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A Baby Shower in the Garden

We spent a wonderful day this weekend celebrating my good friend Cam (and by association Beak) and her soon to be baby girl. I am so honored to have been able to throw a shower for these two (plus one). They are some fine people and a few of my dearest friends. I am thrilled beyond words for them to soon be parents. Enough with the mushy stuff though: check out the party. There are not going to be many chances for me to throw a girl party, since it’s all boys around here 24/7. So, I went all out with the girl vibes. I am the stereotypical tomboy; pink has never been my thing. But for some crazy reason that I can’t explain I’ve been really digging it lately. Trust me, it’s weird. I let pink be my guide and it took me to all sorts of frilly and girly places. I went decoration crazy! I bought this super cool pennant banner on etsy, handmade from vintage sheets. Totally love it, AND, I am going to re-gift it to Cam. I think it would look awesome in her baby girl’s nursery. I quickly threw together the crepe paper ruffle streamers too. It was so easy! I’m gonna be posting more on that tomorrow. There were rice paper daisies hanging from overhead—a perfectly sweet backdrop for the girly garden vibes. Look! There is two different kinds of sangria! Our afternoon garden party ended at midnight thanks to this stuff. There’s that cake. SO EASY, make it for your next party! DO IT! Paper straws with washi tape flags. The Menu Tea Sandwiches: ▼ Cucumber Dill with Cream Cheese ▼ Get the Scoop [...]
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Tutorial : I Made an Ombré Pedal Cake!

Hey Guys! Thanks for sticking with me, I know I totally disappeared last week. That's cause I was spending all my time baking and icing this cake in preparation for Cam's baby shower we had on Saturday. If you follow me on pinterest you know I have a shower board going. One of the first things I pinned was a ombré cake from Making an cake with graduated colors was def on my radar, and then like magic, last Thursday, just as I was about to start icing my cake, Prudent Baby posted an even cooler tutorial for an ombre pedal cake, by guest blogger, The Hungry Housewife. It was total internet destiny. The Hungry Housewife laid it all out. There's even a vid to accompany her detailed photos. I make a few of my own modifications though and thought I'd share then with you. First of all I used this recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream via Martha Stewart. This is the first time I had used this recipe and I totally loved it. I am one of those crazy people that is not really into frosting, it's always too sweet (I have a major salt tooth). In my opinion, this recipe calls for the perfect amount of sugar and the consistency of the buttercream is exactly what I was looking for. I doubled the frosting recipe and I recommend you do too. It would totally blow to make all your icing, divide it, and color it, just to find out you were short in the end. If that happened to me I would cry, fer real. I started by crumb coating the cake. After I was finished I chilled the cake Get the Scoop [...]
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Cake Bakin’ Season

It’s that time of year again when I make about a million cakes. You would think this sort of thing happens in the winter months, but not for me. I’ve got 3 birthday’s and a shower on the horizon. Not counting the April birthday and bridge club party (totally my mom’s thing) I made these cakes for during the last few weeks.

Speaking of that shower, anyone have any ideas for games? I’m looking for the old favorites with an updated twist. You know it won’t be a baby shower without weird shower games.

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Cam’s Baby Shower Invites

This weekend I cranked out some invitations for my friend Cam's baby shower that I will be hosting in May. I'm super happy with how they turned out. I was totally inspired by Shanna Murray's decal illustrations. I knew from the get go I wanted the party to involve a lot of handmade elements and I thought I'd start by penning the invitations in my own handwriting. Plus I had just ordered a bunch of washi tape for no other reason then to hoard polka-dots and stripes. It needed to be put to use. I pulled out my old gocco printer out and went to town. I'm getting pretty proficient with this printer, it used to terrify me. Mostly because the screens and bulbs were so expensive, but now I'm an old veteran. I've got mad gocco skillz. I tucked the invites in an inner 5x7 glassine sleeve. I love making correspondence and I wanted these to feel special and delicate. Can't get enough of the polka dots these days. I whole heartedly blame Annie Larson and Crystal Quinn. I rounded the edges of the invite with a corner rounder. Do you have one of these? I highly recommend one, they make even the simplest correspondence seem special. I also printed on the front of the front of the envelope with hot pink banner and then hand addressed all of them in white ink. I think this might be my favorite part. The back of the envelope, printed with return address and sealed tight with black and white striped washi tape. Put a strip of washi tape on it. duh. Get the Scoop [...]
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Friend Feast 2011

We made it to our 7th annual Friend Feast! If anything, we’ve proved that even though we’re all a little older, we still know how to shot gun beers.

Here’s to another good year of hanging with friends and family.

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