My party-planning sister-in-law, Anne, recently decided to host a tea for two friends who passed their nursing board exams. Per her usual self, she wanted to do a healthcare theme. The results were quite clever! These ideas could be replicated for a party for anyone in the healthcare field.
Last year, I posted photos from my niece’s “Turning Two with Winnie the Pooh” birthday party.A few months ago, my sister-in-law Anne texted me and told me that she was planning a third birthday party for her daughter and needed a catchy theme. She was tickled with my Winnie the Pooh idea last year and was looking for another cute suggestion.
I mulled it over in my mind for about five minutes, thinking about words that rhyme with three, and came up with “Turning Three Under the Sea.” Anne was thrilled, and she started planning immediately.
The party was a huge success, which didn’t surprise me at all because Anne is Miss Party Planning Extraordinaire. Everyone met at the local family aquatic center to swim and then headed over to a park to eat. Here are some photos:
Sweet Sea Tea
It’s a boy!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. How will you honor the special women in your life?
Mr. Handsome’s grandma led guests in this creative game at an early Mother’s Day tea. I wasn’t able to attend, but she emailed me a copy so I could share it with my readers.
Try your hand at the game, and let me know how you did in the comments section. (The answers are listed below the game.)
1. Mother _____________ No bone for her dog
2. Mother ______________ A fowl start to the game
3. Mother ________________ A rich find in mining
4. Mother ________________ Mother of the weather
5. Mother _____ _______ The question asked by Shakespeare’s Hamlet
6. Mother ______ ________ A game in which you must ask permission
7. Mother ________________ The Supreme Court decides this
8. Mother ________________ Mother recognized for helping others
9. Mother of ____________ A substance used in jewelry found in a shell
10. Mother ______________ Mother of the planet
11._____________Mother England’s monarch
12. Mother ______________ The head of a Christian order for females
13. ____________ Mother A famous art piece
14. ____________Mother Another word for stair
15. Mommy ____________ Joan Crawford
16. ____________mother Deity
17. ____________mother Mother’s mother
18. Mother_____________ A location mentioned in rap music
19. ___________________ The best mother in the world.
Famous Mothers Solutions
1. Mother Hubbard
2. Mother Goose
3. Mother Lode
4. Mother Nature
5. Mother To Be
6. Mother May I?
8. Mother Teresa
9. Mother of Pearl
10. Mother Earth
11. Queen Mother
12. Mother Superior
13. Whistler’s Mother
15. Mommy Dearest
19. Your own mother
Last weekend, my mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and I threw a bridal shower for the soon-to-be wife of Mr. Handsome’s youngest brother, Joseph. I led the guests in a game of Purse Raid, which was a blast. It’s perfect for wedding showers, baby showers, or any other type of female get-together. Here’s how you play:
Have guests take a seat holding their purses. As the host calls out each item on the list, the first lady to hold up that item receives the number of points allotted. Have guests keep track of their points, and hand out prizes to the first, second, and third place winners. (For prizes, I purchased three specialty Hershey’s bars (symphony bar, cookies and cream bar, and special dark with almonds).
Lipstick, lip gloss, or chap stick
Breath Mints, Gum, or Candy
Comb or Brush
Store Loyalty Card
Picture of Your Mother or Mother-In-Law
Penny or Nickel
Nail File or Clippers
Notebook or Notepad
Piece of Mail
Datebook or Day Planner (not a cell phone)
Picture of the Bride
Child’s toy or book
$50 in cash
5 Credit Cards
mp3 player (not a cell phone)
Calculator (not a cell phone)
Needle and Thread
Mace or Pepper Spray
$100 in cash
“I guess you can call it ‘Turning Two with Winnie the Pooh,'” I said, thinking that she had probably already thought of that.
“That’s absolutely brilliant!” Anne exclaimed.
Remember when I posted about Anne’s interest in cake decorating? Well, her Winnie the Pooh cake definitely “took the cake” (excuse the pun…LOL). I was absolutely stunned when she texted me this picture. Can you believe that she has only decorated a few cakes in her lifetime and hasn’t had any sort of formal instruction?
My niece, Ana (or “Girlsy,” as we call her) loved the cake. Anne tries to limit her daughter’s sugar intake, so eating an entire piece of cake was a huge treat for Ana.
Even the snacks and drinks were Winnie the Pooh themed…
Anne loves to decorate with chalkboards (or chalkboard paper tacked onto bulletin boards). She created a chalkboard of Ana’s current favorites.
For those who haven’t heard, Anne and her husband are expecting their second child, a boy, in October.
About 45 family members and friends gathered yesterday afternoon for a joint Gender Reveal/Memorial Day party. My 15-year-old sister-in-law, Mae, took a handful of beautiful photos that I just have to share.
It looks like my sister-in-law went “all out,” but aside from the cakes and disposable plates, napkins, and silverware, she didn’t have to purchase a single item. (My mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law took care of food.) All the supplies and decorations, including the white tent, were left over from our DIY backyard wedding.
In the picture above, you’ll notice two bulletin boards covered in chalkboard paper. Here are the close-ups of those:
This one is an actual chalkboard. Anne constantly amazes me with her creativity!
To drink, we had “bouncing blue Hawaiian punch,” “pretty pink lemonade,” and water. I’m not a huge fan of sugary drinks, so I went with water, but I have to admit that the festive drinks were a cute idea.
Anne created a nursery decoration by printing off an outline of a tree and having everyone decorate it with their thumb print.
My mom, Lily, and I were given the important task of picking up the cakes. The big one is a regular vanilla sheet cake, and the small one is the announcement cake, with either a pink or blue center.
My jokester husband Mr. Handsome grabbed a plastic knife and pretended to cut into the cake before it was time. LOL. He and a few of the men examined the cake (without touching it) to see if they could tell what color was inside.
Mr. Handsome came over to me and whispered, “I know the gender!” He proceeded to tell me that he had found a stray colored crumb. “It’s a boy,” he said. I didn’t believe him because everyone was convinced that it was a girl, mostly because of the fast heartbeat and the other old wives’ tales. But Mr. Handsome was very sure of his prediction.
When the time came for Anne and her husband to cut the cake, everyone grabbed their phones and gathered around.
Well, you can imagine our surprise when we saw blue instead of pink. Anne was floored. She had been so sure that it was a girl. We are all looking forward to welcoming this “bouncing baby boy” into our family in October!
Two days ago, I posted pictures of the tissue paper decorations that my sister-in-law Lena made for her 13th birthday party. This morning, she sent me the tutorials that she used. Let me know how they work out for you!
DIY Tassel Garland
Picture tutorial from Inspired By Charm (click here)
DIY Party Poms/Tissue Paper Flower Balls
Picture tutorial from The Tabouli Bowl (click here)
DIY Hanging Garland
circles on the tissue paper using your tracing guide. (Lena made approximately 180 circles.)
-Cut out the circles using scissors. Paper punches won’t work well, as they are not sharp enough to cleanly cut tissue paper.
-Glue a thin line through the center of each circle, and attach the circles to the string or yarn, making sure to space them out evenly.
-After the glue dries, cut the string to desired lengths, and
tape anywhere you would like.
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I have four very talented sisters-in-law (Anne, 24; Catherine, 19; Mae, 14; and Lena, almost 13). In addition to playing three or four musical instruments each, they have a host of other skills, including sewing, baking, cake decorating, party decorating, home decorating, needle pointing, and plenty of other things that I’m forgetting right now.This weekend, Lena had several friends over to celebrate her 13th birthday party. I was blown away by the elaborate decorations she created out of paper. (That’s right, paper!)
What do you think? If you like what you see, click here to find out how Lena made her decorations.