Friends!! Make your husband’s life easier and send him this blog post. You’ll spare him the early Sunday morning trip to the grocery store to pick out a Mother’s Day card (along with every other dad in your town).
Isn’t that just like us moms? Always making our husband’s life easier?? All he’ll have to do is download this adorable printable (designed by Harper Grey) and let your kids color and fill it in. It’s so much more precious than a store bought card and something you can save for years to come.
Right click and save the image above, then fold into a card!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to gather my girlfriends to celebrate with a special lunch at my home. Plus, I’ve been dying for a reason to throw a Cactus themed party, so it was a win win.
We’ve been so lucky with a gorgeous spring here in Seattle, I was able to set everything on my back porch.
To get my deck party ready, I added coordinating pillows to my outdoor furniture. I’d been eying Minted’s cactus fabric and this was the perfect opportunity to use it! Their fabric is sold by the yard so the uses and ideas are endless. I thought sewing the fabric into pillow covers would be darling and then I’d mixed in solid green and black and white striped pillows I already had. To really bring in the cactus I had So Vintage Chic custom make an accent pillow with the definition of a cactus. I thought it was a really cool definition and brought all the pillows together. She did an amazing job!
Fireplaces, spring and cactus feel like the most unrelated things, but I added these Minted Cactus prints and potted succulents to tie them all together. I think it worked!
Since there were only four of us, no need for a full dessert spread. I made a simple naked cake topped with succulents and greenery. And no party is complete without sugar cookies. These were SO simple to make using my latest buttercream dipping technique. (Go HERE if you haven’t tried it..you’ll be amazed!)
For lunch we had taco salads with fresh guacamole, sauteed peppers, corn, ground chicken and a splash of lime. Simple to put together and so good! (Note the napkins made from Minted’s cactus fabric scraps!)
While scouring the internet for all things cactus, I found these cactus cups in a small and large size on Amazon. I ordered both immediately! Such a great price and both are really heavy duty. I’ll be sipping iced tea from them all summer.
I wanted to treat my girlfriends to a few of my favorite things as a surprise. I found these Hey Mama bags on Instagram from Hello Totes and had to have them for my ladies lunch! Plus these are amazing Mother’s Day ideas if you are still looking for that perfect gift to give (or to get..just direct your husband to this blog post!)
Spoiler Alert: Don’t miss the end of this post to see how YOU can win these goodies!!
Have you ever had a product that was so pretty you almost didn’t want to use it? Like you want to save it for a special occasion? I feel this way about Illume. Illume makes some of my favorite candles, lotions, bath salts and scents. Each product line is unique and beautifully packaged. I had to include their Cactus Verde line in my Mother’s Day gift. It smells SO good, I literally can’t pass my bathroom without spritzing a little more of the perfume on.
And if you know me, you know I live in my Yosi Samra flats. I have way too many pairs, but you can never have enough! They are hands down the most comfortable flat I’ve ever worn. They’re a MUST HAVE for us busy moms! Doesn’t this style make you think of cacti?
There is nothing more luxurious than thick, foil pressed and personalized stationary. I live for thick cardstock and add gold foil to that? THE BEST. I gave each friend a personalized set from Minted’s Desert Stripes line.
Once everyone ate, we worked our way over to my outdoor dining table where I had prepared everything we needed to make DIY Terrariums. I love having an activity when I host parties. It’s so relaxing and fun to work on something while you chat!
I ordered a huge variety of cactus and succulents from San Pedro Cactus on Etsy. Who knew you could order cactus on Etsy?! Now you know. And it’s much more affordable than purchasing at a big box home improvement store, like a fraction of the price.
I found glass terrariums at Target and ordered the rest of the supplies from Amazon. I gave everyone a quick terrarium tutorial and we got to work!
They turned out way cuter than I ever imagined. I absolutely love mine! My love for cactus and succulents just grew three times larger. These are the easiest plants to care for AND they make the cutest gifts!
Watch below to learn how to make your own terrarium!
My mom texted me a photo from a magazine recently while she was sitting in the dentist office. I wish I could find the photo because I would love to stare at it again but from what I remember, it was a stacked chocolate cake made from pieces of a cupcake, decorated with a buttercream rose on top. I thought how cute, but then thought getting each of your cupcakes to bake evenly enough stack could prove to be difficult. So I tried my hand at something similar yet faster, and in my opinion, easier.
I baked one doctored vanilla cake mix in two13 x 9 Pans, resulting in two flat rectangle cakes. Using a Round Cutter , I cut 12 circles from each cake. It was quick, simple and hardly any cutting involved! Instead of smearing on the icing between the layers with a spatula, I piped pink icing between each layer and finished with a rose from a Wilton 1M Tip. Each cake took less than 2 minutes to assemble.
They are beyond darling and the perfect size dessert to serve for Mother’s Day. I used my French Vanilla Cake recipe from My Book: Eat More Dessert but you could use any recipe and icing color you wish!