Sweet Elephant Baby Shower

Hi there, makers! A few weeks ago I had the honor of throwing my little sister a baby shower. If you’ve been around here for a while, then you know I love to put together baby showers (see here and here and here) for friends and family. Babies give me all the heart eyes, so I’m all about celebrating their arrival! My sister is expecting a little girl in February and her nursery theme is elephants with the colors pink and grey. So we thought we’d have a Sweet Elephant Baby Shower to celebrate baby Raelyn. 

This baby shower was so fun to put together. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make all of the paper elephants and added them to banners and mason jars full of fresh flowers.

I even added pins to the backs of a few elephants and stamped them for Mama, Amma (Grandma), and Nana of the sweet baby princess. 

We had the baby shower at 11:30am, so we went with a brunch menu, complete with a “mom-osa” and waffle bar! We had homemade waffles, fruit, chocolate chips, whip cream, syrup, orange juice, and champagne.

We also made a delicious breakfast casserole and had a tower of donuts topped with sprinkles.

I made the baby name sign with my Silhouette Cameo and gave it to my sister as a gift. It doubled as a great baby shower decor piece! All of the plates, napkins, streamers, balloons, and cups were purchased from Dollar Tree. The pink banners, paper straws and paper mandolins were purchased from Target. I have a plethora of chalkboards I keep with my party planning essentials, so I put those to use too.

We played three games: Guess how Many Peanuts, Who Knows Mama Best (print), and Name That Baby Animal (print). We had fun prizes for each the winners… gift cards and pamper items. 

As a thank you to guests for coming to the shower, I packaged up bath bombs in cellophane bags and ribbon. 

We had so much fun showering my sister with love and gifts for the baby girl. We chatted and laughed and made fun memories. 

There’s one thing I know for sure, my sister is so loved…and so is that tiny princess. 

We all can’t wait to meet little sister Raelyn! Especially this auntie!! Give me all the baby snuggles! Oh! And you’ll want to see the gorgeous maternity shoot we did, so head over here to see it.

Have you thrown a baby shower for a friend or family member? What was the theme?

Back-to-School Family Movie Night

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Hello there makers! We have had such a busy first week back to school, how about you? I thought we would celebrate the completion of the first week with a Back-to-School Family Movie Night, complete with fun snacks and some simple decorations. With the pre-order of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, we can hardly wait to get our movie watching on!

We are all so excited for the new Captain Underpants movie DVD release. Not only is it the perfect movie for family movie night, but two of my favorite comedians, Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, are the voices of the main characters.

So we decided to theme our family movie night Captain Underpants style, complete with red caps and white underpants. 

We decorated the kitchen table with red pompoms, a table cloth, some white paper clouds, and a couple of fun signs. We also picked up a couple of our favorite movie snacks, Pop Secret popcorn and Lance cracker sandwiches. 

I made red paper capes and white paper underpants and glued them onto small paper bags to hold the Pop Secret popcorn. They were really simple to make and turned out so cute.

We love Pop Secret because it’s a delicious, high-quality snack that people can feel good about sharing with their family… not to mention the great butter taste! Yum! What’s family movie night without the popcorn?!

Lance crackers are one of our go-to snacks.  They have been making little sandwiches for over 100 years with two awesome crackers on the outside with incredible spreads between. Two of my favorites are Peanut Butter Honey and Grilled Cheese! With real peanut butter or real cheese between crispy baked crackers, up to 5 grams of protein, and no high fructose corn syrup, Lance provides a variety of sandwich crackers that are a tasty and satisfying snack solution for your family’s busiest school days. 

To make these crackers even more fun, I added salami capes and pepper jack cheese underpants! They made my daughter giggle quite a bit and they tasted great… mission accomplished. 

After a long week, cuddling up with my favorite snacks and favorite people to watch a fun family movie is just what we needed. 

Want to have your own back-to-school family movie night, too? You certainly can! We bought our Pop Secret popcorn and Lance crackers at Walmart. Plus, the Captain Underpants DVD is will be available in Walmart stores 9/12! Be sure to reserve your copy now by pre-ordering today! While supplies last.

How do you celebrate the first week back to school? Does your family like movie nights? I’d love to hear about it!


Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas

Hello and happy Friday, friends! With it being summertime, it’s the perfect time for partying outdoors with your family and friends. I gathered up the Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas so that you can throw the ultimate backyard party. Everything from food, games, lighting, DIYs, tips, and more!

Watermelon Pops

DIY Outdoor Games

Sunscreen and Bug Spray Station

Condiment Station using mason jars

25 Sides to bring to a BBQ


Bubble Refill Station

Easy Outdoor Serving Station

DIY Beverage Station

Creative BBQ Napkin Ideas

Grilled Tiki Orange Cornish Hens and veggie skewers

DIY Summer Picnic Coasters

DIY Personal S’mores Pots

Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

12 Backyard Lighting Ideas

How to Clean the Grill

Grill Cupcakes

Campfire Cones

Aren’t you ready to throw your next backyard barbecue?! I know I am! I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. 

Stay tuned for more summertime tips and ideas from Allison next week! 


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Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch

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This past weekend I had the honor of planning and hosting one of my childhood friend’s baby shower with another one of my dear friends. We had so much fun planning this shower… we literally could not wait to shower our sweet friend, Michelle, and her new baby princess. I’m really excited to show y’all the details… because it’s all about the details right? And we really wanted to get it just right. After lots of Pinterest inspiration, Amazon searching, and creative collaboration, we decided on a Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch.

The decor for the shower had gold, pink, teal, yellow and white colors throughout. I made lots of cute paper feathers with my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the feather die and added them throughout the decor. We used them on banners, chalkboard signs, toothpick toppers, etc. 

Hand painted globe by Aimee Nicole Designs. Sign made by Mine for the Making.

I made a sign with a special quote on it for the baby’s room and had all of the guests sign a special message on the back.

We even had a dreamcatcher kit that each of the guests help make. 

These dreamcatcher cards were found at Target and went just perfectly with the theme… I couldn’t resit them! Everyone wrote dreams and wishes for the baby on them and then added it to the twine to make a cute garland.

We also made mini Dream Chaser signs with dreamcatchers on them… one for each guest to take home. 

The menu was full of all the things you would want for a yummy brunch. We had Michelle’s favorite donuts, a yogurt parfait bar, mini quiches, bacon, roasted asparagus and spinach salad, avocado shrimp ceviche, cheese danishes, and a mom-osa (mimosa) bar. We drank out of mason jars with cute paper straws and garnished our mom-osas with fruit. Everything was delicious! 

After we ate and chatted, Michelle opened gifts and let me just say, this was my favorite part of the morning. She is just the cutest and has the best reactions opening gifts! It really makes the gift giving so much more fun! 

We are so excited to welcome this new little girlfriend to our tribe. To be surrounded by women who build you up, encourage you, love you even on your ugly days… that’s a real treasure. And we sure are lucky so celebrate life’s beautiful moments together. 



Creative Unicorn Ideas

Hello hello friends! Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m not sure about you, but I am all kinds of in love with mermaids and unicorns. And when I heard that one of the themed nights at the blogger conference I’m heading to in about a week (SNAP) is going to be unicorns, I was ecstatic! So I decided to round up some of the very best, most Creative Unicorn Ideas to share with y’all.

I’ve got everything from crafts, party ideas, apparel, and more! Click the links below the photos to go straight to the source. 

Unicorn Ear Headband

Unicorn Perler Bead Patterns

Unicorn Birthday Party

Unicorn Wood Burned Kitchen Utensils

Unicorn Bath Soak Favors

DIY Unicorn Headband

Unicorn Cupcake Parfaits

DIY Unicorn Sensory Bottle

Unicorn Printable Coloring Sheet

Rainbow Unicorn Garland

Unicorn Ice Cream

Unicorn Party Ideas

Make a Unicorn Kids Craft


DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party

DIY Unicorn Pillowcase

DIY Unicorn Stickers

Deco Foil Unicorns

Crochet Unicorn

Unicorn Dream Catcher

Unicorn Corner Bookmark

Unicorn Poop

Paper Bag Unicorn

Unicorn Poop Slime

Unicorn Spa Jar

Unicorn Puppets

Popsicle Stick Unicorns

Unicorn Terrarium 


How fun are all those unicorn ideas?! So magical. I can’t wait to show you the shirt my bestie and I designed for my upcoming unicorn party… stay tuned!

If you need even more unicorn ideas, follow my Unicorn Love board on Pinterest!


Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

Hi! Allison from A Glimpse Inside here once again. It is the last Friday of the month which means we are wrapping up this month’s Fall Must Have Craft Tips.

If you’ve missed the last 3 weeks, you can find the tips here: Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3.

This week I’ll be sharing some great tips on Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Table.

Whether you are having a small family gathering or a much larger affair, creating a beautiful table can make your Thanksgiving more memorable and inviting to your guests.

You don’t have to go crazy but even doing one or two of these things can bring your table over the top.

1. Decide on a Place Setting

1.) Southern Living ;  2.) A Thoughtful Place

 You will need to begin by deciding if you would like a more formal table setting or have it be on the more casual side.
Think of your menu and who your guests will be to make your decision.

Here is a graphic to help you decide what would best suit your gathering.

(The Salt Lake Tribune)
These would work well for just a small family gathering or I believe an all adult gathering. 

Here is another one as well. 

 (Diane Gottsman)

If you are having adults and children at your Thanksgiving this one will help you set up a kid’s table setting.2.) Build your Centerpiece

Once you select what type of table setting you plan on having on your table, it is time to decide what type of centerpiece you would want to create.
 They can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like. 

 1.) Apartment 34  ;  2.) Rooms for Rent  ;  3.) PoppyTalk  ;  4.) Julie Blanner

Use pumpkins, flowers, leaves, candles, berries, whatever you’d like to create your centerpiece.
Add texture with a fabric table runner, kraft paper, burlap, or even wood.

Add layers as well but my number one tip for creating a centerpiece is to keep it low!
You want your guests to be able to converse across the table with one another and if your centerpiece is too high it will block their view from each other and they will have difficulty speaking.

Also, don’t make your centerpiece too full that it crowds the table settings for your guests. Make sure there is still plenty of room for the plates, glasses and silverware so your guests are comfortable.

Kara shared some great tips last week for creating a perfect table scape so be sure to check that out if you missed it.

3.) Have fun with Napkins

Don’t forget about the small details when creating your table.
Napkins can add a little extra fun and flair to your table.

1.)  Bow Tie Napkin from A Place for Us ;  2.) Floral Napkin Ring from Paper & Lace
;  3.)  Menu Fold from A Practical Wedding  ;  4.)  Triple Pocket Napkin Fold from Smarty had a Party  ;  5.) Leaf Fold from Cuded  ;  6.) Wheat, Berry and Lace Wrap from Cuded

Create beautiful designs by folding your napkins to add a little flair.
Fold them in such a way that they are useful and hold a menu or your silverware.
Or just create a beautiful napkin ring with the flowers you use on your table or with some lace, ribbon or burlap along with some added details like berries.
There are some really cool ideas for napkins out there!
4.) Let Your Guest Know Where To SitAnother great detail to add to your table are name cards for your guests.
Even if you are just eating Thanksgiving dinner with your family, it is still fun to create a little name card to let everyone know they were thought about and are special.

1.)  Turkey Place Cards from (Cool) Progeny  ; 2.)  Turkey Feather Place Cards from Almost Makes Perfect  ;  3.)  Rosemary Sprig Place Cards from Spoon Fork Bacon  ;  4.) Pumpkin Name Card from Vicky Barone  ;  5.)  Kraft Paper Table Runner Place Card from By Dawn Nicole ;  6.)  Clothes Pin Name Card Holder from Centsational Girl

Get crafty and make some fun, unique name tags.
They don’t have to be extravagant!
Use mini pumpkins and attach a tag or even draw directly on kraft paper on the table above the place setting.Anything goes! Have fun with it!
Do you create beautiful Thanksgiving tables to celebrate and give thanks with your family and friends?What is your favorite thing to include on your table?

Be sure to stop by next week when we start a whole new topic of tips and ideas!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Your hostesses,


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Simple Desert Party

We wanted to celebrate a start to another homeschool year, and what better way to celebrate than with a party! Parties don’t have to cost a lot of money and they don’t have to take a bunch of time to organize. One of my favorite things to do is get the kids involved in the planning and party making. Enter in our Simple Desert Party!


We decided on a small budget and that we wanted the party to be bright and happy and desert themed since we live in the Arizona. 



We shopped around the house in supplies we already had and went to our local dollar store for a couple of plastic table cloths and a package of balloons. My daughter insisted that every good party has food… and she opted to bake cupcakes. 


Using paper I had on hand, twine, toothpicks, hot glue, and my awesome Prizm Die Cutting & Embossing Machine to make the adorable decorations. 


They were all so easy and fun to make! I used my Prizm to cut out and emboss the potted cacti and then used two sided tape to attach them to the banner pieces. 


Aren’t they so pretty?! I just love them.


Next, we glued some of the paper potted cacti (say that 10 times fast) to toothpicks to make toppers for our yummy cupcakes. And they couldn’t have turned out any cuter!



We loved planning and decorating for our Simple Desert Party! It was easy thanks to my Prizm machine and stock of leftover party supplies!


Not only is it super easy to use, there’s a ton of dies to pick from and it’s small for easy storage. You can check out the DIY Adventure Frame we made using the Prizm HERE


There you have it! Aren’t those cactus balloons fun?! Thanks for stopping by today, makers! Remember that you can create a fun celebration using what you have and adding a few cute details… doesn’t have to be hard or overdone or cost a lot!

How do you celebrate the start of a new school year?


*Spellbinders supplied me with the Prizm machine, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies I know my readers will love just as much as I do!

Three Cheap Ways to Make Birthdays Special

Hi there makers! I cannot believe we are already into April! This year has been flying by so far. We’ve been busy with holidays, church events, traveling, work, and a very important birthday. My daughter turned 8 years old at the end of March and it was such a fun time. I love birthdays and I love making them special, so I thought I would share Three Cheap Ways to Make Birthdays Special for your kids. Don’t get me wrong… I love to go all out for birthday celebrations too. But there are a few things you can do that won’t break your bank and will still make the day super special for your kiddo.


So… what can you do to make the day a little more special than normal, but not spend a ton of money? It’s actually pretty easy!

  1. Surprise bedroom decorating!

This is so fun and I usually do it right after the birthday kiddo falls asleep. I decorate the bedroom door with a handmade sign and blow up a bunch of balloons to put all over the bedroom floor. Sometimes I even hang streamers from the bedroom door. It’s the first thing your birthday babe will wake up to and they will LOVE it! It’s a tradition to do this every year now and it’s something my daughter always looks forward to.

eightisgreat-6             2. Donut Cake!

We are more of a donut family than we are a cake family, so this works perfectly for us! Plus, turning it into a cake and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in the morning before you start your day is just plain COOL! It’s so easy… just stack up the donuts and stick in some candles!



The candle is from Walmart and the cake bunting was on clearance at Target. Donuts are from a local donut shop!

           3. Birthday meal at a restaurant.

Going out to eat together as a family is always a special occasion for us because it’s not something we do super often. Going out to a restaurant for a birthday celebration is always extra special when you go to restaurants or dining places that offer special deals and meals for the birthday person. Some offer free meals, free drinks, and even free dessert! Here’s a LIST of restaurants that offer freebies for birthdays.


We had so much fun with our birthday girl and making her day extra special. After the above festivities, we ventured to the dollar theater to find a good movie  (Star Wars!) and then to the American Girl store so my girl could get her very first AG doll. Later on, her daddy gave her a special birthday photo shoot… perks to being a photographer’s kid! Here are a few pictures from her shoot that I just adore! I’m such a lucky momma.




What special things do you do for your kids on their birthdays? I’d love to hear about your traditions in the comments!

A Christmas Carol Tablescape

Every year growing up my Aunt and Uncle would host a Christmas Caroling Party. I remember looking forward to this party every year. We would gather at their house along with other family and friends, sip hot coco and cider, and then embark on a mile long walk in which we would stop at every house and sing a Christmas carol. So.Much.Fun.


Included on our caroling walk was a book of Christmas carol sheet music for our reference, which is the inspiration and theme of A Christmas Carol Tablescape. The focal point of the table is the sheet music table runner. I found printable sheet music on Pinterest and simply printed several copies on my home computer. To give them a more vintage look, I tea stained and distressed them. You could easily use real sheet music if you had it, or found it at a second hand store as well.


I used a simple vintage green linen tablecloth and layered the DIY music table runner. Gold chargers with crisp white dishes are always a holiday classic, and I topped the dishes with trendy plaid holiday napkins wrapped in a DIY sheet music napkin ring.


Any holiday I can, I try to use my grandmother’s vintage cut crystal glassware, and also the gorgeous mother of pearl flatware from my mother in law, which just gives the whole table that vintage feel.



I hung some festive ornaments from my chandelier for some dimension. And lastly, I added a few floral arrangements. A larger arrangement in the center of the table placed on a stack of vintage books, and two smaller arrangements with cranberries in the water for some extra color.




So there you have it, a Christmas carol music themed table for your celebrations this holiday season.


Sheet Music Table Runner


Sheet Music (as many as needed to fit the length of your table)
Tea Bags (4 – 6)
Mod Podge


Step 1
Boil 6 cups of water and seep tea bags for at least 15 minutes. While you are waiting for the tea to finish, gently crumple the music sheets into a loose ball. This will give the pages a more distressed/vintage look.


Step 2
Once your tea is done, pour into a large pan. Un-crumple your music sheets and submerge 2 or 3 in your pan of tea at a time. Leave the sheets in the tea for about 2 – 3 minutes. Then remove and lay flat to dry.


Step 3
When your sheet music is dry, lay them out on your table to give yourself an idea of the length and width you want your table runner to be. Once you decide what you want it to look like, flip the sheets on to their backs and use a dab of Mod Podge to adhere the sheets together. The reason I do this from the back is I wanted a really loose look for the runner. . . I wanted ends of the paper to kind of roll up and look natural. You could also Mod Podge over the entire top of the runner if you wanted a more shellacked look. Let the adhesive dry, and you are ready to set your table!




Party On,


Mindy Alyse Celebrations

10 Handmade Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Oh fall, how I love you. Now that it’s finally starting to cool off here in Arizona, I feel like I can actually start talking about my favorite time of the year. Time to bust out the crock pot and apple cider. . . it’s FALL! Yippee! 

So it goes without saying that Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday! From the food, football, parade, and overall feeling of thankfulness, it’s just a really special time of year. And I like to decorate my home accordingly. I am always in awe of how creative bloggers are! I mean, it’s easy to put a few fall leaves and pumpkins on your table and fireplace mantle, but these bloggers have really taken Thanksgiving décor to the next level!

thanksgiving decor

Here are 10 Handmade Thanksgiving Decor Ideas that you will love!


From Amanda Jane Brown


From Country Living


From Simply Vintage Girl


From I Heart Naptime


From Choose to Thrive


From At Home With Kim Vallee


From Soda Pop Ave


From Mod Podge Rocks


From Party City


From Spoon Fork Bacon


I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my craft on! Do you like to decorate for Thanksgiving?

For more celebration inspiration, you can follow me over on Mindy Alyse Celebrations.