Make Them Yourself Paper Animals

I discovered these adorable paper animals by mibo this week and just had to share them for those of you planning a kids party or birthday celebration. These cute make-them-yourself paper animals are available on mibo’s site either fully assembled or as PDF templates you can download and assemble yourself. I love the cute illustrations and the fun personalities of these whimsical little animals and think they’d be equally perfect as party decor or in a child’s room or nursery. With owls continuing to be all the rage, I just know you’re going to love these cute little paper owls. Personally I find the bunnies completely irresistible.




paper-bunny-rabbits{Photos from mibo.}


Noa’s Owl Themed First Birthday Party

Today I’m happy to share this owl themed first birthday party that Brie and Karon of Sugarcoated Events planned for Brie’s son Noa’s first birthday. I love all of the sweet little details from the owl cake to the owl cookies to the owl cupcakes to the candy buffet. Sweet lovers beware! This party will have you on cuteness and sweetness overload. I just adore all of the cute party ideas Brie and Karon came up with here – thanks so much for sharing!









{Photos from Sugarcoated Events.}


Beach Wedding Ideas – Strings of Shells

Spied recently on Sweet Paul, I love the look and feel of these simple strings of shells for a beach wedding or seaside celebration. Carefully use a hammer and nail to pound small holes into each shell and then string together with twine or string. Use shells collected together or from past family vacations for an extra sentimental touch and you have sweet, pretty beach wedding decor on the cheap.
{Photos by Studio Dreyer Hensley via Sweet Paul.}


A Book Party

As the wife of an English teacher with the school year swiftly approaching, talk in our house has turned to books a lot lately. My husband is reading all of the new books he’ll be teaching and then passing them on to me. Some I’ve read before, some are new to me and I love this point in the year where we get to spend a lot of time thinking and talking about our shared love of literature. With that said, I was incredibly inspired when I saw this book party hosted by Ashley Campbell of Ashley Ann Photography and the incredible blog Under the Sycamore. (You’ll remember the incredible backyard baby shower Ashley recently hosted for her sister, too.) The party was hosted to benefit The Joyful Life Library, an organization that collects and donates books for children facing hospital stays and their families. I am in love with this idea!

bookplate-save-the-datesGuests received book plates with their invitations for them to fill out and attach to the covers of the books they were bringing along. Entertainment included reading books and watching The Cat in the Hat on a big screen in the backyard.





outdoor-movie-partyDoes it get any cuter than kids in pajamas cuddled up watching movies and listening to bed time stories? Thank you, Ashley, for this incredibly inspiring party idea. I love parties, but a party that does good for the world brings one heck of a smile to my face. Happy Monday, everyone!

{Photos by Ashley Ann Photography.}


Friday Link Love

Hello, friends! What are your plans for the weekend? I am doing a bit of traveling, going home to spend time with family and throwing a baby shower on Sunday afternoon for my brother and sister in-law who are expecting a little baby girl later in the month. I also expect there is a long Saturday afternoon floating around the river in my future tomorrow. It has been a bit of a hectic week for me so I’m really looking forward to finding a little down time to spend with family this weekend. I hope you have a lovely one!


Hands down, pancakes are one of my favorite foods ever.

I love the idea of a pretty garden party.

These cut laser-cut wooden tags are perfect for invitations or favor boxes.

I absolutely will be baking this pizza with peaches sooner than you think.

Loads of inspiration for the gallery wall I’m planning in our family room.

Loving these cute utensils and party goods.

If you missed it earlier in the week, be sure to visit the new Snippet & Ink. Kathryn is one of my favorite bloggers.

Vanessa has me inspired to make homemade jam.

One of the prettiest thank you cards I’ve recently seen.

I found this video completely charming.

Happy Friday, friends! xoxo

{Photo from Kiki LaRue via design*sponge.}