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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Hey friends! If you are like me you are still holiday shopping. Here is a good one stop shop for some last minute gifts! Brands are starting to threaten us with “must order by” dates so this is one of your last chances to buy! I included some options for her, him, littles and home! Enjoy!

For her…

For him…

For the littles…

For the home…

SALES

Anthropologie: 30% off clothes, shoes and accessories and 20% home and beauty

Express: 50% off and free shipping

Loft: 50% off everything

Banana Republic: 40% off regular priced styles

Gap: 45% off your purchase

West Elm: Free shipping week!

I might be back ONE more time with ideas for you super late shoppers AKA myself. We will see! We are finally moving into our house on Friday so talk about crazy holiday timing. We just want to be in! Have a great week everyone and happy shopping!

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A CHIC MINNIE GARDEN PARTY

My little blonde babe turns 4 years old today. I know all mothers say they cannot believe how fast the time goes and I will add myself to that group and say the same thing! She is smart, funny and goofy, sweet, a wonderful sister.  She can be shy but when she knows you and warms up she is a chatterbox. She is so special to us and when she requested a Minnie Mouse birthday party I of course obliged and got the creative wheels turning in my head. I have a confession and it is that I am not the biggest fan of character themes. But disappoint Blaire? No way. I decided to turn her Minnie Mouse party into a sweet treats garden party, featuring her favorite mouse friend.

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Is this not the cutest leather bow you have ever seen??? Meeting new friends and shop owners through Instagram is one of my things. I came across Genuinely Made a few months ago and fell in love with her bows. Her Fall line is unbelievable and I want every color for Blaire! I ordered 6 different colors, some leather and some suede. To celebrate Blaire’s birthday USE CODE EVERBSTYLED3 at CHECKOUT when you buy THREE tulip bows as a set and get $2 off. I also love how secure the bow is and it does not slip out of Blaire’s hair. My new favorite bow shop!

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I usually make the invitations myself for my events but I found an invite through Etsy that I was in love with and it was literally perfect. Magic Paper Store offered the invite as a PDF that I could edit myself and print at home or at a print center, like Staples. This invite was so perfect with the stripes, gold Minnie head and flowers. It was easy to edit and print and looked adorable!

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Her color scheme was pink and red. I had a vision of a vintage inspired dresser holding all of the desserts. But where to find one was the question. Would you believe me if I said we came home from the beach one day and my neighbor next door was throwing away a dresser?? (and a shelf). I quickly ran out and had Joe help lift the furniture into the garage. With a fresh coat of paint it was adorable! I painted the shelf as well to house the cute boxes of popcorn and the paper plates and napkins.

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I have made so much food for kid parties and they never eat it. So this time I made the stuff I knew they would eat. SWEETS! Cupcakes, cookies, mini ice cream cones and Blaire’s request- ring pops. I found these Minnie Mouse edible bows on Etsy from Sweet Sarah’s Boutique and knew they were the perfect topper for the cupcakes I was baking. The shop owner was so wonderful and packed these bows in bubble wrap to ensure they arrived in one piece. Not a single bow was broken! To finish off the cupcakes, I used mini york peppermint patties for the ears and did a simple swirl of vanilla icing. I added flowers to the cupcake tower to tie in the garden theme.

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I do like the kids to have at least one planned activity so I thought they should decorate mickey and minnie shaped cookies! Blaire and I baked the cookies and I made 6 different colors of royal icing for the kids to choose from, as well as a variety of colored sugars and sprinkles!

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I love how this party came out. My husband even thanked me for not going too overboard on it! I say it was was a success!

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PARTY DETAILS

Invitation

Minnie bows

Tablecloths

Leather Tulip Bow (USE CODE EVERBSTYLED3 at CHECKOUT when you buy THREE tulip bows as a set and get $2 off)

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PIRATE BIRTHDAY

Last weekend we celebrated Everett turning one with a pirate themed birthday bash. His official birthday is TODAY and we are relaxing at the beach! I have been slightly MIA from blog life this month because I have been focusing so much time on making his first birthday perfect! This post is all about sharing details of his party and massive photo overload!

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1 year old chalkboard sign

I had so much fun making this chalkboard sign. I downloaded free chalkboard style fonts, backgrounds and dingbats and actually only used Microsoft Word to do it. I am sure it would have been easier in Photoshop but I think I got the job done. I then saved it as PDF and brought it to Staples where they created a foam board with my sign on it.

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We created this tattoo shop out of a lemonade stand our neighbors gave to us. I spray painted it black, stenciled a skull on the top which I bought from Hobby Lobby, then screwed a board to the top and painted “tattoos” on it! The kids had the best time choosing a tattoo for themselves. Of course my husband was the official tattoo artist for the kids for obvious reasons!

pirate partyI had to put my monthly pictures of Everett to good use so I printed them all at Walgreens and attached them to the deck. The Happy Birthday sign is actually wood pieces and I found them at Target. I then hand wrote out the letters with paint markers.

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Pirate Ship from Hobby Lobby

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Pirate lollipops

pirate birthday partyThe skull and pirate ship flags are from Flags Importer

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pirate birthday partyFor the favors, I made treat bags and the kids filled them with “buried treasure.” Candy bracelets, pirate lollipops, ring pops and gold coins! They also each went home with a pirate beach ball and balloon.  I found these canvas bags at Target in the dollar section and then I cut out a red “X” for each and used fabric glue to attach it because the bag wouldn’t fit around my sewing machine! Womp womp.

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I live for these family moments!!!

dockside boxesdockside boxesJoe’s friend over at Dockside Boxes built this custom cooler and bar cart for him and it is simply amazing!!! Joe collected his favorite bottle caps and Jeff used them to adorn the cooler. It was a big conversation piece at the party! (And it helped that it held all of the beers…ha)
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I made these toppers and they were so easy! For the little sails I just typed and printed out the squares and cut them out then punched holes for the lollipop sticks. For the striped sail I cut a diamond in my fabric then folded it around the stick and secured with fabric glue.

happy birthday everett! happy birthday everett!

Thanks for allowing me to share my little guy’s day!!! I have some amazing fashion and beauty content coming your way within the next few weeks! Have a great Fourth of July!

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