“A Friend is Someone Who Likes You” – Joan Walsh Anglund

I’m guessing many of you know who Joan Walsh Anglund is, but if you don’t, maybe you will recognize her iconic art.

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I began collecting Joan Walsh Anglund books, art, and paper products when my daughters were young.  There’s something so innocent and nostalgic about the instantly recognizable illustrations that made Joan Walsh Anglund a favorite of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, and Queen Elizabeth II, just to name a few.  Joan has authored over 100 books and is 88 years young.

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Palm Springs Dinner Party

I recently hosted Cooking Club at my home.  I’m a lousy cook, but I set a really cute table.  So it really is all about the theme for me – I chose a retro Palm Springs theme for this one.

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Palm Springs, baby!

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The Hottest Trend in Party Planning

What does an Ouija Board and elbow-length gloves have in common?  I found both of these things while spending Black Friday shopping estate sales and antique malls.   If you know why I purchased these disparate items, it means you are a die-hard fan of one of my latest obsessions . . . 

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Tablescaping for Gnomes and Fairies

Last week I hosted my Cooking Club in my home.  I am “up” to host once a year, and this year I chose an Enchanted Forest theme.  I always choose the theme based on decor first, then plan a menu around my decor – which is completely backwards for most of my Cooking Club friends.  Cooking is NOT my forte and decorating is, so there you go!

Enchanted Forest

 

This is where I started with my tablescape:   I scavenged my backyard for the right size tree limb and luckily found one with some grapevine wrapped around it.   I started adding in some owls, some small mounted antlers, and a few Tom Clark gnomes my father used to collect.

Basis for Enchanted Forest Tablescape

 

Actually, the only thing I had to purchase for this tablescape was a bag of moss from Michael’s.  It made a bit of a mess, and I was glad I decided to go without a tablecloth for this one.

Nature is Messy

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Party Proposals: Butterfly Birthday Party

 

 

I think children’s birthdays are magical.  A simple theme can be developed into something truly special that you and your child will never forget.  For my daughter’s 4th birthday, we decided to make it all about butterflies.  And what little girl doesn’t love butterflies?

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Little House on the Prairie Party


My oldest daughter has been a huge fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie book series since kindergarten.   When she turned 7,  it was only fitting to have a pioneer party for my little Half-Pint. Little House Party Prairie Girl Costume


Let’s start with her outfit.  My sweet mother-in-law helped me make Audrey’s prairie bonnet from a pattern I found at the fabric store.  She actually helped me make 9 bonnets so that all the guests at the party would have a bonnet to take home with them!  I’m no seamstress, so this is NOT something I could have done on my own.  The shirt and skirt were found at Gymboree and totally had a prairie look.  And don’t forget the 2 braids or “plaits.”


Little House Birthday Invitation For invitations,  I scanned a small illustration by Garth Williams in one of Audrey’s Little House books.  I added a sweet border and printed them on cream card stock from Michaels.  Click the invitation to download the editable file for your own party.


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Vintage Baby Shower


Vintage Baby Shower Baby showers are joyous occasions and don’t have to be generic or boring.   I always like to think about the honoree’s taste and style, as well as the baby’s room decor.    The honoree of this shower had an older son who was just moving out of the vintage western-themed nursery to make way for baby sister.  So I went with a vintage shower theme that heaped on some old-fashioned girliness.



Of course, I love all things vintage.  So hosting a vintage baby shower is the most natural thing in the world for me to do.  I already have so many of the props, it’s simply about styling it imaginatively and adding some flowers and food. Vintage Nursery Details


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