Sunday, October 25, 2020

An Elegant Frozen Birthday Party


One of my favorite things to do is throw very special birthday parties for my kids. As Lexie has gotten older she of course has more of an opinion on the themes of her party. So while I might not have chosen it, her five year old heart just wanted an Anna and Elsa Frozen themed party. And her birthday girl wish was my command!

I did my best to make it feel like a frosted wonderland (and a little less cheesy charter-y) and I think she loved it!

I always try to make the dessert table the focal point, so for this one I combined this stand up castle with a balloon garland in the party colors for tons of visual impact.


As always, my incredibly talented mother-in-law made all the treats. The two-tiered cake was covered in fondant snowflakes, topped with white rock candy and adorned with Lexie's favorite Anna, Elsa and Olaf dolls. 

We wrapped the cupcakes in these gorgeous snowflake wrappers and topped them with silhouettes of Anna and Elsa (I love a silhouette and thought these were a classy nod to the characters).

The snowflake cookies were seriously so gorgeous and delicious. It's hard to tell in many of the photos, but above you can see I layered the table with iridescent wrapping paper (found at the Dollar Tree of all places) which really made a pretty backdrop for all the treats. I also layered in large snowflakes and faux snow, also from the Dollar Tree.

Rock candy and mini snowflake wands were fun details that carried through the theme.

 

I couldn't believe she even put the Frozen logo on the cookies!

For the kids table I used purple iridescent wrapping paper as a runner and then layered on snowflake plates and starburst plates, Frozen napkins, iridescent cups and more rock candy.


Of course you have to do some twirling if you're in an Elsa dress!


I'll be so sad when my kids get too big for a kids table at parties - I love decorating their tiny little table just for them and their friends. We have this table and use my mom's Pottery Barn one too to add extra seating.

I tied graphics from the invitations onto each treat bag, which were filled with Frozen goodies like stickers, play dough, crowns and even an iridescent sucker.


I narrowed down a few invitations to pick from and then let Lexie choose the invites. She chose these beautiful pale purple Elsa invitations.

I also hung these snowflakes and pretty iridescent stars above the kids table, which made the room feel so magical.


The kids had the best time decorating snowflakes with paint, sparkly snow and stickers. I'm always amazed how much little ones love projects like this - such a hit!


 
The party was nothing short of magical! Happy fifth birthday baby girl!
 





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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Restyling the Entryway

One space I haven't shown on the blog and not even much on Instagram is our entryway. It's a small space but one I've always really loved. One of my must-haves for a house was an entry space, and I was so happy our home featured a beautiful two-story entryway with a grand staircase and a little nook for a table or bench. We outfitted it with an antique chest that was my grandparents, hung a few things on the walls, and it mostly stayed that way for the last few years. But recently I'd been wanting to bring the space to life a bit more.


The folks at Revival Rugs were kind enough to send over this gorgeous vintage rug and it was just the jumping off point I needed! I absolutely love the muted colors, the soft flat-weave texture and the character the rug brings to the space.


 

If you follow along on Instagram stories you know I also DIY-ed this wood ball mirror from a mirror I already had and some half wood balls. It was a bit of a saga as I didn't do it quite right initially and had to take them all off and start over (typical, right?!) but I love how it turned out in the end! I'll have a blog post soon with the tutorial if you want to make one too.


I also added this rattan wall hook to keep coats and bags. It adds another point of interest in the space as well as functionality.



I kept most of the pieces in here pretty neutral, so the rug really brings that pop of soft color the space needed. I love that Revival Rugs carries one-of-a-kind curated vintage rugs as well as new rugs that are handmade. Their collection is just stunning and I had such a hard time choosing one because they're all so beautiful. Revival Rugs is so easy to work with - I had a snaffu with my order (on my end) and they were so great to get everything worked out for me with no questions asked. They'll be my go-to source for rugs for sure! If you're in the market for a vintage or vintage-look rug, you can use the code BROWNING10 to get 10% off your order. 




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Monday, October 19, 2020

Our Fall Porch 2020

 One of my favorite things we did last year was style our porch for fall. We had just finished our exterior makeover and it was so nice to decorate and show off an exterior space of our home for the first time ever (we've never had an exterior that we liked). So I was happy to do the same thing again this year, especially with the new landscaping we just had installed this summer.

Since we always get questions, our front door color is matched to our shutters, but I think it looks similar to Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray.

 
We had to search high and low for these white and muted pumpkins - I think we went to nine stores!




Love this little scalloped planter from Home Goods - I had lavender planted in it earlier this summer.


Our limelight hydrangeas are still small but produced quite a few blooms for their first year. I can't wait to see how they do the next few years!



I hope our front porch could inspire you to create a special fall space in your own home!

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