• Oversized Paper Orchids orchids

    My friend Jackie was getting married in her native Hawaii last summer so I helped throw her bridal shower before her wedding in Oahu.  I was in charge of decorations and since she was going to have beautiful orchids all through out her wedding so for her shower, I decided to make a bunch of ...

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  • Red Lanterns for Chinese New Year redlanterns1

      Happy Chinese New Year!!! (Happy regular New Years, for that matter!!!) Gong xi, gong xi! I’m trying really hard to introduce our Chinese heritage to Zoey now that she is a little bit older.  Passing on our culture has been one of our bigger parenting struggles that Jeff and I face raising our daughter, especially since ...

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  • Zoey’s 1st Birthday: Custom Temporary Tattoos tattoos1

    The theme for Zoey’s first birthday party was “xoxo, zozo”, which probably doesn’t make much sense to you if you don’t know us.  The weeks leading up to the party, I was racking my brain trying to come up with a fun theme that fits Zoey, but honestly, at one year old, she doesn’t really ...

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  • Zoey’s 1st Birthday: (faux) Chalkboard First Birthday Sign chalkboard1

    Zoey’s first birthday party was this past weekend!  We had so much fun celebrating our little spunky Zozobean.    She is so lucky to have so many friends and family who love her so much.  Planning her birthday party was like planning a small wedding because we had to think of caterers, entertainment, photography and decor ...

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  • {fake} Beehive Cake Centerpiece beehive3

    Back in March, I flew down to southern CA because I had the honor of hosting a couple baby showers on back-to-back weekends:  one for my sister and one for my dear friend Melissa, both of whom were expecting daughters and only 4 days apart.   My party-planning group of friends and I have hosted ...

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  • Valentine’s Heart Garland (tutorial) heartgarland4

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects.  I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects.   The hubby is rejoicing.  Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I ...

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  • Chocolate states! A chocolate mold tutorial state2

    I experimented with making chocolates  for my old roommate Jane’s bridal shower last week.  She just got married this past weekend in Massachusetts but the happy newlyweds will be moving out west to California in a couple months.   I thought chocolates in those two state shapes would be cute for her party.  The MA chocolates ...

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