Sunday, January 17, 2021

A Golf Birthday Party: Evan's Second Birthday

It might be freezing outside now, but looking back on photos from this sweet summer birthday party makes it seem almost like warmer days are near. Yes, I am almost six months late sharing about this party, but better late than never, and this one was worth waiting for - it was such a special day!

Evan is obsessed with all things GOLF so that just had to be the theme of his second birthday party. It was easy to combine golf with my love of classic little boy style and soft colors.

I had a seersucker jon jon made with an embroidered monogram and golf clubs.

My sweet friend Brooke of Brooke Lorraine Photography was kind enough to come and take these beautiful photos, which was such a blessing to me. It's really a lot to be the party planner, decorator, hostess, mama AND photographer, though I usually do all those things at our parties. Having someone else take the photos made everything so much easier. She is so very talented and I love how she captured this special day!


My mother-in-law created these darling golf cookies that gave so much personality to the party.

I found these blue gingham treat bags at TJ Maxx and they were perfect for the take home gifts. We filled them with golf ball chocolates, golf ball pens and a few other goodies. I made the tags myself using the graphic from the invitation.

I couldn't find quite the right thing for a backdrop so ended up printing two vintage golf posters in large scale to serve as the focal point above the dessert table.

We grew real grass from seed in the golf ball planters, and I topped them with homemade flags made from seersucker (left over from his first birthday party actually). I filled glass apothecary jars with plastic golf balls for the table.

We topped the cake with a little toy golf cart, which were fun to keep as toys after the party.

We decked the kids table with golf themed goodies also. Everyone got their own golf ball cup which were such a hit!


These golf plates fit the theme and color palette perfectly, and I layered them over gingham plates I found last year in the Target dollar spot.


We had the best time partying outside during most of the party. I have a summer birthday and am so glad one of my kids does too - there's nothing like a summer birthday party with some water fun in the backyard! (Our pool is by Liewood, which is a Scandinavian company that's sometimes hard to find in the US. Here's the only version I could find right now - the smaller pool than we have.)

One thing I was so excited to include was corn hole decked out in the golf theme. I covered our normal corn hole boards in colored butcher paper to create golf greens, and the kids had a blast playing with them.  
Another fun moment was this little "pro shop" in the backyard. I had grand visions of having a blue and white striped awning above it, but that was a failed DIY project (that I spent way too many hours on haha). But even without it, it was still a cute addition and the kids had fun playing shop in it! (Side note - if I had to do it over again I would use this method to create an awning.)

I'll always remember this sweet party and special day. Evan is the most fun two year old - sweet, cuddly, adventurous, joyful and playful. It was so much fun to celebrate him with his very own golf party!



Click here for the Master's poster. Click here for the PGA poster.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas Home Tour 2020: Living Room

 A lot has changed since the last time I shared this space here on the blog! We finally splurged on a Samsung Frame TV and could rearrange the living room layout since we were no longer needing to work around a TV being on the left cabinet. It feels like a completely different room! And what better time to debut it than at Christmas?

 For artwork on the TV I chose this gorgeous neutral abstract art from Juniper Print Shop. I layered my favorite eucalyptus garland with a bit of fresh pine and cedar, and added bottle brush trees in neutral hues for a simple mantel. Our velvet stockings are always a favorite and this year I dressed them up with taupe silk ribbon and gray velvet ribbon (both from Hobby Lobby, similar here) as well as some tiny brass bells. I just love this look!


This might be one of my favorite views, with our tree in its new spot in the corner. Also I love being able to style the now-open console with some leaning art and accessories - a happy accident as I was going to put another shelf there to fill the opening left by the old TV, but it was out of stock. I actually love the look and think I'll leave it this way.

 I hung a small boxwood wreath over some of my favorite abstract art, and added in a wooden bell and vase of fresh pine branches for simple Christmas touches.

I'm still so happy with our new coffee table I found at Home Goods this summer. I added my favorite bust vase filled with pine and a few tabletop bells and trees.

 I'm especially loving this winter print (below) from a new shop I found called North Prints - they have the most gorgeous selection!

This room truly feels so grand and special this year! I'm so happy we made the switch and all the festive details are just the icing on the cake!


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