Mother’s Day Celebration Trend :: Host a Tea Party

Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Do you have anything special planned? Start a new tradition with Mother’s Day this year and have a fun and fancy tea party! Here are a few ideas on how to host a Mother’s Day Tea party and help make the celebration entertaining for everyone! Remember..don’t make mom do any of the work, it’s her day! Enjoy!

1. Send Invites. Invite friends and family to celebrate all the special moms in your life with these super cute (and free!) printable invitations from Confetti Sunshine.

Vintage Tea Party Table Setting2. Set the Table: Dress up your table with a pretty pastel palette. If you have access to vintage tea cups and saucers, this is the occasion to use them! It will give an authentic feel to the celebration! This lovely table setting is from A Fabulous Fete.gallery imageIf you don’t want to risk using the good china (especially around little ones) these floral cups and plates are a fun and really adorable alternative! (And less cleanup!) This floral tableware shop is now available for purchase in our shop! (Source photo).

3. Plan the menu: The menu doesn’t have to be complicated. Just put out a selection of assorted finger sandwiches. These go wonderfully with tea. A cheese board and grapes will also compliment the sandwiches and work great as a nice light snack!

Mother'sDayTeaParty6For dessert, serve shortbread cookies, miniature pastries, like éclairs and petite fours. Use tiered trays and platters like this one above from Sugar and Charm as a lovely display for your desserts.

Oh-So-Very-Pretty-Earl-Grey-Cupcakes-29Combine tea in a dessert and what do you get? Early Grey Cupcakes! Oh So Very Pretty has the recipe for these yummy goodies.

And we can’t forget the most important part of the menu.. tea! Black tea is the traditional tea served but nowadays there are so many options! You can also offer green tea and herbal teas for your guests.

Printable-Mothers-Day-Tea-TagsDownload and print these adorable Mother’s Day Tea tags to add something a little special and unique to the party. Click over to Lia Griffith to download the file and see more pretty tea party inspiration.

Besides tea, offer a Champagne punch or mimosas as well as a kid-friendly non-alcoholic punch to add more beverage options.

4. Get Dressed Up: Channel your inner child and have fun with it! Dress for the occasion – big hats and gloves in light and flowery prints, which are perfect for a tea party.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and happy hosting!

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Five for Friday :: New Mom Must Haves

Hello all! I have been so out of touch with the blog since having my baby boy that’s its finally nice to be back! We are starting a new concept with on blog and doing a weekly post called “Five for Fridays”, to share the five current things we are obsessing over so y’all can start obsessing with us too!

Since I am a new mommy again (he’s 2 months old now), my post this week is about my five must haves post-baby! Most of the time after giving birth everything revolves around the baby, and you forget to take care of you.(Sometimes you don’t even have time to shower!) While it is good to dote on your little one, you can’t neglect yourself. When you feel better about yourself you are a happier person, and it is always good to be in a more positive state when dealing with an unpredictable newborn!

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With that in mind, my favorite item at the moment are these elastic waist shorts from J Crew Factory. I was stumbling around the mall one day trying to find shoes for my 3-year-old, when I saw these in the window – and I am so glad I did! If you have ever had a baby you know that you don’t feel good about your body right after, and you fall somewhere in between fitting into your regular clothes and maternity wear. That’s where these come in! I love that they are elastic and fit me now, and will continue to still fit even after I lose a little more weight! To top it off, I love that they AREN’T maternity clothes and that they are extremely comfortable. I am basically living in these shorts right now. They probably weren’t designed with new moms in mind but man did they hit the nail on the head with them!

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Since clothes aren’t my friend right now, I splurged on a new pair of sunglasses for the summer. These Tory Burch navy shades are amazing – durable (which is important with kids), stylish, and I love the touch of color. I will live in these the next few months! It is always nice to be able to treat yourself to an item or two that goes with just about anything.

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Naked 3 Eyeshadow. The light & shimmery colors are gorgeous and it even comes in a durable compact with its own brush. As someone whose life is on the go, I love that I can apply it at home or in the car with ease.

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Behind a sleeping baby is a happy mommy, and that is why I am obsessed with my new CarseatCanopy.com cover. If he falls asleep in the car, I can take him into the stores without any bright lights shining on his face. It also keeps nosy ladies from putting their face in his, which hopefully keeps him away from getting sick anytime soon! The cover costs $49, but I found a coupon online (use code: PJBABY) which gets you the cover for free as it is $50 off!!! (you only pay shipping and handling, and in my case, a very reasonable monogram fee). I would recommend for any new mom! I wish I would have gotten it sooner!

:: FIVE ::

Back to a sleepy baby again – the Rock N’ Play. This keeps my angel snuggled at night, and at two months I am getting an 8 hour stretch of sleep – which makes a world of a difference from those 2 to 3 mini sleep sessions. Easton had a cold for several weeks, so having him at an angle was a life saver and recommended by my doctor. I love how cozy he is in it, and that he sleeps soundly! I didn’t have this with my first kid (not fair!) and would absolutely recommend for any new mom to be!

While the most current thing I am obsessed with is my new little bundle of joy, these five items are my current favorites for any new mommy! To all you new moms out there – I wish you lots of rest and sleep! Enjoy!

Spring Party Trend :: It’s a Fiesta!

I think most of us are finally getting to experience the gorgeous spring weather! It’s about time, right? This time of year is a fabulous time for any type of celebration – baby showers, bridal showers, and lots of birthday parties! A big trend we’ve been seeing recently that works for any of these parties? A fiesta theme! The explosion of bright colors just makes us so happy! Here are a few of the decor trends with this theme we have seen, and they are super easy to DIY!

how to set up your own taco bar1. A Taco Bar. Well first and foremost, what’s a fiesta without tacos?! Wedding Chicks has the details on how to get this “Make Your Own Taco Bar”, complete with a shopping list and all! Who’s hungry?

2. A Colorful Backdrop. Color, color, and more color! We love it! An easy fringe backdrop is perfect for photos, or hang it behind your dessert table to make a statement. Get the look with the super simple tutorial from Brit + Co.

3. Giant Balloons with Tassels. Large balloons with any kind of tassels are huge (no pun intended) right now. This takes it a step further by using a confetti filled balloon with bright fringe tassels, and really just makes you want to celebrate. (Source.)

DIY Tutorial: Colorful Tissue Fringe Garland4. Tissue Fringe Garland. When you picture a Fiesta, you imagine the gorgeous and sometimes intricate papel picado strung overhead. HWTM offers a DIY on how you can achieve a similar look by using fringe garland as an alternative. We love the look of papel picado but are all for a time and money saver, and this works great!

mexican signs to cut out and make for free5. Printable Food Signs. Tent cards work wonderfully as a menu display or even for place cards. Add a colorful detail to your food table by creating your own or utilizing these free printables from Happy Thought

DIY Fringed Napkin Pocket | Sarah Hearts for Confetti Pop6. Fringed Napkin Pocket. It’s all about the details. Dressing up utensils is a creative and easy way to add those special details to your party. And trust me, people notice! Sarah Hearts gives a DIY tutorial on how to get this adorable Fringed Napkin Pocket look for your next Fiesta!

Bright and Cheerful Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party7. Colorful Tableware. This is a must! Straws, plates, napkins – all with lots of beautiful and bold color! Don’t be afraid to mix and match, that’s what makes the Fiesta so great! Use 3 or 4 main colors and spread them throughout. We love the use of color in this party from HWTM!

These parties look like so much fun, I may just have to find an excuse to throw one!

Thinking of hosting your own? Undercover Hostess has you covered for your next celebration! Shop our online store to find these bold and bright Fiesta worthy party supplies!
Fiesta Tableware Inspiration | Undercover Hostess

Peter Rabbit Themed Easter Party + Inspiration

I have always loved Peter Rabbit. Growing up I read all of the stories, and now that I have children of my own I get to read them the books before they go to bed. So it wasn’t a surprise that as soon as the Peter Rabbit products arrived in our shop, I knew I had the theme for my daughters annual Easter egg hunt! I hate to play favorites, as I do love all of our products, but I think these might be at the top of my list. The soft colors are beautiful and the illustrations on the paper products are so sweet and charming! Just perfect for any baby shower or first birthday – but they also worked quite nicely for our Easter Egg hunt!

This party was a huge success on all accounts: the kids had a great time searching for eggs and munching on desserts; I loved planning, hosting, and had a fabulous time socializing with my friends; and my husband was pleased since the whole party (including décor, food and entertainment) cost me only $250! That was for 24 people including 15 kids!  There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a lovely party come together that is also budget friendly!  So how do you get this look? I’m happy to share how I was able to do this so effortlessly and cost effectively!DSCN2430

Décor

Using tableware from the Undercover Hostess Shop, I bought 24 Peter Rabbit plates, 2 Peter Rabbit serving trays, a set of Peter Rabbit napkins,  a coordinating paper table linen (loved this as it looked high quality and was easy to clean up after), and 24 blue and white polka dot plates for the kids table. Decor Cost: $50.

DSCN2399DSCN2441Coincidentally a few weeks ago, I received several too-cute-for-words Peter Rabbit baby gifts after the birth of my second child. How perfect! I love being able to re-purpose items I already have! I also pulled from some of the Easter décor I had around the house (the ducks, rabbit, wood crate, etc.)

DSCN2445DSCN2437DSCN2397Below you can find some of the Peter Rabbit themed decorations:

Peter Rabbit stuffed bunny – Barnes & Noble
Peter Rabbit quilt (hung on wall) – Barnes & Noble
Peter Rabbit ABC Blocks – Barnes & Noble
Blue Peter Rabbit plate – Pottery Barn Kids

Food

For kids, I always look to find something easy to prepare and serve. This time I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in festive Easter shapes using my Easter themed cookie cutters. For sides, I filled three different snacks (cheese cubes, grapes and Annie’s Bunny Crackers) in plastic Easter eggs. The plastic Easter eggs were displayed in egg cartons that were from reused from the deviled eggs. It is really cute for presentation purposes, and it was very easy for the kids to just grab one and add it to their plate. The kids loved opening up the eggs to find out what was inside!DSCN2444DSCN2446DSCN2460For the adults, I wanted simple food that I could keep in the refrigerator and just set out after the egg hunt was over. I tend to have a habit of going overboard cooking, which means I don’t get to enjoy the party and I miss what it is all about. To ensure I was able to see my daughter take part in all the fun with her friends, I made most of the food the day before. I also bought appetizers from my local grocery store or Costco. The menu consisted of: chicken salad sandwiches (Costco), club sandwiches (homemade), salad (homemade), Italian meat rollups (Costco), caprese salad (homemade), deviled eggs (homemade), and fresh fruit (grocery store). Food Cost: $150.

DSCN2442DSCN2443DSCN2395I purchased mini cupcakes from my local grocery store, which were a steal at 36 for $10. DSCN2398DSCN2436 As a special dessert, I whipped up some very easy Rice Krispie treat nests. To make these all you need are Rice Krispie treats, green icing, and jelly beans.

Activities

The main event was the Easter Egg Hunt of course! I hid approximately 160 eggs in my house, which gave each child the opportunity to collect roughly 10 eggs. The plastic eggs were purchased from Wal-Mart ($2 for 48) and stuffed with candy, stickers, pennies, and small toys. The Dollar Store is also an easy and budget friendly option to find treats. Activities Cost: $30DSCN2457

This party was a blast, and am thrilled everyone had such a great time! The Peter Rabbit theme turned out even more adorable than I imagined. Now I am even contemplating using it for my son’s first birthday next year!

Love this party theme for yourself? Right now you can purchase select Peter Rabbit tableware, and even more specialty Peter Rabbit products are arriving in the shop next month! We will also be adding a Peter Rabbit Hostess Kit! Make sure to check back for you next baby shower, birthday party, or even for next Easter!

DIY :: Metallic Easter Egg Designs

Easter is on its way, so I thought I would share this fun silver metallic egg DIY with you guys. Decorating eggs is always fun, and I love how everyone can make them their own. There is so much inspiration on Pinterest for unique ways to color and display eggs – so here is just one of the many! 

easter-egg-materialsFor the materials, I used:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Egg dye tablets (you can also paint the eggs, or just leave them white for a clean, simple look)
  • Egg dipper – if using dye
  • Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in Silver
  • Pencil with unused eraser
  • Paint brush

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First I dyed the eggs and let them dry. I wanted more of a pastel color to them so I didn’t let the eggs sit in the dye for very long. Once they were dry, I used the metallic silver gilding to make patterns. For easy polka dots, dip a clean eraser into the metallic paint and then apply that gently onto the egg. easter-egg-step1You can keep adding polka dots by repeating this step in any pattern you like. Wait for one side to dry before rotating around so the paint doesn’t smear.easter-egg-groupOnce I had my polka dots I wanted to mix it up so all the eggs didn’t look the same. I used a paintbrush to paint the lower portion of the egg with the silver liquid gilding. easter-egg-candy-cup2Ta-da! Cute metallic Easter eggs ready for display! metallic easter eggsThese fun eggs will make any Easter shine! Enjoy!

DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Printable Shamrock Straw Toppers

There were probably more than a few St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this past weekend, but with the holiday officially on Tuesday, I know there will be plenty more! Children will be trying to catch leprechauns that visit their houses, and adults will be enjoying the green colored specialty drinks of the famous holiday. We are always up for a simple and festive craft, so to add even more green to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we created these fun shamrock decorations that you can add to your straws!

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Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Printables
  • Paper straws

Instructions:

Untitled-11. Download our Shamrock printables and cut out the individual shamrocks.

Untitled-32. Cut out each of the shamrocks. Cut two slits about a half inch apart. Make the slits wide enough so the straw can slide into the shamrock easily.Untitled-23. All done! Sip and enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A great green themed beverage I found perfect for these adorable straw toppers are these kid-friendly mint milkshakes! Get the recipe over on Food Network.FN_St-Patricks-Day-Mint-Shakes_s4x3.jpg.rend.snigalleryslide.jpeg

11 Creative Ideas for Diaper Cakes

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Baby showers are so much fun to style and decorate! Many times, the hosts put together a sweet diaper cake for the mom-to-be. Diaper cakes are great because they make a beautiful decorative piece but are also a wonderful gift for the guest of honor to take home. Just plain ol’ diaper cakes in themselves are just adorable. But they also come in so many elaborate and creative styles. Erin had a baby shower right before her son was born a few weeks ago. Her friends made the sweetest diaper cake for her; a big plush bear riding a motorcycle that was made out of diapers. She absolutely loved it. I had never seen a diaper cake like that before, and it made me wonder.. what other unique and cute styles are out there? I’ve rounded up several of our favorites below!

1. Chalkboard + Burlap Diaper Cake. This is actually one we designed for a baby shower using our Charming Chalkboard Baby Shower Hostess Kit. Yeah, I may be partial and a {little} biased, but the simplicity of the burlap ribbons on this cake makes it one of my favorites.

Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake Tutorial + Free Printables!2. Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake. This diaper cake is something guests will be sure to tell their friends about. It is so unique and fun, and Hostess With The Mostess even gives you the tutorial and printables to create this look yourself!

Nautical Theme Ship Wheel Diaper Cake Instructions3. Nautical Ship Wheel Diaper Cake. We love that this is so different from the typical cake style, plus it can double as a front door decoration! Find the downloadable instructions on Etsy for $8.50.

Dandelion Baby Shower via Kara's Party Ideas #dandelion #BabyShower #PartyPlanning #idea #PartyDecorations (15)4. Dandelion Diaper Cake. A gorgeous cake in vibrant yellow topped with beautiful flowers. Looks almost like a cake you could eat! Kara’s Party Ideas.

Diaper Babies 5. Diaper Babies. Another fun alternative to the standard diaper cake. No diapers are actually used, but instead it’s made out of wash cloths and socks. I think we can agree, it’s just as cute! Frugal Fanatic gives a tutorial on how to make this very sweet gift yourself.

Chic {French Inspired} Pink Baby Shower6. French Inspired Diaper Cake. This diaper cake is similar to the first burlap one, but with a little more pizzazz. Pink ribbons and flowers give it a softer look, and we love the detail of the baby name in wood letters! Not  to mention the little rabbit on top! See more pictures of this diaper cake over at Hostess with the Mostess.

Princess Castle7. Princess Castle Diaper Cake. Welcome the little princess in style with this pretty incredible castle cake! It actually looks more involved to make it than it really is when you examine how it’s done. So cute! (Found on Etsy.)

Storybook Themed Baby Shower and diaper cake - your homebased mom8. Storybook Diaper Cake. We love how this diaper cake also is decorated with little gifts to go with the theme! Here’s the step-by-step from Your Home Based Mom for how to make this diaper cake.

9. Green Stork Bundle. If actually creating a diaper cake seems daunting, this unique spin on the traditional cake is a great solution (from Diaper Cakes Mall).

Panda on a Chopper10. Motorcycle Diaper Cake. This cake is just too adorable for words, and includes extra goodies other than diapers, which help make up the motorcycle. A wonderful gift and centerpiece!  Check out Pop Sugar Moms for a tutorial on how to make the motorcycle.

11. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Diaper Cake. The pink, gold, glitter, stars, and initial set at the top.. we love it all. A lovely way to welcome a little star into the world! You can see more pictures of this cake over at Hostess with the Mostess.

A Look Back: Designing a 30th Birthday Party

I was cleaning out my Google Drive when I came across these photos from about a little over a year ago. Before our company had formally launched, we started out by coordinating and planning parties for friends, family, and by word of mouth. Really, this was Erin’s forte. So when she was contacted by one of her good friend’s husbands to help throw a surprise 30th birthday for his wife, she was all in. It is always fun to come up with party themes and ideas, but to do it for someone you know makes it that much more exciting!

I thought it would be fun to share this celebration, to show a little bit of our beginnings and of course all of the lovely details!

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The birthday girl’s husband rented out an event space and planned a special surprise 30th birthday dinner, inviting her closest friends. Erin’s job was to transform the space into something unique and modern, with a color palette of pink, gold, and black, all while highlighting the special event that it was – a 30th birthday! Now… for the details!

Untitled-19Since it was the big 3-0, that had to be on display in a super cute way. The sign itself was a canvas board. Painters tape and black paint was used to achieve the bold striped look. The gold “30” numbers were made out of fabric that were sewed then scrunched together. A hot glue gun was used to hold the numbers to the canvas board.AUntitled-20A photo backdrop was a must! The same gold fabric used in the numbers above was again scrunched and hung alongside various colors of ribbon. I think it turned out great!Untitled-4Untitled-17To accent the cake and desserts, a wrapped cake stand was made, using the colors of gold, black, and pink. These were just boxes wrapped with tissue paper, and accented with ribbon.Untitled-18Above the cake table was a glitter circle backdrop. A circle punch and glitter card stock were used to create the circles. These were then hot glued to black ribbon. Since the ribbon spun while it hung, these were made to be double-sided.Untitled-3Untitled-2Untitled-6Tables were set with pink and white ribbon as a runner, and used gold chargers as an accent. And can we please mention these napkin bows?! (A while back we posted a tutorial on how to make these yourself – check it out here.)Untitled-16Untitled-14Untitled-15One of my favorite details is the hanging photograph centerpiece. This was a bit more involved for a DIY, but totally worth it. Erin’s husband is extremely handy and made the structure out of steel pipe. She then spray painted it black and it was then suspended from black ribbon. Candles, pictures, and flowers were hung from the piping with clear fishing wire. Two of these were made so both tables had a centerpiece. Although it sounds labor intensive, the cost was low! Only about $25 to make each one.niti-cakeAll worth it and so much fun to put together a wonderful evening with friends and toasting a happy 30th to this beautiful lady!

Lemon Pound Cake Parfait in Mason Jars

AMP_8483Last year we designed a Shabby Chic Pony Party that we’ve received an incredible amount of feedback about. We are so ecstatic that everyone loved it as much as we did! One of the photos featured a delicious dessert in mason jars. We wanted to give you the recipe for the Lemon Pound Cake Parfait and show how you can re-create this for your next spring time soiree!The Italian Dish has the yummy recipe we used with step by step instructions on how to make the parfait specifically for the mason jars. In order to top with a fabric lid, fill the jars only 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. The mason jars are big enough that was still plenty of dessert!

There’s a recipe for lemon pound cake as well. Since we are all about saving time, the store-bought pound cakes work perfectly, too! AMP_8469Once you’ve assembled the individual desserts, let’s make them pretty! We found fabric that matched our theme, and cut into squares large enough to cover the mouths of the jars. Use specialty serrated scissors when cutting the fabric to give a clean, yet lovely detailed look. Wrap the fabric to secure as a lid with coordinating bakers twine. Attach a few stamped wooden forks, and voila! Cute little desserts made for each guest. AMP_8487AMP_8472

Huddle Up : Get Free Football Party Printables + Party Ideas

This past weekend was the last football Playoff match up. Did you catch any of the games? Even if you didn’t see them, you probably know by now that the Seattle Seahawks (with their insane comeback against the Packers!) will be playing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb 1.  Our free football printables were such a hit last year, we created some again! Since the Seahawks are in it for a second year in a row, you can get our old printables herebut we’ve updated them a little in our new versions as well. See the bottom of the post for the full resolution .pdfs for download.

football-printablesNow that you’ve got the printables, here are a few entertaining ideas we love for the game!Football Coasters 2Create and set out these adorable burlap football coasters for guests. Stitched by Crystal has the tutorial.

Use yellow balloons to make a goal post for a backdrop. Creative use of the paper lantern as a football gets the extra point (source photo).

Chili-BarFootball and chili is the perfect combination. Celebrations at Home does this chili bar right.

It’s not a true football party without delicious game day finger food. Here are a few recipes below that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Hip2SaveMmm. Slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders from Hip2Save.

Beer-Candied BaconBeer. Candied. Bacon. Enough said. From Tide and Thyme. Once you see how easy it is, you will have to make it!

Super Bowl Party Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.comMake a fun dessert like these ice cream football sandwiches! See the tutorial over at the Celebration Shoppe Blog.

Seattle Seahawks printables: download full .pdf here
New England Patriots printables: download full .pdf here

Enjoy, and happy hosting!