Monday Musings

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Kitchens: the Custom Refrigerator

As a self professed shopaholic, I pretty much love any excuse to go shopping.  Except when I unexpectedly must buy appliances.  Like a refrigerator.  Maybe one day that shopping trip will be an exciting one.  Custom refrigerator cabinetry makes me swoon.  It connects the kitchen with the rest of the house by bringing in elements that mirror real furniture.  And I love the use of exquisite hardware on all the following pieces.
This may be my favorite kitchen ever.  The designer, Michelle Allman, attended to every detail and created a luxurious and comfortable space.  I love the flame stitch fabric on the bar stools, all of the custom cabinetry, and of course that range is to die for!

images via:  Pinterest, Southern LivingInspired Home & Design, Color Outside the LinesThe Deco Blog, Decorators Garden, Mrs. French, Things that Inspire, Cote de Texas



Last week I received an e-mail from my sweet friend, Katie, asking about the DIY Geronimo balloons I made for Cade's first birthday party.  As I was writing back to her, I got to thinking about how the wave of the round balloon has catapulted balloon decor from blah to brilliant.  Round balloons have yet to hit the big party stores, but you can find them online and at smaller specialty party and printable boutiques.  Hope you are inspired to use round balloons at your next event!

A single balloon by the sign in table or gift table makes a quick statement.
Four 17 inch balloons side by side adds height to this monochromatic sweets table.
Attach string to the balloons at different lengths for interest.
A cluster of round balloons looks much more whimsical and elegant than a cluster of standard balloons.
Balloons and table numbers attached to low profile floral arrangements create a canopy effect in this outdoor setting.
Multi-colored ribbon and tassels make a statement, and a fun toy.  Creating DIY Geronimo balloons is surprisingly easy!
I love the whimsical look of this hot air balloon inspired centerpiece and think it would be just as lovely with a large round ballon weighted down by the flowers.
Beautiful use of the wedding colors in the Geronimo balloon tassels.
I love the balloons, paired with the papered boxes, and the chair covers.  How magical!
DIY Geronimo balloons make great centerpieces, and the candy anchors are sweet for this Bat Mitzvah.  Imagine them with coordinating florals, over the top beautiful!


Monster Birthday Party

The planning for Cade's first birthday party started months ago as I scoured Pinterest for the latest party inspiration.  I came across this sweet invitation created by Imprintables and it was love at first sight.  And so I began the process of designing the paper products for the party.  What a challenging and fun process it was.  I admire how creative and talented graphic designers have to be!  During the creating of the printables I was able refine the theme of the party.  I wanted to do a softer monster theme with graphic elements, thus the shades of blue and green as well as the chevron pattern that runs through the party. 

It rained all day, the day of the party so I was thankful that I planned a simple lunch.  Little guests enjoyed a boxed lunch complete with a sandwich, Annie's Cheddar Bunnies, applesauce and apple juice followed by monster cupcakes and cake pops.  The lunches were served in berry boxes tied with coordinating twine, which worked perfectly into the design scheme.  I purchased the berry boxes and other paper goods were purchased from Sweet Lulu.  The adults dined on chicken salad croissants and turkey pesto sandwiches, sweet onion potato chips, smoked gouda pasta salad and a mixed berry salad.  The littlest guests went home with custom chevron bibs made by Baby Chunk Monk and the older kids took home Sandra Boyton's book, Birthday Monsters, a new favorite in our house.

Of course a birthday wouldn't be complete with a few DIY elements.  I custom made two Geronimo style balloons for the party as well as the eclectic chandelier over the lunch spread.  I had been swooning over these little bundles of balloon happiness for months and was thrilled to discover how easy they were to create.  There are a few tutorials out there and I would suggest using a variety of materials for visual interest.  Just make sure not to weigh down the balloon too much!  I used ribbon, pom garlands, DIY ruffled crepe paper garlands, fringed paper garlands, tissue pops (re-used from Vivi's 2nd birthday), as well as a few other materials.  I just love these balloons! 

Party Supplies:  Sweet Lulu
Custom Bibs:  Baby Chunk Monk
Books:  Diapers.com
Printables:  Designed by me!

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