Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Party In Style: 25 Stylish Birthday Party Ideas {Our Hometalk Curated Board}

Holy cow, this is fabulous! Remember in our last post I mentioned that exciting things were happening around Our Family Inspired Home? Well, I wasn't just talking about our (almost done) kitchen. I was contacted by Hometalk to curate an idea board for birthday parties! I love hosting parties. So, being asked to put together a board with birthday party ideas was very appealing. Perusing through ideas of such talented and skilled members of Hometalk was so much fun. I am so excited to share 25 stylish birthday party ideas on Hometalk! If you are not familiar with Hometalk, then you need to check it out. Hometalk is an awesome source of inspiration and information. You can find amazing ideas, in addition to asking questions about anything you may have about your home. You "clip", "like", and "share" projects that you love and would like to refer back to later. It's a simple, user friendly site, that may soon become your new addiction!

This cool graphic was created for us by
the Hometalk design team!
Click to view all 25 Stylish BirthdayParty Ideas. on Hometalk!

Here are a few to get you started.

See more of this beautiful woodsy/woodland party idea at Just A Girl

See more of this clever nautical party idea at Clever Nest

See more of this great backyard campout party idea at Tidbits &Twine

Truly inspiring party ideas!
These are only 3 of 25!
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Nacho Bar Fiesta!

Here it is, our nacho bar fiesta! In our last post we shared Brice's birthday party we hosted for him and his friends on Saturday, Pizza Parlor/Movie Night Party. Today we are sharing the family birthday party we hosted for Lexie and Brice, on Sunday. We needed a party theme that would work for both boys and girls, and, also, would work for all ages. We also needed to keep it simple, as we are still working on our kitchen. Since Lexie and Brice love Mexican style food, a nacho bar fiesta party fit perfectly for our theme! Just in case you missed it (in our last post we shared Brice's Pizza Parlor Movie Night birthday party) I mentioned how we were able to reuse the tablecloths from Hailey's Strawberry Shortcake Party 2 and Strawberry Shortcake Party 3. Here, you can see how the green tablecloths coordinate perfectly with the fiesta theme. So.....although most party items are meant to be disposable, don't be so quick to throw them out! Many items are reusable, if you clean them up. I don't like to have to constantly purchase items when entertaining. So, to keep our expenses to a minimum, I look for items that can be reused or can serve more than one purpose.

We purchased sombreros to serve chips and salsa
which added a fiesta touch to our decor.

We already had the plastic plates which we had purchased
several years ago for our sons' graduation parties (school colors).
They coordinated perfectly with the fiesta napkins we purchased.

Yes, a soup tureen can be used for more than just soup.
Here, we used it to serve the taco meat.
We used glass sundae cups we already had
for guacamole, sourcream,
shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese.
We, also, used the metal buckets from our
to serve jalapeno peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

And we ordered this fun festive multi-colored cake.

The party was awesome,
we had a great day with family and friends,
and everyone had a wonderful time!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pizza Parlor Party!

Holy cow, love that we have had another beautiful weekend! Love the warm weather and the bright sunshine! We have been so busy with birthday parties, Easter, bridal showers, weddings, end of school year activities, and, of course, now summer activities that we are just now sharing Lexie and Brice's birthday party festivities. Today, we are sharing Brice's party we had with his friends and in our next post we will share the family party for Lexie and Brice. We hosted Brice's birthday party with his friends on a Saturday night and Lexie and Brice's birthday party with family on Sunday. We did two completely different themes. The party with Brice's friends was a pizza parlor movie night and the family party was a nacho bar fiesta. Since there would be both boys and girls at both parties and, also, since Brice is a teenager and Lexie is a college student, we needed both parties to be gender neutral and great for any age. Brice and his friends get together on weekends and have movie nights. And Lexie and Brice love Mexican style food. Therefore, both party themes fit perfectly! Both parties were kept simple, as we are still working on our kitchen. All of the dishes, serving ware and baskets we used we already had and even reused the tablecloths from Hailey's Strawberry Shortcake Party 1Strawberry Shortcake Party 2 and Strawberry Shortcake Party 3. So, the decor we did purchase was minimal.

The plates and tablecloth are plastic.
We purchased them a few of years ago
for a summer bbq and used them again
for Lexie's graduation party (perfect school colors).
The mason jars we used for Hailey's

We brought our drink buckets in from outside.

We purchased the pizza circle serving trays
and popcorn boxes
from Hobby Lobby and Party City.

We baked chicken wings.

And baked pizzas. We placed the cardboard that came
with the pizzas under the pizzas to protect the silver trays,
so we could reuse them again at a later time.

The kids ate lots and had a great time!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dining Room ~ Putting Up The Walls

Goodness, it has been a very long winter! We are sooooo ready for spring. And as soon as spring is here, we will start working outside. Our plan is to work as much as we are able outside during spring, summer, and fall, as the weather allows. And, work on the inside of our home in the fall, winter, and spring when the weather is not so great. Our goal has been to make our home livable and then later get to the fun stuff. So, this means that many of the projects we started in our home will not be fully completed until later. Today, we are sharing our dining room. Although we, usually, eat together in our sunroom which is off our family room, we have already used our dining room for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthday parties. I love having a formal dining room!

This is how our dining room looked
on the day we purchased our new home.

Chris got to work drywalling and mudding.

Then, Brice helped sand.

Chris primed the walls and ceiling.

Chris and I puttied the windows.

And then, we started painting the windows.

And here's a tip. Chris built 2 T's out of 2x4's
to help hold the drywall up against the ceiling.

Or, you can use it as a balance beam to 
entertain the little ones.....

Here's a sneak peek of our dining room.

And just in case you missed it, you can see how
our dining room looked for Hailey's birthday in our posts:
(Hailey's Birthday Strawberry Shortcake Part 2
Hailey's Birthday Strawberry Shortcake Part 3)

We still need to replace the floor and lighting,
add crown molding, baseboards, and wainscoting.
So, it will be a while before we show
our dining room reveal.
But, for now, it's done.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Brice's Room: The Cleanup

Welcome to Maintenance Monday! Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read, comment, and follow our blog. We, truly, appreciate all of you! Today we are sharing Brice's room. As you know, we purchased a foreclosure (it sat empty for a few years) and we have spent most of our time trying to make our new home livable. So, our focus has been on what we and our home need. Many hours and hard work have been spent on cleanup. If you are new to our blog, you may like to read: Our New Home ~ The Downstairs BeforeOur New Home ~ The Upstairs Before and Our New Home ~ The Outside Before. So far, we have: cleaned up the outside, scrubbed the inside, made the bathrooms functional, repaired the front stairway, added what we needed so we could hook up our stove/oven, washer and dryer, new water heater, gutted the kitchen, added a half-wall, had a new furnace, central air, and all new duct work put in, and so many other projects that are way too many to list. With the exception of the furnace, central air and duct work, we did and do all of the work ourselves.

This was Brice's room when we purchased our home.

We pulled up the carpet.

And, under the carpet we found this.

We cleaned up the dirt.

Then, I scrubbed EVERYTHING in Brice's room.

We still need to drywall, paint,
replace the windows,
decide what to do about the floor,
(it's painted wood)
add a rug, and a few other items.
But he is able to use his room.
So, for now, his room is done.

And, here's a sneak peek of the decor for Brice's room.

Currently, we are working on our kitchen.
Hopefully, we can get to the fun stuff
(decorating/landscaping) soon!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Repairing The Stairway

Welcome back to Maintenance Monday! We have been so busy that it has been difficult to keep up with our blog posts. But, busy is good. We are getting lots done! One of the first things we needed to repair when we moved in to our new home was the front stairway. It was blocked off for safety. We have two stairways; however, the back stairway leads to our master bedroom. So, to avoid all the nonstop traffic through our bedroom, we needed to repair the front stairway.

If you are new to our blog,
you may like to check out our house tour  
when we purchased our home.

This is how our stairway looked when we purchased our house.

The posts were missing and 2X4's were used
to block the top and bottom of the stairs.
They say, "Danger" and "Do Not Enter".

As I mentioned before, the house was a foreclosure
and was empty for a few years.
Someone set a 2x4 under the railing, drove
a nail/screw through, and split the railing.

This is the entryway closet underneath
the stairs. It opens in the playroom/office.

The stairs and rail were already
painted and need to be redone.
After we drywall the foyer,
I will sand and repaint.
Someday, I would like to strip off
the paint and stain the stairway.

What do you think, paint or stain?

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