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!

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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!

fall has fallen

okay so here in Texas, we don’t have seasons necessarily (this pin about sums it up: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/245305510924134033/) BUT we can still dream about fall decor and what ways we can incorporate fall-ish inspiration into our lives. THIS picture seriously makes me dream. The organic feel of using food as adornment is genius.

The color scheme is the other element of this image that jumps off the page. here’s the thing. i like fall, but i don’t always love the drab, dark, disposition of it. Some days I do. The simplicity and boldness of the colors is often beautiful and reminds me of the shifting seasons (or the idea of it at least). so, the balance in this picture of the colors in the corn and the blue, is just the combination that makes me long for real seasons and a cup of coffee snuggled up.

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What’s your favorite thing about fall?

 

let’s talk about wedding planning

I have found a recipe for the perfect Tuesday morning. You ready for it? Caramel Brulee coffee creamer + Katy Perry. Sound a little crazy? It probably is. But right now I am drinking coffee that is mixed with this delicious creamer and listening to Roar on Spotify and I feel like I can get anything done. GREAT MORNING. Try it, let me know how it works for you.

Ok, onto wedding related things. Today’s blog is for all of the girls out there who are currently engaged or about to be engaged- to the girl who is worried about perfect centerpieces, fretting over the guest list, and anxious about anything and everything wedding related. I have been there. I have walked through the insane process of wedding planning while also preparing to graduate college and celebrate Christmas. What can I say, I like a little chaos in my life.

So why I am writing to you today? Because I want to encourage you and remind you that things will go wrong throughout the entire planning process. Don’t believe me? I am a floral designer and event planner and my wedding still had unplanned disasters. It’s my job people and there were still things I could have never prepared for! Still don’t believe me? Well, let me give you some examples.

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Bachelorette Party                                                                                                                                    My bachelorette party has become legendary with my friends. At the time it was a little crazy but now we look back and laugh about it. To start, our first night of the weekend we had all these plans to go out to bars, kareoke, and all sorts of fun stuff. Turns out Ft. Worth doesn’t have any bars or clubs that allow people under the age of 21 in them. My two little sisters (one biological one by friendship) were both 20 so we walked the streets of Ft. Worth looking for a place to go. Next, while we were looking for a place to go we got pulled over. Oh yes, a cop pulled us over for not putting on our blinker to pull off a curb. This started a very strange conversation between me and the cop about bars in town that may let in people under 21. He turned out to be very helpful and ended up not giving us a ticket, thank goodness. Later, while we were walking around we almost got hit by a drunk driver who proceeded to hit another car and drive off. Yep, thats right, we witnessed a hit and run. We ended up back at the hotel eating ice cream and fearful of what the rest of the weekend was going to look like. The next day we turned it around and had one of the sweetest and most fun days of my life. We went shopping, took hilarious pictures in a park (just as a 5k race went by of course) and laughed all day. The disastrous night before? It was one of the best bonding experiences I could have asked for.                                                                        —shout out to my sister for being the absolute best maid of honor- she was so flexible and rolled with all of the craziness that was happening and made it into the most hilarious and fun weekend a girl could want!

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Wedding                                                                                                                                                     Our wedding was supposed to be outside on New Years Eve. Historically in Texas there is no rain in December. It rained the entire week of our wedding, got weirdly cold, and rained the day of our wedding. Our venue had to throw up a tent, decorate it, and change the entire set up last minute. We took our first look pictures outside in the mist, the best man lost his suit which resulted in hours of searching, and did I mention I was sick? Oh yeah, Rob and I both had serious colds. However, it was the BEST AND HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE. All the challenges didn’t even matter because at the end of the day I got to be married to Hubs.
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I wanted to share a little piece of my story with y’all because I have been in your shoes. I know some of you probably dream about seating charts, back up rain plans, bridesmaid dresses, and what could go wrong. Let me tell you, something will go differently than planned. It always does. After being a part of countless weddings I have still yet to see one go perfectly. You have got to roll with it and let it go. Don’t let the little stuff drive you crazy, don’t let the big stuff ruin your day. At the end of all of it you will be married. MARRIED!! How exciting is that? Who cares if the food shows up late, your hair looks differently than you wanted, or someone gives a weird toast? These are the things you will laugh about with your husband in the years to come. The point of a wedding isn’t to show people what a perfect party you can throw, it is to celebrate the fact that you are starting a life with the man of your dreams. Life is messy, crazy, and unpredictable. Why do we think weddings will be any different?

So I hope your wedding is everything you dreamed about. I hope it is amazing, fun, and goes off without a hitch. But I also hope that you spend more time dreaming about your marriage that your ceremony, that your husband loves you unconditionally, that your relationship is filled with as much fun, dancing, and laughter as your reception. All those little things that go wrong will not matter at all the minute you get married. In fact, you will probably spend part of your honeymoon laughing about them.

Except for the hit and run, that was legitimately scary.

So enjoy every minute of your engagement and wedding but don’t let it drive you crazy. Laugh at the small stuff, let go of the big stuff, and be merry and married.

It’s pretty awesome.

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!

what’s in season- fall

Good morning darling readers, aren’t you thrilled it is Friday? I woke up smiling because I was so excited for today and for this weekend. Plus, Hubs left me extra coffee this morning which always puts me in a great mood!

One of the biggest questions I get from people about flowers is, “What is in season?” Let me tell you, that is a GREAT question to ask!! Some flowers have become available year round and are generally season-less (I don’t think that is a real word but I still like it). These are flowers like Roses, Hydrangea, Alstroemeria, and Carnations. However, some flowers do have a true season and are generally less-expensive and more available during those months.

So what does that mean for you? It means that being aware of and using seasonal flowers can help you reduce costs for your wedding! Plus, as an added bonus, using seasonal flowers will really give your floral arrangements and wedding the feel of whatever season you are in.

Keep in mind that where you live can affect seasonality. In Texas (where the Merry team is) Dahlias are available in the fall but in some areas of the country they are only available during the summer. Also, know that if you have your heart set on a particular flower, such as Ranunculus or Lavender, your floral designer should have access to it through a wholesaler. Some flowers, like Peonies, are only available a short time throughout the year but most flowers can be purchased anytime, they just may be a little more expensive when they are out of season.

Tomorrow, we are going to be bringing y’all some pictures of floral arrangements with fall flowers but for today I figured we would just share a little guide to help you start to know what is currently in season. Don’t worry, we will do the same for Winter, Spring, and Summer soon!

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Hope y’all have an amazing Friday! I am off to go prep for two weddings this weekend and finish up the pot of coffee that is currently calling my name.

Stay seasonal, stay merry!

Thursday Trends: Heartfelt and Handmade

Hi friends! I feel like a kid again. I just spent ten minutes crafting and made a card that I want to hang on my fridge! This summer, a dear friend made me a handmade card and it brought tears to my eyes. When did we get out of that habit? When did it become all about getting the gift faster rather than giving the most personalized “you matter” to someone? In light of this, it’s my goal to only give handmade happy birthday cards this year! Believe me, I’m not totally against hilarious store bought cards (I sent one to Meredith with a Narwhale one that to this day makes me die laughing).

Making a card can be so simple. All you need is some construction paper, card stock, twine, a sharpie, and some glue! Fold the card stock, write a sweet note. Cut out triangles for your banner. Glue them to your twine, which you then attach to the card. Make sure you can still open it! I finish mine off with a fun balloon on the front, but the options are endless! So easy but it looks like you took a bunch of time.

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Love and sunshine, and happy crafting!