April Loves

black and white pennant banner from @Target  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comApril is a busy month for birthdays in my family.  I try to make my party decor but sometimes you just have to outsource.  I flipped out over this black and white pennant banner at Target.  I mean, it sort of the coolest ever.  I will be reusing this one for sure!

I tried out the zebra cake mix from Duff Goldman.  It was super cool.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFor one of the birthdays I decided to try my hand at one of those zebra cake mixes by Duff.  I totally pulled a Sharon (this is a thing, my mom even says it to me) and didn’t read the recipe ahead of time.  Come to find out that you basically make two separate cake batters and then layer them.  Luckily it didn’t add in that much more time or energy.  And it came out really fun!

The best tag in a kid's sweatshirt award goes to @prefresh  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m in love with the tag inside my son’s Prefresh sweatshirt.  You can’t get a true sense of the color from this photo but it is a great neon orange.  My son swears the symbol means “I love you.”  Even though I’ve shown him the correct way to say I love you he doesn’t believe me.  He goes to a church based preschool so I told him to ask his teacher.  I’m sure she’ll be pleased to discuss the devil horns…

These barstools from Ikea have changed my life.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThese cheapo Ikea chairs are not great to look at but they have totally changed our lives.  For a year we have lived in this house and not utilized this half of our kitchen.  But they have opened up a whole new world.  I can now have people in here when I’m cooking.  The kids eat breakfast in here most days.  And this is now my favorite work spot in the house.  The kitchen is our brightest room and I love being in this bright and airy space.  I can’t believe I didn’t have chairs here sooner.  At some point we will upgrade but for now these are absolutely perfect.

Haim at the Fox Theater Pomona  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt has been a while since I have gotten to see live music and last week I got to see one of my favorite bands, Haim perform.  You guys!  There album is awesome but they effing ROCKED live.  I mean, totally shredded on the guitars, pounded the shit out of those drums and put on a great show although I felt it was over way too soon.  When they were younger (they are all sisters) they were part of a family band and they totally brought out their parents to play with them onstage.  So cool.  It seems like not a lot of people know about them which I think is crazy.  Target is actually using one of their songs in their commercials at the moment.  So if you don’t know them, go check them out.  They have this really 80′s feel and it just makes you feel good.  My husband and I left and decided we are going to start a band because it just looked like they were having so much fun out there.  Neither of us play instruments but I just know we can work that out.  Now go watch the video for “If I could change your mind” it is so good.  But they do not dance like this in their live show…promise.


Drink Rose on a Patio Playlist

Drink rose on a patio this spring.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose.  No wait.  There is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose and listening to some awesome music.  Here is a playlist that I think suits rose drinking just fine.  So gather your friends, gather some wine and pull out your speakers.  And email me an invite.

Paint it Black : Press Play and Party

summer night party inspired by The Rolling Stones 'Paint it Black'I’m SO ready for summer!!  I mean, we really didn’t have a winter this year but still.  Don’t long, warm days sound fantastic?  There is something about a warm, sunny day that makes me immediately turn on classic rock.  I think I grew up in the wrong time period.    Gah, the music and fashion?!  LOVE!  So as I was sitting on the computer the other day, as close to a window as I could without actually being outside so I could still see the computer screen, The Rolling Stones ‘Paint it Black’ came on.  Boom.  Such a good song (is that a sitar?  One of my kids is probably going to have to learn how to play that).  A little dark maybe but perfect for outdoor entertaining at dusk.  All you need is a rustic wood table, some great vintage glassware, simple flowers and candles and pretty girls in hippie clothes.  I think my summer entertaining is going to be all about ease and going with the flow.  No stress.  Last minute invites to keep myself from over thinking everything.  Maybe trying out new cocktails or recipes but not getting worked up if they don’t work out.  Anyone think I can pull that off?  Maybe with a lot of rose…

Gorg lowball glass  .  pretty white flowers  .  rustic wood table  .  candles and flowers  .  girl in the desert

Stay Wild Part Playlist

urban jungle party inspiration - plus party playlistSo I’m sure you are all over all the Alt Summit posts but I have one more to share.  The music.  The music for the party – any party really – was really important to me.  We had the urban jungle theme and I wanted to make sure that the music added to the atmosphere.  Don’t laugh.  But the sound I wanted for the party was based on the funeral scene in Zoolander.  If you don’t remember it, which is totally possible, it had a great beat, it was instrumental, it was overly cool and felt a little urban.  But I’m pretty sure that Pandora would’t have had a channel for that so I went through my own music to see what had a similar feel.

These songs are some of my favorites right now and both the Phantogram and the Lorde nailed the sound.

And I LOVE mashups so I spent a little time researching indie/hip hop mashups.  I’ve listened to The Hood Internet before and they kill it every time.  Here are some of my favorites from the playlist.  And while Step by Vampire Weekend is not one of The Hood Internet songs, I can’t get enough of it.  And don’t even think of skipping French Montana over Beach House (!!!!)

Guest Play List: Melissa of Melissa Creates

I am super duper excited to have my good friend, Melissa, sharing some of her favorite music with us today!  We text each other songs to look up all the time.  So I felt like it was time for her to do a full play list for me.  I love her styled shoots, her crafts and her recipes.  Melissa is my girl.  I heart her, big time!

melissa creates collage

I’m thrilled to be sharing my current on repeat tunes with the friends of Cupcakes and Cutlery today! I’m a music fanatic and share my faves with Sharon from time to time, I know she totally appreciates my random music messages. Most of my Fall favorites have a chill vibe but I had to throw a Hayley Williams dance song in.

Big Jet Plane is one of those songs that has you saying “where has this been my whole life”? I was baffled to find out it was released a few years ago… just when I thought I was on top of the music game.

Enjoy my current Fall faves while you create, craft and celebrate.