What you are in love with,what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read,
who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you. Fall in love, stay in love,
I'm the queen of lists. I will write or re-write a list, just to check things off. I find that having a list of goals for the year helps me conquer some fears, and feel like I've accomplished a few small things in the span of a short year. I turned 27 on Saturday, and as I inch closer to 30, I'm realizing that while it isn't crucial just to check things off the list, it's fun to see all that I can do in a year! Many of these things are leftover from last year, but also more than a few are more mental, just to keep my thoughts and attitude in check.
27 things to accomplish in my 27th year
Talk less, listen more
Choose happiness whenever possible
Splurge on a great pair of jeans
Master a yoga handstand
Read 26 books this year
Host a party at our house
Make gifts instead of buying them
Attempt (again) to make puff pastry
Send letters/notes just to say hello
Try being afraid not to try instead of being afraid to fail
See at least one opera (live or from the Met HD series)
Keep an open mind
Make more time to learn about my faith
Make my own fresh ricotta cheese
See a great theater production or concert
Read a large classic novel
Expand my event planning portfolio
Learn to use a sewing machine
Distance myself from negative people, things and experiences
Host a brunch
Make yearbooks for Dan and me
See some classic flims - starting with Some Like it Hot
The annual opening of Cobweb Castle at Omaha Children's Museum is always a fun event. I've been asked for the last couple of years to do a little preview event for the staff to tour the castle and have a bite to eat. I love doing this party, mostly because getting to name the food is fun. For the last two years I've gone the Halloween route, and you can see the 2011 party here.
This year, we have a Pirate host in Cobweb Castle, Captain Charlotte Longbeard! I went with a pirate theme for the party, and it turned out really nicely. The picture quality isn't so great, as the room is very dark and I was using my phone. Enjoy the post, or walk the plank!
Marshmallow Mateys, Cannonballs, and Dead Man's Fingers
Better view of the Marshmallow Mateys (made by the lovely Rachel) in their ship. Cannonballs were Whopper candies.
Fish 'n' Chips, Polly's Crackers and Gold Nuggets (of cheese).
The Pirate Ship of Jewels! Thanks to Dan for cutting the watermelon for me, and to Rachel for making the cool mast.
Our Grog was apple juice and gingerale, but it looks neat in a container like this.
I had the pleasure of attending a bridal shower for my sister-in-law, Megan, this weekend. Her sister and maid of honor Erin hosted the shower and did a great job. I had to sit far away from the food table or else I would have eaten every one of these little taco bite things she made.
Erin had asked for my help in decorating for the bachelorette party later that night at Urban Wine Company. She gave me full reign with the theme, so of course I went all out! Megan is a shoe nut, so I thought it would be fun to play out the high heel theme.
Megan's wedding colors are purple and red, so I went with the purple and tied in black to make it a little more fun for nighttime and "bachelorette-y". Megan also loves bling so I had no trouble glitzing it up with some glitter!
Purple and black centerpieces with a little bling on the tables!
My love for tulle once again pays off.
Main table with "Future Mrs. Albertson" banner
I love Etsy, and I found a seller that was listing custom banners and fell in love with one with high heels. Perfect for Megan's shoe-themed bachelorette! Thanks to Allison from Once Upon A Party for working with me to create this adorable banner!
Purple and black
To continue with the high heel theme, I ordered some paper shoes from another Etsy seller. Lauri from Fresh Cuts by Lauri Beth made some adorable shoes die cuts in purple and black, which I then used to make cupcake toppers and food labels.
Erin ordered yummy cupcakes from Petit's Pastry in Almond, Chocolate and Red Velvet. YUM.
Cupcake toppers (with tulle, of course!)
Better view of the centerpiece.
I found some great glittery things at Michaels to spruce up the table's centerpiece. Halloween is a great time to have a purple and black bachelorette party!
High heel candy
I also found a high heel candy mold and made some candy shoes for everyone to take home as a favor. Dan made fun of me because it's actually relaxing for me to do tedious, repetitive crafting tasks like make tags for 45 of these things!
I had tons of fun designing this table for Megan's party. I'm even more excited because I get to use some of the purple items again when I design the candy buffet for her wedding in October!