Harry Potter Baby Shower

My cousin and his wife are having a baby boy later this year and are decorating the nursery with a Harry Potter theme.  My other cousins and I threw them a baby shower last weekend using the same theme.  I dug out some halloween decorations I already had and made a few new things specifically for the theme.

At the front door, I created a brick wall using an XL twin sheet and a large sponge.  I hung it from a photo backdrop stand and cut it down the middle so that guests could enter the party through the “wall”.  I made the Platform 9 3/4 sign using a chalkboard sign I found in Target’s dollar spot and numbers cut out using my Silhouette machine.

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On the breakfast table, I created a Defense against the Dark Arts vignette.

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Our version of a Patronus next to the Dark Arts table.

patronus I made a mobile with flying skeleton keys.  The keys and mobile came from Amazon and the wings were cut using my Silhouette. key-mobile flying-keys

A welcome banner over the fireplace in Ravenclaw colors.hp-banner

Potion bottles filled the mantle.  I found the labels on Groopdealz and the bottles came from various stores – Target, Hobby Lobby and Goodwill.potions

The owl lamp and cage were borrowed from the nursery.owl-cage

A plush owl perched on the mantle.hp-owl

The food table full of Harry Potter-inspired snacks.hp-food-table basilisk-eggsfelix-felicisquidditch-quiche sprouts-veggies butterbeer-cupcakes

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Our family loves these cream puffs, so I put an edible gold dust on them to turn them into snitches.  The wings aren’t pretty, but they are made from melted white chocolate bark.

snitches wandsBertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans
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The Sorting Hat gift area.gift-sorting My cousin made the most awesome Hogwarts Express diaper cake with black and red onesies.
hogwarts-express The Dementor’s Kiss-away goodie bags next to the front door for guests.dementors-kiss

The mom-to-be opening gifts.  I put together a baseball themed gift, with a Braves onesie, a crocheted baseball cap, and little navy shoes with baseball patterned toes.  I used a baseball easter basket as the gift bag.  hp-gift

Exterior Update

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Over the past two weeks, I have been slowly working on changing the paint color of the shutters on our house.  The previous owner had the door and shutters painted hunter green.  They also painted the siding and trim the same uniform tan color, which I hope to address at some point.  Right after we moved in, I tackled the front door with a can of Sherwin Williams Resilience paint color-matched to Burning Bush by Olympic.

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Before the Before:
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Now – two years later – it was time to address the shutters.  I chose December’s Eve by Behr – color-matched at Sherwin Williams.  My ultimate goal is to not only add contrast between the siding and the trim, but to also paint the window sashes a midnight blue-black to really make them pop.  Inspiration found here and here.  Maybe in two more years…

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Small Group Baby Shower

We ended our current small group with a baby shower celebration for one of the couples.  Decorations started at the front door with a chalkboard sign.  I just free-handed the greeting and the buck head silhouette.

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In the living room, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut paper chevron arrows that I sewed into a garland.  The colors were inspired by fabric from the baby’s nursery.Paper Garland

I reused a mustache game I had made for a previous “Little Man” shower.  Everyone guessed the celebrity who’s mustache appears on each picture.  There were 12 photos and the winner went home with a Starbucks gift card.Mustache Game

In the dining room, we hung baby clothes and burp cloths from a clothesline above the drink table.  Per the mother-to-be’s request, we used the gifts as decor so that she didn’t have to open gifts in front of everyone.  I stacked paper accordion balls under the table to add some color.  I also picked up one large gift bag that all the gifts went into at the end of the night.Clothesline

The hydrangeas came out of my own garden!  They seem very happy this year.

This super-cute clothesline was made from the popular baby toy Lots of Links by Bright Starts and some fun boyish onesies.
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For the food table centerpiece, I made a diaper cake with a plush deer topper in honor of the father-to-be.  I placed it on a slab of birch and used a burlap table runner for a rustic feel.
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Each group member brought a dish.  We had veggies with hummus, buffalo chicken dip, baked brie cups, and baby-shower-themed cupcakes.
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Food The night was a fun way to close out two years of doing life together.  Now, to divide and multiply!

Living Room Updates

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I’ve made some big decor change-ups in the living room.  And it all started with our bathroom renovation.

I was on the hunt for some art to break up the large blue wall in the bathroom when I came across this print at Pier1.  I brought it home, but it was way too large for the bathroom.  So we gave it a trial run over the couch.  I decided I liked it there, but it didn’t go with the green accents I had going on in the room – curtain panels I had from when we moved into our first house nine years ago that looked a little washed out in the space and throw pillows in a green houndstooth and chocolate and green floral patterns.

Living 05.05c My next step was finding new curtain panels for not a lot of money.  I found these turquoise panels at Tuesday Morning for $20 per pair.  They are a little long and grommet-top is not my first choice, but they do look nice in the room.

Living 05.05dAfter finding the curtain panels, I knew I needed to find a way to bridge the gap between my houndstooth pillows that I love and am not ready to give up and the turquoise art and curtains.  I found this fun ikat chevron print fabric at Forsyth Fabrics here in Atlanta.  It has turquoise, the same green as the houndstooth, and a lime color on a cream backdrop.  It was on sale, so I bought three yards and had four pillow covers made for the inserts I removed from the old throw pillows.
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It feels like the room is so much more full now even though I didn’t add any furniture.  I guess that is what happens when you bring in big art and rich colors.  All this and I still haven’t found a piece of art for the bathroom.

Dining Room Updates

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When we first moved into our forever home, there was a Tiffany-style light in the dining room.  It wasn’t my style and didn’t really match the style of the house.  For an immediate solution, Bradley hung a brushed nickel five-arm chandelier that I had picked up at Goodwill.  It was underwhelming and I prefer polished nickel, but the one I liked was not in the budget.

We lived with it for two years.  I kept watching the chandelier I liked, but it only rose in price over time.  Then a couple of weeks ago, it popped up on Joss & Main for less than I had ever seen it.  I also realized that it had been discontinued at some point, so all of the vendors that stock it online would eventually not carry it anymore.  So I decided to go for it.  Bradley got it hung for me, and I am really happy with the style, finish and size.  It is the Pembroke 6-light chandelier by Elk Lighting.
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I’ve also changed out the curtains in the dining room for these turquoise panels.  That is a rabbit-hole of a story that I will share when I get around to doing a post about some changes I’ve made in the living room.Dining 04.06b Here is what the dining room looked like before:

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