Playroom Alphabet Wall

dsc_0470When I set out to create a playroom fit for a king, I knew I wanted to create a colorful alphabet wall after seeing some ideas of it being used in nurseries on Pinterest.  And, I absolutely love how it turned out!

It is hard to shop around for all different style and sized letters so I bought the unfinished letters on Etsy.  Before painting them, I laid out the letters how I wanted them mounted on the wall.  This helped plan which color to paint which letters so that I wouldn’t end up with the same color too close to each other. This step actually sounds a lot easier than it was.  I painted them with acrylic paint that you can get from any craft store.  I also stained a couple of letters.  The painting/staining did take some time as you have to do multiple coats and get all of the edges covered.

To mount the letters, I didn’t want to mount them directly to the wall because I didn’t want a million little nail holes in our newly finished basement walls, so we decided to mount the letters to plywood and then mount the plywood to the wall.  I used 1/4 plywood and added moulding around the edge to create a framed look.  I painted the plywood and the moulding the same color as the wall, Benjamin Moore White Dove.  I then used liquid nails to attach the letters to the plywood.  Once that was dry, my husband mounted the entire board to the wall.

Baptism BBQ

We recently celebrated king Henry’s baptism.  It was a special day for our little guy, but I wanted to keep it casual.  After the baptism ceremony our family came back to our house for a BBQ.

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The theme was simple white and baby blue, inspired by the invitations we chose from Minted (sample below).

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I didn’t do much in terms of decorating since the party was outside.  Simple baby blue tablecloths, a blue hydrangea and white hyacinth centerpiece and a blue and white styled dessert table brought the theme to life.

For the menu, I kept it to the standard BBQ menu.  This is a tried and true menu for a summer BBQ.

Starter

Avocado and corn salad served with tortilla and pita chips

Main

Burgers

Hot dogs

Steak tips

Chicken cutlets

Sides

Orzo caprese salad

Potato salad

Spinach & strawberry salad

Dessert

Fruit salad

Assortment of cookies

Rice Krispie treats

Oreo truffles

Cake

Oh Henry! chocolate bars (my favorite touch to the party)

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I will be sharing a few recipes from the menu over the next few weeks. The party was a success and of course we were left with so many left overs!