Friday, September 21, 2012

Auburn Football Tailgate Birthday Party

We had a wonderful time at my son's first birthday party!
I know my son will have no recollection of this party, but, as an event planner and craft-a-holic, 
there's no way I could pass up this opportunity to throw a memorable event!

I hope these decor ideas and DIY crafts inspire you to throw your own amazing party! 
And, if you're not inspired, you can just call me to host the party for you;)

I had a free set of return address labels with Shutterfly, so I added my son's picture 
(in his Auburn shirt!!) to the label and coordinated with orange and white font!
I ordered the invitations from Dovetail Designs on Etsy. She was so easy to work with!

It's pretty impossible to find an inexpensive numeral candle that coordinates with an Auburn football party. I'd seen some folks on Pinterest decorate candles with glitter and sequins. So, I took that inspiration and painted a "1" candle orange and blue and outlined it in white!

I love this timeline that shows our son's growth over the course of one year! 
I painted a piece of craft wood (purchased at Hobby Lobby), glued ribbons to the back, 
attached photos to the ribbons, then put football stickers (purchased at Hobby Lobby) 
on each picture with the coordinating month. 

I followed this tutorial (with a little bit of variation) to make a fun high chair banner!

I wanted to do a photo booth, but I wasn't quite sure about the setup. When I saw that the room had a tree in the corner, I thought it'd be fun to roll with toilet paper and turn into Toomer's Corner! 
We had a prop box with a shaker, foam fingers, and a football and a hardback football notebook ($1 at Michael's). The frame instructs guests to "GRAB A PROP AND SMILE BIG, THEN LEAVE A NOTE FOR THE BIRTHDAY KID."

I saw a bunch of goal posts online but had no idea how to construct one for a centerpiece. Thankfully, my personal architect (i.e. my husband) knew exactly how to make one (PVC pipes & duct tape)!
I painted a cardboard "1" to look like a football and hot glued it to the goal post. It still needed a little something, so I added two strands of paper garland that I'd made for the windows & photo booth.
I used astroturf (from Lowe's) for the table cover and dollar store vases with football sweatbands around them to hold the silverware.

I wanted all of the food to have a fun football/Auburn name. Surprisingly, I couldn't find a whole lot of ideas online, so I googled "football terms" and decided to come up with my own! Here they are:
"Blindside" BBQ Chicken Sandwiches | "Punt"ato Salad | Cheesy "Deadball" Dip with Ritz Crackers |  "Touchdown" Tortilla Chips with Salsa | Veggie "Tackle" Tray | "Blitz" Brownies | "Comeback" Cupcakes | "Bodda Getta" Buttercream Mints

This was the start of the food tables. There's a picture of my son in an Auburn frame, this fun WAR EAGLE plaque that my awesome friend Courtney let me borrow, football playing cards (yes, those little footballs are actually playing cards!), hand sanitizer (I covered the bottle with football looking paper), and football plates & napkins (from Costco). Also, I found the orange fabric in the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby for $1.50!

 I put Auburn shakers into tall cylindrical glass vases for centerpieces.

 Here's a view from outside of the party room. The balloons (Party City) helped fill an empty corner.

I hope you got inspired to start planning for your next party!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fab fall finds for less!

I am trying to become more of a cute, trendy mom! I used to consider myself a pretty well-dressed person. But, after my son was born (a year ago Friday), I turned into the athletic shorts, tee shirt, and tennis shoes mom. That's my Monday thru Friday go-to outfit. Blah, right? I've had trouble finding pants that conceal the "you're stuck with me forever" baby pudge tummy. So, after finding three AMAZING pairs of bottoms for fall at Chico's {Dark denim jegging, Black jegging, Slim leg "bling bottom" jeans}, I really got inspired to spruce up my look, especially for fall! I've also tried to become more daring/think outside of the box when I walk into my closet to pick out an outfit (mix and match different patterns, layer away!, be bold, etc). So far so good!

The problem with wanting to dress cute is guessed it...I HAVE NO MONEY! 
Well, at least not the amount to purchase a new wardrobe! 

So, after pinning fall styles/trends like a mad woman, I decided to hunt for good items (vs giving up because I can't afford them). Don't get me wrong, you can find cheap stuff...but that's just it, the stuff, while cheap in price is often cheap in quality. So, I'm trying to make sure the crucial items are a good brand/great fit/etc. Here are some of my recent finds!

Shoes! I can never have enough. I LOVE SHOES!
1- Motorcycle boots || There's no way I could afford the $150 Steve Madden Banddit boots I'd been eyeing, so I was super excited to find these Crown Vintage boots for $59.95 at DSW 
(Plus, I had a $10 off coupon, so I paid $50!) 
2- Leopard flats || If you've been on Pinterest in the past month, you've seen at least 50 outfits featuring leopard flats. I wasn't sure if they'd fit into my wardrobe, but I was wrong! They go with so much! And remember folks, we're stepping outside of the box. I found these $79 Steve Madden leopard flats at Macy's, but, again, since I'm new to leopard (and don't have $80 for flats), I was on the hunt for a less expensive option. After pinning these Mossimo leopard flats from Target, 
I received a comment from a friend saying she loved them! So, I went to Target, tried them on, and loved them! They were also on sale for $14! 
3- Nude wedge pump || My mom will tell you, "Stacy and Clinton say that everyone should have a pair of nude heels! They elongate your legs and go with everything!" Mom, I love you! And they are right. I'm telling you, you need a pair of nude heels! I've tried them on with dresses, shorts, jeans, slacks...they.go.with.everything! Unfortunately, I always find them to be expensive and uncomfortable...until now! I found these super comfy Jessica Simpson wedge pumps at 
TJ Maxx for $39.99 (vs the $79 retail value). 

1- Red and white bangle || I will wear the heck out of this bangle! Memorial Day, 4th of July, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Friday nights...haha. You get the idea! It's a great piece! I bought this at goodwill for $3.73 (I agree, overpriced for goodwill. Nonetheless, cheaper than I'd find anywhere else)
2- Green and white statement necklace || I love dressing up tees/jeans with fun accessories. This necklace will allow me to do just that! Plus, it's my favorite color!! I bought this at goodwill for $3.93.
3- Leopard scarf || Leopard!! My husband hates leopard print, but, let's face's totally in right now! And, as we found with the shoes, it goes with so much! I'm excited to wear this with a black top, black jeggings, and my leopard flats! I bought this at Hobby Lobby (random, right?). It was $12.99, but with my 40% off coupon, I paid less than $8! PLEASE don't ever purchase anything over $5 at Hobby Lobby without a coupon. It's so easy to pull up on your smartphone! Safari>Google>Hobby Lobby Coupon>View coupon. Show it to the cashier for 40% off one regularly priced item! SO EASY!

Oversized sweater || I never thought I'd get into this trend, but I'm totally loving the idea of an oversized sweater with leggings and boots (and now that I have sweet boots, I'm in!) I saw this sweater at goodwill and thought to myself, "It's so ugly it's cute!" We'll see if it works. 
But for $4.94, I couldn't pass it up!

And now it's time for textiles!
I bought this fabric at goodwill for $2.42. After bringing it home and realizing it wasn't going to work as a tablecloth, I decided to drape it over our couch. Wow! Look how much it added to the couch! (and, bonus, it matches our pillows!) It never hurts to check out every section at goodwill: clothing, shoes, jewelry, textiles, glass/mugs/ceramics, books, lamps, picture frames, just might be surprised at what you find!

In case you didn't already know, I'm a seasonal gal! I love decorating the house for any and every season/holiday/event, etc! I never have a good tablecloth/placemats for the red, white, & blue holidays! So, I was happy to find these patriotic placemats on sale at Bed, Bath, and Beyond today for 99¢ each! 
(And, here's a fun fact I just learned while typing this post: To get the cents symbol (¢) on a mac, simply hit Option + 4. Pretty cool, huh? You're welcome)

I hope you're inspired to hunt for good deals on fabulous pieces for fall! Happy shopping, y'all!

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Men's Jeans at Wal-Mart

My husband is quite picky when it comes to buying jeans. They have to be a slim fit, but not skinny, look good with his work shoes and his casual shoes, be a certain color, etc. He's been saying for a few weeks now that he needs new jeans. We're trying to save money where we can (especially with clothes,  shoes, accessories, etc), so I decided to peruse the men's section at Wal-Mart. I know, I know...Wal-Mart's clothes are cheap/not always made well...but, I thought I'd take a chance. After walking past many racks of "Faded Glory" and "Wrangler" jeans (my husband wouldn't be caught dead in these; NOT HIS STYLE AT ALL), I was shocked to actually spot a great looking, slim pair of jeans made by "Signature || Levi Strauss and Co." I brought them home for my husband to try on (of course, I left out the fact they were from Wal-Mart). He tried them on...and LOVED them! The cost of the jeans: $21.92!!!! Do you need to read that again?? 22 bucks vs the usual $60-$100. I wanted to share this great find in case any of you have trouble finding inexpensive, good looking jeans for the man in your life! (I bought two pairs that way when he needs a new pair, Voila! Already have one!)

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