Our Cinco de Mayo Stag & Doe

Hello friends! Today I am sharing details and decor from our Cinco De Mayo Stag and Doe!! For those of you that are unfamiliar with what a stag and doe is, they're also referred to as a buck and doe or a jack and jill. Essentially it's a party thrown by the soon to be mr and mrs along with their wedding party that's sort of like fundraiser for the engaged couple. There's food, drinks, DJ and dancing, prizes and games. It's most common in small towns like the one we live in but it definitely isn't as common as it used to be. We were super lucky to have our awesome family and close friends that make up our wedding party help us pull it off! We were also very fortunate to have a great turn out of our family and friends who helped us celebrate and it was a ton of fun! 

You know me, I love any excuse to plan and decorate and this was no different! We chose to have it on May 5th months ago because we could do a Cinco de Mayo theme. I spent a ton of time on Pinterest and lots of nights crafting different decorations. I also purchased a lot of items from Party City and will be passing along a lot of the decor to another bride with an upcoming stag and doe. I handmade different signs and posters and also printed some free "punny" printables. It was a ton of fun getting ready for it and I am so happy with how it all turned out. 

 Entry table

Entry table

 Prize table- we we so incredibly fortunate to have some really incredible prizes donated for our raffle. Seriously, our friends, family and community are truly the best!!

Prize table- we we so incredibly fortunate to have some really incredible prizes donated for our raffle. Seriously, our friends, family and community are truly the best!!

 DIY tissue paper backdrop

DIY tissue paper backdrop

 the streamer area was our "Mexican jail" where you could pay to put your friend in.

the streamer area was our "Mexican jail" where you could pay to put your friend in.

 table decor including DIY painted Corona bottles with dollar store florals.

table decor including DIY painted Corona bottles with dollar store florals.

 I poured acrylic paint into the bottles and rolled them around until coated with the paint. Easy peasy table decor that's perfect for a fiesta theme!

I poured acrylic paint into the bottles and rolled them around until coated with the paint. Easy peasy table decor that's perfect for a fiesta theme!

 Empty Mexican food cans used for floral decor

Empty Mexican food cans used for floral decor

 The most important part-- the BAR! Handmade posters + tissue paper garland- DIY tutorial found  here.

The most important part-- the BAR! Handmade posters + tissue paper garland- DIY tutorial found here.

 Our margarita and shot bar station!! A busy spot the entire night!! It's a tradition to use this Tiki hut constructed by a friend of our's dad. Each couple who uses it at their stag adds their names and event date. It's running out of room for names!

Our margarita and shot bar station!! A busy spot the entire night!! It's a tradition to use this Tiki hut constructed by a friend of our's dad. Each couple who uses it at their stag adds their names and event date. It's running out of room for names!

 DIY sign for the shot bar

DIY sign for the shot bar

 more handmade signs

more handmade signs

 DIY cactus cutout prop for the photobooth

DIY cactus cutout prop for the photobooth

 Plastic sombreros from Party City that I hot glued to dollar store headbands. I hate those elastic chin straps. 

Plastic sombreros from Party City that I hot glued to dollar store headbands. I hate those elastic chin straps. 

 Our nacho and taco bar station. Fiesta banner from Party City, Handmade posters, free printable taco banner, Nachos and cheese from PK Snacks. 

Our nacho and taco bar station. Fiesta banner from Party City, Handmade posters, free printable taco banner, Nachos and cheese from PK Snacks. 

Thanks to my husband-to-be's job working for his dad's company, PK Snacks, we had nachos and cheese for guests to munch on and a margarita station! We had a taco bar as our late night snack and tons of people commented on how much they enjoyed this. I did a crockpot of shredded mexican chicken as well as a crockpot of pulled pork for tacos. We had flour tortillas, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, green onion, jalapenos and guac for toppings! It actually ended up being so easy and much more affordable than ordering a ton of pizzas. The margarita and tequila shot stations were a big hit!

 My beautiful bridesmaids !! I made our flower crowns with dollar store floral stems, hot glue and head bands :) I also made the backdrop using plastic table cloths strung on some twine.

My beautiful bridesmaids !! I made our flower crowns with dollar store floral stems, hot glue and head bands :) I also made the backdrop using plastic table cloths strung on some twine.

 the groom and his men

the groom and his men

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 My beautiful Mama and my big sister/ MOH

My beautiful Mama and my big sister/ MOH

 Our cutie patootie niece and nephew (flower girl and ring bearer) were also able to join in on some of the fun early in the night!

Our cutie patootie niece and nephew (flower girl and ring bearer) were also able to join in on some of the fun early in the night!

Despite all of the work to put it together, it was an absolutely blast and we truly felt the love all night!! We could not have done it without our wedding party and families! We are so excited to continue to celebration on our BIG DAY! I cannot believe how soon it will be here. We have been engaged for over 10 months already with less than 5 to go. With a busy summer ahead, there is lots on my TO DO list to continue wedding planning and DIY decor. I am so excited to share all of these details with you !!

 Bride and Groom :)

Bride and Groom :)

Jess xx

Bachelorette Party Planning

 I just returned from an amazing weekend away celebrating my sister's bachelorette party! We rented a chalet in Blue Mountain for the weekend which is such a fun place for a weekend getaway. I have been there several times in both the summer and winter. It's a great place for a winter-y getaway given that it is a ski village. However, absolutely no skiing was actually done!

I didn't want to share any of my bachelorette plans before the weekend away to ensure I didn't spoil any surprises for my sister. We kept the décor pretty simple but fitting for winter by hanging some white and gold streamers, I framed a few cute prints and made this glitter letter banner.

I found this poster at Party City and added a picture of my sister's fiancée's face. This was used for a game similar to pin the tail on the donkey but waaaay funnier!

My favourite DIY projects for the weekend were the goodies we gave the bride to wear. I checked out what the part supply store had but they are always so tacky! I decided to make my own bridal sash and decorative wine glass and thought the ear muff veil and bedazzled glove were funny and fitting for our winter theme!!

To make the bridal sash I bought 2 meters of white satin fabric from Michael's for about $5. I attached the ends to one another using some fabric glue. I grabbed the glittered letter stickers from Dollarama and attached them to the sash. I thought I might need some hot glue to secure them but the sticky back was fine.

I bought a pair of white gloves from Dollarama along with some rhinestone stickers to attach as a "diamond" ring. I did use some hot glue on these for extra security. I also grabbed white ear muffs when I was at the dollar store and attached white tulle from Michael's to create a veil. This is my favourite!!

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For the bridal wine glass, I had the glass dipped in gold sparkles leftover from hosting my girlfriend's bridal shower last summer. I made these for the guests to use at the shower and take home as a favour.  I added the pearl stickers (also from the dollar store), rhinestones and sparkly letter stickers to spell out " I DO - SHOTS". Clever, right?! :) I also added some of the tulle to the stem to look extra bride-ish!

 This hunk has made a few appearances at bachelorette and birthday parties over the years.

This hunk has made a few appearances at bachelorette and birthday parties over the years.

The bridesmaids handmade these awesome sleep masks as favours for all the girls to bring home.

I also made a "shot ski" which is just as it sounds, a ski with shot glasses on it. It may have needed some extra glue added throughout the weekend but thankfully I brought liquid nails :)

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 enjoying some Collingwood while in Collingwood

enjoying some Collingwood while in Collingwood

We stayed in at the chalet the Friday night enjoying cocktails and games. Check out this Bachelorette Party play list I got inspired by from Pinterest. My girlfriend Low is a chef and owns Solo on Main in Port Stanley, ON. She generously prepared food for the weekend including mac and cheese and kale Caesar salad for dinner Friday and a lemongrass, curry and lentil soup and assorted sandwiches for lunch Saturday. Comfort food with a twist! We also enjoyed simple breakfasts of bagels, croissants, fruit and yogurt, coffee with baileys and mimosas!

 view from our chalet

view from our chalet

Saturday we "explored" the village which really means we had drinks at the irish pub. Then we got dressed up to go out for dinner and went out for a few drinks. We all struggled to get packed and cleaned up Sunday morning and prepare for the long trek home. Despite the recovery, it was such an incredible weekend celebrating my big sissy! Her wedding is now less than 3 weeks away now!! WOOT WOOOT!!!

Can't wait to share the details and décor with you!!

Jess xx

 

 

Bridal Shower Decor

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting my sister's bridal shower along with the other bridesmaids. My mom's beautiful home was the perfect venue for the event!

My sister is getting married in February so we wanted to take advantage of the seasonal foliage and decor for her shower as her wedding and bachelorette are taking place in the winter. We used lots of white, gold, burlap and natural accents.

The welcome sign is a mirror I had on hand that I wrote on using metallic marker (also from the scrapbooking section at Dollar tree). The marker appears a bit more yellow than gold but it wipes off easily so the mirror can be reused.

I made a homemade sugar scrub for the favour for guests to take home. I found a recipe for a vanilla pumpkin sugar scrub on Pinterest that included a free label for the mason jars. I also printed these 'Thank You' tags and attached them using twine.   

 Thankful and Blessed' sign is a free printable found  here  .

Thankful and Blessed' sign is a free printable found here.

 My mom also had this chalkboard from Homesense on hand that we used in the entryway

My mom also had this chalkboard from Homesense on hand that we used in the entryway

 Finding pictures of my sister throughout the years was way too much fun!!

Finding pictures of my sister throughout the years was way too much fun!!

 Empty kamboocha bottles with grocery store mums. Doesn't get much thriftier than this :)

Empty kamboocha bottles with grocery store mums. Doesn't get much thriftier than this :)

I made the 'Miss to Mrs' garland using burlap scrapbook paper. Dollar Tree has the cutest scrapbooking materials I often use for crafting. I printed out the letters to use as a stencil and cut them out of the burlap. I strung them on a piece of twine, added two small doilies and some lace ribbon also from the dollar store. I also made a gold and white tissue paper garland to use for the mantle and entry. You can find my tissue paper garland tutorial here.

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Between myself, my mom and the bridesmaids, we were able to gather some amazing décor items we all had from home to decorate for the shower. 

 'Eat, Drink & Be Cozy' sign from  Etsy.

'Eat, Drink & Be Cozy' sign from Etsy.

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We had a soup bar including veggie and meat chili, coconut curry sweet potato and spicy zappa soup. We paired this with fresh breads, fresh veggies and dip, charcuterie and cheese boards. Served with sangria, white and red wine.

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For dessert we enjoyed caramel apple dip, pumpkin cheesecake bites and two bite brownies.

 'Love is sweet' printable found  here .

'Love is sweet' printable found here.

My sister enjoyed the ever awkward task of opening gifts in front of 30 people followed by the toilet paper wedding dress game. I had asked her fiancée 25 questions prior to the shower and she had to guess his answers. This is my absolute favourite shower/ bachelorette game!!

 Beautiful bride and her bridesmaids :)

Beautiful bride and her bridesmaids :)

 No, we didn't ask everyone to dress in black and grey. Just a coincidence :)

No, we didn't ask everyone to dress in black and grey. Just a coincidence :)

 'Showering' the bride with gifts and love!

'Showering' the bride with gifts and love!

I am so excited to stand by my gorgeous sister's side in February. Rae, you are so loved and we are all so excited for you and Maan!! I hope you enjoyed your shower as much as I did :)

Jess xx