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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

 

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This one took my breath away. Please consider inviting me if you perchance throw a soiree like this.

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xoxo,

Niki

Simple Cinco de Mayo Arrangements



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I’m excited for an upcoming Sunday of margaritas & guacamole. Oh, and maybe a Heat game? If you need a simple pop  this Cinco de Mayo, think outside the box. Or in my case… outside the can of beans. These colorful bean cans are the perfect vessel to place a brightly colored arrangement.



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Simply clean out the cans and fill. You can even use cilantro as a “filler” if you want to be really authentic!



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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

xoxo,

Niki



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