Muglia Luau

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 AHHHH our long awaited party has come and gone. This weekend was a whirlwind of fun and I am so excited to share all of our party details! Seems like this party was forever in the making. The babes’ birthdays are 7 weeks apart and fall during an extremely busy time of year. Instead of trying to plan and throw 2 separate birthdays (with all the same guests) I hosted one big bash this year! I decided on a Luau since that could be fun for boys & girls, kids & adults. Boy was I right! The party was a blast!

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Lets start at the very beginning of my planning….OUTFITS! I wanted the babes to have coordinating Hawaiian getups in dark colors so they could eat, drink, and play without immediately looking like a hot mess. I found these outfits on Zulily and they were PERFECT!

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I always like to do a little photo shoot prior to a party. I use the pics for the invitations and to have on display at the party. We used Luna Signature and Aleksandra did an amazing job capturing their true personalities! The week I had the pictures scheduled Freshly Picked re-released my all time favorite color; Aruba! This color had previously been discontinued.  When I saw that the color was back I knew the babes needed them to complete their outfits! Giada’s pineapple headband was from one of my favorite shops Wisely Crafted Originals.

 

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 Beth from The Paper Prince helped me with every last detail of the party. I sent her my ideas and she came up with a party plan for me! She designed cute polaroid invites with the pictures from Luna!

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Further into my party planning I found these shirts on Zulily too.

Big Kahuna and Bigger Kahuna and I knew the boys needed these!

 

  I tried to keep the appetizers in theme, but simple. I made cut up cheese, little smokies, Hawaiian style meatballs, and this delicious Cheesy Pineapple Dip with Bacon. All of our guests were raving about it. It was AMAZING!

I also kept dinner super simple and served sub sandwiches ($32 for 6 feet from Walmart-trust me its an amazing deal), pasta salad, broccoli salad, and fruit salad. Having the fruit in little wine glasses made the food line run much smoother than usual. I am so glad I pinned this idea!

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The dessert table was EPIC.

The Paper Prince designed it all and came over to set it all up. I’ve never had a backdrop before and the grass cloth totally made this!

IMG_0249The surf boards were from The Paper Prince and a local artist drew the “Happy Birthday” sign. Her name is Mackenzie and she is truly talented. Find her on instagram @mack131!

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I served Chocolate covered popcorn

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  Pina Colada style cupcakes….

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…and Best Cookies by Farr!

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The party took place in our backyard! The centerpieces were square glass vases (from our wedding!) filled with sand, seashells, and Hawaiian party picks (made by The Paper Prince). I also had a pail of chips on each table.

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…and I found a local friend that had a tiki bar to rent to us! It was beyond perfect!

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I made a super easy “Ocean Water” punch! It was blue Hawaiian punch, lemonade, and citrus vodka!

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 Then….the Kona Ice truck showed up.

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They serve Hawaiian shaved ice and there are syrup pumps on the outside of the truck.

IMG_0165 The kids (and adults) absolutely loved it!

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Later that night I found Ari completely cashed out in his bed. Leftover Cheetos and an umbrella pick are the sign of a good party!

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Thanks for checking out our bash! I am already brainstorming ideas for next year!

We love love love Freshly Picked moccasins! They completed the babes’ outfits perfectly and have generously offered to giveaway a free pair of moccasins to one of my followers! See facebook for details! Giveaway details will be posted 6/15 at 9pm. Stay tuned!

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Babes! I don’t know about you but I am SO ready for this weekend! I’m linking up with Momfessionals again this week sharing my Friday favorites!

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It seems like we’ve spent a lot of time at the Wolcott Mill Farm this Spring. They are always hosting events and the babes LOVE it there! Ari’s preschool all went to the Babies, Babies, Babies day and we had so much fun.

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 Giada just loved all the animals. She wasn’t afraid at all and just got right in there to check them out!

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I got these monogrammed cosmetic bags rom Bright Design Studio and I am IN LOVE. I can’t believe how large they are and how much I can fit in them! The colors are so bright and I can’t wait to fill them up with lots of goodies. These would make a PERFECT gift. I’m thinking Mother’s Day, end of the year teacher gift, or even a highschool graduation gift! What incoming freshman girl wouldn’t want one of these?! Go check out her etsy shop, there are lots of other goodies there!

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I’m not a huge fan of sweet drinks, so Summer Shandy isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But Grapefruit Shandy?! OMG. It is the perfect combination of tart and sweet and is SO refreshing on a warm day. I highly recommend it!   IMG_6077Our pics are IN and I am in full fledge party planning mode! I met with Bethany from The Paper Prince this week and I cannot wait for this Luau to happen!

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Taco Salad. I don’t think I need to say more. Not only is it a favorite for Mike and I, but now we got Giada on the Taco Salad wagon.  It’s a perfect weeknight dinner and lunch for the next day!

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Last weekend we went to our family cottage but the weather was a little chilly for us to play outside. We had no cell service, no internet, and no TV….SO we found a new FAVORITE activity; COLORING! I forgot how much I loved coloring. It doesn’t get much better than a fresh coloring book and a brand new box of crayons!

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Target has out their Patriotic gear! So of course this mama had to get Memorial Day outfits ready! How cute are these getups?

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Last, don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY going on Facebook for this adorable set of pacifier clips from Trendy Stop!

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