Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here's what Miss C's been dancing away to the last couple of days
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I was approached by our fantastic chair woman last year if Keeks and Brie would be interested in creating the centerpieces and table favors for the event. That adds up to about 80 centerpieces and 800 table favors!! Keely and I began production back in January with hopes of having everything ready to go before the summer - easier said than done. We finished up about 2 weeks prior to the event and were sworn to secrecy (the hardest part for me!!)
After all the build up with yesterday's post, my camera decided to be temperamental last night. Thankfully a few of the shots did turn out but not nearly as many as I had hoped.
Here is my car loaded and ready to go. 80 handbags in four different animal prints - 20 leopard, 20 brown zebra, 20 black zebra, and 20 giraffe print.
400 zebra print key chains
400 leopard print key chains
Here are a couple of pics of how the tables were set up with the bags as centerpieces - if you had a safari animal under your coffee saucer - you win!
Here is a better shot of the whole table. The key chains doubled as napkin rings and everyone got to take one home.
I even had to run home yesterday and make one more after I looked up during set up and saw a brown zebra handbag being dragged across the hotel lobby under an electric wheelchair! I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried!
All in all a fun, successful night! I definitely felt a little vulnerable last night as we really put ourselves out there. I got a lot of nice feedback and felt great to give back to the school which I love so much. So that's where I've been, my eleven month secret is out and I'm taking it easy today - I'm exhausted!! xo, Brie
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
You have got to hand it to Burger King, they really do have some great ideas! xo, Brie
Monday, October 20, 2008
For once, it was not hard to get Ms. C out of the party. She has ZERO interest in staying for this one :D Happy Monday! xo, Brie
Sunday, October 19, 2008
First off... New England eat your heart out. We have great foliage here in NJ too. I swear to God this was taken at our gas station. There are trees like this everywhere. Beauties I tell you ;)
All aboard the hay wagon
KB girls rule!!
The KB boys search for the perfect pumpkin (these are the freebies that come with the hayride) the kids totally LOVE this part but they are really too small to carve.
The search is over! Operation "find perfect pumpkins" is complete! Happy Sunday! xo, Brie
Thursday, October 16, 2008
PS I'll weigh in on my project runway thoughts tomorrow. Hate to be a spoiler for anyone who didn't get to see it last night (me included) due to the timing colliding with the presidential debate! I avoided all tv and computer until I saw the show. What a nerd!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Roasted Turkey Breast
Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
The spread...... (Please note I never plate everything up like this and put it on the table either. Again it was very nice but WAY too many dishes to wash at the end of the meal, so tomorrow we'll be back to the buffet style at the stove top!)
Apple Crisp from Susan Branch's Heart of the Home Cookbook - so good and perfect for me because I stink at making pie crust!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Peel and slice 4- 5 apples
Place them into a buttered casserole dish
in a separate bowl mix
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1/2 cup of flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup of softened butter
3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
and crumble all over the top.
Bake for 30 minutes and serve warm with vanilla ice cream! I am off to the gym to work off this fabulous meal :) xo, Brie
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Little Bo Peep and the sheep. I'm loving the mask! We went to a Halloween party in this and Keely proceeded to shed cotton balls ALL OVER the poor hosts' house! Caitlin as Minnie Mouse - Caitlin used to love to cut her own bangs with little school scissors... can you tell?
Slightly frightening.... and yes that is a feathered roach clip in my hair. Someone gave those out as BIRTHDAY PARTY FAVORS in 5th grade. I had no clue what it actually was!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I actually loved these old Ben Cooper vintage costumes and was the proud owner of several. Buyer beware though, those masks are fragile. Too much "pre" Halloween fun with them might mean you will not have a mask to wear on the big night!
Usually my parents made Keeks and I duo type costumes when we were little. Minnie and Mickey, Little Bo Peep and a sheep, and a coffee can and a piece of toast - ok the last one was a little weird - I think those might have been "chosen" for us b/c I don't know many 7 or 8 year olds who actually want to be a can of coffee for Halloween, but when all was said and done it was one of the cutest ever. Hey dad can you scan some of those old pics when you get a chance?!?!
When I was in 7th or 8th grade my best friend Nancy (who I have recently been reunited with on facebook!) and I dressed up like wind up dolls. We went to good will and got some poofy looking square dancing dresses. Did the rosey cheeks and big fake eyelashes and my dad made us big wind up keys made of tinfoil for our back. Super cute!
We are trying to decide what we will all be in this house for Halloween 2008. My suggestions are usually met with dirty looks or rolling eyes. In the past I have made some costumes and also embellished some store bought costumes with homemade touches. Here are a few from Halloween Past
When we peruse the online costume shops I am horrified by what I see especially for the girls/women! In the famous words of Michael Kors on Project Runway... slutty, slutty, slutty!
First up and no surprises is the French Maid. The French Maid has been s to the third power for as long as we can remember. Is anyone ever her? Honestly?
Next up we have some new "s cubed" twists on some of the classics - the look in a word? Charming!
In the mood for some sexy versions of some childhood favorites?Minnie is that you?
Raggedy Anne has matured! No?
And last but not least.... nothing says we support our troops like this little number
Honest to goodness - the catalog calls her sexy special mission lady. Hmmmmm
I don't know if it's because it's cold here in NJ on October 31st or simply my lazy nature not feeling like working out for 8 years to prepare to squeeze into one of these or maybe I'm just shy..... but here's what I'm thinking of being this year
This shirt + this wig = one of my favorite movie characters EVER! Can you guess who it is? If you can, you have great taste in movies!
Hope your Halloween is an eleven! xo, Brie
It might also be fun to scare the bejeezus out of unsuspecting trick or treaters by opening the door wearing this..