What We All Have In Common: Happy Mother’s Day

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Recently I was asked to participate in a night of women reading essays about motherhood, called Listen to Your Mother.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I actually don’t talk a lot about motherhood. It’s because I don’t like to open myself up to the comments really. I open myself up a lot, in a lot of ways, and I have to draw some lines in this Internet sand! But it was interesting to me, to think, “If I had 5 minutes to tell every mom, one thing, what would I tell them?”

So I sat down, and I wrote this. And I wrote it for myself as much as I wrote it for anyone else. But I mean it with all my heart, and I wish each and every one of you moms a very happy Mother’s Day.

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Mother’s Day Brunch: Cucumber Lime Punch

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Ok, listen, this Cucumber Lime punch is so good, it’s so refreshing, it’s so crisp, it’s going to blow your mind. I am not overselling this damn punch.

It’s non-alcoholic, because I don’t drink alcohol, but I’m sure you boozy gals could think of something saucy to spike it with if you wanted!

I served this at the Mother’s Day Brunch I did for my girlfriends, and don’t forget the Honeycomb Pineapple tutorial is here!

For the Beary Cute Baby Shower I spent DAYS and hours in the kitchen, baking and slaving away. And Kimmy shows up with this punch and all I got, the whole shower was, “WOW! That punch you made is AMAZING!” And I said, “I made everything BUT the punch.” And they’d say, “Oh, yeah, that’s good too.”

Hahaha. That’s how good this punch is! So I’m just warning you, don’t spend too much time or money on food, because if you’re waiting for people to validate your efforts, this punch will prove far too distracting with every thirst-quenching sip.

At the Mom’s Rule Brunch I was smarter. I knew how delicious and beautiful the beverage was going to be, so I not only incorporated it as part of the table décor, but I didn’t bother spending too much time on food. Yogurt parfaits, grapefruit, baked goods, and THIS DRINK: it was perfect. I mean something savory would have been good too but I’m not made of money guys.

Are you officially sold? See how to make it.

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Ok I stole this recipe from Kimmy, and she stole it from her mama. It’s very simple but the order in which you place the ingredients in the punch bowl matters.

1. You’ll need 1 bottle of Diet 7UP or Diet Sprite, Diet something along those lines, one can of limeade concentrate, 1 cucumber and some party ice or pellet ice. That matters!
2. Put the concentrate and soda in your punch bowl/pitcher/holy vessel.
3. Slice up the cucumber and put it in.
4. LAST pour the ice on top. It’s ok, it’s gonna melt and it makes it better.

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Then sit back and wait for everyone to drone on and on about how fantastic it is. If for some reason you don’t like this punch don’t even bother telling me. So many people have confirmed that it’s the best punch ever we’ll just all have to assume your taste buds are in the wrong. I apologize in advance if your taste buds hate you.

Have fun punchy friends!

Xo
Alison

Styling: Alison and Kimmy Crosby
Photography: Heather Mildenstein
Party guests: Megan Conley, Jessica Swenson, Kayti Oldham &Kimmy Crosby

Kid’s Party Craft: Bib Necklace

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When it comes time to do a kid’s party or event I’m always racking my brain for some good activities that are first and foremost actually fun for kids to do, but are also not too complicated, messy or expensive!

Scotch® Duct Tape is such a great alternative to paint! And that’s one reason I used it for Gigi’s Puppet Theater, and also why I thought of using it for these Easy Bib Necklaces for kids. Aren’t they super Jem and the Rockers?

I went for a modern triangle shape, but they’d be cute and super customizable for any party theme! I’d recommend this craft for ages 3-12. For the 3 year olds you’re obviously going to need to do a lot more supervision, but I’ve worked with girls age 8-12 a lot as well and I can see them eating this up!

Hop through for step-by-step instructions!

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Pineapple Honeycomb DIY

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Ok! I’m so glad that you guys love the Mom’s Rule brunch as much as I do! Is there anything better than a good theme? Few things make me as happy as one, I’ll tell you that.

Today I’m showing you how I made the Pineapple Honeycombs for the center of the Mom’s Rule table. Basically they are made using honeycomb balls and paper.

For the brunch I spent some extra money and bought metallic card stock to glam things up a bit. Metallic card stock can kind of be a pain to find! I had to buy a whole pad of metallic card stock (from Joann’s) to get just a few sheets of the gold, but yes, I cared that much.

The honeycombs are regular balls, that I buy online here, but honeycomb balls are becoming more and more common in party supply stores because they are so trendy. I call them the new tassel garland. Remember when it wasn’t a party unless it had a tassel garland? I DO!

I’ve seen honeycomb balls at Zurcher’s which is like a party city. I’m also gonna say, before you start this, that cutting the honeycomb is REALLY really hard. Like you might get blisters. So keep that in mind before you decide to make 40 pineapples. You’ve been warned.

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Moms Rule: Mother’s Day Brunch

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You guys, Moms Rule! Haha, so that’s why, when I sat down to brainstorm some ideas for a Mother’s Day brunch, this is what I came up with. I worked with my friend Kimmy Crosby, and we wanted to create a party that you could throw for your girlfriends, not just your mom or mother-in-law. Because we thought, why not celebrate the moms in your life who make the day-to-day job of being a mom better? So this a girlfriend’s brunch, not just a Mother’s Day brunch! Haha it would also make a pretty cute baby shower.

For all the resources and TONS more pictures KEEP READING.

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