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Cupcakes were decorated with these cute toppers from bndesigns. One side announced "It's A Boy!", and the other side featured a favorite circus animal. Cupcakes made by yours truly were iced in the yellow and red color scheme.

PS - huge thank you to my graphic designer for doubling as a photographer and providing these great shots for my website which is launching this month - stay tuned!

Popcorn, Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

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Left (Guest Book) -
I love non-traditional guest books. Norajane made this cute keepsake pillow for Mom and baby to cherish. One side has a circus animal design and the other is plain blue. Guests were asked to sign with a fabric marker purchased from Michael's. Sign by bndesigns. Looking closely in the right hand corner, you can see the cardboard popcorn boxes filled with yellow and white carnations. It really looked like boxes filled with popcorn. I wish I had a better shot of these because they were a big hit!

Right (Desert/Candy Bar) -
Popcorn, Peanuts & Cracker Jacks! Guests filled popcorn boxes with sweet treats to take home. Homemade candy apples and sweet lion cookies done by yours truly.

Adorable Packaging

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These Popcorn boxes on the left were filled with prizes for the game winners. The boxes were left open with yellow tissue paper popping out of the top to look like popcorn.

Sticking to budget without sacrificing design

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I picked up these cute popcorn tubs in the dollar aisle! I was able to use them for three purposes: flower vase, silverware holder and a container for the candy bar/desert table.

A Sugary Sweet Circus Concoction

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What screams circus more than cotton candy? Sweet goodies double as centerpiece. Vases stuffed with cotton candy and adorned with whimsical Whirly Pops.

Step Right Up...

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Get your ticket!

Entry table to the Main Event. Clowns purchased on EBay. Vase in background is filled with peanuts holding a "TICKETS" sign. Tickets designed by bndesigns.

The Main Event

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Welcome to the Main Event!

All Buttoned-Up hosted a circus themed baby shower for a special guest of honor. Invitations, tickets (shown above), signs, favor tags and cupcake favors were made by bndesigns


Etsy Love

We're nestled in for a really snowy DC weekend. Hopefully I will get things finalized with AllButtoned-Up and get ahead on packing our house for the big move!
My good friend just opened up her Etsy Shop. Be sure to check out her art @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/blissfulbeauty


It Must Be the Mirror

It's official - we received a contract on our home. It must be the mirror! Fingers crossed all goes smoothly over the next 30 days and I will be one step closer to my rustic white desk. Couldn't you see me planning the perfect event behind a beauty like this?


Mirror Mirror On the Wall, You're the Fairest of Them All

First, Let me apologize for slacking on my blog!! Things have been pretty busy, both personally and professionally. In the matter of a few short weeks, we have listed our home for sale, planned the "Main Event Of The Year" baby shower for my expecting sister-in-law, celebrated the Holidays with friends and family and to top it all off are finalizing my website launch!

I promise to not be so neglectful once we settle in our new home and I finally have my long dreamed of personal office space with a little white rustic desk! My husband may disagree, but I plan on it being one of my first new furniture purchases. It may be my cheapest - I am talking a restored goodwill piece here. I will know it when I see it!

I can't wait to find our new home and have my new office, but I know I will miss our first place that we lived together as a dating couple and a married couple, having a small home to clean, and most of all my newly remodeled bathroom with the mirror I designed.

This could be my next entrepreneurship - I can just see my graphic designer laughing in vain and thinking let's get All Buttoned-Up off the ground and then talk to me in 2 - maybe 5 years ha! Seriously though, budget of $10 made this beauty! I am lucky enough to be in a family of contractors and found/"borrowed" :) the mirror and wood from my dad's shop. But, even if you purchased it you are only talking small costs for the mirror and wood. I have seen similar mirrors selling at high-end stores for $300+. It was the cheapest and easiest part of our bathroom renovation and the piece that gets the most comments!

Materials: Mirror, Wood, Nails, Glue (strong mirror glue to hold to the wall), paint, chain or other "damage" materials

Step One - Cut mirror and glue to the wall
Step Two - Make the wooden frame. Simply nail the pieces of wood together to border the mirror like a picture frame. This doesn't have to be neat - if the nails show it will complete the look in the end.
Step Three - Destruction. Using whatever you can think of ruff this baby up! I took a chain and beat the wood over and over and hammered it.
Step Four - Paint! I used two colors. First, I painted green for the base color real thin and spotty not covering in some parts. Before the green dried, I started painting brown on top smearing the green some, letting it show through in some parts and covering it in others. After it dried, I took sandpaper to parts of it for an extra weathered look.
Step Five - Tack the frame on the mirror & enjoy!