My beautiful, amazing sister, Jamie, is about to have a baby and I couldn’t be more excited. So, when my mother, Karen Eyer, friend, Sara Landenberger and I decided to throw her a shower to honor her and Baby Isabell, we wanted it to be something she would always remember. We went with a boho chic theme and the basic motto was – the more flowers, the better. Keep reading for more details on how we styled my sisters pretty, boho baby shower.Since this shower was all about fresh flowers, we started by greeting guests with a bouquet of pink roses and hydrangeas, a framed copy of the baby shower invitation designed by Paperless Post and a sign asking guests to leave a note for my sister’s family on custom cards I created. In the dining room, a giant, floral heart wreath was the focal point. To make it, I took an old wire coat hanger from the back of my husband’s closet, disassembled it and bent it into the shape of a heart. Then, I secured the ends with wire and hot glue and added eucalyptus and roses, securing them with floral wire. Once it was complete, we hung it in front of a sheer fabric backdrop. It was pretty easy to assemble and added a big punch to the baby shower. Across from the floral heart wreath, we created a mimosa bar by framing the top of a chalkboard sign with roses and eucalyptus, using a custom “mimosa bar” tag as a table accent and then filled the ice bucket with gorgeous floral ice. To make the floral ice, I just added fresh rose buds and rose petals to ice cube trays, filled them with water and let them sit over night. It was an easy way to add a pretty, custom touch to each drink. In the center of the dining room, we displayed all the food for the shower. From chicken salad croissants, to soup shooters, to lemon cookies, we had a wide selection of foods, but the true show stopper of the shower was the gorgeous and delicious strawberry cake made by friend and desert artist, Amanda Miles of Half Baked Bakery. Flanked by two floral bouquets, this strawberry cake was not only pretty to look at, it was truly one of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever tasted. If you ever have an occasion to order a cake from Half Baked Bakery, you should do it. I promise, your taste buds will thank you! Finally, in the living room where we had presents and a few fun games put together by the lovely Sara Landenberger, we decorated with custom gold balloons that said baby Isabell’s nickname, “Izzy” and of course, another fresh floral bouquet. The day was filled lots of good food, good drinks, precious gifts and most importantly, lots of love and laughter. A special congrats to my favorite big sis on her new baby girl, Isabell. We can’t wait to finally meet her!
Black Friday is upon us and to be quite honest, I’ve never been a huge fan. The crowds, the lines, the traffic, it’s just not my thing. Well, that is for the most part anyway. There is one and only one sale I will brave all the madness for and that is the Anthropologie Black Friday sale. For the past two years, Anthro has done 25% off of everything in the store. Yes, you heard me right, 25% off EVERYTHING! Now, I can’t confirm with 100% certainty that their sale will be the same this year, but my fingers are crossed and I’ve got my shopping list ready to go, just in case. So, whether you’ve been eyeing a cute Anthro top or just want to grab a few Christmas gifts for friends and family, you’ll definitely want to check out Anthropologie this Friday. Here is my current Anthro wish lists for clothing, accessories, decor and holiday items.
Charles and I just returned from our trip to Maine and all I can keep saying when people ask about it, is that is was amazing, because it truly was. The crisp air, the gorgeous fall foliage, the food, the views…it could not have been more perfect. Here are a few of the highlights and places we would recommend should you ever find yourself in Maine.
Our first day was kicked off in Portland with a fantastic cup of joe from Tandem Coffee. Not only did they have amazing coffee, but their pastry selection was also on point. From delicious tarts to muffins, they had a little something for everyone and P.S. – the salted chocolate chip cookies were delicious!
Next it was off to see the sights and oh what a sight the Portland Head Light was. I honestly could have stayed there forever just staring at the beautiful lighthouse, the rocky shores and the calming ocean all day. It was truly beautiful and if you ever make your way to Maine, the Portland Head Light is a must see.
After the Portland Head Light and a long day of exploring the city, we headed to Eventide for dinner. Eventide is a hip seafood joint and aside from having the best lobster roll in town, they also have an impressive selection of oysters. We chose from 16 different kinds and were very happy with the results. I mean, I’ve eaten a lot of oysters in my day and these were probably the best.
The next morning was our last in Portland, but before heading out of town, we hit up a local gem called The Holy Donut. With donut flavors like pomegranate, chai and sea salt, you can’t go wrong, so we got a 6 pack to go and then it was off to Camden.
Camden was charming, calm and like everywhere else we visited in Maine, breathtaking. We spent our time driving around, looking at the beautiful historic homes, driving up to the top of Mount Batty to see Camden from above and checking out the Curtis Island Lighthouse. We also had dinner at one of the best Thai restaurants I’ve ever been to. I know, when you think Maine you don’t really think Thai food, but I thought the same thing until we tried Long Grain. It’s beyond delicious, so if you are ever in Camden, do yourself a favor and eat at Long Grain. It is a small restaurant and it fills up fast, so make sure to make a reservation.
After our time in lovely Camden, we continued our way up the coast. We stopped in a few quant and again, breathtaking, towns along the way. One stop we truly enjoyed was in Belfast when we had lunch at Young’s Lobster Pound. We got the lobster roll and clam chowder and both were wonderful and the staff could not have been any nicer. On all accounts, it was a great and warm way to spend lunch on a cold day.
Next up was Deer Island. We had to drive over an hour out of the way to get there, but I’m glad we did. It might have been a small island, but it was big on views. Just like the Portland Head Light, I would have been perfectly content just sitting there all day, watching the water and listening to the wind. It’s truly a calming place and again, was worth the extra time.
Our final destination in Maine was Acadia National Park. From the Otter Cliffs, to Jordan Pond, to Cadillac Mountain, a trip to Acadia when in Maine is definitely worth it. It was a great way to spend our last day in Maine and the trip as a whole was one that we will never forget. Every turn was beautiful, ever meal was delicious, the architecture, the kind people…everything about it was a dream and if you haven’t been…go!