Alabama Slamma

May 25, 2010

Recently, hubby was on a work trip that took him to the home of his dad and family in Mobile, Alabama, so we decided I should fly down and meet him and turn it into a family reunion of sorts. Cheap flights definitely helped in this endeavor, but I was not quite prepared for the ittybittyteenyweeny plane I took from Athens to Atlanta to meet my flight to Mobile. So small that I conversed with my pilots the whole way. Oh, and I was the only passenger on this sardine can, so it was a private ittybittyteenyweeny plane ride. For $40, that’s pretty good! As long as your life insurance is up to date…

Upon arrival in Mobile, we ate delicious seafood (inland restaurants, take note, that’s what oysters REALLY look like), drove over bridges and under tunnels, drove through historic Mobile neighborhoods, found our dream home (come on, lottery!), and stumbled upon a neighborhood association soiree where every house dolled up and strung paper lanterns and twinkle lights down the street…breathtaking! I would love to live in that neighborhood. If it were in Athens. I pretty much lucked out in the in-laws department, they are so sweet and fun and I do love spending time with them, and our nephew Lincoln is just about unnaturally cute. That’s just home field advantage, right there.

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It’s about time…

May 25, 2010

For some babies! This is the veryfirst time I have ever had close friends expecting a new arrival, and it is just so exciting. Pregnant ladies are beautiful (y’all ARE!) and I am thrilled and honored to throw my bestie, Kelly, a baby shower to celebrate the impending arrival of baby James David McDonald. Or, as I like to call my future obsession and hug magnet, Baby JD (with a thug-for-life emphasis on the D). It sounds tough.

But before he arrives and turns us all into puddles of goo, we must party! And show him a good time, even in utero. The shower of the century may not be until July, but this party monster has a full schedule and must begin preparations asap. Today I made paper garlands using a 2″ hole punch and scrapbooking paper (god help me if I ever decide to scrapbook…there are way too many fun accessories to buy and hoard) and grosgrain ribbon. Unlike craft projects that become a time-suck, these paper garlands were easy and had that instant gratification factor that I love and need to keep from abandoning a project halfway through.

Many more details of Kelly’s Baby Shower to come, one day closer to meeting my little squish, and one day closer to Kelly officially becoming a hot mama. Enjoy the pics below, a sort of sneak peek, and Party On!

I can decorate the mess out of your house. I can plan you an awesome party. I can make you some flower arrangements that will knock your socks off. But for some reason unknown to me, I have not been able to decorate our condo to the point that I consider ‘finished’. J feels me. So I have embarked on a journey of specific projects, aimed at polishing our ‘in-progress’ abode. Not being able to paint (can I just buy the WALL and not the condo? I just want to paint.) has put a hurting on my ideal plans, but I have discovered vinyl wall art on etsy.com and that plus a few choice items and some new artwork (soon!) will go a long way toward completing: Project Condo.

P.S. – I’m on a plane. Posting. Right Now. Cool, huh? 🙂

Sweet Thirteen

May 8, 2010

As partial as I am to the number 13, it seems only fitting that we have had an epidemic of 13-year-old birthdays as of late. I’m a big fan. The kids all want dance parties, which is so much fun and so easy that the little, fun touches are that much more standout! Tonight’s birthday shoutout goes to Larsen B., whose whole family kindly obliged her wishes to dress in the color scheme…sound like anyone you know? 😉 Happy Birthday, Larsen, and Party On!

From top left: Various ribbons in LB's colors, laid out and getting ready to be placed on the birthday cake, which was a large square with very clean edges. Cupcakes in the party's colors and, of course, monograms for that preppy touch. Along with cake and cupcakes, there was a candy station outfitted in matching ribbons with coordinated candies. Balloons in the party's colors finish off the food display.

Saturday’s flower job was for a Mother-Daughter Graduation Luncheon. Since it also happened to be Derby Day (go, Super Saver!), I thought that sweet little boquets of Pink Roses and Green Viburnum would be precious in julep cups and look springy and feminine. Note to self, check borrowed julep cups for tarnish earlier in the future. I am, luckily, one of those people who keep all manner of silver polish on hand, but it was quite the rush getting them all done and making the arrangements in the morning. I may be addicted to the flower wholesaler, which is ok by me because otherwise the ATH>ATL>ATH drive at the crack of dawn would have been torture. But knowing there would be oodles of pretties waiting for me in the big warehouse and then getting to take some home and play made it all worth it.
To finish off the look, and keep the graduates and their mothers in the girly-party mood, I tied pink tulle bows on champagne flutes and had pink sparkling punch, because bubbles make everything better. Up next, Mother’s Day! (Y’all don’t forget about your mama’s, now.)

Enjoy the pics below, have a happy Monday, and Party On!