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Monday, September 28, 2015

A Fun Week

In our house we celebrate a birthday week. It truly takes so much of the pressure off to plan just one perfect day. Since the time my kids were small we try to do something fun and out of the ordinary each day of the birthday week. We might have breakfast for dinner one day and go to the movies the next. An everyday trip to market becomes magical as they pick out food items that they normally don’t have in our house like cocoa puffs, doritos and twinkies.

I spent the weekend hanging four sets of patio lights simply because I want to look out my back door every evening and smile.

This is a wedding set up, but my family puts lights in the trees for's pretty!:

As I mentioned yesterday my Sweet Guy will soon turn fourteen. Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday I was sharing his pirate party. In a happy similar turn of events we are having a nautical themed party on Wednesday to celebrate. I have received so much inspiration from Pinterest.

Nautical Party by the pool! Cute items with links to buy!:

nautical table setting:

Nautical Sailor Dessert Table:

We will have several out of town guests arriving for the festivities and a Gunn family reunion through the weekend. Four houseguests will stay at Storybook Cottage and the remaining revelers are booked at a hotel. Wednesday will include hosting a dinner for 30 and a brunch for 30 on Saturday. I’ve done as much of the prep work ahead of time as is humanly possible.

When entertaining overnight guests, provide a guest tray for early risers. Plus more great tips on being the hostess with the mostest!:

I am inspired by Carolyn Roehm and the charming ways she greets her guests.

Desk space for a guest - orchid, blue water carafe, alarm clock, sharpened pencils, paper - Carolyne Roehm in Veranda:

As Murphy’s Law would have it this is also the beginning of school finals for me. It’s a lot, I know. The Fashionista has taken Wednesday off to help with party prep and Mr. D├ęcor has taken Thursday and Friday off to escort his family around on field trips. I have this image pinned as a reminder to ….

Sometimes we just need to Breathetake it one second at a time..,-inspirational-quotes-9:

I’ll pop in when I can with happy shares.



marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, you do pile your plate full all the time. I've attended some of your parties and I am sure all the visitors will be amazed at how you style a table and serve them. You really do amaze me. NOW BREATHE.

Rita C. said...

Best wishes to you for finals, to Sweet Guy for a great year, and again to you for all your prep work, Laura. Your family will love it all because all is done with love. Hopefully, you'll sail through your finals.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Oh my goodness! That is a very full week! I know that you are well prepared for everything including your finals! Best of luck!

Hena Tayeb said...

those light look so beautiful..
and wow the set up plans look great.. hope you all have a wonderful time.. can't wait to see the pictures.

Auntie Em said...

Love your party theme inspiration! I think that is a marvelous idea for a special week instead of just cramming everything into one day. Enough time to enjoy each treat and activity and appreciate it.
Sounds like your house will be busy. Hope it doesn't distract you from your finals. (Why does everything always happen at once? lol) Good luck with them although as always I know you will do fantastic! :)
Enjoy your company but be sure and let them pitch in to help you out. They will enjoy the celebrations more if they are a part of it and you aren't exhausted and frazzled!
Have a great week! {{{hugs}}}

Vel Criste said...

yES, TIME flies so fast! Advance happy birthday to your son, the inspirations here are all fabulous!

Terri Steffes said...

It always amazes me how similar we are in our thinking. I wrapped one of my two trees in solar energy lites and I love it. I can see it outside my bedroom window and I am in love with it! My darling Ashley will be 30 next month. 30! I can still see her as a baby in my arms. Where did the time go? said...

Sounds like a lot of fun and exhaustion is coming your way. How lovely to be able to host 30 in your home! Have fun!

lynn cockrell said...

It sounds as if you all are planning a fun filled week. Fourteen is such a special birthday. Our youngest grandson is 14. He and his siblings have been through so much with their daddy's battle with cancer. They've had to grow up way too soon, but he still has such a sweet and innocent heart. I hope you and your family will enjoy all the birthday festivities this week!

Lana L. said...

We always celebrate a birthday week too. Hope you're having a great time & can't wait to read all about it! said...

Oh my! Such a busy week indeed! But I am sure it will come off without a hitch and birthday week will be wildly successful! I do love all of your inspiration. Looking forward to seeing how you pull it all together!

Just breathe....


Meagen Russ said...

Would you be willing to share how you made the blue buckets with white rope knots? With the flowers, these are gorgeous and my daughter wants to make them for her wedding. Thank you!

Decor To Adore said...

Hello Ms. Russ,

Your contact information is listed as No Reply with no email address so I hope you will check back here. As I mentioned in the post all of these images were found on Pinterest. But it appears they just simply tied a nautical know around a blue container. You can google or go to youtube to find out the steps to tie such a knot. Best of luck with your daughters wedding!