Ferris Wheel Parties for Boys and Girls!

Hi Friends!

How's your summer going? Ours seem to be flying by. Seriously, how has it already been a month since everyone around here finished up school/graduated for the year?? We're trying to make the most of the summer and soak up every last hug and giggle since we both have little ones starting kindergarten in the fall. We're half excited for them to begin a new adventure and half weepy that they're already starting big kid school! 

Today, at looooong last, we're finally ready to reveal our newest pair of pinches (say that 3 times fast)! We've created two darling packages based around the sweetest centerpiece we've ever seen: a cupcake holding ferris wheel that actually spins! We're so thrilled to finally be sharing it with you!

Up first is the red version of the pinch: "Ferris Wheel Birthday Fun - Red". This one features red paired with blue, yellow, and green for a primary color palate that's sure to make any little one smile. This color palate reminds us of a carnival or circus and makes us want to serve popcorn and peanuts (or the candy version if you have food allergies!) all day long!

Next up is the "girl" version of the pinch: "Ferris Wheel Birthday Fun - Pink". This version is very similar, but we've substituted pink for red to create a softer color palate that we love as much as the primary one! This one makes us want to serve ice cream and cotton candy!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or drop us a line!

Have a fabulous and fancy weekend!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Hipster BBQ 40th Birthday

Hi Friends!

How's your week going? We're busy making Father's Day cards and trying to make some excruciating decisions about new inventory (we've found SO much cute stuff!)! 

As promised, we wanted to do a recap of the "Hipster BBQ meets Outdoorsy Tree Hugger Who Loves Plaid" 40th surprise party we helped throw for Sarah's brother a couple of weeks ago. Sarah's sister-in-law told us about the theme and we jumped at the chance to get involved and flex our creative muscles! It all started with the space. She and her husband frequent a bar near their house (Local 46) and it has the coolest (what's cooler than being cool? Ice cold! 10 bonus points if you get that reference) outdoor space that's available to rent for private parties. We're already scheming a way to get back there for an event ASAP. It was a blast to decorate and we were thrilled with the results. 

First, here are a few "before" shots of the blank canvas we were working with. 

As you can see, it has a lot of character of its own, but needed some personalization to make it fit Sarah's brother. And it needed some color to pair with all of the wood tones to brighten the space and make it feel a bit more festive. 

Off to one side, we created a "photo booth" area. The banner we hung in the "window" said "Cheers to 40 Years". On the double chair is a frame we made out of foam board, wrapped in plaid duct tape, and then glued on the words "Dave's Birthday Bash" along with a black and white bearded caricature on each end. The idea was to have everyone snap a photo, using the frame if they wanted to, and then put it in an album along with a note to create a keepsake for the birthday boy. The sign said "smile, snap, shake, stick, sign" and the photo props box contained hats, scarves, plaid/hipster decorated coffee mugs, and fake mustaches and beards. For those of you who don't know him, Sarah's brother has had a rather impressive beard/mustache for several decades now, so we needed to pay tribute to his facial hair prowess wherever possible. There was also a sign leading into the private area that proclaimed "40th birthday party - beards not required."

To decorate inside the tent, we brought in balloons, hanging fans, plaid blankets and scarves, floral arrangements, and mason jars filled with white twinkle lights. Outside the tent, we scattered additional floral arrangements and mason jars along with various personalized signs and fun facts about the year 1977. We used a local florist, Honeycomb & Co, to provide two different types of arrangements: we wrapped mason jars in burlap and had her fill those with wildflowers and we provided some rustic birch vases that she filled with succulents. We loved everything she did and would highly recommend her to locals.

As has become our norm, we worked with Micki at The Petite Cakery for the dessert. She created a custom s'mores cupcake recipe that was ahhhh-mazing. So far as we can tell, she can do no wrong when it comes to baked goods! You can also see our custom plaid birthday banner in the background and the cupcake toppers (black base, topped with plaid, then a round "wood" piece, and "40" on top). 

Another decor piece we created was a fabric banner, made with a variety of plaid fabric strips and then we used clothespins to attach photos of the birthday boy from birth to present as a little timeline of sorts. 

And that's a wrap on one of our favorite events of the year so far! What do you think? What's your favorite part of the decor? Comment below or drop us a line!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

 

It's Been ONE Year - Happy Anniversary to Us!

Hi Friends!

Are you having a good week? We hope so! We've been busy, busy, busy...so busy that we almost forgot about our 1 year anniversary of officially launching the Oh So Fancy website!

Luckily, Facebook personally reminded us - thanks, Mark Z.! And oh, what a year it has been. We've had so much fun along the way, making new friends, learning new skills and techniques, and sourcing the cutest party supplies on the planet (if we do say so ourselves!). Here's a quick photo trip down memory lane of some of our favorite things from our first year in business. 

Do you know what the traditional 1st anniversary gift is?? It's PAPER! Could that be any more perfect for us? We think not. So, to celebrate our anniversary, we're giving a gift to all of you! From now through Wednesday, June 14th at 11:59pm MST, we're offering 20% off EVERYTHING on our website!!! So, get while the gettin' is good! Use code: HAPPYANNIVERSARY to snag your discount. And local folks can stack that with our LOCALPICKUP code that always allows you to skip the shipping fees and come pick up your goodies directly from our "warehouse" (Sarah's basement ;-))!

And, if that wasn't enough excitement, we also launched our Father's Day cards today! We're officially taking orders for all 6 of the options below and we're happy to tweak them if you need them to say something else (e.g., Grandpa, Uncle, Son, etc.). They're only $4 each - that's less than you'll spend at Target for these handcrafted beauties! Please place your order by the end of day Monday, June 12th so we can get them to you in time. All orders will ship Priority Mail to arrive no later than Friday (unless you're local and want to pick them up - code: LOCALPICKUP is your friend, Denver-area shoppers!). 

Our question for you: what do you want to see for year 2 of Oh So Fancy? What should we do more of or less of? What Pinch do you want to see next? What products are you dying for us to start carrying? Please share below or drop us a line! We want to hear from you!

We hope you have a fabulous and fancy weekend - feel free to have some champagne or chocolate and blame it on us (you're a huge part of this adventure, after all, so please celebrate with us)!

Xoxo,
Erin & Sarah

Father's Day Crafts

Hi Friends!

How was your weekend? Ours was busy but great - we helped throw a 40th semi-surprise birthday for Sarah's brother on Friday night and it was such a fun party to help plan and decorate! The theme was "hipster BBQ meets outdoorsy tree hugger" - it was perfect for the birthday boy. Stay tuned for a full recap soon!

Today we thought we'd throw out a few ideas for crafty Father's Day gifts for the dads in your life. Here are some of our favorite ideas that are perfect for putting together this week, just in time for the big day!

How cute is this card from Love Create Celebrate? And bonus points for it using your kid's foot and finger prints! It's simply pun-derful! ;-)

Oh, so you'd prefer a handprint? We've got you covered! Here's another adorable idea from Glued to My Crafts creating a fish with "hooked on daddy" written above. 

Martha always has the answer. We love these kinds of Mad Libs cards - kids say the most hilarious things and here's a great opportunity to capture their thoughts on a keepsake for dad! It'll make up for the dozens of times they've said adorable things that you forgot to write down. Here's the direct link to the printable.  

Got some short pasta? Here's a quick and easy one for you from Crafty Morning. And if you only have spaghetti or linguine, those work just as well for sun rays! Or you could even substitute popsicle sticks. 

What's the best Father's Day gift you've ever given? Please share in the comments or drop us a line!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah

Graduation Parties and Gifts

Hi Friends!

A belated Happy Mother's Day! Did your families spoil you? Did you spoil the moms in your life? We had a lovely day, filled with friends, food, family, and love. As hard as it is sometimes (lots of the time), we wouldn't trade being moms to our little ones for anything. They have shaped so much of who we are and how we see the world and we're grateful for every minute we get to spend with these amazing little creatures (except, maybe, when they're writing with a Sharpie on the wall...or sofa...or cabinets...we don't treasure those moments). 

We just realized we forgot to officially introduce our 2017 Graduation Party in a Pinch!! (Insert embarrassed emoji face here.) We apologize if your graduation day/party has already passed, but hopefully we can still help some of you have a fabulous soiree to celebrate your graduate! We technically have two different pinches. One featuring black, white, and gold and the other featuring black, white, and silver. And we're happy to customize some of the items (e.g., confetti, cupcake toppers, balloons, or even make a custom banner) to add in school colors - as usual, we've got you covered no matter what you need! 

Graduation parties are a great way to celebrate the graduate and allow him/her to spend time with lots of friends and loved ones before moving on to the next chapter. We love the idea of incorporating the school's colors or mascot or traditions into the party to help make it unique and special for the graduate. 

We thought we'd throw out a few of our favorite graduation gift ideas, in case you're stuck!

1. Cash - especially for the high school or college graduate, a little bit of green is always appreciated! If your graduate is about to move or start a new job, s/he will have lots of expenses to cover and would definitely appreciate the help. (In a similar vein, gift cards to restaurants, grocery stores, Target, etc. are ALWAYS a good choice!)

2. Something sentimental - have you seen these t-shirt quilts (a number of sites offer them but this one seems to come highly recommended; there are also a bunch of Etsy shops offering this service!)? If your graduate has a pile of old t-shirts from school, sports, etc., this is a great way for them to keep and enjoy those memories for years to come. 

3. Theme baskets - these can go in a million different directions and are almost as much fun to compile as they are to receive. Some of our favorites include: a laundry basket (use an actual laundry basket for the container and fill it with detergent, dryer sheets, quarters, etc.), a "night in" basket (a deck of cards, a movie or a gift card to RedBox or Amazon, some popcorn and other snacks, etc.), a "thoughts of home" basket if they're moving away for the first time (foods, books, activities, etc. that will remind them of home once they're gone), and a "kitchen essentials" basket (everything they'll need to get started: some dishes, a pot and/or pan, utensils, cups, etc.). 

4. And of course, we can't forget the classic book: Oh the Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss. It's a classic for a reason and every graduate should receive at least one copy!

What was your favorite graduation gift? Please share in the comments or drop us a line!

Xoxo,
Erin & Sarah 

Mother's Day Gifts: Procrastinator's Edition

Hi Friends!

Apologies for the radio silence! It's officially party season and we've been up to our eyeballs in party proposals and crafting! We did another photo shoot this week, so we'll be releasing another pair of pinches next week that we absolutely adore! Our list of "must have" pinches keeps growing longer, but we'd love to hear from you if there's something you need that we don't have yet (it's probably on our "coming soon" list, but we can prioritize based on demand!). 

So Mother's Day is this Sunday. As in 2 days from now. Hopefully you already know this, but if you've spaced out and are wholly unprepared, we thought we'd throw out a few gift ideas that are the procrastinator's delight! 

1. A gift certificate to a spa. Most spas allow you to order a gift certificate online and either print it or email it to the recipient. Most moms would be thrilled with this gift - who doesn't love a pedicure, massage, or facial?? Want to up the ante? Include a handmade gift certificate that says you'll watch her children during her day of bliss (assuming they are too young to watch themselves) or, if her children are older, include a gift certificate for another perk: a homemade meal to follow and allow her to remain relaxed for the rest of the day!

2. Clean her house. This one will only cost you time, so it's perfect for someone on a budget. It's no one's favorite task so it'll totally make her day to wake up/return home to a spotless abode. We're kind of obsessed with Boulder Clean cleaning products - they smell yummy and are a healthier alternative to many cleaning products (they don't know who we are and aren't incenting us to say this: we just love their stuff!). Are you local to Colorado? If so, they're available in lots of Whole Foods and other stores in the state. Not lucky enough to live here? Look for them on Amazon!

3. Cook her a meal. One of my favorite memories was when my husband tracked down the recipe for the amazing herb rolls from my favorite Italian restaurant (that was 2,000 miles away from our home) and made them for me. He's a great cook but not much of a baker and spent the better part of the day proofing and shaping dough to present me with a delicious gift. While it doesn't have to be an all day effort, cook one of her favorite meals - she'll appreciate both the fact that she doesn't have to cook and that you thought to make something she loves. 

4. Write her a letter. Sometimes the best gifts are words and this is especially true with gifts for mothers. Write down your favorite memory of her or the list of reasons why you love her or the reasons why she's a wonderful mother. These are the kinds of gifts that we cherish and that stick with us long after the flowers wilt and the chocolates/wine have been consumed. Mothers are, in general, a fairly sappy bunch, especially when it comes to their children!

Bottom line: do something! It doesn't have to be extravagant, but make sure the moms in your life know you're thinking about them. Today and every day.

What's your favorite Mother's Day tradition? Share in the comments below or drop us a line!

Have a fabulous and fancy weekend! And Happy Mother's Day!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Mother's Day: craft ideas

Hi Friends,

Hope your week has started off well! As you may have seen on Instagram or Facebook, we got a late spring snow this weekend - over a foot of powdery, white goodness! The kids were ecstatic and we were thrilled that it was 50 degrees by Sunday and everything has already fully melted. Snow is significantly less annoying when it doesn't turn to nasty, filthy slush like it does in other parts of the country. We heart living in Colorado. 

Today we thought we'd get you thinking about Mother's Day, since it's less than 2 weeks away! Here are some fun craft activities for kids and adults! We tried to order them from easiest to most challenging but hopefully there's something for everyone! 

We love this twist on the classic paint handprint canvas. By picking a paper pattern that works with your home decor (or your mother's), it'll be something that fits seamlessly in your home and you'll love to display both for the sentimentality and the style. 

Raise your hand if you have a full drawer's of old t-shirts with holes or stains, that are out of style but you still love, or that no longer fit? Yeah, that's what we thought. Put a few of them to use with this DIY t-shirt scarf! We love the look of the braided version and have a few (by which we mean a few dozen) tees in mind for doing this project!

I have a serious soft spot for anything involving pressed flowers or leaves. It's probably because my mom has always collected the most beautiful flowers and leaves and began pressing them and making beautiful art with them a few years ago. These remind me of her, so I'd love to give this a try with my kids. Sometimes the most beautiful things are found in nature, and these bookmarks are a perfect example of that. 

These require a few supplies, but there are so many adorable possibilities!! If you have stencils you could use those, but we love that you can make something so pretty with basic contact paper! Obviously if you're going to use a knife to cut the paper, things with straight lines will be easiest. But you could probably also use paper punches to do more complex designs (test that first to make sure it doesn't jam your punches since we haven't actually tried this yet...) and you could definitely do something similar with a Silhouette or Cricuit, but we're assuming most people don't have those on hand. Anyway, check this out for a fun, geometric tea towel. 

We are plotting to make a dozen of these in every color of the rainbow! So gorgeous and the step-by-step instructions are well-written and cover just about every question we could come up with. Who would have known that cheap nail polish could result in something so beautiful?!

There were about 5,493 other crafts we wanted to post, so we may have to have a part 2 in the near future! But, for now, which of these five crafts is your favorite? And which one are you most likely to create? Share in the comments below or drop us a line!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

At Last...BOY Pinches!!!

Hi Friends!

We are nearly exploding with excitement today!!! We have not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR more pinches to share with you! And two of them have BOY written allllll over them. As the mother of two little dudes, I couldn't be happier! 

Up first is our "Little Boy Blue" Baby Shower Party in a Pinch (coordinating invitations and thank you notes are here). We love the color palate - gray/silver, baby blue, and white - and are smitten with the little lamb. It may end up being stamped all over our walls so we can gaze adoringly at it every day #(kiddingnotkidding). 

Up next is the "Big Rig" Birthday Party in a Pinch (coordinating invitations and thank you notes are here). It features an adorable big rig as both a giant cupcake holder as well as throughout all of the paper goods. The cupcake truck has a button you can push to hear various truck-related sounds. If you have kiddos who love trucks, this is a home run! My son is still obsessed with his truck from 2 full years ago and has it on display in his bedroom!

We didn't want to leave out the little girls, so the next two pinches switch it up and feature perfectly pretty palates for a baby shower or a birthday party.

The third new pinch is our "Hip Hip Hooray" Birthday Party in a Pinch and is allll about balloons (coordinating invitations and thank you notes are here!). Adorable, hand-stamped and paper punched balloons. The colors are light, fresh, and girly and we're swooning. This is one of our favorite babies (you're allowed to play favorites when referring to your products as babies...not so much with your actual children, apparently). 

Finally, we have a sweet, pastel baby shower with enough elephants to start your own wildlife refuge. "Welcome Little Peanut" features mint, blush pink, yellow, and a touch of sky blue and is our updated take on the traditional soft baby shower palate. We weren't kidding about the elephants being a big part of this pinch - they're in the banner, on the cupcake toppers, on the favor tags, and of course the stars of the invitations and thank you notes!

So....what do you think?? Are you as in love with these as we are? Please share in the comments below or drop us a line!

Have a fabulous and fancy weekend!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Just Five Things: Bridal Shower!

Hi Friends,

How was your weekend? It's officially birthday, bridal shower, and baby shower season and we are busy, busy bees! We've got 4 new pinches to launch on Friday, so stay tuned for sneak peeks throughout the week. As promised, we've got our first couple of boy pinches - yay! 

Today, we thought we'd continue with our "Just Five Things" series and cover all things Bridal Shower, since we've officially entered wedding season! Here are our top five suggestions for making your party an event to remember!

1. Pick a theme! Yes, we've said this before in another "Just Five Things" post, but it is equally relevant here. The theme can play off of the wedding (think: wedding colors, location, etc.) or off of something near and dear to the bride (her favorite activity, her home town, etc.). It'll give you a springboard to make planning the event easier and will make the party feel more cohesive.

2. Photographs! You certainly don't need to hire a photographer, but make sure you specifically assign the job of documenting the party to a couple of the guests. Bonus points if any of the attendees has an SLR and knows at least a little about taking good photographs, but even iPhone photos will do in a pinch. The more important thing is to ensure that you have some great snaps of the bride-to-be and all of her friends and family so she can look back on this memorable day for years to come. We love the idea of putting together a photo guest book after the fact - it's the perfect combination of visual memories and her friends' best wishes for the future. Who wouldn't love that? 

3. Flowers! We know, we know, we're slightly obsessed, but they really are one of the best party decorations! You don't have to use a florist or spend a small fortune. One of our favorite flower sources are our local grocery stores (you have to do some research - some are definitely better than others, even within the same chain!). Look up some tutorials on how to arrange flowers and you'll be surprised at how manageable it is to create your own masterpieces. We have a slight bias toward peonies for a springtime shower, but there are so many beautiful options: ranunculus, tulips, or the ever popular wedding flower: roses. 

4. Food and Drink! If it's in your budget, we always love to outsource food and drinks for fancy parties. It allows the hostess(es) to focus on the guests and the party itself rather than scurrying to finish cooking and mixing drinks the entire party. If you can't swing that (which we totally get!), we'd suggest keeping it super simple. Our favorite times of day to throw a shower are brunch (featuring lots of make ahead items) or an afternoon tea/happy hour. Both of these prevent you from needing to cater a heavy meal. For brunch, we love things like quiche, fruit, baked goods, and mimosas - nearly everything can be pre-assembled leaving little to the last minute. For an afternoon event, we suggest a cheese, fruit, and cracker tray, fruit, scones, and simple finger sandwiches. And either tea or a signature cocktail (we're in a lavender phase: check out this site for some amazing ideas/inspiration) . 

OSF - www.ohsofancyparty.com - custom bridal shower invitation

5. Invitations! As you may guess, given the fact that we're partially in the paper business, we have a lot of opinions regarding invitations.

First, we're pro-paper invitations, especially for anything even remotely formal (and we'd say just about anything related to weddings is at a minimum formal-adjacent). They don't have to be overly ornate, but paper invitations set the tone for the event and instantly make it feel more special.

Second, we recommend sending them 6 weeks prior to the event when it's an adult event (kids' parties are a little more flexible, and even 3 weeks is typically reasonable notice). This is especially important if some of the guests are out-of-towners who may want to drive or fly in for the party (e.g., other members of the wedding party, the bride or groom's family, etc.). It also gives your guests plenty of time to order a gift, even if it's something personalized or customized. 

Third, make sure you save one for the guest of honor! Everyone loves to receive mail and she'll love having one to remember the event. We love to turn a spare invitation into a keepsake for the happy couple: frame it using their wedding colors or, even better, frame it alongside their wedding invitation for a perfect and personalized memento. 

OK, those are our five thoughts for today! What are your favorite bridal shower tips and tricks? What's your favorite memory from your shower or a shower you've attended? Share in the comments below or drop us a line!

Hope the rest of your week is fabulous and fancy! 

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Cinco de Mayo!

Hi Friends,

Sorry for our absence on Tuesday! We were in sugar comas after Easter and got completely wrapped up with pinch planning and photo shoots (stay tuned for 2 BOY pinches - a birthday and a baby shower - next week! Woohoo!). Now that Easter is over, we've turned our attention to Cinco de Mayo and are busily getting ready to "party, karamu', fiesta, forever...come on and sing along" (don't tell us if you're too young to get the song reference, please ;-), but every time we say "fiesta" we start singing it!). 

Have you checked out Star Bakes (@starrrrbakes on Instagram)? She's based in CA and has the most beautifully decorated cookies! We are obsessed. And totally ordering some of these for Cinco de Mayo! How cute are they???

Nearly everyone seems to have a go-to 7 layer dip recipe. We love a good dip, too and it looks so pretty...until everyone starts dipping into it and making a total mess. This is a brilliant idea: put 7 layer dip into small, clear plastic cups! Each guest can have their own cup, so they can double dip their hearts out! 

Want something a little lighter? Or is the forecast predicting a heatwave? This chili lime corn salad looks delicious and won't leave you feeling overly full when you're finished. Yummy! 

We adore this idea for turning terracotta pots into sombreros! Cute and simple - our favorite type of craft! These would be cute as shown (for placecard holders), but could also hold food labels or, with larger pots, food. 

And last but not least, obviously you need a great margarita! We love the classic version, but this watermelon hibiscus margarita sounds refreshing and perfect for a summer day!

What are your Cinco de Mayo plans? Share in the comments below or drop us a line!

Have a fabulous and fancy weekend!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Spring Cocktail Round Up

Hi Friends!

Hope you had a lovely week! The weather here has been unbelievably beautiful and we're soaking up every minute of it! We can't believe how quickly this year is flying by - it's already mid-April?!?! We've been busy getting ready for our Easter celebrations this weekend and, of course, had to source some fun cocktails to serve to our families and friends. Here are some of the most delicious options we found.

This Vodka Lemonade Sparkler is pink perfection! It would look gorgeous on your table, surrounded by pretty pastels and all of your delicious brunch dishes. You may have noticed that we're a little into pink lately (see here and here). 

This one wins the prize for the cutest of the bunch. Whether or not you like to eat them, you have to admit these little chick peeps are adorable and perfectly festive. We're totally down for trying a Peep Vodka Lemon Drop if you want to drop one off. 

After much hemming and hawing, we ended up selecting this Pineapple Mint Prosecco Punch from Bread, Booze, Bacon as the winner. We'll report back with our review!

What's your favorite spring/summer brunch cocktail? Please share in the comments below or drop us a line!

We hope you have a fabulous and fancy Passover, Easter, and weekend in general!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah

 

Friday Fun-nies

Hi Friends,

We've been busy bees all week and staying up wayyyy past our bedtimes most nights as we work to roll out more of our redesigned pinches. We absolutely love them, so it's totally worth it, but we're feeling a little mentally spent at the moment. So, for today's blog, we've rounded up some funny comments that put a smile on our face and hopefully will start your weekend with a smile, too! Enjoy!

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I spit a little water on my screen with this one. As a child who shoved a dried bean up my nose, I could only get a little mad when my 2 year old put 12 grains of rice in his nose at dinner one night. He thought it was hilarious until we had to use the Nose Frida to suck them out. #donttrythisathome

Oh man, we are definitely adults. They reorganized one of the Whole Foods near us a few weeks ago. It made for delightfully spacious aisles, but they moved darn near everything. I need a map to find my way in and out and have failed to get at least one item on my list each time because I just couldn't find that section. And no, I didn't ask. That's against the rules when playing Supermarket Sweep. Or when shopping with 2 small children who like to play the "run away and hide" game in any store. And not only are we adults, but we're officially old enough for "classic" rock stations to be playing songs we listened to in high school. Seriously? Pearl Jam is classic rock now??? Say it ain't so. 

Who is with us on this one? #whyaretheresomanylegoseverywhere #wheredidthisevencomefrom #quickthrowitawaywhiletheyarentlooking

What is it about a quiet, post-bedtime house that results in such intense (albeit brief) feelings of motivation and "can do" spirit? Unfortunately, I'm too busy staying up late pinning meals (I'm never going to make) and "cheap and easy" craft projects (that will require trips to Michaels and Target and ordering 3 things that can get here in 2 days with Amazon Prime), so instead tomorrow morning I'll be exhausted and cranky. #winning  

Which one of these is your favorite? We can't decide! Comment below or drop us a line.

Have a fabulous and fancy weekend!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Easter Brunch? Yes, please!

Hi Friends!

How was your weekend? Ours was the second weekend of spring break and, despite having a great week, we were not sad to see the kiddos return to school yesterday! They were starting to get a bit stir crazy and there's only so many rounds of hide and seek (where the kids hide in the same exact spot - that's completely visible to anyone with remotely decent vision - every. single. time.) one can play before starting to lose it a little bit. Colorado is still doing its typical early spring thing, so we've been bouncing between snow days and shorts-weather days. Certainly keeps it interesting!

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We can't believe it, but Easter is in only 12 days! Is it just us, or does every year seem to speed by faster than the year before?! It was just New Year's Eve, for crying out loud! And there's the whole thing with holidays that move around each year that makes our heads hurt. It makes us appreciate holidays like the Fourth of July (it's so helpful when they put the date right in the name of the holiday!!). If you want to have your head explode a little bit, read this doozy of an explanation about why Easter's date varies so much (short version: it's typically the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox, but the solar year and lunar year don't play nicely, so sometimes that doesn't work!?!?!?!). 

Anyway, enough rambling. Let's get to the important topic at hand: brunch. It's definitely our favorite meal of the day and we'd happily eat brunch food all day every day. That's the beauty of brunch - it combines breakfast and lunch, so nearly everything is fair game. Whoever came up with brunch was a genius. We're already prepping for our Easter brunch and salivating as we look through recipes and recall what we've made in past years. Here are a few of our favorites to get you in the mood for brunch!

I (Erin) have been on an (obsessive) mission to find a good recipe for Belgian waffles. I can't tell you how many I've tried and what a pain-in-the-you-know-what many of them have been. I have 2 boys under 5. I don't have time for all that nonsense. And they go from sweet angels to hangry, hangry hippos in about 2 minutes. So, I need a recipe that's quick but also GOOD. I have very high waffle standards and finding good recipes has been a challenge. While I wouldn't say this recipe is the best waffle I've ever eaten (I'll reserve that honor for some restaurants that must put some sort of secret ingredient in their waffles), it's the best one I've made at home. It's light and crispy, thanks to the cornstarch, and doesn't immediately get soggy like so many others I've tried. It was a winner that's definitely sticking around my Pinterest Brunch board long term. 

Sarah made these Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes last year for Easter brunch and they were AMAZING. And not only do they taste delicious, they also look beautiful arranged in the dish. The rosemary pairs beautifully with the flavor of the sweet potatoes and the crispy, almost burned edges are perfectly sweet and create a wonderful texture. I think I had thirds. #sorrynotsorry. 

We haven't tried this one yet, but its days are numbered. We're coming for you, Fat Almond Pancake! We have so many friends with various food intolerances and allergies and love to have extra weapons in our cooking arsenal. These sound delicious and we'll let you know our reviews once we make them. In the meantime, if you've tried this one or something similar, please let us know!!!

Have you eaten/made a Strata? If not, you should. It's an Italian egg casserole and it's life changing. It's a very forgiving recipe with lots of options for tweaking and subbing to fit your needs. And did I mention the fact that you can make it the night before?? Oh, yeah, baby! This recipe is the closest I could find to the one I make (which is a hodgepodge of several recipes and found only in my head ;-)).

A few notes on tweaks I'd suggest to this recipe. First, I'd skip the mustard. I think it would overpower the dish (and that's coming from someone who really likes mustard). Second, if you want to really kick it up, try using caramelized onions. Yes, they take forever, but they add such an amazing depth of flavor and sweetness. Third, if you have time and have thought ahead enough for this, I like to cube the bread the day before I plan to make this to give it time to stale a bit. I find that it soaks up the egg better when it's not so fresh. I've made this more times than I can count and subbed a ton of different veggies, cheeses, and even the occasional meat (mostly for my father and father-in-law) and almost anything works. It's one of those great, versatile recipes that you'll come back to again and again. 

What are your favorite brunch recipes? Please share in the comments below or drop us a line!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

And then there were FOUR!

Hi Friends,

How was your week? We're experiencing a nearly daily battle between spring and winter here in Colorado - Mother Nature is definitely playing the "a woman is entitled to change her mind" card. Repeatedly. We aren't complaining though - we needed the rain and it'll make the true arrival of springtime even sweeter!

Since we were stuck inside a lot of the week, the good news is that we have 2 more pinches up and ready for share with you! This round features a sparkly and girly princess baby shower and a black, white, and gold elegant adult birthday. We adore them both so much!!! For those keeping track at home, that brings us up to 4 revised pinches (including the "Pretty Pink Princess" and "Floral Coral" ones we released last Friday). Four down and so many more full of so much more gorgeousness to go! #cantstopwontstop #loveourjobs 

We won't make you wait a second longer. Feast your eyes on these!!!

Up first is the "Aged to Perfection" Birthday Pinch. 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40. We're in favor of celebrating and embracing each one of your adult birthdays (and your wrinkles - you earned those suckers!)! This pinch can be made extra special for milestone birthdays or we can remove all mentions of age if you prefer. We are also happy to help you celebrate your BFF's umpteenth 29th birthday ;-). 

Black, gold, and white - simple, elegant, and classic. And we're obsessed with the "Aged to Perfection" theme - it completely embodies our view of aging. Isn't it so much better than the old school "Over the Hill" nonsense that used to be everywhere?? 

Next up is another delightfully girly pinch: our "Welcome Little Princess" baby shower pinch. (More "boy" themed pinches are in the works - pinky swear!) Gold glitter tiaras, fluffy pink tassel banners, and some of our favorite tableware (it's pink, gold, and white confetti and we're obsessed with it and its mint and blue cousins!) have us making allll the heart eyes at this one. Can someone we know please have a little girl bun in the oven soon so we have an excuse to use this pinch?? 

And as with all of our new pinches, we have created paper packages for each of these where you can get the invitations and thank you notes or both of those plus the cupcake toppers and favor tags! See the "Aged to Perfection" paper package here and the "Welcome Little Princess" package here

Thoughts? Comments? Which of the four so far is your favorite? What are you hoping to see in our upcoming releases? (Don't worry - we have more returning favorites as well as a bunch of "from scratch" pinches on the way soon!) Please share in the comments below or drop us a line

Have a fabulous and fancy weekend!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah

Just Five Things: Easter Egg Hunt!

Hi Friends!

How was your Monday? It was the first day of our Spring Break...which is markedly less exciting as a parent than as a child. Suddenly removing structure from my kids' days for a week turns them into fragile little monsters (fragile as in they cry about anything and EVERYTHING all day long and monsters as in they've suddenly remembered they were raised by wolves). Hoping the next 4 days go a little smoother. Otherwise I'm going to need a lot more chocolate to get through the week. 

Today we're continuing our series "Just Five Things" with our latest edition: Easter Egg Hunts! It's that time of year and we've already started prepping for this year's shindig. This isn't our first rodeo, so we've picked up some useful tips and tricks along the way that we're happy to share with you!

www.ohsofancyparty.com - Easter Egg Hunt

Here are five things we suggest to make your egg hunt extra fun and less stressful.

1. Know your climate. If you live somewhere that's virtually guaranteed to have snow on the ground for Easter, maybe consider an indoor egg hunt or encourage your guests to wear snow/rain boots that can be removed after the hunt ends so your home doesn't have muddy footprints running through it. If you live somewhere that tends to be hot in April, consider opting for non-chocolate candy in your eggs. I know, chocolate is clearly the most delicious form of candy, but when it sits in the sun and melts and seeps out of your plastic eggs... It's gross. Your yard will never recover. And your kids will be a filthy mess. And if you have a dog, chocolate is poison. We may know some of these facts from experience. Learn from us; don't be us. 

2. Bring on the flowers! As we've mentioned before, they're one of our favorite things about spring (and in general). Despite their bad reputation, we love carnations! They're surprisingly pretty (given their constant bad mouthing) and last forever. Win-win!

3. Make it a potluck! If you're hosting the hunt and are already in charge of stuffing and hiding the eggs (bonus points for neighbors who offer to bring candy and/or eggs to help you!), might we suggest having your attendees each bring a snack or beverage to share? Unless you're having the hunt as part of a more formal brunch/lunch/dinner event or reeeeeally love cooking/baking, there's no reason to slave away all by yourself making countless dishes that none of the kids are going to touch anyway because they're going to be too busy devouring every piece of candy they can before the adults notice. 

4. A few decorations go a long way. They don't have to be elaborate or expensive, but adding a few bits of Easter decor to your house will set the mood for the hunt. Even if your hunt is outside, you'll probably corral everyone inside while you wait for the whole gang to arrive. So, you might as well make your home look the part. We typically start with a festive banner and then add additional small items around tables to set the tone.  

5A. Stuff the eggs well in advance. There's absolutely no reason to wait until the night before or the morning of the hunt to stuff your eggs. Candy has a long shelf life, so feel free to stuff those babies weeks in advance! And, if you realize you're missing a key candy type or you're way short, you won't be running to every store in town trying to find candy the day before Easter. Good luck with that. Easter is second only to Halloween in terms of last minute candy shopping being a terrible idea. 

5B. (Sorry - couldn't stick to just 5 and these are totally related, right?!) Count your eggs twice: before you hide them and once everyone is done hunting. Especially if you're using any hardboiled eggs. There's nothing worse than not knowing for sure whether there's a rogue egg just waiting to become something truly disgusting over the next few weeks. (We no longer include hard boiled eggs in our hunt after a particularly unfortunate year in which more than one egg was left to rot for so long we were convinced there was a dead animal in one of our walls. Sorry for the graphic description, but you've been warned.)

OK, we're cheating again and adding this final tip (if we don't number it, it doesn't count, right?): give the little kids a chance. If you have a mixed age group, either give the littlest ones a slight head start or give everyone a max number to collect until the little ones get bored and start picking dandelions or playing open-shut-them with the eggs or dissolve into complete meltdowns because they're hungry/tired/bored/upset-they-saw-a-purple-egg-in-someone-else's-basket-and-realized-they-didn't-get-a-purple-one. Once they've gotten a few, the bigger kids can resume their complete domination of the hunt and everyone will be happy. 

Do you have an annual hunt? With who? Family or friends? We'd love to hear about your traditions. Comment below or drop us a line!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

They're heeeeere!!!!!!

Hi Friends!

How has your week gone? Ours has been completely insane and a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but we're ending on a high note - the unveiling of the first two of our tweaked pinches! We couldn't be more excited and hope you love them as much as we do (frankly, if you love them half as much as we do, that'd still be a ton of love since we're acting like lovesick teenagers over here)!

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Let's break it down for you a bit. We've made a few different types of modifications and we think/hope all of them will make our pinches even better! First, we've now rolled out tiered versions of the pinches. Each revised pinch will have 3 options:

1. Tableware Package - this one includes, hence the name, a set of all of the tableware included in the pinch (plates, cups, napkins, utensils, and straws). So, if you only want tableware, you can now add it to your cart in a single click (this was a much requested feature that we're thrilled to make a reality).

2. Standard Package - this includes everything from the Tableware Package as well as favor bags, favor tags (created by us, of course!), a handmade banner, handmade cupcake toppers, and confetti. 

3. Deluxe Package - this is the ultimate party package, and includes everything from the Tableware and Standard packages but adds on some additional decor items (think: fans, balloons, vases, cupcake wrappers) to truly be a fullblown Party in a Pinch!

Second, as we mentioned in the package details, each pinch now has a variety of items that we've designed and handmade especially for these pinches - favor tags, banners, cupcake toppers, etc. We truly love paper crafting, and this allows us to share a little bit of that love in each pinch we create and ship!  

Finally, we've designed coordinating invitations and thank you notes for each pinch. Yep, that's right - we can now provide everything you need from start to finish to have a perfectly cohesive, Pinterest-worthy party that looks like you spent days painstakingly assembling. It can be our little secret that you got everything you needed from us ;-)! See here and here for our first two paper packages.

Without further ado, here are our two newest (ok, fine, semi-new and improved!) pinches!!

The Floral Coral Party in a Pinch:

What do you think?? We can't wait to hear from you! Comment below or drop us a line!

Have a fabulous and fancy weekend!!!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Spring has sprung!

Hi Friends!

Happy Spring!!! We're trying to temper our excitement a bit, since we know Colorado is prone to April and even May snow/blizzards (see: Mother's Day the last two years!), but Spring is officially here! Despite our allergy flare ups (three cheers for Flonase and Claritin!), there's almost nothing we love more than watching the trees bud and the flowers bloom, and planning for the many events that fall during the second quarter of the year. From Easter to Cinco de Mayo to Memorial Day (with a few birthdays sprinkled along the way), we adore Spring's many festivities! We're cleaning up our St. Patrick's Day greens and starting to set the stage for the next holidays.

We thought we'd share a few of our favorite Springtime centerpieces with you today. There are so many to choose from, but these five spoke to us!

How cute is this Spring/Easter centerpiece from Peterson Stories, featuring Peeps?! Heart eyes all the way!

And Country Living knocked it out of the park with this sweet and simple centerpiece. Stunning!

We love this egg-stra adorable (sorry, had to) bouquet from Good Housekeeping. And bonus: they give great, step-by-step instructions that will make your centerpiece look professional! 

Every single photo in this gallery made us squeal. It's that good. Here's a teaser, but do yourself a favor and click over to see everything...including the bunny macarons! Gaaaa!!!!

This is such a creative idea and the results are beautiful - we're totally making A Fanciful Twist's "zinnias" once we scrounge up some pine cones...(for whatever reason, they are really hard to find in our neighborhood/immediate vicinity!?!). 

What's your favorite Spring centerpiece? Is it floral? Bunny/chick/other barnyard animal themed? Fruit themed? Share in the comments below or drop us a line!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah 

Where does the time go? 5 years in an instant...

Hi Friends!

We're thinking warm thoughts for those of you in the midwest and northeast getting hammered with snow! Hopefully you'll escape with your power intact and maybe even get a snow day out of it (see this post for some ideas of things to do to make the most of it!)!

The weekend before last marked the 5th birthday of Sarah's older daughter. My son turns 5 next month. Both of us have been scratching our heads and wondering how 5 years have gone by so darn quickly. We both get slightly nostalgic when reminiscing about their infant years (until the flashbacks of sleepless nights and endless crying begin), but absolutely adore their current life stage - so curious, bright, funny, and kind. Despite our threats on days when it takes 48 minutes to get their shoes on and get in the car for preschool, we wouldn't trade them for anything!

 The birthday girl illuminated by her 5(!) candles! Next year we'll need bigger cupcakes for these kids and all their candles!

The birthday girl illuminated by her 5(!) candles! Next year we'll need bigger cupcakes for these kids and all their candles!

Sorry for the slight tangent...where I was headed was a recap of Evelyn's 5th birthday, which also happens to be the debut of our new Pretty Pink Princess Pinch (say that 10 times fast)! It'll be up on the site in the next week or so, but we got to do a trial run when Evelyn requested a princess theme for her party decor. Thanks for being our guinea pig, E! ;-)

The party was held at a local shop that hosts craft workshops. Most of their workshops are really aimed at older kids or adults, but there was a cardboard castle option that fit the party theme perfectly. The kids had a blast and we loved the fact that they weren't getting pizza and frosting all over Sarah's house (did we ever tell you about the bright blue frosting from Evelyn's party last year that ended up ground into Sarah's wood floors and required hours of toothbrush action to get it out? Yeah...lesson learned about brightly colored frosting. We stick with good old white and chocolate 99.9% of the time after that joyful experience!).

Here are some photos of the party and some sneak peeks of our new Princess Pinch!

 Pretty Pink Princess cupcake toppers complete with the birthday girl's age and a gold glitter wand on cupcakes from  The Petite Cakery  (she now has a gluten free option!)

Pretty Pink Princess cupcake toppers complete with the birthday girl's age and a gold glitter wand on cupcakes from The Petite Cakery (she now has a gluten free option!)

 Cutie Pie Elyse

Cutie Pie Elyse

 Pretty Pink Princess favor bags and new favor tags!

Pretty Pink Princess favor bags and new favor tags!

 Pretty Pink Princess banner - customized with the birthday girl's name and adorned with gold glitter castles!

Pretty Pink Princess banner - customized with the birthday girl's name and adorned with gold glitter castles!

What do you think?? We'd love your thoughts and feedback in the comments or drop us a line! We can't wait to show you more of our newly tweaked pinches in the coming weeks!

Xoxo,
Erin & Sarah 

Friday Fun - St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Hi Friends!

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're going to mix some fun with a whole lot of behind the scenes crafting and website work so we can launch our revised Party in a Pinch packages very soon!!!!!!!! (The number of exclamation points is indicative of our level of excitement...so we're reeeeeeally excited!)

We're not tweaking our St. Patrick's Day Pinch, but we do have green on the brain since March 17th is only a week away! For those of you who like to get your craft on, we scoured the web for some fun and simple crafts to do with your kids or by yourself. These were some of our favorites.

This gorgeous creation from Crafty Morning uses minimal supplies to create something pretty spectacular. They're definitely on our to do list with our paint-loving kids (we may cheat and use those Kwik Stix paint pens we mentioned last week - still obsessed!).

We were singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow when we saw this next one (and for several hours later...darn those songs that get stuck on a never-ending repeat in your brain!). Mess for Less gives great instructions for making vibrant rainbow art using paint, glue, and salt.

I don't know about you, but our kids adore anything related to dressing up - costumes, masks, random objects that fit on their heads... The Leprechaun Paper Plate Mask from ABC Creative Learning would have them pinching each other with excitement (sorry, had to). 

We're suckers for anything that helps commemorate how small our kids are since we know they'll be taller than us way too soon (please slow down, just a little!). These Handprint Shamrock prints fit the bill perfectly (you could also do footprints, especially if you have really little ones who might smack their paint-covered hands all over you). Grandparents also tend to fawn excessively over such things if you're so inclined.

What St. Patrick's Day crafts have you attempted? Does your family have any St. Paddy's traditions? Share in the comments below or drop us a line! Have a fabulous and fancy weekend!

Xoxo,
Erin & Sarah

Coral and Navy 1st Birthday Party

Hi Friends!

How's your week going? We had a busy weekend and this week has started off equally nuts! Our neighborhood gets CRAZY wind, most commonly in the late winter and spring. And it's been making its presence felt this week. So far we haven't blown away, but it's putting a damper on a furniture refinishing project we have planned: new pinch photos call for a fancy, new (to us) table.

We're making tweaks and additions to all of our existing pinches (hence the need for new photos) and can't wait to share them with you. We are gaga for them!! And once we get all of them reconfigured and rolled out, we have plans for a bunch of new pinches that are so cute we end up talking in a high pitched squeal every time we discuss them. You're welcome for putting this in text form instead of making you listen to us babble about them ;-).

One of our all time favorite existing pinches is our Coral & Navy one. We had the privilege of helping a dear friend and neighbor decorate for her daughter's 1st birthday party and were thrilled that she picked this pinch as her starting point. We, of course, had to add a bunch of additional adorableness to the base pinch, but nearly all of the cuteness we added can be customized and even shipped (yippee!!!).

Feast your eyes on this eye candy:

 Mason jars wrapped with ribbon and a customized label - one of our favorite tricks for making a party feel unique and chic!

Mason jars wrapped with ribbon and a customized label - one of our favorite tricks for making a party feel unique and chic!

 Coral chevron wrappers with gold glitter "one" toppers with  The Petite Cakery's  amazing cupcakes!

Coral chevron wrappers with gold glitter "one" toppers with The Petite Cakery's amazing cupcakes!

 A custom mini banner, gorgeous smash cake from  The Petite Cakery , and a gold glitter "one" cake topper attached to some navy straws...what more could the birthday girl ask for??

A custom mini banner, gorgeous smash cake from The Petite Cakery, and a gold glitter "one" cake topper attached to some navy straws...what more could the birthday girl ask for??

 A custom display board to show the monthly photos of this gorgeous little girl!

A custom display board to show the monthly photos of this gorgeous little girl!

 Navy and white plates and napkins paired with gold stamped utensils for the win!

Navy and white plates and napkins paired with gold stamped utensils for the win!

 And last, but certainly not least, a custom coral, navy, and white Happy Birthday banner for the guest of honor. How much fun are the balloon bouquet spacer pieces?? All the heart eyes. And we stock those gorgeous glass vases, too - they're in several of our pinches!

And last, but certainly not least, a custom coral, navy, and white Happy Birthday banner for the guest of honor. How much fun are the balloon bouquet spacer pieces?? All the heart eyes. And we stock those gorgeous glass vases, too - they're in several of our pinches!

What do you think? What's your favorite item from this event? Let us know in the comments or drop us a line!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks soon!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah