Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Big Boy Dinner

So my husband turned 30 and jumped out of a plane. In honor of being such a big boy I thought that it would be super cute to do a candy themed birthday dinner. It turned out to be a great way to inexpensively add color to the table and send everyone home with a little something.

The table was set with some great linen homespun, I am obsessed with this and can't seem to pass it by when I see it nicely priced while antiquing. It provided a neutral background for all the colors and food. The plastic army men were a great find a Target. Perfect for the color story and the previous day's events! It took the man a bit to figure it out, but his little brother, who is 7, got it right away.

I used a combination on vintage ball jars, I have them on hand from our wedding, another obsession, and new mason jars. (I love to have these on hand to give gifts, and store food. We are trying to move away from storing in plastic and these are a great and more economical alternative) The flowers were a steal at Wegmans. My first choice would normally not have been roses but the price was right and they played nicely into my color story.

I love it when I arrive at a party and find a little something at my place. But let's face it that really never happens, at least not outside of my dreams. So in honor of this big occasion I decided to go the extra step and make a little goody bag for every guest. Inside they found childhood favorites like candy necklaces, dot candy, lemon heads, and bubble gum. I printed a black and white picture of the birthday boy on packaging labels and tied them to each bag. It was a nice touch that everyone really enjoyed.

We had a great night with friends and family, and the man has enjoyed eating the left overs since his big day.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jumping from a Plane

My husband decided that for his 30th birthday he wanted to go skydiving. He invited our friend Ben, of Make Things Studio to join him in the adventure. We all piled in the car on Sunday morning and set out on the two hour drive to Skydive Delmarva in Laurel, Delaware.

After waiting for a few hours, the boys finally loaded in the plane without even a wave goodbye... We only had to wait a few minutes before everyone came floating down. It was so nice to see that everyone was making it down safely and such a site to see all the multi colored parachutes fluttering down.

The boys had a great time and each earned their first time jumper certificate. We then all piled back in the card for the long drive home. Fortunately I offered to drive because the boys fell asleep about 5 minutes after we hit the road. It was an exhausting, but great day.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Getting Ready

Now that I have been accepted, with my amazing friends, to all of these prestigious shows I am trying to get all my ducks in a row. Last year, and this winter were great learning experiences. Taking what I learned and being organized enough to implement it might be two different things.

For my wedding I purchased a mini Russell and Hazel, my absolute favorite, binder. It was my center point for everything wedding and small enough to carry around. So I have decided to take the same strategy with my business. I am using the same binder, ordering a few new inserts and making it my information center once again.

Today I'm off to a new jewelry resource in Baltimore, and then home to organize, organize, organize!