Easter Table

While I love any chance to host a holiday meal at our house, Easter just isn’t going to happen this year.  We’re busy getting everything ready to build our pergola, Rhett and I are sick, and Danny works on Saturday which leaves no time (or energy!) to get everything around.  If I was going to host, our table would look a little something like this.. If you’re looking for a last minute tablescape idea, use this one and send me a picture of the end result!


latte bowls | salt & pepper | napkin | floral runner  | candles  

Of course I wouldn’t have that many people to feed, but I loved that floral runner! I think it’d be super easy to replicate on a small scale with eucalyptus & any flowers in similar colors.  I’d dye eggs in a lilac shade and letter on each person’s name to make place cards! On the menu would be a ham, deviled eggs, brussels sprout salad, cheesy potatoes, bunny rolls, and for dessert we’d have these cupcakes. And who can forget a festive drink!? A grapefruit mimosa sounds delicious! Instead, we’ll be brunching at the in-laws and likely have leftovers for dinner at our house because well, I can’t win them all!   lilac watercolor bunny.jpg

Baby’s First Easter Basket


Mamas like me live for the day that they get to become the tooth fairy, santa, and the easter bunny. I know there’s a huge debate on how long these imaginary figures are played out for children, but this time is the first so we can save all that hoopla for another day. 

I keep going back and forth on whether or not to get Rhett a traditional monogrammed basket that he’ll use every year for collecting eggs, or if I’ll switch it up and go a little more modern. I’m leaning toward modern because then I could use the basket around the house for the rest of the year, but I hate that it doesn’t have a handle on top! For inside, I’ll likely always include one big ticket item, a book, a toy & of course treats!


You know I’m always into a festive pajama but damnit there are no cute bunny prints for boys.. why must the girls have all the cute things?!  Thankfully there’s a little saving grace with this cute Easter bunny sweatshirt and hat.  And the egg hunting for Rhett this year will likely be more of a “picking up from plain sight” than “hunting” so I’m thinking we’ll use the original plastic colorful ones to draw his attention! And if you have a little girl.. you HAVE to get those bunny ears up there from Target and deck them out with faux flowers like this mama did; genius & so precious.


First Birthday Party Inspiration

Today I thought I’d share some first birthday party inspiration with you.  I have my mind set on not necessarily a “theme” but using lots of white, greenery, navy blue & natural woods.  I’m also going to use our rhino collection as part of the decoration.  I have a secret board started on Pinterest, but that’s a whole slew of pins that’ll get whittled down eventually so here are a few that most represent the direction I’m thinking..

images via pinterest

For the Invitations: I designed the one seen above on Photoshop, so I’ll have that printed to fit an A6 envelope.  Then I plan to get navy blue envelopes and use a white gelly roll pen to hand letter the addresses.  I will also print stationary cards at the same time that have his monogram at the top so that he can “write” his thank you notes and I thought it would be fun to have a few sitting out for our family to write him a short note.

For the Decorations: I decided not to do a theme for a few reasons, but really it boils down to just being a lot of work.  I will use things we already have and a purchase a couple things special for the party that I can use afterward around the house so it’s a win-win. I don’t think Rhett will mind ;).  However, as you may or may not know, I did photography for families prior to having Rhett so I’m no stranger to planning a first birthday session.  I do want to make it a priority to plan his session just as I would for a client & then print the photos to display at the party! I’m thinking we’ll go out in the woods somewhere he can romp around & I’ll get a few shots that will coordinate.

For the Food: I’m not going to spend forever in the kitchen or expect anyone else to, so we’re having a DIY BLT bar with sides of cold pasta, fruit, veggies and of course dessert.  I will make everything the day before so all I will have to do the day of is set it out. I really like the look of that galvanized cake plate so I think I may get one of those to put his smash cake on.  And there are many chocolate lovers in the family so I thought the party guests could either have my mom’s texas sheet cake which is a breeze to make or this fun s’mores cake if I’m feeling adventurous.

For the Entertainment: If Rhett smashing his cake and opening his presents isn’t enough entertainment I don’t know what is! haha.. but I’m planning on our pergola being finished so we can be outside (weather permitting) to make things simple.  Also, it’ll be quicker and easier to clean up the mess after!

For our Outfits: This will be another day in our lives that we’ll be taking a few hundred photos, so I want to put at least some thought into what we’ll wear. I like both of these outfits for Rhett, so it’ll likely come down to what we have that fits at the time.  The suspenders on the shorts would be cute for pictures with the smash cake (and no shirt), but I really like the green rhino sweatshirt, too! Danny won’t wear shorts that short but that’s his typical summer outfit- khaki shorts and a shirt, so I’ll just get him an olive tee & he’ll be set.  The floral romper for myself I’ve always loved so I thought it’d be pretty for the color in photos & to wear for the rest of the summer!


Ultimately we’re throwing this party to celebrate Rhett & that’s what it’ll be about when it’s all said and done.  He has brought so much joy into our family that the saying “you won’t remember what life is like without him” gets more and more true everyday.. but we wouldn’t wish for those days back anyway.