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Medusa and a Juggalo walk into a bar . . .

Soooooo we had a Halloween Party! I know it’s basically Thanksgiving (Christmas if you take a look around the retail world, but don’t even get me started) but I haven’t sat still long enough in the last two weeks to edit these photos so you’re getting them today. Happy Hallogiving!


We almost didn’t have a party this year. Halloween was on a Thursday and the University of Arkansas’ homecoming game was on a Saturday, so that left approximately 24 hours to host a party sandwiched between two other parties. I went as Medusa in what is the least homemade of any costume I’ve ever worn in my 26 years of costumes. Seriously, sometime I’ll tell you about the handmade Belle gown my mom made me in elementary school when I was obsessed with Beauty and the Beast.

I bought a Cleopatra costume from Walmart for $19 and ordered 48 plastic snakes from Amazon for a whopping $8. I spraypainted them gold and made a necklace and crown/headband with my trusty hot glue gun and a little patience. Jacob dressed as a Juggalo (or a demonic Guy Fiery depending on your pop culture frame of reference) and it was hilarious. If you’re not sure what a Juggalo is, google it. You’re welcome.

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I kept it simple with food a.k.a. the highlight of the offered hors d’oeuvres was a box of pizza rolls.


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Lois won best dressed and most factually accurate costume. Although Miley and the Wrecking Ball were pretty awesome.

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Yep. The above photo pretty much sums it up :)


Melissa’s Bridal Shower


A few weeks after her bachelorette party, I hosted a bridal shower for my sister at my home. I wanted it to be pretty girly and spring-y (is that a word?) so I chose to use hot pink, red, black and white stripes for the invitations and the decor.


 The back of the invitations were black and white striped. I bought several bunches of pink and white flowers and tied vases and jars with black and white ribbon.


I used a few yards of black and white striped fabric from IKEA that I already owned as a table runner and picked up some inexpensive pink, red and striped paper plates, utensils and napkins at Target.


Some of my aunts sent an edible arrangement that was so cute and delicious.


And, of course, you can’t have a shower in the South without some petit fours.


I don’t have a good picture of it, but I made a tassel garland out of pink and red tissue paper to hang in the kitchen,


For the front door, I made a bunch of tissue flowers into a wreath and hung it with, you guessed it, black and white ribbon.

Here’s the beautiful bride-to-be showing it off.


We also put pink and red balloons on the mailbox and I painted a quick little wooden sign for the flowers on the porch.


When the guests arrived, everyone made a plate before we started the games.



Now, I usually am right there with you if you rolled your eyes at the thought of ‘shower games,’ but I think I came up with two that were good ice breakers and pretty hilarious.

First, we played ‘He Says…She Says’ where the guests had to guess who had said each statement.


Both of the moms won that one, surprise, surprise.

Next we played ‘The Newlywed Game.’ Jacob and I had pre-taped Ty’s responses to the questions and we played the video on the television in the living room while Melissa answered her questions. I wish I had some photos of this, because it was seriously too funny.

Then it was time to open gifts!





Melissa got some really nice gifts and I know she’s excited to finally have a fully stocked kitchen.

Before we left we grabbed a few photos on the porch.

Melissa, bridesmaid Emily and myself.


Melissa and me with our sweet momma.


And with her new momma-in-law



Ty’s family lives close by and most of our family is spread out around the country so it was nice to get to meet some of Melissa’s ‘new’ family members. bridal_shower-13
I’ll be back tomorrow with one last wedding post before the weekend, so get excited!

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