Here is an easy tutorial for the lace trim favor bags we made for my Vintage Glam Baby shower seen here. The idea for them actually came about last minute. We couldn’t find the specific style of favor bag in stores that would tie in with our party theme so we utilized what we had around the house to make our own, following the simple steps below.
Large Brown Paper Bags
Lace Trim paper punch (I used Martha Stewart’s)
Trim about 5 1/2 inches off the top of each paper bag and open.
Using lace paper punch, evenly punch the front side of the bag twice leaving about 1/4 inch between your first and second punch.
Repeat this step for the back of the bag.
Fill with goodies.
Simply seal each bag by hole punching the left and right side, tying them closed with a ribbon bow.
Posh little tip~
These inexpensive DIY bags are perfect for party favors and prizes. Change the color of the ribbon to match your celebration theme.
Our newest addition to the family will arrive sometime at the end of this month, or beginning of next. We celebrated the anticipation of her arrival a few weeks back at my vintage-glam themed baby shower brunch, which couldn’t have turned out better! I have my mom, sister and a few good friends to thank for their assistance in pulling together all the little details leading up to the event, the day was simply perfect.
In one of my previous posts Sunshine Yellow and Gray, I mentioned that I would be using that color scheme, along with some vintage and glam details, to pull together my concept for the celebration. Here’s a look back at my special day and all the details that made it so posh.
Brunch has forever been one of my all time favorite meals, so of course I had to incorporate that into the day when planning the menu. I am a big fan of little bites and appetizer portions so that’s how everything was prepared, in mini sizes. The delicious homemade menu consisted of the following; french toast rounds with maple syrup, a yogurt parfait station complete with fresh fruit, golden raisins, coconut, granola, white chocolate chips and pecans. We also served turkey sausage links, turkey bacon skewers, fresh fruit skewers made up of cantoulope, mango and pineapple and accompanied by a heavenly orange dream dip made by my Mother In-law. Lastly we ate mini frittatas, assorted cheese, fresh bagels and light cream cheese, donut holes and roasted potato cups.
To go along with the menu we served virgin mimosas using fresh mango orange juice and san pellegrino. We also prepared homemade virgin caesars, and a homemade cucumber lemonade. So fresh and perfect for a spring time soiree.
The sweet menu consisted of small bites as well, all of which were homemade and tied in perfectly with the color scheme. The dessert table included homemade lemon poppyseed muffin pops, skinny mango cheesecake bites, onesie lemon sugar cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, gray and white M&Ms, mango pineapple and lemon gummy bears, yogurt dipped raisins and almonds, and banana and vanilla saltwater tafffy. Each guest was given a favor bag to fill up with sweets of their choice as a little token of our appreciation.
The onesie sugar cookies were the perfect touch. I incorporated fresh lemon juice into the glaze so you could taste citrus in every bite. They were also hand designed by myself with the assistance of my sister and good friend using sugar pearls in our yellow and gray color scheme.
I found the recipe for the lemon poppyseed muffins in a cookbook and just cooked them in mini muffin pans. I inserted sticks into them the same way you would if making cake pops.
The recipe for the mini cinnamon rolls came from this fabulous blog: Iowa Girl Eats. I chose to use organic crescent dough from Trader Joes, just a personal preference. They were a big hit!
The decor and dishes used in the display tables and throughout the shower were a combination of vintage and modern. I added sparkle by adorning some decorative pieces with crystals, which I found antiquing. I borrowed the rest of the pieces from family and friends. The fabric for the tables was purchased from a local fabric store, and I found the birdcages at Michaels. Printed paper treat bags were purchased online and I found the damask plates and napkins at a local party store.
For the flower arrangements, I used milk glass, vintage decanters, vintage wine glasses, mason jars and teacups. The doily banners was hand designed by simply threading twine through doilies, and the adorable baby clothesline was hand designed by my sister using twine and the same glitter clothespins from my previous post Glamorous Glitter Clothespins.
To create the centerpiece on the left I used inexpensive flowers; carnations snap dragons daisies and spider mums and put them in a vintage decanter and mason jar. I used a vintage gold mirror, twine and a white porcelain bird to finish off the look. I used the same flowers for the centerpiece on the right and placed them in an old china teapot. I hung some crystals from the spout for the touch of glam. These same details were displayed all throughout the shower.
Here’s another look at some of the florals and table decor.
And here are some additional views of the decor from the celebration. The letter ‘M’ is the initial of our baby girl’s first name. My husband distressed it and painted it for me and we hung from the front door for a personal touch. All of the decorative pieces here will be incorporated into the nursery, which I will be revealing over the next few weeks once it’s finally finished!
To tie in our colors I custom designed all prints including invites and labels in a yellow damask with gray accents.
The fun games from the shower consisted of Guess Mommy’s Tummy size, Attributes, Never say baby Clothespins, Guess how many diapers, and Finish the Nursery Rhymes. We used the glitter clothespins I blogged about a few weeks back for “Never say baby.” Prize bags were hand designed. Check back next week for my easy and inexpensive DIY tutorial on these.
Here are some more snapshots from the celebration.
and more with my favorite people…
I whipped up these pretty pastel meringue cookies for Easter Sunday and they couldn’t be more fitting for the celebration. They not only look gorge, but taste delicious as well. The orange extract and food coloring I used adds the perfect Spring touch!
Easter Meringue Cookies
2 egg whites at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup white sugar (You can add up to 1/2 a cup but I prefer less so they’re not too sweet)
1/2 teaspoon orange extract (or any extract of your choice)
a few drops of food coloring
Preheat oven to 225.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar on low, gradually increasing the speed until foamy.
Increase the speed to medium high and gradually add the sugar, a small amount at a time.
Increase the mixer to the highest speed and whip until glossy stiff peaks form.
Pour in extract and whip for a few more moments until thoroughly combined.
If you will be adding the food coloring, evenly divide meringue mixture into separate bowls, adding a drop or two of food coloring to each. Stir well.
Spoon meringue mixture into separate ziplock bags and squeeze out the air. Cut off a corner of the bag and pipe meringues onto a cookie sheet.
The meringue should hold its form.
Bake in the oven for 90 minutes.
Once done baking, turn the oven off, leaving the meringues inside to dry out. I suggest an hour or two.
When meringues are done they should be crisp on the outside with an airy interior texture.
If you have any extras, they can be stored in an airtight container.
posh little tip~
Put these cookies in your children’s Easter baskets this year. They’re a much healthier alternative to excessively sweet chocolates and candy and they will love them just as much! My daughter certainly does.
No-bake cookies are a favorite childhood treat of mine. Not only are they yummy, but also very easy to make. This year for Easter, I thought I’d put a little spin on the traditional no bake cookie using white chocolate instead of cocoa powder to create a delightful rendition. Peanut butter is the shining star in this version, and to make them Easter-chic I cut them into shapes, dipped them in milk and white chocolate and added in some Spring color with pastel sprinkles.
Perfectly posh and deliciously divine.
Peanut Butter No-Bakes
1 3/4 cups Sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
8 oz white bakers chocolate
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
White & Milk Chocolate for dipping.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In medium saucepan, combine butter, milk, sugar and white chocolate. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 1.5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, peanut butter and oats.
Pour hot cookie mixture onto baking sheet, spreading evenly.
Allow to chill in fridge until hardened.
Once completely chilled, use an Easter cookie cutter to cut the cookies into shapes.
Dip cookies into melted milk and white chocolate.
Decorate with sprinkles.
Place decorated cookies back on lined parchment paper and chill in fridge until chocolate has hardened.
Serve and enjoy~
Source of pastel print: Pastel Canvas Prints
In one of my recent posts Sunshine Yellow & Gray, I mentioned my plans to design my daughter’s nursery in that same color scheme. Well after much planning and ordering like a mad woman online it is finally nearing completion! Although I’m not quite ready to share live photos with you yet, they will be coming soon. Right now I’m just waiting on a few final touches to tie everything together, but here’s a sneak peek of the items that have arrived for her Yellow, Gray & Glam nursery.
My ultimate goal in designing the nursery was to make it girly and chic, choosing prints and some glamorous elements to achieve my vision. To avoid having the room be too matchy matchy, I mixed and matched the bedding through custom and clearance orders, thus allowing the budget for favorite items such as the brocade rug and the baby blankets from My Blankee. To me there’s nothing more feminine than ruffles and damask. The gold tufted pouf was a must because…well, I’m a sucker for anything tufted, and the crystal knobs dressed up our existing white baby furniture adding a bit of glam. Lastly, the sunshine prints and owl bank were just too cute to pass up and ended up being the perfect addition to the room.
To finalize the nursery, I’ll be recycling and reusing some of the vintage elements from my upcoming baby shower such as the gold ornate mirrors, crystals and a few birds.
I love that what was only a vision a few months back has turned out exactly as I hoped for. We couldn’t be more excited for our sweet baby M’s arrival!
Note~ Any of the items above would be great gift ideas for expecting Mommies you know. Check out the sources below for links to the sites where I ordered them all.
What’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of clothespins? For me it’s laundry or a clothesline, yet after gaining some inspiration on Pinterest, I found some alternative uses much more exciting than laundry. Just add a little glitter and viola! You now have a glamorous version perfect for weddings, bridal or baby shower games, favors, gifts and celebration decor.
Today I made some for my upcoming vintage-glam baby shower using gold and white glitter. They turned out adorable and all you need are the following 3 supplies to make your own:
1. Glitter in colors of your choice.
2. Double stick tape.
3. Wood clothespins.
A pair of Scissors and scrap paper.
Apply a piece of double-stick tape to one side of the clothespin.
Using a pair of sharp scissors, trim the excess tape from the pin.
Place the clothespin on a piece of scrap paper (sticky side up) and pour glitter over top, covering completely.
Once applied. Press glitter down with fingers and shake off any excess.
Repeat these simple steps to make additional clothespins.
Note ~ I prefer to use Martha Stewart crafts, but you could use any supplies of your choice and I’m sure they’d turn out just as great!
Adapted from: Creature Comforts Blog
Today I made these adorable Peppermint White Chocolate ‘Kisses’, using St. Patrick’s Day and the term “Kiss Me I’m Irish” as my form of inspiration.
To add a posh dimension, I used an ombre color scheme, which is a trend that I absolutely love right now. The shaded affect offers a unique element, which as you can see, looks beautiful when displayed.
And the best part of all…(other than eating them of course) is that they only require 3 ingredients to make! So simple.
Peppermint White Chocolate Kisses
1. Natural Peppermint Oil
2. 2 boxes Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares (10 squares total.)
3. Green Food Coloring.
5 sandwich ziplocks.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Heat 10 squares of white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.
Add in 1/4 tsp peppermint oil and stir well (you can always add more if you like a stronger peppermint flavor.)
Divide the chocolate between 5 small bowls.
For ombre shades:
Leave the first bowl of divided chocolate white. Add 1/2 a drop of green food coloring to the second bowl. Add 2 drops of food coloring to the third bowl. Add 4 drops of food coloring to the fourth bowl and 8 drops of food coloring to the *5th bowl.
Stir well until food coloring is completely incorporated.
*You may notice the chocolate beginning to seize up a bit on the 5th bowl however this is ok because it should end up being the exact consistency that you’ll need the chocolate at when you pipe the kisses.
Other than bowl number 5, you will want to let your chocolate cool for about 10 minutes so it is the proper consistency for piping.
Once cooled and thickened a bit, spoon each bowl of shaded chocolate into the corner of a ziplock bag.
Snip the corner of the bag with scissors and begin piping the chocolate onto parchment paper using a circular motion to form each kiss. Repeat for all 5 bowls.
Place in fridge immediately to harden for at least 1 hour.
These are best served chilled.
Chocolate and pretzels equal a heavenly combination of sweet and salty. I am a sucker for both so I combined the two not only for a bit of pregnancy craving relief, but also with St. Patty’s Day day in mind. These chocolate dipped pretzels are in the ‘mini’ version if you will. I made them in minis because I adore anything pint sized, perhaps because they give the illusion of less guilt? Regardless of the reason, they are a perfect treat or favor for your next St. Patrick’s Day Fete, or any occasion for that matter.
To make them all posh and festive, I used a few drops of green liquid food coloring and then decorated them with my sprinkle mix. So simple to make, and adorable too. If you have little ones they will just love to help you make and eat them as well.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!
St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods
1 Bag Rold Gold Pretzel Rods.
1 box Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares.
Green Food Coloring.
Line Cookie Sheet in parchment paper and set aside.
Heat white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.
Divide melted chocolate into two bowls, adding the food coloring to one of them until the desired color is achieved (I used two drops in mine.)
Dip pretzels in both green and white chocolate, then decorate.
Place decorated pretzels onto parchment paper and allow to harden in the fridge for at least an hour.
The due date of my 2nd daughter is fast approaching and I have many projects to accomplish before her May 2nd arrival. A few of my largest tasks consist of designing her nursery and creating items for my upcoming baby shower. Although I am not planning the baby shower in it’s entirety on my own, I tend to be a bit of a control freak so I have more of a hand in the planning process than I probably should. Call me crazy but preggers or not, I absolutely love being involved. I always find an excuse to throw a party so there was no way that I’d be staying out of this one. I must however mention how fortunate I am to have a few special people in my life who will be helping plan and are also willing to put up with me and my obsessive demands for perfection.
The color scheme we decided on for the baby’s nursery is yellow and gray. I drew my inspiration for these colors from the Season of Spring that my daughter will be born in. There is something so bright, cheery and joyous about yellow that warms me like a sunny afternoon. The gray adds in a modern twist, and together they offer the touch of posh that I live for.
I fell in love with the combination of yellow and gray so much so, that I’ve decided to use that color scheme for my baby shower as well. I will be pairing these hues with some of my favorite textiles, decor and delicious treats, which together will embody my vision for a Vintage-Chic celebration with modern and posh touches. I currently live for gated trellis prints & ornate chalkboards. Lanterns, paper straws, mason jars & milk glass will add in the vintage touch I am looking for and the french macarons, and other sweet treats are favorites of mine that would look beautiful on any dessert table.
I couldn’t be more excited about these colors and just love how versatile they are together. Yellow and gray can be both masculine and feminine and would look stunning in a wedding, home interiors, fashions or as the backdrop for any cheerful celebration.
Sources: 1. Paper Straws 2. Rock Candy 3. French Macarons. 4. Mason Jar Lemonade. 5. Milk Glass. 6. Baby Shower Invitations. 7. Trellis print pattern. 8. Moroccan Lantern. 9. Ornate Chalkboard. 10. Sweet Treats.