Friday, June 12, 2015


"Everybody's pregnant. Even ______ (insert famous person)", is a sentence my flatmate and I have been saying frequently in the last couple of months. Hence the hashtag.
I love that a lot of my friends are pregnant right now and starting their own little families. It is something absolutely beautiful to watch and having been given the opportunity to plan their babyshowers was such an honor for me. You see for me planning a party or a gathering for somebody else means showing them how much I love them and to me it is a way of honoring them.
I haven't done a lot of post recently about event planning and such mostly because of the move and also because sometimes when we gather for smaller events or bbqs and such I don't even take my camera or the phone out because the moments are so precious (therefore these pictures are mostly taken with my phone) that I want to be present in the moment. We sometimes become so fixated on curating our life and styling it and presenting it on social media that we lose what's important right now and that is the friendships and the moments and the memories which are created. Don't get me wrong. Nothing wrong with styling your life - I do it to to portrait bits and pieces but there needs to be an honesty and an authenticity to it.
Anyways moving along to these three babyshowers which I am covering in one post. First up let me say that I pretty much followed the same pattern in creating these which involves the following steps:
1. invitations and guest lists
2. design, decoration and crafts
3. food and drinks
4. program (in this case meaning prayer and presents)
There was no overdoing it just the simplicity of gathering women and honoring mothers. And yet always trying to do it in style and beauty and fitting to the mother's personality. So I'm simply going to explain the babyshower theme and color scheme to give you an idea. When it comes down to it these showers are as personal as the mothers and I believe you don't need a whole lot of decorations. Focus and what's important: The table. Yes it is that simple. If you have buffet style, make the buffet look pretty (pretty plates, bowls etc.). Try to frame the buffet. If you are sitting down at a table try to make that look pretty with candles and some fun and colorful details. Try to focus on just a few colors instead of trying to do everything and then go from there. I sometimes feel having a theme like rain or something like that helps you stay on track.
1. The "Hey Baby" Colorful afternoon
Colours: apricot, yellow, pink
My sister had a baby girl but didn't want too much pink. She's a fun person and since it was still kind of winter out here we tried to do something fresh and colorful. There were lots of people so we decided to do plastic dishes as we hosted it at church. The cake was definitely a highlight made by a woman from church. The streamer's were super simple and you can find the tutorial here.
2. The rainy brunch Babyshower
Colours: aqua, white, yellow
My friend Tanja whose bridal shower you might remember from here loves rain and storms and so it was natural we included that in her babyshower. She is going to have a little baby boy. We hosted it at Elemenz, our church Café and really we just made the table look pretty with some fresh flowers, table runners and hung some clouds over the buffet. It was quite simple but made the room look really nice. She added some "Build your own rainstorm" favors which made everything perfect.
3. The modern girly brunch
Colours: black, white, pink, gold
This babyshower was hosted at a home and we all sat around the sofa and chairs wherever there was room. Clarissa, whose bridal shower and wedding your might remember has some great taste and so it was all black, white with a lot of pink and gold thrown in. It was very modern with a touch of shabby vintage thrown in the mix. Here also we simply focused on the buffet table and tried to frame it and make it the focal point of the shower.

Anyways I hope you're feeling as inspired as ever and I believe anybody can create beautiful gatherings. With a little love for detail and some candles you are going to do a great job.



Monday, June 8, 2015

Movie Monday: The TV Show edition

I have been wanting to do a "movie Monday" like this for a very long time and so I am super excited to share some of my favorite TV shows with you.
I personally love TV shows because they have ongoing story lines and you don't have to commit to a full on movie. I will be honest with you and tell you that I totally get attached to the characters and often times in busy season I like to put on a show and forget about all the things that are going on. During the last couple of months Sunday Night movie night became Sunday Night show time with my flat mate and it was one of those rather ordinary things which totally still felt like home.
So here's a list of my favorite TV shows and can I just add that I am quite picky and you will realize that there are more action based shows which it due to the fact that I cannot constantly fill myself with drama and wrong decision making.

1. One Tree Hill
Although this might be a guilty pleasure show it is to this day my favorite show. I admit though that I never finished the last season. I still have a few episodes to watch but that's ok. I might never. Who knows. This is definitely drama it the most dramatic sense and at some point I had to stop watching it because it got too intense for me but nonetheless I loved it.

2. Arrow
Oh yeah and this is how we dive into the superhero world of shows. I've heard many people say how they don't like the acting and story and find it boring. I never agreed. I thought it had everything without being too dark. And it has only gotten better and gained more depth.

3. The Flash
This is the spin off show of Arrow and haven't we all just fallen in love with Barry Allen/The Flash over the last 9 months? What I love about this show is that it is action filled and yet very human. It is about a guy really trying to do good and save the world. I love how positive it always is.

4. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yes I love my superhero shows and comic adaptations. It is just so far from anything going on in my own life that it makes it really easy to unwind. What I love about this show is how parallel it runs to all the Marvel cinematic universe movies like Captain America The Winter Soldier and also the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron.

5. Hart of Dixie
I loved that show because it was light and funny and witty and full of southern charm and definitely taught me to understand the accents. I watched every episode from start to finish.

So here they are: 5 of my favorite shows. There is other shows that I watch and love too but these really are on top of the list.

What are your favorite shows to watch and why?


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday Tunes

This album cover is currently going around the world as it should be because this album by Hillsong United is lifting up the name of Jesus and pointing people to His saving grace. If you haven't listened to it yet I strongly urge you to buy the album or give it to a friend.




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