Month: September 2015

A Star-Studded 40th Birthday Party

Last week was a big week for Hubby.  That’s right.  The big 4-0.  We originally thought we’d have a low-key celebration with just the family, but then changed our minds and decided to go for a star-studded birthday bash with friends!  In honor of his love for movies, I planned a movie-themed costume party where each guest came dressed as a character {any character} from one of Hubby’s favorite, long list of movies.  In honor of the Hollywood vibe, the color scheme was red, black, gold, and silver!



Guests were greeted with a red carpet and the Academy Awards music montage playing through speakers.  I am a big believer in the power of music to set the tone for an event, so for me, the welcome music was a must-have!  Here’s a {link} to the music we used.



On the porch was a step-and-repeat that Hubby had constructed for me out of PVC pipe.  In case you don’t know, a step-and-repeat is the backdrop that stars always have their picture taken on whenever they are at the event.  My step-and-repeat was covered with two $1 black plastic tablecloths and featured the logo of our event – Michael’s 40th.



Here’s a look at the graphics that I added to the step-and-repeat.  It took me forever and a day to cut out all of the circles and stick them to the black backdrop!



With almost 30 guests coming, I needed to rent tables, chairs, and linens to set up in our backyard.  Buffet tables were set up in the back and a local restaurant delivered food later in the evening.



I got the idea for these centerpieces from a picture on Pinterest, but decided to make my own version.  I used apothecary jars filled with colored jelly beans and graphics that I had made attached to paper fans and inserted into the jelly beans on bamboo skewers.



On each table, I had printed up some trivia questions and answers based on Hubby’s favorite movies and TV shows.



There were two sets of cards and each one was two sided – questions on the front and answers on the back.  Here’s an example.



I did have appetizers available, but I also put together a Concession stand {playing on the movie theme}, for guests with a sweet tooth.  I included popcorn, jelly bellies, trail mix, candy bars, licorice, and non-alcoholic beverages.



On the bar, I had set out wine, along with a tub of bottled beverages, plus this amazing Ya-Ya Punch recipe that we renamed Sith Scorcher in keeping with the party’s theme.  I also tried making Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots and they were surprisingly easy!  Definitely worth trying!



Once all of the guests had arrived, I moved the step-and-repeat from the front porch to the back where I had set up a selfie station.  You can download my photo booth sign for FREE {here}.

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I provided props for the guests, but since everyone was dressed up already, we mostly posed in just our costumes.



Now let’s chat about the cake!!  Just around the corner from me is an amazingly talented lady that I met through the kids’ school and she creates incredible, edible works of art!  Hubby and son are both into watching WWE wrestling together, so I thought it would be fun to give him a wrestling themed cake and Carol of Quite Contrary Cakes really delivered!



We had a great time all around!  Captain Jack Sparrow helped DJ for a while, lots of superheroes were in attendance, and even Batman drove out for the big day!



Needless to say, I slept for about 10 hours the next day!!


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The New French Dining Hutch

I am so excited to tell you more about the dining hutch I scored over the summer.  I think it totally changed up the look of my dining room, and for sure, it’s more functional than the buffet I used to have in the space.



It all started with an ad I found on Craigslist.  There was a bad, dark picture of the buffet but I could right away that I would love it.  Then I looked at the price – $120.  Yes, you’re reading that right, one hundred and twenty dollars.  That then caused me to rent a U-Haul and drive to unknown and hilly parts of Oakland to pick up this beauty!



The hutch is in two pieces, the bottom buffet and then the top part and it is a solid-wood piece of Thomasville furniture!



The two side cabinets have glass fronts and four shelves, which I’m currently using to display my ironstone and other white dishes.




The center cabinet has both glass and wire mesh doors, and if you’ve seen my guest bedroom, you know I love mesh doors!



The bottom buffet has eight drawers and two cabinets.  I have two drawers for flatware, which I think means I need more flatware, don’t you?!



Other drawers have placemats, table runners, and napkins.



Now I’ll admit, the color isn’t exactly my favorite.  Someday, I might attempt to paint it.  Maybe something like this…

{via Apartment Therapy}
{via Apartment Therapy}


…or this.

{via European Paint Finishes}
{via European Paint Finishes}


Until then, I’m thrilled with my dining hutch!  And because I don’t think I’ve ever showed you a picture that conveys the layout of my home, here’s now my living room and dining rooms connect.  This is the view from just inside the front entry.



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Fall Home Tour – Tidbits&Twine

Hello and happy Fall!  Today is my day to share my home as part of the 2015 Fall Home Tours hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life.  If you’re visiting from Life Love Larson, thank you so much for popping over my tour!  If you’re new to my site, I’m Kim.  Welcome!  I like to create a collected look in my home that reflects things I love.  I tend to change my mind a lot about what it is I love, though, and so have learned to keep my big ticket items neutral so that I can swap out colors and accessories more easily.


Let’s step through my front door and start the tour!



This year, I decided to skip the traditional Fall color palette and instead, use colors that I could incorporate more easily into my home’s existing decor.  I relied heavily on Fall objects, like pumpkins, antlers, wheat stalks, as well as textures like burlap and dried hydrangeas.  I would normally use real pumpkins in my decorating, but given that it’s still 100+ where I live right now, there are no pumpkins to be found yet!!  When the weather cools and they make their debut, I’ll replace the faux pumpkins with real and will keep them through Halloween.

My living room got a mini-makeover during the summer when I found a sofa at the consignment shop that coordinated with the wingback chairs I already owned.



I then accented the side tables and coffee tables with little bits of neutral Fall decor.




The chalkboard above the mantel in my living room got a Fall update thanks to a talented friend of mine with gorgeous handwriting, and I accented it with lots of dried hydrangeas and some feathers.




My dining room also received a bit update over the summer thanks to an amazing hutch I found on Craigslist!  Plus, my mom graciously made me two white linen ruffled chair covers for my head chairs and I love the.



The place settings consist of mini pumpkins and utensils wrapped in burlap sacks.



And the centerpiece is my dough bowl filled with dried hydrangeas, pumpkins, and moss balls.  The blue/purple hydrangeas are from my garden but I bought the green ones on Etsy from Windy Hill Acre.  If you’re looking for great quality dried hydrangeas, I highly recommend this shop!




The kitchen got just a small update with the help of some pumpkins and wheat stalks.




I also usually keep my utensils in a champagne bucket but switch it out for my burlap wrapped vase in the Fall.



I also updated my vintage herb crates that hang on the wall next to my kitchen table so that they would have more of a fall look.



The Thyme box at the bottom holds two tall wheat stalks, while the Rosemary crate holds variegated ivy plants.



The Sage crate is holding all of my vintage flatware bundled up in small burlap bags for added texture.



And the final stop on today’s tour is the guest bathroom, which just got a few touches of Fall in the form of pumpkins and feathers.




I hope you enjoyed the tour!  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out these other talented folks who have opened up their homes to share some Fall decorating ideas.

Friday Fall Collage 2

Monday – Sept 7th
A Stroll Thru Life 
Life on Virginia Street 
Snazzy Little Things 
21 Rosemary Lane 
Peaceful Home Decor 
Claire Brody Designs 
Tue – Sept 8th
Driven By Decor 
Our Southern Home 
Making Home Base 
Hymns & Verses 
Decor To Adore 
Burlap and Lace 
Wed – Sept 9th
Simple Stylings 
Thrifty and Chic 
Monica Wants It 
Bliss @ Home 
My Sweet Savannah 
Thurs – Sept 10th
A Thoughtful Place 
Rain On A Tin Roof 
Style Your Senses
Hi Sugarplum 
Remodelando La Casa 
Dimples & Tangles
Fri – Sept 11th
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