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My laundry room was designed by a man!

We have lived in our house for a little over 3 years. It is a one story ranch, essentially, with a full living lower-level. This is our 3rd home without a coat closet and or a mudroom. I kept thinking we would get one, but they were never there. When you have three kids these rooms become vital for a smooth household. Enter 2015, Lilliana is 5 months old and I’m knee deep in laundry for 3 kiddos. And it’s a lot. Scott and I decided something had to be done in our laundry room to make it more functional. And let’s be honest… it was designed by a man. A man who doesn’t do laundry. No offense, if any males out there are the sole laundry proprietors in their households, and if you are then this makeover will hopefully interest you as well. I hate laundry! It never ends, as soon as I’m caught up it’s piled up again.

Our laundry room is a pretty basic 11’ x 7’ space. One upper cabinet and two lower cabinets with a utility sink, and then our washer & dryer. No space for hanging clothes or storing coats, book bags and shoes. Also, there is a beautiful oval window directly above the washer & dryer.

Before photos:

Laundry room   Laundry Room

Laundry Room         laundry room

 

Main problems that needed to be addressed:

Need a bar to hang clothes to dry

Spot for book bags, coats and shoes

Extra shelves for storage

Boys clean clothes being stacked up and difficult to access

We had a few options in our minds: put up a bar for hanging clothes to dry and purchase an all in one piece with shelves & hooks & baskets for storage or hire a contractor to build out some custom cabinets to fit the space. Lastly, somewhere in the middle, check out Container Store’s Elfa system and see what they could design for our space.

So, on a Sunday, we headed to Container Store in Kenwood and met with one of their designers, Barbara. In about 20-30 minutes we had a pretty solid design to work with and I was already pretty excited about it. Also, their big Elfa {30% off} sale is going on, so you can’t beat their awesome prices. We took the designs home and stood in our space. We quickly realized a couple of our measurements weren’t incorporated into the design, such as the spacing of our door and window. I called our designer that afternoon and she said she would make the changes and email me the corrected designs. So, by that evening I already had our new design. The next morning we decided to go ahead with our plan and purchase the system and get it installed as soon as possible. I actually got a call from another designer that morning and he walked through our plan and made one more minor change for me. They had an opening for installation on Friday. Friday! Seriously I did not think that you could design the space on Sunday, then purchase and finalize on Monday and get it installed by Friday. Pretty awesome!

Our design included a section of shelves above our sink and a shelf and hanging bar on the other end of that wall. Then the largest part was a tri-section including drawers, shelves, coat hooks and gliding shoe shelves. Lastly, a track for a few more hooks behind the door.

The design:
laundry design Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 8.55.40 PM

Friday, the installation began. The gentleman who came to install the Elfa system was very nice and efficient. He had our space done in about 2 hours… amazing!

Here are a few shots during the install:

laundry room     laundry room

When he left I was practically jumping for joy! So excited and ready to get organized! I mean this was a dream and I couldn’t believe it took 3 years and a 3rd child to make us realize this space was horribly lacking in functionality. We are still in the process of organizing, but I am already loving the dedicated spaces for dirty laundry, coats and shoes.

The reveal:

laundry room  laundry room  laundry room

After the install we decided to lower the hanging bar and to add a second shelf above it. Saturday and Sunday we were back at Container store buying bins and baskets for the shelves. Our designer, Barbara was there and she remembered us and asked how we liked everything, such great customer service! We also got to use a coupon for joining their POP! program. I can’t say enough about how great this process was. Not often do you see a project completed in the span of a week. Our January goals are off to a great start and I hope to keep the momentum going.

To Sunday, Salute!

Heidi

 

{photos via iphone6}

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Hello 2015!

Live every day

Wow! Where has the time gone?! I can’t believe my last post was in November of 2013. An entire year plus some ago. I definitely want to recap the events of our lives over those 15 months. I hope to document the many events that led us to the current point in our lives. In the essence of “start before you’re ready” I’m going to start posting where we are right now. We are in the thick of 3 babies under 5. Harrison is 5 ½, Oliver is 4 and Lilliana is just 6 months. I could have never predicted life with 3 children; it was once just a dream in my 23 year old self. Scott and I often discussed children and what our future family would look like. Only God knew what exactly was in store. My business is being built slowly but intentionally. I have hosted numerous showers and birthday parties. Plus, my sister got married! Quite a few posts are to come to highlight those very memorable events. 2015 holds many goals for my family and for me personally and professionally. Last year, I started One Little Word® for the year. It was a way to focus my mind on what I felt was most important for this stage of our life. This year my word is Intentional. It weighed on my mind during the end of 2014 and in the beginning of 2015, on our way home from Florida in a 15 hour car ride with 3 children! So with 15 being significant I declare 2015 the year of Intention for our family of 5! I want our family to choose intention, intention over obligation or busyness.

I hope you will follow along here and on Instagram, {@heidionpark} for my mini-blog posts and our day-to-day crazy.

To Sunday, Salute!

Heidi

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dimple prints contributor

Have you heard of DimplePrints? I came across this adorable Etsy shop a few years ago while I was planning Harrison’s 2nd birthday, a circus theme. DimplePrints has grown since I first came across their name and now have a full shop on their own site. They have a ton of party packages available and also do custom orders. So excited to share that I am a new contributor to the DimplePrints blog! Hop over and take a peek. Many fun and unique ideas. They also feature many parties for inspiration. I am very blessed to be sharing my ideas and parties with this small group of talented ladies. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the ladies at DP have shared a very fun Thanksgiving Package of printables, with over 150 pages! My favorite page has to be the kids placemat. My little men, ages 2 & 4, love them already!

kids placemat printable

kids placemat printable

Want to see more? Check out DimplePrints and let me know your favorites!

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baby grey’s baptism

I believe one of the sweetest day’s in a new baby’s life is their baptism day. A special outfit is carefully chosen, either a family heirloom, an outfit passed down from daddy, mommy or a grandparent, or a new outfit is bought with the thought in mind that one day it could be passed down to their child. The feeling of this special garment is gentle and loving. Placing a child in this garment for their baptism feels like they are being wrapped in God’s arms.  This day calls for much celebration and the beginning of a child’s journey with God. More traditions follow such as selecting the godparents and inviting the family to come and witness this sacrament.  I was ecstatic when one of my best friends, Megan, asked me to help with the baptism reception for their new little man, Grey. Megan already had an idea for the color scheme, a bright turquoise and coral-orange, and white -a baptismal tradition. Soon after, I came across the perfect little treat boxes on Pick Your Plum in turquoise and coral. The baptism was in mid-September and the weather was amazing. It’s always nice when the weather cooperates and makes it easy for guests to be inside and out. Megan and Nick have a beautiful home so it was a great backdrop for all the decor. We had a table set up in their kitchen for the cupcakes and treats, a small table on the deck outside and some extras set up on their dining room table. Megan has her home decorated with several beautiful portraits of the two boys and they complimented the decor nicely. Megan selected a simple but delectable menu of mini sandwiches, fried chicken, pasta salad, fruit & veggie tray, cheese & cracker tray & rolls. Sometimes it can be hard for a host/hostess to come up with a menu. My suggestion is to keep it simple if this task is not your forte.

Now for the details, I’ll start with the main sweets table or the ‘blessed’ table spread…

sweets bar spread

sweets bar spread

fun balloons

fun balloons {heidionpark}

balloon tassel

balloon tassel {heidionpark}

mk cupcakes

mk cupcakes

mk cupcakes

mk cupcakes

grey

grey

rock candy in a mint julep cup

rock candy in a mint julep cup

hydrangeas & candy

hydrangeas & candy

cookies and favor boxes

cookies and favor boxes

tassel banner

tassel banner

marshmallow pops

marshmallow pops

washi tape flags

washi tape flags

table spread

table spread

blessed banner {heidionpark}

blessed banner {heidionpark}

soft coral roses {heidionpark}

blessed banner

blessed banner

full table set up with balloons

full table set up with balloons {heidionpark}

Drink station…

sweet tea & strawberry basil lemonade; jones soda & fiji water

sweet tea & strawberry basil lemonade; jones soda & fiji water

striped straws

striped straws

wine & flowers

wine & flowers {heidionpark}

wrapped silverware

wrapped silverware

A special drink trough that Megan’s grandfather made by hand and was once used for fishing. A great family heirloom…

handmade vintage drink trough

handmade vintage drink trough

the john h. {heidionpark}

the john h. {heidionpark}

ice bucket

ice bucket {heidionpark}

The dining room table decor…

dining room table in turquoise & soft coral

dining room table in turquoise & soft coral

hydrangeas and grey

hydrangeas and grey

soft coral rose and hygrangea arrangements

soft coral rose & hydrangea arrangements

Deck and table decor…

fun tassel balloon

fun tassel balloon {heidionpark}

balloon & paper lanterns

balloon & paper lanterns {heidionpark}

second outside sweets table

treat table

chevron treat boxes & hydrangeas

chevron treat boxes & hydrangeas

grey photo book & mk cupcakes

grey photo book & mk cupcakes

photos & cross

photos & cross

Very special baptismal gown, handmade by baby’s grandmother, worn by Grey’s brother and aunt as well…

handmade vintage baptismal gown {heidionpark}

handmade vintage baptismal gown {heidionpark}

grey & reid (big brother) {heidionpark}

grey & reid (big brother) {heidionpark}

a newborn grey

a newborn grey

Well I think that covers most of the details of the day. Most importantly, I think the family was able to enjoy this occasion without the stress of getting everything ready. Such a sweet party for a sweet baby Grey.

Does your family participate in similar traditions? Would love to hear how this type of religious celebration is held across your families. Leave me a note to share yours…

Sources:

photography: morgan and eric photography

my photos noted by {heidionpark}

tassel banner: the flair exchange

large balloons: shop sweet lulu

treat boxes: pick your plum

cupcakes: mk cupcakery

cookies: servatii

candy: party city, jelly belly

marshmallow pops: heidi on park

balloon tassels: heidi on park

banner: heidi on park

flowers: petal pushers :: arrangements: heidi on park

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my experience at making things happen conference

Well, I am back from a two-day conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The conference was the Making Things Happen Intensive, if you remember from an earlier post. I hesitate to call it a conference, it was definitely more intensive and overlapping into a retreat. A retreat is taking your phone away for two days. Many might scoff at this and I did for the basic fact that I wanted hour by hour updates on how my kids days were progressing without me, were they getting to school, was either one sick, you know the routine. I wanted to CONTROL my family’s schedule while I was 500 miles away. What?! You don’t do the same? I was happy about leaving social media for the time though. Well, I was in for a wake up call. And boy was I ready more than I believed.

Sunday morning I woke up with Scott and started to have second thoughts about this conference thing. It wasn’t my first conference but it was my first traveling alone. Not sure why I decided that driving would be the best method but there I was behind the wheel for an eight plus hour drive… alone! Wow, I haven’t been alone for that amount of time probably since college. The drive down was beautiful this time of year, fall really has a lot to offer and my eyes were soaking it all in. After realizing I needed to hold it for a little longer than an hour or I would never make it, I scaled down on the liquids. As soon as I arrived, I went to my hotel room to meet my 3 roommates Andrea, Kelsey and Michaela. First impression, they were so sweet! Since I was cutting close on arrival time to dinner time, we quickly headed out to dinner. We met up with a couple other ladies in the lobby and all rode over to the restaurant together. That is where I met Hillary as we sat in the far back of a SUV together. Dinner was very fun and we shared stories about ourselves and what brought us to Making Things Happen. I felt so inspired by these women and we just met within the last two hours. I felt there was a reason we were all brought together.

Speakers for both days: Lara Casey, Emily Ley, Gina Zeidler, Amber Housely, Nancy Ray and Rhiannon Bosse. Also Lara’s Southern Weddings Magazine staff: Emily Thomas, Kristen Winchester and Nicole Yang.                  And Mackenzie Kern.

Conference day 1: We walked into Lara Casey’s church and sat down. Sipping on latte’s and eating a bite for breakfast, my nerves were in full effect. After a brief intro we were all to stand up and introduce ourselves and give the real reason why we were there, the dirty. I couldn’t quite believe what came out of my mouth that morning but it was the truth. Something I haven’t been admitting to myself in a while. Tears started to fall from my eyes and many of the women and men that surrounded me. Being open and honest really touched a place deep in my heart. I can’t really say specifically what we talked about that day but many, many tears were shed and a lot of meaningful topics were touched upon. The day was coming to an end and I was exhausted but fired up. Our last activity of the day left me facing a new reality that I hadn’t before dreamt of. I found a place in my heart that had been left unattended and needed to be uncovered. An aha moment was mine for the taking. I leapt for it. The ladies and I headed out to dinner and had many more conversations that gave me the feeling that I was among my soul sisters. We were all brought together and so very thankful for it. After dinner, we each recorded a short video to ourselves so we could remember the state we were in and all the places we had been that day. That night we stayed up late in our room drinking wine and talking about everything under the sun. That evening it also became vividly apparent to me that I do not necessarily like social media. It really is a filter in which we try to show or prove something to people who maybe knew us at one time of our lives or don’t even know us. I also use it too much. I find myself on it when I’m bored or have a few minutes of time, instead of doing something productive or something that makes my heart happy. Scrolling through meaningless Facebook posts do not provide meaning in my life. Plenty of real people do that for me. I am in the process of really scaling back on the Facebook and other social media. Although I do realize it is an important part of my business I am not going to put all my efforts into this as I find meaningful real life connections to my family, friends and clients will outweigh the technological impostors.

Conference day 2: A lot less tears but still more and more insight into the core of our beings. Everyone has a core and each person’s why is different. Let’s start holding ourselves accountable and encourage each other along the way. Let’s stop with the judging and the impossible ideals we put upon ourselves. A lot of things started to click for me and I was so grateful for the enlightenment I felt. Lara read a quote to us from Marianne Williamson…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I have heard parts of this quote before but hearing it at this particular time held a higher significance to me. As I sat and listened to these women tell their stories I felt the presence of greatness. Women being open and honest is hard to come by. Often we dumb ourselves down for people or leave out important details of ourselves for various reasons. In the end neither serves us well.

That evening had a similar story to the night before, dinner with the girls, followed by hot Krispy Kreme donuts and a wine run. We sat in our room again talking until the wee hours. Even getting so loud at one point that the staff came up to quiet us down. Hard to do when you are having so much fun talking to all of your new found best girlfriends.

Wednesday morning arrived quickly and I was sad it was over. Two roommates were gone and it was down to Kelsey and me. I offered to drive Kelsey and Hillary to the airport that morning. We had a few more convos that morning that meant a lot to me. After dropping them off, I started flipping stations to try and find something worth listening to. I settled on a morning talk show and listened for a couple minutes, I was thinking about switching it when the gentleman, Glenn Beck, started reading a quote… Marianne Williamson’s quote people! I was in awe of the quote once again. I had to let it all sink it and had a feeling of peace settle over me. I then passed an exit sign for Smith Road. One of my roommates last name. What?! Another little hint at who I had met over the past couple days. (Name changed for privacy)

I love signs like these. Little confirmations, whether obscure or blatant, that make me feel like things are right in my world.

The beginning drive home was beautiful again. I passed through several areas that were just gorgeous. My favorites being Pilot Mountain, North Carolina and Fancy Gap, Virginia. Throw in a couple Appalachian Mountain tunnels and I was a happy girl. I had also learned from my prior trip to withhold fluids to expedite my trip time. The second half of the drive is when the rain started. I found the radio to be lacking the last couple hours, no SiriusXM and my iPhone/iPod didn’t have a good playlist ready for this type of drive. So, I turned on a couple Ted Talks by Brene Brown. She has been on my radar for a while and I have a couple of her books on my to-read list and thought this would be the right time to listen. The first talk I listened to was The Power of Vulnerability and then Listening to Shame. I realized the reason I connected with these women so much was because of our vulnerability. While it had been raining prior, during the first talk the sun peeked out between the sky full of clouds. Instead of putting my visor down I decided to let the sun shine on my face and be thankful for it. With that, I let my own light shine.

Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

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a pirate party for harrison

What does every 4 year old boy love? Pirates, of course! When we asked Harrison what he wanted for his 4th birthday party we easily settled on a pirate theme, with a hint of Jake and the Neverland Pirates. His party falls at the end of July so I usually try to plan for it to be hot! Would you believe the day of the party was a breezy 70 degrees? Just gorgeous! So our bouncy house/water park for the kids turned into just a bouncy and slide day. I planned a couple games for them which can be seen below. I love seeing the kids faces light up when they start playing a game. Even the easiest games can entertain and create a sense of excitement when they win a prize.

The party planning started with a Zulily sale, obviously! Invites and paper products were the featured product from Meri Meri so I stocked up on invites, thank you’s, treat bags, a pirate center piece, a banner, plates & napkins and pirate hats (also found on Amazon).

pirate hat invites

pirate hat invites (photo from merimeri.com)

A pirate party isn’t complete with out dressing like a true pirate. I used a 6 ft. folding table and used a couple yards of red and white striped fabric as a table skirt. The top is covered with a long piece of grey and white striped wrapping paper. We had a selection of paper pirate hats, eye patches, giant pixie stick swords, compasses, muslin bags to fill with gold coins and pirate tattoos.

dress like a pirate table

dress like a pirate table

get yer pirate booty

get yer pirate booty

ahoy! pirate hats

ahoy! pirate hats

thar she blows

thar she blows

anchors away... pirate swords

anchors away… pirate swords

which direction... compasses

which direction… compasses

eye patches

eye patches

fishing... tattoos

fishing for tattoos

gold coins

gold coins

muslin bags for coins

muslin bags for coins

The sweets bar was fun to put together. I hung a nautical fishing net, found at Hobby Lobby, behind our dining room buffet. Then I covered the front of the buffet with a couple yards of burlap fabric. I also used an empty frame and hung two plastic swords from it for the backdrop. We had cupcakes, cookies, twizzlers, gold cannon balls (Ferrero Rocher truffles), gum balls, sour gummy worms and ring pops.

pirate sweets bar

shark bait and gold cannon balls

shark bait and gold cannon balls

cookies

cookies

pirate jewels & creepy crawlies

pirate jewels & creepy crawlies

anchor, swords & gum balls

anchor, swords & gum balls

My favorite part… the cookies. My husband’s aunt has been doing cakes for friends and family for years. This summer she decided to try out decorated sugar cookies. I told her our theme and she and her daughter ran with it. Julie & Anne blew me away when they dropped off dozens of perfectly decorated pirate cookies. They seriously looked better than any I have seen online and tasted just as good. We had pirate boy faces, skulls, number 4’s and gold coins with a ‘H’ for Harrison. I hope these pictures do them justice but they probably don’t. Just writing about them is making me crave them. Amazing is all I can say.

decorated cookies {4's, pirate faces & skulls}

decorated cookies {4’s, pirate faces & skulls}

cupcakes & cookies

cupcakes & cookies

gold coin cookies

gold coin H's

gold coin H’s

so many cookies

cookie tray

I loved this pirate ship centerpiece from Meri Meri on Zulily. Complete with little paper pirates and a drop anchor with gold chain.

pirate ship centerpiece

pirate ship centerpiece, cookies & treat bags

pirate ship

pirate ship

pirate plates and napkins

pirate plates and napkins

I was inspired by Miss Martha’s party cup garland game and created this little Pirate Pong game. A twist on this post on her blog. I thought it would be simple and fun for the age group of children we were having. And they loved it wanting to play again and again. Very simple to create with red solo cups and paper lunch bags. I used a stencil to cut out the letters for the cups and bags. Then put the ping pong balls in a glass jar with a Pirate Pong chalkboard to top it off.

pirate pong

pirate pong

Pirate banner from Meri Meri on Zulily.

pirate flag banner

pirate flag banner

Another simple game for the kids, we filled a few buckets with sand to dig for treasure: necklaces, rings & gold coins. They had a blast doing this and it lasted longer than I thought too.

treasure dig

Last year, I made my first piñata for Harrison’s 3rd birthday. In keeping with that tradition, I made a treasure chest piñata. So easy to make with a few simple supplies… cardboard, tissue paper, packing tape and ribbon. I like to make pull string piñatas for this age so we aren’t worried about a bunch of 2-4 years olds blindly swinging a bat. The best part is it is practically free except for the candy filler.

treasure dig

treasure chest piñata

One of the biggest hits with the kids were the jello pirate ships.

jello pirate ships

jello pirate ships

It’s not a party without the cake… 0ne afternoon I was browsing thru various Jake and pirate cakes and Harrison peeked over my shoulder and requested a pretty elaborate Jake cake that also had Captain Hook and an island with the other Jake characters. So after plan A, which is plan Aunt Amy makes the awesome cake, didn’t work out we went to plan B, make a grocery store cake look awesome. My husband, Scott, was the brains behind this project because I was in my ‘party freak out mode’. Not pretty. The day before the party we purchased a white quarter size sheet cake and a round double layer coconut cake. I had also picked up some Jake & friends and Hook & ship characters at Target. We dyed a jar of white icing blue and spread it over both cake tops to create the ocean. On the round cake we spread crumbled graham crackers to create a little island then put Jake, Cubby and Izzy on top with a ‘#4’ candle and a couple pirate flags. For the Hook cake, we simply put the ship with hook and his alligator on top. Then created a pile of cannon balls with 4 black gum balls. I did this in 2 spots to fill some of the empty space. I also used the gum balls around the base of the cake. I think it created a tougher look for the Hook cake since he is usually up to no good. I also put 2 flags in the corners and used 4 taller birthday candles. Harrison was pretty impressed with his cake when he saw it the morning of the party. Mommy and Daddy were pretty proud of our skills too.

easy jake cake diy

easy jake cake diy

jake and friends

jake, cubby & izzy

hook and ship

captain hook and ship

I created a simple pirate wreath for the front door. I used a wreath form and wrapped it in a wide burlap ribbon then wrapped a black pirate skull ribbon over the burlap. I evenly spaced the skull ribbon and used an additional piece to hang the wreath.

pirate wreath

And the shark park bouncy house kept the little ones entertained.

shark park bouncy house

shark park bouncy house

That’s it – A cool July Pirate 4th Birthday Party! If you have any questions about what I made or where I purchased something feel free to ask in the comments below.

Sources:

Muslin bags & striped treat bags: Pick Your Plum

Invites, thank you’s, treat bags, banner, pirate ship centerpiece, pirate hats, plates, napkins, cupcake wrappers and toppers:  Meri Meri purchased on Zulily.

Eye patches, plastic swords & tattoos: Target party section

Pirate buckets: Target clearance after easter

Pixie stick swords: Sam’s club and diy

Compasses, gold coins, fishing net backdrop, silver anchor, pirate ship, empty wood frame, mini suitcases, mini chalkboards: Hobby Lobby

Red & white stripe fabric and burlap fabric: Jo-ann Fabrics

Grey & white stripe wrapping paper: Homegoods

White tiered tray and Silver tiered tray: Pottery Barn outlet

Chip board words: Michaels-dollar section

Vintage glass bottles: my own stash

Photography by Heidi on Park.

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a vintage baby girl shower

This summer, my mom and I hosted a baby shower for my cousin and her soon to be baby girl. Planning a baby shower for a girl is a breeze and very enjoyable as well. If you have the privilege of knowing my mother you know she has great style, I consider it french-country with a bit of vintage antique thrown in. When we started brainstorming ideas for the shower she wanted to incorporate her collection of vintage baby girl clothing. She has quite the collection considering she raised three daughters and also collects dolls. So, planning a girl themed baby shower was a treat not a feat.

The main decorations were empty vintage frames that my mom has found from various flea markets, thrift shops and estate sales. We then hung little outfits from twine strung across the middle. We placed pink tissue poms at the top for a little added touch and probably my favorite. We also hung a few tissue poms in the dining room and kitchen.

framed outfit & tissue pom

framed outfit & tissue pom

baby socks framed

baby socks framed

vintage baby outfits

vintage baby outfits

My mom had a large print in the family room that was in reds and golds so we decided to use the pink fabric to cover it up and then placed a large white tissue pom in the middle. I think it turned out really cute and helped incorporate the theme while working around the existing decor.

fabric & pom cover

fabric & pom cover

A gifted christening gown from soon-to-be grandmother was hung up and added a tissue pom above it. This was a precious gown that is sure to be a family heirloom.

christening gown

christening gown

We placed several vintage milk glass pieces on her mantle and filled them with bunches of baby’s breath. My mom has done this for years and I know my love of baby’s breath comes from her. And her collection of milk glass is amazing! She must have 25 or so pieces and she keeps them on a white corner shelf. All the white… I just love it. Surprising she likes it since she loves having color and adding pops of color. Where as I am more neutral, with greys, whites, sandy tans and black. We also used a lot of my mom’s fabric doily’s and lace tablecloths for added decor. We used several paper doilies and strung them on a piece of bakers twine. Then, I printed out the letters for Audrey on pink card stock and cut them out individually to create the Audrey banner. I used this banner template from Miss Martha Stewart (of course!). I have used this on several occasions as it is very versatile.

Audrey banner

audrey banner & milk glass mantle

For the mommy-to-be banner, we also used more paper doilies and folded them in half and placed on a piece of baker’s twine. I then used self-adhesive gold glittered letters to spell out mommy-to-be on each doily.

mommy-to-be banner

I also made a little diaper cake for the mommy-to-be. I love making these. They are very simple and make a great gift because they can be unwrapped and the diapers can be used. We all know new parents buy a lot of diapers. This 3 tier cake took 100 Pampers exactly. I tucked in travel size Johnson & Johnson bath products and 2 pink soothies inside the ribbon. I also put smaller 4 oz bottles in the center of each tier so when they disassemble the cake they find a little useful surprise. You can use any baby products that you prefer or even little baby toys for added cuteness. My mom had a large embroidery hoop with a piece of pink fabric that we placed inside and trimmed down the excess. I drew a letter ‘A’ for Audrey on a piece of decorative scrapbook paper and used glue dots to adhere it. Very inexpensive and it doubles as art for the baby’s nursery.

diaper cake

diaper cake

embroidery hoop letter 'A'

embroidery hoop letter ‘A’

For a simple door wreath, I wrapped a wreath form with pink satin ribbon and attached three little pink felt flowers that were found at Michael’s from Martha Stewart’s craft line. {also found here}

pink wreath

pink wreath

pink felt flowers

pink felt flowers

Let’s talk about shower games. Most people organize them for showers and most people don’t like playing them for one reason or another. My mom and I wanted to keep the games short and sweet, just quick enough to give out a few gifts and leave time for everyone to socialize, which is what we really do at showers anyway. We came across a little game online where you fill a walnut with as many TINY items as you can fit then have the guests guess how many are inside. Well, try to find a whole walnut in the middle of summer and you will learn that they are not ‘in season’. They are primarily found during Christmas season for gift baskets and such. So we decided to substitute an egg shell. My mom had one laying around for her gardening so we went to work and found quite a few tiny items to fill it with. We tried to use items that related to babies also. After filling the egg I carefully taped it shut with washi tape and then we tied  a bow around it with a cute ribbon. I think we ended up having 33 items and could have even fit a few more.

egg game

egg game

egg and ribbon

egg and ribbon

mini items for egg game

a few of the mini items for egg game

The second game we played was also very simple. When the guests arrived they each got a mini cloth diaper to pin to their shirt with a mini clothes pin. Later in the shower we asked the ladies to open their diaper and whoever had a dirty diaper won the gift. We just put a junior mint in one of them before hand, so it wasn’t too messy.

cloth diaper game

cloth diaper game

mini cloth diapers

mini cloth diapers

The guests each took home a little favor… a bottle of pink nail polish tied with a mini baby i.d. bracelet. {pinterest inspired}

nail polish favors

nail polish favors

detail of i.d. bracelet

We served mini wine bottles with striped pink paper straws attached with ribbon. Also sparking french pink lemonade in glass decanter bottles.

mini wine bottles & paper straws

mini wine bottles & paper straws

mini wines and french lemonade

mini wines and french lemonade

My little sister, Amy, is a wonderful cake maker and decorator. She has made cakes for Harrison’s birthday parties and they are always amazing as well as delicious. For the shower we decided to do three small simple cakes and oreo truffles.

three mini cakes

three mini cakes

oreo truffles on crystal dishes

oreo truffles on crystal dishes

oreo truffles

oreo truffles

Adorable cake boxes for guests to take a slice of cake home if they wanted. {Source: Homegoods}

striped cake boxes

striped cake boxes

cake boxes

Overall, I think the shower went wonderfully. My mom and I really enjoyed planning every detail together and it was a great bonding experience for the two of us.

Update on the mommy-to-be… Baby Audrey was born on Sept 16th (1 day past due date), 1:09 pm, 7lb 13 oz and 20″ long. Welcome to the world baby girl!

 

 

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surprise proposal

When my sister’s boyfriend asked me what I was doing for July 4th I never guessed it would lead to helping him execute a surprise proposal for my little sister, Sarah. After a few emails, one almost spoiler and many white lies later… it was the night of July 3rd and Patrick had asked Sarah to a balloon glow at Coney Island that would be followed by Rozzi fireworks. During this time my little little sister, Amy, and I were quick like hummingbirds setting the scene at Patrick’s house on the deck. If you blinked you would miss us.

We arrived just at dusk and started by stringing up white globe lights and white paper lanterns. Filling large vases with water and lighting tiny silver floating tea lights- 25 or so. Placing more tea lights in little mason jars and evenly spacing them around the perimeter. Putting the Sofia champagne on ice and picking 2 perfect raspberries for the champagne flutes. Berries and champagne… yes please. Lining the steps to the deck with Tiki torches and landscaping lights. Arranging a mini fire for roasting s’mores with a few small logs and a can of sterno fuel along with a basket of supplies, candy and sparklers. Lastly, a large quilt with outdoor pillows was covered in rose petals in shades of pink. More rose petals sprinkled the stairs leading up.

This was definitely a muggy, hot July night with a fierce threat of rain and thunderstorms. I was hoping and praying the rain would hold off so Patrick could make this one of the best nights of Sarah’s life.

And it did. And he got down on one knee and asked. And she said “YES!”

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Stay tuned for many more wedding planning updates, summer birthday party posts and highlights from my conferences.

Cheers to Wednesday,

Heidi

 

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mth conference and ah inspired


Pulled the trigger and signed up for the Making Things Happen 2 day conference on Oct 21 & 22 in Chapel Hill, NC. Wow! It feels exhilarating. My desire for going to this conference trumped my fear and doubt. Self-doubt is a huge factor in why we make the decisions we do, especially my own decisions. 2013 has definitely been a year of pushing the fear aside and making things happen. If you have a desire to meet with like minded women and make things happen then go for it and sign up for MTH 2013. The lovely ladies behind MTH are only hosting 2 intensives this year, March {passed} and October 2013. This October is limited to 60 participants and they always sell out. Talk about some pressure to not procrastinate.

Two months ago, I also signed up for Amber Housley Inspired. In August I will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee for a 2 day conference with Miss Amber Housley of AH living, design and style. Her work is gorgeous to say the least.

So, my schedule for the rest of this year includes 2 wonderful conferences which I believe will be a great jumping off point for Heidi on Park. The first, Aug 1 & 2 in Nashville, Tennessee {http://www.amberhousleyinspired.com} and the second, Oct 21 & 22 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina {http://www.makingthingshappen.com}. A double bonus is going to two new places on the map that I have yet to explore.

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Cheers to Thursday,

Heidi

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making things happen

Making things happen. I came across this print earlier this year. It was a turning point in my journey toward starting my own business. Lara’s Making Things Happen 2013 blog series and power worksheets really flipped a switch for me. “You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go DO THEM!”

Cheers to Thursday,

Heidi

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