Sunday, March 1, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 101}

Hello, our fine partying friends! We are so glad you are with us for another Much Ado About Monday link party! 

I hope you guys had a great weekend and didn't have too much trouble with all this crazy weather! Down here in Houston, we just had a chilly and rainy weekend, nothing too exciting. We had plans to head to the beach to go fishing with some friends, but decided to stay in and stay warm and dry. I gave up eating meat for the Lenten season and am loving all these vegetarian meals that I am trying. My favorite so far has been this yummy black bean and quinoa burrito with a creamy avocado dip that is to die for!! If you have any vegetarian meals that you adore, please send them my way! I am most definitely a meat-eater but I am enjoying stepping out of my comfort zone and trying all these new dishes. 



This week on the blog, I shared the details of my daughter's sweet first birthday party with you guys and looking back at all that yummy food we had makes me hungry even now!

Our links this past week were phenomenal and we really loved looking through what you guys shared with us. Our picks this week are:


Lydia's pick: Rainbow Mint Oreo Truffles via Kleinworth & Co.
Emily's pick: Painted Dresser Set via Unique Junktique
Jamie's pick: DIY Dress-Up Station via Creatively Homespun
Jill's pick:Mini Pina Colada Cupcakes via This Silly Girl's Life

And our most viewed link was {Furniture Makeover}Hand Painted Dresser by Color Saturated Life.

Hand Painted Dresser Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Flow Blue | Colour Saturated Life



Congrats to all of our featured bloggers!  Be sure to grab our 'I Was Featured' button to display proudly on your blog!


And now, on to the party!!


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**Also, we've switched things up just a bit, from now on the links you post will be placed in random order to give everyone an opportunity to be at the top of the list :)**

Thanks for stopping by to party with us!!




Tea Party First Birthday

So, my sweet baby girl had her first birthday a few months back and I decided to throw her a Tea Party themed first birthday party.

I loved how her baptism party turned out and wanted to have another little tea party party (does that make sense?).
 

I found these adorable invites on Etsy and based the colors and theme off the invite. I love the mint, pink, and gold combination and I especially love the use of the roses (Rose is her middle name, after all). The colors and the theme are just perfect for a little girl's first birthday party!



On the day of the party, we had a little sign welcoming guests to Lorelei's Tea Party and put up a paper lantern decorated with streamers of lace and ribbon in the party's colors to brighten up the front door.


We set up the food in our eat-in kitchen and I made the backdrop using plastic tablecloths of different shades of pink.


It was a super simple backdrop and very quick to make (not to mention cheap--I used tablecloths from the Dollar Store). I simply pinned up the tablecloths, one behind the other, so all three colors were pinned up together. Then I cut long strips through all the colors. After that, I braided them together at the top, so all the colors were visible. It came out so cute and I love how it transformed the space for only $3!!

I also found some tea party themed streamers at a party supply store and couldn't pass them up.They were perfect for the party. Then I hung up some more paper lanterns with the lace and ribbon streamers to complete the backdrop. Much better than our blinds, wouldn't you agree?

In the living room, I put up more of the tea party streamers, along with a name banner. Under the mantle, I strung some twine to hang up pictures of Lorelei.

I printed off my favorite photos of her over the past year (one photo a month) and glued them onto doilies, then used clothes pins to clip the onto the twine. 

It turned out so sweet and it was really fun (and a bit tear-inducing) to look back through the year and how much my sweet girl had changed and grown.

We also decorated her high chair, which was the scene of the much anticipated cake smash. I made a quick rag tie banner and taped it onto her chair to make it more festive. {By the way, isn't this high chair just fantastic?! My dad made this for us as a gift and I just love it! His woodworking skills are unparallelled.}



And, of course, I had to make the guest of honor a little outfit! I decided to whip up a fabric scrap tutu (using the same fabric that adorns the high chair) and I LOVED how it looked on her. 


 I used pink, gold, and mint colored fabrics, along with some strips of lace to give it a bit of vintage flair. {By the way, Jamie has a great tutorial on how to make your own fabric scrap tutu, so be sure to check it out!}


Look at those chunky baby legs!! I just want to eat them up!




Speaking of eating, what would a tea party be without yummy treats to snack on? These tea party plates were a perfect match (found at the same party supply store as the streamers) and I also pulled out some "fancy" plastic plates for the adults. {Because we are nothing if not high class around here.}



We served two different types of quiches and I used a tea cup as a vase for some beautiful pink roses.



We had mini PB&J sandwiches for the kids {cut into triangles and with all the crusts cut off because we aren't heathens.}.


For the adults, I made the official Downton Abbey cucumber sandwiches. I will admit, I was very skeptical about making these sandwiches but I felt I had to because hello, it's a tea party. But these little sandwiches are AMAZING. I am not even lying. I love them so much.


We also made bacon gorgonzola chicken salad with croissants and this chicken salad is so delicious. Gorgonzola and bacon? Yes, please, two scoops.


We had a fruit salad as well and just stuck with berries since my little girl loves those the best.



And what would a tea party be without desserts? I arranged some of the scrumptious treats on a three-tired stand and used a tea pot at the top as another vase for more roses.


We had assorted truffles in several different flavors (lemon, red velvet, and chocolate).


Then I made mini cupcakes in two flavors: vanilla and pink velvet. It was my first time making a pink velvet cake and they are soooo good. Maybe even better than red velvet. {I said, maybe.}


We also offered meringues (which the kids absolutely loved)....


...and some tea pot and tea cup shaped cookies, which were also the favors. I love the cute gold handles and the sweet little roses!



Then we had some scones and blueberry muffins, which went well with the coffee we offered at the end of the party. {I know, I know! Coffee at a tea party?!}


For my daughter's smash cake, I made a pink velvet cake using 6 inch round cake pans and then decorated it with my star-shaped icing tip, making swirls that ended up looking like roses.

 

Super simple but very pretty. I made three batches of icing to create the ombre effect and I love how it matches the three shades of pink in the backdrop. 


For a drink station, we had pink lemonade and tea (of course!) and decorated with some more roses.


When the party was over, we had the favor station set up by the front door.





We gave everyone a cookie wrapped in plastic and sealed with a little thank you sticker. It was the perfect little favor for our sweet girl's tea party birthday!


 

 She was such a lady with the cake smash and refused to dive into the cake at all. So I didn't get any pictures of her stuffing her face but that's just fine. I think it's adorable how upset she got when she had icing on her hands. She is definitely a girl who likes to stay clean.


I really loved the tea party theme and how girly everything was for Lorelei's first birthday party! It was the perfect party for my loving, adorable, and sweet-as-can-be little girl.






Sunday, February 22, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 100}


I can't believe it, today marks our 100th Much Ado About Monday link party!! What a long way we've come from our first party garnering only 33 link ups to now having over 300 every party. We can't thank you enough because obviously, these parties are impossible without you!
This past week was  pretty slow on the post front for us. The tummy bug has been running rampant here and unfortunately it hit my family pretty hard. Today is starting to feel like we are on the mend so fingers crossed there is no residual sickness lingering..

Lucky for us, you all shared so many great posts that our lack of craftiness was made up for ;). Our favourites this week were:


Jamie: Cherry Cream Cheese Danish Muffins via Frugal Foodie Mama
 Lydia: Strawberry Rum Cocktail via Krystal's Kitsch
Jill: Plain Piano Bench Goes Glamourous via Thrifty Treasures
Emily: Creating a Coffee Table via Karen's Up On the Hill

And the most viewed link of the week was:


Retro Marquee Arrow via Anything & Everything

Congrats to all of our featured bloggers! You guys never cease to amaze us with your dedication and creativity. Be sure to grab our 'I Was Featured' button to display proudly on your blog!

And now, let's party!!

The Rules:

*We love our followers, and always follow back. Please follow us on GFC as well as BlogLovin:

Follow on Bloglovin

*You can also find us at these favorite social media sites: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+
* Please link back to us in your post. Whether it be through a text link or by posting our super cute button somewhere in your post. We appreciate it!
* If you do NOT link back to us in your post, you will NOT be Featured on Much Ado About Monday. So, link back! You'll thank us later. :)

*Features posts will be pinned on Pinterest and promoted on Facebook and Google+
* Feel free to link up decorating tips, DIY projects, recipes, organizational ideas, sewing and crochet creations or anything else crafty or that you find inspirational.
* Please do not link up giveaways, Etsy shops, or projects that were not made by you.
* You may link up to three posts a week!
* If your post has been featured, please do not link it up again.
* Remember to visit, visit, visit! That's the point of a party, right? Have fun!

**Also, we've switched things up just a bit, from now on the links you post will be placed in random order to give everyone an opportunity to be at the top of the list :)**

Thanks for stopping by to party with us!!



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