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Mini Sailboats

11 Jul



This project is from last fall, but it's so perfectly summer. We designed and built these wooden sailboats with colorful paper sails to decorate the pool in the background of my sister-in-law's nautical baby shower. Now, as we approach yet another hot and sunny weekend, swimming pools and boating are both on my mind! [...]

Baptism Cross Cookies

4 Mar



We welcomed my little nephew James into the Catholic Church on Sunday! He is an incredible blessing to his parents and to our whole family, and we were so thrilled to celebrate with all the amazing people who love him! [...]

Irish Flag Marshmallow Pops

1 Mar



It cracks me up that kids find anything on a lollipop stick absolutely irresistible. I can't help but notice it at parties over the last couple years, especially as desserts in pop-form have become so popular! [...]

Raspberry and Custard Crepe Cake

13 Feb



Since this is the week of pink and red desserts, I thought I'd share my crepe cake from the baby shower I hosted back in June. [...]

Initial and Heart Sugar Cookies

10 Feb



We already know that I'd be lost without my letter cookie cutters (exhibit a and b), but here's another project to confirm it! I made these initial and heart sugar cookies for a sweet cousin-in-law's bridal shower over the weekend. [...]

Saints Valentine and Germain

4 Feb



Here's a ruby red (er, pomegranate red) drink to dress up your Valentine's Day party or date night! [...]

Ocean Ombre Petal Cake

2 Jan



Today is baby James's birth day! And since it's a birthday, let's have cake! Even though I intended to have all baby shower posts completed before James's arrival (ha!), I'm celebrating his birth by sharing the details from the petal cake I made for his nautical shower (and ooh-ing/ah-ing over photo texts!). [...]

Sand Dollar Cookies

5 Dec



While you may be up to your elbows in flour, I doubt this is the holiday cookie recipe you've been looking for! But hey, if we can have Christmas in July, maybe we can bring a little July to Christmas? [...]

Message in a Bottle Shower Activity

25 Nov



I hesitated to set up this Message in a Bottle activity at Trish's nautical baby shower, as I had already sent out Message in a Bottle invitations. But what the heck — it's such a cute and easy idea! [...]

Sail Boat Napkins

13 Nov



When my wife decided to throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, she asked me to make boats out of paper napkins. What do you mean, boats out of napkins!? Ummm, napkins (especially paper ones) definitely do not float. However, it turns out that for hundreds of years, people in Japan have been successfully turning paper into all sorts of things, including boats . . . Origami! Of course! [...]