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Welcome, 2017!

And BYE GIRL to 2016. It was quite a year, and definitely will not go down as the best in my books. Still, I would rather count my blessings than dwell on the negative past, so let’s move forward together!

Barcart Styling for parties

New Year's Eve Chalkboard and Bar Cart Styling

New Year's Eve decorations

We had a bunch of family and friends over to ring in the new year, and I wanted to make it a fun night for adults and kids alike. We all pitched in and purchased dozens of mortars and fireworks, and had the best time watching the sky dazzle us all night!! My husband and some of our friends love to get together to make pulled pork, brisket, and ribs so we used this as a chance for them to show off their smoker skills. Trust me, it did not disappoint! I’m actually kicking myself for not taking more pictures, and definitely for not getting pictures of the food. It was such a great dinner! As far as decorations, Target was my one-stop shop for all of this festive fun. I loaded up my cart as soon as they broke out the NYE party decor! For the champagne Publix totally had my back – they marked down some bottles, and had BOGO on the others! So naturally, I bought 10 bottles. That’s normal, right?

Our new kitten Banks even got a New Year’s Eve popper!

…but he couldn’t hang until midnight with us!

I took down our real tree a few days ago, but I was too lazy couldn’t bring myself to break down the artificial tree.

I had a stroke of inspiration when I laid out the decor for NYE and decided “HECK YES, New Year’s Eve Tree!!”. I’m sure others have done this as well, but I’ve never seen one.  I modge-podged mine out of silver and gold Christmas ornaments (they looked like champagne bubbles to me) little party hats and party horns. I loved the little ornaments that looked like the Times Square ball drop! The stars were actually tooth pick toppers; I removed the toothpick, punched a hole in the top, and laced a ribbon through it. The party hats were easier: I cut a small hole in the top of the hat and ran the cord up through that, tied it closer to the base, and cut off the excess! It did take me a solid 4 or so hours for the tree, but I love how it turned out so much that I saved the decorations for next year!

New Year's Eve Tree - New Year's Eve Decor

All in all, it was a really fun night! I’m so thankful that my brother and sister-in-law could fly down and be with us; it was the icing on the cake for sure. Plus they’re expecting their first baby so I was able to get some belly rubs in. 🙂 One of the highlights of the night was cracking open the poppers with the confetti, paper crowns, and jokes-so fun! My sister Codi and I got completely sidetracked with the confetti wands and definitely used them all by 8pm. You want to completely lose your shit the morning after a party? Crack open 30 wands of confetti all over your house. Not the most fun thing to clean up when you’re tired and hungover, haha. But…I regret NOTHING! Playing with confetti is the most fun and festive thing EVER. Also, there were still bottles of champagne left, so mimosas helped us cope!

This year I’m looking forward to bringing positive change and to living life a bit more simply. One of my goals for 2017 is to slow down and take more time to relax and enjoy life. I spent the bulk of 2016 spinning my wheels, and that can really impact one’s sense of happiness and comfort! What are your goals and resolutions for the new year? Any bucket list items that you’re checking off your list? Whatever your aspirations are, I wish you the best 2017. Here’s to a new year and a new day!


We celebrated Buddy’s 4th birthday this Saturday with a few friends and family. His theme was “Camp Carson” which was so much fun! While I was decorating, Michael said “This looks like a West Elm birthday party”! Totally not what I was going for but talk about flattering…especially from my husband who so does not notice styling types often. I didn’t have much time to plan and prepare for his party actually. That tends to happen when you forget your son’s birthday until the last minute don’t start planning until the week of his birthday! Ah well, it turned out cute and he had a blast. But then again, who doesn’t have a blast when they’re shoving s’mores in one’s face all night?



I’ve been obsessed with buffalo check for YEARS, so I loved getting to incorporate this print into the party. And speaking of obsessed, s’mores is high up there on my “Psychotically in Love With” list. I actually based his theme around wanting to do s’mores and an outdoor movie, it just fit perfectly! We borrowed a projector and blow up screen from work, and showed Finding Dory once it got dark outside. It was lovely: perfect Florida fall weather, great company, and tons of treats. It was also the first year that he really got into the festiveness of his party, and he was so stinking excited for this day! Watching his little face light up when we sang to him and as he opened gifts was amazing. He ate it all up and you could just tell that he felt so special. I can’t wait until his next party! He requested a zombie party, but I’m thinking something much less scary. We shall see come next November!
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