Saturday, November 24, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Little Girl

You guys know I had fun putting this one together! These are all either things Lexie owns or things that have been on her/my wish list for a while. There are quite a few bigger ticket items on here (though certainly not all) because I really like to gift one very special item each year. Christmas is the one time a year we splurge a little, so I listed some favorites to hopefully inspire you as you make your girl's Christmas extra magical.


For the little chef - I love how grown up it looks!

The sweetest little stocking stuffer

Your little would love to sell baguettes and macarons in this darling play cafe, oui? 

We got Lexie a guitar for her birthday and at the last minute I cheaped out and bought an inexpensive one. I really wish I would have stuck with my plan to buy a Loog guitar. It plays like a real guitar and comes with music and an app to help little ones start learning chords. 

This is my very favorite play food set - so charming!

This is the play kitchen we have and love! It seems to be sold out everywhere in gray right now, but it restocks frequently and the white is currently available. 

Magna tiles seem to be a favorite with kids of all ages, and I love the natural look of these wood ones

Lexie's all-time most played with toy is her tea set. This one is so beautiful, and also won't break if you have a baby/toddler around.

I gasped when I saw this gorgeous castle doll house for the first time. SO special! Love the little royal family too.

If your daughter is in to all things ballet, she'll love this little set with a bar and mirror for her tutu'd friend to practice on.

The sweetest bike ever! I'm hoping to get Lexie one this spring. How special would it be under the tree?

Our girl is obsessed with music and singing, and I'm so excited for her to open this microphone on Christmas morning! How fun that you can play songs wirelessly for her to sing to!

The prettiest print from one of my favorite artists, Lulie Wallace

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Friday, November 23, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Mother-in-Law

One of the most requested gift guides is one for mothers-in-law. The name of the game is definitely making her feel special, and finding personalized and sentimental gifts always wins. 

For the cook - a pretty dish brush, kitchen towel and sponges makes any kitchen a little brighter

This is probably my favorite thing on the list. You send in a special handwritten recipe (written by a loved one, someone who has passed, or maybe by your child) and it's printed on a keepsake plate to display. So special!

Along the same lines, the prettiest place to keep favorite recipes for the chef or baker

I love Chatbooks! I have an auto subscription that prints a photo book and ships to me every 60 photos I post on Instagram, and I make a yearly recap photo book each year. Do the same for your mom or mother-in-law and she'll love flipping through the memories. There are even Rifle Paper Co. covers, which are my favorite!

Pretty, sophisticated napkins she can use year round when she hosts

This classic piece would go with so many personal styles

Upload photos wirelessly from any device and display them for all to see - every grandma's dream!

This pressed flower phone case is nostalgic and unique

Perfect for at-home manis, this kit gets top reviews

So sweet! Have custom silhouettes done of your children for grandma, or if you don't have kids, consider a pet or using a favorite childhood photo. 

These watercolor house portraits would be perfect for the family home or even a previous home your mom or mother-in-law would like to remember.

My all-time favorite scent now comes in hand soap and lotion! Get one for your MIL and one for you!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Girlfriends

Each year I love to find beautiful and unique items to help you with everyone on your list. This year I've put together a gift guide that's perfect for any lady in your life - sisters, friends, hostesses, coworkers, etc. There is also a wide range of price points whether you just want to give a little something (like pretty lip balm) or really spoil her with the most luxurious of throw blankets. Many of these items are on my own wish list this year!

A no-fail gift that everyone will love, it's currently 40% off!

This pretty palette has all the favorites for face and eyes

I love the pattern, and it would go in nearly any kitchen

Set of three dainty rings, currently 50% off

I absolutely love these for layering on a backsplash

Love the modern lines of this. It's one of Oprah's Favorite Things this year

Another one on my own wish list - rollers are great for de-puffing and firming facial skin

Pretty enough to leave on the kitchen counter

A classic in pretty packaging

My favorite audio brand by far - the best quality!

People rave about Barefoot Dreams throws and how soft and cozy they are. Love the print on this one! 

Did you know you could gift a potted plant? How fun!

Yes, please!

I ask for one of these every year and have pretty much burned through it by Valentine's Day. It's my all-time favorite scent and will make your house smell like Anthro!

Kristen Ess can do no wrong, and her new styling tools are no exception

These are gorgeous, so detailed and look like jewelry for your table

Everyone loves getting perfume and this pretty trio is sure to be a crowd pleaser

You know I love a monogram, and this one is so chic!

This was actually on my gift guide last year too, because everyone swears by it. Anti-aging, anti-beadhead and totally luxurious. 

Also on my own list, these coil hair ties are supposed to give you the ultimate effortless messy bun. 

I love gifting special pieces like beautiful artwork.

Keep your coffee piping hot and control the temperature from your phone

So chic, and goes with so many styles - an easy gift to keep on hand for anything that comes up

To pretty up your co-worker's desk!

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dreamy Princess Party {Blush and White Third Birthday}

One thing I've learned is that I adore throwing our daughter birthday parties. There is just nothing quite like the magic and sweetness of a little girl party. You can see her first birthday here and her second birthday here. This is the first year she's had an opinion on the theme and since she's obsessed with all things princess she requested a fete fit for royalty this time.

Luckily her favorite color is pink and she's into all things sparkly so it was pretty easy to put together a party that made her happy. 



I borrowed this great DIY ballet bar from a friend who had thrown her daughter a ballerina party and reused it as a garment rack for pretty princess dresses for all the girls. It's PVC pipe spray painted gold if you're looking to make your own! 

I layered the kids' table with these scalloped plates and these marbled ones and finished them with the most darling petite crowns. A sprinkling of confetti tied it all together.

I added white fairy wings to each of the girls' chairs which made it so ethereal and they loved putting them on during the party.





The white cardboard castle was a gift at her last party and fit in perfectly this year. The kids loved going in and out of it. We dressed it up with some star garlands, paper lanterns and these pretty balloons.





I searched and searched for the perfect invitation and couldn't quite find what I was looking for. Luckily my friend Stephen of Ink Floyd Design saved the day with these darling custom invites that were exactly what I had envisioned! He is actually the one who designed my 12th and White logo and this blog so you know I totally trust him! If you need custom party invitations or any other design work, I can't recommend Ink Floyd enough!

 
The dessert table is always one of my favorite things to decorate. I've found the key to any theme party is definitely a large focal point, so I DIY'd these royal crest banner complete with a script L. I added silver dollar eucalyptus and blush roses the morning of the party, and created a swag with these darling crepe paper streamers. I think I'll probably use these for every party from here on out because they're just so pretty and the colors are perfect.


These cute little castle party favor boxes were perfect for dressing up the dessert table and carrying the theme through.



My mother-in-law again outdid herself with all the desserts including the cake, which I topped with a gorgeous metal crown.



Even the boys loved waving the gold sparkly wands around : )


I found the prettiest princess tattoos that were such a hit!







She was all kinds of precious! Of course I had bought her this darling dress to surprise her with and all she wanted to wear was her (borrowed) Belle pj dress. 




We let her throw confetti before all her friends arrived and it was so darling and SUCH a mess! We didn't clean up til the next morning and it looked like there had been a (pink) frat party in our living room haha.



A few of the little princesses - how cute are they?!


Happy birthday baby girl! We loved celebrating you!


Party Sources
Paper Lanterns - Pink | White

 




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