Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Evey's Donut Shop First Birthday

Our daughter Evey turned one on May 1st. How that happened, I'll never know, but to celebrate her big day we threw a Donut Shop themed party for family and friends, and it was the most fun I've ever had decorating for a party! Although this post is almost a month late, I still wanted to share in case anyone else is looking for donut themed party ideas, and well, it was just too stinkin' cute. I'm pretty sure I enjoyed this more than my own wedding. 

I told myself I wasn't gonna go crazy, I was going to keep it simple, "She is only one after all, she won't even remember any of it," but then I made the mistake of turning to Pinterest for first birthday inspiration. Big mistake. There were SO many cute and inspiring ideas and my original plan for a small, minimally decorated party quickly spiraled out of control. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but it definitely took a whole lot more time and effort than I had planned and ya know what, it was worth every second!

The donut idea actually came from my sister initially when she emailed me a link to these free donut printables months before Evey's party with a message that said, "I don't know how you could use these but they're really cute." So after browsing Pinterest for far too long and coming across a donut party or two I remembered the free printables and the whole thing took off from there. I definitely could have gone off the deep end in the budget department but honestly all the decor was super budget friendly and we really didn't spend much at all!

The invitations were bought off of Etsy from this seller and I printed them myself at Office Max. I bought simple kraft paper envelopes from Hobby Lobby and lined them in scrapbook paper, brown with pink and white polka dots. It set the tone nicely.

To first commemorate the birthday girl and add a little wall art to our living room, I printed three photos from each of her monthly photo shoots and used her monthly stickers (purchased off of Etsy) along with a little bakers twine to create this "year of Evey" display. 

It was a big hit and I'm just happy to have so many printed photos of her to look back on! (Seriously, it's sad that nobody prints photos anymore!)

Back at the front entry table I laid out all of the cousins' goody bags in simple brown paper bags with scallop cut detail, relating back to the bakery theme, and tied them up with free donut printables and of course, bakers twine. The "runner" is Dollar Tree kraft paper from the gift wrap section.

The mini donuts were bought off of Ebay and placed on a white dish under a thrift store cloche. The gorgeous pink dogwoods are from our front yard and I am so incredibly happy that we will have them in bloom for all of her future birthdays in this home!

Of course you can't have a donut shop without donuts! To create the streamer wall I simply used four different colors of streamers and twisted each 5 times so they were even. In the Ikea frame is another free printable found online and I just hung it right in front of the streamers over our cake donut stands (one is mine and the set of three was borrowed from my sister).

The donuts are simply from Dunkin and I specifically chose colors that matched our decor.

The main focal point of the decor was supposed to be these painted donut balloons but sadly the paint caused the inflated balloons to be too heavy and they would not stay afloat! Rather than scrap the idea completely we tied them as close to the base as possible to the birthday girl's chair as well as the bookcases in our living room.

More printed photos got taped to the wall to create a number one.

In the kitchen I carried the donut theme into the smallest of details like these Donut Shop K-Cups. I don't even own a Keurig but when I saw these K-Cups I had to have them and borrowed a Keurig from a friend. It wound up being one of my favorite parts of all the decor!

As far as the birthday girl's outfit, she was after all the owner of a donut shop so she had to have an apron! After browsing different options on Etsy and recovering from sticker shock, I got in touch with my crafty side and made her an apron out of a plain canvas bag, added a little pocket, and trimmed it all out with simple ric rac ribbon. The whole thing cost $2.

So that's it for our baby girl's first birthday! It was so much fun incorporating the theme into just about every room of our home and hopefully she'll appreciate it when she gets older. Either way, the adults had a great time.

To see more of the decor in 3D and hear all the details 
check out the video over on my YouTube channel!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Our Lil' Ol' House in This Old House!

Why hello, and welcome to my little slice of the internet world! If you have made your way over here from This Old House magazine, I want to wish you a nice hearty Welcome! and invite you to kick of your shoes and stick around for a while. If you are not here from TOH, you should go and check out the May issue!

Our DIY built-ins were featured in their magazine (a full page!) and it is pretty much the coolest thing ever. But if you are new to my blog, feel free to browse through my archives from the past three years or check out some of these most popular posts:







If you're observant, you may have noticed that I don't post on this blog regularly much and that is because I've been busy sharing my DIYs, home tours, and organizational endeavors over on my YouTube channel, also called My So-Called Home. Please feel free to click on the YouTube logo below and hop over there to catch me in 3D and see what I've been up to lately! Again thank you so much for stopping by...take care!

I'm also on Pinterest and 
Instagram (@mysocalledhome)!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Kitchen Switch Plate Upgrade + GIVEAWAY!

Helloo-o-oo...Anybody there? Yes indeed it has been a while but I'm back today to share a fun DIY that I tackled recently in our kitchen and the best part of all is...there's a Giveaway for you!

The lovely company InvisiPlate contacted me after reading my post about whether or not to paint my outlet covers after I painted our kitchen from white to gray. In the end I wound up leaving my outlet covers white and while they stood out, I just figured it was something I would have to deal with.

But then InvisiPlate contacted me and said they would like to send me some switch plates to try out, to which I gladly accepted! The great thing about these switch plates is they come already primed and ready to paint. If I were to try and paint my regular glossy switch plates the paint would not stick and would easily and quickly start to peel. InvisiPlates also come in different textures to match textured walls. My walls are smooth but if your home has textured walls, these are a great solution.

So when they sent them to me I decided I didn't really want the look of painted covers...so I decoupaged them! Since the plates were free, all this project cost was about 4 sheets of scrapbooking paper that totaled less than $3.

And let me tell you: I am in love!

Covering the plates was actually super simple and the paper stuck like a charm and seem to be held on tight for the long haul, thanks to them being already primed.

I chose a simply tanny-gray scrapbook paper with a quatrefoil design and I am loving the simple neutral design and subtle pattern that is now dotted throughout our space.

The outlets and switches don't stand out nearly as much now and the new patterned plates just make me smile every time I walk in the room!

For a detailed tutorial of how I covered the switch plates, head on over to my YouTube channel!

And now for the GIVEAWAY:
*A $40 gift card towards InvisiPlate products to match any room in your home*
(Most rooms cost only about $30 so that should be plenty!)
  • To Enter, you must be a subscriber of this blog and leave a comment letting me know where you would use the switch plates.
  • You can also enter on my YouTube channel and must be a Subscriber there as well. Give the video a "thumbs up" and leave me a comment!
  • Please only one entry per person
  • Giveaway ends Saturday January 25th and will be announced that same day!

Best of luck!

*These switch plates were given to me free of cost from InvisiPlate. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas House Tour 2013

Thanks to a surprise little snowstorm we got last night, our home finally feels ready for Christmas. Enjoy:

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

>>Click here to see last year's tour.
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