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Shark Themed Pool Party

Summer is the perfect time to throw a Shark Themed Pool Party. Since my son's birthday is in December and he has always wanted a pool party, I decided to celebrate his half birthday this year! He was super excited when he found out all of his friends could make it, since this usually doesn't happen for his actual birthday. 

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Since we don't have a pool of our own, I rented out the neighborhood clubhouse and pool. It worked out great! 



When planning and designing a party, I like to start with the invitation, as it sets the tone. 


I mailed these fun cut-out shark heads to all of Greyson's friends in a black box filled with "water" {blue paper shred}. I love to get the guests excited for the party from the moment they open the invitation!

But if you prefer a much more simple invitation, I also created this one which I love just as much! 


When hosting a Shark Themed Pool Party, it is necessary to have some shark pool toys for the guests to play with, you can find the large red and blue sharks here, the blue shark soakers here, the mini shark dive toys here and of course no pool party is complete without water guns! The kids loved them all!



And of course you can not forget the sunscreen! While living in Texas the heat is high during the summer months, so I am always prepared with sunscreen! 

The party was from 1-4 pm, so I kept the snacks on the lighter side. 






Keeping with the theme, I served some of the snacks {gold fish, Swedish fish and "puffer fish" cheese puffs} in silver pails and the pretzels were placed in treat cones, I love when guests can just grab and go! Mini gummy fish in the colors of the party were placed on top of the cupcakes while some were topped with cookie shark fins! Fins up friends!!! 


Since the kids were swimming and playing outside, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of fruit and cold beverages on hand. Placing large gummy sharks and the shark and surfboard cookies on "sand" made a great impact and the kids loved it! 




Can you believe I made the cookies?! Not bad for my first time! I will have a tutorial on these soon. I promise they are WAY easier than they look! 

To keep everyone cool on this very hot day {102} I had plenty of water and Gatorade on hand. 







How fabulous are these beverage napkins? My sweet friend, Bethany of Pink Poppy Weddings created them for me to match our fun shark head cut-out invitation! Greyson and his friends thought they were fun!

Instead of goodie bags, I made, yes I MADE shark pinatas! Didn't they come out so cute? I will have a tutorial for these as well! It involves my Cricut Maker




Inside the belly of the shark is "chum" {Swedish fish}. I tried to DIY most of this party and I am pretty happy with how it came out! What do you think? Would you like to learn how to make the cookies and shark pinatas? I will share the tutorials with you.

Have a JAWsome time at your Shark Themed Pool Party! And if you are in the ocean, keep an eye out for sharks! 

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Lemon Yellow and Blue Summer Tablescape

Lemon yellow and blue make such a cheery summer scene that suits well for breakfast or brunch! 

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Incorporating bold stripes and gingham plates and napkin rings, bring all the elements together. This color palette can be feminine or masculine, informal or formal. It's all about how you mix the colors. 




I definitely wanted the feel to be more feminine and informal. I love how the yellow pops! To style a beautiful table it doesn't have to cost you a lot. Below I listed all the resources. As you know, I love to "shop" my house before going out to purchase any new items. I spent the most on the tablecloth I purchased a few years ago, but I have used it often and will use it again for my son's upcoming birthday party. 

Here are a few tips: 

1: Decide on a color palette or theme. Look for items to bring the theme together, such as the lemons. 
2: Make it unique. Sure you have seen navy and yellow tablescapes before, but have you seen one with lemons, cabana stripes and gingham? 
3: Choose a statement piece. Flowers are usually my go to statement for the table. 
4: Incorporate texture. This can be done with chargers, plates, napkins and glassware. Texture is key, when maintaining visual interest.





I hope you are inspired to style your own Lemon Yellow and Blue Summer Tablescape, whether it is for breakfast or brunch with your girlfriends or family, I hope you incorporate some of these tips to help you style your own table. 

To recreate this tablescape, you will need:

porcelain lemons {these were in the dollar spot}
1.5" wide navy gingham ribbon

I simply could not resist picking up some of my favorite white hydrangeas and placing them in a blue and white ginger jar. Mini vases filled with yellow daisies line the center of the table acting as a visual table runner.  

Happy Styling my friends, 



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How to Create the Perfect Budget Friendly Charcuterie Board

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It's no secret I LOVE to entertain! Recently, I have discovered a love for creating charcuterie boards! What is a charcuterie, you ask? It describes any kind of cured meat, but is typically associated with specialty or gourmet meats and is pronounced SHärˈko͞otərē. A charcuterie board, refers to an assortment of meats which are paired with different accompaniments, such as fruit, cheese, crackers and/or toast. 

Charcuterie boards are perfect when hosting your girlfriends over on a Friday night enjoying a glass of wine. The prep work is really pretty easy and nothing beats the presentation of it all. You can find everything you need at Aldi. Starting with a great board like this one definitely helps with presentation. Can you believe I created this board for under $35?



As you begin to think about what you want on your board, think about textures and colors. You will want to make sure you have a good mixture of both! Fresh fruit and vegetables can add a ton of color and texture. Don't be afraid to pile or stack food items, the board should be full. I like to cut some of the cheese and fold salami slices in thirds so it is easier to take individual servings. 

MEAT: I like to add Genoa Salami, Pepperoni and Prosciutto Panino. 3-4 slices of meat per person is usually a safe estimate. 

CHEESE: A variety is best, from soft to hard. I created this particular board with Brie, Gouda and hand smoked cheese. I also added Hummus as an added flavor. Think hors d'oeuvre quantity. 

FRUIT: Blackberries, strawberries, grapes, apples and oranges are all great ideas. As well as nuts. I typically will stay away from adding nuts to my charcuterie board, as both of my kiddos are anaphylatic to nuts and nut products. But if you add them to your board, they should be shelled and salted. 

EXTRAS: Olives, stuffed and/or pitted, pickles, mini sweet peppers, jellies or dips, crackers and pita chips all add a variety of color and textures. 




Here is my receipt from Aldi when I purchased everything I needed for my budget friendly charcuterie board. 


If you have ever been worried you can not create a Charcuterie Board, now you can with the tips I shared with you in this post and it can be budget friendly! Let me know if you decide to make one and if you have any questions. I am here to help! 

Have a great day! 

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$50 Oriental Trading Company Gift Card Giveaway

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If you love Oriental Trading as much as I do, here is your chance to enter to win a $50 gift card and go on a shopping spree! 

I teamed up with several fabulous bloggers to bring you this great giveaway! You know I love working with Oriental Trading, as I have styled many tablescapes and parties with them. You can see a them here, here and here.  They have a great selection of fun party/craft supplies. 

A few of my favorite parties I have styled with the help of Oriental Trading are:




If you like the parties and tables I have styled, then you need to enter this giveaway below! With the help of Oriental Trading, your party will definitely get kicked up a notch! 

What will you purchase with your gift card? 

Good Luck! 

$50 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway

This giveaway runs from midnight MST May, 9th and ends at 11:59 pm MST on May 29th.  Open to US residents only, 18 years old and older are invited to enter! 

Easter with Lindt Chocolate

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Creating an Easter basket for your friends has never been easier than it is now with Kroger and Lindt Chocolate! I am helping you unwrap the magic of Easter with Lindt GOLD BUNNY! 


I created this Easter gift basket for one of my sweet friends, and yes, her name also happens to be Jennifer! I love how you can have the red ribbons personalized! Along with the Lindt Gold Bunny I was able to create a home gift basket for my friend. It includes dessert plates, cloth napkins, bunny ear napkin rings, a delicious candle, ceramic gold bunnies and I also included a Basil seed kit!  A small vase of fresh flowers from Kroger was the perfect touch for this gift basket. 


Make sure you head to your local Kroger store for your customized Easter Lindt GOLD BUNNY and make sure you pick up a bundle of fresh flowers for your gift basket and table. 



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