Jun 12 2018

Miles’ Camp Themed 1st Birthday Party

Oh did I have a blast planning Miles’ first birthday party! I decided on a Camp Theme, “Camp Miles” and we held it at our home, which I felt would make it special and intimate and allow me lots of creative freedom.

I went with a color scheme of greens, pops of gold, and black and white plaid to give off a campy vibe. I incorporated greenery, vines and wood signs into every nook and craney of our home.  I loved added DIY touches everywhere I could. I wanted each kid to feel special and the party to be totally unique to Miles.

We had Music Man Dave come to play camp songs, the The Meanie Weanie Hot Dog Truck was dishing out amazing gourmet hot dogs (the mac & cheese was a huge hit!) and we had Suzy from Lumi Photography there to help us capture all of the special moments.

1st Birthday Camp Sign

Camp Birthday Party Wood Sign

Woodland Backyard Birthday Party

Camp Themed Birthday Party Centerpiece

Camp Themed Party Dessert Table

Camp Themed Birthday Dessert Table

1st Birthday Party Marshmallow Smash Cake

Camp Themed Birthday Cookies

Green Highchair Banner Cake Smash

DIY Camp Themed Favors

DIY Camp Themed Favors

Miles Parker Schey Camp Birthday

Miles Parker Schey Camp Birthday

 

Camp Party Banner

Camp Party Decor

Camp Party Trail Mix Bar

Adult Bug Juice Camp Party

Camp Themed Bar

Camp Themed Buffet

Arts and Crafts Station Camp Party

Kids Snacks Camp Party

 

Miles Parker Schey Birthday Party    Camp Theme Party Backdrop

Camp Themed Cake Smash Marshmallow

Camp Themed Cake Smash Marshmallow

We DIY-ed a majority of the creative elements and then found some great Etsy shops for the rest. For things like linens and tableware, we found great deals on Amazon.

Banners: Camp Miles sweet table banner, camp miles fireplace banner and highchair banner from HouseofHooray on Etsy

Balloons: green balloon bouquet from Party Dialect, and I added in gold orbs from OhShinyPaperCo and the 36 inch green balloons were from BlushBazarre. I added on the green garland.

Sweet Table: marshmallow smash cake and cookies from Love and Buttercream, s’more and nutella donuts from Donut Bar Detroit and mini teepee from TenesseeTeeppes 

Tableware: Bear plates and napkins by Meri Meri, bark cups from SteshaParty, woodland bear sippy cups from Amazon, palm leaf plates and silverware from Amazon, black + white plaid napkins from Zazzle, birch straws from Amazon

Arts and Crafts table – wood rounds from Michaels, stickers from target, signs DIY-ed

Favors – DIYed using mini gable boxes filled with gummy worms, camp patches, s’more trail mix and camp themed bubble wands 

Trail Mix Bar – Happy Camper Bags from HHPaperCo, plastic bins from Oriental Trading, teepee from TenesseeTeeppes, sign was DIY-ed

Greenery: Used everywhere, hung on garage, on balloons, on staircase, around signs. All from Amazon

Huge Brown Bears: Amazon

Teepee in Basement: faux felt firepit from TheHomespunMarket 

Linens: Black + White Plaid tablecloths from Amazon

Pennant Flags: DIY-ed

Wood Slice Signs: DIY-ed

Cake Stand: DIY-ed

Happy Camper Sign: DIY-ed

Favors: Name Pennants, s’more trail mix, labels DIY-ed

Arts & Crafts and Favors Hanging Banners: DIY-ed

Wood Photo Hanging: DIY-ed

Water Bottle Labels: DIY-ed

Adult Bug Juice sign: DIY-ed

Mason Jar Centerpieces: DIY-ed

Outhouse Sign: DIY-ed

Hot Dog Cart Outside Sign: DIY-ed

Again, thanks to Lumi Photography for all these shots. Feel free to reach out if you want more info on how we DIY-ed everything.

 

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Nov 11 2013

Movember // Mustache Gift Guide

mustache, movember, gift guideIn honor of Movember and our support for the moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises awareness and funds for men’s health, TGI has created a mustache gift-giving guide of our favorite mustache gifts. Give your Mo Bros the most fitting mustache inspired gift this month!

Personalized Mustache Pillowcases

Personalized Mustache & Lips Set, Fun gift for a bridal shower. $24.99

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Mustache Flask 

Aviator mustache “burlap” flask. Fun gift for the bridal party. Durable & waterproof. $18

mustache, movember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mustachioed Straws

Now you can drink & look like somebody’s daddy all at the same time. Six reusable clear bendy straws & 6 snap-on mustaches. $9.99.

mustache, movember

 

Bike Stache

BikeStache: Every bike can use some facial hair.  This manly bike accessory attaches with easy to use velcro straps (included). $8.99.

mustache, movember

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Oct 18 2010

Creative Gift Ideas for Friends’ Birthdays in Chicago

Traditional gifts don’t always cut it for the girls who have been most important in your life.

TAKER HER OUT FOR A GIRLS NIGHT ON THE TOWN

  • Before you hit the clubs, take her to one of the new trends in the salon industry – they specialize in Blow Dry’s only.  If you are in Chicago – try Blo Dri. They’ll make it super special and add in champagne, cocktails or cake.
  • If she has a sense of humor, take her to a burlesque or tranny show, if you are in Chicago check out The Baton Club
  • Throw her a surprise party or a surprise dinner – add in some fun extras like these funny/inappropriate Happy Fing Birthday Hats ir.gif
  • Or this way-chicer-than-average pinata.

MAKE HER SOMETHING

My personal favorite idea for making your friend feel as special as she is – make her something that she will cherish forever.  While I have been a fan of this idea since long before digital camera’s – now, your macbook can make it easier than ever.

  • Make here a comic book w/ comiclife on yourmacbook with quotes from all the girls.
  • Make her a photo flip book she can carry on her keychain
  • Make her a Photo Book from Picabooshow.gif
  • Make her a customized Jenga set – on each cube write something that you and your girlfriends must do when you pull out the block – chug a beer, text your ex, etc.
  • Make her a book filled with reasons you love her (make it even more special and have the number of reasons be the age she is turning).

HIT THE BEAUTY BAR

A few of my girlfriends surprised me for my birthday this year by taking me to The Beauty Bar.  It’s a trendy and fun place to take any girl who loves her martinis and mani’s – both of which are included in the price of one delish (but strong) Beauty Bar Martini.  The sparkly teal walls, the dance floor in the back and the completely beauty inspired hipster scene make it a perfect spot for a girls night out.

Beauty Bars are currently in Chicago, New York, San Fran, LA, Texas, Vegas and Denver.

http://www.thebeautybar.com

TAKE HER BY SURPRISE

If your bestie is someone who loves surprises, give her what she wants on her birthday and don’t give her the slightest clue of what you are doing. Kidnap her, blind fold her and then take her to do something she wouldn’t normally do.

  • Beer/wine making class
  • Tarrot card reader/hypnotist
  • Mani’s and Pedis at a BYOB nail salon
  • Cooking Class
  • Surprise brunch (mimosas and bloody’s included)
  • Talk to some of your out of town friends and family, arrange for them to come in town for her big day
  • Take her to a comedy show – try Second City in Chi.

The key to this one is knowing what she likes. Make sure to pay attention a few weeks before her birthday – is there anything she’s been dying to do? A place she’s been dying to try? It’ll be even more special if she knows you’ve been thinking of her.

LAST MINUTE?

Send her a birthday cake overnight – Gourmet Birthday Cakes from Bake Me A Wish!show.gif
Give Her a Gift Certificate From Experience Days and Let Her Pick – Shop-XD-Memorable
Everyone loves flowers – ProFlowers – Send ProFlowers starting at $19.99

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Sep 20 2010

Give The Coolest Monogrammed Goods Out There

IOMOI has the cutest, coolest and chicest monogrammed goods around.

Perfect for housewarming gifts, wedding gifts or gifts for your bridal party.

My personal favs are the lucite trays, the ice buckets and the coasters.

IOMOI

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Sep 10 2010

Etch-It Party Cups

A pretty brilliant idea…

Plastic cups with a label that you can use your finger to etch in your name.

Totally eliminates everyone at the party loosing their drinks every 15 minutes.

$8.00 for a pack of 32

www.etch-it.com

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Aug 27 2010

Relax. Do Good.

I’ve had the pleasure of talking to the guys from Yellow Leaf Hammocks and they seem about as wonderful as their business plan.

They started the company when they took a trip to Thailand, fell in love with these hammocks and decided to find a way to bring them back to the States. All while supporting the Miabri people who make them.

They have the most vibrant, fun colors and a variety of hammock styles.  Makes me wish I lived somewhere with a yard to put one in.

  Check them out for yourself.

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Aug 25 2010

St Louis Gift Shop Guide – Cassie’s Scents

Cassie Fragrance is a boutique in St Louis where you can mix your own scent.

Not only that, but you can use their scent for perfume, or even body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.

They also have beautiful empty fragrance bottles that you can put a customized fragrance in to make a beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift.

Cassie’s Scents

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Aug 11 2010

Remote Controlled Cooler

How nice would it be to be able to sit by the pool and not even have to get up to get your second, third, or fourth beer?

Pure. lazy. bliss.

This remote controlled cooler is about to be your new best friend.

Interactive Toy Concepts R/C Cooler

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Jul 23 2010

Artful Heirlooms – Make A Caricature of all your Besties

I had this caricature made in 2003 for all my best girlfriends when they graduated high school and we still all have it hanging on our walls!

Artful Heirlooms makes custom caricatures for any group or individual you’d like.

All you have to do is send in a few pictures and they will draw a fun and humorous sketch of all your favorite people!

www.artfulheirlooms.com

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Jul 6 2010

Carry Goods Like A True European

These bags by a German company, reisenthel, are perfect for grocery shopping, picnicking and carrying just about anything.

They come in lots of fun designs and colors and when you are done using it you can just fold it down flat and store.

You can purchase at Touch Of Europe

Touch Of Europe

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