2.27.13

Baptism Brunch.

baptism brunch via seejaneblog

This past weekend, KJ was baptized. After the baptism, we had friends and family gather at our home for brunch. It was such a special celebration. By tradition, kids are baptized at age eight in the LDS religion. Because KJ is almost 10, he took lessons from the missionaries and made the decision to be baptized on his own, by his request. I adore his desire to be good, and cherish his genuine, pure heart.

white on white baptism brunch via seejaneblog

To celebrate, I used a white on white theme to go along with the purity of the ceremony.  For brunch we served all of KJ’s favorites – white powdered donuts, a crepe bar with all the yummy sides, and lots of bacon.

powdered donuts

If you watch Downton Abbey, then maybe you have seen the white buntings at a special celebration {i’m editing this, because after a reader comment i realized i’d written a SPOILER ALERT!!!  SO SORRY to anyone who hadn’t gotten that far in D.A!} – this was the inspiration for using as many white garlands as i could! The buntings I used can be found here on etsy, the quality is superb. These white buntings are not your everyday buntings, i can’t say enough about the quality!  they will be cherished keepsakes forever in our family.

white on white baptism brunch

I made my first trip to the Boston flower market to choose and arrange the flowers myself. Using these white mason jar flower vases also from etsy. Each female guest took a vase of flowers home as a thank you for coming gift.

the rhodes kiddos at kj's baptism

baptism brunch menu - crepes

I need to tell you… The night before the baptism and brunch, I had an epic female meltdown around midnight. I’ve been fighting a weird virus for the second time, and all my exhaustion hit at once. After screaming at my husband and promptly going to bed, husband stayed up till 3am making seventy crepes for the brunch. best. husband. EVER.

KJ's baptism brunch

baptism brunch, crepes bar

KJ nutella crepe fan

white on white baptism brunch decor via seejaneblog

KJ's baptism brunch via seejaneblog

So it was… a group of people who all know and love KJ, with spiritual hearts we came together last weekend. celebrating my little man. and that he was, a young man. it brought my heart so much joy to see him proud of his decision. It was good…very good.

12.29.12

a birthday party, for myla.

we had a little party for my myla, just her closest friends and family. myla is something special – she is not fond of too much attention, or anyone causing a fuss over her… she never asks for gifts at christmas or her birthday. which makes celebrating her all the more fun, because she’s so easy to please!

this girl is a creative soul who likes simple traditions. so i mixed a few of our family traditions with a few extra artsy details to plan her party.

to start, i hired a local caricature artist, mike horvath to draw portraits at her party. this was a lot of fun. the kids all loved it! mike also worked with me to design her invitation. i gave him all the details i wanted included to match her party theme. i also took pictures of myla at home sitting on a large birch stump, and sent them to him as a reference. i loved how they turned out! ta-da:

birch-inspired birthday party custom invitations via seejaneblog {some information omitted.}

then, the party! we have a family tradition: whenever we order take-out, we dine on the floor. so, this is what we did for myla’s party. in-between dinner, and caricatures, we also did karaoke! another big family favorite. and! myla’s two requests: texas cake, and a fire.

it was a cozy way to spend the evening celebrating thirteen years…

birch party details via seejaneblog

dining on the floor birthday party via seejaneblog

dining on the floor birch style via seejaneblog

party sodas via seejaneblog

caricature birthday party via seejaneblog

sela taking her turn at karaoke

karaoke party

{husband and son are growing out their hair…}

chasing that neon rainbow karaoke

myla on karaoke, happy day

cherubs fireplace

yarn ball party hat, my girl is thirteen via seejaneblog

party favor jars, wrapped with a yarn ball via seejaneblog

cheers to thirteen, once more, myla-moosey. so proud of you, love you most, xo.

(oh. my… goodness……. i have two teenagers!!! advice is welcome.)

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party details: triangle garlands were here, attached to a birch stick hung with fishing wire and push pins to the ceiling. | confetti system ornaments as cake toppers here. | triangle-blanket for floor picnic {on sale!} here. | all birch logs/stumps purchased here. | birch paper straws can be found at paper source stores, and here. | circle, and triangle-shaped felt garlands, here. | all yarn pom pom balls, made by me. tutorial linked here.  {yarn-ball party hats coming to my shop soon!}    |    lil chevron bags here. | food ordered from here. | texas cake recipe here.

{photos by me, Jane Rhodes}

12.5.12

pomanders

i hosted my annual pomanders party this week. my home was oozing with the scent of oranges and cloves! it was a lovely night.

this is a fun thing to do – have you heard of a pomander? pomanders originated in the medieval times, women would stud oranges with cloves and wear them as a form of sachets to smell good. nowadays people re-create them during the holidays as a festive activity, and then you can put the oranges on display in your home as decorations. set a few in a bowl, hang them around your kitchen… the perk: they smell so good!

how to make a pomander:

  1. tie ribbon around the orange. {this is optional}
  2. using a toothpick or small nail, stab little holes in the orange as a stencil for your design.
  3. press whole cloves into these holes.

advice: purchase your oranges and whole cloves in bulk at costco for the best prices, unless you have a farmers market near you that is still open, you may be able to find better prices there.

gather those you love and spend time with them! xo.

{photos by me, follow @see_jane on instagram for seasonal festivities!}

10.2.12

party animals!

my sela-bella is six today! and i’m not sure why, maybe because she started kindergarten, but turning six has been a big deal for this girl. she’s been talking about it for months! so, we celebrated like party animals!

for this party, i wanted an invitation that appeared 100% custom and unique, but i didn’t want to do all the work myself.  so, this is what i did: i had a mini photo shoot at home with sela:

to make homemade confetti: use a 1″ hold punch + tissue paper colors of your choice. I recommend having the tissue paper folded in at least 4-6+ layers when punching the holes. the more layers the better, the holes will punch easier & better this way. plus, you finish faster!

then, using this card template via minted, i created a two-sided invitation. i was so pleased with the finished card:

the birthday girl! six amazing years with her in our family, and in those six years—much happiness.

as always, on these occassions i watch her a little more closely, sentimentally aware of all the ways in which she’s grown–how she expresses herself, how she speaks to her friends, how she displays both leader and follower traits, manners and a bit of craziness mixed in a way that makes me so very proud.

last friday was a vibrant selabration in many ways. and for that, i am happy.

you know what else makes me happy? our yard, our home, our current place spilling with little & big friends whose names are said many times in our home these days because, at six years old, it is quite obvious that there is a deeper recognition and appreciation for friendship. sela knows their names, who their siblings are, what colors they like, the names of their pets, who is allergic to peanuts, and who is turning six next…

i look forward to many more occasions when these party animals will once again fill the spaces in our place. friends make everything more special.

party details: petting zoo | homemade party hats | little animals | party favors

lots of ideas i collected for this party right here.

{all photos by me, jane rhodes}

7.12.12

celebrating baby sloane.

while i was in utah, we celebrated bex’s baby who debuted in may. i love seeing my friend so happy. she anticipated this little girl with such enthusiasm for so long, and it felt so good to share in her joy for one afternoon…

baby sloane’s nursery is neutrals so i wanted to use the same neutral color scheme for the afternoon – white, natural, brown, and a little dash of pink.

just a few of us got together for a little lunch. i used dandee’s idea here as inspiration for our lunch crates. each crate included: one homemade sandwich wrapped in parchment paper and brown kraft paper tied with a twine bow, a bottle of voss water, cherries, red grapes, gingersnap cookies and a few other yummy treats!

i gave everyone a wine sized kraft bag full of smartfood white cheddar popcorn as a favor. my original idea was to include a little tag that said, she popped! however, i’ve always had a negative connotation towards the word popped in relation to a pregnant woman. it makes me cringe. so, i never got around to making the tags, it’s just an idea – if you are not bothered by the word. ::smiles::

i am so thankful for my friend, a constant support and continued source of friendship. and this little sloane, she is infinitely loved.

{images by me.}

6.29.12

soda bar

Have you noticed the new trend to make your own soda at home? SodaStream is everywhere. For father’s day I wanted to set-up a make-your-own soda bar as part of our party, and use this idea without the soda maker appliance. however, I did use the SodaStream syrups for flavoring.

It was a fun way to serve beverages to kids and adults alike.

take a look:

Using airtight cylindrical bottles, I created homemade labels with this font & applied these to the bottles with gold washi tape.

Next, using a funnel i poured the syrups into each bottle and sealed.

The syrup colors looked so pretty in the jars!

I wanted our guests to be able to make soda or italian cream sodas. To do this, I also added one bottle of half ‘n half, in a glass bottle that was designed slightly different than the other bottles.

I used mason jars for each guest and of course – stripy straws.

to make…

1. scoop of ice
2. 1 oz. syrup of choice {i used shot glass size 1 oz. measuring glasses on the bar}
3. add sparkling water {we used small bottles of polar seltzer water, pellegrino, and perrier}
4. stir & enjoy!

need more syrup? more cream? more ice? make it as slushy, creamy, and sweet as you’d like!

cheers to summer! this would be a fun bar for any 4th of july festivities – happy soda parties!

{sources: cylindrical bottles. soda syrups. mason jars. stripey straws.}

6.28.12

homemade fun

With my kids home for summer vacation, we built this little game a couple of weeks ago. We also used it at our father’s day party. This would be fun to build in your yard like we did, or put it together while camping this summer!

WHAT YOU NEED:

aluminum cans – start saving food cans
bark mulch or rocks
tree branches – time to go on a nature walk
twine + yarn
hammer
nails
scissors
optional: index cards + washi tape

1.  place your tree branch in the middle of a large can, and fill the can will bark mulch or rocks to hold the branch in place. {my daughter myla is a fan of projects, nature, and creating so she was my perfect partner for this activity.}
2.  a sample of what your branch/mulch/can should look like.
3.  build the game frame by adding a third branch on top.

4. using the hammer & one nail, place your can on the edge of a stair or over a 2×4, this will give you a sturdy backing to hammer. You just need to tap the nail a few times to get a small hole in the can, this is where you will string the twin through the can.

5. thread the twine through the hole, i doubled our twin for extra strength.
6. choose the length of your twine by how long you would like the cans to hang off the branches.
7. make sure your twin on each side is even so when you tie the strings around the branch, the can will hang evenly.
8. tie twine together around top branch.

9. because i have competitive little rascals, they requested “points” for each can. using index cards + washi tape, i wrote scores on 3 separate cards and attached them to the cans…

10. last, we made yarn balls for the game. this is where my son became interested in what we were making & joined us. to make a yarn ball, start with the end of a string – tie a knot over and over and over again in the same spot so the knot becomes larger and larger. then, start wrapping the yarn around the ball over and over and over. if it becomes tricky at times to hold the yarn in place, we used sots {sticky little dots} to help the yarn stay in place.

11. using sticky dots, this is also how you finish the yarn ball. cut the yarn string and place the end on a sticky dot. voila! {repeat this process as many times as you’d like, for as many yarn balls you’d like to make!}

6.19.12

it’s time to mingle!

hello there! i am so excited to share some news with you… this past month has been truly exhausting, but lucky for all of us – there is a party on the horizon!

remember this event in February? Well… things have changed just a little {i scooted your cheese over just a tiny bit} and now we are mingle! the name changed, but our vision remains the same. mingle has replaced “utah bloggers.” so, go grab your iPhone-calender-planner-whatever you schedule your life with, and pencil in this info:

look at the sponsors, we are going to have the best party ever!

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+ some of the best people I know are going to be there, and you should be there too….especially if you’re interested in winning one of my personalized subway sign wall art prints in a giveaway. (I’m not above bribery.)

any questions? please send them my way. jane@prolook.com xo.

{images via milkglass & honey.}

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