I’ve been very happy to have my house taken over by guests most of the Summer. I’ve had so much fun visiting with family and friends that now that everyone is gone the house is WAY too quiet. I always want to make my house guests feel as welcome as possible. For some that means having certain foods in the house, and for others it is having the wifi password accessible and a few midnight snacks available.
My sister and her husband stopped by a few weekends ago for a quick visit from Oklahoma. They visited with the cutest nephew on the planet (sorry to all the other aunts out there, but seriously, he is the cutest) and I wanted them to feel like they were going on a mini vacation amidst the toddler, infant, and busy schedule. So, I created these fun, tongue-in-cheek printables to decorate items in our home and small guest gifts for them. I think they were a hit![Tweet “We don’t smell as good as your local coffee house, but we do have free wifi. Welcoming printables! “]
Get your free printables by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. And, if you like them… I’d appreciate it if you Pinned, Tweeted, Instagrammed, or Facebooked them! (Share them easily by clicking on the social network you like to use up on the left of this post!) It really makes my day.
Free House Guest Welcome Printables
- 1 set of Hydrate Printables & 1 set of circles including “Night Cap Kit,” “Midnight Snack Attack Kit,” “Dragon Breath,” and “Break in Case of Shower.”
- Door Hangers
- Wifi Name and Password 8X10 Print
- Click the image above to select your downloads.
- Print your selections on cardstock and cut out. I use a 2 inch hole punch for the circles and scissors for the rest. Attach items with ribbon & hole punches, glue dots, tape, or hot glue!
How I used them:
- Hydrate Printables: I used them as water bottle labels. I attached these with some glue dots. You could also use some double sided tape or cut these into little tags.
- Night Cap Kit: I used these with some calming hot teas by gluing the circle to a spoon and arranging them in a cup. This would also be a great addition to a small travel bottle of liquor!
- Midnight Snack Kit: I attached the circle to a box of snack-tastic goodies.
- Break in Case of Shower: These are fun for your towels, washcloths, or soap!
- Dragon Breath Printable: I attached this circle to a glass holding new toothbrushes and tooth paste.
- Door Hangers: Cut out both of the door hangers around the outside, do not cut the center line. Cut out the two door holes and the small line that allows you to widen the opening and put around door handle. Fold the two hangers in half using the thin line as your guide. Use double sided tape or glue dots to secure the fold. Hang on your guest bedroom door!
I hope you like the printables. I’ll be creating a few more sets with different colors and fonts… I’d love to hear requests in the comments!
And remember, please SHARE if you enjoyed these printables!
I’ve had a few requests to see more photos from a Bike Themed Cocktail Party that I threw a few years back. I didn’t have the best photos unfortunately… the woes of a beginning blogger! But, I thought I’d post some of the few that I had in larger format than they are on the original post. I’ve also added a few tips for how to throw a themed party on an extreme budget! Enjoy!
Three Tips for Throwing a Themed Party on an Extreme Budget:
1. Use printables and/or photographs to drive a theme around your party on the cheap. Photographs can be printed out in a multiple of sizes for little money. For the bike themed party I went around town to photograph bike road signs. I printed some in 8X10 sizes and some in 4X6 sizes and used them throughout the room. Don’t have money for frames? Try backing your photos with a nice card stock weight paper like I did above. To get some free printables that work for bike themed party hop on over to my original Real Party post.
2. Don’t worry about changing an entire space to fit your theme. Instead focus on a few areas to decorate. I like to focus on food and drink areas. Tables where people may put down their beverages are also a good place to focus your decorating attention.
3. Use what you have on hand. This party we utilized the guest of honor’s LARGE bicycle part collection to decorate the space. We also spray painted beer and wine bottles to create vases for the wildflowers we picked locally. We made drink areas utilizing existing furniture and artwork.
What are you budget party tips? Comment below!
Hot summer days and sandwiches just go well together. We recently headed out for a summer time picnic (yep, back there again… I just really like picnics!) and I wanted a couple of easy, but tasty sandwiches to serve. This is one of the two sandwiches I made for the afternoon.
Open Faced Crab Salad Sandwich
Makes approximately six sandwiches.
- 4-6 oz crab (you can use freshly cooked crab or canned crab
- juice of a lemon
- 2 tablespoons of mayo
- diced radishes & green onions for garnish
- salt & pepper
- sliced crusty bread
- Mix the crab, lemon, mayo in a bowl and set into a container
- Spread a thin layer of butter on a slice of crusty bread
- Top the bread with the crab mixture
- sprinkle a garnish of radish and green onions
I served these with a zesty side of green bean salad.
Last week the lovely Macey from Motormouth Studios and Bee from The Spicy Bee joined me and some family to create 8 different cocktails and photograph them for future blog posts . Sometimes it is easy to forget how much work goes behind the scenes in beautiful blog photos.
For this shoot we had a ton of different ingredients and moving light. At one point we had to move the entire table and all of our props to the cul de sac in front of my house so that we had enough light to finish. Of course, it was all a ton of fun as well. It’s work, but it is my favorite kind of work!
Happy Sunday! I hope you all have had a great weekend.
There is just nothing like a classic martini. A smooth, ice cold martini is my idea of a perfect night cap. My personal order is a shaken, dirty and dry vodka martini served up. However, I’m not too picky… I’ll drink them a variety of ways depending on my mood and supplies.
The thing that I learned as a bartender is that there are not a lot of people comfortable ordering martinis. Often people would slide up to the bar and that they’d like a martini and then they’d be stumped by questions about the drink. It is good to know the differences between the terms so that you know what you like. No bartender wants to make you a drink you don’t enjoy.
I’m sharing with you today some martini terminology and my recipe for my classic martini. Just gonna put this out there… there are a LOT of different ways to make martinis and there are a lot of “classic martini recipes” hanging out in the web. I’d say, test them and figure out what YOU like. That is the important part of all this anyways. Also, check back next week where I share some fun variations on the martini.
- 2 oz Gin or Vodka
- 3/4 oz dry vermouth
- shaker and/or long spoon
- fine mesh sieve (or strainer)
- Martini glass (TIP: Throw your martini glass into a freezer for a nice frosted glass.)
- Garnish: olives or lemon twist
- Pour your gin or vodka and dry vermouth over ice in a shaker
- Shake or Stir the ingredients and ice- (I like shaking it because I feel like it makes it nice and icy!)
- Strain the ingredients into a martini glass
- Garnish your martini with a lemon twist or olives- (I’m all about the olives.)
What the heck does all that stuff mean anyways? Well, here are my definitions!
Dirty: Made with olive juice. I start with about 1/4 oz and sometimes, when I am feeling like having a really dirty martini I up the olive juice to 1/2 oz.
Dry: Less vermouth! When I make my dry martini I take my vermouth down to 1/4 oz. Though, if you want very dry just omit the vermouth entirely.
On the Rocks: Served over ice.
Perfect: A martini using 50% dry and 50% sweet vermouth
Shaken: Ingredients shaken over ice.
Stirred: Ingredients stirred with a bar spoon with ice for about 45 seconds or so. This doesn’t “agitate” the ingredients.
Up: Served in a martini glass with no ice.
Wet: This term isn’t used often…. but, just in case you LOVE vermouth this one is for you. This means that you’d like the vermouth upped in your drink.
With a Twist: Served with a citrus twist (typically lemon) instead of olives. Adds a bit of the smell and taste of the citrus oils to your drink.
Am I missing anything? What is your favorite martini order? Comment below!
Right after my skin cancer diagnosis I had the opportunity to meet the owner and creator of the sun safe fashion line SummerSkin. Summer Kramer (yep, that is her name!) is seriously such an inspirational powerhouse of a woman that has really made a beautiful brand of clothing that can also help protect you. I was fortunate enough to be able to sample one of her creations— the Endless Summer Scarf. The Endless Summer Scarf is just too much fun because it can be worn so many different ways. I got the scarf the week before my surgery and had fun creating 7 Different Days of SummerSkin Style for my Instagram feed. Over the next couple of Curvy Girl Style posts I’ll be sharing some of my favorite outfits from that week! Check out all the styles I did by looking up#mysummerskin on Instagram! Check out my summer casual outfit post and my work wear posts to see other ways I styled my scarf!
Today I’m actually sharing TWO different looks I styled with the Endless Summer Scarf... each one styles the scarf in a totally different way. One outfit features the scarf as a shirt. I layered on the sunscreen and donned one of my favorite sun hats to help protect my shoulders and arms. The other outfit features the scarf as a skirt!