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bachelorette parties

Can y’all believe it is December already? We already have a Christmas tree up and lights on our house. Hubs has declared himself the “exterior illumination specialist” and spent the weekend running to Target for more lights and extra extension cords. Our house has become a mini winter wonderland. We don’t have lights synchronized to music or huge inflatables in our yard but I wouldn’t put it past him for next year!

So today I wanted to share with y’all a few fun bachelorette party ideas. I know it has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas or the holiday season but I have been holding on to this post for a while and finally had time to share it! Now, y’all have already heard the story of my bachelorette party here. It was unconventional, a little crazy, and so much fun! My sister came up with some great creative ideas like a photo shoot in our old prom dresses, going to the Fort Worth Stock Yards for a country concert, and spending a morning shopping and fueling up on Starbucks. When it comes to bachelorette parties don’t feel like you have to do what is expected! If your bride is up for some adventure and loves to try new things, go for it! Here are a few ideas to  jump start your creativity and help you come up with an outrageously fantastic bachelorette party.

1.  The Wild West

My sister-in-law took old time photos with her bridesmaids during her bachelorette party and it was the cutest thing ever! Why not make the whole weekend a western theme?

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2. Cooking Classes

How many girls out there have lived off of pasta because it’s all they know how to cook? Sign up for some fun cooking classes, bring some wine, and have a great time learning how to make amazing food!

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3. Girl’s Weekend

No, I’m not talking about some wild bar-filled girls weekend. Is your bride more into quality time than dancing? Go shopping together or get pedicures then host an outdoor dinner party with her closest friends. Make it a meaningful weekend that is filled with lots of fun and time with her bridesmaids!

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4. Glamping

This is my new favorite idea. (Madeline, when you get married get ready for this) Go camping with your girls! Set up an adorable camp site, make s’mores, and spend the weekend adventuring. You can always camp close to town so you could still go out for dinner and drinks!

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Did you have a super creative bachelorette? Let us know! Remember that at the end of the day a bachelorette party isn’t about how many shots someone does or even their last “fling before the ring.” It is a time to celebrate the friendship you have with your bridesmaids and friends. Make it what YOU want, not what everyone else says you should have.

Stay merry, friends!

 

alternative christmas trees

okay. some of you might think i’m one of “those people” that cranks up my christmas music early (nope. can’t stand it for too long), starts posting pictures of my red starbucks holiday cups (well, i’m not necessarily above it), or starts posting christmas countdowns in august (listen, i barely know what year it is), but in reality, while I LOVE christmas and all it stands for and brings– i am not one who SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT TO PUT UP ALL MANNER OF CHRISTMAS DECOR. Go ahead and call me scrooge but something about storing lots of stuff and putting up knick knacks of every shape and size; whether it be snowmen, santa or snowglobes, just doesn’t get me jazzed about the christmas season. instead, i’d rather have a few season-y pieces that still get me in the holiday mood but doesn’t require lots of storage and time. Also, while we’re at it, let’s discuss something else…. the EXORBITANT PRICES OF FAKE CHRISTMAS TREES. first of all, no. and second of all, don’t talk to me about how they last for years and all that because come january 1st, when i have to pack that sucker up for days, i’m gona be mad it wasn’t a real one that i could just toss and sweep up the needles of.

so now that i have thoroughly convinced you that i am a sour scrooge, let me say this: decorating the christmas tree used to be one of my favorite pastimes. me and my three siblings all had about 200 christmas ornaments we had made over the years in various vbs-es and school projects. we all got to put all of ours up there and my mom didn’t worry too much about having a perfect tree because our handmade ornament is what made it special and meaningful. (also, real quick: saw a cheetah print themed tree and.. not okay, people) But, getting all the ornaments out and the tree put together when we only have a few days together around christmas has become a chore. and the trillions of store-bought ornaments starts to seem like money wasted and space taken up. I think recently i have tired of stuff and material items and the excess and so while i hope one day i get to have meaningful tree time with my own family, i’d much rather go easy on spending money and focus more on what the season is really about — family and friends and the grace that was born that day.

so, naturally, when i started seeing alternative christmas tree ideas, i thought “these are genius”. circle claps for the clever people that wanted to celebrate with a tree but didn’t necessarily have the funds, space, time, etc. to go traditional. i already have a fake baby tree (thus nullifying all my previous arguments) but i’m already dreaming of other ways to incorporate a tree without the real thing. let me know what you think!

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which one is your favorite? any other ideas, you better send ’em this way!

colorful confetti kids party

November is here! The month of Thanksgiving, pies, and fall leaves has arrived. I don’t know about y’all but for me October flew by. I can’t even remember what I did most of the month other than be busy. I am hoping November is a little slower so I can actually pause and enjoy the fall merriment that is all around.

Ok, y’all know that we rarely talk about kids parties, baby showers, ect on the blog. I guess it’s because none of the Merry team is close to having kids so we often forget about all of the events that are centered around kiddos. Not today, today we are celebrating the colorful world of confetti and how it would make the absolute best little girls birthday party. It looks like so much fun that anyone would enjoy it, even say someone who is turning 24 and still loves glitter, confetti, the color pink, and all things girly. Not me obviously. Of course I don’t wish it was acceptable to wear a crown, twirl in public, or anything like that. (side note- friends take notes and I will pretend to be surprised when y’all throw this party for me next year) Anyways, back to the kids.

This inspiration board is awesome. It is girly, fun, and even includes GAMES! Yep, games. That is how cool this party would be. See, y’all are starting to want it for yourself aren’t you? Ok, let’s get to the goods.

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Isn’t this adorable? I want to go make those slingshots and use them to surprise Hubs when he gets home. Speaking of Hubs, today is my main man’s 26th birthday! Happy birthday, babe! I don’t think he would appreciate this confetti party as much as I do so instead we are going to celebrate with delicious food, A&M football, and spending some time with family and friends.

Let us know your thoughts on the confetti party and if you would rather throw this party for your kids or yourself! No shame.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday,

stay merry!

thursday trends- non-candy bars

No we aren’t talking about alcoholic bars or signature drinks today (although I will save that in my head for another week). I know that is what you were hoping for when you saw that title. Me too, girl, me too. If It was acceptable to start every day with a Mimosa believe me I would but instead I am drinking gingerbread coffee which is a pretty great substitute.

No, today we are talking about one of the biggest trends at weddings. You have all heard of or seen the candy bar at a wedding, right? Jars filled to the brim with different types of candy that guests can eat and usually fill goodie bags with to take home. Now, I have nothing against candy bars, I love a good bag of M&Ms just as much as the next girl. However, I adore when people put their own creative spins on a good trend and make it even better. So today I am presenting you with my top ten favorite non-candy bars.

Get ready for your mouth to water.

TOP TEN NON-CANDY BARS

10. Fruit & Veggie Bar

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9. Potato Bar

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8. Yogurt Bar

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7. Trail Mix Bar

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6. Ice Cream Bar

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5. Decorate Your Own Cupcake Bar

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4. Chocolate Dipped Banana Bar

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3. Caramel Apple Bar

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2. Chips & Salsa Bar

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1. Waffle Bar

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I don’t know about you, but now I am seriously hungry for some chips and salsa and some waffles. I am thinking that is a totally normal and nutritious breakfast. What is your favorite non-candy bar idea and how would you rank these differently? Or what cool non-candy bar ideas have you seen out there? Let us know!

Have a great Thursday friends and if you eat chips & salsa and waffles for breakfast or have a mimosa (or two) we won’t tell. In fact, we may just be doing the same thing!

Happy Halloween and see y’all Saturday!

autumn arrangements

Happy weekend beautiful readers! I am so sorry for our absence this past week- we all have had a ton going on. I would love to promise that it will get much better but let’s be real- fall/holiday season is the busiest time of the year. Throw in work, moving, school, ect and we have our hands full! However, we are here today and ready to share a little bit of goodness.

Remember forever ago (ok it was really last Friday) when we talked about what flowers were in season? Well, today we are bringing you a few autumn floral arrangements. Some of them have seasonal flowers in them and some of them have absolutely nothing seasonal in them, they just look like fall so I couldn’t resist. Either way, get excited for some fall beauty!

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Have a great weekend, we will see you next week!

(my) space jams.

okay, that title was too much. combining myspace and space jam is really a tragedy in itself. but alas, a post about spaces i’m loving:

maybe it’s my love of design, maybe i’m just judgmental, but i feel like I find myself subconsciously critiquing spaces, their design, or font choices, etc etc. I’ll choose to think this is an endearing, necessary quality that complements my natural abilities. But, because of this, it’s often hard for me to see past choices people have made creatively (or not creatively) in their house, event space, or store. I just think that the atmosphere you create is vital to the mood and feeling of a place or event and it translates to the way people feel about what is happening around them. i guess this means i would turn my nose up at the DESPICABLE mess that’s in my house right now but we won’t discuss that.

i think when i think of events, my ideal setup is open but intimate; warm but not stifling. Naturally, i’m drawn to wood, brick, natural lighting and the like. These spaces seem like canvases so that you can make the event and decor speak for itself instead of being defined by the space it’s in (although all events are defined by the space to some end). Sometimes really unique spaces can be hard to come by so when I see pictures of awesome ones it keeps my hopes alive. Second best to outdoor events to me, are these sorts of spaces. I can only hope to hold events in these spaces some day. until then, i’ll keep dreamin’.

 

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(spaces from R to L: craft studiospatina vintage rentals, 401 RozendalAndrew Richard Designs rachel craven textile studio , and unknown)

What are your favorite spaces that you’ve had or seen events held? Share please!

let’s have tea

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Y’all, we are SO excited to be posting our first ever styled shoot today! This was such a fun project- we got to style, photograph, and hang out with our friends. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to spend a night?

I don’t know why we ever stopped having tea parties. As little girls we would set up colorful tables filled with cups, imaginary food, and occasionally stuffed animals. Those morning teas were special; they were filled with friends, laughter, and sweet moments. Well, it is time tea-parties make a comeback! We created this grown up version of a tea-party for our friends. It has vintage vases, simple place settings, and a whole lot of joy. I don’t know about you but that is how I would like to start my weekends! Plus, as an added bonus, everything we used was from one home, meaning this tea-party did not cost us a thing (Even the flowers were created with plants from the backyard) Ok, enough gabbing, let’s get to the party!

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Goodness, I love how simple and sweet this is. If these images don’t make you want to throw a tea-party I don’t know what will. Go enjoy your weekend! (If it is like mine it will be filled with college football)

Now, anyone want to have tea?

 

 

All images owned by MadelineRanda Photography and the Merry team