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Every year a small group of gals from my church and I get together for a GALentine’s Day Brunch! It’s a chance to catch up, and show LOVE to one another.

In the spirit of LOVE and celebration, I choose a woman to shine a spotlight on! Last celebration, my sister was launching her new cookbook, so we featured her book, and each girl got to go home with a copy (along with a little seasonal Starbucks mug from me!)…

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This year, there were so many exciting celebrations…each girl was truly celebrating something (from new books, to babies– from milestones ministry to milestones in business..yes, my friends truly are THAT awesome!) So we celebrated our collective group of amazing women! I was thinking it would be cool for each of us to nominate a woman for next year?

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Here are the details of the day! Starting first with the flowers…last year I did a red and gold theme…so I went with hot pinks, and metallics! These were from Olive and Cocoa!

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Sadly, they only last a few days…

But I did splurge on some fun ones for my counter that last a year, from Le Fleur!

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Here is how we set the table! Day shot:

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Evening shot:

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If you follow my Fun & Entertainment tab here…you know I keep things simple with paper settings. While I have GORGEOUS dishes…the joy of entertaining for me, is enjoying the people I am with! So I find no shame in setting out paper, throwing it away, and enjoying our time together (no dish duty!)

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I’ve found great sources for cute paper items! And when in doubt, check Etsy!

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Each event I give favors…I couldn’t decide between the cute water tumbler or coffee cup from Starbucks, so I chose both….since there was a very small group of gals! I washed them…and filled the cups with ice water, and the mugs were left empty for them to fill at the coffee & cocoa bar!

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The coffee and cocoa bar included heart shaped marshmallows, flavored stevia sweeteners, cream and whipped cream, and pretty pink and red sprinkles!

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We had “CHAI Like You A Lot” tea, as well as cute honey stirring spoons!

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On the opposite side of the counter we had a Mimosa Bar…with their choice of Champagne or Fresca (for the preggers and nursing!) They could top it off with flavored juices!

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Juice flavors were orange, grapefruit, and a fruit mix…but you could choose any flavor you like!

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I love these mini glitter bottles from One Hope, as there is a really good mission and story behind them!

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Of course, served with cute cocktail napkins too!

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On the menu for brunch was…

A greek yogurt bar, with various organic berries, nuts for toppings, and organic granolas for garnish!

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I had hard boiled eggs, and kale salad…and for the main course, my sister Katie (Dashing Dish) made a vegetable Frittata from her cookbook!

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Sounds healthy, huh? Well don’t you worry…I served up some “SWEET hearts” from LA’s Cake Monkey for dessert! (and of course the girls could bring them home to their kiddos!)

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All in all, a great time was had by all! And I do plan on continuing the tradition of showing this group of gals LOVE!

Have you hosted a GALentine’s brunch for your friends or team? It’s not too late to get a date on the calendar…

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Gabriel had fun too…he even dressed for the occasion! X’s and O’s on his little shoes…a shirt that said “Kisses= 25 cents!” Well, you better believe I started building up his piggy bank with lots of smooches!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S! XO Sarah

Oh The Places You’ll Go– Gabriel’s First Birthday

My, how time flies! My baby turned ONE earlier this month! Also celebrating her birthday this month, is his great-grandmother Beverly who turned 90!

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Phil and I found it fit to celebrate both young and wise in an intimate celebration with immediate family!

The Theme:  Dr. Seuss “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” (and for Grandma we celebrated, “Oh, The Places She’s Been!)

When guests walked in, they signed our “Guest book” which was Dr. Seuss’ “Oh The Places You’ll Go”. I had our family sign a page for Gabriel, and moving forward we will have each of his teacher’s (and influential people in his life) sign it each year, and I plan to proudly present it to him on his 18th birthday, to celebrate all of the “places he’s been!”

Guests would “write a message on any of the pages, it will be something he treasures through all of his ages!”

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In the entryway, we displayed a photo banner of Gabriel with one picture of each month of his life, to show “Oh, The Places He Will Go!” We also displayed a photo banner of his great-grandmother, showcasing a photo of each decade of her life to honor “Oh, the Places She Has Been!” It was so beautiful, and so honoring of two people we love, very much!

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This book by Dr. Seuss features a lot of hot air balloons, so it was fun to incorporate them into the theme!

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I especially enjoyed creating this life-size hot air balloon with my clothes hamper, and an oversize balloon! (which many of you know, sparked quite the conversation on my Facebook page 😉 )

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We had a beautiful mediterranean dinner (a favorite of our family)–followed by dessert! Sweet Heather Anne designed a special cake for G’s Great-Grandma (which read “Oh the Places She’s Been!”, with a 90 on it!) and Gabriel’s cake said “Oh The Places He’ll Go” with the #1!

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Gabriel’s great aunt made beautiful cookie favors for each guest, and since Gabriel is gluten-free, dairy free, and free of refined sugar, his “best bud” sweet Celia made him his very own healthy “smash cake”!

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It’s safe to say the healthy smash cake was a “smashing” success…

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It was such an honor, honoring the lives of these two…

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It truly was a day fit for a queen, and king! :) Oh the places he will go, and oh the places she has been!

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I still can’t believe our little guy is ONE!

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Thanks for sharing in our special day! XO P+S and baby G (he’ll always be my baby)!

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As G’s gift from me, I created a memory he will always have forever…a slideshow of his first year!

If you’d like, check it out here:

BYE! :)

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This Christmas was the BEST ONE EVER…

We gifted a family a home, Gabriel’s cousin Easton was born and they celebrated their first Christmas together…and on Christmas Eve we had the gender reveal party for Gabriel’s cousin-to-be (due Father’s Day)!

Since we hosted the party on Christmas eve, we chose a festive theme– “Buck or Doe!” Everyone wore red if they thought the baby would be a girl, and green if they thought it was a boy–this made for super fun and festive photos!

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What is a gender reveal you ask?

The parents get an ultrasound or blood test to determine the sex of the baby, and often keep it a surprise and find out with their family together at a fun gathering. You can view mine here, and my sister Emily’s here.

Since my sister is a celebrity food blogger, and famous for remaking healthy versions of food people crave, I knew I had to get creative (especially for the dessert bar and drink bar!)

For drinks, we started with a “BABY It’s Cold Outside” Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar!

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The “BABY It’s Cold Outside” theme went well with the baby theme for the evening! I got custom cups and sleeves for the coffee & cocoa bar from Etsy. (PS- aren’t those deer in the background adorable?! Mommy, Daddy, and baby!)

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And of course, cute stirring straws…

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We put out flavored creams and stevias for the coffee…

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And toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, crushed candy cane, mini chocolate chips, and peppermint sticks for the cocoa!

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Next up, the dessert bar…

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I had a custom gingerbread house made with a mama and papa deer, inscribed with the couples last name…doesn’t it look like the deer are waiting for a special arrival?!img_4804

We had plenty of these cute cookies made to decorate the dessert bar…

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Some gluten-free cupcakes (a lot in our party are gluten-free)…

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A fun and festive cake to match the theme…

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And this bowl awaits the guilt-free dessert from Dashing Dish, herself…

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After dinner, drinks, and dessert we did a gift exchange–everyone brought something around $20 that was their “favorite thing”! Before we started the exchange, everyone voted for their favorite wrapping (which got a prize). After the exchange the couple voted on their favorite gift (which also got a prize). When all was done, we ended with the “greatest gift”….the reveal of baby Farrell.

We brought out a big box, and inside were either green balloons (boy) or red balloons (girl!) SURPRISE! It is a girl!!!!

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What a gift! The night ended with gifts for the cute couple, and baby GIRL to be…

Here’s what I gave…

A diaper bag full of my “favorite things” for baby…

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“Greatest gift” onesie  (so fitting for the theme…)

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A baby deer plush toy…

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And of course to trim their tree…

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Buck or Doe? Now we know!!!
Cannot wait for my niece Madeline Joy to arrive…due on Fathers Day!

PS- you may have seen a lot of pearls streamed throughout the theme–and it was intentional. It has a lot to do with Katie’s testimony of trying to conceive. You HAVE to hear it (to strengthen your faith). The night before she announced she was pregnant we preached together at a church, and the message was entitled “Pearls of Peace”…you can listen to it here! 

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These Are a Few of MY Favorite Things!

It’s my FAVORITE time of year!

The holidays bring about my two favorite things: Friends & Family and Entertaining!

Each year I host a “Favorite Things” party for my “favorite peeps!” Check out the details of the day…

(and holiday decor below!)

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Dinner was catered (less stress, no mess) by our favorite Mediterranean place!

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We washed it down with some of our “favorite drinks”… champs (& cider for all the “preggos”)–we always have a few each year! 😉

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I decided to keep things easy on myself, and do disposable place settings (different themes each year). There are so many beautiful sources I’ve found online to make disposable place settings look beautiful!

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…and as they sat down, they were gifted one of my “favorite things” as a favor…

This year I found a beautiful ceramic mug commissioned by Rebecca Rebouche, a native Louisianan living and working in New Orleans, who creates nostalgic, emotive and whimsical art out of paint, mixed media and stitched soft sculpture; a practice best described as contemporary folk art. Topped with a cute edible gingerbread house! :)

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After dinner the guests brought their mugs (one of my “Favorite things” as their favors) over to a coffee bar to find coffee of different flavors, seasonal creams, sweeteners, and of course…whipped cream!

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Across the counter in my butler’s pantry was a dessert bar set up. A “favorite” of all of my guests in parties past is a dessert bar by my sister (and celebrity blogger/ chef “Dashing Dish”!)

This year she hosted a trifle bar..with gluten free cakes (healthier versions, which is what her cookbook and blog are known for), lighter versions of fillings, and toppings (some naughty, some nice–your choice!) The instructions–get a glass, layer it up with your “Favorites”, and enjoy!

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After dinner and dessert, we headed to our lower level for our annual “favorite things” gift exchange!

Here’s how it works… each guest brings 3 gifts wrapped (this year we did a contest for who had the most creative wrapping!) We each put our name in a bowl 3 times, and picked 3 new names (not our own). The 3 names we picked were the 3 people we got presents from. Each person got to share why they were gifting that item as their “favorite thing”! It is so fun to learn of each other’s favorites, and leave with 3 new “favorite things”! This year I gifted a few of my favorite holiday candles & match strikers (wrapped in a cute Santa bag!)

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We also did a contest for “best gift” (we voted) and “best wrapping”! Check out these great gifts!

A great time was had by my FAVORITE FRIENDS…

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Hope you have a very happy holidays filled with your “favorite things” (& peeps!)

To keep it festive and fun…

Here’s our holiday home tour to top off my favorite post of the year!

CLICK ON A PIC TO START THE SLIDESHOW TO SEE FULL SIZE! :)

 
































 

My baby sister is having a baby! And how good is God that he is also due the same week of Christmas (like my son, Gabriel!) We have a feeling these two will be best of friends, about one year apart!

Here are the invites and the theme:

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And the invitation inserts:

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Myself, my mom, and sister Katie decided to host her baby shower where I had mine–the beautiful Royal Park Hotel. We love the Conservatory, as well as that gorgeous “tiffany blue” chandelier!

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The theme we chose was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” since my sister is an Elementary School Teacher. We had guests sign the book by Dr. Seuss, and moving forward she will have each of her child’s teachers sign it each year. She plans to present the book back to Easton when he graduates high school! 14524615_10103197494562364_2974896632948696832_o

Hot air balloons are the theme of this Dr. Seuss book, so we had them decorating each table, along with some pretty roses, of course! Each table also included the “Wish tree” instructions. Our family isn’t big on baby shower games, so this is an activity we enjoy–“Write your wish for Baby-To-Be and hang them on the wishing tree!”

 

 

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My aunt Lorrie made these sweet hot air balloon cookies as favors for the guests!

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And here’s the wishing tree…before, and AFTER! (Look familiar?)

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People seem to enjoy these baby shower brunches!

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Brett’s mom made this lovely cake!

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My sister Katie and I had fun with this whimsical theme in decorating, gifting, etc! Our gifts to baby…We had each guest bring a book in lieu of a card to help baby build his library. I chose “Oh, Baby, the places you’ll go!” It was fun to write a note inside to my sweet nephew!

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I can’t wait to meet this sweet angel! Oh, the places he will go!!!

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Writing this warmed my heart, and gave me a little flashback of my shower, which you can view here! 

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On Mother’s Day this year, I found out I was going to be an aunt!  “Grammie” sure is blessed…as she found out last year on Mother’s Day that I was pregnant with her first grandbaby! It was so sweet…my sister took our son Gabriel in another room to “play” during our Mother’s Day gathering with my mom…and when she came back to the room, check out what he was wearing to share the news…

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And guess what is even greater news??? Baby Yost is due around Christmas too (just like Gabriel was!) Cousins! One year apart! Isn’t this amazing news?

I immediately offered to host a “gender reveal” party for my sister and brother-in-law. If you’ve never heard of these before, it’s a newer concept to me too! Basically, you get your gender scan, and wait to open it up in front of your closest friends and family. Together, you all find out the sex of the baby at the same time! Emily and Brett would find out in July!

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Since Brett and Emily would have Baby Yost’s gender scan in July, we decided on a patriotic theme–but instead of Red, White & Blue…we would ask people…Blue, (White), Pink? What do YOU Think? He or She? What Will Baby Yost Be? Guests had to show up wearing the color that guessed the gender of the baby! Can you believe my sister waited until this day to open up the results of the scan?!

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On the menu was a dessert bar, or as we called it “Emily’s Cravings Bar”! We chose to stick with sweets since it was later in the evening to showcase the fireworks. We did a sundae bar, popcorn bar, and s’mores bar…that included many sweet treats to top off their snacks!

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People brought gifts for each gender (one boy gift, and one girl gift–or a gender neutral gift!) You could always return the other once you found out it was a girl or boy! I had so much fun finding the “perfect diaper bag” that I stocked up with all of the essentials, that they could throw in the car for their trip home from the hospital! Here is what it included….

Stain stick & sanitizer, diaper cream & diapers, wipes & wash bag, bibs & bags for diapers, pacifier & pacifier clips, blankets & burp rags, bottles & bottle holders, cover-up for nursing & clothes, diapers & a diaper bag, and of course–a toy for baby & a cute Tory Burch bag for mama! G got his cousin a gift too–teal and pink (since we didn’t know boy or girl)…a little “Rockin Robbin” baby toy from our little Robbins!

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We headed outside for the big reveal of baby Yost! Pop! Pop! Pop! The firework was…BLUE!

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Can you believe it?! I am going to have a nephew…and G is going to have a cousin exactly one year apart! We are all so very excited! Congratulations Brett and Em!

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OH BOY! It’s a…

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We can’t wait to meet our little nephew (and G’s new cousin/bestie) around Christmastime!

Here’s more pictures and details from the special day…

(*feel free to click on any pics if you desire to view them bigger to check out details!)…

PS. if you missed my gender reveal last year, you can view it by clicking here!

XO, Sarah

Credit where credit is due: Food by my little sister, the super famous Dashing Dish. Pro pics by my sister’s bestie Dayna Mae Photography (along with a few amateur ones taken by me, scattered in!) And to the cute parents Brett and Em who are making us all another beautiful baby to celebrate!

Hippity Hoppity Easter Is On Its Way!

We are gearing up for Easter here at the “Robbins Nest”…it’s our first with “baby G”, and I couldn’t be more excited!

On the menu will be: food catered by my sister Katie Farrell, of Dashing Dish! We are deciding between a spring lunch like grilled shish-kabob skewers, rice pilaf, and greek salad…OR doing brunch with frittatas, gluten-free pancakes, and turkey bacon. Of course there will always be one of her famous fruit trifles for dessert!

For a fun treat, I am preparing adult Easter baskets with some of my favorite beauty products for the gals…and yummy chocolates for the boys (pictures to come, as I don’t want to spoil the surprise!)

Here is last year’s tablescape…I can’t wait to see what I create this year! (*If you know our family you know that I LOVE to entertain and decorate, but am a TERRIBLE cook…but my sister is actually famous for cooking! So between us three girls, we have the best holiday gatherings!)

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What are YOU doing for Easter? I would love to hear your plans below! Happy Easter from “The Robbins Nest” and our cutest little EB, baby G!

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Sources: I got the napkins, and napkin ring holders from Pier 1 last year!