September 9, 2014

Rustic Shower for a Baby Boy!


Several weeks ago, I hosted a rustic little boy baby shower for one of my dear friends. In fact, it's a friend who I'd previously hosted a bridal shower for almost exactly 2 years ago! Isn't that fun?! I love love love showers and I adore celebrating the special events in life (marriage! babies!). The shower turned out to be so cute and a lot of fun. It almost made me want a baby boy :). 


Last week, I shared the dessert bar with you, which was styled on my brand-new Sauder dresser. You can read all about it here.


My shower co-host was another dear friend who runs a local bakery. She's SO talented and made all the desserts for the party. They were tasty and so pretty! I love the ruffled cake, especially. And, one of her new cupcake flavors is chocolate chip cookie dough. And, yes, it was as good as it sounds! If you live in DFW, check her out here.


Of course, I had to decorate my mantel for the occasion! The cute banner was a Groopdealz find from a vendor called The Paper Shoppe. It looks like blue lettering, but really it's silver letters on kraft paper. So cute!

My friend and I bought a wood burner for the occasion and had fun personalizing some wooden accents for the shower. The mom and dad are Angela & Adam, hence the A2=H (for baby Hamilton). Cute touch, huh?


The lemonade bar was one of my favorite features! We put out a big pitcher of lemonade (plus tea and water) and added fresh fruit and flavored syrups. Everyone made their own lemonade concoctions. Super easy and refreshing!


To keep with our rustic theme, we gathered our mason jars and used those for the drinks. Easy-breezy! The flavored syrups were found at World Market.

The tissue paper garland was an easy craft project and I love how it turned out! In fact, it's still hanging on my chalkboard door :). The tutorial I used is here.


No shower is complete without food. Homemade pimento cheese, chicken salad, veggies and the cutest little individual fruit parfaits made for a yummy spread! We used our wood burner and small wooden tags to label the food.

Another sweet touch was using baby pictures of the mom and dad. We hung these on a chicken wire with a free printable I snagged here. The great thing about this free printable is that it's completely customizable! You get to pick the name, monogram and both colors...and then you print it on cardstock. Such fun, inexpensive party decor!! Plus, it made a nice gift for the new mom to use in the nursery.


Details, details! Basically, we tucked paper flowers, rustic decor or baby's breath everywhere we could! The color palette stayed consistent with navy + neutrals (and the smallest pop of yellow). 

Instead of a game, we printed out color sheets in A-Z. Each attendee colored a page and added a sweet message to the new baby. After the shower, we laminated the sheets and made them into baby's first ABC book. It worked out really well! 


No party is complete without paper favors! For this shower, I made homemade salsa and canned them in little 4oz jars. To complete the look, I designed 2 inch circular labels for the tops. Cute and fairly inexpensive, especially if you find a deal on the jars. Salsa can be made for pennies/ounce. My homemade salsa recipe can be found here.
If you're interested in some Temper Tantrum salsa labels for your upcoming shower, shoot me an email and I'd be happy to customize these for a small fee! 

Don't you just love baby showers?! Now I can't wait to meet baby Hamilton!!

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September 1, 2014

Easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole, with a Kick!


Happy Labor Day, friends! Where did August go?? Last month, I got to sample the Primo Picks at HEB, once again. And, the August picks were delicious! Lots of hatch green chili flavored goodies. I'd show you a picture of the hatch green chili tortilla chips, but they disappeared mighty quickly. Among the samples was a jar of hatch green chili queso. SO good! I decided to use it in a very easy broccoli cheese casserole and the results were tasty...and, just a little spicy. We decided to call it Broccoli Rice Casserole, with a Kick. 


This is the jar of queso. Can you tell one of my family members (who shall remain nameless) helped himself to some of my dip (*cough*Joseph*cough*)? It's okay, I only needed 1 cup for this recipe, so, I'll let it slide. This time. ;)


(Easy!) Broccoli Cheese Casserole, with a Kick

1/2 C. Broccoli (diced into small pieces and steamed)
1 C. Central Market/HEB Hatch Green Chili Queso
3 C. Instant Rice
2 C. Water
Cilantro, to garnish. 

Mix queso and water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli and rice and stir. Remove from heat and replace lid. Let sit for 5 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot. 


Yes, I used instant rice. Scandalous! I told you this side dish was EASY. If you are fundamentally opposed to instant rice, by all means, modify this with regular ol' long grain rice. I'm sure the results will be deliciously cheesy...with a kick! :)

To check out previous recipes from my HEB Primo Picks, check out this links below.


***I received products to sample from HEB. All opinions are 100% mine. 

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August 27, 2014

A Versatile Dresser (+ Baby Shower Sneak Peek)



Recently, I got the opportunity to pick a piece of furniture from Sauder and, after carefully reviewing all my options, I chose this beautiful white dresser. I chose this piece because my dear hubby needed a new dresser for his bedside. Yes, I said dresser for the bedside! What can I say?? I like non-traditional bedside tables. You can see the current bedside table in this blog post. Besides the sad state of the wicker, the current dresser just wasn't roomy enough for all his things. We always (always, always!) need more storage around here!

At this point, I'm sure you're wondering what a bedside table has to do with a baby shower. Well, this past weekend I hosted a baby shower and, before this dresser made it to our bedroom, it made a pit stop in my living room. Why? Because it was just what I needed to house a delectable dessert buffet! I'll show you the rest of the baby shower details soon, but first I wanted you to see how versatile this dresser is.



The entire process, from ordering the dresser to receiving the dresser to assembling the dresser to styling the dresser, was a total breeze! The dresser arrived in one long box and my husband helped me assemble it in one short afternoon (okay, okay- he mostly did it alone while I distracted the 3 year old).



This is definitely a quality, affordably priced dresser and I'm already loving it! I especially like how the drawers gently close instead of slam shut. My daughter has filled some of the drawers with her things (she's a collector of things, just like me) and I've yet to hear a slammed drawer (thank you Sauder!). And, of course, I'm a form AND function gal, so I have to mention the pretty silver handles. So stylish!



Once I get this dresser situated in my bedroom, I'll come back and show you how I styled it as a bedside table. And, of course, I'll be returning in a few days to show you all the details of my Rustic Chic Baby Shower :).

***This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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