December is here!! November…came and left – FAST! Didn’t it? I feel like I merely blinked and it was gone. And now the most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching!
I have a lot of good stuff to share these days as a lot has been happening and I’ve been making more of an effort to document these happenings and whipping out my iPhone at a moments notice! 😉 I think being a mom has helped me learn to have super quick reflexes!
Speaking of being a mom – Levi is now a ONE YEAR OLD! Can you believe it?! They certainly don’t stay little for long. It seems as though almost overnight he’s full of sass at times and has all these opinions about things. Not even kidding! He now shakes his head ‘no’ all.the.time. And he’s suddenly become a picky eater! And super independent with things now too. Where did my snuggly little baby go? He’s always itching to go explore 🙂 .
To celebrate his first birthday we drove back down to Matt’s parents. They let us have his party there – which worked out super well because that way he could be with family and close friends. It was a lumberjack themed party – which I thought was pretty perfect for the time of year, Movember and all that good stuff 😉 . It was a full house – I think there was about 26 adults and 12 little ones running everywhere! My in laws are pretty awesome for opening up their house to that many guests!!
It was so much fun planning this party. It definitely helped me to be more excited about the fact that my baby is now one year old! Pinterest is always a great inspiration and got my creative juices flowing. When I think about my theme “lumberjack” I think about flannel, outdoorsy, camping, roughing it, that type of rustic feel. So I incorporated a lot of natural, outdoorsy elements in my decor and tried to keep it as simple as possible. With this theme, I was able to utilize a lot of our camping gear as well as my winter/Christmas decor, so that helped us to stay on a budget! I had leaves, acorns, and pinecones scattered around, and used more rustic party supplies like birch “ribbon”, twine and burlap.
I printed off some fun lumberjack photos from Pinterest as well as some of Levi’s first few months…
Aww, look how little ❤
The key things I wanted to have at the party was a hot chocolate bar and trail mix favours, so those were fun to have and were enjoyed by both the kids and adult alike 🙂 .
My awesome sister took all the photos for me as I was busy prepping food/welcoming guests, etc… But sadly there wasn’t a picture taken of the hot cocoa table! I can tell you that it was fully stocked with many goodies! We had out both a vanilla syrup and a peppermint syrup (that I made myself). Then for the toppings there was both chocolate and butterscotch chips, whipped cream, caramel sauce and cinnamon, mini marshmallows and even salt! So people could have a salted caramel hot chocolate or even a peppermint one! There were many flavour options and it was thoroughly enjoyed. This is something I’ll definitely do again at another party 🙂 .
For the trail mix we put out salted peanuts, pumpkin seeds, banana chips and raisins. I had some “sweet timber” out on that table too which was Kit Kat bars stacked like logs and scattered some tootsie rolls to add a little sweetness to all that salty.
I made everything myself. I wanted a fabric banner and considered buying one on Etsy, but it was cheaper to make it (and was super simple!) I baked “pancake” sugar cookies, and also made both red velvet and chocolate cupcakes (black and red – lumberjack flannel, anyone?!)
I had picked up both the lantern (similar) and the wooden server (acacia) from Chapters/Indigo. The candle was Bath and BodyWorks “Pumpkin Pecan Waffles”! Mmm…it was especially fitting as lumberjacks are known for their big breakfasts!
We took our own cakesmash/ one year photos of Levi at a conservation area and then had those pictures framed an on display at the party! I was so pleased with how well they turned out. Little bottle brush trees were found at the Dollarstore.
Everyone came over for lunch and we served pulled pork on a bun with a side of brown beans and broccoli salad (which I nicknamed “forest of trees” – everything is on theme, of course!) with apple cider punch. There was other little finger foods/ snacks (s’mores kabobs AND s’mores dip!) and by the time we brought out the cupcakes everyone was either stuffed or had indulged in too many sweets already!
The birch paper straws I ordered on Amazon as well as the wooden utensils! The plates and napkins were from the dollar store.
“Sharp” cheddar and Pepper “Jack” cheeses 😉 . To keep things cohesive, food was placed on either white or wooden serveware. Some things were left to keep warm (pork in slow cooker, beans in a soup pot and S’mores dip in a cast iron skillet).
The cute little “log” place card holders are Kate Aspen and fit the party theme perfectly!
The cute “Don’t Feed the Bear” printable can be found on Etsy. The bear glass jar that I had filled with Teddy Graham’s was actually Matt’s that he had kept from his childhood! My sister let me borrow the brown teddy bear 🙂 .
I love how hard dad is laughing in that picture above!
He thoroughly enjoyed that cupcake 😀 !
You can kind of see the hot chocolate table set up behind us under the window and photo banner.
Levi was gifted some really cute clothes, a few toys and lots of great books!
Levi and I got a few cute pictures with my younger brother and sister. I loved that a few people dressed up in the lumberjack flannel shirts to fit the theme!
Poor Levi had so much fun but was so hopped up on that cupcake and was in dire need of his afternoon nap! He was super tired after all the party festivities came to an end.
It was awesome to be back around family to celebrate the blessing this kid is! Matt and I feel so fortunate that he’s ours and that he has such a wonderful extended family who loves him and prays for him regularly. We are truly blessed. ❤️
Happy October, friends! Definitely one of my favourite months. And without a question, Fall is my most favourite season. Beautiful colourful leaves, cozy sweaters, and everrrrrything pumpkin! 😀
I’ve had some fun decor out since mid September and it feels all homey in here (I mean, is there really enough time to enjoy Fall decor before Christmas stuff comes out otherwise?!). The leaves are just starting to get some colour in them and the temperatures have been dropping to the most comfortable degree.
We had our first family outing to a local orchard yesterday and Levi had so much fun. It’s his first Fall (cannot BELIEVE he’s going to be ONE in November! 😦 ) It was great to take him on the hay ride, and see the pumpkin patch – he was smiling from ear to ear! ❤
Tonight I’m going to be making some pumpkin cookies with cinnamon frosting – I tell ya, all the best eats are in the Fall 😀 ! I’ll be sure to share the recipes. 😉
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?
I mentioned how Fall is my favourite season, and this year in our new home I wasted absolutely no time getting our seasonal decor out!
The coffee table has an easy peasy centrepiece on it: a basket filled with various potpourri. A candle Wrapped in birch bark is in the centre surrounded by cinnamon sticks, pinecones, chestnuts, acorns, birch branches, grapevine balls and the ends of ornamental fall grasses.
Also in the living room we have a antique steamer trunk that we’ve been using as a side table. I put out a framed chalkboard printable that I found on Nest of Posies – which I LOVE! The font she chose is so pretty and it has everything I love most about the Fall season written on it. The trunk also has a few frames on it with various pictures of us, a lantern holding a candle, some Indian corn, and my ceramic pumpkin tea light holder from Bath & BodyWorks (which smells ahhhmazing)!
The dining room table has a glass apothecary jar filled with layers of split peas, corn, and navy beans. A candle is in the middle and wrapped around with some twine there’s a lovely autumn leaf tying in the colours from the orangey corn and greenish peas. 🙂
Our coffee station has also been Fall-ified! A burlap runner covers the top, and cinnamon sticks and brown sugar have been added for lattes and cappuccinos. I also found this printable from the blog, The Diary of Dave’s Wife, to get it ready for the pumpkin spice season!! I just hope to still gather some crab apples from the tree in our backyard and add them in a bushel off to the side of the cabinet/ hutch. Then also attempt to make some crab apple jam 😉 .
Beside the coffee nook I placed a wicker picnic basket and placed a rustic looking pumpkin and a bundle of wheat that I wrapped with twine.
My DIY chalkboard is above that, and I have yet to update that with something more autumnal. And then on the other wall in the dining room, there’s a shelf mounted. I placed some sunflowers in my designated wine bottle “vase” and have some corks under a wine glass, with of course, a candle placed on top of the stem. I hope to find something else little for that shelf – perhaps a cute owl or something!
I crafted this wine cork pumpkin the other day that I have yet to post a little tutorial about. It’s such a simple DIY! I hope to share it in a day or so.
So it’s still in the making, but it’s definitely beginning to look more Fall-like in our household! My next little project will be decorating our entrance with some seasonal elements. I currently only have a wreath hanging on our front door, but eager to head over to a local pumpkin patch soon for some pumpkins and mums to adorn our front steps!
*What do you do to decorate for the Fall? I’d love it if you would share your ideas with me!*
We’ve been drooling over this real estate listing. So, to continue on with my
crazylast post from earlier this week, I wanted to share design and décor inspiration for this dream home of ours! Last time we discussed the main floor, and now I want to cover the upper level. This includes the bathroom and bedrooms/sitting room on the second floor 🙂 . For those of you who haven’t yet read the last post, we are going to be looking at buying a house that appears to be our “dream home”. I say “dream home” in the most practical way, as it isn’t outrageous or anything, but it meets all of needs and wants on our list of “must-haves”. It isn’t a mansion, mind you, but it is full of character and charm. It is completely our style, and is completely affordable as well- which is a dream in and of itself! Let’s begin!
Because we covered so much of the floor plan in my last post, I decided to cut it short in attempt to make it more “reader – friendly”. I did not mention that there is a main floor laundry room as well as a powder room, so let’s start with that. CUE THE PRETTY PICTURES:
What can I say about the 1/2 bath on the main floor? It’s cute but it’s currently styled a little too contemporary for my liking. The vanity is an espresso, with a white above mounted sink. The whole room is painted turquoise – which I actually kind of like, but looks quite modern with the fixtures compared to the rest of the house. This is my attempt to “redecorate” it to look a little more vintage and farmhouse.
This is the layout of the powder room. It also has wainscoting (<3) ! I think it would be a good idea to mount shelves above the toilet for extra storage. Something painted espresso, or even just a reclaimed wood – which would look a little more rustic. We could even add (iron?) brackets to make it more formal. It’s best not to let that space go to waste! It’s such an inexpensive thing to do, too.
Also for additional storage, I hope to find either an antique chair, small round table, or old wooden footstool to place accessories on.
I have a bunch of apothecary jars and it would be nice to have something to place them on. I usually fill them with all sorts of bathroom goodies: cotton balls, q-tips, soaps, bath salts, etc…
I’ve always envisioned having a wallpapered powder room (strange? Maybe!). It could either be above the wainscoting on all 4 walls, on one accent wall, or even in the ceiling!
I love the wallpaper in that last one SO much! Sarah Richardson is my favourite designer and always uses awesome prints. This next wallpaper is another personal fave:
I think if we were to keep the turquoise paint job, a more “trellis” wallpaper accent wall could look cool. Otherwise I want to rock those vintage prints! Perhaps Matt could have the final say 😀 .
I also would like to mount a second mirror – a scissor style/accordion arm wall mirror.
I would create a DIY cute(!) “Powder Room” sign to hang above the doorway. And I really dig this tile floor…
I think all these details help in making it more vintage and elegant as opposed to purely contemporary.
If we were to keep the turquoise wall colour, a cabinet door pull like so would match nicely:
I think turquoise and gold are a great match and can look so vintage and beautiful! If we were to wallpaper the entire bathroom, then something more neutral would look better. Maybe in an oil rubbed bronze. I love knobs. They’re a super cute and cheap way to make something more personalized.
I would add some brass or (matte) gold to the fixtures too. There are soo many tutorials on Pinterest with how to spray paint your faucets. It’s a good route to go, rather than fork out the money to replace them, just tor the sake of decorating.
Lastly, light fixtures! It’s so hard to tell from the pictures on the real estate listing just where the lights are exactly. I do love sconces, but a ceiling chandelier might be the way to go. It would look so elegant! ❤
Until we go on our arranged walk-through, we have no idea what the laundry space holds for us. All we know is that it is main floor laundry. Will we stack our machines or have them side by side? Half the fun is not knowing 😉 . IF it’s a laundry closet, I would really love it if Matt would build me some barn doors to enclose the space.
I love the look of these sliding barn doors. And it seems like a really simple/doable DIY project! I’ve seen tutorials where you can make them for under $80, while some say as little a $20!! 😀
If room allows, I’d want a couple shelves above the machines. Get a couple of baskets (a mix made from various materials), and some galvanized buckets to fill rags with, or scrub brushes, for example.
I have tons of glass jars, and already keep my clothespins in one. Utilizing a vintage crate, is a great way to corral items.
I love this print, and would frame it or something else similar. You’re in your laundry room a few times a week or maybe even everyday! Why not make it nice looking? Give yourself something visually appealing to look at while you’re folding your clothes.
I also think using two hooks to hang an ironing board is a great idea. Framing those two hooks is even better 🙂 .
Also for some décor (thank goodness we don’t have to use these anymore!), I hope to find an antique washboard and either hang it on the wall, or lean it on a shelf.
To go along with the washboard, I’d hang some giant safety pins.
Finally, since I’m such a sucker for textiles, I would add a rug. Possibly something jute, whether it be a ticking stripe or just a herringbone weave.
I don’t know much about this room, other than I want to create a serene retreat for the both of us. This past year we just got new bedside tables from Ikea. Our tallboy dresser we just bought used off of Kijiji. They’re both an espresso colour, however all have different hardware. I would like to change the drawer pulls and have them match (or at least coordinate with each other) so they can look like a set. Perhaps something mercury glass will work nicely…
Currently, our bed is merely made up of a mattress sitting in a frame. There have been many cool ideas I have come across for creating a headboard. We could maybe choose a fun fabric and upholster one, or find an old door and turn that into our headboard!
I think another important aspect to the master bedroom is creating vignettes that are romantic and dictate who you both are as a couple. Something like this would be utilising one of my favourite fabrics (lace). If we go with the mercury glass knobs on the dresser/side tables, then I hope to incorporate it around the rest of the room as well.
Seems pretty easy to recreate!
Just tying in that mercury glass with subtle touches 😉 . I think putting our vows under a glass cloche or a wedding photo would be so pretty ❤ .Some of our photos from either our engagement or wedding could help incorporate a more rustic/country vibe in the room:
To keep the serene and relaxing feel in the master bedroom, we would keep the colour scheme we had in our last house that we both loved so much. Our bedding and furniture would match perfectly:
For the room off of the master, we both automatically thought, “NURSERY!” when looking at it. I think until that time comes, it would make an AWESOME dressing room! A sitting area/reading nook, and my vanity at the other end…
Would look so great with vintage floral wallpaper.
Beautiful, no?! 😀
Our bathroom is currently done in a spa-like coastal theme, which I would also like to keep in our next house. The upstairs bath in this listing we’re interested in is done with a dark wood vanity, and dark purple wainscoting with lighter purple walls. So we’d definitely repaint this room (if we get this dream home of ours 🙂 ).
How CUTE is this glass fish for soaps or even seashells or something?! LOVE!
Our bath towels are more of a muted grey and teal, as well as our accessories. The wainscoting in this bathroom is currently PURPLE, so we would paint it back white 😉 . Maybe add some hooks, and some storage (ladder shelf or hutch of some kind), and we’re set!
This is one room that we would probably combine into two functional spaces. Neither of us really work from home, and therefore a full office isn’t a necessity. We would be having family and friends stay with us, however, as we’ll be living a couple hours away from our home town. Thus the combo guest room/office!
I think a vintage travel theme would be so cute in here. Take a little look see:
I like this room layout, so that everything fits. If things were tight, a bed in the corner could possibly work! Our guest bed is currently a double.
Not sure how easily something like this could be done, but think that this compass design around the light fixture is another cool way to add the theme to the space.
I would want to create a gallery of pictures on one wall, with a combination of both vintage maps, quotes, and pictures of our travels thus far. On another wall, I think a few clocks from Ikea (4), and vinyl lettering could make a really neat display.
Maybe even a small chalkboard where I could leave little welcome notes 😉 ! I could print some pictures or maps and decoupage some cardboard letters to spell either, “travel” or “welcome” and hang them up. With a gallery wall, the options are endless!
I could even hang a couple of antique planes on that feature wall amongst the frames.
My grandma gave us a really cool vintage trunk, and picking up a piece of glass to put on top of it, and putting it off to the side, would make a cool “travelling” side table 😀 .
Stacking suitcases either at the end of the bed, or as another bedside table, is a great idea. Even keeping one opened, and putting a vignette inside is an option. I currently have a brown one, but will be keeping my eyes peeled for a few more at second hand stores and flea markets!
And it would be awesome to put a luggage rack and have it folded up for guests to use. I found this instructional and it looks pretty simple to construct 🙂 .
I also want to frame our wifi password and frame it. Cute and thoughtful ;). That, along with a wind-up alarm clock and maybe a candle would complete the bedside table. If I could find a basket of some kind, it’s a great idea to put some towels or an extra blanket in. A large apothecary jar can be filled with soaps, shower caps, and other mini toiletries, in case those overnight guests may have overlooked packing these items.
Our current guest room bedding is a quilt set Matt’s grandma made for us. I love the colours – a mix of tan and navy. These accent pillows would match perfectly 😉 .
I have a globe in our office already at the moment, so we could put that in there.
Another cute travel/ DIY option is to hit up IKEA (where else?!) and pick up a couple things to recreate into something a little more rustic for storage and organization for the office portion of the space.
This new house had better still be available when we go to buy it! We’re going to check it out and make sure it’s everything we hoped it would be NEXT WEEKEND, and make them an offer! I’m so excited to decorate and make it our own – can ya tell?! We just got our house hunting trip dates approved the other day by Matt’s receiving unit and we are beyond excited. It feels good to get organized and be well on our way to fulfilling his first posting! Matt is ready to be done his training and I am ready to embrace this first posting and get settled into a new area!
Thanks for letting me share my inspiration on this “hypothetical home tour” 😉 . I love that I can use this to compile my ideas together!
We have found our dream home. It’s so beautiful…a century old, red brick, story and a half farmhouse. It’s nestled on a corner lot on a quiet, dead-end street. It has a spacious living room with a front bay window. The entryway has a beautiful winding staircase to the upstairs. The eat in kitchen has an island, antique white cupboards, and there is also a formal dining room (with wainscoting!) It has 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, main floor laundry, and a garage. The master even has a sitting room off of it!! We think it would be so perfect to have a nursery in that area 🙂 . It also boasts hardwood floors, a metal roof, 2 lovely outdoor patio sundecks and beautiful garden(s)! Just chocked full of character and charm. Even the name of the street is elegant sounding – “Prince Albert Street” :D. Can you see what I mean about “dream home”?! It meets close to everything on our needs AND wants list.
Matt graduates from his training course March 20th. Afterwards, the relocation services company arranges a house hunting trip for us. So we can see it in 3 weeks! Until that time, when we can get down there to walk through this lovely abode, we wait and trust that God will keep it aside for us if it is His best for us.
I hope to paint a picture of this particular house and I will share my hopes in what I wish to add, and complete in there (décor- wise). For privacy sake and copyright purposes, I won’t be sharing the actual MLS listing.
So this isn’t THE HOUSE but it is a red door on a red brick historic home that has similarities. I want to add my urns (filled with seasonal flowers) to the steps and a front door “knocker”. Then the front will be welcoming and just add even more curb appeal!
This one is from Pottery Barn and I think it would look lovely!
I’m not too sure if there is a closet at the front door or not, so I would want to try and create an entryway/foyer! So many ideas on Pinterest just gets the creative juices flowin’ :)…
This light has been my favorite light ever since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Ok, maaaybe that is a slight exaggeration, but I have always loved it. It’s also from Pottery Barn <3.
The stairs in this house are also stained darker on the treads and risers, with a dark handrail and white painted banisters. I think eventually I would appreciate a runner of some kind, just for coziness and a non-slip surface for kids. The stairway also has an elegant curve to it (almost giving the entrance a Southern charm), which I find so endearing.
I also would like some sort of “drop-off” spot (in the most elegant way 😉 ), so a console table would work nicely as a catch-all.
Love neutral runners with texture!
A console similar to this one, with a mirror mounted above.
I love the idea of building (with the help of my handy hubby, Matt) a bench with cubbies, a shelf and hooks for some outdoor wear. I like that second last picture because of the shelf that is also included in the built ins. If we opt out of building that, then a bench with a cute coatrack could suffice (at least until we have children).
Speaking of built-ins, I also was
hopingthinking we could have some on at least the one side of the bay window in the living room. It would be a great spot to feature some of my antiques and collectibles.
I also pictured us angling one or two arm chairs under the bay window, with either ottomans and/or a little end table in between.
We both really like the casual coziness and function of a family room, and this house only has the one living room. For that reason, I think this room is going to be the most challenging to rearrange/decorate. We hope to find a sectional couch that isn’t too informal, but just comfy enough. It may be a bit too much pressure to put all on one little couch, but I’m confident a couch can handle it ;). Even finding a used one and adding a neutral slip cover would be an option! I like these ones:
We also have some pallets that we are wanting to make into end tables! Could be a fun joint DIY project 😉 . We would stain them to match our distressed coffee table. ❤
The formal dining room is wonderful and has my favourite wall design – wainscoting! Along with the beauty of that architectural feature, I love the idea of hanging plates or a serving platter to decorate one wall:
I also like the idea of a chalkboard in the dining room. Whether it’s a leaning, giant chalkboard, or it’s an entire wall covered with chalkboard paint!
This picture illustrates the wainscoting, and I love this lantern chandelier hanging over the table. ❤
Another piece of furniture that we would need to be on the hunt for would be a hutch/buffet/sideboard. We could go with something new, or makeover an old piece! I’m fine either way 🙂 . I thought it was so nice when some of these hutches had burlap in the back of the top half for textural interest. You can even add wallpaper with a pop of colour or fun pattern.
I love ’em because they’e not only aesthetically pleasing, but they’re entirely functional as well. You can organize napkins, placemats, as well as cutlery. You can even display serve ware! I’m not too picky with how I would want ours to be, as long as it had a combo of both drawers and cupboards.
Even something like this rustic/industrial piece off to the side helps corral extra dishes and could look great.
What to say about the kitchen? It has lots of the antique white cabinetry that I so love.The listing did mention that the owners are taking their island and bar stools with them, so we’ll want to replace them at some point. Because the house is a historic farmhouse, I’d want to keep some of that within the décor. I love rustic, vintage, country, cottage, farmhouse chic, but I also like some more industrial pieces mixed in there as well. This is what I had in mind for the kitchen:
I love butcher block countertops, but a butcher block island would be just as awesome! We would either buy it (or build it – we saw a really great one at a flea market that was handcrafted by Mennonites!) maybe with about a 12″ overhang, so that we could have a couple stools for people to sit at.
Another thing I really appreciate is the classic look of a farmhouse sink (sometimes referred to as an apron sink)! I’m not entirely sure if one could fit, or how expen$ive one would be, but what good is a farmhouse without the farmhouse sink?! That’s what I have to convince Matt of! 😉
I found a cool tutorial for spray painting your fixtures with a Restoleum paint so it looks like oil rubbed bronze. It seems like a great way to transform what you already have, instead of just replacing them! You can do the same with your cabinet hardware too.
The kitchen is an eat-in, although I’m not entirely sure how often we would use it when we have a dining room. I do love hutches though, and what I love even more is coffee/tea nooks! I think I would hang my industrial shelf unit which has hooks for teacups/mugs, wire baskets for storage, and a shelf above. A hot drink station would be perfect set up off to one end of the kitchen…
Coffee stations are just plain awesome. Think of all the free space you’d have if your coffee maker, Keurig/Tassimo, french press, teapot, mugs, filters, loose leaf teas, sugar and creamer (I could go on and on 😉 ) were out of your pantry and off your counter top? ❤
I also think a bistro type set would go beautifully in the eat-in kitchen area, and if Matt builds a banquet of sorts, more of a casual meal time area would be created.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty attached. Even though it’s not actually ours yet (I’m getting a lil’ ahead of myself, I know 😉 ). I picture myself baking in the kitchen, and having a friend over for tea. I can start planting a vegetable garden, and Matt would have a spot for woodworking in the garage. We could raise our family here, celebrate Christmases and birthdays, host dinner parties …it truly seems like it’s perfect for us! I really love re-designing and decorating rooms, and Matt has heard that he will be posted to this base for at least 7 years. He is going to be busy with my “honey-do list”, but he loves carpentry and worked in residential construction prior to this new-ish military journey. He’ll be working 24 hour shifts and therefore only 7 or 8 shifts a month (sometimes even only 6!). I gotta keep him busy somehow 😉 . All these little (and some fairly big) projects are a great way of really making this house our home. Now, we just need to buy it first…
*Follow me on Pinterest for more décor ideas! Check back again soon to see my inspiration for the upstairs!*
Hello, hello! How’s your weekend going? Got any interesting plans? Last night we ordered a pizza and just stayed in. It’s still quite cold here (this is Canada, yo!) 😉 and the snow came down all day today again. Matt had a long day Thursday, as he went in at his usual early time in the AM, then came home for a couple hours in the mid-afternoon. He rested, we quickly ate at like 4pm, and then he went BACK in again for his first nightly practice run. They have been training on the more practical side of things lately, as they are nearing the end of the training. This is refreshing for Matt as he is more of a hands-on kind of guy, and he wasn’t particularly digging the theory side of things. The fire was a “Code 4” (which is the highest level of response for fire dispatch). It required all hands on deck, and he was out until well after midnight. So he was tired. Hence the reason he wanted to just veg last night. And I can dig it ;).
I went out shopping with a friend Thursday. Partially just for fun, and also I wanted to be on the hunt for some party supplies for Matt’s surprise Grad/30th Birthday party this Spring. I found this awesome vintage looking fire truck which was hand crafted by artisans. So happy about it! I have officially began planning…trying to see what items I already have on hand, and which ones I still need. I sometimes find myself to be more of a kinesthetic (tactile, hands-on) learner, however occasionally a more visual type of approach works well, too. I love the use of visual boards to get my thoughts and ideas in order. Before our wedding I had numerous inspiration boards, and I think that’s one of the reasons I really like Pinterest – it acts like a giant bulletin board. So, for the sake of inspiration, and gathering décor ideas, I decided I would share some of my party plans. 🙂
Ok, so first things first. This is the look I’m going for. The “firefighter” theme, and a bit rustic/industrial. I put some stuff together to get a rough idea of what the set up would look like!
I’m going to print some pictures of Matt while he was training. I’ll either put them on a display board/Bristol board for family/friends to look at, OR, I will attempt to include these photos (along with baby ones and various others from his entire life thus far) and tape them on a wall to say “3-0” 😀
I also found this “Firefighter’s Wife Prayer” and would like to print it and have it framed and displayed.
I plan to pick up some (red) paper plates and red serviettes from the dollar store, along with streamers and balloons, of course! I also found these items from a party themed store. I think the “caution tape” would be awesome either be on the walls of the room, or just around the table with the food! The mini extinguishers are also pretty cute and I would just have them strewn about on the table.
I thought this was a great idea, with the peppers cut up and looking like “flames” and in the cups with the dip. I’m still in the midst of tweaking the menu items a bit.
I have a red table cloth that I will be using, and I have tons of cutlery on hand (often we use them if we take a picnics or have a BBQ). I also have numerous glass jars that I will try to implement (apothecary and mason). I want to have some snacks and candy with the cake and those will work perfectly. We have some galvanized metal buckets that I bought from the dollar store before our wedding (they hung from shepherd’s hooks and had flowers in them.) The letter “K” is for our last name 😉 . The wire baskets I will use also, for placing food in (chips for example). I have 4 identical square ones, and just the one with the basket base. I think these elements will help incorporate the industrial feel.
I know the local party store only has select “firefighter themed” supplies, but I did see that they have some of these plastic helmets. I know Michaels carries crates, that would work great for stacking food and/or décor on. And I also have a white storage unit identical to the ones in the following picture. It would work well in giving items some height off the table.
I know initially these parties seem too childlike, but I do like certain elements. I would like to attempt to make these smoke clouds, and have them hang from the ceiling. The flames are also cool, and seem doable enough to recreate. I might also have a few clusters of these around the parameter ;)…IF I’m feeling crafty!
I like the idea of having the signs on the table by some of the treats. “You’re a Lifesaver”, “Rescue Rope” (licorice), “Burning Embers” (Reese’s Pieces). Maybe a bit cheesy, but totally my style. He’ll have to love it! 😉
Check out these other similar “firefighter themed” parties:
This was the party I saw online that started it all. It looks so amazing!
My next step is to get some quotes on cakes! Check out these ones below – they’re so well done. They look awesome!
I know Matt will be so excited to see everyone, and he really has no idea about this! I’m excited to see the look on his face. I ❤ party planning! 😀 My ultimate hope is to make him feel special and loved. I’m so proud of all his determination and hard work, and can’t wait to celebrate with him!