Sunday, April 27, 2014

Decorating for a Brunch on a Budget

The past few months I have been getting my share of practice in when it comes to party planning.  I will share bits and pieces the next few weeks when life slows down but today I really wanted to post some photos of the Panhellenic brunch that I had the honor of helping with yesterday.

The theme was "Envision."  A local Optometrist was  to speak.  I "envisioned" a speech about looking to into the future and envisioning where I want to be with my life in 5 years.  She ended up talking about dry eyes.

By the time I joined the committee they had already designed a cute little owl logo for the brunch.  I took that as a chance to go with a green and blue color scheme.

I had a $150 to play around with.   I wanted to make bright colored runners for the tables.  The tables were to be 6 foot rounds with white table cloths and then navy blue napkins.   Ikea used  to sell green and white striped fabric by the yard but our store didn't have any when I went to search for it.  I ended up at JoAnns fabrics and bought 10 yards of a waterproof utility fabric.  I honestly don't know the proper name to call that fabric.  Reusable grocery bags are made out of it. It cuts like butter and I didn't need to hem them.  It was 99 cent a yard after all of my coupons...score!

I ordered bulk flowers from Sams.  30 stems of blue hydrangeas and 40 stems of sunflowers yielded 9 small table arrangements and 2 large bouquets to give to the Panhellenic President and the speaker. Warning!  Tracking fresh flowers is not an easy task.  Especially if you have a deadline.  I pulled it off but I don't think I want to cut my delivery date the day before again.  I would give yourself at least 2 business days.  They looked a little wilted but water helped perk them up overnight. 

There were 6 scholarship candidates at the brunch.  I made each of them a set of monogrammed towels for their kitchens and then wrapped those in a clearance tissue paper from Target.

Our house was a hot mess the night before with everything strung out all of the kitchen but i think it was worth the effort.  Everything looked great and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  I won a few raffle prizes that I am really excited about....

Friday, April 11, 2014

March Saturday Finds

I've been slow posting my Saturday Finds.  Sorry.

*If the lack of posts about my finds has caused you any sleep deprivation please contact your doctor. That's a problem.

This sweet little table was found at Goodwill.  I am going to guess it was originally from Target. I put it in our basement next to our sectional. It is very light weight.  I remember my parents having solid metal ones similar to this at their home that I may have to go back and take.  $2.50

 The chair below was $14.  I posted a similar one prior. They are set up in my office area.  One is for my computer space, one for my monogramming, and then I'm on a hunt for one for my couponing/writing area. Yes.  I have a desk dedicated to couponing.  Doesn't everyone?
This was a Sunday find at a local antique shop that I am so excited about... I am really into vintage arrows lately.  Garden and Gun sells them on their mercantile site here. My quiver and all of the arrows set us back $22.  Steal!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Target Wallpaper Fail

I thought it was going to be the best thing since sliced bread.

Last weekend I painted my laundry room a nice crisp Highland Terrier White by Benjamin Moore (its a new Pottery Barn selected color).  It's beautiful!  We had a dark grey on the walls before and the room felt dirty.  The new wall color makes it feel so much bigger and so much brighter.  It's a happier place.

The stars aligned on Sunday and Chad dropped me off at Target/mall in Boulder while he was going to fish.  I stood in Target looking at all of the peel and stick/ "re-positionable" wall paper choices... The home department manager offered me a discount to try the stuff.  I can't say no to a discount.  We all know that.

I decided on this one.  I carried it around for hours patiently waiting for Chad to return to take me home so I could get this stuff on the blank wall of my newly painted laundry room.

2 hours into the project and several arguments later Chad and I waved the white flag in defeat. The edges of the strips of paper didn't match up, there were bubbles everywhere, and there were dirty marks on it from where we tried to smooth it out with our hands.
Look really close to the bottom middle... do you see the bubbley mess???

It looked great for selfies but that was about it.  I took a couple and then ripped that mess off.  Target took it back no questions asked. Probably because I walked in with an armload of wall paper with a terrified look on my face.

Lesson of the day... leave wallpaper to the professionals. If it seems too good to be true it probably is.