Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Black and White Evening in Excellence

Last night was our Young Women's Evening in Excellence program.  This was our first real BIG EVENT as a new presidency and I'm proud to say....the evening turned out remarkably {thanks to my awesome counselors, secretary and advisors!}  And of course....our young women....who are about as darling as it gets!  

For those of you who care {or are serving in Young Womens....here are the details}:

WE BELIEVE in BLACK and WHITE

We chose this as our theme.  We got the idea from HERE.  {Pretty much everything having to do with the evening: refreshments, decorations, favors, our outfits.....were all BLACK and WHITE}. The idea was to explain to the girls that .....what we BELIEVE in is black and white. There are NO gray areas to our beliefs.  We are either FOR these things....or we are not.  And the 13th Article of Faith tells us just that.  


Lucky for us...one of our very dear friends dabbles in the 'decorating' business.  She let us borrow all her 'loot.  Don't you just LOVE the chair covers?  I thought they made things look so elegant.


We lined up about 4 long tables and displayed the girls' projects on this.  With each girl's project, we had their picture {taken on Sunday} and a name plate.  There was some NEAT stuff on these tables.  Such talented young women I get to work with I tell you!




I think the very favorite thing that we were able to 'borrow' were the chandeliers.   Don't they make our podium look nice and cozy? {My friend says you can purchase these at Hobby Lobby.  With your 50% coupon they come out to be $25.  I want, like....10}.



Remember how I {sorta} have an obsession with water bottles matching my themes?  This was no exception.


So simple to do...Just cover in scrapbook paper!



My very favorite part of the evening was the content of course.  Second runner up?  The food table.  

Chocolate cupcakes, Homemade Oreos, White Chocolate dipped Marshmallows.


I've discovered that if you make a plain old box of chocolate cake...you can WOW people with the frosting and they'll think the whole darn thing was homemade.  I have a YUMMY cream cheese frosting that I like to use for cupcakes.


Ginormous marshmallows were found at Wal-mart. 
{Man that place is such a hit or miss}.
I dipped them in white chocolate, added sprinkles and a lollipop stick.


White chocolate dipped pretzel rods

Yummy Oreo Truffles.  {Hint...buy the MINT Oreos.  They are DEE-LISH!}


As for the favors {because yes...every party needs them!}...


We had a table on display with a copy of the September New Era {this issue is focused ALL ABOUT Personal Progress}.  Each girl was to take one home with them as well as the TRUE to the FAITH books that each family should have in their homes.

Then....as a little special something...we gave them these necklaces...





Bottlecaps were purchased HERE.  Circular printable was purchased on etsy and temple charm was purchased on Charming LDS Gifts.  


Dorie, Rachel and myself....Our presidency {minus my cute secretary Sonia who was not there yet}.

Monday, November 14, 2011

I'd like to make a request....

I heard that line MORE than any other line while working as a dee-jay at a local radio station.  And guess what?  Radio stations don't even PLAY requests.  They pretend like they do.  But they don't.  They just tape your voice and if the song happens to come on.....they play your 'request' over it.  Don't tell em I told you.

Today, I'm wanting to REQUEST some pretty good Christmas tunes for your listening pleasure.  They are some of the VERY BEST Christmas Cds out there. My tree and Christmas decor starts to go up a week from today. And you better believe I'll have these tunes cranked up while I'm 'decking the Coombs halls'.  Here are my favorites:


Mariah Carey Merry Christmas.  A classic....a must have in every household.  THIS song just never gets old.

A few years ago I bought her SECOND Christmas Cd....


Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas II You [Audio CD]

This one is just alright.  There are a FEW hits.  But it's not one I listen to on repeat.

Another classic and must have:


Amy Grant Home for Christmas.  Love every song on here.  Especially THIS one.  No matter WHO seems to re-do it....her version will always be the best.

Her second Christmas cd....

Christmas to Remember

Equally as good.  Worth purchasing.

More of my Classic Favorites include:












Yes...Christina Aguilera.  Surprisingly good!

This year I purchased two NEW Christmas cds.  {I like to add to my collection each year}.  


Justin Bieber Christmas Album Cover


The Biebs.  Love it.  THIS song is Grant and Carson's favorite.  {No surprise really...because if Busta Rhymes in the background doesn't SCREAM 'holiday mood'....I don't know who does!}



You gotta love Michael Buble.  You just have to.  This cd is WONDERFUL!


As for my ALL TIME favorite Christmas songs?  It's THIS one and THIS one.  Hands down!

What are YOUR Christmas music classics???


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thanksgiving ideas.

Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite times of the year.  The weather gets crisp, we share our GRATITUDE with others, Paradise Bakery starts selling their Ginger Molasses cookies, I start listening to Christmas music......  

Here are some ideas to inspire you this turkey season:



I'm pretty sure I want to make these cookies for the boys' school classes.  Found on the Pillsbury website....they even use refrigerated cookie dough...how easy is that?!? Add some candy corns, frosting and mini m&ms and you've got yourself an original Turkey Tom!



I just happen to LOVE Reese's PB cups.  {They are my FAVORITE!}  Which is why I think these Pilgrim hats are a MUST!  Spotted on Taste of Home {LOVE them!}....they are made with those fudge striped cookies and icing.  How simple is that?


How about these leaf shaped 'pats' of butter.....


Drizzled in honey...cut with a cookie cutter...I am in love. Who needs the roll?

And these napkin rings?


Acorns.  Missing Virginia and the trees in our backyard...

These ideas were found over at Better Homes and Garden.  Talk about eye candy!

How about centerpieces....



diy decorating 15 Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

This is one of my favorites.  Wine glasses tipped over to cover mini pumpkins.  The base holds your votive candles!  Found on Tip Junkie HERE.


For Thanksgiving morning breakfast?


Turkey Banana Pancakes via Little Nummies

And for lil Miss Londy.....I'm thinking she needs THIS to accessorize her Thanksgiving Day outfit:



Although....I don't see it lasting too long :)