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R + M = 3


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Last month, R + M turned a whopping three years old. Ali made the cakes. We ordered an exorbitant amount of pizza. And in the midst of party planning, I tried to keep my jaw off the floor from the utter shock and disbelief that my babies actually turned three. It was tough I tell ya, but I tried to keep it together.

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Party planning can become a bit overwhelming {for a Pinterest addicted girl}, so I try to set a few ground rules from the start. 1. Pick and stick to a theme 2. Make the food super simple 3. Limit myself to a few DIY’s. I actually took my own advice this year.


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Our theme was Camp Raya and Mason. Since Cole and I love camp {and met at camp many moons ago}, the theme was simple and easy to run with. Speaking of running, that’s mostly what the kids did. Our fabulous PE coach set up a litany of activities to exhaust the younger crowd.


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Thanks to our friends at The Land of Nod, we had the coolest camp teepee {ever}. They also sent some pretty fun giant wood stringing beads to make campy necklaces and friendship bracelets with.

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I printed a few postcards and stocked up on EZ paint so the kids could write mock letters to mom and dad from the party.


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I really stuck to my guns and held myself to one meager DIY project. These marshmallow “camp fires” are really just brown pieces of floral foam

 that I painted faux bois style with black acrylic paint. Then I tore up scraps of red, orange and yellow tissue paper and used school glue to attach them for the fiery look. No, those s’more pops are not really on fire {but they were mighty tasty}. A few campy lanterns and a gingham table roll really set the tone. {Conspicuously missing? My crazy creek chair circa 1995. If you went to camp you know what I am talking about}.IMG-2
 that I painted faux bois style with black acrylic paint. Then I tore up scraps of red, orange and yellow tissue paper and used school glue to attach them for the fiery look. No, those s’more pops are not really on fire {but they were mighty tasty}. A few campy lanterns and a gingham table roll really set the tone. {Conspicuously missing? My crazy creek chair circa 1995. If you went to camp you know what I am talking about}.IMG-2

The favors were kid-sized baseball tees using R + M’s logo and a giant #3 on the back. A mini flashlight rounded out the gable box, which I tied with red bakers twine.


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Staples offers giant logo banners for $12. Yes, you heard me right. This one was very weather durable and adorned the DJ tent.

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Oh, and the Cakery cakes were obviously the piece de resistance especially considering my fabulous sister made them while simultaneously caring for a one month old baby. Talk about made with love? Chocolate buttercream, chocolate “rocks”, and a graham cracker tent really made everyone smile. Especially R + M. On to the next one…

xoxo,

Niki

photography by Stephanie Soraya

 

Vintage Floral Wrap


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Let’s be honest. There are few things more satisfying than to give a beautifully wrapped gift. It makes you feel like the most confident gift given in the world.

So when I opened my beautiful, sparkly and floral box of Martha Stewart goodies this month, I knew I would be using it to wrap perfect presents.

Lately, I’ve been creating my own wrapping paper by printing images on large pieces of paper. This works to wrap most small to medium sized presents. Even magazine pages and newspapers can make for a beautiful paper, in lieu of the traditional rolls.


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I found these floral images on a stock website, but they aren’t hard to locate. You could even use photographs of your own. I printed my images on 11 by 14 pieces of text weight paper. This can be easily done by a local print shop/office supply store for very minimal investment.

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I’m embracing my girly side this Spring and I have a major crush on vintage florals. They are so fresh and feminine. I adore the way the boxes looked in the paper.


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After wrapping the boxes, I went to town with the Martha supplies.


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Butterfly stickers were given dimension and placed atop Lace Gold Thread to bring the vintage theme to life.


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Baking Cups were cut and layered to create a three dimensional floral effect.


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These Zinnia Stickers layered on top of each other add sparkle and huge pops of bold color.


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Strips of wash tape and colorful Food Picks add a whimsical modern note to the vintage pattern.


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Even adding a few dots of fun with glitter glue really amped up the drama.


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Sometimes you just need to think a little outside of the box. Even if you are in the process of wrapping it…

xoxo,

Niki

{This post brought to you by 12 Months of Martha}


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