Planning the Perfect Bachelorette Party!

Guest blog by Ashley Brooke

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Hey guys!  Lisa here your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl!  Meet Ashley Brooke my guest writer for this blog post!  Ashley and I went to college together at UNLV and she was a cheerleader when I was a Rebel Girl.   Ashley is an amazing wife, working mother, and a fitness junkie!  She is SUCH an inspiration to eat right, be fit, and grow confidence.  Follower her on Instagram at @ashbrooke_balanced if you want daily fitness inspiration.  Check out her feature on my blog about planning the perfect bachelorette party! 

Hi Babes! First I want to thank Lisa for so generously offering up her blog allowing this post to happen! So many of you have commented and messaged me asking for all the details on planning the PERFECT bachelorette party and I originally intended to just do an Instagram post but there is just NO WAY I could fit it all in! If this post helps just ONE babe in planning her own/friend’s bachelorette party, I will be one happy mama! So here it goes…

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YAY!!! Your BF is getting married!!! Once the initial excitement of an engagement for your bestie has passed, the real work for the maid of honor sets in. BACHLORETTE PARTY PLANNING! Knowing your bride is the critical first step in planning, for example if your bride hates the cold, a weekend hitting the slopes in Tahoe probably isn’t the best fit. For my bride and bestie of 10 years Samantha (Sami for short) I knew she wanted a sunny and warm bachelorette party. Not sure what your bride is looking for? Ask her! Don’t want to spoil a surprise? Ask her general questions like (warm weather or cool, travel or no travel, strippers or no strippers…haha but seriously ask!). It’s better to get these ideas as specific as possible to get a really good idea of what your bride would prefer before you spend the time and money putting together a party that misses the mark. The next and final thing you need from the bride is a list of her girls, the ones she wants to spend her last big blowout single weekend with!

Once you know what your bride wants and have the list of girls, let the planning begin! After attending many bachelorette parties, I’ve been through the good, bad and ugly. Knowing that Sami wanted a sunny/warm party in January/February my options for locations were pretty limited. I narrowed my ideas down to Florida (Disney World) and Mexico. One day while driving to work and listening to the radio I heard an ad for Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa, instantly intrigued (not even for the bachelorette party) I went to the website and saw the timing was incredible for the bachelorette party and the more I thought about it, the more I realized I was not going to find anything better. All-inclusive resort (remember the good the bad and the ugly? Splitting dinner checks and bar tabs every night between 8 girls is awful!). 4 nights of country concerts, pool side shows and most importantly SUNSHINE & BEACH! Once I knew where we were going and asked the bridesmaids if they were ok with all of the details, dates & pricing we were all set!

Since our college sorority days (shout out to Delta Zeta Girls) we have always loved to theme and match during girl’s trips, so coming up with the perfect theme for the weekend was really important to me. To be honest, I am not really sure how I came up with it but the word BEACHLORETTE popped up in my head and I couldn’t let it go and from there Sami’s Beachlorette was born. I asked a friend Josh (link below) to design a logo for me using a palm tree and some type of handwritten font to say Sami’s Beachlorette Crash My Playa 2017. I let him know the logo would be used on tank tops. He presented a few options and I picked this one!  In the same writing I asked him to also do a “Beaches” logo and “Beachlorette” logo so that we could have a second tank where all the girls were in beaches tank tops and our bride was in her Beachlorette Crop! It worked out so cute! (by the way, the font is called Lemon Tuesday and you can download it for free, just type it into google).

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Next I wanted to theme each day with our bride’s favorite things! A few of her favorite things include: unicorns, camo print, and bows so these things became the inspiration for each night.  To kick off the party we started night one in cutoff shorts & our matching beachlorette logo tanks (I did make Sami a cowboy hat with a veil, but her head was too big and it didn’t fit haha…oops). For our first day by the pool we all wore whatever swimsuit we wanted but our coordinating tank tops over them, this day was cleverly called “where my beaches at”. For night two we all had fun pretending to be unicorns. The bride was instructed to wear her favorite white dress/romper and all the girls were asked to wear their favorite black dress/romper. The next day we all wore matching swimsuits, I searched far and wide for a palm tree/beach print that had several different options that girls could choose from. These PilyQ suits were great. They had a one-piece option, two different tops and bottoms to choose from and shorts. We got so many compliments this day! For night three we were “Sami’s Soldiers” we all wore matching camo headbands, white shirts and jeans casual and comfortable after a long day in the sun. For the final day we planned a group yoga class and bought the bride a palm tree yoga outfit, each of the girls were asked to wear a solid color yoga outfit in Black, White or Gray (although we didn’t actually get to do yoga…long story…we still looked adorable J ). For the final night we decided to go BOWHO in Mexico. Each girl was asked to wear a boho outfit of their choice. In my opinion, the key to success here is to try and “theme” most of your night/days outfits that give girls flexibility to either buy a new outfit if they want or find something they already have in their closet…no matter what you choose as long as your bride has a veil on at all times, she will stand out!

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Some other fun accessories that made the weekend stand out were matching palm tree sunglasses, custom and personalized water bottles, oversized pool floats (TIP! Use the hotel blow dryer to inflate in your room…it works!)  and the adorable custom sun hats that the bride brought along for all the girls as a gift! 

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To reveal the location (and themes) of the bachelorette party to Sami and the rest of the girls I created packages from Santa. These packages included a full itinerary and each of the little accessories they needed so they could plan and coordinate their outfits. I created the itinerary using Microsoft Word and purchased boxes, tissue paper and palm tree confetti on Amazon.  

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The final step of planning was to create a “need to knows” packet. The purpose of this packet was to have all the details of the trip, contact information, location, emergency contact information ect in one place not only for us, but for our families. I also included a packing list because I typically make them anyway for my trips and I didn’t want any girl forgetting one of her themed goodies (and it worked! no one forgot!). this document was made using Microsoft word and I found little weather icons using google.

 

MY TOP 3 PLANNING TIPS:

  • Plan Ahead to avoid paying rush charges for custom items like tank tops, hats, tumblers and Veils. Give yourself at least 6-8 weeks.
  • If you are on a budget, you can DIY many of these items. Tulle is available in bulk on amazon or fabric stores for much cheaper than having someone else make them for you.
  • Choose a location that gives you all types of options for group experiences, concerts, fitness studios and down time.

MY FAVORITE BACHELORETTE PARTY LOCATIONS & THEMES!

  • Beachlorette: for obvious reasons I pick any beach and start planning! Cali, Miami and Mexico. I love the idea of all inclusive resorts because it just makes things easy!
  • Bachville: Grab your cowboys boots and head to Nashville, this is an amazing city with tons of bars, restaurants and activities. This city is packed with live music, culture and scenery.
  • NOLA: I haven’t been, but I have always thought New Orleans would be a great city for a bachelorette party, When I think of NOLA I think of taking a group pastry class to learn how to make their world famous beignets or a haunted city tour soaking gup the history.
  • Austin: This hotel looks like an incredible girls’ getaway https://travaasa.com/
  • Vegas: For the party bride you really can’t go wrong with this location. With enough girls you can generally get access to comp bottles, tables and dinners and some of the best restaurants, night clubs and day clubs.
  • Napa: How much fun would wine tours and tastings be with all your girls. Napa is a foodie town as well, a great spot to get some amazing meals.

 

SHOPPING LINKS:

Sami’s Beachlorette Logo: www.iamjoshlucas.com

Custom tank tops/crops/t-shirts: www.customizedgirl.com

Palm tree sunglasses: www.sunglassspot.com

Starfish Veil: RiosBows on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RiosBows

Unicorn Headbands: RAQuirkybits on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RAQuirkyBits

Custom Bridal Mrs.Veil: myeverydayparty on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/myeverydayparty

Custom Tumblers: shoparoundthecorner3 on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShopAroundTheCorner

Custom Sun Hats: lifehasjustbegun on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeHasJustBegun

Palm Tree Swim Suits: https://www.swimoutlet.com

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Thank you to Ashley for sharing her amazing tips! I hope you all enjoyed Ash’s post on planning the perfect bachelorette party!  I know I will be putting this advice to good use as I am helping plan one of my best friend’s bachelorette parties in a few months! EK!  I can only pray it is as cute as this one!  If you aren’t following her on Instagram yet @ashbrooke_balanced, you are really missing out!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

It May Not Be Your First RODEO, but It Was His!

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It may not be your first rodeo, but it was Kohen’s!   Our little man recently celebrated his first birthday so we partied cowboy style throwing him his first rodeo!  For first birthday parties I love to do themes, easy food, and festive decor!   Did you see Logie Bears’ first birthday?  Check out that blog post here. I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful event planner of Starry Eyed Events who helped decorate part of his party.   If you are in the Las Vegas area definitely hit her up for your next celebration!  The other decor was either thrown together from what I already had or from Oriental Trading.

Our little birthday boy was too excited about the balloons that Starry Eyed Events brought that you couldn’t quite see his “My First Rodeo” t-shirt.

Cowboy gear was the dress code for the event, but if a guest came unprepared I got these cute cowboy hats and bandannas to keep everyone festive.

Starry Eyed Events did a pristine job decorating the dessert table to display tempting cupcakes and the first birthday staple, the SMASH cake!  I always say the BEST place to get a small smash cake is Albertsons!  They always do a great job for a low cost and often will throw in the smash cake for FREE if you order enough cupcakes.

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Starry Eyed Events even brought an ipod and speaker filled with country jams and rodeo tunes to set the mood and ambiance of the party.  This allowed every person to grab their partner and Do Si Do!  I put up the other decorations for the party about a week in advance.   This always helps get the kids excited and give you one less thing to do as the party day comes closer!

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Other decor I threw together was a clothesline banner displaying Kohen’s monthly photographs-he grew so much in one year!

Simple number one balloons, flowers, and mason jars were great center pieces.   And Pin the Tale on the Cow was a fun game for the toddlers at the party!

I also set out a craft for the kiddos to make their own farm out of animal stickers and construction paper.   Don’t you just love this custom farm table? We get TONS of use out of it.

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Now for the food!

I have to admit I love throwing parties but I HATE making food.   Its so much work-the planning, cooking, and clean up alone! Ugh!  I always try to buy most of the food and only make a few things.   It seems to saves energy and sometimes money.

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Pulled pork, chicken, and “KoKo Beans” (baked beans) were served in my triple crock-pot, a must for parties.

Fruit, cups of popcorn, and chips made for great rodeo side dishes.

The smash cake is always my favorite party of any first birthday!   The little one’s first taste of sweetness, will they be scared?  Like it?  Be disgusted? Devour it?

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We of course shared with our older sister!

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Happy birthday to our little Bean!  I can’t wait to see the adventures you will encounter this coming year!  

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

 

*This blog post was partnered with Starry Eyed Events.   This was an amazing party planning company to work with and I highly recommend it.   The thoughts and opinions of this blog are my own.

A Break from the Typical Pinterest Party: Making a Birthday Special on a Budget

I am taking a relationship break from Pinterest Parties…….We’ve been in a pretty serious relationship the past few years, but I am sorry crazy Pinterest Parties I NEED A BREAK.

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IMG_6697So I am the first to admit that Pinterest has sucked me in….sucked me in SO DEEP that the last few years all the parties I have thrown have been themed, had fancy handcrafted decor, and had food that is obviously carrot sticks and hummus but has to have an over top oh so cutesy name.     I am losing the energy people!!   Having two under two I just can’t keep up, I don’t know how some supermoms do it!  Those parties take SO much time, effort, energy and MONEY.     This year for Logan’s birthday I just couldn’t come up with the energy to throw her an over the top party which she wouldn’t even remember.   It made me think of my birthday parties I had as a little kid.   They were SO much fun!   Most of the parties consisted of pizza delivery, a decorated table covered with a plastic table cloth coordinated with matching plates and hats, and a fun decorated cake-usually handmade by my mom, the current queen of crazy-over-the-top-Pinterest-Parties.    So for Logie’s birthday she wasn’t going to get an expensive birthday party that her budgeting parents would really be throwing just for “show”  but she was going to get a MEMORABLE celebration of being TWO YEARS OLD!   Here are some of the inexpensive ways we said HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY to our princess! 

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Logan woke entering the world as a two year old to 30 balloons and streamers from the dollar store.   The hardest part of throwing this together was blowing up 30 balloons after bedtime….if we are keeping score on balloon blowing skills Mommy: 7 Daddy: 23.

This is the Doyle party at 6:18 in the morning….anyone else’s kids are ready to party that early?

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The one thing we did spring for Logan’s birthday was her KidKraft kitchen.    The rest of the gifts in this photo (besides the blue bouncy horse from Auntie Kelli) were all from the Dollar Tree!   

It does not take much to make a two year old happy-plastic veggies and fruit- toy animals and dinosaurs-bins to organize kitchen stuff-will keep this girl happy for months.

DONUTS!!!!! Who doesn’t love a dozen Dunkin Dounts!!!  Logan got to experience her first dounut!  We also sang Happy Birthday to her for the 10th time already lol

This was very special for Logan because she rarely…almost never….gets sweets!

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No fancy “I’m two” outfit for this girl….she wore a dress from Old Navy that she can wear over and over again-or at least until she grows out of it.   Instead we sprung for a number 2 balloon from our local party store.

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Post nap we had family over for pizza and cake and I went SO simple…or I like to say “old school” with the decor.   This two under two momma didn’t even make it to the party store, I ordered all of this from Amazon.

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Overall this two year old had the best birthday!!!  I am so happy with the decision to go low key and not throw an over the top party which would cost 100s of dollars.    However readers, I did say this was a “relationship break” from Pinterest parties, so there are no promises that for future celebrations it might suck me back in, but until then I will still dream of that pizza delivery and hit the gym for that third slice I should have put back.

 

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle

Teddy Bears Picnic First Birthday Party! Looking back on Logan’s First Birthday

Teddy Bears Picnic First Birthday Party!

Looking back on Logan’s First Birthday

I cannot believe my little girl is going to be two years old soon!   That first year of parenthood is a serious challenge and the milestone of your baby hitting one years old is a great accomplishment.   Logan quickly earned the nickname “Logie Bears” so throwing her a Teddy Bear’s Picnic themed party seemed fitting.    This year for Logan’s second birthday we are doing a small party with family and I will be blogging about “a memorial birthday celebration on a budget.”   Stay tuned for that post!  In the meantime, here is our princess on her first birthday!

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Logan’s cute little outfit details:

Bow:  Etsy

Oneise:  Made by mom

Tutu: Etsy (After this event I figured out how to make them on my own for WAY cheaper)

Shoes:  Ross (Under 5 bucks!)

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First:  Party Picnic decor!

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I got these cute teddy bears from Oriental Trading for each of Logan’s little friends to “adopt.”

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I made these teddy bears from a store bought spheres (on clearance, because who wants brown!) and added construction paper.   These were so easy to throw together!

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Next stop:  Party Picnic Food!

Now to the food for the party!  I love to make AND buy food, sometimes making food can save you money, but not piece of mind.   On the other hand, buying food can be REALLY expensive which is why I like to do both.

Not pictured:  Sub sandwiches from Port of Subs.   It would have been more cost effective to make sandwiches myself, but for piece of mind I ordered a tray of sandwiches.

Cake SMASH time!

Some moms spend MAJOR money on smash cakes when the one year old barely gets any in their mouth!   I know some bakeries can charge around 50 dollars for one small cake!  That’s insane.   I spent a total of ZERO dollars on this cake.  YES NOTHING!   I talked to the bakery at my local grocery store and with buying two dozen cupcakes they threw in this small cake for free!  SCORE!

Thanks for reliving our baby girl’s first birthday party!   I can’t believe Logan will be two soon!

Until Next Time XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle