Friday, March 24, 2017

Easter decor.

I updated my Easter décor with a few things from Target this year.. I bought a new banner. I loved the pink tassels and golden letters. I also bought the turquoise "happy" sign and the pink striped egg.
 I love having this felt board to put up quotes or scriptures for each holiday.
And there you have it.. Easter can officially come our way now. Can't wait. It's one of my very favorite holidays.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ren's baptism.

Turning 8 is a big deal around here. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in our faith, when you turn 8, you are old enough to choose to be baptized. I wanted my son's baptism to be simple but still beautiful. I also wanted it to feel somewhat masculine, as he's a boy and wouldn't want it to be overly pretty. Haha. My sister, Jaime, designed the invite for me. I loved how it turned out. I had her use the colors white, green, and brown, to match the background of the photo. And those colors inspired the rest of the baptism's decorations and feel.
I saw a similar print on pinterest like this one, and Jaime changed the font and colors a bit to match the scheme I was going for. (One of Ren's favorite songs is one called "I Am A Child of God", so I thought it'd be nice to print this out and frame it for the table.)
I found these small golden CTR shields online as well and printed them out for favor bag tags. (CTR stands for Choose The Right, which is something we talk about a lot with kids in our faith.)
 I bought these birds at Hobby Lobby. Jaime helped me cut the tail a bit on one, and I put it in the florals on the food table to represent the dove that the Holy Ghost descended as after Jesus was baptized.
I like to gather things together to get a feel for how I want the table to look. Then I refer to that picture when I'm out buying things to make sure what I get is the right feel and color.
The day before the baptism, I went to Trader Joe's for flowers and greenery. I always find great stuff there. And I fell in love with these!!
 I used a few wooden serving trays (both are from Target) for the food and gift bags, as well as a tiered cake stand that I got at Hobby Lobby. The plates are from target, and the golden frame is from Hobby Lobby. Here's the table after it was all set up... I forgot to take the plastic wrap off of the yummy cocoa rice krispy treats my friend Shannyn made before taking the pics! Oh well.
 I used Jaime's recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins. They were so delicious! I put a burlap runner down the center of the table, just to add some texture and to break up all the white.
I loved how sweet the dove looked sitting in the greenery.
I spray painted the R, E, N letters white and tied a bit of twine around the R.
 The favor bags for the kids were filled with some of Ren's favorite things: pretzels, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. (Ren doesn't like chocolate, but I figured the other kids there would enjoy it. I made a chocolate free bag for Ren.)
 I made a Chatbook for Ren that was filled with a bunch of pictures of him and each had a different description to go with it, like, "I am kind", "I am a brother", "I am creative", etc. The last few pages said, "I am a child of God. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am part of a family who loves me. I am a great many things. I am Ren Andrew Wallace."
I got some metallic markers for everyone to sign the book with, so Ren would remember who came to his baptism.
Before it started, I got some pics of Ren with Jason and with the family. Jason baptized Ren, thus the white jumpsuit.
The whole fam.
It was a beautiful day, and I loved how the decorations and details highlighted it as so. We love our Renner man and are so happy for him!