A Lavender and Wheat Themed Welcome Reception

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  The kids and I have just returned from summering in Kansas with my husband, and while I was out there I helped decorate for an afternoon welcome reception for a group of military spouses. | Photo credit: Cornerstone Photography | We used a lavender and wheat theme since both of … [Read more...]

A Friendsgiving Photoshoot

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  Thanksgiving means gathering friends and family around the table to eat, laugh and talk but what if you don't have family close by? Or what if you have friends you enjoy so much you want to actually celebrate holidays together? The idea of a 'Friendsgiving," a more casual celebration of … [Read more...]

“OH Darling, What if you Fly?” Middle School Dance

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Do the words "middle school dance" make you cringe or bring back fond memories? I promise that the event I have to show you all today will forever change how you think of a middle school event. Our long-term readers will remember that we used to be a blog 'trio' here at Magnolia Lane, our … [Read more...]

Simply on Sunday

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Good morning, friends!  It's a beautiful, but chilly, morning here in North Carolina. We're hosting a few friends on the deck later for the final round of the Masters (and to celebrate my hubby's birthday, which conveniently always falls during Masters week), so I'm crossing fingers that it warms … [Read more...]

Silhouette Tutorial: How to Make DIY Auction Paddles

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As promised, I'm back to share more details from last month's Bowtie Ball {this year's school fundraiser}.  We were able to DIY most of the decorations at a huge cost savings, which is so important when every penny raised goes to such a good cause. Since so many schools and non profits use … [Read more...]

Black and White Bowtie Ball

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You all know that sometimes I work on events, because decorating for a party is just as much fun as decorating a house (you can imagine how crazy I went over my wedding; thank goodness it was before Pinterest!). Last weekend was our school's first annual Valentine's Day "Bowtie Ball."  This … [Read more...]

A Ballerina Birthday Party

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**Our current giveaway ends today; be sure to enter at the end of this post** I've had these pictures from my daughter's birthday celebration tucked away to share since before the holidays. I had decided to keep it simple this year, my intention was specifically that this party was NOT going to be … [Read more...]

A Bon Voyage Farewell Luncheon

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It's always hard to say goodbye when we move on to the next adventure, but last week's farewell luncheon that "my" ladies threw for me was particularly bittersweet. I put "my" in quotes, because I read once that I'm not supposed to call them "my" ladies, because that indicates ownership, but I've … [Read more...]

Dinner & Dancing in Downtown Savannah

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I know I've mentioned before that I just love the school my kids attend in downtown Savannah; it's been the perfect fit for our family.  We've been fortunate enough to find one in downtown Southern Pines that is going to be very similar, I think, but during these past few weeks we've been savoring … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Christy!

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    So today I am supposed to be posting our latest and greatest martini recipe. But, since we are in the vicinity of Christy’s birthday (for privacy purposes on the world wide web I don’t want to disclose the actual day but let’s just say it's coming up soon) so instead I decided to … [Read more...]

Spring Entertaining Ideas {Bridal/Baby Shower/Girls Night}

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Spring seems to bring a new round of parties--birthday, baby showers and of course, bridal showers to get excited about. And, since one of our favorite things here at 11 Magnolia Lane to do is throw a party, we thought we'd share some of our favorite spring entertaining ideas from some of our most … [Read more...]

Italian-Inspired Farewell Party~Ciao!

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  Last weekend I hosted a very fun party, but one that left me very sad. Our close friends Tracey and Michael {we showed you their pretty home HERE and HERE} are heading to a new job in Rome, Italy! Seriously, aren't they SO lucky?!? We wanted to send them off in style and despite … [Read more...]

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