5 Fall Decorating Ideas

It’s getting to cooler weather- Fall is almost here! Once I get over my initial sadness that Summer is coming to an end, I embrace the warmth and coziness that Fall brings into our seasonal decorating. Of course, we have pieces in our home that we like to keep up all year round, and many suppliers of wall art such as Bumbleajx.com provide products that should be kept up all year. However, it is nice to embrace the seasons and adjust the aesthetic of our homes depending on what time of year we’re in. You may have other furniture to decorate in the house such as your sofa or your curtains, or you may even want to get a brand new set of made to measure rugs to really bring that fall warmth into the home. That’s the great thing about redecorating; you get to choose exactly how far or how seasonal you take it. You may want to have a makeover to celebrate halloween even further, and you may want to even get some new blinds to fit the them, these blinds might make the room appear larger. I’m working on some ideas for my home that I’ll be sharing on social media soon, but until then here are some simple ideas I love to incorporate Fall elements into your home decor which is why I can’t wait to tell you about my new Custom Photo Tapestryhappy decorating!

Entryway & Porch

Fill lanterns with items such as pumpkins, gourds, leaves, branches, & candles- beautiful on tables, in a vignette, or as porch decor.
Use a seasonal wreath & some Fall branches to add a warm & welcoming touch to your porch.
Seasonal Fall mums, pumpkins & a bale of hay arranged together add a country- style touch to porches and decks.
For a more contemporary look, seek out ghost pumpkins or artificial versions- if you love a little glitter, covering them in glitter is a fun touch.
To mix contemporary & traditional, combine white elements with the warmth of reds, oranges, and yellows.
I hope this gives you some inspiration and shows you that adding seasonal touches doesn’t have to be fussy or expensive! oxox TPB
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Party Planning 101: The Truth About Parties

I am going to be honest: this post was intended to tell you all about how to plan a birthday party (or any special event, really) that was both stress- free and as cute as those photos you covet on Pinterest and Instagram. I’d be lying if I told you planning Ari’s first birthday was stress- free, but as this post hopefully shows, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to have a great party. In fact, kids birthday parties can be relatively simple to organise, as long as you know what you’re doing. For example, photo booths are an automatic winner at most parties, and you can easily rent a booth from somewhere like https://photoboothvancity.ca/birthday/ to make your child’s party even more fun.
Overall, everything worked out and I was happy that my hard work paid off, but there were a few bumps in the road on the way (the hubby and I totally ended up fighting as we juggled all the day- of prep for the family party). For any Mom planning a birthday party, or celebration- or for any lady who has a shower, wedding, or other special event to plan, I hope this gives you an honest & realistic idea of what is involved.

Proceed With Caution!
Like so many friends I know, it started with Pinterest. I pinned ideas that I loved and before long had more than a few ideas about what I wanted to do, a theme, and how all the little touches would make it perfect (this process very much reminded me of planning my wedding, and how easy it is to get carried away with ideas). It isn’t hard to get excited- and overwhelmed- by all of the cute and beautiful ideas out there for special occasions. But I have learned that like so many things, you have to prioritize. It’s easy to get carried away!

Break Up the Celebrations
I am very lucky to have some wonderful friends that I wanted to share the occasion with, and knew that it would be best to split up the celebrations into a friends party and a family party (the family party alone would be around 20 people!). I decided to go with pink and gold, with Minnie- Mouse inspired polka dots and decor.

And now for the fun!

The Decorations
Tip: Save money by making some or all of your decorations. Get creative with dollar store staples such as streamers, tissue paper & ribbon- the options are endless! (I made tissue tassels & streamer curtains that made a big impact without dropping a lot of money).
Keep decorations that can be re- used for other parties & celebrations (like multiple birthday parties!)

I carried the pink, gold, & polka dots throughout both parties, re-using some of the decorations for both. A fun bonus was the Minnie Mouse balloon sculpture courtesy of Coco Globo balloons- it was the perfect fun finishing touch I was looking for.


The Entertainment
If you’re looking to entertain your guests with talented performers, you could use Headliner to find a band that suits your party’s atmosphere. You only really need to focus on sorting some entertainment if you are hosting the party at your home. If you are having a party at an indoor play center, for example, there is no need for entertainment because the venue provides that in abundance!

The Family Party

From this…
…To this!

The Friends Party
From this…

…To this!
Thank you to Coco Globo for the Minnie Mouse balloon sculpture!

The Goodie Bags
Tip: Keep these fun favours budget friendly by combining some homemade goodies with 1 or 2 larger items.
I did slightly different bags for the lil ladies & gents (but all had some sugary treats for the parents, including some homemade candy skewers!)

For the lil gents:
Bow tie from Cutie Pie Boutique
Sun visor
Sidewalk chalk
Candy skewer & lollipop (for Mom & Dad!)

For the lil ladies:
Clippie set from Cutie Pie Boutique
Sunnies
Sidewalk chalk
Sidewalk chalk
Candy skewer & lollipop (for Mom & Dad!)

The Food
Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for some help with the menu! I was fortunate to have my Mom and Mother In Law help with the family party and one of my girlfriends contributed beautiful homemade cupcakes for the friends party to help offset the cost & work.

The cakes lovingly made by my mama in law! (I LOVED the smash cake!)

And the gorgeous cupcakes my friend made for the friends party- eek those bows!

The freebie cake from our local Thrifty’s (you get a free cake when your lil one turns one!)

Even though these ideas show girly colours, you can easily swap them to suit the colours of your theme. I hope some of these ideas inspire you for your next special event- whether it’s a birthday party, shower, or wedding! oxox TPB
I want to say how grateful I am to Cutie Pie Boutique and Coco Globo for helping me make these celebrations extra special. See below for info.

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Jewellery Advice with JQ Vancouver

Since we’re coming to the end of Spring Break, I’m sure a lot of you ladies are ready for some well deserved me time. Keeping those kiddies occupied can be exhausting, leaving little time for ourselves while coordinating a variety of activities. With this in mind, I’ve been focusing on some things for us Moms this week. We all need some time out just for ourselves, and I thought a nice way to end the week would be with a feature on jewelry ideas (who doesn’t love jewellery???). Whether you love it as a wardrobe staple or bring it out more for special occasions, some carefully selected pieces can make accessorizing a quick & simple process. Jewellery can take an outfit from average to outstanding. If you’re looking for versatility with losing the personal touch, take a look at custom silicone rings. For this post I worked with Chelsey Andrews of JQ Vancouver to bring you some tips when selecting jewellery; here we focus on necklaces, but the tips apply to all jewellery pieces. Here’s to some stylin’ times ladies!
Look for pieces that can be casual & formal. Versatility is key. Stretch your budget by selecting pieces you can wear for a variety of occasions- from work to coffee dates to special nights out. My friend told me that Seersucker Sassy preppy necklaces are pretty and diverse. It is worth giving them a look.

Pick items that are great layered or as stand alone pieces. For example, a dainty name necklace looks great on it’s own, as well as when it’s paired with a few other similar necklaces. It’s all about mixing and matching when it comes to jewelry!

A great way to make a statement is with a well- selected piece. For the right occasion- and outfit- layering 2 or more pieces can be even more stunning. Pendants, colours, length, and textures add visual interest when layering.
Splurge on classic pieces & be budget savvy with trendy items. Be strategic when making selections, allocating more money for pieces you will likely keep & wear for years to come. Items in classic tones such as silver & gold will go with more items in your wardrobe and you can make up for the simple colour choices by selecting bold pieces. Be selective when purchasing trendy items that may only be worn for a few months; what you might love right now may be forgotten come next season’s trendy choices.
A BIG thank you to Chelsey from JQ Vancouver for her contribution to this post!
If you liked the pieces in today’s post you can view the full collection here.

JQ Vancouver is a jewelry line that offers modern and minimalist
necklaces and bracelets that are affordable, stylish, and extremely versatile
for any outfit. Pieces range from $28- $32 and are available in the JQ Etsy Store and select retailers in the Vancouver area.
About Chelsey & JQ…
I love being able to provide women with necklaces they love and can wear with anything they already have in their wardrobes, whether it be a t-shirt or a dress. One of the biggest challenges for me is continually coming up with new designs that are different and just trusting that the design is something women will want to wear.
I started JQ
Vancouver in March of 2013. At the time, I started noticing through social
media and boutiques that a lot of local bloggers and jewelry designers were
emerging. I went to Fashion Design School so I felt I had the basic knowledge
on business and design. I’ve also always loved accessories so I decided designing
jewelry would make a great hobby and business adventure as well! It began with
a lot of research on different necklace designs, pendants, what other designers
were doing, what stores were selling and how I could be different. I had a few
visions of necklace designs so I, again, researched and then started ordering.
I really just jumped right into it and started ordering different pendants and chain and just let my creativity flow. I was super lucky to be working at Muse Social Fashion House and was given the ok to have my designs in store!
I think it’s really important to just trust yourself and believe that you have the skills to do whatever you set your mind to and just let things flow the way they will with no expectations. If you take it slow and step by step I think anything is attainable!

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