04.22.14

A Walk in the Wildflowers Party for Pottery Barn Kids

Yesterday we shared with you all some behind the scenes looks at the “A Walk in the Wildflowers” Tea Party that we styled for Pottery Barn Kids and today we are diving more into the details of this darling little girls birthday party inspiration!

 

The theme of the party all started and was inspired by the Lavender Elephant Tea Set from PBK. From there we decided to bring in ombre shades of lavender and modern rustic details like wildflowers, feathers and textured fabrics.

 

 

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to throw an outdoor birthday party. Hold it in your own backyard or a local park. Plan to allow space for the seating area and desserts table. To create the perfect tea party setting, think pillows or poufs with a low table ideal for small party guests. Check out the “How to Plan A Walk in the Wildflowers” Tea Party all of your own with the weekly planning schedule break down leading all the way up to the event!

 

 

Every tea party needs yummy little sweet treats and we came up with a few perfectly fitting recipes that are darling and also easy to make! Check out our Elephant Sugar Cookies, French Macarons, Homemade Flower Marshmallows and refreshing Lavender Lemonade!

 

 

We loved the idea of playing off the cute elephant teapot, so we created a similar icon that was used throughout the party’s design elements from the invitations to the cupcake and cake toppers to favor tags! Download your own printables HERE!

 

 

We wanted to play up the backyard garden idea and also bring in a touch of a Bohemian feel with a fun guide for making floral crowns for the party guests, a rustic textured fabric and feather garland and our favorite detail… the ombre dip dyed favor bags!

 

 

A homemade cake looks better than ever with this easy tutorial for ombré frosting! And once you have created your cake follow this guide to top it off with a coordinating elephant logo!

 

 

We hope you enjoy the Walk in the Wildflowers Tea Party theme as much as we enjoyed working on it and hope these details and guides will help you recreate an outdoor garden tea party for your little peanuts! Check out this video of our Editor, Megan Bailey, and watch the details of this party come to life!



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04.21.14

Pottery Barn Kids “A Walk in the Wildflowers Tea Party” {Behind the Scenes}

Hello friends! We hope you all had a great Easter weekend! To welcome you back we are so thrilled to share with you some behind the scenes images from the “A Walk in the Wildflowers Tea Party” that we styled for Pottery Barn Kids!

 

Last fall we were flown out to the Pottery Barn Kids corporate headquarters in San Francisco, CA to help style a themed little girls birthday party. We seriously couldn’t have been more excited and honored to be styling for one of our all time favorite brands! We had the best time working with the PBK team and are thrilled with how everything turned out! Our editor, Megan Bailey, used her graphic design and party planning skills to create a customized look  with details of lavender elephants and wildflowers. Our fashion stylist, Lindsey Pinegar, also joined us on set to style the darling party guest models!

 

This outdoor wildflower tea party is perfect for an upcoming spring or summer girls party and we will be sharing some of the details to re-create it here on SLP! For more behind the scenes images and details about how we came up with this concept, head to PBK Building Blocks today to find out more!

 

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04.17.14

Marker Colored Easter Eggs

Ok guys! We’ve showed you how to make some fun and easy Easter treats and how to style an Easter kids table… now we’ve got a different take on coloring Easter eggs to share with you! We know you all have big plans this holiday weekend filled with decorating eggs and we highly suggest giving marker painting a try! You can use any washable markers you have laying at home or go get you a fresh set of spring colors and let the festivities begin! Your little peanuts can practice their artistic skills and you can even give it a try as well! The doodles are endless! It’s pretty addicting and we love that its mess free!

 

There are so many fun and creative ideas out there and here is what we came up with! Also, we would love for you to share with us your favorite ways to decorate Easter eggs. Really, if we could… we would decorate eggs every day! Happy Easter friends!

 

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04.15.14

3 Fun Kid Recipes for PEEPS!

You can’t talk about Easter without talking about Peeps and you either love them or you hate them. We love them in small amounts but there is something sure enticing about their sparkly fluffiness which makes them the perfect treat for little peanuts! Today we are sharing 3 cute + yummy ways to use Peeps this Easter!

 

If you are like us you end up with a few too many boxes of Peeps and they end up going to waist. Well we’ve got the perfect solution… Peep S’mores! Can we just say genius + delicious! These sugary and colorful marshmallows make for the perfect alternative to this classic treat and your peanuts will go crazy over them! We sure did! Just place your bottom layer graham cracker with some chocolate and a peep in the microwave for 20 seconds and then top it off with another graham cracker layer! Get really creative with our recipe for homemade graham crackers!

 

 

We took another little twist on a classic treat with these cups of chocolate pudding and Peeps! This is such a fun dessert to serve at your Easter parties and so easy to make! Just take your favorite chocolate pudding and fill up mini glasses almost to the top with the pudding. Then add a layer of smashed up Oreo cookies to look like dirt. To make edible grass take shredded coconut in a bowl and add several drops of green food coloring until the coconut has reached your desired color. Top off the jar with your grass, a colorful peep and some jellybeans and there you have it! Your little peeps will have so much fun eating garden style pudding!

 

 

This last idea is a fun treat your kiddos can take to their friends at school or in your neighborhood. So simple to put together yet so cool! Add our PEEPS for my peeps free printable tag to a bag with a couple bunny peeps and you look like you have totally got this mom thing down! DOWNLOAD HERE!

 

 

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04.14.14

SLP Kids Easter Party {Table Design}

We are so excited to start this week off and get in the Easter spirit with our styled kids Easter party table top design! We’ve got a ton of great inspiration ideas for you to incorporate into your Easter Sunday table design.

 

For this table concept we wanted to keep things natural with a touch of country. Our color palette was simple and clean with whites and shades of cloudy pastel blues. Create a beautiful setting for a kids table or the grown-ups table by using fresh white blooms with touches of your favorite pastel flowers. Another centerpiece idea is to take a couple of eggs and make a little hole in the top to allow the insides to drain out. Peel away a larger hole at the top and fill with little blooms left over from your larger centerpieces. Use an empty egg carton to hold the egg planters.

 

Wow your party guests by creating a unique and special look with personalized place settings. We used mini blue bowls from Ikea and filled them with fake grass and a placed a hard boiled egg with each kids name on it. So easy to do and creates a big focal point!

 

Every table needs some yummy treats! For a quick recipe take fresh strawberries and dip them in orange colored white chocolate all the way up to the green stem to make a mini carrot look that is perfectly fitting and delicious!

 

We hope our kids Easter table inspires you to create something special for your family this Sunday! A huge thank you to our amazing photographer, Megan Turley, for capturing this party for us!

 

Also check out our kids Easter Fashion looks from this party HERE!

 

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04.11.14

Easter Party Best {Fashion Friday}

We threw an Easter party earlier this week and today we are chatting about Easter Party Fashion! Whatever you have planned for your Easter Sunday we’ve got some darling looks that will have your little peanuts looking their best! We are loving light shades of Easter blues paired with whites and neutral accents. Dresses, shorts, suspenders and sandals all make our list for these spring looks!

 

When it comes to finding cute Easter outfits at great prices we always start with Gap Kids! Their dressy fashion is always darling and classic and they always have a sale going on! Right now you can get 25% of regular priced items at Gap using code STYLESAVE! Another great place to look for Sunday Best attire is Crewcuts.

 

We will be back at it on Monday sharing the Easter table design and party details! Have a great weekend! Thank you so much to our Photographer, Megan Turley, for capturing these little peanuts in their Easter Best!

 

OLIVE’S OUTFIT: Eyelet Flutter Dress | Salt Water Sandals

BENNIE’S OUTFIT: Linen Shirt | Suspender Trousers | Suede Moccasins | Gingham Bowtie

MILA’S OUTFIT: Plaid Flutter Dress | Knee Highs | White Mary Janes

BECKHAM’S OUTFIT: Pinestripe Blazer | White Polo Tee | Slip-ons | Seersucker ShortsChambray Bowtie

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04.10.14

Freshen up for Spring with The Blue Closet

Today we have one of our favorite bloggers, Cassaundra with The Blue Closet, guest blogging for us and sharing her tips for getting fresh for Spring! We just adore Cassaundra and all of her inspiration for stylish mums and kiddos! Let’s get right into it!

 

“Hi! I am Cassaundra. I write the blog, The Blue Closet. Over on my blog we talk about fashion for kids and mama, easy beauty tips, product finds and coming soon bits and pieces of my home decor. I live in Southern California with my hus and three kids, Miles age 8, Ruby age 6 and Leo age 3. Our family is a little obsessed with life. We love to explore and camp and travel and we spend many Spring days at the beach or at Dodger games. However this year we are doing something a little different. We are traveling to a surf resort on the island of Tavarua in Fiji so my kids and hus can surf some of the best waves in the world and we can experience some different cultures while introducing our children to international travel. We are giddy with excitement.

 

Spring always makes me want to refresh and reinvent things a little bit. Spring makes me embrace life like I might not otherwise do. With nature being infused with life all around us I feel the itch to do the same to my family’s wardrobes, home and beauty regimen. Here are my Top 9 Things to do to Freshen Up for Spring!”

 

3. Red Embroidered Dress from Zara for little girls. {see my mama picks for mumus HERE}
4. Ruby’s floppy sun hat {similar HERE}  and Peek Kids Top
6. I love NARS Multiple Sticks because you can through them in your bag and they are not messy! They easily blend with your fingers to brighten or warm up your look and you can wear them on lips, eyes and cheeks. I also like to use a face make up setting spray such as Urban Decay All Nighter, to keep my make up set all day long. When my make up or skin needs a little pick me up, like after a 12 hour plane flight to Fiji, I like to spritz with a face mist enriched with vitamins like this one by Caudalie.
8. Bang Bang Bathing Suit | Topshop Orange Scallop Bathing Suit for Women {sold out online but here is the two piece version} | Tropical Shorts from Zara {sold out}
9. Land of Nod Lamp | I  love bronzers and I have dug through all the best to bring you some of my favorites HERE!
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04.09.14

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring Giveaway

If you are a mom or a momma to be, chances are you have heard of Petunia Pickle Bottom and day dream about wearing one of their beautiful bags! We have been long time lovers of this stylish and sophisticated diaper bag and hand bag brand and we are so excited to share with you one of our favorite bags from their Spring 2014 line! And… we are GIVING AWAY {below} our favorite bag along with their limited edition scarf to one of our lovely readers!

 

We are really loving all of their fresh new Spring Bags and especially love their City Carryall in Union Square Stop. This fun yellow green is perfect for spring and welcoming summer and goes with almost any outfit! We love the subtle floral embossed pattern that creates a sophisticated charm look that can double as a purse. Featuring clever pockets for organization, a built-in changing station and multiple carrying options this is a must-have statement bag!

 

Did we mention the limited edition black scarf in the new Evening in Islington print?! Petunia Pickle Bottom designed this limited edition scarf to celebrate their favorite print of the season and it’s currently only in the hands of PPB employees and not available for sale. How amazing is that?! Make sure to enter below!

 

A big thank you to Megan Turley Photography for capturing a few shots of our favorite bag in action!

 

 

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04.08.14

Homemade Graham Crackers

We’ve got another amazing homemade treat to share with you today! We are talking homemade Graham Crackers and they are so easy and so yummy! We weren’t sure if we would be able to love them more then store bought crackers but they seriously are delicious and addicting! They are perfect for any season or holiday… just use different shaped cookie cutters or cut them into squares! Eat them with milk, smear a little frosting on top, make them with homemade s’mores or just put them in a little bag and take them with you for fun treats in the car!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, chilled & cubed
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor or mixer combine the first 6 ingredients.
  3. Add cubed and chilled butter to the mix and pulse/mix until it resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add honey, water and vanilla and continue to mix until it all combines.
  5. Remove and shape the dough into a flat disk and place on a piece of wax or parchment paper.
  6. Roll dough out until ¼ inch thick. Cut into crackers or shapes. Combine the dough scraps and roll out again to cut more shapes.
  7. Place cookies on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Cool and serve.

 

- Adapted from weelicious

 

ps… our fun Easter cookie cutter is from Williams – Sonoma. Check out their great collection of Easter Bakeware!

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04.07.14

McKall’s Baby Bump {Maternity Sesion}

Good morning and happy Monday!  Today’s feature is a beautiful maternity session, captured by the talented Jacque Lynn.   We can’t get over how timeless each and every photo in this series is.  Motherhood is so beautiful, and what a special gift to have images like these to cherish forever.  Thank you Jacque Lynn for sharing this session with us!

 

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