How to Plan a Backyard Baby-Q

It’s that time of year when the outdoors are calling everyone’s name! And maybe it just so happens that you are in charge of hosting a baby shower for your sister, cousin or friend…what better time than to host your event outdoors and plan a Backyard Baby Q! 

As many of you know, my sister Lacey and her husband Eric welcomed sweet baby Eli into our family in late May. I had the best time planning this fun themed shower for Lacey and her sweet family. Since this was baby #2 for them and it would be the first boy in the family, we wanted to include dad this time. We decided it would be fun to make the party co-ed but also keep it really laid back and simple. 

It began when I found these oh so cute invitations designed by Le Partie Sugar. I knew right away that these were the ones. Classy, boyish and a little pizazz rolled into one:



















Lacey had also decided on decorating Baby Eli’s room in the Michael Miller “Going Coastal” plaid fabric with hints of chevron and burlap.  So she made it easy for me to incorporate this into our decor plans for the shower. We also used our custom designed Landry Grace creations to display during the shower to add to the d├ęcor. 




  










In keeping with the spirit of BBQ we kept the menu as such:

Pulled Pork Sliders
Cole slaw
Tortilla Sausage Wraps
Potato Salad
Kettle Chips & Fritos
Spinach Dip
Texas Corn Dip
Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip
Fresh Fruit Salad  














For dessert we made mini Chocolate Pie bites and mini Banana Pudding bites!  These seemed to be a big hit.   














Beverages or "Sippers": 
Beer
Blue Margaritas
Sangria
Lemonade
Water

Tea















It was fun and simple to create these "menu labels" while using the base of mini mason jars filled with sand.  



I think Daddy Eric had a fun time opening gifts this time and being included in all of the fun.  I especially enjoyed gifting the wooden guitar (pictured below) with Lacey's favorite lullaby on it (Godspeed written by Radney Foster).  The ladies at Rearview Vintage Home Decor did a fantastic job creating this memorable gift that this proud Aunt was so excited to give to little Eli! 


A Backyard Baby Q would not be complete without a game of Corn Hole - looks like they are having a great time - don't ya think!



I would say this fun themed shower was a hit and everyone had a great time!  













How to Create a Baby Registry on Etsy

You are expecting and friends, family and loved ones are super excited and ready to shop for you and baby!  It's time to let everyone know what you are in need of prior to baby's big arrival. Grandma is chomping at the bit to start loading up on baby gifts for you - and a baby registry is the perfect solution to display your wishlist. And if you're like me, you LOVE all things unique and personalized for your sweet lil' one. And what better source is there for treasured finds than Etsy?!

Some awesome shops dedicated to crafty baby goods have their items for sale on Etsy - including yours truly - Landry Grace! Everything from personalized room decor to baby bedding to burp cloths are all featured in some of our favorite shops. Check them out below. Then, scroll down and check out some tips on how you can make sure your favorites show up on your registry.

Landry Grace - Uniquely Designed With You In Mind:

Create a custom look to accent your nursery or toddler room. Any design, color, theme or pattern — you dream it up, we will create it. There is not a children's room design on the market that we cannot match or accommodate! We would be honored to create something unique and special just for your little bundle of joy. Just let your creative palette be your guide and we will do the rest! 

Landry Grace specializes in coordinating uniquely designed baby memory bookschild step stoolsphoto frames and wastebaskets with babies' nursery or bedding. Browse our latest designs or inquire about a custom designed piece or collection.



At Sugar Chic Baby, all products are designed with a practical flair and made with the highest quality of fabrics and materials. Everything is created from our own designs & patterns, keeping everything original and unique. At Sugar Chic Baby you'll find reversible headbands, aprons, baby bibs, burp cloths & more.





Caden Lane is a designer brand of baby bedding, crib sets, and big kid bedding all made in the USA for your dream nursery! We also have a huge collection of personalized baby gifts, and coordinating decor. We love color, and our collection includes all the most popular color trends in nursery design including pink and gray, chevron, gray and white, coral and teal, and pink and blue (just to name a 
few!) The hardest part will be picking your favorite...

So now the question is - "How do I create a baby registry to feature items I love from Etsy?" Well, the answer is unfortunately less than simple as Etsy does not currently have this functionality. However, we have found some ways around it and wanted to offer up some assistance. See below for some very user-friendly, simple to navigate options and then don't forget to add some LG items to your list! We are happy to create a custom listing for your shower guests to use for checkout which will get you a custom order specific to your design ideas. Just convo us for details. And while you're at it - make sure and peruse some special gifts from some of our favorite shops as well. 

1) You can set up a treasury list via Etsy. Its actually very easy to do so. All you need to do is locate the items you want to add, click on the product and then under the "Add to Cart (green button on the product page)", click "Add to" and then "Create New List." Do this for each item you would like to show up in your treasury list and then forward on the treasury list link to friends and family. How easy is that? 

**Keep in mind that with this option - you may need to request some custom listings to be set up specifically for your treasury/registry so that you can ensure that your items are the exact colors, patterns, and/or designs that you would like. Most shops will happily do this for you if you just convo them with the details. Once your listing is set up - the shop will then send you a link to your listing which can then be added to your treasury. One other thing to note is that it is possible for items from treasuries to sell out due to purchases from other users (not related to your treasury/registry list). So my advice is to once again get in contact with the shop and ask for a special listing just for you to avoid 
this. Let them know what and how many and this can once again be set up via a custom listing.**

2) You can actually utilize the "wedding registry" feature via Etsy. This has all of the functionality that you would be looking for with the exception of how it is categorized and named. My suggestion is to simply let your friends and family know via an email that your registry is set up via Etsy and although it is called a wedding registry - it is actually truly a baby registry.


3) Check out all encompassing registry sites like MyRegistry.com for a one-stop registry solution for all of your gift needs. MyRegistry.com allows you to add any products from any website or store with the simple click of a mouse or a scan of a barcode. And this does in fact include any Etsy items you would be interested in adding to your registry. Once again - a word of advice is to ask for those custom listings via your favorite Etsy stores. This is the best way to get exactly what you want with no questions or worries from those gifting the items to you. Check out MyRegistry.com here and then have some fun adding items to your list! 

Happy Shopping Everyone!! 

Spring Style Trends for Haute Chic Mamas on the Go!

I’ve been ready to put the sweaters and boots aside for a while now. In fact, I love when the season changes from winter to spring…I think most are ready for the transition to take place when that time of year gets here.  Spring time is one of my favorite times of year. The weather is not too terribly hot yet - especially for us Texas gals. The flowers are in bloom. It's time for sipping a nice glass of chardonnay on the patio. And it's definitely time for more pedicures (yes please!). 

If you are like me, you probably have a closet full of plenty, but it’s always fun to get a few new pieces to update your look for the new season. While you may have seen the new spring trend report for 2014 off the runway, it’s time to break it down for us moms. Now granted - most of us are chasing after toddlers with our hair up in a ponytail and our gym attire on. But, on the much needed occasional date night or ladies night out, I want to look and feel my best - even though the only runway I’m walking down is the hallway and out the door. And also, for the day to day, we need easy breezy ready to wear looks that are functional while we are on the go - even if it is just errands.  Let’s face it, our days will always consist of chasing little ones around and well…getting drool and slobber all over us.  (There will be a time when this doesn’t happen, but just not anytime soon). 

As a mom, here’s what I’m loving for spring (some of these items may or may not have been recently added to my closet, wink!):

Boyfriend/Cropped Jean with Icy Pastel Tank and Metallic Sandals

The Boyfriend or Cropped Jean is not new to the scene however it took me a season to get it just right. I tried some last year but I think I found the perfect pair this time around.  Hint, go down a size, you really don’t want to look like your boyfriend or husband in these.  Going down a size keeps the fit still on the slightly loose and comfy side but while also keeping it a bit fitted and feminine. 


AG Jeans the Tomboy Crop 

Next up - icy Pastels are everywhere!  This cute ruffled tank hits the spot for an easy everyday look.  
















Metallic sandals go with just about everything. I love pewter and bronze tied in together, it's so easy to mix and match colors and accessories with these.    










BC Footwear from Zappos

Navy and White with Bold Prints

Next, I love the look of navy and white - a classic that is a big hit this spring



Keeping it Boho-Chic and Breezy in White

I love the feel of this airy white tank. And at $49.95 - it's priced just right. This style can be worn with anything from boyfriend jeans to cute shorts. And then just pair it with some wedges or flats and the right piece of jewelry - and you've got a winner that can be carried from spring to summer. 


Garden Party with Graphic Prints and Stylish yet comfy Wedges  


Why do I love the sound of this?  I’ve never been invited to an actual “garden party” but I would certainly welcome it, sounds fun and fancy don't you think?  Love this look for a spring outdoor party I have coming up.  Or take it with you on vaca for a resort style look.  This LA Made super cute romper is seriously so comfy and at a very flattering and appropriate length.  I paired it with the Mallorca Pendant from Stella & Dot along with these oh so comfy wedges from Michael Kors (they are literally like walking on a cloud and I'm willing to pay for comfort!).  



Fringe Is In!  

While I do like fringe, I prefer to wear it in accessories.  Too much can be a bit over the top.  Nice thing is for mommies like us by wearing as an accessory, you can easily remove when needed.  Here's an easy to wear look with white, fringe, and pops of color - pair with your fav jeans or shorts, sandals or wedges and you are good to go.  I would definitely save the Tansy Fringe Collar Necklace (left) for a date night.  This necklace is boho sexy chic and would look absolutely stunning with a navy dress or LBD (really any color for that matter!). 
           

  



Taking it to Another Level with Length and Color  

While this may not be daytime mommy friendly - can't you just see this with a cobalt blue tank and white shorts?  I couldn't resist! 



Perforated Bags a Must Have! 

There are SO many colors, shapes and sizes to choose from - all from Splurge to Steal. 



Urban Originals Wonder Dots 


All of us busy moms know what it is like not to get a shower in for the day. But why not spoil yourself a little and splurge on a few key pieces this spring for those days when you do get a little adult time? It's important to remember to take care of yourself and do some things for you too! So with that said, happy spring and happy shopping (probably online that is and quite possibly after the kiddos are in bed while you are sipping on your favorite glass of vino)!