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.}


Loving Lobster Details

Have I ever told you about my obsession with lobster? I think it started on our honeymoon. We ate lobster (and loads of blueberries) every day and, as I mentioned before, fell madly in love with the sights, sounds and culture of Maine. Since then even just seeing a lobster buoy makes me smile and lobster is the one shellfish for which I will happily stray from my vegetarian ways. I just love lobster. So today I thought I’d share some of the cute lobster details I’ve stumbled upon lately. I think these would be perfect for a lobster bake or a fun summer rehearsal dinner or birthday party.
lobster-lollipops{Lobster lollipops. Photos by Brian Phillips.}
lobster-buoy-orangic-cotton-tea-towel{Organic tea towels by madder root.}
lobster-bake-rehearsal-dinner{Lobster birthday party by Alison Events via Imprintables.}
vintage-lobster-bib{Vintage lobster bib from Trendy Bindi.}
lobster-cookies{Lobster cookies.}
vintage-nautical-little-girls-dress{Little girl’s sailor dress from Little Veggie Vintage.}
lobster-place-mats{Lobster place mats from Heron’s Treasures.}
lobster-bib-save-the-dates{Lobster bib save the dates from Bird & Banner.}
lobster-pillow{Silk screened lobster pillow.}
lobster-bake-catham-wayside-inn{Lobster bake invitations. Photo by Brian Phillips.}
lobster-bake-napkin-pockets{Lobster bake flatware pockets.}
lobster-bake-rehearsal-dinner-invitations{Lobster bake rehearsal dinner on Oh So Beautiful Paper.}


DIY Inspiration from Traveling Mama

Discovered via decor8, I am loving some of the sweet and simple DIY projects dreamed up by Traveling Mama. From darling paper garlands to cheerful paper lanterns hung in a bedroom, she uses paper to dress up ordinary spaces in unexpected ways. Likewise, a little crafting is all it takes to add a little charm to a party or celebration. The beauty of these ideas is their simplicity – perfect for even the most novice of crafters – and their budget-friendly cost. Use scraps of paper, swatches of leftover gift wrap or inexpensive scrapbook or construction paper. Beyond that all you’ll need is a little time and a few basic craft supplies like scissors and glue.
diy-paper-lanterns-party-decorFor details on these little paper lanterns, check out the how-to instructional video – I love how these lend a fresh take to the paper lantern trend. And pretty patterned paper garlands? You can never go wrong.

diy-paper-garlands{Photos from Traveling Mama.}