It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hello all!

Two days until Christmas! I can barely contain myself. My family has all arrived.  We have finished all our grocery shopping and the kitchen is quite a buzz of activity. Hello holidays!

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas or something else, I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful week. I’m making myself take next week off, the blog will be on hiatus until the new year, but the Etsy Shop will still be open (except on Christmas and New Year’s Day).  So until 2016 . . . Merry Christmas-03

Feel free to follow me on my personal Instagram, it will be full of pics of our daughter’s first “real” Christmas, as last year she was incredibly adorable but not really aware of what was happening.

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Combination Housewarming & Baby Shower

Happy 2 days before the weekend! Recently my good friend asked me if I would be willing to design the invitation for her upcoming joint Baby Shower and Housewarming party. She and her husband just bought a house this summer and they’re expecting a new addition in the form of a heart beat and little feet in December.

Of course I told her I would love to! (I’d actually been working on something already…always the planner. I love that Preperie allows me to be creative and do something I love. It really is so rewarding.) Anyways…I thought LONG and hard how to convey the idea of their new house and a new baby. Surprisingly, a Google search doesn’t turn up very much.

I decided to create a drawing of her house as part of the invitation so they would have a memento of this major milestone for their family. Here’s a picture of their house. Isn’t it lovely?

Joint Housewarming Baby Shower Invitation |

During the design process, I first “drew” a vector image of their house in Adobe Illustrator. Then I drew a couple different storks (1 version had him flying to the house. In another he was standing in front of it). Then I designed the invitation, keeping in mind their gender neutral request as it’s going to be a surprise. (I could never do that, but again, always the planner…) Then the parents-to-be and I had a Google hangout where we revised the background and text live. It was so efficient to be able to do this rather than going back and forth via email making small changes. The hands-on experience was also fun for them and we got to catch up and talk babies and parenting.

Here’s the finished invitation:

Joint Housewarming Baby Shower Invitation |

Isn’t it cute? I’m really pleased with the way the invitation turned out. Most importantly, it allowed me the opportunity to give my dear friends a special, one-of-a-kind way to begin this journey in their new home with their growing family.

These invitations have been very popular in the Etsy Shop. Click here to view the listing.

Have you been to combination baby showers and housewarming parties? How were they able to incorporate both events together?

Have a great rest of the week!

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How to Host a New Year’s Speakeasy Party

Happy Friday everyone!

On Wednesday, I introduced you to our latest design: Hello 2016. I love the color combination and it reminded me of a New Year’s a few years ago (pre-baby and when a “late night” meant 4:00 am instead of 10:00 pm).

My husband and I hosted a “Speakeasy” themed New Year’s Eve Party. It was one of our favorite parties for many reasons. Below is the “recipe” so you can host one yourself!


  • Guest List
  • Cocktail List
  • Secret Password
  • Heavy Finger Foods
  • Champagne / Sparkling Grape Juice


Choose the Cocktails & Passwords

Choose the cocktails and/or beverages you want to serve. Compile a list of all the different ingredients. Assign each ingredient to each of your guests. For example, a French 75 is made up of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. We assigned the gin to 1 couple, the champagne to another, and we bought the lemon juice and made simple syrup for the sugar.

Invite Your Guests

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Put together your invitation (might I suggest these?) or design your own. Above is the wording I used from our original invitation. Follow up with your guests (if they don’t already email you to ask for the password) and assign each person or couple 1 unique password and ask them to bring their assigned beverage ingredient. Below is the text we used (the example below was sent to a Notre Dame grad and Notre Dame was playing Alabama on New Year’s Day. He wasn’t happy with the passphrase but complied.)

Dear Sir/Madame:

Your passphrase for the New Year’s Eve Blow is below. Please present them at the door for entry.

Passphrase: “Roll Tide”
Please also bring: 1 handle of decent bourbon

Should you choose to share this password with others not included on the list, they will not be given entry as these passwords are specific to you alone.

I don’t know which was more fun – preparing the cocktail list or assigning people’s passwords.

Finalize & Shop For Your Menu

Purchase and prepare whatever else you would like to serve. Below is what we decided to serve.

New Year's Speakeasy Menu |

We made pineapple-infused vodka for the Pearl Harbor. It was amazing – I’ll save that for a future post 🙂

Prepare the Bar

To alleviate any lines at the bar, make table cards or index cards for each drink, with the name at the top and the ingredients underneath (if they’re not a pre-made drink like a punch). Below is an  example:

Singapore Sling
1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
1/2 oz. cherry brandy
1 oz. gin
sweet and sour mix
club soda

Place the drinking glasses next to their corresponding card so they’re ready when guests arrive.

Have Fun!

On the day of the party, as each guest arrives, request the passphrases, welcome them, and place their bottle with its other ingredients. Enjoy yourself!

Clearly a lot more goes into the preparation of the party, but I focused on the speakeasy aspect of it. If you have any questions regarding what I did to prepare for it, let me know. Have you hosted any fun themes for a New Year’s party? !


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Hello 2016: New Year’s Eve Party Design

I can’t believe that 2016 is almost upon us. Where did 2015 go??

Do you have your New Year’s plans all set? If you’re planning on hosting, check out the latest invitation design that arrived in the shop last week!

Black, White, Gold Hello 2016 New Year's Invitation |

It comes in the following formats: printable, digital only, and the template (no text, except for “hello 2016”).

I think black and white and metallic are so classic for New Year’s. (Really, what else is there?)

We still haven’t decided what we’re doing to usher in the later half of the current decade but if you’re thinking of hosting (or even if you’re not), check back on Friday where I walk you through how to host a Speakeasy Party. It works well with this color scheme but can be adapted to others as well.

Let me know what you think or feel free to give suggestions for 2016 designs. I’m not liking what I’ve come up with so far. 😦

Happy Hump Day!

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Tis the Season: Whimsical Red & Green Stag Holiday Designs

Happy December! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. The last and final holiday of the year is only 3 weeks away. Are you ready?

A few posts ago I announced that holiday designs had arrived in the Etsy shop. I loved the contemporary look of those designs and they’ve been quite popular. Equally as popular (I can’t decide if I’m surprised by this), are these designs below, which are on the more youthful side:

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There are red stripes, green stripes, and candy cane stripes! View the options in the Etsy Shop.

I really love how anything can look happy and festive with a candy apple red and Kelly green. Of course, we have the reindeer, which is growing more popular with the rise of “rustic” decor. Of course I put together a Pinterest board inspired by this color scheme.

Wow. I REALLY can’t wait for Christmas!

Which ones do you like the most? Do you choose a color scheme for your decorations? Classic, contemporary, or rustic? 23 days left!

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#Blessed: FREE Printables + Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! If you’re traveling to be with loved ones, safe journeys! If people are traveling to visit you (like us), may the house cleaning angels smile upon you 🙂

Today’s post is super short: I wanted to say thank you again for all your support. This post actually marks my 50th blog post (What?! When did that happen?) And to mark this occasion (and continue to show my gratitude to you all), I wanted to give you more FREE printables. This time, a trio of printable wall art to remind us to always be grateful for what we have.

Hashtag Blessings Printable Wall Art Decor | preperie.comBlessings Poem Printable Wall Art Decor |

Count Your Blessings Printable Wall Art Decor |

Follow the steps below to receive the files:

  1. Follow or subscribe to the blog (here in the right hand column ——>). If you are already doing this (thank you for the millionth time!), skip Step 1 and proceed to Step 2.
  2. Leave me your email below or send me an email at and I’ll be happy to send you the files!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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FREE Printable Thanksgiving Banner + Thank YOU

Happy week before Thanksgiving! What?! Yes, my friends. Thanksgiving is only 8 days away! (I couldn’t believe it when I wrote that myself!)

This week’s post is an early thank you to all my readers. My grandmother always said to “count your blessings” and I do that every day before I go to bed. Thank you for supporting Preperie: through your comments, by connecting with me on social media, visiting the Etsy shop – your words of encouragement mean the world to me. To my show gratitude, I’ve got another freebie for you! The last-minute procrastinators will appreciate this. It’s a template for a banner to hang at next week’s food fest (or if you’re a really good planner, at an upcoming Christmas fête)!

Printable Blessed Thanksgiving Banner | preperie.etsy.comThe example in the picture above and below is what it would look like printed on craft paper. (Please ignore the teddy bear mat on the floor in the reflection in the fireplace. That’s what happens when you have a 1-year old.) The banner says “blessed”(because that’s how I truly feel) in a beautiful black script font.

FREE Thanksgiving Blessed Banner |

You might not be able to tell, but the file has no background so you can print it on any color paper you want to make it match your decorations. (I’ve read that copper and rose gold are super popular right now!)

Printable Thankful Banner | preperie.etsy.comI have other banners in the Etsy shop, but this one’s especially for you.

Follow the steps below to receive the file:

  1. Follow or subscribe to the blog (here in the right hand column ——>). If you are already doing this (thank you!), skip Step 1 and proceed to Step 2.
  2. Leave me your email below in the comments or send me an email at and I’ll be happy to send you the file!

Once you have the file, print, cut, and hang with twine or ribbon!

Thank you for everything and, especially at this time of the year, always remember to count your blessings! What blessings have you received this year?

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PS – Stay tuned next week for MORE FREE printables!

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