My sisters and I have been involved in enough parties, we're starting to get a reputation.
Not that kind of reputation.
We were recently asked if we'd do a graduation party. In 2014.
Book your dates now, people.
Or wait, you know, cause it's our only gig.
Anyway, the mom who wants our help, when asked what sort of party her daughter would like, said, tentatively, "She likes zebra stripes?"
Of course, she might like something other than zebra stripes by the time her party rolls around, but I've started pinning tasteful black and white decor that we can DIY.
That's why I pinned this tablescape by Glitter & Rye:
My sister, Jill, loved it. It is ridiculously cute, after all.
In my family, just on my side, there are six kids, five of whom are married. We like to give anniversary gifts, and randomly we do. If we know what someone wants/needs and happen to have the money to buy it on or around the anniversary date, they might get something on the 3rd, 7th or 16th anniversary.
A lot of times, though, it's just a shout out on facebook.
It's just too hard because there's so many of us. So we have started a tradition of trying to make the "big" years special. This year was #5's #10.
It was also Mom & Dad's #40. They're getting a shout out on my blog! (Just kidding. We're having a celebration this summer with my Dad's brother and his wife, also celebrating 40 years this year.)
Anyway, we were planning on having an outdoor celebration, since we were enjoying 70's and even 80 degrees there for a little while! But then they started calling for snow in the 10-day! SNOW.
So, Uncle Mike, we moved the party indoors. It's too cold for all our bones.
So it was kind of last minute I had to come up with indoor table decorations. Then I remembered Jill loved that pin, and I could totally do that! Or at least that in general.
Step one: Get Dad to cut up a 4x4.
He actually had one! Come to find out, it belonged to Johanna, who may, in fact, have been planning on using it for something, but it's too late, baby, now. It's too late.
He had a hard time wrapping his brain around the fact that I didn't want him to measure. I just wanted random blocks of wood. He usually looks at me like he's never seen anything like me, though, when I ask for his assistance, and yet always delivers exactly what I ask for. And so it was this time, as well.
Wood blocks, check! and FREE!
Next, Mom & I headed for town. I didn't find a polkadot table cover. I was pretty disappointed about that. I thought about a sheet, but that was a little too spendy, as was material from Hobby Lobby.
So I just got plain white. :-/ ($3 for 2)
I found cheveron wrapping paper at TJMaxx. It was pink, but close enough. ($3)
We'd already bought green paper plates, and I thought about getting melamine plates that Jill liked and then I could just give them to her for her present, but there were to be 20 adults, so that was a little too much.
I had bought some black and white gingham on clearance at WalMart awhile back, and Jill's used it like crazy, but there was enough left that Mom cut napkins out of it.
I used a program I have to make menus, which I printed on vellum Mom had on hand.
Instead of plywood place mats, I bought 20 pieces of scrap booking paper that looked like burlap. You could also cut place mats from burlap, but the paper was easy and on sale. ($4.40)
Next, we hit up the Dollar Tree for candlesticks and Chinese take-out boxes. ($7)
The silver ones I had. I also bought the little frames and displayed some pictures I had of Jill & Buck. ($4)
Lastly, 3 $5 bouquets from WalMart. There were plenty to choose from since it was Mother's Day weekend. My mom arranged them, using a glass container inside the take-out boxes. Some we put in jelly jars and bud vases we had on hand.
I really broke the bank this time, spending nearly $40 on decor. :)
Inspiration by Glitter + Rye
Oh, yeah, and Happy 10th Anniversary, Jill and Buck, if you're going to insist it's all about you...
That's what I've got for now.