Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Campy dining room!

Yay! Cousins Camp is finally here!

"Tumberg Cousins Camp" that is.
My dining/living room is ready for a great big family camping get-together. I made the table as big as it would go, re-arranged the furniture a bit to maximize seating, dug out some of my mini Christmas trees and declared myself ready for my family to come!
Ohh, I can hardly wait for "Cousins Camp" to begin.
A few treats and few fake trees... you know, to add a little more ambiance.
Oh, and the serene lake scene painting by my sister is perfection for our dream of a summer camp.
Yep, I'm using those paper pinwheels again - just grabbed some kraft paper avery labels and made some cute little "cousins camp pinwheels".
I used these buckets for the 4th of July - now I think I'll use them for everything I can possibly think of. They're so stinkin' cute! And they're filled with rocks, how perfectly camp-like is that?
I set up another side table with a vintage cooler, plaid tablecloth (thrift store find) and a couple more trees. It's feeling pretty campy in here.
Oh, and s'mores - lot's of supplies for s'mores!
One more cute little bucket with pretty river rocks and a pinwheel.
I think that's about all the set up I did in the house...
Oh wait- I did this too.
On my breakfast table - I made room for legos, legos and more legos. I learned this one a few years ago at my son's 10th birthday party. I just left legos on the spare table and at various times, various kids would make their way to my little "LEGOLAND" and they would sit and create quietly. 15 kids will soon be at my house. 2 are mine. They range in age from 6 months to 12 years and only 4 of them are girls - legos are a must in times like these!

Camp signage here.

More camp-like details to come...

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Cousins Camp" prep...

A couple of weeks ago my parents and one of my sisters and her family came from Minnesota to Washington to visit me and my other 3 sisters and our families. Realizing that we would have 15 of my parents 16 grand kids all in one state - my sisters and I decided to throw a little "cousins camp".
Here's a little of my prep...
Elena and I thought it would be fun to make one of those "MASH" signs for our little camp. And while we were cleaning up the shed, we found a stack of what must be some sort of landscape marker and well, they were perfect - they already had an arrow cut into them, all we had to do was grab some paint!
And... ta-dah! We made our very own campground sign!
We took a few liberties with our "camp". Never mind that the "pool" is a little blue kiddie pool and the "petting zoo" is in the direction of the duck house and rabbit cage... and the "dirt" sign... well, there was no exaggeration needed there!
We pointed the "playground" to the school playground, the "fishin hole" towards our pond, the "walker ranch" to our neighbors house, which by the way - anytime you call there, you'll hear: "Walker Ranch!", so it was quite fitting. And the one at the very top, is the approximate direction to my parents farm in Minnesota - a mere 1,537 miles away.

This was a super fun, not necessary addition to our little "cousins camp" plans... I'm not sure many people even noticed it, perhaps because the only pole I could find already in the ground was on the edge of our property, but nevertheless - Elena and I had a blast making this, we giggled and giggled as we painted signs of our exaggerated campground.

More "cousins camp" to come...

Friday, August 9, 2013

50th Birthday Party!

Hi... I'm back!
And I'm finally getting around to wrapping up the little 50th birthday party my friends and I threw for our friend Maureen.  
This was such a nice day. We started our morning at Carson Hot Springs. A few of us enjoyed a nice, leisurely soak and wrap. If you haven't been before, prepare yourself for a rustic environment and strong sulfur smell and a good hour of pure relaxation. Oh, it felt so good, I'm pretty sure I need to go again. Like tomorrow, or maybe even today...
P.S. local friends - it's half price on Tuesdays, it's usually a bit busy, but at $10.00 - it's worth it! 
After soaking and wrapping we were welcomed by a nice little picnic lunch prepared by Mid and Pat.
Oh, there's that table again. I think I love it.
Pat brought some cute little white flowers to add to the arrangements, I think they're perfect.
Oh, so much happiness.
Mid, Maureen, Karan & Angela - oh, and that's my spot right there, the plate with one of Mid's precious deviled eggs on it.
Such a great group of ladies celebrating one special lady.
Angela, Liz and Pat.
Ooh, this was yummy!
Huckleberry pie made by a special lady who wasn't able to make it. Thanks, Ann! We missed you and your pie was delicious!
Present time.
Happy birthday to you...  I think the birthday girl is happy and that's what we like! 
She's 50!
Birthday girl serving up another scrumptious pie, this one was full of chocolate and it was made by Liz. Oh, I could really go for another slice of that... it was beyond amazing.
Birthday hugs and happiness.
Aww, they're so cute! Dear friends - Mid and Maureen.

It seems that once I finish blogging about an event, it's officially over in my mind... so sometimes I drag out the blogging process as long as I can... yeah, I'm not sure I'm ready to close the book on this one... but, I guess all good things must come to an end. Oh, it was such a sweet morning with such great friends. Happy 50th birthday Maureen! Was a pleasure celebrating with you! 

Here are the rest of the posts related to this party:
Party Planning
Party Prep
Birthday Party Eve

Enjoy! :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Birthday Party Eve!

Happy Birthday Party Eve!
We're having a little birthday lunch at this little lady's house.
And look how happy she is! She's the host of the party, I just get to bring some little cute things over, but she's providing the sweetest environment and of course, the sweetest company.
A place setting all ready for a guest. Those plates were meant for this day.
  I popped my little paper medallions into Mid's spider plant. They look happy over there.
I had fun tinkering with this little corner of goodies. I'd like to think that I eventually straightened out the tablecloth, but ahem... well...
 ...there, we'll just crop out the uneven tablecloth out! Problem solved.
 I put a little bucket of water bottles on the floor. And then I smiled. A lot.
There, I think we're ready. It looks cute, it looks casual and it looks festive. I think we're done.
Or, maybe not...  okay, kiddos... you play cards with Mid while I play with these...
Ahh.... sigh... and sigh some more...
oh, these make me smile and they make me instantly calm.
Not only are they the perfect color, but I had them growing near my pond... such a treat to find such a beauty amongst the weeds.. but that's another story. I loved cutting them, I loved haphazardly arranging them. Oh, quite possibly the most peaceful job and addition to the party décor.
As you can tell, it's dark now, nearly past the game players bedtimes but I'm still playing with flowers... na-na na-na boo... uh, never mind - what I mean to say is I love playing with flowers and I feel like I'm having more fun than anyone else. 
 Ooh, don't they look pretty from this angle?
But, wait- once you take the party favors off the table, you can see the flowers better and look how well those flowers pop against that bright yellow tablecloth... lovely, just lovely...
I toyed with them and I probably even clapped my hands a time or two... they were just perfect and they just added so much sweetness to our little picnic of birthday lunch for the birthday girl who loves flowers. 
 Another angle. Yep, still pretty.
Now, to pop those favors back on the table and tear the game players away from their game... the birthday party eve prep is complete! I can't wait for the birthday girl to see what we've been working on, she's going to smile and be loved.

 Oh, wait... I may have straightened that tablecloth after all... well, kind of... well, never mind.

My friends, Mid and Liz and myself... oh, we had a good ole time setting up... Mid's dining room is not used very often so it was a special treat for us to have the party there. Liz and I got busy extending the table, Liz gathered chairs and Mid got out her tablecloth and the pad that goes under the tablecloth - whew, I'm glad my mother-in-law had clued me in to such things... I was about to set the plates right onto the table. Mid would have been kind, but I did feel a sense of relief that at least I had been informed of such customs. Again, whew! It was great that the tablecloth color worked so well, it made all of that plum-ish color just pop! I had forgotten a tablecloth in my planning, but not to worry, Mid had me (and the table) covered.

More posts from this party here:
Party Prep
Party Planning

Friday, July 26, 2013

Party Prep!

Okay, here we go... here's my simple party prep...

Scrapbook paper, cut into 2 inch strips. I later cut it down to 1 and a 1/2 inches. It just worked better. And pay no attention to my quilt tools that I use for cutting paper straight... I never have been much of a paper crafter.
I added a few more prints and colors... it's for my friend and she's really not the matchy, matchy type. I'm digging the variety too. But it seems that a bit of matchy, matchy goes a long way when it comes to party planning.
Oh, labels. A party must. I love making these. I have a pack of Avery labels at home so I went online to avery.com and designed the label using their design program, printed them and there you have it! Labels that I'll stick on nearly everything that I can think of! They just add so much personalization to the party décor.
 See, I put them on water bottles.
And lots of an item, I love having lots of an item. It seems to take it to another level.
And I put those labels on the napkin wraps.
Hmm... they're starting to get a little too matchy, matchy for even me...
so, I made some with the brown napkins and random strips of scrapbook paper (I just used a tiny strip of tape to hold them on). There, a little more randomness feels good.
Oh, and look at those towels lining the baskets, they couldn't be more perfect. In fact, I already had them in my entertaining stash still in the package, just waiting for an occasion such as this!
Oh, and then I remembered I have a nice stack of mini white take-out boxes... and wouldn't it be fun to put together a little party favor for the ladies at the party? Ooh... and I have lots of dishes and laundry staring at me... so, I'm pretty sure making these is a necessity.
 I picked up a few little goodies to put in them. A tiny little pack of nuts...
 some little bath sponge poof things...
 and just a little bit of chocolate. I mean, the boxes are tiny, so tiny chocolate is perfect.
 Oh, they're so cute. That was an incredible use of my time!
Yep, still love them... but, I really don't want to do the dishes... I wonder what else I have around here...
Oh - this is perfect, another place to put one of those labels and even more perfect because the guest of honor really likes my little pinwheel thingys. And yeah, I've used them a time or two before... originally for my mom and dad's birthday party and then again as Christmas ornaments... I love that I'm still using them.
 A cute little matchy, matchy party set.
 I'd say we've got the makings for a nice little casual lunch birthday party.
The water bottles are all ready for the party. This little basket will go with us when we go to the Hot Springs Resort.
Here's one of the baskets (in progress) that my friends and I put together for the birthday girl. Customized for the birthday girl with lots of European dark chocolate, black licorice and a few other gourmet goodies.
Oh, I'm almost done with the at-home party prep... bummer, I'm having so much fun, I really don't want it to end (never mind the chores that are staring at me)... so, I'm pretty sure I need to wrap up those cute little take-out boxes in plum colored cellophane. Yep, that's exactly what I need to do.
 Ha ha! Oh, look at all that cellophane, it's so sparkly and over the top... I'm in love.
And all that cellophane looks so pretty with this basket that a couple of my friends and I are working on for the birthday girl... oh, she's going to love this so much! I can hardly wait to show her how much she is loved!

More 50th birthday party to come...

More party planning here and here.