A Wedding Shower in Red

The Halvorson House was all spiffied up this weekend to celebrate the upcoming wedding of my wonderful sister in law, Marie. Her and fiance Chris are tying the knot this labor day and we got the festivities rolling with a luncheon shower at my house.

I haven’t done much party hosting in my years, so I was excited to plan a fun afternoon for Marie. I started by designing an invitation based on a design I saw on Pinterest. I downloaded all the fonts off dafont, a free font site and laid it out in photoshop.

Marie Shower Invite

My husband was a huge help and kept the kids out of the house for the afternoon before the shower so I had a chance to get our house and mess of toys in order. The shower decor was a mix of burlap, reds and pinks when I was inspired by this fun chevron ribbon at Hobby Lobby.  I used it to make this door banner so guests could easily identify our house.


The cardboard letters were also purchased at Hobby Lobby and I attached them to the ribbon using Gorilla Glue. I kept the mantel simple with a sign that Marie actually made for their engagement pictures that has their wedding date on it. I purchased all my flowers at Trader Joes which is always a steal, with bouquets costing only $3.99 each!


I designed some fun “He Said, She Said” games for a little ice breaker using the same fonts as the shower invite.


I got a little busy getting everything ready before the shower and forgot to get a picture of the table all staged with food and drinks, but here it with most of the items.


I ordered the poofs for the chandelier from Factory Party Direct on Amazon and attached them using twist ties.


I wrote the menu (in my very best handwriting I might add) using a chalkboard pen.  The pen gives a much cleaner and brighter line than a traditional piece of chalk and really stands out.


Cupcakes were purchased from the always amazing Dolce Baking Company just down the road from my house in Prairie Village.


I purchased the XO garland from Paper Source back around Valentine’s Day.


Party City sells candy by the color, so I was able to pick up some sweet treats to match the decor.  And luckily stain-free as Noah ate a bunch of pink M&Ms and smeared them all over the sofa hours before the shower :)


And most importantly, the beautiful bride. Can’t wait to see her become Mrs. Nelson in just a few shorts weeks!



Family Pics

After 7 years, a wedding and two babies, we finally got around to getting some professional pictures taken of our family. Scott and I have always had friends or family take pictures for special occasions, mainly because we figured we would be too awkward with a professional photographer! But when I met Nikki Eads of Nikki Eads Photography in my bible study this year, I was excited to have her capture our family. She was awesome to work with. We all had a blast, despite it being 95 degrees out (hopefully you can’t tell how much we are sweating in the pics) and we were even able to wrangle Noah to get his attention for a few pics.  Here are a few of our favorites.








Thanks again to Nikki and make sure to check out her site at Nikki Eads Photography !

Life and well… general busyness

So I am back after taking a somewhat unplanned break from blogging the past few months. Life got busy, babies got bigger and well, time just slipped away.  My job is a full time mom which means I find my time to write on the occasional chance both babies take a nap at the same time or are both in bed by 9:00pm.  And well, that just doesn’t happen very often.  But with lots of exciting things happening around our house and with family  I am hoping to get you all updated on some recent projects.

Since February I helped my in-laws find a house in Kansas City, took a vacation down to Naples where my parents are considering purchasing some real estate and  am starting to seriously consider a house flipping project in Kansas City. So the outlook for potential projects is incredibly exciting, and now I’m just trying to figure out how to find more hours in my day! So stay tuned because I have lots of content coming soon, and will be attending design camp in Minneapolis at the end of the month which I’m super excited about. Until then, I’ll leave you with a couple pics of my co-workers… I love my job!!!