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Show Me a Couples Shower

Show Me a Couples Shower…..Bring a Blender for her, Some tools for him, or pick out a present for the two of them!

How do you decorate and  celebrate a couples shower in February….. with love that is! Considering that the month of Love is February, what better time to host a couples shower when your house is decorated for Valentines!

As proper etiquette would have it, a shower is hosted after a wedding where everyone is not invited to the wedding……so the good friends of the mother and father of the groom hosted a couples shower. What better time than a noon Sandwich, chips and dip bar!

And where do we start? With a theme and color story!

Theme: Couples shower & wedding celebration. Color story: Red, pink and black and white! Hearts and Love!

here is the table setup:

Show Me a Couples Shower

Show Me a Couples Shower

Alta Lynn shows off the tablescape. A black table-cloth serves as a great backdrop with the punch of the hot pink paper mesh runner!

Black table cloth with pink paper mesh runner.

Black table-cloth with pink paper mesh runner.

Show Me Tip: Invest in good quality fabric tablecloths. To create an inexpensive table runner use a length of mesh, the ends gathered  with a rubber band and trimmed in coordinating ribbon. In this scene black and white polka dot ribbon is perfect!

Coton Color's Happy Everything platter with seasonal attachments serves as part of the centerpiece and gift!

Coton Color’s Happy Everything platter with seasonal attachments serves as part of the centerpiece and gift!

Flowers and Coton Colors platter are elevated on a Pink cake stand. Creating different heights adds interest to your tablescape.

Show Me Tip: Gather up your serving pieces and set your table the day before the shower. Mark each platter or stand with a sticky note of which food goes where.

Black and white serving pieces are collected and used to support the color story.

Setting the table, and a beautiful chandelier.

Setting the table, and a beautiful chandelier.

Baked Hawaiian sandwiches were the star of the show. They are delicious and easy to make ahead. You may adapt to your taste and likes.

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

A vegetable tray, fresh fruit, and a selection of chips and dips completed the savory menu. Hearty enough for men!

A delicious selection of cupcakes, cookies and bars finished the party on a sweet note!

Sharing the decorating responsibilities helps to create a beautiful event!

Sharing the decorating responsibilities helps to create a beautiful event!

Ice tea bar and light fruit punch quenched everyone’s thirst!

Guest are greeted with a beautiful wreath,Lisa Frost Heart banner, red, pink and black and white!

Guest are greeted with a beautiful wreath,Lisa Frost Heart banner, red, pink and black and white!

Show Me Tip: Create a great 1st impression and set the theme for the celebration or event stating at your front door.

Live, love and laugh…Show Me a Happy Couple!

Happy Decorating y’all!

Kathy and Becky

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1st Impression, you only get one chance!

1st Impression, you only get one chance!

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Simple Valentine

Wow…its already nearing the end of January and to be honest I just finished putting all my Christmas stuff away.  Most years I allow my house to be decoration free for several weeks however, I took Christmas down and put Valentine’s up this year.  My Christmas colors flow very nicely into Valentine’s so the transition was pretty easy this year.

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Valentine Garland with Lisa Frost heart.

I just switched my ribbon out, added purple Amaryllis flowers as well as the small pink and multi sequin balls. Another great addition to this garland would be our Adam’s and Company conversation hearts ornaments. My Lisa Frost banner has appeared multiple places through out my house: front door, above my mantle and now attached to my fireplace screen.  Great purchase!adamsandco, conversation hearts, show me decorating, valentines

I do not go all out all over my house for Valentine’s.  I like to add just a touch on a few places. One of my favorite pieces in my home is my custom made hutch by my Grandad.  I showcase my serving pieces, festive glass ware, fiesta dishes and recently I was able to purchase awesome chevron chargers by @cotton colors.

hutch, show me decorating, valentine's, adams and company, coton colorsI have ordered the Happy Valentine wooded blocks to place on the top of the hutch to give it the extra Valentine spirit.

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Valentine/ Birthday Celebration!

Welcome to my Valentine/ Birthday party!

Welcome to my Valentine/ Birthday party!

Valentine/ Birthday Celebration!                                       Follow Me on Pinterest

My door is the 1st impression of the theme of the party!, Love the inspiration from my Lisa Frost Valentine heart!

My door is the 1st impression of the theme of the party! Love the inspiration from my Lisa Frost Valentine heart!

Miss Cayce’s is celebrating 29 years (1984) in business in the Permian basin. because we are a seasonal store and we have lots of women that work for us and they change sometimes from season to season it was hard to keep up with birthdays, you would remember some and celebrate and forget others and have hurt feelings! So years ago we instituted a policy, if your birthday falls during our open season, you are responsible for celebrating and inviting us to the party! We have had catered lunches, complete with cake and party favors, and if you don’t throw your own celebration you cannot be upset if no one knows! Because my birthday is in February, the 12th to be exact, and close to Valentines day (one of my favorites) I throw myself a Valentine/Birthday party and invite my friends and family. This year was especially special because my little sister Jennifer and our Show Me Decorating team, Sal and Lanisa (from San Antonio) surprised me!

Sister Jennifer (San Antonio Show me Team) Kathy, Betty (mom) and me!

Sister Jennifer (San Antonio Show Me Team) Kathy, Betty (mom) and me!

I requested everyone to wear red, pink or black and white.

Handmade and hand delivered! Using Valentine inspired scrap book paper and glue stick!

Handmade and hand delivered! Using Valentine inspired scrap book paper and glue stick!

I fixed my favorite lunch menu:

Tomato Basil Soup

Brown ‘n serve sandwiches

Salad with Strawberries and balsamic dressing

assorted desserts from Pinterest

Antique dishes, oblong plates with matching punch cups (borrowed from Alta Lynn) were perfect for my menu!

Antique dishes, oblong plates with matching punch cups (borrowed from Alta Lynn) were perfect for my menu!

 Betty & Tammy help themselves to assorted treats! Black and white serving pieces coordinate with party theme!

Betty & Tammy help themselves to assorted treats! Black and white serving pieces coordinate with party theme!

This year I found a drink on Pinterest where you dipped the clear glass in white icing and then in colored sprinkles!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca, were great helpers for the celebration!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca, were great helpers for the celebration!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca were kind enough to serve and help, and clean up!

Drink:

Fresca

splash of cranberry

twist of lime and

optional: vanilla infused Vodka

pour in a shaker with ice and shake, pour in sprinkle rimmed glass

Shaken and cold! Delicious!

Shaken and cold! Delicious!

Birthday glass for the birthday girl! glass rimmed with birthday sprinkles!

Birthday glass for the birthday girl! glass rimmed with birthday sprinkles!

I love love love pinterest! I get so many ideas and want to always try new ideas, especially food and desserts!

my desserts were

Red Velvet brownies

Red Velvet brownies

Red velvet brownies (cut with a heart shape cookie cutter)

Strawberry lemonade bars

Strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese glaze

Brownies, Strawberry cupcakes and pink lemonade bars

Three layer Brownies, Strawberry cupcakes and pink lemonade bars

chocolate dipped strawberries

and my all time favorite,

Three Layer Brownies

1 cup butter

4 squares unsweetened chocolate

1 1/2 t vanilla

2 c sugar

1 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. melt chocolate with butter, cool and add other ingredients. mix well, but do not beat. Put in a greased and floured 10x 15 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. cool.

Spread with icing made from 1/2 c soft butter, 3 cups sifted powered sugar, few drops cream and 1t vanilla. Smooth as evenly as possible. chill slightly

Glaze with 1/2 c butter melted with 2 squares unsweetened chocolate and cooled.

These freeze well. I love this recipe because I made the week before, drizzled with white chocolate tinted pink and froze.

I collect recipes from friends when I attend an event or party and like the food served.This recipe was given to me by my good friend Cliffy who served these at a reception.

These sandwiches also freeze well and are perfect for a brunch lunch or late dinner! I made the week before and made extra to store in the freezer.

Baked Sandwiches, Yum!

Baked Sandwiches, Yum!

Brown n serve Sandwiches

1 pkg brown n serve rolls (split in the middle) I used Hawaiian rolls

1 pound shaved deli ham

1 pkg sliced swiss cheese

sauce:

1 stick butter

2 Tbls sugar

1 Tbls chopped onion

1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce

2 tbls poppy seeds

2 Tbls Dijon mustard

salt and pepper

Saute onion in butter, add remaining ingredients. stir till sugar is dissolved and mixed well (I mix all and microwave for a couple of minutes really quick)

Separate and slice open rolls, brush inside (one side) with the sauce, layer cheese and a thin layer of ham. replace top, pour sauce over rolls and bake on 350 for 30 minutes.

These are delicious dipped in raspberry chipotle jelly!

I search magazines, the internet and Pinterest for recipes to try, I print them and make them for events and if I get good reviews I keep and if not I toss! (red velvet brownies)

My bestest friend of 27 years, past catering partner and Miss Cayce’s employee Alta Lynn Gerlach shared this soup recipe because she knew I loved La Madeline’s tomato basil soup!

Tomato soup made the day before and served from my crockpot!

Tomato soup made the day before and served from my crock pot!

This was inspired by La Madeleine’s Tomato basil soup, a favorite of ours when we go to market

La Madaltalynn’s (from Alta Lynn Gerlach)

1 stick melted butter

1 large 28 oz can tomato puree

1 can chicken broth

4 Tbls Basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup whipping cream

Mix all ingredients except whipping cream.

Heat until warm and then add whipping cream right before serving. Do not boil.

garnish with fresh chopped basil

Life is sweet! especially when you have awesome family and friends!

Life is sweet! especially when you have awesome family and friends!

The guest arrived in Red, pink and black and white!

The guest arrived in Red, pink and black and white!

Even my granddaughter enjoyed the soup!

Even my granddaughter enjoyed the soup!

Sal and Lanisa, the Show Me team from San Antonio

Sal and Lanisa, the Show Me team from San Antonio

The top of the piano is a great area to decorate seasonally

The top of the piano is a great area to decorate seasonally

A command hook place upside down, on the inside of the cabinet will hold a shiny red heart!

A command hook place upside down, on the inside of the cabinet will hold a shiny red heart!

Sheer pink ribbon attaches to command hook to hold the heart!

Sheer pink ribbon attached to command hook to hold the heart!

The chandelier is a great place to add seasonal decorations!

The chandelier is a great place to add seasonal decorations!

My son, Price surprised me with a visit and gift!

My son, Price surprised me with a visit and gift!

Ethan delivered the gift! Perfect for my bedroom!

Ethan delivered the gift! Perfect for my bedroom!

No birthday would be complete without gifts to open!

No birthday would be complete without gifts to open!

My birthday party was recently featured with my favorite recipes in the Midland Monthly! Check it out!

http://midlandmonthly.com/more-than-just-a-christmas-store/

 Happy Decorating Y’all,
Becky and Kathy
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Love is in the Air and Online!

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Lisa Frost Heart banner, available at http://www.showmedecorating.com

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and the team at Show Me Decorating has been working on several Valentine decorating ideas!  After wrapping up a successful Christmas season we looked around at the Christmas project we had done and were able to reuse lots of our product for Valentines.  If you’re like me, your house looks really strange after you take down your mantle and door decor.  Typically I wait a few weeks and throw up some Valentines but this year I decided I could simply just rearrange a few things from Christmas and get my Valentines stuff up.  The stores do it why can’t you.  I have included several ideas for your front door….

IMG_4217Simple grapevine oval wreath, love sign, fake flowers and FABULOUS wired ribbon.

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Red, lit tinsel wreath with bow! www.showmedeorating.com

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Add a personalized painted letter….

Or if you’re looking to go over the top add our 3 main ingredients: BALLS, FLORAL and RIBBONIMG_4253

To carry the spirit of Valentines into the house I went with a more whimsical and slightly unconventional look.  I used a turquoise garland… Yes turquoise! This is a great way to go a little funky.

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To create a different look from Christmas I swooped the garland over the corner of one side.

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I made half bows with long tails.  I always browse through the dollar sections @target and found this awesome heart-felt garland that I cut and added to my ribbon.

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Next add your variety of balls in color and size.

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Lastly tuck in your florals! I decided on a purple Amaryllis flower and a red glittered Rosemary spray.  I just finish off the entire look I and added my @lisafrost banner.  You could have this look in your home by visiting www.showmedcorating.com

LOVE your decorating! Katy

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Show me the power of 3! Valentine Wreath Power Punch!

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Welcome to my home! Happy Valentines day!

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1st impressions, you only get one chance! We used the power of 3 on this fun valentine wreath! 3 large oversized focal points have a punch and balance! Now we show you how!

Gather all your supplies

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The Lisa Frost (@demdaco) puffy heart was the inspiration for the wreath, the sign from @Walmart is a Sandra Magsamen creation, compliments the color story, Red, pink with the pop of black and white! The message live, love, laugh is perfect for Valentines

Spray paint a grapevine wreath black for the base

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Ribbon! funky pink clear vinyl, fuzzy pink and red, and black and white polka dot@reliantribbon, the 4-6″ ribbon makes a statement

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Learn to tie a bow, http://www.app.showmedecorating.com $2.99! We created a bow with this fun combination of wired ribbon. Learning to tie bow opens the door to so many decorating projects!

Glitter, a girls got to have some!

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The fun pink flower spray was leftover from Christmas! After Christmas sales are a great place to find fun things to incorporate in seasonal and everyday decorating. The purpose of a theme and color story is to help you focus when you are looking for supplies for your project and narrow the options! We also love items that can be used for more than one purpose!

The Lisa Frost heart @demdaco(the inspiration) and the fun Sandra Magsamen Sign @livingartfully @walmart, are 2 of the focal points

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We wired on the canvas heart and the sign, now to balance the two we will add our bow! Learn how to tie a bow at http://www.bowapp.showmedecorating.com just $.99! The power of 3! Wired ribbon is best! @reliantribbon

The power of 3, adds balance to the wreath!, bow is wired on!

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Now the finishing touches, the glitter pink flowers will carry out our color story, red, pink and black and white! A couple of shatterproof red Christmas balls will add a little more red and both are wired on. (by wiring on instead of gluing, all the pieces can be taken off and reused next year in a different way, and it is easier to store)

The wreath is finished off with Funky sparkle pink flowers!

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Welcome to my home! Happy Valentines day!

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Everyone walking or driving by will see an inviting doorway! The power of the 1st impression! What does your doorway say?

We want to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day, spread some love and cheer to all those you come in contact with!

Create, Inspire, Educate to Decorate!

Happy decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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