Thursday, October 28, 2010


I really think invitations set the tone for the whole party. Lately I receive less paper invitations and more Evite style invitations. I think in most cases that is perfect, it's an affordable means of inviting all of your guests and an easy way for them to be able to quickly and easily respond. Every once in a while for certain types of events I think that a "paper" invitation is just a great way to go. For the Tea Party shower I posted below I was very lucky to find someone to design the perfect invitation for me and for $35 spent I had them designed and professionally printed. The price was well worth it to me to be able to set the tone I was looking for.

I highly recommend Tiffany with Mira Greetings! Check out her Etsy store at the link below!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mad Hatter Baby Shower

I recently planned a Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower. I didn't want to go with the new Alice in Wonderland or the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, but more of a messy tea party with strange touches, something a little messy, not stuffy but fun! I saved so much money by using things that I already owned, hitting up many many yard sales, and even buying from Craigslist. 

Beautiful "fake" flowers from Michael's craft store! I was amazed how many people at the party thought they were real! 

We had an amazing amount of food!

Gorgeous cake made by Heidi Varden she spent days hand painting the gorgeous Alice in Wonderland sketch drawings I sent her!! The cake was AMAZING!

Beverage station~ featuring our YUMMY Mango Mimosas

I found these drink containers at a Big Lots store for $8


I am a HUGE fan of Parmesan cheese crisps

These cheese straws were amazing and fit perfectly in the IKEA vases I keep on hand, they work perfectly!!

IZZE drinks make fantastic accents for beverage tables! Not only are they yummy but they come in amazing colors to coordinate with the party. The beverage tins were bought at Target on clearance for $5 a piece and they had "A" magnets on them which is the baby's first initial. The white makes it so easy for them to be used for many different events~~

Tea sandwiches on my GORGEOUS white cake platters

Gift table!!


You can see just a bit of the FABULOUS fabric I found on clearance at Joanne's Fabrics for $1.50/yard. It had an amazing exaggerated floral print the really enhanced the look of the table

White roses with red paint dripped on them, total cost fifty cents, found the gorgeous silver footed bowl at a yard sale for $1 and the frame was in the clearance section at Big Lots

Favor boxes full of homemade FUDGE!!! Made by the always amazing Cassie of Goldilocks Creations

Food & Beverage table

Tablescape, the angels I bought a few years ago at the dollar store for a Valentines tablescape I did. I liked throwing in random things throughout the party

What looks like placemats are actually very large sheets of scrapbook paper I found at Michaels in a book of 60 pages. It was in the clearance sections for $8

I found an ad on craigslist that a man had placed saying he was selling all of the tea things from his failed tea house, I purchases 6 3 tiered servers many many tea cups and saucers and tea pots! You can just see a little bit of the amazing wing chair I bought for $30 on Craigslist last year, it was the perfect spot for the mom to be to sit

I like how random everything was, it made it so much easier to put everything out

Messy is fun!!

Me & the GORGEOUS mommy to be (again) :) 

Gorgeous photos were taken by the talented