baby Showers:

See more of this shower HERE

 My younger sister's last name is Baker, so I told her if she ever had a baby girl, I wanted to throw her a Cookies & Milk Baby Shower...last name Baker...get it?
 Well, last year she found out that Baby #2 was a girl, so I started planning the Cookies & Milk Shower!
This shower was simple & fun. 
We had it in the afternoon & had appetizers & of course Cookies!

See more of the Cookie & Milk Baby Shower HERE


 See more of the Baseball Shower HERE



See more of this shower HERE
 
Favorite Wedding Showers:
When my sister got married 6 years ago, I threw her 2 bridal showers, but one of my favorite ones was the Around the Clock Bridal Shower.

Each guest was given their own time & their gift was something that Rebecca & Jason would use during that time of day.
We had 18 guests, so I gave out times from 7am until midnight.
It was fun!

Another fun idea for a bridal shower is what we did at her Something Blue shower.
When I sent out the invitations, I also included a blank recipe card & a note that said to include your favorite recipe in order to build Rebecca's cooking repertoire.

When I got married, one of our family friends did this for one of my Wedding Showers & it was so great to have a collection of great recipes. That is where I got my Taco Soup recipe!
 
Adult Birthday Parties:
5 1/2 years ago, my Grammy turned 100, so we threw her a 100th Birthday party.
It's not very often people get to throw (or attend!) a 100th birthday party :)
When someone is turning 100, you can send a letter to Willard Scott to see if they will announce them on the Today Show. Grammy wasn't announced, but he did send a letter back.


 You can also send a letter to the White House and will get a birthday card from the President!
See more of Grammy's 100th Birthday Party HERE
And, you can see her 101st through 105th parties HERE
Grammy will be turning 106 this October...stay tuned for her 106th birthday party this Fall.

Another one of my favorite adult birthday parties was Kevin's Surprise 40th Taco Truck Fiesta!

Who doesn't love a taco truck?!?!


When I turned 35 a couple years ago, I got a limo and went wine tasting in Napa with some of my girlfriends!
Read more about it HERE

Pioneer Woman Potluck Party
I threw a Pioneer Woman Potluck Party in 2012 & 2013.
It's so fun. You get a group of girlfriends and each person brings a dish from Pioneer Woman (her cookbook or her website)
 Each person brought a PW dish & I had them email me what they were bringing so there were no duplicates.
Here are some photos from the 2012 party:
The menu:

I love PW & so do my friends, so this is a great way to try a bunch of her recipes. 

Here are some photos from the 2013 PW Potluck Party:
The menu:
 To see more of our Pioneer Woman Potluck Parties, click HERE 

I love PW Potluck parties & need to host one again!


Favorite Things Party:
I have thrown 2 Favorite Things Party, one in 2011 and another one in 2015
I need to throw another one! Love these parties.
Here are some photos from the 2011 party:

The invite stated to bring 3 of your favorite thing costing that costs $10 or less.
I have seen Favorite Things Parties where you bring 5 of something costing $5 or less, but because our party was small (only 6 of us) we did 3 presents.

You go home with 3 new favorite things that your friends brought!

See more of  the 2011 my Favorite Things Party HERE.

Here are some photos from the 2015 Favorite Things Party:

See more of the 2015 Favorite Things Party HERE.

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 So those are just some of my favorites :)
To see all the other parties I have thrown, click HERE for my Party Tab! 
You can see my post on Favorite Kids Parties HERE.

4.21.2017

Loving Lately // April 2017

It's time for another round of Loving Lately!
I am going to do this once a month & they have a color theme.
January was gray, February was pink and March was green and for April the color theme is yellow/gold!

Here is this month's Loving Lately....
// ONE //

I'm loving all the yellow daffodils that are in season right now.

$2 for a bouquet of daffodils? Yes, please!

// TWO // 

I am loving both of these earrings. They are both simple & go with pretty much everything.
{HERE}


I wear them several times a week.
{HERE}


// THREE //

If you like buttery Chardonnay rather than an oak-y chardonnay, then you will love this wine.


The name describes it perfectly. It reminds me of my favorite...Rombauer, but it is just a fraction of the cost (you can get this for $12-$15 a bottle)


// FOUR // 
I am loving my new wood Bunny sign. It was the perfect Easter decoration.

Made by my friend Jen from old fence boards!

 

// FIVE //

Timehop, I love you...but I hate you.
 
Do you have this app?
It's an app that lets you know what you posted from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, iCloud and Dropbox each day of the year. So, when you click on the app, it will tell you what you posted on that day 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years ago, etc.
I love it!

// SIX //

 I am loving this book, I just started it:

Get it HERE

Have you read it?



 // SEVEN //

Besides Jesus, Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are the next best part of Easter.
Can I get an amen?

// EIGHT //

I am loving the Reverse Regimen.
Just like these Before & After photos, Reverse has gotten rid of my sun damage &  pregnancy melasma.
 I am also loving lash boost as well.
 I am also loving the fact that 1 tube of Lash boost has lasted me over 5 months!!!!!

For my April special, all new preferred customers get $20 cash back, 10% off their order, a free mini eye cream & a free mini facial.

 We have products for all skin types....anti aging, sun damage, acne & sensitive skin.


Find out what products are best for your skin HERE

 Email me to place an order or if you have questions!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com


// NINE // 

I am loving some desserts lately that include yellow fruit.
My neighbors have several Meyer Lemon trees & right now they have tons, which means .....Lemon Bars!!!
These are so delicious!

 Recipe HERE

Another yellow fruit I love making treats with is Bananas!
This is my very favorite Banana Pudding:

Recipe HERE

I also love making Banana Bread:

Recipe HERE

We also love Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins:

Recipe HERE

// TEN //

I'm loving the NBA Playoffs....you know I love the Warriors!!!

Hoping the Warriors don't blow a 3-1 lead in the Championships like they did last year. Yikes!




What have you been loving lately?

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