Beautiful Boy Baby Shower

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending an absolutely stunning baby shower. My mother-in-law and her sister put on such a delicious and beautiful spread–I just had to share it!  Be warned–you might feel inferior about your own party planning skills after seeing this!! 🙂 But don’t worry, you can get started creating a beautiful baby shower by picking out a great invitation.

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I love the simple elegance of the blue edible beads and the festiveness of the cupcake toppers.

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I LOVE this idea! My mother-in-law typed up well wishes and nursery rhymes for the new mom and framed them. They really dressed up her dessert and food tables and got lots of “oohs and ahhhs.”

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Red velvet cake pops!

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White chocolate-dipped pretzels!

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Oreo mint truffles! (Yes, between she and her sister ALL of the food was homemade!)

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To customize a clear vase, she decorated it with scrapbook paper.

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I also love how she paired these zebra plates with the brown polka dots. I think pale yellow and gray would be great color combos too, if you are looking for ideas.

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My mother-in-law’s sister did an amazing job with the food! What a spread! Chicken salad on croissants, spinach dip, pasta salad, a cheese torte and veggies. I particularly liked the toothpick skewers of meat and cheese–very easy to eat.

Tissue paper poofs are so fun! Very classy for a baby or bridal shower.

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We also played the baby shower word scramble game, in addition to a nursery rhyme game. (I need to brush up on my nursery rhymes!!) Overall, it was a beautiful shower and the expecting mom got tons of useful items. It was fun to see all the cute boy clothes, too–so sweet. All in all, a lovely afternoon.

Are you planning a shower? What do you like to do to make it unique? Games, food, decor?


I’m excited to announce the launch or my online store Anchor Printables where you can customize baby shower gift bingo games to fit your party. You can change the title and word list and it makes such an excellent special touch for the mom-to-be! Check it out!


Host an unforgettable Oscars party with these 3 tips

1. Set the tone.


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While this is true of any party, Oscars parties aren’t as ubiquitous as a baby shower or holiday party and can run the gamut in terms of formality. Some people like to dress up in cocktail attire, others like to dress up like movie characters and others go for a more low key gathering. Let your guests know upfront what to expect. Most people do this with a mailed invitation, but any form of clear communication will work (Facebook, evite, email, etc.).

2. Details, Details, Details!

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To me, it’s all in the details. They really do elevate a party and one of the easiest ways to add creative details is with food. Food is a must at any party but with the glamour of the Oscars, you can have a bit more fun with presentation. Popcorn bars featuring savory and sweet selections, candy buffets, or a signature cocktail are all fun ways to make the party feel unique. (On a side note, I am in love with this popcorn bar from Lark & Linen! Check out her post here and she’ll walk you through how to do it!)


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Even if you are hosting a pot luck, you can still add special touches like these cupcake toppers and food tent cards.

Cupcake Toppers for an Oscar Party

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Labeling food allows guests to easily know what it is and saves the hostess from 15 different people asking “what is in this dip?” It’s also considerate when you consider guests with food allergies.

But it doesn’t have to be all food. You can decorate in a way that makes this party feel different from others. Beautiful garlands and balloons can add so much flair.

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You can also dress up your tables with fun decor like sparkly vases or champagne bottles. To get guests in a Hollywood mood, you can write their name on a star and place it throughout the party area. Once they find it, they can enter it in a bowl for a door prize. Swag bags (also known as goody bags) are sure to be a hit as well. Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas.

3. Make it fun.


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Very few parties lend themselves well to games, but certain games are great for an Oscars party. Since the show is the focus, games can help when the show starts to drag, or to help keep guests not interested in the show engaged.

One great option is to give each guest an Oscars ballot. Many people have their guests vote and then award a prize to the winner with the most correct guesses at the end of the night. It is a really fun way to watch the Oscars, but if nothing else, it at least helps people who have no idea who has been nominated keep up.

Another great option is Oscars bingo. You can mark off events such as “winner cries” or “Birdman wins an award” as they happen in real time. This gets people involved and has been a big hit over the last few years. Our retail site, has a great bingo game and matching ballot that you can customize. You can have “[Your name’s] Oscar Bingo” and voting ballot at your party, making you feel like the star for the night. 🙂 

In addition to bingo and ballot games, you can have guests answer movie trivia during commercial breaks or guess movie quotes. There is also the game where you place the name of an actor or actress on the back of each person and by asking other guests clues throughout the night, they can guess who they are.

Overall, we hope that by setting the tone, getting creative with the details and providing some fun games, you will have a blast at your Oscars party. Relax and have fun. And if all else fails, throw an incredible after party by yourself! 🙂

Elevate your Oscar Party with these 8 beautiful ideas

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It’s Oscar time again! I have to say, I think the Oscars have gotten so big because they come at such a great time. People have recovered from the holidays, shoved the New Year’s resolution to the wayside and are ready to party! As much as I don’t like to admit it, I can’t help but be enthralled by the Hollywood glamour and the Oscars lets me indulge in the opulence for one night.

So, I’ve put together a glamorous Oscar Party roundup board to give you inspiration for your party. What I love about this particular board is that since it is not too “theme” driven, these items could be used year round for any party that incorporates a gold theme. (Think New Year’s, an anniversary party, a baby or bridal shower, or a graduation.) Thinking outside of the traditional red carpet or movie ticket theme can elevate your party to the next level.

A sparkly tablecloth can make a big impression when used on your food table (and would totally be reusable come Christmastime). And I love the idea of putting popcorn and desserts in fancy glasses. (You can use plastic champagne flutes from PartyCity.) Items people can pick up and eat individually such as cookies,truffles, and desserts in individual containers are always a hit and I especially love how the strawberry shortcake would add a pop of red into the event. (Not to mention that you can purchase and pre-assemble all of the components of strawberry shortcake for an easy no-bake dessert–score! The Cozy Apron has a great boozy recipe!)

But I think what really helps make a party memorable are the special details. Sending out a chic invitation and having touches such as gold doilies or drink stirrers make the party unique. And it doesn’t have to break the bank, DIY printables such as cupcake toppers and food tent cards are a great way to add a unique touch to your party without a hefty price tag. I’ve created some below, check them out on my Etsy shop!

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Cupcake Toppers for an Oscar Party


Gold Food Tent card for an Oscar Party

No matter what you choose, remember to have fun–after all, you’re not the one that has to squeeze into a fancy gown and give a speech!

How do you celebrate (or not celebrate) on Oscar night? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Christmas Cookie Swap

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Beautiful cookies at Christmas Cookie Party

My mother-in-law knows how to host an exquisite cookie party. What makes it so fun is all of the details she does, which really make the party feel special. She really could put Martha Stewart to shame.

She always has a huge spread of delicious food too. It is so fun every year to see what is on her menu– you never leave hungry. She’s hosted several wonderful cookie parties, so I thought I’d share some of the things she does that makes a great event–and how you can modify it to fit your needs.

1. Send the invites out with plenty of time
Usually a good time to send out invites is around 1 month if you are mailing them. If you are using email, you can cut it a little closer. Specify if you want people to RSVP with what cookie they are bringing, or if they need to bring a container to take home cookies. My mother-in-law does a contest for best display, so she notes that on the invite as well. Here are some sample invitations from my Etsy shop.

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2. Food
The spread is always delicious and gorgeous. There is usually something new to try each year–one of my personal favorites was this hissy fit dip. Since we don’t eat the cookies there (we just swap them), she makes sure to have plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Obviously, my mother-in-law really enjoys this aspect and it shows! But don’t fee like you have to be Martha Stewart. If you are on a budget, you could just have some sandwiches and chips.

3. Details
This could be anything from festive holiday decorating to a unique cocktail or just an eye catching centerpiece. Anything that makes this party special from any other party will set the mood for your guests to have fun! And , it doesn’t have to break the bank! If you are having it in the evening, you can turn the lights down low and let the glow of the Christmas tree and some candles create the ambiance for you.

4. Laid back games
Each year she does the left right game. She reads a story and we pass a gift to the left or right. The person with the gift when the story ends wins it. There are also things like guessing the number of candies in a jar and a contest where guests vote on their favorite cookie display. Again, these laid back activities make the party unique and who doesn’t love to win something?

Final thoughts
Remember, it is really all about having fun and spending time with people who matter to you. Relax, have a good time and eat some cookies!

Anything I missed? What are your favorite things to do to make a holiday party special?


I am a graphic designer who designs printable games and invites for baby showers, bridal showers, and parties. Follow me on Pinterest for more party inspiration!



5 Tips for Creating an Amazing Wedding Welcome Bag

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We are so excited to have a guest blogger today! Our friend Kristen Wandell Frederick writes about wedding planning tips, and we hope to feature her in a series of posts on how to plan and organize for your wedding. Today she is sharing ideas on how to make a memorable welcome bag for your out-of-town wedding guests. (As a recipient of one of these bags, I can attest to just how thoughtful and awesome these touches were.)

When planning for a wedding, there are many things that people will tell you are a necessity. (“How can we have a wedding without a mashed potato martini bar? What WILL people think?”)
In a word, these people are wrong. Your wedding should be a reflection of you and your future spouse, meaning your preferences and tastes are the ones that ultimately matter. If you want to have a mashed potato bar, have a mashed potato bar because you think it’s something you’d like to provide to your guests, not because someone told you it’s a “must-have.”
In that same vein, providing welcome bags for the guests who check into your chosen hotel are not a necessity. On the range of priorities, this one falls under the “nice-to-haves” list. A lot of things are going to be competing for your attention in the weeks leading up to your wedding. It’s a good idea to think ahead of time about what you want to focus on during those crunch-time weeks.
For me and my now-husband, it was important to us that our guests feel welcomed and appreciated. Most were traveling the kind of distances that necessitated a plane ticket and we wanted to thank them immediately upon arrival at the hotel for making the trip to help us
celebrate our wedding in Washington, DC.
That’s where the welcome bags came into play. The following are my tips for creating a fun and functional welcome bag for your guests…but remember—there’s not a wrong way to do this (despite what others may say)!

Tip #1: Keep it Simple…

Remember, you will be assembling these bags a couple of weeks before your wedding. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself! By keeping the “ingredients” simple, you can accomplish your goal of welcoming everyone AND not tearing your hair out in frustration.
Start by creating a list of items you’d like to include (you don’t have to specify brand names).
For example:
2 salty snacks
2 sweet treats
1 gum or mint pack
2 bottles of water
1 map of area
Now when you hit up the store, you know exactly where to focus your energies.
A few other things to keep in mind: try to include items that can be taken back on a plane and make sure nothing will spoil if it has to sit there for longer than a week. I once went to a wedding where the welcome bags included cans of the popular local soup. While this was very exciting, I realized I couldn’t take it back on the plane in my carry-on—sadly I had to leave that amazing soup with one of my local friends to prevent it from getting confiscated by the TSA. (If most of your guests are driving, this will not be a problem, so know your “audience”!)
I have another friend who recently got married and decided to bake hundreds of cookies for the welcome bags with her mom the day before the wedding. I was literally sweating just thinking about that kind of pressure! But for my friend, it was the perfect way to relax before her big
day. I guess I could have made cookies and stuck them in the freezer ahead of time, but for me, homemade cookies weren’t a priority.
Make it easy on yourself—know your capabilities and time constraints before you decide what goes in the welcome bags.

Tip #2: …But Personalize!

Personalizing your bags can be as simple as adding a note thanking your guests for making the trip to your wedding. It doesn’t have to be long, just heartfelt.
For my wedding, many of our guests were traveling to Washington, DC for the first time—or the first time as an adult. Since the hotel was only two blocks away from the U.S. Capitol, it was important that we add information about how to take a tour of the Capitol.
Additionally, with so many guests from out of town, I wanted to cut down on the number of calls and texts we would receive from guests wanting to know where they could find a good place to eat. So I created a Google Map that showed our 20 favorite places to get a bite to eat within walking distance of the hotel, and then broke it down into three lists: Fast-Casual Fare, Sit-Down Dining and Local Watering Holes. With each option, I included the restaurant’s address, hours of operation, and a one-sentence description. At the end, my future husband and I added our favorite dishes to give our guests an idea of what kind of food the place served. This went over like gangbusters! I later heard how some of our guests even went into the restaurants and ordered the Kristen or Bobby special (to the utter confusion of the wait-staff!). This was a way for us to connect with our guests without being physically there with them.
Other ways you can personalize include decorating the bag itself. We had a wedding logo (yes, that’s a “thing”) that I had made into stamps and I personally stamped the front and back of all 85 welcome bags. The downside to my method: the stamps were expensive ($15-20 each), left me with ink-stained hands and took time to dry.
Can I suggest something much simpler and less expensive? Download these free and gorgeous Party Chic Printables, cut them out and use double-sided tape to stick them to the front of the bag. It’ll be a nice (and classy) touch!  Welcome_Tags
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Tip #3: Incorporate your Wedding Colors

Adding your colors can be simply achieved by using a ribbon—in one of your wedding colors—to tie the welcome bag handles together. And if you punch a hole in the top of your thank you note, you can thread the note through the ribbon and thereby attach it to your bag! (Savings Tip: A great resource is to download the Michaels store app to your smartphone, which allows you to open and use coupons directly from your phone. I used many of these coupons when buying the ribbon and welcome bags!)
If you can print the thank you notes on colored paper or the text in color, certainly do so in your specific wedding colors (or add colored artwork or your logo at the top).
Again, it doesn’t have to be elaborate, but a pop of color that connects to your wedding is always a nice touch.

Tip #4: Buy in Bulk

First, figure out approximately how many bags you will need (one per hotel room is the standard number, plus a few extra in case there are any last-minute reservations). Second, crunch the numbers and determine the ballpark figure of how many of each item you’ll need from your list of welcome bag “ingredients.”
With 130-ish guests staying at the hotel, my future husband and I knew we had to budget and plan for the welcome bags. Thankfully my maid of honor had a Costco membership and is one of the most organized people I know! She was also really good at forcing me to make quick
decisions. You have limited time, so don’t blow it agonizing over including Milky Way or Snickers bars.
Find the best value for your money, choose a brand you think most people will enjoy, and move on. No one is going to judge you on your selection—and if they do, it doesn’t matter because you’ll be too busy walking down the aisle on your way to marrying the love of your life to care!
And make sure to bring a friend (or two) to help you carry everything and load the car. Palettes of bottled water are really heavy!

Tip #5: Think Through the Logistics

Questions to ponder before beginning:
–When and where will I purchase the welcome bag “ingredients”?
–Where will I assemble the bags?
–How will I transport them to the hotel?
–Does the hotel charge a fee to hand the bags out to guests?
–Will the hotel allow them to be handed out to guests when they check in, or do they require them to be delivered by a bellman?
Asking and answering these logistical questions before starting the welcome bag process will help you figure out the best way to organize and execute this endeavor.
As I found out, creating amazing welcome bags can require a lot more planning and sweat equity than you might think. The more you know up front, the better (and less stressed!) you’ll be.
Kristen is a recent bride living in Washington, DC with her new husband Bobby.
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Why you need a Pineapple Corer

So, I’ve been meaning to write about this for a  few months now, but with all the festivities of Halloween, now Thanksgiving, and upcoming Christmas, I’ve been preoccupied with more seasonal blog posts. But then I realized, duh, holidays and parties are when this gadget is going to shine.

Ready? It’s a pineapple corer. Yep. If you are like me and love fresh pineapple then consider this gadget your life saver. I have no idea how many times I have almost lost fingers slicing a pineapple, so when I was on vacation and found this in a fancy kitchen store, I knew I had to have it. The only downside is that you technically don’t get as much pineapple–but what you do get is beautiful and delicious–no  core. You get perfectly sliced pineapple rings, so you can keep them as rings or cut them into chunks. I was so impressed with how easy it was.  And it is much less expensive than buying pre-cut pineapple–especially for a party. Also, it leaves the shell of the pineapple in tact, so you could definitely decorate with it. Especially if you were having a luau themed party!

If you want to buy this exact pineapple corer, you can do it here. They don’t pay me to say these things, but I didn’t want to write a post telling you how awesome this thing is without telling you where you could get it. 🙂


Okay, these sharp teeth just rip through that pineapple with ease.

Cut off the top first, then just twist the handle down…


And lift it out. Super easy. The black portion of the handle pops off and you can just slide the pineapple right off.

Now you have the whole pineapple in tact to decorate with it.

Pineapple upside down cake anyone? Yeah, that would be good.  If you love pineapple as much as I do, check out my two ingredient Pina Coloda party punch.

Any kitchen gadgets you can’t live without?


Piña Colada Punch with V8 Splash and Coconut Rum



Every year in February I start itching to take a vacation. I used to think that it was due to cold temperatures, but lately I’ve realized it is due to the lack of sunshine. Getting out and taking a walk in the brisk air definitely helps, but when the sky is gray here in Kentucky, it starts to wear on you. But today it is sunny, so for that reason alone, we will celebrate… and dream of warmer (and sunnier) places. After all, spring is right around the corner!
So when you can’t take a vacation right away, you can make a mock vacation. Or at least have a frilly drink and turn on some good tunes.
This is a great concoction that is easy and doesn’t require a blender. It’s like a piña colada on the rocks. This would be perfect in a pitcher at a luau or pool party, or even at a bridal shower or bachelorette party. And if you haven’t noticed a theme on this blog, it is only two ingredients, so it is really easy to put together. No noise from the blender and quick refills for your guests (and yourself!).
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Piña Colada Party Punch 

1 46 oz bottle of V8 Splash Smoothie Tropical Colada
1 750ML bottle of coconut rum
Combine 5 cups V8 Splash Smoothie Tropical Colada and 2 1/4 cups coconut rum (if you don’t want to be able to taste the rum, use 1 2/3 cups instead) into a pitcher and stir. Served chilled or over ice. (Serves about 10)

Piña Colada Punch (Individual)

4 1/2 oz. V8 Splash Smoothie Tropical Colada juice
2 oz. coconut rum (if you don’t want to taste the rum use 1 1/2 oz.)
Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour into a short glass, or simply mix together in a glass and serve chilled. (Serves 1)
Enjoy responsibly!
Disclaimer: Just FYI, we were not paid for this post!

Time-Saving Shower Menu Tips

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One of the most challenging things about party planning is getting the food just right…and maintaining your sanity. Here in the south (Louisville, KY) the food is second only to the guest-of-honor. As hostesses, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves for everything to be perfect. It’s time to ease up, ladies! If you are pressed for time, consider these strategies when planning your next baby or bridal shower:

1. Deli and Grocery stores

One of our favorite party tips is to rely on your grocery store deli and bakery for your party needs. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out they do much more than sliced ham and cheese. You’ll find an amazing array of party trays, dips, desserts, and seasonal goodies. A fantastic bonus is that these professionals know all about allergies, wine pairings, serving sizes, and seasonal menus. Delis often use fresh, local ingredients as well. This will save you tons of time in grocery shopping, food prep and cleanup.

2. Restaurants

Many restaurants, from fast food to sit-down offer some form of catering or large party to-go options. If the guest of honor loves BBQ from the local place down the street, why not pick up a pan of pulled pork and offer mini sammies at the party? This person will be touched that not only are you hosting a lovely party for them, but that you went above and beyond to include something that they love on the menu.

3. Cohosts

Divide and conquer! Many times with a bridal or baby shower, there are several people close to the bride-to-be or mom-to-be that would love to be involved. Let them! By delegating that someone handle the cake, or by requesting they bring a few dishes, it will lighten your load and allow others to feel they have contributed. These people can arrive early the day of and offer an extra set of hands if needed. Just be sure to involve them early in the process. It will also be nice for the guest of honor to see how much everyone wanted to help.

And these are just a few tips to help the food preperation go faster. It’s your choice whether to make it all yourself, or get some of the items from a store, restaurant or rely on cohosting. Catering is also an option too, but requires a little more research and can sometimes have a larger price tag. (Not always though!)

For the other areas of hosting a shower, if you need ideas about what types of prizes to give away at a shower, check out our post on: shower prizes.

For shower games, we’ve recently created these printable baby shower games in hopes of making your party planning process easier!

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