Mary Poppins Party

I moonlight as blogger and entrepreneur, but my day job is working in a marketing department with 7 lovely, smart women at Springfield Clinic. We basically run like an in-house ad agency to our organization. This year we sponsored Mary Poppins at The Legacy Theatre and as part of our sponsorship we received a private showing the eve before opening night! I was put in charge of the event details and décor, a task I welcomed with excitement. The night was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

Mary Poppins Party

Above is the basement of The Legacy Theatre with assorted round and cocktail tables.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

I designed these floral arrangements in square vases that were slipped into cardboard boxes that I had Miles wrap in a brick pattern to mimic a chimney. The metallic, spikey floral pick I found at Hobby Lobby was the perfect “chimney sweep” with a touch of black spray paint.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

The photo backdrop was inspired by this tutorial by A Practical Wedding. I put our fluffy clouds in front of some blue curtains I found at Target.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

This is my hilarious cubemate and me…you should follow us. She was a big help that day! Thanks girl!

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Banner

With the paper banner spelling out “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the strips of fabric hanging below, these two banners added the perfect touch of whimsy to the space.

The courtyard had a mix of chimney floral centerpieces and spoon centerpieces.

The courtyard had a mix of chimney floral centerpieces and spoon centerpieces.

These “Spoonful of Sugar” centerpieces were adorable. It was a vase filled with sugar and glitter confetti, with a few spoons tucked in. The pained the spoon handles with enamel paint, like I’ve done before.

These “Spoonful of Sugar” centerpieces were adorable. It was a vase filled with sugar and glitter confetti, with a few spoons tucked in. The pained the spoon handles with enamel paint, like I’ve done before.

I really loved putting this event together and I’m so blessed to have a job where I can put my creativity to use!

♥ miss marlene

Want more party inspiration? Check out the Party Time archives!

 

 

 

Give a Unique Wedding Gift

Wedding season is here. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded with wedding photos and well wishes to brides and grooms! So what does that mean for us, the guests? Scouring through pages of wedding registry to find the perfect gift for the lucky couple (in your budget, of course). Don’t get stuck in a giving rut, give them a unique wedding gift they really want!

 

Get inspired by the couple’s registry list! I like to pick a few items in the same category to make it feel cohesive and tell a story. My cousin registered for some outdoor items such as this big red cooler. She also had camping chairs on her list, but they were out of stock. Camping chairs and a cooler…that tells me they like to spend time outside, so I decided to go with the outdoor recreation theme.

 

Give a unique wedding gift that the bride and groom really want!

I put together a custom picnic set that included dinner plates, appetizer plates, cups, plastic silverware sets, a bright picnic blanket all packaged in a red rolling cooler off their registry list. If you decide to go with items not originally on the list, try and keep them at the same place that the registry is hosted. That way, if they don’t need it, they don’t have to drive all over the place to exchange or return. Happy shopping!

 

How to give a unique wedding gift!

♥ miss marlene

Miss Marlene Boutique TEASER

Ahhh! It’s almost time you guys! I’m going to shoot my introductory pieces for Miss Marlene Boutique in the next few weeks!  Check out this teaser video I put together as a behind the scenes look and inspiration for my Storenvy opening soon!

♥ miss marlene

$500 Bathroom Makeover

My husband and I moved into our home over 5 years ago and still haven’t tackled our upstairs bathroom. We entered into a contest to win a $500 gift card courtesy of Hickory Point Bank and won! With this money, we can make our vision a reality- including refurbishing an old claw foot tub the previous home owners left in the basement! Of course, I’ll post the DIY process here on the blog!

WE WON!

Before Bathroom

♥ miss marlene

DIY Necklace: Get Your Crystal On

Last year while shopping in downtown Nashville, Tennessee,  I came across this fun, quirky shop called Earthbound Trading Company. I’ve always wanted a raw crystal necklace, but the one’s I’ve come across are super cheesy and plastic. So I bought a little box of mixed crystals and made my crystal necklace with some supplies from my local Hobby Lobby.

DIY crystal necklace

crystal necklace

♥ miss marlene

On the Hunt: Architectural Salvage (St. Louis)

My hubby and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary with a little day trip to St. Louis. We’ve been watching a lot of Rehab Addict and she frequents these really awesome architectural salvage shops. I’ve been itching go to one and we found a place in St. Louis, Fellenz Architectural Artifacts. You could only find Fellenz Architectural Artifacts if you were purposely looking for it. There’s not good signage on the storefront, no website, or email address. However, when you do find it, you won’t want to leave.

Bill Fellenz

There are so many nooks and crannies in this place!! It’s packed floor to ceiling with doors, windows, tin, door knobs, fireplace mantles, woodwork, register covers. stair spindles, post, molding, and so much more! Everywhere you turn is something amazing; people just don’t make homes like they used to.

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We found a few pieces that we want to incorporate into a DIY faux fireplace mantle, but that project won’t be until later this year. Right now we are in the middle of renovating the dining room which I can’t wait to show you when it’s all completed! Stay tuned…

Goodies

♥ miss marlene

$20 Wardrobe Makeover

DIY Red Wardrobe Makeover copy

In preparation for launching my online boutique and Etsy shop, I’ve been working on an office/studio space in my home. I knew I needed some good storage space, but I wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted. I took a trip down to The Habitat ReStore and found this amazing wardrobe/cabinet for $20! With a little TLC, I knew this would make the perfect piece.

The only thing new I purchased for this DIY project was the chrome knobs that I found on clearance at Target!

chrome knobs from Target

I removed the stapled in material and replaced it with a mirror that I cut down from a full length mirror I already had. After hours of stripping, sanding, and washing down with TSP, not all of the red paint came off. I decided to leave it and stain over it. I actually loved how the hints of red paint popped through the Red Mahogany stain. Sometimes projects don’t turn out exactly how you image, they turn out better!

Red Mahogany Stain

wordrobe finished

♥ miss marlene

Clueless Party! #angelais26

“I never rely on mirrors,#angelais26 photostrip

so I always take Polaroids.”

-Clueless

 When my hubby purchased the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for my birthday gift, I thought “I am meant to have a Clueless themed party!“. I set up a fun photo area and purchased plenty of film so everyone could snap away.

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I created these custom badges so everyone could protect their pics when taking them home.

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#angelais26 lanyards

I also set up a party favor table with fluffy pens (a Clueless staple), party hats, and camera film!

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It was a fun night and a great way to celebrate my 26th birthday!

#angelais26

♥ miss marlene