Just in time for Mother's Day, how about using this tea cup candle gift DIY to make one of these pretty candles for Mom! Your kids can easily help, too, just as long as they stay away from the melted wax.
So many wonderful parties were added to Catch My Partythis week, including a stunning garden bridal shower with a Japanese twist. The decorations and table settings under the cherry blossoms are incredible!!
The gorgeous vintage dresser dessert table decorated with a ribbon backdrop, greenery, and matching purple flowers
The incredible multicolored tiered naked birthday cake topped with gorgeous fresh flowers and a 'one' topper
The beautiful simple party favor floral headbands
I'm getting ready for my next adventure, to the Mom 2.o Conference in Orlando, FL, where I'll be speaking. I leave a week from tomorrow, and I'm very excited to meet lots of awesome bloggers. If you're going please email me. I'd love to meet up.
Could there be a better excuse to stay in and slip into something darker this weekend?
The release comes with over 13 minutes of steamy footage not seen in theaters (woot!), plus 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including cast interviews, behind-the-scenes features, and a sneak peek at the next installment in the series, Fifty Shades Freed.
So in honor of the iTunes and Blu-ray & DVD releases, why not host the ultimate Fifty Shades Darker Girls' Night In Party and watch the Unrated Edition with your besties?
Check out how I hosted my Fifty Shades Darker party. Plus, scroll down because we're giving away free printables to help you set up your own party!
For my party, Universal sent me a box of goodies!
But no worries if you don't have swag. I'm sharing my easy party hacks, a "Black Mask" cocktail recipe, and free printables to help you decorate your own party.
Because I didn't have a lot of time to pull this party together, I headed to my local Safeway to stock up on desserts. To make things easy, I wanted this to be a cocktails and dessert party.
I chose these pink and red cupcakes to add pops of color to my grey table.
And if there was such a thing as a sexy cake, I'd say this was it!
To set the tone for my party, I bought this silver masquerade mask (affil) and placed it front and center on my table.
I also printed out two photos from the movie and the Fifty Shade Darker logo, put them in three silver frames, and used them to add drama to my table. I've included them here for you to download for your own party.
People added such fabulous parties toCatch My Partythis week, including a wonderful Moana 3rd birthday party I want to highlight! So if you're planning a party with this incredibly popular theme, you won't want to miss this!
The gorgeous ballerina dessert tables designed to look like ballerina with a ballerina body centerpiece and a pink tulle table skirt
The fabulous pink tiered birthday cake topped with ballet slippers
The adorable ballet slipper cookies
Hope you had a nice week! For us this tomorrow starts Teacher Appreciation Week, so tomorrow I'll be posting an adorable free printable 8x10 inch sign you can print out and frame for your kid's teacher. It's a quick and inexpensive way to show how much you care. Just check back tomorrow. I think you'll like it!
The only snag was that it for the evening I arrived back from Japan. In fact, the opening was going to start only two hours after I landed. But even though I knew I'd be exhausted after a twelve hour flight, I said yes to the invite.
I wanted to see what this was all about.
I'd heard good things about Total Wine -- people had described it as the Disneyland of wine stores. Plus, on the invite, they promised good food and... good wine.
So first thing I did when I entered the store, was head to the Moët & Chandon champagne bar.
Glass in hand and feeling a little less tired, I started exploring the store and tasting the wines.
My first impression was that the store felt nicely laid out. It didn't feel warehouse-y, like you were there to get a good deal and get the heck out.
Even though the prices at Total Wine are in line with the warehouse stores, it felt like you wanted to take your time strolling through the aisles, discovering new things.
When I interacted with the staff, I found them knowledgeable and helpful. You could tell they love what they do.
Next I made a pitstop at the desserts.
I washed the desserts down with a few helpings of poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish that is becoming a big thing here in the Bay Area. These were really yummy and went well with the wine.
And then it was time for cheese. Who knew the Bay Area could look so good in cheese?
Overall, I was impressed with the huge selection of wines. There was seriously anything you could image from any locale.
There was also a large area for spirits and beer. I heard there was even a humidor.
And the store was also filled with all the wine accoutrements you could ever need. As someone who loves throwing parties, I was in heaven.
Finally, for some final wine-themed entertainment, they had a representative from Moët & Chandon open a bottle of champagne using an actual saber. He just kind of sliced the top off. And yes, it was impressive.
For many of you, you're probably familiar with Total Wine & More. I just read they have over 150 stores across the US. But they've just come to the Bay Area, so this was all new for me.
And I will say, Total Wines is now my new favorite wine shop.
The store was warm and welcoming, and yes, it did feel a little like "Disney for adults." And I have to say, that was a very nice way to ease my jetlag.
Also, if you live in the Bay Area, you can place your Total Wine order through Instacart, and they'll deliver it right to your door.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Total Wine & More. The opinions and text are all mine.
I'm super excited to be giving away this set of free nautical birthday and baby shower party printables designed by Meghan from Elva M Design Studio! But the fantastic thing about this set, is you can use it for any sort of "sail-ebration." It can work for baby showers, 1st birthdays, boy birthdays, graduation parties, or even retirement parties... you name it!
The collection includes: an 8x10 welcome sign, cupcake toppers/party circles, nautical icons, food tents/place cards, favor tags, cake toppers, straw flags, water bottle labels, and a "Set Sail" banner.
There is everything here for you to throw a fantastic party! Just click the download link below, print out the printables, cut them out, and decorate!
The lovely dessert table with gold vintage framed Minnie and beautiful paper flower
The beautiful floral centerpiece with the golden Minnie and pink bow
The pretty pink Minnie cookies decorated with gold bows
Our Easter was quiet because we are still adjusting back from our trip to Japan. Jet lag is no fun. :(
But I'd do the trip again in a heartbeat! Japan is a beautiful, fascinating place. If you're looking for a foreign destination to take your family, I highly recommend it.
Japan is clean, safe, and the trains run on time. The food is delicious, he people are kind and helpful. And I was completely blown away by the care and attention to detail in everything. I call Japan "hyper-civilized."
My favorite city we visited: Kyoto
My favorite food: sushi
My favorite activity: Iwatayama Monkey Park (where we got to hang out with real monkeys)
Here's a photo of some melt-in-your-mouth toro sashimi. Looking at this photo makes me so happy.
If it's party printables you are looking for, then check out this set. This set includes tented cards, a banner, candy bar wrappers, a banner, and so much more... These are sure to make your party stand out.
The lovely dessert table with the yellow butterfly backdrop
The pretty butterfly cookies
The gorgeous bar with the beautiful fabric tassel garland
I'm in Kyoto with my husband and daughter as I write this. We're here during the cherry blossom season, Sakura, and I couldn't be more inspired by the beauty of what I see.
There's also something very poignant about the cherry blossoms. It's an explosion of flowers that lasts about a week, then all the flowers fall off the trees and poof... They're gone. A major part of their specialness is their ephemerality. I feel so blessed to get to see this at least once in my life.
We're heading back to California on Wednesday. See you stateside soon!