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Valentine Party Ideas: Pinks and Drinks Invitation

As you might have seen in my Instagram feed, we are decorated for Valentine’s Day!  Each February, I look forward to pulling out treasured Valentine’s I’ve received from family and friends over the years.  I came across an invitation I sent out nearly 4 years ago and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

The inspiration for “Pinks and Drinks” came from the Hostess with the Mostess blog I came across back in 2008: Valentine’s Day Party Invites.  Here was my DIY card version:

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This stair step card was embellished using Martha Stewart punches, rubber stamps, and a Nestability die.

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I love how dimensional this card turned out!

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Isn’t this a fun theme?  Here are some easy, fun Valentine party decorating ideas!

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Gender Reveal Party: Activities

*This post is part 2 of my Gender Reveal Party Series.  To read about our decorations and theme, click here!

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To keep our guests entertained and mingling, our reveal party featured 5 different activities.  Here are 4 tips for creating a memorable gender reveal party:

1. Encourage guests to cast their vote by wearing PINK or BLUE!

It was so fun to see teams of pink and blue emerge among close family and friends.  It was also an instant conversation starter for groups of people that had never met before.

2. Explore the world of Old Wives Tales.

I saw this fun idea on Pinterest from the site SnugasaBugBaby. In this post, Amber explains how she encouraged guests to chart their predictions for a boy or girl based on the answers to Old Wives Tales.  For a creative spin on this fabulous idea, I decided to make Old Wives Tales cards using a package of invitations in the shape of diapers.  I covered up the standard invitation wording with layers of green and yellow paper along with a specific question related to pregnancy folklore.  Next to our manzanita tree, I arranged two bowls overflowing with hot pink bows and sparkly blue bow-ties.  I placed foam pop-dot on each embellishment so guests could easily record the right answer on our handmade score-sheet hanging on the wall.  James handed out each of these cards to certain guests during the party.  It was hilarious announcing all the answers to theses crazy questions and watching the tally of ribbons and bow-ties grow!

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3. Leave a note for baby!

I can’t wait for Olivia to read all these precious notes.  I know that I already treasure the loving thoughts and sometimes outright hilarious insights from our family and friends.

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4. Savor the reveal moment with an interactive story!

I knew I wanted to do something special and memorable for our big reveal moment.  When I came across this post from the blog, Mackey Madness, I knew I wanted to replicate her story surprise.  It was amazing!  Just like Megan described, I asked our guests to form a circle on our patio and listen to a story about our relationship.  Each time guests heard the words “left” or “right” in the story, they had to pass a handmade confetti popper in the corresponding direction.  Only one of the confetti poppers contained the correct color (either pink or blue)- all the others were filled with tiny squares of white paper.  We had no idea who was going to end up with the right popper!

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… And, we couldn’t have planned it better if we tried!  My sweet Grandma ended up making the big announcement with the words, “I’ve got pink!”  It was just perfect…  and definitely a moment I will always cherish.

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Our amazing photographer for the evening, Kurtis Hall, captured the beautiful images above.  He also created this video, which captures all the photos of the evening AND my audio of the story.  Password: RevealParty

 

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Gender Reveal Party: Decorations

Almost exactly at this time last year, our sweet family was celebrating a healthy report from my Week 19 ultrasound. James and I found out the gender of our growing babe on September 20th and shared the big news with close friends and family the following day at a big gender reveal party. I promised a full report on our celebration in this Pregnancy Update post…. here’s the full scoop!

Decorations:

A classic green and yellow color scheme adorned our dessert table, as well as gorgeous fresh flowers. I couldn’t have asked for more beautiful lilies or roses in honor of my sweet Olivia.

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On our dessert table featured mini cheesecakes, green and yellow candies, green grape caramel treats, and a beautiful layered cake from a local bakery.  A cluster of pom-poms in varying shades of green and white hung from the ceiling framing this focal area.

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My mom and I teamed up together to embellish festive lollipops, which also served as favors for our guests.  We used scalloped and circle punches, patterned paper, and cute rubber stamps to finish the look.

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To go along with our amazing layered cake, I served milk-tinis for dessert!

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Our bar area featured my manzanita branch tree, which was decorated with star mirrors, chandelier ornaments, and clusters of small white flowers.

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And, finally, I found these incredible lanterns from Pier1 to display on our patio.  Our friends and family gathered outside amid candlelight for the actual moment of the reveal- these beauties created just the perfect ambiance!

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***A big thank you to Kurtis Hall for capturing these gorgeous images.***

Click Here to Read Part 2: Activities and Reveal Moment

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Life’s a Fortune

FortuneLoving these.  Yes, please!

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Happy Anniversary to J’s Parents!

This August, my in-laws celebrated a special milestone: their 40th anniversary! Here is the handmade anniversary card we sent them to mark the occasion:

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This card was made using Memory Box’s La Rue Heart and some basic heart punches on a red background. Did you know that Ruby is the gem of 40 years? I absolutely love how the inside turned out. It features another Memory Box Die Embellishment.

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