Baby Bullis is Brewing!

Two of our dear friends, Meghan & Josh, are expecting their first baby this January. We couldn’t be more excited for them and wanted to celebrate them both. My friend Cassandra and I decided to throw them a surprise couples shower. We were trying to think of an easy place to surprise them at without them being suspicious. We decided on a brewery. Perfect cover for a meeting place to hang out and have some brews. The only downside was for the mama-to-be who obviously can’t drink, but we made sure they had some root beer for her.

Cassandra designed these adorable invitations. If you need a custom invitation designed or would like this one you can email her at brownberrydesigns@gmail.com.

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We decided to stick with the brewery theme for the shower and got creative. For centerpieces, we repurposed some beer bottles as vases and added baby’s breath.

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Cassandra made this amazing diaper cake…some huggies for the mama-to-be and chuggies for the dad-to-be. Yes, she made that custom onesie too that says “Bullis Brewed.’ How cute, right?!

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We wanted to do a few games that would be fun for both the men and women. Our first game was a beer chugging game…out of baby bottles. How appropriate, right? Haha. I found the baby bottles at the Dollar Tree.

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Another game we decided on was Pacifier Pong. Exactly like beer pong, except use pacifiers in lieu of ping pong balls. Only change in game rules: no bouncing, hah!

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A third game we wanted to do was Bobbing for Nipples. Simply fill a metal tub with water and nipples and let the guests who have hopefully had a beer or two by this point have at it.

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We set up a little station for guests to write funny notes to the parents-to-be on diapers. (Side note: the basket is a cheap, plastic dollar store one I spray painted silver.)

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We wanted to add a special touch to the cupcakes to customize the party. I made these bottle cap cupcake toppers with the baby’s monogram.

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And last but not least, we had to do a special party favor. What favor goes better with a brewery theme than a custom koozie? Cassandra made these adorable custom koozies aka “beer diaper” for the guests to remember the celebration. How awesome did they turn out?

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Well that’s a wrap. Cassandra and I had a blast planning this couples baby shower and the parents-to-be had a fun time as well! We can’t wait to meet our newest buddy, little JDB!

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¡Brunch Fiesta!

Who says you can’t fiesta in the morning?! Today I am sharing with you a Brunch Fiesta. Combining two of my favorite things that bring people together: brunch and mexican food! I love thinking outside the box when it comes to hosting. Hosting doesn’t always have to be a dinner or cookout. Sometimes it is fun to mix it up a little!

I created this colorful tablescape using these fun napkins, galvanized metal chargers, plates and a variety of glasses. The great thing about using a variety of colors is you don’t have to worry about things matching perfectly. The green yogurt parfait glass is actually a votive candle holder from Michaels. Love when I purchase multi-use items. (High-five to myself.)

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When you are on a budget, you want your dollar to go as far as possible. While flowers are a beautiful centerpiece, that’s their only purpose. I love using food for my centerpieces. It looks pretty and I can eat it. How’s that for repurposed?! For this specific centerpiece, I used a combination of limes and oranges in a large vase. And sticking with the mexican theme, 2 bunches of cilantro in a vase for some greenery. (P.S. Cilantro is an affordable centerpiece as well, only $0.99 for 2 bunches!)

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For the main course, I served Breakfast Burritos. You can serve these two ways: pre-made or buffet style. For buffet style, I recommend setting up a designated burrito making station where guests fill and make their own burritos. Your ingredient options can be endless! Eggs, bacon, sausage, peppers, onion, salsa, guacamole, avocado, green onion, cilantro, greek yogurt, black olives, etc. Buffet option would definitely be easier if you have several guests. My Spicy Breakfast Burrito recipe can be found here.

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For a side dish I served bacon and for my brunch dessert a Mango Yogurt Parfait. Every brunch needs a sweet treat to finish with!

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And let’s not forget about the most important part of a fiesta, the margaritas! For brunch, I recommend serving this oh so amazing Margarita Mimosa! Seriously, this drink alone is worth hosting a brunch fiesta! Cheers!

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How to throw together a last minute outdoor party

It’s that time of year again! Warm weather and sunshine means cookouts, barbecues and all things outdoor. I always feel like summer comes and goes way too quickly so I try to take advantage of the beautiful weather and do a lot of hosting this time of year.

I am all about being the hostess with the mostest and pulling out all the stops for guests, but sometimes, it is a lot of work. And sometimes, the host just want to sit back and relax. I am a firm believer in your guests only have a good time if you the host are having a good time. It can be very easy to get caught up in the details.  But at the end of the day, I think that your guests would much rather you be present in the moment with them. My biggest tip for any hosting is do all your prep work before-hand.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask guests bring a beverage and/or side dish. It is much easier to host when everyone pitches in. Below is a  quick check-list on how to throw together a last-minute outdoor party

1.) Set a theme. It is easy to create a last-minute theme using either a color or cuisine. Making mexican? Create a fiesta theme with bright colors. Having a barbecue? Pick a red and white picnic color scheme. Having a Luau? Grab some tiki torches and coconuts.

2). Buy matching plates, napkins, cups, and straws.. Stick with your theme or color scheme. I can almost always find these at the dollar store. Keep it simple though and make one stop for these. Don’t stress yourself out running all over town trying to find matching items. The dollar store typically has party supplies in every color.

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3.) Set up a specific food/drink serving area. Use a designated counter, your dining table, or set up an additional table to create a designated area. This makes it easier for guests to help themselves and also looks nice decorated with a theme.

4.) Use matching serving platters. I keep my serving ware in neutral colors so they go with anything. I have nice white ceramic plates for indoor hosting and tin for outdoor hosting. The nice part about having neutral entertaining ware is you can mix and match it. If you don’t have a nice set of matching entertaining ware, the dollar store always has clear plastic platters and bowls. You can’t go wrong with clear plastic!

5.) Fill a drink dispenser with a fun alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Lemon/Cucumber/Mint water is always a good nonalcoholic option. There are multiple recipes for alcoholic drinks out there – but go for a pretty display using fruit, berries, and leaves.

6.) Use fun drinking glasses. I keep a set of 24 mason jars on hand for this purpose. Drinks in mason jars are always cute. Margarita glasses, wine glasses or even patterned paper cups always add an extra touch when hosting. Don’t forget your straws, umbrellas, or other drink garnishes.

7.) Use a chalkboard. I always keep a small chalkboard on hand for hosting purposes. Write something on it that has to do with the theme, food, beverage, whatever your heart desires. The chalkboard adds a coordinated touch to the party.

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8.) Keep your food and drinking aligned with the theme. If you are hosting a fiesta, let guests know to bring a mexican-inspired dish and make margaritas for your drink. Having a luau? Grab some Hawaiian beer to serve with your Kalua pork. Always make sure your food and beverage align with your theme.

9.) Create the ambience. Put a Pandora station on your sound system that goes with your theme. Light candles, lanterns, and tiki torches prior to guests arriving. Make sure your home is tidy and clean. And don’t forget to karate chop those throw pillows!

 

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